An Artist's Alphabet (Candlewick Studio, an imprint of Candlewick Press) written and illustrated by renowned artist Norman Messenger is a stunning depiction of the obvious and extraordinary. Every letter will have you thinking about what you see and what the artist is trying to portray.
In her picture book debut as both an author and an illustrator, Alison Jay brings us a memorable tale, Bee-&-Me: A Story About Friendship (Old Barn Books, April 7, 2016) sparked by a personal unexpected experience. This story without words is a contemporary fable with a lasting message.
In my humble opinion there is no such thing as too many bear books, but an outspoken character in a recent publication feels differently. The Bear Who Wasn't There (Roaring Brook Press, November 15, 2016) written and illustrated by LeUyen Pham will keep you guessing every single second. Characters past and present make an appearance; some with unwavering viewpoints.
If we are fortunate we learn earlier rather than later, those things we prize most usually don't have the largest monetary worth. The Cat From Hunger Mountain (Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, November 15, 2016) written and illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner and two time Caldecott Honor winner Ed Young is a story where we shadow an individual who lacks for nothing except for a true vision of the world.
Upon first reading The Christmas Boot (Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, October 18, 2016) written by Lisa Wheeler with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney I was visibly moved. You will be too.
For species which make their home here and rely on the climate not to change to survive, this is a frightening fact. The largest living land carnivore is in a precarious position. The Polar Bear (Enchanted Lion Books, November 15, 2016) written and illustrated by Jenni Desmond (The Blue Whale) serves to enlighten readers about this majestic creature.
Swimming With Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark (Albert Whitman & Company, December 1, 2016) illustrated by Jordi Solano is one of those stunning picture book biographies highlighting an incredibly brave human being determined to disprove the status quo.
In a certain wood there is a certain creature that had this very thing happen. The Friend Ship (Disney Hyperion, December 6, 2016) written by Kat Yeh with illustrations by Chuck Groenink follows a marvelous voyage. It all begins with a misunderstanding.
A Toucan Can Can You? (The Kids at Our House, Spring 2016) words written by Danny Adlerman and friends (illustrated by Lindsay Barrett George, Megan Halsey, Ashley Wolff, Demi, Ralph Masiello, Wendy Anderson Halperin, Kevin Hammeraad, Pat Cummings, Dar (Hosta), Leeza Hernandez, Christee Curran-Bauer, Kim Adlerman and Symone Banks with music by Jim Babjak) is one of those books. It's a toe-tapping and hand-clapping good time.
The Christmas Tree Ship (Philomel Books, October 6, 1994) written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter is based upon the true story of Captain Herman Schuenemann. This man used his fishing schooner, the Rouse Simmons, to deliver evergreen trees from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Chicago beginning in 1887. For twenty-five years he set sail from Thompson to deliver Christmas joy to waiting people on the other side of Lake Michigan.