Thursday, May 24, 2012

Top Five Children's Books of 2012 For the Youngest Readers

With the trend being for clever or snarky children's books, it's becoming increasingly difficult for parents to find books for children that are just heartfelt and sincere. here are five that were published in 2012 that are more than appropriate and worthwhile for young children.

1) I Broke My Trunk
 I Broke My Trunk. By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. Hyperion Books for Children.

Piggie is very concerned about his best friend, Gerald the Elephant, who has broken his trunk, and Gerald tells him a long, rambling story about how it happened. (A 2012 Geisel Honor Book)

2) Bring On the Birds
Bring on the Birds. By Susan Stockdale, Illus. by the author. Peachtree.

Rhyming couplets and clear, identifiable illustrations remind readers that birds vary in many ways, but all have feathers and are hatched from eggs. Colorful acrylics help provide just the right of information for preschool ornithologists.

3) Where's Walrus
Where's Walrus?  By Stephen Savage, Illus. by the author. Scholastic.

Walrus escapes from the zoo and cleverly disguises himself around the city; the zoopkeeper and the children reading the book search for him on each bold, bright page of this wordless book.

4) The Toughskin Rhinoceros Wrangler Company
The Toughskin Rhinoceros Wrangler Company . By Thomas L. Vaultonburg, Illus. by Jenny Mathews

When all the rhinoceroses at the local zoo escape in an effort to find their friend Rhino Jack, the smallest rhino wrangler in the world must find his lost friends and find a way to make them return to their home.

5) Mouse and Lion
Mouse & Lion. By Rand Burkert, Illus. by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. di Capua/Scholastic.

Mouse is the center of this retelling of a familiar Aesop’s fable.  Elegant illustrations place the story solidly in the natural world of Africa.

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