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I love picture books and not just for storytime! Here are some of the ones I’ve read recently which were a hit with me and the kids!
“Big Mean Mike” by Michelle Knudsen – This hilarious book shows how fuzzy little bunnies can make even the biggest, meanest dog go soft. The beauty of friendship and acceptance feature prominently in this book. I highly recommend!
“Dinosaur Versus Santa” by Bob Shea – If you’re already a fan of the Dinosaur books, this one does not disappoint. If you haven’t experienced the greatness of Dinosaur yet you can start here! Be sure to check out the other Dinosaur books – “Dinosaur Versus Bedtime”, “Dinosaur Versus the Potty” and “Dinosaur Versus the Library”. They’re all great reads!
“The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating” by A. W. Flaherty – This adorable book is pure fun and the illustrations are engaging. Great to read with your picky eater!
“Trashy Town” by Andrea Zimmerman – Not a new book but always a favorite! The repetition is great for early readers and you can create your own fun movements to go along with the action in the story.
“Gregor the Overlander” series by Suzanne Collins – Nothing like her Hunger Games trilogy for teens, this first book in the five book series “The Underland Chronicles” is engaging and full of action along with interesting character development. If you like this one the rest of the series will be perfect for you!
“True (…Sort Of)” by Katherine Hannigan – A powerful yet quiet book. Delly is a prime example of the power of words as she begins to assume the identity that the adults in her life believe fits her. A moment about two-thirds of the way through the book takes you by surprise and this one will stay with you for awhile.
“The Trouble With May Amelia” by Jennifer L. Holm – Interesting look at the lives of immigrants through the eyes of May Amelia, an American born Finnish girl. Not much action but lots of character development.
“Every Day” by David Leviathan – Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. This intriguing and wildly different book which makes you contemplate the complexities of love. Truly difficult to put down once you pick it up!
“Ask the Passengers” by A.S. King – I’m a huge fan of Amy’s work and her latest book is another triumph! This story features a character struggling to break free to society’s definitions and encourages the reader to question everything. Find your happiness and define yourself! I highly recommend.
“Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness – The first book in the Walking Chaos trilogy, this one grips you from page one and it’s impossible to put it down! A science fiction novel unlike any I’ve ever read, the characters are rich, the situations exciting and you’ll be dying to talk to someone about it. Book two is “The Ask and The Answer” and book three is “Monsters of Men”.
“Saturn Apartments” by Hisae Iwaoka (YA)
“Chi’s Sweet Home” by Konami Kanata (Juvenile)
“Inubaka – Crazy for Dogs” by Yukiya Sakuragi (YA)
“Emma” by Kaoru Mori (YA)
“A Bride’s Story” by Kaoru Mori (YA)
“Library Wars” by Kiiro Yumi (YA)
“Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei” by Koji Kumeta (YA)
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