with a Cool Book This Winter
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Looking to share the joy of reading with your children in the coming year? Check out some new titles that have just hit the market, including the eighth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
Wait! Wait! Hatsue Nakawaki. Illustrated by Komako Sakai. Translated by Yuki Kaneko.
Wait! Wait! is a gentle story, perfect for toddlers just beginning to explore the picture book arena. With minimal text, repetitive phrases, and simple yet sweet acrylics/oil pencil illustrations, the story follows a toddler’s adventure chasing creatures outdoors. At the end, the child realizes the animals might go away but mom and dad will always return. This reassuring tale is one that takes very young children on a journey of discovery before settling in the cozy arms of their parents.
Count the Monkeys. Mac Barnett.
Illustrated by Kevin Cornell.
If you think Count the Monkeys is yet another concept book, you’re in for a surprise. The title page extends a simple invitation to kids saying, “It’s fun and easy to count the monkeys. All you have to do is turn the page.” But with each new page comes wild and crazy adventure. The funny text and the outrageous art go hand-in-hand, making this counting trip one to remember.
Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow.
David Soman and Jacky Davis.
This husband and wife team add yet another companion to the Ladybug Girl series — a perfect choice for cuddling up with your preschooler on a cold winter’s night. Ladybug Girl Lulu and her dog, Bingo, start out with heads high and chins up, looking forward to a fun-filled day in the snow. But the snow is too soft and her mittens too stiff, so Lulu can’t build her snow castle. Then she realizes that as Ladybug Girl she can do anything, and builds a forest of snow animals instead. The brilliant watercolor/line illustrations help the characters bounce out of the pages and complement the accompanying text. The story is about looking for the sunny side of life — especially on a snowy day.