The 2015 Picture Book Month Champions are:
- Nov. 1: Trisha Speed Shaskan
- Nov. 2: Deb Lund
- Nov. 3: Matthew Gollub
- Nov. 4: LeUyen Pham
- Nov. 5: Sudipta Bardan-Quallen
- Nov. 6: Mo Willems
- Nov. 7: Penny Parker Klostermann
- Nov. 8: Julie Hedlund
- Nov. 9: Anne Marie Pace
- Nov. 10: Paulette Bogan
- Nov. 11: Molly Idle
- Nov. 12: David Biedrzycki
- Nov. 13: Kathryn Otoshi
- Nov. 14: Whitney Stewart
- Nov. 15: Julie Gribble
- Nov. 16: Rukhsana Khan
- Nov. 17: Mike Curato
- Nov. 18: Robin Newman
- Nov. 19: Stephen Shaskan
- Nov. 20: Loren Long
- Nov. 21: Carter Highins
- Nov. 22: Jennifer Gray Olson
- Nov. 23: Paula Yoo
- Nov. 24: Joe Kulka
- Nov. 25: Matthew Winner
- Nov. 26: Holly Stone-Barker
- Nov. 27: Eric Litwin
- Nov. 28: TJ Shay
- Nov. 29: Matt Phelan
- Nov. 30: Natasha Wing
What an amazing list of authors, illustrators, and movers & shakers in the kidlit industry!
Polar Bear has lost his underwear and he asks his friend, Mouse, to help him find it.
Poor Polar Bear has lost his underwear. If only Polar Bear could remember what they look like…maybe Mouse can help. We follow our two friends as they see a variety of underpants. Due to the magic of cutouts on the pages, we see the underwear first followed by the owners on the following page. Each animal wears appropriately themed underpants, but none belong to Polar Bear. The story is full of wonderful bright colors and delightful surprises. A simple background only helps bring out the vibrant illustrations in this funny book that will surely make little ones giggle.
Recommended by Carol Segal – Glendale Branch Library
Little Monster is nervous about his first day of school, but his teacher Mr. Drool and the other monsters put him at ease.
This book is about Little Monster’s first day of school. He meets other monsters and one monster, Fang, who has really big teeth and draws scary pictures. Fang draws a picture of a huge dinosaur with Little Monster in it’s jaws. He is only pretending and wants to be friends. Little Monster’s teacher, Mr. Drool, helps little Monster feel comfortable in classroom, on the playground and at lunch. I think children and teachers, especially, will enjoy this book because of the story, the rhyming and the great watercolor illustrations. I really enjoyed it.
Recommended by Carol Segal – Glendale Branch Library
Introduces young children to the language of comparison, synonyms, and antonyms, and features pictures of animals in all shapes and sizes.
Big, Bigger, Biggest! by Nancy Coffelt introduces readers to adjectives, comparatives, and synonyms with the help of all kinds of fun animals friends. Readers can learn a heap, a slew, a ton of new colorful words like immense or viscous. This book makes for a great read-aloud and discussion starter. And who knows, you might just find a new favorite word.
Recommended by Mary Wirt – Pike Branch Library
Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller–and hungrier.
In a big city that isn’t properly sized for a little elephant, Elliot does his best to live his quiet life amidst the hustle and bustle that surrounds him. When he finds a problem that is impossible to overcome on his own, he find that even the littlest things can help make his life a little easier and a lot more fun.
This heartwarming tale of friendship and personal growth, in spite of one’s natural disadvantages, is a title that is certain to engage readers of every age and background. While children will love the adorable and relatable character of Elliot the little elephant, adults will enjoy the book’s beautifully illustrated pages, filled with artwork reminiscent of Depression Era artists such as Thomas Benton, Edward Hopper and Diego Rivera. Due to his vertical disadvantages, Elliot’s tale is one that could be especially inspiring to anyone with a physical disability or complication, showing that any obstacle that might stand in their way can be overcome with a little help.
As the first book by author and illustrator, Mike Curato, this book is a promising start to what will soon become a new juvenile series—the sequel, “Little Elliot Big Family,” is slated to hit the shelves in October of this year.
—Recommended by Joseph Lutholtz, infoZone – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Branch Library
In this twist on “Little Red Riding Hood,” a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.
The Big Bad Wolf is having a hard time catching a meal because all of his prey is learning martial arts. So, what happens when he encounters a little girl with a red hood and awesome moves? In the eternal debate of Pirates vs. Ninjas, Ninjas seem to be winning. I’ve always been a fan of a good “fractured fairytale” and this is no exception. Ninja Red Riding Hood is light-hearted, fun, and action packed.
—Recommended by Kasey Panighetti, Franklin Road Branch
Like a lot of kids, Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is a hard thing to be afraid of because it lives right where kids are. You can have a night light, of course, but the dark, the dark still lurks in the corners.
The dark lived in the same house as Laszlo, a big place with a creaky roof, smooth, cold windows, and several sets of stairs. Sometimes the dark hid in the closet. Sometimes it sat behind the shower curtain. But mostly it spent its time in the basement.
In this story, The Dark is a character, just like Laszlo. It hangs out in all the places you would expect The Dark to like; the closet, behind doors, under the bed. Laszlo is a smart kid. He decides to face his fear. Armed with a flashlight, he goes to visit The Dark. When he does, he finds out that like a lot of unknown things, The Dark isn’t so bad. In fact, The Dark is pretty nice. It is especially nice when you close your eyes to go to sleep. A great book for re-imagining The Dark as a friend instead of something scary. Author: Lemony Snicket
One of the best things about the dark is stars…and also meteors! Watching meteor showers is a great way to appreciate the dark and there is a good one coming up that peaks in a few days. It is the Perseid Meteor Shower.
From NASA: Perseids
Peak Activity: Aug 11 – Aug 13, 2015
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour
More books about facing up to fears from big bears to nightmares to monsters:
An elite crew has finally found the Lost Nuts of Legend. But will they get home before something happens to the nuts?
Far away in the deep, deep space is a spaceship with a very hungry and a completely lost space team trying to get back home. What obstacles will they face in order to reach home? What evil will they encounter on a banana ship!?
Nuts in Space is the story of a team who just completed their mission to get the lost nuts of legend and now they are on their way home…except for one thing their lost!! Now they must travel through the galaxy to find their way back home, passing some planets with some interesting creatures and running into trouble they never saw coming. Take a journey with the best team in the galaxy and fight against the Darth Banana to protect the nuts of legend!
Recommended by: Mikaela Smith – Garfield Park Library