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September 2016

New Picture Books

September 2016

Our Picture Book roundup this month includes A CHILD OF BOOKS, from acclaimed author-illustrator team Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, in which beautiful prose poetry shows readers the rewards of reading and sharing stories; THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS by Beatrix Potter, which was written in 1941 and has only now been brought to life with illustrations by Quentin Blake; and THE JOURNEY, a haunting but important tale of turmoil, tragedy and the strength of family from newcomer Francesca Sanna.

Never Follow a Dinosaur Written and illustrated by Alex Latimer - Picture Book

September 1, 2016


Sally and Joe are convinced that the mysterious footprints they have discovered must belong to a dinosaur! Could it be? Join them as the follow the clues to find out...But wait, what if Sally and Joe are right? What if it really is a dinosaur?

The Alligator's Smile: And Other Poems Written by Jane Yolen with photographs by Jason Stemple - Picture Book

September 1, 2016


Get up close and personal with alligators in all their tooth-filled glory in this collection of poems by New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen. Rhymes and rhythms reflect on how alligators hunt, keep warm, and care for young. Stunning, large-scale photographs zoom in on these mighty hunters, while fun fact boxes accompany the poetry, providing details that are sure to pique young readers' curiosity.

Fuchsia Fierce Written by Christianne C. Jones with illustrations by Kelly Canby - Picture Book

September 1, 2016


Fuchsia Fierce is a bold name for a bold girl, but she wasn't always so brave. Thanks to her parents, her camp counselor and her friends, Fuchsia finally learns how to live up to her name. This vibrant picture book will teach every reader the importance of self confidence: a priceless lesson.

Click, Clack, Suprise! Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


Everyone wants to look their best for the party. But Little Duck has never had a birthday before --- so how better to learn how to prepare than to do what all the other animals do! The sheep trim their wool --- so Little Duck trims her feathers. The pigs need a mud bath --- so Little Duck quish and quashes, too. All over the barnyard Little Duck snips, slurps, squishes, and shimmy shakes herself ready until...WHOOPS! It’s party picture time --- and Little Duck is a big mess. No matter --- it’s not something Farmer Brown’s frosted maple cake can’t fix!

The Storybook Knight Written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty -

September 6, 2016


Even dragons love a good story...

Leo was a gentle knight
in thought and word and deed.
While other knights liked fighting,
Leo liked to sit and read...

When Leo's mom and dad pack him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword―and a pile of his favorite books. But can a story be as mighty as a sword?

Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale Written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and science fair projects. There’s just one thing that the two friends don’t know: George is a human, while Blaise is a dragon! What will happen when these pen pals finally meet face-to-face?

Max at Night by Ed Vere - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


Max is done being brave, and now it's time to sleep --- all he has to do is say good night. But something's wrong! When Max goes to say good night to the moon, it's nowhere to be found. Unable to sleep without finishing his nighttime ritual, Max embarks on a journey to find the moon and wish it a good night.

I am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos - Biography

September 6, 2016


Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a character trait that makes the person a role model for kids. The heroes are depicted as children throughout, telling their life stories in first-person present tense, which keeps the books playful and accessible to young children.This tenth book in the series features Jane Goodall, the scientist and conservationist who is famous for her work with chimpanzees.

Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote Written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Nancy Zhang - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


When Alice Paul was a child, she saw her father go off to vote while her mother had to stay home. But why should that be? So Alice studied the Constitution and knew that the laws needed to change. But who would change them? She would! In her signature purple hat, Alice organized parades and wrote letters and protested outside the White House. She even met with President Woodrow Wilson, who told her there were more important issues to worry about than women voting. But nothing was more important to Alice. So she kept at it, and soon President Wilson was persuaded.

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy Written by Richard Michelson and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


Once there was a boy named Leonard who loved to sing and to act. His parents were immigrants who felt like aliens in America, and certainly didn’t understand Leonard’s drive to perform. “Learn to play the accordion,” his father told him. “Actors starve, but at least musicians can eke out a living.” But Leonard reached for the stars...and caught them. He moved to Hollywood, where he took acting lessons, and drove a taxi and took every role he could get. He worked hard, learned his lines, showed up on time, and studied his craft. Until one day he was offered the role of an alien science officer on a new TV show called Star Trek. Leonard knew what it felt like to be an alien. But did he want the role?

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille Written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Boris Kulikov - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet --- a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination. Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him...but who will be next?

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature Written by Cindy Jenson-Elliott with illustrations by Christy Hale - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


You may be familiar with Adams's iconic black-and-white nature photographs. But do you know about the artist who created these images? As a child, Ansel Adams just couldn't sit still. He felt trapped indoors and never walked anywhere --- he ran. Even when he sat, his feet danced. But in nature, Ansel felt right at home. He fell in love with the gusting gales of the Golden Gate, the quiet whisper of Lobos Creek, the icy white of Yosemite Valley and countless other remarkable natural sights. 

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots Written by Beatrix Potter and illustrated by Quentin Blake - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


From the creator of Peter Rabbit comes the tale of a serious, well-behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains. Beatrix Potter created some of the world's most beloved characters, and they will be coming to life in a movie slated for Spring 2018. And this book, written in 1941 but never illustrated, introduces the charming Kitty-in-Boots, who has been imagined by Quentin Blake. When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all --- Mr. Tod! This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains, and even an appearance from Peter Rabbit.

You and Me and the Wishing Tree by Nancy Tillman - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


Wishes are a magical part of childhood. Whether we wish on stars or blow out candles on a cake, our dreams matter. Nancy Tillman captures the wonder of wishes as only she can, with love.

My Washington, DC by Kathy Jakobsen - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


Vibrant, lush paintings full of elaborate detail bring the capital city to life! A young girl and her friend explore all their favorite places in Washington, DC, from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial. They peek inside the National Air and Space Museum, glimpse the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, and bask in the beauty of the cherry blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin.

Wonderfall by Michael Hall - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


WONDERFALL follows a single tree through the changing of the seasons. People, animals and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, playing in its leaves and getting ready for winter. Fifteen combined words (thankful + fall = thankFALL, plentiful + fall = plentiFALL) underscore the themes and concepts of the season, while the main attraction --- the beautiful tree --- drops acorns, loses leaves and provides food and a home for a pair of scurrying squirrels

I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press to our digital age, discover how a story has been told in many different ways from the past to today. It’s always been around, making us happy, sad, excited or scared and bringing people together. With simple text and delightful illustrations, Dan Yaccarino reminds us of the power of story.
Dog Rules by Jef Czekaj - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


Two dogs must teach their new puppy to be a good dog. The puppy has to learn to growl...but it keeps tweeting. Roll over...but it eats worms... Will this puppy ever learn the Dog Rules?

Papillon by A. N. Kang - Picture Book

September 6, 2016

 

Papillon is a very fluffy kitty. So fluffy that he's lighter than air! His owner tries to weigh him down, but Papillon just wants to fly. One particularly sunny day, he floats right out the window! Exploring the wide world is exhilarating, but it's also a little scary. Will his new friend, a bird, be able to help him find his way home?
Time for Bed, Sleepyhead: The Falling Asleep Book Written by Dr. Daniel Amen with illustrations by Gail Yerrill - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


TIME FOR BED, SLEEPYHEAD pairs whimsical illustrations with storytelling techniques to tire your child’s imagination in order to help them settle down at bedtime and fall asleep. Read aloud the story of little bear and his friends as they have a big day at the beach, then return home to eat dinner, take their baths and head to bed, falling gently to sleep alongside 

Ocean Animals from Head to Tail Written by Stacey Roderick with illustrations by Kwanchai Moriya - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


This nonfiction picture book uses a playful guessing game to introduce eight different ocean animals and some unique aspects of their bodies. First, readers are shown a close-up illustration of an unusual part of an animal's body and asked to guess its owner: What ocean animal has a head like this? Then the following spread reveals the animal's name (e.g., ?A hammerhead shark!?), along with an illustration of the whole animal in its habitat. There's also a brief description of the animal's traits with a special emphasis on the featured body part.

Hooray for Today! by Brian Won - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


When the moon is up, Owl is wide awake and ready for fun: “Hooray for today! Would you like to play?” But everyone says, “Not now! I’m sleepy!” Owl’s playday gets lonely fast as each friend turns her away --- until sunrise, when Owl discovers a friendly surprise. Perfect for little ones learning the art of patience,  HOORAY FOR TODAY! celebrates playtime, sharing, and friendship.

King Baby by Kate Beaton - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


All hail King Baby! He greets his adoring public with giggles and wiggles and coos, posing for photos and allowing hugs and kisses. But this royal ruler also has many demands, and when his subjects can't quite keep up, King Baby takes matters into his own tiny hands.

The Journey by Francesca Sanna - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


Flushed with the success of his trailblazing bike ride around the farm, Duck decides he's ready to drive the tractor. As in the bestselling DUCK ON A BIKE, all the barnyard animals share their humorous comments as they watch Duck do the unthinkable. Then, one by one, they join him on the tractor for a ride! But what happens when Duck drives the big red tractor through town, past the popular diner where all the locals are having lunch? What will those folks really think when they see Duck and all the other animals riding around on Farmer O'Dell's tractor?

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away. Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as…a lantern. You, an object. An object to sell.

Pond by Jim LaMarche - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


When Matt is out for a late winter hike he sees a trickle of water in the old deserted and junk filled dirt pit at the edge of his neighborhood. With quiet appreciation, Matt can imagine the pond that must once have been there, shining in the early spring light, freezing in the winter for skating and the perfect place for swimming in the summer. Can Matt’s discovery transform a forgotten pond to its natural wonder? With his idea of making the pond whole again, Matt rallies his friends, Katie and Pablo, and together they work through the spring, clearing debris, moving rocks to hold the water, and looking for leaks. But would there be enough water to fill the pond? Can they bring the pond back?

The Marvelous Thing That Came From A Spring by Gilbert Ford - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk...and so did Richard’s imagination. He knew right away that he had stumbled onto something marvelous. With the help of his wife, Betty, Richard took this ordinary spring and turned it into a plaything. But it wasn’t just any old trinket --- it was a Slinky, and it would become one of the most popular toys in American history.

Ninja Bunny: Sister vs. Brother by Jennifer Gray Olson - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


Ninja Bunny has faced incredible danger! He has demonstrated all the skills of a super awesome ninja: impressive strength, amazing bravery, extreme sneakiness! But when he embarks on a new mission to find the Golden Carrot of Awesomeness, he meets his biggest challenge yet—his annoying little sister! She insists on tagging along, and she insists that she is a ninja bunny, too. Not possible. Will she ruin Ninja Bunny’s chance at finding the world’s largest carrot? Or might she actually possess a few ninja skills of her own?

ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky by Benedikt Gross and Joey Lee - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


Discover the alphabet from a bird's-eye view! Geographer and designer duo Benedikt Gross and Joey Lee have taken the alphabet to new heights --- literally! Using satellite imagery and computer technology, the pair has discovered "accidental letters" all over the world: in roads, rivers, buildings, lakes and more. Take a journey around the Earth in 26 letters with this special book.

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


By the time she's two years old, Violet Van Winkle can fix nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she's building elaborate flying machines from scratch --- mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she's capable of. Maybe she could earn their respect by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show. Or maybe something even better will happen --- something involving her best-ever invention, a Boy Scout troop in peril, and even the mayor himself!

The Water Princess Written by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of the trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.

Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


One day, a grandmother shouts, "LEAVE ME ALONE!" and leaves her tiny home and her very big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting. Along the way, she encounters ravenous bears, obnoxious goats and even hordes of aliens! But nothing stops grandma from accomplishing her goal --- knitting sweaters for her many grandchildren to keep them warm and toasty for the coming winter.

I Wasn't Invited to the Birthday Written by Susanna Isern and illustrated by Adolfo Serra - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


The children leaving the school are all very excited.
There is a birthday party, but someone is not invited...
What will happen when the enormous whale with the tiny hat appears?

Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug Written by Evan Kuhlman and illustrated by Chuck Groenink - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


Hank is a pill bug with a busy life --- for a pill bug, that is. His daily routine involves nibbling a dead leaf, climbing up a long stick, avoiding a skateboarder, and playing pretend with his best friend, a human girl named Amelia, in her backyard. And when day is done, Hank likes nothing better than returning home to his cozy rock.

Panda Pants Written by Jacqueline Davies and illustrated by Sydney Hanson - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


I want pants, says a little panda to his father. You are a panda, answers the father. Pandas do NOT wear pants. And so begins a hilarious battle of wills when a young panda tries to convince his father why pants make perfect sense. After all, pants are soft. Pants keep you warm. Some pants even have...POCKETS! But with a menacing snow leopard lurking in the background, will the longed-for pants end up having an even greater role to play?

Home at Last Written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams and also illustrated by Chris Raschka - Picture Book

September 13, 2016

 

After Lester is adopted by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he develops a big problem --- he can't fall asleep. Night after night he creeps into his parents' room and attempts to crawl in between his two daddies, confident that if he's with them and their dog, Wincka, nothing bad will happen to him ever again. But every night, Lester's new dads walk him back to his own room, hoping that eventually Lester will get used to the new house and his new family and feel as though he belongs. It's the sweet dog Wincka who finally solves the problem when she climbs into Lester's bed and promptly falls asleep, serving as both his pillow and his protector. Lester feels home at last.
Mervin the Sloth is About to Do the Best Thing in the World by Colleen A.F. Venable and Ruth Chan - Picture Book

September 13, 2016

 

Mervin the Sloth is just standing there quietly when giant letters drop onto the page: “Mervin the Sloth is about to do the best thing in the world.” But what is the best thing in the world? What is Mervin about to do? It doesn’t take long for all of Mervin’s exuberant animal friends to barge in with their own ideas. Flying! Digging! Gazelling! Wait, gazelling? Is that even a word? If only sloths weren’t so slow! Because maybe it’s something even better. But only Amy the red panda sticks around to see it.
Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer - Picture Book

September 20, 2016


Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows raise their voices joyfully from the bare branches, and squirrels busy themselves preparing their nests for winter. This lyrical celebration of the beauty and fun of autumn is sure to become a perennial fall favorite.

I Dissent: Ruth Baker Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley - Picture Book

September 20, 2016


Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.

Christmas in the Barn Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Anna Dewdney - Picture Book

September 20, 2016


From the bestselling author of classics like GOODNIGHT MOON and THE RUNAWAY BUNNY comes a Christmas story sure to delight generations of new readers. In this reissued edition by Margaret Wise Brown, CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN tells a childlike interpretation of the Nativity story with new full-color illustrations from New York Times bestselling illustrator Anna Dewdney, creator of the Llama Llama series.

Marcel by Eda Akaltun - Picture Book

September 20, 2016


Marcel is a New Yorker through and through --- he and his human know the best spots, especially downtown. But when a new human suddenly enters their lives, they're spending all their time uptown! Everything is changing and it looks like this new human isn't going anywhere. Why couldn't everything stay as it was? Why did things have to change?

In Plain Sight Written by Richard Jackson and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney - Picture Book

September 20, 2016


Sophie lives with Mama and Daddy and Grandpa, who spends his days by the window. Every day after school, it's Grandpa whom Sophie runs to.

"Here I am, Grandpa!" "Ah, Sophie, how was your day?"

As Sophie and her grandpa talk, he asks her to find items he's "lost" throughout the day, guiding Sophie on a tour through his daily life and connecting their generations in this sweet, playful picture book illustrated by Caldecott Medalist and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner Jerry Pinkney.

Elephant's Pajamas Written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Emily Fox - Picture Book

September 20, 2016


Sleepovers have never been so silly! A hilarious animal story from award winning children’s author, Michelle Robinson and debut picture book illustrator, Emily Fox. Elephant has been invited to a pajama party. He can’t wait! There’s just one problem…he doesn’t have any pajamas. Poor Elephant searches high and low, often with embarrassing results, but he can’t find anything suitable. What can Elephant’s friends do to make sure he joins in the fun?

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann - Picture Book

September 27, 2016


The giant squid is one of the most elusive creatures in the world. As large as whales, they hide beyond reach deep within the sea, forcing scientists to piece together their story from those clues they leave behind. An injured whale's ring-shaped scars indicate an encounter with a giant squid. A piece of beak broken off in the whale's belly; a flash of ink dispersed as a blinding defense to allow the squid to escape --- these fragments of proof were all we had...until a giant squid was finally filmed in its natural habitat only two years ago.

Penguin Probems Written by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith - Picture Book

September 27, 2016


Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won’t they? Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no more a picnic than yours is here. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you. Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we’ve just learned that grumps are everywhere...
 

123 Dream by Kim Krans - Picture Book

September 27, 2016


In this companion to ABC DREAM, Kim Krans elevates the simple activity of counting with pen-and-ink drawings of unusual animals and scenes of natural beauty. Delicate watercolor accents, an infusion of all-embracing spirituality, and an engrossing search-and-find element make this enchanting book a collectible for all ages.

Monday Is Wash Day by MaryAnn Sundby and Tessa Blackham - Picture Book

September 27, 2016


In this timeless story from a time not so long ago, Annie and her sister help Mama with washing the clothes on Monday morning. From gathering and sorting the clothes, to washing and hanging them outside to dry, to folding and putting them away, the family works together to get the job done. Tessa Blackham’s warm, hand-painted cut-paper collages bring the reader to a time in the Midwest when doing the laundry was an all-day family chore.

No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood Written by Calvin Trillin and illustrated by Roz Chast - Picture Book

September 27, 2016


Get ready to laugh out loud with Calvin Trillin's first collection of poems for children (and nearby grown-ups). Enjoy the whimsical cartoon illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator Roz Chast as you find out if Justin is "the awfulest kid in the class," if there's anything that Matt won't eat, and if you can send back a new baby brother.

Hungry Bird by Jeremy Tankard - Picture Book

September 27, 2016


Bird is hiking with his friends when his tummy rumbles.
But no one packed him a snack that he likes!
With every step, his hunger mounts until he collapses on the ground.
How will Bird survive if he doesn't eat the perfect something this instant?!

Little Bot and Sparrow by Jake Parker - Picture Book

September 27, 2016


A story of friendship that can inspire anyone, even robots, to dream...When Little Bot is thrown out with the garbage, he finds himself in a strange new world. Fortunately, Sparrow is there to take him under her wing. Together, they explore the forest, share adventures and learn what it means to be forever friends. This sweet and lasting tale by Jake Parker beautifully captures the happiness and love that can come from making your first true friend --- and the courage it takes when it’s time to say goodbye.