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PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN AUGUST 2017
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All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle. Illus by Mike Curato.
A versed picture book showcasing the colorful buildings and iconic classic cars of Havana follows a Cuban boy and his family on a road trip into the city, a journey marked by rich street culture and onomatopoeic sounds. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree.
Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster by Richard Torrey
When their games of pretend are disrupted by a newcomer who wants everyone to play by rules declaring that monsters cannot participate and that one of the children cannot bring his teddy bear, Ally-saurus gently helps her new friend understand that bossiness is no fun.
Another Way to Climb a Tree by Liz Garton Scanlon. Illus by Hadley Hooper.
Loving to climb every tree she encounters, a little girl scales tall trees, trees with wide branches and trees with sticky sap until a bout of the chicken pox forces her to stay inside, where she wonders if the trees and birds are lonely without her.
Applesauce Day by Lisa Amstutz. Illus by Talitha Shipman.
Picking apples during a visit to an apple orchard, Maria helps her busy family cook delicious applesauce using a generations-old recipe that instructs them to wash, cut and prepare the apples for a delicious autumn treat.
The Bad Seed by Jory John. llus by Pete Oswald.
A grumpy bad seed tells lies, cuts in line and commits other naughty acts before declaring his intention to renounce his mischievous nature, an effort that is met by skepticism by his fellow seeds.
Bear Make Den by Jane Godwin & Michael Wagner. Illus by Andrew Joyner.
A lively ode to friendship follows the efforts of a hardworking bear whose efforts to furnish his cozy new den lead to carpentry projects and shared activities with his friends.
Blue Corn Soup by Caroline Stutson. Illus by Teri Weidner.
Preparing warm and delicious blue corn soup as snow begins to fall over her canyon home, an industrious little mouse is unable to prepare enough for all of her neighbors and comes up with an idea that will keep everyone full and warm.
Bob’s Rock by Ann Hassett. Illus by John Hassett.
A minimalist read-aloud story uses patterns, repetition and comparison to convey the experiences of a toddler who wonders if his pet rock can do everything that his friend Max’s trick-performing dog can do.
Boo Who? by Ben Clanton
A shy little ghost who is not sure how to fit into a group that plays games requiring corporeal participation struggles to make friends in a sweet story about feeling invisible, being seen and finding ways to be appreciated for who you are. By the creator of Rex Wrecks It!
Cap’n Rex & His Clever Crew by Henry L. Herz. Illus by Benjamin Schipper.
A clever band of buccaneers sail the seven seas in search of buried treasure and solve problems ranging from giant sharks to pea-soup fog when a grinning Captain Rex challenges them to work together and use their creativity.
Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys by Esphyr Slobodkina & Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer. Illus by Esphyr Slobodkina.
A latest entry in the picture book series inspired by the beloved classic finds the long-suffering peddler receiving unexpected help from the monkeys when he is unable to make a new batch of caps while caring for a sick friend. Caps for Sale No. 3
Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds. Illus by Peter Brown.
The celebrated team behind Caldecott Honor-winning Creepy Carrots! presents a humorous story about what happens when a decidedly brave Jasper Rabbit becomes spooked when he turns out the light and discovers that his new big-rabbit undies glow in the dark.
Dig Dig Digging ABC by Margaret Mayo. Illus by Alex Ayliffe.
An A-to-Z primer of vehicle verses invites preschoolers to race through the alphabet by browsing an alphabetized assortment of things that go, from ambulances and diggers to yachts and zooming rockets.
Dinosaur Detective’s Search-and-Find Rescue Mission by Sophie Guerrive
A hide-and-seek Dinosaur Detective adventure challenges children to help find a menagerie of lost animals nestled within intricate, puzzle-like spreads depicting a dozen exotic destinations, including the jungle, a stormy sea and outer space.
Earn It! by Cinders McLeod
An introduction to simple money concepts features a brash bunny whose desire for instant fame and fortune hits a whimsical roadblock when she discovers that she must earn what she wants. By the creator of Broomie Law.
Engineer Arielle and the Israel Independence Day Surprise by Deborah Bodin Cohen. Illus by Yael Kimhi Orrelle.
Driving a light rail train in Jerusalem in the spirit of her great-great grandfather, Engineer Ari, Arielle prepares for a special celebration in honor of Israel’s Independence Day.
The Girl Who Cried Wolf by Steve Smallman. Illus by Neil Price.
An adaptation of the classic morality story depicts a cheeky, demanding princess who declares that she is bored of palace life before swapping places with a lowly shepherd boy whose job seems much more interesting.
Go Go Gorillas: A Romping Bedtime Tale by Patrick Wensink. Illus by Nate Wragg.
A lively, rhyming romp about a band of silly dancing gorillas follows the efforts of a long-suffering safari guide, Jungle Jed, who tries to get his gorilla friends to complete their bedtime routine and settle down for the night while they play DJ records, boogie under the stars and join a baby gorilla who dances the robot.
Grandma Forgets by Paul Russell. Illus by Nicky Johnston.
A little girl works with her other family members to manage the symptoms of a beloved grandmother’s dementia, helping her with less-familiar routines while describing memories that her grandmother no longer has and offering daily reassurances that they will always love each other, no matter what.
Grandma’s Tiny House by Janay Brown-Wood. Illus by Priscilla Burris.
A rhyming concept book reinforces early counting skills through the number 15 in a story of a loving grandmother whose neighbors, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and grandkids crowd into her tiny house and pile the table with foods for a yummy feast.
Hannah Sparkles: A Friend Through Rain or Shine by Robin Mellom. Illus by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.
Always eager to celebrate the innumerable reasons to smile, little Hannah Sparkles delightedly introduces herself to a new neighbor, Sunny Everbright, who seems to have less in common with Hannah than originally anticipated. A first picture book.
Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood. Illus by Claudia Rueda.
A latest entry in the best-selling series finds a displeased Cat tapped as a substitute teacher and reluctantly facing six adorable kitten students before adapting their lesson plan to help them form a rock band, build a fish-spewing fountain and paint the classroom in riotous primary colors. Cat No. 5
Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hills
Preparing for a fun-filled Halloween night of trick-ortreating, Duck and Goose dress up as a ghost and superhero respectively while Thistle prepares a secret costume, a situation that turns spooky when Duck and Goose hear that a scary swamp monster is looking for them.
Invisible Lizard by Kurt Cyrus. Illus by Andy Atkins.
Unable to make friends when his camouflage prevents anyone from seeing him, Napoleon, the spiffiest chameleon in the jungle, tries every trick he can think of to get the other jungle animals to notice him.
It’s Thanksgiving, Chloe Zoe! by Jane Smith
Delightedly greeting her Grammy Ella for a week-long visit over Thanksgiving, little elephant Chloe Zoe helps bake her grandmother’s famous pumpkin pie but is dismayed when a mix-up with the spices causes the pie to turn out wrong.
Isadora Moon Goes to School by Harriet Muncaster
A half-fairy, half-vampire girl who loves the nighttime as much as the daytime worries about fitting in when her parents tell her that it is time for her to begin her education and she does not know whether to attend fairy or vampire school. Isadora Moon No. 1
K is for Kindergarten by Erin Dealey. Illus by Joseph Cowman.
Combines silly rhymes with alphabetized activity suggestions in a lively introduction to kindergarden that provides for fi rst-day preparation and beyond.
Kindergarten Countdown: 10 More Sleeps Until School Starts! by Marjorie Blain Parker. Illus by Sophie Burrows.
A young child happily anticipates the arrival of the first day of kindergarten, envisioning a fun-filled time of cool clothes, packed lunches, bus rides, new friends and exciting activities.
Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato
A latest entry in the picture book series that includes Little Elliot, Big City finds the polka-dotted elephant and his best friend, Mouse, visiting the country during the autumn season and enjoying a quiet day of playing in the leaves, picking apples and sitting beneath beautiful trees.
Little Red Riding Sheep by Linda Ravin Lodding. Illus by Cale Atkinson.
A whimsical twist on the fairy tale classic finds Arnold the fluffy sheep excitedly hoping to portray Little Red Riding Hood only to be challenged by his fear of the dark woods, a red cape that does not quite fit over his wool and an author who needs to be convinced that the sheep’s buddy would make a convincing Granny.
Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster. Illus by Sue Eastland.
A Jewish adaptation of the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale follows the escapades of little Ruthie, who dresses in her favorite puffy red coat and journeys through the woods with a basket of sour cream and applesauce to visit her grandmother on Hanukkah, encouraging a hungry wolf to join them for yummy latkes along the way.
The Littlest Star by Richard Littledale. Illus by Dubravka Kolanovic.
An inspirational tale based on the classic Christmas story follows the experiences of the littlest star in the sky, who in spite of being less sparkly and exciting than other stars is given the most important job of all on a special night. Illustrated by the artist of Everyone Needs a Friend.
A Loud Winter’s Nap by Katy Hudson
In the follow-up to her best-selling Too Many Carrots, Tortoise is found trying to hibernate now that winter has arrived, but his friends want him to wake up and enjoy all the fun that the frosty winter season brings.
Mary McScary by R. L. Stine. Illus by Marc Brown.
The best-selling author of the Goosebumps series and the creator of the best-selling Arthur Adventures reunite in the story of a little girl whose talent for scaring others is challenged by a cousin who is unruffled by things that terrify most people.
The Mermaid by Jan Brett
A vibrantly illustrated adaptation of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” inspired by the author’s visits to the Okinawa coast, depicts a curious young mermaid’s mischievous and magical exploration of an octopus family’s home.
Mighty Moby by Barbara DaCosta. Illus by Ed Young.|
A picture book adventure inspired by Herman Melville’s classic depicts a majestic ocean creature whose battle against an obsessed, one-legged captain leads to an unexpected conclusion. Illustrated by the Caldecott Medal-winning artist of Lon Po Po.
Monster Trucks by Joy Keller. Illus by Misa Saburi.
A whimsical rhyming story reveals how a team of hardworking monsters use their monster trucks to perform challenging monster jobs, from paving and plowing to digging and hauling, when it is not time for Halloween. A first picture book.
Moti the Mitzvah Mouse by Vivian Newman. Illus by Inga Knopp-Kilpert.
Moti, the busy little mitzvah mouse, secretly performs good deeds for his human family and animal friends in an inspirational story that culminates in a special mitzvah surprise.
The Naughtiest Reindeer Goes South by Nicki Greenberg
Given permission to lead Santa’s sleigh, Ruby the mischievous reindeer embarks on a wild, troublesome ride that scatters Santa’s presents and strands her far from home near a band of very grumpy penguins. Naughtiest Reindeer No. 3
The One Day House by Julia Durango. Illus by Bianca Diaz.
Envisioning several ways to improve the safety, warmth and comfort in a friend’s home, young Wilson is joined by friends and neighbors from all over the community who volunteer to help, in a story complemented by profiles of the organizations Labor of Love, United Way and Habitat for Humanity.
The Only Fish in the Sea by Philip C. Stead. Illus by Matthew Cordell.
Sadie from Special Delivery returns in an adventure that finds her organizing an elaborate plan to save an imperiled goldfish that has been thoughtlessly tossed into the ocean by a disinterested owner.
Pattan’s Pumpkin: Traditional Flood Story From Southern India by Chitra Soundar. Illus by Frane Lessac.
A vibrant retelling of a traditional flood myth follows the experiences of hardworking Pattan, who tends an unusual vine that grows into a massive pumpkin taller than the mountains before a raging storm inspires him to use the pumpkin to save his family and the animals in their valley.
Penguins Love Their ABCs by Sarah Aspinall
Six adorable penguins play a hide-and-seek game of Alphabet Hunt to find letters hidden in the snow by Mama Penguin, who greets them afterward with hugs and warm alphabet soup. By the creator of Penguins Love Colors.
Philomena’s New Glasses by Brenna Maloney
The editor of National Geographic Explorer magazine and author of Ready Rabbit Gets Ready presents the story of a guinea pig who dons silly accessories to match her new glasses, inspiring her guinea pig sisters to do the same.
Roof Octopus by Lucy Branam. Illus by Rogério Coelho.
Hearing a soft tapping on her bedroom window, young Nora is surprised to be greeted by a large, neighborly octopus from the roof of her apartment building who helps residents wash their cars and weed their window boxes before mysteriously going missing on Show-and-Tell day.
Secret Life of a Tiger by Przemyslaw Wechterowicz. Illus by Emilia Dziubak.|
A tiger who claims to pursue a life of simple pleasures spends his days wandering about, chatting with friends, and enjoying snacks until the night falls and his unexpectedly heartwarming hobbies are revealed.
Shooting Star Rider by Nayoung Jin. Illus by Geneviève Côté.
Wishing on a shooting star for her sick grandfather to get well, young Elinor is dismayed when a postcard reply from the star tells her not to make miracles happen by wishing, a situation that compels her adventurous mission into space to change the star’s mind. Illustrated by the creator of What Elephant?
Superbat by Matt Carr
Laughed at by other bats who claim to share his abilities, an ordinary bat who longs to be special declares himself a superbat and flies across the city, courageously using his echolocation to save a mouse that has been trapped by a cat. A first picture book.
Tea With Oliver by Mika Song
Distinguishing himself from other cats with his preference for tea and cookies and someone to share them with, Oliver nearly fails to notice a shy little mouse, Philbert, who emerges from his home beneath Oliver’s couch to become an unlikely friend. A first picture book.
This Beautiful Day by Richard Jackson. Illus by Suzy Lee.
A celebration of how any gloomy day can be chased away with the right attitude follows the antics of a trio of children who jump, splash and dance in the rain until the sun comes out, in a story that features a color palette that gradually shifts from gray to color. Illustrated by the award-winning artist of Open This Little Book.
The Thumbtack Dancer by Leslie Tyron. Illus by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.
Just like yesterday and the day before, Gus KICKED out of bed, LACED-UP his thumbtack sneakers and did his teeth-brushing dance. His mama knew Gus was up because she could hear the tip-a-tap, rap-a-slap, flap-a-dap thumbtack rhythms through the kitchen ceiling. Gus is a most promising, most energetic and most talented young dancer who figures out how to make enough money to upgrade his tip-a-tap thumbtack sneakers to a new pair of real tap shoes.
Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm by Linda Glaser. Illus by Aleksandar Zolotic.
When she cannot find her latke recipe, Faigel, who makes the best Hanukkah latkes in Chelm, sends her husband, Shmuel, to ask the rabbi for help only to encounter mischief from her less-than-bright neighbors.
When the Wind Blew by Petra Brown
Snuggling up on a stormy night, Big Bear and Little Bear wake up to discover that the wind has knocked down all the trees in their forest home and that they will have to move, a distressing situation that is helped when Big Bear explains that home is not about place, but about the family that shares it.
Whose Moon Is That? by Kim Krans
When a curious cat gazes into the night sky and asks who owns the moon, various animals try to stake their claim before the moon answers that her light is meant to be shared by everyone.