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Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten by Candice F. Ransom. Illus by Christine Grove.
When her plans for the first day of school are disrupted by unanticipated challenges, headstrong Amanda Panda walks out of her kindergarten classroom and joins her older brother in the second grade before an unlikely partner helps her learn how to cope.
Back to School With Bigfoot by Samantha Berger & Martha Brockenbrough. Illus by Dave Pressler.
An extra-tall student embarks on a first day of school that is complicated by his need for a haircut and difficulties finding clothes and shoes that fit, in a lighthearted tribute to the worries that kids face at the beginning of a new school year.
A Band of Babies by Carole Gerber. Illus by Jane Dyer.
The award-winning author of Tuck-In Time and the bestselling illustrator of the Cookies series present the story of a band of babies who riotously dance and march to the rhythm of their flutes and drums.
A Cat Is Better by Linda Joy Singleton. Illus by Jorge Martin.
An affectionate ode to why cats make ideal pets features a confident, matter-of-fact orange kitty who calmly identifies the superior qualities of a cat
versus a dog, and insists on being taken home immediately.
Chicken in School by Adam Lehrhaupt. Illus by Shahar Kober.
When Sam the pig dreams of going to a school where delicious snacks can be found, Zoey the chicken transforms their barn into a classroom and organizes a fun-filled day of learning for her animal friends. By the author of Warning: Do Not Open This Book! Chicken in Space No. 2
Claymates by Deborah Petty. Illus by Lauren Eldridge.
A photographic celebration of friendship follows the whimsical adventures of two anthropomorphic clay companions who squish, smash and sculpt themselves into riotous shapes before racing to fix the giant mess they have created.
Don’t Blink! by Tom Booth
A girl and her animal friends challenge readers to a staring contest in an interactive story that features such whimsical contestants as a gorilla, a cheetah, a fox and an alligator.
Double Take!: A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood. Illus by Jay Fleck.
Lively text and retro-style artwork combine in a lively picture book about opposites that invites children to learn new perspectives on spreads depicting a topsy-turvy funhouse journey. By the author of Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster.
The Dragon Tamers by James Russell. Illus by Link Choi.
A second book in an innovative series enhanced by a 3D app invites children to join the Dragon Brothers as they explore hidden places on their magical island before stumbling across a fantastical dragon hatchery. Dragon Brothers No. 2
Fall is for School by Robert Neubecker
A sequel to Winter Is for Snow finds seasonally opposed siblings Sister and Brother beginning the autumn season with mixed feelings about the end of summer, the start of school and the vibrant foliage.
Find Spot at the Museum by Eric Hill
When Spot goes missing during a school trip to the natural history museum after a funny mishap involving a dinosaur skeleton, his friends search high and low and in unexpected places, in a lighthearted storybook that is complemented by interactive lift flaps.
Garcia & Colette Go Exploring by Hannah Barnaby. Illus by Andrew Joyner.
Embarking on separate explorations when they cannot agree on where to go, intrepid best friends Garcia and Colette arrive at their respective destinations and discover how lonely they are without each other. Illustrated by the artist of The Terrible Plop.
The Great Henry Hopendower by Justin Roberts. Illus by Deborah Hocking.
Waking up on a bright morning ready to tackle the day’s events using the skills learned from his beloved late magician grandfather, young Henry reflects on memories of their cherished time together while practicing the lessons his grandfather imparted about finding magic everywhere.
Home in the Rain by Bob Graham
Pulling into a picnic area to wait out a storm, a little girl and her mother write the names of family members on their car’s fogged-up windows before
they are inspired to name a soon-to-be-born baby sister. By the creator of How to Heal a Broken Wing.
I Love Sharks, Too! by Leanne Shirtliffe. Illus by Lorenzo Montatore.
A little boy who loves sharks more than anything else shares fun facts about sharks with his mom all day long, in a lighthearted story that incorporates
engaging information about shark breeds and behaviors.
I’m Smart! by Kate McMullan. Illus by Jim McMullan.
A school-time addition to the series that includes I Stink! and I’m Dirty! depicts a super-smart school bus that uses its savvy to navigate the roads in super-safe ways while transporting kids to and from school.
The Jelly Bean Tree by Toni Yuly
Unable to do all of the things her friends can do, a giraffe who is too tall to play on the forest floor naps with her head in the trees until a mother bird decides that the giraffe’s head is a perfect place to build a nest. By the creator of Cat Nap.
Kid Amazing vs. the Blob by Josh Schneider
When his baby sister, a.k.a. “The Blob,” proves to be resilient in the face of his evil-defeating superhero gadgets, Kid Amazon races to discover a superpower capable of saving their city from stink and slime. By the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning creator of Tales for Very Picky Eaters.
Life by Cynthia Rylant. Illus by Brendan Wenzel.
A poignant meditation on finding beauty in the everyday world and strength in the face of adversity is presented from the viewpoints of a series of exotic animals from different world regions, in a vibrant collaboration between the Newbery Medal-winning author of Missing May and the illustrator of Beastly Babies.
Kisses for Kindergarten by Livingston Crouse. Illus by Macky Pamintuan.
A lyrical ode to the first day of kindergarten follows the experiences of reluctant student Stella, who decides that school is not for her and that she would rather spend her days sharing adventures with her puppy.
Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney
Rolling up to a construction site, eager to help the busy Big Rigs, Little Excavator is told he is not quite ready to do the chugging, mounding and smoothing jobs of the larger construction vehicles, who eventually find a job that is just right for him. By the late creator of Llama Llama I Love You.
Little Kangaroo by Guido van Genechten
Wanting nothing more than to stay in his mommy’s safe, warm and simple pouch, Little Kangaroo initially disregards Mother Kangaroo’s descriptions of a big, beautiful outside world filled with wonderful things to see and experience. By the award-winning author of No Ghost Under My Bed.
Little Plane Learns to Write by Stephen Savage
Loving sky-writing, arcs, dives and nearly everything else about flight school, Little Plane nervously resists practicing the dizzying loopity-loops required to sky-write round letters. By the award-winning creator of Polar Bear Night.
Littles: And How They Grow by Kelly DiPucchio. Illus by AG Ford.
A gift-appropriate rhyming ode to babies by the award-winning author of Grace for President features a diverse range of families sharing time with their infants while reflecting on how they grow up so quickly.
Lost and Found, What’s that Sound? by Jonathan Ying. Illus by Victoria Ying.
The creators of Not Quite Black and White present a lively introduction to sound that depicts a busy day at Rabbit’s Lost and Found, where animal bandmates search for their missing musical instruments.
Midnight at the Zoo by Faye Hanson
Disappointed to find most of the animals asleep during a class field trip to the zoo, Max and Mia decide to make the best of things before finding themselves locked in the zoo at night, when the animals wake up and begin a riotous overnight dance party. By the creator of The Wonder.
Monkey Brother by Adam Auerbach
An ode to messy and mischievous little brothers everywhere depicts the experiences of a long-suffering big brother with a monkey little brother who engages in wild antics, imitates everything and incites loveable monkey games. By the award-winning creator of Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School.
Monster’s New Undies by Samantha Berger. Illus by Tad Carpenter.
The award-winning author of Crankenstein presents the hilarious rhyming tale of a little monster who loves his comfy old undies until they fall apart, necessitating a trip to the store and a painstaking search for the perfect replacement undies.
The New Friend by Axel Scheffler
A fun-filled day of collecting shells and digging in the sand at the beach is complicated by the arrival of a new friend who tests the bond between Pip and Posy. By the best-selling illustrator of The Gruffalo.
A New Friend for Sparkle by Amy Young
Having convinced human Lucy that she is just the right unicorn to be her best friend forever, Sparkle becomes worried that Lucy will no longer have time for their play dates when a third friend, Cole, joins their circle. By the creator of A Unicorn Named Sparkle.
Out! by Arree Chung
Wanting out of his crib after a long day when everyone else in his family has settled down, an intrepid little toddler escapes and embarks on a night-time romp, leaving a trail of domestic destruction while his long-suffering canine companion attempts to keep him safe. By the creator of the
Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
And owl and a bat family endeavor to share living spaces on the same tree branch, where initial wariness is overcome by the curiosity of the families’ babies on a wild and stormy night that compels them to set aside their apprehensions. By the award-winning creator of There.
The Perfect Siesta by Pato Mena
A whimsical bedtime story features a sequence of animals who each want to take a refreshing siesta and who ask the next animal friend in line to wake
them up after a few minutes, with silly results.
A Place to Read by Leigh Hodgkinson
A little reader searches for a perfect place to snuggle up and lose himself in a book, in a rhythmic story complemented by whimsical artwork that reveals the truth about how no matter where one sits, the best stories are the ones that are shared.
Push-Pull-Turn! Fire Truck to the Rescue! by Peter Bentley. Illus by Joe Bucco.
An introduction to the world of fire stations, fire vehicles and fire fighters provides interactive flaps and tabs on every page and includes four special spreads to provide in-depth details about a fire station layout, the special tools built into fire trucks, the inner workings of fire helicopters and the practices of firefighters during an emergency. By the award-winning author of Cats Ahoy!
Raybot and Weebot by Adam F. Watkins
Discovering a tiny abandoned robot in the junkyard, Raybot awakens the kid brother he never had only to discover that the cute and precocious little Weebot is constantly looking for mischief. By the creator of R Is for Robot.
Renato and the Lion by Barbara DiLorenzo
A gentle and poignant introduction to World War II follows the experiences of a young boy from Florence, Italy, who loves his city’s famous artwork and who helps his father build a protective stone wall around a special statue before his family is forced to flee to America for safety.
Roar and Sparkles Go to School by Sarah Beth Durst. Illus by Ben Whitehouse.
A little dragon struggling with first-day-at-school anxiety is worried that he will be required to do all sorts of hard things, from molting his scales to flying over a volcano, before his sister reassures him that school is about making friends, learning fun things and sharing cool activities.
Second Grade, Here I Come! by D. J. Steinberg. Illus by Laura Wood.
A new collection of funny classroom poems by the author of Kindergarten, Here I Come! finds second-grader D. J. Steinberg making his way through more challenging books, a school play audition, a wiggly noodle dance and other milestones.
The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton
A brave, curious little girl ignores the rumors and legends surrounding her island home while exploring the mysteries of its jetty, coral reefs and unusual fish, forays that lead to her discovery of a huge, dark and spiky mass believed to be responsible for destroying boats that get near it.
Sister Day! by Lisa Mantchev. Illus by Sonia Sánchez.
Loving nothing more than enjoying an afternoon playing with her busy big sister, young Lizzie endeavors to prove her devotion by spending part of each weekday sketching and planning a fun-filled Sister Day celebration for the coming weekend. By the author of Strictly No Elephants.
Skin Again by Bell Hooks. Illus by Christopher Raschka.
The Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of A Ball for Daisy joins an acclaimed author to celebrate diversity, discuss race and examine identity through
vibrant artwork and simple rhyming tales that encourage young readers to look beyond skin tone to find and cherish the treasures stored deep inside each person.
Sleeping Beauty by Cynthia Rylant. Illus by Erin McGuire.
Born into royalty and surrounded by fairy godmothers, a sweet princess finds herself depending on friends and true love in the wake of a cruel curse, in a lyrical adaptation of the classic fairytale. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of A Fine White Dust.
Splat! by Jon Burgerman
An uproarious tale that depicts the book itself as a side-tickling prankster invites young children to join in the fun by turning pages to splat pretend pies, squish sandwiches and pop water balloons on boldly colored spreads.
The Starry Giraffe by Andy Bergmann
Picking yummy red apples from a high tree in the hope of enjoying a satisfying snack, a starry giraffe generously gives away each apple he picks to a sequence of hungry friends and begins to fear that there won’t be any apples left for him.
Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten by Deborah Underwood. Illus by Ned Young.
Arnold, who is nervous about his first day of kindergarten, transforms himself into Super Saurus to face what turns out to be a not so frightening day after all.
Swish and Squeak’s Noisy Day by Birgitta Sif
Hearing fascinating sounds while getting ready for school, two little mouse siblings embark on an imaginative day of crunching, stomping, swishing, nibbling and smooching before settling down to the soothing sounds of a bedtime story. By the creator of Where My Feet Go.
The Teacher’s Pet by Anica Mrose Rissi. Illus by Zachariah Ohora.
Instructed to choose one tadpole to keep as a class pet, the students in Mr. Stricter’s class choose the smallest tadpole, Bruno, who surprisingly grows into a giant, classroom-wrecking creature that eats desks, passes gas and sneezes slime all over everything.
This Bear’s Birthday by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Illus by Lorna Hussey.
Resolved to prepare his birthday party all by himself, Bear dresses himself, picks apples, and makes peanut butter and honey sandwiches before accepting help with a few of his tasks, in a celebration of early independence by the creators of Not This Bear.
This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap. Illus by Olivier Tallec.
A story written from the perspective of a mouse who acts as the custodian of a special book follows him as he tries to guarantee his reader some peace and quiet despite the escalating chaos that erupts around him in the form of gloriously imaginative (albeit distracting and overwhelmingly exuberant)
This Is a Ball by Beck Stanton. Illus by Matt Stanton.
A companion to Did You Take the B from My _ook? is designed for reading together and depicts a series of silly spreads that declare, through deadpan text, what is on a page that actually shows something else, inviting children to practice concept recognition skills in humorous ways.
Time Out! by Ale Barba
Sent to his room for a time out after making a terrible mess, Delford imagines his way through his time alone, pretending that he is on a spaceship enjoying an exciting adventure in outer space. By the creator of When Your Elephant Comes to Play.
The Too-Scary Story by Bethanie Murguia
When Grace asks for a bedtime story that is not too scary at the same time her little brother Walter asks to hear a story that is super scary, Papa invents the tale of two children who take a walk in the woods, encountering potentially scary elements that the children correct as the story progresses.
The 12 Days of Kindergarten by Jenna Lettice. Illus by Colleen Madden.
A fun-filled celebration of preschool life, inspired by “The 12 Days of Christmas,” invites young children to practice early numbers skills by counting fun things that can be found throughout the first 12 days of kindergarten and beyond.
Twindergarten by Nikki Ehrlich. Illus by Zoey Abbott Wagner.
Struggling with first-day-of-school jitters, twins Dax and Zoe wonder what to expect in kindergarten classrooms where they will be separated for the first time, an adventure marked by surprises and discoveries.
Wally Wants to Hug by Barbara M. Joosse. Illus by Rebecca Ashdown.
A young boa constrictor who loves hugging enjoys sharing hugs with his parents but is unsuccessful when reaching out to school friends who are afraid
of getting squeezed too hard. By the author of I Love You the Purplest.
We’re Going on a Spooky Ghost Hunt: A Storyplay Book by Ken Geist. Illus by Guy Francis.
A holiday adaptation of the classic song interweaves a theme of sequencing to reinforce early concepts and extend reading experiences, incorporating
prompts that encourage interaction and activity suggestions for further learning.
Wet by Carey Sookocheff
A lighthearted exploration of fun ways to get wet or stay dry describes, through simple, emotionally resonant text and illustrations, how to jump in or
avoid puddles, pools, puppydog kisses and more. By the creator of Solutions for Cold Feet.
What the Dinosaurs Did at School by Refe Tuma & Susan Tuma
The husband-and-wife team behind the hit What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night present a latest photographic compilation documenting the mischievous antics of toy dinosaurs who come to life at night in their classroom home. What the Dinosaurs Did No. 2
Where Are You? by Sarah Williamson
A simple and lively exploration of colors, shapes and landscapes follows the explorations of two little snakes at the park who forge a friendship while navigating search-and-find concepts.
Where Is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley. Illus by Takako Fisher.
Discovering at bedtime that his beloved Bear has gone missing, a little boy embarks on a search throughout energetic spreads that culminate in a
surprise ending. By the illustrator of Have You Seen Duck?
World Pizza by Cece Meng. Illus by Ellen Shi.
When a young narrator’s mom wishes for peace on a star but sneezes, accidentally changing her wish to pizza, yummy pies of every kind begin drifting down from the sky, bringing warmth and community everywhere they land. By the award-winning author of The Wonderful Thing About Hiccups.
You Can’t Win Them All, Rainbow Fish by Marc Pfister
A new entry in the best-selling Rainbow Fish series explores the concept of being a good sport in the face of life’s inevitable setbacks, depicting a disappointed Rainbow Fish who learns, with the help of friends, how to accept loss without losing one’s sparkle.
Zombelina: School Days by Kristyn Crow. Illus by Molly Idle.
Loving school as much as dancing, Zombelina assists her friend Morty, who suffers a terrible case of stage fright during show-and-tell time, by throwing a big dance party for all of their friends. Illustrated by the Caldecott Honor-winning artist of Flora and the Flamingo. Zombelina No. 3