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Beautiful new picture books are arriving at the store nearly daily. Here are some of the best.






Wake Up!
Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

This gorgeous book is perfect for spring. It invites the reader to explore the new life all around. Hatching eggs, tadpoles, a fawn and newborn twin lambs are shown in beautiful pictures, accompanied by the spare text perfect for young children. This is a book children and adults will enjoy again and again. And if you sneak a peek at the pictures with no kids in sight, we’ll never tell!





Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep
Katie Blackburn, illustrated by Richard Smythe

Any adult who has tried to put to bed a child who has trouble falling asleep will appreciate this gentle story about Dozy, who wanted to sleep but didn’t know how. The lovely illustrations, soothing and rhythmic text, and suggestions for relaxation help move children from the busy-ness of the day to sleep. Read the book to your children at their bedtime—and try the relaxation techniques when YOU are ready to sleep.





Out of Wonder
Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kwame Alexander

This book celebrates poets! Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth have written short poems honoring twenty poets who have “made their hearts sing and their minds wander” by adopting their styles and rhythms. The resulting short poems, paired with colorful illustrations, make this book a delight for children and adults alike. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to write a poem of your own!

I love picture books, and think they are for adults as well as children!
Our reading retreat included several children’s books with the theme of persistence:

book The Paper Bag Princess
Robert Munsch

book Love You Forever
Robert Munsch
book There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon
Jack Kent

book The Keeping Quilt
Patricia Polacco

I Will Never Get a Star on
Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard

Jennifer Mann

Raphaële Frier


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