Here are some picture books and board books that have crossed our desks recently.
"KINDERGARTEN, HERE I COME!" by D.J. Steinberg, illustrated by Mark Chambers, Grosset & Dunlap, $7.99 hardcover, $3.99 paperback (ages 3-5)
With a funny touch, this paperback book looks at the milestones of kindergarten, from the first day to counting to learning to sit, and it has a light, rhyming poem.
"CHESTER THE CHIMPANZEE," by Les Nuckolls, illustrated by Rachel Sharp, Sweetwater Books, $14.99 (ages 4 and up)
Relying on his experience of raising a chimpanzee in Africa, Les Nuckolls of Idaho tells of when a mischievous baby chimpanzee comes to live with a girl and her friend in their home in Africa. It has more text than a typical picture book.
"FIRST MOTHERS," by Beverly Gherman, illustrated by Julie Downing, Clarion, $17.99 (ages 6-9)
Each president of the United States had a mother who helped raise him, and this book looks at each with fun facts along with an embarrassing anecdote or two. Scheduled to be released Sept. 11.
More picture books recently released:
"LLAMA LLAMA TIME TO SHARE," by Anna Dewdney, $17.99 (ages 2 and up): Llama learns to share his toys and blocks with new neighbor Nelly in this sixth installment of the series scheduled to be released Sept. 4.
"ABCers," by Carole Lexa and illustrated by Pierr Morgan, $16.99 (ages 2-5): A group of friends play their way through the alphabet in the park.
"MEET ME AT THE MOON," by Gianna Marino, $16.99 (ages 2-6): A young elephant is afraid of being separated from his mother as they watch for rain on an African plain.
"EVERY COWGIRL LOVES A RODEO," by Rebecca Janni, illustrated by Lynne Avril, $16.99 (ages 3-5): Nellie Sue is up against her friend A.J. Pickett in the Bike Rodeo at the county fair, but a goat threatens A.J.'s ride, and Nellie Sue knows she must help even if it means coming in second place.
"MONKEY SEE, LOOK AT ME!" by Lorena Siminovich, $16.99 (ages 3-5): A monkey pretends to be other animals and explores what makes each special.
"I KNOW A WEE PIGGY," by Kimberly Norman, illustrated by Henry Cole $16.99 (ages 3-5): A little mischievous pig explores a county fair, including ways to get dirty with a variety of colors.
"DOG GONE!" by Leeza Hernandez, $15.99 (ages 3-5): After going overboard with a stuffed animal, a dog runs away but discovers it's not easy.
"SQUID AND OCTOPUS: Friends for Always," by Tao Nyeu, $16.99 (ages 3-5): Four stories follow the antics of best friends Squid and Octopus, even though they sometimes argue about wearing mittens or socks but are always able to cheer each other up.
"BAD APPLE: A Tale of Friendship," by Edward Hemingway, $16.99 (ages 3-5): An apple named Mac meets a worm named Will and they learn about friendship as the other apples don't like Will and call Mac names.
"THIS MONSTER NEEDS A HAIRCUT," by Bethany Barton, $16.99 (ages 3-5): Stewart the monster's green hair is getting out of control and he doesn't like his parents' suggestions to cut it.
"DRAGONS LOVE TACOS," by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, $16.99 (ages 3-5): When planning a taco party for dragons, it's important to know what kind of tacos they like and how many to get — as detailed in this book of silly dragon illustrations.
"HORSEPLAY!" by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jim McMullan, $16.99 (ages 3-6): A farmer finds his horses staying up late to play and tries to put an end to their horseplay.
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