Art of the Picture Book - November 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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November Is Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month

Picture books are more than just pretty pictures and entertaining stories. They are a child's first glimpse into the world of reading, and they are a parent's first chance at playing a major role in their child's education. Picture books pave the way for a lifetime of reading and learning, and they can be found, absolutely free, at any public library. We'll be saluting the picture book this month with special displays, Tweets, Facebook posts, and of course, our usual storytimes. Celebrate Picture Book Month all November long by checking out picture books at your nearest Madison Public Library location!

Looking for suggestions? Check out our Recommended Reads, Storytime Starters, MADreads Reviews or one of's great book lists. With the Novelist K-8 database, you can type in what you're looking for and get a list of titles created just for you. You can also ask any of our Youth Services Librarians, who would love to talk about picture books with you and provide recommendations!


Sequoya Library to host Mock Caldecott book discussion

The Caldecott Award, the picture book's highest honor, turns 75 this year.  Help us celebrate by choosing Madison Public Library's own Mock Caldecott winner.  These books are the fifteen which will be considered during our discussion on Saturday, January 12th at the Sequoya Library.   You can get a head start and check out these outstanding titles now, then mark your calendars for the January 12th discussion.

And Then It's Spring
by Julie Fogliano

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

Another Brother
by Matthew Cordell

Davy the sheep wishes he had time alone with his parents, as he did before his twelve brothers came along and started imitating his every move, but when his wish comes true Davy misses playing with the youngsters.

Baby Bear Sees Blue
by Ashley Wolff

Leaving the den as the weather warms, Baby Bear discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies, and other colorful things in nature.

Bear Has a Story To Tell
by Philip Stead

Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers the story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter.

Because Amelia Smiled
by Jack Ezra Stein

A little girl's smile as she skips down the street in New York inspires a neighbor to send cookies to her grandson in Mexico, and the good will soon spreads around the world.

The Beetle Book
by Steve Jenkins

An illustrated introduction to a variety of beetle species with information on unique characteristics and how these insects have adapted to survive.

Creepy Carrots
by Aaron Reynolds

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.

The Insomniacs
by Karina Wolf

When Mr. and Mrs. Insomniac and little Mika move twelve time zones away, they have trouble staying awake during the day and make an interesting discovery about themselves.

Jazz Age Josephine
by Jonah Winter

A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents, and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome racial barriers.

by I. C. Springman

A team of well-intentioned mice saves a friend from hoarding too much stuff.

Nighttime Ninja
by Barbara de Costa

Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure.

Oh, No!
by Candace Fleming

A series of animals falls into a deep hole, only to be saved at last by a very large rescuer.

Red Knit Cap Girl
by Naoko Stoop

With the help of their forest friends and the advice of wise Mr. Owl, Red Knit Cap Girl and White Bunny, who are on a quest to find a way to talk to the Moon, learn that they need only to wait and listen quietly to make their wish come true.

Step Gently Out
by Helen Frost

Step gently out, be still and look closely at the world just outside your door-you are sure to be amazed by the tiny creatures you can find. You might see a cricket leap and land, a moth open her wings, a spider walking across the air, or maybe even a praying mantis looking back at you!