Three Must-Have New Books….

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If you are a school librarian or parent wondering which of the new books to borrow or buy, here are three that stand out from a recent delivery of spring titles.

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Pax and Blue by Lori Richmond (ages 3-6)

The story has been told before, but Richmond does it simply and sweetly.  Pax, a young boy who lives in the city, is friends with a pigeon he names Blue. Every morning, Pax brings a “bit of toast and shares it with Blue.”  But one morning, as Pax’s mom races to work, Blue follows them onto a packed subway car where, of course, a little pigeon can get lost and cause panic on the train!  There is a happy ending of course, but there is something about the cartoon-like drawings and muted colors that makes this a special book. This would be fun to read with Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, another heartwarming story about friends who are temporarily separated.

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Not Quite Narshal by Jessie Sima (ages 4-7)

A new story about being true to yourself, but there can’t be too many of those!  Kelp seems to hatch from a clam – and knows “early on that he was different from the other narwhals.”  Kelp plays joyfully with his accepting narwhal friends, but when he sees an adult unicorn standing on a cliff, he knows the truth.  Kelp is happy to meet other unicorns, but he loves his ocean friends too.  Luckily, he discovers that he can live in both worlds.  Excellent storytime possibilities: either pair it with other stories of belonging: The Ugly Ducking or Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio.  Or plan a unicorn gathering and include A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young and Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

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Wolfie & Fly by Cary Fagan (ages 6-9)

With the growing focus on maker spaces and maker culture in schools, this is the perfect early chapter to support tinkering.  Renata is a young girl who prefers reading about undersea life to being with other children – until she meets her neighbor Fly, a boy who enjoys making up songs and playing them on his plastic guitar.  When Renata starts building a submarine from a large cardboard box, a friendship is born.  I hope to see lots more projects from these two imaginative kids!

News From the Book World…..

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Dick Bruna, the Dutch creator of Miffy, the white rabbit, died at the age of 89.  Over twenty years ago, during my first trip to Holland, I fell in love with the simplicity and sweetness of Miffy and came home with books, dish towels, and a refrigerator magnet – pictured above.

Link to the New York Times obituary:

Philip Pullman, at the author of His Dark Materials, announced that he will release the first book in a new trilogy on October 19.  The Book of Dust, Pullman said, “is the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organization, which wants to stifle speculation and inquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free.”  A timely read, and the best part — Lyra Belacqua, the heroine of His Dark Materials, returns in this new trilogy!

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Happy Reading!

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