PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER
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Arty: The Greatest Artist in the World by William Bee
A frog who happens to be the world’s greatest artist shares a series of wacky adventures with his agent, from balancing at the top of Mount Everest on a stepladder to strapping himself to the wing of a supersonic plane, to find inspiration for record-setting masterpieces.
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Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour. Illus by Ken Daley.
Visiting her artist aunt in Haiti every winter, a young girl observes the paintings created in honor of the heroes who fought for the country’s independence and discovers her own historical identity when the time comes to have her own portrait painted.
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Bear Can’t Sleep by Karma Wilson. Illus by Jane Chapman.
A companion to Bear Snores On finds a wakeful Bear’s many animal friends trying to help him achieve hibernation using a variety of suggestions, from hot tea to lullabies.
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Bitter and Sweet by Sandra V. Feder. Illus by Kyrsten Brooker.
Learning her grandmother’s story about the bittersweet feelings she experienced upon leaving the old country, a little girl who is saddened by having to move is comforted by the familiar lighting of the Shabbat candles in her new home before unexpectedly making a new friend.
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Builders and Breakers by Steve Light
Carrying their father’s forgotten lunchbox to his construction work site, a sister and brother witness the noisy, exciting action of working vehicles in a high-energy celebration of builders, breakers and the machines they use. By the creator of Zephyr Takes Flight.
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Building Books by Megan Wagner Lloyd. Illus by Brianne Farley.
A little girl who loves to build with blocks but who hates reading, and her brother, a boy who loves to read but has no interest in building, take a librarian’s advice on how to bridge their differences by creatively combining their favorite hobbies.
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Can You Find Pup? by Vincent X. Kirsch
A skill-building search-and-find story finds enthusiastic young artist Tate drawing 10 cats, bugs and birds before his attention-craving puppy, feeling left out, runs away to join the circus.
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Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña. Illus by Christian Robinson.
The creators of the Newbery Medal- and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street present the story of a birthday girl who accompanies her big brother while he runs family errands before making a wish on a fluffy, solitary dandelion she finds growing in the pavement.
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Colors by Jenna Kurtzweil. Illus by David Rodriguez Lorenzo.
The world and all its wonder is explored in this beautiful picture book featuring lovely prose and clever illustrations that depict how the world became the beautiful and bright place we love. Each color of the rainbow, represented by mischievous pots of paint, carefully select a special place of their own as they travel the world and paint the land, eventually coming together to form a magnificent rainbow.
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Construction Cat by Barbara Odanaka. Illus by Sydney Hanson.
A hardworking construction cat dons her safety helmet, kisses her family goodbye and joins her fellow workers on a construction site, where they lug lumber, pound nails, saw and perform other busy tasks to build a truly “pawsome” community park.
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Construction Zoo by Jennifer Thorne. Illus by Susie Hammer.
When their quiet zoo is disrupted by the arrival of tumbling, digging and roaring construction vehicles, a surprised menagerie of animals begins partying with their new friends and wonders what will happen when construction time is over.
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Dad’s Camera by Ross Watkins. Illus by Liz Anelli.
A compassionate tribute to the experience of losing a family member to terminal illness depicts a father who starts taking unusual photographs and mixing things up, while his family members convey love that can never be forgotten.
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Door by JiHyeon Lee
The award-winning creator of Pool invites children on a second fantastical journey into an unexpected world where a curious child navigates through spreads that transform from grayscale to vibrant color, imparting key lessons about the role of open-mindedness in adventure and friendship.
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Dr. Jo: How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America’s Children by Monica Kulling. Illus by Julianna Swaney.
A lavish picture-book introduction to trailblazing doctor Sara Josephine Baker describes the prejudice against women that challenged her education and acceptance as a doctor and how her service in one of New York’s poorest neighborhoods helped save tens of thousands of lives.
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Drop of the Sea by Ingrid Chabbert. Illus by Raúl Nieto Guridi.
Noticing that the great-grandmother, who is his only other family member, is getting quite elderly, young Ali learns that her only unfulfilled wish is to see the sea and embarks on a journey with pail in hand to try to make her dream come true.
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Ebenezer Has a Word for Everything by Chelsea H. Rowe. Illus by Frank Dormer.
An offbeat story about friendship, collaboration and the love of language depicts a lonely young boy who combines his word-collecting hobby with the creative suggestions of a new friend to write mutually satisfying stories.
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Elbow Grease by John Cena. Illus by Howard McWilliam.
The beloved entertainer draws on his experiences growing up with four brothers in a debut picture book that features a little monster truck whose courage and pluck help him prove himself to his oversized siblings. Illustrated by the award-winning artist of I Need My Monster.
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Even Superheroes Make Mistakes by Shelly Becker. Illus by Eda Kaban.
A blundering, bungling band of young superheroes demonstrates how to get smart by courageously admitting to and correcting mistakes before promptly resuming efforts to save the world, in a lively follow-up to Even Superheroes Have Bad Days.
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Everybody Has a Hobby by Sabina Gibson
A follow-up to Wolfie Paints the Town finds Bear trying out a variety of hobbies that are not suitable for bears and worrying that he will never be good at anything before his Little Wood friends reveal that his talent is for best friendship. Little Wood No. 2
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Everybody’s Welcome by Patricia Hegarty. Illus by Greg Abbott.
Invited to share a home with friendly Mouse when his pond dries up, Frog helps Mouse build a new house, where more displaced animal friends find welcome, safety and shelter together. Illustrated by the artist of There’s a Monster in Your Book.
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Figley vs. the Mookling Hat by Suzanne Cotsakos. Illus by Ryan McCulloch.
On the island of Mutasia, where everyone is a mixed-up mix of two or more different animals, being one-of-a-kind is just a way of life.
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Fire Truck Dreams by Sharon Chriscoe. Illus by Dave Mottram.
A brave little fire truck who has spent all day putting out fires and rescuing kittens rolls back to the station, where his comforting bedtime routine of bathing, having a snack and settling in with a story helps him fall asleep and enjoy wonderful dreams.
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Gator, Gator, Gator! by Daniel Bernstrom. Illus by Frann Preston-Gannon.
A follow-up to One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree finds a plucky young girl inviting readers to join her on an adventure in the bayou, where a search for a giant gator leads to the discovery of other fun animals. Illustrated by the artist of The Journey Home.
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Ghoul School by Kevin O’Malley
Attending an all-ghoul school where students are taught how to make haunted houses and perform scary acts, Bea A. Fraid finds her preferences for dancing, singing and telling jokes getting her into trouble with her principal.
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The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford. Illus by Julia Seal.
A heart-warming picture book by the Emmy Award-winning co-host of Today reveals to children how God gave each of us gifts for sharing with others and making a positive difference, explaining how even small acts of kindness can make the world a better place.
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Hip-Hop Lollipop by Susan Montanari. Illus by Brian Pinkney.
An enthusiastic youngster grooves her way through her bedtime routine, brushing her teeth to the beat, shimmying into pajamas and swaying with family members before closing her eyes and dancing through her dreams. Illustrated by the Caldecott Honor-winning artist of Duke Ellington.
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Horse Meets Dog by Elliott Kalan. Illus by Tim Miller.
A clever comedy of mistaken identity ensues when Horse and Dog meet for the first time and initially conclude that they are funny-looking versions of each others’ species. Illustrated by the creator of Moo Moo in a Tutu.
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Hotel Fantastic by Thomas Gibault
A little boy imagines a fantastical hotel destination where everyone, from superheroes and dragons to monsters and aliens, are welcome to share in the amenities, including laugh-out-loud custom suites, a rooftop pool for all shapes and sizes and an elite security strike team.
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House for Mouse by Gabby Dawnay. Illus by Alex Barrow.
A little gray mouse goes on a journey to find a new residence, encountering all of the great fairy-tale homes, from a remarkable woodland gingerbread house and a pig’s rather breezy straw house to a tower without a door and Sleeping Beauty’s glorious castle.
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How Do You Take a Bath? by Kate McMullan. Illus by Sydney Hanson.
A whimsical rhyming picture book reveals the way familiar animals, from elephants and pigs to monkeys and hippos, take baths, and how human children do not take baths by sinking in mud, thrashing about in dust or licking themselves clean.
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I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde. Illus by Peter H. Reynolds.
The team behind I Am Peace presents a hopeful celebration of empathy and family that meditates on the great and challenging aspects of being human, revealing how it is okay to make mistakes while emphasizing the power of good choices and being compassionate. Illustrated by the award-winning artist of the Judy Moody series.
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I Am Not a Fox by Karina Wolf. Illus by Chuck Groenink.
Avoided by foxes who find him too dog-like and rejected by the dog park dogs for being a fox, Luca confusedly compares the many interests he shares with dogs before a friendly little girl accepts him just as he is. By the author of The Insomniacs.
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I Am Small by Qin Leng
An authorial debut by the award-winning illustrator of Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen follows the experiences of a petite youngster who is unhappy about her tiny stature, before a surprise helps her discover something special about being little.
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I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep by Dev Petty. Illus by Mike Boldt.
A latest entry in the series that includes the hit I Don’t Want to Be a Frog finds young Frog looking forward to the fun of the approaching winter season and listing all kinds of reasons why he does not want to spend the winter hibernating.
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I Was Made for You by David Lucas
A brand-new stuffed-animal kitty who was knitted out of the softest, fluffiest wool before being wrapped up in paper and ribbons wonders why he was made before embarking on a journey of discovery that finds him unraveling bit by bit.
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Inky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home by Sy Montgomery. Illus by Amy Schimler-Safford.
A picture-book tale inspired by the true 2016 story follows the adventures of a chronically bored octopus at the New Zealand aquarium who escapes captivity by climbing out of his tank and slithering down a drainpipe to the sea. By the National Book Award finalist author of The Soul of an Octopus.
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Little Bear’s Big House by Benjamin Chaud
A latest entry in the series that began with the critically acclaimed The Bear’s Song combines elaborately detailed art and immersive spreads with the story of a little bear whose imaginative adventures in an empty house lead to a scary surprise.
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Little Brown by Marla Frazee
Feeling cranky because nobody wants to play with him at the dog park, Little Brown decides to take matters into his own paws by confiscating toys, sticks and blankets from the other dogs, with unexpected results. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of All the World.
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Lorraine by Ketcham Secor. Illus by Higgins Bond.
The Grammy-winning Old Crow Medicine Show founding member and an award-winning illustrator present an adaptation of an American fable that celebrates the shared bond between a Tennessee hills girl and her grandfather over their mutual love of music.
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Love, Agnes: Postcards From an Octopus by Irene Latham. Illus by Thea Baker.
Possessing a kind and gentle nature in spite of a bone-crushing beak and arms that stretch as wide as a car, a giant Pacific octopus strikes up a correspondence with pen pals living above and below the waves of her home, in a highly visual introduction to the octopus life cycle.
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Mad, Mad Bear! by Kimberly Gee
A lively, relatable tribute to toddler tantrums features a little bear who suffers a series of disappointments, from having to leave the park early to getting a boo-boo, before becoming so angry that he has to stomp and yell his way through his emotions to feel better.
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Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers. Adapt by Amy Novesky. Illus by Genevieve.
Based on Travers’ 1934 classic, a picturebook adaptation traces the story of how a magical nanny is blown into the Cherry Tree Lane home of the Banks children, who accompany her on fantastical adventures.
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Max and the Superheroes by Rocio Bonilla. Illus by Rocio Bonilla & Oriol Malet.
Loving to learn about their favorite superheroes and their superpowers, Max reveals that his favorite hero is his own mother, whose Megapower talents help her to be brave, smart, kind to animals, capable of spotting anything and more.
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Mia Moves Out by Miranda Paul. Illus by Paige Keiser.
A fed-up big sister, longing for a space that she doesn’t have to share with her messy brother, evaluates prospective locations in her home, from the bathroom and basement to a pillow fort, before realizing that something is missing from each location. By the award-winning creator of 10 Little Ninjas.
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Pete the Cat Checks Out the Library by James Dean
Complemented by more than 30 stickers, a latest Pete the Cat adventure finds him visiting the library for the first time and settling into a cozy spot to enjoy cool and favorite books. Pete the Cat No. 8
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Plum by Sean Hayes & Scott Icenogle. Illus by Robin Thompson.
A first picture book by the award-winning star of Will & Grace and his composer husband is inspired by The Nutcracker and imagines the life of an orphan whose pure heart saves Christmas and earns her the position of Sugar Plum Fairy.
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Poe Won’t Go by Kelly DiPucchio. Illus by Zachariah Ohora.
When a stubborn elephant plants himself in the road and refuses to move, the people of Prickly Valley attempt all sorts of unsuccessful methods to move him until a thoughtful little girl works up the courage to ask the elephant what is wrong. By the award-winning author of Grace for President.
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Quiet by Tomie dePaola
A tribute to the special potential and quality of mindfulness features a cast of characters whose observations of their busy world become richer and more wondrous as they sit quietly in the moment together. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Strega Nona.
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She’s Got This by Laurie Hernandez. Illus by Nina Mata.
The Olympic gold medalist and best-selling author of I Got This presents the story of an aspiring young athlete who practices tumbling, rolls and balance in gymnastics classes before a fall from the practice beam makes her question her dreams.
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There’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor by Wade Bradford. Illus by Kevin Hawkes.
An exhausted hotel guest travels from floor to floor in search of a restful place to sleep, in a whimsical tale that finds him navigating noises, crowds and other disruptive obstacles before considering a room on the 13th floor.
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Three Bite Rule by James Dean & Anne Lamb
A retelling of favorite groovy moments from the Amazon Prime Video original series finds Pete the Cat whipping up a banana casserole for his class’s potluck and offering advice to a friend who hates bananas. Pete the Cat series
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Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by Jessica Hische
Eye-catching, hand-lettered messages of encouragement by an award-winning illustrator encourage kids to try to be their smartest, bravest, most creative, most curious, strongest, most confident selves, reassuring readers that it is OK if it doesn’t always work.
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The Ugly Snowflake by Micki McKay
With the help of a special angel, the Ugly Snowflake discovers her true beauty. How intricate, how beautiful, how delicate the patterns and lives of a snowflake, sometimes starting out awkwardly, clumsily, not knowing where to land. Like snowflakes, we are each unique and special. We are designed intricately like the patterns of a snowflake. This story and delightful companion CD deal with the anxiety of feeling different, teaching children that each person’s heart is a shining light.... Look for it always.
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Up the Mountain Path by Marianne Dubuc
Taking a weekly journey up to Sugarloaf Peak, Mrs. Badger, an avid collector and naturalist, greets her friends along the way before she is joined by a small cat who wants to learn about caring for the natural world, helping those in need and trusting her intuition.
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We Were Made for Each Other! by Jiu Er. Narr by Julie Nesrallah.
This charming, original 112-page audio picture book features a collection of short illustrated texts evoking the simple pleasures that fill a day in the life of Little Sun, a fearless, adorable pig with a big heart. She’s always on the lookout for challenges, big and small, and never gets discouraged as she embarks on all kinds of adventures. A funny and endearing tale of friendship that will delight and enchant the whole family. Audio available online.
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We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands by Rafael Lopez
Complemented by sheet music, a bright, multicultural adaptation of the classic American spiritual salutes the lives of all young people and conveys themes of unity, diversity and inclusion.
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You’re Snug With Me by Chitra Soundar. Illus by Poonam Mistry.
Born deep in their frozen north den at the start of winter, two bear cubs ask what lies beyond their home and discover the secrets of the earth, their place in it and the snug safety they share with their mother.
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Zola’s Elephant by Randall de Sève. Illus by Pamela Zagarenski.
Feeling too shy to introduce herself to a new neighbor, young Zola spends time with her imaginary elephant friend before discovering that courage can lead to new friendships. By the best-selling author of Toy Boat and the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Sleep Like a Tiger.
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