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PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2016
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ABC Pasta by Juana Medina Rosas
The collage artist creator of 1 Big Salad presents an engaging ABC primer that depicts a circus of performers and animals created out of yummy noodles, tasty veggies and whimsical utensils.
Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio. Illus by Christian Robinson.
A companion to Gaston finds Antoinette confronting her insecurities while searching for whatever makes her special before resolving to find Gaston’s sister, who has gone missing during an outing in the park. By the best-selling author of Grace for President. Gaston and Friends series
Bear Likes Jam by Ciara Gavin
Unable to think of anything else after tasting jam for the first time, Bear disregards Mama Duck’s instructions that bears must eat their veggies first, until he notices that the ducks all around him are enjoying both healthy and sweet foods. By the creator of Bear Is Not Tired.
Black and White Rabbit’s ABC by Alan Baker
Young children are invited to join a pair of adorable little rabbits as they curiously explore an artist’s materials and other objects in their home, pairing letters of the alphabet with symbolic words. Little Rabbit Books series
Bob and Joss Get Lost! by Peter McCleery. Illus by Vin Vogel.
Embarking on a boat trip to escape boredom, intrepid best friends Bob and Joss share an uproarious adventure when they become shipwrecked on a tropical island.
Bob, Not Bob!: *To Be Read As Though You Have the Worst Cold Ever by Audrey Vernick & Liz Garton Scanlon. Illus by Matthew Cordell.
Stuck in bed with a bad cold, Little Louie struggles with stuffi ness and crackling ears and repeatedly calls out for his mom, summoning the family dog over and over again in his efforts to make himself understood. By the Caldecott Honor-winning author of All the World.
Brown Rabbit’s Shapes by Alan Baker
Two inquisitive little rabbits make new discoveries while exploring a variety of shapes, in a playfully illustrated concepts primer designed to help reinforce early recognition skills. Little Rabbit Books series
Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro. Illus by Tatjana Mai-Wyss.
Bunny loves reading so much that he begins sneaking into the library at night to borrow books, and soon his friends want to join him.
Can You Snore Like a Dinosaur?: A Help-Your-Child-to-Sleep Book by Monica Sweeney. Contributions by Laren Yelvington. Illus by Laura Watkins.
Featuring expert techniques provided by a Certified Family Sleep Institute Pediatric Sleep Consultant and child psychologist, a follow-up to Can You Yawn Like a Fawn? uses soothing language in the story of drowsy dinosaurs settling in for the night.
A Cat Named Swan by Holly Hobbie
Intricate watercolor illustrations and poignant text combine in the story of a little rescue cat who leaves behind his hardscrabble life after being adopted into a forever home, where he brings transformative joy to his new family. By the best-selling creator of the Toot & Puddle series.
Chee-Kee: A Panda in Bearland by Sujean Rim
A tale by the author of the Birdie series uses a new art style inspired by her Korean family’s immigration experiences and follows the story of little panda Chee-Kee Loo, whose efforts to adapt to a mixed-bear culture are eased by her willingness to help in a crisis.
Count Your Chickens by Jo Ellen Bogart
A family of chickens prepares for a day of fun at the county fair, where chickens of all varieties dress up and explore a town transformed by amusement rides, games, farmer booths, entertainers and concession stands.
Dormouse Dreams by Karma Wilson. Illus by Renata Liwska.
Hibernating his way through the winter, Dormouse dreams of fantastical adventures with his best friend while the animals who are not asleep patiently amuse themselves with sports and games until the spring season arrives.
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night by Kallie George. Illus by Oriol Vidal.
Feeling big and brave on their first night alone in their nest, duck-and-dino siblings Feather, Flap and Spike are repeatedly awakened by a frightening growl that scares them into hiding. By the author of Duck, Duck, Dinosaur.
The Great Easter Race! by Sesame Workshop
Gathering at the park on a bright Easter morning, the Sesame Street gang excitedly watches the Great Easter Race and wonders if the slow-and-steady turtle or the thunder-speed bunny will win. Sesame Street Scribbles series
Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians! by Jason Carter Eaton. Illus by Mark Fearing.
Balking at the way the grownups in his life fuss about tidiness, a messy little boy triggers a pest invasion of epic proportions in an outrageously absurd cautionary tale about the perils of crumbs and clutter.
Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation by Ted Staunton. Illus by Mika Song.
Disappointed when spring break arrives and their family stays home instead of embarking on an exotic vacation, Harry and Clare use their imaginations to pretend they are on Mars, on a pirate’s ship and in the playground of a man-eating octopus until Harry rebels against Clare’s restrictive rules.
Here to There and Me to You by Cheryl Keely. Illus by Celia Krampien.
Through bouncing text and expository sidebars, this book looks at the fascinating structure of bridges, which come in all forms — from towering suspension bridges to humble stone crossings.
How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adan Wallace. Illus by Andy Elkerton.
Whimsical illustrations and lively rhyming text impart the story of a trickster Easter Bunny who prepares a beautiful basket of eggs to share while inviting children to see if they can catch him in action. By the creators of How to Catch the Tooth Fairy.
I Am Not a Chair! by Ross Burach
A giraffe who is repeatedly mistaken for a chair by animals who keep trying to sit on him struggles to find his voice and make the world realize who he really is. By the creator of There’s a Giraffe in My Soup.
If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden. Illus by Melissa Castrillon.
A lyrical picture book celebration of the world and its wonders as experienced through the eyes of a child shares reassuring messages about the love, joy, beauty and possibility that are part of every day.
Life on Mars by Jon Agee
In a whimsical picture book, an intrepid but less-than-clever space explorer becomes certain he has found the only living thing on Mars, a flower — but he has failed to notice the mischievous, cupcake-thieving little Martian who has been wandering around in the illustrations the whole time.
Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin
When a young fox swipes her stuffed animal from the playground and races away into the woods, a young girl and her friend follow, arriving at a hedge archway where a marvelous village filled with miniature stone cottages, treehouses and woodland creatures share a magical existence.
Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn. Illus by Rosalind Beardshaw.
Wanting a cat even though Mommy says that caring for a pet is a lot of work, young Lola reads a library book about cat care and practices with a stuffed animal before finding a wonderful new friend at an animal shelter.
Moana: The Mighty Maui Makes a Friend by Disney Book Group
Publishing to coincide with the November 2016 film release of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana are a number of books at various reading levels that tell the sweeping story of the CG-animated comedy-adventure that takes place in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, where a spirited Polynesian teenage girl, Moana, sets sail in search of a fabled island and along the way teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open sea on an action-packed voyage.
Mouse and Hippo by Mike Twohy
Painting a portrait of his hippo best friend that does not quite fit on the canvas but delights his friend anyway, Mouse receives an unexpected favor in return, in a giggle-inducing story by the creator of Wake Up, Rupert!
Muddle & Mo by Nikki Slade Robinson
When Muddle the duck becomes confused about his animal identity, a long walk taken with his best friend, Mo the goat, helps sort out the confusion in very silly ways.
My World: A Book of First Words by Frann Preston-Gannon
An engaging visual catalog for toddlers features colorful spreads dedicated to animals, clothing, food, musical instruments and other subjects designed to promote first-word and object recognition. By the creator of What a Hoot!
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
Born under the sea to a family of narwhals, a little unicorn begins questioning his differences when an extra-strong current sweeps him to the ocean’s surface, where he discovers other creatures like himself. A first picture book.
Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie. llus by Salvatore Rubbino.
A human family prepares their home for Sophie, their new dog companion, in a picture book guide for young prospective pet owners that introduces dog-related topics ranging from food and training to walks and dog shows. By the author of A Book of Feelings.
Pax and Blue by Lori Richmond
A boy who is the littlest kid everywhere he goes meets a pigeon in the park who shares his understanding of what it is like to be small, becoming a supportive and unlikely friend in the process.
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Enjoying an idyllic day in Bert’s backyard, Cat, Dog, Chickadee and Squirrel are disturbed by a bumbling bear who crushes the flowerbed, drinks from the wading pool and gobbles up their food. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of It’s a Book.
Princess Tales Around the World: Once Upon a Time in Rhyme With Seek-and-Find Pictures by Grace Maccarone. Illus by Gail de Marcken.
A sumptuously detailed treasury of 10 international princess fairy tales includes the tales of Rapunzel, Scheherazade and the Little Mermaid and is augmented by hidden elements that young readers are invited to find.
Princessland by Emily Jenkins. Illus by Yoko Tanaka.
Wanting to go to Princessland, where all girls are princesses, Romy dreams of castles, royal balls, sparkling rivers and flower crowns until one special day when her beloved cat invites her to share time together enjoying wonderful imaginary activities.
The Queen Is Coming to Tea by Linda Ravin Lodding. Illus by Constanze von Kitzing.
Finding out that the queen is coming to tea, little Ellie enlists the help of her stuffed animals, with whom she imagines traveling to Paris, China and other exotic cities, to gather everything they need to host a memorable affair.
Ready, Set ... Baby! by Elizabeth Rusch. Illus by Qin Leng.
Big siblings Anna and Oliver give young readers the inside scoop on what to expect when a new baby is on the way, in a comic book-style story that combines comprehensive facts with kid-friendly humor.
Ribbit by Jorey Hurley
Minimal prose and lively illustrations trace the story of a year in the life of a frog family that is marked by a tadpole’s transformation into a froglet and the family’s excursions above and below the pond surface. By the creator of Fetch.
Robins!: How They Grow Up by Eileen Christelow
A visually striking picture book introduction to the robin combines comic-style panels with painterly illustrations in the story of two young robins’ first year, providing engaging facts and kid-pleasingly humorous details.
Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn
A follow-up to Hannah’s Collections tackles the concepts of counting and categories in the story of young Sam, whose very messy room compels him to reorganize in a variety of ways. By the award-winning creator of What We Hide.
Samson: The Piranha Who Went to Dinner by Tadgh Bentley
Wanting to try new things while his fellow piranhas stick to their routine near their homes, Samson aspires to sample fine cuisine at fancy restaurants before discovering that the three new restaurants in his corner of the sea are not exactly welcoming to customers with big teeth and scary smiles.
The Secret Project by Jonah Winter. Illus by Jeanette Winter.
A picture book account of the classified scientific project to create the atomic bomb describes how during World War II the world’s greatest scientists gathered at a remote location in the desert of New Mexico, where their innovations profoundly changed the world.
Sloppy Wants a Hug by Sean Julian
An adorable dispute ensues when Sloppy the tree dragon longs for a hug in spite of Dewdrop the sprite’s very good reason for not wanting to give him one.
Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber. Illus by Jen Hill.
A little girl watches the snowy days and gray skies of winter while wondering if spring will ever come and whether or not she will recognize its signs. Illustrated by the artist of The Boy With Pink Hair.
Star Wars Obi-1 2 3: A Book of Numbers by Disney
Count Dooku, droids and other favorite Star Wars characters invite the littlest Padawans to practice early counting and number recognition skills.
Things to Do by Elaine Magliaro. Illus by Catia Chien.
Combines playful poems and vivid artwork in an evocative celebration of the small moments and secret joys in a child’s day, from blooming flower beds to insects buzzing in the summer air.
This House, Once by Deborah Freedman
Dreamy, meditative scenes both introduce the sections of a house and poetically explore the magic of a home while inviting young children to think about where things come from and what nature provides.
Three Balls of Wool by Henriqueta Cristina. Illus by Yara Kono.
When her family moves from Fascist Portugal to Communist Czechoslovakia, a child fi nds her dreams about freedom and attending school challenged by harsh restrictions, including the colors one is allowed to wear, until her mother uses three balls of wool and her ingenuity to spark a small revolution.
Tony by Ed Galing. Illus by Erin E. Stead.
A lyrical tale by the late poet follows the simple but powerful tale of a boy, his horse and their enduring friendship. Illustrated by the Caldecott Medal-winning artist of A Sick Day for Amos McGee.
The Tree by Neal Layton
A fable exploring the harmony of the natural world describes how the rabbits, birds and squirrels that live in a big tree worry about losing their homes when two humans arrive, ready to use the tree for their own house.
Tugboat Bill and the River Rescue by Calista Brill. Illus by Tad Carpenter.
Bill the tugboat and Mabel the barge become heroes when they rescue a kitten that has fallen into the water, in a friendship tale for preschool-aged vehicle enthusiasts.
Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein. Illus by London Ladd.
Little Bernard is overjoyed when, in 1959, the call-up of Elijah “Pumpsie” Green marks the integration of the last Major League Baseball team, an event that leads to a historic game at Fenway Park.
We Are Brothers, We Are Friends by Alexandra Penfold. Illus by Eda Kaban.
A big brother takes his role in the family very seriously, explaining how he is both friend and protector to his baby sibling while they play together and share imaginative adventures.
We Love You, Rosie! by Cynthia Rylant. Illus by Linda Davick.
A beloved family dog explores the concept of opposites with behaviors that are alternately good or bad, outside or inside, and more. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Missing May.
We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes
Young children are invited to practice their counting skills up to 10 while joining a lively group of bunnies on a fun-filled Easter egg hunt that is marked by other animal friends and interactive lift-flaps.
What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward. Illus by Susie Ghahremani.
A companion to What Will Hatch? implements four pull-out gatefolds in a picture book introduction to seeds and how they change and grow throughout the seasons.
Where’s the Penguin? by Sophie Schrey. Illus by Chuck Whelon.
A family of 10 penguins escapes from the zoo and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime across busy scenes crammed with people and animals, in an interactive story that invites children to find the penguins that are hiding on each intricately detailed spread.
Whose House? by H.A. Rey
A new generation of fans is invited to discover who lives in a hive, a shell, a garage and a hangar in a classic rhyming story by the creator of Curious George that augments four-line poems and sturdy lift-flaps with Rey’s familiar color palette.
You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman. Illus by Liz Climo.
Tossing a coin into a well while wishing for a pet unicorn, a little boy is astonished to discover that unicorns are terrible pets that shed, poke holes
in the ceiling and make awful messes.