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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fun New and Upcoming Picture Books

I'm so excited to share all these wonderful new and upcoming picture books with y'all today! These are all perfect for the sweet, little readers in your life...

What The World Needs Now Is Love 
By Burt Bacharach and Hal David 
Illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt 
December 26, 2018 
For anyone who needs to be reminded of the power of love, this beautiful book is the perfect gift! 

With its soothing lyrics and calming tones, “What the World Needs Now Is Love” has become a beloved song worldwide since its release in 1965. Now, for the first time ever, these captivating lyrics are in book form accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, and perfectly packaged with a ribbon enclosure. 

Both a reminder of the importance of love and a call to make the world a better place, this book is the perfect gift for anyone you care about—or for yourself when you need some gentle comfort. 

This gorgeously handlettered lyric book is so charming and delightful! Bright, colorful pages full of diverse, sweetly rendered characters help celebrate this beloved song and its always timely message.

Grandma's Purse 
Written and Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton 
January 9, 2018 
Spend the day with Mimi and her granddaughter in this charming picture book about the magic found in Mimi’s favorite accessory, perfect for readers who love How to Babysit a Grandma! 

When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats…and her purse. You never know what she’ll have in there–fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it’s pure magic! 
 In this adorable, energetic ode to visits from grandma, beloved picture book creator Vanessa Brantley Newton shows how an ordinary day can become extraordinary. 

What a fun, irresistible story! Brantley-Newton's lively illustrations, heartwarming Grandmother-granddaughter duo, and story full of family, love, and tradition will leave readers of all ages so so happy!

Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book 
Written and Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup 
February 20, 2018 
Doubleday BFYR 
Next in the much-loved children’s series that began with Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book is an elaborate book with peek-through holes that show the moon’s different phases with each turn of the page. 

Over deserts and forests, Arctic tundra and tropical beaches, the moon shines down on creatures around the world. Children will love discovering how it changes from day to day as the lunar cycle is shown through clever peek-through holes, each revealing the moon in a different size and shape. 

It’s the perfect light nonfiction book for young stargazers—and an ideal bedtime book, ending with a giant moon hovering over a sleepy town hunkered down for bed. 
  Look for all the books in the Peek-Through Picture Book series: TreeBee, and The Twelve Days of Christmas. 

This wonderfully quiet book features absolutely stunning and lush illustrations celebrating various landscapes and animals. Little readers (and adults) will be simply captivated by the beauty of this book!

I Walk With Vanessa: a story about a simple act of kindness
February 6, 2018 
Schwartz & Wade 
Inspired by real events and told only in pictures, this is an empowering picture book from a New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team about one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying.  

This simple yet powerful picture book tells the story of an elementary school girl named Vanessa who is bullied and a fellow student who witnesses the act and is at first unsure of how to help. I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old. 

This timely book offers a powerful and important message...a message it conveys, not with words, but through touching and enthralling illustrations. This fantastic book will spark equally fantastic and important discussions!

Wordy Birdy 
By Tammi Sauer 
Illustrated by Dave Mottram 
February 6, 2018 
Doubleday BFYR 
Meet Wordy Birdy, a very chatty bird who talks WAY more than she listens! A hilarious new story from Tammi Sauer, beloved author of Nugget & FangChicken Dance, and My Alien. 

Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. “Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky. . . .” But does she love to listen? NOPE. One day, while she’s walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water: “That’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty danger sign and that’s a pretty tree. . . .” Will this inattentive bird walk right into danger? Will her faraway thoughts lead her along a path of doom? It’s up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend. 
 Author Tammi Sauer will have kids and their parents in stitches with this funny, fast-paced, lovable caper about the importance of paying attention—and the importance of standing by your friends through thick and thin. 

Wordy Birdy is a hilariously laugh-out-loud romp! With sweet, bright pictures and engaging text, this fun book conveys an important lesson about the power of being a good listener!

The Book About Nothing
By Mike Bender 
Illustrated by Hugh Murphy 
February 13, 2018 
Crown Books 
Fans of The Book with No Pictures and A Perfectly Messed-Up Story will enjoy this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud from the adult humor bestselling authors of Awkward Family Photos and T-Rex Trying. 

This book has nothing to do with rainbows, rocket ships, meatballs, or wizards. Instead, it’s full of zip, zilch, diddly-squat, bupkus. 

But don’t worry, reading this book isn’t all for nothing, because sometimes nothing is actually something. 
 Like if you pick up all the toys in your room, what will be on the floor? NOTHING. When you take a bath, what are you wearing? NOTHING. And when you shut the lights off to go to bed, what do you see? NOTHING.   Mike Bender and Hugh Murphy stop at nothing to explore the key concepts of nothing and zero using playful language and hilarious illustrations. 

Wacky, silly humor bounces off every page of this highly amusing story! Readers will love the cartoon-ish illustrations and the giggle-inducing text!

*I received copies of the books above for review/feature purposes

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