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

Families (Holiday House, $17.95) come in all shapes and sizes. A new book by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly celebrates that fact and is a great launching point for talking about diversity. Cheerful and colorful photos adorn every page depicting families with one parent, families with two moms or two dads, families with adopted children, large families that all live together or families with members who live far apart but who like to visit. This joyful book demonstrates that the only thing that really matters when it comes to families is that they love each other. Ages 2-5. Kerri Poore

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ISBN: 9780823430536
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Published: Holiday House - January 15th, 2015

Did you hear it this year? Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It’s Spring! (Holiday House, $16.95). In this delightfully illustrated book about the arrival of spring, a young child walks with a bear through snow that’s beginning to melt into mud and witnesses the change from one season to the next. Follow them as they head off into the woods, around the rabbit’s burrow, over the pond, and past a number of other animal habitats. John Shelley’s warm illustrations perfectly suit Marion Dane Bauer’s charmingly simple story of the arrival of spring. Ages 4-7. Kerri Poore

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By Marion Dane Bauer, John Shelley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823429523
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Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2015