Goodnight Lagoon book
#1
Goodnight Lagoon
Written by Lisa Ann Scott and illustrated by Paco Sordo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Read along to this sweet, playful parody of Goodnight Moon, featuring pirates, a narwhal, a sleepy mermaid, and creatures of the ocean! In the great green lagoon There was a jellyfish And a gold doubloon And a shadow of—- A pirate searching on the dune Join the mermaid as she says goodnight to the lagoon—to the pirate and the dune, to the whales and sails, to the seashells and the ship bells. To each, the little mermaid says goodnight. Children will love this endearing, whimsical parody that’s full of lovable sea creatures. With its rhyming text and sweet, soothing illustrations, this a perfect book for saying goodnight.

The Thrifty Guide to Medieval Times book
#2
The Thrifty Guide to Medieval Times
Written by Jonathan W. Stokes and illustrated by Xavier Bonet
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The kid-friendly series that makes history approachable, engaging, and funny! From the publishing house that brought you the Who Was? books.

The Thrifty Guide to Medieval Times: A Handbook for Time Travelers is a snappy, informative, illustrated travel guide with everything the sensible time traveler needs to know, like:

  • Where I can find the best hovel?
  • What are my healthcare options if I catch the Black Plague?
  • How can I avoid being attacked by pillaging Huns?
  • And most importantly, why on earth would anyone want to travel back to medieval times?

This book is designed as a parody of Fodor’s guides, complete with humorous maps, reviews of places to stay and top attractions (don’t miss a jousting tournament . . . but watch out for lances!), and tips on whom to have lunch with (murderous Queen Olga of Kiev, naturally–just don’t eat or drink anything around her!). If you had a time travel machine and could take a vacation anywhere in history, this is the only guidebook series you would need.

Our Principal's In His Underwear! book
#3
Our Principal's In His Underwear!
Written by Stephanie Calmenson and illustrated by Aaron Blecha
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A unique principal named Mr. Bundy runs PS 88 in this silly, fun-to-read Aladdin QUIX chapter book that’s perfect for emerging readers! Mr. Bundy gets a brand-new outfit…but he’s the only one in PS 88 that thinks it’s spectacular! In this clever twist on The Emperor’s New Clothes, acclaimed author Stephanie Calmenson turns a beloved fairy tale on its ear with the silly (mis)adventures of Mr. Bundy!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Unicorn book
#4
Twinkle, Twinkle, Unicorn
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Zoe Waring
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

This shiny board book is a magical twist on the popular bedtime lullaby, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!”

Twinkle, twinkle, unicorn, sparkle with your magic horn. Leaping over clouds so high, like a diamond in the sky.

A magical twist on the popular bedtime nursery rhyme, Twinkle, Twinkle, Unicorn is the first book in a brand-new board book series that’s perfect for parents and little ones to snuggle up with and share.

Old MacDonald Had a Truck book
#5
Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Written by Steve Goetz and illustrated by Eda Kaban
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a…TRUCK?! With a DIG, DIG here and a SCOOP, SCOOP there, this board book edition of the wildly popular picture book introduces favorite machines—like the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—and will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along.

  1. The Itsy Bitsy Pilgrim - A fun and playful Thanksgiving twist on the favorite nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! The itsy bitsy pilgrim sailed the ocean blue. On the Mayflower to a home that’s new! They helped build the houses, they helped shovel snow. Then some itsy bitsy new friends came by and said hello. This little pilgrim sails across the ocean and spends the first Thanksgiving with new friends. Little ones will love this fresh holiday spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

  2. Snoring Beauty - Snoring Beauty is a sweetly hilarious spin on the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” Written in bouncy rhymed verse perfect for reading aloud, this whimsical reimagining from Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is sure to appeal to children and parents alike. Tucked in his little bed inside the castle walls, Mouse is eager to get a good night’s sleep before his wedding tomorrow. But just as he begins to drift off, he’s awoken by a tremendous roar. SNOOOOGA-SNOOOOOM! KER-SCHUPPP! Sleeping Beauty is snoring . . . again! When the handsome Prince Max arrives, Mouse thinks he’s found the perfect scheme: He’ll convince the prince to kiss Beauty and wake her up! But when Prince Max learns that Beauty is the one making such monstrous noises, will he still want to kiss her . . . or will he run away from the noisy princess, leaving her snoring for another hundred years?

  3. The Little Red Fort - Ruby’s mind is always full of ideas. One day, she finds some old boards and decides to build something. She invites her brothers to help, but they just laugh and tell her she doesn’t know how to build. “Then I’ll learn,” she says. And she does! When she creates a dazzling fort that they all want to play in, it is Ruby who has the last laugh. With sprightly text and winsome pictures, this modern spin on the timeless favorite The Little Red Hen celebrates the pluck and ingenuity of young creators everywhere!

  4. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig - It was time for the three little wolves to go out into the world, so off they went and built themselves a splendid brick house. But they hadn’t reckoned on the big bad pig who soon came along and knocked their house down. The little wolves built a stronger house of concrete, in which they were sure to be safe. But that didn’t stop the big bad pig, who made short work of it with a pneumatic drill. Even a house made of armor plates could not protect them. It was only a chance encounter with a flamingo bird that solved their dilemma in an entirely unexpected and satisfactory way. Helen Oxenbury’s enchanting watercolor illustrations, full of humorous details and visual excitement, are the perfect accompaniment to this hilarious retelling-in-reverse of the traditional tale.

Harriet the Invincible book
#10
Harriet the Invincible
Written and illustrated by Ursula Vernon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Harriet Hamsterbone is not your average princess. For one thing, she’s a hamster. For another, she prefers sword-fighting and fractions to sighing and fainting. So when Harriet finds out that she was cursed at birth to fall into a deep sleep at the age of twelve, she doesn’t exactly react the way her parents were expecting. After all, no good curse goes to waste, and so until the age of twelve, Harriet realizes she’s . . . invincible! Of courses, there is still that whole curse thing, but she’ll worry about that later.

Old MacDonald Had a Truck book
#11
Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Written by Steve Goetz and illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a…TRUCK?! With a DIG DIG here and a SCOOP SCOOP there, this classic folk song just got revved up! Beloved machines—the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along.

Goodnight Goon book
#12
Goodnight Goon
Written and illustrated by Michael Rex
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The #1 New York Times bestselling picture book parody will have kids howling with laughter.

Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.

It’s bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.

A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Dinosaur book
#13
Twinkle, Twinkle, Dinosaur
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Zoe Waring
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

This sleepy dino board book is a prehistoric twist on the popular bedtime lullaby, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!” Twinkle, twinkle, dinosaur how I like to hear you roar. Stomping through the trees so high, as your friends fly through the sky. A roaring twist on the popular bedtime nursery rhyme, Twinkle, Twinkle, Dinosaur is the second book in a brand-new board book series that’s perfect for parents and little ones to snuggle up with and share.

The Taking Tree book
#14
The Taking Tree
Written by Shrill Travesty and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

A parody in the style of Where the Mild Things Are features a disgruntled tree that is fed up with a boy who cuts off her branches to build a house which he subsequently burns down for the insurance money.

  1. Most Terrible Of All - A little monster discovers that true terribleness can come in a very tiny package in this bold, funny exploration of sibling rivalry. Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the most terrible one of all? Every morning, Smugg’s magic mirror tells him that he’s the most terrible monster there is. Until one day, when the mirror tells him there’s an even worse monster, right next door! More terrible than Smugg? How can that be? When Smugg marches next door, he learns that his neighbors have a new baby. She doesn’t look so bad—after all, she’s tiny. Smugg is sure he can be more terrible than she is. But the little beast is just getting started. She writes on the walls, devours the books, and—oh no!—she won’t stop crying. But the worst part is that she just might be getting attached to Smugg himself! He wouldn’t want a terrible tiny baby clinging to him…would he?

  2. Little Witches - A charming and magical graphic novel adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s LITTLE WOMEN! Jo, Beth, Amy, and Meg March are four sisters living in Concord with their parents—Father, who’s tending to soldiers fighting in the Civil War, and Marmee, who teaches the girls simple but effective witchcraft. The Marches have to keep their craft quiet, as there are many in Concord who see magic in a bad light—especially after things have begun disappearing. When Mr. Laurence, a witchfinder, moves in next door to investigate the missing objects, the girls fear for their livelihood. But he turns out to be a kind old man, and his grandson, Laurie, quickly befriends the Marches. As the cold winter blusters on, the girls continue their education, even as missing objects soon turn into missing people. Things take a turn for the worse when Jo and Laurie try investigating on their own, and a dangerous storm takes hold of Concord. There’s powerful magic at play here—stronger than anything the Marches, or even Laurie, has ever seen before. Can they hope to defeat it? Or has the magic already become too strong for them to fight against?

  3. Ella - A clever parody about a little girl living in a hipster hotel. This is ELLA. She is six years old. She lives at the Local Hotel. She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.) She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be. Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She is NEVER bored. If Ella and Kay Thompson’s Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.

  4. After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) - From the New York Times–bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after? Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear? After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.

Mother Goose's Pajama Party book
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Mother Goose's Pajama Party
Written by Danna Smith and illustrated by Virginia Allyn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

“Star light, star bright, Come to story time tonight. Bring your friends and don’t be late. Meet at my house, half past eight.” Mother Goose has invited all her nursery rhyme friends to her house for a magical sleepover. See the Cow that jumped over the moon, who tells the Dish, who tells the Spoon, who are soon joined by Little Bo Peep, Miss Muffet, Georgie Porgie, and a whole troop of other nursery time friends. What starts with a lively parade to Mother Goose’s house ends in a cozy goodnight scene featuring everyone’s favorite nursery rhyme characters, the ideal note for bedtime. Includes an afterword with all the classic nursery rhymes featured in the book, making it a true treasury.

Fear The Bunny book
#20
Fear The Bunny
Written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by Priscilla Burris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bunnies—not tigers—rule the forest in this adorable take on William Blake’s classic poem.

Bunnies, bunnies, burning bright In the forests of the night—

Wait, bunnies?! Yes, bunnies.

Tigers may be the most feared animal in some forests, but in this one, they fear the bunny. One hapless tiger finds this idea preposterous—what are they going to do? Nibble on his tail? Bop him on the head? Cute him to death? Fear the bunny—HA! Make no mistake, though: Richard Morris’ reimagining of William Blake’s famous poem turns the tables, and teaches one testy tiger a little rabbit-respect!

Muppets Meet the Classics: the Phantom of the Opera book
#21
Muppets Meet the Classics: the Phantom of the Opera
Written and illustrated by Erik Forrest Jackson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Leroux’s classic tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House is reimagined with the cast of the Muppets. Readers can join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Uncle Deadly, and the other Muppets as they bring this gripping tale to life in their own hilarious way.

Old Macdonald Had A... Zoo? book
#22
Old Macdonald Had A... Zoo?
Written and illustrated by Iza Trapani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

An extended retelling of the classic children’s song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” by beloved author/illustrator Iza Trapani featuring zoo animals running amok on the farmstead.

Iza Trapani is known for her clever twists on classic nursery rhymes. This time she outdoes herself with a vist to longtime favorite Old MacDonald. His busy little farm–with a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there is out of controwhen zoo animals like kangaroos, elephants, and hippos join the menagerie. What’s a farmer to do? Iza Trapani’s hilarious, jam-packed illustrations are full of details animal-loving readers will point at with glee. And the sweet ending will keep them giggling until the next reading.

Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? book
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Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See?
Written and illustrated by Chris Ferrie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Full of scientific rhyming fun, Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? features appearances by some of the world’s greatest scientists! From Albert Einstein to Marie Curie and Ahmed Zewail, and from Charles Darwin to Chien-Shiung Wu and Grace Hopper…and more!

Scientist, Scientist, Who do you see? I see Marie Curie in her laboratory!

Young readers will delight at taking a familiar text and poking fun at it all while learning about scientists and how they changed the world. Back matter includes brief biographical information of the featured scientists. This sweet parody is the perfect inspiration for scientists of all ages!

  1. We Wish for a Monster Christmas - Dear Santa: please bring us a big hairy, scary MONSTER! This hilarious parody of the traditional carol stars two siblings who want something really special for their Christmas gift. Though Mom and Dad say no, Santa says yes. But having a monster in the house may not be all it’s cracked up to be. . . . Delighted readers will sing along with the merry song.

  2. The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin - This gently spooky twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes a favorite nursery rhyme just perfect for Halloween! The itsy bitsy pumpkin rolled down the spooky street. He passed a ghoulish ghost and some stinky goblin’s feet. A little pumpkin is trying to find his way back home! And with a little help from a friendly witch, he is soon safe and sound, back on his porch—where there are no spiders to be seen! Little ones will love this fresh fall spin on a classic nursery rhyme!

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