Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Our 2017 Books!

This year was a bumper-crop of books for our group! Here are twenty-two titles by fourteen mentees that were published this past year; so many folks even had multiple books coming out – look at them go! As the years go by it is just so exciting to see more and more of our folks with published books.

2017 Mentee Books

A touching and magical journey as a mother tells her daughter how much she is loved: "I whispered these words as I held you near, for all time, for all space, for the world to hear, I will love you."
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Jayna, Bumsie and Pep are three goats who live in fear of being eaten for dinner by the legendary chupacabra. The impetuous threesome set out on a zany quest to find the beast and scare it away.
Available here


Animals and families celebrate blankets of love, from a blanket of flowers in a field to a blanket of kisses that soothe a baby to sleep. Snuggle up. It's story time!
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Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, stretch, and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, then find themselves in the purrrfect fluffy stack! 
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Seeds can be big or small, round or pointy, and all sorts of colors. They can become flowers, trees, fruits, or vegetables, and they sprout all times of year. But all seeds have one thing in common – inside each is a new plant life waiting to emerge. Wait and see what will grow! 
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When Mama hears her boys fighting over yet another toy, it gets confiscated! It's only when ALL the toys are confiscated that these brothers finally learn how to work – and play – together.
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Claudine thinks Santa is a pretty rude guy! After all, he sneaks into your house! Uninvited! She is determined to keep Santa away from her house this Christmas, and the only way to do it is to be as NAUGHTY as possible. Too bad Claudine's actually a pretty good kid at heart...
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This biography examines the life and career of naturalist and artist Anna Comstock, who defied social conventions and pursued the study of science, eventually pioneering a movement to encourage schools to conduct science and nature classes for children outdoors. 
Available here

A little spill could be a small mistake... or the start of a big idea. This deceptively simple story shows how the biggest blunders can spark the brightest innovation. A celebration of creativity and exploration.
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El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn't agree. The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa. But the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too...
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Hush a Bye, Baby
written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani
Designed to be one of the very first books to start sharing with your baby. In this sweet board book, a parent gently reassures a baby that they will be watching over them as they close their eyes for sleep.
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Yvain: The Knight of the Lion 
written by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Andrea Offermann
Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur's court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women in this graphic novel.
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The Last Spell – The Thickety #4 
Written by J.A. White, illustrated by Andrea Offermann 
The spellbinding conclusion to the Thickety middle grade novels: Kara and her brother Taff must find the hidden pieces of Princess Evangeline's grimoire to defeat Rygoth and her army of witches in one last good versus evil battle. 
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Sam & Eva 
by Debbie Ohi
When Sam starts drawing a super cool velociraptor, Eva decides to join in. But Sam isn't too happy about the collaboration. Soon Eva and Sam are locked in an epic creative clash, bringing to life everything from superhero marmots to exploding confetti.
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Mitzi Tulane in What's That Smell?

written by Lauren McLaughlin, illustrated by Debbie Ohi
Mitzi Tulane knows how to follow a trail of evidence and solve tough mysteries. From the strange happenings in the kitchen to the sudden arrival of every family member she's ever met, Mitzie pieces together the clues to her own surprise birthday party!
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Ruby Rose, Big Bravos 

written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Debbie Ohi
Ruby Rose has the best idea ever: she'll put on a dance recital. But when all is finally ready, her audience gets caught in the rain! Will Ruby Rose let a little thunder and lightning ruin her performance? With some swirling and twirling, Ruby Rose finds a way to star in the best recital ever!
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Sea Monkey & Bob
written by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Debbie Ohi
Two delightfully anxious friends learn they can overcome anything – even gravity. Sea Monkey is terrified he'll sink straight to the bottom of the ocean, while Bob is worried he will float up to the surface. How will they stay together? Sometimes you just have to keep holding on...
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John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien
written by Caroline McAlister, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
John Ronald loved to imagine dragons wherever he went, and especially when life got hard or sad. But he never actually found one, until one day when he decided to create one of his own. This is a picture book biography of the life of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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The Pomegranate Witch
written by Denise Doyen, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
When the witch's pomegranates are ripe, the neighborhood kids wonder how they can get a taste. So starts the pomegranate war – a fun, rollicking romp of a battle between the rascally kids and their clever witch neighbor.
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Hooray for Books!
by Brian Won
Turtle has looked everywhere for his favorite book, but it's nowhere to be found! Maybe his book was borrowed by Zebra, or Owl? As Turtle searches, his friends offer to share their own favorite stories, but other books just won't do! Unless maybe it's time to try something new?
Available here

Spunky Little Monkey 

written by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson, illustrated by Brian Won
Sleepy little monkey won't get out of bed. Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said: "Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Gooseberry Pies – Monkey needs some exercise!" A dancing, singing book to start the new day!
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An alligator dancing ballet? When the reptile takes her place at the barre, the other dancers are very surprised. They let her stay (Would YOU say no to a 450 pound alligator?), give her a name and even a special ballet to highlight her larger-than-life talents. 
Available here

Jen Betton wrote and illustrated HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG (Penguin Books) coming June 2018. She also illustrated TWILIGHT CHANT by Holly Thompson (Clarion-HMH).
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