Sunday, December 6, 2020

Our 2020 Books (Year in Review!)

What a year 2020 has been! We've been busy making books, though! Here's the year-end review of what came out this year. 

Amber Alvarez

by Diana Murray and Amber Alvarez

See lions snuggle on the savanna and groundhogs play on the prairie in Diana Murray's Wild About Dads, a heartwarming picture book that celebrates dads of all kinds--featuring illustrations by Amber Alvarez!

Lisa Anchin
by Linda Elovitz Marshall and Lisa Anchin

Learn about the importance of vaccines and the scientific process through the fascinating life of world-renowned scientist Jonas Salk, whose pioneering discoveries changed the world forever.

Brooke Boynton Hughes
by Barbara Bottner and Brooke Boynton Hughes

Help Archer find his missing turtle hiding in the pages of this picture book!

Allison Farrell
by Joan Holub and Allison Farrell

When the road signs take a vacation, chaos and hilarity ensue--
and they quickly learn how important they are.

Kimberly Gee

Bear is very, very, very GLAD today! He’s taking his first ballet class. 
But he’s a little nervous too. This sweet and silly picture book is an honest exploration 
of feelings that little ones—and grown-ups!—are sure to relate to.

Susie Ghahremani
Marcus Ewert and Susie Ghahremani

With whimsical, rhyming stanzas, She Wanted to be Haunted offers a delightful, 
lyrical twist on the ever-important question of how to be your very best self.

Susie Ghahremani
John Muir and Susie Ghahremani
August 2020

An original board book that encourages a bedtime in tune with nature.

Susie Ghahremani

A journal can be so much more than an outlet--it can also be a companion, a resource, and a place to find answers.

Jessica Lanan

 Megan Dowd Lambert and Jessica Lanan

In this fresh and funny follow-up to the Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book A Crow of His Own, rooster Clyde is forced to adjust to new roommates on the farm when Fran the goat and her kid, Rowdy, take up residence. Can Clyde handle having a new kid in town?

Maple Lam
Raffi and Maple Lam

Shake, clap, jump, and wiggle your way through this classic Raffi sing-along book!

Corinna Luyken
Kate Hoefler, Corinna Luyken

A tender and timely story of compassion and finding common ground with others, 
perfect for fans of I Walk With Vanessa and Thank You, Omu!

Juana Martinez- Neal
Beth Ferry, Juana Martinez-Neal

From New York Times best-selling author Beth Ferry and Caldecott Honor winner Juana Martinez-Neal comes a sweet-and-salty friendship story perfect for pirate-lovers learning new ways to communicate while at a distance. 

Debbie Ridpath Ohi
written by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

This wildly imaginative, crayon-inspired picture book shows that with a bit of teamwork and a universe of creativity, anything is possible!

Dorothia Rohner
Written by Dorothia Rohner, illustrated by Vanya Nastanlieva

A simple, friendly game of Duck, Duck, Goose goes off the rails in giggle-inducing 
confusion when a silly goose tries to make it all about him.

Robin Rosenthal

Count up to 10 and back down again in this picture book starring 
10 traveling dogs and one very tenacious cat!

written by Duane Armitage and Maureen Doyle, illustrated by Rosin Rosenthal

An exciting board book series that asks deep questions in a wonderfully accessible way. Even little children have big questions about life.

Molly Ruttan

Adopting an extraterrestrial leads to hilariously mixed results!

Rob Sayegh
written by Holly Berry-Byrd, illustrated by Rob Sayegh Jr

Ho, ho, ho! Join Santa as he prepares for his big day. It's Christmas eve in the North Pole, and Santa's elves are busy making toys to deliver to good little girls and boys.

K-Fai Steele

Okapi Tale, the much-anticipated sequel to Noodlephant, is about what happens when the phantastic noodler—a public good—falls into the wrong hands (a rich okapi). But to whom does the machine really belong? Just one greedy Okapi, or the whole town of Beaston?

Alexandra Thompson

A foodie French bulldog finds a forever home in this heartwarming and adorable debut 
picture book, sure to appeal to fans of Gaston, Ellie, and Little Elliot, Big City.

Heidi Woodward Sheffield

A striking debut celebrating the warm bond between a little boy and his dad as they work hard to achieve their dreams.

Heidi Woodward Sheffield
Leslie Helakoski and Heidi Sheffield

In beautiful, evocative rhyme, this lovely picture book helps children consider 
the colors of their everyday lives . . . and imagine how others around the world 
experience the very same things.

Liz Wong
Helaine Becker, Liz Wong

The most powerful pirate in history was a woman who was born into poverty in Guangzhou, China, in the late 1700s. When pirates attacked her town and the captain took a liking to her, she saw a way out. Zheng Yi Sao agreed to marry him only if she got an equal share of his business. When her husband died six years later, she took command of the fleet.

Andrea Zuill
Nelly Buchet, Andrea Zuill

Here is the oh-so-hilarious and adorable story of a blended family-- using just a few 
words in various configurations-- from the pets' point-of-view!

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