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Written & illustrated by David Wiesner
In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn’t care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens – but the ship wasn’t designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble.When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, “cave” paintings, and gestures of friendship.
By Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty
Where have all the bedtime stories gone? A delightful addition to the picture book canon about the love of reading.
One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down… when a Snatchabook flew into town.
It’s bedtime in the woods of Burrow Down, and all the animals are ready for their bedtime story. But books are mysteriously disappearing. Eliza Brown decides to to stay awake and catch the book thief. It turns out to be a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. All turns out well when the books are returned and the animals take turns reading bedtime stories to the Snatchabook.
By Paul Schmidt
Oliver is nervous about the first day of school, so he picks up an alligator at the swamp, just in case. And boy, does it come in handy! Whenever anything scares Oliver – be it a teacher, a classmate, or the prospect of learning everything – the alligator makes the problem go away. Quickly, school becomes much simpler… and a little lonely. But Oliver knows just what to do! Paul Schmid’s gentle, funny tale about overcoming first day of school jitters is destined to become a modern classic that fans of Olivia and Kevin Henkes’ books will love.
By Jennifer Yerkes
A heartwarming tale about an invisible bird who learns the key to happiness and friendship.
A lonely, invisible bird mistakenly believes that adorning himself with flashy feathers and flowers will make him beautiful and win him new friends. Except his plan quickly backfires when his magnificent plumage attracts the attention of everyone, even the fox! In his rush to safety, the little bird loses every last bit of his new decorations, making him invisible once again. But now in place of his loneliness is the knowledge that putting others first is the key to friendship and high self-esteem.
By Taro Gomi
It’s more than a book – it’s a mask! Every spread includes a funny fact about featured creatures, from bears to robots. And young readers will squeal in surprise to find that when this board book is opened, the eye-sized die-cuts allow each spread to become a mask! Kids will have a blast posing as a fly-eating frog or a mouse-chasing cat. Sure to be a hit during both story time and playtime!
By Chris Raschka
Learning to ride a bike is one of the most important milestones of childhood, and no one captures the emotional ups and downs of the experience better than Chris Raschka, who won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for A Ball for Daisy. In this simple yet emotionally rich “guide,” a father takes his daughter through all the steps in the process–from choosing the perfect bicycle to that triumphant first successful ride. Using very few words and lots of expressive pictures, here is a picture book that not only shows kids how to learn to ride, but captures what it “feels” like to fall…get up…fall again…and finally “by luck, grace, and determination” ride a bicycle!
Written & illustrated by Anthony Browne
Primo primate artist Anthony Browne is at the top of his form with a simple – and simply fascinating – array of creatures for kids to count.
What better attention-getter for small children than primates in all their variety? And who better to render them than Anthony Browne? In this elegant counting book, the author-illustrator outdoes himself with a vivid presentation of primates from gorillas to gibbons, macaques to mandrills, ring-tailed lemurs to spider monkeys. With his striking palette, exquisite attention to detail, and quirky flair for facial expressions, Anthony Browne slyly extends the basic number concept into a look at similarities and differences – portraying an extended family we can count ourselves part of.
By Benoit Marchon
“Good night, my jewel…Good night, my shrimp!” When it’s time for baby to close her eyes and go to sleep, say good night with this winsome board book, published first in France as Bonne Nuit! Whether you’re reading to your bug, your treasure, or your dumpling, this book’s affectionate tone, luscious colors, endearing round-headed babies, and die-cut moon are just right for sending her off to dreamland.