2014 Book Selections

BenRidesOn

Ben Rides On by Matt DaviesBen loves his new bike. In fact, he loves it so much he even likes riding to school (especially if he can take the long way around)! That is, until an encounter with the local bully, Adrian Underbite, leaves Ben bikeless. When Ben discovers where his bike actually is, the reader is in for a dramatic, and literal, cliffhanger.
Will Ben ever be able to get his bike back?
Find out in this hilarious and tender tale by Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Matt Davies.

daythecrayonsquit

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew DaywaltPoor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.
What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.

highwayrat

The Highway Rat by Julia DonaldsonQuick! Hide all your goodies! The Highway Rat’s coming, and he’s going to steal your snacks….
He takes clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel—he even steals his own horse’s hay! Can no one stop him?
The creators of Stick Man and A Gold Star for Zog stand and deliver this fabulous new story of a wickedly loveable villain who gets his just deserts.

luckyducklings

Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore“Follow me!” Mama Duck called out to her brood. Then Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin—and last of all, Little Joe—lined up right behind her. And off they went.
Out of the pond, through the great green park, and into the parking lot they waddled. But no one saw the danger ahead! Can three firemen and a tow truck driver rescue Mama’s precious little dumplings?
Veteran author Eva Moore and two-time Christopher Award–winning artist Nancy Carpenter relay this fresh and endearing true story about what happens when modern life collides with nature.

marisolmcdonald

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown“My name is Marisol McDonald, and I don’t match. At least, that’s what everyone tells me.”
Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. And don’t even think of asking her to choose one or the other activity at recess—she’ll just be a soccer playing pirate princess, thank you very much. To Marisol McDonald, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together.
Unfortunately, they don’t always make sense to everyone else. Other people wrinkle their nose in confusion at Marisol–can’t she just be one or the other? Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn’t match. And that’s just fine with her.
A mestiza Peruvian American of European, Jewish, and Amerindian heritage, renowned author Monica Brown wrote this lively story to bring her own experience of being mismatched to life. Her buoyant prose is perfectly matched by Sara Palacios’ engaging acrylic illustrations.

nuggetandfang

Nugget & Fang by Tammi SauerIn the deep ocean, tiny Nugget and big, toothy Fang get along swimmingly—until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate (and hilarious) measures. But it’s not until his big sharp teeth save the entire school that minnows learn this shark is no foe. Fantastically stylized artwork adds even more humor to this undersea story of unlikely friendship.

suryiawims

Suryia Swims!by Bhagavan “Doc” AntleSuryia is not your average orangutan. In the first book about him, Suryia and Roscoe, Suryia found an unusual best friend: a dog named Roscoe. Now Suryia jumps into an unusual new hobby: swimming!
Orangutans don’t swim; it doesn’t come naturally to them. But Suryia shows that adventures await those who are willing to try something new.
Set on a preserve for endangered animals, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.), here is another true tale of an original orangutan—the first ever known to swim!

threelittlepigs

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark TeagueThree little pigs, a somewhat bad wolf, sody-pop, chips, hay, mortar, bricks, and some huffing and puffing!
Award-winning author and illustrator Mark Teague tells his humorous version of “The Three Little Pigs” with a zany twist!
Three pigs spend their money on different things: potato chips, sody-pop, and building supplies. It comes as no surprise that a wolf is able to blow down the first two pigs’ houses. When the wolf can’t blow down the third pig’s brick house, everyone comes together and the fun begins. The first two pigs give him potato chips and sody-pop, and the third pig makes everyone a healthy meal. Since only one pig has a house left, the other two pigs and the wolf move in with her. The somewhat bad wolf is no longer hungry.

whoseegg

Whose Egg? by Lynette Evans and Guy TroughtonDoes the egg lying in the golden sand belong to a penguin or a turtle, a snake or a butterfly? Use what you already know about animals and their environments along with the illustrative evidence that Guy Troughton provides to sleuth around and predict which animal will hatch from which egg.
Let Whose Egg? aid the imagination in visualizing everything from emerald green eggs to those that house “scaly claws” and “snapping jaws.” Kids will love opening up the flaps and discovering what type of animal belongs to each egg.

williemays

You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!by Jonah Winter and Terry WidenerHe hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth on The Sporting News’s list of “Baseball’s 100 Greatest Players.” Many believe him to be the best baseball player that ever lived. His name is Willie Mays. In Jonah Winter and Terry Widener’s fascinating picture book biography, young readers can follow Mays’s unparalleled career from growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, to playing awe-inspiring ball in the Negro Leagues and then the Majors, where he was center fielder for the New York (later San Francisco) Giants. Complete with sidebars filled with stats, and a cool lenticular cover, here is a book for all baseball lovers, young and old.