Best New Children’s Books
Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu
by Ylleya Fields
illustrated by Michael LaDuca
32 pages, color illustrations, hidden word in every illustration,
8 x 10, for ages 4-8, $15.95 hardcover
Publication date: July 2013
Published by Belle Publishing
Cupcake Jones is a modern day Princess who loves her tutu, playing with her toys, and most of all creating a mess! When her beloved tutu goes missing, Cupcake learns the importance of tidying up and putting things in their proper place. Join Princess Cupcake Jones as she searches her palace in hopes of finding her tutu, and discovers forgotten treasures along the way. For added fun, look for the special word (love) in each illustration.
For children who have a new sibling on the way:
Sam and Coodles: The Room at the End of the Hall
by Adrienne Durkin
32 pages, color illustrations, 8.5 x 8.5, for ages 3 – 7
Fun Facts About Armadillos pages
$15.95 dust-jacketed hardcover
Publication date: June 2013
2013 Winner of Creative Child Book of the Year Award, Children’s Books category.
Transition is always hard, and a young child learning that they will be getting a new sibling is no exception. For many children it is scary and unfamiliar. This is the situation Sam faces. Sam’s parents tell Sam they are getting a new big boy room ready for him. They try to get him involved. Does Sam want to pick the paint color? Would he come help? But Sam wants nothing to do with it. He likes things just the way they are! And so does Coodles (his best friend and constant companion, who happens to be a stuffed armadillo). Children will love learning about armadillos in the Fun Facts section at the end of the story!
Children will identify with Sam’s feelings, and fall in love with Coodles. As they follow Sam on his journey, they will learn something along the way. Adrienne Durkin has artfully conveyed the message that no matter what changes occur within a family, a parent’s love remains constant. Children will love learning about armadillos in the Fun Facts section at the end of the story!
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