fall 2018 Best Picture Books

Updated Jun. 19, 2019
On a un Problème Avec Lilou la Loutre book
#205
On a un Problème Avec Lilou la Loutre
Written and illustrated by Orbie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Lilou la loutre est mignonne, agile et enjouée. Le problème, c’est qu’elle aime un peu trop glisser… La seule et unique mission de cet album ? Faire rire ! Argumentaire • Un album résolument drôle, où la folie prend le dessus. • Une histoire racontée d’abord et avant tout par les illustrations, où chaque mot est choisi. • Orbie, une illustratrice aimée et reconnue, qui fait ici ses premiers pas comme auteure.

The Elephant book
#206
The Elephant
Written and illustrated by Jenni Desmond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this, Jenni Desmond's third nonfiction children's book about one of the large, endangered animals of Earth, we join a young boy as he learns about The Elephant. From Africa to Asia, the elephant makes its home. Light on their feet, despite their great weight, these magnificent creatures appear light and graceful because they're always walking on their tip-toes. They have excellent hearing and can detect the rumblings of other elephants from six miles away. And, just like humans being right handed or left handed, elephants can be right tusked or left tusked! The recipient of the 2016 New York Times Best Illustrated award for her book The Polar Bear, Desmond creates illustrations that are scientifically accurate, strikingly detailed, and beautifully rendered in collage, paint, and colored pencil.

Frankie and the Dancing Furies book
#207
Frankie and the Dancing Furies
Written and illustrated by Frank Hinks
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Fantasy adventure set in the magical land of Ramion and Kent village of Shoreham. When the storm summoned by the witch Griselda (unwitting tool of the Princess of the Night) attacks The Old Vicarage the boys' father is carried off along with Griselda, Boris, the dwarves and the boys' mother as a child (by a cosmic freak she is blown out of a photo in the attic). They should have travelled to the Princess who wants Boris for her art collection. But the capture of the boys' father was unintended. His love of rock and roll distorts the spell and all travel to the land of the Dancing Furies where the spirit of the great rock god Jimi (Jimi Hendrix) takes possession of his body. But when he causes flowers to grow in the hair of the Dancing Furies they become once more goddesses of vengeance.

Goodnight Sandman book
#208
Goodnight Sandman
Written and illustrated by Daniela Drescher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A gentle dream-like story to scare away any child's nightmares, by bestselling illustrator."Impressively beautiful" - Midwest Book Review on In the Land of Elves "Luminous illustrations in pencil and vibrant watercolors" - Kirkus Reviews on An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales Every evening, when the sun sets and everyone else is going to bed, Jacob the Sandman wakes up and starts work.Then one night Jacob sleeps too deeply and wakes up late! He rushes to Dream Sand Hill but there, atop the pile of dream sand, is a scary Night Monster, snoring his terrible snore. Jacob the Sandman must collect the magic dream sand so that the children of the world can dream happy dreams. Fortunately, the Night Monster turns out to be not so scary after all. This beautiful bedtime tale is perfect for encouraging sweet dreams and banishing nightmares. The luminous illustrations by much-loved artist Daniela Drescher will make this a new night-time favourite.

My Little Gifts book
#209
My Little Gifts
Written by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

There are many types of gifts. You can give a big, shiny, wrapped gift on Christmas morning, but you can also give the gifts of your help or your time. You can bake a cake for your parents or share what you learned in school with your little sister. You can help a friend unravel a knotty bracelet or smile at a stranger who looks sad. With a spirit of generosity, you'll find you have many gifts to give to the world--and that giving can be even more fulfilling than receiving. Featuring a die-cut cover and interior flaps throughout, My Little Gifts celebrates the gift of giving. The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler's emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.

A Prayer for the Animals book
#210
A Prayer for the Animals
Written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

May all of the animals of the earth And the animals of the sky And the animals of the sea Be at peace. This lyrical picture book from bestselling author and illustrator Daniel Kirk encourages young children to be kind to all the animals of the world. Kirk's loving and hopeful verse blesses and gives warm wishes to farm animals, house pets, wild animals, and other creatures. Sure to warm the hearts of children and parents alike, this book is perfect to curl up with at bedtime.

The Night Monster book
#211
The Night Monster
Written by Sushree Mishra and illustrated by Sanket Pethkar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

Every night, when the owl hoots and the shadows of the trees dance on the walls, the Night Monster creeps into Avi’s room and frightens him. One day, his sister suggests he write a letter to the monster, and Avi’s nights are not the same any more.

So Many Sounds book
#212
So Many Sounds
Written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Andy J. Miller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Listen! Do you hear a sound? Noises come from all around. Soft and gentle, loud and clear. Oh so many sounds to hear! SoMany Soundsis a wonderful rhyming read-aloud featuring everyday sounds and a refrain that children will love repeating. The playful text and illustrations are sure to delight little ones while also inviting them to pay more attention to the world around them.

Squeak the Mouse Likes His House book
#213
Squeak the Mouse Likes His House
Written and illustrated by Pat Schories
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The illustrator of the best-selling Biscuit books has created an adorable mouse who inhabits a Borrowers-like world. To a tiny creature like Squeak, a sneaker can become a bed, a toy can become a vehicle, and a few crumbs can become a meal. Readers will be fascinated by the contrast in scale between the giant human world (inhabited by two unsuspecting children) and the diminutive mouse world. As an extra treat, there are fun mazes on the endpapers that follow Squeak's adventure!

Evie and the Truth about Witches book
#214
Evie and the Truth about Witches
Written and illustrated by John Martz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

We’ve all read about witches, those pointy hat wearin’, broom ridin’, spell castin’, superlative olfactory organ sportin’, child nappin’ creepies. But Evie wants to be scared, and Evie has found out the truth about witches, and she didn’t find it in a book. John Martz is a student of cartooning and picture books and his knowledge and skill are on full display in Evie and the Truth About Witches, with equal parts MAD Magazine (where Martz is a regular) and Roald Dahl. Martz brings the thrill of camp fire stories to comics-inspired picture books with this book that doesn’t shy away from fairy-tale darkness.

Les aventures de Sven le terrible book
#215
Les aventures de Sven le terrible
Written by Rhéa Dufresne and illustrated by Orbie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Les vacances sont terminées ! À bord de La Méduse, Sven repart pour de nouvelles aventures trépidantes ! Sa dernière carte au trésor déchiffrée, il met le cap à l’ouest sans attendre, en quête d’une île mystérieuse. Toutefois, lorsque les brumes qui encerclent l’île se dissipent, ce n’est pas un trésor que Sven et sa bande découvrent, mais bien une princesse et pas des moins exigeantes. Sven est bien décidé à ignorer cette princesse opportuniste, mais la situation s’envenime lorsque Kit Malouf apparaît et fait preuve d’une galanterie étonnante.

Big Words Small Stories: The Missing Donut book
#216
Big Words Small Stories: The Missing Donut
Written by Judith Henderson and illustrated by T. L. McBeth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Here's a collection of short stories with a twist. The five stories all feature the misadventures of a boy named Cris, who “likes things all in a row,” and his cat, Crat, who “likes to mix things up.” Running within each of these lighthearted stories is another story, this one about the Sprinkle Fairy, owner of a word factory in Sicily, “where the best words in the world come from.” The Sprinkle Fairy has a team of helpers, called the Sprinklers, who have slipped one of her big words (like, discombobulated) into each of the small stories. Luckily, the Sprinklers provide warnings right before the big words appear (“Big word coming!”) and include their pronunciations and meanings afterward. Then, a bonus story at the end --- “A Small Play on Big Words” --- uses all the big words together. Judith Henderson has created an innovative approach to an early reader that involves children in simple, fun-to-read stories, while using a clever, playful device to enrich their vocabularies at the same time. The quirky stories are funny, with storylines that build on each other. The appealing blend of deadpan and slapstick humor in the text is paired with multiple spot illustrations by T. L. McBeth on every page. The tone and accessibility are pitch-perfect for emerging readers. This title is part of a three-book series --- each book with its own character duo, but all starring the Sprinkle Fairy and her Sprinklers.

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