in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art
by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin
A Pile of Leaves is such a cool concept in a picture book. It’s completely wordless with see through pages. As you flip the pages it’s like you are digging through the leaf pile. Most of the art in the books are the fall colors of red – orange – and yellows with some green thrown in for good measure. They also include fallen acorns as well as other surprises throughout the pile. I think it’s fun that they create a realistic leaf pile. Sometimes while flipping through A Pile of Leaves you come across a line of ants, or a grasshopper. While other times you come across a lost forgotten mitten, a key and a worm. Want to know what makes this book even cooler? As you flip through the book and move the see through pages your are recreating a new leaf pile on the left side as you take apart the leaf pile on the right side. The author’s include an answer key of sorts labeling all the different leaves as well as non leaf items included in this fun – colorful and artistic book. This book would be great from infant through preschool. A perfect addition to a sensory table created just for the A Pile of Leaves book including all the items that were in the book as well.
About the Book: Readers explore the concept of layering and collage with this interactive exercise in composition. Each clear acetate page features a single element in the leaf pile, though some are not leaves at all! As readers turn the pages, the leaf pile is deconstructed piece by piece on the right side, and reconstructed on the left. Younger readers will enjoy the seek-and-find aspect of the hidden objects, while older readers might experiment by adding their own images between the pages. A key at the back provides the names of each kind of leaf shown. Inspired by the Whitney Museum’s approach to looking at art, these books provide a new way to look at the world.
Thank you so much Phaidon Press for sending me a copy of A Pile of Leaves. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
Girls Who Code: Baby Code! series
by Sandra Horning
illustrated by Melissa Crowton
There are 4 books in the series: Play, Music, Art and Baby Code. They are board books so sturdy enough for infants and young toddlers to have. The pictures are simple, bold and colorful. The sentences are simple 1 sentence per page. My husband who is a coder really thought the idea was cool and wished they had been around when our bookworms were little so he could have read these instead of the tongue twisting books they loved. 🙂 For me I liked the regular story parts but really think the code part was more for parents, especially parents that work in coding and programming. The coding part explains what is happening on the page and how it is used in every day living and activities. I found it interesting but not sure if I’d read that part if it was reading the book aloud. The Baby Code book explains coding a bit better. Some examples: Baby needs a nap, code tells computer to go to sleep. Overall I think it’s a cute board book series but the coding part in my mind is way over the babies, toddler and preschool bookworms heads. Maybe it’s just me my husband starts to explain something from work and I’m lost. I get science and math but coding always trips me up. I think these would be a great gift for a new baby who’s mom, dad or both are programmers. They would really love the series.
About the series: It’s never too early to get little ones interested in computer coding with this unique series of board books!
How do you explain coding in art to a baby? By showing how it’s all around them, and how they can take part in it, of course! By using items in a baby’s world, like a camera or a block made from a 3D printer, this charming board book full of bright, colorful illustrations is the perfect introduction to coding in art for babies and their caregivers–and is sure to leave them wanting to learn more!
Thank you Penguin Random House for sending the Baby Code! series. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.
by Cate Berry
illustrations by Charles Santoso
Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime is a take on the traditional bedtime story. This one is all done through word bubbles like in comics and graphic novels. Penguin and Tiny Shrimp are like all little ones in the fact that they don’t want to go to bed. They think that they are going to miss out on all the fun if they go to sleep. This one goes a little off the bedtime picture book path in the fact that includes all the fun – loud – active activities that do not go with quiet bedtime. From fireworks to singing out loud to jokes they try it all. Eventually like all little ones Penguin and Tiny Shrimp get tired and they can’t fight sleep any longer. They end the book with climbing into bed and going to sleep so they will be rested up for a another day of fun and another dreaded bedtime routine battle to end the new day. Kids will love this and laugh at Penguin and Shrimps antics. This is a really cute bedtime book that I know my girls would have loved when they were that age. The story is short and fast paced, the word bubbles make it more fun since it is all (mostly) dialogue lead. The illustrations are bold and colorful and not cluttered. This picture book is a must read for bedtime with little ones!
Cute joke from the book: ” What do you call a fish with two knee’s?” A Tunee Fish! 🙂
About the book: Penguin and Tiny Shrimp DO NOT have a bedtime story to share with you.
There are no soft beds or cozy covers here. There are fireworks! And shark-infested waters!!
This book will never make you sleepy. Not at all. Not even a little. . .
Thank you Balzer & Bray and HarperCollins for sending me a copy of Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
written and illustrated by Peggy Archer
What a fun read aloud! A Hippy Hoppy Toad is full of fun tongue twisting, rhyming story. Follow cute little toad as he goes on quite an adventure. Toad will travel from a puddle to a tree branch to a flower and more. Readers and listeners will enjoy not only the text but the sound effects that are included in the dialogue from a whoosh to a snap. This is such a fun story to read and perfect for any spring and summer read alouds. The rhyming and predictable text would make this a fun book for newly independent readers. With some help a beginning reader could read this as well making it a fun tag team reading experience.
About the book: It’s hard to be a tiny toad minding your own business on a twig. First a bird pecks at him. . . . Then a bee buzzes. . . . Then a dog barks . . . and so on. And each time the toad is surprised by a buzz or a woof (or the toe of a sneaker!), he hops to a new location farther down the road. With fun sounds, clever rhymes, and an irresistible rhythm making this a perfect story to read one on one or as a group.
Thank you Schwartz & Wade books and Peggy Archer for sending me a copy of Hippy Hoppy Toad. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
written and illustrated by Fiona Woodcock
This picture book from the cover reminded me of the flower fairy chapter books my youngest loved when she was in kindergarten and first grade. The illustrations are the strength in this picture book they are so beautiful and I love them. They are frame worthy works of art. The story was good and has a good message. They are on a mission to bring back color and happiness in the world – in this case New York City. They spread their bold bright flower colors all over the city making it come alive with fresh fragrant flowers. This would be a fun book to read at the beginning of spring when everything is starting to brighten up with color. Pair the book with some poppy, buttercup, bluebell and yellow flower seeds since I don’t think you can buy dandelion seeds 🙂 . Read the book – plant some flower seeds or plants or even better spread your own color by gifting some family and friends with the planted seeds on May-day and your little bookworm can be like these sweet little flowers!
About the book: A group of beautiful and feisty young wildflowers on skateboards and scooters zoom through the pages of this stunning book, spreading flower seeds as they go. Together they transform their urban environment into a place that is no longer gray, but filled with color and scent. Nature’s magic is revealed in all its glory, embodying Ralph Waldo Emerson’s idea that a weed is “a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” Budding environmentalists will respond to the underlying themes of conservation and stewardship of the earth.
Thank you Random House Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy of Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell and Dandy. All thoughts are my own and not influenced by the free book.
written and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
All little kids love purses, yes even boys. There is something magical about a purse to them. There are so many treasures to be found. Plus every now and then they find candy or gum! 🙂 My girls always loved going through my purse and especially the grandma’s purses. Grandma’s Purse of course has the common things like wallet, lipstick, pictures. Grandma also carries a scarf, glasses and other items that are special for Mimi’s grandma. Each item is explored and explained. There is even a special something just for Mimi in the purse. The illustrations are great, they are big and bold and cover the whole page making them the focal with not a lot of background. The one that will make the mom or grandma reading this sweet little picture book smile is the messy lipstick all over Mimi as she had put in on after finding in in the purse. Be ready to share your purse with your little bookworms after reading this one.
About the book: Spend the day with Mimi and her granddaughter in this charming picture book about the magic found in Mimi’s favorite accessory, perfect for readers who love How to Babysit a Grandma!
When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats…and her purse. You never know what she’ll have in there–fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it’s pure magic!
Thank you Alfred A Knopf for sending me a copy of Grandma’s Purse. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.
written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Oh my gosh I can’t say enough about this beautiful picture book! I loved it so much, all of Britta Teckentrup books are amazing but there is something magical about the moon. Moon A Peek Through Picture Book follows the moon through its cycle. The peek through picture book pages are the shape of the moon from waxing to waning, full to new. This is a semi introduction to non fiction for the picture book readers and listeners. The author used simple words and a rhyming text to make this book capture the youngest of listener’s to the early readers. If you are looking for a great gift idea for kids of all ages think about gifting Moon, Tree and Bee by Britta Teckentrup. She captures the beauty of the world in these amazing picture books. I hope she continues creating picture book treasures for kids for many years to come.
About the book: Over deserts and forests, Arctic tundra and tropical beaches, the moon shines down on creatures around the world. Children will love discovering how it changes from day to day as the lunar cycle is shown through clever peek-through holes, each revealing the moon in a different size and shape.
Thank you so much Random House Books for Young Readers and Doubleday Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy of Moon A Peek Through Picture Book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.