How to Find an Elephant

By Kate Banks. A boy provides instructions as he searches high and low for an elephant, which the reader can find in the illustrations.

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

By Oliver Jeffers. A user’s guide to life on Earth, designed for a new baby, covers such topics as the Earth’s physical characteristics, the people and animals who live on it, and how to get the most out of life.

It’s Shoe Time!

By Bryan Collier. Rhyming dialogue and engaging cartoon-style illustrations by the Caldecott Honor-winning artist of Trombone Shorty and the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! reinforce early skills in a story that redefines the boundaries of being a pair.

Malala’s Magic Pencil

By Malala Yousafzai. The author presents her story and life philosophy, describing how she wished for a magic pencil that she would use to fix the world’s problems, and how she realized that even if she never found the pencil, she could still have a positive impact.

La La La

By Kate DiCamillo. 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 finally heard by someone who understands. By the author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Tale of Despereaux.

Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals

By Nicola Davies. Renowned picture book creators Nicola Davies and Petr Horácek team up for a captivating first look at animals around the world.
Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods — animals are everywhere. In a remarkable collection of poems, children’s author Nicola Davies shares keen observations on wildlife around the world. Sometimes lyrical and sometimes humorous, the poems reveal fascinating facts about animals of every color, shape, size, and origin, from giant blue whales to bats as tiny as bumblebees. Lively, colorful illustrations by Petr Horácek reveal the vast beauty and variety of the animal world in this essential introduction, perfect for even the youngest amateur zoologists.

Good Day, Good Night

By Margaret Wise Brown. A little rabbit greets each day and says good night to the familiar things outside.

Mice Skating

By Annie Silvestro. Lucy the field mouse’s friends avoid going outdoors in winter until Lucy introduces the delights of skating.


By Peter Sis. The three-time Caldecott Honor-winning author of Starry Messenger blends a true story from his childhood with elements from Robinson Crusoe in an evocatively illustrated, lyrical story about an adventurous boy who finds himself on a mysterious adventure in a remote island wilderness.


By Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel. A poignant meditation on finding beauty in the everyday world and strength in the face of adversity is presented from the viewpoints of a series of exotic animals from different world regions, in a vibrant collaboration between the Newbery Medal-winning author of Missing May and the illustrator of Beastly Babies.