New Picture Books to Read When ML Returns From the Beach

It’s the end of the fiscal year for the library, which means great books are arriving everyday.  And ML’s not here.  These are the new picture books I’ll have at home for us to read when she returns.

Perfect Place For Ted

A Perfect Place For Ted by Leila Rudge – “A little dog named Ted sets out to find his perfect place, but no matter where he goes, he doesn’t stand out.  Will anyone ever notice Ted?”  Sometimes the perfect place isn’t where you expect.  ML is certain to giggle at the end of this book.

Pardon Me

Pardon Me! by Daniel Miyares –  “A bird tries to keep his spot to himself only to discover that spot is not safe.”  I made every coworker read this karmic book.  All loved it, and one even snorted. I already know what ML’s reaction will be on the last page… a grin and a snicker.

Big Bad Baby

Big Bad Baby by Bruce Hale and illustrated by Steve Breen – “When sweet little Sammy turns into Big Bad Baby, nothing can stop his misbehavior — or that of his evil hench-dog, Boris — except perhaps, his mother, armed with his favorite blue blanky.”  I chuckled throughout this Godzillaish story.  I bet you a penny ML will howl the whole time.

Edgars Second Word

Edgar’s Second Word by Audrey Vernick and illustrated by Priscilla Burris – “After waiting for her baby brother to arrive, and then waiting for him to learn to talk, Hazel is disappointed in his first word.”  Finally, at the end he says a second and third word.  Hazel likes the second word; and loves the third word.

Sleep Tight Anna Banana

Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! by Dominique Roques, illustrated by Alexis Dormal and translated by Mark Siegel-  “Tyrannically subjecting her long-suffering stuffed animals to delays and excuses when she does not want to settle down for the night, a lively Anna Banana finally becomes sleepy only to be given a taste of her own medicine.”  This book was originally published in France with the title Ana Ana: Douce nuit.  When ML learns French children play with their stuffed animals at bedtime also, she will think she is tres chic.  As for me, I’m dying to see the French version to find out what Boing! Boing! Boing! is in French.


Green Is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra – “In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas and sweet corn cake.”  A smattering of Spanish words are intermixed in the text.  I knew almost all the Spanish words for each of the colors except purple.  Looking forward to seeing which words ML knows.

Oliver and His Egg

Oliver and His Egg by Paul Schmid – “Oliver spots an egg on the playground.  But it’s not just any rock – he’s sure it’s a dinosaur egg.”  My imaginitive, rock loving daughter will relate to this one.

How To Cheer Up Dad

How To Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler – After two straight weeks with her dad, I think ML will find this especially funny.  “A young elephant sees his dad is in a bad mood and tries to cheer him up, not realizing his own mischief caused the bad mood in the first place.”  I’m excited to discover this author/illustrator; and even more excited another Jumbo book is coming in 2015.  Look at Jumbo’s face on the cover, who could resist reading books about him.

ML’s first night back will be a eight book night.

First Graders Who Fly Through The Magic Tree House Books

ML’s teacher asked me to recommend books for her first graders who are flying through Magic Tree House, Flat Stanley, etc.   She was particularly interested in ideas for boys.

Books for first graders at a challenging reading level, but not too mature, take a bit of thought.  Luckily, my coworker does a 2nd-3rd grade book club so I had an expert source.


The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary – A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

Wild Robot

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown – Roz the robot discovers she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.



How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell – Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. A hilarious story that will revolt and delight.


The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter A Reynolds – During a weekend trip to Ocracoke Island, siblings Judy and Stink Moody take part in a pirate treasure-hunting game, in which various clues lead them to silver coins, or “pieces of eight,” hidden across the island.


The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith – In 1930, on the coast of Scotland, eight-year-old Kirstie finds a large egg which hatches into an unusual sea creature, and as he grows her family must decide what to do with him.

Chocolate Fever

Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith– Henry breaks out in brown bumps as a result of eating too much chocolate. He then gets caught up in a hijacking and learns a valuable lesson about self-indulgence.


The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney – Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.


Clementine by Sara Pennypacker – While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Chet Gecko

Chet Gecko – Private Eye by Bruce Hale – When hired by a fellow fourth-grader to find her missing brother, Chet Gecko uncovers a plot involving a Gila monster’s revenge upon the school football team.


Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl – Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family.


Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol – Encyclopedia Brown, a ten-year-old detective, uses his intelligence to help solve puzzling crimes.