As “Picture Book Month” come to a close for another year, it’s time to unveil T.A.A.’s “Most Anticipated Reads of 2015!
A Penguin Named Patience
(A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story)
by Suzanne Lewis
Illustrated by Lisa Anchin
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Pub. Date: February 1st, 2015
2015 will the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
and while there’s still a long road to recovery for many day to day, we’ve also seen great stories of survival and rebirth of lives most impacted by the devastation the storms left during and after’s it’s wake.
This picture book tells the story
T.A.A. will do something special in remembrance of this disaster, and also something to help keep their recovery on track.
We’ll have more info in the coming year, and if you want to be among the first to know our plans, please sign up for our mailing list on the right side of this site!
by Helen Docherty
Illustrated by Thomas Docherty
(U.K.) Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub. Date: February 5th, 2015
The husband-wife team behind “The Snatchabook” team up again for another magical adventure.
Learn more about Helen and Thomas in our Picture Book Month 2013 coverage
(U.S. and U.K. Covers for “The Snatchabook”)
Also, check out your lit. rat’s review of their last book together, “The Snatchabook”
UPDATE (1/21/15): I learned from author Helen Docherty that “Abracazebra” has not yet found a U.S. publisher, so it remains a U.K./Europe exclusive for now, I apologize for the transformation (I’ll not rely Amazon for release info of international titles again!)
UPDATE: Here’s Our Review of “Abracazebra”
But it’s still one of our “Most Anticipated Reads” and I will still review the book as planned, Helen was kind enough to offer sending us a copy! Thanks Helen!
When “Abracazebra” does come stateside, your lit. rat will let you know! But I encourage our U.K. fans to check it out.
Big Pet Day
by Lisa Shanahan
Illustrated by Gus Gordon (@IllustratorGus)
(U.S./U.K.) Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub. Date: January 1st, 2015
It’s no secret T.A.A. LOVES pet stories, but with so many awesome ones, it takes really special ones to stand out from the countless classics, but I have confidence this is will be an exceptional one. It doesn’t hurt that Gus Gordon’s charming illustrations sweeten the deal for this lit. rat.
If you haven’t already, check out T.A.A.’s Author/Illustrator Spotlight on Gus Gordon!
Also, check out your lit. rat’s review of Gus’ “Herman and Rosie”
Crikey and Cat
by Chris Mckimmie
(U.S.) Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Pub. Date: May 1st, 2015
We’re trying to review more books that star or feature cats on T.A.A. I may the lit. rat, but not all cats hunt rodents such myself anymore, and hey, we’ve got plenty of fab felines that deserve T.A.A.’s spotlight.
I Thought This Was A Bear Book
by Tara Lazar (@taralazar)
Illustrated by Benji Davies (@Benji_Davies)
Pub. Date: August, 2015
The author of “The Monstore” (2013) and founder of PiBoIdMo (Pie-Beau-Id-Moe), Tara Lazar is back with a new book where the three bears meet alien abduction, nicely drawn by illustrator Benji Davies. (The Storm Whale)
Check out Tara Lazar’s interview with Katie Davis on “Brain Burps About Books”
Also check out our spotlight feature on Tara and James Burks (illustrator of “The Monstore” and author-illustrator of his own books)
Last Stop On Market Street
by Matt de la Peña (@mattdelapena)
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
(Imprint of Penguin Books USA)
Pub. Date: January 8th, 2015
While we mostly cover animal stories on T.A.A. we do give humans their due, and with the ever-increasing outcry for more diverse humans in children’s books (as well as behind the scenes in publishing) we’re honored to bring this book to your attention.
The book’s illustrator, Christian Robinson, illustrated one of your lit. rat’s favorite books of the year, “Gaston” (written by Kelly DiPucchio) which T.A.A. will be reviewing soon!
UPFATE: Check Out Our Review of “Gaston”
Chris also illustrated “Josephine” released in 2013, and has done animation work that’s appeared on Sesame Street (Which recently celebrated PBS’ 45th anniversary)
Otter in Space (@i_am_otter)
by Sam Garton (@SamuelGarton)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
(An Imprint of HarperCollins)
Pub. Date: May 5th, 2015
T.A.A.’s favorite otter returns with her latest adventure, which as you can tell from the cover alone, involves intergalactic exploration, or at least the closest thing you can get without being trained by NASA, or going to space camp!
Learn more about Otter, play fun games, and read exclusive web stories (complete with picture!) at her OFFICIAL website: iamotter.co.uk
Also, check out our Author/Illustrator spotlight for “Picture Book Month 2014”
If you haven’t checked out Otter’s first book (one of our first “Most Anticipated Reads”), check your lit. rat’s review! Finally, please share this teaser video (made by your lit. rat) to help spread the word, and rest assured it’s Otter Approved!
(Otter in Space Teaser Video)
Bears Don’t Read!
by Emma Chichester Clark
Pub. Date: TBA 2015
One of my favorite authors is bringing us a double feature in 2015 One of which involves a bear who doesn’t yet know the joy and empowerment reading has to offer.
Check our Author/Illustrator Spotlight on Emma!
Finally, read your lit.rat’s review of “Melrose and Croc: A Christmas To Remember”
by Emma Chichester Clark
Pub. Date: TBA 2015
One of my favorite authors is bringing us a double feature in 2015! One of those books is “Plumdog” and while I’m still a bit down over the loss of my beloved Pepper back in June 2014, I’m still reading my share of dog books, they’re healing, and after a drought of new voices in the picture book canine district, I have a strong feeling Plum will fit right in, the fact that she reminds me of Pepper in some ways is an added bonus.
I know Guido (my canine friend from T.A.A. FM’s “Guido & Bonnie” [@GuidoandBonnie]) is just as psyched as I am for Plum’s debut in America!
There Was an Old Dragon
Who Swallowed a Knight
by Penny Parker Klostermann (@pklostermann)
Illustrated by Ben Mantle
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Pub. Date: August 4th, 2015
There’s been many a tale of an old man, woman, and even a coyote who swallowed something they shouldn’t have. Now in a Ye Olde twist to a long remixed tale, we’ve got a dragon who finally bests a knight through feasting him.
How will this pan out?
We’ll find out Summer 2015!
WOLFIE the Bunny
by Ame Dyckman (@AmeDyckman)
Illustrated by Zachariah OHora
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: February 17th, 2015
Author Ame Dyckman, best known for her books “Boy+Bot” (illustrated by Dan Yaccarino) and “Tea Party Rules” (illustrated by K.G. Campbell) teams up with author-illustrator Zachariah OHara (of “No Fits, Nelson!” fame)
This is one of those books that has caught my eye on the merit of the title/cover alone, and I can’t wait to have this book in my paws, and review it for you, my precious readers.
UPDATE: Check out our review of
“Wolfie the Bunny”
Your lit. rat hopes you’ve enjoyed our special features and author/illustrator spotlights we did this year. We’ll have more fun goodies in store for our Holiday Showcase starting this week!
Until next time, may the fantastic fauna be with you.
P.S. One Last Video the lit. rat hope you watch and share-