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Children's Picture Books


Cinnamon Cinnamon
by Neil Gaiman

Cinnamon was a princess, a long time ago, in a small hot country, where everything was very old. Cinnamon did not talk. Mango trees, a parrot, and a beautiful room in the palace do nothing to help the teachers who try to make her to speak. Can a man-eating tiger do so, and exactly who will end up in the belly of the beast?

 
Vampirina at the Beach Vampirina at the Beach
by Anne Marie Pace

When the summer moon is full, a beach trip is an epic way to spend the night. With her signature poise, Vampirina and her clan gear up for a festive time at the beach. Keeping her ballet lessons in mind, Vampirina demi-plié's on a surfboard, leaps for a volleyball, and finishes each competition with style, even if she doesn't always come out on top.

 
Santa Rex Santa Rex
by Molly Idle

Cordelia is celebrating her favorite winter holiday with her Cretaceous buddies. Will Santa Rex bring her everything she asked for? 

 
The Book of Mistakes The Book of Mistakes
by Corinna Luyken

One eye was bigger than the other. That was a mistake. 
The weird frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush. 
And the inky smudges... they look as if they were always meant to be leaves floating gently across the sky. 

As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest "mistakes" can be the source of the brightest ideas--and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too.

 
Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas Queen of Hanukkah Dosas
by Pamela Ehrenberg

In this sweet and humorous picture book, Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, a multi-cultural family (Mom's Indian; Dad's Jewish) celebrate Hanukkah while incorporating traditional Indian food. Instead of latkes, this family celebrates Hanukkah with tasty Indian dosas. To her brother's chagrin, little Sadie won't stop climbing on everything both at home and at the Indian grocery store, even while preparing the dosas. As the family puts the finishing touches on their holiday preparations, they accidentally get locked out of the house. Sadie and her climbing skills just may be exactly what is needed to save the day.

 
Everything Is Mama Everything is Mama

by Jimmy Fallon

So take a lighthearted look at the world from your baby's point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to MAMA for familiar objects and activities.

 
Naughty Claudine's Christmas Naughty Claudine's Christmas
by Patrick Jennings

If you think about it, Santa is a pretty rude guy. He watches you while you sleep. He withholds presents if he decides you weren't good this year. And he sneaks into your house! Uninvited!

Claudine wants none of it--she is determined to keep Santa away from her house this Christmas! And the only way to do it? Be as NAUGHTY as possible. Too bad Claudine's actually a pretty good kid at heart . . .

This out-of-the-ordinary perspective on the beloved holiday figure will have kids rolling with laughter, while letting them know that it's okay to have an opinion different from the norm!

 
Pillowland Pillowland
by Laurie Berkner

Laurie Berkner, “the queen of children’s music” (People), pairs the lyrics of her beloved hit with Camille Garoche’s gentle illustrations in this winning bedtime picture book—a must-have for fans of Laurie’s music and all things soft and sweet.

I know a place, a kingdom far away,
where people wear pajamas every night and every day.
Where all the houses, the buildings, and the trees 

are made of fluffy pillows that are soft as they can be. 

 
33158559 Game of Gnomes

by Kristen Mayer

The Winter Gnome Games are coming to the Gnome Garden!

This is great news for Ginger. Every gnome in the Garden calls Ginger nicknames like "red" or "curly" because of her hair, but this Winter sports competition is the perfect chance to make a name for herself--her own name!
Gnomes compete in downhill sledding, figure skating, and curling, but Ginger can't help showing off some daring skills in each event! Her rule-busting moves put her on thin ice with the judges. But when her friend Al needs help, Ginger proves with courage and creativity that she's more than her appearance.

 
Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale

by Gloria Koster

It was a chilly winter in the northern woods, but Ruthie did not mind. Dressed in her favorite puffy red coat, she was going to spend Hanukkah with her grandmother, who lived on the other side of the forest. Ruthie was bringing sour cream and applesauce to go along with the yummy latkes. She carefully packed her basket and kissed her mother good-bye. Snow began to fall. Soon Ruthie was lost in a thicket, and she was not alone. Someone was hiding behind the tree, and when he jumped out, Ruthie found herself face to face with a wolf. Ruthie will have to convince the wolf that eating latkes will be tastier than eating her!

 
Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm

by Linda Glaser

Faigel makes the best Hanukkah latkes in Chelm, but somehow, this year she's forgotten how to make them! She sends her husband, Shmuel, to ask the rabbi for help. And in Chelm, the village of foolsoy vey!this becomes a recipe for disaster!

 
Disney Vampirina: The Sleepover Cinestory Comic The Sleepover (Vampirina)

by Disney

Vampirina has some big secrets to keep when her friends, Poppy and Bridget, come for a sleepover.

Bridget has no idea that Vee's a vampire, and because Bridget gets scared easily, Vampirina has to try and hide her spooky self…and her pet werewolf. Will Vampirina still be able to have a spooktacular sleepover?

 
Thanksgiving in the Woods

Thanksgiving in the Woods

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Thanksgiving in the Woods is based on the true story of a family in Upstate New York who has hosted an outdoor Thanksgiving feast in the woods on their farm for over twenty years

 
Malala's Magic Pencil Malala's Magic Pencil
by Malala Yousafzai

Malala's first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true. 

 
Give Thank You a Try Give Thank You a Try

by James Patterson

In Give Please a Chance, bestselling author James Patterson showed little ones the magic of the word "please." In his second picture book, he takes young readers on a delightful search for kindness and appreciation in everyday life. Sweetly illustrated scenes from a variety of artists show children saying "thank you" for simple gifts like tickles, ice cream, and Mommy and Daddy's love, reminding us of all we have to be grateful for.

 
William's Winter Nap William's Winter Nap

by Linda Ashman

Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. "There's room for two--I'm sure we'll fit." The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals, each bigger than the last, until the bed is full. Then a note is slipped beneath the door: "Do you have room for just one more?" William tugs the door to see who's there . . . only to find a great big BEAR! Is there enough space to spare? Will the other animals be willing to share?
Kids will delight at each new guest's arrival and enjoy counting along as the animals keep scooching over to fit in William's bed. Linda Ashman's clever rhymes set up each page turn with suspense and humor, and the expressions on Chuck Groenink's characters are perfect. This is must reading for the dark time of year when everyone wants to hibernate!

 
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) After the Fall
by Dan Santat

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up

 
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library... Don't!
by Elise Parsley

If you see a poster that says "You Can Do Anything at the Library!", it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn't see any problem with setting up her own big top. She's got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won't fit between the bookshelves? Elise Parsley's boldly expressive illustrations perfectly complement this mostly-librarian-approved guide on how to be everything BUT quiet in the library!

 
The Bad Mood and the Stick The Bad Mood and the Stick
by Lemony Snicket

Once there was a bad mood and a stick. The stick appeared when a tree dropped it. Where did the bad mood come from? Who picked up the stick? And where is the bad mood off to now? You never know what is going to happen.

 
Princesses Wear Pants Princesses Wear Pants
by Savannah Guthrie

Princess Penelope Pineapple knows there's more to being a princess than wearing a beautiful dress. Penny has important responsibilities, which means she wears the pants! Whether she's flying in the Pineapple Air Command, hosting a science fair, or working in the vegetable garden, her dazzling collection of pants is a symbol of both fashion and function. 

 
Waltz of the Snowflakes Waltz of the Snowflakes
by Elly Mckay

It is a cold and rainy evening when Gran gives her granddaughter something special: tickets to the ballet. Her granddaughter is reluctant to go. The weather is terrible and they have to wear fancy, uncomfortable clothes. But as the curtains rise on The Nutcracker, the girl's eyes light up as she's introduced to the magic of the theater. The bright costumes, the intricate dances, the magical music, and a new friend all combine to captivate the girl and to bring color to an otherwise dreary evening.

 
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!

 

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