PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2019
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The Babysitter From Another Planet by Stephen Savage
Left with an alien babysitter while their parents go out for the evening, two children embark on a remarkable night that is reminiscent of classic science-fiction stories. By the award-winning author of Polar Bear Night.
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Ballet Bunnies by Lucy Freegard
A little girl who loves to dance at home and dreams of performing in front of audiences feels so self-conscious in ballet class that she has trouble focusing, a dilemma that challenges her rehearsals for an end-of-year recital.
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Bedtime for Beasties by Leslie Staub. Illus by Jia Liu.
Falling asleep only to find herself in a nightmare filled with snarling beasties, a plucky little girl and her stuffed T-Rex use problem solving and quick thinking to turn the tables on the silly monsters and assert that she is the boss of her own dreams.
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The Boy and the Egg by Ellen DeLange. Illus by Martina Heiduczek.
A whimsical, imagination-sparking story for young nature lovers by the author of I Will Always Be Happy to See You finds a little boy discovering an egg and considering a creative assortment of possibilities that might hatch from it.
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The Brain Storm by Linda Ragsdale. Illus by Claudio Molina.
Sometimes you’ve just got to work it out. Follow along as a bad mood pesters a young boy and ends up rubbing off on all those around him. After a frustrating day under his version of a little dark cloud, he discovers that ultimately working through your feelings and emotions begins with you. This unique picture book contains no words so readers are left to “read” the story by interpreting the unique illustrations themselves.
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Button and Bundle by Gretchen McLellan. Illus by Gillian Flint.
A story about the importance of cherishing old friendships while making new ones features two best friends who figure out how to stay connected using a little imagination when one of them has to move away.
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The Cat Who Lived With Anne Frank by David Lee Miller & Steven Jay Rubin. Illus by Elizabeth Baddeley.
A lyrical picture book account of the story of Anne Frank’s life in the Amsterdam annex is presented from the viewpoint of Peter’s cat, Mouschi, who observes the young girl as she writes in her diary and dreams of freedom.
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Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together by Andrea Tsurumi
Diligently baking cakes while his undersea neighbors swim, hide and blow bubbles, a little crab carries out a small act of bravery in the face of a disaster to help his community unite and carry on. By the creator of Accident!
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The Croc Who Rocked by Laura Casella
Little Croc is small, but he has a big voice and loves to sing. The other animals don’t like his snap-snap song and send him away. Croc asks some birds to teach him their song, hoping to be accepted. All goes well until he gets carried away, snap-snaps in the middle of the song, and is sent away. As he sings sadly by the river, his song attracts an unexpected crowd of admirers.
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Dollop and Mrs. Fabulous by Jennifer Sattler
Invited to her big sister’s tea party on the condition that she mind her manners and refrain from ninja activities, a younger bunny sibling quickly finds the party boring and tries to find more common ground for them both. By the creator of the Chick ‘n’ Pug series.
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Dumbo Live Action by Calliope Glass. Illus by Dominic Carola & Rya Feltman.
Featuring an elaborately designed cover jacket and lavish interior art, a picture book adaptation of Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo traces the iconic baby elephant’s heartwarming journey.
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The Flying Light by Yuanhao Yang
Enter a mystical world where a man and his strange pet lizard attempt to lure luminous flying creatures to their town. Through innovative, wordless storytelling and wonderfully detailed panel illustrations that invite children to use their imagination, this story will light up the lives of those in search of direction and allow each reader to interpret it according to their own unique vision of the world.
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Friends Make Me Feel Razzmatazz by Tina Gallo. Illus by Clair Rossiter.
Invites children to use the Crayola colors to express how their friends make them feel, in a vibrantly illustrated storybook that creatively celebrates the way friendship brightens the world.
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From Tree to Sea by Shelley Moore Thomas. Illus by Christopher Silas Neal.
A comforting exploration of the wisdom of nature and its relationship to the human world celebrates how all living things are connected. Illustrated by the award-winning artist of Over and Under the Snow.
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Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Lesléa Newman. Illus by Amy June Bates.
Forced to continue her journey to America alone when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, young Gittel arrives at Ellis Island to discover that the ink on the paper containing her relative’s contact information has become illegible.
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Happy Birthday From the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Illustrated in Carle’s signature collage-paper style, a birthday gift book for fans young and old finds the Very Hungry Caterpillar celebrating everyone’s special day with colorful birthday surprises, including presents, balloons and yummy cake.
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The Happy Book by Andy Rash
A young camper who is as happy as a clam and his best friend, a clam who is a happy camper, enjoy a sadness-free world of daisies, sunshine and best friendship, until one of them eats an entire cake and forgets to share. By the creator of Archie the Daredevil Penguin.
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The Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj. Illus by Simona Mulazzani.
A vibrantly illustrated sequence of woodland creatures tunnel, gnaw and otherwise build cozy homes for their growing families until the woods come alive with the peeping, crawling and snuggling of baby animals.
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In the Quiet, Noisy Woods by Michael J. Rosen. Illus by Annie Won.
Two wolf pups frisk through the woods, listening to the noisy onomatopoeic sounds of other woodland creatures before returning to their pack, in a celebration of the interconnectedness of forest life by the award-winning author of The Cuckoo’s Haiku.
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Maria the Matador by Anne Lambelet
Entering a bullfighting competition in the hope of winning a lifetime supply of the churros she dearly loves, little Maria orchestrates a creative agreement with an overtired bull to perform a spectacular dance to win their spectators’ hearts.
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Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert by Stacy McAnulty. Illus by Deborah Hocking.
A tongue-in-cheek guide to everything soccer by a kid-expert who has been playing for nearly three weeks shares one-of-a-kind advice, from why you don’t want to bring your own referee whistle to what to do with your hands when you cannot touch the ball.
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Monkey Time by Michael Hall
An engaging counting and time-telling story features a curious little monkey who wants to catch the tasty-looking minutes on his forest’s minute tree before they are gone. By the award-winning creator of Red: A Crayon’s Story.
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Muddle & Mo’s Rainy Day by Nikki Slade Robinson
Muddle and Mo are the best of friends. Muddle is a lovable, slightly confused yet enthusiastic little duckling. Mo is a long-suffering, not very adventurous goat who dislikes the rain. On a rainy day, Muddle discovers the fun of jumping and splashing around in puddles, but Mo refuses to join in. Will Mo change his mind? A simple and fun read that will have children waiting for a rainy day to play in.
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Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton
An exuberant Narwhal and a skeptical Jelly test the waters of adding a new friend to their pod when they meet Otty, a super-adventurous otter who triggers relatable feelings of jealousy in Jelly in spite of their shared love of waffles. By the creator of Mo’s Mustache. Narwhal and Jelly No. 4
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The New Neighbors by Sarah McIntyre
When a rat family moves into the ground floor of their bustling animal apartment building, all the critter tenants except the happy upstairs bunnies succumb to jitters, panic and worse, before the rats say hello with a delicious homemade cake.
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Peeping Beauty by Brenda Maier. Illus by Zoe Waring.
Happily anticipating the arrival of their newest chicks, Mama and Papa watch as the first two babies hatch, while a third resists breaking out of his shell until he receives helpful reassurance from family members, in an endearing adaptation of the classic fairy tale.
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Pony Poems for Little Pony Lovers by Cari Meister. Illus by Sara Rhys.
Ideally suited for read-aloud sharing, a poetry collection for young pony lovers features short, rhyming entries that explore cowgirl dreams, equestrian activities and time spent with a special pony friend. By the author of I Have a Little Seedling.
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Positively Purple by Linda Ragsdale. Illus by P. S. Brooks.
Unable to play for a little while when she gets sick, Jeli the bear takes doctor-prescribed medication that turns her fur purple and receives colorful and caring support from friends who help her see that there is more to her than what shows on the outside.
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Princess Puffybottom… and Darryl by Susin Nielsen. Illus by Olivia Chin Mueller.
Indignant when her royal life is upended by the adoption of an ill-mannered puppy, pampered kitty Princess Puffybottom tries everything, from trickery to sabotage, to reclaim top status with her human subjects. By the award-winning author of Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom.
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Pup 681: A Sea Otter Rescue Story by Jean Reidy. Illus by Ashley Crowley.
A picture book celebration of animal rescue is based on the true story of an orphaned sea otter who is helped by a loving rescuer to recover and flourish in a new home at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Illustrated by the creator of Officer Panda.
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Right This Very Minute: A Table-to-Farm Book About Food and Farming by Lisl H Detlefsen. Illus by Renée Kurilla.
What’s that you say? You’re hungry? Right this very minute? Then you need a farmer. You have the stories of so many right here on your table. Award winners Lisl H. Detlefsen and Renée Kurilla’s delicious celebration of food and farming is sure to inspire readers of all ages to learn more about where their food comes from — right this very minute!
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Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds
The creator of the best-selling The Word Collector and The Dot presents an empowering story for kid activists about finding one’s voice and using it to make the world a better place.
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Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep by Eric Barclay
A riotous story about the importance of looking out for one’s friends finds a sheep expert on her own species busily assisting a sheep dog that she doesn’t believe is up to the job of protecting her flock.
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Sherlock Chick’s First Case by Robert Quackenbush
Hatching out of an egg with a detective’s hat and magnifying glass, Sherlock Chick, the fuzzy little sleuth, learns that his family’s feed bin has been raided and follows a mysterious trail of corn, questioning animals along the way. By the award-winning creator of Henry the Duck. Sherlock Chick No. 1
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Some Days by Karen Kaufman Orloff. Illus by Ziyue Chen.
A boy and girl explore a year’s worth of their changing emotions, demonstrating healthy expressions of positive and negative feelings on days they characterize as “angels in the snow days” and “need my mommy now days.” By the best-selling author of Goodnight, Little Bot.
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Spencer and Vincent, the Jellyfish Brothers by Tony Johnston. Illus by Emily Dove.
Separated by a massive wave, two devoted jellyfish brothers enlist the help of new ocean friends to find each other again. Illustrated by the artist of Wendel the Narwhal.
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Stardust by Jeanne Willis. Illus by Briony May Smith.
Dreaming of being a star despite always being in her perfect big sister’s shadow, a little girl is comforted by her loving grandfather, who tells her how everything and everyone is made of stardust and that we all shine in different ways.
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Sweet Dreams, Miffy by Dick Bruna
A bedtime picture book featuring Bruna’s classic art finds Miffy observing the setting sun and the twinkling stars that accompany the nighttime, prompting her to get ready for sleep.
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Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry. Illus by Tom Lichtenheld.
The best-selling creators of Stick and Stone depict a hilarious menagerie of animals who sing, blow out candles and make wishes during a joyous birthday celebration. Illustrated by the artist of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.
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The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach
A STEM-friendly, laugh-out-loud introduction to metamorphosis depicts a nervous and very impatient little caterpillar who nudges a fellow caterpillar for facts about their transformation while struggling to wait through a long stretch in his cocoon.
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What a Cold Needs by Barbara Bottner. Illus by Chris Sheban.
A little girl with a bad case of the sniffles waits for her cold to run its course with the help of a comfy bed, a nice window view, warm socks, Grandma’s chicken soup, Dad’s silly jokes and a bit of time and patience. By the best-selling author of Miss Brooks Loves Books.
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What If...? Then We...: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Possibilities by Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Illus by Fred Koehler.
Two polar bear friends engage in thrillingly imaginative adventures as they dream up heroically creative solutions to a variety of possible situations, supporting each other whenever anything gets big and scary.
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William Wakes Up by Linda Ashman. Illus by Chuck Groenink.
Waking up groggy after a long winter nap, young William and his animal friends prepare for the arrival of a very special guest by cleaning, decorating and baking a tasty treat, tasks that are complicated by their sleepiness and temptingly cozy bed. By the creators of William’s Winter Nap.
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Wordy Birdy Meets Mr. Cougarpants by Tammi Sauer. Illus by Dave Mottram.
Excitedly packing mashed potatoes and extra pickles for a fun-filled camping trip with her pals, Wordy Birdy lands in hot water when the dastardly Mr. Cougarpants stalks their campsite. By the author of Chicken Dance.
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