Thursday, March 10, 2016

February Round-Up

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Ballerina Gets Ready by Allegra Kent, illustrated by Catherine Stock
Holiday House, 2016
Young dancers will love following Iris the ballerina from morning until night in this slice of life picture book. Throughout Iris’s jampacked day (costume fittings, rehearsals, barre, performance) each bit of text is preceded by a time stamp. The sketchy, loose pen and ink and watercolor illustrations are detailed and full of movement. The text is concise with small touches that provide insight into the culture of ballet.

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Find the Circle (also, Find the Line, Find the Square, and Find the Triangle) board book series by Britta Teckentrup
Sterling Children’s Books, 2015
Circle - 9781454917595
Line - 9781454917601
Square - 9781454917618
Triangle - 9781454917625
Originally published in Great Britain under slightly different names, these brightly colored board books visually reinforce shapes and lines for little ones. Each page includes three extremely short sentences. The final sentences is always a question prompting caregivers and young ones to explore the illustrations. Uncluttered layouts and easy to identify objects make it clear that these well-made board books were intentionally made for infants.  

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Room for Bear by Ciara Gavin
Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
You might think that a bear and five ducks would make an odd family, but in fact they fit perfectly together. The only trouble is, where can they live? An extensive search for a bear- and duck-friendly home is horribly disappointing. Does this mean Bear can’t live with the ducks? The soft watercolor and pencil illustrations provide a comforting background for this gentle story. With it’s clear beginning, middle, and end, this book is a perfect choice for a preschool storytime focusing on narrative skills. The follow up, Bear is Not Tired, just came out in January, 2016.

Choo! Choo!: Guess the Vehicle  and Toot! Toot!: Guess the Instrument(What’s that Noise? series) by Child’s Play, illustrated by Cocorette
Child’s Play, 2015
Toot Toot - 978-1846437496
Choo Choo - 978-1846437465
These simple concept board books feature bold shapes and colors and sturdy flaps that reveal the source of each sound. The brief text, printed in a large font, invites adult and baby readers to interact throughout. The bright illustrations with cheerful animals make this a great book for even the youngest infant. There are other titles in this series, but I feel that these two are the strongest.