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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

3 Must Read Picture Books

I checked out an embarrassingly large stack of books at my local library last week.  I often choose from the interesting displays that our talented librarians put together.

These three gems stood out.  From the AMAZING illustrations to the delightful stories, these books are must reads!




Mama built a little nestMama built a little nest
by Jennifer Ward
illustrated by Steve Jenkins
published by Beach Lane Books

A delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies, illustrated by a Caldecott Honoree.

Mama built a little nest
inside a sturdy trunk.
She used her beak to tap-tap-tap
the perfect place to bunk.

There are so many different kinds of birds—and those birds build so many different kinds of nests to keep their babies cozy. With playful, bouncy rhyme, Jennifer Ward explores nests large and small, silky and cottony, muddy and twiggy—and all the birds that call them home!

Gaston by Kelly Dipucchio - sometimes being different is just right!Gaston
by Kelly DiPucchio
illustrated by Christian Robinson
published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson.

This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips—never slobbers! He yips—never yaps! And he walks with grace—never races! Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters.

But a chance encounter with a bulldog family in the park—Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette—reveals there’s been a mix-up, and so Gaston and Antoinette switch places. The new families look right…but they don’t feel right. Can these puppies follow their noses—and their hearts—to find where they belong?

Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip C. SteadHello, My Name Is Ruby
by Philip C. Stead
published by Roaring Brook Press

Join Ruby, a plucky little bird, as she ventures through life, making new friends, learning new skills and asking questions which may have some very surprising results.
Fearless Ruby's search for adventure, friendship and her place in the world comes to life through acclaimed author/illustrator Philip C. Stead's whimsical illustrations and succinct, charming text.