The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

Molly Bang - 1980
    But so does the Strawberry Snatcher, and unfortunately for the Grey Lady he is not far away and getting closer all the time. Past flower shops and bakeries he stalks her, silently, steadily, biding his time. He pursues her by foot along haunting red-brick paths, and then by skateboard into the mysterious depths of a swamp both beautiful and terrifying.Closer and closer he gets, and yet the Grey Lady escapes him, in fantastic and marvelously improbable ways, until, in the heart of the forest the Strawberry Snatcher discovers instead -- blackberries!In this wordless allegory, author-illustrator Molly Bang has created a visual feast full of surprise and wonder. Her lively tale skillfully blends fantasy, suspense, and humor, and the magnificent illustrations are a treat for young and old alike.


Christopher Franceschelli - 2016
    Divided into three sections—things that go, things to see, and things to eat—it features 24 different aspects of city living. As with the other acclaimed books in the series, die-cut icons hint at the larger context on the next spread. Each section opens with a full city scene but gradually focuses in on the small, unique neighborhoods that make the city large and grand. This clever book will attract young readers living in a metropolis as well as those in the countryside with urban life that pops off each page.

Dinner Time

Jan Pieńkowski - 1981
    The animals are brought to life in this classic pop-up that is fun for kids of every age.

Franklin and the Tooth Fairy

Paulette Bourgeois - 1994
    In this Franklin Classic Storybook, our hero discovers that, unlike most of his friends, he doesn't have teeth, and worries that he's missing out on the Tooth Fairy's magical visits.

The Story of Inkdrop and Snowflake

Pierdomenico Baccalario - 2013
    A snowflake is about to fall from the sky.A big town in winter. An ink drop spills out of its bottle in an artist's studio. The wind carries the snowflake through the towna nd the ink drop out of the window into the sky. Where will each land? Two worlds, two intersecting stories.A snowflake and an ink drop – can you imagine a more unlikely couple of friends? Still, could it be that they're destined to be friends?Pierdomenico Baccalario is a writer who was born in Italy.Alessandro Gatti is a writer and translator who was born in Italy.Simona Mulazzani is a childrens artist who was born in Milan.

The Magical Life of Mr. Renny

Leo Timmers - 2012

Moon Plane

Peter McCarty - 2006
    A young boy sees a plane overhead and imagines himself in it, traveling all the way to the moon. What does he see on his way?  With characteristically spare prose, Caldecott Honor winner Peter McCarty invites readers along for an imaginary trip from the earth to the moon and back again, visiting trains, planes, and boats along the way. McCarty's luminous illustrations make the boy's fantasy into a dreamlike journey that ends in his mother's arms, a perfect way to end the day. Moon Plane is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

The High Street

Alice Melvin - 2011
    Open the flaps to see inside the shops, where unusual things are going on. Should those wild animals be upstairs in the pet shop? Will the plates fall off the wall in Mr. Cooper’s China Shop? Can Sally find everything on her list? Children will pore over this charmingly illustrated interactive book to find out.Each shop is depicted in Alice Melvin’s trademark highly detailed illustrations that both evoke a previous age and yet remain strongly contemporary. Rhyming text and repetition of Sally’s shopping list make this book perfect for reading aloud. Praise for The High Street“A satisfyingly unique ending. The inventive format and crisp retro details will put this at the top of every curious little girl’s reading list.”–School Library Journal

The Mouse Mansion

Karina Schaapman - 2012
    There is a shop that sells everything and a box full of treasure. And—oh no!—there might even be a rat!  The Mouse Mansion is always full of surprises. Author and artist Karina Schaapman spent years building and furnishing the Mouse Mansion in which this collection of stories takes place.  The elaborate dollhouse is made of cardboard boxes and papier-mâché and contains more than one hundred rooms to explore.

Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave

Quentin Blake - 1997
    Armitage and her dog, Breakspear, paddle out to surf the Big Wave. Soon the kindly Mrs. Armitage notices that Breakspear’s little legs are getting tired--so she swims off and returns with an inflatable desert island for him to rest on. Then she notices that Breakspear looks a little hot--so she swims off again and brings back an umbrella. Soon this silly pair is loaded down with flags, a horn, megaphones, and lots of other gear. What will they do when the Big Wave finally arrives?

Corgiville Fair

Tasha Tudor - 1971
    And the most exciting thing at the Corgiville Fair is the goat race! Caleb Corgi has spent months training his goat, Josephine, for the big event. But Edgar Tomcat's goat is fast, too, and Caleb knows that Edgar is not above indulging in some dirty tricks in order to win.The sights, smells, and all the fun and excitement of a typical small-town fair are captured with humor and affection in Tasha Tudor's text and marvelously detailed watercolor paintings.

The Blueberry Pie Elf

Jane Thayer - 1962
    The minute Elmer had a chance he jumped right into that rich, melting pie and ate till his elfin stomach bulged. It was delicious, and Elmer wanted another one right away. But nobody can see an elf, or hear an elf, or feel an elf, so none of his people knew he was trying to tell them something.Then, when Elmer was unhappily sampling cherry pie, he had an inspiration! But, dear reader, we can't give the ending away. Let's just say that Elmer's ingenious solution satisfied his craving for blueberry pie and, being a polite elf, he thanked his people.Elmer has been the most appealing and industrious elf around for nearly fifty years, and he'll continue to delight children for generations to come. Seymour Fleishman's charming illustrations transform our familiar household world into the tiny world of elves.

Ship of Dreams

Dean Morrissey - 1994
    His friend, Henry, said that he had seen the Sandman and Joey didn’t want to be left out. As he lay in bed, fighting to keep his eyes open, Joey imagined what meeting the Sandman would be like...Dean Morrissey’s charming story follows Joey on his journey through the star-filled night to meet the Sandman, a voyage filled with excitement and delight. Joey sails off in his specially-adapted wagon, the Redd Rocket, on a flight of discovery followed step-by-step in Morrissey’s magically vivid realistic paintings. The boy's adventure, his exhilarating fall through the sky and heart-stopping rescue, his discovery of the Sandman’s amazing ship and the secrets contained aboard it, all add up to a bedtime experience that children of all ages will cherish again and again.

Paris Up, Up and Away

Hélène Druvert - 2016
    . .The Eiffel Tower is bored … so it decides to cut loose and fly over Paris! Sailing through the night air, it glides over the Seine; a short hop away, it finds the Opéra. It weaves through crowds on the streets and in the department stores, falls asleep in the sun, and wakes up to the jangling bells of Notre Dame. This beautifully crafted book, brought to intricate, magical life by He´le`ne Druvert’s ornate lasercuts, is a wonderfully imaginative introduction to Paris and its monuments for young children.

When I Was Small

Sara O'Leary - 2011
    “What was it like when you were small?” he asks. His mother proceeds to describe her adventures to him, all about when she was little – very little!