The Return of Favorite Characters! (Preschoolers)

Some favorite characters (among the younger crowd) have new books this fall, just in time for the holidays.  Some of the books are funny, and some will make you tear up, but they will all bring a smile to the face of the child in your life who will simply be thrilled to have a new adventure about an old friend.

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Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer

Olivia is back, and her family takes a trip to gorgeous Venice (Italy!) where they all eat lots of gelato, and Olivia perhaps causes a splash of trouble.  While any new Olivia book is a cause for celebration, and the pictures are delightful (especially for anyone with fond memories or pleasant daydreams of this romantic city), the story does feel a bit lacking.  Not that any pint-sized Olivia fans in your house will mind…

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Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems

What is it with kids entertainment getting parents all weepy this year with stories about kids growing up and leaving their childhood toys behind?  First Toy Story 3, now Knuffle Bunny Free.  This is actually a sweet and touching story about growing up emotionally and realizing that giving can be as important as holding onto something.  And it’s not till the epilogue in the form of a letter from Trixie’s dad that will leave you bawling.  You may want to skip that part the first time you read the book aloud, and save your cry for when the kids are in bed.

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We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Yes!  Elephant and Piggie are back in perhaps their best and most clever book.  Your kids will love it, and you will too.  It’s one of the sharpest books out this year, and would make a great gift paired alongside It’s a Book by Lane Smith.  Gerald and Piggie realize they are in a book, and Gerald is beside himself when he realizes that the book will end… until Piggie has one of her great ideas.

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Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique by Jane O’Connor

Fancy girls (and their fancy Mums) will be happy to see that Fancy Nancy is back, and this time Little Sister features prominently – enough so that we FINALLY learn her name.  Along with the usual lavish and resplendent (those are fancy words for fancy) nature of Nancy, there is a sweet lesson here about being a loving big sis.

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And because it’s the most wonderful time of the year, a couple of the books have a holiday theme:

It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon

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Llama, Llama, Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

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