April 17, 2018 Picture Book Releases


Reviews by Kate Olson ~ @theloudlibrarylady on Instagram
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Moon by Alison Oliver
(HMH Kids ~ April 17, 2018)


This is hands-down one of my favorite picture books of 2018! I have been raving about it since the moment it entered my house, and chose it as a featured read aloud title during my session at the WEMTA conference in March. I adore the colors, I adore the message about slowing down and embracing nature, and I just straight up LOVE the the phrase “wolfy ways” that is used throughout the book. It’s one of those books that I want to hug, and one of those books that I love so much that I have a hard time describing why.

I will be purchasing this for my school AND home libraries, and I highly recommend that you do the same!

Fox and Chick The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier
(Chronicle Books ~ April 17, 2018)


I have discovered more and more books being written in the Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie style (early comic-graphic ~ I know that’s not technically the term, but that’s the easiest way to describe it!) lately and I am LOVING them! This is one of my new favorites ~ it’s a collection of 3 stories about Fox and Chick, and is absolutely perfect for those emerging readers that want to read REAL books with real stories and CHAPTERS!

Highly recommend for parents and teachers of grades K-2 (and as high as the interest will go!) Highly recommended for all library early reader collections.

DON’T ASK A DINOSAUR by Deborah Bruss and Matt Forrest Esenwine
(POW! Books ~ April 17, 2018)


Dinosaur aficionados are going to LOVE this one! You do NOT want to ask these dinosaurs to help plan and set up your birthday party ~ trust me. With a style and cadence similar to Numeroff’s IF YOU GIVE A…. series, this book shares why you shouldn’t ask each particular dinosaur to do certain tasks, with adorable illustrations to show exactly what will happen. As an adult, I greatly appreciate the syllable breaks in the dino names since these always trip me up during read alouds! There is a great dino fact section at the end of the book so you can dig in and learn more about each of the dinosaurs as well.

This book will be sure to delight kiddos and will be a really fun read aloud as long as the librarian/teacher/parent does a little dino-name-pronunciation run through ahead of time 😉

Over at the Contruction Site by Bill Wise; Claire Lordon
(Sterling Books ~ April 17, 2018)


Written in the unmistakable style of the classic OVER IN THE MEADOW, this adorable picture book will be a hit with the preschool and kindergarten crowd! The mother and father machinery work with their little ones to build an unnamed building that is revealed at the end to be a…….you’ll have to read to find out!

I will be purchasing this for my school library and can’t wait to read this to my classes ~ the sing song cadence makes it a perfect storytime, especially when paired with MEADOW for comparison.

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