Fresh Reads for Kids – February 2013
A fresh list of forthcoming titles; primarily picture books and fiction with some easy readers and nonfiction, conveniently gathered together here. We’ve also highlighted a few of our favorite individual titles below; from dirty dawgs to flower girls, there is something to interest even the most reluctant reader.
This sneaky Ladybug likes to hide. Children will love this picture book game of hide-and-seek from beloved author Mem Fox, illustrated with Laura Ljungkvist’s dynamic artwork. Learn more here.
Cowpoke Clyde’s house is clean, that is except for Dawg…and let’s just say Dawg is not interested in being clean. This hilarious story involves fleas, a hog, bribery, cats, deception, and a mule. Texas-style rhyming from Lori Mortensen and acrylic and colored-pencil caricatures by illustrator Michael Allen Austin adds to the charm of this picture book. Seriously who can resist a book about a cowpoke? It’s just beggin’ to be read aloud. Learn more here.
The distinctive books of Mick Manning, illustrated by his partner Brita Granstrom, have won many awards. This book is their latest collaboration, part wildlife handbook, sketchbook, and diary. It encourages families everywhere to explore the beauty and diversity of the world we live in. This book presents information in a fun way for nature adventurers. There are activities for tracking animals, rough-counting flocks of waterfowl, making a garden wildlife survey, recognizing bird songs, identifying tree buds etc. Learn more here.
Katy Duck’s Aunt Ella is getting married and she asks Katy to be the flower girl! Katy does a lot of practicing for the big day and plans to do a little more than is required in hopes of converting her secondary role into a starring role. This fun easy reader by Alyssa Satin Capucilli is illustrated by former elementary school teacher, Henry Cole. Learn more here.