UPCOMING: Picture book MUST HAVES

 


June 15: Help—Dino-Gro won’t stop growing bigger and bigger! From Matt Myers, the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Battle Bunny comes DINO-GRO, a laugh-out-loud story of a little sponge dinosaur that keeps growing...and growing...and growing....

Cole is very excited about his new Dino-Gro toy. He can't wait for it to reach its full size! But when Dino-Gro becomes much larger than intended, Cole goes so far as to put Dino-Gro on a liquid-free diet and an exercise regimen, which don't seem to make a difference! As Dino-Gro becomes so big that he can't fit in the house, Cole learns that growing up and getting bigger can have advantages too, even if you're not a dinosaur.

 

DINO-GRO falls into the “what-if” category of picture books—what seems like an ordinary story takes a turn into the extraordinary. For fans of Tiny T. Rex and We Don't Eat Our Classmates, this sweet and hilarious read-aloud is perfect for kids to learn the importance of growing up big and strong.

 

MATT MYERS the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Battle Bunny, as well as numerous other children's books, including A Dog Named Doug and the Infamous Ratsos series. For more about the author, and to see a gallery of his work, you can visit him online at myerspaints.com, and on Instagram and Twitter at @myerspaints.



June 29: Bees can't ride bicycles, penguins can't pick up pennies, and zebras can't go zip-lining. No one is good at everything, but that shouldn't stop you from trying! T. REXES CAN’T TIE THEIR SHOES by debut picture book author Anna Lazowski and illustrated by Steph Laberis, is a fun and encouraging alphabetic book about all the things animals CAN'T do but kids CAN!


Follow a hilarious alphabet of animals and see all the things they can't do but kids can—from doing gymnastics to flipping pancakes to playing a xylophone. Along the way, young readers will learn that it's okay if they can't do everything; they can still have a LOT of fun trying!

 

Combining animals, humor, and social-emotional learning, this ridiculously funny alphabet book is ideal for back-to-school when preschoolers and kindergarteners are learning new skills, be it tying their shoes, riding a bike, or spelling their names. Parents teaching their young ones new skills will be happy to have this super-positive picture book on hand, because even though the animals in the book can’t do certain things, no one is ridiculed. Instead, a cheerful last scene shows all the animals helping each other out and having fun trying new things. Additional back matter includes a list of interesting animal facts and all the amazing things animals CAN do!

 

ANNA LAZOWSKI is an award-winning senior producer at CBC Radio, based in Winnipeg. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA (Honors) degree from the University of Manitoba. T. Rexes Can't Tie Their Shoes is her first book. Learn more about Anna's writing at annalazowskibooks.com, and follow her on Facebook at @AuthorAnnaLazowski, on Twitter at @anna_lazowski, and on Instagram at @annalazowski.

 

STEPH LABERIS graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. She creates art for children's products and books, including the Grumpy Cat books for Little Golden Books, My Little Golden Book About Sharks, and My Little Golden Book About Dinosaurs. Learn more at stephlaberis.squarespace.com, and follow her at @StephLaberis on Twitter and @steph_laberis on Instagram



July 20: Grab a ticket and hop aboard the bus for a trick-or-treat bus ride! In THE WHEELS ON THE BUS AT HALLOWEEN illustrated by Sarah Kieley, the favorite children’s song “The Wheels on the Bus” gets a Halloween twist!


The ghosts on the bus go “Boo! Boo! Boo!” on a spooky Halloween!

 

Families will love creating a new Halloween tradition as they sing along to this joyful, boisterous version of the classic song “The Wheels on the Bus.” With a gaggle of adorable Halloween passengers—including pumpkins, witches, cats, and candy—this bright and festive book is sure to have children eager to read and sing it again and again!

 

The clever peek-through “windows” in the front cover will offer kids a glimpse at some of the characters inside the bus and children will love the fun holiday changes to the classic song, with a bus full of charming Halloween characters driven by a friendly monster bus driver. Sarah’s illustrations are delightful (and not too spooky), making the book perfect for families looking for a bright and cheery Halloween book to read together with toddlers and preschoolers.

 

SARAH KIELEY is an illustrator, comic maker, and animation designer from Toronto, currently living in Vancouver. She graduated from Sheridan College with a bachelor’s degree in animation and has since worked at many animation studios. Surrounded by a family of avid readers and artists, Sarah has always had a huge love for children’s books, comics, and beautiful illustration. See more of Sarah’s work at sarahkieley.com, and follow @magicalnarwhal on Instagram and Twitter.



May 4: Welcome to the biggest contest of the seas, where sharks from every corner of the ocean come together to find out who is THE greatest shark of all! In I AM THE SHARKNew York Times bestselling author Joan Holub makes a splash with bestselling illustrator Laurie Keller to deliver an entertaining undersea story filled with the greatest shark facts in the ocean!

Meet our contenders in this hilarious fish-out-of-water story:

 

Hi! I am the Great White Shark, and if you get this book, you’ll read all about ME—the greatest shark in the sea!

 

Not so fast! Greenland Shark here. I am the oldest shark in this book and that makes me the greatest.

 

Did someone say fast? I’m Mako Shark, the fastest shark in this book! Eat my bubbles!

 

Hello there! I’m Hammerhead Shark. You don’t need my special eyes to see that there are a lot of great sharks in this book, so sink your teeth into I AM THE SHARK now!

 

Pairing one of the most popular nonfiction topics for kids—sharks—with laugh-out-loud prose, I AM THE SHARK is sure to deliver lots of giggles and entertain the littlest learners and their caregivers. With backmatter providing summary of unique facts of all the sharks featured, I AM THE SHARK is filled to the brim with fun and informative facts! Watch out for the second book in the series, I AM THE BEAR, coming in 2022!

 

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 150 children's books, including the Goddess Girls series and the Heroes in Training series (with Suzanne Williams); the New York Times bestselling picture book Mighty Dads, illustrated by James Dean; Little Red Writing, illustrated by Melissa Sweet; and Zero the Hero, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. She adores line dancing to the Jaws theme, reading Sharkspeare, and vacationing in Finland. joanholub.com

 

Laurie Keller is the author and illustrator of many books, including The Scrambled States of America, Potato Pants!, Arnie the Doughnut, Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners, the Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut chapter book series, and We Are Growing!, part of the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series and winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. When Laurie isn't busy making books, she enjoys playing the banjo, traveling, cross-country skiing, and splashing in Lake Michigan, where as far as she knows, there is not a single shark. lauriekellerbooks.com


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