Late Spring 2018 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) Young Readers

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    9781328852250 Big book JUVENILE FICTION / General Age (years) from 0 - 3 On Sale Date: June 26, 2018 Print Run: 20000
    $39.99 CAD 18 x 15.5 x 0.15 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      A sweet and contemporary nursery rhyme about what a diverse group of babies have in common from acclaimed picture-book creators Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury.

      As everyone knows,nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes. . . . From two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they—and the babies they belong to—bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world! This gorgeously simple picture book, now in a big book edition, is a perfect read-aloud for very young children with its rhythmic, rhyming text. Children (and the adults reading to them) will delight in the illustrations of roly-poly little ones from a variety of backgrounds—wrinkles, dimples, pudges, and all!
      Bio
      Mem Fox is the author of many acclaimed books, includingTime for Bed and Whoever You Are. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.Visit her website atmemfox.net

      Helen Oxenbury is the illustrator of dozens of beloved picture books, including Phyllis Roots'Big Momma Makes the World and her own Tom and Pippo series. She lives in London, England.
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      "This gently lilting read-aloud is just right for bedtime, or anytime your child could use a little extra comfort. You’ll go ga-ga yourself over the adorable watercolors of babies around the world."--Parenting ,September 2008

      "Put two titans of kids' books together for the first time, and what do you get (besides the urge to shout, "What took you so long?")? The answer: an instant classic . . . there's real magic at work here."--Publishers Weekly,starred review

      "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes gently presents--but never preaches--a satisfying lesson about humanity and international harmony."--BookPage

      "A standout for its beautiful simplicity, this picture-book collaboration between Fox and Oxenbury aims a message of diversity and tolerance at very young children. . . . Clusters of adorable mulitcultural babies from around the world toddle across the pages until just one child receives three kisses on the nose from her loving mom, a sweet gesture that parents will want to act out with their own children. A gentle, joyous offering."--Booklist,starred review

      "Fox's lilting verse justhasto be read aloud, and preschoolers will quickly pick up on and join in on the anticipated refrain. Oxenbury's spacious illustrations, featuring her irresistible round-headed tots (and, of course, plenty of chubby baby digits), emphasize the babies' differences and will engage even the youngest listeners in the on-page action."--The Horn Book Magazine,starred review

      "In 'Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,' two beloved picture-book creators — the storyteller Mem Fox and the artist Helen Oxenbury — merge their talents in a winsome look at babies around the world."—TheNew York Times Book Review

      "A witty and winsome look at babies around the world that has a toe-tapping refrain: the words sound easy and familiar, as though they have been handed down to children forever. And the story ends with a pitch-perfect moment: one little baby who is 'mine, all mine.' "--The New York Times Book Review,Notable Children's Books of 2008

      "'Light as air and sweet as honey' might be a way to describe this delectable confection about babies, here, there and everywhere."--The Globe and Mail

      Wichita Eagle, Great Gift Recommendations 2008

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    Where Is Bear? (padded board book) Leslea Newman, Valeri Gorbachev
    9781328918918 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 0 - 3 On Sale Date: July 10, 2018 Print Run: 25000
    $12.99 CAD 6.75 x 7.5 x 1.12 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 14 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      The animals in the forest are playing hide-and-seek...but there's one animal that can't be found. Where oh where has Bear gone?

      The animals in the forest are playing hide-and-seek, and everyone is found—except for the biggest creature of all! Where, oh where, could Bear have gone? One thing is certain: his loyal friends will dowhateverit takes to find him. Join the search for Bear in this sweet padded board book!
      Bio
      Lesléa Newmanhas written many books both for children and adults, including Cats! Cats! Cats! andHachiko Waits. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Visit her website at www.LesleaKids.com.

      Valeri Gorbachevhas illustrated more than forty books for children, including his ownBig Little Elephant. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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      A lovely, lyrical visual and verbal exploration of the wonders of twilight."-Kirkus Reviews "
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    9781328852427 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 0 - 3 On Sale Date: May 29, 2018 Print Run: 25000
    $12.99 CAD 6.75 x 7.5 x 1.17 in | 30 pages Carton Quantity: 14 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      Say goodnight to a good dog, in this padded board book with a touchable, flocked dog on the cover. For one restless pup the waking world is too full of wonder to leave behind at bedtime, until he closes his eyes and finds comfort in his dreams. In the tradition ofGoodnight Moon, Mary Lyn Ray's warm and accessible storytelling celebrates the sights and sounds of the night to reassure young children at bedtime.

      * "The pace of the page turns gently slows down as this good dog heads to his dreams.Goodnight, Good Dog. Sure to be shelved next toGoodnight Moon. It deserves that rarefied spot." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      For one restless pup the waking world is too full of wonder to leave behind at bedtime, until he closes his eyes and finds comfort in his dreams. Mary Lyn Ray's warm and accessible padded board book, now with a touch-and-feel dog on the cover, celebrates the sights and sounds of the night to reassure young children at bedtime.
      Bio
      Mary Lyn Ray is the author of theNew York Times bestsellerStars, which was awarded the prestigious E.B. White Read Aloud Honor;Mud; and Pumpkins. She lives in South Danbury, New Hampshire. Visit her website at www.marylynray.com.
      Rebecca Malone's art is created with acrylic paint on watercolor paper. She lives in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Visit her website at www.rebeccamaloneillustration.com.
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      "Whether or not audiences catch the kidproxy echoes in the dog’s resistance to bedtime, they’ll be enchanted by the pooch’s dozy meanderings and eventual sleepy example."
      Bulletin, starred review

      "Ray’s pleasing text recreates the dog’s experiences without a wasted word. The illustrations expand the narrative and express its tone visually...A satisfying picture book that’s just right for bedtime reading."
      Booklist

      "This snuggly bedtime story shows the dog’s girl going happily and quickly to sleep while he pads restlessly about the house, creating a potentially empowering contrast for human bedtime resisters."
      School Library Journal

      * "The pace of the page turns gently slows down as this good dog heads to his dreams.Goodnight, Good Dog. Sure to be shelved next toGoodnight, Moon. It deserves that rarefied spot."
      Kirkus, starred review

      * "Ray...again proves herself a gifted writer, capable of highly distilled poetic prose that's beautifully accessible and allusive. Malone's bright acrylics, simple shapes, and minimalist detailing...are a terriffic match; her canine hero is endearingly eager."
      Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "This effective bedtime story reminds kids that fun will be had again when they wake—but first comes sleep."
      Horn Book
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    Series: Splash and Bubbles
    Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin! (acetate board book) The Jim Henson Company
    9781328852748 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 0 - 3 On Sale Date: June 05, 2018 Print Run: 25000
    $12.99 CAD 9 x 7 x 0.42 in | 12 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      Explore the underwater world of The Jim Henson Company'sSplash and Bubbles in this glossy novelty board book with colorful printed acetate panels throughout! These friendly fish know we all need to do our part to keep the ocean clean, so dive in, lend a fin!

      A novelty board book based on The Jim Henson Company'sSplash and Bubbleson PBS Kids. Colorful illustrations introduce readers to Splash, Bubbles, and their friends in Reeftown, die cuts and acetate create an amazing, watery effect, and the rhyming text inspires kids to "lend a fin," because everyone needs to do his or her part to help keep our oceans clean and blue!

      In the series of books based on The Jim Henson Company'sSplash and Bubbleson PBS Kids, Splash, Bubbles, and their friends explore the world’s undersea habitats, make new friends, and learn about the many different ways life looks and lives in the ocean, celebrating the importance of diversity along the way.
      Bio
      The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for sixty years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics, and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Jim Henson has received more than fifty Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy® nominatedSid the Science Kid andDinosaur Train.Splash and Bubblesbooks are based on the series created by John Tartaglia, currently airing on PBS Kids®.
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    Series: Splash and Bubbles
    Splash and Bubbles: My Colorful Reef (board book) The Jim Henson Company
    9781328852762 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 0 - 3 On Sale Date: June 05, 2018 Print Run: 25000
    $11.99 CAD 6 x 6 x 0.54 in | 10 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      A colorful, plush fish tail on the spine beckons readers to dive into this board book about the underwater world of The Jim Henson Company'sSplash and Bubbles on PBS Kids! Preschoolers will get an underwater lesson in colors, and a learn about ocean life, too.

      Bubbles takes readers on a tour of her colorful reef in this concept board book! Touch her plush tail on the spine and dive into a conversational text that covers not only colors, but interesting facts about all of the creatures Bubbles and readers meet on their adventures. Color concepts are driven home in eye-popping bold illustrations.

      In the series of books based on The Jim Henson Company'sSplash and Bubbleson PBS Kids, Splash, Bubbles, and their friends explore the world’s undersea habitats, make new friends, and learn about the many different ways life looks and lives in the ocean, celebrating the importance of diversity along the way.
      Bio
      The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for sixty years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics, and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Jim Henson has received more than fifty Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy® nominatedSid the Science Kid andDinosaur Train.Splash and Bubblesbooks are based on the series created by John Tartaglia, currently airing on PBS Kids®.
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      The bright-colored pencil drawings and lean text make this a great choice for preschool storytimes, as well as for beginning readers who want a funny story." School Library Journal "
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    Series: Splash and Bubbles
    Splash and Bubbles: So Many Sea Creatures! (board book) The Jim Henson Company
    9781328852793 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 0 - 3 On Sale Date: June 05, 2018 Print Run: 25000
    $11.99 CAD 6 x 6 x 0.29 in | 10 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      A colorful, plush fish tail on the spine beckons readers to dive into this board book about the underwater world of The Jim Henson Company'sSplash and Bubbles!Preschoolers will learn to count from one to five, and a little bit about ocean life, too.

      Splash introduces readers to many amazing creatures on a tour of the reef in this simple concept board book! Touch his plush tail on the spine and dive into a conversational text that covers not only numbers and counting from one to five, but interesting facts about all of the creatures Splash and readers meet along the way. Counting concepts are driven home in eye-popping bold illustrations.

      In the series of books based on The Jim Henson Company'sSplash and Bubbleson PBS Kids, Splash, Bubbles, and their friends explore the world’s undersea habitats, make new friends, and learn about the many different ways life looks and lives in the ocean, celebrating the importance of diversity along the way.
      Bio
      The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for sixty years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics, and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Jim Henson has received more than fifty Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy® nominatedSid the Science Kid andDinosaur Train.Splash and Bubblesbooks are based on the series created by John Tartaglia, currently airing on PBS Kids®.
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      Mr. Van Allsburg's illustrations have a beautiful simplicity of design, balance, texture, and a subtle intelligence beyond the call of illustration." The New York Times "
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    Series: Mary Poppins
    Mary Poppins ABC Dr. P. L. Travers, Mary Shepard
    9781328911186 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Classics Age (years) from 0 - 3 On Sale Date: June 05, 2018 Print Run: 50000
    $12.99 CAD 6.8 x 7.75 x 0.81 in | 26 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      A practically perfect alphabet board book full of fantastic words from the whimsical world ofMary Poppins!Based on the 1962 classic edition. The ideal introduction to the magical nanny for the very youngest readers.

      Mary Poppins, the beloved English nanny from page, stage, and silver screen, comes alive for the youngest readers in this full-color, fanciful alphabet board book. Each letter offers the opportunity for a poetic romp through the adventures from the novels. So fly in on the East wind for Exciting Escapades (with the letterE), and share this truly unique book with Mary Poppins fans old and new.
      Bio
      P. L. Travers (1899–1996) was a drama critic, travel essayist, reviewer, lecturer, and novelist. She wrote several other books for children and adults, but it is for the character of Mary Poppins that she is best remembered.
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    Beach Day Karen Roosa, Maggie Smith
    9781328910691 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 3 On Sale Date: June 05, 2018 Print Run: 20000
    $11.99 CAD 7.53 x 6.62 x 0.84 in | 30 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      A colorful board book that captures the fun and excitement of a day at the beach. Sun, sea, and sand meet bright illustrations and a fun rhyming text in this delightful summer story.

      The perfect board book for summer! Buoyant verse and bright, playful illustrations capture the singular feeling of a hazy, lazy day by the ocean, complete with a ball game with new friends, water-skiers and sailboats, and a picnic lunch. A captivating introduction to the beach for young children.
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      Karen Roosa is the author ofBeach Day which was named a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. She lives with her family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

      Maggie Smith has written and illustrated many picture books includingMy Blue Bunny, Bubbit. She lives in Long Beach, California. Please visit her at www.maggiebooks.com.
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      The excitement and enthusiasm of the day are perfectly captured by the artist's bright, lively watercolors and the author's active, playful text. School Library Journal

      "It is a land and waterscape that reaches right down into our primordial souls — the beach, here given full inconic treatment. Using scant couplets to convey the most elemental pleasures of a day at the beach, and enticingly depicted in Smith's watercolors, this will call up memories of any reader who has spent time on the ocean's shore. From that first rush down the dunes and onto the strand—"Waves roar/ Rush,and soar!/ Rolling, crashing/ To the shore" —to the tramp backout—"Sun-warmed skin, contented grin"— it is an experience unlike any other and Roosa's got it just right. Sandcastles, swimming, softball, snoozing. Pictured details entice: kicking off one's shoes, chasing sand crabs, enjoying trays of yummy lunch. "Noon light/ Shimmers bright/ In the distance,? Hot and white." Appetite and taste take on a special edge, and then the hit of post-lunch langour: "Waves lapping/ Babies napping/ On the water/ Sails are snapping." Good stuff, simple andviscerally transporting, the waft of salt strong from the page. Over too soon." Kirkus Reviews

      "It is a land and waterscape that reaches right down into our primordial souls — the beach, here given full inconic treatment. Using scant couplets to convey the most elemental pleasures of a day at the beach, and enticingly depicted in Smith's watercolors, this will call up memories of any reader who has spent time on the ocean's shore. From that first rush down the dunes and onto the strand—"Waves roar/ Rush,and soar!/ Rolling, crashing/ To the shore" —to the tramp backout—"Sun-warmed skin, contented grin"— it is an experience unlike any other and Roosa's got it just right. Sandcastles, swimming, softball, snoozing. Pictured details entice: kicking off one's shoes, chasing sand crabs, enjoying trays of yummy lunch. "Noon light/ Shimmers bright/ In the distance,? Hot and white." Appetite and taste take on a special edge, and then the hit of post-lunch langour: "Waves lapping/ Babies napping/ On the water/ Sails are snapping." Good stuff, simple andviscerally transporting, the waft of salt strong from the page. Over too soon." Kirkus Reviews

      Young readers will be searching for flip-flops and sunscreen upon finishing this kicky look at a summer day spent at the shore. . . . All told, this book will have the whole family hankering for a day by the water.
      Publishers Weekly

      The lively art in deep, vivid watercolor washed is filled wit hwell-observed details. Kids will have fun poring over and talking about the illustrations as they find new stories in the visuals.
      Booklist, ALA, Boxed Review

      Roosa's happy verse perfectly captures a sunny beach day full of salty splashing and play. . . .With warm, bright watercolor illustrations that are packed with inviting, authentic detail, this book is presents an ideal visit to the shore.
      Horn Book Guide
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    Series: Mustache Baby
    Mustache Baby (lap board book) Bridget Heos Canada, Joy Ang
    9781328910486 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 3 On Sale Date: August 07, 2018 Print Run: 35000
    $18.99 CAD 9.25 x 10.25 x 0.92 in | 36 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his parents have to figure out if it's a good-guy mustache or a bad-guy mustache in this hilarious oversized board book perfect for reading aloud at storytime.

      When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his family takes it in stride. They are reassured when he nobly saves the day in imaginary-play sessions as a cowboy or cop and his mustache looks good-guy great. But as time passes, their worst fears are confirmed when little Billy’s mustache starts to curl up at the ends in a suspiciously villainous fashion. Sure enough, “Billy’s disreputable mustache led him into a life of dreadful crime.” Plenty of tongue-in-cheek humorand cartoonish illustrations make this board book the perfect baby-shower gift for a mustachioed father-to-be.
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      Bridget Heos is the author of thirteen young adult nonfiction books, includingMustache Baby Meets His Match. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and sons. Visit her website atwww.authorbridgetheos.com.

      Joy Ang is the illustrator ofI Will Not Read This Bookand Mustache Baby Meets His Match and has worked in the comic and gaming industries. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Visit her website at www.joyang.ca.
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      "Occasional badness has never been so good."
      Kirkus

      "The book's oddball sense of humor is unflagging."
      Publishers Weekly

      "A mustached baby will surely make audiences howl during read-alouds."
      Booklist Online

      "You never know what you'll get in the delivery room, and something isn't quite right with this new baby. . . . Heos's offbeat tale muses on the possibilities, playing off parental hope and panicky nightmares."
      New York Times Book Review

      "[This] book bristles with appealing humor."
      The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

      "Quirky, silly fun."
      School Library Journal
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    Five Silly Ghosts (board book) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hilli Kushnir
    9781328866592 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Age (years) from 0 - 3 On Sale Date: July 17, 2018 Print Run: 30000
    $9.99 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.38 in | 12 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      A playful peek-a-boo cover reveals five glittery ghosts for preschoolers to count in every silly scene of this board book.

      Five silly ghosts floating by a gate. The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.”

      This board book features a classic rhyming read-aloud text with the five silly glittery ghosts in Halloween costumes as they peer through a die-cut cover. Each page turn provides a playfully ghoulish reveal.

      Join five silly ghosts in this fun counting caper!
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      Hilli Kushnir is an illustrator, designer, and chocolate addict who resides in New York City. Visit Hilli at www.hillik.com.
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      The incorporation of Shakespearean references and poetry gives the story a more mature feel and balances the youthful earnestness of Rosie and Adam. The mystery and magic are subtle, but the little clues that pop up keep the story tense." - School Library Journal * "Plays and lore of Shakespeare trickle through this expertly plotted novel, which will leaving lovers of-and newcomers to-the Bard wanting more." - Publishers Weekly, starred review "Zimmerman provides a wonderful blend of literary puzzles, adventure, and musings over memory and identity." - Booklist "[Zimmerman] deftly weaves the difficulty of loss into a tale of triumph, Rosemary's strength of character keeping her buoyed through the emotional tumult she must navigate to save her friend? A spellbinding story about friendship and the power of prose." - Kirkus "

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