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PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN MAY 2018
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Animobiles: Animals on the Mooove by Maddie Frost
A rhyming sequence of creative animal-vehicle hybrid characters invites children to use their imaginations while navigating through colorful spreads of a commuter-carrying subway-snake, grazing cow-cars, a clickety-clacking tiger-train and more.
The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen. Illus by Sandy Nichols.
Loving a weekly ritual involving shared time over bagels delivered to him by his grandfather Zaida, young boy Eli learns one Sunday morning that his grandfather has been injured and must rest at home for two weeks, a setback that compels Eli to help with deliveries and move the weekly bagel breakfast to his grandfather’s home. Includes a mini glossary and pronunciation guide for the Yiddish words that are sprinkled throughout the story.
Be Our Guest! by Gray Malin
A first children’s picture book by the best-selling photographer of Beaches features vibrant photos of exotic animals representing the staff and guests at a lavish California hotel, where a roaring tiger, partying flamingoes and other wild guests subtly introduce children to animal-inspired words and puns.
Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli
The toddler star of Faster! Faster! and Higher! Higher! dons her construction hat and embarks on a latest exercise in creativity as she uses toys, blocks and tools to imagine she is building a series of architectural masterpieces, from a doghouse and bridge to a supertall skyscraper.
Circle Rolls by Barbara Kanninen. Illus by Serge Bloch.
A clever and spirited rhyming tale about a group of shape friends finds them rushing to help when Circle and Triangle accidentally bump into one another, causing a catastrophic puncture, in a laugh-out-loud story that subtly weaves in the physical characteristics of each shape that contributes to a solution.
Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap. Illus by Greg Pizzoli.
The author of This Book Will Not Be Fun and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning illustrator of The Watermelon Seed present the giggle-inducing story of a shy but playful dinosaur who shares whimsical lessons on the art of making friends.
Dad by My Side by Soosh
A heartwarming celebration of the special relationship between a father and daughter, culled from the Instagram sensation’s viral series of illustrations, features relatable, laugh-out-loud images depicting shared moments of teamwork, bonding and mutual support. A first picture book.
Daddies Do by Lezlie Evans. Illus by Elisa Ferro.
Adorable animal kids, from a tiny mouse to a lion cub, explain why daddies are the best, citing examples ranging from letting their children win wrestling matches and not caring if their hair is messy to teaching important skills and giving super hugs. By the award-winning author of Can You Count Ten Toes?
Daddy, Me, and the Magic Hour by Laura Krauss Melmed. Illus by Sarita Rich.
A boy and his father enjoy downtime together in the deepening twilight after supper, a routine marked by such shared activities as a walk in the playground, watching the nighttime rituals of their neighbors and a search for fireflies. By the award-wining author of The Rainbabies.
Day at the Beach by Tom Booth
A day at the beach becomes a lesson in sibling bonding for a boy who aspires to build the most spectacular sandcastle anyone has ever seen, without the help of his little sister. By the creator of Don’t Blink.
The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson. Illus by Sara Ogilvie.
A rhyming picture book by the best-selling author of The Gruffalo presents the story of a remarkable investigative canine who uses her amazing sense of smell to solve mysteries, from her young human’s missing shoe and a lost honeycomb to the baffling disappearance of all the books from school.
Dog on a Digger by Kate Prendergast
A wordless picture book that blends the perennial favorites of canines and heavy machinery features plucky Dog, the faithful companion of a construction worker who helps Dog search for a missing puppy friend through the ingenious use of an excavator, in a story told through striking black, white and yellow pencil illustrations.
Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey
A technologically talented youngster who tirelessly tinkers, codes, clicks and downloads alongside her canine best friend receives the puzzling gift of a doll and discovers a new world of opportunities when she discovers the doll’s hidden battery pack, causing her dog to worry that he has been supplanted in her affections. A first children’s book.
The Doughnut of Doom by Elys Dolan
Needing her big break to become a famous reporter, rookie Nancy McNutty, a plucky peanut-butter sandwich living in Food Town, leaps on the story of a rampaging monster doughnut that is eating everything in sight despite the best efforts of authorities, prompting an intervention by President Bacon.
Enough Is Enough! by Barney Saltzberg
A relatable story about the challenges of navigating the limits of frustration depicts a pair of sheep siblings who get close to fighting over too many disagreements before they embark on harmonious explorations of space, time and good stories read together.
Flower Fairies of the Summer by Cicely Mary Barker
This beautiful reissue of the beloved classic Flower Fairies title is complete with the author/illustrator’s original poems and exquisite artwork, providing a glimpse into the enchanting world of the Flower Fairies.
Froggy’s Lemonade Stand by Jonathan London. Illus by Frank Remkiewicz.
Organizing a lemonade stand in the hope of raising money for big-ticket dreams, Froggy becomes so thirsty that he drinks up all of his lemonade before his friends help him figure out ways to have fun without money.
Great Dog by Davide Cali. Illus by Miguel Tanco.
Learning the stories of the other Great Dogs in their family, including marathon runner Uncle Tibor, astronaut Aunt Yuki and teacher Uncle Scooter, a pup and his father contemplate the grand future he will have, in a giggle-inducing story complemented by gatefolds that reveal the actual stories of their revered canine family members. By the award-winning author of Cinderella and the Fuzzy Slippers.
The Greedy Goat by Petr Horacek
Tiring of her grass and herb diet, a greedy goat embarks on a barnyard tasting spree and gobbles up the foods of her fellow animals as well as the farmer’s underpants before falling ill and prompting the other farm residents to wonder what has happened to all of their missing items. By the creator of Strawberries Are Red.
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang. Illus by Max Lang.
A laugh-out-loud story about the challenges of unexplained and suppressed feelings depicts a chimpanzee whose mysterious bad mood escalates into a meltdown when his friends give well-intentioned advice instead of just letting him have a much-needed grumpy day that does not have to involve hurting the feelings of others. Illustrated by the co-director of The Gruffalo adaptation.
Hedgehog by Ashlyn Anstee
A whimsical political allegory depicts a solitary hedgehog who grumpily hogs a hedge that he does not want to share with other animals as the cold winter approaches. By the creator of No, No, Gnome!
Hello My Name Is...: How Adorabilis Got His Name by Marisa Polansky. Illus by Joey Chou.
A lavishly illustrated underwater story, inspired by the summer 2015 discovery of a hand-sized species of octopus, describes the adventures of a nameless sea creature, the characteristics that gave other ocean species their names and how the little octopus came to be called “Adorabilis.” Illustrated by the artist of Ruby’s Chinese New New.
The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall. Illus by Isabelle Arsenault.
Rhythmic verses and illustrations inspired by the natural world combine in a sumptuous tribute to the honeybee that celebrates their flight, industriousness, and critical role in the environment and food production. By the award-winning creator of The Jacket.
A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano. Illus by Lane Smith.
The award-winning author of If You Want to See a Whale and the award-winning creator of Grandpa Green present a vibrantly illustrated story in verse about a boy and girl who explore an abandoned house and imagine who might have lived there by piecing together clues from discarded photos and toys.
How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk. Illus by Sara Palacios.
A first picture book in the Girls Who Code line introduces young enthusiasts to computer coding through the story of a little girl and her trusty, rust-proof robot, who use code to break down a building design into the smaller steps that result in the creation of an impressive sandcastle before their summer vacation ends.
How to Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell. Illus by Rolli, Jennifer Hansen.
A mischievous young prankster plots an epic joke to play on the equally fun-loving Tooth Fairy, triggering a series of escalating pranks before both agree that things are getting out of hand and that they deserve to share the title of Princess of Pranks. By the best-selling co-author of the Dork Diaries.
The Hugely-Wugely Spider by Ethan T. Berlin. Illus by Karl Newsom Edwards.
A whimsical twist on the classic nursery rhyme introduces the giant Hugely-Wugely Spider, whose big size causes him to be left out of other spider ventures up the water spout, until the Itsy-Bitsy Spider and his friends need his help when the rain comes down and threatens to wash them out.
I Am a Bird by Dana Walrath. Illus by Jaimie Kim.
A celebration of the bond between fathers, sons and nature features lyrical, first-person text about how everything is connected, depicting through evocative artwork a playful day at the beach that ends with a purple-hued sunset over the ocean.
Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Glimpsing a trio of women dressed up in fabulous mermaid costumes while riding the subway home with his abuela, little Julián resolves to make a fancy mermaid costume and headdress for himself and wonders what his abuela will think of the mess he makes, and more importantly, how his costume will reflect how he sees himself.
Kat Writes a Song by Greg Foley
Stuck inside with nobody to play with on a gray and rainy day, Kat cheers herself up by writing a wonderful song that seems to magically chase away the clouds, a discovery that prompts her to stroll throughout her community, singing her happy song to her friends and neighbors.
Keith the Cat With the Magic Hat by Sue Hendra. Illus by Sue Hendra.
When an ice-cream cone falls messily upside down on top of his head, an adorable kitty believes that his new “hat” is responsible for making amazing things happen, from bunnies popping out of nowhere to sticks that appear to move all by themselves. By the creator of Norman the Slug With the Silly Shell.
Kit & Kaboodle by Rosemary Wells
A new preschool picture book series by the creator of the Max and Ruby books features three short stories introducing Siamese twin cats Kit and Kaboodle, who routinely land in trouble that is actually caused by a mischievous red-capped mouse hiding on every spread.
Let’s Go ABC!: Things That Go, From A to Z by Rhonda Gowler Greene. Illus by Daniel Kirk.
A transportation-themed ABC book uses an engaging sequence of vehicles to introduce each letter, from cars that drive the letter C onto the page to kayaks that paddle along to the letter K. Illustrated by the best-selling creator of Library Mouse.
Let’s Go! by Sarah Williamson
Eye-catching colors and lively text combine in the story of a taxi-driving elephant who picks up a menagerie of animal friends, as well as a riotous number of large and small objects, on an increasingly crowded and heavy ride that takes them up a steep hill.
Little Helpers: Animals on the Job! by Michéle Brummer Everett
An introduction to the lives and work of service animals blends high-contrast artwork with simple explanations about how specially trained dogs, cats, horses, pigs and even snakes and llamas visit hospitals, perform special functions, and offer comfort and companionship to people with special needs.
The Little Ice Cream Truck by Margery Cuyler. Illus by Bob Kolar.
A latest entry in the series that includes The Little Dump Truck follows the journey of an ice-cream truck and its cheerful driver as they make stops at a birthday party, the park and the zoo in their diverse town to offer everyone their favorite flavors on a hot sunny day. Little Vehicles No. 4
Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewdney & Reed Duncan
The intrepid Llama Llama begins learning how to read on an exciting school day marked by letter practicing, word cards and a visit to the library, where he selects a book that he anticipates reading to Mama Llama at home.
A Lullaby of Summer Things by Natalie Ziarnik. Illus by Madeline Valentine.
A lyrical tribute to the end of a gentle day spent vacationing at the beach depicts a little girl and her siblings winding down by hanging up their towels, sharing dinner and getting ready for bed while each activity reminds them of something special about their day, from playing catch with the family dog and chasing waves to watching sailboats from the shore.
Monkey Walk by Colleen Madden
A little girl works through her bad mood during a visit to the zoo, where she climbs up the Monkey Walk and teams up with a mischievous, rather hairy stranger during a mission to cheer up a group of friendly penguins, in a near-wordless picture book by the illustrator of All I Want for Christmas Is You.
Monster and Mouse Go Camping by Deborah Underwood. Illus by Jared Chapman.
Reluctantly agreeing to accompany Mouse on a camping trip, Monster becomes overly hungry and eats the lantern, sleeping bags and tent, stranding them in the wild without supplies. By the best-selling author of The Quiet Book.
Night Out by Daniel Miyares
Getting ready for bed at his boarding school, a small, friendless boy discovers an invitation in his turtle’s bowl and makes a daring escape to an island where he joins a grand celebration of larger-than-life animals who serve tea and dance late into the night, an experience that he conveys as a fantastic story to share with a prospective new friend. By the creator of Float.
Nothing Happens in This Book by Judy Ann Sadler. Illus by Vigg Vigg.
Text and visual narratives combine in a playful, page-turning meta picture book that warns that nothing is likely to happen in the story, before a series of ownerless objects are spotted and readers are encouraged to piece together clues to figure out who has lost the items and what fun activity they might be enjoying.
Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan & Eric Fan
The creators of the bestselling The Night Gardener present the story of a young boy who sets sail to find the magical place where the ocean meets the sky in accordance with his late grandfather’s descriptions, a voyage marked by imaginative animals and castles that leads to an unexpected discovery. A first book.
One of a Kind by Chris Gorman
The founding member of the Grammy-nominated band, Belly, and creator of Indi Surfs blends bold, graphic art and evocative, emotioncentric text in the story of a pogo-dancing, punkrock-loving kid whose self-expression in the form of unique clothes, hairstyles and music preferences sometimes render him lonely as he searches for others who are different as well.
The Other Ducks by Ellen Yeomans. Illus by Chris Sheban.
When This Duck expresses a wish for Other Ducks so that they could waddle along in line together, a confused That Duck accompanies This Duck to the swimming puddle, where the Other Ducks they meet never seem to come out of the water, a dilemma that is complicated by the approaching cold season.
Pet Dad by Elanna Allen
When her loving father says no to her request for a pet, a little girl who never takes no for an answer “adopts” her dad as her pet and shares fun-filled playtime, tummy rubs and ear-scratchings with him while trying to figure out how to get him to sit, fetch and chase.
Pet This Book by Jessica Young. Illus by Daniel Wiseman.
A rhyming, onomatopoeic story invites little readers to interact with a sequence of animals by pretending to pet a cat, wash a puppy, brush a horse’s mane and more by tapping, stroking and turning lap-sized pages. By the award-winning author of My Blue Is Happy.
Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate by James Dean
A first Pete the Kitty picture book finds his friendship with Grumpy Toad challenged by the latter’s reluctance to share his blocks, trucks or superhero cape.
Pie Is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard. Illus by Jason Chin.
A sumptuously illustrated ode to sharing depicts a memorable Fourth of July picnic where shared time, food, games and spaces become symbolic for community strength, friendship and diversity.
Play This Book by Jessica Young. Illus by Daniel Wiseman.
An interactive picture book invites little readers to explore the sounds and tuneful magic of musical instruments, prompting them to tap and turn the book to emulate strumming a guitar, sliding a trombone, crashing cymbals and more.
Possum and the Summer Storm by Anne Hunter
A father possum calls in his babies and must figure out how to protect them when a summer storm breaks and washes away their home, a situation that is complicated by the well-intentioned assistance of other animals whose homebuilding practices are not suitable for a possum family. By the creator of Possum’s Harvest Moon.
The Sandcastle That Lola Built by Megan Maynor. Illus by Kate Berube.
Building an elaborate sandcastle on a crowded beach, Lola invites a boy who accidentally steps on her castle to help her build a wall before other kids are recruited to add to more and more features that they must consider rebuilding in the aftermath of a big wave. By the author of Ella and Penguin Stick Together.
Snail Mail by Samantha Berger. Illus by Julia Patton.
Introduces today’s digitally minded children to the traditional practice of sending letters by mail, describing how letters sent by “snail mail” are often handwritten and sometimes contain pictures or other surprises, in an engaging story that traces the path of a letter sent by a Girl to the Boy she loves. By the award-winning author of Crankenstein.
Splat the Cat and the New Baby by Rob Scotton
Discovering that he is going to become a big brother to a surprising little guest, Splat is astonished when his mother returns home with a baby crocodile who proves to be more messy, smelly and tricky than he expected.
Square by Mac Barnett. Illus by Jon Klassen.
A second entry in the trilogy that began with Triangle introduces diligent Square, who spends his days moving blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground, whimsically earning the admiration of his friend, Circle. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creators of Extra Yarn. Shape No. 2
A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker
A little girl mourns the loss of her dog while walking along the beach during a first family vacation without him, discovering polished stones near the shoreline as well as profound and comforting truths, in a poignant, wordless picture book by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Journey.
A Storytelling of Ravens by Kyle Lukoff. Illus by Natalie Nelson.
Featuring spreads that introduce small story nuggets punctuated by clever collage artwork, a tribute to the oddities of the English language and some of the surprising and idiosyncratic names that represent animal groups includes depictions of a sloth of bears, a smack of jellyfish and a nuisance of cats. Illustrated by the artist of The King of the Birds.
Summer Color! by Diana Murray. Illus by Zoe Persico.
A celebration of the wonders and colors of summer depicts two rambunctious children who embark on a backyard foray through the season’s beautiful palettes and details, which are only enhanced by a brief rain shower. By the author of Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch.
Tractor Mac School Day by Billy Steers
Frustrated by a rough first day of school marked by missed stops, signaling mistakes and a drop-off miscalculation, Betty the school bus is teased by the other buses until Tractor Mac and her other animal and vehicle friends at Stony Meadow Farm encourage her to keep trying.