Book Reviews, Storytimes

Zoo Animals, Birds, Cats, and More: New Read-Alouds October

We got lots of new picture books that would make great storytime read-alouds this month!!! (Not all were published in October, just new to me!)

Not Yet, Zebra by Lou Kuenzler

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  • Zoo animals
  • ABCs

Super cute illustrations make this one good for me! Zoo animals and ABCs make it great!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, I Know Exactly What You Are by Julie Kregenow, PhD

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  • Space
  • Singable books

I love when nonfiction books are also good storytime books. If you have an upcoming space-themed storytime, know that this book is singable and filled with awesome vocabulary!

Construction Cat by Barbara Odanaka

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  • Cats
  • Building / Construction
  • Letter C

The ideas in this book may not be new, but the short text and rhyming make it a solid choice for storytime. Construction Cat would make a great book for themes involving cats, building, or the letter “C”!

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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  • Colors
  • Dogs
  • Letter B

If this book looks familiar, its because Seeger has similarly written book about the color green. Blue is simple– pretty illustrations, 2-3 words per page, and a heartfelt story underneath. Use it for themes involving colors, dogs, or the letter “B.”

Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda

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  • Apples
  • Rabbits
  • Fall
  • Letter A

Hungry Bunny is an interactive book that asks the reader to “help.” I love doing books these kinds of books for storytime especially for my Kindergarteners! This one is great for quite a few themes. I plan to do it for my “Letter A” storytime next week!

Balance the Birds by Susie Ghahremani

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  • Birds
  • Letter B
  • Owls

This picture book is great! It has simple illustrations and texts, but sparks several great (and scientific) questions. Not only would this be a good storytime book, but for school teachers, it would fit right in for a lesson on weight, balance, and size.

Hip-Hop Lollipop by Susan McElroy Montanari

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  • Dancing
  • Music
  • Sounds / Phonelogical Awareness

I love Brian Pinkney’s illustrations and Hip-Hop Lollipop is no different. The story itself is a bit clunky, but this book would still make a good pick for several storytimes. Plus, the different sounds are great for a child’s phonelogical awareness.

Giraffe Problems by Jory John

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  • Zoo animals
  • Self esteem
  • Giraffes

Giraffe Problems is about a giraffe who is a self concious of his long neck, but gains self confidence through a friendship with a turtle. This book would make a great pick for a self esteem storytime. I’m planning to read it to Kindergarteners next week, so I’ll let you know!

Gorillas Go Bananas by Patrick Wensink

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  • Gorillas
  • Food
  • Zoo Animals

As a mother, I relate to this story on a spiritual level. A pair of gorilla parents try to get their gorilla baby to eat by making every banana dish imaginable. Baby gorilla rejects every single one and, as it turns out, all he wanted was a plain old banana. The rhyming and vocabulary words make this a fun read-aloud!


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