D is for Dahl: A gloriumptious A-Z guide to the World of Roald Dahl , compiled by Wendy Cooling, and with illustrations by Quentin Blake, is a celebration of an author who had an ingenious way with words. This compilation reads like an encyclopedia but is organized in alphabetical order with a collection of Dahl's most memorable phrases or ubiquitous descriptions of some of his story characters. This book is to be relished slowly with milk and cookies, preferably for kids ages 8 through adult.
New readers look for few words that repeat. Orange Pear Apple Bear, written and illustrated by Emily Gravett, takes these four words and uses them exclusively throughout this uncomplicated picture book. Gravett takes one or more of these fruits as a rotund bear juggles or eats them. Clever!
I Spy Phonics Fun, by Jean Marzollo, and photographed by Walter Wick, is based on the popular series that kids love to explore as they search. This set of 12 small books has initial and vowel sounds that children will enjoy as they ponder over the photos that go with each letter.
Brand New Readers, published by Candlewick, has new books that the newest readers will surely enjoy. They include Larry and Rita and Otter Everywhere, which has four books included.
I Can Read series features renowned authors with stories that children and adults love and include CD's to read along. Two of the newest editions are Biscuit Finds a Friend and Frog and Toad Together.
Bug in a Rug, and Dog in the Fog , both by Sue Graves, and illustrated by Jan Smith, have a clever interactive turning wheel that reinforces the vowels being taught. Youngsters will love this!
Here are some great early readers: Award winner Mo Willems has a new Elephant and Piggie Book, Today I Will Fly, which has the two main characters experimenting flight in the easiest fashion. Joe on the Go, by Peggy Perry Anderson, is too small or too slow? You'll just have to read to know! Squirrel's World, by Lisa Moser, and illustrated by Valeri Gorbaschev, is a cute little story about a squirrel who loves to help his friends.
Friends Forever, by Sally Grindley, and illustrated by Penny Dann, is a sweet story about Jefferson Bear and his fox friend. And if you're looking for factual books about animals for the newest readers, Cheetah Cubs, by Ginjer L. Clarke and Dinosaur Tracks, by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, and illustrated by Lucia Washburn, are filled with information that kids will enjoy.
Bones and the Birthday Mystery, by David A. Adler, and illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman and Amelia Bedella's Masterpiece, by Herman Parish, and illustrated by Lynn Seat, are both geared for the beginning chapter reader. The stories are fun and invite investigation.
For the more advanced chapter reader, check out these outstanding new publications: Violet Bing and the Grand House by Jennifer Paros, Cam Jansen and the Mystery Writer Mystery, by David A. Adler, and illustrated by Joy Allen, Max & Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith, and with pictures by Macky Pamintuan, Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case, by Donald J. Sobol, Amelia's Family Ties, by Marissa Moss, The Talented Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker, and with pictures by Marla Frazee, Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features Bigfoot Backpacking Bonanza, by Kirk Scroggs and Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers, by Megan McDonald, and pictures by Peter H. Reynolds.