Picture Book

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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Mary Jo, Kids World

That's NOT How You Do It! By Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar

That's NOT How You Do It! book cover: an illustrated cat with arms crossed is frowning while wearing a berret"Everything was fine, until the day Toshi arrived."

Lucy knows how to do everything under the sun. Build a tower of blocks, eat with a fork, even how to paint an elephant. Lucy is so good in fact, that everyone else in the neighborhood comes to her for help. However all that changes when Toshi arrives. Toshi also knows how to do many things too, but he does them all wrong! Or, is that really the case?

Cultures lightly ‘clash’ in the book, ‘That’s not how you do it!’. When something is different, it’s easy to think it’s wrong. However this books shows even our youngest kids that there’s more than one correct way to do things, and in the end we can all learn from each other and make something beautiful.

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Naomi, Kids World

Carrot & Pea by Morag Hood

Carrot and Pea: An Unlikely Friendship book cover- illustrated green peas fil the page with one orange carrot stick"Colin isn't at all like Lee and the other peas."
"He is much too tall and much too orange."

Lee and Colin are so different. Lee is a pea: little, round, and green. Colin is a carrot: large, rectangular, and orange. All of Lee's friends are peas, except for Colin. Not only does Colin not look like Lee and his pea friends, but he cannot do many of the things peas can do like roll or bounce. However, Colin can do many things the peas cannot. Will the peas accept Colin for who he is, even though he is not the same as them?

These simple illustrations in this story of friendship and acceptance make detecting round peas as different from orange carrots fun for those just learning shapes and colors, and funny for those already in the know. This title is best for birth through out preschool and readers who are learning about being accepted and accepting.

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Brittany, Kids World

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos

Swatch book cover: an illustrated girl in long grey pants and gray and white striped long-sleeved shirt with color dots trailing behind her"Her name was Swatch, and she was a color tamer."

Do you have a hard time choosing just one color to call your favorite? Then meet Swatch. This young girl collects breathtaking colors from all over and places them in jars. One day, she stumbles upon the color she hasn't yet collected: yellow. But yellow doesn't want to be tamed. Will Swatch continue to try and tame yellow, or will she let it roam free?

This picture book is perfect for exposing pre-kindergarten students to a beautiful array of colors. It will be sure to capture their attention with its vibrant artwork.

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Aseel, Kids World

Can You Snore Like a Dinosaur? by Monica Sweeney

Can You Snore Like a Dinosaur book Cover: two long neck dinosuars nuzzle a baby nestled between them"Can you yawn like a Pteranodan?"

This self-designated "Help-Your-Child-to-Sleep Book" offers illustrations of sleepy dinosaurs as a backdrop for its quiet interactive text. With tips from a certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, this book offers struggling parents a guide to help settle down rombitious young ones. Encourage your child to do as the dinosaurs do- fall sleep. Young dinosaur fans, particularly those between ages 2 and 5, will find this a perfect bedtime story.

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Celeste Kids World

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Du Iz Tak? book cover featuring two insects looking at a sprouting plant. the title is in a speech bubble apparently said by the bug on the left"Iz tak unk gladdenboot?" "Unk gladdenboot!"

This 2017 Caldecott Honor picture book leaves a lot to the imagination. Written entirely in seemingly nonsense words, readers follow a group of bugs discover, celebrate, and eventually abandon a flower throughout its life cycle. Half of the fun of this title is guessing what each bug is saying and what each nonsense word means, what part of language it is, and perhaps making up nonsense dialogue of your own. The other half of the fun is reveling in the wonderful illustrations and learning to connect pictures to text no matter their meaning. Without being heavy handed, Du Iz Tak? hands each reader a lesson in language and storytelling they are sure to never forget!

This title is wonderful for older preschool and younger elementary school students alike, with each age group garnering a different lesson from the text and illustrations.

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Brittany, Kids World

Leave Me Alone! By Vera Brosgol

Leave Me AloneShe packed up her things in a big sack, and as she left she shouted back…LEAVE ME ALONE.

With her huge family in the way, their Grandmother can’t get one bit of knitting done before winter comes. So after making her bed, sweeping the floor, and packing her things, she sets out on a quest to be left alone to finish her work. Apparently this task is easier said than done, because each new group of distractions is more annoying than the last!

Young kids with their parents will enjoy yelling ‘Leave Me Alone’ together as they read the story aloud. Short and sweet but full of fun, I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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Naomi, Kids World

How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett

How This Book Was Made: an illustrated tiger, hamburger, and storm cloud are in the center with pages and paper all aroundThe first draft of this book was not so good. Neither was the second draft. Or the third. Or the twelfth.

Want to learn how this book got made? Here we go! There are tigers, editors, pirates, illustrations, astronauts, machines, lots of waiting, and an eagle. You got all that? But even after all that, it’s still not a real book. Can you guess what’s still missing?

“How This Book Was Made” is a great read-aloud for parents to share where reality and fantasy collide, making this book just plain fun. Introducing the basics and expectations for aspiring writers and readers as to how books come about, this ‘instructional’ is far from boring!

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Naomi, Kids World

A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts

A Bike Like Sergio's book cover: illustration of a book riding a bicycle with another walking behind“I wish,” I say, but I know that wishes won’t make money appear.

Sergio has a really great bike. Ruben only wishes he had a bike at all. With his birthday near, Ruben knows that even if he asked for a bike, his family could never afford it. In his despair, Ruben sees a lady drop a dollar bill at the grocery store. Snapping it up fast, Ruben is shocked to find out when he gets home that it’s actually a one hundred dollar bill. Maybe Ruben will get that bike for his birthday after all?

Each day our children are faced with many choices, and the courage it takes to do what’s right doesn’t always come easy. In A Bike Like Sergio’s, Ruben has a difficult decision to make. Using his own reasoning, and a little time, Ruben ultimately finds a non-fairytale ending that doesn’t sugarcoat the realities of life, but rather celebrates doing the right thing above all else. This picture book is recommended for lower and mid-elementary students.

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Naomi, Kids World

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