"Water Is Water: A Book about the Water Cycle" by Miranda Paul. Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless...it heats up. Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam unless...it cools high. This spare, poetic picture book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle.
"Lenny and Lucy" by Philip and Eric Stead. Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. Scared of the woods, Peter makes a tall pile of pillows. When he is done, he has Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, to protect him and Harold.Lenny is a good guard but Peter worries that Lenny will get lonely out by the woods all by himself, so he makes Lucy, who is a good friend. Together, Lenny, Lucy, and Peter discover that this new place isn't so scary after all.
"Wait" by Antoinette Portis. As a boy and his mother move quickly through the city, they're drawn to different things. The boy sees a dog, a butterfly, and a hungry duck while his mother rushes them toward the departing train. It's push and pull, but in the end, they both find something to stop for.
"How to Draw a Dragon" by Douglas Florian. Pull out your pencils! Everyone's an artist in this lively and inspiring picture book full of wit, whimsy, and wacky imagination...and dragons, of course! Dragons of all shapes and sizes are on display in this high-flying how-to picture book. Get ready to meet dragons who love singing, cycling, playing musical instruments, and more-and learn to draw each one along the way. Then at the end there's a big surprise: a dragon-drawing art show for all!
"Winnie" the True Story of the Bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh" by Sally Walker. When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear at a train station, he knew he could care for it. Harry was a veterinarian. But he was also a soldier in training during WWI. Harry named the bear Winnie and he brought her along to the military camp. Winnie followed Harry everywhere and slept under his cot. Before long, she became the regiment's much-loved mascot. But who could care for the bear when Harry went to battle?
"The Marvels" by Brian Selznick. In 1766, a boy, Billy Marvel, is shipwrecked, rescued, and goes on to found a brilliant family of actors that flourishes in London until 1900--and nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis, runs away from home, seeking refuge with his uncle in London, and iscaptivated by the Marvel house, with its portraits and ghostly presences.