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Fall Sneak Peeks Part 1: Picture Books

June 25, 2013

Time for a sneak peek at the Fall new titles, today we’re featuring a few of our favorite Picture Books that will be in your favorite bookstore or library between August and December. Add them to your lists of must reads and maybe we’ve already helped you to do a little early holiday shopping too!

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

Sophie's Squash

When Sophie and her parents come home from the farmer’s market with a squash, it’s clear they have different ideas of what to do with it. While mom’s looking up recipes for a squash dinner, Sophie is making a new best friend and naming her Bernice. All fall, Sophie brings Bernice the Squash wherever she goes, until one day she can’t deny that her friend looks and feels a little mushy. After getting advice from the farmer’s market, Sophie buries her friend and has to make do with a new friend, a fish, all winter. Good thing fish are such good listeners. Spring brings the sun, more outdoor time, and at last Bernice makes an appearance in the form of a new squash plant. Pat Zietlow Miller takes familiar territory and gives it a fresh, modern take with this exuberant story. Illustrator Anne Wilsdorf gives it just the right hand, not too cute but plenty of visual jokes to keep both kids and parents entertained through multiple readings. –Deanna

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton

Invisible Boy

Every kid feels shy from time to time. In this sweet, charmingly illustrated picture book, Brian is invisible. Left out of games and parties, he isn’t bullied so much as ignored. But when a new boy joins his class, he finds the courage to reach out, and that one small gesture changes everything. As Brian begins to make friends and become seen by his peers, the illustrations transform from black and white to color, a simple way to express his budding confidence. This is a book that parents and teachers will enjoy reading and discussing with quieter children in their own lives. –Erin

Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope by Lisa Moser, illustrated by Sebastiaan Van Doninck

Cowboy Boyd

Boyd is no ordinary boy and Calliope is no ordinary horse. In fact, it is pretty apparent Calliope is a rhinoceros, so right off the bat he’s viewed with suspicion by the folks at the Double R Ranch when he and Boyd arrive there seeking work.  No matter. Calliope may be big, lumbering and a train wreck of sorts, but he has special talents his fellow horses don’t have, and soon Calliope’s “specialness” and Boyd’s loyalty is just what is needed to keep this cattle ranch under control. Lisa Moser, author of several well-received picture books, has written another delightful gem.  Accompanied by vivid, if somewhat cartoon-like illustrations by Belgian artist Sebastiaan Van Doninck, Moser’s story is laced with humor and touching set pieces. It is a perfect read-aloud for kids combining a light-hearted tale with a thoughtful message about diversity. -Tim

Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates

Dog Loves Counting

Dog is back! In his first book Dog Loves Books our brilliant canine opened his own bookstore, in Dog Loves Drawing he receives a gift of some art supplies and gets delightfully creative. A new and fitting topic for Dog to tackle is helping young readers out with their counting skills, and this book turns out to be so much more. When Dog can’t sleep he tried counting sheep, but he’s still awake and once again gets creative and goes out into the world to find more creatures to count. He takes us on an adventure in which he discovers new friends and many, many numbers to count. So much fun kids will never realize they’re learning! –Kate

The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert, photographs by Per Breiehagen

Christmas Wish

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is pulling out our box of Christmas books.  I’m always looking for new titles to add to our collection, and The Christmas Wish fits the bill!  It’s a sweet tale of Anja who dreams of being one of Santa’s elves.  Readers will enjoy joining her on her journey to the North Pole and meeting the various animals that help her along the way.  The photos are exquisite and ths story has just the right amount of text for a family read-aloud that will be enjoyed in our house for years to come. –Dandy

Squirrels on Skis by J. Hamilton Ray, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre

Squirrels on Skis

Hundreds of wild squirrels on skis swoop into town and cause mayhem, and the townsfolk and mayor have had enough!  If Sally Sue can’t figure out a way to stop these skiing squirrels, the disposal man will.  Humorous, silly and lyrical, this book is ideal for newly independent readers or as a family read aloud. Curl up by the fire this winter and find out how Sally Sue saves the day and how loads of skiing squirrels get their own ski chalet!  –Sarah N.

Thanks for joining us today on RAoReading–put these books on your list and plan that trip to the bookstore or library!

Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2013 8:05 am

    Oh my gosh, they all look great! I’m not sure which one I’d grab first.

  2. June 25, 2013 10:09 am

    My kids really enjoy the Dog Loves series! I’m excited about each of these books! I can’t wait to read them.

  3. June 25, 2013 2:35 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Sophie’s Squash, and I can see why. It sounds adorable. In fact, I’ll look forward to all of these books.

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