Written & illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann

Torben Kulhmann’s stunningly illustrated, nearly wordless tale offers a fascinating window into an imaginary, yet hauntingly familiar word under our feet, where a mole suddenly recognizes the precarious balance between progress and preservation. Kulhmann’s open ended text encourages thoughtful exploration into possible solutions, and his delightful endpapers depict a montage of solutions that could very well save the moles’ world and ours.

The Whisper

WhisperThe Whisper
Written & illustrated by award-winning Connecticut illustrator Pamela Zagarenski!

Step inside the pages of a little girl’s magical book as she discovers the profound and inspiring notion that we each bring something different to the same story. Two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski debuts as an author in this tender picture book about the joy of reading.

The Magical World of Strega Nona: A Treasury

Magical World of Strega NonaThe Magical World of Strega Nona: A Treasury
Written & illustrated by Connecticut author Tomie dePaola!

Enter the marvelous, magical world of Strega Nona!

This wonderful treasury features six favorite stories about Strega Nona and her sidekick, the bumbling Big Anthony including the original Strega Nona, as well as Strega Nona Meets Her Match, Strega Nona: Her Story, Strega Nona Takes a Vacation, Strega Nona s Harvest, and Strega Nona’s Gift. Tomie s brand-new introductions to each story take readers behind the scenes to see how Strega Nona s world has developed through the years. Also including an original lullaby with sheet music and a CD a map of Strega Nona s town, and some fun recipes, this collection will give readers and music lovers much to savor.

Strega Nona, Tomie dePaola’s beloved grandmother witch, has been enchanting readers since the publication of the Caldecott Honor Award winning Strega Nona in 1975. Strega Nona’s gentle humor, irrepressible spirit, and matter-of-fact approach to life have won her legions of fans young and old, and the American Library Association called her an enduring character who has charmed generations of children.

Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues

Pete the Cat and the Bedtime BluesPete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues
By Kimberly & James Dean

Join Pete the Cat in a story about bedtime in Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by New York Times-bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean! Pete the Cat and his friends are having so much fun playing and surfing in the sun, they don’t want the day to end. Pete has an idea how about a sleepover? Groovy! As the night gets later, it’s time for bed. This cool cat needs to catch some ZZZs, but Pete’s friends aren’t ready to go to sleep just yet. Then Pete has another idea…Will it work?

Free door hanger included inside!

Hey, Seymour!

Hey, Seymour!Hey, Seymour!
By Walter Wick

A new search-and-find, fold-out adventure from bestselling photographer/author Walter Wick in this oversized gift book! A new and exciting page-turning, lift-the-flap, search-and-find extravaganza by Walter Wick!

Curious seekers will expand the fun as they lift up the pages to discover that something has changed and it’s time to solve a brand-new riddle! All of Walter Wick’s beautiful photographs include the character of Seymour (from the Can You See What I See? series) and introduce Seymour’s new dog, Buttons. Join Seymour and Buttons on their search-and-find adventure!

What Pet Should I Get?

What Pet Should I GetBy Dr. Seuss

A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss!

This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment choosing a pet and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!

Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.

An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss s pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get?.


Tucky Jo and Little Heart

Tucky JoBy Patricia Polacco

Friendship, loyalty, and kindness stand the test of time in this heartwarming World War II-era picture book based on a true story from the beloved author-illustrator of Pink and Say and The Keeping Quilt.

Tucky Jo was known as the “kid from Kentucky” when he enlisted in the army at age fifteen. Being the youngest recruit in the Pacific during World War II was tough. But he finds a friend in a little girl who helps him soothe his bug bites, and he gets to know her family and gives them some of his rations. Although the little girl doesn’t speak English, Tucky Jo and Little Heart share the language of kindness. Many years later, Tucky Jo and Little Heart meet again, and an act of kindness is returned when it’s needed the most in this touching picture book based on a true story.

The Stranded Whale

Stranded WhaleBy Jane Yolen, illustrated by Melanie Cataldo

Tender and heartrending, Jane Yolen’s clear-eyed tale of a child’s effort to rescue a beached whale evokes a fierce love of wildlife and a universal sense of loss.

Sally and her brothers are walking home from school along the dunes in their Maine town when they come upon an enormous whale. He’s stranded on the beach. Her brother runs for help, and many people rally to respond, but the tide is going out quickly and the whale is just so big. Still, Sally is able to sit near the whale s massive eye and tell him he’s beautiful and strong, and that she will miss him no matter what happens. Master storyteller Jane Yolen and illustrator Melanie Cataldo have created an authentic portrait of vulnerability that is at once spare, moving, and honest.

Pete the Cat’s Train Trip

Pete the CatWritten & illustrated by James Dean

Pete the Cat is back in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean’s beginning reader Pete the Cat’s Train Trip. Pete can’t wait to visit Grandma, especially because he gets to take a train ride to see her! The conductor gives Pete a tour of the train, and Pete gets to see the engine and honk the horn. Pete even makes new friends and plays games on board. What a cool ride!

Pete the Cat’s Train Trip is a My First I Can Read Book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. Fans of Pete the Cat will delight as Pete takes the grooviest train trip in this hilarious I Can Read adventure.

National Geographic Readers: Rocks and Minerals


Rocks and MineralsBy Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

From dazzling gemstones to sparkling crystals to molten lava, this brilliantly illustrated book introduces children to the exciting world of rocks and minerals, including both the building blocks and the bling. This level two reader, written in easy-to-grasp text, will help cultivate the geologists of tomorrow!

This high-interest, educationally vetted series of beginning readers features the magnificent images of National Geographic, accompanied by texts written by experienced, skilled children’s book authors. The inside back cover of the paperback edition is an interactive feature based upon the book. Level 1 books reinforce the content of the book with a kinesthetic learning activity. In Level 2 books readers complete a Cloze letter, or fun fill-in, with vocabulary words.