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PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN JUly 2018
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Alpaca Lunch by Jennifer Churchman & John Churchman
A follow-up to the best-selling The SheepOver depicts in whimsical photography a plucky alpaca who enjoys yummy produce that grows on Moonrise Farm, only to wonder where the treats have gone as winter approaches. Sweet Pea & Friends No. 4
Being a Princess Is Very Hard Work by Sarah Kilbride. Illus by Ada Grey.
The author of the Princess Evie’s Ponies series and the illustrator of the Royal Baby series presents a lively, rhyming tale about how the lives of princesses are anything but easy and how most girls would be happier just being themselves.
Bully by Jennifer Sattler
Living in a pond where the beautiful and fragrant lilies are enjoyed by all creatures, Bully the bullfrog decides that only he should be able to enjoy the flowers and that everyone else should leave, a situation that is countered with humor and unity.
Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Dog by Eric Comstock & Marilyn Sadler. Illus by Eric Comstock.
When Watson the dog goes missing right before his appointment at the Dirty Dog Salon, Charlie and Lewis follow quirky clues while introducing the elementary mathematical principles of telling time and tracking how it passes. Charlie Piechart No. 3
Friends and Foes: Poems About Us All by Douglas Florian
The creator of Dinothesaurus presents a heartfelt collection of poems about the many kinds of friends there are, from old and new friends to frenemies and imaginary friends, in a volume featuring artwork in the style of a child’s crayon drawings.
The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael by Bonny Becker. Illus by Mark Fearing.
Taking the bus to make an important delivery to his gran, a little boy is alarmed by the bus’s scary, long-toothed driver, who gets creepier by the minute as the rest of the passengers disembark. By the author of the best-selling Bear and Mouse series.
Hello, Fall! by Deborah Diesen. Illus by Lucy Fleming.
A grandparent and child enjoy the bounty and wonder of the autumn season during a scenic walk marked by acorn-gathering squirrels, vibrant falling leaves, crisp apples, ripe pumpkins and a family harvest meal. By the best-selling author of the Pout-Pout Fish series.
Hello School! by Priscilla Burris
A cozy introduction to what makes school so much fun features a diverse group of students who share first-day milestones, from getting a cubby and making new friends to taking a nature walk and participating in arts-and-crafts activities.
It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! by Jody Jensen Shaffer. Illus by Claire Messer.
A group of first-time students excitedly and nervously board a happy yellow Busy Bus, who has first-day jitters of his own and wonders if the children will like him, if he will be homesick or if he will get lost. By the author of Prudence, the Part-Time Cow.
Junk: A Spectacular Tale of Trash by Nicholas Day. Illus by Tom Disbury.
A young girl with a penchant for discovering the treasure in trash springs into action in the face of a community disaster, using her junk to create solutions to her neighbors’ troubles.
Kindergarrrten Bus by Mike Ornstein. Illus by Kevin M. Barry.
A big, blustery pirate captain bus driver riotously reassures his crew of nervous kindergarten mateys that school is going to be fun, sharing pirate-themed tips for navigating first-day jitters and getting along with others in uncomfortable situations.
Knock Knock by Tammi Sauer. Illus by Guy Francis.
A lively, whimsical story told mostly in knock-knock jokes follows the efforts of Bear to settle down for a long winter nap at the same time an increasing number of noisy woodland friends drop by and plan a surprise welcome-back party for him.
Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese. Illus by Juana Medina.
Lena prepares for her first day of kindergarten and reports that while she is excited, her favorite shoes are too nervous and must be convinced by her supportive father that the day is actually going to be lots of fun.
Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube
Getting ready for her first day of school, nervous little Mae thinks of her innumerable worries — from not being able to read, to the other kids not liking her — until she decides to climb up into a tree to wait until school is over.
Mermaid School by Joanne Stewart Wetzel. Illus by Julianna Swaney.
Joining her fellow mermaids on the first day of mermaid school, Molly participates in such activities as counting clamshells, reciting the “A B Seas” and making new friends, in a rhyming story that adds a nautical flair to first-day milestones.
My Kite Is Stuck! And Other Stories by Salina Yoon
Loud and in-charge Big Duck, quiet and clever Little Duck, and friendly and gentle Porcupine star in a trio of stories involving a stuck kite, a new friend and a lemonade stand that is missing a very important ingredient. By the award-winning creator of the Penguin series.
Neon Leon by Jane Clarke. Illus by Britta Teckentrup.
A lonely neon-colored chameleon who does anything but blend into his environment departs from the chameleons who avoid him and embarks on a search for a place to belong, inviting children to help count his steps, soothe him to sleep and offer other reassurances during his journey.
Never Satisfied: The Story of the Stonecutter by Dave Horowitz
A tired stonecutter imagines that he would be happier if he lived like those he observes, from a tea-drinking businessman to the king, before aspiring to become as illustrious as the sun. By the creator of The Ugly Pumpkin.
Posey, the Class Pest by Holly Anna. Illus by Genevieve Santos.
Daisy Dreamer brings her totally true imaginary friend, Posey, to visit her totally real school but soon learns that two things she loves don’t always mix well together! Daisy Dreamer No. 7
Prince George Goes to School by Caryl Hart. Illus by Laura Ellen Anderson.
The award-winning creators of Prince George and the Royal Potty depict an exuberant Prince George happily embarking on his first day of school, expecting a royal adventure, before encountering a classroom of new friends and a teacher’s chair that is not a throne.
The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger. Illus by Dan Santat.
A celebration of girl power and horsepower by the creator of the Origami Yoda series and the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of The Adventures of Beekle depicts a plucky princess auto racer who refuses to settle for last place.
Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! by Trudy Ludwig & Patrice Barton
The creators of The Invisible Boy find young Owen McPhee disrupting his class with his constant chattering before waking up with laryngitis, which gives him an opportunity to listen to others.
Rocket the Brave! by Tad Hills
A courage-themed picture book starring the loveable canine from How Rocket Learned to Read finds little Rocket happily chasing a butterfly that flies into the woods, challenging him to overcome his fear of dark and scary places.
The Secret Life of Squirrels: Back to School! by Nancy Rose
The popular Flickr artist behind The Secret Life of Squirrels uses her signature wildlife photography in clever handcrafted miniature settings, in a back-to-school story that finds Mr. Peanuts helping his teacher friend prepare for the first day of school.
Smiley’s Dream Book by Jeff Smith
The award-winning creator of the Bone series presents a solo Smiley Bone adventure that finds him counting the friendly birds he sees during a walk through the woods before devising a fantastical way to follow them up into the sky.
Something Smells! by Blake Liliane Hellman. Illus by Steven Henry.
Waking up to the most terrible smell, little Elliot is unable to identify the source in the trash, on the dog or on his siblings and becomes frustrated when his mom interrupts his search to make him take a bath. A first picture book.
Stalebread Charlie and the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band by Michael Mahin. Illus by Don Tate.
Based on a true story, an inspirational picture book about self-reliance and the power of creativity and music traces the experiences of a resourceful band of homeless child musicians in 19th-century New Orleans.
Stick by Irene Dickson
A boy and his dog use their imaginations and a good stick to enjoy a sunny day of playing games, drawing sand pictures, wading in the stream and making new friends. By the creator of Blocks.
Super Manny Cleans Up! by Kelly DiPucchio. Illus by Stephanie Graegin.
Manny and his pal, Gertie, become superheroes in defense of the environment in a companion to Super Manny Stands Up that finds them confronting swarms of litter bugs in the city park.
Tessa Takes Wing by Richard Jackson. Illus by Julie Downing.
Wanting nothing more than to play with her sister’s toys, an imaginative little baby wakes up before dawn and floats up out of her crib and through the house, zooming her way past sleeping family members on a silent and joyful adventure.
That Bear Can’t Babysit by Ruth Quayle. Illus by Alison Friend.
An unlikely bear babysitter takes the job of watching over seven mischievous little bunnies, who persuade him to read them a scary book, give them chocolate for dinner and go crazy with the garden hose before they discover his talent for make-believe.
The Three Little Superpigs by Claire Evans
When a vengeful Big Bad Wolf escapes from prison and cleverly disguises himself as a grandmother to hide from the police, the crime-fighting Three Little Superpigs take to the skies to save Fairyland. By the creator of The Chicken That Hatched a Cow.
Tiny Little Rocket by Richard Collingridge
A cozy bedtime picture book designed to appeal to a child’s sense of wonder augments rhyming verses with evocative images of a tiny rocket blasting through space around the planets and back again. By the creator of Lionheart.
Trolls 5-Minute Stories by Random House
Designed to be read in about five minutes each, a hardcover treasury of bedtime-appropriate stories is inspired by the Trolls movie and series and continues the adventures of such fan-favorite characters as Poppy and Branch.
Twig by Aura Parker
Heidi, a stick insect who is tall and long just like the twig of a tree, embarks on a busy first day of bug school, where her camouflage challenges her ability to make friends with bug classmates who cannot see her.
The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson. Illus by Axel Scheffler.
The award-winning creators of The Gruffalo combine rollicking rhymes with whimsical artwork in the story of five less-than-beautiful animals on the African savannah who prove themselves to be loveable and important contributors to nature.
Walrus in the Bathtub by Deborah Underwood. Illus by Matt Hunt.
A family’s dismay over a walrus found comfortably settled into their bathtub for a nice long soak gives way to an unexpected friendship, in a whimsical picture book romp by the best-selling author of The Quiet Book.
When I Grow Up by Marilyn Easton. Illus by Eone.
A game of dress-up leads Peppa Pig’s playgroup friends to reveal the jobs they want to have someday, inspiring Peppa to consider her interests and her favorite thing in the whole world.
When the Cousins Came by Katie Yamasaki
A sensitive story about insecurity, hosting and friendship follows the experiences of a girl from a multicultural family who is ecstatic to be visited by her cousins only to be disappointed when they have very different interests and skill sets.
With Love, Grandma by Helen Foster James. Illus by Petra Brown.
An adventuring grandmother stays in touch with her grandchild through a series of sweet letters and memories that the child follows until her grandmother finally returns. By the creators of Grandma Loves You!