AHLBERG, Allan. The Goldilocks Variations. illus. by Jessica Ahlberg. 40p. Candlewick. 2012. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6268-4.
PreS-Gr 2–With whimsical illustrations and interactive features such as flaps, pop-ups, and pull tabs, the Ahlbergs showcase six silly variations on the classic tale. The standout of the bunch has the heroine wandering into the “trood (or spaceship) of The Three Bliim.” Full of silly alien words, the tale begs to be read aloud. In other adventures, Goldilocks takes on 33 bears, the furniture (chair, bowl, and bed finally get starring roles), and a host of fairy-tale characters such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Pigs. Jessica Ahlberg’s fanciful watercolor and ink illustrations sprinkle the pages and are the perfect counterpoint to the text’s cheeky humor.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
HELQUIST, Brett. Grumpy Goat. illus. by author. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. Jan. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-113953-6. LC 2012011522.
PreS-Gr 3–A gorgeously illustrated, simply told, and emotionally complex story about anger and grief. When a friendless, grumpy goat arrives at Sunny Acres, the other animals don’t know why he is so ornery and they try to befriend him. However, rebukes come swift and hard. Goat kicks, scowls, and stares at the ground. It is only when he finds a lone dandelion on a hill–painted full page, as majestically as a Van Gogh sunflower–that his anger starts to unravel. Meanwhile, Cow, the sheep, and the pigs are undeterred by his rudeness, demonstrating their power of perseverance and forgiveness, and he begins to accept their invitations. However, one fateful day Goat watches helplessly as his beloved flower blows away. Despondent and in a state of mourning, he is cared for by his friends, each in their own way. Understated writing with superb pacing and luminous and warm oil paintings using a vibrant brushwork style result in a story to ponder and pore over. The simple truths of the world’s beauty and friends’ loyalty are healing. Sharon Dennis Wyeth’sSomething Beautiful (Random, 1998), Philip C. Stead’s A Sick Day for Amos McGhee (Roaring Brook, 2010), and Arthur Geisert’s The Giant Seed (Enchanted Lion, 2012)–also featuring the heroism of the humble dandelion–would all pair stunningly.–Sara Lissa Paulson, The American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York City
JEFFERS, Oliver. This Moose Belongs to Me. illus. by author. 32p. Philomel. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-16103-2.
K-Gr 2–Wilfred wants a pet, so when a moose just happens to wander by, the boy claims him as his own and dedicates a lot of time to teaching Marcel the rules of being a good one. They fill their days exploring the countryside and taking long walks. One day, however, Wilfred discovers that his moose might have a whole other life that he knows nothing about. He must figure out how to process this shocking discovery and decide if he can accept the fact that he must alter the boundaries of their friendship. With its classic story of friendship and witty text, this beautiful picture book will appeal to children. The fonts are mixed between standard type and words that appear to be handwritten. Speech bubbles appear on some pages as well, to give voice to Wilfred and several other characters. The illustrations are a combination of oil paint onto old linotype, painted landscapes, and technical enhancements. The characters are whimsical and bright, and the appealing landscapes carry readers along on this journey of two unlikely friends. This Moose Belongs to Mewill be adored by younger elementary students, particularly those who have longed to keep a wild animal as a pet.–Amy Shepherd, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
MOORE, Eva. Lucky Ducklings . illus. by Nancy Carpenter. 32p. Scholastic/Orchard. Feb. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-439-44861-1.
PreS-Gr 1–This stunning book depicts an incident that took place in Montauk, Long Island (NY). Mama Duckling swims to shore one day, followed by her five offspring: Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin, and Little Joe. (Guess who’s the one who lags behind to watch a butterfly or check out a big red berry.) The homey village seems like a fine place for a walk–but for diminutive ducklings, there are unforeseen hazards. Luckily, there are also watchful, resourceful villagers to rescue the little creatures when they all fall through a storm drain in the street. The language is melodic: “The Duck family lived in a pretty pond in a green, green park, in a sunlit little town at the end of a long, long island.” It’s dramatic: “Mama Duck came running after him. ‘Whack! Whack! Whack!’ she cried. ‘Bring my babies back!’” It’s comically suspenseful: “Oh, dear! That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t, because….” Carpenter, a gifted and powerfully versatile illustrator, fills the book with beauty, humor, and a delicious variety of perspectives. Her style here has a sweet old-fashioned spirit–a touch of Robert McCloskey, but more visually arresting. Writer and artist have conspired to give children a sure-to-be classic that they’re sure to love.–Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
VIVA, Frank. A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse. illus. by author. 40p. Toon Bks. 2012. RTE $12.95. ISBN 978-1-935179-19-1. LC 2011049499.
PreS-Gr 2–From the endpapers, Mouse asks the timeless question of many young travelers, “Are we there yet?” Inspired by Viva’s experiences traveling to Antarctica aboard a Russian research ship, the oblong picture book offers basic facts about the region (it is cold and penguins live there, for instance), while Mouse tries to figure out when it will finally be time to go home. Viva’s illustrations employ only primary colors, white, black, and gray, but in the best way. Every bit of space is used to tell the story, which is perfectly suited for storytimes, reading aloud, or even reader’s theater. The text is simple enough for fairly new readers to tackle, and interesting. Picture clues are used to help with some of the vocabulary words. This book begs to be shared again and again. Pair it with one of Mo Willems’s “Elephant & Piggie” books (Hyperion) and bring on the giggles. Outstanding.–Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN
BROWN, Don. Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution. illus. by author. 32p. bibliog. Roaring Brook. Jan. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-266-6. LC 2012013450.
Gr 1-4–As the American Revolution was getting underway, George Washington knew he needed cannons to defeat the British. Unfortunately, he was camped outside British-held Boston, and the nearest big guns were 300 miles away at Fort Ticonderoga, New York. They were thought to be impossible to retrieve, until Henry Knox agreed to try. Brown employs a light touch in telling this exciting true story. Moving 120,000 pounds of artillery in winter involved dragging the pieces, sailing, sledding, and even retrieving them from freezing water when the ice broke under their weight. Readers will be fascinated by the various methods employed to keep the cannons moving, including poles, ropes, and chains to help the sleds scale steep heights. Amazingly, Knox and his group arrived without losing a single piece of weaponry. Quotations integrated into the text are not directly attributed, but a bibliography is included. Watercolor illustrations are given weight by black outlines. A palette of blues, whites, and browns reinforces the winter tone. Full spreads interspersed with panels vary the pace and allow for certain images to be spotlighted. A nicely composed three-panel page shows the changing weather (clear to rain to snow) as Knox begins his quest. This entertaining tale will be great to use along with studies of George Washington and the Revolutionary War.–Lucinda
Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA
BRYANT, Jen. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. illus. by Melissa Sweet. 40p. further reading. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Knopf. Jan. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86712-5; PLB $20.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96712-2. LC 2012003209.
Gr 3-6–Born in 1888, grandson of a slave, Pippin loved to draw from an early age. He painted “…every day scenes in natural colors; then he added a splash of red.” His classmates often begged, “Make a picture for us, Horace!” When he was in the eighth grade, he quit school and went to work. From rail yard to farm to hotel to factory, his workmates echoed the request, “Make a picture for us….” And when he enlisted in World War I, his fellow soldiers also entreated him to draw. “The war brought out all the art in me.” But a bullet to the shoulder rendered his right arm useless and he was unable to find work due to his injury. Still, his drive to draw remained. One day, “using his good arm to move the hurt one, he scorched lines into the wood” to create a picture. With practice, his weak arm improved enough to allow him to paint, and paint he did. N.C. Wyeth recognized his talent and arranged for him to have a one-man exhibit. Today his work hangs in museums all over the country. Bryant’s meticulously researched, eloquent text makes this a winning read-aloud, while Sweet’s vibrant, folksy illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, portray the joys and hardships of the man’s life, using his trademark palette…with just a splash of red. Quotations from his notebooks, letters, and interviews are effectively woven into the pictures.–Barbara Auerbach, PS 217, Brooklyn, NY
HALPERIN, Wendy Anderson. Peace. illus. by author. 40p. S & S/Atheneum. Jan. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-689-82552-1; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-6787-3.
Gr 3 Up–A beautiful book with rich watercolor artwork. Most of the paintings are spreads in a nontraditional layout, with sections sometimes divided into shapes by the meandering text. The book is about peace and how it can be achieved: in the world, in the country, in the city, in one’s school, and within oneself. The layout makes it a challenge to read aloud to a group. Many quotes from various people are included, with a running narrative on each page, beginning with “For there to be peace in the world…,” on the first page, followed by “…there must be peace in nations” on the next. Each spread incorporates the words of others to support the running circular narrative. For example, “Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.–Albert Einstein” is followed by “What you do not want done to you, do not do to others.–Confucius.” This lovely, uplifting title is meant to be pored over and could be used as a starting point for important discussions about bullying, racism, nonviolence, and many other topics.–Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, ME
JENKINS, Steve & Robin Page. My First Day. illus. by Steve Jenkins. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2013.RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-73851-2.
PreS-Gr 2 –Another winner from this talented creative team. Jenkins’s trademark cut-paper collages are up to their usual standard, which is to say they are outstanding, as he captures 23 different newborns on their first day of life. Some of the animals are familiar, such as giraffes and penguins, while others are more exotic, such as a sifaka, a muntjac, and a blue wildebeest. A few simple, clearly written sentences describe the wide variety of things that these youngsters can or cannot do upon entering the world. Children should find the information intriguing as they learn about capybaras that can swim and dive when only a few hours old and how mother zebras memorize the pattern of stripes on their babies so they can recognize them among the thousands of others in the herd. The striking depictions of mother and child set against full-bleed colored backgrounds or clean white space should make for many return readings. Additional information on each animal is included in the back matter. A first purchase for most libraries.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
MARKEL, Michelle. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909. illus. by Melissa Sweet. 32p. bibliog. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Feb. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-180442-7.
K-Gr 3–This picture-book biography of Clara Lemlich, a spitfire who fought hard for better working conditions, is an engaging, informative introduction to her activism as well as to the deplorable state of the U.S. garment industry in the early 1900s. Ukrainian-born Lemlich came to the United States with her parents to escape the Kishinev pogrom of 1903, only to be thrust into another appalling nightmare: the American shirtwaist factories. She began on a small scale to encourage her coworkers to strike, but at a union meeting, when even men wouldn’t call for a walkout, she rose and shouted to the large gathering that the time for a strike was now, inspiring tens of thousands of women to leave their stations in the factories. Markel’s style is clean and clear, making Lemlich’s story accessible to a young audience. Readers are treated to solid information with a buoyant message about standing up for what is right. Sweet has created an outstanding backdrop for Markel’s text with a vibrant collage of watercolor, gouache, blank dress-pattern paper, bookkeeping pages, stitches, and fabric pieces. This spirited account concludes with additional material on the garment industry and a solid bibliography. A first purchase.–Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
MERCHANT, Natalie, adapt. Leave Your Sleep: A Collection of Classic Children’s Poetry. illus. by Barbara McClintock. 48p. photos. w/CD. Farrar/Frances Foster. 2012. RTE $24.99. ISBN 978-0-374-34368-2. LC 2011047064.
K-Gr 3–In 2010, Merchant released a successful album of 30 classic children’s poems that she set to music. Nineteen of these poems are now brought together in this anthology consisting of a delightful range of American and British poets from Ogden Nash and Edward Lear to Rachel Field and Jack Prelutsky. The jaunty selections feature horses, elephants, dancing bears, and wonderfully empowered children. McClintock’s detailed paintings bring inviting color and fun to the verses in both spot art and full spreads. A full-length CD of the recordings is included, making this a feast of enchanting sounds, words, and visuals–a magnificent package for any poetry collection. Back matter includes photographs of the poets included, credits and more information about the poems and the music.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
WERNER, Sharon & Sarah Forss. Alphasaurs and Other Prehistoric Types. illus. by authors. 56p. Blue Apple.2012. Tr $22.99. ISBN 978-1-60905-193-8.
K-Gr 4 –Each page is dedicated to a different dinosaur, from allosaurus to zuniceratops. On each one, readers will find the reptile’s name, pronunciation, a wealth of fascinating facts (presented in a fun way with plenty of alliteration), and eye-catching illustrations. The text is delivered in short captions, but is chock-full of the kinds of facts and comparisons that will leave a lasting impression on young readers. Twenty-seven prehistoric lizards are covered–both those that are familiar and many lesser known, but equally fascinating. The illustrations were boldly created by typography. The featured dinosaurs are made up solely of an arrangement of their first letters, both capital and lower case. The many foldout pages are beautifully done and add to the overall appeal and excitement of the book. The font varies in style, size, and color, creating even more visual interest. Many libraries have alphabet books in abundance, but this is one not to miss.–Amy Shepherd, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
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ANDREWS, Julie & Emma Walton Hamilton. The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart. illus. by Christine Davenier. 32p. (Very Fairy Princess Series). Little, Brown. Jan. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780316185592.
AUSTIN, Mike. Monsters Love Colors. illus. by author. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. Feb. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-06-212594-1.
BAKER, Ken. Old MacDonald Had a Dragon . illus. by Christopher Santoro. 32p. Amazon. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6175-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6243-9. LC 2011036607.
BANIA, Michael. Kumak’s River: A Tall Tale from the Far North. illus. by author. 32p. Alaska Northwest. 2012.Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-88240-886-6; pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-88240-887-3. LC 2012019726.
BRACKEN, Beth. The Little Bully. illus. by Jennifer A. Bell. ISBN 978-1-4048-6795-6. LC 2011029540.
JONES, Christianne. Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker. illus. by Richard Watson. ISBN 978-1-4048-6796-3.
ea vol: (Little Boost Series). Picture Window. 2012. 32p. PLB $22.65.
BRAMSEN, Carin. Hey, Duck! illus. by author. 40p. Random. Jan. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86990-7; PLB $20.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96990-4. LC 2012001880.
BRYANT, Megan E. Alphasaurus. ISBN 978-1-4521-0748-6.
––––.Colorasaurus. ISBN 978-1-4521-0814-8.
––––.Countasaurus. ISBN 978-1-4521-0747-9.
––––. Shapeasaurus. ISBN 978-1-4521-0815-5.
ea vol: illus. by. Luciana Navarro Powell. 20p. Chronicle. 2012. BD $9.99.
BUNTING, Eve. Frog and Friends: Frog’s Flying Adventure. Bk. 4. illus. by Josée Masse. 48p. (I Am a Reader! Series). Sleeping Bear. 2012. Tr $9.95. ISBN 978-1-58536-805-1; pap. $3.99. ISBN 978-1-58536-806-8.
CHAIKIN, Miriam. Hardlucky: The Story of a Boy Who Learns How to Think Before He Acts. illus. by Gabriel Lisowski. 40p. Sky Pony. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-61608-963-4.
CUMMING, Hannah. The Red Boat. illus. by author. 28p. Child’s Play. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-84643-493-8.
DEMAS, Corinne. Here Comes Trouble! illus. by Norah Z. Jones. 40p. Scholastic. Jan. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-35906-1.
EDWARDS, Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton. Little Bo in London: The Ultimate Adventure of Bonnie Boadicea. illus. by Henry Cole. 112p. (Little Bo Series). HarperCollins/Julie Andrews. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-0-06-008911-5. LC 2010013685.
FORD, Bernette. Princess Puppy. illus. by Sam Williams. 32p. Scholastic/Cartwheel. Jan. 2013. pap. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-545-45006-5.
FOWLER, Gloria. Color . illus. by Alexander Girard. 58p. photos. AMMO. 2012. BD $14.95. ISBN 978-1-9344-2977-8.
GAIMAN, Neil. Chu’s Day. illus. by Adam Rex. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Jan. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-201781-9.
GIFF, Patricia Reilly. Fiercely and Friends: The Big Something. illus. by Diane Palmisciano. 40p.Scholastic/Orchard. 2012. PLB $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-43369-3; Tr $6.99. ISBN 978-0-545-24459-6. LC 2011016759.
HEALD, Robin. Pat, Roll, Pull: A Challah Braiding Story. illus. by Erin Taylor. 32p. Hachai. 2012. PLB $10.95. ISBN 978-1-929628-64-3. LC 2011916175.
HEILBRONER, Joan. A Pet Named Sneaker. illus. by Pascal Lemaitre. 48p. (Beginner Books Series). Random.Jan. 2013. Tr $8.99. ISBN 978-0-307-97580-5; PLB $12.99. ISBN 978-0-375-97116-7; ebook $8.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98112-8. LC 2011047340.
HENRY, Jed. Cheer Up, Mouse! illus. by author. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2013. RTE $12.99. ISBN 978-0-547-68107-8.
JIANG, Ji-li. Red Kite, Blue Kite. illus. by Greg Ruth. 32p. Hyperion/Disney. Jan. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-2753-6.
KINCH, Devon. Pretty Penny Makes Ends Meet. illus. by author. 40p. Random. Jan. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86737-8; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96735-1; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98128-9.
LEATHERS, Philippa. The Black Rabbit. illus. by author. 40p. Candlewick. Jan. 2013. Tr $14. ISBN 978-0-7636-5714-7. LC 2012942317.
LONG, Heather. Max & Milo Go to Sleep! illus. by Ethan Long. 32p. S & S/Aladdin. Jan. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5143-8.
MACKALL, Dandi Daley. There’s a Baby in There! illus. by Carlynn Whitt. 32p. Amazon. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6191-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6193-7. LC 2011034875.
MCPHAIL, David. Ben Loves Bear. illus. by author. 22p. Abrams Appleseed. Jan. 2013. BD $8.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0386-7.
MANUSHKIN, Fran. Big Girl Panties. illus. by Valeria Petrone. 24p. Random/Robin Corey. 2012. BD $7.99. ISBN 978-0-307-93152-8.
MARSHALL, Linda Elovitz. The Passover Lamb. illus. by Tatjana Mai-Wyss. 32p. Random. Jan. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-307-93177-1; PLB $20.99. ISBN 978-0-375-97106-8; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98107-4. LC 2011052092.
MAYHEW, James. Ella Bella Ballerina and The Nutcracker. illus. by author. 32p. Barron’s. 2012. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-7641-6581-8.
MLYNOWSKI, Sarah. If the Shoe Fits. Bk. 2. 166p. (Whatever After Series). Scholastic. Jan. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-545-41567-5; ebook $14.99. ISBN 978-0-545-50465-2.
OLANDER, Johan. My Robots: The Robotic Genius of Lady Regina Bonquers III. illus. by author. 61p.Amazon. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6173-9. LC 2011036697.
PFISTER, Marcus. The Yellow Cab. tr. from German by Rebecca Morrison. illus. by author. 32p. NorthSouth. Mar. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7358-4111-6.
RENNERT, Laura. Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams. illus. by Melanie Florian. 102p. Dial. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3750-1; pap. $5.99. ISBN 978-0-1424-2510-7.
RENOULT, Armelle. Basil Becomes a Big Brother . tr. from French by Susan Allen Maurin. illus. by Claire Frossard. 32p. Auzou. 2012. pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-2-7338-2143-5.
ROBBERECHT, Thierry. Superhero School. tr. from Dutch. illus. by Philippe Goossens. 30p. Clavis. 2012. RTE $15.95. ISBN 978-1-60537-140-5.
ROSS, Gary. Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind. illus. by Matthew Myers. 96p. Candlewick. 2012. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-4920-3.
SEVEN, John. A Year with Friends. illus. by Jana Christy. 32p. Abrams Appleseed. Jan. 2013. RTE $14.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0443-7.
SPERRING, Mark. The Shape of My Heart. illus. by Alys Paterson. 32p. Bloomsbury. Jan. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-59990-962-2.
STURGES, Judy Sue Goodwin. Construction Kitties . illus. by Shari Halpern. 32p. Holt/Christy Ottaviano. Feb. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9105-2. LC 2011043537.
THEMERSON, Stefan. The Table That Ran Away to the Woods. tr. from Polish. illus. by Franciszka Themerson. 20p. Tate. 2012. Tr $10.95. ISBN 978-1-84976-057-7.
THOMPSON, Colin. Free to a Good Home. illus. by author. 32p. Trafalgar Square. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-74166-319-8.
THOMSON, Sarah L., retel. Cinderella. illus. by Nicoletta Ceccoli. 32p. Amazon. 2012. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6170-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6171-5. LC 2011034873.
VAN GENECHTEN, Guido. Ricky’s Birthday. tr. from Dutch. illus. by author. 30p. Clavis. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-60537-119-1.
WYETH, Sharon Dennis. The Granddaughter Necklace. illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. 32p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. Jan. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-08125-2. LC 2011038933.
YACCARINO, Dan. Doug Unplugged. illus. by author. 40p. Knopf. Feb. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86643-2.
ZIEFERT, Harriet. The Princess and the Peas and Carrots. illus. by Travis Foster. 40p. Blue Apple. 2012. Tr ISBN 978-1-60905-250-8.
BROCKET, Jane. Circles, Stars, and Squares: Looking for Shapes. photos by author. 32p. (Jane Brocket’s Clever Concepts Series). Millbrook. 2012. RTE $25.26. ISBN 978-0-7613-4611-1; ebook $18.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-7260-8. LC 2011050199.
BROWN, Calef. We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse. illus. by author. 40p. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2013. RTE $9.99. ISBN 978-0-547-72128-6.
COMDEN, Betty, Adolph Green, & Carolyn Leigh. Flying to Neverland with Peter Pan: A Lyrical Journey with Songs from the Broadway Musical. illus. by Amy June Bates. 40p. Blue Apple. 2012. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-1-60905-249-2.
CUNNINGHAM, Kevin. Reading Maps. ISBN 978-0-531-26006-7; ISBN 978-0-531-26237-5. LC 2012000692.
TAYLOR-BUTLER, Christine. Understanding Diagrams. ISBN 978-0-531-26008-1; ISBN 978-0-531-26239-9.LC 2012004797.
––––.Understanding Charts and Graphs. ISBN 978-0-531-26009-8; ISBN 978-0-531-26240-5. LC 2012002643.
ea vol: 48p. (A True Book). charts. chron. diags. further reading. glossary. index. maps. photos. websites. Children’s Press. 2012. PLB $29; pap. $6.95.
CURTIS, Andrea. What’s for Lunch?: How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World. illus. by Sophie Casson. 40p. glossary. Red Deer. 2012. pap. $12.95. ISBN 978-0-88995-482-3.
DEMI. Columbus. illus. by author. 64p. map. Amazon. 2012. RTE $19.99. ISBN 9780761461678. LC 2011036019.
DIVAKARUNI, Chitra Banerjee, retel. Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale . illus. by Susy Pilgrim Waters. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. Mar. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-378-6. LC 2012001392.
FARMER, Jaqueline. Valentine Be Mine. illus. by Megan Halsey. 32p. photos. Charlesbridge. Jan. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-389-3; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-390-9; ebook $6.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-467-4. LC 2011049504.
GERBER, Carole. Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices. illus. by Eugene Yelchin. 32p.Holt. Feb. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9211-0. LC 2012011490.
GREENWOOD, Mark. The Greatest Liar on Earth: A True Story. illus. by Frané Lessac. 32p. Candlewick. 2012.RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6155-7.
HULBERT, Laura. Who Has This Tail? illus. by Erik Brooks. 44p. Holt. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9429-9.
KAUFMAN, Elliott. Alphabet Everywhere . 64p. index. Abbeville. 2012. RTE $14.95. ISBN 978-0-7892-1115-6.LC 2011053027.
LESYNSKI, Loris. Crazy About Soccer! illus. by Gerry Rasmussen. 48p. Annick. 2012. PLB $22.95. ISBN 978-1-55451-422-9; pap. $12.95. ISBN 978-1-55451-421-2.
MIRON, Marie-Charlotte & Mélanie Perez. My Little Handbook of Experi ments: Sciences, Water and Light, Ecology. tr. from French by Susan Allen Maurin. illus. by Vincent Hubert. 144p. glossary. Auzou. 2012. Tr $12.95. ISBN 978-2-7338-2147-3.
NELSON, Kadir. Nelson Mandela. illus. by author. 40p. bibliog. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. Jan. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-178374-6; PLB $18.89. ISBN 978-0-06-178376-0.
O’BRIEN, John. Look…Look Again! illus. by author. 64p. Boyds Mills. 2012. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-59078-894-3. LC 2012936283.
OROZCO, Rebeca. It’s Our Nature. illus. by Menena Cottin. 24p. Tundra. 2012. Tr $12.95. ISBN 978-1-77049-283-7.
OWEN, Ruth. Easter Sweets and Treats. ISBN 978-1-4488-8084-3; ISBN 978-1-4488-8131-4. LC 2012009781.
––––. Halloween Sweets and Treats. ISBN 978-1-4488-8079-9; ISBN 978-1-4488-8126-0. LC 2012009216.
RANDALL, Ronne. Thanksgiving Sweets and Treats. ISBN 978-1-4488-8082-9; ISBN 978-1-4488-8129-1. LC 2012006774.
ea vol: 32p. (Holiday Cooking for Kids! Series). photos. glossary. index. websites. Windmill. 2012. PLB $26.50; pap. $11.75.
REGAN, Lisa. Ballet Dancer. ISBN 978-1-4488-8091-1; ISBN 978-1-4488-8150-5. LC 2012005288.
––––. Magician. ISBN 978-1-4488-8094-2; ISBN 978-1-4488-8153-6. LC 2012001528.
––––. Movie Star. ISBN 978-1-4888-8095-9; ISBN 978-1-4488-8154-3. LC 2012052810.
––––. Pop Star. ISBN 978-1-4488-8096-6; ISBN 978-1-4488-8155-0. LC 2012001529.
ea vol: 32p. (Stage School Series). photos. further reading. glossary. index. websites. Windmill. 2012. PLB $25.25; pap. $10.
SAUNDERS, Tom. I Want to Go to the Moon. illus. by Cynthia Nugent. 32p. w/CD. Simply Read. 2012. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-1-897476-56-7.
SHEPHERD, Jodie. A Day with Doctors. ISBN 978-0-531-28950-1; ISBN 978-0-531-29250-1. LC 2012013354.
––––.A Day with Librarians. ISBN 978-0-531-28952-5; ISBN 978-0-531-29252-5. LC 2012013357.
––––.A Day with Paramedics. ISBN 978-0-531-28954-9; ISBN 978-0-531-29254-9. LC 2012013358.
ea vol: 32p. (Rookie Read About Community Series). index. photos. websites. Children’s Press. 2012. PLB $23; pap. $5.95.
STONES, Brenda & Thea Feldman. Where Animals Live. ISBN 978-0-7534-6877-7; ISBN 978-0-7534-6878-4.
––––.Where We Live. ISBN 978-0-7534-6901-9; ISBN 978-0-7534-6902-6.
ea vol: 32p. (Kingfisher Readers). glossary. photos. Kingfisher. 2012. PLB $12.99; pap. $3.99.
THOMSON, Sarah L., adapt. Around the Neighborhood: A Counting Lullaby. illus. by Jana Christy. 32p. score.Amazon. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6164-7; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6165-4. LC 2011034872.
WADE, Mary Dodson. No Year of the Cat. illus. by Nicole Wong. 32p. Sleeping Bear. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-58536-785-6. LC 2012007692.
WARD, Jennifer. There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish. illus. by Steve Gray. 32p. Amazon. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6196-8; ebook $3.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6197-5. LC 2011036695.
ZEPHANIAH, Benjamin. When I Grow Up. 28p. illus. Frances Lincoln. 2012. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-1-84780-059-6.