In the mood for something cute? Stephanie Graegin’s debut picture book as author and illustrator, Little Fox in the Forest, is a wordless triumph. The story is heartfelt and the pacing of the narrative is perfect for younger readers. This is certainly a book that little ones and adults will enjoy perusing over and over with a great message of friendship. Greagin has illustrated a number of other books in our collection so be sure to check them out.
Prepare to go on a journey of self discovery with a little unicorn named Kelp. Jessie Sima’s premier picture book is a winner and definitely one not to miss. The illustrations are beyond adorable and the story is particularly sweet, but I won’t ruin the ending for you. Keep your eyes on Jessie Sima, she’s bound to make a splash!
Today, Molly Idle has released her first board book which happens to be the fourth entry in her seminal Flora series. Flora and the Chicks is an adorable, mostly wordless, counting primer.
Your little one will love exploring numbers 1 through 10 with Flora and her brood of hatching chicks. The old adage regarding playing while mom’s away definitely applies here, much to the delight of the chicks and the chagrin of Flora who does her best to keep up with their the ever increasing number.
Definitely a sequel to check out while we wait, impatiently, for the next installment, Flora and the Ostrich: an Opposties Book, also a board book, coming in September.
Can’t get enough Flora? Be sure to stop by ICPL to see all of her other work and the books she’s illustrated for other authors–our friendly staff would be happy to help you find them all!
La Madre Goose by Susan Middleton Elya and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, has become my new favorite picture book for February.
Elya is famous for intermixing Spanish and English within her stories in a way that incorporates rhythm and rhyme. Her updates to traditional Mother Goose rhymes are no exception in this collection.
The poems and classic rhymes presented here seamlessly flow from Spanish to English and back again making it a lovely read aloud for any family. Martinez-Neal’s warm illustrations help show those not as familiar with the Spanish vocabulary what the slight changes to the rhymes are. The glossary directly following the title page also helps to make this accessible for multi or single language homes.
Children and parents familiar with classic Mother Goose will be certain to enjoy the twists and turns that this bilingual title takes.
The votes have been tallied with more than 100 cast for our Mock Caldecott nominees. Of the fifteen titles chosen we are naming one winner and five honor books as there was a tie for the fourth space. Without any further ado, let’s get to which titles you chose to represent ICPL’s first Mock Caldecott Award.
This year we are trying something new at ICPL, a Mock Caldecott award. Every year, the American Library Association awards the Randolph Caldecott Medal to a distinguished American picture book. For full eligibility requirements and criteria please visit the AlA’s Caldecott website. Also, stop by the Children’s Room to see a wonderful and informative display regarding the history of the award that Mari Redington has put together in the small display case.
Keeping eligibility requirements in mind we have put together a list of 15 possible contenders for the 2017 award. We ask that you read all of these titles before voting, or as many as you can get your hands on. When voting please pick and rank your top five titles: one winner (1) and four honor books (2-5). Paper ballots are available and are being collected at the Children’s Room Desk. If you are unable to cast a paper ballot and are familiar with the titles, then please feel free to comment with your top five on or before December 31st.
We will be announcing the winning ICPL Caldecott titles at the beginning of 2017, shortly before the ALA midwinter meeting where they will be announcing the Medal and Honor winners. How fun would it be if we have picked a winner or an honor book?! Read the rest of this entry »
From the author of Warning: Do Not Open this Book, Please, Open this Book, and Chicken in Space comes a brand new adventure! I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Scott Magoon, is a delight and perfect for this late-onset autumn. It has everything you could possibly want as the days get shorter: mystery, suspense, chase scenes and happy endings (maybe?).
The dark color palette hints at the story’s capacity for equally colored humor and continually builds suspense concerning who our not-so-hungry protagonist might be. It is only when the stakes are highest that the true identity of the creature in the cave is revealed. For more fun hints as to the identity of this stranger, check out the book trailer below, or better yet, the book!
Leave Me Alone!by Vera Brosgol is one of my new favorite picture books for 2016. It’s funny, original and has a great message. The art is wonderful and jam packed with highly colorful detail. A must read for anyone who enjoys their space when working on projects–especially knitters and crocheters–introverts and grumpy ladies.
Overcoming a fear of the dark has never been so fun or beautiful.The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield and illustrated by the Fan brothers has become my new favorite book of September! Be sure to stop by the ICPL children’s department to check it out.
The final installment of Aaron Becker’s Journey trilogy is finally here and was it ever worth the wait. Return is a breathtaking finale that equals its prior installments in every way. Immensely detailed, cinematic and profound, Return is the perfect denouement to Becker’s seminal series. While in essence this is the culmination of the trilogy, Return denotes and necessitates a renaissance of the Journey, a Return to the beginning.
For those of you unfamiliar with Aaron Becker’s work, I highly recommend starting at the beginning of his wordless Journey. Personally I have enjoyed going from start to finish to start–it’s incredible to compare the detail in these works side by side. I look forward to seeing where Aaron Becker will take us next but will go on this journey over and over both in anticipation and continuous wonder.
Check out the videos below from his website–the first is a mini documentary about the making of Journey the second is the official book trailer for Return.