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PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2018
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Adelaide’s Secret World by Elise Hurst
A lonely girl living in a city filled with people makes quiet observations about those she encounters, discovering a community of other lonely people before a chance encounter with a possible kindred spirit helps her discover the transformative power of bravery, empathy and imagination. By the creator of The Night Garden.
The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell: Based on the Childhood of a Great American Artist by Candace Fleming. Illus by Gerard Dubois.
Strikingly illustrated with vintage-style artwork, a story based on the childhood of artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell details his painstaking collections of innumerable ordinary objects that inspired his creative spirit before he assembled them into creations of astonishing art. By the author of The Family Romanov and the illustrator of Monsieur Marceau.
Anywhere Artist by Nikki Slade Robinson
Spare text and evocative illustrations combine in the story of an exuberant young artist who uses creative, imaginative approaches to making art from found objects and the world around her. By the creator of Muddle & Mo.
Be a Good Dragon by Kurt Cyrus
Catching a terrible cold that makes him sneeze fire, endangering a nearby village, Enzo the dragon turns for help to a royal magician, who prepares a helpful Abbra-ka-brew to squelch the sniffles, in a story that helps remind children of the importance of covering their mouths and noses when they sneeze.
The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan. Illus by Thomas Knight.
A loving African-American family navigates the laughout-loud efforts of a little girl to sneak her way into her parents’ big bed, an endeavor that prompts her to drag a camping cot into the room for her father so that she can make more room for herself. By the creator of the Honest Toddler blog.
Big Choo by Stephen Shaskan
Wanting to be a big puffing, chugging train just like his dad, Little Choo rides the rails with determination and a “try it again” attitude that helps him tap the power of his bravery, speed, strength and smarts so that he can qualify for travel on the main line. By the creator of The Three Triceratops Tuff.
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates. Illus by Amy June Bates.
An authorial debut by the illustrator of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter combines lush artwork and lyrical text in a subtle tribute to inclusion and tolerance that depicts a growing number of young people huddling under a big umbrella on a rainy day.
The Book About Nothing by Mike Bender. Illus by Hugh Murphy.
Playful text by the best-selling co-author of Awkward Family Photos and uproarious illustrations by the creator of T-Rex Trying combine in an innovative exploration of the concepts of nothing and zero that reveals how nothing can actually be something, from what remains on a cleaned-up floor to what there is to fear when the lights are out.
Bunny’s Staycation: Mama’s Business Trip by Lori Richmond
Unable to accompany Mama during an important business trip, a nonplussed Bunny shares a “staycation” with Papa, who organizes a grand adventure in the living room. By the creator of Pax and Blue.
A Chip Off the Old Block by Jody Jensen Shaffer. Illus by Daniel Miyares.
Rocky the plucky pebble shows true grit as he travels the country in his effort to discover if he fits in with any of his famous rock-star relatives, from Uncle Gibraltar and Aunt Etna to Great-Grandma Half Dome and Cousin Rushmore.
Cool Cat Versus Top Dog: Who Will Win in the Ultimate Pet Quest? by Mike Yamada
When their community organizes its annual midnight race around the block, rivals Cool Cat and Top Dog struggle to navigate the dynamics of their competition while keeping the peace in the home they share.
5-Minute Pinkalicious Stories by Victoria Kann
A treasury of 12 fun-filled Pinkalicious stories features adjusted text that distills each into about five minutes of reading time and includes such favorites as Pinkalicious and the Sick Day and Tutu-rrific.
Florette by Anna Walker
Moving to an apartment in the city, young Mae misses her garden and trees before discovering a wonderful opportunity to bring nature to her new home and bond with new friends and neighbors.
Get on Your Bike by Joukje Akveld. Illus by Philip Hopman.
Unable to recall the source of a big fight that has tested his friendship with William, Bobby hops on his bike and furiously rides through the city and countryside, coming to the realization that his friend may have had a point and that both of them need to apologize. Illustrated by the artist of Earth to Stella.
Grace for Gus by Harry Bliss
A near-wordless graphic picture book follows a quiet elementary school student who uses the power of her creativity to raise money to buy a companion for her class pet. By the New Yorker cover artist and creator of Luke on the Loose.
Honk! Splat! Vroom! by Barry Gott
Speeding along in a road race determined to be the first one to cross the finish line, five rival mice are challenged by a series of obstacles, from mud puddles to a hungry cat, before they are assisted by a friendly goose.
I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein
Encountering a sequence of bigger cats, including a lion, panther and cheetah, Simon the housecat disagrees with their assessment that he does not measure up and endeavors to prove that he is just as much of a cat as they are, only smaller. A first picture book.
I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t by Diane Dillon
Enthusiastically embracing the wonders she encounters, young Zoe imagines herself in a variety of careers, from a wildlife vet and a paleontologist to a teacher and the U.S. president, and boldly dismisses the voices of doubt that would slow her down. By the Caldecott Medal-winning co-illustrator of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears.
I Love Dad With the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
A gift-appropriate celebration of Father’s Day features spreads that are vibrantly illustrated with the award-winning creator’s cut-paper animal artwork and shares messages of love and appreciation for the many ways that dads make a difference.
I Love You, Bunny by Alina Surnaite
Fearing that a monster will come if she falls asleep, little Suzy is reassured by her Mommy that her stuffed bunny will chase away any monsters, a situation that turns perplexing when a mysterious shadow creeps into Suzy’s room at dawn and runs away with the bunny.
I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët
A wordless story inspired by real events follows the actions of a little girl who inspires her community to stand up to bullying when a classmate is treated badly and she chooses to stand by her side, an act of kindness that leads to greater acceptance, understanding and the discovery of strength in numbers. By the illustrators of Malala’s Magic Pencil.
Idea Jar by Adam Lehrhaupt. Illus by Deb Pilutti.
A jar of story ideas, placed by a teacher on her desk and filled with scraps of paper submitted by students, escapes and turns rowdy when the embodiments of imagination forget that their actions need to stay contained as stories. By the award-winning author of Warning: Do Not Open This Book!
I’m Having a Sky Blue Day!: A Colorful Book About Feelings by Maggie Testa. Illus by Clair Rossiter.
An introduction to the colorful world around us features spreads inspired by favorite Crayola colors and reveals how days can be “mauvelous” or “screamin’ green,” in a vibrant story that encourages children to use their imaginations to embrace the many shades of life.
I’m Not Using the Potty by Laura Gehl. Illus by Joyce Wan.
When little Egg the chick reveals a fear of using the potty, Peep tries a variety of encouraging ideas to help Egg become more comfortable with the idea of answering the call of nature. Illustrated by the creator of You Are My Cupcake. Peep and Egg No. 4
It’s Springtime, Mr. Squirrel by Sebastian Meschenmoser
When his friend, the hedgehog, falls in love with a lady hedgehog at the beginning of a beautiful springtime season, Mr. Squirrel assures his friend that ladies are most attracted to heroes, an opinion that leads to a whimsical plot to confront the most dangerous animal in the forest.
Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! by Lisa Mantchev. Illus by Samantha Cotterill.
A relatable celebration of siblings and imagination by the author of Strictly No Elephants finds former rival siblings Jinx and Doom setting aside their differences to don masks and capes to declare themselves superhero defenders of the world.
Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon. Illus by Lee White.
When blustery winds at the top of a steep hill prove troublesome for a neighbor, young Kate thinks of an environmentally sound solution and fills an old wheelbarrow with young trees that she pushes up the hill to plant as a protective barrier. By the Caldecott Honor-winning author of All the World.
The Magician’s Hat by Malcolm Mitchell. Illus by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff.
When a magician makes a surprise appearance at the library’s Family Fun Day, local kids are amazed by his invitation to reach into his hat and pull out amazing books that convey wonderful adventures and inspire them to live their dreams. Illustrated by the award-winning artist of The Dancing Pancake.
May I Come In? by Marsha Diane Arnold. Illus by Jennie Poh.
Fearful of staying at home alone on a stormy night, a Raccoon looks for shelter in the homes of his friends, who turn him away before he spots a bright light in the storm.
My Red Velvet Cape by Dana Sullivan
Looking forward to celebrating his birthday and receiving a promised red velvet cape from his grandmother, young Mateo looks forward to the excitement, popularity and independence he believes the cape will give him. By the illustrator of the Digger and Daisy series.
Neither by Airlie Anderson
Hatching from an unusual egg, a green, feathered, long-eared creature from a land that is made up entirely of blue bunnies and yellow birds embarks on a search to discover where he belongs in a new home of endless colors, shapes and diversity.
No Biggy!: A Story About Overcoming Everyday Obstacles by Elycia Rubin. Illus by Josh Talbot.
Getting ready for school on a morning that is fraught by setbacks, from toothpaste that falls off of the toothbrush to uncooperative zippers, little Kiki succumbs to her anger until her parents lovingly remind her that she does not have to get everything right on the first try and that an optimistic perspective is the best first step to overcoming disappointments.
Nobody’s Duck by Mary Sullivan
When a duck mysteriously arrives on an alligator’s lawn, the duo embarks on a series of adventures, from searching the library to skydiving, to discover who the duck belongs to, forging an unusual friendship along the way. By the award-winning creator of Ball.
Old Hat by Emily Gravett
A lively story about the futility of fads and the joy of being oneself follows the experiences of a little dog who loves the comfy hat knitted long ago by his Nana but who, in the face of mocking peers, tries frantically to earn acceptance by trying out a sequence of fashionable hats that are outdated as soon as he wears them. By the award-winning author of the Bear & Hare series.
The Perfect Pillow by Eric Pinder. Illus by Chris Sheban.
Unable to fall asleep in a strange new room on his big new bed, a little boy tosses and turns alongside his stuffed dragon before embarking on a quest to find a better bed, an effort that involves such options as a squirrel’s nest, a cloud and a rowboat.
Petra by Marianna Coppo
A plucky little rock who believes that she is a mighty mountain has her perspective changed by a series of movements, from a dog that fetches her for its owner, to a bird that treats her like an egg in its nest, to a pond where she becomes an amazing island and finally to the side of a little girl, who adopts her as a pet rock.
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
A metaphorical tale of empathy and friendship follows the experiences of a small child who is offered well-intentioned advice from his animal friends in the wake of a loss but only finds comfort with the last animal, a rabbit who just quietly listens. By the creator of Little Bunny Foo Foo.
Runaway Baby Brother by Katy Hudson
A sequel to Runaway Egg finds Chick struggling through babysitting responsibilities for his newly hatched baby brother, who adoringly waddles after him everywhere he goes.
Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston. Illus by Misa Saburi.
Moving from her native Japan to America when her father gets a new job, little Sakura misses her grandmother and the cherry blossom trees under which they shared so many happy hours, a transition that is shaped by a new friend, her grandmother’s illness, a visit back home and a wonderful springtime surprise. A first picture book.
Seed School by Joan Holub. Illus by Sakshi Mangal.
A friendly class of seed students who attend school in all shapes and sizes learn how soil, water, sunshine and time will help them grow into vibrant fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees and plants.
Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins
Simple text and cheerful animal illustrations combine in the story of Ducky Duckling, who enjoys a rainy day of splashing in the pond with his friends while repeating the phrase, “Quack, quack, quack.” By the creator of the Maisy series.
Ten Magic Butterflies by Danica McKellar. Illus by Jennifer Bricking.
The mathematics prodigy, star of The Wonder Years and bestselling author of Kiss My Math invites children to join 10 flower friends for a night of excitement that mixes math with magic as the flowers transform to create different
Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre
The award-winning photographer and author of Best in Snow presents a striking, visual love letter to the planet that introduces children to concepts in science, nature and other disciplines through vibrant, close-up images of subjects ranging from plants and animals to weather and natural-world landscapes.
The Tiptoeing Tiger by Philippa Leathers
Knowing himself to be a formidable creature in spite of his small size and clumsiness, Little Tiger prowls through the forest in search of someone to scare and remains undaunted in the face of the yawns and laughter of the animals he meets. By the creator of How to Catch a Mouse.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car by Kate Dopirak. Illus by Mary Peterson.
In this twist on the classic poem, a little red car takes a final cruise around town before going to bed, beeping good-night to all his vehicular friends.
Unplugged by Steve Antony
Enjoying her time being plugged into her computer, little Blip is separated by a blackout that inadvertently causes her to stumble outside, where she encounters a world filled with color, excitement and adventures with new friends. By the creator of the best-selling Mr. Panda series.
Vincent Comes Home by Jessixa Bagley & Aaron Bagley
Living on a cargo ship, a seafaring cat whose paws have never touched land spends his time chasing seagulls, eating fresh fish and gazing at the stars before wondering about the mysterious “home” referenced by human sailors, a situation that leads to revelations when the ship makes a final stop and the cat follows a crew member to his residence.
When Pigs Fly by James Burks
Wanting to be the first pig to ever fly in spite of what his sister tells him, Henry makes a series of unsuccessful attempts and wonders if he will ever overcome the laws of gravity, until his sister comes up with an idea that gives both of them a lift. By the creator of Gabby & Gator.
Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer. Illus by Dave Mottram.
A chatty bird who talks more than she listens lands in trouble when her distracted thoughts and inattention cause her to walk right into danger, exasperating her long-suffering animal friends, in a story that illuminates the importance of paying attention and staying loyal.