Picture Books: Years 2-8

Step Gently Out Cover Image
By Helen Frost, Rick Lieder (Photographer)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763656010
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 13th, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Young children examine small worlds intently, sometimes frustrated by things too busy or tiny to see well. This quiet poem is illustrated with remarkable close-up photos of delicate insects on stems, leaves, flowers, and dewy twigs.  Back pages give additional information about the eleven different insects.


Get Dressed! Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781419701078
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - April 1st, 2012

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New Yorker cartoonist Chwast provides plenty of flaps to unfold and lift. Most kids start with getting up and dressing in the morning, and end with pajamas and bed. But in between the book offers all kinds of fun prompts and attire: dragons, hiding in the jungle, cold weather, sand castles, making believe, rock star performing.


Happy Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781935954149
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Published: Lemniscaat USA - April 1st, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Once a child learns the basic nouns, verbs, “no!” and ”please,” the way is cleared for expressing emotions. The more the emotions can be verbalized, the less they need to be acted out. Happy! is a series of colorful drawings, each of them of a fish that perfectly expresses a given emotion: happy, curious, nervous, brave, shy, surprised, and 14 others.


More Cover Image
By I. C. Springman, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547610832
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 6th, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Inspired, clever, elaborate illustrations make this the perfect book for a bright child who may or may not be reading fluently.  Those sharp young eyes will detect the visual puns as a magpie collects compulsively until its excess brings down the entire overloaded nest.Luckily, the magpie has friends who help it downsize to the final pages: “Enough? Yes, enough.”


Olivia and the Fairy Princesses Cover Image
By Ian Falconer, Ian Falconer (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442450271
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Possibly the most amusing Olivia book yet: Olivia is having an identity crisis: what will make her special if everyone is a princess! Olivia decides she’s done, done, DONE with pink. She’s seeking a “more stark, modern style.” It involves lots of black jersey, a la Martha Graham. After considering several possibilities, Olivia arrives at her latest and most definitely appropriate persona.


Cat Tale Cover Image
By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061915161
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 28th, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Three cats, Lillian, Tilly, and William J., start on an outing. Word play is part of the adventure: “They flee a steer.” “They steer a plane.” “They plane a board.” “They board a train.” In the middle the cats become confused for a couple of pages, but the tail/tale homonym sets them back on track to a comfy ending.


Moma Color Puzzles: 4 Double-Sided Puzzles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780811876896
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 24th, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Four reversible puzzles offer hundreds of ways to re-combine the few pieces, to explore the visual impact of shading, line, and contrast. Created for the Museum of Modern Art.


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062104182
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 4th, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Mo Willems is as irrepressible as ever. Three Dinosaurs , Papa, Mama, and “some other Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway” make a great show of setting out bowls of chocolate pudding, making their beds look comfy, and leaving the  doors open as they pretend to head out into the forest. Along comes Goldilocks, “a little girl who never listens to anyone or anything.” She ignores the many warning signs, and thing are looking ominous until she hears gloating outside the window and realizes she needs to scram.


The Monsters' Monster Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316045476
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Three little monsters, Grouch, Grump, and little Gloom ‘n’ Doom (he has two heads) squabble over who’s the biggest, baddest monster of all. Finally they decide to pool their efforts to make a MONSTER monster, using “tape, tacks, staples, and glue, gunk, gauze, and gobs of goo, bolts, wire, and a smelly old shoe.” When the huge creation comes to life its first booming word words are “Dank you!” because he’s thankful to be alive. The little rascals chase along behind as he crashes through the walls, marches down the mountain to the bakery, nad buys jelly doughnuts. Everyone shares them happily on a beach, completely forgetting to be monsters.


Mousterpiece Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596435490
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 21st, 2012

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By age 6,7,8, many children have visited an art museum. Like Janson, the mouse who lives in a museum, they may resonate to certain artists. Janson paints herself again and again in the styles of Albers, Rousseau, Warhol, Seurat, Braque, Picasso and 16 other major artists. Eventually she is discovered, and given an exhibition of her own. The book is a great way to introduce the idea of different styles, and associate names with them.


Duck Sock Hop Cover Image
By Jane Kohuth, Jane Porter (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780803737129
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Published: Dial Books - May 10th, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Rhythm and bounce will capture everyone’s silly sense as the catchy rhyme rolls along. This is a wake-up-and-get-moving book, not a nighty-night one. Today’s children will need a little clarification from grandparents as to the meaning of “sock hop,” and that’s likely to lead to demonstrations and imitations — in other words, a party.


A Home for Bird Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Philip C. Stead (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596437111
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 5th, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Vernon the frog is pleased to find Bird, whom he welcomes as friend, although bird says nothing. Vernon introduces Bird  to his friends, but Bird says nothing. Vernon is concerned that Bird might be lost, so he sets out to find Bird’s home. After an arduous journey that tests Vernon’s determination, they stumble into a little house and Bird speaks one word at last: ”Cuckoo!”


Otto the Book Bear Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781423145622
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 31st, 2012

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2012

Otto is a bear who lives inside a book, and is always happiest when children read his book. He has a secret: sometimes he leaves his book and goes exploring. One day while he’s out, the family moves, taking his book but forgetting Otto! Otto makes a plan, packs a bag, and sets off on a new adventure. The world is a little larger than he had expected, and he’s becoming discouraged when he sees full of light and hope: a library! There he not only finds another book bear, but also, best of all, children reading.