What’s a girl to do when her family loves snakes not wisely, but too well? This young lady simply cannot understand her relatives’ penchant for the slithery, spooky creatures and tells them repeatedly: I (Don’t) Like Snakes (Candlewick, $15.99). When they begin to explain to her why snakes do what they do, however, a revolution may be in the offing. Illustrator Luciano Lozano’s snakes range from lovably goofy to beautifully regal, thus satisfying the fearful and the fawning; Nicola Davies’s mixture of scientific fact—did you know that snakes smell with their tongues?—with the story of one girl’s change of heart will delight snake-lovers and snake-doubters alike. Ages 5-7

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By Nicola Davies, Luciano Lozano (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763678319
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2015

Many picture books are for older kids—and The Blue Whale (Enchanted Lion, $17.95) exemplifies this statement. Author and illustrator Jenni Desmond has created a book that brings information about the world’s largest animal into perspective for young minds. Instead of just telling us the size of the blue whale’s mouth, she paints the creature’s mouth with the 50 people who can stand inside it. Rather than simply state that baby blue whales drink 50 gallons of their mother’s milk per day, she paints in 50 gallon milk bottles to demonstrate the fact. Her illustrations are warm and inviting to kids of all ages, from little ones being read to by an adult to older children reading on their own. Ages 5-8

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By Jenni Desmond (Created by)
ISBN: 9781592701650
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - May 26th, 2015

Just how many lives can one Tree of Wonder (Chronicle, $16.99) shelter? Kate Messner highlights the amazing capacities of the almendro tree, found in Latin American rainforests. From a single tree, watch as the number of animals it supports doubles each time you turn the page: from two macaws to four toucans to eight howler monkeys and on to 1,024 leafcutter ants, the abundance of species who all call this tree home will amaze you. Simona Mulazzani’s incredibly vibrant acrylic and pencil illustrations underscore why the almendro is known as the “tree of life.” As Messner notes in the final pages of the book, this is why saving each tree in the rainforest truly matters. Ages 5-8

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By Kate Messner, Simona Mulazzani (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452112480
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 11th, 2015