Imagine for a moment your favorite instrument or style of music. How does it sound? What emotions does it evoke? Take another moment to remember that there is Music Everywhere! (Charlesbridge, $7.95), and join Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, and Cynthia Pon on a tour of culture, sound, and pure joy. Though the instruments of Indonesia and Venezuela may be different and the beats of Ghana and France unique, all children clap, sing, pluck, rattle, and scrape, and ultimately find refuge in the comfort that their music brings. “Music has many moods.” It brings people together from the United Kingdom to Timor-Leste; it is a language that we can all understand. Ages 4-8. Allison Trotter

Music Everywhere! (Global Fund for Children Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781570919367
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Charlesbridge - February 25th, 2014

Bottle caps, old ice-fishing decoys, broken toys… items destined for the wastebasket? Hardly! Author and illustrator Lois Ehlert considers such items tools of her trade and inspiration for her colorful and quirky illustrations. In The Scraps Book (Beach Lane, $17.99), Ehlert uses her signature collage technique to tell her own story, and includes photographs of her family, childhood home, and workspace. Ehlert’s whimsy and sense of humor are evident as she describes her blending of miscellany from nature, discarded household items, and just plain color, from wherever the source. References to her inspiration for particular books and a spread of all her book covers will delight current fans and send others to the bookstore! Ages 5-9. Renée Bosco

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life Cover Image
By Lois Ehlert, Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442435711
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Beach Lane Books - March 4th, 2014

For an interactive introduction to Pablo Picasso (Princeton Architectural, $24.95) and Alexander Calder (Princeton Architectural Press, $24.95), try the Meet the Artist series. Both books include innovative lift-the-flaps, pull-tabs, and pop-ups, which bring the artists and their work to life. Try your hand at a Calder-style wire portrait. Or make a cubist collage like Picasso. Spanish author and illustrator Patricia Geis has created text, illustrations, and interactive elements that inspire children to learn, dream, and reflect on the history and work of these great artists.  Ages 8-12. Kerri Poore

Pablo Picasso: Meet the Artist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616892517
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - February 4th, 2014

Alexander Calder: Meet the Artist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616892258
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - February 4th, 2014