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The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl! by C. Alexander London. Illus by Frank Morrison.
A comic-inspired picture book features a bumbling if well-intentioned “superhero” dad, Wrong Man, who in an effort to be a hero melts stinky cheese all over the city, feeds ice-cream cake to a giant fire-breathing lizard and worse, while his level-headed little daughter, Janice, steps in to save the day and share in their family’s love.
All the Animals Where I Live by Philip C. Stead
A meditation on life and the big and small moments that shape our individual worlds invites readers to take a tour of the author’s new home in the country, where wild animals thrive throughout the warm seasons of the year.
Astronaut Annie by Suzanne Slade. Illus by Nicole Tadgell.
Concealing her thoughts about what she wants to be when she grows up, young Annie, an African-American future astronaut, creates a Career Day costume using gifts from her family members given in accordance with what they imagine for her future.
The Backup Bunny by Abigail Rayner. Illus by Greg Stones.
When Max loses his favorite toy, his mom brings out a backup toy to save the day, an option that challenges the new toy to become as loved and worn as its predecessor. Illustrated by the creator of Zombies Hate Stuff.
Backyard Fairies by Phoebe Wahl
A fanciful peek into the hidden world of fairies, sprites and other magical creatures follows a little girl’s fantastical search through her backyard and the woods beyond, where she follows little clues to discover traces of magic.
A Bear Sat on My Porch Today by Jane Yolen. Illus by Rilla Alexander.
A riotous cumulative tale of reluctant hospitality and generous inclusivity follows the misadventures of a youngster who greets a series of animal visitors on her increasingly strained porch.
Bears and Blossoms by Shirley Parenteau. Illus by David Walker.
Noticing that the trees are shimmering in the wind with spring blossoms, Big Brown Bear and his four cub charges decide to have a honey-sandwich picnic in the park, where their kite-flying fun is disrupted by a blustery wind that carries away the little bears.
Best Friends Forever by Owen Hart. Illus by Judi Abbot.
An endearing celebration of friendship explains how having all kinds of friends can open a child’s world to innumerable possibilities, revealing how different friends can offer support, help us laugh, share adventures and more.
The Better Tree Fort by Jessica Scott Kerrin. Illus by Qin Leng.
Wanting to build a play fort in the big maple tree in his backyard, a boy asks his skeptical, non-handy father for help and eventually creates a fort that he thinks is perfect before spotting a fancier tree fort in a neighbor’s yard. By the best-selling author of the Martin Bridge series.
Big Brown Bear’s Cave by Yuval Zommer
Moving into a wonderful dark and empty cave, Big Brown Bear starts fi lling up his new home with odds and ends in accordance with the way he sees humans storing things in their garages, a practice that makes it difficult for him to entertain his friends.
Blue Monster Wants It All! by Jeanne Willis. Illus by Jenni Desmond.
An endearing blue monster who loves having brand-new things, from a fancy hat and a shiny submarine to an exciting carnival and a paradise island, is unable to find true happiness until he discovers the precious things in life that cannot be bought.
Blue Rider by Geraldo Valério
Discovering a book on a crowded city sidewalk, a young child is carried away from his urban realities by the story’s untamed natural landscapes and experiences a moment of bliss that vibrantly transforms his entire community, in a wordless story featuring artwork inspired by the Der Blaue Reiter German Expressionist movement.
The Brother Book by Todd Parr
A latest entry in the series that includes The Grandma Book and The Family Book celebrates brothers of all kinds, from big and small brothers to quiet and noisy brothers.
A Busy Creature’s Day Eating by Mo Willems
A whimsical tale of hunger, hubris, regret and redemption follows the experiences of a Busy Creature that chomps and chews its ways from A to P and finally to Z. By the Caldecott Honor and Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal-winning creator of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? by Jory John. Illus by Liz Climo.
Unable to reach a particularly uncomfortable itch, Persnickety Elephant asks his animal friends for help and becomes frustrated when Turtle is too lazy, Alligator is untrustworthy and the Meerkats are too ticklish.
Captain Starfish by Davina Bell. Illus by Allison Colpoys.
In an award-winning picture book from Australia, a quiet boy with anxiety learns how to shine during an underwater costume parade at the aquarium, where an encounter with a friendly clownfish helps the boy overcome his shyness to make a meaningful connection.
Crackerjack Jack by Bowman Wilker. Illus by Marie-Eve Tremblay.
A wisecracking crook plots to rob a bank with the assistance of an unlikely duck sidekick, a scheme that lands him in jail while the duck escapes with the money, in a comical tale told with rhyming, onomatopoeic text.
Cycle City by Alison Farrell
A little elephant journeys to her aunt’s home in an unusual town filled with bicycles, where her encounters with all kinds of bikes lead to a surprise bicycle parade. A first book.
A Dog Called Bear by Diane Fox. Illus by Christyan Fox.
Wanting a dog more than anything, young Lucy buys dog toys and plasters her bedroom wall with dog pictures before embarking on a search for a canine companion among a series of wild animal prospects, including a bear she mistakes for an unusual dog.
Down by the River by Andrew Weiner. Illus by April Chu.
Embarking on an autumn fishing trip with his mother and grandfather, young Art enjoys learning about flies, tackle and the trout that frequent the river until a story about his mother’s first big catch makes him feel insecure about his own fishing skills. Illustrated by the artist of Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine.
The Field by Baptiste Paul. Illus by Jacqueline Alcántara.
A young Creole girl and her little brother rouse their family, friends and the local fruit vendor for a pickup soccer game that has them clearing a field of cows and organizing teams before a tropical rainstorm threatens the fun.
A Fire Truck for Chuck by Annika Dunklee. Illus by Cathon.
Falling in love with a toy fire truck that he buys inexpensively at a yard sale, little Chuck is dismayed when the truck goes missing after a long day of playing, a dilemma that triggers a determined search and a series of emotions. By the award-winning author of My Name Is Elizabeth!
Firefly Forest by Robyn Frampton. Illus by Mike Heath.
Young children are invited to follow the glow of fireflies to an enchanted woodland of unseen creatures that may be fairies, gnomes, pixies or other imaginary beings, in a poetic work of art and inspiration by the Firefl y Forest project creator featured in the documentary, The Gnomist.
Five Busy Beavers by Stella Partheniou Grasso. Illus by Christine Battuz.
Working diligently to build their dam, five busy little beavers are called away from their task one by one until only one tired little beaver finally finishes her work for the day and returns home, where she is greeted by a fun surprise.
Five Little Monkeys 5-Minute Stories by Eileen Christelow
A treasury of eight adventures starring the irrepressible five little monkeys is designed as a collection of five-minute stories that illuminate the silly mishaps that occur when the monkeys jump on the bed, bake a cake, tease a hungry crocodile and more.
Food Truck Fest! by Alexandra Penfold. Illus by Mike Dutton.
A family gathers their things and crosses the bridge to embark on a yummy day at the Food Truck Fest, where they sample delicious cuisines from all over the world as carefully prepared by busy food truck workers.
Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby
Combines peaceful, evocative artwork with lyrical text through which an unassuming narrator charts the course of a single day by questioning the elastic nature of time as demonstrated by a series of comparisons that refl ect both a parent’s and child’s perspectives.
Four Peppy Puppies by Deborah Diesen. Illus by Grace Zong.
Hearing a rustling behind her fence, a little puppy digs under the fence to discover three new puppy friends who invite her to share in a fun-filled adventure, until an unexpected scare sends them scurrying back home.
Fred and the Bedtime Elephants by Caroline Crowe. Illus by Claudia Ranucci.
When his mom advises him to count boring sheep to help him fall asleep, a wakeful little Fred decides to count elephants instead and discovers that elephants are sneaky, mischievous animals that wreak havoc throughout his home.
George the Hero Hound by Jeffrey Ebbeler
A faithful hound dog who helps a farmer protect their fields and livestock is challenged to figure out his new role when his owner moves away and a city family with no farming experience moves in.
Goodnight Soccer by Michael Dahl. Illus by Christina E. Forshay.
A bedtime book for budding soccer fans depicts a young girl saying goodnight to some of the things she most loves about soccer, from the opening kickoff to the final goal. By the award-winning author of the Trollhunters series.
Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima
Loving costumes so much that she dresses up even when going to the supermarket and dentist, Harriet prepares for a super-special dress-up birthday party and puts on a penguin costume to search for just the right hat before she is spirited away by a flock of real penguins. By the creator of Not Quite Narwhal.
Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel
A follow-up to the Caldecott Honor-winning They All Saw a Cat invites children to adjust their perspectives into more complex and abstract associations while observing a chain of increasingly diverse animals who are linked by at least one common trait.
Honey by David Ezra Stein
A companion to the award-winning Leaves features a bear who wakes up ravenous from his winter sleep and tries to focus on the other things he loves while trying to be patient for the time when the bees will have enough honey for him. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Interrupting Chicken.
How Are You? / ¿Cómo estás? by Angela Dominguez
A follow-up to How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo se dice? depicts two young giraffes who greet a baby ostrich and ask her questions about how she is feeling in both English and Spanish.
I Am Enough by Grace Byers. Illus by Keturah A. Bobo.
A lyrical ode to self-confidence and kindness for girls from every background, written by the activist star of Empire, touches on themes of diversity, respecting others and loving oneself.
I Am the Boss of This Chair by Carolyn Crimi. Illus by Marisa Morea.
Alpha cat Oswald Minklehoff Honey Bunny III is beyond displeased when a fluffy orange kitten, Pom Pom, joins the family, bringing into sudden question Oswald’s status as the boss of everything, from his food and toys to his special chair.
I Give You the World by Stacey McCleary. Illus by Carmen Saldana.
A tribute to the beauty of the world and its many precious gifts celebrates, in gentle text and evocative illustrations, such everyday wonders as the arrival of spring, the rainbows that follow storms, the changing leaves and the animals of the natural world.
I Sleep in a Big Bed by Maria van Lieshout
Draws on personal and relatable experiences in a tribute to the early milestone of transitioning from a crib to a big-kid bed, combining simple, gentle text and illustrations of soothing nighttime scenes. By the creator of Backseat A-B-See.
I’m a Duck by Eve Bunting. Illus by Will Hillenbrand.
A splashy story about conquering one’s fears depicts a nervous little duck who after a wet and scary hatching is too afraid to swim with his brothers, until a helpful frog offers to hold his wing so that they can dive in together. By the Caldecott Medal--winning author of Smoky Night.
Islandborn by Junot Díaz. Illus by Leo Espinosa.
A student in a school largely comprised of first-generation immigrants is daunted by an assignment to draw a picture of where her family came from when she cannot remember her Island origins, an effort that is supported with the memories of family and friends who help her take an extraordinary journey of the imagination back to her cultural past. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of This Is How You Lose Her.
Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones. Illus by Sara Ogilvie.
A U.S. debut by the author of the Squishy McFluff series depicts an inventive little girl who is challenged to reverse her tendency toward magnificent but malfunctioning innovations when she tries to design mechanical wings to help an injured crow.
Just Right Family: An Adoption Story by Silvia Lopez. Illus by Ziyue Chen.
Meili, a six-year-old adoptee from China, is dismayed when she learns that her parents are planning to adopt another child, this time from Haiti, who will be her younger sibling and who will change the family Meili believes is already perfect.
The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier. Illus by Sonia Sanchez.
In this adaptation of the Little Red Hen fable, Ruby wants to build a fort, but her three brothers refuse to help, so when the fort is finished Ruby will not let them join her — until the boys come up with a few embellishments for the fort, like a mailbox, a garden and a fresh coat of paint.
Look Out! It’s a Dragon! by Jonny Lambert
A dragon who does not enjoy destroying things endeavors to make friends in a beautiful forest full of flowers and animals who tell her that she is not welcome.
Lots More Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett. Illus by Ron Barrett.
A sequel to Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing depicts a menagerie of uproarious critters who reveal the reasons why clothing on animals should be avoided, from a hyena who finds his outfits too hilarious to a penguin who is already formally dressed. By the best-selling creators of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Maisy Goes to a Wedding: A Maisy First Experiences Book by Lucy Cousins
Putting on a fancy outfit to attend the wedding of her friends Penguin and Ostrich, Maisy arrives at the celebration and discovers beautiful flowers, music and gifts for the happy couple, who exchange vows while everyone cheers before a night of dancing, wedding cake and throwing the bouquet.
Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President by Charlotte Pence. Illus by Karen Pence.
The wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence present a day in the life of BOTUS “Bunny of the United States” Marlon Bundo, detailing his interactions with Pence family members, his appearances at official White House events, his rides on Air Force 2 and his popular Instagram account.
Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic by Alexandra Boiger
Planning a picnic on the first sunny day of spring, best friends Max and Marla pack their favorite foods and a comfy blanket and embark on a day by the lake that is complicated by thieving squirrels and a brief squabble.
Meddy Teddy: A Mindful Yoga Journey by Apple Jordan. Illus by Nicholas Hong
A mindful little bear awakens from hibernation and enjoys a first day of spring before becoming lost in the forest, where animal friends share special yoga poses to help lead him back to his family. By the author of Big Enough for a Bed.
Mela and the Elephant by Dow Phumiruk. Illus by Ziyue Chen.
Exploring the river outside of her village, young Mela is swept away by the current into a dense jungle, where a sequence of greedy animals renege on their offers of help until a kind elephant leads her back home.
The Moon Man by Isabel Harris. Illus by Ada Grey.
Wondering about a scarecrow that has been placed in a field by a farmer, a group of nighttime animals decides that the scarecrow must be a hungry person and leaves out food for him that is eaten by daytime animals who believe that the scarecrow has brought the food to them.
Mrs Noah’s Pockets by Jackie Morris. Illus by James Mayhew.
A creative adaptation of the original Noah’s Ark story is told from the perspective of Noah’s wife, who quietly gets out her sewing machine and makes a coat with numerous deep pockets while her husband builds an ark and identifies the animals he intends to leave behind in the rising floodwaters.
My Pet Wants a Pet by Elise Broach. Illus by Eric Barclay.
Begging for a puppy until he is finally given permission, a little boy happily cares for his dog, who gets a pet cat, who gets a pet bird, and so on, until full-blown critter chaos ensues. By the award-winning author of the Superstition Mountain Mystery series.
Natsumi! by Susan Lendroth. Illus by Priscilla Burris.
Trying to help her family practice for their town’s Japanese arts festival, exuberant young Natsumi proves too fidgety and imaginative for most of the activities, and searches for a way to put her high energy to good use.
Not ’Til Tomorrow, Phoebe by Julie Zwillich. Illus by Denise Holmes.
Feeling frustrated and impatient that she always has to wait for the things she wants, from pancakes for breakfast to ice cream after a haircut, Phoebe is advised by her loving, cookie-baking grandmother that an important ingredient in turning today into tomorrow is a good night’s sleep.
Old MacDonald Had a Boat by Steve Goetz. Illus by Eda Kaban.
Do-it-yourself farmers Old Mac and Mrs. Mac from Old MacDonald Had a Truck return in another onomatopoeic story that finds them wielding a host of noisy tools, from a hammer that goes “bang bang” to a sander that goes “buzz-buzz,” to repair their rusty old fishing boat.
On the Other Side of the Garden by Jairo Buitrago. Trans by Elisa Amado. Illus by Rafael Yockteng.
A city girl gradually comes to accept the changes in her family when her parents separate and she is taken to live in her grandmother’s house in the country, where she befriends an owl, a frog and a mouse who take her on a tour of an extraordinary new world. By the award-winning creators of Jimmy the Greatest.
An Ordinary Moth by Karlin Gray. Illus by Steliyana Doneva.
A plain gray moth sadly compares itself to its more exotic kin, including the Luna Moth, the Spider Moth and the Hummingbird Moth, until a young boy explains just how special ordinary moths really are.
The Other Dog by Madeleine L’Engle. Illus by Christine Davenier.
Rereleased in hardcover to coincide with the movie release of A Wrinkle in Time, a poignantly illustrated story based on true events in Madeline L’Engle’s life follows the efforts of her indignant poodle to adjust to the arrival of a new baby.
Pancakes in Pajamas by Frank Asch
A pajama-clad Baby Bear enjoys a delicious stack of pancakes with his parents before embarking on a fun-filled day of games, naps, playing at the park and riding bikes before returning home for another tasty pancake meal. By the award-winning creator of the Moon Bear books.
The Petes Go Marching by James Dean
Young fans are invited to sing along as a whimsical sequence of Pete the Cat characters, distinguished only by their different-colored sneakers, march through the town to get out of the rain to the tune of “The Ants Go Marching.”
Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuinness
A mother hedgehog whose day begins at sunset leads her babies through the leaves and twigs in the gardens of a nearby town so that they can forage for food and learn other survival skills. A first picture book.
The Princess and the Cafe on the Moat by Margie Markarian. Illus by Chloe Douglass.
Thwarted in her efforts to become involved in the palace’s activities, a young princess with a kind heart and a determined spirit finds opportunities to be useful outside the castle walls.
Ready, Set, Sail! by Meg Fleming. Illus by Luke Flowers.
A follow-up to Ready, Set, Build! finds a salty band of animal sailors raising anchor, casting off and exploring the sea in their trusty sloop before gathering together after a long day of sailing to tell tales of the wonderful things they have seen.
The Secrets of Ninja School by Deb Pilutti
Attending Master Willow’s Ninja School, where she struggles with such traditional skills as becoming invisible and meditating patiently, young Ruby taps into her own special talents to conquer her fears, in a story complemented by instructions for crafting a stuffed felt dragon. By the creator of Ten Rules for Being a Superhero.
Seed Man by Aiko Ikegami
A mysterious stranger carrying a bag of seeds works with the help of fairy friends to plant a wonderful tree that grows toys, musical instruments and other helpful gifts for the people in the town, including one who receives comfort for a broken heart.
Sheep 101 by Richard T. Morris. Illus by LeUyen Pham.
A rollicking mash-up of counting sheep and nursery rhyme characters work together while a little boy who is trying to fall asleep is delayed by Sheep 101, who gets stuck in the fence and must be helped by Humpty Dumpty, Little Piggy, Blind Mouse and other whimsical characters.
The Sister Book by Todd Parr
A latest entry in the family-themed series that includes The Mommy Book and The Grandpa Book celebrates the many kinds of sisters that can be found in the world, from older and younger sisters to sisters who aspire to be mermaids or scientists.
Smon Smon by Sonja Danowski
An imaginatively illustrated tale of mystery, cooperation and generosity follows a “Smon Smon” that helps its neighbors and floats away in a “ton ton” before encountering trouble that requires the assistance of fantastical friends. By the illustrator of Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village.
Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing by Hiawyn Oram. Illus by Birgitta Sif.
When a neighbor urges him to help cut down all of the trees in the forest and catch all of the fish in the sea so that they can become rich, Snowboy attempts to protect and nurture the natural elements of his world for the good of all. By the award-winning author of Filbert, the Good Little Fiend.
Sugar and Snails by Sarah Tsiang. Illus by Sonja Wimmer.
A lavishly illustrated adaptation of the classic nursery rhyme features two children and their grandfather, who do not resemble the stereotypes of the traditional rhyme and who come up with creative alternatives, imagining that girls might be made of “boats and snails and dinosaur tails” while boys could be made of “flowers and swings and bumblebee wings.”
There Was an Old Giant Who Swallowed a Clock by Becky Davies. Illus by Elina Ellis.
A riotous retelling of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” depicts a silly giant who swallows a clock before the disturbing ticking sound compels him to eat other ridiculous things.
There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart
Refusing to believe her grandmother’s tall tales about giant and unconventional animals that live in her garden, a bored little girl is astonished by the amazing things she sees while visiting the garden, and wonders, in particular, if the story about a prowling tiger could be true.
They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki
A first solo picture book by the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of This One Summer follows the experiences of a little girl who examines the fantastical world of color in the sunny egg yolks in her breakfast, the clear water cupped in her hands and a giant whale that she imagines is blue.
This Is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming
A robin’s animal friends help her build a nest in a cumulative collage picture book that fi nds a squirrel trimming twigs, a dog bringing string and a horse sharing straw before a surprise gatefold spread reveals the safe and cozy home that has been prepared for the robin’s babies. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of In the Small, Small Pond.
This Zoo Is Not for You by Ross Collins
Greeting a platypus visitor who they assume wants to join their zoo, a menagerie of animals subject the platypus to a rigorous screening process and find him too bland, too ungraceful and too disinclined to perform before realizing to their regret that the platypus may not have wanted to join at all.
The Three Little Pugs by Nina Victor Crittenden
Three playful little pugs are unable to take their much-needed morning nap when they discover that the family’s jealous kitty has made himself at home in their basket. A first picture book.
Time for a Trip by Philis Gershator. Illus by David Walker.
A latest entry in the series that includes Time for a Hug and Time for a Nap finds Little Bunny packing his suitcase and imagining different ways his family might travel while making their way to Gramps and Granny’s house.
Tough Tug by Margaret Read MacDonald. Illus by Rob McClurkan.
A brand-new boat named Tough Tug enjoys swirling, twirling and racing through the water before voyaging to Alaska and discovering what it really means to be a brave and hardworking tugboat.
Trampoline Boy by Nan Forler. Illus by Marion Arbona.
An exuberant little boy who loves nothing more than to jump on his trampoline remains calm in the face of teasing peers before inviting a new friend to join him. By the author of Winterberries.
Watch Out for Muddy Puddles! by Ben Faulks. Illus by Ben Cort.
A little boy goes splashing in puddles and uses his imagination to pretend that some of the puddles are very deep and contain things ranging from frogs and lost socks to peckish crocodiles and royal merpeople. Illustrated by the artist of Aliens Love Underpants.
The Weather Girls by Aki
A concept book about the seasons as introduced by an exuberant troupe of young weather enthusiasts features rhyming verses and busy, detailed scenes of multicultural Weather Girls climbing mountains, flying hot-air balloons and gazing at a rainbow-sky sunset.
Who Was That? by Olivier Tallec
A visually sophisticated follow-up to Who Done It? and Who What Where? tackles the subject of memory through die-cuts, clever folds and imaginative illustrations.
With Your Paw in Mine by Jane Chapman
Loving to snuggle on her mama’s tummy, a little otter pup holds paws while learning how to swim before making friends with another young otter, whose paws she holds for safety and comfort during a scary storm at sea.
The Worry Box by Suzanne Chiew. Illus by Sean Julian.
Worrying that a waterfall that he and his sister are going to see with a friend is going to be loud and scary, little Murray Bear is advised to write down his worries and place them in a special worry box to help him deal with his anxieties.