Wednesday, December 19, 2012

New Books at the Library

Our new books collection gets updated quite frequently with the latest new titles. We are very lucky to have such a diverse selection for all age groups. For me this is the perfect combination- new books and a chance to check them out right away. This week I checked out a few of the new picture book arrivals, they are so much fun:

Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!: The Story of the Three Bears as Told by Baby Bear 
Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks! The Story of The Three Bears as Told by Baby Bear by Nancy Loewen, illustrated by Tatevik Avakyan, Picture Window Books, 2012. K-2  grade.  In this version of the story Baby Bear, a.k.a  Sam, is a pre-teen bear not to happy with being called “Baby Bear”, having to eat porridge for breakfast or a way to small chair but that all changes when Goldilocks breaks in on a truth or dare challenge from Red Riding Hood.  Now they are exchanging cell phone numbers, taking pictures, and jumping on beds.  I enjoyed the sense of humor on the story and the animated illustrations that aid to this sense of “grown up bear” feeling.  The book includes guided questions and comparisons to other versions of the story, websites, additional stories, and other books in the series. The illustrations are colorful and detailed overtaking most of the page.Check this book out at my library.

Snowboy 1, 2, 3


Snowboy 1,2,3 by Joe Wahman, illustrated by Wendy Wahman, Henry Holt & Company, 2012. PreK-2 grade. This is a cute counting and rhyming book for the younger readers, with vivid whimsical illustrations and lots of bright reds, yellows, blues, and greens. The large numbers and black text pops up to the reader. I liked how the reader goes from one snowboy to ten party favors, and back to “1 One snowboy all alone.” The front cover is very tactile and visual with glitter and textured designs.Check it out at my library.

It's All About Me-Ow 
It’s All About Me-Ow by HudsonTalbott, Penguin Young Readers, 2012. K-2 Grades.  Like the title suggest this book is all about cute, extrovert, funny cats.  Told from an older wise cat perspective the younger generation learns about cat culture and how to achieve “catitude”, master the art of charming humans, and all the tricks of the trade.  The book is highly entertaining with cleaver illustrations and visual detail, humor and reminders of all the things we do for our love for cats.  At the same time there is a surprising amount of information and facts for older readers’ enjoyment. Check it out at my library.

I'm Bored 
I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Simon & Schuster, 2012. This is a hilarious book that every kid should read…and parent when their kids say “I’m bored”. Our protagonist tries to explain how there is nothing boring about being a kid….to a potato.  The illustrations are precious, minimal color and lots of think black lines that create movement and expression. Oversized pictures and text aid the reader and would help younger readers develop critical early literacy skills (phonological awareness, writing, reading, playing, etc.) This is probably one of my favorites and one that I will use for my Tots programs.Check it out at my library.