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fall 2018 Best Picture Books

The Boy from the Dragon Palace book
#205
The Boy from the Dragon Palace
Written by Margaret Read MacDonald and illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One day, a poor flower seller drops his leftover flowers into the sea as a gift for the Dragon King. What does he get in return? A little snot-nosed boy—with the power to grant wishes! Soon the flower seller is rich, but what will happen if he forgets the meaning of "thank you"? This classic folktale is reimagined with adorable watercolor images, playful text, and an endearing—if snotty—main character.

At the End of Holyrood Lane book
#206
At the End of Holyrood Lane
Written by Dimity Powell and illustrated by Nicky Johnston
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Flick is just like any other youngster. She loves to chase butterflies and jump in autumn leaves. But life at the end of Holyrood Lane is often violent and unpredictable due to the constant storms that plague her home, causing her to cringe with dread and flee whenever they strike. Visually arresting, emotionally incisive, and ultimately uplifting, this beautifully crafted picture book provides a sensitive glimpse into one aspect of domestic violence and how it can affect young lives.

Construction Zoo book
#207
Construction Zoo
Written by Jennifer Thorne and illustrated by Susie Hammer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s a quiet morning at the zoo, until some strange new creatures roll in—trucks and bulldozers and wrecking balls! They’re tumbling, digging, and roaring alongside the animals. Giraffe, rhino, the monkeys, and the tigers watch the new creatures and, soon, are playing with their new friends. It's party time at the Construction Zoo! But…what happens when the construction is over? Will the party be over, too? The clever rhyming text and simple, bold art will appeal to both kids and their parents.

The Bass Plays the Bass and Other Homographs book
#208
The Bass Plays the Bass and Other Homographs
Written and illustrated by Gene Barretta
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Playing a variety of musical instruments, animals on a concert tour introduce words that are spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings, such as tear (to cry) and tear (to rip).

Will You Help Me Fall Asleep? book
#209
Will You Help Me Fall Asleep?
Written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9

Tomorrow is the annual boat race and Monty needs as much energy as possible to make sure he crosses the finish line first. He tried closing his eyes, counting sheep, and reading a book, but nothing will help him fall asleep. In this interactive follow-up to Can I Tell You a Secret?, Monty the frog asks for your help once again. This time he is struggling to go to sleep before a very big day. Both relatable and fun for children and parents, this adorable picture book is perfect for naptime, bedtime, or anytime!

King Alice book
#210
King Alice
Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A young girl wakes her father by informing him that she is Queen Alice, then draws him and other family members into her imaginative activities, from writing a book to a sleepover with fairies.

Half a Giraffe? book
#211
Half a Giraffe?
Written by Jodie Parachini and illustrated by Richard Smythe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

All giraffes, even baby Gisele, know that the juiciest leaves are on the tops of the trees. But how does she reach them? No matter how she stretches or twists, those tasty leaves are just too high. A strong story with a light touch, and colorful art with extra touches of humor, appeals to both children and adults.

Friends Forever book
#212
Friends Forever
Written and illustrated by Derek Anderson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Croc is grumpy. Ally is happy. Croc sees a problem. Ally finds a solution. Whether it's choosing new chairs, going for a walk, or looking for the moon, these best friends will always work together despite their differences"--

Night Play book
#213
Night Play
Written and illustrated by Lizi Boyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

It's time for bed. Everyone is asleep. Or are they? Arlo and his stuffed animal friends like to put on pretend plays. But after Arlo falls asleep, his friends don't want to stop. Can they work together to put on their play? Through fanciful paintings and a lively text, Lizi Boyd has once again tapped into the imaginary world of children. Her hallmark use of die-cut pages, along with a showstopping gatefold, will have readers of all ages shouting "Bravo!"

Princess Arabella and the Giant Cake book
#214
Princess Arabella and the Giant Cake
Written and illustrated by Mylo Freeman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A new title in the popular 'Princess Arabella' series. It is almost Granny's birthday and Princess Arabella and her friends set out to bake the most DELICIOUS and most GIGANTIC cake in the entire world. But who will be the winner - Princess Arabella, Prince Mimoen, Princess Sophie or Princess Ling? And what is that surprise in the Giant Cake?! A delightful picture book for children aged 3+.

The Wild Beast book
#215
The Wild Beast
Written by Eric Walters and illustrated by Sue Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Inspired by a story told to the author while on safari in 2015, The Wild Beast describes the creation of one of Africa’s most unusual animals, the wildebeest. According to oral tradition, the Creator built this unique beast out of leftover parts from other magnificent animals found on the continent. Horns from buffalos and stripes meant for zebras.Tails from giraffes and bumps meant for camels.This creative retelling will introduce little ones to a story rich in both imagery and in lesson: Take what you need to live. Take no more. Waste nothing.

My Sunbeam Baby book
#216
My Sunbeam Baby
Written and illustrated by Emma Quay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

'A GREAT PRESENT FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS' - Books+Publishing See my bouncing baby, jigging on my knee. Then snuggling for a story, just baby, book and me. A gorgeous new picture book about how much we love our babies, from Emma Quay, creator of the bestselling and award-winning Rudie Nudie.

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