professornana (professornana) wrote,

picture books galore

MANNERS MASH UP: A GOOFY GUIDE TO GOOD BEHAVIOR (Dial 2011) is by a whole gaggle of children's book authors/illustrators including Dan Santat (he illustrated the Lisa Yee BOBBY THE BRAVE BOOKS and his forthcoming GN is SIDEKICKS), Adam Rex 9FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE), and Tedd Arnold (FLY GUY). Manners at the ball field, doctor's office, and other places where good behavior might be a good thing indeed. <169>

Gloria Houston gives readers a treat in MISS DOROTHY AND HER BOOKMOBILE (Harper 2011) as they meet Dorothy Thomas who plans to graduate as a librarian and work in fine red brick building. However, Dorothy ends up in a small town in rural North Carolina and, instead of the fine building, runs a book mobile service instead, bringing books to the residents of the town. The power of books and reading is evident here. Tie this one to HE GREAT TRIPLE CREEK DAM AFFAIR by Patricia Polacco or THE LIBRARY by Sarah Stewart. <170>

NEW RED BIKE by James Ransome (Holiday Houise 2011) gives readers a proud owner of a new bike in Tom who rides over to show his new possession to Sam. Unfortunately, Sam does not have his bike and so the two take turns riding until Sam is able to have his own bike, too. The illustrations are clean and crisp looking. Lots of close ups on the helmeted Tom and Sam let kids know how wonderful it feels to be riding on a bike. <171>

SHOUT! SHOUT IT OUT! by Denise Fleming (Holt 2011) is a bright and bold and loud book about numbers, letters, and other basic concepts. See the sheer joy on the faces of the children as they shout out what they know. See the power of knowledge (and given the sad state of teacher layoffs in my own state, better see it now before it is all gone) and be prepared to read this book as your won kids shout along. <172>
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