Picture Book

  1. Here Comes Santa Cat

    Here Comes Santa Cat

    In “Here Comes Santa Cat”, we meet a cat dressed up in a Santa suit that is having a conversation with an unseen narrator.  After viewing Cat’s “current year to date” pie chart showing a ratio of his naughty to nice behavior, we learn why he wants to be Santa—he wants a present.  Maybe if Cat does some nice things, Santa will give him a present after all.  Cat’s attempts at niceness go terribly awry over and over, until finally he does it right.  And Cat meets Santa after all.  The ink and colored pencil illustrations show Cat with a multitude of emotions, and the u

  2. Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

    Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

     

     

     

    "What do the trees know?

    To bend when all the wild winds blow.

    Roots are deep and time is slow.

    All we grasp we must let go.

    What do the trees know?

    Buds can weather ice and snow.

    Dark gives way to sunlight’s glow.

    Strength and stillness help us grow."

  3. Shooting At the Stars

    Shooting At the Stars

    Shooting at the Stars is a fictionalized account of the Christmas truce that occurred in the trenches between British and German troops during World War I in 1914.  The story is told conveyed through a letter by a British soldier to his mother.  He tells of December 24th, when the British soldiers heard singing coming from the opposing trench 30 paces away.  Stille Nacht--Silent Night.  The next morning, they woke up to calls from the German soldiers.  Warily, soldiers from both sides began to step out into “No Man’s Land”.  They first buried their d

  4. Take Away The A

    Take Away The A

     

    This innovative and unique alphabet book takes a basic word like "beast", take away the "a" and "the BEAST is the BEST". "Without the B, the BRIDE goes for a RIDE."  Reading the book straight through would be fun for preschool and kindergarten, but for older students and their teachers, its a great excuse for wordplay!  Highly recommended.

  5. Baby Bear Counts One

    Baby Bear Counts One

    Another of my favorite seasonal picture books is this companion book to Baby Bear Sees Blue.  In an autumn landscape, a curious bear cub asks Mama Bear questions about the sounds of animals around them, and then counts the animals as they make their preparations for the winter.

  6. Sophie's Squash

    Sophie's Squash

    Among my very favorite picture books are those with the theme of changing seasons.  This story by Wisconsin author Miller is at the top of the list.  At a fall farm market with her mother and father, Sophie picks out a yellow squash.  The squash is just the right size for Sophie to hold, and--it turns out—to love. “I’m glad we met,” says Sophie.

  7. The Orchestra Pit

    The Orchestra Pit

    A wide-eyed spotted snake from the zoo wanders into “the wrong pit,” and wends its way among the instruments of an orchestra: brass, winds, strings, percussion.  It is impressed by all the sights and sounds—and hiding places: charmed by the oboe, cozy in the tuba.  The snake’s fascination is not returned by the musicians, however, and the zookeeper is summoned.  Time to hide!  As the musicians warm up their instruments, the snake likens the sounds to those of other animals in the zoo.

  8. Little Boo

    Little Boo

    A tiny pumpkin seed has one goal in its life: to be SCARY!  “Boo!” it cries, to leaf and snowflake, grub to grasshopper.  They are not in the least frightened, but the wind encourages the seed: “It’s not time for scaring…not yet.  Be patient.  You’ll soon be scary enough.”  As the seasons turn, the seed has some turning of its own to do: to spring sprout, to summer flower, to autumn pumpkin. Little Boo finds that, sometimes, we need to be patient and grow into our dreams in order for them to come true.  For Little Boo, that long-awaited time is Halloween!

  9. Colors Versus Shapes

    Who are the stars of this book?  Colors or Shapes?  With the help of three unusual judges (featured in Boldt’s 123 versus ABC), two teams vie for the honor.  Team Color takes the stage to begin a talent contest, but Shapes soon crash it, and the game is on.   Red, Blue and Yellow do some fancy mixing to create a variety of new colors--everything from purple to turquoise.  But the shapes, including Circle, Triangle, and Square, show that they can change as well, adding side

  10. Uni the Unicorn

    Uni the Unicorn

     

    Believing is magical, and Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a champion of always trusting magic. In Uni the Unicorn, Rosenthal invites you to discover the beauty in believing, no matter how ridiculous an idea might seem.

    Uni is a unicorn. On the surface, she looks and acts like your typical unicorn. She has a beautiful mane, sparkling eyes and golden hooves. She even brings wishes to life.

  11. Mama Built a Little Nest

    It’s a science book!  It’s a rhyming story!  It’s a picture art book!

  12. Shoe Dog

    Shoe Dog

    Prolific author Megan McDonald and versatile illustrator Katherine Tillotson team up again with this slightly sad, sometimes silly and altogether sweet story.

  13. The Day I Lost My Superpowers

    The Day I Lost My Superpowers

     

    This charming picture book originally published in France in 2013 is about a little girl who believes she has "superpowers".  She can make things disappear (like cupcakes), make plants stop moving, and become invisible when something breaks in the house.  One day she falls while "flying" and her superpowers disappear.  Just like that. And her knee starts to hurt and she starts to cry.  Then she learns that her mom has superpowers too!  Magic kisses can make things all better again.  A very pleasant book about a child and love for a parent.

  14. Surprise

    Surprise

     

    This picture book first published in the Netherlands is a gem.  I loved it from the very first spread--a drawing of a bird opposite of the word yearning.  Followed by hoping, expecting, marveling--each showing a beautiful bird in a stage of parenting.  Each spread consists of a word opposite a bird--and the pages with words become increasingly more complex in design.  When I got to the final page, letting go, I was so impressed with the beauty of the book.  Mies Van Hout is becoming one of my favorite author/illustrators. 

  15. Hank Finds an Egg

    Hank Finds an Egg

    “Storywoods” blog creator Rebecca Dudley uses her expert photography and multi-media diorama art in this beautiful wordless picture book story featuring Hank, a sweet little animal of the woods. While on a walk, Hank finds an egg on the ground beneath a bird’s nest.   When he fails in his valiant attempts to return the egg to the nest before nightfall, Hank cares for the egg and keeps it warm until he can try again the next day.  This time, he has some help, and makes new friends as a result.

  16. Tools Rule!

    In a fenced in backyard, tools are scattered across the bright, green grass. Up hops a t-square yelling out to the rest of the tools, “Who’s ready to build?” The call to action inspires the tools to construct something. But, what will they create?

  17. Kenta and the Big Wave (2013)

    Kenta and the Big Wave

     

    When the sirens sounded, Kenta ran to high ground and found his family, but his beloved soccer ball bounced and rolled away. When the water died down, Kenta and his family began rebuilding their lives. They searched for objects the ocean had snatched away. They found some, but they did not find the soccer ball.

  18. No Monkeys, No Chocolate

    No Monkeys, No Chocolate

     

     

     

     

     

     

    so much chocolate depends

    upon

     

    a white cocoa

    bean

     

    glazed with monkey

    spit

     

    among the red

    ants.

     

    This great picture book about what makes chocolate possible is recommended for grades 3 - 7.

    (Thanks, William Carlos Williams!)

  19. The Dark

     

    What happens when Lemony Snicket teams up with Jon Klassen to create The Dark? Pure awesomeness!

  20. The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

    The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

    This is a fab(ulous) and funny book about John, Paul, George and Ringo—four lads from Liverpool, England who together, achieved worldwide fame and admiration as the Beatles, rock music band extraordinaire.

  21. It's Not Yours, It's Mine! (2013)

    It's Not Yours, It's Mine

     

    In this book about sharing, Blieka loves her new, red ball and doesn’t want anyone else to use it. Soon this fear takes over her days and she cannot go anywhere without bringing her toy. One day the ball deflates.  Blieka’s friends help her re-inflate it and she begins to understand the importance of sharing. It is still hard to do, but her persistence is rewarded when others begin to share their toys as well.

     

  22. Paul Meets Bernadette

     

    Paul is a tiny goldfish who lives in a fish bowl. Day after day, Paul swam in circles. You name a type of circle, and Paul could swim it! He never saw his world in the fish bowl differently. That is until another fish named Bernadette joined him. Bernadette loved to explore and to see what was happening outside of the fish bowl. With Bernadette, Paul began to discover a brand new world. A banana became a boat; a teapot transformed into an elephant; a pair of reading glasses looked like a butterfly; and more!

  23. Windblown (2013)

    Windblown

     

    In this fanciful tale, tiny scraps of paper in various shapes and colors become animals. Each animal claims the shapes belong to them. The chicken, “saw them lying around!” The fish “cut the paper into pieces.” Each animal has a good reason for believing the paper belongs to them, but just then the wind blows the paper over to you. It just might be that the shapes of paper really belong to you. What will you make out of them?

     

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