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April 2015

New Picture Books

April 2015

Our April roundup includes THE GRASSHOPPER & THE ANTS by Jerry Pinkney, a stunning rendition of the famous fable that reminds young ones not to procrastinate; MY FOOD, YOUR FOOD by Lisa Bullard, illustrated by Christine M. Schneider, a book from the new Alike and Different series from Millbrook Press that explores how everything from outfits to language vary around the world; and CHANGES: A Child's First Poetry Collection, which sets a collection of seasonally-themed poems by the late Charlotte Zolotow against bright illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke.

An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns Written by Betsy R. Rosenthal with illustrations by Jago - Fiction

April 1, 2015


This fun-filled romp through the animal kingdom introduces collective nouns for animals through wordplay. Clever rhymes and humorous illustrations bring these collective nouns to life in funny ways, making it easy to remember which terms and animals go together. A glossary in the back matter offers further explanation of words used as collective nouns, such as sleuth meaning "detective."

Ben Draws Trouble by Matt Davies - Fiction

April 7, 2015


Ben loved drawing more than anything else in the world (with the possible exception of riding his bicycle). He drew boats as well as bicycles, sharks and spaceships. But most of all he loved drawing people. When Ben loses his sketchbook his world is turned upside down. Who will find it? And how will they react?

Bird and Bear by Ann James - Fiction

April 7, 2015


Bird and Bear are two friends who go on a picnic to celebrate Bear's birthday. While at the pier, they look into the water and see another bear and another bird. Have they found two new friends? Bird and Bear are so excited...until they understand that they were just their reflections. They are sad to have "lost" their new friends, but they both realize that they love having each other as friends.

Bunny Roo, I Love You Written by Melissa Marr with illustrations by Teagan White - Fiction

April 14, 2015

By Mouse and Frog by Deborah Freedman - Fiction

April 14, 2015


Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes into Mouse's story with some wild ideas? Chaos!...followed by the discovery that working together means being willing to compromise --- and that listening to one another can lead to the most beautiful stories of all.

Changes: A Child's First Poetry Collection written by Charlotte Zolotow with illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke - Poetry

April 28, 2015

 

First comes spring with birds building nests...
Summer with its abundance of roses... 
Fall with crisp falling leaves...
and winter with bright brushes of snow.
 
As the seasons change, there is new beauty waiting to be discovered. Charlotte Zolotow's classic poems paired with Tiphanie Beeke's lovely illustrations make for a perfect poetry collection for every child.
Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider - Fiction

April 7, 2015


Every kind of bird and beast has to sleep, but not Fred. His to-do list is far too long! Armed with plenty of imagination, this determined little boy and his attempts to resist bedtime are sure to strike a chord with today's over scheduled families.

Fish Food by Andy Mansfield and Henning Löhlein - Picture

April 7, 2015

 

One little sea worm is wriggling around, about to become FISH FOOD! But what about the little fish who swallows him? Or the bigger fish that swallows the little one? Each page turn reveals a surprise until—SNAP! A monster-sized fish grabs a little breakfast snack. Kids will love this surprising, hilarious story of an underwater food chain conveyed via innovative die-cut pages and pop-ups.

Gorillas in Our Midst by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones - Fiction

April 14, 2015


Gorillas can be hard to spot, because they are masters of disguise and really good at hiding. Gorillas often have jobs where they get to wear masks—that’s why so many gorillas are surgeons, astronauts, scuba divers, and ninjas. GORILLAS IN OUR MIDST is all silliness and fun, and is destined to become a new favorite. Kids will love spotting the gorillas on each page and are sure to laugh out loud at the gorillas’ many disguises. And, of course, a story like this can’t end without a surprising twist!

I Don't Like Koala by Sean Ferrell and Charles Santoso - Fiction

April 14, 2015


Adam does not like Koala, the stuffed animal. Koala is a little creepy. Adam tries explaining this to his parents. He tries putting Koala away --- far away. He tries taking Koala on a long, long walk. Nothing works. This darkly funny debut picture book from Sean Ferrell and Charles Santoso celebrates imagination and bravery while addressing a universal childhood dilemma: what to do about that one stuffed animal who just won’t stop staring at you.

Izzy & Oscar Written by Allison Estes and Dan Stark with illustrations by Tracy Dockray -

April 7, 2015


Izzy has always wanted a pet. So when an adventurous octopus squiggles into town, Izzy decides to keep him. Oscar is not very good at going for walks or playing fetch. (Although he is amazing at hide and seek). Readers will be tickled by Izzy's attempts to teach Oscar to behave like a dog, a parrot, a pony-and gratified by Izzy's realization that in the end we love others for who they are...eight arms and all!

Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Christopher Myers - Fiction

April 21, 2015


Young Jacob Lawrence finds inspiration in the vibrant colors and characters of his community in Harlem. From his mother's apartment, where he is surrounded by brightly colored walls with intricate patterns; to the streets full of familiar and not-so-familiar faces, sounds, rhythms, and smells; to the art studio where he goes each day after school to transform his everyday world on an epic scale, Jake takes readers on an enchanting journey through the bustling sights and sounds of his neighborhood.

Little Red Henry Written by Linda Urban with illustrations by Madeline Valentine - Fiction

April 28, 2015


Little redheaded Henry’s family treats him like a baby.  But he’s a little boy who wants to do things for himself. So with his family watching anxiously from the wings, Henry sets out on a glorious day of independence. In this charming reworking of the classic tale of the Little Red Hen, author Linda Urban and illustrator Madeline Valentine gently and humorously depict a family trying to find a middle ground between hovering over their youngest member and giving him room to grow.

Look Where We Live!: A First Book of Community Building by Scot Ritchie - nonfiction

April 1, 2015


In this engaging nonfiction picture book, five young friends -- Nick, Yulee, Pedro, Sally and Martin -- spend the day traveling around their neighborhood and participating in activities designed to raise money for their local library. They learn about the people and places that make up their community and what it means to be a part of one.

Look! by Jeff Mack - Fiction

April 7, 2015


Gorilla  will stop at nothing to be noticed by the boy with his eyes glued to the TV set. But for the gorilla, it’s going to take more than a quiet nudge to steal away the boy’s attention. When his usual antics fail to catch the boy’s eye --- look out! The gorilla has some other tricks up his sleeve.

Mama Seeton's Whistle Written by Jerry Spinelli with illustrations by LeUyen Pham - Fiction

April 14, 2015


When Mama Seeton whistles, her children run home for chocolate cake, hugs, kisses, and shared memories. But as time passes, they travel farther and farther away from the familiar sound. Can mama's whistle be heard all over the world, and bring her children home one more time?

My Food, Your Food Written by Lisa Bullard with illustrations by Christine M. Schneider - Fiction

April 1, 2015


It's food week in Manuel's class. Each student tells about something special his or her family eats. Manuel learns that families have different food traditions. What kind of food will Manuel share with his class? Join him to find out how deliciously different and alike food can be.

Should You Be a River by Ed Young - Fiction

April 14, 2015


This personally inspired poem by an award-winning author and artist celebrates the trials and triumphs of unconditional love. Using an innovative mix of cut paper, photographs, and calligraphy, SHOULD YOU BE A RIVER takes the reader on a breathtaking visual journey.

Sona and the Wedding Game Written by Kashmira Sheth with illustrations by Yoshiko Jaeggi - Fiction

April 1, 2015


Sona has never attended a wedding before and when her big sister is getting married, she is given the job to steal the groom's shoes. She's unfamiliar with this Indian tradition as well as many of the other magical experiences that will occur before and during the special event. But with the assistance of her annoying cousin Vishal, Sona finds a way to steal the shoes and get a very special reward.

Stick and Stone Written by Beth Ferry with illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld - Fiction

April 7, 2015


When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor? Author Beth Ferry includes a subtle anti-bullying message even the youngest reader will understand. New York Times bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld imbues Stick and Stone with energy, emotion, and personality to spare.

Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein - Fiction

April 21, 2015

 

Tad the tadpole loves spending every minute with his awesome dad. But now little Tad is growing new limbs and jumping to new heights. His dad is proud, but when Tad’s accomplishments carry over into nighttime --- bringing lots of wiggling, croaking, and kicking in his sleep --- their lily pad starts feeling mighty crowded! When Tad finally realizes it might be time for a bed of his own, will Dad be ready?

The Grasshopper & the Ants by Jerry Pinkney - Fiction

April 7, 2015


In this stunning companion to the Caldecott Medal-winning THE LION & THE MOUSE and the highly acclaimed THE TORTOISE & THE HARE, a playful grasshopper wonders why the busy ants around him won't join in his merrymaking as the seasons pass by. But when winter arrives, he soon sees the value of his friends' hard work--just as the ants learn the value of sharing what they've worked for.

The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War Edited by Jim Kay - Fiction

April 14, 2015


In a powerful collection, eleven internationally acclaimed writers draw on personal objects to bring the First World War to life for readers young and old. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war and use it as the inspiration for an original short story. What results is an extraordinary collection.

The Skunk Written by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Patrick McDonnell - Fiction

April 14, 2015


When a skunk first appears in the tuxedoed man's doorway, it's a strange but possibly harmless occurrence. But then the man finds the skunk following him, and the unlikely pair embark on an increasingly frantic chase through the city, from the streets to the opera house to the fairground. What does the skunk want? It's not clear--but soon the man has bought a new house in a new neighborhood to escape the little creature's attention, only to find himself missing something...

There's No Such Thing as Little by LeUyen Pham - Fiction

April 14, 2015


A heartwarming book that takes a look at all things little...and reveals some big surprises with each turn of the page. Featuring die-cut holes in the spirit of Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s LEMONS ARE NOT RED, THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS LITTLE is bright, warm, and endlessly inviting, and will encourage readers of all ages to think big about what “little” really means.

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and Bryan Collier - nonfiction

April 14, 2015


Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Yard Sale Written by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Lauren Castillo - Fiction

April 25, 2017


Callie’s family is having a yard sale in front of their house. They can’t stay in this house, so they’re moving to an apartment in the city. But it’s kind of hard to watch people buy your stuff, even if you understand why it has to happen. With sensitivity and grace, Eve Bunting and Lauren Castillo portray an event at once familiar and difficult, making clear that a home isn’t about what you have, but whom you hold close

Zheng He, The Great Chinese Explorer: A Bilingual Story of Adventure and Discovery Written by Li Jian and translated by Yijin Wert - nonfiction

April 7, 2015


In the West, legendary explorers like Christopher Columbus, Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund Hillary are a recognized part of our history. But in China, that legend belongs to the great explorer Zheng He (1371–1433), who lived during China's renowned Ming Dynasty. Zheng He dreamed of foreign lands. A simple but exotic porcelain vase in cobalt, a color not found in China at the time, drove Zheng He to discover the origins of this unique color --- and become one of the most famous explorers in China's history.