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Some of the Year's Best Picture Books from our 2018 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2018 Winter Newsletter.

These pages are just a sampling of this year’s many wonderful new books. Visit our children’s and young adults’ sections and we will help you choose just the right book.

Honey by David Ezra Stein

David Ezra Stein has a beautiful sense of comic timing (Pouch, Interrupting Chicken) that has not deserted him in his new picture book, in which a bear waking from hibernation—“It was his second year. ‘I’m back!’ he said.”—remembers the terrific taste of honey. Warm and whimsical for the toddler set. Ages 2–5. - Ga

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ISBN: 9781524737863
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 27th, 2018

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

Almost without any effort, it seems, They Say Blue reminds us to start paying attention again to this beautiful world. From the spray of water off a wave to an explosion of crows launching from a field, this jubilant celebration of color and seasons just feels fresh. Caldecott Honor winner Jillian Tamaki has created a picture book that is poetry in motion, with exuberant art that splashes across the page. Lovely. Ages 3–6. - Tera

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ISBN: 9781419728518
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2018

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

The masterful art and writing of Caldecott Medal winner Sophie Blackall makes Hello Lighthouse a delight all the way through. Imagining the life of a keeper of a lighthouse, we tend the light, trim the wick, and write letters to a distant wife—who arrives then by ship! Brimming with seaside joy, foggy warnings, and even a shipwreck, this picture book is one I would have loved dearly as a child and do as an adult. One of my favorite books of the year. Ages 3–7. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780316362382
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

Carmela Full of Wishes written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Life sparkles in Carmela’s world. It’s her birthday, and she lives in a world full of wishes. Her biggest wish is to finally accompany her brother as he does family chores in the neighborhood. As we follow Carmela’s journey, both in her imagination and on her scooter, we see the reality and cultural richness of her family and neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood where “old women wave smiles” and men “stand around weekend mornings, waiting for work” like her father used to do. Matt de la Peña’s sensitivity to Carmela’s world, and Christian Robinson’s paintings and cutouts of papel picado, make this book one I will read over and over. Ages 3–7. - Noreen

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ISBN: 9780399549045
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

The Other Ducks written by Ellen Yeomans, illustrated by Chris Sheban

This Duck and That Duck are trying to make sense of their Big Puddle and the ever-changing world around them. And we can’t help but root for them as they learn to swim (“‘How do you know?’ That Duck asked. ‘It just feels like swimming,’ This Duck answered.”) and dip and dunk, and then to run and hop and fly. Once the restless itching sets in, they know it’s time to fly South, wherever that is. By paying attention to others that are “Like us, only not us,” these two duck friends do so much more than just waddle in a line. A kindhearted ode to figuring things out. Ages 3–7. - Michelle

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By Ellen Yeomans, Chris Sheban (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626725027
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 1st, 2018

The Field written by Baptist Paul, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcantara

In a dirt field, amidst the cows, a wild and passionate game of soccer (fútbol!) commences, only stopping when the mamas’ calls to dinner become insistent. Full of energy and life, this fun picture book is a tribute to play in all its variations, obstacles, and satisfactions. Baptiste Paul lets us know the field is calling in this vibrant story, set in the Caribbean and relevant everywhere. Ages 3–7. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780735843127
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: NorthSouth Books - March 6th, 2018

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales relates her own immigrant story in this love song to her child, who came with her on the journey to America. We feel the young mother’s wistfulness for the familiar she has left behind, her fearful steps into a brand-new place, the longing that she might be able to belong here too. Morales’s colorful and passionate multimedia art imbues this picture book with the tentative hope of the immigrant. A gorgeous tribute to the bravery of those who cross borders. Ages 3–7. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780823440559
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

Vernon Is on His Way by Philip C. Stead

Good friends—a frog, a porcupine, and a skunk—go fishing (or at least they call it that) in one of these sweet short stories from award-winning picture book writer and artist Philip Stead. Emotional, sensitive creatures populate this lovely, slower-paced world, which is imbued with a gentle humor. If you liked Frog and Toad, these charming tales will make you feel right at home. Ages 3–7. - Tera

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ISBN: 9781626726550
Availability: Backordered
Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 5th, 2018

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

A small, slim child swims at a community pool with his grandmother and her friends. We see the friends (gorgeously illustrated in watercolor, gouache, and ink on brown paper), rotund and dignified and socializing by the side of the pool while Julián swims about. Returning from their ablutions, Julián and his grandmother board a bus. Three dazzling people dressed as mermaids board as well; they are on their way to a parade. Julián is entranced. At home, Julián’s grandmother heads for a bath and Julián has a good idea: he dons feathers, flowers, lipstick, and gauzy curtains. He knows he’s a mermaid and his grandmother, barely pausing, knows it as well, enhancing his joy by giving him her necklace of pearls, a sea-thing gift to complete his transformation. Together, hand in hand, they head out into the world to join a crowd of mermaids, rays, and crustaceans as they parade down the street to the beach and across the sands. Quietly underplayed, a brave and joyous book about unconditional love and acceptance. Ages 4–8. - Ga

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By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763690458
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

In the Past written by David Elliott, illustrated by Matthew Trueman

In this collection of 20 poems, each placed on oversized pages that can barely contain their dinosaur subjects, David Elliot gives us rollicking species-specific rhymes with just enough information to entice a budding dino-expert-to-be. As if that weren’t fun enough, Matthew Trueman’s lush and earthy illustrations expose every wrinkly fold, spiky tooth, and feathery dinosaur hair. A delight from start to finish, with cool endnotes and a thoughtful chronological organization. Echoes of Jack Prelutsky’s fabulous Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast but for the slightly younger set. Ages 3–7. - Michelle

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By David Elliott, Matthew Trueman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660734
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Candlewick - March 20th, 2018


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