Innovative Picture Books

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Chloe and the Lion
Mac Barnett

E BARNETT

Mac, the author, fires Adam, the illustrator, over their artistic differences about Chloe, the main character of their book, until Mac realizes both of their talents are needed and they must work together or their story about Chloe will never be finished.


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The Black Book of Colors
Menena Cottin

BRAILLE E COTTIN

This title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery.


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Bear Despair (Stories Without Words)
Gaetan Doremus

E DOREMUS

Don’t ever take a bear’s Teddy bear, no matter how cute you think it is. If you do, you’ll be in for trouble. Big trouble.


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Spells
Emily Gravett

E GRAVETT

Finding an old book of spells with torn pages, a little frog tries to match missing pieces to find the one that will make him a handsome prince, but he quickly discovers that trial-and-error is not a good idea when performing magic.


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Infinity and Me (Carolrhoda Picture Books)
Kate Hosford

E HOSFORD

After the sight of a night sky filled with stars makes eight-year-old Uma feel very small, she asks people how they think about infinity and gets a variety of answers before realizing the comfort in knowing that some things go on forever.


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Friends
Mies Van Hout

E HOUT

Little monsters become friends, laughing and playing, but also teasing, arguing and making up in this book about relationships.


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Flora and the Flamingo
Molly Idle

E IDLE

In this wordless book, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.


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This Moose Belongs to Me
Oliver Jeffers

E JEFFERS

A young boy learns that moose do not always follow the rules of proper pet behavior.


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Open This Little Book
Jesse Klausmeier

E KLAUSMEIER

Scaled pages pair colors with incrementally smaller books sandwiched within each other, opening to reveal different animals, each opening a book of a different color and reading about the next.


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Shadow
Suzy Lee

E LEE

A little girl uses her imagination and a light bulb to go on an adventure in a dark attic


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My Father's Arms Are A Boat
Stein Erik Lunde

COPING DEATH E LUNDE

Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father’s arms and asks about birds, foxes, and whether his mother will ever awaken. Under a starry sky, the father provides clear answers and assurances.


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Virginia Wolf
Kyo Maclear

E MACLEAR

Vanessa’s sister, Virginia, is in a wolfish mood. She is growling, howling and acting very strange. Vanessa tries to cheer her up but nothing seems to work.


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Black Dog
Levi Pinfold

E PINFOLD

“When a huge black dog appears outside the Hope family home, each member of the household sees it and hides. Only Small, the youngest Hope, has the courage to face the black dog, who might not be as frightening as everyone else thinks”—Provided by publisher.


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Exclamation Mark
Amy Krouse Rosenthal

E ROSENTHAL

A punctuation mark feels bad that he doesn’t fit in with the others until a friend reveals the possibilities that exist when differences are accepted.


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Where's Walrus?
Stephen Savage

E SAVAGE

In this wordless picture book, follow Walrus on a happy-go-lucky spree through the big city, as he tries on different hats to disguise himself from the chasing zookeeper.


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The Dark
Lemony Snicket

E SNICKET

Laszlo is afraid of the dark which lives in the same big, creaky house as him, until one night the dark pays him a visit.


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Bluebird
Bob Staake

E STAAKE

A wordless picture book about the inspiring friendship that develops between a bluebird and a young boy.


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Waterloo & Trafalgar
Oliver Tallec

E TALLEC

In this humorous, wordless picture book with die-cut pages, two soldiers, red and blue, discover the pointlessness of hostility.


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I am Blop!
Hervé Tullet

E TULLET

Children will discover the wonderful world of blops, a fun pictorial exploration of variations on a simple shape.


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A Long Way Away
Frank Viva

E VIVA

“A picture book that can be read front-to-back or back-to-front. Start from one end and journey from outer space down to the sea; start from the other end and journey from deep in the sea out to a distant planet”—Provided by publisher.


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