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DO YOU KNOW WHICH ONES WILL GROW?

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Shea
Author's First Name: 
Susan A.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tom
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Slaughter
Publisher: 
Blue Apple
Publication Date: 
2011

In this brightly-colored interactive concept book, a rhyming text challenges readers to decide what grows—Ducks? Bears? Owls?—and what might not—Trucks? Caps? Washcloths? Cleverly designed gatefolds add storytime drama.

BAILEY

Bailey
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bliss
Author's First Name: 
Harry
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2011

Wearing his backpack, Bailey walks to the school bus, admiring a stick along the way, anticipating the wind ruffling his fur through the window, and waiting to plunge into the lunch room garbage pail. Humorous illustrations capture his unusual but clearly doglike adventures.
 

RRRALPH

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Ehlert
Author's First Name: 
Lois
Publisher: 
Beach Lane
Publication Date: 
2012

Vibrant collages on high gloss paper assembled from zippers, wood, buttons, twine, metal, tree bark, screws, and textile fragments brilliantly convey the droll story of a young pet-owner’s belief that dogs really can talk.

LITTLE WHITE RABBIT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Henkes
Author's First Name: 
Kevin
Publisher: 
Greenwillow
Publication Date: 
2011

Fat outlines, rounded shapes, and soft colors depict a little white rabbit on an outdoor adventure. His imagination hops along with him as he wonders about being green as grass, tall as a tree, or hard as a rock, but never wondering who loves him best.

ME . . . JANE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McDonnell
Author's First Name: 
Patrick
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2011

Seamlessly integrating intricate stamps of antique engravings with unpretentious line and wash drawings, McDonnell introduces the young Jane Goodall through her favorite things: a stuffed chimp, The Alligator Society, and treetop perches (where she read Tarzan books and dreamed of living among African animals). A surprise photograph at the end shows Goodall’s dreams did come true.

BLACKOUT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rocco
Author's First Name: 
John
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Publication Date: 
2011

When the city goes dark on a hot summer’s evening, people suddenly have nothing to do. With only flashlights and candles, one family begins to creatively entertain itself before joining others on the street at an impromptu block party for a few magical hours.

PERFECT SQUARE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hall
Author's First Name: 
Michael
Illustrator's First Name: 
Hall
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Michael
Publisher: 
Greenwillow
Publication Date: 
2011

A perfectly happy red square finds new shape and purpose as it is cut, torn, and crumpled, reforming itself each time into something new, beautiful, and even more colorful. The simple text combined with striking illustrations will encourage creative play.
 

GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rinker
Author's First Name: 
Sherri Duskey
Second Author's First Name: 
Tom
Second Author's Last Name: 
Lichtenheld
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2011
This rhythmic account of crane truck, cement mixer, dump truck, bulldozer, and excavator bedding down for the night after a hard day of shoveling, lifting, dumping, and puffing, may lure active readers to their own beds.  Vibrant wax-oil pastel colors of bright sunshine evolve to dusk and finally to yawn-inducing night

HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR

HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Willems
Author's First Name: 
Mo
Publisher: 
Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: 
2011

A gentle lesson about friendship and a lot of laughs are tucked into 6 ½ short chapters about Amanda, her stuffed alligator, and an interloping panda bear…all presented with panache in Willem’s signature style and highly expressive cartoons.
 

PRESS HERE

Press Here
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Tullet
Author's First Name: 
Herve
Second Author's First Name: 
Christopher
Second Author's Last Name: 
Franceschelli
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2011

Dancing, wiggling, exploding, and disappearing dots induce surprised giggles in this irresistible concept book.  Boardbook covers and sturdy high-gloss pages with instructions to poke, rub, shake, and tap incite page-turning to find out what happens next.
 

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