December’s New Picture Books!


    • Barnett, Mac
      Sam & Dave Dig A Hole
      Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.

    • Bass, Jennifer Vogel
      Edible Colors
      This title presents photographs of vegetables that explore a variety of colors, and common or unusual fruits and vegetables.


    • Berrios, Frank
      A Day In The Sun
      Olaf the snowman dreams of summer and a variety of summertime activities he would enjoy.


    • Biedrzycki, David
      Breaking News : Bear Alert
      “In this story (told in the form of a television broadcast), bears emerge from hibernation demanding to be fed.”

    • Bolden, Tonya
      Beautiful Moon : A Childs Prayer
      “Under a radiant moon and surrounded by all the noises of the city at night, a little boy prays for those in need, for wars to end, for the sick to be healed, and for all the members of his family”–


    • Brown Wood, Janay
      Imanis Moon
      Little Imani of the Maasai people longs to do something great, like touching the moon, but the other children just laugh at her.

    • Carle, Eric
      A House For Hermit Crab
      A hermit crab who has outgrown his old shell moves into a new one, which he decorates and enhances with the various sea creatures he meets in his travels.


    • Carlson, Nancy L
      Sometimes You Barf
      When you are sick, vomiting can be a scary experience, but you will get better.

    • Chapman, Jared
      Pirate, Viking & Scientist
      “A pirate and a Viking fight to become the very best friend of a kid scientist, who meanwhile devises the perfect formula for all three friends to play happily together”–

    • Ciraolo, Simona
      Hug Me
      Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That’s how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn’t the touchy-feely kind. Cactuses can be quite prickly sometimes you know . . . and so can Felipe. But he’ll be darned if this one pointy issue will hold him back, so one day Felipe sets off on his own to find a friend and just maybe, that long awaited hug.

    • Cole, Tom Clohosy
      Wall




    • Daly, Jude
      Seb And Hamish
      Seb and Mama go to visit Mrs Kenny, but there’s a dog called Hamish at the house too. Woof woof, says Hamish. “Home,” says Seb in a little voice.

    • Davies, Nicola
      The Promise
      On a mean street in a mean, broken city, a young girl tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. But the frail old woman, holding on with the strength of heroes, says the thief can’t have it without giving something in return: the promise. It is the beginning of a journey that will change the thieving girl’s life–and a chance to change the world, for good.


    • Donofrio, Beverly
      Wheres Mommy
      While trying to keep their friendship a secret from their mothers, a human girl and a mouse make a surprising discovery.

    • Dudley, Rebecca
      Hank Has A Dream
      Hank relates to a friend a dream in which he flies to the sea, past the trees, and over the clouds.

    • Escoffier, Michael
      Take Away The A : An Alphabeast Of A Book
      What happens when you subtract just one letter from a word? Beginning with “without the A the beast is the best” a pack of silly creatures work their way through the alphabet, subtracting each letter from a different word to alter its meaning and tell a story.



    • Fleischer Camp, Dean
      Marcel The Shell : The Most Surprised Ive Ever Been
      One morning, Marcel the shell is walking on the blanket when he is suddenly launched high into the air and gets a bird’s-eye view of the baby, Nana Connie’s house, and more before falling back down.

    • Florian, Douglas
      I Love My Hat
      “One autumn morning, Farmer Brown gets on his tractor and heads to town. Along the way, he picks up a cat in a hat, a goat in a coat, an ox in socks, and other animals who love their clothes–and each animal sings a little song about what it’s wearing. When they reach the town, it’s Farmer Brown’s turn to sing about his clothes–after he gets some new ones.”–Amazon website.

    • Friedman, Becky
      Welcome To The Neighborhood
      “Welcome to Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood, a wonderful place filled with music, friends, and family. Come along on a tour and meet Daniel and all his friends. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”– Page 4 of cover.

    • Gay, Marie Louise
      Any Questions
      Answers many of the questions the author receives from children on writing, including where she gets her ideas, how she learned to draw, and how many books she can write in one day.

    • Gill, Deirdre
      Outside
      When his brother refuses to come outside, a child plays by himself in the snow and creates an imaginary world.

    • Gudeon, Adam
      Ping Wants To Play
      “Ping and Pong are friends, even though they like to do different things”–


    • Hillenbrand, Will
      Snowmans Story
      “One wintry day, a hat lands on the head of a newly made snowman and brings him to life. Hiding inside the hat is a rabbit, who listens to the snowman read a story to some animal friends. When the snowman falls asleep, the rabbit hops away with the book. But the snowman isn’t about to let his story–or the mischievous rabbit–get away. The chase is on!”–Amazon website.

    • Holabird, Katharine
      Angelinas Big City Ballet
      Angelina goes to the most famous city in Mouseland to perform at the Big Cheese Dance Show with her cousin Jeanie, but the two clash over whether tap or ballet is better.


    • Jackson, Ellen B
      Cinder Edna
      Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, have different approaches to life; and, although each ends up with the prince of her dreams, one is a great deal happier than the other.

    • John, Jory
      Goodnight Already
      Bear has never been so tired but his next-door neighbor, a wide-awake duck, keeps disturbing his sleep.


    • Kann, Victoria
      Goldilicious
      A little girl and her brother play with her imaginary gold-horned unicorn that can float on water, fly, and turn herself into a fairy princess.

    • Kellogg, Steven
      Pinkerton, Behave
      “Pinkerton may not be the best-trained dog in his class, but his unconventional behavior saves the day when a burglar comes to his house”–




    • Mader, C Roger
      Tiptop Cat
      A cat finds the courage to climb again after a frightening fall from his owner’s apartment balcony.

    • Marsoli, Lisa Ann
      Frozen Sing Along Storybook
      The younger sister of a princess who has magically placed her kingdom under an icy cold spell, tries to break the spell and reunite with her sister.


    • Miki, Roy
      Dolphin Sos
      Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of Newfoundland.



    • Newgarden, Mark
      Bow Wows Nightmare Neighbors
      “Bow-Wow, an expressive dog, tangles with some unruly neighbors in this wordless, spooky Halloween picture book”–

    • Nichols, Lori
      Maple & Willow Together
      Nature-loving sisters Maple and Willow smooth over a rough patch in their friendship in their own unique way.

    • Novak, B J
      The Book With No Pictures
      “In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what”–


    • Oelschlager, Vanita
      A Tale Of Two Mommies
      A young boy describes to two other children how his two mommies help him with all his needs.



    • Pilcher, Steve
      Over There
      When Shredder, a little shrew who lives alone, overcomes his worry and sets out to explore what lies beyond the forest, he finds himself in trouble and discovers a new friend.

    • Pilutti, Deb
      Ten Rules Of Being A Superhero
      An instruction manual for aspiring superheroes that follows the adventures of action-figure Captain Magma and his sidekick/owner Lava Boy as they outsmart a villainous dinosaur, evade a bee, and save a worm from certain destruction.

    • Princesse Camcam
      Foxs Garden
      An act of tender compassion is given (and repaid) in secret during an icy winter night.

    • Rocco, John
      Blizzard
      “After a massive blizzard, a boy becomes a hero when he manages to walk to the local store and bring supplies back to his neighborhood which has been snowed in for days. Based on the author’s childhood experience”–

    • Rockliff, Mara
      Chik Chak Shabbat
      When Goldie gets sick and can’t make the cholent, her neighbors bring dishes they made to share with each other.


    • Ruth, Greg
      Coming Home
      Follows the emotions of a young boy as he waits at an airport for a family member to return home from serving in the military.

    • Santomero, Angela C
      You Are Special, Daniel Tiger
      “Daniel Tiger’s school is putting on a special talent show and everyone is performing their special talents. Daniel sings, Katerina dances, Prince Wednesday does magic tricks, and Miss Elaina puts on a puppet show. But what can O the Owl do? With a little help from his friends, O learns that he doesn’t have to sing or do magic tricks to be special. He is special just the way he is!”–page [4] of cover

    • Schaapman, Karina
      The Mouse Mansion
      Best friends Sam and Julia love spending their days exploring the many rooms and secret hiding places of the Mouse Mansion, where they live with their families.

    • Schachner, Judith Byron
      Skippyjon Jones, Class Action.
      Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese cat who’d rather be his Chihuahua alter ego, is determined to attend dog obedience school.


    • Schofield Morrison, Connie
      I Got The Rhythm
      On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other childen join her.



    • Schwarz, Viviane
      Is There A Dog In This Book
      Can cats and dogs share the same turf? Revisit the age-old dilemma with a hide-and-seek romp among furry friends.

    • Scieszka, Jon
      Race From A To Z
      Dump trucks, fire trucks, and even garbage trucks join in a race through the streets of Trucktown.



    • Stein, Garth
      Enzo Races In The Rain
      Enzo’s only excitement consists of chasing the cars that pass the farm where he lives, until he meets Zoë and her father.



    • Thornhill, Jan
      Winters Coming : A Story Of Seasonal Change
      When Lily, a young snowshoe hare, hears that winter is coming, she does not know what to expect, even as the other animals explain what they do to cope with the change of seasons, although, they note, snowshoe hares do not need to do the same.


    • Tullet, Herve
      Mix It Up
      Using no special effects other than the reader’s imagination, simple directions lead the reader to experiment with mixing and changing colors on the printed page.

    • Valentine, Madeline
      George In The Dark
      A little boy overcomes his fear of the dark during a daring teddy bear rescue.

    • Van Allsburg, Chris
      The Misadventures Of Sweetie Pie
      Sweetie Pie escapes the confines of her hamster cage–and a series of insufferable owners–to find a new home in the wild.

    • Walters, Eric
      Hope Springs
      Based on the true story of an orphaned boy in Kenya trying to bring clean water to his village.

    • Watt, Melanie
      Scaredy Squirrel Has A Birthday Party
      Scaredy Squirrel is planning his own birthday party for one, but despite his detailed plans, things get out of control when the party animals arrive.

    • White, Dianne
      Blue On Blue
      Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and quieting of a storm.

    • Young, Cybele
      Nancy Knows
      Nancy the elephant remembers all kinds of things in all kinds of ways, but now she knows she has forgotten something. But what could it be?

    • 5 Minute Minnie Tales
      Minnie Mouse stars in this collection of 12 tales, each of which can be read aloud in about five minutes.



    • Old Macdonald Had A Farm
      “Pete the cat learns the sounds of the different farm animals in this twist on the classic song”–