Picture Books

Hi, Koo! : a year of seasons
Muth, Jon J.

Jon J Muth--and his delightful little panda bear, Koo--challenge readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with twenty-six haikus about the four seasons.

Monday, Wednesday, and every other weekend
Stanton, Karen, 1960-

Although Henry enjoys the time he spends at his mother's apartment and his father's house, his dog Pomegranate gets confused about which place is home.

Say hello like this!
Murphy, Mary, 1961-, author.

This lively split-page-format book shows how animals say hello with different sounds.

Zoom! zoom! : sounds of things that go in the city
Burleigh, Robert.

From morning's joggers until night's last train, a boy notices and enjoys the many sounds made by people and things in a big city.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch
Isaacs, Anne.

In 1870, Tulip Jones, a wealthy, self-reliant widow from England, acquires the By-Golly Gully Ranch in Texas and soon finds herself saddled with 1000 suitors.

Little poems for tiny ears
Oliver, Lin.
E-I-E-I-O : how Old MacDonald got his farm (with a little help from a hen)
Sierra, Judy.

"Once upon a time, Old MacDonald didn't have a farm. He just had a yard--a yard he didn't want to mow. But then, under the direction of the wise (and ecologically sensitive) Little Red Hen, Mac learns to look at the environment in a very different way, and whole new worlds start to bloom."--Dust jacket.

It wasn't me
Jeffers, Oliver, author, illustrator.

"Hueys may look the same, think the same, and even do the same things, but that doesn't mean they can't disagree. The only problem is, they can't seem to agree on what they didn't agree on in the first place! Which ultimately leads to an even bigger disagreement"-- Provided by publisher.

Under the same sun
Robinson, Sharon, 1950- author.

It is Grandmother Bibi's ninetieth birthday and when she travels to Tanzania from America to visit her son and grandchildren they surprise her with a birthday safari.

Dream dog
Berger, Lou.

Harry cannot have the dog he desperately wants because of his father's sensitive nose, so he uses his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet to create Waffle, the dog of his dreams.

Buddy and the bunnies in: Don't play with your food
Shea, Bob.

"A monster named Buddy is determined to eat some cute little bunnies, until they prove to be more enjoyable as playmates"-- Provided by publisher.

Baby Bear
Nelson, Kadir.

As Baby Bear tries to find his way home through the forest, he asks many different woodland creatures for help and finds that much of their advice is more comforting than helpful.

Catching kisses
Gibson, Amy (Amy S.), author.

A journey of the heart follows a handful of kisses as it travels throughout the United States from San Francisco and New Orleans to New York City.

Paul meets Bernadette
Lamb, Rosy author, illustrator.

"Paul is a fish who used to go around in circles. He made big circles and little circles. He circled from left to right and from right to left. He circled from top to bottom and from bottom to top. What else was there to do? Until one day Bernadette drops in and shows Paul that there is a whole world out there, right outside his bowl, with so many things to see"--Book jacket.

Junkyard
Austin, Mike, 1963-

Munching Machines enter a huge junkyard and consume all of the waste, then smooth the ground, plant trees and flowers, create a lake and playground, and much more.

Old Mikamba had a farm
Isadora, Rachel.

The inhabitants of Old Makimba's farm in Africa, including a baboon, an elephant, and a lion, are described, verse by verse. Includes facts about African animals.

Fossil
Thomson, Bill, 1963-
Fraidyzoo
Heder, Thyra.

Little T remembers that she was frightened last time her family visited the zoo but not why, so her creative family helps by imitating animals from A to Z until she recalls exactly what caused her fear.

Knock knock : my dad's dream for me
Beaty, Daniel.

"A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there"-- Provided by publisher.

City cat
Banks, Kate, 1960-

An easy-to-read book about a globe-trotting cat that crosses paths with a vacationing family in the great cities of Europe. Includes facts about the cities.

Dusk
Shulevitz, Uri, 1935-

A boy, his dog, and his grandfather go for a walk in the city at sunset to see the holiday lights.

Eat like a bear
Sayre, April Pulley.

Follows a bear from the time she emerges from her den in April after four months without food, through months of eating fish, ants, and huckleberries, to midwinter when the arrival of two cubs interrupts her long winter's rest. Includes facts about brown (grizzly) bears of the Yellowstone National Park/Glacier National Park region.

Bedtime monsters
Schneider, Josh, 1980-

A young boy conquers his fear of bedtime monsters after making a surprising discovery.

The silver button
Graham, Bob, 1942-

At the moment when Jodie puts the finishing touch --a silver button-- on her drawing, her younger brother pushes himself to standing and takes his first step. Elsewhere at that same instant, a runner chugs down the sidewalk, a soldier bids farewell to his mother, and a man plays with his granddaughter in the park.

How to train a train
Eaton, Jason Carter.

A whimsical guide to training a "pet train" instructs young enthusiasts about important issues including where trains live, what they like to eat, and how to get them to perform the best train tricks.

Mr. Wuffles!
Wiesner, David.

"Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs"-- Provided by publisher.

Moonday
Rex, Adam.

When the Moon disrupts a town by lowering itself into someone's backyard, a child finds a way to return the Moon to its proper place in the sky.

When the beat was born : DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop
Hill, Laban Carrick.

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973, Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks, the musical interludes between verses, longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.

Ah ha!
Mack, Jeff.

With simple repeated text the story follows the ups and downs of a frog's day.

Mr. Tiger goes wild
Brown, Peter, 1979-

Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.

Martin and Mahalia : his words, her song
Pinkney, Andrea Davis.
Dozens of cousins
Crum, Shutta.

"At a family reunion, dozens of 'beastie' cousins spend the day running wild, playing in the creek, filling up on food, and making mischief."

Journey
Becker, Aaron, 1974- author, illustrator

Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

Crankenstein
Berger, Samantha.

A boy who looks ordinary transforms into grumbling Crankenstein when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or bedtime - but everything changes when he meets a fellow Crankenstein.

Bully
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.

A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully.

This is the rope : a story from the Great Migration
Woodson, Jacqueline.

A rope passed down through the generations frames an African American family's story as they journey north during the time of the Great Migration.

Niño wrestles the world
Morales, Yuyi.

Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.

No fits, Nilson!
OHora, Zachariah.

Amelia must continually remind her gorilla friend, Nilson, not to have fits, especially when they are running errands with her mother, but sometimes Amelia stomps and growls, too.

Count the monkeys
Barnett, Mac.

The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.

The story of fish and snail
Freedman, Deborah (Deborah Jane), 1960-

Every day, Snail waits for Fish to return and tell him a story but their friendship is tested when Fish asks Snail to take a leap out of their book to actually see a new pirate book in the library.

Max and the tag-along moon
Cooper, Floyd.

When Max leaves his grandfather's house, the moon follows him all the way home, just as Grandpa promised it would.

Toys in space
Grey, Mini.

A group of toys, left out at night for the first time, begins to be afraid but the WonderDoll distracts them by weaving a story of lost toys, space travel, and a strange alien.

Tiptoe Joe
Gibson, Ginger Foglesong.

A bear invites all of the animals to follow him through the trees, on tiptoe, to see a special surprise.

The pet project : cute and cuddly vicious verses
Wheeler, Lisa, 1963-

The child of two scientists sets out to do research into what sort of an animal would make the best pet and reaches a surprising conclusion.

Tiger in my soup
Sheth, Kashmira.

Left in the care of his older sister, a boy begs her to read his favorite book but she is too absorbed in her own reading even to notice when a tiger comes to life in the steam from his soup.

Bluebird
Staake, Bob, 1957-

A wordless picture book about the inspiring friendship that develops between a bluebird and a young boy.

How to bicycle to the moon to plant sunflowers : a simple but brilliant plan in 24 easy steps
Gerstein, Mordicai.

Too busy with school, soccer, and other activities, a young boy who wants to cheer up the sad, lonely moon presents the reader with a step-by-step plan for becoming the first human to bicycle to the moon.

If you want to see a whale
Fogliano, Julie.

Advises the reader about what to do, and not do, in order to successfully spot a whale, such as wrapping up in a not-too-cozy blanket, ignoring the roses, and especially, being patient.

Take Me Out to the Yakyu
Aaron Meshon (Illustrator)

A little boy's grandfathersNone in America and one in JapanNteach him about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions. Full color.

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!
Scott Magoon (Illustrator)

A classic tale with a timeless message gets a hugely hilarious twist. He's big. He's funny. He's not real. Or IS he? This clever twist on "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is told from the point of view of an unexpected narrator and, through snappy text and lighthearted illustrations, demonstrates the value of telling the truth, the importance of establishing trust, and (of course!) the possibility that a beast you created to get attention can become a real-life friend.

A Little Book of Sloth
Lucy Cooke (Photographer)

Cozy up with adorable baby sloths in this irresistible photographic picture book. Hang around just like a sloth and get to know the delightful residents of the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world's largest sloth orphanage. You'll fall in love with bad-boy Mateo, ooh and ahh over baby Biscuit, and want to wrap your arms around champion cuddle buddy Ubu! From British filmmaker and sloth expert Lucy Cooke comes a hilarious, heart-melting photographic picture book starring the laziest--and one of the cutest--animals on the planet.

Dream Friends
You Byun (Illustrator)

#147;[Reminiscent] of the classic 'Goodnight Moon' with its haunting, twilight-inflected color scheme." #150; The New York Times Book Review You Byun's sparkling debut establishes her as a major picture book talent. Melody has the most wonderful friend in her dreams. They do all sorts of magical things together. But when Melody wakes up, she's back in the real world, where she hasn't yet made a friend. Then her dream friend inspires her to make some moves that help Melody's dream of friendship come true. Ms. Byun's art is full of delightful details and fantastic scenes that children will want to pore over again and again.

One Gorilla: A Counting Book
Anthony Browne

Count from one to 10 with apes and primates. One gorilla, two orangutans, and three chimpanzees. Explore the family of primates and learn to count with former Children's Laureate and primate artist Browne in this exquisite picture book for the youngest of children. Full color.

Owly and Wormy, Bright Lights and Starry Nights
Andy Runton (Illustrator)

Out on a stargazing venture in this wordless picture book, Owly and Wormy discover that it's fine to be frightened--but it's better to be brave. Owly and Wormy want to see the stars! So they gather their telescope and their lantern and head out into the dark night, all the way to the edge of their branch. Try as they might, though, they can only see leaves…and branches…and more leaves. But these two friends are not about to let a little obstacle like foliage stop them. Armed with camping gear, galoshes--and their wits, of course!--Owly and Wormy set out once again. And this time there are even bigger challenges to face. What's that screee sound? What's that click click clicking noise? And what has happened to their telescope?! Owly and Wormy find plenty to be frightened of, but with a little bravery, they also find there are nearly as many helpful new friends on the horizon as there are stars in the sky. This wordless picture book conveys a nuanced narrative with charming illustrations that will appeal to even the earliest readers.

Leave Your Sleep
Natalie Merchant; Barbara McClintock (Illustrator)

This collection of classic children's poetry, adapted to music by Natalie Merchant, opens the door to a wondrous world filled with witches and fearless girls, blind men and elephants, giants and sailors and dancing bears. Leave Your Sleep features a daring and delightful selection, ranging from the beloved (e.e. cummings, Edward Lear, and Jack Prelutsky) to the undiscovered (the young Nathalia Crane). Natalie Merchant's brilliant musical renderings, selected from her highly praised album, share the stage with Barbara McClintock's richly imagined art to create a memorable reading, looking, and listening experience.

My First Day: What Animals Do On Day One
Steve Jenkins (Illustrator); Robin Page

The first day of life is different for every animal. Human newborns donâ™t do much at all, but some animals hit the ground running. The Caldecott Honorâwinning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page apply their considerable talents to revealing how twentytwo different species, from the emperor penguin to the Siberian tiger, adapt to those crucial first few hours of life, with or without parental help. Jenkinsâ™s vividly colorful cut-paper illustrations are eye-poppingly three-dimensional and as exquisite as ever. While the text is short and sweet, an illustrated guide provides descriptions of the twenty two animals in the back. Fantastic!

Ten Things I Love about You
Daniel Kirk (Illustrator)

Rabbit just adores his friend Pig. So he is excited to make a list of all the things he loves about Pig. And who better to help him write the list than Pig himself?But Pig is busy, and Rabbit can't take a hint. Fortunately, Pig's dwindling patience is rewarded when Rabbit completes his list--and the two realize exactly why they are such good pals.Rabbit and Pig's clever back-and-forth shows the funny ways friends bounce ideas and feelings off each other.

A Pet Named Sneaker
Joan Heilbroner; Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator)

Fifty years after the publication of Robert the Rose Horse come s Joan Heilbroner's second Beginner Book-- A Pet Named Sneaker, with illustrations by Pascal Lemaitre. A madcap tale reminiscent of The Cat in the Hat, Go, Dog. Go! , and A Fish Out of Water, Sneaker is the story of a pet-store snake who longs for a real home. When he is finally adopted by Pete--a young boy charmed by Sneaker's uncanny ability to twist himself into different shapes--Sneaker not only proves himself a good pet, but proves to be a good student (sneaking into school with Pete and learning to read and write); a good citizen (saving a drowing toddler at a community pool); and a goodwill ambassador for the entire animal kingdom (inspiring the community to open the pool to all animals)! With delightfully understated, wickedly funny illustrations by Pascal Lemaitre, this is a fantastic, funny book that will sneakily get beginning readers reading on their own!

Checkers and Dot
J. Torres; J. Lum (Illustrator)

Welcome to the wonderfully patterned world of Checkers and Dot! This sweet and striking series of board books has been designed especially for babies and tots. With high-contrast, patterned art for developing eyes, simple but memorable rhyming text for reading aloud, and cute-as-a-button characters, J. Torres and J. Lum have created engaging first books that little ones and their loved ones will want to cozy up with and read again and again. A simple, sturdy, and stylish new series for those just beginning to look, listen, and learn.Checkers and Dot begins with a hello and introduces the title characters and their pets, as well as patterns and shapes, before we say good-bye.

Bedtime Is Canceled
Cece Meng; Aurelie Neyret (Illustrator)

The note read: Bedtime is canceled . Maggie thought of it. Her brother wrote it. A journalist read it. This was big news. He reported it. Before they knew it, the whole city discovered that bedtime had officially been canceled, so no one went to sleep! Cece Meng, author of I WILL NOT READ THIS BOOK and TOUGH CHICKS , delivers once again with a pitch perfect cautionary tale, a wry parody of our information-glutted age, and heart-warming brother & sister adventure. Illustrated by French artist, Aurélie Neyret, who makes her U.S. debut with wit and whimsy. .

Noni the Pony
Alison Lester (Illustrator)

Meet Noni, a pony who's as zippy and fun as she is thoughtful and kind. Introducing Noni, the friendliest, funniest, and friskiest pony you'll ever meet! When she's not racing and chasing with her best pals Dave Dog and Coco the Cat, she's busy making sure they feel cozy and loved. Because Noni isn't just heaps of fun--she's a great friend, too. With its jaunty rhyme and bright, bold illustrations, this delightful picture book is sure to capture the imaginations and hearts of readers of all ages.

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington
Jabari Asim; Bryan Collier (Artist)

Booker dreamed of making friends with words, setting free the secrets that lived in books. Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, Booker began a five-hundred-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. When he arrived, he had just fifty cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true. The young slave who once waited outside of the schoolhouse would one day become a legendary educator of freedmen. Award-winning artist Bryan Collier captures the hardship and the spirit of one of the most inspiring figures in American history, bringing to life Booker T. Washington's journey to learn, to read, and to realize a dream.

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!
Wynton Marsalis; Paul Rogers (Illustrator)

The creators of Jazz ABZ are back for an encore! With infectious rhythm and rhyme, musical master Wynton Marsalis opens kids' ears to the sounds around us. What's that sound? The back door squeeeaks open, sounding like a noisy mouse nearby -- eeek, eeeek, eeeek! Big trucks on the highway rrrrrrrumble, just as hunger makes a tummy grrrrumble . Ringing with exuberance and auditory delights, this second collaboration by world-renowned jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis and acclaimed illustrator Paul Rogers takes readers (and listeners) on a rollicking, clanging, clapping tour through the many sounds that fill a neighborhood.

Too Tall Houses
Gianna Marino

Good friends learn a small but important lesson Owl and Rabbit are good friends and live in two small houses next to each other. They are perfectly happy . . . until Rabbit's garden gets in the way of Owl's view. So Owl builds his house a little taller. Only that blocks the sun from Rabbit's vegetables. So Rabbit builds his house taller. And soon it's a house-building frenzy and the two now not-so-good friends have the two tallest houses in the world! All it takes is a gust of wind to remind them that maybe living smaller and together is a much better way to remain friends. The creator of Meet Me at the Moon has delivered another wonderful animal fable for today's world.

Hello! Hello!
Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)

Outside the world is bright and colorful, but Lydia's family is too busy with their gadgets to notice. She says Hello to everyone. Hello? Hello! Her father says hello while texting, her mother says hello while working on her laptop and her brother doesn't say hello at all. The T.V shouts Hello! But she doesn't want to watch any shows. Lydia, now restless, ventures outside. There are so many things to say hello to! Hello rocks! Hello leaves! Hello flowers! When Lydia comes back home she decides to show her family what she has found, and it's hello world and goodbye gadgets!

Ralph Tells a Story
Abby Hanlon

Nothing ever happens to Ralph. So every day when it#146;s time to write stories, Ralph thinks really hard. He stares at his paper. He stares at the ceiling. But he has no stories! With the help of his classmates, Ralph realizes that a great story can be about something very little . . . and that maybe he really does have some stories to tell. Debut author/illustrator Abby Hanlon#146;s endearing text and charming watercolor and colored pencil illustrations prove that writing can be fun!

Jangles: A Big Fish Story
David Shannon (Illustrator)

Bestselling storyteller and Caldecott Honor artist Shannon instantly hooks readers with this stunning, highly entertaining tour-de-force. Breathtaking oil paintings bursting with energy pull readers along into Big Lake, the home of Jangles, the biggest fish anyone has seen.

Each Kindness
Jacqueline Woodson; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)

Each kindness makes the world a little better Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Maya is different--she wears hand-me-downs and plays with old-fashioned toys. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her gang, they reject her. Eventually, Maya plays alone, and then stops coming to school altogether. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya. This unforgettable book is written and illustrated by the award-winning team that created The Other Side and the Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon . With its powerful message and striking art, it will resonate with readers long after they've put it down.

UnderGROUND
Denise Fleming (Illustrator)

Discover the down and dirty secrets of underground creatures in this vibrant picture book from a Caldecott Honor medalist. What young child doesn't love playing in the dirt? And who hasn't wondered what goes on in the lives of all the creatures who live underground? Celebrated Caldecott Honor medalist Denise Fleming applies her signature bold and bright pulp-paper-collage style to a universal childhood topic in this dynamic, rhythmic book that's just right for reading aloud--and comes complete with a detailed glossary.

Little Elephants
Graeme Base

One little boy living on a farm in rural Texas gets a big surprise when he discovers tiny flying elephants under his bed. But his mom doesn't like critters in the house, so he tries to keep them a secret. Until one day they escape from his bedroom and cause havoc in the house. But when locusts invade the farm and start to destroy crops, the elephants come to the rescue! Bestselling author-illustrator Graeme Base has created a unique story with his signature illustrations, which are sure to appeal to young readers. Praise for Little Elephants "The minimal text wisely recedes for Base's gorgeous paintings, and the story's very implausibility is a large part of the delight... An offbeat and winning mix of earthiness and enchantment." -- Kirkus Reviews

What Can a Crane Pick Up?
Mike Lowery (Illustrator); Rebecca Kai Dotlich

What can a crane pick up . . . a truck? Yes, a truck! And a truck . . . And a truck . . . And a railroad car, if it gets stuck. A truck, a train, a car, a plane can all be lifted with a crane. From poet Rebecca Kai Dotlich and artist Mike Lowery comes a rollicking picture book about cranes--the kind that pick things up! We start with pipes and bricks and loads of steel and then move on to funny, whimsical objects: a cow, a ferris wheel, men in business suits, and an ancient mummy's case. With a rhyme that begs to be read aloud again and again, and quirky, exuberant illustrations, this book is sure to delight kids and parents alike. But watch out: Cranes pick UP--that's what they do! Look out, or a crane might pick up you!

The Quiet Place
Sarah Stewart; David Small (Illustrator)

When Isabel and her family move to the United States, Isabel misses all the things she left behind in Mexico, especially her aunt Lupita and hearing people speak Spanish. But she also experiences some wonderful new things--her first snow storm and a teacher who does not speak Spanish but has a big smile. Even better, Papa and her brother Chavo help her turn a big box into her own quiet place, where she keeps her books and toys and writes letters to Aunt Lupita. As she decorates and adds more and more on to her quiet place, it is here that Isabel feels the most at home in her new country while she learns to adjust to the changes in her life. Set in the 1950s and told through Isabel's letters to her aunt, Sarah Stewart and Caldecott Medalist David Small have created a charming and unforgettable young heroine who will win the hearts of readers in this story of immigration and assimilation.

Find a Cow Now!
Janet Stevens (Illustrator); Susan Stevens Crummel

A restless city dog is sent to the countryside to find something to herd, such as a cow. But since Dog has never seen a cow, he finds all the wrong animals. Full color.

Goldilocks and Just One Bear
Leigh Hodgkinson (Illustrator)

In this award-winning authorillustrator's witty sequel to the traditional Goldilocks story, Little Bear is all grown up and Goldilocks is a distant memory. One day, Little Bear wanders out of the woods and finds himself lost in the Big City. Will he find the city too noisy? Too quiet? Or just right? And what are the chances of him bumping in to someone who remembers exactly how he likes his porridge?

Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money
Emily Jenkins; G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)

A lemonade stand in winter ? Yes, that's exactly what Pauline and John-John intend to have, selling lemonade and limeade--and also lemon-limeade. With a catchy refrain (Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LIMEADE! Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LEMONADE!), plus simple math concepts throughout, here is a read-aloud that's great for storytime and classroom use, and is sure to be a hit among the legions of Jenkins and Karas fans.

Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover
Cece Bell (Illustrator)

Rabbit's carefully planned visit with Robot doesn't work out exactly as he imagined in this offbeat tale about two comically mismatched friends. Full color.

Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake
Kate Klise (Illustrator); M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)

Larry is a little lamb with a larger-than-life grandmother. She talks loudly, carries a heavy sewing machine, and has big plans to take Larry to Tanzania and the South Seas when he grows up. She even has a secret handshake. It's all too much for shy little Larry - until a summer storm blows through the Lambs' valley, and Larry finds an unlikely hero in his own family. Kate and Sarah Klise's gentle tribute to the bond between child and grandparent reminds us that it often takes time for little ones to fall in love - even with those who love them the most. Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake is perfect for grandparents and their own little lambs.

Vampirina Ballerina
Anne Marie Pace; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

Oh, to be a ballerina! It's a challenge for any little girl, but even more soif one happens to be a vampire like Vampirina. Full color.

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk
Colin Stimpson (Illustrator)

"Fee-fi-fo-fummy, I'm always counting money!" Jack and his mom run a little café, but business has dried up and they're nearly broke. So when Jack comes home with only an old can of baked beans in return for their last few pennies, his mother throws it out the window. Overnight it grows into a gigantic baked beanstalk, which takes Jack to the castle of a giant who spends all his time counting his huge fortune. Jack helps the giant to find something more fun to do, and saves the café in the process!

I Like Old Clothes
Mary Ann Hoberman; Patrice Barton (Illustrator)

I like old clothes, / Hand-me-down clothes, / Worn outgrown clothes, / Not-my-own clothes . . . . Originally published by Knopf in 1976 (with illustrations by Jacqueline Chwast), this poem--an exuberant celebration of hand-me-down clothes--is just as relevant and accessible today as it was over 30 years ago. Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman offers a bouncy, fun-to-read-aloud text and a refreshingly agreeable, resourceful protagonist who likes old clothes for their "history" and "mystery." Illustrator Patrice Barton brings new, contemporary life to the poem, with an adorable little girl and her younger brother playing dress-up, making crafts, and happily treasuring their hand-me-downs.

Create with Maisy: A Maisy First Arts-and-Crafts Book
Lucy Cousins (Illustrator)

Easy, safe, and fun, these craft projects for the very young were put together and photographed by Cousins herself. Children as young as two will be thrilled to follow Maisy's lead as she instructs them on creating 17 simple crafts. Full color.

Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!
Hyewon Yum

On the first day of school, one boy is very, very excited, and one mom is very, very worried. It's a child's first day of kindergarten, but who is worried about all the new people and the different things he'll meet--the child? No! The mother. In a refreshing reversal of roles, the child takes it upon himself to comfort and reassure his mother that everything will be fine, she'll get used to him going to big-kid school, and yes, he is ready for the first day of kindergarten. Utterly charming in its simplicity, Yumplayfully uses size and color to reveal emotions of this milestone beginning.

Don't Squish the Sasquatch!
Kent Redeker; Bob Staake (Illustrator)

When Senor Sasquatch boards the bus, he makes one thing perfectly clear to driver: he doesn’t like to be squished. But as the bus travels along its route, other passengers get on--like Miss Elephant Shark, Mr. Octo-Rhino and Miss Whale Goat! Soon senor Sasquatch finds himself at risk...of being squished!

Small Bunny's Blue Blanket
Feeney Tatyana

Small Bunny does everything with Blue Blanket. Blue Blanket helps him paint the best pictures, go the highest on the swings, and read the hardest words. They need each other. But one day, Small Bunny's mother insists Blue Blanket needs to be washed. She says Blue Blanket will be as good as new after. But Bunny isn't sure he likes new. Will his friend ever be the same? From the Hardcover edition.

One Two That's My Shoe!
Alison Murray (Illustrator)

When a mischievous puppy runs off with his owner's shoe, it's a race from one to ten to get it back again! Over the teddy bears and out the door, readers can rollick along with the canine trickster and count the scenery along the way. ONE TWO THAT'S MY SHOE! is a twist on charming verse, brought to life by Alison Murray’s simple words and whimsical illustrations. For readers looking for a fun story they can count on, this book is one they're sure to read again and again.

Happy Like Soccer
Maribeth Boelts; Lauren Castillo (Illustrator)

Boelts and Castillo present a warmhearted story about a young girl who finds a way to bring together the two things that make her most happy--soccer and her family. Full color.

Red Knit Cap Girl
Naoko Stoop

Red Knit Cap Girl is a little girl with a big dream -- to meet the Moon. Red Knit Cap Girl lives with her animal friends in an enchanted forest. There is so much to see and do, but more than anything Red Knit Cap Girl wishes she could talk to the Moon. Join Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends on a journey of curiosity, imagination, and joy as they search for a way to meet the Moon. Gorgeously illustrated on wood grain, Red Knit Cap Girl's curiosity, imagination, and joy will captivate the hearts of readers young and old as her journey offers a gentle reminder to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us.

A Home for Bird
Philip C. Stead

While out foraging for interesting things, Vernon the toad finds a new friend - a small blue bird who is curiously silent. Vernon shows Bird the river and the forest and some of his other favorite things, but Bird says nothing. Vernon introduces Bird to his friends, Skunk and Porcupine, but Bird still says nothing. "Bird is shy," says Vernon, "but also a very good listener." Vernon worries that Bird is silent because he misses his home, so the two set off on a journey to help find a home for Bird. This is a tender tale of a thoughtful friend who is determined to help his quiet companion, by the author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee , winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.

Dragons Love Tacos
Adam Rubin; Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

This scrumptious read-aloud has a whole lot of kick! Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble. The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

I Know a Wee Piggy
Kim Norman; Henry Cole (Illustrator)

A clever, colorful read-aloud in the tradition of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly A fun day at the fair becomes color chaos when one boy's energetic pig gets loose. Upside down, piggy wallows in brown, but that's only the beginning of this cumulative, rhyming text. Soon, he's adding a rinse of red (tomatoes), a wash of white (milk), a pinch of pink (cotton candy), and many more. Can piggy be caught before he turns the whole fair upside down? With exuberant art by Henry Cole, this wild pig chase is a natural choice for teaching colors and begs to be read aloud.

Hide and Seek
Il Sung Na

As Elephant counts from one to ten, all the animals find special places to hide. When it's time to seek, will he be able to find everyone . . . even Chameleon? Like Na's previous books, Hide & Seek offers rich illustrations, bright colors, and a simple, spare text--all wrapped up in a beautiful kid-friendly package. Elephant counts from one to ten in big, bold numerals, and there's an additional butterfly on each spread, giving readers something to count as the story goes along. Kids will also love spotting the camouflaged chameleon on every page!

The Hueys: The New Sweater
Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)

A brand-new series and cast of characters from the mind of Oliver Jeffers The Hueys are small and mischievous, unique compared to the world's other creatures--but hardly unique to one another. You see, each Huey looks the same, thinks the same, and does the same exact things. So you can imagine the chaos when one of them has the idea of knitting a sweater! It seems like a good idea at the time--he is quite proud of it, in fact--but it does make him different from the others. So the rest of the Hueys, in turn, decide that they want to be different too! How? By knitting the exact same sweater, of course! The first in a series of child-and-consumer-friendly books, Oliver Jeffers proves that standing apart can be accomplished even when standing together.

You Are a Lion! and Other Fun Yoga Poses: And Other Fun Yoga Poses
Taeeun Yoo (Illustrator)

With simple instructions and bright, clear illustrations, award-winning artist Taeeun Yoo invites children to enjoy yoga by assuming playful animal poses. And she sparks their imagination further by encouraging them to pretend to be the animal - to flutter like a butterfly, hiss like a snake, roar like a lion and more. Yoga is great for kids because it promotes flexibility and focus - and it's relaxing good fun! The charming pictures of children and animals and the lyrical text make this gentle introduction to yoga a book to be treasured.

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas
Tony Wilson; Sue deGennaro (Illustrator)

In this modern take on the tale of the Princess and the Pea, Prince Henrik decides that sometimes real princesses can be too sensitive! Prince Henrik wants to marry an outdoorsy kind of girl, and he knows just how to find her: instead of a single pea tucked into a pile of bedding, Henrik tests prospective brides with an entire packet of frozen peas shoved under a flimsy camping mattress. Henrik despairs as princess after princess complains. He begins to believe he'll never find the girl of his dreams, until one day she shows up unexpectedly in the form of his old friend, Pippa. Pippa is all too happy to join Henrik in pitching a tent or playing a hard game of hockey, after which she finds the perfect use for that packet of frozen peas! In this remix of the fairy tale, Tony Wilson and Sue DeGennaro deliver a freshly humorous take on one prince's search for the just-right girl of his dreams.

Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos
Susan Middleton Elya; Dan Santat (Illustrator)

At the station, sirens sound. Corazones start to pound. "House fire!" says el capitn. "Fuego! Get your helmets on!" So begins a rollicking race to save a burning casa from the roaring flames-and these bomberos are up to the task, with hoses ready and sirens blaring. Spanish words sprinkled throughout the lively text-plus a glossary at the end-will enrich young readers as they cheer for the firefighters to save the day.

Magritte's Marvelous Hat
D. B. Johnson (Illustrator)

D.B. Johnson writes and illustrates the surreal story of famous surrealist painter Rene Magritte and his very mysterious (and mischievous!) hat. While the art reflects some of Magritte's own work, the text sets readers on a fun and accessible path to learning about the simpler concepts behind Mr. Magritte's work. This delightful picture book captures the playfulness and the wonderment of surrealist art. Four transparent pages add yet another level of surrealism to the illustrations as pictures can be altered with the turn of a page.

Boy and Bot
Ame Dyckman; Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator)

One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies--applesauce, reading a story--don't help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep. Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him? Using the perfect blend of sweetness and humor, this story of an adorable duo will win the hearts of the very youngest readers.

More
I. C. Springman; Brian Lies (Illustrator)

One magpie, lots of stuff, and a few friendly mice show us that less is more.

The Lonely Book
Kate Bernheimer; Chris Sheban (Illustrator)

When a wonderful new book arrives at the library, at first it is loved by all, checked out constantly, and rarely spends a night on the library shelf. But over time it grows old and worn, and the children lose interest in its story. The book is sent to the library's basement where the other faded books live. How it eventually finds an honored place on a little girl's bookshelf-and in her heart-makes for an unforgettable story sure to enchant anyone who has ever cherished a book. Kate Bernheimer and Chris Sheban have teamed up to create a picture book that promises to be loved every bit as much as the lonely book itself. From the Hardcover edition.

Falcon
Tim Jessell

A young boy imagines what it would be like to fly as a falcon and see the world from on high. Soaring through the skies, he describes the sights and sounds of the world below. From snow-capped mountains to lush valleys, over rolling ocean and up rocky cliffs, Falcon will awaken the senses of every reader. From the Hardcover edition.

Faster! Faster!
Leslie Patricelli (Illustrator)

Hang on tight for more comic joy in this companion to the Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor winner Higher! Higher! A day at the park. A ride on Daddy's back. Run, Daddy! Faster! Faster! How fast can Daddy go? Faster than a dog? A horse? How about a cheetah? Must his feet even touch the ground? Leslie Patricelli reprises the duo from Higher! Higher! in another humorous riff on a favorite pastime - a laugh-out-loud-funny tale of few words about doting dads and high-energy kids whose imaginations know no bounds.

Sign Language ABC
Lora Heller

A is for ASTRONAUT, B is for BIRD, and C is for CRAB. Bold and bright, hip and cool, this striking ABC book is like none other: each page teaches children the American Sign Language alphabet through a combination of letters, hand spelling, and adorable illustrations.

Blue Sky
Audrey Wood

Bestselling author/illustrator Audrey Wood uses simple words and stunning art to celebrate the ever-changing sky. In Audrey Wood's bright, new concept book, a child and his family experience the fun of a sunny-sky day at the beach, then the electricity of a thunder-storm sky, and finally the magical delight of a rainbow sky. After the night sky fills up with stars, readers will be soothed by the pleasure of wishing on a star. Using only two words per page-"Blue Sky" "Cloud Sky" "Storm Sky"-Wood's enthusiastic playfulness will encourage young readers to make up their own simple descriptions of the sky above. Years ago, a teacher told Audrey how rarely her young students looked up. She asked them to begin watching the sky every day and keeping sky journals. They loved it! And soon that teacher saw great improvement in their learning, observing, and test-taking skills. Beautiful, joyful, and educational, BLUE SKY invites us all to be creative in the way we engage with the world--all the ingredients that have made Audrey Wood's books popular and timeless among readers young and old.

So You Want to Be a Rock Star
Audrey Vernick; Kirstie Edmunds (Illustrator)

Want to learn to play air guitar? Wear the coolest rock-star clothes? Sign your autograph for tons of fans? Then this is the book for you! Perfect for young fans of Rock Band or the Disney pop stars, So You Want to Be a Rock Star is the essential primer on everything rock 'n' roll. With a hilarious interactive text that encourages young readers to get up and move and perfectly retro illustrations that balance fantasies of stardom with real-world rocking out, this book has something for everyone--budding singers, musicians, and their parents, too!

Bugs Galore
Peter Stein; Bob Staake (Illustrator)

From the inspired team behind Cars Galore comes a new read-aloud buzzing with nonstop rhymes and swarming with comical retro illustrations. Bugs, bugs, BUGS galore creep, slither, stink, and squirm; scurry, fly - ewww, a worm! Dig in as a flurry of bugs of every shape, size, and color crawl across the page in a veritable infestation of whimsy and humor. Cars Galore creators Peter Stein and Bob Staake return to thrill (and gross out) bug enthusiasts of all ages, offering an in-the-dirt, high-in-the-sky critter tale sure to leave readers wiggling and stampeding for more.

I've Lost My Hippopotamus
Jack Prelutsky; Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)

Some of the animals in this book are real. They include: the hippopotamus (she's missing) the elephant (he's artistically talented) the octopus (it's great at multitasking). Others may not be quite so real. These include: the wiguana (very hairy, for a lizard) the halibutterfly (there's something fishy about it) the gludu (quite clingy). In the tradition of Jack Prelutsky's classic poetry collections The New Kid on the Block , It's Raining Pigs & Noodles , and A Pizza the Size of the Sun , here is a book packed with more than 100 funny poems and silly pictures. Most of the poems are about animals-some are big and some are small, some have unusual interests, and some are just plain unusual.

Z Is for Moose
Kelly L. Bingham; Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)

Z is for Zebra. Zebra is absolutely certain he'll be able to direct everyone to appear on the correct page, at the appropriate time, without any mishaps, unnecessary drama, or hurt feelings. It's the ABCs, for goodness' sake. How difficult can it be? Oh, dear. Zebra forgot about moose.

10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting and Color Concepts
Anita Lobel; Tim Bowers (Illustrator)

One by one, 10 very hungry rabbits find 10 very yummy vegetables for Mama Rabbit's soup pot. Caldecott Honor Book artist Anita Lobel combines learning to count with color concepts in this mouth-watering celebration of good things to eat. One big purple cabbage, two white onions, three yellow peppers, and so on through 10-garden vegetables have never looked so appetizing! Here Anita Lobel makes a delightful story for preschoolers with the two most basic early learning concepts, counting and color. And her beautiful illustrations of vegetables might even tempt picky eaters into new adventures in eating!

Crafty Chloe
Kelly DiPucchio; Heather Ross (Illustrator)

Fancy Nancy meets Martha Stewart in Crafty Chloe, the adorable DIY star of a new picture book series! When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe's friend Emma, Chloe decides she'll make a present--something you can't buy in a store. But crafting isn't easy, and it's beginning to look like she won't have a great idea in time. Fortunately, with a good doodle session and a whole lot of glitter to inspire her, Chloe figures out just the thing to save the day--and with a little help from her trusty glue gun, she just might save a friendship, too! This inventive and irresistible picture book will have young readers itching to reach for their googly eyes. Check out CraftyChloe.com to learn how to make the cool crafts featured in the book!

And Then It's Spring
Julie Fogliano; Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)

Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.   Julie Fogliano's tender story of anticipation is brought to life by the distinctive illustrations Erin E. Stead, recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic
Monica Carnesi (Illustrator)

What an adventure!On a cold winter day, a curious dog wanders onto a frozen river, Suddenly, the ice starts breaking up, and soon the dog is adrift and traveling-the unwilling passenger on a fast-moving sheet of ice.The dramatic rescue of this little lost dog, who traveled seventy-five miles in two days, is a true story that will warm readers' hearts. Mônica Carnesi's poignant text and charming illustrations perfectly convey the excitement of this remarkable tale, and readers will root for this little dog every step of the way.

The Cloud Spinner
Michael Catchpool; Alison Jay (Illustrator)

One small boy has a special gift-he can weave cloth from the clouds: gold in the early morning with the rising sun, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. He spins just enough cloth for a warm scarf. But when the king sees the boy's magnificent cloth, he demands cloaks and gowns galore. "It would not be wise," the boy protests. "Your majesty does not need them!" But spin he must-and soon the world around him begins to change. From author Michael Catchpool and illustrator Alison Jay comes a magical tale about the beauty and fragility of our natural world, and the wisdom and courage needed to protect it.

Jazz Age Josephine
Jonah Winter; Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator)

A picture book biography that will inspire readers to dance to their own beats! Singer, dancer, actress, and independent dame, Josephine Baker felt life was a performance. She lived by her own rules and helped to shake up the status quo with wild costumes and a you-can't-tell-me-no attitude that made her famous. From bestselling children's biographer Jonah Winter and two-time Caldecott Honoree Marjorie Priceman comes a story of a woman the stage could barely contain.

Penny and Her Song
Kevin Henkes

In this new Reader, Penny comes home from school eager to share her very own song, but must wait until the time is right to teach it to her parents and the babies.

E-Mergency!
Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator); Ezra Fields-Meyer (As told to)

It s an E-mergency! The letter E took a tumble and the only way to get her back on her foot is for people to stop using her. But who can take her place? The other letters have to make a decision ASAP. Z is too sleepy and Y asks way too many questions. Thankfully, O rolls in to try and save the day. Now E can rost up and got bottor . . . as long as ovorybody follows the rulos. This zany book is sure to tickle both the brain and the funny bone.

The Fairy Dogfather
Alexandra Day

 A young boy, Hector, has trouble differentiating the letters D and G. Thus when he writes a request to the universe for a fairy godfather, well, the Fairy Dogfather arrives instead. The Fairy Dogfather isn't at all what Hector had in mind. Instead of simply granting Hector's wishes, like a regular fairy godmother, he is a rather demanding visitor -

and Hector needs a present for his Mom's birthday right away!

Crouching Tiger
Ying Chang Compestine; Yan Nascimbene (Illustrator)

A Chinese-American boy gains a new understanding of his Chinese grandfather in this celebratory story of family, martial arts, and the Chinese New Year. Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi's meditative postures are slow and still, and Vinson quickly gets bored. He can't understand why Grandpa insists on calling him by his Chinese name, Ming Da, or why he has to wear a traditional Chinese jacket to the Chinese New Year parade. As the parade assembles, however, he notices the great respect given to his grandfather and the lion dancers under his training. And when Vinson is offered a role in the parade, he realizes that being part Chinese can be pretty cool--and is ready to start learning from his grandpa's martial-arts mastery in earnest.

Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing
Michele Borba

Includes: Book Discussion Guide and Resource Section with over 300 character-building books and videos "One of the most significant books published this year." -- "Publishers Weekly" "No parenting book I know of offers so many practical insights, workable strategies, and inspiring stories, books, videos, and other family-friendly resources for intentionally teaching these crucial character strengths." -- from the foreword by Thomas Lickona, author, "Raising Good Children" "A much-needed antidote to the waves of incivility, intolerance, and insensitivity sweeping through our nation's youth culture. Dr. Michele Borba offers parents a treasure trove of ideas for building the most neglected intelligence around: our kids' moral intelligence. I'd like to see a copy of this book in every home across America!" -- Thomas Armstrong, author, "7 Kinds of Smart, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom," and "Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius" "If you care about the future of ourchildren and our nation, read this important book! Perfectly balancing cutting-edge research with practical strategies, engaging anecdotes, and wise insights, Michele Borba shows us how to do what really matters most'to help our kids become good and caring human beings." -- Jack Canfield, coauthor, "Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul," and "Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul "This brilliant book will help anyone who lives or works with children build the skills and moral values that make cruel, selfish, and destructive behavior unthinkable. This book will save lives." -- Jane Bluestein, author, "Creating Emotionally Safe Schools and Parents, Teens and Boundaries: How to Draw the Line"

Bluegrass Courtship
Allie Pleiter

The celebrity host of TV'sMissionnovation,Drew Downing is comfortable with his fame. He's become accustomed to the cheering, starstruck townfolk that usually welcome him as he renovates churches countrywide.Usually.Then he and his crew set up in tiny Middleburg, Kentucky, to rebuild the church's storm-damaged preschool. The very lovely, very no-nonsense hardware store owner Janet Bishop is suspicious of Drew'struemotives. It looks like Janet Bishop's faith-in God, in herself and in love-needs some serious rebuilding. And Drew Downing is just the man for the job.

A Closer Look
Mary McCarthy

Imagine a picture of a vibrant flower garden buzzing with bees and a-flutter with butterflies and birds. That's where this book ends in its final illustration -- but it starts zoomed in so close that all viewers see is a black dot on a red background, which turns out to be a ladybug. Clear enough to communicate to very young children the concept of things looking different depending on one's distance from them, A Closer Look is recommended for children ages two and up.

Zoom
Istvan Banyai

Starting with an extreme close-up of an image that seems completely abstract, this wordless picture book pulls the "camera" (they're actually drawings) back farther and farther to reveal what viewers are actually seeing. We aren't going to spoil the handful of visual surprises that occur when, after turning several pages, you may think you know what's coming next; let's just say that any kid who likes looking again and again at detailed pictures and "reading" their stories will be rapt.

Bee and Bird
Craig Frazier

Similar in concept to Istvan Banyai's Zoom but executed much more simply, this wordless picture book will entrance visually oriented children who may be too young to appreciate Banyai's very detailed work. Using big, bold shapes, simple patterns, and bright colors, it traces the small travel adventure of a bumblebee and a bird -- but each new phase of the journey is shown in such a close-up illustration that viewers can't be certain what they're seeing...until they turn the page.

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea
Steve Jenkins (Illustrator)

Going down into the depths of the sea, this colorfully illustrated picture book provides a look at some of the amazing and unique creatures who call the ocean home, including the large sperm whale, the jellyfish that lights up in the dark and gigantic squids.

Over and Under the Snow
Kate Messner; Christopher Silas Neal (Illustrator)

The world may be hushed and white over the snow, but beneath the snow lies a busy, hidden world of squirrels, snowshoe hares, bears, bullfrogs, and many other animals who burrow underground for the long, cold winter. Using a father and daughter's cross-country ski jaunt to frame its tour of the woods' secret dens, this simple book evokes both winter's harshness and its cozy joys in gorgeous mixed-media illustrations with a mostly muted palette. Young science fans will appreciate the additional facts in the back of the book.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Joyce Sidman; Beth Krommes (Illustrator)

What a great marriage of science and art! Resulting from the combined efforts of a Newbery Honor-winning poet and a Caldecott Medal-winning artist, Swirl by Swirl is a visually striking tribute to one of nature's favorite shapes: the spiral. Both poetic (a spiral "stretches starry arms through space, spinning and sparkling") and informative (there are additional facts about spirals at the back of the book), this is a good book to share with very young children. Sarah Campbell's Growing Patternscovers similar territory for slightly older kids but shows patterns in nature using photographs rather than scratchboard illustrations.

Max's Castle
Kate Banks; Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)

When he finds a box of old toys beneath his bed, Max decides to build a castle with a set of alphabet blocks -- even though his big brothers think he's too old for such baby stuff. Little do they know what sort of adventure they're in for! Kids who are beginning to clue in to the joys of wordplay will enjoy this story, in which Max spins an imaginative tale (using the blocks) and employs the power of anagrams to transform marauding pirates into "rat pies," a spear into "pears," and more. If this is right up your youngster's alley, be sure to check out the previous two books in the series, Max's Words and Max's Dragon.

Neville
Norton Juster; G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)

The boy who stars in this clever and gently funny book is pretty steamed about having been uprooted when his family relocates -- but he's also figured out an ingenious way to make friends in his new town. Wandering through the streets of his subdivision, the boy throws back his head and yells "Neville!" at the top of his lungs. Before long, this piques the interest of other neighborhood kids, all of whom seem fascinated by the mysterious and elusive Neville and help the boy shout out his name. The twist isn't revealed until the very last page, and we don't want to ruin it; trust us, this one's a winner whether or not your kid happens to be "the new kid."