Ready for some new books? We can’t wait to introduce you to the incredible board books and picture books heading to Peachtree in Fall 2021. This season, don’t miss the newest addition to the Discovering Nature nonfiction board book series, the creator of One Fox returns with another adorable and vibrantly illustrated read aloud, and Stanley fans are in for a treat because everyone’s favorite hamster is back as a librarian! Check out these must-reads and more below, and let us know which new book will be at the top of your fall reading list.
New Board Books
Simple, clear descriptions of how fish look, where they live, what they eat, and how they move around make this fourth title in the Discovering Nature series from award-winning author and illustrator team Cathryn and John Sill a dependable and informative resource for budding oceanographers as well as for early childhood education units on animals, environments, fish, oceans, and pets. Also perfect for a first trip to the aquarium!
What kinds of animals have spots, and why do they have them? With engaging rhymes and bright, bold images, award-winning author and illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to the many ways in which animals benefit from their spots. Back matter tells a little bit more about each animal, and readers can test their knowledge of animal spots with a fun matching game at the end!
New Picture Books
Former educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what tundras are, what kinds of animals and plants live there, and how certain species have adapted to the unique, harsh environment. The book covers the characteristics of Arctic, Antarctic, and alpine tundras. John Sill’s detailed, realistic paintings reflect the beauty and diversity of the habitat. A glossary and afterword provide more detail for further exploration.
Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Honor Award-winner Kate Read (One Fox) returns with a clever oceanic twist on the old telephone game starring a tiny pink fish and schools of brilliantly hued fish in a deep blue sea. When a rumor bursts forth about a “great big fish hiding in the deep,” one by one, new fish are sucked into the growing story—the red octopus was really rattled, which petrified the purple puffer fish, and startled the blue shoal, until they all flee…into a deep, dark cave. Uh-oh! That’s no cave at all, but the mouth of a whale!
Amara is hosting a potluck for friends on her farm, and her snacks won’t be complete without pumpkins. She’s searched and searched, but she’s grown so many plants that she needs help finding them. What do we know about pumpkins? They’re large, round, and orange—and, wait a minute, is that a pumpkin? No, that’s an apple. Where, oh, where could those pumpkins be? From author JaNay Brown-Wood and illustrator Samara Hardy, this first entry in the new Where in the Garden? series is perfect for early childhood and elementary education units on agriculture, farming, gardening, and healthy eating.
Red truck, yellow truck, and their dog drivers are on their way to the construction site. But when they get sidetracked by a slow garbage truck, a snow-drift, and a speeding tractor, will they get their jobs done before they have to turn in for the night? Tractors, diggers, mixers, bulldozers, and more star in this colorful salute to vehicles that roll, lift, climb, squash, and keep going when the going gets tough. Ideal for vehicle-themed storytimes, author Michelle Robinson’s rhythmic, action-packed text builds excitement with every page turn, while Jez Tuya’s colorful trucks, townscapes, and adorable dogs on-the-go beg for an attentive pause.
It’s another busy day at Stanley’s library, and Stanley has stocked his bookmobile with lots of great books to take to the local park. All of Stanley’s rodent friends stop by to borrow a book that Stanley selected just for them, and later at the main branch, he hosts an out-of-this-world author visit from Agatha Mouse! The day concludes with Stanley’s comforting nighttime routine of supper, bed, and bath. A brightly colored salute to reading, libraries, and librarians from author-illustrator William Bee.
Curly Locks is a good-hearted girl, but she’s an awful cook. All the townspeople of Toadsuck Swamp know to steer clear of her culinary concoctions, so when one of her dishes goes missin’,word spreads that the Scares are terrorizin’ the town at mealtime, sending folk runnin’ from their dinner plates. With everyone else tremblin’ and squawkin’ about the Scares, Curly Locks gets an inklin’. Can she use her smarts and unique talents to help corral those Scares for good? A delightfully spooky fractured fairy tale twist on the classic “Goldilocks” from award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington and illustrator Jeffrey Ebbeler.
The sheep pasture is in an uproar when they find out a new watchdog is coming to protect the flock, so the intrepid Lana Lynn decides to take training matters into her own hooves. The new “watchdog” doesn’t quite catch on to herding or staying up all night guarding the sheep, and Lana Lynn starts to get a creeping suspicion that something isn’t right. And her fellow sheep could be in jeopardy! Author Rebecca Van Slyke has created a charmingly overconfident heroine in Lana Lynn, accented by Anca Sandu’s adorable and funny illustrations. An ideal read-aloud full of good farm fun!
Gertie is the littlest yak, and she wants to grow UP! So she devises a growing-up plan. But when the other yaks come calling for Gertie to help them with a daring and dangerous task, could it be because it’s something only a small yak can do? Lu Fraser’s debut picture book is a heartwarming and relatable story of individuality, self-esteem, and the joys of being young and small. Bestselling illustrator Kate Hindley has created a delightful wintry landscape, packed with adorable yaks in woolly hats and coats. Readers won’t be able to resist snuggling down with this charming read aloud.
A small boy creates a shelter for his sadness where he can visit it whenever he needs to, and the two of them can cry, talk, or just sit. The boy knows that one day his sadness may come out of the shelter, and together they will look out at the world and see how beautiful it is. In this timely, child-friendly consideration of sadness and mental health, Anne Booth offers a beautiful depiction of how children (and everyone) must care for their emotions and give attention to their grief on a regular basis. Stunning illustrations by David Litchfield bring the beautiful concept to life with a manifestation of sadness that the young boy protagonist interacts with throughout the story.