Sunday, November 04, 2018

2019: Board books and picture books

Board books and picture books:
Board books and picture books = new is anything published after 2015; goal is 250 (150 new; 100 old)

1. The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains. Annie Silvestro. Illustrated by Paola Zakimi. 2018. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
2.  Once Upon a Zzzz. Maddie Frost. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
3. Will Giraffe Laugh? Hilary Leung. 2019. [January 29] Scholastic. 38 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4. Meet Miss Fancy. Irene Latham. Illustrated by John Holyfield. 2019. Penguin. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Lindsay Mattick. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2015. Little, Brown. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
6. 1 Grumpy Bruce: A Counting Board Book. Ryan T. Higgins. 2018. Disney-Hyperion. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
7. Jungle Animals. Xavier Deneux. 2018. Twirl. 20 pages. [Source: Library]
8. Bruce's Big Move. Ryan T. Higgins. 2017. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
9. Santa Bruce. Ryan T. Higgins. 2018. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
10. What Is Given From the Heart. Patricia C. McKissack. Illustrated by April Harrison. 2019 [January]. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
11. A Hug Is For Holding Me. Lisa Wheeler. Illustrated by Lisk Feng. 2018. Harry N. Abrams. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
12. Board book: The Giant Jam Sandwich. Janet Burroway. Story and Pictures by John Vernon Lord. 1972/2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 28 pages. [Source: Review copy]
13. A Little Book About Spring. Julie Hamilton. Illustrated by Leo Lionni. 2019. Random House. 28 pages. [Source: Review copy]
14. A Little Book About ABC's. Leo Lionni and Julie Hamilton. 2019. Random House. 28 pages. [Source: Review copy]
15. Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. Margaret McNamara. Illustrated by Esme Shapiro. 2018. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
16. Animals with Tiny Cat. Viviane Schwarz. 2018. 30 pages. [Source: Library]

17. Thank You, Omu! Oge Mora. 2018. Little, Brown and Company. 34 pages. [Source: Library] 
18. Hello Lighthouse. Sophie Blackall. 2018. Little, Brown for Young Readers. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
19. The Rough Patch. Brian Lies. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
20. Alma and How She Got Her Name. Juana Martinez-Neal. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
21.  Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race. Margo Lee Shetterly and Winifred Conkling. Illustrated by Laura Freeman. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
22. Chicken Talk. Patricia MacLachlan. Illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. 2019. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
23. A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace Lin. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
24. So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom. Gary D. Schmidt. Illustrated by Daniel Minter. 2018. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
25. How To Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps. Nicola Winstanley. Illustrated by John Martz. 2019. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
26. Lights! Camera! Alice! The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker. Mara Rockliff. Illustrated by Simona Ciraolo. 2018. 60 pages. [Source: Library]
27. Tim and His Train. E.C. Reichert. Illustrated by Fiore Mastri. 1949. Rand McNally. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
28. Arrr, Mustache Baby! Bridget Heos. Illustrated by Joy Ang. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
29.  The Jolly Jingle Book. Leroy F. Jackson. Illustrated by Clare McKinley. 1951/1961. Rand McNally. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
30. The Little Rabbit. Nicola Killen. 2019. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]


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