Little Sleepyhead - Liz McPike, Elizabeth McPike, Patrice Barton

For the youngest future readers, Elizabeth McPike’s tender verse will soothe every Little Sleepyhead (Putnam, $16.99) at the end of a busy day. Patrice Barton’s expressive double-page spreads echo the engaging text and depict a cast of babies and family members absorbed in pint-sized activities. This gorgeous blend of words and pictures will prompt conversation—even a pantomime or two—and provide a gentle close to the day. Ages 6 months-2. Mary Alice Garber

Lulu and the Hamster in the Night - Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont

Always fresh and with a soupçon of adventure, Hilary McKay’s series about Lulu and her menagerie of rescued animals is a bright star among early chapter books. In the latest installment, Lulu brings home a neglected hamster just before a planned visit to celebrate her grandmother’s birthday. An escapade awaits Lulu and the Hamster in the Night (Albert Whitman, $13.99) in this comedy of secrets gone awry. Early readers will relate to the warm, winsome characters and believable antics that are hallmarks of the series. Ages 6-9. Mary Alice Garber

Lulu and the Hamster in the Night By Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807548240
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2015

Finding Serendipity - Angelica Banks, Stevie Lewis

Tuesday McGillycuddy is determined to find her mother, author Serendipity Smith. Venturing into her mother’s empty office, Tuesday types the beginning of a story, and the power of her words carries her and Baxterr, the dog, to the land where stories are created. In the ensuing adventure, Tuesday must use her imagination as a writer to save the day. Angela Banks’s story—with perfectly placed illustrations by Stevie Lewis—sparkles, and is one of the more original novels of the season. Finding Serendipity (Holt, $16.99) is “luck and chance and fate all tumbled into one.” Ages 8-11. Mary Alice Garber