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.

The Nutcracker Mice

By Kristin Kladstrup. A talented ballerina mouse resolves to save her production of The Nutcracker in time for the holidays at the same time a 9-year-old girl struggles to protect the tiny mouse dancers her custodian father has been ordered to exterminate. By the author of The Gingerbread Pirates and the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

By Philip Pullman. A highly anticipated latest series set in the parallel world of His Dark Materials begins 10 years before the events of The Golden Compass and centers on the early childhood of Lyra, her daemon Pantalaimon, and the struggle between totalitarians and supporters of free speech.

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.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

By J.K. Rowling. An illustrated rendering of the third volume in the internationally best-selling series follows the efforts of the wizard Boy Who Lived to outmaneuver an escaped criminal believed to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord.


By Katherine Applegate. An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree’s trunk.

The Wonderling

By Mira Bartok. A debut novel by the award-winning author of The Memory Palace follows the experiences of a foxlike foundling with one ear who endures an oppressive life in an orphanage for part-animal humans until an unexpected act of courage leads to a friendship and a quest to discover his destiny.


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.

Happy Dreamer

By Peter H. Reynolds. A “dreamer maximus” describes the many ways one can dream, and the importance of being a happy dreamer.