Hope

by Matthew Cordell                              matthewcordell.com

As a family grows, so does its capacity for love, for dreams, and for hope. Two lions celebrate their grandchild and express all the ways this new life has expanded their world, and the hope they hold for his future.  A companion to Matthew Cordell's stunning Wish and Dream, this picture book picks up with a new animal family celebrating their little one.

The World Never Sleeps

by Natalie Rompella                                 www.natalierompella.com

This nonfiction picture book reveals the hidden lives of insects and other small creatures from one midnight to the next. The world may appear to be sleeping in the dead of night, but it is not. As moonflowers open and stars shine, nature goes about her business. The world never sleeps.

What To Do With a Box

by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Chris Sheban

If you give a child a box, who can tell what will happen next? It may become a library or a boat. It could set the scene for a fairy tale or a wild expedition. The most wonderful thing is its seemingly endless capacity for magical adventure, a feature imaginatively captured in cardboardesque art by Chris Sheban and rhythmically celebrated in this poetic tribute by renowned children's author Jane Yolen.

The Forever Tree

by Tereasa Surratt and Donna Lukas

A fresh twist on Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree based on a real tree in Wisconsin that became something more, this is a timeless story about loss and renewal at home and in nature. This is a true story about a Tree that grew from something more than water and sunshine. It grew from love. The animals and humans always knew their tree was special. The trunk was the best place to host championship bingo tournaments, and the branches were perfect for swinging in the shade! But when the tree gets sick, neighbors new and old will have to join forces if they have any chance of saving their treetop home. A touching tale based on the true story of one special tree, and the community that brought it back to life.

Kitten and the Night Watchman
by John Sullivan           

When a night watchman is joined by a stray kitten, the night suddenly seems different. Has the kitten found a new home?  Kitten and the Night Watchman is inspired by the true story of author John Sullivan meeting a stray cat while working as a night watchman. The cat, Beebe, was John’s companion for seventeen years.

Ready, Set, Sail!
by Meg Fleming                            www.megfleming.net

Grab your life vest, hold on to your compass, and get ready for a day full of sailing fun with a playful tiger and turtle! Follow these salty sailors as they raise their anchor, cast off, and explore the sea in their little sloop. And after a long day of sailing, they gather and tell tales of all the things they've seen!