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PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN January 2018
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Bobo and the New Baby by Rebecca Minhsuan Huang
A dog who loves his life at the center of his beloved human parents’ attentions wonders about how his world is changing when his family welcomes a new human baby.
Dave’s Cave by Frann Preston-Gannon
Loving his cave home but unable to resist wondering if a better cave can be found elsewhere, Dave the caveman embarks on a search for a better cave but finds places that are too noisy, too spare, or too crowded before stumbling across a particular cave that is promising, if rather familiar. By the creator of The Journey Home.
Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Paris Rosenthal. Illus by Holly Hatam.
The best-selling author of Plant a Kiss and her daughter present a celebratory love letter to girls everywhere that encourages them to be generous and kind, to dance like no one is watching and to always be themselves.
The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
The creator of Beyond the Pond presents an environmental-awareness story that traces the experiences of a lonely digger in an industrial world where his entire perspective is changed by his discovery of a flower.
Elmore by Holly Hobbie
Desperately wanting to make friends but struggling with a prickly appearance that triggers rejection and heartache, Elmore the loveable porcupine gradually finds ways to connect with his fellow animals, in a first of two eponymous picture books by the creator of the Toot & Puddle series.
Festival of Colors by Surishtha Sehgal & Kabir Sehgal. Illus by Vashti Harrison.
A picture book introduction to the Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, finds siblings Mintoo and Chintoo gathering flowers to make into colorful powders to toss during the festival before gathering with friends, family members and neighbors for a vibrant celebration of fun, forgiveness and community.
Gecko’s Echo by Lucy Rowland. Illus by Natasha Rimmington.
A tale of trickery and parental courage depicts a brave Mummy Gecko, who scares away egg-stealing critters by threatening them with “the wrath of 100 angry geckos.” A first picture book.
Good Night, Bunny by Lauren Thompson. Illus by Stephanie Yue.
Illustrated with gentle watercolor illustrations, a bedtime story by the author of the Little Quack series features an adorable baby bunny who settles down to sleep by saying “good night” to the objects and animals in his drowsy world, from bluebells and pansies to turtledoves and ducklings.
Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
An energetic ode to time shared with a grandmother follows the experiences of a little girl who looks forward to her visiting grandma’s warm hugs, sweet treats and seemingly magical purse filled with fun things to explore. By the creator of Let Freedom Sing.
Hooked by Tommy Greenwald. Illus by David McPhail.
A boy and his reluctant father discover the many things they share in common during an ice-fishing trip that leads to unexpected bonding moments of talking, exchanging jokes and sharing hot chocolate. By the author of the Charlie Joe Jackson series.
How to Grow a Dinosaur by Jill Esbaum. Illus by Mike Boldt.
A whimsical picture book “guide” for expectant older siblings explains that when new babies “hatch,” they will spend most of their time eating, sleeping, roaring and doing other baby things before they are ready for cool big-kid activities, from learning table manners to games of peek-a-boo.
Klondike, Do Not Eat Those Cupcakes! by Amanda Driscoll
A hungry seal attempts the impossible task of waiting until his sister’s party to eat a delicious birthday cupcake, a temptation he tries to ignore by imagining other yummy foods and watching a magician’s performance. By the creator of Duncan the Story Dragon.
Little Critter’s Family Album by Mercer Mayer
A family-themed Little Critter treasury collects seven classic favorites, including Just Me and My Mom, Just Me and My Dad, Just Me and My Little Brother, Me Too!, Just Grandma and Me, Just Grandpa and Me and Just Me and My Puppy.
Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast by Christine Pym
A hungry little mouse searches for some breakfast in a kitchen where he finds a sequence of delicious favorites, from a blueberry and an apple to a chunk of cheese and a pickle, before landing on exactly what he wants.
The Little Pioneer by Adam Hancher
A vibrantly illustrated account of a young pioneer’s treacherous journey westward relates some of the challenges, excitement and dangers faced by the early explorers and homesteaders on the American frontier.
Little Red Riding Hood by Bernadette Watts
A sumptuously illustrated edition of the classic Grimm’s fairytale, redesigned in tribute to the artist’s distinguished career, complements the simply told cautionary story with vibrant, stylized spreads that take inspiration from the natural world.
Little Sid: The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha by Ian Lendler. Illus by Xanthe Bouma.
An accessible picture-book introduction to the childhood of the Buddha, when he was still known as Siddhartha, depicts his early years of
privilege and indulgence before his desire for true happiness led him to wise friends, spiritual challenges and the path of mindfulness.
Look! Bugs! by Stephanie Calmenson. Illus by Jane Newland.
Simple, informative rhymes and vibrant nature illustrations combine in an introduction to the environmental importance of bugs that describes the lives and habits of a range of insects, from bumblebees and ladybugs to mosquitoes and cockroaches. By the author of May I Pet Your Dog?
Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley
Trying to be patient and positive while his Mama is away, a little penguin spends time with pillows, pictures and other less-than-satisfying substitutes before receiving a special note from his mother that conveys the love that always keeps them together.
My Friends Make Me Happy! by Jan Thomas
Inviting children to guess what mysterious thing that starts with the letter F makes him really happy, Sheep exuberantly reveals that fish, fans and turnips are not the answer, and that the most important things in his life are his friends.
My Pillow Keeps Moving by Laura Gehl. Illus by Christopher Weyant.
Adopted into a cozy home that she will do anything to keep, a clever pup impersonates everything her lonely human needs, including a pillow, a footstool and a jacket, before discovering that being herself works best, in a whimsical story illustrated by a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning New Yorker cartoonist.
Natalie’s Hair Was Wild! by Laura Freeman
A little girl who loves her wild, beautiful hair provides a home on top of her head to a growing menagerie of animals, from butterflies and
birds to zebras, elephants and tigers, who make so much noise that she is unable to sleep at night.
Nothing Can Frighten a Bear by Elizabeth Dale. Illus by Paula Metcalf.
Awakened by a scary noise in the night, Baby Bear investigates alongside Daddy Bear, who insists that he is the scariest creature in the forest, until a sequence of disappearing monsters changes their perspectives in laughout-loud ways.
Oodles of Kittens by Jane O’Connor. Illus by Robin Preiss-Glasser.
A concluding Fancy Nancy picture book finds Nancy and Bree investigating a strange sound they hear outside in the rain before discovering a litter of adorable kittens and adopting one each while helping to find homes for the others, a challenge that is complicated by the reaction of her posh pup, Frenchy. Fancy Nancy No. 10
Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters! by Marikka Tamura. Illus by Daniel Rieley.
An uplifting introduction to why penguins who are exposed to oil spills are given sweaters to wear explains how environmentalists and volunteers put sweaters on penguins to keep them warm until they can be completely cleaned of unsafe oil and returned to their ocean homes. A first picture book.
Rabbit Moon by Jean Kim
Bedtime wishes take flight on paper airplanes that travel all the way to the moon, where a lonely Rabbit works diligently to fill the sky with starlight before pursuing his wish to set aside his work to make new friends.
Sesame Street Treasury of ABCs and 123s by Sesame Workshop.
A collection of alphabet- and counting-themed stories invites children to join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and their Sesame Street friends as they try to identify favorites, engage in silly games and work together to reinforce their skills.
Shake the Tree! by Chiara Vignocchi, Paolo Chiarinotti & Silvia Borando
Shaking a tree in the hope of getting a yummy nut, Mouse is surprised by Fox, who forces her to escape up into the tree when he declares that she would be a tasty meal for him, before other animals arrive with similar ideas.
Sleepover Duck! by Carin Bramsen
Duck and Cat from Just a Duck? organize a first sleepover in Cat’s barn, where a hooting owl triggers sleeplessness and a nighttime search to discover who on the farm is making respective sounds.
Snow Sisters! by Kerri Kokias. Illus by Teagan White.
Two sisters, one excited and one wary, navigate a snowy morning by respectively playing outdoors until exhausted and staying warm inside, choices they question in the afternoon when they switch places and retrace each other’s footsteps. By the creator of Adventures With Barefoot Critters.
StoryBots ABC Jamboree by JibJab Bros. Studios
An alphabet extravaganza starring the curious and wacky robots from the award-winning apps, videos and Netflix show features elaborately detailed pages dedicated to the letters of the alphabet.
Sunny’s Royal Ball by Courtney Carbone. Illus by Giada Perissinotto & Giulia Priori.
A Little Golden Book based on the new Nickelodeon animated series finds Sunny Day helping out during a royal ball that turns into a search for a missing prince.
Thomas and the Beanstalk
A Thomas the Tank Engine retelling of the classic fairy tale finds Thomas suffering an accident while transporting a cargo of beans and experiencing a vibrant dream about traveling up a giant beanstalk to a land of giants high above the clouds.
Tiny and the Big Dig by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Illus by Matt Myers.
A tiny dog who smells a tantalizing big bone diligently digs to achieve his goal, unearthing spectacular surprises, in a whimsical tale that celebrates the potential that comes of never giving up. By the best-selling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and the best-selling illustrator of Battle Bunny.
What’s Next Door? by Nicola O’Byrne
Wanting to find his way back home, the crocodile from Open Very Carefully asks children to take part in the story and use their imaginations to guide him door-to-door on his journey.
When Sophie Thinks She Can’t... by Molly Bang
The three-time Caldecott Honor-winning creator of When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt depicts young Sophie discovering a more empowered way to manage feelings of inadequacy when she learns from a teacher that even if she has trouble doing something, it does not mean she cannot ever learn.
Wide-Awake Bear by Pat Zietlow Miller. Illus by Jean Kim.
Struggling to fall asleep for the winter despite a ticklish nose, distracting thoughts, disruptive shadows and intrusive noises, a baby bear nudges his hibernating mom and wonders how he will ever fall asleep properly. By the award-winning author of Sophie’s Squash.
The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
The best-selling creator of The Dot presents an inspiring story about the transformative power of words, depicting a young boy who discovers the magic of words all around him and their ability to connect, transform and empower.