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Children's Picture Books


The Pomegranate Witch The Pomegranate Witch
by Denise Doyen

Each year, local kids scheme to pick ripe pomegranates off a haunted tree and are thwarted by The Pomegranate Witch in a friendly challenge of wits. However, on Halloween, while the witch is away, a Kindly Lady has a surprise for every child.

 
How to Catch a Monster How to Catch a Monster
by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton

There's a monster in my closet, 
with claws, and teeth, and hair, 
and tonight, I'm going to scare him!
He lives just right through there...

Is there a monster living in your closet? Are you brave enough to catch him? Parents and children will love sharing this fun and inventive picture book, which reminds us that things aren't always as scary as they seem. In the end, maybe the monster is just looking for a friend!

 
I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas
by Kevan Atteberry

Little monster wonders: Does Papa love the swamp more than he loves his little monster?

Papa and little monster are on a skink chase in a dark, stinky swamp. 

Do you love me as much as the skink that you chase...or the smell of the swamp...or the beasts in this place? 

 
Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World: A Leonardo, the Terrible Monster Companion Sam the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World
by Mo Willems

One day Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, makes a terrifying discovery. It's not Frankenthaler the monster. It's her friend-Kerry!
Kerry, the second most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, also makes a terrifying discovery. It's not Leonardo the monster. It's his friend-Sam!
"AAAAH!" yells Sam.
"EEEEK!" yells Kerry.
Something has to be done. Something BIG. But what?

 
26266816 Trick Arrr Treat
by Leslie Kimmelman

Charlotte Blue-Tongue, Peg-Leg Pete, Glass-Eyed Gabby, and their friends swashbuckle through the streets demanding loot and treasure from their neighbors in this Halloween pirate tale. As their world transforms from neighborhood to pirate's lagoon, they shout, "We be pirates. TRICK ARRR TREAT!" But what's lurking in the shadows? Are the pirates brave enough to defend their treasure? 

 
In the Middle of Fall In the Middle of Fall
by Kevin Henkes

Everything is
yellow,
red,
orange.

Everything is
chilly,
frisky,
gusty.

Everything is
changing,
turning.

It's the middle of Fall.
Can you see it?
Can you taste it?
Can you smell it?
Can you imagine it?

 
Monster Trucks Monster Trucks
by Joy Keller

All monsters love the autumn air, 
just right to sneak and spook and scare.
But other seasons of the year, 
they shift into a different gear.

Monsters get to work--paving roads, plowing snow, hauling muck--with their monster trucks in this fun, rhyming picture book. With a gentle bedtime ending, this not-too-scary story is perfect for young monster and truck lovers.

 
Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow

by Michelle Cuevas

Smoot the shadow has been living a yawn-filled life for years. His boy never laughs and never leaps, so Smoot never does either... until the day he pops free, and decides to hit the road in search of the life he dreams about. And as he enjoys his first colorful day singing, dancing, and playing other shadows watch him, and they become brave, too. The frog's shadow takes the shape of a prince and the dragonfly's shadow that of a dragon. Even the rock's shadow gets in on the excitement. But what will become of the timid beings their shadows have left behind? Will they finally be inspired to find their own daring?

 
The Bad Seed The Bad Seed
by Jory John

This is a book about a bad seedA baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know? 

He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be—happy?

With Jory John’s charming and endearing text and bold expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for readers young and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.

 
34196081 Flashlight Night
by Matt Forrest Esenwine

An ode to the power of imagination and the wonder of books. Three children use a flashlight to light a path around their backyard at night; in the flashlight's beam another world looms. Our heroes encounter spooky woods, a fearsome tiger, a time-forgotten tomb, an Egyptian god, a sword-fighting pirate, and a giant squid. With ingenuity, they vanquish all, then return to their tree house--braver, closer, and wiser than before--to read the books that inspired their adventure.

 
35897343 The Best Sukkot Pumpkin Ever

by Laya Steinberg

It's almost Sukkot, and Micah and his family are heading to Farmer Jared's pumpkin patch. Micah wants to find the very best pumpkin to decorate his family's sukkah, but Farmer Jared says his pumpkins can also go to a soup kitchen, to feed people who need a good meal. What will Micah decide to do with the best Sukkot pumpkin ever?

 
The Princess and the Christmas Rescue (Princess Series) The Princess and the Christmas Rescue

by Caryl Hart

Princess Eliza is lonely in her beautiful snow palace. Stuck inside all day with no one to play with, she figures out how to make almost anything with a few bits of wood and some string--including her own toys! Anything, that is, except the thing she wants most . . . a friend. As she sets off to find one, Eliza is excited to stumble across a group of elves. But -- OH, DEAR! -- Santa isn't feeling well, and there are still so many presents to make! Could Princess Eliza be just the person to save Christmas?

 
Nothing Rhymes with Orange Nothing Rhymes with Orange

by Adam Rex

We all know nothing rhymes with orange. But how does that make Orange feel? Well, left out! When a parade of fruit gets together to sing a song about how wonderful they are—and the song happens to rhyme—Orange can't help but feel like it's impossible for him to ever fit in. But when one particularly intuitive Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive. Beloved author-illustrator Adam Rex has created a hilarious yet poignant parable about feeling left out, celebrating difference, and the irrefutable fact that nothing rhymes with orange.

 
Say Zoop! Say Zoop!

by Herve Tullet

Make some noise! Shout "OH!" Whisper "oh!" Say "Zoop"? Yes! "Zoop!" "Zoop!" "Zoop!" The newest book from Hervé Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page's reaction. Tullet's books define the genre of participatory bookmaking, encouraging readers to explore and interact with the physical book in all its dimensions. The reward is tremendous: a journey of whimsy and sheer fun that extends well beyond the book's pages. In this worthy and exhilarating companion to the bestselling trio launched with Press Here, Tullet's beloved dots will have readers literally "Ooh"-ing and "Ahh"-ing out loud in a happy collective encore. 

 
Let's Play!

Let's Play

by Herve Tullet

It's only a yellow dot...but what a dot it is! Readers won't be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along. Thus begins a spectacular ride of color, motion, shape, and imagination, filled with the artistry and delight that we know and love so well from Press Here and Mix It Up! But on this journey, prepare to leap headlong into a completely new dimension: emotion. Connecting not only to the mind but also to the heart, this dot expresses an extraordinary sense of humor, fear, joy, and more as it pushes, lurches, wiggles, and slides its way through—and even off!—the pages of this glorious companion to Press Here and Mix It Up!

 
The Thankful Book The Thankful Book
by Todd Parr

I am thankful for music because it makes me want to dance.
I am thankful for my feet because they help me run and play.
I am thankful for kisses because they make me feel loved.


Todd Parr's bestselling books have taught kids about unconditional love, respecting the earth, facing fears, and more, all with his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity. Now, The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for. From everyday activities like reading and bathtime to big family meals together and special alone time between parent and child, Todd inspires readers to remember all of life's special moments. The perfect book to treasure and share, around the holidays and throughout the year.
 

 
5054695 Smudge

by Julie Sykes

Smudge is playing in the garden with his two friends, Nibble and Bounce, when Plop a raindrop falls on his nose. The door to the house is closed, so where can Smudge and his friends go to keep dry? He's a dog with lots of ideas, but one by one they all go terribly wrong.

 
The Book That I Love to Read The Book That I Love to Read

by Joe Fitzpatrick

Let your imagination run wild in this charming fantasy book filled with oversized pictures and amazing stories! The padded hardcover book is printed on high quality stock with heavy-duty boards and padded front and back, making it keepsake quality. This book feels great in the hand and is sure to be a family favorite!

 
A Flake Like Mike A Flake Like Mike
by Mike Reiss

A Flake Like Mike is a limited-edition hardcover children's book for luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue published by Harper Collins for the 2008 holiday season. Capuozzo illustrated the book using his signature collage style. The illustrations create a playful world reflecting the vibrant energy of the book's New York City setting.

 
Not Quite Narwhal Not Quite Narwhal
by Jessie Sima

Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different—his tusk isn’t as long, he’s not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn’t enjoy the cuisine. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him! Kelp discovers that he and the creature are actually unicorns. The revelation leaves him torn: is he a land narwhal or a sea unicorn? But perhaps, if Kelp is clever, he may find a way to have the best of both worlds.

 
Life Life
by Cynthia Rylant

Life begins small, then grows…

There are so many wonderful things about life, both in good times and in times of struggle. Through the eyes of the world’s animals—including elephants, monkeys, whales, and more—Cynthia Rylant offers a moving meditation on finding beauty around us every day and finding strength in adversity. Brendan Wenzel’s stunning landscapes and engaging creatures make this an inspiring and intriguing gift for readers of all ages.
 

 
Zappity Zip, Just That Quick! Zappity Zip Just That Quick
by Judy Schleppenbach

Aria feels the allure of a forbitten item, her Nona's special box. The "magic" in that box takes Aria on a fantastical journey with Mother Earth, enjoying festivals and meeting new friends around the globe.

From New York City to Native American Lands, Brazil, Ireland, Japan, India, Africa and Australia. Aria rides the whirlwind of her imagination.

 
We're All Wonders We're All Wonders
by R. J. Palacio

Countless fans have asked R. J. Palacio to write a book for younger readers. With We’re All Wonders, she makes her picture-book debut as both author and artist, with a spare, powerful text and striking, richly imagined illustrations. Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world—a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. 
 
We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

 

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