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Book Scene: Picture books make a great season even better | Literature

YAKIMA, Wash. — September is the start of so many things that I love. School starts up, fall and cooler weather are right around the corner, harvest time begins — and it’s a great month for new picture book releases. Every Tuesday at Inklings is storytime (at 10 a.m.), and we’ve had fun introducing some of these great books to children:

“Toad has Talent” by Richard Smythe

The animals gather every year at Moonlight Pond when it freezes over for their annual talent contest. Mice, ducks and almost all the animals display their talents and skills for the judges — almost all the animals. Toad doesn’t believe he has a talent, so he hides from the event and others every year.

This year, however, something happens that reveals Toad’s hidden talent, and shows Toad that we should always try.

This book is full of charming illustrations and characters, including acrobatic mice and adorable ducklings, and has a great message about overcoming self-doubt.

Published by Francis Lincoln Children’s Books; 32 pages; retail price $21.99.

“Star Wars BB-8 on the Run” by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Matt Myers

Drew Daywalt, the author behind “The Day the Crayons Quit” books, has brought to life a sci-fi fantasy story that brings the endearing “Star Wars” character BB-8 to children’s books to enjoy. “Star Wars” fans young and old will love this adventure story about everybody’s new favorite droid.

In this adventure, BB-8 is on the run, separated from his master, Poe Dameron, on the desert planet of Jakku. He is trying to find his way back to the resistance, but it’s a big planet full of challenges for a little droid. He meets several characters on his journey, and has to decide whether to help himself or others.

This book is not only a fun story for “Star Wars” fans, but also shows how it’s important to…

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