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I read a wide variety of picture books, and I read a lot of them.  A LOT.  And, sometimes, I notice a delightfully unexpected trend.  Like this one.  Each of these new titles features an abstract concept as a physical entity.  I read Me and My Fear first.  While I was raving about it to Justin, he told me about another title.  While I was reading that, a book I had on hold came in . . . and the trend was set.  All three of these books are great ways to talk to your kids about difficult concepts.  They would work especially well in the classroom.

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna (September 11, 2018)
When a young immigrant girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, she is accompanied by her Fear who tells her to be alone and afraid, growing bigger and bigger every day with questions like "how can you hope to make new friends if you don't understand their language?" But this little girl is stronger than her Fear. This heartwarming and timely tale shows us the importance of sharing your Fear with others--after all, everyone carries a Fear with them, even if it's small enough to fit into their pocket!

The Silence Slips In by Alison Hughes (March 5, 2019)
When the party's over and the baby finally falls asleep, when the dog is all barked out and the screens are dark, the Silence pads in on soft, furry feet. A warm, comforting presence, the Silence curls up in a sun-beam like a cuddly cat and helps you read, think and be still. The Silence is friends with the Dark. Together they soothe the jagged edges left when the Noise has rolled on and gently launch the boats of your dreams into the night. When the day becomes overwhelming or other feelings become too big, the Silence slips in.

When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland (January 29, 2019)
Sadness can be scary and confusing at any age! When we feel sad, especially for long periods of time, it can seem as if the sadness is a part of who we are--an overwhelming, invisible, and scary sensation.  Eland brilliantly approaches this feeling as if it is a visitor. She gives it a shape and a face, and encourages the reader to give it a name, all of which helps to demystify it and distinguish it from ourselves. She suggests activities to do with it, like sitting quietly, drawing, and going outside for a walk. The beauty of this approach is in the respect the book has for the feeling, and the absence of a narrative that encourages the reader to "get over" it or indicates that it's "bad," both of which are anxiety-producing notions.  Simple illustrations  invite readers to add their own impressions.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30.  Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.  Every year, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) curates a list of diverse STEAM titles to help readers celebrate Día.  Click on the blue age range to see a printable list.  Click on individual titles to find the books in the Hoover Public Library.

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week, the nation's longest running national literacy program!  This milestone celebration's theme is Read Now, Read Forever.  So, look to the past, present, and most important, the future of children's books this April 29-May 5

Get the inside scoop on some of the best new books when you watch Creator Corner on KidLit TV.
Get book recs from this year's CBW Spokesperson, Ayesha Curry.
Print out an official bookmark and activity sheet from today's top illustrators.
Print out the poster designed by multi award-winning artist Yuyi Morales.
Read one of these new books celebrating books!  You can find them at Hoover Public Library!

The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli
Just Read! by Lori Degman
The Lost Book by Margarita Surnaite
The Night Library by David Zeltser
Shhh! I'm Reading! by John Kelly

Max Amato's debut picture book is a delight!  In Perfect, a finicky, fussy, perfectionist eraser tries to keep the pages clean by erasing the scribbles of a mischievous pencil, and in doing so learns that imperfection can lead to our most spontaneous, beautiful, and creative moments.  I know a lot of kids who could use this book's message.  Actually, I know a lot of adults, too!  Share this title with any perfectionist in your life!  Perfect can be found shelved under E  AMA  NEW BOOK.  You can also access the ebook via Overdrive.

Watch the book trailer!  The background music is so catchy!
Get more sneak peeks of the book on the author/illustrator's official website.

Kids like the most disgusting things. I know. I had 42 of them at my Grossology Story Lab back in October. Their enthusiasm for diaper dissections and digestion-in-a-bag was epic. Want to feed their need for the nasty while also educating them about an important part of nature? Of course you do. 

Rotten!: Vultures, Beetles, Slime, and Nature's Other Decomposers by Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Gilbert Ford (January 22, 2019)
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What’s that terrible smell?  Plug your nose! Run!  Something smells…rotten!  But rotten isn’t always bad. If nothing ever rotted, nothing could live. Decomposition seems like the last stop on the food chain, but it’s just the beginning. When dead things rot, they give life to a host of other creatures.  So who are these decomposers? Sharks and vultures feast on animal carcasses. Worms, maggots and dung beetles devour decaying plant and animal matter. Decomposition is happening everywhere: oceans, forests, in your backyard—even between your teeth! It’s nature’s way of creating energy for all living things.  So unplug your nose! Open this book to uncover the dirty rotten truth about one of nature’s most fascinating processes.