With the lazy days of summer now in full swing, there’s no better moment
to kick story time in to full gear than now! From facing the elements in
“Blizzard,” the fantastical new adventure by John Rocco, to answering that
age old question ‘Where do babies come from?’ in “Baby Tree” — our must-
read list of 2015 will inspire your tiniest reader to the most adventurous soul…
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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. By Dan Santat. Illus. by the author. Little Brown. In four delightful chapters, Beekle, an imaginary friend, undergoes an emo- tional journey looking for his human. Vibrant illustrations add to the fun. (2015 Caldecott Medal Book)
The Baby Tree. By Sophie Blackall. Illus. by the author. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. Where do babies come from? This question is delicately handled in Blackall’s gentle and charming book. After asking around with amusing results, a boy finally learns the true facts from his parents. With a page of tips for “the conversation.”
Beautiful Moon: A Child’s Prayer. By Tonya Bolden. Illus. by Eric Velasquez. Abrams. A gorgeous full moon shines on a young boy praying for the homeless, the hungry, those at war and his family. The stunning illustrations set a reverent tone that reflects the thoughtful and universal text.
Blizzard. By John Rocco. Illus. by the author. Disney-Hyperion. A young boy’s experience in a blizzard and the adventure of going to the market are vividly portrayed through Norman Rockwell-like illustrations that give personality to the child and the weather.
A Boy and a Jaquar. By Alan Rabinowitz. Illus. by CáTia Chien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Alan Rabinowitz’s story of feeling broken as a child yet experiencing great empathy for animals kept in cages at the zoo. He went on to become a zoologist and conserva-tionist known around the world.
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure. By Doreen Cronin. Illus. by Kevin Cornell. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. Tail, a scaredy-squirrel, seeks refuge and help from the Chicken Squad, four problem-solving chicks. This illustrated chapter book brings each chicken’s zany personality to life.
Draw! By Raúl Colón. Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. Colón celebrates the power of imagination and creativity to heal a bed- ridden boy. The lush illustrations need no words as the boy goes on an artistic and exciting adventure.
Froodle. By Antoinette Portis. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. Brown Bird is tired of his song so he makes up new words. The other animals follow suit and the neigh-borhood is never the same.
Early Bird. By Toni Yuly. Illus. by the author. Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan. Early bird rises before the sun to find breakfast. He’s tired after so much activity, so he and a surprising friend—early worm—enjoy what he’s found.
The Most Magnificent Thing. By Ashley Spires. Illus. by the author. Kids Can. A little girl, with the help of her dog, tries to build a magnificent thing. But it is harder than expected! See how her persistence pays off.
The Farmer and the Clown. By Marla Frazee. Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster\Beach Lane. Muted browns and grays permeate the farmer’s world until a small child falls off a circus train, bringing with him color and light. No words are needed in this quiet story of an unlikely friendship.
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos. By Stephanie Roth Sisson. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook. The simple text describes how Sagan’s childhood curiosity and persistence eventually lead to his involvement in the Voyager mission. Lively images and design reflect this notable life.
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone. By Katheryn Russell-Brown. Illus. by Frank Morrison. Lee & Low. A little known story of a self-taught prodigy and world-class trombone player, composer, and arranger whose music mirrors the black musical sounds of the 20th century.
Firebird. By Misty Cope- land. Illus. by Christopher Myers. Penguin/G.P. Putnam’s. Famed ballerina Misty Copeland encou- rages a young African-American girl to follow her dreams to be a prima- ballerina in this poetic text vividly illustrated with evocative collages.
Flashlight. By Lizi Boyd. Illus. by the author. Chronicle. In mostly black and white illustrations, a young child with a flash- light discovers many of the mysteries and joys of the night, then suddenly the tables are turned. Cut outs add to the fun of this highly imaginative book.
Gaston. By Kelly DiPucchio. Illus. by Christian Robin- son. Simon & Schuster/- Atheneum. Gaston looks and acts different from his poodle sisters and a brief encounter in the park reveals the reason why. A lively and rhyming text is emphasized by the stylish illustrations.
Have You Seen My Dra- gon? By Steve Light. Illus. by the author. Candlewick. Join a little boy on a jour- ney through the city in search of his dragon. Against a black-and-white background, colorful icons of city life help him on his adventure.
My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not). By Peter Brown. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown. Bobby thinks his teacher is the worst.. that is until he accidentally meets her in the park. This hilarious book will tickle the funny bones of chil- dren (and their monstrous teachers).
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. Disney-Hyperion. Pigeon re- turns— this time he needs a bath but has other things to do. When he is finally convinced, he won’t get out of the tub. It’s a plea- sure to join pigeon in another of his wild adventures.
Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine. By Gloria Whelan. Illus. by Nancy Carpenter, Simon & Schuster. A playful rhy- ming text brings us to Victorian times and a queen who cannot be seen by her subjects when par- taking of such an indeli- cate activity as swimming. Amusing illustrations part- ner well with the tone of the book.
Viva Frida. By Yuyi Morales. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/- Neal Porter. Vibrant photographs and minimal, evocative text beautifully portray the unique imagination and creativity of iconic artist Frida Kahlo. (2015 Belpré Illustrator Medal Book & Caldecott Honor Book)
You Are (Not) Small. By Anna Kang. Illus. by Christopher Weyant. Two Lions. A heated debate quickly ensues when two furry creatures can’t agree on who is big and who is small. Expressive illustrations and cleverly simple text come together to provide a humorous tale with an unexpected and satisfying conclusion. (2015 Geisel Medal Book)