New children’s picture books by Jon Klassen, Patrick McDonnell and Jerry Pinkney are among the new titles.
Picture books might be for kids who can’t read, but parents have been known to enjoy them as well.
This Is Not My Hat
By Jon Klassen
Candlewick, 40 pp.: $15.99, for ages 3 and up
A little fish comes into view wearing a blue hat that fits so perfectly, it could arouse the suspicions of an enormous fish, presuming he wakes up. (October)
The Monsters’ Monster
By Patrick McDonnell
Little, Brown, 40 pp.: $16.99, for ages 3 and up
When three little monsters bring a bigger monster to life, he isn’t at all what they expected. The big monster smiles. He giggles. He’s happy, which teaches something about the meaning of kindness. (September)
Big Mean Mike
By Michelle Knudsen and Scott Magoon
Candlewick, 40 pp.: $15.99, for ages 4 and up
Big Mean Mike is the toughest dog in town until a fuzzy little bunny hops into Mike’s big bad car. Tough dogs don’t hang out with cute bunnies, or so he thinks. (August)
By Nic Bishop
Scholastic, 48 pp.: $17.99, for ages 4 and up
Snakes are shy and fast moving, which makes them picturesque yet difficult to capture on film, according to award-winning author and photographer Nic Bishop, who portrays these elusive and alluring reptiles with amazing detail. (October)
Skippyjon Jones: Cirque de Olé
By Judy Schachner
Dial, 32 pp.: $17.99, for ages 3 and up
The mischievous Siamese cat who self-identifies as a Chihuahua practices telephone-wire hijinks and other circus tricks, much to the chagrin of his mother. (October)
By Karina Wolf and Brothers Hilts
Putnam, 32 pp.: $16.99, for ages 3 and up
When the Imsomniac family moves several time zones away for the mother’s new job, everyone has a difficult time falling asleep and tries all kinds of remedies. (August)
Puss in Boots
By Jerry Pinkney
Dial, 40 pp.: $17.99, for ages 4 and up
The multiple Caldecott Honor Medal recipient reimagines the classic fairy tale with good humor and an elaborate French Renaissance back drop. (November)
By Matthew Cordell
Hyperion, 56 pp.: $16.99, for ages 2 and up
A young girl wants to wander outside, but her family is too engaged with their cellphones, computers and televisions, so she braves the outdoors by herself. (October)
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