Maria Recommends - Fall 2019 Children's

Here are some of my favourite new picture books, fiction, graphic novels and non-fiction titles from this fall/winter season. You will find many themes and genres on this list, but most importantly these are the books I feel are the best for engaging our students and getting them excited about reading!

Book cover of LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT
LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT
By: claire alexander | Published: September 2019

A Little Bit Differentis a light and fun story depicting the journey from ignorance to acceptance and celebration. Meet the ploofers. The ploofers ...

A Little Bit Differentis a light and fun story depicting the journey from ignorance to acceptance and celebration. Meet the ploofers. The ploofers have been practicing something special that they all want to do at the exact same time—but wait! What's that? One of them does something different! When one little ploofer goes against the usual flow of things, the rest of them turn their backs on him. But all it takes is for one person torecognize the beauty in being differentto spark a change in attitude of everyone. Withsimple, yet striking, illustrationsand acutaway cover designthat adds tactile interest,A Little Bit Differentis a joyful reading experience for both you and your child, providing the opportunity tospark more meaningful discussions about people's differencesand how we accept and value them.

Theme: Diversity

  • ISBN
    9780711245464
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of WHAT RILEY WORE
WHAT RILEY WORE
By: elana arnold | Published: August 2019

Gender-creative Riley knows just what to wear for every occasion during a busy week with family and friends in this sweet and timely picture book from...

Gender-creative Riley knows just what to wear for every occasion during a busy week with family and friends in this sweet and timely picture book from Elana K. Arnold and Linda Davick. Riley wears whatever clothes feel right each day. On Monday, Riley feels shy and wears a bunny costume to school. On Tuesday, a scary trip to the dentist calls for a super hero cape. For a trip out with Otto and Oma, a ball gown is the perfect outfit. This charming picture book is a gentle exploration of self-expression and source of encouragement for being true to oneself despite the expectations of others.

Theme: Kindergarten

  • ISBN
    9781481472609
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of PIG THE TOURIST
PIG THE TOURIST
By: aaron blabey | Published: October 2019

You can't take this pug anywhere! Pig was a Pug and I'm sorry to say, when he went on vacation he'd cause great dismay. When Pig, the world's mos...

You can't take this pug anywhere! Pig was a Pug and I'm sorry to say, when he went on vacation he'd cause great dismay. When Pig, the world's most selfish pug, goes on holiday, he causes chaos wherever he goes. The Sphinx loses more than just a nose, the Queen's corgis are in an uproar, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa is doomed. But every party must come to an end. And it does - a sore one for Pig, when he finally learns that if you disrespect the locals, they might just bite back. Another laugh-out-loud book from bestselling author Aaron Blabey.  

Theme: Humour

  • ISBN
    9781443175678
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of THIS BOOK JUST STOLE MY CAT
THIS BOOK JUST STOLE MY CAT
By: richard byrne | Published: September 2019

In this next picture book from Richard Byrne--the author-illustrator of This book just ate my dog!--Bella, Ben, and that adorable dog have to rescue B...

In this next picture book from Richard Byrne--the author-illustrator of This book just ate my dog!--Bella, Ben, and that adorable dog have to rescue Ben's cat from the clutches of the naughty book. When Ben's cat disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella joins in the search-and-rescue mission. But when the helpers disappear one after another, Ben realizes it's up to him to set things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just stole my cat! is kid-friendly fun!

  • ISBN
    9781250206671
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of PLEASE DONT EAT ME
PLEASE DONT EAT ME
By: liz climo | Published: October 2019

Beloved author-illustrator Liz Climo is back with a hilarious take on (reluctant) friendship that will appeal to fans of We Don't Eat Our Classmates a...

Beloved author-illustrator Liz Climo is back with a hilarious take on (reluctant) friendship that will appeal to fans of We Don't Eat Our Classmates and I Want My Hat Back! When a carefree bunny is approached by a voracious bear in the woods, Bunny has just one request: "Please don't eat me." But the bear has a never-ending list of requests, and Bunny realizes maybe Bear isn't as hungry as he'd let on...maybe he just wants his new friend's company for a while. This witty and poignant exploration of predator and prey will have children and parents alike roaring with laughter--and looking for their next meal.

Theme: Humour

  • ISBN
    9780316315258
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of SAME WAY BEN
SAME WAY BEN
By: marya cocca-leffler | Published: October 2019

Ben likes things the same way every day at school—he sits at the same table, eats the same lunch, and likes the daily class routine. But when hi...

Ben likes things the same way every day at school—he sits at the same table, eats the same lunch, and likes the daily class routine. But when his teacher leaves to have her baby and a substitute teacher comes and changes everything, Ben gets upset. He liked everything the way it was before! But soon Ben starts to think differently about change and realizes that doing things another way can be fun.

Theme: Kindergarten, Self Regulation

  • ISBN
    9780807572221
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of OUR BIG LITTLE PLACE
OUR BIG LITTLE PLACE
By: james conan | Published: September 2019

A lovely and inventive story about the power of imaginative play and the importance of a place to call home. Written by a debut author as a tribute to...

A lovely and inventive story about the power of imaginative play and the importance of a place to call home. Written by a debut author as a tribute to community, urban living, and shared spaces

Theme: Diversity

  • ISBN
    9781773213170
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of PETE THE CAT & THE PERFECT PIZZA PARTY
PETE THE CAT & THE PERFECT PIZZA PARTY
By: james dean | Published: September 2019

A groovy New York Times bestseller! From the bestselling Pete the Cat series, it’s a groovy pizza party that you don’t want to miss! It...

A groovy New York Times bestseller! From the bestselling Pete the Cat series, it’s a groovy pizza party that you don’t want to miss! It’s a party, a party, a perfect pizza party! That’s what Pete thinks as he piles the pie high with his favorite topping—pepperoni. But then his friends come over and add their own toppings to the pizza. Will Pete’s perfect pizza be ruined? There’s only one way to find out! In this hardcover picture book full of fun alliteration and tasty foods by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Kimberly and James Dean, Pete and the gang learn that the best kind of pizza is one you share with your friends.

  • ISBN
    9780062404374
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of LLAMA LLAMA MESS MESS MESS
LLAMA LLAMA MESS MESS MESS
By: anna dewdney | Published: August 2019

Mama Llama teaches Llama Llama a humorous lesson in cleaning up in Anna Dewdney's bestselling Llama Llama series. Time to pick up all your toys! W...

Mama Llama teaches Llama Llama a humorous lesson in cleaning up in Anna Dewdney's bestselling Llama Llama series. Time to pick up all your toys! Why is Mama making noise? Mama says it's cleaning day. Llama only wants to play. Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama is growing up, but he still loves to play with all his toys! When Mama Llama says it's time to clean up, Llama responds like any child more interested in playing than cleaning . . . by ignoring her! But Mama has an imaginative response of her own. What if she never cleaned? What would happen then? Well, Llama Llama is going to find out! Here is a truly funny take on a childhood chore that all children will relate to and laugh at! And it is sure to be helpful to get kids cleaning up!

  • ISBN
    9780670016440
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of BON VOYAGE MISTER RODRIGUEZ
BON VOYAGE MISTER RODRIGUEZ
By: christiane duchesne | Published: November 2019

A growing number of curious children discover their village’s most enigmatic figure has an unexpectedly beautiful job to do Every afternoon at ...

A growing number of curious children discover their village’s most enigmatic figure has an unexpectedly beautiful job to do Every afternoon at four o’clock, Mister Rodriguez steps out of a narrow laneway and strolls through the street. The village children watch him go, ever more curious about the enigmatic old man with the bushy white mustache. Some say they’ve seen him float above the ground. Others say he played a piano without touching a single key. The truth, though, is more beautiful than any of the children could have imagined. Author Christiane Duchesne and TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award-winning illustrator François Thisdale bring a touching story to life with delicacy and heart.

  • ISBN
    9781772780895
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
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    Picture Book
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Book cover of LITTLE RED RHYMING HOOD
LITTLE RED RHYMING HOOD
By: sue fliess | Published: October 2019

Because Little Red only speaks in verse, it's tough for her to make friends. The schoolyard bully, Big Brad Wolf, is always picking on her. One day, h...

Because Little Red only speaks in verse, it's tough for her to make friends. The schoolyard bully, Big Brad Wolf, is always picking on her. One day, her grandma shows her a flyer for a poetry contest, and Little Red thinks it could be her big chance to make a friend. But on the day of the contest, Big Brad Wolf sneaks up on Little Red and scares the rhyme right out of her—and into him! How will they rhyme their way out of this dilemma?

Theme: Bullying issues

  • ISBN
    9780807545973
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    Hardcover
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Book cover of POKKO & THE DRUM
POKKO & THE DRUM
By: matthew forsythe | Published: October 2019

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019! “Extraordinary.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Inspirational.” —...

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019! “Extraordinary.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Inspirational.” —Booklist (starred review) “Laugh-out-loud funny.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review) “Will tickle kids and adults alike.” —Kirkus Reviews “An instant classic.” —Quill & Quire (starred review) From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe comes a picture book about a magical drum, an emerald forest, and the little frog who dares to make her own music. The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her the drum. When Pokko takes the drum deep into the forest it is so quiet, so very quiet that Pokko decides to play. And before she knows it she is joined by a band of animals —first the raccoon, then the rabbit, then the wolf—and soon the entire forest is following her. Will Pokko hear her father’s voice when he calls her home? Pokko and the Drum is a story about art, persistence, and a family of frogs living in a mushroom.

  • ISBN
    9781481480390
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    Hardcover Canadian
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    Picture Book
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Book cover of FERN & HORN
FERN & HORN
By: marie-louise gay | Published: September 2019

Fern and Horn are twins who look like two peas in a pod or two stars in the sky. But Fern and Horn have different ways of seeing the world. They try t...

Fern and Horn are twins who look like two peas in a pod or two stars in the sky. But Fern and Horn have different ways of seeing the world. They try to outdo each other with imagination and improvisation, using crayons and pencils, ripped-up paper and cardboard boxes. Fern loves to draw flowers and butterflies, birds and bees, caterpillars and orange trees. She draws here, there and everywhere. Horn wants to draw too, but he thinks his flowers look like purple pancakes and his caterpillars like striped socks. "Draw whatever you want!" Fern tells him. Horn draws an enormous elephant that tramples all over her pictures. Fortunately, Fern's imagination is as big as the universe. She loves gazing at the stars and making star shapes. Again, Horn tries to follow suit, but he is frustrated with his creations and makes a ferocious paper polar bear that devours Fern's stars. Undeterred, Fern decides to build a castle that can withstand elephants and polar bears, but a fire-breathing dragon comes along. Luckily, Fern knows exactly what dragons like best . Illustrations full of vibrant color, collage and exquisite detail complement this story that looks at the endless imagination and creative energy of young children. Marie-Louise Gay suggests that if children are given the time and space to explore the many paths to creativity, the results are brilliant and inspiring.

  • ISBN
    9781773062266
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
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    Picture Book
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Book cover of MY WINTER CITY
MY WINTER CITY
By: james gladstone | Published: September 2019

A young boy wakes up in the early light of a winter morning, pulls on his boots and mittens, and steps out into the snowy city with his dad. They trud...

A young boy wakes up in the early light of a winter morning, pulls on his boots and mittens, and steps out into the snowy city with his dad. They trudge through the snow, their dog bounding along beside them, then a slushy, steamy bus ride takes them to the tobogganing hill for some winter fun. The boy describes all the sights and sounds of the day, from the frost in Dad's beard and the snow "pillows" in the park, to the noisy clunking snow plows and the singing buskers they pass on their way home. That night, the boy lies awake under cozy covers, reflecting on the day, as snow blankets the world outside his window. This is winter in the city.

Theme: Seasons

  • ISBN
    9781773060101
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    Hardcover Canadian
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    Picture Book
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Book cover of STORMY - A STORY ABOUT FINDING A FOREVER
STORMY - A STORY ABOUT FINDING A FOREVER
By: guojing | Published: September 2019

From the creator of the New York Times best-illustrated children's book award winner The Only Child, comes a gorgeous and moving wordless picture book...

From the creator of the New York Times best-illustrated children's book award winner The Only Child, comes a gorgeous and moving wordless picture book that's perfect for dog lovers. In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that's perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench--scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries--and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience--and help from an enticing tennis ball--a tentative friendship begins. But it's not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying friendship takes hold. Guojing poignantly explores how trust doesn't always come easily, but how, over time, and with kindness and determination, forever love can grow. Praise for The Only Child- A New York Times Best Illustrated Book "Rare is the book containing great emotional depth that truly resonates across a span of ages- this is one such." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred "Fine draftsmanship, deft pacing, and striking imaginative power distinguish this debut." --Publishers Weekly, Starred "Each arresting, softly penciled panel is surprisingly luminous in spite of its monochromatic palette, and in those gentle scenes, Guojing evokes a wide range of feeling, especially the lonesomeness of the little girl, who never quite seems at ease alone. Reminiscent of Raymond Briggs' classic, The Snowman (1978), this is quiet, moving, playful, and bittersweet all at once." --Booklist, Starred "In Guojing's beautiful, wordless storybook, a little Chinese girl left home alone wanders off into the snow and has magical cloud adventures with a benevolent stag." --Shelf Awareness, Starred

Theme: Wordless

  • ISBN
    9781524771768
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    Hardcover
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    Picture Book
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