Big Wolf and Little Wolf. By Nadine Brun-Cosme. Illus. by Olivier Tallec
Big Wolf lives alone until Little Wolf appears. Bit by bit, Big Wolf allows Little Wolf to join him in daily activities. Only when Little Wolf goes away does Big Wolf realize how much he cares for his new friend. (A 2010 Batchelder Honor Book.)
The Curious Garden. By Peter Brown. Illus. by the author
Liam discovers a patch of lonely plants in an elevated train track and encourages them to grow into a magnificent garden that spreads throughout the drab city.
Higher! Higher! By Leslie Patricelli. Illus. by the author
With Dad pushing her higher and higher in the swing, a little girl soars into the realm of fun and fantasy.
I Spy Fly Guy! By Tedd Arnold. Illus. by the author.
A disastrous ending to a game of hide and seek finds Fly Guy hauled away to the local dump in this new take on a lost pet. (A 2010 Geisel Honor Book.)
Tsunami! By Kimiko Kajikawa. Illus. by Ed Young.
Through deep personal sacrifice, Ojiisan, known as grandfather, saves his village from a tsunami. The tension in this Japanese folktale is heightened by the rich texture of the mixed media illustrations.
An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers. By Natasha Wing. Illus. by Julia Breckenreid.
In a picture book format, Wing offers simple explanations of the unusual ways that artist Josef Albers used color and shape to open the eyes of the world.
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea. By Steve Jenkins. Illus. by the author.
This irresistible underwater exploration reveals the mysteries of the sea by going deeper and deeper and deeper from top to bottom,viewing little known creatures and encountering spaces where few have ever been.
The Magician’s Elephant. By Kate DiCamillo. Illus. by Yoko Tanaka.
A fortune teller's strange prediction and a magician’s startling trick lead Peter on an extraordinary journey to find his sister in the kingdom of Baltese.