children’s picture books
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.