Picture Book

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths By Graham Annable

Peter & Ernesto book cover: illustrated image of the top leafy portion of a tree with 2 sloth heads sticking out"We’re content. There’s no need to move much when you’re content. But I’m not content. So I’ve been traveling."

Peter and Ernesto are best friends. They are also sloths. They both love to look up and find pictures in the sky. But when Ernesto leaves on a grand adventure to see more sky, Peter is at a loss. He loves his home. And it’s dangerous not up in the trees. Right? Soon, Peter follows in Ernesto’s footsteps as he tries to find his best friend. In turn, he too learns to become brave and to see the world.

The big panels and simple words with clear, cute pictures are perfect for elementary grade readers who would like to branch into graphic novels.

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Victoria, Kids World

Hear a Story read from Space!

Storytime from Space is exactly what it promises to be. Astronauts have been recorded reading different space and science themed picture books while on the International Space Station. These readings have been posted online for you to enjoy as part of a project of the Global Space Education Foundation in conjuction with other organizations including NASA.

So far 12 videos have been posted ranging from 8 minutes to 20 minutes. The varying lengths of the book selections do cause the recommended age of the listener to vary from preschool through early elementary depending on the video. However, the lark of hearing a story from space is something that might appeal to a wider range of audience- no matter the book chosen.

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Celeste, Kids World

Dino Duckling By: Alison Murray

Dino duckling book cover: a t-rex hatching out of an egg surrounded by ducklings and am adult duck looking on“Sometimes Dino Duckling couldn’t help feeling different, but Mama Duck always said, ‘Big and wide, sleek and slim, we’re a family and we all fit in.’”

What happens when a dinosaur grows up in a duck family? They all swim, fish, learn to share and find their way by the stars. But what happens when the duck family have to fly south? In this sweet story, the readers will learn that being different can be a good thing.
Recommended for lower elementary school readers.

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Victoria, Kids World

Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi

Frank the seven-legged spider book cover"Frank likes being a spider. He likes making beautiful webs..."

Until one day when Frank wakes up without a leg! Frank doesn't know what to do, he's now a seven legged spider and is not even sure if he is a spider anymore. So he sets out to find his missing leg.

Frank is determined to be the spider he was once before but encounters new challenges along the way. Join Frank on his journey to discover what it means to be a spider. This picture book would be enjoyed as a read aloud for listeners ranging from 2 years old through early elementary students.

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Gilly, Kids World

Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates by: April Jones Prince

Goldenlocks and the three pirates“Papa, Mama, and bonny Baby hoisted themselves onto the main deck and headed straight for their breakfast. ‘Shiver me timbers, someone’s been eating me gruel!’ Papa boomed.”

Brush up on your pirate lingo with this new refreshing tale of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” When papa, mama and baby pirate row back to their ship with fresh water in tow they find that someone used some of their things, but wait, did she fix them too?

Readers who are familiar with the original tale would love this new twist! Recommended for early elementary school pirates!

Ahoy Matey!

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Victoria, Kids World

Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna the Very First Chicken By: Douglas Rees

Tyrannosaurus Rex xs. Edna the Very First Chicken book cover; illustration of a chicken standing between the feet of a dinoasur"I am big and fierce and you should be afraid of me,’ Tyrannosaurus said. “I am small and brave and you should be afraid of me,” Edna told him."

Tyrannosaurus Rex is really hungry for some breakfast. The big T Rex chases all the other dinosaurs in hopes of having them as his next meal. Edna, the itty-bitty chicken, is not afraid of Tyrannosaurus Rex. She doesn’t run away, but stands her ground!

In this delightful picture book, Rees shows us that we should stand up to bullies and not let them frighten us. Younger elementary school readers would enjoy this book.

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Victoria, Kids World

The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse by Mac Barnett

The Wolf, The Duck, & The Mouse book cover: illustration of a wolf behind a tree“Early one morning, a mouse met a wolf, and he was quickly gobbled up.”

You might think that’s the end of the story. But you would be wrong.

The quirky dead-pan duo, writer Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen, have paired up once again to tell a tale of what happens when a mouse gets eaten by a wolf. This picture book is recommended for young readers in lower elementary grades who enjoy the pair’s other books and their sense of humor.

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Victoria, Kids World

My Very Own Space By Pippa Goodhart

My Very Own Space book cover: bunch of illustrated rabbits “SHUSH! I want to look at my book!”

Sometimes everyone needs a little space to themselves. Little Rabbit Jack just wants to read his book but all those around him keep interrupting him. His solution is to enclose himself in a crayon drawn circle so he can finish his book. Soon he gets lonely when he realized how much fun everyone else was having around him, while he was all alone. Little Rabbit Jack realizes the difference between being alone and lonely. Sometimes alone time is needed to accomplish a task but being alone all the time isn’t fun.

A good lap read for kids age 2 and up, the darling illustrations will keep your little reader engaged.

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Gilly, Kids World

I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor

I want to be in a Scary Story book cover: simple illustration of a purple monster“Ok. We could start the story in a dark and scary forest.”

Little Monster wants to be part of a story, but not just any story. He wants be part of a scary story! But there might be a spooky house, maybe a creepy ghost, and wait, is that a monkey? This story filled with bold illustrations for young readers who love a good fright (and a laugh.)

This book is recommended for children in preschool through early elementary levels.

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Victoria, Kids World

How to Make Friends With a Ghost by Rebecca Green

How to Make Friends with a Ghost book cover: illustration of a girl sitting on a swing set with a ghost floating over the swing seat next to her"If you've ever been frightened by a ghost, the thought of becoming friends with one might seem awfully scary."

Don’t be scared --- this how-to guide will help you understand “the dos and don’ts” when meeting and keeping your new pale pal. Green both authored and illustrated this cute and clever picture book, her first, which offers the reader visual or verbal surprises on every spread.

Beginning with how to find a ghost (you can’t, they find you), the book offers how-to sections as follows: “Ghost Basics” (don’t run, wave), “Ghost Care” (do not let your ghost help with the laundry), “Growing Together” (your ghost will follow you into your adult endeavors and beyond). Clever details include gross-out food suggestions (the “wacky snackies”), including a recipe for “floating spaghetti and mudballs” (ick!)
 
This title would best be enjoyed as a read-aloud with one or more trick-or-treaters ages 4 through 10. Both parents and little ones will enjoy the illustrations and how-to tips; grade-schoolers will see through and enjoy more of the wordplay and jokes.

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