Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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Hortense and the Shadow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316440790
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2017

What a beautiful book! This story tells an intricate tale about a girl named Hortense and her shadow. It’s a darker story, but teaches a wonderful lesson about gratitude and being true to yourself. 

-Lindsay


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The Wind in the Willows Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735842953
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Published: Northsouth Books - November 7th, 2017

Rediscover The Wind in the Willows with this beautifully illustrated new edition! The friendship, adventures and high-jinks of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad in this timeless story are perfectly suited for sharing across generations. 

— Laura


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The Lumberjack's Beard Cover Image
By Duncan Beedie, Duncan Beedie (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763696498
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Published: Templar Books - October 17th, 2017

Jim the Lumberjack spends his days cutting down trees and burning brush, until his activities disrupt the forest and take away homes from the creatures that reside there. As a result, Jim opens his beard to the displaced animals, but their new home in his beard disrupts his life completely. Jim has to make it right, so he and his animal buddies can live in harmony. This is a delightful story about animals, pancakes, the importance of nature conservation and being ecofriendly as well as practicing proper beard maintenance.

— Chris


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William's Winter Nap Cover Image
By Linda Ashman, Chuck Groenink (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484722824
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 10th, 2017

On a cold winter’s night, William is visited by a progression of animals of increasing size, each requesting a warm place to rest their head. When a bear shows up, the other guests are reluctant to share their space in bed, but William’s generosity has warmed them to accepting one last friend. Fun to read with expressive illustrations, this is a beautiful tale of sharing.

— Terri


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Night and Day: A Big Book of Opposites Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781616896508
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 10th, 2017

Such a down-right clever, unique, interactive book! You and your little one will have so much fun lifting flaps, turning pages and discovering opposites. Whether it’s left from right or outside from in, you will enjoy pulling this book off the shelf again and again. Even the big kids will like this one. :)

— Susan


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Love, Triangle Cover Image
By Marcie Colleen, Bob Shea (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062410849
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - October 3rd, 2017

Circle and Square are best friends until Triangle comes along and shakes things up.  From Madison’s own illustrator rock star Bob Shea comes a tale of change, compromise, and the unexpected magic of new friends.

— Andrew


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The Snowbear Cover Image
By Sean Taylor, Claire Alexander (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781910277430
Availability: Backordered
Published: Words & Pictures - October 3rd, 2017

From the first page, fun and vivid illustrations capture the magic of two siblings waking to freshly fallen snow. Ignoring the biting cold, the two venture out to build their Snowbear. But there's a slippery hill and a dark forest and all that lurks inside, just waiting. Grab your hot cocoa, cuddle up, and enjoy this perfect winter's tale. 

— Ginger


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Bruce's Big Move Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368003544
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 26th, 2017

Yes, he’s back, but now our favorite, grumpy bear is on the move. Join Bruce as he heads out on the open road and of course, whether he likes it or not, is joined by four geese and three mice. Will he truly find what he’s looking for? Find out in this highly entertaining and latest installment of the “Mother Bruce” series. This story will make the whole family laugh. Seriously! Even your older kids will appreciate the humor and illustrations. I know my fourteen-year-old surely did!

— Susan


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Flashlight Night Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781629794938
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Boyds Mills Press - September 19th, 2017

This gorgeously illustrated picture book takes readers on an adventure…all within the back yard. The beam of the flashlight uncovers marvelous wonders: A tiger’s jungle, a pirate’s ship, a giant squid! With simple lines, and storytelling pictures, this book is a fun read-aloud that inspires imagination.

— Jana


Yak and Dove Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Esme Shapiro (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781770494947
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - September 19th, 2017

A sweetly heartfelt book about friendship.  Yak and Dove are quite different in many ways, but in the ways that really matter they just might be perfectly matched friends.  You will be charmed by them both as they figure out the strength of their friendship, and the ways in which they make each other better.

-Kelly


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The King of Too Many Things Cover Image
By Laurel Snyder, Aurore Damant (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623368746
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Published: Rodale Kids - September 5th, 2017

A charming fairy tale with an important lesson!  King Jasper thinks that getting anything he wishes can solve any problem that pops up in his kingdom, but soon comes to learn that having more things might actually introduce new problems.  A fun and fast-paced adventure with a whimsical setting!

-Kelly


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It Starts with a Seed Cover Image
By Laura Knowles, Jennie Webber (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781910277263
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Published: Words & Pictures - September 5th, 2017

Gorgeous illustrations coupled with lovely rhyming text. Watch a single sycamore seed grow into a massive tree that provides a home for a wide variety of birds, bugs, and all sorts of wildlife.

— Susan


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Little Elliot, Fall Friends Cover Image
By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627796408
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Published: Godwin Books Henry Holt and Company - August 29th, 2017

Mike Curato has certainly done it again with his latest Little Elliot book. Beautifully illustrated with recognizable New York landmarks, you’ll enjoy following Little Elliot and best friend mouse out of the city and into the country. A gentle, charming story for boys and girls that ties in with the season.

— Susan


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The Bad Seed Cover Image
By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062467768
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Published: HarperCollins - August 29th, 2017

The amazing story of a sunflower seed as he travels, learns, and changes, with all the character development of a Tolstoy novel. Love it. Don’t be a bad seed.

— Andrew


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Creepy Pair of Underwear! Cover Image
By Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442402980
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 15th, 2017

We all love this hilarious book about a glowing pair of underwear. Creepy, yes, but maybe that is just what this big bunny needs in his dark room at night!

— Jamie


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Where's Bernard?: A Bat Spotting Book Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9783791372891
Availability: Special Order
Published: Prestel Junior - August 11th, 2017

A fun new spin on find the object books. Not only is it Bernard's birthday, but he is also having quite the adventure! Follow along with his story and help him find all kinds of hidden objects in this AWESOME GLOW-IN-THE-DARK picture! 

— Mandy


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Boo Who? Cover Image
By Ben Clanton, Ben Clanton (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763688240
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 1st, 2017

Boo (despite his scary name) is anything but...He's a shy little ghost that just wants to be part of the gang. An adorable and funny story that children can relate to.

— Mary


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The Only Fish in the Sea Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722828
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 15th, 2017

At the heart of this brave and daring rescue mission is a tenacious young girl's drive to set things right.  With comedically grave obstacles in her way, she and her companion set out with a boat, fishing gear, many pink balloons, and a large dose of patience.  Quirky and charming, this book will resonate with any child who has a heart full of moxie.

-Kelly


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Mighty Moby Cover Image
By Ed Young, Barbara Dacosta (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316299367
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

Spoiler Alert! Nothing is what it seems in this clever, mixed media version of Moby Dick, appropriate for even the youngest fans of the white whale.

— Lindsey


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Dogosaurus Rex Cover Image
By Anna Staniszewski, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805097061
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 1st, 2017

Ben adopts a dog and she is big—really big! Sadie says “roar” instead of “woof” and gets into a lot of trouble around town. That is until Ben finds a way for Sadie to help everyone. A hilarious story!

— Karen


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Whose Moon Is That? Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101932278
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

When a curious cat asks "whose moon is that?" other animals, the mountains, the sky, and the moon itself offer their own conflicting answers. This is a beautifully illustrated book with an even more beautiful sentiment. I thoroughly enjoyed this story!

- Mandy


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The Road That Trucks Built Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481495462
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Simon - July 25th, 2017

This is the book that's filled with noise, it will be read and enjoyed by lots of boys. This is the book that girls will love. It has machines and action and will cause a reaction!  PS rhymes in the book are much better!

-Mary


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What George Forgot Cover Image
By Kathy Wolff, Richard Byrne (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781619638716
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - July 3rd, 2017

A joyous story about preparing for a school day. But George is sure he forgot something…Bypass the anxiety and enjoy the fun of getting ready in the morning!

-Jamie


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Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten Cover Image
By Deborah Underwood, Ned Young (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423175681
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 27th, 2017

Beginning with a positive sibling interaction, this back to school story stars a very imaginative dinosaur named Arnold. His creativity is never compromised, giving Arnold the time he needs to adjust and the message that it’s okay to be who you are. Colorful active illustrations add to the positive tone.

— Jamie


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First Day Cover Image
By Andrew Daddo, Jonathan Bentley (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780733332715
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Published: ABC Books - June 20th, 2017

That first day can be a little rough….on Mom! This gentle book is positive the whole way through, with the daughter reassuring Mom—even lending Mom her doll for support! Charming.

— Jamie


The Giant of Jum Cover Image
By Elli Woollard, Benji Davies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627795159
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 11th, 2017

A sing-song tale of a giant in search of a snack, who ends up finding friendship instead….well, there is cake! A great reminder to little ones on how to get along with others, without being preachy.

- Jamie


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Sister Day! Cover Image
By Lisa Mantchev, Sonia Sanchez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481437950
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - June 13th, 2017

It’s tough to have a sister day when your sister is SOOOOO busy!  Although Lizzie wants to hang out with her sister who has such great ideas, it seems Lizzie has a few good ones of her own. A sweet, modern portrayal of sisters who finally make time for each other.

— Jamie