Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fall Catalogue Picks Part II

(Click here to view Part I.)

I've been going through fall catalogues and highlighting picture books that I absolutely can not live without. By the way, I'm seeing lots of Caldecott contenders this year. I'll share my thoughts on those in a future post. Cheers!

And without further ado, Albert Whitman & Company!

They publish books that entertain, educate, and encourage children for generations:

The Boy from the Dragon Palace
Written by Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrations by Sachiko Yoshikawa

One day, a poor flower seller drops his leftover flowers into the sea as a gift for the Dragon King. What does he get in return? A little snot-nosed boy--with the power to grant wishes! Soon the flower seller is rich, but when he forgets the meaning of "thank you," he loses everything once again. "You just can't help some humans," say the snot-nosed little boy and the Dragon King.

(A lively retelling of an old Japanese folktale. I can't wait!)

Next up, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children!

Houghton Mifflin is home to some of the best-loved children's book characters: Curious George, Lyle the Crocodile, George and Martha, Martha of Martha Speaks, and Tacky the Penguin. I have tons of their books in my collection. Here are just a few:

And here's what I plan to order from them this season. There’s quite the buzz about this first one on Facebook:

Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Who invented the first balloons for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these “upside-down puppets”? In brilliant collage illustrations, the award-winning artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America—the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Parade.

(I used to be a vendor at parades, so this one is especially exciting for me.)

Note: Melissa Sweet has an adorable website.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Written by Joyce Sidman
Illustrations by Beth Krommes

A Caldecott medalist and a Newbery Honor-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals. What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear?

With simplicity and grace, Krommes and Sidman not only reveal the many spirals in nature—from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies—but also celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.

(I blogged about Swirl by Swirl here.)

Stay tuned for more fall catalogue picks in Part III of this series. I’ll be highlighting Marshall Cavendish, Arthur A. Levine Books, Bloomsbury and Walker Books for Young Readers .


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