Previously in my capacity as Children's Department Manager for the Odyssey Book Shop, I had the opportunity to look over publisher's catalogues at the new books for each season. Thanks to Edelweiss, I can now look at publisher's catalogues as a blogger!
Here are my picks for Charlesbridge Publishing Spring 2012:
Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: The Big Swat
by David Biedrzycki
9781570917486, $8.95, Pub. Date: February 2012
Publisher's description: Scratch Murphy is missing a fleabag full of dough, and Ace lacewing is
on the case. Did Scratch's brother Scitch take the money? Could Lady
DeBug be guilty? Or might "family man" Bo Weevil be the culprit? Ace and
his assistant Xerces take a rollercoaster ride through Six Legs Park as
they search for the latest bad bug.
What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World
by Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, & Cynthia Pon
9781580894166, $16.95, Pub. Date: February 2012
Publisher's description: From school uniforms to costumes, traditional ethnic clothing to sports
team jerseys--this book highlights children from around the world and
shows that no matter what kids wear, clothes are an important part of
who they are. Vibrant
photographs from around the world showcase the many different types of
clothing that kids wear to play, study, pretend, and celebrate. From
school uniforms to costumes, traditional ethnic clothing to sports team
jerseys--no matter what kids wear, clothes are an important part of who
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this
book helps support The Global Fund for Children's grantmaking toward
community-based projects benefiting children around the world.
Emily and Carlo
by Mary Rhodes Figley, illustrated by Catherine Stock
9781580892742, $15.95, Pub. Date: February 2012
Publisher's description: I started early, took my dog...
Rhodes Figley's lyrical text and Catherine Stock's luminous art create a
fresh look at the life of poet Emily Dickinson, focusing on her
relationship with her dog, Carlo, a large, floppy, drooly, Newfoundland.
Carlo was her constant companion, her "shaggy ally" in the world.
Together they explored the woods and town around them, visiting friends
and enjoying eachother's company. Includes quotations about Carlo from Emily's poems and letters.
A Path of Stars
by Anne Sibley O'Brien
978157091735, $15.95, Pub. Date: February 2012
Publisher's description: Dara loves the stories her grandmother, Lok Yeay, tells of the Cambodian
countryside where she grew up--stories of family, food, and the stars
above, glowing in the warm, sweet air. There are darker stories,
too--stories of war and loss that Lok Yeay cannot put into words. Lok
Yeay yearns to return to Cambodia to be with her brother. But when that
dream becomes impossible, it's up to Dara to bring Lok Yeay back to a
place of happiness.
A Path of Stars was originally developed
for New Mainers Book Project, part of the Maine Humanities Council's
Born to Read program. The Project sponsors high-quality children's
picture books created from the experiences of Maine's refugee
communities, to preserve and present their cultural heritage and to
promote their English language literacy.