I’ve been receiving a plethora of newly released children’s books and have I got a treat for you! I’ve skimmed from my stack and selected my favorite new releases (thus far) for 2010 and not only do I get to share a little bit about them, but I have a copy of each to giveaway to one of you! Check these out!
Catkin belongs to Amy (or maybe it’s the other way around?) and is sitting outside with her in the garden one day when he decides to hop off her lap and go exploring. The entirety of this children’s picture book concerns Catkins explorations in the garden. Each page spread is covered in bold illustrations. Your eyes will not get bored when ou look at this book, that’s for certain! It’s full and rich in its scenery. Young kids can try to guess what Catkin will find next by first being given various animal sounds. Catkin hears a “Garrump. Garrump.” What’s that? A frog! And so on and so forth until Catkin finds himself trapped at the top of a tree! How will he get down? Luckily Amy is very sympathetic. This is a cute, fun book which is quite cheerful in nature.
Old Goat and Turkey take Small Pig out for a row, despite their original declaration that goats and turkeys do not ride in boats. Small Pig is quite excited by this adventure, and spends his time (in the pond, mind you!) looking for whales and wondering what he might find. Small Pig begs to be allowed to row and meets with enthusiastic but disastrous results and finally tuckers out. This is a story about two elderly animals who are taking the young fry (pardon the “SPLOOOOSH!” in the end! Super cute.
Got an upcoming graduate and looking for a special gift book to give to them? You might be thinking of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” but you also might want to consider Reach for the Stars. The illustrations in this book are a combination of photographs and pen and ink drawings. This is an inspirational and encouraging picture book which is good for any age but the message probably couldn’t be grasped until around the age of 8. It starts out:
“You’ve got your whole life ahead of you! Sometimes it’ll be smooth sailing, but other times it’ll be a bumpy ride, with many forks in the road.”
On this page spread you see our little unnamed guy floating on a paper sail boat. The sailboat is photographed and then the little guy and his faithful dog drawn into the picture. This is a very cute book with a positive message. Definitely one to keep an eye out for, especially to any person needing a little encouragement.
Walk into Dustpan, Texas and everything will look pretty much like you expect it to. It’s a sleepy little town where the Sheriff is so bored, he takes up babysitting “just to pass the time.” Then one day a rattler enters town. Now, everyone knows that rattlesnakes are dangerous things and the Sheriff, being proud and protective of his town, tries to shoo it out of town. But this rattler, Diamond Jim Dandy, just doesn’t want to leave. The people of Dustpan are in agreement. Diamond Jim is one of the most interesting characters ever to visit this town. Sheriff is insitant though. No good can come of a rattler. Or can it? Do you like westerns? Check out Diamond Jim Dandy and the Sheriff. This one is cute and clever and I’m glad to have it around these here parts!
Do you like shoes (specifically polka dot boots?) How ’bout bright colors? Quite the contrast to Dustpan Texas, this one will make you want to let out a very vibrant, “Ooh La La!”
“Hot hats, Cold hats, Silver hats, Gold hats, are snazzy with polka dot boots!”
I’d be tempted to say that this book is “plain good fun” but that’s not the case at all. Each page feels like a party. The page spread kind of reads like a Dr. Suess book (and reminds me of Old Hat, New Hat in some respects.) But then – there is a half page which you can turn over to “put the shoes on” the children’s feet and suddenly any outfit becomes much more festive with its own set of polka dot boots! I would be remiss not to include this book in my top favorites (so far) for 2010 because I think it’s unique and snazzy and worth some attention. Loved it, loved it!
Disarmingly simplistic in its presentation, we really enjoyed this story of a raindrop. This book explains the water cycle by giving one tiny raindrop a whole lot of personality. The book opens on a stormy day. Suddenly, one raindrop begins to fall.
“I’m alive!” he shouted.
I thought that one simple sentence gave the entire book life and personality and we enjoyed every moment of travel with our little friend. He lands in a campfire which is an initially frightening experience. However, as he rises as steam, he feels ‘light and airy’ and takes delight in his shape as he drifts back up into the sky. This is a great way to introduce children to the concept of a water cycle. I’m very happy with this book.
Would you like to read any or all of these new releases? Leave a comment below and you will be entered to win a prize package including ALL of the above books – new picture book releases for 2010! I’m excited about this contest because I really think that these books are fantastic! To win? Simply leave a comment below. This contest is open to U.S. Residents only.