Screen time will take a back seat when our kids have access to gorgeous picture books. We have a dozen books from Holiday House, Simon & Schuster and Neal Porter Books that we’re loving right now, and one lucky reader will receive all 12! Please note: the winner will have to come to our offices in Harrisburg to pick up the books in person.
Sulwe, written by Lupita Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harris. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99, Oct. 15, 2019) Sulwe has skin the color of midnight, darker than everyone in her family, and anyone in her school. She 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. Written by actress and producer Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), and illustrated by Vashti Harrison (who participated in the Harrisburg Book Festival in October).
Pokko and the Drum, written and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99, Oct. 1, 2019) This enchanting tale about a little frog who can’t help but lead others to the beat of his own drum celebrates art, persistence and the power of expression.
Outback: The Amazing Animals of Australia, created by Dan Kainen, written by Ella Morton. (Workman Publishing, $26.95, Oct. 1, 2019) Using technology that creates an effect similar to a 3-D movie on the page, this book explores the remote world of wild Australia.
Spencer’s New Pet, written and illustrated by Jessie Sima. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99, Aug. 27, 2019) When Spencer gets a new pert, he’s excited to do all the things that pets do–taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together. The only problem is that Spencer’s new pet is a balloon. The story is illustrated with a dramatic black and white palette with just spot colors.
Mini Rabbit Is Not Lost, written and illustrated by John Bond. (Neal Porter Books, $18.99, Oct. 8, 2019) When Mini Rabbit goes on a quest for berries for a cake he’s baking with his mother, he crosses oceans, climbs mountains, and treks through creepy forests, all the while telling those who ask that he is not lost.
The Luckiest Snowball, written and illustrated by Elliot Kreloff. (Holiday House, $17.99, Sept. 10, 2019) This is the sweet adventure of a boy and his… snowball. Together they make a snow angel, build a snow fort, and make a snowman. Then boy decides to take the snowball home.
Dinosaur Feathers, written and illustrated by Dennis Nolan (Neal Porter Books, $18.99, Sept. 24, 2019) From the bestselling creator of Dinosaur Dream, this beautifully illustrated, poetic nonfiction picture book details how dinosaurs evolved into birds.
Just In Case You Want To Fly, written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson. (Neal Porter Books, $18.99, Oct. 8, 2019) In whimsical verse and with gorgeous collage-and-paint illustrations, this story shows children flying, singing and wishing their way across the pages, knowing that their loved ones will have their back.
Small in the City, written and illustrated by Sydney Smith. (Neal Porter Books, $18.99, Sept. 3, 2019) Illustrated in minimal ink and wash drawings, this story is a quiet look at the experiences of seeing a big, sometimes scary world through the eyes of a child.
Bats, by Gail Gibbons. (Holiday House, $18.99, Sept. 24, 2019) A new and updated version of the 1999 book of the same name, Bats provides a fascinating look at all kinds of bats, from how they use echoes to hear, to the legends that surround them and how to protect the species.
The Word Pirates, written by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Seven Kellogg. (Neal Porter Books, $18.99, Sept. 24, 2019) Pirate Captain Rottingbones and his crew need breakfast–which consists of nice, fresh words. And they steal them straight off the pages of books.
Tomie dePaola’s Christmas Tree Book. (Holiday House, $17.99, Sept. 10, 2019) This book offers an engaging telling of the history and interesting facts of our beloved holiday tradition–the Christmas tree.
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