A Feisty Girl, A Blue Rabbit and Math With Pizzazz Spice up Fall Picture Books from Kids Can Press
New picture books from Kids Can Press offer plenty of sugar and spice for young readers, including an interactive counting book, a wordless graphic novel, and a charming picture book about a little girl with a mind – and name – all her own.
In My Name is Elizabeth!, the title character loves her nine-letter name, preferring it to nicknames like “Liz” or “Betsy.” Readers ages 3-7 will cheer when she finally makes it known loud and clear that only “Elizabeth” will do. Two-toned retro illustrations lend sass and energy to this fun story.
Hours of amusement await kids ages 3-7 in Let’s Count to 100!, a visually stunning interactive picture book from Japan. Each spread features 100 brightly-colored objects – fish, sheep, moles, children, and more – no two of which are alike. In addition to counting, readers are challenged to find specific details like sleeping elephants, beribboned mice, or a lone white rabbit hidden among the sheep.
A blue rabbit who lives in a magician’s hat has his eye on a bunch of carrots in Hocus Pocus, a wordless graphic novel. But between bunny and carrots lies one suspicious pooch, and the dynamic battle of wits between rabbit and dog will keep kids ages 3-7 reaching for this hilarious book again and again.
Reaching is a gently rhyming picture book about a large, loving family with a new baby. Mom, Dad, siblings, grandparents, and other family members reach out to cuddle, kiss, and play with baby, and it won’t be long before baby will be reaching for the stars. Babies and toddlers will open their arms for Welcome to the World, which introduces little ones to the simple pleasures of the world, such as warm sunlight, green grass, and wind in the trees. Bright photographs of smiling, playing, and sleeping babies will draw young readers’ attention.
Bear wants to photograph birds, and ninja wants to read a book. Their friend, an energetic, noisy cowboy, learns there’s a time to be quiet in Ninja Cowboy Bear Presents the Call of the Cowboy, for readers ages 4-7. It’s the third book in a collection of books featuring Ninja, Cowboy, and Bear, written by David Bruins and illustrated by Hilary Leung. In The Busy Beaver, for kids ages 3-7, a careless, impulsive beaver alienates his friends and wreaks havoc in the forest until he learns to pay attention to what he’s doing. Once he does, his forest friends are delighted. Author-illustrator Nicholas Oldland’s previous books, Big Bear Hug, and Making the Moose Out of Life, also featured the beaver.
Toddlers will delight in Kitten’s Winter, the fitting conclusion to the Kitten series, in which kitten explores the wintry woods and finds some animals busy at work and others fast asleep in their dens. Rhyming couplets and beautifully-detailed mixed media art make this an irresistible introduction to nature and animal behavior.