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Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond
Waking up after a long hibernation, Albert the bear looks forward to spending time in his favorite tree and is perplexed to find the tree crying, a dilemma that prompts a series of comforting attempts, from digging holes to eating grass, before a hug reveals the whimsical source of the problem.
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
A multicultural girl with a very long name asks her daddy where her long name came from before learning the stories of grandparents, great-grandparents and other namesakes who came before her.
Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso
A young girl ventures to the water’s edge, dreaming of a new friend, when a beguiling red fish leaps into her life, challenging her to navigate a friendship on both land and sea while learning poignant lessons about the beauty of nature, the transcendence of connection and the importance of letting go. A first book.
Avengers Storybook Collection by Marvel
A second edition of the Avengers Storybook Collection features lavishly illustrated, high-action tales that introduce classic and new Marvel Super Heroes to the latest generation of readers.
Back to the Future by Kim Smith
A latest entry in the picture book series based on classic movies follows teen Marty McFly as he travels decades back in time to meet his own parents as young adults and teach his future father how to stand up to bullies, rerendering favorite scenes in engaging, age-appropriate artwork.
Bark Park! by Trudy Krisher. Illus by Brooke Boynton-Hughes.
An exuberant rhyming picture book for young animal lovers features a happily boisterous dog park where dogs of all kinds run, play and get messy together before returning to their homes and dreaming about seeing their friends the next day. By the author of Kathy’s Hats.
Beauregard in a Box by Jessica Lee Hutchings. Illus by Srimalie Bassani.
A little boy who aspires to travel the world but is too afraid to fly uses a big cardboard box, his imagination and the advice of amazing new friends to go on the adventure of a lifetime and discover that he has more courage than he realized.
Beware the Monster by Michaël Escoffier. Illus by Amandine Piu.
A silly ravenous monster that eats everything in its path, from apples and leaves to trees and even cows, sets his sights on his favorite dish, little children, in a story that features “you-are-there” text and a laugh-out-loud surprise ending.
The Birthday Fortune by Brenna Burns Yu
Preparing for her baby sister’s first birthday, when she will participate in the Korean tradition of doljabi to learn her fortune by choosing an object that will reflect her future path, Hazel reflects on her own doljabi and is astonished by her sister’s unexpected choice, which prompts her to wonder about what the future holds in store for them both. Hazel and Twig series
Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway by Tim McCanna. Illus by Tad Carpenter.
A companion to Bitty Bot finds the world’s cutest robot embarking on a deep-sea rhyming adventure with two new friends, who help him build a submarine using supplies they find at the beach. By the author of Watersong and the illustrator of Zoom! Zoom!
Box Meets Circle by Aaron Hartline
A Pixar Animation Studios animator who has worked on such films as Inside Out and Toy Story 3 follows the efforts of a flat, standing box and a bouncing, rolling circle to find a way to play together.
The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul
When bad news is reported on television, making her normally attentive parents and neighbors exhausted and distracted, a young girl takes a teacher’s advice about looking to the helpers in her community before deciding to make a big difference through small acts of kindness.
Breaking News: Alien Alert by David Biedrzycki
When a UFO beams up Baby Bear and animals from all over the town, the human world erupts in a media frenzy involving scouts, scientists, street vendors and the mayor, all of whom put their own spin on the story. By the creator of Groundhog’s Runaway Shadow.
Bunny Built by Michael Slack
A handy construction-worker bunny, whose toolbox contains everything he could ever need except a carrot, stumbles on a giant carrot seed and tends it with the help of his friends until it grows so big that it becomes much more than he can eat by himself. By the creator of Monkey Truck.
Busy-Eyed Day by Anne Marie Pace. Illus by Frann Preston-Gannon.
A busy-eyed family shares a day in the park, where they spot insects and animals that have amazing eyes of their own, from a big-eyed bug and a stalk-eyed slug to a side-eyed frog and a wide-eyed dog. By the author of the Vampirina Ballerina series.
But the Bear Came Back by Tammi Sauer. Illus by Dan Taylor.
Repeatedly visited by a furry, friendly, persistent bear who he constantly tells to go away because bears do not belong in houses, a grouchy little boy realizes when the bear finally stops coming that he actually cares about and misses his unlikely friend. By the author of Your Alien.
Can’t Catch Me by Constanze V. Kitzing
Little Lion embarks on a bouncy pouncing adventure on the savannah, where he attempts to catch a grasshopper, a chameleon and a rabbit before escalating to a stomping rhinoceros that is not impressed by mischievous lion cubs.
Company’s Coming by Arthur Yorinks. Illus by David Small.
Everyday couple Shirley and Moe find their simple spaghetti-and-meatball family dinner thrown into unexpected chaos when a flying saucer quietly lands next to their toolshed, in a lighthearted ode to tolerance and xenophobia by the Caldecott Medal-winning author of Hey, Al and the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Imogene’s Antlers.
Company’s Going by Arthur Yorinks. Illus by David Small.
The outer-space visitors from Company’s Coming announce a wedding on planet Nextoo and ask Shirley if she would please cater a celestial celebration that includes her yummy meatballs, much to diversity-wary Moe’s chagrin. By the Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Miami Giant and the creator of the National Book Award Finalist, Stitches: A Memoir.
Dance With the Animals: Shake Your Tail and Stomp Your Feet by Ella Bailey
Exuberant animal characters display culturally inspired outfi ts while showing off favorite dance moves, from a tiger who shakes her stripes to a bear and mouse who stomp to rhythm and blues, in a story that invites children to dance along in ways that promote coordination, creative expression and cognitive development.
A Dog With Nice Ears by Lauren Child
Wanting a perfect pet dog more than anything, Lola engages in games of make-believe with Charlie and imagines the kind of dog she would like before her reluctant parents offer to take her to the pet store to get her something other than a dog, with whimsical results. By the award-winning creator of the Clarice Bean series.
Don’t Blink! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illus by David Roberts.
A lighthearted bedtime book for reluctant sleepers features a cheeky little owl who invites children to turn pages only when they blink, saying they can stay up late only if they can avoid getting to the end of the book. By the author of Plant a Kiss.
Dude! by Aaron Reynolds. Illus by Dan Santat.
A creative picture book uses laugh-out-loud illustrations and only one repeating word of text in a complex, riotous story featuring platypus and beaver best friends whose day of surfing is interrupted by a would-be-friendly shark. By the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of The Adventures of Beekle.
Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins. Illus by Emily Hughes.
Imaginative artwork and lyrical text combine in an ode to a fantasy treehouse that invites readers to join a team of creative youngsters who assemble the tools and materials to build simple or elaborate playhouses in the treetops.
The Fish and the Cat by Marianne Dubuc
A wordless and playful story follows a game of pursuit between a cat and a fish that starts in their house and progresses through the neighborhood before ending with a chase around the stars and moon. By the best-selling creator of The Lion and the Bird.
Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors by J. E. Morris
Wishing she could be like the waiting-room aquarium fish that never have to go to the doctor, Maud the nervous little koala stays brave during a shot by shutting her eyes and envisioning an aquatic version of herself swimming through a wondrous underwater world. By the creator of May I Please Have a Cookie? Maud the Koala series
Friends Stick Together by Hannah E. Harrison
A young rhinoceros of refined sensibilities rebuffs the friendly overtures of a rambunctious new tickbird classmate who burps and tells corny jokes, a rejection the rhino regrets when he realizes that his peace and quiet can get lonely. By the award-winning creator of Extraordinary Jane.
Frog and Beaver by Simon James
The happy lives of Frog and his friends on the river are turned upside-down by an ambitious Beaver, who begins constructing the biggest and best dam that anyone has ever seen and refuses to listen to Frog’s warnings until the increasingly giant dam causes problems for everyone. By the award-winning creator of Leon and Bob.
The Funeral by Matt James
Not understanding when her first experience with death is an older relative’s funeral, where she anticipates sharing play time with a favorite cousin, young Norma navigates unfamiliar rituals, ideas and unanswerable questions before speculating that her late relative might have enjoyed his funeral. By the illustrator of the award-winning I Know Here.
Goldfish on Vacation by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Illus by Leo Espinosa.
Anticipating a boring summer stuck in their small city apartment, three kids join a community effort to fix up an old fountain to create a “summer home” for their pet goldfish, in a picture book based on the true story of New York City’s Hamilton Fountain.
Good Night, Forest by Denise Brennan-Nelson. Illus by Marco Bucci.
Lavish, whimsical illustrations of adorable animals in woodland settings combine with gentle rhymes to invite children to say goodnight to the forest’s flora and fauna alike, from a quiet bunny and a busy ant to a sniffi ng skunk and a howling coyote.
Grains of Sand by Sibylle Delacroix
Feeling blue on the last day of their summer vacation at the beach, a little sister and brother decide to plant the grains of sand they bring home with them and imagine growing beautiful fields of beach umbrellas and a forest of windmills as they drift off to sleep and dream about next year’s vacation. By the creator of Prickly Jenny.
The Great Chicken Escape by Nikki McClure
A spare, lively tale about four chickens fleeing their coop for the day in the Alaska wild features the acclaimed artist’s signature cut-paper artwork and a striking die-cut cover. By the creator of Waiting for High Tide.
Heal the Earth by Julian Lennon with Bart Davis. Illus by Smiljana Coh.
Published in support of the White Feather Foundation, a sequel to Touch the Earth features an inspirational poem by philanthropist and musician Julian Lennon and gentle, nature-themed illustrations of children fl ying throughout the world to bring medicine to people in need, protect the rainforest and cultivate green spaces in urban environments. Julian Lennon White Feather Flier Adventures
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall. Illus by Lindsay Mattick.
The routines of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfold throughout days and seasons spent observing the weather, lighting the lamp’s wick, boiling water for tea and recording every detail in a logbook, in a tale featuring cozy nautical artwork by the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of Finding Winnie.
Hello, Hot Dog by Lily Murray. Illus by Jarvis.
A laugh-out-loud story about a hot dog’s quest for freedom finds Hot Dog chilling out on some comfy bread alongside an ear of corn and a few fries before realizing that he is about to become lunch. Illustrated by the award-winning artist of Alan’s Big Scary Teeth.
A Horse Named Jack by Linda Vander Heyden. Illus by Petra Brown.
A bored, silly horse unlatches the gate of his stall and ventures through his farm before escaping into a neighbor’s garden for a snack, in a whimsical rhyming tale that counts up to 10 as the horse explores and then races home with the annoyed neighbor hot on his heels.
Hudson and the Puppy: Lost in Paris by Jackie Clark Mancuso
Explore Paris with two lovable pups in this story of friendship and compassion. Hudson, an American expatriate terrier, is making his usual rounds — boulangerie, cinéma, carousel — when he senses he’s being followed. The culprit turns out to be a tiny dachshund puppy who’s lost. Determined to help the pup find his home, Hudson takes him on a search through the streets of Paris. The task becomes more difficult when he realizes the puppy is homeless.
I Got It! by David Wiesner
The three-time Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Tuesday brings his trademark artistry and rich imagination to the iconic American game of baseball, depicting an eager young outfielder who envisions increasingly fantastic and funny situations that might interfere with the few seconds after a ball is hit by a bat.
If Wendell Had a Walrus by Lori Mortensen. Illus by Matt Phelan.
Convinced that if he could ever find a walrus that it would become his best friend, Wendell begins a search and discovers that walruses are not easy to come by, but a new friend might be available anyway. By the author of Chicken Lily.
If You Had a Jetpack by Lisl Detlefsen. Illus by Linzie Hunter.
An inventive little rabbit’s answer to the question, “What would YOU do if you had a jetpack?” imagines a classroom of friendly animals giving show-and-tell demonstrations, giving a principal a ride home, visiting the astronauts on a space station and more.
In a Small Kingdom by Tomie dePaola. Illus by Doug Salati.
Mourning the death of his father the king, a young prince finds his ascension complicated by a jealous relative who slashes the Imperial Robe to bits, challenging the young prince to find another source of power and strength. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Strega Nona.
Inky the Octopus: Bound for Glory by Erin Guendelsberger. Illus by David Leonard.
Based on a true story and officially endorsed by the National Aquarium of New Zealand, a rhyming tale depicts a little octopus who tires of aquarium life and engages in a series of mischievous misadventures in his effort to escape to the ocean.
Iver and Ellsworth by Casey W. Robinson. Illus by Melissa Larson.
From a factory rooftop, Iver and his good friend Ellsworth (a rooftop bear) are content to watch the busy world below. “Everyone’s going somewhere,” Iver says. “We can see the whole world from up here. That’s enough somewhere for me.” But after Iver retires, the friends must venture out in search of a new somewhere. Of course, the very best views are those you share with an old pal.
Kalinka and Grakkle by Julie Paschkis
A perky little bird with an eye for neatness tidies up the cluttered spaces of a grumpy monster neighbor, who prefers to relax and soak his feet in pickle juice, until perpetual misunderstandings, an unfortunate accident and a touch of humor help them see eye to eye.
Kindness Makes the World Go Round by Sesame Workshop
Receiving a camera on World Kindness Day, Elmo takes photographs of his friends on Sesame Street while sharing poignant lessons about gratitude and being kind to others, in a story told through catchy rhymes and colorful Sesame Street artwork.
The King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack. Illus by Jim LaMarche.
Observing his aunt working with the beehives on their Lowcountry farm, young Henry becomes fascinated with her bee suit and ability to communicate with bees before trying to think of a way to convince the bees to stay when they show signs of wanting to find a new place to live.
Lazybones by Claire Messer
A dog who enjoys doing quiet tricks at home with his person but who does not like going for walks tries to get out of the activity by hiding and resorting to other means before learning how to make the task more interesting by sharing time with a lovable new pug friend. By the creator of Grumpy Pants.
Little Brothers & Little Sisters by Monica Arnaldo
A celebration of the universal need to belong and feel special as it relates to sibling relationships shares the stories of four pairs of siblings, whose lives in and around an apartment complex are marked by games, rivalries, partnerships, and the relatable gripes and pitfalls that sisters and brothers endure.
The Magic Is in You by Colin Hosten
A picture book treasury of inspirational messages from beloved Disney and Disney*Pixar films focuses on moments of perseverance and resilience while encouraging readers of all ages to believe in themselves, no matter what.
Mama’s Belly by Kate Hosford. Illus by Abigail Halpin.
An ode to motherhood and sibling love follows the observations of a curious little girl who awaits the arrival of a baby sister while asking questions, knitting a blanket, singing songs to her Mama’s tummy and helping her Mama on tired days. By the author of Infinity and Me.
Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert by Stacy McAnulty. Illus by Deborah Hocking.
A long-suffering little boy who always has to accompany his parents on trips to the grocery store shares his expert insights in an uproarious guide to grocery shopping that reveals how he turns the boring, everyday errand into an adventure. By the author of 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath.
Me and My Cars by Liesbet Slegers
The creator of the Day to Day Board Books series finds her signature smiling toddler in a striped shirt taking imaginative rides in easily recognized vehicles, including a car, a bus and a jeep, while observing some of the things that make each vehicle different, from big wheels to sirens.
Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow. Illus by Ebony Glenn.
A young Muslim-American girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother’s colorful headscarves, feeling her mother’s love with every one she tries on. A first picture book.
Moon by Alison Oliver
Leading a heavily scheduled life of school, homework, music lessons, sports and more, young Moon wonders if things could be different before meeting a wise wolf who guides her deep into the fantastical wilderness, where she learns how to howl, hide, be still, be wild and most of all, be free.
My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Taunted by classmates for her unruly hair, young African-American Mackenzie seeks guidance from a wise neighbor, Miss Tillie, who tells her that her natural black hair is beautiful and uses a serene backyard garden as a metaphor for healthy hair that is well maintained.
My Teacher’s Not Here! by Lana Button. Illus by Christine Battuz.
Kitty the kindergartener becomes nervous on her first day with a substitute that her much-loved regular teacher will not be there to help the class with its innumerable routines, an experience that helps her discover some of the many ways that change can be positive. By the author of Willow’s Whispers.
Now That I’m Here by Aaron Meshon
A young child describes what his parents’ lives were like before he was born and how much more fun and excitement they have had since he arrived, explaining how he has enriched their lives by being an alarm clock, using sofa cushions for pillow forts and using detours through the park to make a morning commute magical.
Open the Suitcase by Ruth Wielockx
An interactive story book for curious youngsters introduces animal friends Horse, Cat and Piggy, whose important jobs require them to carry their belongings in suitcases patterned like their owner’s clothing and designed with interactive flaps that children can lift to fi nd themed objects.
The Other Dog by Madeleine L’Engle. Illus by Christine Davenier.
Rereleased in hardcover to coincide with the movie launch of A Wrinkle in Time, a story based on true events depicts Newbery Medal winner Madeline L’Engle’s companion poodle as it indignantly endeavors to cope with the arrival of the author’s new baby.
Over at the Construction Site by Bill Wise. Illus by Claire Lordon.
Teams of mommy and daddy construction vehicles encourage their little bulldozers, front loaders and cement mixers to push, dig, cut, dump, mix and tip, in a rhythmic read-aloud that culminates in a final spread revealing what the hardworking group has built together.
People Don’t Bite People by Lisa Wheeler. Illus by Molly Idle.
The author of The Pet Project and the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Flora and the Flamingo riotously remind overeager nippers that biting is for food only and not for sisters or anyone else.
Pip & Pup by Eugene Yelchin
Spotting a potential new friend to play with, Pip the rambunctious chick is met with trepidation by Pup, who prefers gentler play and tries to find common ground, in a wordless celebration of friendship and springtime by the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Breaking Stalin’s Nose.
Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend In by Barbara DiLorenzo
Wanting to love chameleon school but struggling to master his camoufl age skills when his thoughts keep popping out all over his skin in embarrassing ways, Quincy the little chameleon takes comfort in his favorite art class, where a teacher offers advice and support for blending in.
Red by Jed Alexander
A wordless adaptation of the classic story of “Little Red Riding Hood” features sumptuously detailed, black, red and white artwork that follows a little girl’s journey through the woods to visit her grandmother and her encounters with a distracting Big Bad Wolf and a menagerie of other woodland creatures who secretly gather for a surprise. A first children’s book.
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes. Illus by Scott Magoon.
A dog who believed he was going to become a Seeing Eye companion wonders if he will be up to the task when he is trained to be a service dog instead and is partnered with a young girl whose life is also turning out differently than she imagined.
Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman
The creator of Splat! presents an irreverent rhyming romp that invites young children to piece together simple clues to identify a trickster thief who has replaced stolen items with silly rhyming substitutes.
Rusty the Squeaky Robot by Neil Clark
Rusty, a friendly robot who is self-conscious about the squeaky, rusty noises that he makes learns from the other robots on Planet Robotone that being a little bit different is the best way to be, before the whole group participates in a raucous song and dance that celebrates their differences.
Shark Nate-O by Tara Luebbe & Becky Cattie. Illus by Daniel Duncan.
A young shark enthusiast, who spends his days reading shark books, watching shark shows on television, talking about sharks nonstop and even pretending he is a shark, hides the frustrating truth that he cannot swim, a situation that compels him to overcome his fears and beat his older brother in a swim tryout.
Sleep Train by Jonathan London. Illus by Lauren Eldridge.
A soothing, imaginative counting bedtime story for little train lovers features evocative 3D sculpture art and rhythmic text that combine to depict a little boy climbing into a sleeper-car bed and lulling himself to dreamland by counting the cars between the engine and the caboose while listening to the train’s clickety-clack sounds.
The Snuggly by Glen Huser. Illus by Milan Pavlovic.
Knowing that his baby sister’s snuggly is a good place for keeping things close and safe, young Todd wears the snuggly to school one day and helpfully carries a growing number of his friends’ objects, from a treasure box and a travel mug to a stray kitten and a jar of pollywogs, until everything spills out chaotically during show-and-tell. By the award-winning author of Stitches.
Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate. Illus by Jennifer Black Reinhardt.
A gift-appropriate story of encouragement by the Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan offers an inspirational and whimsical tribute to life’s milestones, from a first birthday to graduation, and is complemented by gentle watercolor illustrations.
Sweet Shapes by Juana Medina Rosas
The creator of ABC Pasta presents a latest culinary concept book that uses shapes cut from rice krispie treats, lemon tarts, brownies, chocolate-dipped strawberries and other yummy confections to create collage images of friendly woodland animals.
This Story Is for You by Greg Pizzoli
A celebration of the diversity and small acts of kindness that lead to human connections and friendship depicts two children from different backgrounds who forge a bond over what they appreciate about each other.
Tim’s Goodbye by Steven Salerno
When Margot’s pet turtle passes away, a group of her friends arrive with flowers, a French horn and balloons to offer comfort and farewells while sharing special memories. By the illustrator of The Fantastic Ferris Wheel.
Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas. Illus by Catia Chien.
Wanting to make some renovations to his shell, a solitary turtle builds a deck, adds a fireplace, plants a garden and constructs a whole pond before spreading word about a magical “Town of Turtle” that welcomes anyone lonely who wants to come out of their shell. By the author of The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles.
Tree Song by Tiffany Stone. Illus by Holly Hatam.
A joyful celebration of a tree’s life cycle evocatively depicts its transitions from a seedling to a mature tree that becomes a play space for children, changes with the seasons, provides a home for animals and fi nally reaches the end of its life, producing an acorn that grows into another tree.
Wallpaper by Thao Lam
A wordless picture book about how imagination can help overcome shyness, illustrated by the creator of Skunk on a String, uses the author’s signature paper-collage artwork to convey the story of a young girl in a new home who fi nds the courage to approach other kids after pretending she has befriended a monster in a fantasy world of vibrant environments.
What If…. by Samantha Berger. Illus by Mike Curato.
A little girl who cannot draw but who resolves to use her creativity to sculpt, build, carve or collage her dreams turns the world into her canvas, where in the face of any loss or hardship, she resiliently uses her imagination to sing and dance in magical ways. By the author of Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry.
When I Am Big by Maria Dek
The creator of A Walk in the Forest blends imaginative artwork and simple, joyful text in an unconventional counting book that encourages young children to creatively explore and develop their abilities as they grow up, from tying three bows on a shoelace to eating 20 pizzas in one sitting.
Where Is Bear Going? by Mark Janssen. Illus by Suzanne Diederen.
A gathering group of adorable little animal friends walk together through the woods on their way to see the sleepy eyes, tiny ears and little pink nose of the forest’s newest baby.
Where’s the Baby?: A Spotting Book by Britta Teckentrup
A latest entry in the best-selling seek-and-find series that includes The Odd One Out features elaborately detailed, patterned spreads that cleverly hide a parent and child on every page, inviting children to spot the hidden baby.
Who Will Bell the Cat? by Patricia C. McKissack. Illus by Christopher Cyr.
Making a belled collar for a barn cat that has been terrorizing their community, Smart Mouse and Friend Mouse are challenged to figure out how to get the collar onto the cat when initial efforts by their tiny mouse companions are unsuccessful. By the late Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of The Dark-Thirty.
Zoogie Boogie Fever!: An Animal Dance Book by Sujean Rim
A wild and wonderful cast of zoo animals boogie and zoogie the night away in a zany dance party celebration by the author and watercolorist behind the Birdie series.