On March 5, 2015, Penguin Young Readers will launch THE VERY BIG WIGGLE Tour, a month-long national car and costume tour to celebrate Eric Carle’s classic picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Beginning at The Reading Bug in San Carlos, CA, the caterpillar costume will travel across the country in a custom Volkswagen Bug on a route shaped like Carle’s iconic character. The car will make over twenty stops at libraries, independent bookstores, and Barnes & Noble locations, before arriving in Western Massachusetts the weekend of March 20th, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day. Celebrate Caterpillar's 40th birthday!
Since its publication in 1969, 38 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in over 60 languages. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold.
Emma Dodd is one of my favorite authors writing for our youngest readers. Here's a verse from Everything. Sensitive, endearing illustrations are accented with gold foil beautifully. Happy Poetry Friday!
"I love you when you're in a muddle.
Your tears tell me you
need a cuddle."
I love to see a picture book successfully reformated as a board book. Sometimes I wonder if the original concept has finally found its very best form.
20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street from 2013 is now available as a board book. With sparse text; large imagery and grand scope; an introduction to vehicles and counting; and a child protagonist solving the problem, this a great addition for little hands.
"an officer blows his whistle.
another waves her hands.
Truck 12 carries squealing pigs;
13 is piled with sand."
Illustrator Kurt Cyrus keeps the problem solving, bicycling boy in each spread in his clean portrayals of the traffic jam. Mark Lee's text rhymes straight to the solution. Joan and I welcome 20 Big Trucks to the library for readertotz. You'll want a copy in your own home...and then maybe a scoop of ice cream.
In honor of the release of our very first books, we are running 3 exclusive giveaways from January 14th to February 4th, 2015: readertotz was kind enough to host our giveaway for a full set of the My First books! My First is a new series of board books (4 in total) that introduces children to basic concepts through simple yet bold graphic artwork.
In this fresh new year, Joan and I are happy to welcome little bee books to the world. With a firm grasp of writing the very best for the very youngest, their line has launched. Take a look:
Adorable, yes? Jedda Robaard's text has just the right amount of weight with perfect pacing. Your readertotz will love the tension as Little Fox looks for his tail, and Little Mouse seeks her squeak. Robaard's illustrations appear to be light pencil and watercolor with much white space for a font with its own personality.
We applaud little bee for joining the effort to promote literacy in the youngest reader with quality board, novelty, picture, and activity books. Watch for more reviews from Joan and an upcoming give-away. Further info soon!
Happy new year from readertotz and little bee books!
A new book in the Skippyjon #1 New York Times bestselling series!
I haven't done a picture book on readertotz in a while since we largely focus on board books. But here's a new book -- Skippyjon Jones Snow What -- in a series I'd love to see translated into board books one day.
In this one . . . fairy tales are not Skippyjon Jones's cup of tea, but his sister adores Snow White. During a reading of the tale, Skippyjon's mind starts to wander and he winds up as a character in the story! It's more challenging than expected when he is faced with seven little chihuahua dogs and the prospect of kissing the princess in the tale . . . a girl! But it is to save her from an evil queen after all . . . what to do?
I remember reading the first book about this character, Skippyjon Jones, aloud to friends in a brick and mortar bookstore shortly after it first came out. I was so enamored of this cat (who thinks he's a chihuahua) and the playful language in the book that I wanted to share him with anyone who would listen. He's one of those characters that's sure to be enjoyed for many many years to come by future generations of young readers.