New Release Books by Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt is the author of Once Upon a Camel (2022), Angel Thieves (2020), Max Attacks (2019), Our Story Begins (2017), Maybe a Fox (2016) and other 70 books.

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Once Upon a Camel

release date: Sep 20, 2022
Once Upon a Camel
“A delight to the senses.” —Kirkus Reviews Perfect for fans of The One and Only Ivan, this exquisite middle grade novel from Newbery Honoree and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt follows a creaky old camel out to save two baby kestrel chicks during a massive storm in the Texas desert—filled with over a dozen illustrations by Caldecott winner Eric Rohmann. Zada is a camel with a treasure trove of stories to tell. She’s won camel races for the royal Pasha of Smyrna, crossed treacherous oceans to new land, led army missions with her best camel friend by her side, and outsmarted a far too pompous mountain lion. But those stories were from before. Now, Zada wanders the desert as the last camel in Texas. She’s not, however, alone. Two tiny kestrel chicks are nestled in the fluff of fur between her ears—kee-killy-keeing for their missing parents—and a dust storm the size of a mountain is taking Zada on one more grand adventure. And it could lead to this achy old camel’s most brilliant story yet.

Angel Thieves

release date: Mar 10, 2020
Angel Thieves
An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief. With interconnecting stories ebbing and flowing, this jewel of a novel from Newbery Honor–winning author and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt is a striking depiction of family devotion, a harsh cry for freedom, new love, oh, and an ocelot. Sixteen-year-old Cade Curtis is an angel thief. Abandoned by his mother, he and his dad moved to the apartment above a local antique shop. The only payment the owner Mrs. Walker requests: marble angels, stolen from graveyards, for her to sell for thousands of dollars to collectors. But there’s one angel that would be the last they’d ever need to steal; an angel, carved by a slave, with one hand open and one hand closed. If only Cade could find it… Zorra, a young ocelot, watches the bayou rush past her yearningly. The poacher who captured and caged her has gone away, and Zorra is getting hungrier and thirstier by the day. Trapped, she only has the sounds of the bayou for comfort—but it tells her help will come soon. Before Zorra, Achsah, a slave, watched the very same bayou with her two young daughters. After the death of her master, Achsah is free, but she’ll be damned if her daughters aren’t freed with her. All they need to do is find the church with an angel with one hand open and one hand closed… A soaring, searing novel from Newbery Honor–winning author and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt, Angel Thieves weaves together stories across time, connected by the bayou, an angel, and a universal desire to be free.

Max Attacks

release date: Jun 11, 2019
Max Attacks
Fish and birds and lizards and socks…is there anything Max won’t attack? Watch your ankles and find out in this clever, rhyming picture book about a very naughty kitty cat. Max is a cat. He attacks. From socks to strings to many a fish, attacking, for Max, is most de-lish. But how many of these things can he actually catch? Well, let’s just say it’s no even match.

Our Story Begins

release date: Jul 04, 2017
Our Story Begins
From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators—revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today. Everyone’s story begins somewhere… For Linda Sue Park, it was a trip to the ocean, a brand-new typewriter, and a little creative license. For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, it was a third grade writing assignment that ignited a creative fire in a kid who liked to draw. For Kwame Alexander, it was a loving poem composed for Mother’s Day—and perfected through draft after discarded draft. For others, it was a teacher, a parent, a beloved book, a word of encouragement. It was trying, and failing, and trying again. It was a love of words, and pictures, and stories. Your story is beginning, too. Where will it go?

Maybe a Fox

release date: Mar 08, 2016
Maybe a Fox
When her sister Sylvie goes missing on a snowy morning and is never seen again, Jules refuses to believe she is gone forever, meanwhile, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born.

Counting Crows

release date: Mar 03, 2015
Counting Crows
The reader is invited to count hungry crows as they hunt for savory snacks.

When Otis Courted Mama

release date: Jan 06, 2015
When Otis Courted Mama
While his life seems perfectly good as it is, Cardell, a young coyote, learns to tolerate--and even like--the coyote that is courting his mother.

Mogie

release date: Jun 10, 2014
Mogie
Mogie is a real-life Labradoodle with a special talent: he always knows just what a sick kid needs! Get to know this passionate pup with this story by a Newbery Honoree. Give that dog a puddle and he’d splash. Give him a whistle and he’d roll over. Give him a rule and he’d break it. One day a passel of puppies was born. Each puppy was designated for a Very Important Job, like Service Dog, or Search and Rescue Dog, or Groomed for the Show Ring Dog. Each puppy, that is, except Mogie. Mogie was a ball-chasing, tail-wagging, moon-howling pup. Not the kind of pup for any of those jobs! But there is a place that is just right for Mogie: a very special house where sick children and their families can stay while they undergo long-term treatment. A place with children who NEED a ball-chasing, tail-wagging, moon-howling pup. And there’s one little boy in particular who needs Mogie. And Mogie is about to prove he’s the best darn pooch in the passel. Based on a true story, this heartwarming picture book is published in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House.

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

release date: Jul 23, 2013
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J''miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Underneath.

The Underneath

release date: Jul 24, 2012
The Underneath
There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road. A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the Underneath...as long as they stay in the Underneath. Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten’s one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. For everyone who loves Sounder, Shiloh, and The Yearling, for everyone who loves the haunting beauty of writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O’Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love—and its opposite, hate—the fragility of happiness and the importance of making good on your promises.

Keeper

release date: May 22, 2012
Keeper
Keeper was born in the ocean, and she believes she is part mermaid. So as a ten-year-old she goes out looking for her mother—an unpredictable and uncommonly gorgeous woman who swam away when Keeper was three—and heads right for the ocean, right for the sandbar where mermaids are known to gather. But her boat is too small for the surf—and much too small for the storm that is brewing on the horizon. Kathi Appelt follows her award-winning and New York Times bestselling novel The Underneath with this stunning, mysterious, and breathtaking tale of a girl who outgrows fairy tales just a little too late—and learns in the end that there is nothing more magical and mythical than love itself.

Brand-New Baby Blues

release date: Dec 29, 2009
Brand-New Baby Blues
The good ol'' days are over. It''s official, it''s the news! With my brand-new baby brother came the brand-new baby blues! When a new baby wears her old pajamas, sleeps in her old bed, and seems to get all her parents'' attention, a girl''s bound to sing the blues. Is there anything a baby brother can do to change her tune?

Bubba and Beau Go Night-Night

release date: Oct 01, 2006
Bubba and Beau Go Night-Night
Even after a long day of running errands, baby Bubba and his puppy Beau are not ready for bedtime.

Oh My Baby, Little One

release date: Aug 15, 2006
Oh My Baby, Little One
A mother explains to her child all the ways her love remains even while she''s away.

Bubba and Beau, Best Friends

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Bubba and Beau, Best Friends
When Mama Pearl washes their favorite blanket it''s a sad day for best friends Bubba and Beau, but it gets worse when she decides the baby boy and his puppy need baths, too.

Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers

release date: Feb 15, 2005
Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers
Bluebonnets and lady''s slippers, larkspurs and blazing stars, black-eyed Susans and Granny''s nightcaps. From a lonely childhood in the Piney Woods of East Texas to an exciting life in the White House, Lady Bird Johnson loved these wildflowers with all her heart. They were her companions in her youth, greeting her everywhere as she explored wild forests, bayous, and hills. Later, as First Lady, she sought to bring the beauty of wildflowers to America''s cities and highways. She wanted to make sure every child could enjoy the splendor of wildflowers. In this warm, engaging look at the life of a great First Lady, Kathi Appelt tells the story behind Lady Bird Johnson''s environmental vision. Joy Fisher Hein''s colorful wildflowers burst from every page, inviting us to share in Lady Bird''s love for natural beauty.

Merry Christmas, Merry Crow

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Merry Christmas, Merry Crow
A busy crow flies around town picking up all kinds of discarded items and uses them to create a beautiful Christmas tree. By the creators of The Alley Cat''s Meow.

My Father's Summers

release date: Apr 01, 2004
My Father's Summers
A series of prose poems describes the author''s life while she was growing up in Houston, Texas, from her eleventh birthday in 1965 through her eighteenth in 1972, and beyond, communicating the disappointment and the delight of growing up in a loving, imperfect family. 15,000 first printing.

Kissing Tennessee

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Kissing Tennessee
Graduating eighth graders relate their stories of love and heartbreak that have brought them to Dogwood Junior High''s magical Stardust Dance.

Bubba and Beau Meet the Relatives

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Bubba and Beau Meet the Relatives
While preparing for a visit from some relatives--and even after they arrive--Bubba and Beau want nothing more than to sink their paws into the squishy, squashy mud hole.

The Best Kind of Gift

release date: Apr 15, 2003
The Best Kind of Gift
Jory fears that he is too small to find a suitable gift to welcome the new parson.

Incredible Me!

release date: Feb 04, 2003
Incredible Me!
Join a rambunctious child as she exuberantly celebrates all the wonderful qualities that make her special -- her nose, her toes, her ears, herself! Award winners Kathi Appelt and G. Brian Karas team up to create this joyous tribute to the wonders of being ... ME!

Piggies in a Polka

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Piggies in a Polka
Energetic illustrations and rhythmic rhymes introduce musical styles and instruments to the youngest readers as a charming cast of piggies dances the night away when a polka band plays at the annual hootenanny.

Poems from Homeroom

release date: Aug 01, 2002
Poems from Homeroom
A collection of poems about the experiences of young people and a section with information about how each poem was written to enable readers to create their own original poems.

The Alley Cat's Meow

release date: Jan 01, 2002
The Alley Cat's Meow
After meeting one night at the Alley Cat''s Meow, sweetheart cats Red and Ginger dazzle the world with their spectacular dancing.

My Father's House

release date: Jan 01, 2007
My Father's House
Celebrates the beauty and wonder of the natural world through verse and illustrations, capturing the beauty of a rain forest and the peace of a snow-covered mountain porch.
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