Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo
In this adorable book, the famous Spanish nursery rhyme “Los Pollitos Dicen” comes to life with the help of three very expressive baby chicks. The simple story shows the love and care that a mother hen has for her babies. From the moment the chicks hatch she is kept very busy tending to their every need. The unique accordion style book allows readers to enjoy the story in English on one side and Spanish on the other, while the interactive elements featured on each page add yet another dimension to please the very youngest of readers. Canticos will release its second bilingual book this fall titled Elefantitos (Little Elephants). (ages 1-4)
Splashdance by Liz Starin
Ursula the bear and all of the other bears get kicked out of the swimming pool (for being too hairy) right before the big water ballet championship. To make matters worse, Ursula’s partner in the competition ditches her for a giraffe! She heads down to the pond to continue training by herself and much to her surprise she finds a new team to join who is committed to standing up for its teammates. Serious topics of inequality and social justice are made accessible for a young audience thanks to the goofy interspecies cast in this silly tale that’s perfect for summer. Pay close attention to the illustrations, humorous details abound! (ages 4-7)
Treat by Mary Sullivan
When a hungry pup wakes up to the smell of food, all hilarity ensues! Racing out of his bed to find a treat leads to utter disappointment time and again as none of his family will give him a single bite of anything. Exhausted by his begging efforts, the pup finally returns to bed where his dreams of treats turn into a nightmare of being the treat. Using only one word in the book, Sullivan fills the story with energy and emotion through the character’s expressions, creative font choices, and constant movement. This determined and irresistible little round pup will have readers rooting for him the whole time and delighted by the happy ending. (ages 4-7)
Frankie the Blankie by Jennifer Sattler
Doris loves her blankie, Frankie. In fact she loves him so much she never does anything without him: napping, snacking, dancing. That is, until she is told that “only babies play with blankies, you know.” Doris decides to give Frankie up, but life is too miserable without him. She comes up with the brilliant idea of disguising him, which almost goes terribly wrong until she turns him into a puppet and wins the hearts of the other jungle animals. While most books about transitional objects focus on letting go of the object, such as Owen by Kevin Henkes or Geraldine’s Blanket by Holly Keller, the story of Doris and Frankie shows that children don’t have to give up their comfort object until they are ready.