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PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN January 2016
Adrift: An Odd Couple of Polar Bears by Jessica Olien
Two rival polar bears, including one who likes to talk and one who prefers to stay quiet, are challenged to overcome their differences when they find themselves adrift at sea together. By the creator of The Blobfish Book.
And I Have You: A Book of Mothers and Babies by Maggie Smith
A gift-appropriate celebration of a mother's love for her little one features a mother narrator who describes how animals have their own special babies while she and her own child will always have one another. By the creator of Christmas With the Mousekins.
Barbie Dreamtopia Big Golden Book
Barbie fans from ages 3 to 7 will love this Big Golden Book based on Barbie Dreamtopia — a magical make-believe world filled with princesses, mermaids, fairies, rainbow rivers, cotton-candy clouds and more, all imagined by Chelsea, Barbie's youngest sister.
Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup
Young children are invited to peek though die-cut holes on nature-themed spreads of flowers and plants that reveal how busy bees work together to pollinate the environment and build a beehive home.
The Berenstain Bears Spring Storybook Collection: 7 Fun Stories by Jan & Mike Berenstain. Illus by Mike Berenstain.
A treasury of seven spring-themed Berenstain Bear stories includes such classics as The Berenstain Bears’ Lemonade Stand, The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Parade and The Berenstain Bears Clean House.
Bunny Bus by Ammi-Joan Paquette. Illus by Leslie Breen Withrow.
An eager troop of animal friends climb aboard the Bunny Bus and bounce along to an Easter parade, stopping along the way to help get the Bunny Bus cleaned. By the author of Ghost in the House.
C Is for Canada by Michael Ulmer. Illus by Sylvie Daigneault.
A alphabet book celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary combines informative rhymes with visually striking artwork in a tribute to national characteristics ranging from the Aurora Borealis and Klondike Days to the majestic Peary Caribou.
Caterpillar Dreams by Clive McFarland
A celebration of the wonderful things that can happen if you dare to believe in yourself follows the amazing adventures of Henri the Caterpillar, who leaves the safety of his garden to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. By the creator of A Bed for Bear.
Dill & Bizzy: Opposite Day by Nora Ericson
A follow-up to Dill & Bizzy finds the feathered friends celebrating Opposite Day together by eating dinner for breakfast, sharing a fast run instead of a slow waddle and engaging in other riotous activities that trigger misunderstandings.
The Easter Bunny’s Helpers by Annie Mangan. Illus by Tamsin Ainslie.
When the Easter Bunny needs help delivering eggs throughout Australia, he is assisted by animal friends Emu, Koala, Kangaroo and Cockatoo, whose help is so wonderful that the Easter Bunny questions why he has worked alone for so many years.
Egg by Kevin Henkes auth & illus.
Stylistically designed with graphic novel panels and minimal text, the story of four eggs of different colors follows the experiences of three hatchlings who are surprised by what emerges from the fourth egg. By the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Kitten’s First Full Moon.
Ella and Penguin: A Perfect Match by Megan Maynor. Illus by Rosalinde Bonnet.
A follow-up to Ella and Penguin Stick Together finds unlikely companions Ella and Penguin exploring the numerous interests that they do not have in common and realizing that they are still best friends anyway.
Everybunny Dance by Ellie Sandall
Rhythmic text and energetic illustrations combine in the story of a large group of cheerful dancing bunnies who play, sing and jitterbug on a grassy field and under the stars until a not-so-scary fox crashes the festivities. By the creator of Follow Me!
Far Apart, Close in Heart: Being a Family When a Loved One Is Incarcerated by Becky Birtha. Illus by Maja Kastelic.
A story for children who have a parent in jail explores the feelings of anger, sadness, loneliness and fear that they may experience and how they can find comfort by sending letters, talking with trusted adults, visiting and recognizing that they are not alone.
Five Little Ducks by James Dean
A Pete the Cat adaptation of the classic kid's song depicts the whimsical adventures that ensue when five little ducks go out to play with one cool cat leading the way. Pete the Cat series
5-Minute Pete the Cat Stories by James Dean
A collection of 12 favorite Pete the Cat stories is adapted for reading aloud and designed for particular compatibility with bedtime reading and travel. Pete the Cat series
Grumpy Feet by Lisa Stubbs
Feeling rather frumpy and bumpy and not at all quite right on a day when her pencils are too pointy, her paints are too sloshy and her crayons are too stubby, Lily receives support from her imaginary bear friend, who helps her realize that she has grumpy feet. Lily and Bear series
I'll Love You Always by Mark Sperring. Illus by Alison Brown.
The author of Dino-Baby and the illustrator of I Love You Knight and Day present a rhyming tribute to the everlasting love between a parent and child as demonstrated by a pair of mice who share a day in the outdoors together.
How to Be a Bigger Bunny by Florence Minor. Illus by Wendell Minor.
When her older siblings go on an adventure without her, little Tickles the bunny reads from her book, "How to Be a Bigger Bunny," and winds up on an adventure of her own before she is challenged to summon up the courage to save her family.
Hug It Out! by Louis Thomas
When their long-suffering mom tires of their constant bickering, siblings Woody and Annie are instructed to "hug it out" and endure a long afternoon of forced embraces that compel them to call a truce to avoid more icky hugs. A first picture book.
I Do Not Like Al's Hat by Erin McGill
Tired of being repeatedly stuffed into and pulled out of a magician's hat, a fed-up rabbit quits his job and attempts to fi nd a new profession where he hopes to enjoy better working conditions. By the illustrator of Oh, The Things You'll Need.
Mitford at the Hollywood Zoo by Donald Robertson
Covering the Academy Zoowards red carpet gala for a Hollywood edition of his fashion magazine, Mitford the giraffe uses his small camera and giant smarts to save the day in the face of a challenging stumble.
My Busy Green Garden by Terry Pierce. Illus by Carol Schwartz.
A lyrical tribute to the bugs, bees and birds that make gardens busy places depicts a colorful garden where a growing number of visitors fly and crawl around while a shy chipmunk hides and a chrysalis slowly changes in the background.
My Kite Is Stuck! and Other Stories by Salina Yoon
A trio of stories follows Big Duck, whose adventures include getting his kite out of a tree when it becomes stuck; navigating the shoals of jealousy when Porcupine and Little Duck find a new friend; and forgetting something very important while building a lemonade stand with Porcupine. By the award-winning creator of Penguin in Love.
No More Bows by Samantha Cotterill
A determined dog runs away from home after his young owner dresses him in one too many ridiculous bows, a decision that he questions when he realizes that life is better at his friend's side.
North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown. Illus by Greg Pizzoli.
A previously unpublished Margaret Wise Brown story, illustrated by a Geisel Award winner, follows the journey of a little bird who flies to the north, south, east and west before returning home again.
Pen Pals by Alexandra Pichard
Paired up as pen pals for a school project, an octopus and an ant engage in a correspondence that introduces their respective and shared interests before they encounter a fun surprise.
Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
A companion to Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star uses interactive spreads to invite children to follow the stages of a tiny seed that is planted and watered before it grows into a beautiful flower.
Play With Me! by Michelle Lee
Playful piglet Pip struggles to get his best friend, Nico the bear cub, to stop practicing the cello long enough to participate in games, a conflict that leads to a creative solution.
Queen Dog by Bridget Heos. Illus by Alejandro O'Keeffe.
Struggling to cope when her adoring people become distracted and fail to deliver their usual high-quality service, a beloved Queen Dog is shocked when a tiny but disruptive stranger arrives at her castle. By the award-winning author of Mustache Baby.
Rabbit Magic by Meg McLaren
When a magic trick goes awry, magician M. Lapin is transformed into a sad rabbit and loses the spotlight to his rabbit assistant, Houdini, who after gaining fame performs an amazing illusion to restore M. Lapin to his former self. A first picture book.
Reach for the Moon, Little Lion by Hildegard Muller
A little lion is laughed at by animals who inform him that "real" lions are so big that they can touch the moon, a claim that saddens the lion until a wise raven counsels him to reach for his goals.
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy. Illus by Eugene Yelchin.
Elected by the citizens of noisy village La Paz for his promises to make things more peaceful, bossy mayor Don Pepe outlaws singing, whistling and any noise-making activity until a rooster who does not care about silly rules begins crowing persistently.
The Runaway Egg by Katy Hudson
Getting ready for a new baby brother’s arrival but unable to comprehend what all the fuss is about, Chick is surprised when his brother’s egg stops just “sitting there” and two legs emerge through the shell before sprinting away, triggering a madcap barnyard chase.
Spring Hare by Eugene Yelchin
An adorable baby hare springs into an imaginative adventure with a red-headed little girl who bounces on a trampoline until they both catapult into the sky, flying through fluffy clouds across a rainbow before catching a ride on a shooting star back home. By the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Breaking Stalin's Nose.
Still a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis. Illus by Jo-Shin Lee.
Forced to move into separate homeless shelters when hard times fall on her family, a little girl lives with her mother and visits her father in the park, where they play games, pet puppies and hope for better days.
The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies
A sequel to The Storm Whale finds Noi searching for his fisherman father in a dangerous storm before finding himself stuck in an icy sea, where his friend, the storm whale, arrives to help.
Watersong by Tim McCanna. Illus by Richard Smythe.
Onomatopoeic text by the author of Teeny Tiny Trucks and evocative illustrations by the artist of Beep Beep Beep Time for Sleep combine in the story of a little fox who seeks shelter from a rain shower that becomes a torrential storm.
What This Story Needs Is a Bang and a Clang by Emma J. Virjan
A musical concert starring Pig and her friends is disrupted by a surprise guest who scares Elephant and triggers a cacophony of onomatopoeic sounds, in a skill-building story told through phonics-reinforcing rhymes. Pig in a Wig No. 4
When You're Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles. Illus by Andy Elkerton.
The guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band counsels kids who have to stay home sick from school about how to face those sick days with courage and a positive attitude, in a colorful, wacky story that is complemented by a sheet of stickers.
XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex. Illus by Scott Campbell. Designed by Andrew Arnold.
A hapless ox and a graceful gazelle share an affectionate correspondence initiated by the ox that transforms as the conceited gazelle is won over by the ox's hopelessly romantic overtures. By the best-selling author of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich.
Zoo Day by Anne F. Rockwell. Illus by Lizzy Rockwell.
Visiting the zoo with his family for the first time, a little boy enjoys an unforgettable day visiting the gorilla, lion, polar bear and monkey exhibits. By the author of At the Beach.