Hello My Name is Ruby
By Philip C. Stead
Published 2013 by Roaring Brook Press
I am not really a big fan of birds but I gave this one a shot because it's Stead (also he seems to have written a few books about birds or maybe I'm remembering wrong?). It is a cute enough read and a relatively simple story, but I think he's done better work. I didn't really feel terribly interested in finishing it, which is saying something for a picture book. I'd recommend one of his other titles instead.
Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish
By Kate Messner, illustrated by Andy Rash
Published 2013 by Chronicle Books
This is a pretty cute book about dealing with bullies. Ernest the sea monster is excited about the new fish starting in his class - until he meets him. See, the new fish is kinda bossy and not very nice. Bullying is a very hot button issue right now, so we've seen a lot of books dealing with this topic. This one is a pretty good entry - it doesn't feel too heavy-handed and it's told in a way that will be easy for younger kids to understand. The illustrations are a lot of fun as well.
By Ethan Long
Published 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Chamelia likes being the center of attention, so imagine how she feels when a new kid comes to class and begins to steal her spotlight. I think the illustrations in this one are really eye-catching, but I didn't enjoy the story. Chamelia was a bit too bratty for me to empathize with her feelings. I suppose it has an all right ending, as Chamelia learns that she should celebrate other people's good qualities instead of trying to outdo them, but I still didn't particularly like this one.