There once was a pig who loved to watch the birds. Day after day, he dreams of flying, and begins to create his own inventions to soar through the air, but to no avail. Pig soon learns that asking for help not only brings in valuable input, but also joyous community around a good idea. Will Pig be able to get his dream off the
ground? Il Sung Na’s soft illustrations give this book a true dream-like quality, as Pig works hard developing his idea over and over again, with help from his friends. It celebrates the fact that, even if you have lofty and complicated dreams, sometimes the most simple of pastimes, like watching the birds, can be the most fulfilling. And—by the end of this book—who knows? Maybe pigs really will fly.
Skeptics, do not fret: finally, there are princesses all of us can look up to. Brown
reconstructs our narrow definition of what it means to be a princess, proposing a
new narrative of heroism. With the help of Wimmer’s fluid and soulful illustrations, we meet a myriad of genuine role models, from firefighting gardeners to
supermarket cashiers, all of whom fight their battles day by day. This gem is one of a kind in elegance and diversity.
At the edge of the no-go desert, under the stretching-out sky, imagination abounds.
A dynamic girl’s voice rings with pride and exuberance about the best thing in the village. Gather your crazy brothers and all you can find to build a bike from scratch. Clarke and Rudd collaborate on a world of possibility where you can only cheer for these engineers as they cruise bumpetty bump over sand hills, right through their mud-for-walls home and past their fed-up mum! Thick swaths painted over cardboard boxes vault you right into the homestyle fun of these spirited kids.
Bold and captivating. Morales vividly shares the story of her journey with her son
from Mexico to the United States. Leaving her heart and language behind, she struggles to find a sense of home, until they stumble upon the place that conquers all fear: the public library. Five-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales vibrantly captures the pure wonder of discovery, saturating each word and image with a purpose. Your heart will soar as you realize this feeling of joy exists in all of us
when we read.
The animal world is often typecast: spiders are creepy, porcupines are prickly, and gorillas are fierce. But each of these beasts has other sides, too. Gorillas, for instance, enjoy napping and are gentle parents to their young. As we learn more about each creature, its illustration changes from a stark, black-and-white image to one with subtle colors and nuance. The message of this book is clear,
but it’s welcome and, indeed, lovely.
Omu (AH-moo, the Igbo word for ‘queen’) has made a delicious red stew to have for her evening meal. Oh, what a wonderful stew, so full of love and flavor! A stew so rich creates a marvelous aroma—but it’s not just Omu who is anticipating
this comforting treat. The smell has wafted down to the street, and soon—KNOCK KNOCK! One by one, dozens of neighbors come by Omu’s door to get a taste of the marvelous red stew. Omu’s generous heart gets the best of her, and soon her pot is as empty as her stomach. What is Omu to do? This is a beautiful tale of generosity, community, and the joy surrounding food. The ending is sure to warm
your heart, just like a delicious bowl of Omu’s rich red stew.
How long would you wait for someone? Seasons pass and Bear waits faithfully at the bus stop. Robin casts doubt but Bear is not discouraged. The unmistakable
“faint noise like a hand sliding slowly across paper” harkens the arrival of Goliath. Who is coming? And what could be sweeter than patiently passing the time until a
best friend arrives? The scene is set; Damm’s diorama style images take friendship to new dimensions. So worth the wait.
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when an idea hatches in the mind of mouse. This idea needs an egg, but he doesn’t have one. There are many “Good
morning, neighbor,” greetings with much sharing, adding, pitching in, and providing of ingredients. This is a joyous group of woodland friends! When it’s time to eat cake, however, mouse is left out. “You didn’t put in anything,” said the other animals. Hmmm--just think about that. Any idea? Cali’s tale and Maria Dek’s artwork serve up the perfect recipe for sharing, with just a pinch of silliness on the side.
Little Star loves the big, delicious mooncake she baked with her mama and placed in the sky to cool. But when she wakes from her sleep, what happens when she can’t resist flying up for a little nibble? With illustrations as cozy and atmospheric as the night sky, Grace Lin creates an immersive modern myth that explains the phases of the moon.
In the high heat of summer, nobody wants to be in the barn. The dust hangs in the
air and lodges in nostrils, and the flies are merciless. But as the weather changes, the pasture grass passes its prime, and the wind bites a little, it seems like a great time to go inside. “Outside in the cold/ Hear the wind rattle/Come to the barn/ Keep warm with the cattle.” Margaret Wise Brown’s simple statements are the rigging for the full sails that are the glorious paintings of Jerry Pinkney. As things go slightly askew in our society, I can think of nothing finer than to come home to a barn and listen to the sounds of animals eating, exclaiming and co-existing in a warm communal space. Food, water, shelter, and books are what I wish for everyone!
Edward the giraffe has a problem. It’s a big problem. A looooong problem. A spotted, hairy, not-easily camouflaged problem. He’s convinced that everyone
around him sees it as a problem too, and he desperately wishes his problem would just go away. It’s only when he meets a new friend with a different perspective and
a longing for bananas that Edward realizes his problem might not be a problem after all.
Another masterful mystery from Chris Van Allsburg. In this tale, Widow Shaw finds herself in possession of a witch’s old worn out broom. Soon it is helping her with chores around the house and playing the piano for her in the quiet fall evenings. Superstitious neighbors, believing the broom to be evil, decide to destroy the broom. But all is not as it seems. This story of magic, mystery, fear and trickery is wonderfully enhanced by beautiful and haunting sepia toned illustrations.
At dusk, before the town goes to sleep, you might walk around your neighborhood and catch glimpses of life through windows, glowing like paper lanterns. In this gorgeous picture book filled with homages to The Snowy Day, Denos and Goodale team up to highlight the beauty of ordinary, everyday life and the joy of coming home.
While some people collect coins or art, Jerome collects words. Certain words jump out at Jerome: two-syllable treats and multisyllable words that sound like songs. In this brilliant picture book, Reynolds perfectly captures the beauty of children discovering the sounds and meanings of new words. Jerome’s enthusiasm will remind you to marvel at the magic of language.
Buddy the dog is devoted to his human family, determined to ‘play by the rules’ and constantly challenged by Earl, resident hedgehog. Earl delights in chaos, getting to the bottom of things, and inventing adventures for his friend, Buddy. Together, they make a hysterically subversive team! Check out all 4 books in the series!
John Jensen, a crocodile living in the mostly human Oslo, feels different. Is it his bow-tie? Or perhaps his tail? He tries to obfuscate his tail in various, sometimes painful ways until a friendly doctor convinces him to embrace his differences. This heartwarming story, with its deadpan humor and cartoon-ish drawings, makes me smile every time I read it.
Are you hungry? Well, you're about to be! This book celebrates the joy of preparing a meal from start to finish, when good food is shared with the ones you love. But there are a lot of steps to get there! Full of rhyming verse and bright illustrations, this story is a wonderful for introducing the joy of food with children. And, if you've never had bee-bim bop but are drooling all over this book, the recipe is included in the back!
Peaceful and poetic, four-time Caldecott honoree Baylor paints a picture of indigenous cultures and values using the southwestern deserts as her muse. Reading her work feels as powerful as a mantra, igniting a sincere appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of the natural world, along with the diverse people living amongst it. We all need a reminder that each and every day is a gift.
Maira Kalman fans, rejoice! Yet another reissue of this wonderful author and artist’s work is here! Max is a poet, dreamer, and also a dog. His greatest wish is to live in Paris and to sell his work—but who will buy his poetry? How will he ever live the life he dreams of? This quirky tale, full of Kalman’s rich illustrations, tells the story of unusual friendships, the details of home, and the pursuit of dreams.
Nia loves her awesome sixth birthday present, a pet turtle named Alfie, but she worries that their friendship is one-sided. She introduces him to her stuffed animals, sings to him and shows him her best dance moves, but despite her attempts to engage him Alfie seems disinterested. She doesn’t realize that Alfie spends that time in his shell loving her back, determined to find the perfect gift for his pal's next birthday..if he can only get out of his tank! A lovely friendship story, told from the perspectives of both human and pet.
My favorite Minnesota illustrator, Lauren Stringer, does a bang-up job of bringing K.L. Going’s biography of Frank Lloyd Wright to life. Little Frank’s mother sparked her son’s curiosity when she handed him different shaped blocks and encouraged him to experiment with building. As an older child, Frank observed the shapes that occur in nature such as honeycombs, shells, and trees and never tired of observing the world around him. Frank Lloyd Wright incorporated those observations and early block building into his designs and “changed the shape of the world” as we know it.
A mouse is gobbled up by a wolf only to find that the titular duck has made a cozy home inside its belly. "I may have been swallowed," says the duck, "but I have no intention of being eaten." But when a hunter comes after their new wolf home, the duck and mouse will need to come up with a plan to protect themselves! This charming and comical new classic featuring illustrations from the impeccable Jon Klassen is a delight from beginning to end.
Rabbit and Dog are neighbors, living in their cozy homes across the fence. And yet, they have never spoken, though each is curious about the other, and longs for a friend. That is, until the night when a star falls from the sky, and the joy of mutually witnessing such a magical event inspires each to do what they have never done before! A charming tale, full of whimsical details and the joy of new friendship, ‘On The Night of the Shooting Star’ is sure to warm your heart.
Oleomargarine is not part of a recipe--he's a prince. And he's not been 'purloined' as much as he's deliberately wandered away...as Twain weaves this bedtime tale to his daughters, he scribbles a bit of a loose plot. Many, many years later, Stead (the OTHER author) picks up the threads of meaning from these sketchy notes and seamlessly complements "what might have been if Twain had fully realized this work". Meet Johnny, Pestilence and Famine the chicken, skunk, weasel and an entire cast of creatures who will make you say and truly mean, "I am glad to know you".
From beloved author and artist Maira Kalman comes a reissue of a whimsical tale. A younger brother is having trouble falling asleep and wakes his sister to tell him a million stories! She agrees to spin ten short tales off the top of her head, of Mr. Zelikovitch and his pet chicken, of cross-eyed dogs dining at a fancy restaurant, of a green-faced cousin. Kalman’s charming illustrations perfectly capture the imagination of a child, and draw the reader into a world of whimsy and possibility. A perfect gift for long-time Maira Kalman fans and new readers alike!
Just picture crocodile 'LOOKING GOOD', from shirt and tie to--uhh, that's the surprise! Follow our affable reptile beginning with his daily toilette and through a myriad of city images and modes of transport. All manner of well-dressed wild animals mix in with the general populace, and it's all very mysterious. Where is crocodile going? What are his intentions? Who knows? There are literally no words for this telling of crocodile's capers. However, you too will be at a loss for words as croc's journey comes to an end. Awesome!
Puerto Rico celebrates a hero in this compelling biography about Arturo Schomburg at a time when good news is a welcome respite from hurricane recovery. From an early age in Puerto Rico to his adulthood in New York, Schomburg made his passion for highlighting the contributions of people with African heritage his life’s work. Weatherford stuffs this book with Schomburg’s discoveries about people like Phillis Wheatley and Paul Cuffee, but also with people whose ties to Africa had been whitewashed, like Audubon and Beethoven. Velasquez vividly showcases powerful portraits of those whose work Schomburg had collected and preserved for history to be authentic.
Oh my--Grandpa needs a new chair so that he can enjoy a good read. We, here at the Wild Rumpus, understand the importance for having the right chair for just the right person/cat. There is a rocker, an Adirondack chair, a hassock for two, a theater fold up, some overstuffed comfy chairs, captain's chairs and even a couple of tree stumps. They are all VERY well loved. Sit a spell with your favorite person and read what this Grandpa finally figures out about the art of selecting the perfect seat!
How many times did you wish that you were a ‘twin’ with your best friend? Enough to find out that you would actually not be very good at being twins? Yak and Dove are an unlikely couple, but when they start listing their differences, mayhem ensues. When Yak campaigns for a new best friend, he is sorely tested and then rewarded by Dove’s ‘audition'. When they bump heads about technology, Yak and Dove figure out how to plant the perfect noiseless garden. Opposites attract, and Yak and Dove are the perfect foil for each other!
Oh no! The Mystical Crystals of Life have been stolen! How are the good folk of the Forest going to restore the crystals before everything they love disappears? Only a daring quest, full of dangers, strangers, and picnics can save their beloved home. Perfect for lovers of Adventure Time, I Spy books, and those who like to PARTY!
If your children need a reminder that kindness still exists, read this book. If you refuse to allow your children to feel powerless to do anything to change the world, read this book. If you love teachable moments, read this book. The true story about a Ugandan girl who thrives due to both the caring of others and her own gumption is my recommendation for your antidote.
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!)