chil­dren’s pic­ture books

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The Bear Who Never Gave Up Monika Filip­ina, Wil­low Tree Books (OC­TO­BER) Hard­cover $16.99 (32pp), 978-1-78700-462-7

A de­ter­mined bear tries all man­ner of dance classes, from bal­let to tap to swing, but his big body and clumsy feet can’t seem to find the rhythm—un­til he dis­cov­ers a very spe­cial style of danc­ing done with skates on ice. Rhi­nos in pin­stripes, gi­raffes wear­ing tu­tus, and a rosy­cheeked bear join an en­sem­ble of jump­ing, twirling, glid­ing, whirling an­i­mals in a mo­ti­va­tional tale about fol­low­ing your heart, wher­ever it may lead you.

A Valen­tine for Franken­stein Les­lie Kim­mel­man, Ti­mothy Banks (Il­lus­tra­tor), Carol­rhoda Books (NOVEM­BER) Hard­cover $17.99 (32pp), 978-1-5124-3129-2

In this creepy, crawly, slimy, and adorable story, Franken­stein is off to the Valen­tine’s Day Bash. At this party filled with ev­ery kind of mon­ster, Franken­stein seems to be the only mon­ster who is kind. In a book filled with a de­light­fully dis­gust­ing ar­ray of skele­tons, ghouls, and beast­ies in a ri­otous rain­bow of col­ors, shapes, and sizes, Franken­stein and his fel­low par­ty­go­ers learn a valu­able les­son about stay­ing true to your­self while danc­ing and belch­ing the night away.

All Mine! Carol Zeavin, Rhona Sil­ver­bush, Jon Davis (Il­lus­tra­tor) Mag­i­na­tion Press (OC­TO­BER) Hard­cover $8.99 (16pp) 978-1-4338-2877-5

A pa­tient teacher helps a group of tem­per­a­men­tal tod­dlers peace­fully nav­i­gate the dos and don’ts of shar­ing toys at play­time in a sur­pris­ing story about en­cour­ag­ing the de­vel­op­ment of gen­eros­ity through own­er­ship. Young chil­dren will rec­og­nize dress-up cor­ner, paints, and play kitchens shown in soft lines and col­ors, while par­ents, ed­u­ca­tors, and care­givers learn how to gen­tly re­di­rect a tantrum­ing two-year-old or when and why it’s ap­pro­pri­ate to hoard all of the crayons.

Ev­ery­thing is Con­nected Ja­son Gruhl, Ig­nasi Font (Il­lus­tra­tor), Bala Kids (FE­BRU­ARY) Hard­cover $16.95 (36pp), 978-1-61180-631-1

A thin string loops and winds around the peo­ple, an­i­mals, play­grounds, prayers, and gar­dens of the world, ev­ery­thing con­nected in a time­less whole—even scary, ugly things like chicken pox, bul­lies, lies, and pol­lu­tion. In this en­gag­ing in­tro­duc­tion to so­cial con­scious­ness and en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness, color and form are given to the in­vis­i­ble ties that bind the uni­verse to­gether, from the tini­est of cells and atoms to the vast­ness of the stars and plan­ets.

Find­ing a Dove for Gramps Lisa J. Am­stutz, Maria Luisa Di Gravio (Il­lus­tra­tor) Al­bert Whit­man & Com­pany (NOVEM­BER) Hard­cover $16.99 (32pp), 978-0-8075-1279-1

Armed with guide­book, clip­board, and binoc­u­lars, Jay and his mom head out to look for birds in the win­ter woods dur­ing the an­nual Christ­mas Bird Count, an im­por­tant event for track­ing bird pop­u­la­tions across North, Cen­tral, and South Amer­ica. Ama­teur or­nithol­o­gists are en­cour­aged to visit the Audubon’s web­site or use the check­list pro­vided in the end pages to par­tic­i­pate in their own bird count, join­ing thou­sands of oth­ers in pro­mot­ing an­i­mal con­ser­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

The Master­piece Shel­ley Kinder, Kathi Green Nixon (Il­lus­tra­tor), Spork (NOVEM­BER) Hard­cover $17.99 (32pp), 978-1-946101-65-5

Dawn breaks in a bril­liant dis­play of color and light as “the Painter” adds a splash of pink and a dash of yel­low to the de­light of a va­ri­ety of sil­hou­et­ted fam­i­lies greet­ing the early morn­ing. Look for over a dozen hid­den paint­brushes—one in each city, coun­try, or sea­side land­scape set against the vi­brant, shift­ing hues that tell the story of God’s love for all the world, but most im­por­tantly, the peo­ple in it.

Eye Spy Wild Ways An­i­mals See the World Guil­laume Duprat, What on Earth Pub­lish­ing (OC­TO­BER) Hard­cover $21.99 (40pp) 978-1-9998028-5-1

From the com­pound, pix­e­lated vi­sion of a bee to an ea­gle’s sharp gaze or a chameleon’s unique dex­ter­ity, ex­plore the sci­ence of vi­sion in a fun and fas­ci­nat­ing look at some of na­ture’s most unique op­tics. Com­pare with hu­man eyes and view the world from di­verse per­spec­tives by lift­ing the flaps over the eyes of a frog, bat, dog, cat, snake, and more for an up-close look at how an­i­mals per­ceive color, heat, depth, and mo­tion.

Fol­low Me Down to Ni­code­mus Town A. Lafaye, Ni­cole Tadgell (Il­lus­tra­tor) Al­bert Whit­man & Com­pany (JAN­UARY) Hard­cover $16.99 (32pp), 978-0-8075-2535-7

In this story in­spired by the many African Amer­i­can pi­o­neers who forged new com­mu­ni­ties in the Mid­west fol­low­ing the Civil War, young Dede’s hard­work­ing fam­ily leaves be­hind a life of in­den­tured servi­tude for the prom­ise of free farm­land in the heart of the prairie. The his­toric town of Ni­code­mus, Kansas, springs to life through ex­pres­sive art­work done in softly fluid lines and hues, con­vey­ing all of the hope and joy of the move­ment.

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