Some of the best new books in our library are for our preschool patrons. These are stories that will delight the child in your lap or the young children at story hour:
Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo. This is the perfect book to share with either a child learning about numbers or your favorite graphic designer. A chunky “blocky” book with thick pages, Countablock counts from 1 to 10 and then moves up in increments of 10. The book does more than count…there’s a cause and effect game happening at the same time. For example, 20 caterpillars become 20 butterflies. Cucumbers turn into pickles. I think kids will actually enjoy the cause and effect element of this book more than the numbers themselves.
Diggers Go by Steve Light. This brightly-colored book is one of a series of four books about things that go. The author also created: Planes Go, Trucks Go, and Trains Go – all of which convey their “sounds” by Light’s use of varying type size. To be honest, I’m not a big truck fan. The only truck I really care about is the one that makes deliveries to Starbucks, but Light’s series captured my attention with its ingenious design. Each volume has thick pages and an oversized horizontal trim size – fitting the dynamic subjects.
Giant Vehicles by Rod Green and Stephen Biesty. The transportation theme continues in this book illustrated by the master of the cross section, Stephen Biesty. I wish this book had been around when my son was young. I could have showered, loaded the dishwasher, and started the laundry while he was busy poring over all of the details. One of the highlighted vehicles is the Airbus A380 which, I was interested to learn, is larger than 2 blue whales!
Jack by Tomie dePaola. Jack has the potential to become a “read it again” book. Jack, who wants to see the world and live in a city, is on a quest of sorts – to see the king and see if he can offer some assistance. On his way he collects a group of animal friends(like Silly Sally by Audrey Wood) who join him and ultimately help Jack to renovate a house in the city. Familiar characters (look for Red Riding Hood) make cameo appearances!
Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon. Just in time for fall, a story about pumpkins! This is such a sweet little story. I know that sounds cliche but it’s the only way to describe this winning book. Penguin and his friend, Bootsy, want to go on an adventure to see what autumn looks like, but like little brothers everywhere, Penguin’s brother, Pumpkin, wants to join the fun. He’s not too happy when Penguin tells him he is not welcome!
School starts tomorrow – and I will have a delivery of new books for our Children’s House teachers…