I am always on the search for some new fun picture books, for the collection, for story time or for outreach. Here are some that I have been getting a lot of use out of lately.
Maple, the debut of author Lori Nichols is a sweet and lovely portrait of a fun-loving, free-spirited girl. Maple's parents plant a tree in her honor when she is born. As they both grow, Maple looks on her tree as a friend, seeking her in happy times and sad times. A great story!
With Paul meets Bernadette, author/illustrator Rosy Lamb gives us Paul, a goldfish whose life is a rather hum-drum existence until, of course, Bernadette moves in to the bowl! Bernadette and her exciting take on everything shows Paul a whole new world right outside his bowl.
Found, by author/illustrator Salina Yoon is a wonderful story about lost objects and found love. Bear finds a lost toy Bunny in the woods. He feels terrible that somebody may have lost their favorite toy and he is determined to reunite them. While Bear posts flyers and searches for Bunny's owner, he finds himself growing attached. What will he do when Bunny's owner is found? So sweet.
In Sophie's Squash, written Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf, Sophie finds a unique friend at the farm market, a squash she names Bernice. Sophie discovers the many joys of friendship as well as the many pitfalls of befriending a vegetable. A sweet and funny story that had me laughing out loud.