Best Picture Books of the Month March 2013

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

A Little Book of Sloth

A Little Book of Sloth

Book Description
Release date: March 5, 2013 | Age Range: 5 and up
Cozy up with adorable baby sloths in this irresistible photographic picture book.
Hang around just like a sloth and get to know the delightful residents of the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world’s largest sloth orphanage. You’ll fall in love with bad-boy Mateo, ooh and ahh over baby Biscuit, and want to wrap your arms around champion cuddle buddy Ubu!

From British filmmaker and sloth expert Lucy Cooke comes a hilarious, heart-melting photographic picture book starring the laziest—and one of the cutest—animals on the planet.

About the Author
Lucy Cooke is a British filmmaker, photographer, zoologist, and founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society. A Little Book of Sloth is her first book. Visit her at Slothville.com.

 

Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier and Suzy Lee

 

Open This Little Book

Open This Little Book

Book Description
Release date: January 1, 2013 | Age Range: 3 – 8 years
What will you find when you open this little book? A fun story? Sweet characters? Enticing pictures? Yes! But much more. Open this book and you will find…another book…and another…and another. Debut author Jesse Klausmeier and master book creator Suzy Lee have combined their creative visions to craft a seemingly simple book about colors for the very youngest readers, an imaginative exploration of the art of book making for more sophisticated aficionados, and a charming story of friendship and the power of books for all.

About the Author
Suzy Lee’s books Wave and Shadow were both selected as New York Times Best Illustrated Books. Born in Seoul, Korea, she currently lives in Singapore. Visit her website at www.suzyleebooks.com.

 

Dream Friends by You Byun

Dream Friends

Dream Friends

Book Description
Release date: February 21, 2013 | Age Range: 3 – 5 years
“[Reminiscent] of the classic ‘Goodnight Moon’ with its haunting, twilight-inflected color scheme.” – The New York Times Book Review

You Byun’s sparkling debut establishes her as a major picture book talent.

Melody has the most wonderful friend in her dreams. They do all sorts of magical things together. But when Melody wakes up, she’s back in the real world, where she hasn’t yet made a friend. Then her dream friend inspires her to make some moves that help Melody’s dream of friendship come true.

Ms. Byun’s art is full of delightful details and fantastic scenes that children will want to pore over again and again.

About the Author
You Byun (www.youbyun.com) grew up in the US, Japan and Korea, and received her MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries and magazines, and her portfolio received both the SCBWI’s Portfolio Award and Tomie dePaola Illustration Award. Dream Friends is her first picture book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman and Bagram Ibatoulline

The Matchbox Diary

The Matchbox Diary

Book Description
Release date: March 12, 2013 | Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman and Bagram Ibatoulline tell a breathtaking immigration tale with appeal across generations.

“Pick whatever you like most. Then I’ll tell you its story.”
When a little girl visits her great-grandfather at his curio-filled home, she chooses an unusual object to learn about: an old cigar box. What she finds inside surprises her: a collection of matchboxes making up her great-grandfather’s diary, harboring objects she can hold in her hand, each one evoking a memory. Together they tell of his journey from Italy to a new country, before he could read and write — the olive pit his mother gave him to suck on when there wasn’t enough food; a bottle cap he saw on his way to the boat; a ticket still retaining the thrill of his first baseball game. With a narrative entirely in dialogue, Paul Fleischman makes immediate the two characters’ foray into the past. With warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, Bagram Ibatoulline gives expressive life to their journey through time — and toward each other.

About the Author
Paul Fleischman won the Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. He is the author of numerous picture books, including The Animal Hedge, also illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, and The Dunderheads and The Dunderheads Behind Bars, both illustrated by David Roberts. Paul Fleischman lives in Maine.

Bagram Ibatoulline has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including The Animal Hedge by Paul Fleischman; On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Great Joy, both by Kate DiCamillo; The Serpent Came to Gloucester by M. T. Anderson; and Hana in the Time of the Tulips by Deborah Noyes. He lives in Pennsylvania.

 

One Gorilla: A Counting Book by Anthony Browne

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

Book Description
Release date: February 12, 2013 | Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Primo primate artist Anthony Browne is at the top of his form with a simple — and simply fascinating — array of creatures for kids to count.

What better attention-getter for small children than primates in all their variety? And who better to render them than Anthony Browne? In this elegant counting book, the author-illustrator outdoes himself with a vivid presentation of primates from gorillas to gibbons, macaques to mandrills, ring-tailed lemurs to spider monkeys. With his striking palette, exquisite attention to detail, and quirky flair for facial expressions, Anthony Browne slyly extends the basic number concept into a look at similarities and differences — portraying an extended family we can count ourselves part of.

About the Author
Anthony Browne, a recent British Children’s Laureate, has received many awards for his work, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000 for his services to children’s literature. He has written and illustrated more than forty books, including Little Beauty and How Do You Feel? Anthony Browne lives in Kent, England.

 

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo

Book Description
Release date: February 5, 2013 | Age Range: 4 – 6 years
In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!

About the Author
Molly Idle has been drawing ever since she could wield a pencil. But while she started scribbling before she could walk, her professional career as an artist began slightly later…
It was upon her graduation from Arizona State University, with a BFA in Drawing, that Molly accepted an offer to work for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios. After five years, a number of film credits, and an incredibly good time, she left the studio and leapt with gusto into the world of children’s book illustration!
Molly now lives in Arizona, and when not making mischief with her boys or watching old Technicolor musicals, she can be found at her desk scribbling away, with a pencil in one hand and a cup of espresso in the other- creating a plethora of profoundly whimsical picture books!

 

Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira and Poly Bernatene

Ribbit!

Ribbit!

Book Description
Release date: March 26, 2013 | Age Range: 3 – 7 years
A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says: RIBBIT! The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed—”What did that little pig just say?”, “Does he think he’s a frog?”, “Is he making fun of us?”

Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals; everyone is curious to know what he wants! After much guessing (and shouting) and a visit to the wise old beetle, the animals realize that perhaps the pig was not there to mock them afterall—maybe he just wanted to make new friends! But is it too late? This is a warm, funny, and beautifully illustrated story of friendship, with boisterous RIBBIT!s throughout—perfect for reading aloud.

About the Author
RODRIGO FOLGUEIRA studied art at Buenos Aires National School of Fine Art and works as an author and illustrator, specializing in children’s books. He lives and works in Argentina.

POLY BERNATENE graduated from Buenos Aires Art School and has worked across many different genres including advertising, animation, and comic books. He has published more than 60 children’s books all over the world. He lives and works in Argentina.

 

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

A Splash of Red

Book Description
Release date: January 8, 2013 | Age Range: 5 – 8 years
As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him. He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace couldn’t lift his right arm, and couldn’t make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint–and paint, and paint! Soon, people—including the famous painter N. C. Wyeth—started noticing Horace’s art, and before long, his paintings were displayed in galleries and museums across the country.

Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet team up once again to share this inspiring story of a self-taught painter from humble beginnings who despite many obstacles, was ultimately able to do what he loved, and be recognized for who he was: an artist.

About the Author
JEN BRYANT has published poetry, biographies, picture books, and fiction for young readers. Her last picture-book biography collaboration with Melissa Sweet, A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, was a Caldecott Honor Book. Jen lives with her family in southeastern Pennsylvania.

MELISSA SWEET is the Caldecott Honor artist of A River of Words by Jen Bryant, The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra, and Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, among others. She is also the author-illustrator of Balloons Over Broadway, which was awarded a Robert F. Sibert Medal.

 

Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein

Ol' Mama Squirrel

Ol’ Mama Squirrel

Book Description
Release date: March 21, 2013 | Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein’s lively tale is a fantastic read-aloud, and feisty Mama Squirrel will have fierce mamas everywhere applauding!

Ol’ Mama Squirrel has raised lots of babies, and she knows just how to protect them. Whenever trouble comes nosing around, she springs into action with a determined “Chook, chook, chook!” and scares trouble away. Her bravery is put to the test, however, when a really big threat wanders into town and onto her tree. But no matter what, Mama’s not about to back down!

About the Author
David Ezra Stein (www.davidezra.com) received a Caldecott Honor for Interrupting Chicken and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for Leaves, which was also a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice and a School Library Journal Best Book. He also wrote and illustrated Love, Mouserella, Pouch!, The Nice Book andMonster Hug! He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.

 

Oh So Tiny Bunny by David Kirk

Oh So Tiny Bunny

Oh So Tiny Bunny

Book Description
Release date: February 5, 2013 | Age Range: 3 – 6 years
During the day, Oh So Tiny Bunny is very, very small. But at night, he dreams of being big—as big as a dragon, or even a mountain! At first, that’s fine, but then he feels lonely. There’s no one to share it with. Are there no other bunnies so big as him?

Every small child dreams of the day they will grow up to be big, but in this book David Kirk reminds us that sometimes . . . it’s not so bad being small.

About the Author
David Kirk is the creator of Miss Spider, who appears in many well-loved children’s books, in her own television series, and in a number of popular apps. An inventor as well as an author, David started several toy companies, including Ovicular Toyworks, and most recently, the Sunny Patch brand. He lives in King Ferry, New York, with his wife, Kathy, and their daughters, Primrose and Wisteria. They are happily surrounded by a large and well-fed army of chipmunks, squirrels, groundhogs, skunks, possums, deer, and most of all, bunnies.

 

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel and Melissa Sweet

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

Brave Girl

Book Description
Release date: January 22, 2013 | Age Range: 4 – 8 years
When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

But that did not stop Clara.

She went to night school, spent hours studying English, and helped support her family by sewing in a factory.

Clara never quit. And she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little.

So Clara fought back. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers in the country’s history.

Clara had learned a lot from her short time in America. She learned that everyone deserved a fair chance. That you had to stand together and fight for what you wanted. And, most importantly, that you could do anything you put your mind to.

 

Max & Milo Go to Sleep! by Heather Long and Ethan Long

Max & Milo Go to Sleep!

Max & Milo Go to Sleep!

Book Description
Release date: January 1, 2013 | Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Meet Max and Milo, two hilarious beaver brothers who make going to sleep an up-all-night adventure.
Milo can’t get to sleep: He tosses and turns; he turns and he tosses. And then finally he calls on his older brother: “MAX! WAKE UP!”

But no matter what helpful sleeping tip Max suggests, Milo turns it riotously on its head and is as far from rest as ever. Will Milo finally get to sleep? Will he ever stop driving Max crazy? Will the beaver brothers be up half the night in search of forty winks?

Insomniacs everywhere, take comfort! Max and Milo are here to solve your sleepless nights in the most hilarious of ways!

About the Author
Heather Long earned a degree in Fashion Design from Florida State University and has worked as a fashion designer, a wardrobe stylist, and has even owned her own boutique. She currently lives in Florida with her husband, author and illustrator Ethan Long; her stepdaughter; and two sons. Max & Milo Go to Sleep is her first book.

Ethan Long is the acclaimed author and illustrator of many books for children, among them Tickle the Duck and Chamelia. He is also the creator of the animated, Emmy-nominated series Tasty Time with ZeFronk, which airs daily on Disney Junior.

 

 

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