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September 2014

New Picture Books

September 2014

Our September picture book roundup includes ALADDIN: A Cut-Paper Book by Agnese Baruzzi, which brings the beloved folk tale to life in an intricate, lace-like, die-cut paper book; TELEPHONE by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jen Corace, an uproarious interpretation of a favorite children’s game, with birds passing messages down the line; and ALEXANDER, WHO'S TRYING HIS BEST TO BE THE BEST BOY EVER by Judith Viorst illustrated by Isidre Mones, where the boy famous for having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day tries his hand at behaving.

Aladdin: A Cut-Paper Book by Agnese Baruzzi - Picture

September 1, 2014

Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever by Judith Viorst and Isidre Mones - Picture

August 26, 2014

 

Last night somebody ate a whole box of jelly donuts. That somebody woke up with a terrible bellyache, and that somebody’s mom found the empty box and told that somebody that there are going to be consequences. That somebody is Alexander, and Alexander really hates consequences. So from now on, he is going to try his best to be the Best Boy Ever. For the complete and entire rest of his life. Starting right this very minute.

Ben Franklin's Big Splash by Barb Rosenstock and S.D. Schindler - Fiction

September 1, 2014

 

Ben Franklin loved to swim and, at the age of eleven, he was determined to swim like a fish --- fins and all! This fascinating and lively account of young Ben’s earliest invention follows the budding scientist’s journey as he tests and retests his swim fins. That first big splash led Ben to even more innovations and inventions.

Circle, Square, Moose written by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky - Youth Picture Book

September 23, 2014

 

This hilarious book manages to illustrate a fact or two about shapes while providing a three-dimensional stomping ground for best friends Moose and Zebra. What will happen? Who will save the day? It's all up in the air until the final page, where Moose and Zebra (and Cat, too) create a perfect—and perfectly heartwarming—ending. 

Flo & Wendell by William Wegman - Animals

September 26, 2013

 

Meet Flo. She’s a sophisticated big sister who’s part of a very artistic family.  She likes playing with paint and wearing sweaters her mother knits.  Flo also likes teasing her little brother, Wendell.  They play hide-and-seek, but Flo doesn’t look very hard.  They play dress up, too, but Wendell always gets the bad costumes.  Their parents wish they would get along, and they do try…sometimes.

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle - Youth Picture Book

September 30, 2014

 

Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results.

Gus & Me written by Keith Richards, illustrated by Theodora Richards - Picture

September 9, 2014

 

Long before there was a band, there was a boy: a young Keith Richards, who was introduced to the joy of music through his beloved granddad, Theodore Augustus Dupree, affectionately known as "Gus," who was in a jazz big band and is the namesake of Keith's daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards.

Jack by Tomie dePaola - Picture

September 16, 2014

 

When Jack sets out to see the world and find a place of his own, he’s surprised to attract a following of enthusiastic animal friends eager to join him on his quest. Jack and his entourage all have high hopes that they will find just what they are looking for as they travel on their merry way. Children will delight in the cumulative chorus of animal sounds as the pages get more and more crowded with the residents of this delightful kingdom.

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato - Youth Picture Book

August 26, 2014

 

Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter—a friend.

Monster Needs a Christmas Tree by Paul Czajak - Youth Picture Book

October 1, 2014

 

It’s almost Christmastime, and Monster needs a tree. But the holidays are filled with joy and so many fun things to do! After snowballs, sleds, and Santa Claus, will he find a tree in time? In this festive, rhyming story, Monster shows young readers that with a little creativity, a tree can be perfect any way you look at it.

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo - Youth Picture Book

September 2, 2014

 

In this magical picture book, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary—but wonderful. The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations that capture all the vitality, energy, and beauty of the city.

Telephone written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jen Corace - Youth Picture Book

September 9, 2014

 

A mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? 

The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey written by Sophie Strady, illustrated by Jean-Francois Martin - Youth Picture Book

September 9, 2014

 

Memory and meaning are at the heart of this oversized, content-rich picture book celebrating the life of Marcel, a soulful elephant. From the towering buildings outside his window and his recollected world travels, to the friends, flora, and fauna that flourish around him, Marcel finds significance in his surroundings and, most importantly, in life's abundant details. Marcel is writing an encyclopedia, after all, and his entries are featured in full-page spreads packed with facts, elegantly situated alongside the story of his day and his life. Part story and part miscellany, this unforgettable book with dream-like illustrations will transfix both parents and children.

Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machines written by Peter Bently, illustrated by David Roberts - Youth Picture Book

September 1, 2014

 

The sheep on the hillside were munching away, much as they always did, day after day, when suddenly something went ZOOM overhead! "Let's go and see what it is!" they all said. And so begins a ripping, round-the-world adventure as the magnificent sheep take to skies in their spiffing, yellow flying machine...

Very Little Red Riding Hood written by Teresa Heapy, illustrated by Sue Heap - Youth Picture Book

September 2, 2014

 

This is the story of the Very Little Red Riding Hood. Very Little Red Riding Hood is little. Very little. She's off to her Grandmama's for a sleepover, and she won't let anything stand in her way. Not even a Wolf. Join Very Little Red Riding Hood on a very BIG adventure in the first book of this adorable new picture book series.
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales - Picture

September 2, 2014

 

Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.

When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings by Petra Mathers - Youth Picture Book

September 9, 2014

 

Aunt Mattie has died. But before she went, she got to say good-bye to Lottie. Then she got to follow a light to a bustling gate. (A gate that sounded a lot like a busy airport!) And there she found a crew of friends who were waiting to take off with her on a new journey. Will Lottie and Herbie be able to overcome their sadness? They will, with time, and by taking a journey of their own—a journey filled with a little heartache, a lot of happiness, and a batch of Aunt Mattie’s favorite peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. (With bananas, of course!)

Where's Waldo? The Wonder Book by Martin Handford - Youth Picture Book

April 10, 2007

 

WALDO has wandered around the world, through time, and across the silver screen. Where is he off to now? Into a world of dreams and fantasies, of swarming scenes that could be invented only by the inspired mind of Martin Handford. Wilder and wackier than ever before, WALDO's adventures now span a crazy cake factory, the Land of Woof (imagine 1,000 Woofs!), an endless maze of halls and doors (can you find the keys that match the keyholes?), a riotous fun fair of fruits and vegetables, and much more! Every teeming double-page spread features more than twice the characters—and twice the challenge—of previous WALDO books! WHERE'S WALDO? THE WONDER BOOK will make your eyes POP!

While You Were Napping by Jenny Offill and Barry Blitt - Picture

September 23, 2014

 

In this hilarious read-aloud featuring robots, fire trucks, and pirates, meet an older sister who’s more than happy to fill her little brother in on all he missed while he was napping. Since none of the other neighborhood kids had to nap, they came over. Then came the robots, and of course the astronauts. It was tons of fun . . . and luckily for the boy (right?!), he slept through it all!