Picture Book

Sweety by Andrea Zuill

Sweety book cover: an illustrated mole rat in a yellow dress sits alone on a wooden bench“Occasionally Sweety did things that others had a hard time comprehending. Like the day she gave her book report through interpretive dance.”

Have you ever danced to the beat of your own drum? Have hobbies that some may find weird or just different?

Sweety is an awkward mole rat. She likes to interpretive dance, look for various fungi, and read all sorts of books. But she doesn’t have many friends. Not a lot of the other mole rats like to look at fungi, you see. And they don’t quite understand the meaning of interpretive dance.

But after her beloved and equally awkward Aunt Ruth comes to visit, Sweety realizes that she doesn’t have to change who she is to have friends. Just be who you are and the friends will find you.

It’s a perfect book for preschool to lower elementary readers who need a boost of self-confidence (or to look at cute naked mole rats!)

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Don't Let the Penguin Drive the Batmobile by Jacob Lambert

MAD presents Don't Let the Penguin Drive the Batmobile book cover: illustration of the batman villain, Penguin“I WANT TO DRIVE THE BATMOBILE!!!”
 
The arch villain Penguin really wants to drive the Batmobile, but the readers of this book have been entrusted by the Caped Crusader himself to make sure that doesn’t happen. Special pop-ins of various characters (good guys and villains alike) from the Batman universe encourage the reader to stand firm.
 
Like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems, this MAD parody invites readers to interact with the book’s text by going off script and shouting “No!” at the pages. In particular, young superhero fans and Pigeon fans ranging from 2 years old to early elementary schoolers will find a lot here to enjoy especially if their adult reader puts some “whine” into Penguin’s pleading. Go ahead, grab a reading partner, and remember, Batman is counting on you to not let Penguin drive the Batmobile.
 
 
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Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex

Are You Scared Darth Vader? book cover; image of darth vader standing in a darken forest“I do not get scared. No one has the power to frighten Lord Vader.”
 
Who or what is Darth Vader afraid of? Vampires? Witches? Ghosts? No! He’s not afraid of anything! Hmm..or is he??
In this delightful book with multimedia illustrations, the narrator tries to scare Darth Vader, by any means necessary. 
Recommended for Star Wars and/or Halloween fans from kindergarten through early elementary grades. 
 
 
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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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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.

Visit Storytime from Space official website

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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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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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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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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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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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