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Stars of 2017: Picture Books

    When's My Birthday?

    When's My Birthday? - Julie Fogliano

     Children excitedly discuss the details of their upcoming birthdays.

    PICTURE BOOK Fogliano, J.
    After the Fall

    After the Fall - Dan Santat

    After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.

    PICTURE BOOK Santat, D.
    Big Cat, Little Cat

    Big Cat, Little Cat - Elisha Cooper

    A moving tale about friendship, new beginnings, and cats.

    PICTURE BOOK Cooper, E.    
    A Different Pond

    A Different Pond - Bao Phi; illustrated by Thi Bui

    As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.

    Her Right Foot

    Her Right Foot - Dave Eggers; art by Shawn Harris

    She's in New York. She's holding a torch. And she's in mid-stride, moving forward. But why? What the author and illustrator find when answering the question of the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country's creation.

    CHILDREN 974.71 E29 2017
    Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon - Jason Chin

    An exploration of the Grand Canyon on a grand scale, as only Jason Chin can illustrate and explain.

    OVERSIZE CHILDREN 557.9132 C539 2017
    I'm Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups

    I'm Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups - Chris Harris; illustrated by Lane Smith

    An illustrated collection of comically irreverent rhyming poems for readers of all ages, ranging in topic from avocados and anacondas to zombies and zebras (dressed like ghosts).

    CHILDREN 811.6 H313 2017
    In the Middle of Fall

    In the Middle of Fall - Kevin Henkes; illustrated by Laura Dronzek

    Introduces concepts and vocabulary of fall--autumn colors, changes in plants and animals . . . and wind, which soon leads to the next season.

    PICTURE BOOK Henkes, K.
    The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

    The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors - Drew Daywalt; pictures by Adam Rex

    You’ve played the game. Now read the legend of how it all began...

    PICTURE BOOK Daywalt, D.
    Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

    Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets - Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

    Presents a collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.

    CHILDREN 808.1 A376 2016
    Rivers of Sunlight

    Rivers of Sunlight - Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm

    The sun explains its role in the movement of water around the Earth, from the lifting of fresh water from the seas, to the movement of underwater currents that nourish the world's oceans. The sun has a hand in moving rivers of water in its liquid, gaseous, and solid states all around the Earth, enabling life to exist on our planet. But human beings are interfering in this natural cycle, unbalancing the amount of fresh water available.

    CHILDREN 551.48 B216 2017
    The Secret Project

    The Secret Project - Jonah Winter; illustrated by Jeanette Winter

    The world's greatest scientists gather in a secret town in the desert to develop the atomic bomb.

    PICTURE BOOK Winter, J.
    The Three Billy Goats Gruff

    The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Jerry Pinkney

    Three billy goats must outwit the big, ugly troll that lives under the bridge they have to cross on their way up the mountain.

    CHILDREN 398.2 P655 2017    

    Windows - Julia Denos; illustrated by E. B. Goodale

    Walking his dog at dusk, one boy catches glimpses of the lives around him in this lovely ode to autumn evenings, exploring your neighborhood, and coming home.

    PICTURE BOOK Denos, J.
    Wolf in the Snow

    Wolf in the Snow - Matthew Cordell

    When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm they must find their way home.

    PICTURE BOOK Cordell, M.
    All Ears, All Eyes

    All Ears, All Eyes - Richard Jackson; illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

    As darkness falls in the forest, animals hoot, chirp, whirr, and bark, lulling drowsy children to sleep.

    PICTURE BOOK Jackson, R.    
    All the Way to Havana

    All the Way to Havana - Margarita Engle; illustrated by Mike Curato

    A boy helps his father keep their very old car running as they make a trip to Havana for his newborn cousin's zero-year birthday. Includes author's note about cars in Cuba.

    PICTURE BOOK Engle, M.    
    Before She Was Harriet

    Before She Was Harriet - Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James Ransome

    A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Tubman, H. 2017
    Blue Sky White Stars

    Blue Sky White Stars - Sarvinder Naberhaus; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

    A stirring poetic tribute to the beauty and wonder of America's symbols, history, landscape.

    PICTURE BOOK Naberhaus, S.
    The Book of Mistakes

    The Book of Mistakes - Corinna Luyken

    As an artist creatively incorporates her slipups into a drawing, readers see the ways in which 'mistakes' can provide inspiration and opportunity, and reveal that both the art and artist are works-in-progress.

    PICTURE BOOK Luyken, C.
    Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

    Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut - Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James

    Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.

    PICTURE BOOK Barnes, D.    

    Egg - Kevin Henkes

    Three little birds crack their way out of eggs and fly away, leaving one egg sitting all alone until the three chicks come back and discover a friendly baby alligator has finally hatched.

    PICTURE BOOK Henkes, K.    
    A Greyhound, A Groundhog

    A Greyhound, A Groundhog - Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Chris Appelhans

    A tongue twister featuring a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog who work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another.

    PICTURE BOOK Jenkins, E.
    How to Be an Elephant

    How to Be an Elephant - Katherine Roy

    This nonfiction picture book follows an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth.

    CHILDREN 599.67 R888 2017
    In Your Hands

    In Your Hands - Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

    A prayer from mother to son that he will always in safe hands.

    PICTURE BOOK Weatherford, C.
    Little Fox in the Forest

    Little Fox in the Forest - Stephanie Graegin

    A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

    PICTURE BOOK Graegin, S.
    The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (The Hard Way)

    The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (The Hard Way) - Patrick McDonnell

    In this nearly wordless alphabet book, a little red cat runs away and gets caught up in a wild chase that goes everywhere from A to Z and back home again.

    PICTURE BOOK McDonnell, P.
    Mama Lion Wins the Race

    Mama Lion Wins the Race - Jon J. Muth

    Mama Lion, Tigey, the Flying Pandinis, and the Knitted Monkeys compete in a road race, and when the Pandinis stop to help Mama Lion, she is happy to return the favor.

    My Pictures After the Storm

    My Pictures After the Storm - Éric Veillé

    Offers humorous drawings comparing things before and after storms, meetings with elephants, and trips to the hairdresser.

    PICTURE BOOK Veille, E.

    Now - Antoinette Portis

    Follow a little girl as she takes you on a tour through all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives.

    PICTURE BOOK Portis, A.
    The Only Fish in the Sea

    The Only Fish in the Sea - Philip C. Stead; illustrated by Matthew Cordell

    Sadie and Sherman set out to rescue little Ellsworth, the goldfish Amy Scott received for her birthday and threw right into the ocean.

    PICTURE BOOK Stead, P.
    Red Again

    Red Again - Barbara Lehman

    When a young boy discovers an abandoned book on the side of the road, it opens a window to another world just as real as his own. But what happens when the two worlds collide?

    PICTURE BOOK Lehman, B.

    Robinson - Peter Sís

    Robin and his friends are planning to dress up as pirates for their school's annual costume party, but instead his mother creates a Robinson Crusoe costume for him, and while the adults love it, his friends are less welcoming.


    Round - Joyce Sidman; llustrated by Taeeun Yoo

    Newbery-Honor winning poet Joyce Sidman invites readers to search their worlds for round objects in nature. Illustrated with warm, intimate art by two-time New York Times Best Illustrated artist Taeeun Yoo, this fresh celebration shows why we love this shape best.

    PICTURE BOOK Sidman, J.
    Town is By the Sea

    Town is By the Sea - Joanne Schwartz; pictures by Sydney Smith

    Throughout his day, a young boy thinks of his father who is working in the coal mine that is located underneath the ocean.

    PICTURE BOOK Schwartz, J.
    Where's Halmoni?

    Where's Halmoni? - Julie Kim

    Searching for their missing grandmother, two Korean children follow tracks into a fantastic world filled with beings from folklore who speak in Korean. Includes translations and information about the folkloric characters.

    The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse

    The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse - Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen

    When a mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he learns that a duck devoured earlier has set up a table to enjoy the food the gluttonous predator eats.

    PICTURE BOOK Barnett, M.
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