By Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Anne Wilson
Published 2010 by Barefoot Books
A fun and rhyming expedition through the rainforest awaits you in this book. The illustrations are bright and eye-catching and the narrative is simple enough for youngsters to follow along (and develop vocabulary at the same time) but with excellent back matter to educate older kids. I thought this was a great read!
By Eric Pinder, illustrated by Marc Brown
Published 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Sure to entertain, this title speculates on the disasters that would occur if the animals came inside the house. It might seem like all fun and games, but what about when you want to play with your toys by yourself? Maybe inviting in the animals is not all it's cracked up to be. This would be a great read-aloud for storytime. The illustrations are definitely appealing and add to the fun of the story.
By Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Kathleen Habley
Published 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
I love this book! Rhyming text accompanied by simple yet engaging illustrations show us all the various things dogs can do (and there isn't much they CAN'T do). This would work beautifully in a dog or pet-themed storytime and has great vocabulary words for emerging readers. Inevitably, this book will lead dog-owning children to wonder what exactly their own pets do when they're not around.
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Published 2011 by HarperCollins
So, I'm basically to the point where I don't all that much care what the text says if it's accompanied by a Peter Reynolds illustration; I just absolutely adore his style. However, this book is also a delightful little narrative about Little Miss and her very special gardening: she plants a kiss. This is a sweet story about kindness and positivity, an important message conveyed in a simple and beautiful way. A must-own. Here's the book trailer for a sneak peek!