Best of
Picture-Books

2006

Library Lion


Michelle Knudsen - 2006
    No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen's disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.

Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids


Carol McCloud - 2006
    Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.

Duck, Death and the Tulip


Wolf Erlbruch - 2006
    Death, Duck and the Tulip will intrigue, haunt and enchant readers of all ages. Simple, unusual, warm and witty, this book deals with a difficult subject in a way that is elegant, straightforward, and thought-provoking.

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!


Mo Willems - 2006
    Hurrying away to brush his teeth, the pajama-clad bus driver implores readers not to let his feathered friend stay up late. Youngsters are thrust into the role of caregiver as the puerile pigeon attempts to talk his way out of the inevitable, coming up with requests that range from manipulative (I hear there's a good show about birds on TV tonight. Should be very educational) to cajoling (Y'know, we never get to talk anymore. Tell me about your day-¦) to classic (Can I have a glass of water?). Meanwhile, the fowl fights yawns and tries to keep his wide eye open, despite a drooping lid. Defying drowsiness to the last, he finally falls asleep, clutching his stuffed bunny tightly under his wing. Set against comfortably faded pastel backgrounds, the cartoon artwork focuses tightly on the main character, with his comments presented in dialogue balloons. The black-crayon lines speak volumes, as the pigeon's body language and the positioning of his ever-expressive eye humorously convey each nuance of the text. Children will be charmed by this bedtime treat, which will have them laughing out loud at the pigeon-and at themselves.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Corduroy Lost and Found


B.G. Hennessy - 2006
    He spies what he thinks is a yellow balloon up in the sky, thinking that would be perfect for her.But when the sun rises, the balloon (really the full moon) disappears. And now Corduroy is lost. Lisa finds him, but not before Corduroy succeeds in getting just the right gift - a lollipop as yellow and round as the moon.This brand-new Corduroy picture book is written in the whimsical style of Don Freeman and illustrated in the exact scratchboard technique he used to create Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy.

The Black Book of Colors


Menena Cottin - 2006
    This groundbreaking, award-winning book endeavors to convey the experience of a person who can only see through his or her sense of touch, taste, smell or hearing.Raised black line drawings on black paper, which can be deciphered by touch, complement a beautifully written text describing colors through imagery. Braille letters accompany the text so that the sighted reader can begin to imagine what it is like to use Braille to read. A full Braille alphabet at the end of the book can be used to learn more.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy


Oliver Jeffers - 2006
    But Henry doesn't like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets--he's on his way to being the smartest boy in the world! But one day he feels sick to his stomach. And the information is so jumbled up inside, he can't digest it! Can Henry find a way to enjoy books without using his teeth? With a stunning new artistic style and a die-cut surprise, Oliver Jeffers celebrates the joys of reading in this charming and quirky picture book. It's almost good enough to eat.

Scaredy Squirrel


Mélanie Watt - 2006
    It's way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he's well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel's emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute.Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day ... his worst nightmare comes true! Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk. But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting ...

Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble


Judy Schachner - 2006
    . . and finds himself in ancient Egypt. His doggy pals, Los Chimichangos, want to visit the Under Mundo—the underworld— where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito's brains and courage to answer the riddle of theFinx and enter the mummy's tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he's in for another grand and whirlwind adventure. Full of Judy Schachner's rollicking wordplay and bold, imaginative illustrations, Skippy's latest outsize outing will tickle the funny bones and warm the hearts of his many amigos.

My Mouth Is a Volcano!


Julia Cook - 2006
    In fact, his thoughts are so important to him that when he has something to say, his words begin to wiggle, and then they do the jiggle, then his tongue pushes all of his important words up against his teeth and he erupts, or interrupts others. His mouth is a volcano! My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to capture their rambunctious thoughts and words for expression at an appropriate time. Told from Louis' perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.

Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury


Laura Joffe Numeroff - 2006
    . . series have brought their books, recipes, songs, and activities to this family treasury, chock-a-block full of fun things to do. Parents, grab your kids Kids, grab your parents and join Mouse, Moose, and Pig as they read, bake, sing, and play.

Flotsam


David Wiesner - 2006
    A young boy comes to the beach eager to collect and examine flotsam—anything floating that has been washed ashore. But nothing among his usual finds compares with the discovery of a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera with its own secrets to share . . . and to keep. Meet unexpected underseas denizens and enter fascinating worlds within worlds in this entrancing celebration of imagination, creativity, and the impulse to share that which delights and amazes us.

Not a Box


Antoinette Portis - 2006
    . . unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over and inside a cardboard box, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible.

Lilly's Big Day


Kevin Henkes - 2006
    Slinger has big news.He's getting married.Married!Lilly has big plans.She's going to be the flower girl.(Lilly has always wanted to be a flower girl.Even more than a surgeon or a diva or a hairdresser.)But what's the biggest,the best,the most perfect thing of all?You're invited to the wedding -- so start reading!

Sidney & Norman: A Tale of Two Pigs


Phil Vischer - 2006
    . . yet you will find very thought-provoking. Sidney & Norman uses the simple context of two pigs living next door to each other to communicate a profound truth about how we judge each other and often judge ourselves. On the surface, Sidney & Norman appears to be a picture book that will entertain kids. But this story has deeply moved adult audiences in informal readings, leading to deep-thinking discussions.

The Goodnight Train


June Sobel - 2006
    Roll that corner, rock that curve, and soar past mermaids, leaping sheep, and even ice-cream clouds. You won't want to miss a thing, so whatever you do, don't . . . close . . . your . . . eyes!            With soothing, lyrical words and magical illustrations, June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith have created a nighttime fantasy that's guaranteed to make even the most resistant sleeper snuggle up tight.Ready to keep rolling?The companion books Goodnight Train Rolls On and Santa and the Goodnight Train are now available!

Just Like Heaven


Patrick McDonnell - 2006
    'Wow,' he remarks as he explores. 'What a great place.' But when Mooch comes face-to-face in heaven with a big and scary dog, what, he wonders, is he supposed to do? Mooch's reassuring answer reveals that the joys of nature, home and friends are blessings to appreciate here and now. Heaven really is a place on earth!

Miss Brooks Loves Books!


Barbara Bottner - 2006
    But Missy dismisses them all--"Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity."Still, Miss Brooks remains undaunted. Book Week is here and Missy will find a book to love if they have to empty the entire library. What story will finally win over this beastly, er, discriminating child? William Steig's Shrek!--the tale of a repulsive green ogre in search of a revolting bride--of course!Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley pay playful homage to the diverse tastes of child readers and the valiant librarians who are determined to put just the right book in each child's hands.

That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown


Cressida Cowell - 2006
    Along the way, she shows the queen how to love a special toy of her very own.The popular author of How to Train Your Dragon teams up with the author/illustrator of Oscar and Arabella in this irresistible picture book.

Adèle & Simon


Barbara McClintock - 2006
    Ad�le makes Simon promise to try not to lose anything. But as they make their way home, distractions cause Simon to leave something behind at every stop. What will they tell their mother?Detailed pen-and-ink drawings - filled with soft watercolors - make a game of this unforgettable tour through the streets and scenes of early-twentieth-century Paris. Illustrated endpapers extend the fun by replicating a 1907 Baedeker map of Paris.Adèle & Simon is a 2006 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Max's Words


Kate Banks - 2006
    Benjamin collects stamps and Karl collects coins, and neither one will share with their little brother. So Max decides to start a collection of his own. He’s going to collect words. He starts with small words that he cuts out of newspapers and magazines, but soon his collection has spilled out into the hall. All the while, his brothers are watching. Benjamin brags that he has one thousand stamps. Karl is just a few coins short of five hundred. But a thousand stamps is really just a bunch of stamps, and a lot of coins is only a heap of money. A pile of words, however, can make a story.  Bright, bold pictures incorporating clever wordplay accompany this highly original tale about a younger brother’s ingenuity. Max's Words is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Uno's Garden


Graeme Base - 2006
    And one entirely unexceptional Snortlepig.Uno loves the forest so much, he decides to live there. But, in time, a little village grows up around his house. Then a town, then a city. . . and soon Uno realises that the animals and plants have begun to disappear. . .

Only One You


Linda Kranz - 2006
    Make it a better place. Adri's mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world. This exquisitely illustrated book explodes with color and honest insights. Kranz's uniquely painted "rockfish," set against vibrant blue seas, make an unforgettable and truly special impression. Only One You will inspire parents and children of all ages as they swim through the sea of life.

The Little Red Hen


Jerry Pinkney - 2006
       As he did with his Caldecott-winning The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkney has masterfully adapted this story of the hardworking hen and her lazy neighbors. Its Golden Rule message and sassy finale are just as relevant and satisfying as ever. Read it in tandem with Pinkney’s Puss in Boots and The Tortoise and the Hare or David Wiesner’s The Three Pigs.     "Perfect [for] sharing with one listener, or a crowd." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   “Cheerful [and] luminous. Kids will gleefully chime in.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “A lush light-filled rendition of a folktale staple.”—School Library Journal (starred review)

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves


Julia Rawlinson - 2006
    But then winter comes, and with it a wonderful surprise. Do you know what it is? Join Fletcher and find out. . . .Fletcher the fox is concerned about nature and wants to understand the changing of the seasons. Young readers will share the feelings of wonder and empathy as they curl up with a parent or gather in circle time to enjoy this beautiful picture book.

Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons


Amy Krouse Rosenthal - 2006
    Open this delectable book to any page and you will find out something about life. Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons is a new kind of dictionary, one that defines mysteries such as "fair" and "unfair" and what it really means to "cooperate." The book is by turns clever, honest, inspirational, and whimsical. Go ahead, take a bite!

Three Little Cajun Pigs


Mike Artell - 2006
    Their mom has just kicked them out of the house and it's time they make their own way and start constructing new homes in the heart of the swamp. When ol' Claude the gator comes sneaking along, however, the three brothers are forced to question their choice of construction materials! This hilarious tale from the creators of the popular Petite Rouge (which School Library Journal declared "A treat from start to finish") will once again take you to the heart of the Cajun swamps and show you the Three Little Pigs like you've never seen them.

Tiger Can't Sleep


S.J. Fore - 2006
    After much pleading, the little boy soon discovers how to deal with a noisy tiger. Full color.

That's Not My Dragon...


Fiona Watt - 2006
    The enduring appeal of Rachel Wells' charming illustrations, the opportunity to interact with a variety of different textures and the gentle humour of the simple, yet appealing text make these books pre-school classics. Will appeal to the imaginations of very young children, as they discover the many different dragons included, which are complete with fuzzy ears, scaly wings, sparkling horns and spotty skin. The descriptive text and touchy-feely pages will promote sensory awareness and language development in very young children.

Bear's New Friend


Karma Wilson - 2006
     There's a clatter in the tree! Is it Mouse? No . . . "Who?" calls Bear. Something quickly scampers by! Is it Hare? No . . . "Who?" calls Bear. Someone seems to be hiding from Bear and his friends. Who is it? WHO? How Bear and his forest friends discover a NEW FRIEND will enchant young readers. Karma Wilson's playful text and Jane Chapman's radiant illustrations make Bear's New Friend a perfect summertime read-aloud companion to the bestselling Bear Snores On.

Just So Thankful


Mercer Mayer - 2006
    There's a new kid in town who has everything Little Critter wants -- a Super Streak scooter, his own cell phone, and even a limousine! But Little Critter soon realizes that he has something money cannot buy -- a family who loves and adores him.

One Green Apple


Eve Bunting - 2006
    She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the ripple of friendly laughter. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah connects with the other students and begins to feel that she belongs.Ted Lewin’s gorgeous sun-drenched paintings and Eve Bunting’s sensitive text immediately put the reader into another child’s shoes in this timely story of a young Muslim immigrant.

Across the Alley


Richard Michelson - 2006
    Willie is black and Abe is Jewish, and during the day, they don't talk. But at night they open their windows and are best friends. Willie shows Abe how to throw a real big-league slider, and Abe gives Willie his violin to try out. Then one night, Abe's grandfather catches them — will Abe and Willie have the courage to cross the alley and reveal their friendship during the day? Like the bestselling The Other Side, E. B. Lewis's striking, atmospheric watercolors bring to life a moving story of baseball and music, and how two young people try to bridge the divide of prejudice.

Is There Really a Human Race?


Jamie Lee Curtis - 2006
    Is the human race an obstacle course? Is it a spirit? Does he get his own lane? Does he get his own coach?Written with Jamie Lee Curtis's humor and heart and illustrated with Laura Cornell's worldly wit, Is There Really a Human Race? Is all about relishing the journey and making good choices along the way—because how we live and how we love is how we learn to make the world a better place, one small step at a time.

The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley


Colin Thompson - 2006
    We want to be taller, shorter, fatter, thinner, older and younger. We want our straight hair to be curly, our curly hair to be straight and our brown eyes to be blue. We hate our parents, children, teachers, students and everybody. We want to be somewhere else, with someone else, eating something else, wearing something fantastic no one else can afford, and we want to splash them as we drive by in our big red car. Rats live for quite a short time and for most of that time they are very, very happy...

The Blue Stone: A Journey Through Life


Jimmy Liao - 2006
    Breathtaking illustrations and a haunting story take readers on a wondrous voyage around the world. A large, beautiful blue stone is discovered in a forest. It is cut in half, and one half stays in the forest while the other starts on a long and mystical journey through many places, many owners, and many transformations. It begins as a statue of an elephant, admired by museum goers, and then becomes a carved bird residing in an elderly woman's garden. It becomes a moon, a cat, a necklace, and more, until it finally returns to the forest. The Blue Stone is a powerful tale of different life paths and possibilities, a longing for home, and love.Reading Level: Age 3 and Up

Whose Toes are Those?


Jabari Asim - 2006
    Fun, rhyming text is paired with bold artwork full of toddler appeal.

The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster


Meomi - 2006
    When the Octonauts, a team of eight animals that explores the ocean, help a lonely monster, everyone learns the value of friendship and individuality.

The Adventures of Polo


Régis Faller - 2006
    Polo's journey is packed with incident and expression; 80 pages of seamless, satisfying picture storytelling are perfectly targeted to the youngest reader. Unique, dynamic, and playful, The Adventures of Polo calls to mind the worlds of film animation, comics, and classic books from Harold and the Purple Crayon to The Snowman--and has style, appeal, and substance all its very own.

Night Boat to Freedom


Margot Theis Raven - 2006
    Bravely, he begins the first of many journeys. Each time he returns, Granny Judith asks what color clothing his passenger wore, for she’s had a dream-vision and is making a quilt from squares of these “freedom colors.” When there are only two squares left, she tells him, “Dream says we got to get ourselves over the river, ’cause the danger’s gonna grow awful.” This compelling story, powerfully and poignantly illustrated, is a memorable celebration of courage, hope, and unselfish love. Night Boat to Freedom is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

If You're Happy and You Know It!


Jane Cabrera - 2006
    Clap along with silly monkey, stamp with enormous elephant, and roar out loud with lion! This popular nursery song comes alive with Jane Cabrera's zany animal paintings in a colorful sing-along action book that will put a smile on everyone's face.

Duck & Goose


Tad Hills - 2006
    This New York Times Bestseller and ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book stars two unforgettable characters and is filled with humor that young children will appreciate—and recognize!Duck and Goose have to work at getting along. You see, Duck doesn’t much care for Goose at first, and Goose isn’t fond of Duck. But both want the egg that each claims to be his. As the two tend to their egg, and make plans for the future, they come to appreciate one another’s strengths. And when a bluebird points out that it isn’t really an egg—it’s a polka dot ball—the two are not dismayed. After all, it is a lovely ball. . . .“Duck and Goose have taken their places alongside Frog and Toad and George and Martha as fine examples of friendship, curiosity and problem-solving.” —Kirkus Reviews

Art


Patrick McDonnell - 2006
    Children are introduced to the imaginative world of art and how a picture really can be worth a thousand words.

Can You See What I See? Once Upon a Time: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve


Walter Wick - 2006
    Photographic search-and-find fun--especially for preschoolers! From bestselling author/photographer Walter Wick.From the photographer of the bestselling I Spy books, Can You See What I See? Once Upon a Time is a rhyming, search-and-find picture book--especially for preschoolers! Twelve fascinating compositions depict favorite fairy tales, folk tales, and classic stories where readers can use the picture clues to search for dozens of intriguing hidden objects in a far, faraway land filled with toys!

The Berenstain Bears Hug and Make Up


Stan Berenstain - 2006
    As the Bear family learns, though, sometimes laughter is all it takes to hug and make up!

My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out


Lauren Child - 2006
    At first, Lola does not want her wobbly tooth to ever fall out, but when she learns about the tooth fairy, she wiggles and wobbles her tooth until out it pops! Finally it is time to go to bed—but the tooth has disappeared! Now how will Lola convince the tooth fairy that she really did lose her tooth? Big brother Charlie has just the answer—if Lola has dreams so lovely that she smiles while she sleeps, the tooth fairy will be able to see for herself!

Moongirl: The Collector's Edition Book and DVD Gift Set


Henry Selick - 2006
    A jar of lightning bugs, a glorious carousel, a two-headed monster, and the intriguing Moongirl herself all play a part in this stunning picture book, based on the award-winning animated short film by celebrated animation director Henry Selick and packaged with a DVD of the complete film. Luminous artwork created for the storybook by Peter Chan (storyboard artist for the Harry Potter films) and Courtney Booker (digital storyboard artist for FINDING NEMO) transports readers to a mythical moonscape full of breathtaking possibilities.

The Story of Everything


Neal Layton - 2006
    Eleven imaginative, full-color pop-up spreads tell kids the story of how all physical reality came into existence, starting at the beginning of time with what scientists call the Big Bang--a cosmic explosion that got the universe started. Illustrations and easy text that follows portray the formation of the solar system and the gradual changes on the planet Earth that made it hospitable to life forms. Succeeding illustrations show the evolution of sea creatures, dinosaurs, and other prehistoric animals, culminating with the origin and development of human beings. Kids will be fascinated by the ingenious pop-up illustrations as they discover the story of literally everything that exists.

Who's in the Bathroom?


Jeanne Willis - 2006
    Now, who could it be?A whale who is doing the world's biggest pee?"With a pooping elephant, a farting rhino, and a piddling penguin, this hilarious picture book is full of toilet fun. don't be too shy to ask, "Who's in the bathroom?"

Keep Love in Your Heart, Little One


Giles Andreae - 2006
    Believe in yourself and believe in your dreams, and you'll be what you dream you can be. A warm and endearing story written in gentle rhyme about all the things every parent wishes to say to their child--and every child longs to hear. A joyful tale of parental love and a child's boundless enthusiasm for life.

Waiting for Mama


Tae-Jun Lee - 2006
    This tale from Korea is universal--a small child waits for Mama at the station, asking the conductor if he has seen her. The conductor hasn't, but cautions the child to wait a little farther from the tracks. It is cold and snowy but the child waits patiently until finally Mama comes. In the last wordless spread, we see the small hand in a mother's firm clasp as they walk away from us. The art and text are so authentic, so real, that this book is best published in a bilingual edition that respects and honors those traditions. The Korean setting gives it special appeal to a growing demographic segment. The institutional market is especially hungry for bilingual books in languages beyond Spanish.

Biscuit Visits the Big City


Alyssa Satin Capucilli - 2006
    From gazing at the tops of tall buildings to chasing pigeons across crowded sidewalks, there's so much to do! There are more people than Biscuit's ever seen before, too -- and so many new friends to make!Biscuit Visits the Big City, a My First I Can Read book, is carefully crafted using basic language, word repetition, sight words, and sweet illustrations—which means it's perfect for shared reading with emergent readers.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppet Book: 123 Counting Book


Eric Carle - 2006
    This gorgeous new interactive format lets babies and toddlers join in the fun as the plush caterpillar finger puppet wriggles his way through the holes in each page.They can help the caterpillar munch and crunch through the food before transforming into a beautiful butterfly!Great for early learning, count along and identify colours in this perfect first introduction to Eric Carle's picture-book classic.**********Don't miss out on the other Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle books: Sleep Tight, Very Hungry Caterpillar;Where Is The Very Hungry Caterpillar;The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Touch and Feel Playbook; The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Little Learning Library; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Big Board Book; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book and Toy; The Very Busy Spider; The Bad-Tempered LadybirdFrom Head to Toe

Tickets to Ride: An Alphabetic Amusement


Mark Rogalski - 2006
    From Alligators in the Air, through to the Zebra Zeppelin, the reader is provided with an elegant ticket that admits them onto rides at turns thrilling, mysterious, spectacular-and always breathtaking to look at. In fact, picking a favorite amongst these 26 stunning illustrations proved so difficult, we've decided to release this book with six different jackets, each highlighting a different piece of this astonishing artwork. And even after the first perusal, both children and adults alike will go back over these images again and again in search of the items hidden cleverly within them. At the end of the book, a detailed map of this incredible park is also included for hours more of fascinating fun. Tickets to Ride is the debut of a major new talent in children's picture books. We invite you to tender your ticket and come along for a remarkable ride.

Bats at the Beach


Brian Lies - 2006
    The first of many nighttime adventures with the award-winning Bat Book series. Quick, call out! Tell all you can reach: the night is just perfect for bats at the beach! So pack your buckets, banjos, and blankets—don’t forget the moon-tan lotion—and wing with this bunch of fuzzy bats to where foamy sea and soft sand meet. Brian Lies’s enchanting art and cheery beachside verse will inspire bedtime imaginations again and again. Come visit a bedazzling world of moonlight, firelight, and . . . bats! Check out brianlies.com for more escapades with these zany bats.

The King's Highway


Howard Fullmer - 2006
    In this new retelling artist Howard Fullmer makes it his own through his stunning, full-color illustrations and revised text. Readers will discover the story of a king who must choose an heir to the throne. The king announces that whoever best travels his highway to the castle will be crowned the new king. But a pile of rubble on the king's highway is blocking passage. Watching the splendid parade of wealthy travelers pass a young man begins to clear the blocked highway. In so doing, he uncovers an object that will make him the new ruler of the land.

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain


Jonathan Emmett - 2006
     This classic song has brand-new verses and enough "tee-hees", "toot-toots", and "squish-splats" to keep kids singin', shoutin', and readin' again and again.

Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind


Judy Finchler - 2006
    Miss Malarkey is determined to find the right book for each student so they'll participate in the school program, and learn to love reading. She's got a tough audience -- video game fanatics, artists, sports lovers -- nonreaders all. But she won't give up until Principal Wiggins can flip his purple wig.With all the new pressures being put on teachers these days, the one thing everyone agrees about is the need for all children to learn to love reading. Now, the best-selling Miss Malarkey series uses all the programs and initiatives developed to help children read as fodder for the humor mill, keeping everyone laughing about this important topic. No teacher, librarian or parent should leave this book behind!

Keeper of Soles


Teresa Bateman - 2006
    When Death comes to call in his black cloak, Colin the shoemaker does not go quietly. With some quick thinking and sweet-talking, Colin distracts Death by offering to make him some shoes. Death, completely befuddled, is fitted for sandals and soon after that for a pair of boots. Each time Death comes to claim Colin's soul, he leaves with a sole, but never the kind he intended.

Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler's Sleepy Book of Yoga


Rebecca Whitford - 2006
    Toddlers will love moving along with Yoga Baby in poses that mimic nighttime animals—from bats and owls to tired bunnies and sleepy bees. This interactive picture book also includes useful information for parents and educators, and photographic demonstrations of each pose.Bright, colorful, and accessible, Sleepy Little Yoga is a great way for little ones to enjoy the benefits of yoga.Sleepy Little Yoga is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Just for Elephants


Carol Buckley - 2006
    But there's a very special place in Tennessee called the Elephant Sanctuary, where elephants can finally have the freedom to roam and have elephant friends. Why do elephants come to the Elephant Sanctuary, and what is their everyday life like there? Some are like Shirley, who performed in a circus before an injury forced early retirement and a transfer to a zoo. She lived at the zoo for many years and received good care, but she didn't have elephant friends. Then plans were made for Shirley to move to the Elephant Sanctuary, a place just for elephants. It was a big surprise to everyone when Shirley recognized another elephant when she arrived?they greeted each other with great excitement and joy and lots of trumpeting. Jenny had been a baby elephant at the circus where Shirley had worked so long ago. (Elephants do remember!)

Something about Hensley's


Patricia Polacco - 2006
    It's almost magical the way the manager, Old John, seems to know what the townsfolk need before they do! But then a new family moves to town. The youngest child, Molly, has asthma--but her mother doesn't have money to treat her, or for anything else. But leave it to Old John to find a way to use Hensley's to give the family exactly what it needs, even if it can't be boxed or bagged. A true--and truly moving--story about an unforgettable general store and about the extraordinary power one person's acts of kindness can have on another. About the Author: Patricia Polacco lives in Union City, Michigan.

Last Day Blues


Julie Danneberg - 2006
    Hartwell's class is excited to leave for summer vacation. The only problem is that the kids don't want their teacher to miss them while they're gone. Once again Julie Danneberg and Judy Love bring to life the crazy antics of Mrs. Hartwell and her class and show that teachers and students are more alike than different.

Oscar and the Moth: A Book About Light and Dark


Geoff Waring - 2006
    Who better than Moth to help out? Moth shows how sources of light are as different as the sun, stars, fireflies, streetlights, and airplanes, and also explains how shadows are made and why darkness comes at night. Includes lesson summaries!

Just Kidding


Trudy Ludwig - 2006
    and then saying, Just kidding!" as if it will make everything okay. It doesn't, but D.J. is afraid that if he protests, his friends will think he can't take a joke. With the help of his father, brother, and an understanding teacher, D.J. progresses from feeling helpless to taking positive action, undermining the power of two seemingly harmless words. Trudy Ludwig takes another look at relational aggression, the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others, this time from the boy's point of view.Back matter includes discussion questions, a "dos and don'ts of teasing" list, and a resource guide for parents and teachers.Endorsed by Full Esteem Ahead, The Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and The Ophelia Project.

Fluffy and Baron


Laura Rankin - 2006
    Her name was Fluffy." So begins the adorable tale of a dog, a duck, and a perfect companionship. Perfect, that is, until Fluffy joins up with the wild ducks from the pond. Baron is suddenly alone—no one to play with, eat with, or cuddle up with at night. But when those wild ducks fly away, Baron’s in for a surprise—and more friends than he ever expected!

Goodnight Hawaiian Moon [With Book with CD]


Joanna F. Carolan - 2006
    Carolan's lyrical text and illustrations by award-winning Kauai artist, Joanna F. Carolan. The book comes with an audio CD by GRAMMY® Award Nominee, Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, which includes her rendition of Brahms' Lullaby sung in Hawaiian and English. Amy is accompanied by the award winning sounds of Ken Emerson on slack key guitar.

To Go Singing Through the World: The Childhood of Pablo Neruda


Deborah Kogan Ray - 2006
    His father was a railroad man and not inclined to draw out the introspective boy. However, his stepmother, descended from the Mapuche people, was gentle and nurturing and told him stories of Chile's native people. But in her husband's presence, she was as silent as Pablo. So the child found refuge in nature and in books. And secretly he wrote down his thoughts. With the encouragement of Gabriela Mistral, an award-winning poet, teacher, and friend, Neruda's writing grew resonant and powerful. At age sixteen he left Temuco for the university in Santiago and went on to become the "people's poet" and to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.  Blending her telling of Neruda's childhood with excerpts from his own poetry and prose, Ms. Ray captures the people and places that inspired him in her rich watercolor illustrations.

The Lamb-A-Roo


Diana Kimpton - 2006
    And in spite of having lots of relatives, Kangaroo is sad, too, because she has no baby of her own. When these two gentle, endearing animals happen to find each other, they immediately become a happy family--until Lamb realizes that he is different from all the other kangaroo children and attempts to fit in--with hilarious results. This sweet story, with its delightfully humorous illustrations, truly celebrates the meaning of family and is sure to become a favorite among all families. Diana Kimpton has written over 30 children's books, including The Bear Santa Claus Forgot, which the Children's Book Council selected as a Children's Choice title for 1996. In addition to writing, she runs a children's book review site, builds Web sites for other authors, and is an adoptive parent. Rosalind Beardshaw has illustrated numerous children's books since her early years in graphic design. She became fascinated by the friendly gentleness of kangaroos after staying in a remote settlement in Outback Australia two years ago.

The Birdman


Veronika Martenova Charles - 2006
    His three children, snatched from him in a cruel accident, were everything he worked for and loved. But one day, he enters a crowded market and sees a bird, caged and frightened and sick. With very little money in his pocket, he waits until the vendor is closing up. Quickly, Noor Nobi bargains and, happy to get anything for the sickly thing, the vendor accepts his offer. For some reason Noor Nobi cannot explain, it is important for him to nurse the bird back to health. When it is finally able to fly, Noor Nobi takes his bird to a big Banyan tree and releases it. Only then is he able to weep and fully grieve for his children.Before Noor Nobi knows it, he is back at work and taking his weekly earnings to the market where he continues to buy, heal, and free as many birds as he can. Crowds gather; some laugh and say he is crazy, some stand reverently, some don’t know what to think. But Noor Nobi’s kindness saves a growing number of birds, and the birds, in turn, give him new purpose. Author Veronika Martenova Charles read a short newspaper article about the “Birdman” of Calcutta and her imagination took flight. She traveled to India, found Noor Nobi, and witnessed the freeing of the birds for herself. The Birdman is a touching, true story, tenderly illustrated by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko and Stéphan Daigle. It is accompanied by an afterword, diary entries, and photographs of the author’s experience.

Tatanka and the Lakota People: A Creation Story


Donald F. Montileaux - 2006
    Its dynamic color illustrations by Lakota artist Donald F. Montileaux are full of familiar characters, including not only Tatanka the Holy Man but also the Great Spirits and Iktomi the Spider. Together, the words and pictures capture the imagination of children and the interest of adults.The book includes an introduction and a concluding note from the illustrator, discussing his illustrations and their connection with traditional buffalo-hide paintings.This book is perfectly suited to young readers who are interested in exploring their own and other cultures.

The Chimpanzees Of Happytown


Giles Andreae - 2006
    The wicked mayor won't allow them to have any fun! Playgrounds, trees, and colors other than gray are outlawed in their gloomy town. However, when a traveler named Chutney dares to plant a tree, Drabsville begins to blossom into a colorful land of dancing, playing, and laughing. There's only one name for such a place--Happytown!

Buddy Unchained


Daisy Bix - 2006
    The story is simple yet of vast importance, and at the end we want nothing more than to make sure that all the Buddys of the world are loved and cared for like this patient, easy-to-please pup.”— Janet Leimeister, Events Manager, The Capitola Book Store “Buddy Unchained is a valuable tool in teaching the message of compassion and empathy toward animals.” —Lisa Desjardins, Vice-President, Aroostook Animal Welfare Awareness Group “I wanted to say how much my nephew and I have been enjoying Buddy Unchained. He asks me to read it twice in a row each time and the wonderful and moving images make such an impression on him. I can see it in his eyes, facial expressions and comments. I would like to commend firstly, the artist’s sensitive and expressive drawings which truly came from the heart. And I would like to commend Gryphon Press for their dedication to the voiceless. I am only now learning more about Gryphon Press and will certainly consider further purchases. More importantly, it has inspired me even more so to become involved in saving animals in need.”--Catherine Ciarrocchi, book buyer "The Gryphon Press's inspiring books bring education about empathy and the human-animal bond to children in the form of beautiful fictional picture books. These books have become an integral part of our humane education library program, since they provoke thoughtful dialogue about responsible pet care among our young participants. " --Lauren Briskin, Interim Humane Education Coordinator, Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society

Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym?


Brian P. Cleary - 2006
    Cleary and illustrator Brian Gable creatively clarify (not confuse) the concept of antonyms. Their clever (not foolish) rhymes and comical (not serious) illustrations combine to highlight key words. Each pair or group of antonyms is printed in color for easy identification.

I Remember Miss Perry


Pat Brisson - 2006
    Miss Perry always has a new fondest wish—something new to read, sing, celebrate. But then an awful thing happens: Miss Perry dies in a car accident, and everything is suddenly sad and complicated.Yet Stevie and his classmates must find their way to happiness again. It would surely be Miss Perry’s fondest wish.Pat Brisson and Stéphane Jorisch have created a poignant story, appropriate for children coping with a teacher’s death or in need of comfort after any loss. Readers of all ages will be affected by its depth and honesty, and buoyed by its capacity for joy.

The Flower


John Light - 2006
    When he finds a book in the library labelled 'Do Not Read', he cannot resist taking it home. In it, he comes upon pictures of bright, vibrant objects called flowers. He cannot find flowers anywhere in the city, but stumbles instead on a packet of seeds. This sets off a chain of events which bring about unexpected results, continuing to grow and bloom even after we have turned the last page. John Light's enigmatic story is told with utter simplicity, but resonates long after we finish reading this book. His increasingly optimistic vision is hauntingly captured by Lisa Evans's beautiful and whimsical illustrations.

Lucia and the Light


Phyllis Root - 2006
    But one day the wind screams fiercely and the sun does not rise over the mountain. Someone has stolen the sun! "Perhaps it has lost its way," says Lucia, who despite her mother's pleas sets out to find it with only a bit of bread, a tinderbox, and her milk-white cat to keep her company. In dramatic pastels, Mary GrandPre illuminates troll-pocked frozen mountains and wraps Lucia's family in a blanket of warmth. Inspired by Nordic lore, Phyllis Root spins a golden yarn of courage, love, and the age-old longing for the return of light.

A Woodland Counting Book


Claudia McGehee - 2006
    In a wondrous mixture of plant and animal life, big mammals like black bears and cougars thrived alongside gray foxes and ovenbirds. But as more people arrived, the woodlands, like the tallgrass prairie, were cleared with amazing speed. Now only small portions of this special habitat remain, and many of its animals and plants are endangered or extinct. Despite the great loss, many people are working to restore and enlarge what remains so that woodlands can continue to support a rich wildlife community. And so we can all enjoy a walk in the woods. A Woodland Counting Book helps children learn about the woodland family. From one splendid white oak to fifty busy carpenter ants, illustrator Claudia McGehee counts the wonders of the woodlands in this beautifully illustrated companion to her previous children’s book, A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet. As she follows spring to summer to fall to winter, returning at the book’s end to springtime in “one woodland community,” McGehee introduces more than twenty species of plants and animals. From the white oaks that tower overhead to shelter the woodland citizens to the delicate showy lady’s-slipper orchid and from the barred owls with distinctive hoots and calls to tiny evening bats which roost in hollow trees, we meet a wild world of woodland life. We find luna moths and serviceberries, shagbark hickories, blue spotted salamanders, wild turkeys, red squirrels, orchard orioles, and a host of other familiar and not-so-familiar plants and animals. A section of woodland notes gives common and scientific names of and interesting information about all featured species. These vibrantly colored scratchboard illustrations reveal the beauty of our woodland communities, guiding nature lovers and children of all ages through a much-loved landscape.

Lull-a-bye Little One


Dianne Ochiltree - 2006
    Full color.

I Love It When You Smile


Sam McBratney - 2006
    His mother tries everything to make him feel better, but nothing she does makes any difference.Until…she finds the perfect hole. How will a deep, wide, and muddy-at-the-bottom hole make Little Roo smile? Well, Mom always knows best!From Sam McBratney and Charles Fuge comes a story perfect for parent and child story time that will guarantee a smile and a laugh from even the grumpiest reader.

Coco All Year Round


Sloane Tanen - 2006
    Patrick's Day to Christmas, in sunshine or in rain, Sloane Tanen's adorable chick Coco is ready to take readers through an entire year full of fun.There's a winter ice skating party, a s-s-s sneaky April Fool's Day prank, a summer road trip, even a Thanksgiving dinner that's fit for birds of all feathers. Imaginative details within the colorful photographs and quirky stanzas follow a course through the entire calendar year-making this a perfect introduction to the seasons, holidays, and months for young children. Reviews "Whimsical verses and crisp, vibrant photography present readers with a seasonal serving of Coco's antics. ...Unabashedly goofy, Tanen's rollicking tale of chicken-infused hilarity is good fun and a refreshing take on the seasonal holidays." -Kirkus Reviews"The little chick who premiered in Where Is Coco Going? gets photographed against groovy backdrops month by month in Coco All Year Round. Coco finds fun in all seasons, whether skating on the swimming pool in January, surrounded by green chicks for a Saint Patrick's Day parade pr celebrating her birthday in May." -Publishers Weekly "Colorful and whimsical." -TheCelebrityCafe.com "Come on a yearlong journey with fluffy little Coco, a yellow chick who never fails to enchant and entertain in this delightful and eye-pleasing book. . . Filled with whimsy, humor and just plain good fun, Coco All Year Round not only teaches kids the months of the year but does so with laugh-out-loud text and images they will want to experience all year long." -curledup.com "Spend 12 months with irresistible chicken Coco in yet another charming book featuring droll text and photographs of elaborate settings." -Buffalo NewsAbout the AuthorSloane Tanen is an artist and the creator of several books including Where Is Coco Going? and the adult books Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same and Going for the Bronze. Sloane's

The Kindness Quilt


Nancy Elizabeth Wallace - 2006
    Bloom, to work on a Kindness Project. Mrs. Bloom wants them to do and draw and share an act of kindness. Minna and her family do lots of kind things, but Minna can’t decide which one is right for her project. Then she starts writing and drawing and cutting—and an idea for a paper quilt picturing many acts of kindness begins to take shape!Important lessons about being kind to each other are depicted in NANCY ELIZABETH WALLACE’s charming artwork using origami, recycled paper, markers, crayons, and colored pencils.

Dooby Dooby Moo


Doreen Cronin - 2006
    But this time they’re pooling their considerable resources to win a local talent show, because first prize is a trampoline! The cows want to sing. The sheep want to sing. The pigs want to...dance. Dance? And Duck? Duck just wants to win that trampoline. But first he’ll have to handle Farmer Brown.

The Grandma Book


Todd Parr - 2006
    Featuring Todd Parr's signature colorful and kid-friendly illustrations, The Grandma Book portrays the different ways grandmothers show their grandchildren love, from offering advice and babysitting to making things and giving lots of kisses.

Tudley Didn't Know


John Himmelman - 2006
    All the while, he uses his special behaviors to help other animals. But will Tudley's new friends help him when he needs help? The -For Creative Minds- education section includes fun facts about painted turtles, rubythroated hummingbirds, fireflies, leopard frogs, and true katydids. It also contains a -Make a Hopping Tudley- craft, a recipe for hummingbird sugar water, a -Creative Sparks- section, and a -Food for Thought- section.

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten


Joseph Slate - 2006
    But now the school year is over, and it’s time to remember, to celebrate, and for Miss Bindergarten to say,"Goodbye, kindergarten. It’s been a special year."The bestselling Miss Bindergarten series comes to a sweet and jubilant conclusion by honoring an important passage: the last day of kindergarten. Filled with last-day classroom celebration ideas, it’s also a perfect gift to commemorate graduation and moving-up ceremonies!

The Lost Happy Endings


Carol Ann Duffy - 2006
    It is up to Jub, the keeper of the happy endings, to save the day and ensure sweet dreams everywhere.

Melissa Parkington's Beautiful, Beautiful Hair


Pat Brisson - 2006
    But Melissa would like to be known for more than her hair. Melissa wants to do something spectacular. But everything she tries doesn't seem to work out. Then one day she discovers that she can do something special - with her hair. Pat Brisson's engaging and thought-provoking story features lively illustrations by Suzanne Bloom.Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 10/1/2006 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 6 and Up

Lola at the Library


Anna McQuinn - 2006
    Why? Because it's Tuesday--and on Tuesdays, Lola and her mommy go to the library. Join Lola in this cozy celebration of books and the people who love them.

How to Get a Gorilla Out of Your Bathtub


John Hall - 2006
    Illustrations.

Who Is Melvin Bubble?


Nick Bruel - 2006
    Everybody who knows Melvin--his mom, his dad, his best friend Jimmy, his dog--even Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the big ugly monster with three eyes who lives in his closet have a different opinion.  This original and riotous picture book has a lot to say--not only about Melvin, but also about perspective, point of view, and a six-and-a-half-year-old's place in the world.

Scuttle's Big Wish


Sean Delonas - 2006
    The result is hilarious and touching.

Katie and the Spanish Princess


James Mayhew - 2006
    Katie is very excited—her birthday is coming, and she will be having a fancy dress party! What Katie would like more than anything is to dress up as a princess, but Grandma can’t seem to get her costume quite right! Perhaps a trip to the art gallery will provide some inspiration.

Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin


Pam Calvert - 2006
    Can Peter unlock the secret of the stick in time to save the kingdom? Whimsical illustrations bring fun to multiplying whole numbers and fractions.

Reach Out and Give


Cheri J. Meiners - 2006
    This book begins with the concept of gratitude, because feeling grateful is a powerful motivator. Words and pictures show children contributing to their community in simple yet meaningful ways. Includes discussion questions, a philanthropy role-play, generosity games, and ideas for service projects.

What Could Be Better Than This?


Linda Ashman - 2006
    Full color.

Whoopi's Big Book of Manners


Whoopi Goldberg - 2006
    Through Whoopi's hilarious words and Olo's untrammeled pictures, young readers will learn just how to behave in company and have a blast along the way.

Time to Say Goodnight


Sally Lloyd-Jones - 2006
    When night falls, little fawns and little bears close their eyes under the watchful care of their mothers and fathers. Sally Lloyd-Jones's rhythmic text paired with Jane Chapman's depiction of a nighttime world settling down for slumber will make any reluctant sleepyhead want to curl into bed.

In the Fiddle Is a Song: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Hidden Potential


Durga Bernhard - 2006
    Somewhere deep inside is a tree waiting to grow tall. And that golden wheat swaying in the breeze? It's bread, just waiting to be baked. There's hidden potential all around us. There's even hidden potential inside you! This special lift-the-flap book will open your eyes to the remarkable possibilities within the ordinary things we see every day.

365 Penguins


Jean-Luc Fromental - 2006
    At first they’re cute, but with every passing day, the penguins pile up—along with the family’s problems. Feeding, cleaning, and housing the penguins becomes a monumental task. They’re noisy and smelly, and they always hog the bathroom! And who on earth is sending these kwaking critters? In a large format, and with lots of opportunity for counting, 365 Penguins is sure to become a perennial wintertime favorite.