Bill Peet books ROCK! This is my favorite due to its message of kindness, tucked brilliantly into a clever and funny story. Each animal finds themself in need of help after refusing to help the one before. Finally, the elephant comes to the rescue of all (with little thanks). Who will repay his kindness when he finds himself in a tough spot?! A super fun read-aloud!
Mrs. Katz and Tush is Patricia Polacco at her best – charming illustrations, honest characters, and a fun, heartwarming story. It follows the unlikely friendship between the young Larnel and the elderly Mrs. Katz, and their mutual friend Tush the cat. The characters cover a spectrum of diversity – race, age, religion – and the story is all about empathy building. And as a Wild Rumpus bonus – Tush has no tail!!
Join Linnea and her neighbor Mr. Bloom as they travel to France to explore the world of Claude Monet. A story interspersed with pictures of Monet’s paintings, house, and life while entwined with the joyful story of Linnea as she discovers the joy of art, flowers, France, and above all the brilliance of Claude Monet!
Introducing Ferdinand...his own kind of bull. Instead of butting heads and fighting like the other bulls, he prefers to sit quietly under his favorite cork tree and smell the flowers. Even when faced with a trip to the ring, Ferdinand stays true to his peaceful nature.
You probably shouldn't open this book. It says so right on the cover. Who knows what wild things you could unleash? Monkeys? Toucans? Absolute chaos?? You don't want to be responsible for that, do you? I didn't think so. Buuuut...I mean, it never hurts to peek...right?
Well, you can't say I didn't warn you.
If it's existential animal tales you're after, this is the book for you! Zoboli's uncanny story tells of a cat with an unusual conundrum. He can't stop thinking about mice -- not because he wants to eat them, but because "If I don't think about them, who will?" Rife with surrealist themes, minimalist illustrations, and lots and LOTS of mice, A Most Mysterious Mouse proves that even the oddest of passions are worth pursuing.
When Ida becomes ill, her and Gus’s lives change. Some days with the illness are good, some days are not. When it becomes clear that Ida will not improve, both bears must come to terms with what will inevitably come to be. With beautiful illustrations, Ida, Always is a touching, tender tale of experiencing loss.
Cleonardo comes from a long line of great inventors, but try as she might to aid her father with his machines, her ideas never seem to meet the family’s traditional expectations. With her own style of invention, Cleonardo finds it difficult to see eye to eye with her father’s methods. When the town holds its annual invention competition, Cleonardo accepts the challenge and puts her unique take on engineering to create something marvelous - and inadvertently saves the day! A warm-hearted book about supporting each other’s ideas and proudly embracing your own set of skills.
I remember launching my first bottle overboard the ferry boat, imagining who it would eventually reach as the current swept it away. Meet the Uncorker—he fishes out messages in bottles to ensure they land in the hands they are intended for. Michelle Cuevas delivers us words that bob gently along a lyrical tale. In textured hues of weathered sea glass, sandy beaches, and seaside mist, Stead’s art perfectly captures this inviting story and the characters that reside there. Don’t let this clam-hugged pearl wash away with the tide.
No one ever expects to become a refugee, fleeing for their lives and leaving everything behind. This story was created to bring light to the recent refugee crisis in our world, and approaches the issue with incredible grace and metaphor. Debut Italian author/illustrator Francesca Sanna weaves a heartbreaking and hopeful tale with her beautiful words and illustrations. The story is told from the perspective of two children as they cross treacherous landscapes and hide in frightening places with their brave mother, desperately hoping to find safety and a new life once again. A beautiful and relevant tale.
Dive into a richly illustrated tale of a tiny mouse as it sets its sights farther than any rodent before: the moon. Filled with intricate, beautifully executed illustrations, Armstrong ensures the reader of a marvelous adventure alongside the mouse as it invents one amazing piece of technology after another - complete with gorgeously drawn blueprints - in pursuit of its grand lunar endeavors. But such impressive plans won’t go unnoticed for long, and soon our protagonist has more to worry about than gravity. Once again, Kuhlmann delivers with this breathtakingly beautiful picture book.
First a question, or maybe two
then a guess, but that's not all you can do.
For Ada Twist works her experiments
in order to have her world make sense.
Enjoy the rhyme, the quests and the wonder of a budding scientist. Named after Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Marie's curiosity does one proud to be a daughter who can 'figure it out'. (Look for the answer to Ada's plight on the top of the last page, and you'll be right. And, parents, find a new use for the 'thinking chair', when tired of questions about who,what and where!)
Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. Not quietly to herself, not to her parents, and especially not out loud in her classroom. She gets nervous and tongue-tied and has herself convinced that reading is just not for her. But when Mrs. Dimple, the librarian, takes her into a room full of dogs and stands her in front of Bonnie, a big white canine, Madeline works up enough courage to give reading another try. Madeline Finn, with the help of her patient audience, becomes more confident and relaxed. A beautifully illustrated book that lovingly teaches confidence building.
The author captured my heart, the illustrator caught my eye. Here we have a child's honest story of love. It is simply stated, quietly observed, and sadly one-sided. Our narrator is nameless. His love interest is Sylvia, but she only has eyes for birds. Enter a rather LARGE bird in a shining feather costume. Now life becomes complicated for the narrator, but not for Sylvia! As a bird watcher, it is easy for Sylvia to see the bird for what it really is. Might it be love at first sight?
Looking for a darkly comic picture book with a surprise twist ending? Well, look no further. When a hungry young wolf sets out for some food, his manners get in the way. Though he politely honors his victims’ final requests for stories and songs, they have the nerve to actually run away! Will the wolf find justice? Will he ever eat again? Against all odds, and doubled over with laughter, you will likely find yourself rooting for this mannerly hunter.
It's the perfect time of year to snuggle up with a great book! Written in beautiful lyrical poetry, Stringer depicts the time of year when all the world is full of color and when the leaves "dance" to life. The illustrations enhance the text with Stringer's signature whimsy of line and shape and will delight readers of all ages and in any season.
When Liam asks his mailbox to send him some letters, it more than delivers! The only thing better than getting strange letters, packages and parcels, is sharing their kooky contents with a friend. Filled with puns, witty retorts and play-on-words, get ready for a case of the giggles in It Came In The Mail!
There once lived an old woman who loved to name things. She named her house Franklin, her car Betsy and her old bed, Roxanne. She only named things that she knew wouldn’t die before her. One day, a little brown puppy came to her gate. He was friendly and sweet, but didn’t have a collar or a name. The old woman fed him and told him to go home. Day after day, the puppy comes by, until one day he doesn’t and the old lady is worried.
This is the tale of Magnolia and how she learned the HARD way, that Alligators are not the best idea to bring for show and tell. Parsley’s whimsical illustrations and hilarious text make this a great story for all ages, not to mention a great story to read out loud.
“…tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life” (Mary Oliver). This luminous picture book offers a plausible answer: “choose your days, make them sunny or gray.” A simple, elegant treatise on living life to the fullest: leaving no work undone, play postponed or music unsung. Lovely.
Nino’s life is unexpectedly altered when his practically perfect imaginary dog is replaced with a real live pet. His mixed feelings about the new dog are finally eased after he dreams up a menagerie of imaginary animals to live sideby-side with his real one. With a color palette and visual details from the 70’s, and an evocative writing style, this spare story feels beautifully personal and true.
A phobia can be a debilitating thing, and this book sets out to prevent a common one. Readers meet a little girl who doesn’t like snakes, despite living in a household of snake lovers. One by one, she lists reasons for her dislike (They slither! They’re scaly!), and her parents and siblings take turns explaining what is neat and interesting about these characteristics. Full of facts, with colorful illustrations detailed enough to capture the remarkable features of snakes (but not too realistic for parents yet to be cured of their own herpetophobia), this is an excellent lesson in appreciating our slithery friends.
Originally published in 1956 in The New Yorker, James Thurber’s The Tiger Who Would Be King is a fable brought to life by JooHee Yoon’s moving and evocative art. The story is rather simple: a tiger wants to be king of beasts, except Leo the lion is already king of beasts, so they fight. JooHee Yoon’s artwork, printed in two Pantone colors, perfectly captures the messy nature of two opposing forces. Nearly sixty years later, Thurber’s fable is as relevant as ever: what is truly lost when two opposing forces will destroy anything and everything in the name of victory?
When a crown blows in on the wind, the sheep formerly known as Louis takes up the mantle of royalty and becomes Louis I: King of the Sheep. At first, his desires are innocuous—a scepter, a throne, a grand king’s bed—but they soon escalate into a life of excess. When his reign leads him to organize an army, then to banish any sheep that do not resemble him, he is well on his way to becoming a tyrant. Happily, an unexpected coup by the wind whisks the crown from his head and he goes back to being just plain Louis. How ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely’ for the swing-set activist.
A granddaughter recounts her favorite family story from the summer of 1914 in Gowganda, Ontario. Young Antonio explores the deep forest around his lakeside hotel home hoping to see animals. He finds signs of them, but they always stay hidden away. A sudden catastrophe brings him closer to them than he ever could have imagined possible. Sepia toned washes over pen-and-ink are like old etchings that put us right beside the artist’s grandfather. Bond shares a vivid memory more powerful than any tale one could invent. Perhaps it will spark a retelling of our own family stories…
Based on the true story of Cornelius Washington, a sanitation worker in the French Quarter who turned garbage collection into performance art, this book captures both the musicality and visual vibrancy of one of my all-time favorite cities. A tribute to the resilience of community, this tall tale is a wonderful modern addition to the American folk tradition and a terrific read-aloud.
This picture book tells the story of Hiawatha and his journey with the Great Peacemaker to unite the warring Iroquois nations. The story marches along at thrilling pace. The illustrations by Caldecott Honoree David Shannon are electrifying: lush, evocative and at times fierce. Readers will be pleased to find the story ends happily, with peace and the establishment of a tribal council that would inspire the founding fathers. Parents and grandparents might remember Robertson as guitarist of The Band (the book comes with a CD featuring an exclusive song). Kids will come to know him as a teller of riveting stories.
Jeremy’s ready to sleep when he hears a strange sound coming from under his bed. He tries to deal with it on his own, but who can sleep when a feathered snake or swamp skeleton may be hiding under the bed? His parents try to reassure him, but to no avail! Finally, Dad leads them out into the dark night to put their fears to rest once and for all. Pick up this imaginative picture book from internationally acclaimed author and illustrator Kitty Crowther to find out if Jeremy is able to get a good night’s sleep!
Based on a true story, this creative picture book tells the story of a dog lost, found, lost, and found again. A dog wearing shoes! Mini doesn’t understand that someone might be missing this little guy. She wants to keep him as her own. But when he runs off again and Mini is devastated, she realizes that the original owner is certainly missing the dog as well. After being reunited with the pooch, Mini searches for the real owner. Ko, through story and pictures, is able to impart a valuable lesson of empathy.
Poor, bespectacled Nerdy Birdy. He loves reading and playing video games, and he desperately wants to hang with the cool birds. They reject him, of course (they eat bookworms like him), but happily Nerdy Birdy quickly finds a whole flock of lightsaber-wielding, rubik’s cube-twisting birds just as nerdy as he is. When Vulture arrives and the cool birds reject her for being different too, Nerdy Birdy is sure that his new crowd will welcome her with open wings. When they don’t, it is up to Nerdy Birdy to show what true friendship and acceptance are all about.
Even if there were no words in this wonderful picture book, you would be able to enjoy the story just by looking at the expressions on the dogs faces! Mr. Bud has been leading a wonderful life. Naps, walks, tummy rubs, and treats galore. But wait, who is that new furry face that has arrived in his domain? Why, it’s Zorro the new pup, who has a mind of his own. Can Mr. Bud adjust? Will Zorro realize that The Bud was there first and is therefore the BOSS? Can this story have a happy ending? Read and enjoy. I did! Then read the follow-up books: Mister Bud Wear The Cone and Zorro Gets an Outfit.
Wild Rumpus didn’t just appear out of nowhere! It is a thoughtful and creative space. Almost 23 years old, Wild Rumpus has enjoyed many magical, happy years and has brought smiles to thousands of folks as they walk through the door (big or small). It’s architecture was inspired by The Salamander Room as you will discover when you sit down to peruse this wonderful book. The story of a little boy who transforms his bedroom from ordinary to extraordinary to make a space for his little salamander friend.
Spanning 400 years, this culinary history of blackberry fool also reveals social and economic change. And it’s a compelling excuse to make a sweet treat. Reading it makes a great prelude to spending the afternoon picking blackberries and whipping heavy cream with family or friends. After you’re done licking the bowl, you’ll want to return to the book to consider the importance and value of sharing such a fine dessert with the ones you love.
Peter McCarty shows us the thoughtful side of a terrifying T-Rex...who can't help how scary he is. Illustrated in soft tones and rounded figures, T-Rex ruminates on his own nature, contemplates vegetarianism, and remembers his mother. Truly, these creatures have been misundersto-- [reviewer eaten by T-Rex, who can't help himself].
When the moon follows a family home in the reflection of their car 's window, a beautiful but puzzling series of events occurs. Join a sleepy town as they navigate a day of night. Luminous illustrations bring this simple tale to life, and it's almost possible to believe that the moon may one day make a landing in your own backyard.
This book takes place inside a (real!!) 3 meter by 2 meter mouse mansion! Join Julia and Sam in a full day of adventures in this delightful home of miniature wonders! A whimsical setting, filled with I Spy-worthy scenery, you're sure to see something new every time you open this delightful book.
When Gritch wakes up all she wants is Piggie Pie, but there’s one problem, she is fresh out of piggies. So she hops on her broomstick and flies over to Old McDonalds’s farm. The pigs on this farm aren’t ordinary pigs; they are tricky, resourceful pigs. When Gritch lands she finds ducks, cows, and chickens, but no piggies. Pick up Piggie Pie and see if Gritch ever gets a slice.
In this beautifully illustrated retelling of the classic Grimm’s fairytale, Rumpelstiltskin spins straw into gold and Zelinksy spins words into a fanciful story. Follow the Queen on her quest to discover the name of the little man who helped her spin straw into gold, right up until he jumps on his cooking spoon and flies out the window.
Elegant art and text are in perfect harmony in this parable for mind-fulness. The simple story of a grand nature herein regards the deep moral questions that enter into a child’s day. See as Stephen with his shoe raised hits the pause button and imagines, the wandering beetle come closer into view. Enjoy your own moment to reflect before moving on to the next book. After all, one of every four creatures roaming our earth is a beetle . . . Should we not take notice?
On a cold winter's eve Skippy and his sisters come inside to drink hot catnip cocoa with 'mousemallows'. When the girls choose the story of Snow White for bedtime, Skippy stomps off to his room to imagine his own story. With the help of his chihuahua pals, Los Chimichangos, he is conscripted into the story of 'Snow What', the chihuahua version of the old folk tale. This book comes with a CD version spoken (and sung) by the author. Personal aside: I'm pretty sure that the character of Poquito Tito, the smallest of the small ones, is based on my dog Trowser, with whom the author enjoyed serious bonding time at her signing table. I'm pretty sure, but if I'm wrong, don't tell me. Yeah, that's Trowser!
Ever wonder how Keith Richards was first introduced to the guitar? This book tells the story of walks through London, visits to music shops, and nights spent plucking guitar strings. Granddad Gus helped Keith learn how to appreciate the guitar, the instrument that later lead him to be a rock star. Fall in love all over again with a sweet story of a grandfather and grandsons love for music, with beautiful art by Theodora, Keith’s daughter.
Sebastian is looking for adventure. One night he gathers everything he could ever need and creates a balloon out of his Grandma’s afghan. Along the way he encounters a very tall bird, shares a pickle sandwich with a real bear, and enlists the help of three old sisters. Come join Sebastian on the adventure of a lifetime.
Let me introduce myself. I am Mr. Frank and I have measured, cut, constructed, stitched, designed, patched and hemmed for over fifty years. I am a tailor, of course! There have been many stylish fashions, and the fabrics--oh the fabrics so special. But I now have an order which needs to be a work of art. It must be the perfect compliment to the most perfect person. After all, he is the dearest to my heart! Have you guessed who this may be? Take a peek into my shop and see for yourself!