Through just a handful of verbs and her iconic paper-cut illustrations, artist Nikki McClure shows young readers How to be a Cat (Abrams, $16.95). An older cat patiently mentors a playful kitten engaging with its new world. Together they clean, they stretch, they listen. The kitten breaks away to stalk, chase, and pounce. So many children love pretending to be a cat for the pure joy of inhabiting these feline motions, and each of McClure’s black-and-white compositions, whose detail calls for multiple readings, brings that delight to the page. Ages 1-5. EAE

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ISBN: 9781419705281
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 12th, 2013

Curious Annie and her preternaturally patient “big, big brother” Simon are back with another round of adventures in Annie and Simon: The Sneeze and Other Stories (Candlewick, $15.99). Accompanied, of course, by their dog Hazel, they hunt for creatures at the lake, fill a wagon with horse chestnuts, and take care of each other. Catharine O’Neill brings the siblings to life with pleasant watercolor illustrations and an easily comprehensible vocabulary. Ages 5-8. EAE

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ISBN: 9780763649210
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Published: Candlewick - May 14th, 2013

Sam is looking forward to his special day with Dad. “Hip-hip, hooray! / It’s fishing day,” begins one of the early poems in Gone Fishing: a Novel in Verse (Houghton Mifflin, $15.99). A wide variety of poetic forms, from double dactyl to limerick, tell the story of Sam’s fishing trip with his father, his frustration when little sister Lucy tags along, and their ultimate triumph in catching fish and in building a closer sibling relationship. Tamera Will Wissinger’s light-hearted story of a summer’s day, enhanced by Matthew Cordell’s expressive illustrations and the “poet’s tackle box” (an appendix of poetic terms and forms), prove that the best way to teach poetry is to use it well. Ages 6-10. EAE

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ISBN: 9780547820118
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2013