Author Archives: Michael
Jacob’s New Dress
Call #: JP HOFFM
by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, Illustrated by Chris Case
“Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can’t wear “girl” clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don’t identify with traditional gender roles.”
Pig Kahuna Pirates!
Call #: JP SATTL
by Jennifer Sattler
“Fergus and Dink love playing at the beach.But when Dink wakes up from his nap in a crabby mood, it’s up to big brother Fergus to pull him out of it. Does the little fella want to take a swim? Build a sand castle? Have a juice box? Aaargh! Only one thing will tame the tantrum:When Fergus invites Dink to play with his new pirate ship of sand, and gives him the starring role as pirate captain. Sometimes it feels right to squint your eyes and act like a scurvy dog of a pirate. And with a little brotherly love, you might even forget what was so terrible in the first place…”
Two Speckled Eggs
Call #: JP MANN
by Jennifer K. Mann
“A birthday party sets the scene in this sweet and relatable story for anyone who’s ever been the odd girl out.
“It’s Ginger’s birthday, and she has to invite all the girls in her class to her party, including Lyla Browning. Lyla isn’t like the other girls: she smells like old leaves, doesn’t talk much, and once brought a tarantula to school for show-and-tell. On the day of the party, Lyla is much earlier than everyone else. But even after the others arrive, Ginger’s party doesn’t go quite the way she’d hoped: some of the girls change the rules to the games, and no one likes her silver and gold birthday cake — except Lyla. By the time Lyla gives Ginger her present — a tiny homemade nest with two delicious malted-milk eggs — Ginger begins to wonder: is being different really such a bad thing?”
Boa’s Bad Birthday
Call #: JP WILLI
by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
“It was Boa’s birthday. It was going to be the best one ever. Or so he hoped. He invited his friends round. They would all bring him wonderful presents. . . . Or would they?”
Bad Bye, Good Bye
Call #: JP UNDER
by Deborah Underwood and Jonathan Bean
“‘Bad truck, bad guy; bad wave, bad bye . . .’ A boy and his family are packing up their old home, and the morning feels scary and sad. But when he arrives at his new home, an evening of good byes awaits: bye to new friends, bye to glowing fireflies, bye to climbing trees. The New York Times bestselling author Deborah Underwood’s spare text and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Jonathan Bean’s lush, layered illustrations perfectly capture the complex emotions of moving day. The child-centric transition from dreary morning to cheerful evening comforts young readers facing big changes of their own.”
The Day I Lost My Superpowers
Call #: JP ESCOF
by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo
“Childhood is a magical time when even the stuff of the day-to-day is exciting and the ordinary often seems extraordinary. A part of this magic is that with just a little imagination, we all might be found to possess true superpowers!
“This isn’t the first or last book where a child delightedly discovers her own superpowers. But it may be just about the driest, funniest, and sweetest, where the discovery is handled with humor and charm.
“One of the book’s true pleasures is that it’s a girl who discovers her own extraordinary abilities, and when her powers fail, as they must, she discovers them in her mom. All of which leads to a lovely intimacy between the two.”
Nine Words Max
Call #: JP BAREL
by Dan Bar-El and David Huyck
“Maximilian is a prince who loves to talk: No topic is too small, no story too boring. Max’s brothers are the opposite–the less said the better. When the king and queen go on a trip and leave the brothers alone, the 3 princes put a spell on Max that limits him to speaking only 9 words at a time. The brothers are delighted: peace and quiet at last! But when a fearsome dignitary arrives, they realize the true value of their brother’s insatiable need for information. A cautionary tale and a tongue-in-cheek tribute to trivia buffs, Nine Words Max is also a sly satire of our modern world’s obsession with media–the 3 reticent princes spend a lot of time sending silly messages, lying around watching puppet shows and speaking in 140 characters or less… This book is a funny, quirky and madcap tale with fantastic illustrations from illustrator David Huyck.”
I Wish I Could Draw
Call #: JP FAGAN
by Cary Fagan
“The narrator of I Wish I Could Draw shares a name with creator Cary Fagan and has the same curly hair and glasses. Perhaps most interesting of all, though, the narrator believes he has no artistic talent — just like the Cary Fagan, who not only wrote but also bravely and exuberantly illustrated this book. Fortunately for readers, both Cary-the-narrator and Cary-the-children’s-book-creator refused to let self-doubt stop them from trying to tell (and draw) the funniest and most exciting story they could think of. The result is a book that delivers plenty of excitement, silly jokes, and fun — and also an important message about self-confidence and perseverance. Designed to look like a child’s notebook, I Wish I Could Draw will inspire readers to pick up a pencil and let their imaginations do the rest.”
Call #: JP FLEMI
by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas
“Surf’s up for a bunch of mischievous bunnies and one frazzled farmer in this beach-time read-aloud adventure.
“Mr. McGreely had bunny problems.
He had bunnies in his garden.
Bunnies in his shed.
Bunnies in his cupboard.
Bunnies in his…BED!
“Mr. McGreely has had it with irksome rabbits, so he dons his swimsuit and a pair of goggles and gets ready for some time away at the beach. Little does he know, the bunnies have stowed away in his backseat! He also hadn’t known that the rascally rabbits have mad surfing and kite flying skills. His annoyance is at sunstroke level…until he sees a sign for a sandcastle-making contest, and realizes that teaming up with the pesky pufftails might just have some benefits.”
When the Wind Blew
Call #: JP JACKS
by Alison Jackson and Doris Barrette
“We all know the story of the old woman who lived in a shoe with her many children. But not everyone knows about the day when the wind blew very hard, and an unexpected guest arrived (cradle and all), setting off a chain of events that involves the three little kittens, Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, and many other beloved nursery characters. Can the old woman restore order to their world and still manage to get her children to bed on time? But, of course!”
Sophie Sleeps Over
Call #: JP RUSSO
by Marisabina Russo
“Almost everyone has felt anxiety and uncertainty over a friendship.
“Sophie is looking forward to her first sleepover.
“She is excited from the tops of her ears to the tips of her toes and has even made a list of all the things she wants to bring over to her best friend Olive’s house. But, when she arrives, a bunny she’s never seen before opens the door.
“In this heartwarming tale of first sleepovers, furry animals, and friendship, Marisabina Russo asks the age-old question: can one bunny have two best friends?”
Mama’s Day With Little Gray
Call #: JP REID
by Aimee Reid and Laura J. Bryant
“From talented illustrator Laura Bryant and gifted newcomer Aimee Reid comes a charming, heartwarming story about a little elephant’s love for his mama.
“‘Mama, when I grow up, will you grow down?’
“What would it be like if, one day, Little Gray were the big elephant and Mama the small one? Little Gray can picture it perfectly. He’d shade her from the sun, teach her to make mud, and find pictures in the clouds with her. In fact, he would do for her exactly what she does for him.”
Call #: JP MORRI
by Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison, and Shadra Strickland
“A library card unlocks a new life for a young girl in this picture book about the power of imagination, from the Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison.
“On one gray afternoon, Louise makes a fateful trip to the library. With the help of a new library card and through the transformative power of books, what started out as a dull day turns into one of surprises, ideas, and fun, fun, fun!
“Inspired by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Toni Morrison’s experience working in a library as a young girl, this engaging picture book celebrates the wonders of reading, the enchanting capacity of the imagination, and, of course, the splendor of libraries.”
I Spy in the Sky
Call #: JP GIBBS
by Edward Gibbs
“Look through each eye-catching spy hole to spot a new bird in the sky!
“Up in the sky there are many colorful birds to spy, each of them different. Look through the spy hole and use the clues to guess which one is next. Then turn the page to reveal the creature. Watch as young children quickly become engaged in the game — learning colors and animal facts along the way.”
Call #: JP HURLE
by Jorey Hurley
“From birth, to first flight, to new friend, the first year of a bird’s life is full of activity and wonder. Artist Jorey Hurley pairs vivid, crisp artwork with simple, minimal text—often just one word per spread—to create a breathtaking, peaceful chronicle of nature and life’s milestones.”
Tap Tap Boom Boom
Call #: JP BLUEM
by Elizabeth Bluemle and G. Brian Karas
“The clouds are gathering above a city street and soon — tap, tap, boom, boom! As a thunderstorm rolls in, people of all stripes race down to the subway to get away from the crackling rain and wind. With quirky wordplay and infectious rhymes, Elizabeth Bluemle crystallizes an unexpected moment of community, while G. Brian Karas’s warm illustrations show the smiles to be had when a storm brings strangers together as friends.”
Call #: JP DITTER
by Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel
“Get the buzz on bugs in this picture book from Angela DiTerlizzi!
“Grab your magnifying glass!
Find your field guide!
And come hop, hide, swim, and glide
through this buggy backyard world!
“Featuring insects including butterflies and moths, crickets and cicadas, bumblebees and beetles, this zippy rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior is sure to have insect enthusiasts of all ages bugging out with excitement!”
Let’s Dance, Grandma!
Call #: JP MCMUL
by Nigel McMullen
“More than anything, Lucy loves to dance. But her mother warns her not to try to dance when her grandma comes to visit, because grandmas simply do not dance.
“Together Lucy and her grandma play ball, hide-and-seek, cards, and even dress up. But what Lucy wants more than anything is to dance one dance with her grandma. Will she get her wish?”
Please Bring Balloons
Call #: JP WARD
by Lindsay Ward
“Every day can be an adventure. Especially if you bring balloons.
“Ever wondered what it would be like to ride a carousel right off its platform? As Emma discovers, all it takes is a handful of balloons and a very kind polar bear to show you the way. This soaring story of friendship, between a carousel bear and the little girl who noticed him, will take readers to the arctic and back—in time for bedtime, of course—and remind them anything is possible. Even flying.”
Call #: JP GUTIE
by Elisa Gutiérrez
“The cupboards are empty, as is the fridge. Thus begins the adventure of a hungry brother and sister as they try to figure out what’s for lunch. But there’s nothing ordinary about the feast the siblings of Letter Lunch are cooking up. From letter-picking in their backyard to browsing through the alphabet at the local market, from an expedition through the woods and up a mountain to sharing their finds with friends, the two chefs and letter foragers set out to create a feast of consonants that’s seasoned with both vowels and wit that keeps you turning the page. With its comic-style layout, Letter Lunch makes literal a love of language, food, and art. The wordless narrative shows how some letters can be found everywhere, while others require a bit of extra work to track down. An innovative approach to the alphabet — and, not so incidentally, to preparing a meal, from grocery shopping to washing the dishes — Letter Lunch will delight adults and children with its clever approach to what, at first glance, seems commonplace.”