I just got a stack of brand new picture books from the Kid Lit Exchange! In the interest of getting them into the hands of more reviewers more quickly, I’m doing mini-reviews today! Here are some fantastic new August and September 2018 picture books.
September and October 2018 picture books
Operation Rescue Dog by Maria Gianferrari and Luisa Uribe
Alma is lonely because her mother has been away in Iraq for months. Lulu the dog is living on the street when she gets scooped up by the Operation Rescue Dog truck. In this lyrical new picture book from Little Bee Books, these two sensitive souls overcome unexpected obstacles on the journey find their way together.
Building Books by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Brianne Farley
Building towers or reading books. Which is better? Two siblings have the ultimate rivalry until a librarian challenges them to see the other’s point of view. The reader must use a stack of books to build. The builder must read a stack. They both resist until they accidentally have fun. A sweet story that shows that it’s OK to know what you love, but sometimes you have the most fun when you stretch beyond your comfort zone.
Volcano Dreams: A Story of Yellowstone by Janet Fox and Marlo Garnsworthy
When we went to Yellowstone, we were serenely observing a nearby buffalo when Luke turned to me and said, “Did you know we’re sitting on a dormant volcano and when it finally erupts it will probably end the world?” VOLCANO DREAMS is the much-less-terrifying version of that story. All the animals are awake; the only thing asleep is the volcano, dreaming peacefully. Lovers of National Parks will enjoy this lyrical nonfiction.
King Alice by Matthew Cordell
As Minnesotans, we can appreciate the dad in KING ALICE. It’s another snow day and he cannot begin to imagine what the family will do. But King Alice knows! Yes, that’s KING Alice. She brainstorms idea after idea, crafting a unique story as she chugs along. There are so many ideas in this book that it will require several reads for kids and families to take it all in. The real-life scenarios are contrasted with Alice’s stories, which comes together especially nicely in the illustrations.