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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up: picture books



I'm back with another Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up featuring some great picture books that would make awesome gifts this holiday season...




Doggy Claus / Perro Noel 
A Bilingual Holiday Tale 
By Derek Taylor Kent 
Illustrated by Lynx Animation Studios 
November 13, 2018 
Whimsical World 
Source: from author 

A new bilingual (English/Spanish) holiday tale about Santa's dog named Jingle. When Jingle discovers that Santa only delivers presents to boys and girls and not dogs, he takes off on Santa's sleigh, intent to deliver presents to all the dogs, especially ones in shelters with no family. By the end, he learns that there's something dogs want even more than presents on Christmas.  

 Un nuevo cuento navideño bilingüe (inglés / españolsobre el perro de Santa llamado Jingle. Cuando Jingle descubre que Santa solo entrega regalos a niños y niñas y no a perros, se quita el trineo de Papá Noel, con la intención de entregar regalos a todos los perrosespecialmente a los que están en refugios sin familia. Al final, descubre que hay algo que los perros quieren incluso más que regalos en Navidad. 

With Doggy Claus / Perro Noel, author Derek Taylor Kent offers a bilingual picture book full of Christmas cheer, adorable puppers, and a sweet message. Kent uses simple, kid friendly text to tell the exciting and surprising story of Jingle the dog who has some big time Christmas fun. Little readers will be charmed by the cute animal characters, love joining Jingle on his adventures, and have fun pointing out all the familiar Christmas settings, characters, and items. The illustrations from Lynx Animation Studios create an engaging and whimsically animated movie/tv show vibe. A great read-aloud book for the holiday season! 


A is For Australian Animals 
By Frane Lessac 
August 7, 2018 
Candlewick Press 
Source: from pub 

There are so many amazing animals to be found in Australia -- and many of them are found nowhere else in the world. 

Discover thirty-eight of the weird and wonderful creatures of Down Under -- from the iconic kangaroo to the puzzling echidna; from the tiny crusader bug to the enormous saltwater crocodile; from the adorable quokka to the terrifying Tasmanian devil. Did you know that lyrebirds can mimic almost any sound? Or that an oblong turtle has the longest neck of any turtle in the world? Vibrant paintings and fascinating facts introduce readers to a wide array of incredible animals in this vivid celebration of the fauna that makes Australia unique. 

Frane Lessac’s A is For Australian Animals is a wonderfully unique and enchanting alphabet book that stars some of the most wildly cool animals found in Australia. Little readers will be absolutely captivated by the animals presented and fascinating, accessible facts included about each one. Through vivid and stunning folk art style illustrations, Lessac wonderfully brings these animals and their habitats to life. Readers will want to flip through this book again and again! 


LOVE 
By Stacy McAnulty 
Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff 
December 4, 2018 
Running Kids Press 
Source: from pub 

From award-winning author Stacy McAnulty comes a sweet story about love and what it's really all about.  

What is love? Can you only express it in fancy meals, greeting cards, and heart-shaped chocolates? Kids will find love everywhere in this delightful book. It can be found in everyday moments such as baking cookies with grandma, notes from Mom in your lunchbox, or a family singing together on a car trip, and it isn't always what you expect! 

 With delightful illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff and sweetly simple prose by award-winning author Stacy McAnulty, this is the perfect book to teach children what love means, why it's important, and how they can spread the love in their daily lives. 

Stacy McAnulty’s LOVE is an absolutely beautiful and timely picture book that celebrates the power, beauty, and grace of love in all its forms. With the sweetest and simplest prose McAnulty manages to convey so much goodness and heart. Lew-Vriethoff's illustrations perfectly capture the book’s huggable sentiments and feature such a lovely diverse cast of characters. Readers of all ages will be delighted by LOVE and moved by his heartwarming message. 


Princess Snowbelle and the Snow Games 
By Libby Frost 
November 6, 2018 
Bloomsbury 
Source: from pub 

Return to the enchanting, icy world of Frostovia with Princess Snowbelle in this continuation of a series that combines sparkly magic and the fun girl power of Fancy Nancy. 

It's time for the annual Snow Games! Princess Snowbelle and her brothers can't wait to compete against the neighboring kingdom of Snowland in contests ranging from sled racing to sculpture building--and they especially can't wait to win the big ice trophy. 

 But when the games don't go quite as planned, Snowbelle realizes there's more to competing than winning. With the help of her friends and family--and just a little bit of magic--can she make sure the Snow Games are fun for everyone? 

 Frostovia's glittering world is the perfect place to meet Princess Snowbelle and experience the magic of friendship and family. 

Libby Frost returns to Frostovia and the glittering world of Princess Snowbelle and it’s time for the Snow Games against Snowland. Princess Snowbelle and her brothers are determined to win the games this year but things don’t work out the way they plan...they work out even better! Libby Frost magicks up a charming tale full of snowy fun, neat surprises, and a heartwarming message and little princesses and princes will be delighted by the story’s conclusion. With lush colors, engaging backgrounds, and sweetly rendered characters, Frost’s illustrations are fairytale perfection! 


Goat’s Coat 
By Tom Percival 
Illustrated by Christine Pym 
December 4, 2018 
Bloomsbury 
Source: from pub 

This charmingly illustrated rhyming picture book about Alfonzo, a goat with a very special coat, celebrates the power of kindness and friendship. 

Let me tell you the tale of Alfonzo the goat,  
who was terribly proud of his lovely new coat. 
Alfonzo was happy; he pranced and he skipped.  
Then he heard a sad noise, croaking out of a ditch. 

Alfonzo couldn't be happier. He just got an amazing new coat, and he feels like a million dollars. But when he discovers some creatures in need of help, will Alfonzo be able to give up his treasured possession to save the day? 
 This great big hug of a book shows that kindness is definitely the best recipe. 

I am so in love with this picture book! Goat’s Coat is the unforgettable and oh so sweet tale of Alfonzo, a goat with a snazzy new coat who helps every creature he meets. The story in Goat’s Coat is spun through Tom Percival’s pitch-perfect and lyrical rhymes and Christine Pym’s brightly colored and amusing illustrations. Delightfully whimsical, charmingly thoughtful, and soothingly heartwarming, Goat’s Coat celebrates the beauty of friendship and kindness.




*Disclaimer: I received copies of the titles above for review/feature purposes. All reviews, opinions, and thoughts are my own.






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