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Monday, October 7, 2019

New Books From Charlesbridge


Today I'm sharing some fun and beautiful new books, coming this Fall and Winter, from Charlesbridge. Perfect for the holiday shopping season...


Baby Loves The Five Senses: Hearing 
By Ruth Spiro 
Illustrated by Irene Chan 
9/24/19 
Charlesbridge 
Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.  Baby loves the five senses! Accurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the science of sound and hearing. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well. 

Baby Loves The Five Senses: Sight! 
By Ruth Spiro 
Illustrated by Irene Chan 
9/24/19 
Charlesbridge 
Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.  Baby loves the five senses! Accurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the science of vision, light, and color. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well. 

Under The Mambo Moon 
By Julia Durange 
Illustrated by Fabricio VandenBrock 
10/15/19 
Charlesbridge 
On summer nights Marisol helps out in Papi's music store. As customers come and go, they share memories of the Latin music and dance of their various homelands, expressed in a dazzling array of poetry. The diversity of Latin American music is brought to life in poems that swivel, sway, and sizzle with the rhythms of merengue, vallenatos, salsa, and samba.  Back matter includes a map, author's note, and further information about the musical heritage of Latin America. 

Under the Freedom Tree 
By Susan VanHecke 
Illustrated by London Ladd 
12/3/19 
Charlesbridge 
Taut free verse tells the little-known story of the first contraband camp of the Civil War—seen by some historians as the "beginning of the end of slavery in America." One night in 1861, three escaped slaves made their way from the Confederate line to a Union-held fort. The runaways were declared "contraband of war" and granted protection. As word spread, thousands of runaway slaves poured into the fort, seeking their freedom. These "contrabands" made a home for themselves, building the first African American community in the country. In 1863, they bore witness to one of the first readings of the Emancipation Proclamation in the South—beneath the sheltering branches of the tree now known as Emancipation Oak. 

Whose Footprint Is That? 
By Darrin Lunde 
Illustrated by Kelsey Oseid 
10/22/19 
A nonfiction guessing game that explores the connections between an animal, its tracks, and its habitat.  Written by a mammalogist at the Smithsonian, this clever preschool page-turner pairs seven tracks with information about the animals' locomotion, asking kids to guess which animal left which tracks behind. Whose Footprint Is That? reveals the animals--ranging from flamingos to kangaroos--in their own habitats. 

Not a Butterfly Alphabet Book 
By Jerry Pallotta 
Illustrated by Shennen Bersani 
11/5/19 
Charlesbridge 
This nature alphabet book from best-selling author Jerry Pallotta features moths (not butterflies!) of all shapes and sizes.  Meet dozens of moths--and a few bonus creatures--with engaging text and a laugh-out-loud narrative, from A (Atlas Moth) to G (Green Lips Moth--no kissing allowed!) to J (Jersey Tiger Moth, whose underwings are a completely different color than their upper wings, not to be confused with their underwear) to Z (Zigzag Moth). Readers of all ages will be entertained (and learning!) with every page turn. 

Finding Treasure: A Collection Collections 
By Michelle Schaub 
Illustrated by Carmen Saldana 
9/17/19 
Clever poems tell the story of one inquisitive child's quest to start just the right collection to share at school.  While everyone else is excited about presenting their treasures, one creative elementary schooler is stressed about her class's show-and-tell assignment. How is she supposed to share her collection if she doesn't collect anything? Polling her parents, visiting with Granny and Grandpa, and searching for the secret behind her siblings' obsession with baseball cards, she discovers she does, in fact, have something to share: a collection of stories and poems! 

Alien Drawing Book 
By Ralph Masiello 
10/14/19 
Charlesbridge 
The tenth book in Ralph Masiello’s popular drawing series shows budding artists how to illustrate quirky aliens from out of this world. Clear, linear steps in red outline how to draw the friendly Martians. Challenge steps in blue encourage adding extras to each masterpiece. 

A Trapezoid is Not a Dinosaur 
By Suzanne Morris 
11/5/19 
Charlesbridge 
In this wildly amusing, unconventional shape concept book, Trapezoid is here to declare that he's a shape, too. He's NOT a type of dinosaur!  Shape up, shapes! Triangle is hosting auditions for all the best shapes to be in his play. Circle, Square, and Star each get a part. But Trapezoid just doesn't "fit in." Is he even a shape? The others think he sounds like a type of dinosaur. Determined to show off his usefulness, Trapezoid tries to act like the other shapes, to no avail. Eventually, though, Trapezoid celebrates his own distinct shape properties in order to become part of the performance. 

Not A Bean 
By Claudia Guadalupe Martinez 
Illustrated by Laura Gonzalez 
11/5/19 
Charlesbridge 
A Mexican jumping bean isn't a bean at all. It's a fascinating home and food source for a special kind of caterpillar!  With Spanish vocabulary and a clever counting concept, this poetic story shares the life cycle of a Mexican jumping bean. This curious jumping insect is actually a seedpod from a shrub called yerba de la flecha, into which a caterpillar burrows, living inside the pod until it builds a cocoon and breaks out as a moth. Perfect for preschoolers and prereaders, this creative picture book explores the Mexican jumping bean's daily life and eventual transformation and escape from the pod. 

Milton & Odie and the Bigger-than-Bigmouth Bass 
By Mary Ann Fraser 
10/1/19 
Charlesbridge 
Imagine the possibilities. 

When faced with a challenge—or a super cold morning—Milton grumbles and Odie sees the bright side. Whiling away the hours at their respective fishing holes, neither Milton nor Odie get even the tiniest nibble . . . until Milton snags Odie’s pole. But does that mean fishing is over? 

On facing pages, Milton and Odie approach life with contrasting attitudes. Milton’s sure there isn’t a fish for miles, but Odie embraces the joy of anticipation, imagining that a bigmouth bass will be along any minute. 

Sweetly simple illustrations reveal the ups and downs of patience and expectation in this fish story about the one that didn’t get away. 

Alice and Greta 
A Tale of Two Witches 
By Steven J. Simmons 
Illustrated by Cyd Moore 
8/6/19 
Charlesbridge 
Alice is a good witch. And Greta... well, Greta and trouble are never far apart. Alice spends her time helping others by weaving her enchanting spells. All Greta does is wreak havoc. But when a forgotten spell comes back to haunt her, Greta's stuck learning something she should have learned long ago. 


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




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