2019 Picture Books: Counting, Numbers, and Shapes

Did you know early numeracy is a predictor of later reading success? Just one of the many good nuggets of information I picked up from the Center for Childhood Creativity. Here’s a selection of picture books coming out this year that support counting, number sense, and shape awareness.

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Numbers are in English and Spanish. A wonderful third title to go along with Round Is a Tortilla and Green Is a Chile Pepper .
I wanna be an arithmechick.
Math is a beautiful lens to see the world through.
How do you count when the number of pigeons keeps changing?
You had me at “counting book thriller.”
Build, measure, count, compare in this companion to Crash! Boom!
Encourages physical touching of the pictures to help learn to count.
Fun fact: I almost majored in math.
I love books that challenge us to think about things differently. How much is enough? It depends.
Well if you’re going by the title above…
Anyone with little ones can relate to helping a child understand how long five minutes really is.
Very clever, Judy, very clever.
These jungle gym structures give me mild heart attacks, not gonna lie.
A story of nonconformity!
Someone looks a little defensive.
Jenkins is back with not one but two infographic books.

Seen any other good counting or number books coming out this year? Let me know in the comments!

2019 Picture Books: Neighbourhoods and Homes

Houses, apartments, dens, nests, planets – all of these are types of homes. This list features books about the places we live, both big and small, and the neighbourhoods we create with others.

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See how woodland creatures create homes.
A dual narrative of kids wondering what it would be like to move to the other’s city: New York City and Mexico City
I’m getting Little Mouse, Little Mouse vibes.
A family pulls together to turn a little shack into a home.
I’m getting Stranger Things vibes.
A little girl imagines what’s behind all the doors in her apartment building.
A touching story about having to move to a new home.
Another title featuring an apartment building!
Animal House?
A case of mistaken home identity.
Another interactive gem from Teckentrup.
Man, I used to dream about having a tree house so bad as a kid.
I love MacKay and I love fairies so I love this one automatically.
A grumpy bear searches for a place to call his own.
I love me some National Parks.
Had me at “creative creatures.”
A lovely nonfiction title for your animal collections.
It’s our home!
I couldn’t not include Wenzel’s latest and I think the earth counts as a big stone.
From small to big, follow a girl as her world expands.

Which ones are you looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments!

2019 Picture Books: Technology, Computers, and Robots

I wanted to create a technology booklist as many libraries create STEM booklists for kids. Definitely check out my Outer Space list for even more books about science. I tried not to duplicate titles here. This list has a good mix of fiction and nonfiction.

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Brown’s other titles crack me up.
A new series described as ” The Magic School Bus meets The Way Things Work”
Yes, start with potty humour. Always a good bet.
Inventions! Failures! Maker girls!
I could totally see this book being a jumping off point for a STEM program.
So, like, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO IT?!
A child’s robot gets carried away.
Also on my Women Biographies list but I couldn’t not include it here.
At least she’s wearing safety goggles.
This looks straight out of a Disney movie.
From 90210 to picture book author. It really does happen.
Looking a bit precarious there!
Buff up your biography section.

Do you provide STEM reader’s advisory at your library? Will any of these titles make it onto your lists? Let me know in the comments!

New Videos: I Like Tacos! and The Subway Song

Howdy, friends. Popping in this week to make sure you saw the last two videos I uploaded on our YouTube channel. If you haven’t done so already, feel free to subscribe to our channel and click the bell notification to get an email every time I upload a video (never more than once a week, I promise!).

The first video is one of my new favourites for any age! Have a listen to “I Like Tacos!”

Here’s what I love about this song:

  • You can change the food to any food. Try incorporating foods from different cultures to increase your everyday diversity in storytime.
  • You can use it with any age. With babies I have the caregivers point to the baby’s body part. With toddlers and preschoolers I have them pat their legs with me.
  • You can change the first line to an adjective + noun. For example, “Red tomatoes, I like red tomatoes.”

Kat from the Brampton Public Library in Ontario for sent us this public transportation version of The Elevator Song. We have one of the best public transportation systems in the world in Vancouver IMO, and families use it often so I am loving this way to highlight it.

So fun! Practice hopping forwards and backwards for an extra workout.

Got any new songs you are loving at the moment? Hit me up in the comments.

2019 Picture Books: Parents

First I did a list about babies. Then I did a list about grandparents. Then there were still so many titles about parents that I decided to add to the family. Check out these 2019 titles featuring moms and dads.

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I love stories with nontraditional parent roles.
Moms really do make everything better.
Who among us with children does not have a picture on their phone exactly like this?
Light’s books are usually great for toddlers.
Mini me.
Mama Bear throws the to-do list out the window.
Companion to Just Like Mommy above.
This one looks really sweet.
A celebration of fatherhood.
He’s about to get his beard brushed, isn’t he?
A celebration of family rituals.
Also on my Things That Go list.
I can’t stop looking at his mustache.
PUGS 4 LIFE
This frog is no bigger than a human fingernail in case you were wondering.
It happens.
The dog doesn’t look convinced.
A celebration of all the things parents hope for their children.
A story of adoption.

Which ones will you be getting for your libraries? I’d love to know in the comments!

2019 Picture Books: Food

This topic was suggested by one of my Instagram followers and I’m so glad they sent it in! There are a wealth of books coming out this year about food, and it’s great to see a growing diversity of cultural representation. Food is such a key component of culture. A simple way to diversify your storytimes is by thinking critically about the types of food you read and sing about. Hopefully these new books can help!

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Lentils, yum!
I’ve heard so much good press about this one! That baby is freaking adorable.
This will never be on the shelf in Vancouver.
Loves Cereal!!
Poor buddy doesn’t know how birthday parties end…
Is that a child as a sushi roll? Because I love it.
Border is back with more food come-to-life.
A case of mistaken identity!
Every college student’s go-to meal.
I’m on the oatmeal train.
I know you wouldn’t necessarily eat these ones, but LOOK AT THOSE GLASSES.
This gives me weird Groot vibes.
See my Mythical and Magical Creatures booklist for more dragons!
Looks like it’s the cat’s turn to tell us a tale.
Dude, waitress’s have a really hard job.
Also on my Grandparents list.
A few of you have left comments saying this one is fabulous.
Boom Chicka POP.
They just look so happy!
Very funny.
I love these books because it lets kids get to know authors better.
I know this book isn’t really about food, but I’ve been so excited for the next one by this duo.
Also on my Things That Go list
I’m guessing this one shies away from some of the harsher realities of where our food comes from.
We can all relate. See also.
Bear is back with some tasty recipes to share!

Which ones are you looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments!

The Videos Are Back, Baby

It took me over 9 months, but I have finally uploaded a new YouTube video!

Last fall I got a new laptop with new-to-me video editing software. And it took me those 9 long months to sit myself down, watch some tutorials, and actually learn how to use the software. But I finally did it! And now I have 6 videos to share over the course of the next month and a half.

These videos were filmed last summer so it’s been exactly a year since recording. Sophie asked if she could join us this round, so we let her accompany us. She looks so small to me already!

The first video is a short and sweet lap bounce. I thought I’d share some of my recent favourite lap bounces for babytime along with this new one. Anyone have any lap bounces they are loving right now? Please let me know in the comments! Here are my current faves:

In storytime I encourage caregivers to insert their baby’s name. Babies love hearing their names and pay close attention to the word that follows it.
I do these two back-to-back with my Folkmanis horse puppet on my lap. They work really well with older babies and toddlers.
In my babytimes we added a “Wheee!” after we count to three and lift the babies in the air. We also do a tickling verse.
I do a very exaggerated stopping pause during this one and talk to caregivers about how to make important life skills like stopping and going fun to learn through songs.
Can’t get enough of the Cool Cat song! Before we sing this one I get three baby volunteers and write their names on my whiteboard. Then we sing a verse with each name. This is a great way to get to know your storytime families and for them to get to know each other.

Want to see even more lap bounces? Check out my Favourite Lap Bounces for Babytime or our Lap Bounces playlist on YouTube. And make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel to see future uploads!

2019 Picture Books: The ABCs

A short and sweet list this week. I get asked for ABC books all the time so I was happy to find some 2019 to fit the bill. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments!

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I like quirky. I like -icious things.
This author duo is back with another great title.
Hipster Vibes.
This reminds me of those name art pieces street artists would create.
Donaldson back in the house.
Reading really does seem like magic to preschoolers.
Text me about it.
Classic author, classic topic.
Also on my Books Featuring Babies list!
Thank you, Larissa, in the comments for pointing our this non-animal alphabet book!
Set in Nigeria, I learned about this one from Waking Brain Cells.

Which ones are you looking forward to sharing with families? Let me know in the comments!