More Picture Book Gems of 2012

 Here are a few more picture book gems that you may or may not have heard of.  I used several of these in my storytime, and they received rave reviews from children.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have.   

My Dad Is Big and Strong, But... : A Bedtime Story

Every night it's the same old thing, with dad refusing to go to bed. He wants to play, read stories, even sleep with me, and when he makes his pleading face, I always give in and read him another story. But that's it, since enough is enough. When it get's really tough, I tell myself, "Have courage. We're almost there." A boy's playful account of trying to put his dad to sleep gives children a delightful heads up on what a pain they can be at bedtime, while affirming the tender bond between father and son. A joyful, sweet, laughter-inducing book that children will clamor to read again and again!

Coralie Saudo is a children's book author and illustrator with an altogether terrific sense of humor. She has written over twenty books, many of which she has illustrated. In this volume, her high-spirited text is perfectly matched by the high humor of Kris Di Giacomo's illustrations. Born in Brazil, Kris Di Giacomo is a popular children's book illustrator who has lived in France for a long time. After a brief stint in the United States, she moved to France, where teaching English to young children and discovering French picture books were the triggers that led her into illustration. She has illustrated twenty picture books, a few of which she has written as well.

 

The Perfect Hug  Joanna Walsh 

An adorable follow-up to The Biggest Kiss , which School Library Journal called "a wonderful cuddle-up-and-read choice." There are hugs for wrigglers, and hugs for gigglers. Hugs that are tickly, and hugs that are prickly…But what kind of hug is absolutely PERFECT? This fabulous feel-good picture book is simply bursting with the cuddliest, snuggliest, most perfect hugs. Dive in and enjoy a hug yourself!

Puss in Boots  Jerry Pinkney.

This elegant new edition of Charles Perrault's fairy tale win the hearts of young and old alike. Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney brings a beloved fairy tale to new life Jerry Pinkney, one of the country's most celebrated picture book creators, is a master at reimagining classic tales. Now he has turned his talents to Puss in Boots , and he is at his best with this lively, cinematic version. For generations, children have delighted in the tale of the clever cat who tricks both a king and a sorcerer in order to win a castle and a princess for his penniless master. The humor, the magic, and a lush Renaissance setting are all on glorious display, and a well-placed gatefold adds to the drama.

 

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy Jan Thomas.

This playful picture book from Jan Thomas features a courageous cowboy who croons to his cows before bed with just a few fearful interruptions. Join the Brave Cowboy as he tries to sing his young calf pals to sleep on a dark, dark night--EEEEEEEK! IS THAT A HUGE HAIRY SPIDER OVER THERE? Oh, it's just a flower? Well then, back to the lullaby. No one does preschool humor with Jan Thomas's wit, verve, and bold, snappy color. And her Brave Cowboy and his silly, interrupted lullaby are sure to get everybody singing before they head off into cozy dreamland….

 Abe Lincoln's Dream  Lane Smith.

When a schoolgirl gets separated from her tour of the White House and finds herself in the Lincoln bedroom, she also discovers the ghost of the great man himself. This is a funny, touching tale about the legacy of one of America's greatest president. 

 

Bear Says Thanks Karma Wilson

 What better way for Bear to say thanks, than to have a big dinner with all his friends! Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks; a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There's just one problem: Bear's cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Karma Wilson's playful text and Jane Chapman's charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share.

Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased Amy Novesky

Georgia O'Keeffe's Hawaiian tour celebrates natural beauty and powerful artistic convictions. Georgia O'Keeffe was famous for painting exactly what she wanted, whether flowers or skulls. Who would ever dare to tell her what to paint? The Hawaiian Pineapple Company tried. Luckily for them, Georgia fell in love with Hawaii. There she painted the beloved green islands, vibrant flowers, feathered fishhooks, and the blue, blue sea. But did she paint what the pineapple company wanted most of all? Amy Novesky's lyrical telling of this little-known story and Yuyi Morales's gorgeous paintings perfectly capture Georgia's strong artistic spirit. Lexile: 890

Sadly, picture books are often perceived as being “what little kids read.” Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased includes an author's note, illustrator's note, bibliography, map of the islands, and endpapers that identify Georgia's favorite Hawaiian flowers. This is a perfect example of why picture books should be included in every child’s reading list.

Looking at Lincoln Maira Kalman.

This juvenile  biography is in picture book format, and if you follow my blog, you have seen it before. So, why am I including it?  Well, simply because I feel it's a really good book and one I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy.

Abraham Lincoln is one of the first giants of history children are introduced to, and now Maira Kalman brings him to life with her trademark style and enthusiasm. Lincoln's legacy is everywhere - there he is on your penny and five-dollar bill. And we are still the United States because Lincoln helped hold them together. But who was he, really? The little girl in this book wants to find out. Among the many other things, she discovers our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all, had a dog named Fido, loved Mozart, apples, and his wife's vanilla cake, and kept his notes in his hat. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Kalman shares Lincoln's remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way.