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December 2016

New Picture Books

December 2016

Our Picture Book roundup this month includes THE FRIEND SHIP by Kat Yeh, where little hedgehog searches high and low for the friend ship in order to make some friends. Next, Sophie Ambrose's THE LONELY GIANT teaches young readers about the value of the natural world around us. Last, but certainly not least, BABY BRAINS by Simon James tells the story of Baby Brains, who can read the paper, fix the family car, work as a doctor in the local hospital and even go into space.

Baby Brains: The Smartest Baby in the Whole World. by Simon James - Picture Book

September 25, 2007


It’s never too early to start bringing up the smartest baby in the whole world. So thinks the expectant Mrs. Brains, who reads to the baby inside her tummy every night and plays music and language tapes to her baby during the day. And soon enough, Mr. and Mrs. Brains have their very own Baby Brains! He reads the paper, fixes the family car, and works as a doctor in the local hospital. Now even the space program is calling on him. Is there anything Baby Brains can’t do?

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang - Picture Book

December 1, 2016


Before Eugenie Clark's groundbreaking research, most people thought sharks were vicious, blood-thirsty killers. From the first time she saw a shark in an aquarium, Japanese-American Eugenie was enthralled. Instead of frightening and ferocious eating machines, she saw sleek, graceful fish gliding through the water. After she became a scientist --- an unexpected career path for a woman in the 1940s --- she began taking research dives and training sharks, earning her the nickname "The Shark Lady."

I Love My Grandma Written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Emma Dodd. - Picture Book

December 6, 2016


From train rides to playtime, this book illustrates the love between grandmother and grandchild, and all the exciting things they can do together! Joyful and heartwarming, it will be a treasured addition to any grandchild's collection.

Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo - Picture Book

December 6, 2016


Even bunnies do yoga! It's a perfect day for yoga, and Bunny is practicing his poses and wishes his friends would do yoga with him! But Lizard is too tired, Fox is in a rush, and Bird has the hiccups. Will Bunny ever be able to get his friends to slow down and realize that yoga just might be the solution to their problems?

I Heart You Written by Meg Fleming with illustrations by Sarah Jane Wright. - Fiction

December 6, 2016


Little ones adore being independent and trying new things. But they also need Mom and Dad’s reassurance and snuggles. With her spare, lyrical text, debut author Meg Fleming captures the exuberance, the affection and the tender push-and-pull of life with a child. And illustrator Sarah Jane Wright’s evocative illustrations infuse the story with generous helpings of warmth and love.

The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh and Chuck Groenink - Picture Book

December 6, 2016


Little Hedgehog is very lonely. But then she overhears passersby talking about something that gives her hope-something called a Friend Ship! 

What Color Is a Kiss? by Rocio Bonilla - Picture Book

December 6, 2016


This sweet, heartwarming story asks one simple question: What color is a kiss? Sassy and intrepid Monica loves to paint and sees her world in every color of the rainbow, but this question nags at her. She paints and paints, hoping to discover the answer. With the help of her mother, Monica discovers that kisses and love come in all colors.

Chicken Story Time Written by Sandy Asher with illustrations by Mark Fearing. - Fiction

December 13, 2016


The children like the chicken, the chicken likes the children and everyone loves story time. So it’s no surprise that more children (and more chickens!) get in on the fun until there are more kids and critters than the librarian knows what to do with. 

Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar Written by Steve Wilson with illustrations by Lucy Tapper - Picture Book

December 13, 2016


It's spring! And everything is colorful --- rainbows in the sky and flowers blossoming on trees. When Horace and Hattie Hedgehog see a caterpillar become a butterfly and take flight, they decide to try a transformation of their own. When these two best friends put their minds to solving a problem, nothing can stand in their way!

The Lonely Giant by Sophie Ambrose - Picture Book

December 13, 2016


After inadvertently destroying his home, a well-meaning giant must learn the true value of the natural world.

When an Elephant Falls in Love Written by Davide Cali with illustrations by Alice Lotti. - Fiction

December 20, 2016


When an elephant falls in love, he does many foolish things. He hides when the elephant-object of his affection is around. He writes dozens of letters that he will never send. And he tries to be healthy, but ends up finishing the cheesecake. This soulful book is at once relatable and revealing, a reminder that love is worth striving for, and that the very best things in life will come to those who wait.

Piggy by Trevor Lai - Picture Book

December 20, 2016


Piggy loves books so much that he never has time for friends. But his favorite story has always been about two friends and the special times they share together.
 
One day, Piggy sees a girl reading alone. And he wonders, perhaps, if they could be best friends? Try as Piggy might --- in increasingly spectacular ways--the girl just doesn't notice him. Will Piggy ever be able to tell her how he truly feels?
Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey - Fiction

December 27, 2016


Pig is a greedy and selfish Pug. He has all the bouncy balls, bones and chew toys a dog could ever want yet he refuses to share with his poor friend, Trevor. Little does he know, however, that being greedy has its consquences. Join Pig as he learns to share --- the hard way!

Before You by Rebecca Doughty - Picture Book

December 27, 2016


What did I do before you came along and changed the tune? Through simple, yet lively text and whimsical illustration, the love from parent to child, or lover to lover, or friend to friend, is celebrated. The perfect gift for baby showers, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, weddings, and beyond. BEFORE YOU also works perfectly as a comforting and joyful read-aloud for parents to tuck their children into bed with.

Lucky Lazlo by Steve Light - Picture Book

December 27, 2016


Lazlo is in love. He selects the perfect red rose and sets off to the theater to present it to his beloved, an actress currently starring in Alice in Wonderland. When a naughty cat snatches the flower, Lazlo gives chase. Through the stage door, round and round backstage, through the orchestra pit they go, wreaking havoc along the way. Readers are treated to an array of delightful characters from Lewis Carroll’s classic, along with an insider’s view of the workings of a majestic theater. An author's note describes the numerous superstitions related to theater that appear in the book, and invites readers to spot them.
That's Me Loving You Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal with illustrations by Teagan White. - Fiction

December 27, 2016


Amy Krouse Rosenthal captures parents’ desire to be ever-present in this simple and touching poem offering reassurance of their love. Signs of affection can be found in the natural world around us --- from a soft breeze to a shimmering star.