Fall Picture Book Release Reviews
Just in time for the beginning of early holiday shopping Usborne and Kane Miller have released some fun new books. These new releases and lots of other great books can be found here.
Choose Your Own Journey by Susie Brooks and illustrated by Tracy Cottingham is an adventure book geared for child 3-7. At the beginning of the book the child gets to choose the BOAT, the TRAIN, the CAR or the BIKE and the follow adventure being that object and see where it will takes them. The text includes information about how the adventure would be experienced in each vehicle which gives the child an opportunity to experience the journey from different perspectives. The illustrations are detailed and include cutouts and path following to engage the reader even more through the tactile addition. With the books action based and onomatopoeic language the reader is drawn in and almost becomes part of the book. Choose Your Own Journey is a great book for language development, interactive reading and can be read again and again.
Counting Throughout the Day by Margaret Hamilton and illustrated by Anna Pignataro is a counting book geared at 3-6 year old. This book is not just another counting book with its beautiful soft illustrations and rhyming text. From “One cuddly teddy on a brand-new day.” right to the end with “Good night!” the counting from 1-12 then 20, hundreds, thousands, millions and back to one shining moon tells a story with details of counting throughout the day. This is a counting book which can be enjoyed by both child and adult day after day.
There are two new books being added to the Billie’s Adventures by Sally Rippin illustrated by Alisa Coburn; Billie’s Wild Jungle Adventure and Billie’s Yummy Bakery Adventure. Billie’s adventures are set in her preschool making them ideal for preschool and kindergarten aged children. In Billie’s Wild Jungle Adventure Billie and her best friend Jack are out in the school yard’s tire swing pretending to be monkeys and before you know it they’re on a jungle adventure. Billie’s Yummy Bakery Adventure starts with a cardboard box bakery and a friend who doesn’t want to play with others and after some help from the teacher and some team work a super bakery serving all the classrooms creatures is created. The use of speech bubbles, onomatopoeia, different text and size and imagination makes them great for read alouds and as a way to get kids to start writing their own stories. The illustrations are vibrant and detailed but at the same time simple as if a child could have drawn them from their own imagination. Billie’s Adventure books would be great for getting a child excited about school and for classroom use.
Another book that would be great for budding writers is Scribble & Author by Miri Leshem-Pelly. In this story there is Scribble who is a scribble it starts off “Hello, Scribble. I’m the author, and I’m here to help you create your journey. Let’s start at the beginning.”. With rough draft style illustration and Scribble using speech bubbles the author and Scribble walk their way through writing a story and in doing so create a funny book about how you write a story. This book would be a great introduction for 5-7 year olds who are learning how to write stories as well as just a funny book for kids 3-8 years old.
What is your favorite picture book and why?
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