PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN January 2019
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All You Need Is Love by John Lennon & Paul McCartney. Illus by Marc Rosenthal.
An uplifting picture book rendering of the classic Beatles song features whimsical cartoon artwork that illustrates how to follow the music to discover the love all around us. Illustrated by the best-selling artist of The Straight Line Wonder.
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Be Brave Like Batman! by Laura Hitchcock. Illus by Ethen Beavers.
A debut entry in the empowerment-themed series for young DC Super Friends fans combines friendly, high-action artwork with reassuring text that explains how the examples of Batman can help overcome common childhood fears of the dark. DC Super Friends No. 1
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Bear Needs Help by Sarah S. Brannen
Needing help with his untied shoe, a lumbering young polar bear inadvertently scares away the other animals he approaches for help before two plucky birds step up with some friendly, if unconventional, advice.
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The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome
A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and hopefulness of her family and their plantation community when her brother escapes for freedom. By the Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator of Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt.
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Chicken Talk by Patricia MacLachlan. Illus by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
The Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall and the best-selling creator of the Lunch Lady graphic novels present the story of a clever flock of chickens who trigger chaos by scratching messages around the farm for their human caretakers.
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Dragon Night by J. R. Krause
A boy and his dragon embark on a dazzling nighttime journey while overcoming their respective fears of the dark and each other, in an imagination-sparking tale of friendship by an award-winning animator from such series as The Simpsons and Futurama.
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The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story by Nancy Furstinger. Illus by Julia Bereciartu.
A heartwarming picture book based on the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue dog, Guy, describes how a lonely puppy in a shelter dreams of a forever home, unaware that he is about to start a new life in a royal palace.
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Dust Bunny Wants a Friend by Amy Hevron
A lonely little Dust Bunny tries to make friends with a passing bug, a sneezing cat and other disinterested candidates before he is swept by a broom under the bed, where he finds his missing companions. By the award-winning illustrator of Trevor.
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Esther’s Gragger: A Toyshop Tale of Purim by Martha Seif Simpson & Durga Yael Bernhard
Young Esther has earned a special gragger (whirling noisemaker) by delivering charitable gifts on Purim, a Jewish holiday based on the story of Queen Esther. Now she is ready to carry her gragger in the Purim parade! Like the legendary Queen, Esther displays courage and wit when an older bully tries to steal her gragger. Add a toyshop and a lively cast of characters, and there is learning and fun to be had for all!
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A Gift for Goose by Tad Hills
A skill-building picture book starring the characters from the bestselling Honk! Quack! Boo! finds Duck struggling through an effort to give a gift to Goose that comes in an almost-too-perfect box, in a story told through repetitive, easy-to-read text and Hills’ signature, endearing illustrations.
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Good Night, Zoo by H. A. Rey, et al.
When an accident locks Curious George into the zoo at night, he uses maps, landmarks and animal instincts to escape, in an adaptation of a popular episode that is complemented by bonus activities.
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The Goose Egg by Liz Wong
Henrietta the elephant’s quiet life abruptly changes when a baby goose accidentally lands in her charge and requires exhaustive efforts to learn how to fly off with the rest of the geese, leaving Henrietta proud but unexpectedly lonely.
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Hats Off to Mr. Pockles! by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Illus by David Litchfield.
Owning millions of hats because he requires a special one for every possible occasion, Mr. Pockles, the fashionable but friendless dachshund, offers assistance to Very Important Panda Lady CoCo Fitz-Tulip when her own hat is gobbled up by hungry bunnies.
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Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color by Monique Fields. Illus by Yesenia Moises.
Young Simone, a girl from a mixed-raced family, searches for the perfect color word to describe herself and her heritage inside and out, in an inspirational story about empowerment and forging one’s own unique identity.
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How to Give Your Cat a Bath: In Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley. Illus by John Martz.
A cookie-eating little girl and her decidedly nonchalant kitty make an escalating mess while respectively trying to follow and resist the catbathing instructions of a bossy narrator who oversimplifies the process. By the award-wining author of Cinnamon Baby.
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Isabella: Artist Extraordinaire by Jennifer Fosberry. Illus by Mike Litwin.
Challenged to spend a day off from school doing something special, the purple-haired Isabella imagines herself in a series of famous paintings, from Degas’ Dancers in Blue to Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans, before making an at-home museum of her own.
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Lola Dutch: When I Grow Up by Kenneth Wright. Illus by Sarah Jane Wright.
A follow-up to Lola Dutch finds the irrepressible young heroine imagining what she wants to be when she grows up, from a high-flying inventor to a garden-designing botanist, while her faithful companion, Bear, also helps her realize the importance of being a kid and an enthusiastic learner.
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Love Big by Kat Kronenberg. Illus by David Miles.
Watching his hungry fellow animals turn on each other when their once-thriving African savanna turns dry and desolate, moody Baboon discovers the transformative power of sharing and how it might save his home.
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Miss Mink: Life Lessons for a Cat Countess by Janet Hill
Living in a big house by the sea with dozens of her favorite feline friends, Miss Marcella Mink, otherwise known as the “Cat Countess,” shares 20 whimsical, cat-approved lessons for a healthy, fastidiously groomed and well-rounded life. By the creator of Miss Moon.
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My Heart by Corinna Luyken
An uplifting picture book by the creator of The Book of Mistakes combines lyrical text and evocative artwork in an ode to self-love that explores how the heart can be protectively closed or wide open to love.
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Ninja Camp by Sue Fliess. Illus by Jen Taylor.
Rhyming verses and action-packed depictions of the coolest camp around inspire prospective young ninjas to listen closely to the lessons of a master who explains how to become a swift and strong warrior ninja of the night.
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Peep and Ducky It’s Snowing! by David Martin. Illus by David Walker.
Delighted when snow starts to fall, Peep and Ducky climb onto their sleds before a setback involving a snowman leads to angry feelings and then laughter, in a latest friendship story by the creators of Peep and Ducky Rainy Day.
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Penguin Flies Home by Lita Judge
A companion to Flight School finds Penguin returning home to the South Pole, eager to impart his knowledge about the wonders of the sky, only to discover that his friends do not share his enthusiasm for flying.
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Perfect by Max Amato
A fussy eraser and a mischievous pencil spar in a lighthearted picture book adventure that finds them out-performing each other before they decide to work together for the sake of fun and imagination. A debut picture book.
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Sleepover at the Museum by Karen LeFrak. Illus by David Bucs.
Spending an exciting birthday sleepover at the museum, young Mason grabs his headlamp and map and embarks on a scavenger hunt with his two best friends to find the best exhibit to sleep in. By the author of Jake the Philharmonic Dog.
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There Are No Bears in This Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach
The award-winning author of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich finds a hard-boiled gumshoe cat, Muffin, investigating a suspicious noise at the Little Bear Bakery, where a cub with a growling tummy has consumed all the yummy doughnuts.
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Thunder Pug by Kim Norman. Illus by Keika Yamaguchi.
A follow-up to Puddle Pug finds the friendship of Percy the Pug and Petunia the Pig challenged by Petunia’s county-fair blue ribbon, a victory that renders her so busy that Percy invents a superhero persona to overcome his loneliness.
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Tomorrow Is Waiting by Kiley Frank. Illus by Aaron Meshon.
A tender and moving picture book presents a modern celebration of the dreams we have for our children for finding their place in the world, and for how they will make it better.
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What Is Given From the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack. Illus by April Harrison.
A final picture book by the three-time Coretta Scott King Award-winner follows the story of a little boy from a disadvantaged home where he and his mother count their blessings while helping their church collect donations for a family that has lost everything in a fire.
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When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland
A picture book primer focusing on emotional literacy and kindness, illustrated in a style inspired by the classic artwork of Crockett Johnson, depicts universal feelings of sadness as a personified visitor that can be better understood through quiet activities that help distinguish the emotion from the self. A first picture book.
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Where Is My Balloon? by Ariel Bernstein. Illus by Scott Magoon.
The stars of I Have a Balloon learn friendship lessons in making mistakes and forgiveness when Monkey carelessly pops Owl’s balloon and then tries to cover it up by offering other objects in its place.
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You Make Me Happy by Smriti Prasadam-Halls. Illus by Alison Brown.
The best-selling creators of I Love You Day and Night present a lavishly illustrated celebration of love that depicts fox and porcupine best friends who discover that life is so much brighter when they are together.
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