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"Chester the Chimpanzee" is by Les Nuckolls and illustrated by Rachel Sharp and is based on the author's family's experience with a chimpanzee while growing up in Africa.

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.

"THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS: Here Comes the Flower Girl!" by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by Christine Davenier, $16.99 (ages 3-6): Geraldine has been chosen to be the flower girl in her Aunt Sue's wedding and is determined to put her finishing touches on the wedding, but things don't go exactly as planned.

"GEM," by Holly Hobbie, $16.99 (ages 3-6): Bookended by letters between a girl and her grandmother, this otherwise wordless book follows a frog from winter to spring as he meets a girl who would like to keep him for a pet.

"RED KNIT CAP GIRL," by Naoko Stoop, $16.99 (ages 3-6): Red Knit Cap Girl takes a walk through an enchanted forest with her animal friends, but what she wants is to the talk to the moon.

"REVENGE OF THE DINOTRUX," by Chris Gall, $16.99 (ages 3-6): The Dinotruxs break out of a museum and let off some steam that seems like wreckage, but may not be in this sequel to "Dinotrux."

"A HOME FOR BIRD," by Philip C. Stead, $16.99 (ages 3-8): From the author of Caledott Medal winner "A Sick Day for Amos" comes a tale of Vernon the toad who finds a small blue bird who says nothing as they travel the forest looking for Bird's home.

"THE INSOMNIACS," by Karina Wolf, illustrated by the Brothers Hilts, $16.99 (ages 3 and up): When their family moves 12 time zones, they find it hard to stay awake during the day but can't sleep at night. So the Insomniac family slowly learns to adjust in this picture book.

"HOW DOES SLEEP COME?" by Jeanne Blackmore, illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles, $16.99 (ages 4 and up): Jacob wonders how sleep comes as his mother puts him to bed and her answer is soft and comforting in this bedtime story set to be released Sept. 1.

"LEOPARD & SILKIE: One Boy's Quest to Save the Seal Pups," by Brenda Peterson, photographs by Robin Lindsey, $16.99 (ages 4 to 7): Six-year-old Miles works to help save baby seals who are left along the Pacific Northwest coast while their mothers go look for food.

"THE ROLLER COASTER KID," by Mary Ann Rodman, illustrated by Roger Roth, $16.99 (ages 4-8): A boy tries to overcome his fears about riding The Whipper with Grandpa, especially after his grandmother passes away.

"THE BEST BIKE RIDE EVER," by James Proimos, illustrated by Johanna Wright, $16.99 (ages 5-8): Bonnie O'Boy gets her wish for a bike and rides off before her parents are finished with their warnings. As she rides through a variety of places, she learns she does need to listen to a lesson on stopping and then she's on her way.

"THE WORLD'S GREATEST LION," by Ralph Helfer, illustrated by Ted Lewin, $17.99 (ages 5-8): Follows the story of Zamba, who was "Leo the Lion" the MGM Studios' mascot, from being an orphaned cub in Africa to Hollywood, including how he helped out during a flood at the ranch where he lived.

"MY TEACHER," by James Ransome, $16.99 (ages 5-8): This peek into an urban classroom shows the influence of a teacher as she encourages them to write, help in their neighborhood and build a class library.

"HANDS AROUND THE LIBRARY: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books," by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya, illustrated using collages by Roth, $16.99 (ages 5-8): Shows the story of how people helped protect the Library of Alexandria in Egypt during the January 2011 protests.

"ELECTRIC BEN: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin," by Robert Byrd, $17.99 (ages 5 and up): The biography of inventor Benjamin Franklin told with newspaper-style pages and illustrations and with the amount of text, it's more suited to older readers.

"FORGET-ME-NOTS: Poems to Learn by Heart," selected by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberley, $19.99 (all ages): More than 120 poems from classic and contemporary poets have been selected by Mary Ann Hoberman, the U.S. Children's Poet Laureate from October 2008-April 2011, and delightfully illustrated.

"ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Giant Poster and Coloring Book," by Lewis Carroll, illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, $12.95: Measuring at more than a foot wide and about 16 inches tall, this book includes prints of the story of Alice in Wonderland, black and white ones to color and the abridged story.


"BIRDIE PLAYS DRESS UP," by Sujean Rim, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $6.99 (ages 0-3)

It's dress-up time for Birdie as she shows off frilly dresses and high-heeled shoes.

"KALEIDOSCOPE," by Salina Yoon, $12.99 (ages 3 and up): Using die cut pages, a kaleidoscope built into the cover and lyrical words, this book shows where colors are in nature.

More board books recently released:

"LITTLE BEE," by Edward Gibbs, $8.99 (ages 3-5): Follow a trek through the food chain with rhymes and different animals.

"ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL," illustrated by Naoko Stoop, $6.95 (ages 0-3): The illustrator uses soft colors and animals to illustrate the song's lyrics.

"MY BIG BOY UNDIES" and "MY BIG GIRL UNDIES," by Karen Katz, $7.99 (ages 3-5): These board books celebrate the transition from diapers to underpants.


"NO JUMPING ON THE BED," 25th anniversary edition, by Tedd Arnold, $16.99 (ages 3-5)

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