With so many different kinds of shoes, how's a kid to choose? Lively collage spreads feature beads, buttons, and laces (a pink pair of laces are even threaded along the book's spine) while providing shoe-level perspectives. One girl sports "Shoes to run in,/ Chase the sun in," as she zooms through a backyard, while another praises her "Shoes that flip-flop,/ help me hip-hop." From sandals to boots to fuzzy animal slippers, the book singles out shoes for every occasion—including the beach where "no shoes" is the order of the day. A peppy celebration for the shoe-obsessed. Ages 2–5. (Apr.)
Eileen Spinelli is no stranger to the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers list. Since her debut in 1991 with Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and Christopher Award winner, she has gone on to author numerous picture books, poetry collections, and chapter books, including the best-selling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, and the critically acclaimed Sophie's Masterpiece. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.