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Picture Book Saturday

Concept books are always asked for in the children's department. Where are the numbers, colors, and ABC books? Here are a couple of my favorite new alphabet books.

Al Pha's Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Delphine Durand

The King has just announced that he needs someone to put 26 letters that have recently been invented into order. Al Pha decides that he's the perfect man for the job and takes on the King's bet. Throughout a series of silly events, Al Pha discovers the perfect order for the letters. Al Pha's Bet has plenty of laughs and readers who are learning their alphabet will get a kick out of the way Al Pha figures out where each letter should go. The book has bright, cartoonish illustrations which add to the fun. Great for preschool and up, although maybe a bit long for storytime.


What happens when the most used letter of the alphabet, letter E, falls down the stairs and is hurt? Now she can't go to work and the other letters are going to have to help out! No one can use the letter E anymore until she heals, which leads to a crazy new way of spelling! E-Mergency has a comic book style format, which I  think will appeal to young school age readers. There are lots of jokes and puns as the letters have to figure out how to spell creatively now that E is out of commission. There's humor for the kids and parents and it's a great book to share with your child and pour over each page. It's a very funny and creative take on an alphabet book and it was one of my favorite pictures books of 2011.  

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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee