Fall 2019 Picture Books

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The Addams family

The Addams family

Mizzy, Vic
2019

The Addams Family hits the big screen on October 11, 2019. The all-star cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, and Elsie Fisher.

For fans of this classic franchise and fans of the star-studded animated film, this picture book in a unique, original art style will be a nostalgic romp through the world of the Addams family. With original lyrics, this is not only a hauntingly good picture book for young ones, but also as a beautiful keepsake for fans of all ages!

The Addams family isn't your typical American family. Together, Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Mad Uncle Fester, and Grandma are an eccentric clan who delight in the macabre and are unaware that people find them a bit different than the rest of the neighborhood.

Based on the famous New Yorker creations of Charles Addams, this animated action-comedy will follow the Addams family, whose lives begin to unravel when they face off against a crafty reality TV host while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration, Addams-style.

They're creepy and they're kooky,

Mysterious and spooky,

They're all together ooky,

The Addams Family.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY © 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. © 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

Zhang, Kat
2019

Meet the funny, fierce, and fearless Amy Wu, who is determined to make a perfect bao bun today. Can she rise to the occasion?

Amy loves to make bao with her family. But it takes skill to make the bao taste and look delicious. And her bao keep coming out all wrong.

Then she has an idea that may give her a second chance...Will Amy ever make the perfect bao?

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Dias y dias  = Days and days

Dias y dias = Days and days

Guy, Ginger Foglesong, author.
2019

Explore the four seasons in Spanish and English with this brightly illustrated bilingual picture book from Ginger Foglesong Guy and René King Moreno.

Días y días/Days and Days introduces readers to basic seasonal concepts and vocabulary and is an excellent choice for classrooms, bilingual homes, language literacy, story times, and family sharing.

Learn about the seasons in Spanish and English in Días y días /Days and Days by the popular team behind the bilingual classics ¡Fiesta! and Siesta. From Invierno to Otoño, from Enero to Diciembre, Ginger Foglesong Guy's concise text introduces readers to basic concepts connected to the four seasons, including descriptive adjectives in both languages, as well as words for the weather, months, and a child's seasonal wardrobe.

René King Moreno's engaging artwork explores the beauty of each individual season, extends the text, and offers many details to pore over. Ideal for promoting early literacy in two languages, for classroom connections, and for family storytimes.

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Fly!

Fly!

Teague, Mark, author, illustrator.
2019

"Teague proves that a picture can be worth a thousand words--and almost as many laughs." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Engaging illustrations and the baby bird's wild ideas will entertain audiences of all ages." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Funny, feathery finesse." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Mama bird thinks it's time for Baby bird's first flight, but Baby bird has other ideas in this humorous wordless picture book from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Mark Teague.

It's a big day up in the tree that Mama bird shares with her baby. Mama bird thinks Baby bird is finally ready to leave the nest and learn to fly so he can migrate south with the rest of their flock. But Baby bird isn't so sure. Can't his mother keep bringing him worms in their nest? Can't he migrate in a hot air balloon instead? Or perhaps a car?

This silly wordless picture book will keep young readers giggling as Baby bird figures out that he must flap his wings and learn to fly--whether he likes it or not!

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Hello, ninja

Hello, ninja

Wilson, N. D.
2019

Soon to be a Netflix animated TV series!

Are you longing for adventure? Mischief? What about sandwiches?

Tag along with one sneaky ninja who is happy to share his busy day (but not his lunch) with curious kids everywhere in this rhyming picture book great for fans of The Three Ninja Pigs and 10 Little Ninjas. Written by bestselling author Nate "N.D." Wilson and gorgeously illustrated by newcomer Forrest Dickison.

Perfect for reading aloud and shared story time!

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Ho ho homework

Ho ho homework

Larsen, Mylisa
2019

In this delightful Christmas picture book, Jack's substitute teacher, Mr. Clausen, looks a whole lot like Santa Claus--could he really be Santa?

This jacketed picture book comes with instructions for how to make your own Snowflake Wish!

It's almost Christmas, and Jack's classroom has a new substitute teacher. There's something funny about Mr. Clausen--he seems awfully familiar....Is it his long, white beard? Is it the way his laugh sounds a lot like "Ho, ho, ho"? Or maybe it's his snack of milk and cookies--reindeer-shaped cookies!

Jack's classmates are convinced they know who Mr. Clausen really is, but Jack's not so sure...

Filled with beautiful pictures, humor, and lots of holiday cheer, this story captures all of the magic and mystery that children experience during the Christmas season. In the story, Mr. Clausen teaches Jack and his classmates how to make paper snowflake wishes--and the end of the book shows you how to make your very own!

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Pokko and the Drum

Pokko and the Drum

Forsythe, Matthew
2019

A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Book for Fall 2019

"In embracing one ' s own beat, Pokko discovers, extraordinary things can happen." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Forsythe's coy, playful writing is a wonder on its own, but the lush...illustrations beautifully elevate the tale...Inspirational." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Celebrating both community and individuality, this droll, funny offering will tickle kids and adults alike." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Has t he feel of an instant classic, the kind of book you can easily convince yourself has been around forever, spreading joy. " -- Quill & Quire (starred review)

From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe comes a picture book about a magical drum, an emerald forest, and the little frog who dares to make her own music.

The biggest mistake Pokko's parents ever made was giving her the drum. When Pokko takes the drum deep into the forest it is so quiet, so very quiet that Pokko decides to play. And before she knows it she is joined by a band of animals --first the raccoon, then the rabbit, then the wolf--and soon the entire forest is following her. Will Pokko hear her father's voice when he calls her home?

Pokko and the Drum is a story about art, persistence, and a family of frogs living in a mushroom.

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Roar Like A Dandelion

Roar Like A Dandelion

Krauss, Ruth.
2019

"An abecedarian catalog of delights." --Kirkus (starred review)

"Each page offers its own adventure; taken together, the spreads create an irresistible, deliciously subversive invitation to turn one's back on the tiresome." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

From Ruth Krauss, the celebrated children's book author of The Carrot Seed and A Hole Is to Dig, comes this never-before-published book of witty one-liners--brought to life by Geisel Honor-winning artist Sergio Ruzzier.

Dance with a leaf.

Jump like a raindrop.

Sit in the sun and shine.

Not since A Hole Is to Dig and Open House for Butterflies have we seen such electric and playful words on a page.

This imaginative story from Ruth Krauss--one of the most beloved children's book authors of all time--and celebrated artist Sergio Ruzzier is a remarkable collaboration that captures the timeless spirit of Krauss's signature wit and humor. Paired with Ruzzier's irresistible drawings, this story will delight readers of all ages and inspire them to roar like dandelions.

A perfect gift for the holidays, Valentine's Day, and graduation!

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The scarecrow

The scarecrow

Ferry, Beth, author
2019

A Junior Library Guild Selection | An Indie Next List Pick | An Amazon Best Book of the Month pick

"An emotionally impactful exploration of love and loneliness, this is an essential addition to any picture book collection." --School Library Journal (starred review)

Bestselling author Beth Ferry (Stick and Stone) and the widely acclaimed Fan Brothers (The Night Gardener) present a gorgeous and poignant picture book about two unexpected friends and the special connection they share.

This tender and affectionate story reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others--a tale that will inspire and delight children for generations to come.

All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing....

He saves the tiny baby crow.

Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?

"A welcome addition to autumnal storytelling."--Kirkus

"A novel twist on the theme of love between adversaries." --Publishers Weekly

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Snow much fun!

Snow much fun!

Siscoe, Nancy
2019

A charming picture about the joys of a snowy day, featuring handmade felt characters--just perfect for reading by the fire.

The first snowflakes are finally falling--and Berry and Ginger are SNOW ready!

They can't wait to be sledding, ice-skating, and snowman-building. But Willow is not so sure...

A celebration of friendship and winter wonder, this is a cozy treat for young readers.

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Spencer's new pet

Spencer's new pet

Sima, Jessie, author
2019

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a classic tale of a boy and his dog--except in this unique story, one of them is a balloon!

When Spencer gets a new pet, he's excited to do all the things that pets do--taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together.

There's just one hitch: Spencer's new pet is a balloon.

And that means No. Sharp. Objects.

No drooling dogs at the park. No prickly porcupines at the vet. And absolutely no pinning tails on any donkeys!

Spencer's New Pet is a story of pure fun about a boy, his dog, and a friendship that endures life's sharpest...and most unexpected twists.

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Sulwe

Sulwe

Nyong'o, Lupita/ Harrison, Vashti (ILT)
2019

From Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong'o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

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Sweep

Sweep

Greig, Louise, author
2018

Ed's bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town. Can Ed sweep his troubles away? An uplifting story about confronting big emotions from the author of The Night Box, stunningly illustrated by Julia Sarda. Whether you are three or 103, a bad mood is something we can all relate to and this is the perfect book to help open up discussions about emotions with young children.

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