Best of
Picture-Books

2009

The Circus Ship


Chris Van Dusen - 2009
    Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard. With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early nineteenth century, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community — and a rare hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers of all ages.

Llama Llama Misses Mama


Anna Dewdney - 2009
    . .It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back?Of course she will. But before she does, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be!Activities for Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna DewdneyWatch a Video

How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids


Tom Rath - 2009
    Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don’t realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day. In How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids, Felix begins to see how every interaction in a day either fills or empties his bucket. Felix then realizes that everything he says or does to other people fills or empties their buckets as well. Follow along with Felix as he learns how easy it can be to fill the buckets of his classmates, teachers and family members. Before the day is over, you’ll see how Felix learns to be a great bucket filler, and in the process, discovers that filling someone else’s bucket also fills his own.

14 Cows for America


Carmen Agra Deedy - 2009
    Hundreds of Maasai surround an American diplomat to bestow a gift on the American people. The gift is as unsought and unexpected as it is extraordinary. A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks, and hearts are raw. Tears flow freely as these legendary warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away. Word of the gift will travel news wires around the globe. Many will be profoundly touched, but for Americans, this selfless gesture will have deeper meaning still. For a heartsick nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope and friendship. Master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy hits all the right notes in this story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures. An afterword by Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, the Maasai warrior at the center of the story, provides additional information about his tribe and their generosity. Thomas Gonzalez's stunning paintings are saturated with rich hues of oranges and browns and blues and greens, which capture the nobility of the Maasai people and the distinctive landscape of the African plain.

The Curious Garden


Peter Brown - 2009
    one garden at a time.While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. This is an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a clever seek-and-find element to this captivating picture book.

I Need My Monster


Amanda Noll - 2009
    One night, when Ethan checks under his bed for his monster, Gabe, he finds a note from him instead: "Gone fishing. Back in a week." Ethan knows that without Gabe’s familiar nightly scares he doesn't stand a chance of getting to sleep, so Ethan interviews potential substitutes to see if they've got the right equipment for the job—pointy teeth, sharp claws, and a long tail—but none of them proves scary enough for Ethan. When Gabe returns sooner than expected from his fishing trip, Ethan is thrilled. It turns out that Gabe didn't enjoy fishing because the fish scared too easily.

What the Ladybug Heard


Julia Donaldson - 2009
    But they forget all about the tiniest, quietest creature on the farm—the ladybug. She has a plan of her own. Julia Donaldson turns her literary expertise to a farm setting, and comes up with a rollicking barnyard mystery. Lydia Monks' colorful collage illustrations go perfectly with the story for a winning combination. Readers will quack, neigh, moo, and cheer for the ladybug all the way through! What the Ladybug Heard is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way


Alice Schertle - 2009
    . . ! "Make Way!" The big city sure is a speedy, noisy place for a country truck like Blue. Everywhere Blue looks, he sees buses, police cars, taxis, vans, a street sweeper, and even the mayor’s limousine. With everyone pushing to be first, soon there’s a giant traffic jam! But even a wrangle-tangle is no match for Little Blue Truck, who comes to the rescue in true Blue style.   Brimming with bright colors, sounds, and city energy, this new adventure makes working together and taking turns more fun than ever.

All the World


Liz Garton Scanlon - 2009
     It is there. It is everywhere. All the world is right where you are. Now. Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky

The Lion and the Mouse


Jerry Pinkney - 2009
    After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

Silly Tilly


Eileen Spinelli - 2009
    She takes her baths in apple juice. She wears a pancake as a hat. She tries to ride the farmer’s cat."But the barnyard animals complain that she’s too silly. When she stops entertaining her friends with her antics, the farm becomes a quiet and unhappy place. David Slonim’s acrylic, pencil, and ballpoint pen illustrations add to the hilarity in this story about a one-of-a-kind silly goose.

Once There Was a Boy--


Oliver Jeffers - 2009
    An irresistible little library slipcase of three award-winning stories by picture books star, Oliver Jeffers! Gorgeous small hardback edition to treasure.

Tell Me a Dragon


Jackie Morris - 2009
    They range from a dragon as big as a village to a tiny dragon with whisper-thin wings, from a snaggle-toothed dragon to a sea-dragon which races dolphins on the waves - ending in a page inhabited by every dragon in the book!

Blueberry Girl


Neil Gaiman - 2009
    . .A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself.Let me go places that we've never been, trust and delight in her youth.Nationally bestselling author Neil Gaiman wrote Blueberry Girl for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl. Here, he and beloved illustrator Charles Vess turn this deeply personal wish for a new daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up: a perfect gift for girls embarking on all the journeys of life, for their parents, and for everyone who loves them.Give her all these and a little bit more, gifts for a blueberry girl.

Anh's Anger


Gail Silver - 2009
    In Anh's Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather interrupts playtime with a summons to the dinner table. When Anh’s grandfather takes the time to help Anh fully experience his anger by suggesting he go to his room and "sit with his anger," Anh discovers a positive method by which to work through his feelings. This remarkable book teaches children to both acknowledge and resolve their difficult emotions, making it an invaluable tool for parents and teachers alike.

Walt Disney's Peter Pan


Dave Barry - 2009
    Barrie introduced them in his beloved tale, Peter Pan. In this new picture book, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson take a fresh look at these characters as only they can. Created for the animated film, Mary Blair's illustrations helped to define the look of this Walt Disney classic and bring all the magic of Never Land to life-from the ominous Skull Rock to Peter's secret underground lair. Laced with humor, action, and a dash of pixie dust, this cheeky retelling and vibrant concept art are woven into an entertaining new take on a classic story.

Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change


Michelle CookE.B. Lewis - 2009
    It symbolically takes the reader through the cumulative story of the US Civil Rights Movement, showing how select pioneers' achievements led up to this landmark moment, when we have elected our first black President.Each historical figure is rendered by a different award-winning African-American children's book illustrator, representing the singular and vibrant contribution that each figure made.Lending historical substance, the back matter includes brief biographies of: George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens, Hattie McDaniel, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama.

My Name Is Sangoel


Karen Lynn Williams - 2009
    Leaving behind his homeland of Sudan, where his father died in the war, he has little to call his own other than his name, a Dinka name handed down proudly from his father and grandfather before him / When Sangoel and his mother and sister arrive in the United States, everything seems very strange and unlike home. In this busy, noisy place, with its escalators and television sets and traffic and snow, Sangoel quietly endures the fact that no one can pronounce his name. Lonely and homesick, he finally comes up with an ingenious solution to this problem, and in the process he at last begins to feel at home.

Night-Night, Little Pookie


Sandra Boynton - 2009
    Pookie cooperates (mostly)—though with that particular Pookie flair. And imagine who gets the last word.Told in Boynton’s signature rhyme and illustrations, this humorous and gentle story will delight toddlers and those that love them.

Mommy, Mama, and Me


Lesléa Newman - 2009
    From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there's no limit to what a loving family can do together.Shares the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.

Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice


Judy Schachner - 2009
    Buckle up, amigos— everyone’s favorite kitty boy is about to lift off. You’ll want to be there when the brave Skippito gets lost in spice!That’s right, spice. Skippy knows— from his big ears to his toes—that the planet Mars is red because it’s covered in spicy red pepper. To prove it, he’s off on a space jaunt replete with craters, crazies, and creatures from Mars. His new adventure is packed with witty wordplay, Spanish phrases, and Judy Schachner’s trademark hilarity. This rollicking romp is simply out of this world.Watch a Video

The Rabbit Problem


Emily Gravett - 2009
    Hop along to the Field and follow Lonely and Chalk Rabbit through a year as they try to cope with their fast expanding brood and handle a different seasonal challenge each month, from the cold of February to the wet of April and the heat of July.

Duck! Rabbit!


Amy Krouse Rosenthal - 2009
    • A fun story based on the classic duck/rabbit visual puzzle• Book teaches a lesson on right versus wrong and differing points of view • Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the award-winning author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink; and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, creator of children's books including Everything I Know About PiratesFans of Red is Best, The Perfect Pet, and In My Opinion will love solving the eternal visual puzzle in Duck! Rabbit!★ "The snappy dialogue makes for fine read-aloud. Duck? Rabbit? As kids will readily see, it depends on how you look at it." — Publishers Weekly, starred review• Fun, interactive family read aloud book• Books for kids ages 3 and up• Picture books for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary students

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!


Maureen Wright - 2009
    He thinks Old Man Winter has told him to drive a jeep, to sweep, and to leap. Big Bear just can’t seem to hear what Old Man Winter is saying. Finally, Old Man Winter finds a noisy way to get Big Bear’s attention. Cozy illustrations rendered in pencil and mixed media by Will Hillenbrand bring this bedtime story to a fitting conclusion.

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que creció en el Bronx


Jonah Winter - 2009
    Justice Sotomayor didn't have a lot growing up, but she had what she needed -- her mother's love, a will to learn, and her own determination. With bravery she became the person she wanted to be. With hard work she succeeded. With little sunlight and only a modest plot from which to grow, Justice Sotomayor bloomed for the whole world to see. Antes de que la magistrada de la Corte Suprema Sonia Sotomayor llegara al máximo tribunal de nuestra nación, no era más que una niñita en el South Bronx. La magistrada Sotomayor no tuvo mucho durante sus primeros años, pero sí tuvo lo que contaba -- el amor de su madre, la voluntad de aprender y su propia determinación. Con valentía se hizo la persona que quería ser. Con trabajo arduo triunfó. Con un poquito de sol en un solarcito donde crecer, la magistrada Sotomayor floreció para que todo el mundo la vea.

Missing Mommy: A Book About Bereavement


Rebecca Cobb - 2009
    I am not sure where she has gone.Honest and straightforward, this touching story explores the many emotions a bereaved child may experience, from anger and guilt to sadness and bewilderment. Ultimately, Missing Mommy focuses on the positive—the recognition that the child is not alone but still part of a family that loves and supports him.

Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types


Sharon Werner - 2009
    It's a dazzling package of language arts, design smarts, humor, and fascinating nonfiction content. It's alpha-mazing!

Redwoods


Jason Chin - 2009
    As he reads the information unfolds, and with each new bit of knowledge, he travels--all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy. Crammed with interesting and accurate information about these great natural wonders, Jason Chin's first book is innovative nonfiction set within a strong and beautiful picture storybook.

The I LOVE YOU Book


Todd Parr - 2009
    Most of all, I love you just the way you are. In this colorful picture book, Todd Parr explores the meaning of unconditional love in a heartfelt, playful way. Perfect for Valentine's Day and beyond, Parents and caregivers are sure to be inspired by Todd's vibrant illustrations and tender sentiments, and will enjoy sharing this very special book with the little ones they love.

Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons


Rob D. Walker - 2009
    Written in rhyming text, this is a "must have" for every family.Gentle, but powerful life lessons spoken to a child, delivered with a mother's immutable love. Stunning illustrations will leave readers breathless and deeply moved. Never heavy-handed, Mama Says teaches the universal importance of kindness, sharing, diligence, and faith, along with the importance of courage and a willingness to always try your best. Here is the perfect gift book for any mother--as a baby gift, a holiday gift, a birthday gift, a Mother's Day gift, or just as a way to say "I love you."

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids


Teresa Anne Power - 2009
    Each of the fifty-six different poses featured in this multiple award-winning book delightfully promote flexibility, strength, and coordination while encouraging children to incorporate healthy activity into their daily lives. Yoga is a noncompetitive form of exercise, suitable for children (and adults) of all ages and athletic abilities. Any activity for young children is important because the nation, including our youth, is under siege by obesity, stress, and diseases like diabetes, which stem from poor diet and lack of exercise. Yoga for young kids will create good habits and a foundation for well-being. Children have a lot of fun learning new positions, new letters, and new ideas. This book will delight and bring joy to the early yoga practitioner and all the poses are ‘kid-tested’ and user friendly!

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed


Mo Willems - 2009
    But what will happen when Grandpah, the oldest, wisest, and most naked Naked Mole Rat ever discovers Wilbur's secret?Funnyman and three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems exposes the naked truth about being yourself and wearing it well.

The Scar


Charlotte Moundlic - 2009
    He shuts all the windows to keep in his mother’s familiar smell and scratches open the cut on his knee to remember her comforting voice. He doesn’t know how to speak to his dad anymore, and when Grandma visits and throws open the windows, it’s more than the boy can take—until his grandmother shows him another way to feel that his mom’s love is near. With tenderness, touches of humor, and unflinching emotional truth, Charlotte Moundlic captures the loneliness of grief through the eyes of a child, rendered with sympathy and charm in Olivier Tallec’s expressive illustrations.

Wanted: The Perfect Pet


Fiona Roberton - 2009
    What Henry wanted more than anything in the whole wide world . . . MORE than chips . . . MORE than a cowboy costume . . . MORE than an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon . . . was a DOG.A lovable tale of adventure and friendship . . . and the lengths some will go to find it.

Jan Brett's Snowy Treasury


Jan Brett - 2009
    Jan Brett?s fans count her ?snowy? books set in irresistible winter landscapes among their favorites. Now they can own a beautiful edition containing four of her bestselling titles: Gingerbread Baby, The Mitten, The Hat and The Three Snow Bears, set in Switzerland, the Ukraine, Denmark and the Arctic, respectively. Memorable characters, such as the mischievous Gingerbread Baby, the woodland animals in Nicki?s white mitten, Hedgie and the farm animals, and the three polar bears and an Inuit ?Goldilocks,? star in picture books perfect for sharing and reading aloud. A beautiful gift for the holidays and beyond.

The Great Dog Bottom Swap


Peter Bently - 2009
    It's so high class in fact, that each dog must remove their bottom before they are allowed inside the hall. But in the middle of all the frivolity something unexpected happens and the dogs have to make a hasty exit . . . with or without the correct bottom!

The Berenstain Bears: Sick Days


Jan Berenstain - 2009
    Mama wants to take good care of her so she can get well quickly. It turns out that keeping Sister happy all day long is no small job! Soon both Sister and Mama are more than ready for a return to school.

Moody Cow Meditates


Kerry Lee MacLean - 2009
    This vibrant and funny children's book is a playful way to introduce children to the power of meditation. With full color illustrations by the author, Moody Cow Meditates is a wonderful book for parents and children to share together.It all started one stupid, rotten day when everything went wrong...Peter the cow is having a BAD day. After missing the bus and wiping out on his bike he loses his temper and gets in trouble. To make matters worse all the other kids are teasing him, calling him Moody Cow. Peter's day just seems to get worse until his grandfather comes over and teaches him how to settle his mind and let go of his frustration through a simple and fun exercise.You’ll love Moody Cow Meditates because itTeaches kids how to handle their negative emotions Encourages mindfulness ad meditation Is funny and easy-to-read Has full-color illustrations by the author throughout Includes exercises to make your own meditation jar at home “Teaching children to meditate might be as easy as herding any other group of frisky critters. Moody Cow Meditates fills a distinct void in kid literature.”—Publishers WeeklyAll of us, adults and children, struggle with ‘Moody Cow’ days sometimes, where we feel caught up in our anger and other emotions. This book is an accessible introduction to using mindfulness to find relief and calm.

A Soup Opera


Jim Gill - 2009
    The book is accompanied by a music cd of the opera being performed.

One World, One Day


Barbara Kerley - 2009
    This is a sophisticated concept book, presented as an elegant picture book with contributions from top international photographers. This beautiful photo book follows the course of one day in our world. Sunrise to sunset is captured in the essential things we all do daily, wherever we live in the world, and in the different ways we do them. The first meal of the day will take on a whole new dimension for American kids as an American pancake breakfast is contrasted with porridge in North Korea and churros in Spain. At the end, each image is reprinted as a thumbnail and accompanied by a detailed caption. Selected images feature photographers' notes that share the thoughts and methodology involved in the making of the picture and reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes information. The photographers reflect on how the pictures might resonate within the theme of the global family. Such reflections are rooted in the life experiences of these well-traveled professionals. Their global viewpoints, in tandem with Barbara Kerley's powerful message, set an ideal example for all future world citizens.

Creature ABC


Andrew Zuckerman - 2009
    From alligator to zebra, each featured animal boasts two striking studio portraits against a clean white background, offering a unique up-close view of the animal kingdom. Readers can flip to a helpful glossary in the back for extra information. From the sleek beauty of a smiling hippo to the powerful majesty of a roaring lion, this gorgeous new book is both a stunning work of art and a ferociously fun way for young animal-lovers to learn their ABCs.

Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children


Carol McCloud - 2009
    When children have their buckets filled and learn how they can fill other people's buckets too, they understand how special, valuable, and capable they are.

A Balloon for Isabel


Deborah Underwood - 2009
    Everyone will get one on Graduation Day—everyone except the porcupines, because Porcupines + Balloons = TroubleBut Isabel isn't going to settle for another boring bookmark. She has a plan. . . .

Leon and the Place Between. Angela McAllister, Grahame Baker-Smith


Grahame Baker-Smith - 2009
    Filled with rabbits, doves, playing cards and magician's assistants - among other things - if a magician can make it disappear, it will end up in the Place Between.

What's in the Witch's Kitchen?


Nick Sharratt - 2009
    Peek inside a witch’s kitchen, and you’ll either smile or shriek! Cool two-way flaps offer humor and heebie-jeebies in this neon-bright novelty book.Those who dare to poke around in a witch’s kitchen should be prepared for what they find! Will it be tasty treats or terrifying beasts? Foods that delight, or a nasty fright? A nice way to fill your belly or something disgusting and smelly? And who do you think will pop up if you try to escape through the back door? Nick Sharratt’s bold illustrations combine with a clever concept sure to lure kids in for a tour that will scare them silly.

Little Red Hood


Marjolaine Leray - 2009
    The wolf is still big and bad, but he also happens to be really, really dumb. Little Red Hood questions the wolf's personal hygiene before tricking her predator into his demise. This is one savvy little red hood.

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion


Jane Barclay - 2009
    As questions come from a young grandchild, his grandpa talks about how, as a very young man, he was as proud as a peacock in uniform, busy as a beaver on his Atlantic crossing, and brave as a lion charging into battle. Soon, the old man’s room is filled with an imaginary menagerie as the child thinks about different aspects of wartime. But as he pins medals on his grandpa’s blazer and receives his own red poppy in return, the mood becomes more somber. Outside, the crowd gathered for the veterans’ parade grows as quiet as a mouse, while men and women — old and young — march past in the rain. A trumpet plays and Grandpa lays a wreath in memory of his lost friend. Just then, the child imagines an elephant in the mist. “Elephants never forget,” he whispers to his grandpa. “Then let’s be elephants,” says the old man, as he wipes water from his eyes and takes his grandson’s hand.Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion has relevance to a growing number of families, as new waves of soldiers leave home.

Me With You


Kristy Dempsey - 2009
      From tea time to game time, singing or swinging, in the good times and even the grumpy ones, a granddaughter knows her grandpa is always wonderfully himself, and she is wonderfully herself, and together they are unbeatable! A pair beyond compare, a rare and special two! With simple rhymes and delightfully charming illustrations, Me with You is the perfect book to remind young readers how unique they and their grandparents truly are.

Flip, Flap, Fly!: A Book for Babies Everywhere


Phyllis Root - 2009
    But what these babies like best, of course, is spotting other baby animals! With the buoyant rhythms of Phyllis Root and David Walker’s cheerful illustrations, here is a guaranteed favorite for babies and toddlers, who will love shouting out the rhyming word sure to come on the next spread.

My Sister, Alicia May


Nancy Tupper Ling - 2009
    In many ways, Rachel and Alicia are like any sisters, but Rachel knows her sister is very different and very special because she has Down syndrome. Though Rachel occasionally feels frustrations and resentment about having to help watch over her special sister, she most often feels love, acceptance, and pride for her. Exquisitely written with humor and compassion, this story focuses on the sisters' relationship and their respective places in the family.

Fancy Nancy: Pajama Day


Jane O'Connor - 2009
    But when Bree and Clara show up in matching outfits, Nancy feels left out. Will this Pajama Day be as fun as she thought?Fancy Nancy: Pajama Day, a Level One I Can Read adventure, is carefully crafted using short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts for children eager to read on their own. Contains a glossary of Fancy Nancy’s fancy words.

I Know the River Loves Me/Yo se que el rio me ama


Maya Christina González - 2009
    It cools her when the summer sun is too hot and holds her up when she dives in. It keeps her company in the quiet of winter. The river takes care of Maya and Maya takes care of the river. In this charming story about the wonders of nature presented in both English and Spanish, Maya Christina Gonzalez uses her remarkable talents as an artist and storyteller to inspire young readers to explore and protect the natural world around them."

Otis


Loren Long - 2009
    Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond.But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor—and it’s not big or yellow—who can come to the rescue. It is little old Otis who saves his friend. It is Otis who saves the day.In a wonderful new palette, and in the tradition of classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable new story—and character—celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance.

How Deep Is the Sea? [With Poster]


Anna Milbourne - 2009
    Pipkin the penguin is always asking questions like 'How Big is a Million?' and 'How High is the Sky?' Now, he has a new question: 'How Deep is the Sea?' This book includes a fold-out poster that shows Pipkin diving into the sea, showing what can be found at different depths.

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly


Jeremy Holmes - 2009
    Do you know what happened to her? Of course you do! But with his distinct art style and a clever format, acclaimed graphic designer Jeremy Holmes has given the universal rhyme a unique makeover that is clever, funny, and unexpected.

René Has Two Last Names / René tiene dos apellidos


Rene Colato Lainez - 2009
    An engaging bilingual picture book about a boy's clever efforts to help his classmates understand an Hispanic cultural tradition

The Pirate-Cruncher


Jonny Duddle - 2009
    Captain Purplebeard and his crew of cut-throat pirates are off to find an island packed with treasure! But could their greed be leading them into some monstrously big trouble?

In My Tree


Sara Gillingham - 2009
    Is it little owl's sturdy branch and snuggly roost? No, it's his loving family! Bright pictures, reassuring messages, unique layered pages and an adorable felt finger puppet attached to each book combine to create interactive reading and playtime fun!

Are You A Horse?


Andy Rash - 2009
    Find a horse.2. Enjoy the ride!But there's a problem; Roy doesn't know what a horse IS! So he sets off to find out with hilarious results: A snake tells him to look for a creature with legs. A crab has six legs, but he's too unfriendly to be a horse. A chameleon smiles at Roy, but horses don't change color... What's a horseless cowboy to do?

Tabby McTat


Julia Donaldson - 2009
    He loves his life with Fred, singing along as people throw coins in their hat. Then one day, Fred has an accident, and the two are separated. How will they ever find each other again?

The Life of Saint Brigid: Abbess of Kildare


Jane G. Meyer - 2009
    From butter, to meat, to her father's sword, she gave when she was asked, her heart breaking for those in need. Eventually, Brigid grew to be abbess of a community of thousands, her love and care earning her a place as one of the two most beloved saints of Irish history and one of the great female saints of all Christendom.The lyrical text and Celtic-inspired illustrations make "The Life of Saint Brigid" an inspiring story of love and generosity for children of any age, particularly for those who admire the faith and culture of Ancient Ireland.Other Christian Orthodox childrens books: "Abbott and I" 9781888212259 "Alyosha's Apple" 9781888212082 "Baby Moses" 9781888212976 "Jonah's Journey to the Deep" 9781888212594"The Life of St. Patrick" 9781888212761"The Monk Who Grew Prayer" 9781888212662 "Moses' Flight From Egypt" 9781888212983

Me and My Mom!


Alison Ritchie - 2009
    I want to be just like my mommy one day. For the creators of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Me and My Dad! comes a companion book that celebrates the very special relationship between a mother and child. Little Bear’s mom is so smart she can do just about anything! She can roar and swim like a fish and she’s never afraid of the dark. But the thing that she does best of all is hold her bear cub tight. Stunning illustrations capture the love that these two bears feel for each other. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day, this is sure to be a favorite for both mother and child.

The Wrong Book


Nick Bland - 2009
    Ages: 4+

It's Springtime, Mr. Squirrel


Sebastian Meschenmoser - 2009
    Squirrel’s friend, the hedgehog, catches sight of an attractive lady hedgehog, he isn’t sure what to do to win her heart. What a stroke of luck that he has a friend like Mr. Squirrel, who can help him.Mr. Squirrel knows all about love, and what ladies like. Lady hedgehogs like heroes! But can Mr. Squirrel and the hedgehog conquer the most dangerous animal in the forest?

Good Egg


Barney Saltzberg - 2009
    Cuter than a button, enormously personable, and talented, too. Say "sit," and Egg sits. Good Egg! Say "roll over," and egg rolls over. What a good Egg! Of course, Egg does all of this with a toddler's help, who lifts the flaps and pulls the tabs and operates the wiggle behind the wiggle-waggle. But that's the most fun part: interacting with the Egg.Then comes the pay-off. "Speak," is the command, and children will crack up in delight and surprise with what happens next.Created by Barney Saltzberg, Good Egg is that rarest of rare books where utter simplicity is utterly irresistible. The Egg has neither eyes nor smile nor furrowed brow, yet exudes an adorable, eager-to-please charm. No sentence is longer than two words, yet in the eight board book pages, an engaging story is told.  Add the flaps and the tabs and the pleasure of movement, and Good Egg will be read again and again.

Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem


Chris Monroe - 2009
    . . a noisy problem. He wants to fix it. BUT HE CAN'T FIND IT! What's a monkey to do? Use his tools, of course. With his tool belt, Chico can do anything!

Mom and Dad Glue


Kes Gray - 2009
    Its message can help soothe their feelings and make them understand that their parents' separation is in no way their fault. Parents who are divorcing will also value Mom and Dad Glue as a story they can read to their children and help them realize that although their parents' marriage has not worked out, Mom and Dad love them today, as they always have and always will. Attractive color illustration on every page.

Ferocious Wild Beasts!


Christopher Wormell - 2009
    . .But then they hear a terrible roar . . . Who can it be?Award-winning author-illustrator Chris Wormell’s charming illustrations and delightfully clever text combine to make for perfect bedtime reading.

Daddy, Papa, and Me


Lesléa Newman - 2009
    From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there's no limit to what a loving family can do together. Share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.

Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire!


Jane O'Connor - 2009
    Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, set out to explore the fascinating world of wildflowers, trees, leaves, birds, and, of course, butterflies in their exclusively glamorous Explorers' Club.With recipes for pinecone bird feeders and extra-fancy lemonade, an official club bird, and an exclusive map of the territory, this popular book shows Fancy Nancy as one explorer extraordinaire!Take a look at Nancy's very own enlightening discoveries and find out just how fancy the outdoors can be!

My Body Belongs to Me


Jill Starishevsky - 2009
    In a non-threatening, engaging manner, this guide teaches kids that when it comes to their body, there are some parts that are for “no one else to see” and empowers them to tell a parent or teacher if someone touches them inappropriately. Telling the story of a gender-neutral child who is inappropriately touched by an uncle’s friend, this tale delivers a powerful moral when the youngster reveals the offender and the parents praise the child’s bravery. Most importantly, this narrative assures young ones that sexual molestation is not their fault, and by speaking out, the child will continue to grow big and strong. A “Suggestions for the Storyteller” section is also included to assist in facilitating a comfortable discussion afterwards, thereby helping to prevent the unthinkable from happening to any child. With inspirational rhyming and beautiful illustrations, this is a compelling and uplifting message of what is right and wrong.

Quiet Bunny


Lisa McCue - 2009
    In this beautiful picture book by renowned artist Lisa McCue, Little Bunny discovers the importance - and pleasure - of dancing to your own kind of music.More than anything, Quiet Bunny loves the sounds of the forest: the birds chirping, the wind whispering shhhhh through the leaves, and, especially, the night song all the rabbits listen to.But, one day, he wonders: 'how can I join in?' Bunny wanders the woods asking animal after animal - but he just can't ch-cheet like the cricket, ssssss like the hissing snake, or o-uuuu like the howling wolves.Nothing feels just right - until Little Bunny finds the wonderful beat that's his and his alone.

Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit


Catherine Rayner - 2009
    He is so big he can't fit inside his book! Luckily, Ernest is also a very determined moose, and he and his little chipmunk friend aren't going to give up easily. With some tape, odd bits of paper, and plenty of enthusiasm, the pair constructs an enormous gatefold page by themselves, and everything fits together in the end.

Millie's Marvellous Hat


Satoshi Kitamura - 2009
    But the shopkeeper has an idea. He produces a box containing an amazing hat with the most perfect shape and color imaginable--if Millie dares to imagine it. Millie does dare, and soon she sees not only her own marvellous hat, but everyone else's hats as well.

Flanimals: Pop Up


Ricky Gervais - 2009
    Perfect for all ages, 'Flanimals Pop-Up' is the ideal introduction to the Flanimal kingdom.

Baby Giggles


Rachael Hale - 2009
    Babies will delight in listening to the fun rhyming text and looking at the detailed, expressive photos, each depicting a different mood. From silly to sad, grumpy to glad, this charming board book is sure to help little ones understand and express their feelings. This heartwarming new board book series by Rachael Hale introduces basic concepts to the very youngest (and cutest!) of readers. Featuring irresistible photographs of babies as they play, sleep, explore, and delight in all the unique wonders of the world around them, these books are the perfect gift for new arrivals, baby showers, birthdays, and more!

Shark in the Dark


Nick Sharratt - 2009
    Is that really a shark he can see? Turn the page and find out . . .Children will delight in peeping through the die-cut holes and guessing what Tim has spotted.

A Walk in New York


Salvatore Rubbino - 2009
    In this unabashed ode to America’s biggest city, Salvatore Rubbino’s fresh, lively paintings and breezy text capture the delight of a young visitor experiencing the wonders of New York firsthand.

Popville


Anouck Boisrobert - 2009
    Stylish retro design and clever paper engineering make this the must-have pop-up book of the year.Popville is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

That's Not My Polar Bear...


Fiona Watt - 2009
    Then follow a cub's journey from its birth in an underground den to the day it heads out into the world alone.

What Does It Mean To Be Global?


Rana DiOrio - 2009
    Living respectfully and peacefully with one another, they celebrate diversity, see how their actions affect another person’s experience, and come to understand that being global means being a citizen of the world.

Faith


Maya Ajmera - 2009
    With stunning photographs from many cultures and religious traditions, Faith celebrates the ways in which people worship around the globe . Thematically organized back matter gives additional information on common expressions of faith, and a glossary describes particular religions and elements of faith depicted in the book.A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this book helps support The Global Fund for Children’s grantmaking to community-based projects serving vulnerable children around the world.

Heidi


Maja Dusíková - 2009
    Johanna Spyri's classic tale is brought to life with beautiful illustrations from Maja Dusikova in what is sure to become a picture book classic!Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 10/1/2009 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 5 and Up

Once Upon A Time: Writing Your Own Fairy Tale (Writer's Toolbox)


Nancy Loewen - 2009
    Open this title in the Writer's Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon you'll be writing magical adventures like a pro!

Farmyard Tales ~ How Zebras Got Their Stripes


Lesley Sims - 2009
    It tells how once upon a time zebras didn't have stripes until a greedy baboon changed all that.

Peter Pan Sound Book (Classic Pop Up Sound Book)


Libby Hamilton - 2009
    Join Peter, Tinkerbell, and the Darling children on a magical adventure to Neverland. This new Classic Pop-Ups book brings the beloved J. M. Barrie tale to life with marvelous illustrations by Paul Hess, extraordinary pop-ups, and atmospheric sounds and music. Fly with Peter Pan over London while Big Ben peals over the dark city; enjoy a laugh in Peter's underground home; hear the tick-tocking crocodile attack Captain Hook; and sail back home through the clouds on the Jolly Roger. Peter Pan is an absolutely enchanting book for children of all ages — including adults who never grew up themselves.

Karate Pig


Alan Katz - 2009
    Readers will laugh out loud as they read this novelty book with pull-tabs, die-cut pages and a gatefold flap.

Periwinkle Smith and the Twirly, Whirly Tutu


John & Wendy - 2009
    Periwinkle Smith loves to jump, twirl, and pirouette, but then the unthinkable happens - she spills paint on her favorite tutu! And who could dance with paint on her tutu? From scaring the spot away to turning her tutu into a kite, children will love the creative ways in which Periwinkle tries first to remove and then to make the best of the stain.

One Giant Leap


Robert Burleigh - 2009
    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this extraordinary moment in human history, Robert Burleigh and Mike Wimmer have created a breathtakingly beautiful tribute that transports readers to the stars, where they will experience the moon landing just as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did.

White Noise


David A. Carter - 2009
    Carter's acclaimed color series! Modern and elegant paper engineering and text are certain to awe children of all ages.Paper-over-board book has 9 spreads of pop-ups. Book is packaged in a resealable polybag with a sell sheet

Little Golden Book Favorites: 3 Stories


Wilbert Awdry - 2009
    A great value at $5.99, this book is perfect for gift-giving!In the early 1940s, a loving father crafted a small, blue, wooden train engine for his son, Christopher. The stories that The Reverend W. Awdry made up to accompany this wonderful toy were first published in 1945. He continued to create new adventures and characters until 1972 when he retired from writing. He died in 1997 at age 85.

Let's Do Nothing!


Tony Fucile - 2009
    What's left to do? Nothing! Ten seconds of nothing! Can they do it? Can they act like stone statues in the park? Can they simply hold their breath and not blink an eye? With a wink to the reader and a command of visual humor, feature film animator Tony Fucile demonstrates the Zen-like art of doing nothing...oops! Couldn't do it!

Urban Animals


Isabel Hill - 2009
    The fantastic architectural animals and playful illustrations in this rhyming book will introduce children to the fanciful world of our built environment. Isabel Hill draws on her years of experience in the Building Conservation Department to offer a new perspective on cityscapes. Young children will enjoy the game of identifying animals, while older children and adults will pause over the quirky architectural details. This book includes a glossary of terms with simple, clear definitions that will empower children with new words and phrases about architecture.

Sleep, Baby, Sleep


Maryann Cusimano Love - 2009
    Every parent has hopes and dreams for their children? that they will play and explore, learn and grow. That they will experience life's many wonders and persevere through its many challenges. That they will one day leave the protection of home and go off into the world strong, happy, knowing that they are always loved.Maryann Cusimano Love, author of the modern classic "You Are My I Love You," has written another moving ode to parenthood, captured in playful, loving images by brilliant newcomer Maria van Lieshout ("Bloom!"). This timeless book is perfect for bedtime or anytime."

Sincerely Yours: Writing Your Own Letter


Nancy Loewen - 2009
    Open this title in the Writer's Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon you'll be writing thank-you notes, get-well cards, and business letters like a pro!

Big, Bigger, Biggest!


Nancy Coffelt - 2009
    What about a whale? Gigantic? Immense? How about enormous! What if you had to find a word for the biggest animal of them all—a dinosaur. Mammoth? Humongous? Colossal!With its bright pictures of animals in all shapes and sizes, this terrific read-aloud introduces young children to the language of comparisons, synonyms, and antonyms.

A Filth of Starlings: A Compilation of Bird and Aquatic Animal Group Names


Patrick George - 2009
    Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award, this is an eye-poppingthat are powerful to the eye and the mind.

Christopher Nibble


Charlotte Middleton - 2009
    And he's not alone. All the guinea pigs in Dandeville eat dandelion leaves for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But no-one seems to do anything when the dandelions begin to dwindle. They just carry on munching. In fact the guinea pigs of Dandeville are heading for eco-disaster . . . But that's where Christopher Nibble steps in. He discovers the last dandelion growing outside his bedroom window and, rather than eat it, he does his horticultural research in the library and then nurtures the dandelion patiently until it has produced a perfect head of tiny seeds. Then he blows the seeds from a hill high over Dandeville so that each dandelion seedling takes root and grows into a new plant. Charlotte Middleton has illustrated her witty, quirky story with charming collage illustrations and her guinea pigs are the most endearing, funky little characters you are ever likely to meet.

Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth


Diane deGroat - 2009
    Dogs make us laugh with the many things they do. But readers will laugh out-loud when they discover what dogs can't do.

Miss Little's Gift


Douglas Wood - 2009
    He doesn’t like sitting still. And he doesn’t like Miss Little, especially when she makes him stay after class day after day, forcing him to sound out lines and blobs and squiggles when he’d rather be throwing a football. Luckily Douglas likes the pictures in the book Miss Little has chosen for him, pictures that remind him of the lake his family visits every summer. Award-winning author Douglas Wood — the boy in the story — alludes to scenes from The Little Island, the first book that enticed him to read, in a tale that will resonate with many children with ADHD. It is also a heartwarming ode to a special teacher whose gentle persistence changed one little boy’s life forever.