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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

New Picture Books to Read this Summer!


Today I'm sharing some awesome new picture books to check out this summer...


Papa Put A Man on the Moon 
By Kristy Demspey 
Illustrated by Sarah Green 
May 7, 2019 
Penguin 

In time for the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, this father-daughter story celebrates a small community's big contribution to one of America's greatest accomplishments. 

Marthanne and her father sit side by side, looking out over their mill village as the moon glows in the sky. Marthanne hopes that one day, man will walk on the moon, and she knows her father is helping America accomplish this mission: The fabric he weaves forms one layer in the astronauts' spacesuits. Papa insists he's only making a living, but Marthanne knows his work is part of history, and she's proud. She tries to be patient, but she can't stop imagining the moon mission: the astronauts tumbling through space, the fabric her papa made traveling all the way up into the sky. When the astronauts blast off and Neil Armstrong finally takes his first steps on the moon, Marthanne watches in wonder. She knows her papa put a man on the moon. 

Papa Put A Man on the Moon is a heartfelt celebration of an exciting and proud time in US history, father-daughter relationships, and the power of hardwork and dedication. Dempsey’s sweet story buzzes with excitement and anticipation. Colorful, engaging illustrations perfectly capture the delightful story.  


Moon Babies 
By Karen Jameson 
Illustrated by Amy Hevron 
July 2, 2019 
Putnam 

Just right for fans of Emily Winfield Martin's Dream Animals, this gorgeously illustrated story-in-verse about baby moons growing up in a celestial nursery is ideal bedtime reading and a perfect new baby gift. 

In the starry dark of night, / a secret moon world comes to light. / Make a wish and you just might / visit baby moons tonight. Follow the moon babies on their busy day from waking up in their crescent cradles, to breakfast on the Milky Way, to bundling up for moonwalks, to orbiting the earth in a lunar carousel, and more! And at day's end, watch as the babies finish bathtime with stardust powder, snuggle up with nursery rhymes and lullabies, and finally drift off to sleep. Karen Jameson's charming verse is a joy to read aloud, and Amy Hevron's enchanting illustrations are simply irresistible, making this the perfect read-aloud to send little ones off to dreamland. 

With its charming rhymes, dreamy color scheme, and squee-worthy illustrations, Moon Babies is an enchanting and tender lullaby of a story. Little readers will be delighted by the sweet story and captivated by the pictures. 


Welcome to Morningtown 
By Blake Liliane Hellman 
Illustrated by Steven Henry 
June 4, 2019 
Bloomsbury 

Greet the new day with the adorable animal families of Morningtown in this sweet, classically inspired picture book! 

Welcome to Morningtown! 

In Morningtown, animal families of all shapes and sizes are waking up to a shiny new day. They get up out of fluffy beds, hard beds, and secret beds. They hop, splash, and flutter through their morning routines, getting ready for whatever the day holds. 

One thing is certain--every day is a beautiful day in Morningtown! 

Welcome to Morningtown is an absolutely adorable celebration of nature, family, and morning routines! With sweet, pitch-perfect text and heartwarming illustrations that feel very vintage and classic, this picture book will amuse and engage little readers. 


Grandpa Cacao 
A tale of chocolate, from farm to family 
By Elizabeth Zunon 
May 21, 2019 
Bloomsbury 

This beautifully illustrated story connects past and present as a girl bakes a chocolate cake with her father and learns about her grandfather harvesting cacao beans in West Africa. 

Chocolate is the perfect treat, everywhere! 

As a little girl and her father bake her birthday cake together, Daddy tells the story of her Grandpa Cacao, a farmer from the Ivory Coast in West Africa. In a land where elephants roam and the air is hot and damp, Grandpa Cacao worked in his village to harvest cacao, the most important ingredient in chocolate. "Chocolate is a gift to you from Grandpa Cacao," Daddy says. "We can only enjoy chocolate treats thanks to farmers like him." Once the cake is baked, it's ready to eat, but this isn't her only birthday present. There's a special surprise waiting at the front door . . . 

Family, tradition, culture, and history are beautifully celebrated in the heartwarming and fully engaging story. Zunon crafts a timeless and moving story with wonderfully colorful and delightful illustrations. The added notes, history lessons, and chocolate cake recipe were a fun bonus. 


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





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