October’s New Picture Books!

    • Abbot, Judi
      A train-loving baby elephant is excited to go on a real train, but when the other baby animals want to play with different vehicles, he becomes upset, until he tries some of the other toys for himself.

    • Beaty, Andrea
      Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau
      When a crow flies off with her birthday bonnet as she walks to dinner, Madame Chapeau chases the thief through the streets of Paris while admirers offer her replacement hats, but none seem quite right until someone offers a special gift.

    • Becker, Aaron
      In the Caldecott Honor-winning Journey, much of Becker’s energy was devoted to the story’s exquisite backdrops. Now, in the second wordless book of his planned trilogy, the focus is on his characters. On a rainy day in a city park, the girl who starred in Journey and the boy introduced at the end take refuge by a doorway under a bridge. To their surprise, a king emerges from the door just long enough to pass the two a map before soldiers apprehend him. Returning to the magical Pallonezia, they find the walled city in flames, under siege. Becker includes wonderfully evocative set pieces – a submerged city, a Mayan temple – as the pair follows the map to collect chalk markers in all the colors of the rainbow to free the king and save the city.

    • Boyd, Lizi
      In this story without words, a boy explores the woods after dark with a flashlight.

    • Burningham, John
      The Way To The Zoo
      Discovering a magical door in her bedroom that leads her to the zoo, a little girl is tempted to bring one little bear back to her room, and then a menagerie of smaller animals, and then a medley of big animals, until pandemonium ensues.

    • Campbell, Scott
      Hug Machine
      The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spiky or soft.

    • Chaud, Benjamin
      The Bears Sea Escape
      Still looking for a place to hibernate, Papa Bear follows Baby Bear to a cruise ship, and winds up on a tropical island.

    • Corderoy, Tracey

    • Cote, Genevieve
      Bobs Hungry Ghost
      Wanting a dog for his birthday but instead receiving a pet ghost named Fluffy, young Bob becomes frustrated by his ghost companion’s disobedience and inclination to eat everything in sight.

    • Dillon, Leo
      If Kids Ran The World
      In text and pictures, this book tells us how much better the world would be, if kids were allowed to run the world.

    • Graves, Keith
      The Monsterator
      “A boy wishes to be a monster for one day, but doesn’t know what he’s in for in this picture book with a split-page novelty element”–

    • Haughton, Chris
      Shh We Have A Plan
      “Four friends creep through the woods, and what do they spot? An exquisite bird high in a tree! ‘Hello birdie,’ waves one. ‘Shh! We have a plan,’ hush the others. They stealthily make their advance, nets in the air. Ready one, ready two, ready three, and go! But as one comically foiled plan follows another, it soon becomes clear that their quiet, observant companion, hand outstretched, has a far better idea. Award-winning author-illustrator Chris Haughton is back with another simple, satisfying story whose visual humor plays out in boldly graphic, vibrantly colorful illustrations.”–

    • Hawkes, Kevin
      Remy And Lulu
      A down-on-his-luck painter with poor eyesight teams up with a dog with a knack for painting portraits.

    • Heapy, Teresa
      Very Little Red Riding Hood
      Very Little Red Riding Hood’s off to her Grandmama’s for a sleepover, and she won’t let anything stand in her way–not even a wolf.

    • Higginson, Sheila Sweeny
      Doctors Helper
      Doc has two mysteries to solve: what’s wrong with this new toy, and who does she belong to?

    • Jaine, Lillian
      Happy Halloween
      “It’s Halloween night, and Count von Count is dozing off in front of his fireplace. Suddenly, he hears someone knocking at his castle door, but when he goes to open the door, nobody’s there! Is something spooky going on? Join Count, Elmo, and all of the Sesame Street friends as they celebrate Halloween”–

    • Jeffers, Oliver
      Once Upon An Alphabet
      “From an Astronaut who’s afraid of heights, to a Bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a Cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom, this series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet”–

    • Ketteman, Helen
      At The Old Haunted House
      Many creatures live at the old haunted house with their children, including one small witch, two little monsters, three kittens, four goblins, five werewolves and more. When the neighborhood children come trick-or-treating, they are invited inside for a fun party with all.

    • Ketteman, Helen
      The Ghosts Go Haunting
      “Verses written to the tune of The Ants Go Marching describe an ever-increasing parade of ghosts, witches, and other spooky creatures as they haunt a school on Halloween”–

    • Latimer, Alex
      Pig And Small
      Pig and Bug want to become friends but their size difference gets in the way, until they find something they both enjoy doing.

    • Long, Loren
      Otis And The Scarecrow
      When the farmer places a scarecrow in the cornfield, Otis the tractor and the farm animals try to make friends, but the scarecrow remains silent with a sour look on his face throughout the summer and fall.

    • Mack, Jeff
      Duck In The Fridge
      When Dad was a boy, he found a duck in the fridge, and so begins his explanation as to why he reads Mother Goose rhymes to his own son every night.

    • Marceau, Fani
      In This Book
      Explores the concept of what it means to be “in” something with text and pictures.

    • Mcclurkan, Rob
      Aw, Nuts
      When Squirrel goes after the perfect acorn, on foot, in a taxi, and even by pogo stick, one thing after another goes wrong.

    • Mcmullan, Kate
      Im Brave
      “He’s a big red engine with a siren, a horn, a tank full of water, and whole lotta hose! He’s a good-lookin’ fire truck, and he’s brave, too. When the alarm sounds, he’s gotta drive through smoke and heat straight to a blazing fire!”–Front jacket flap.

    • Oldland, Nicholas
      Big Bear Hug
      A bear who loves to hug everything meets a human who is about to chop down a tree, and the bear must make a decision on how to save his forest.

    • Raschka, Christopher
      Give And Take
      In his apple orchard, a farmer meets a little man named Take and follows his advice, which does not turn out well, and the next day meets a little man named Give, whose advice is just as bad.

    • Rosenthal, Amy Krouse
      Uni The Unicorn
      Uni the unicorn believes that little girls are real.

    • Smalls Hector, Irene
      Irene And The Big, Fine Nickel
      Relates the adventures of a young girl, living in Harlem in the 1950’s, on the morning that she finds a nickel in the street.

    • Soman, David
      Ladybug Girl And The Dress Up Dilemma
      “It is Halloween and Lulu doesn’t know if she should dress as Ladybug Girl or find a different costume for the special day”–

    • Stanton, Brandon
      Little Humans
      The creator of Humans of New York combines an original narrative with some of his favorite children’s photos from the blog, in addition to all-new exclusive portraits.

    • 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.

    • Wells, Rosemary
      Max & Ruby At The Warthogs Wedding
      Shortly before the Warthogs’ wedding is set to begin, ring-bearer Max loses the ring and he, Ruby, and their friend Louise search the Ritz Hotel from bottom to top trying to get it back in time.

    • Octonauts And The Colossal Squid
      As they travel through deep, dark waters, the Octonauts find themselves in a battle with a colossal squid over the Octopod! Can the crew win this bout of tentacle wrestling? Octonauts, let’s do this!

    • Octonauts And The Undersea Eruption
      The Octopod has located a steaming volcano at the bottom of an ocean trench. It’s an undersea emergency-everybody needs to get out, fast! But will there be time to save three floating blobfish before the big blast! Octonauts, let’s do this!