2013 Book Selections

a very smart cat

A Very Smart Cat by Mario PicayoMeet the smartest cat in the world. She can draw, knows how to make phone calls, can take pictures and plays musical instruments. Do you want her? She is yours. Free! Read the funny and surprising adventures of this extraordinary pussycat and you will understand why sometimes there is such a thing as too smart. A very, very funny book about a very, very clever cat.

all the world

All the World by Liz Garton ScanlonFollowing a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.

cow loves cookie

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma WilsonThe horse loves hay, the chickens need feed, the geese munch on corn, the hogs devour slop, the dog eats treats, but THE COW LOVES COOKIES?
A twist on the ordinary barnyard picture book, the latest read-aloud from bestselling author Karma Wilson is a clever entry into a curious incident on the farm. As the farmer makes his rounds each day, most of the animals chew on the foods a young reader would expect. But when it’s time to feed the cow, she feasts on a special treat! Wilson’s signature style and Marcellus Hall’s spirited watercolors will delight children on and off the farm—because when it comes down to it, who doesn’t love milk and cookies?

miss brooks loves books

Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t) by Barbara BottnerWith the help of Miss Brooks, Missy’s classmates all find books they love in the library—books about fairies and dogs and trains and cowboys. But Missy dismisses them all—“Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity.”
Still, Miss Brooks remains undaunted. Book Week is here and Missy will find a book to love if they have to empty the entire library. What story will finally win over this beastly, er, discriminating child? William Steig’s Shrek!—the tale of a repulsive green ogre in search of a revolting bride—of course!
Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley pay playful homage to the diverse tastes of child readers and the valiant librarians who are determined to put just the right book in each child’s hands.

miss smith under the ocean

Miss Smith Under the Ocean by Michael GarlandMiss Smith’s class can’t wait for story time. When their teacher reads from her incredible storybook, the worlds she describes come alive—literally! So when the class takes a field trip to the local aquarium, reading magic brings favorite nautical characters to life, including Long John Silver and the Swiss Family Robinson. From swimming with the Little Mermaid to rescuing their treasured storybook from scurvy pirates, it’s another rollicking reading adventure Miss Smith’s class—and readers—won’t soon forget.

not inside the house

Not Inside This House! by Kevin LewisMeet Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse, a curious boy who loves to explore!
You’d expect a boy with a name like Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse to explore. But Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse doesn’t stop there. He comes home with specimens from his travels! First a bug, and then a moose—what will Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse show up with next? Curious readers are in for a fun adventure.

pete the cat

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by James DeanPete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his son…because it’s all good.

the princess and the pig

The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan EmmettThere’s been a terrible mix-up in the royal nursery. Priscilla the princess has accidentally switched places with Pigmella, the farmer’s new piglet. The kindly farmer and his wife believe it’s the work of a good witch, while the ill-tempered king and queen blame the bad witch—after all, this happens in fairy tales all the time! While Priscilla grows up on the farm, poor yet very happy, things don’t turn out quite so well for Pigmella. Kissing a frog has done wonders before, but will it work for a pig?
Sure to hog all the attention, this story’s frequent nods to well-known fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty, The Frog Princess, and Thumbelina—plus hilarious illustrations-will delight readers of any age.

rubia and the three osos

Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton ElyaThe Oso family is going out for a stroll, and Rubia has her eye on their empty casita. A nice bowl of sopa, a comfortable chair, a perfecta little bed… Who wouldn’t want to open la puerta and come in?
This is the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, retold in a musical combination of English and Spanish, illustrated with great humor and heart by a Caldecott Honor-winning artist, and featuring a surprise ending that’s downright fabuloso. Just right for bilingual families, new Spanish speakers, and anyone who likes a bueno twist on a classic.

what do you do with a tail like this

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve JenkinsA nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.