Young Reader

An unseen (at first) narrator tells the story in The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, and he has a whole lot to say: “By now you probably know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened.” This humor-packed romp set in San Francisco builds and builds to a hilarious (and tricky) conclusion, while the vivid acrylic art is a feast for the eyes. (The endpapers decorated with delicious treats literally make me salivate.) Thoroughly kid friendly and just right for the Mo Willems crowd.  —Tera

ISBN: 9780375858604
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015

Stanley is a very focused beagle with a knack for keeping his family up all night. “It’s only Stanley,” Walter said. “He’s howling at the moon.” That is the most normal thing Stanley will do that night. He goes on to fix the oil tank, make catfish stew, and eventually build a rocket to the moon. (The house is, unfortunately, the rocket.) With funny, deadpan commentary by Walter (the dad), and verse that makes you regain your childhood love for rhyme, It’s Only Stanley will charm child and adult alike.  —Tera

ISBN: 9780803739079
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Published: Dial Books - March 17th, 2015

Wolfie, a baby, showed up on Dot’s family’s doorstep a little while ago. “He’s adorable!” Dot’s parents gasp, looking at his long snout and pointy ears. They bring him right in and dote on him. “He’s going to eat us all up,” Dot, an only child in the bunny family, points out. And then Wolfie grows, and grows, and grows. Is there room in Dot’s heart for a strange younger brother? A wonderfully goofy story of an unlikely family, made all the more enjoyable by Wolfie’s pink onesie and the stylish, tongue-in-cheek art.  —Tera

By Ame Dyckman, Zachariah Ohora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316226141
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 17th, 2015

On a rain-grey day, a young boy in a bright yellow slicker is off on a solo (wordless) adventure. In his hand he has a folded-paper boat, which he sails along the fence tops. The rain comes sluicing down and he becomes a puddle-jumper and now his boat can really sail on water. (A limited palette—white, grey, black, yellow—and reflection, shadow, and movement are key to the voyage.) But the boat sails down the rain grate and, when it reappears, it is a single sodden sheet. Defeated, the boy returns home and is comforted by his dad (or older brother) with a tender wraparound hug, a change of clothes, the sweet delight of hair blown dry, and a cup of cocoa. After the folding of a new mode of transportation, an origami plane, the boy is off again and this time, we see, there is only brilliant yellow sunlight.  — Gā

By Daniel Miyares, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481415248
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2015

Antonio is fascinated by the people who pass through his mother’s hotel in Gowganda: lumberjacks, trappers, miners. One day, trouble—smoke—in the woods sends them rushing toward the safety of Gowganda Lake. Soon, all the people of the town are gathered, waiting for the danger to pass. But then something really magical happens: the creatures of the woods fleeing from the forest join the people in the lake. Side by side are foxes and rabbits, wolves and deer, moose and people. Illustrated with personable, vibrant pen-and-ink drawings that bring the scenes to life, Out of the Woods is an unforgettable true story based on the experience of the author’s grandfather.  —Tera

ISBN: 9780374380779
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - July 21st, 2015

In Sidewalk Flowers, the world is grey, sketched with watery masterful lines by the accomplished artist Sydney Smith. But there are spots of color, such as the pointy red hoodie that a child wears as her father takes her out on errands. While her dad gets lost in a phone conversation, the girl picks out the other bright notes in the world—little flowers peeking out of cracks and drains—and collects a bouquet. And along the way home, she adorns the world with flowers, though she holds onto enough flowers to braid them into her mother’s hair, and then crowns the heads of her younger siblings in the backyard as she continues to wander with perfect grace. A brilliant wordless book, rich and full of life.  —Tera

By JonArno Lawson, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554984312
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Published: Groundwood Books - March 17th, 2015

San Francisco, in all its bustling eccentricity, comes alive in this moving homage by Matt de la Peña. CJ is taking the bus down to Market Street with his Nana and he’s dragging his heels. Why don’t they have a car? Why do they have to go at all? But with a few knowing words from Nana, CJ remembers to look around at the surprising city wonders: a man with a guitar who strums them a tune, a woman with a magical jar of butterflies on her lap, and their friends from all walks of life who greet them along the way. Robinson brings a joyous mix of bright acrylic and collage art to an important and unique story.  —Tera

ISBN: 9780399257742
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

This is the conceit: a brief history of poetry in 50 objects from the early Middle Ages to the present day. But really, 50 objects is as handy as anything else. A good anthology can be about anything if it starts you thinking, traveling, moving forward, touching thing after thing. That is the object. And here, Rumi, Basho, Donne, Langston Hughes, Cummings, Neruda, Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others are accompanied by the impressionistic watercolors of my favorite multiple-Caldecott-winner, Chris Raschka. (Oh, those amorphous fowl pecking around William’s red wheelbarrow!).  — Gā

By Paul B. Janeczko, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669638
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 10th, 2015

The last few years have seen the rise of the picture book biography—a different biography with sophisticated illustrations and text no longer staid and definitive, more open ended, more suggestive of a full life. Such a book is Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings. The elegant writing and whimsical mixed-media collage by Kris Di Giacomo leave you knowing a lot and wanting more.  —Gā

By Matthew Burgess, Kris Di Giacomo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781592701711
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - April 7th, 2015

An imaginary friend isn’t supposed to come back. Not when you’re about to go into 5th grade and are too old for such baby stuff. But Jackson can’t get rid of the 7-foot-tall tuxedo-furred cat who shows up again one night singing showtunes in the (bubble) bath. Jackson is afraid he’s going crazy—and he doesn’t need that on top of the real possibility that his mom and dad will make them move out of their San Francisco apartment back into the van, like they had to do three years ago. Humorous, poignant, and enthralling, Applegate’s new novel is a worthy follow-up to Newbery-winner The One and Only Ivan.  —Tera

ISBN: 9781250043238
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 22nd, 2015


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