By Molly Idle
Sometimes the tiniest light can shine the brightest! Like the other mermaids of the deep, Pearl longs to care for the endless beaches, coral reefs, and towering kelp forests of her vast ocean world. So when her mother asks her to tend to a mere grain of sand, Pearl is heartbroken. It takes all her patience and determination to discover how even the littlest mermaid can transform the world.Caldecott Honor-winning author and artist Molly Idle has masterfully crafted a modern classic in this mesmerizing tale about the immense power of small actions.
By Sharee Miller
Princesses with head wraps take long naps.Princesses with curls wear pearls.And princesses with teeny-weeny afros wear teeny-weeny bows.Debut author-illustrator Sharee Miller's picture book celebrates different shapes, textures, and styles of black hair, from dreadlocks, to blowouts, to braids (and more!), shining a spotlight on the beauty and diversity of black hair with playful, colorful illustrations and an endearing text with great read-aloud quality.Nearly twenty years ago, Natasha Tarpley and E.B. Lewis brought LBYR the evergreen, ever-selling I Love My Hair!, showing the need for books providing and encouraging self-affirmation for young black girls--and while I Love My Hair! helped to fill a gap, Princess Hair adds a more playful, contemporary offering to address this ongoing need in the market.While this is Sharee's first book as an author-illustrator, she has built a platform as an illustrator who celebrates black hair and young black readers, having illustrated the upcoming book by actress Quevenzhane Wallis (of Beasts of the Southern Wild and Annie fame). Sharee's prolific talents could help her become a strong brand for picture books celebrating young black readers on our list.Discovered as a self-published book, Princess Hair has been added as a Fall 2017 drop-in title, fast-tracked for hardcover publication.
Pink Is for Boys
By Eda Kaban, Robb Pearlman
An empowering and educational picture book that proves colors are for everyone, regardless of gender. Pink is for boys . . . and girls . . . and everyone! This timely and beautiful picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary and empowers kids-and their grown-ups-to express themselves in every color of the rainbow. Featuring a diverse group of relatable characters, Pink Is for Boys invites and encourages girls and boys to enjoy what they love to do, whether it's racing cars and playing baseball, or loving unicorns and dressing up. Vibrant illustrations help children learn and identify the myriad colors that surround them every day, from the orange of a popsicle, to the green of a grassy field, all the way up to the wonder of a multicolored rainbow. Parents and kids will delight in Robb Pearlman's sweet, simple script, as well as its powerful message: life is not color-coded.
Puppy Pool Party!
By Seth Casteel
You're invited the most adorable pool party of the season--a puppy pool party! This young readers companion to Underwater Puppies pairs animated rhymes with brand new photos from best-selling author and pet photographer Seth Casteel, as well as old favorites (over half of the photos are new!). Join these VIP guests (that's "Very Important Pups") for a story that follows the puppies over the course of a day by the pool and is sure to put you in the party spirit.
Pirate, Viking & Scientist
By Jared Chapman
Pirate is friends with Scientist. Scientist is friends with Viking. Pirate and Viking are NOT friends. What will Scientist do? Use his brain, of course! Can Scientist conduct a clever experiment that will bring the battling brutes together once and for all? Find out in this tale of a classic friendship conundrum imagined through the eyes of a determined little boy who won't rest until he proves that you really can have more than one best friend. A bonus scientific word list introduces kids to basic concepts about the scientific method, from hypotheses to experiments and results!
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
By Patrick McDonnell
In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, bestselling author and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect story about embracing life's messes.Little Louie's story keeps getting messed up, and he's not happy about it! What's the point of telling his tale if he can't tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realises that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one - imperfections and all.
Pajanimals: No Fun Without Sleep!
By Running Press
Cowbella does not want to go to sleep because she is worried that everyone is having fun without her after bedtime. When the Pajanimals visit Mr. Moon, he takes them around town to show Cowbella that everyone is sleeping safe and sound in their beds, and she sees that she is not missing out on anything at all. And it is learned that sleep allows the Pajanimals to regain their energy so they can have fun tomorrow! This interactive lift-the-flap book includes flaps on every spread and is perfect for little hands!
Pajanimals: Let's Bundle Up and Go!
By Running Press
Take a magical ride with the Pajanimals! Cowbella, Squacky, Sweet Pea Sue, and Apollo each show what they like to do before they go to bed, where they like to travel, and who they can go visit! The Pajanimals'special fantasy lands are featured in this magical and interactive lift-the-flap book that is perfect for little hands to explore.
Pajanimals: Squacky Is Afraid of the Dark
By Running Press
Squacky is afraid to go to sleep in the dark. Luckily, the rest of the Pajanimals know just what to do! They travel to The Night Sky where the Moon reminds him that he is always shining bright and watching over the Pajanimals.
Pajanimals: Apollo Has a Bad Day
By Running Press
Lots of things are going wrong for Apollo today. When he is feeling too angry to sleep, he and the Pajanimals travel to The Night Sky. The Moon reminds Apollo that though there are bad days, tomorrow is always a brand new day!
Priscilla And The Pixie Princess
By Nathaniel Hobbie
Reminiscent of Dr. Seuss and Hilary Knight, here is another clever read-aloud starring Priscilla, who is bored to tears as rain comes down in buckets for days on end. When our intrepid heroine ventures outdoors to perform a Rain-Stopping Dance, she meets Posy the Pixie Princess, who shows her around the magical Land of Primrose and teaches her to appreciate both rain and sunshine.Priscilla's story is told in lyrical verse and young girls will enjoy reading her pixie land adventure aloud.
By Willa Perlman, Jill McDonald
When Mommy leaves she always knowsto give me kisses from head to toe.Kisses to save and use all day,whenever I need one and Mommy's away...Pocket Kisses is the perfect book for kids missing Mom while she's away. Each page celebrates the special pocket kisses Mommy leaves behind - a boo-boo kiss, snack-time kiss, bedtime kiss and more - all revealed beneath each of the 7 sturdy lift-the-flaps. There's also a fabric pocket on the front cover and a special keepsake 'pocket kiss' that kids can punch out and hold on to, reminding them that Mommy's love is always with them!
The Peace Book
By Todd Parr
Peace is making new friendsPeace is giving shoes to someone who needs themPeace is a growing gardenPeace is having enough pizza in the world for everyoneThe Peace Book delivers positive and hopeful messages of peace in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colours. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book delivers a timely and timeless message about the importance of tolerance.Along with the four other bestselling Todd Parr picture books debuting in paperback this season, It's Okay to be Different is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, and promote character growth.
Priscilla And The Pink Planet
By Nathaniel Hobbie
Reminiscent of Dr Seuss and Hilary Knight, here is a clever read-aloud about a little girl who lives on a planet where everything is pink. Priscilla dreams of seeing the world in other colours and ends up teaching the Great Queen of Pink that diversity leads to true beauty. Priscilla's story is told in lyrical verse and young girls will enjoy reading her pink planet adventure aloud.