Beguiling new picture books about bears and bunnies

A Bear Sat On My Porch Today book cover

Sad, scary and scrumptious, these beautiful picture books have it all!

Syndetics book coverBig bunny / Rowboat Watkins.
“Once upon a time there was a book about . . .
MONSTERS!
No.
SPACE ALIENS?
Nope . . . a BUNNY!
A GIANT SCARY TRUCK-EATING BUNNY?!?
Um . . . well, maybe it was a tiny bit big.
From the curious mind of Rowboat Watkins comes a ginormously imaginative story that is as funny as it is philosophical. How big is Big Bunny? And how will this story end? Delightfully meta and humorously subversive, Big Bunny will take its place as the next go-to story about stories.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOh me, oh my, a pie! / cooked up by Jan Fearnley.
A nice old grandma bakes a pie, but oh me, oh my! that yummy treat is stolen by a greedy fox, then lost and found by a mouse, snatched by a cat, grabbed by a dog, and plucked away by an owl, before landing back on Grandma’s table for everyone to share… or maybe not.

Syndetics book coverRabby the Brave / Patrick Guest & Tom Jellett.
“Leon and Lily do everything with their best pals Rabby and Snuggles, until one night the unimaginable happens and Snuggles is left outside. Faced with sadness, the others must find a way to save Snuggles from a frightful end. Heart-warming and playful, compassionate and true-to-life, Rabby the Brave is a story about close bonds and sibling love.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA bear sat on my porch today / story by Jane Yolen ; art by by Rilla Alexander.
“What to do if a rather insistent bear squats on your porch today? Followed in short order by a shaggy squirrel, a spraying skunk, a playful possum, and a bevy of forest critters large and small? This hilarious cumulative tale of reluctant hospitality and generous inclusivity will leave readers chanting, “OKAY. OKAY! YOU CAN STAY.” But watch out! That porch is starting to sway…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe rabbit listened / by Cori Doerrfeld.
“When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs. Whether read in the wake of tragedy or as a primer for comforting others, this is a deeply moving and unforgettable story sure to soothe heartache of all sizes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCome home already! / by Jory John ; illustrated by Benji Davies.
“Duck and Bear are BACK – but where has Bear gone? And what will Duck do without him? Duck just wants to hang out with his best buddy, bear. But Bear’s gone fishing for a whole week. What will Duck do without Bear? And more importantly, how will Bear survive without him? From the bestselling creators of Goodnight Already! and I Love You Already! comes a fun-filled, laugh-out-loud adventure about friendship and family, from the bestselling author Jory John and award-winning illustrator Benji Davies.” (Syndetics summary)

New picture books to share with those you love

Prince & Knight book cover

Some beautiful books about love, family and friendship to share.

Love / Peña, Matt de la
“In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medalist de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Long describes the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. With heartfelt illustrations and a soothing lyrical text, this tender tale is a needed comfort.” (Catalogue)

Prince & knight / Haack, Daniel
A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love in each other’s embrace after fighting a dragon together. Fantastic retelling of an age old story.

Mama’s belly / Hosford, Kate
“A little girl expresses curiosity and excitement for the coming birth of her baby sister while her parents tenderly reassure her of love’s ability to expand with their growing family.” (Catalogue)

If all the world were… / Coelho, Jospeh
“A moving, poetic picture book about the love between a grandfather and child. An ideal book for children who have lost a grandparent. This powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly children who have lost a grandparent. Beautifully illustrated by new talent Allison Colpoys. Joseph Coelho won the CLPE children’s poetry award for Werewolf Club Rules! and performs his poetry around the country.” (Catalogue)

Oh, so many kisses! / Finn, Maura
“The cuddliest, cosiest, most heart-warming book of kisses. A kiss from Mum, Dad, Grandma, a shy kiss between friends, a slimy kiss between frogs, and even the snuffly little kiss of a baby piglet. Acclaimed author Maura Finn takes us on a journey through life’s littlest, most memorable moments, right through to bedtime. This is a celebration of diversity, featuring babies and families from all walks of life, plus the cutest of animals – from kittens to pandas!” (Catalogue)

A most unusual day / Mallery, Sydra
 Caroline is anxious all day at school, nervous about her newly-adopted sister’s arrival from far away. A great story about nervous anticipation and the joy of a growing family.

Delightful picture books that will have you in stitches

Ponk!

Cuddle up with your kids and share these funny and colourful books!

Syndetics book coverNatalie’s hair was wild! / by Laura Freeman.
“Natalie’s hair is really wild–and she likes it that way! A host of friendly animals agree, and they move right in. At first it’s just butterflies and birds that take up residence atop Natalie’s head, but soon there are zebras, elephants, even a tiger! With all the roaring and squawking and snorting and burping, poor Natalie can hardly sleep. She needs to find someone to help coax those critters out… but who?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPonk! / by Edwina Wyatt ; illustrated by Chris Nielsen.
“Ponk is a flightless bird, but he chooses to live at the top of a tree because of the exciting view. As often as he loses balance and falls, he climbs straight back up again. Ponk’s friends find him a less ambitious place to live, but the lower branches have no view. So Ponk returns to the top and clings on to his twig… and doesn’t fall! Driven by curiosity, his friends follow, with hilarious results!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Grotlyn / Benji Davies.
“A stunningly illustrated picture book full of mystery and suspense. “I know when the Grotlyn’s been slipping through your house unseen…” What is the mysterious Grotlyn? What sort of creature could it be, scuttling across the town, frightening everyone in its path? And why has it stolen PC Vickers’ knickers?! A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale about things that go bump in the night for ages four and up.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlue monster wants it all! / Jeanne Willis, Jenni Desmond.
“Blue Monster loves brand new things. A fancy new hat… a shiny submarine… a fabulous funfair… and a paradise island, all of his own. But he’s still not happy!  What will it take for Blue Monster to realise there are some things that money can’t buy?
An original, humorous and unforgettable fable, perfect for introducing little ones to the idea of materialism and helping them realise the importance of family.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFox and the bike ride / Corey R. Tabor ; photography by Frog.
“Fun-loving, mischievous Fox from Fox and the Jumping Contest is back in this charming and hilarious tale of friendship, adventure–and snacks.
It’s the day of the animals’ annual bike ride, and Fox is not excited. Every year it’s the same old, same old. Fox wants adventure. He wants action-adventure. He wants danger-action-adventure!  (And snacks too, of course.) So he secretly schemes to make this the most unforgettable trip ever–and his friends are coming along, whether they want to or not!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnock knock pirate / Carol Heart & Nick East.
“A rhyming pirate counting book that’s full of surprises from award-winning author Caryl Hart, creator of Supermarket Zoo, and bestselling illustrator Nick East. A visit from a pirate might sound like fun… but when the Captain’s whole crew turn up too–causing mayhem and chaos–it’s time for this little girl to panic. What is Dad going to say when he gets home?!” (Syndetics summary)

 

Glorious new picture books to entertain and delight

These great new books are filled with wonder, imagination, and a wild, magical spirit that will thrill young and old alike.

Syndetics book coverA hundred billion trillion stars / by Seth Fishman ; illustrated by Isabel Greenberg.
Did you know there are 37 billion rabbits in the world or that the moon is two hundred and forty thousand miles away? There are numbers galore in this fascinating book about numbers and the world all around us.

Syndetics book coverCake [hardback]
“Cake has been invited to a party. He’s very excited! He’s never been to a birthday party before. And he doesn’t know what to expect. But as the candles on his party hat begin to burn and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he’d rather not be at…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThank you, Octopus / Darren Farrell.
How would a tricky octopus put you to bed? with a lot of word play and egg salad!  This very simple picture books will amuse and delight everyone.

Syndetics book coverGrandma Z [hardback]
“On an ordinary day, in an even more ordinary town, it was Albert’s birthday. When Grandma Z roars into town on her motorcycle, Albert is swept up in a very extraordinary adventure.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe thing Lou couldn’t do / written and illustrated by Ashley Spires.
“‘Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals.’ But one day, when they’re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou’s friend has an idea: ?Up there! The tree can be our ship!? ?Ummm …’ says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she’s sure she can’t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them — her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTìa Isa wants a car / Meg Medina ; illustrated by Claudio Muñoz.
“Isa wants a car. A shiny green car the same color as the ocean, with wings like a swooping bird. A car to take the whole family to the beach. But saving is hard when everything goes into two piles – one for here and one for Helping Money, so that family members who live far away might join them someday. While Isa saves, her niece does odd jobs for neighbors so she can add her earnings to the stack. But even with her help, will they ever have enough? Meg Medina’s simple, genuine story about keeping in mind those who are far away is written in lovely, lyrical prose and brought to life through Claudio Munoz’s charming characters.” (Syndetics summary)

Birds of a feather flock together in these new picture books!

From feathers, nests, seeds and knitting these beautifully illustrated books will introduce your children to physics, ornithology and environmentalism in a very gentle way!

Syndetics book coverPlume / Isabelle Simler.
“Introduces a wide variety of birds, their feathers, and Plume, the cat that is stalking them.” (Catalogue summary)

Gorgeous feathers on every page, the illustrations are delightfully detailed but will the mischievous cat catch them all?

Syndetics book coverBird builds a nest / Martin Jenkins ; illustrated by Richard Jones.
“Bird is building her nest. She pushes and pulls twigs into place until she’s made a cosy cup, ready and waiting … can you guess what for?” (Catalogue summary)

This is a great book to introduce your child to science and the world of forces. There are some fun experiments to do too!

Syndetics book coverBird to Bird [hardback]
“Award-winning picture book creators Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris team up to bring us a gentle story of nature, history, recycling and art. A bird drops a seed to the floor of the forest. The seed grows into a sapling, then a tree. The tree is felled and taken to a busy city. Bird to Bird is the story of one bird, one seed, one tree. Award-winning picture book creators Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris have crafted a gentle story of nature, history, recycling and art. The truth behind this story is that the wood used to make bunks on board the convict ships was reused when the ships reached Australia. There was no need for the bunks on the return journey and the wood was a valuable resource. Exquisite paintings by award-winning illustrator Wayne Harris take this story through time. This is a gentle story of nature, Australian history, recycling and art.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFeather / by Cao Wenxuan ; illustrated by Roger Mello ; translated from the Chinese by Chloe Garcia Roberts.
A single feather, blown about by the wind, asks a variety of birds if she belongs to them but is dismissed time and again until she gives up her quest.

Syndetics book coverGranny McFlitter, the champion knitter / Heather Haylock ; (illustrated by Lael Chisholm).
“But did Granny stop knitting? Oh no, she did not! She kept right on knitting . . . like it or not! Granny McFlitter’s family have had enough of her knitting. But when a ship runs aground, spilling oil into the sea, a call goes out for small jumpers for the shivery rescued penguins. It’s the moment Granny has been waiting for! A sparkling environmental story with award-winning illustrations that is sure to warm hearts and feathers.” (Syndetics summary)