A group of farm animals and other creatures find A Home in the Barn (Harper, $17.99) as winter arrives in this newly-published work from Margaret Wise Brown, who punctuates gentle prose describing the animals coming together with a memorable rhyming verse repeated throughout. Calming scenes of animals at rest contrast with moments of activity (a pony jumping, a calf being born) that will pique young readers’s interest, especially in the hands of the legendary Jerry Pinkney and his detailed and engaging illustrations. This charming book will foster a sense of warmth, safety and togetherness for the entire family. Ages 3-5.
A Parade of Elephants (Greenwillow, $18.99) isn't something you see every day, but it's just life as usual for five little pachyderms. Their daily journey takes them through a panoply of landscapes, from hills to caves and everything in between. While the herd's daytime adventures will fascinate future bookworks, nightfall brings a starry bedtime ritual and a sleepy ending that will have grownups joining Kevin Henkes in wishing sleepers everywhere a gentlre "good night." Age 3-6.
On Carmela’s birthday, she’s fi nally allowed to go into town with her brother. As they traverse their bustling Spanish-speaking community, she picks a dandelion growing in the concrete and determines to make
the perfect wish on it. But what should she choose—an endless supply of candy? A fancy bed for mom? Immigration papers for dad? Despite a bump along the way, Carmela Full of Wishes (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $17.99) soon learns that opportunities to make wishes are all around. Award-winning duo Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson (Last Stop on Market Street) have achieved another poignant, timely story. Ages 4-8.