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PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER 2017
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Bizzy Mizz Lizzie by David Shannon
A busy little bee who will not slow down long enough to experience the simple joys in life buzzes through her day, endearingly resolving to “do it all” by juggling school, sports, music, art and a spelling competition in her determination to impress the Queen, an effort that is rapidly challenged by exhaustion. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of No, David!
Chirpy Charlie’s Teeth by Marta Zarfilla. Illus by Sonja Wimmer.
Oral hygiene is something that has to be taught from an early age, but it isn’t always easy. The delightful pictures by Sonja Wimmer illustrating this humorous tale by Marta Zafrilla will help teach children about using their toothbrush, with a smile on their faces!
A Farm for Maisie by Jennifer Churchman & John Churchman
Arriving at her new home on Moonrise Farm, Maisie Grace the puppy is overwhelmed by the bustling activity around her before learning that she will soon become a sheepdog, in an endearingly photographed companion to The SheepOver. Sweet Pea & Friends series
Fort-Building Time by Megan Wagner Lloyd. Illus by Abigail Halpin.
A celebration of the natural materials that the seasons of the year can provide for fort-building depicts children using leaves, snow, mud and sand to build forts that are different but equally fun. By the creators of Finding Wild.
Give Thank You a Try by James Patterson
A follow-up to the best-selling Give Please a Chance celebrates the power of expressing thanks on spreads featuring illustrations by a variety of artist contributors depicting children saying “thank you” for simple gifts, from tickles and ice cream to the love of their parents.
God Gave Us Family by Lisa Tawn Bergren. Illus by David Hohn.
Questioning his parents about their family, a young wolf cub learns about how God created families so that everyone can be loved and cared for and
that families include adopted kids, single parents and members who became family by choice. By the best-selling author of God Gave Us You.
How the Cookie Crumbled by Gilbert Ford
Shares lesser-known stories about the invention of the chocolate chip cookie (not all of which are actually true), describing how talented chef and entrepreneur Ruth Wakefield started a restaurant, wrote a cookbook and invented a dessert in three possibly different ways.
I Want That Nut! by Madeline Valentine
A mouse and a chipmunk who both want the same beautiful nut argue about which of them most deserves it until a squirrel joins the dispute, in a whimsical story that celebrates cooperation. By the creator of George in the Dark.
Journey Inside the Computer by Linda Liukas
Ruby and her new friend, Mouse, embark on an imaginative journey through the insides of a computer in search of the missing Courser, in a creative story that introduces children to a computer’s basic components. By the award-winning author of Hello Ruby. Hello Ruby No. 2
The Magic in a Year by Frank Boylan. Illus by Sally Garland.
Discover the magic in a calendar year with this endearing book that follows a young girl as she tells of all the things she loves about each month of the year. Rhyming prose describes the unique aspects of the seasons and months that early readers will recognize and enjoy learning about. This magical picture book helps to educate about the seasons and months of the year, and also finds the beauty in each one.
Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai. Illus by Kerascoët.
A first picture book by history’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate describes how as a child in Pakistan she wished for a magic pencil to make others happy and to make her home cleaner and safer before she learned how to make positive changes without magic.
Kuma-Kuma Chan’s Travels by Kazue Takahashi
In the third book in the Kuma-Kuma Chan series, Kuma-Kuma Chan travels freely all over the world — in his imagination. Kuma-Kuma Chan’s Travels charms as the adorable bear once again exemplifies the joys of a simple, peaceful life. With its spare text and delightful illustrations, this small-format picture book invites readers to explore their own imaginations and create their own travels.
La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo. Illus by Jaime Kim.
A nearly wordless graphic story follows a singing little girl’s courageous search for a friend among the trees, pond and other unresponsive things in her world, until one wondrous night when her song is fi nally heard by someone who understands. By the author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Tale of Despereaux.
My Dad Loves Me This Much! by Joe Fitzpatrick. Illus by Brian Fitzgerald.
Enjoy the special and unique bond that exists between father and child in this picture book that is perfect for bedtime. Through repetitive narrative and humorous illustrations, this touching tale of a young monster attempting to describe just how much her dad loves her will find young readers engaged in what is sure to be a silly and endearing twist that little ones will love and even imitate!
A Night Out With Mama by Quvenzhané Wallis. Illus by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.
The Academy Award-nominated actress presents a story of glitz, glamour and family in the story of a talented little girl who prepares for a special night by dressing up in a beautiful blue gown and matching shoes before riding in the biggest car she has ever seen so that she can, among other things, share ice cream with her mama.
A Small Blue Whale by Beth Ferry. Illus by Lisa Mundorff.
Waiting patiently in his silver sea home for the friend he has always longed for, a small blue whale reaches out to a quiet, unresponsive pink cloud before finding himself in trouble and in the company of a helpful group of penguins.
The Ugly Snowflake by Micki McHay
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.
We Love the Library by Mike Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears love reading and they love checking books out from the library, but when the library is on the verge of shutting down, Brother, Sister and Honey step in to find a way to save their beloved library.