New Release Books by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Rebecca Kai Dotlich is the author of Grumbles from the Town (2021), Grumbles from the Forest (2021), One Day, The End (2021), What Is Math? (2022) and other 61 books.

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Grumbles from the Town

release date: Nov 16, 2021
Grumbles from the Town
Poets Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich take fourteen Mother-Goose rhymes that have been enjoyed by generations of children and twist them in ways sure to delight modern kids. These poem pairs feature wildly different voices and perspectives, and Angela Matteson''s stunning illustrations add further hilarious details. So while Humpty Dumpty''s classmate explains why he''s sitting in time-out again, Matteson''s art shows Humpty Dumpty as a daredevil skateboarder teetering on a wall. The poems have strong rhythm and rhyme, making Grumbles from the Town a terrific read-aloud. This lavish volume includes the original Mother Goose rhymes, endnotes that briefly describe their history, and an introduction that invites readers to imagine their own poems from unusual perspectives and "create magic."

Grumbles from the Forest

release date: Nov 16, 2021
Grumbles from the Forest
What were all those fairy-tale characters thinking? Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich answer this question in paired poems, with sometimes startling results. The Princess claims all those mattresses kept her awake—not a silly pea—while the poor pea complains that the princess snores. One Snow White begs the witch to settle by the bay and throw that mirror away. Another boldly tells the mirror she "won''t be guided by a glass that''s so one-sided." Grumbles from the Forest is a bewitching brew of voices—grumbling, pleading, bragging, reminiscing, confiding—that bubbles with magic and wonder. The spectacular paintings that tie the poems together are full of surprise and intrigue. This stunning collection includes end notes that briefly describe the tales and their history and an introduction that invites readers to imagine their own poems from unusual perspectives.

One Day, The End

release date: Sep 14, 2021
One Day, The End
A Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Very short, creative stories pair with bold illustrations in this picture book that will inspire young readers to stretch their imaginations and write stories of their own. "One day. . . I went to school. I came home. The end," says our storyteller—a girl with a busy imagination and a thirst for adventure. The art tells a fuller tale of calamity on the way to school and an unpredictably happy ending. Each illustration in this inventive picture book captures multiple, unexpected, and funny storylines as the narrator shares her shorter-than-ever stories, ending with "One day. . . I wanted to write a book." This book demonstrates a unique approach to writing and telling stories and is a delightful gift for children as well as for teachers seeking a mentor text for their classrooms.

What Is Math?

release date: Jan 01, 2022
What Is Math?
A lively celebration of math and all the ways it applies to everyday life. What is math? So many things! Counting and calendars, weights and fractions, shapes and distances, charting and graphing. Math is the way we measure and code our world, from seasons to clocks, recipes, classrooms, and beyond. Math is all around us! This rousing read aloud offers an engaging and accessible introduction to math--perfect for sparking an early interest in STEM subjects for young children.

Little Scoot

release date: Apr 13, 2021
Little Scoot
A tiny tugboat overcomes her fears of a turbulent storm to save a stranded barge in this timeless tale of persistence. When faced with a tough challenge, Little Scoot only tries harder. Sent into a gathering storm to rescue a barge that''s run aground, Little Scoot is tempted to turn around. But though she''s scared of the squall, she perseveres through thunder, lightning, blustery winds, and swamping waves, reminding herself "Little Scoot never quits!" This triumphant tale is a testimony to the power of determination. u200b“Little Scoot is a windy, wavy, rhymey story of someone little doing something big. Readers of all ages will want to straighten their stacks in her wake!” —Liz Garton Scanlon, author of the Caldecott Honor winner All the World “Lucky the child who gets to share an adventure with Little Scoot! Rebecca Kai Dotlich gives her young audience an exciting adventure and a gentle lesson that scary things can be overcome with determination and a lot of heart.” —Alice Schertle, author of Little Blue Truck “Little Scoot will tug her way into hearts and minds where her gentle strength will serve as a guide.” —Dylan Teut, PhD candidate, literacy instruction and assessment, Plum Creek Children''s Literacy Festival Executive Director, Concordia University, Nebraska

Lemonade Sun

release date: Oct 13, 2020
Lemonade Sun
Like the spicy sweetness of an ice-cold glass of lemonade, these bright and happy poems promise--and deliver--a shiver of recognition and refreshment. From the classic subjects of "My Lemonade Stand" and "Jacks" to the jazzy rhythms of "Jump Rope Talk" to the lyrical beauty of "Backyard Bubbles," this stunning collection from Rebecca Kai Dotlich is drenched in summer colors and pleasures. Color illustrations by award-winning artist Jan Spivey Gilchrist add an edgy charm.

Good Night, Oliver Wizard

release date: Jun 02, 2020
Good Night, Oliver Wizard
Oliver Wizard overcomes his nighttime fears as his father gently helps him get ready for bed. Oliver uses imaginary magic in every step of his bedtime ritual. Accompanied by his father, Oliver conjures a bedtime snack, brushes his teeth, reads a book, and waves his wand to keep scary things away. The lighthearted, loving relationship between Oliver and his father is the star of this imaginative story that will help soothe restless toddlers to bed. Rebecca Kai Dotlich''s lyrical text and Josée Masse''s charming illustrations will help every child find the magic of sleep.

What If ... ? Then We ...

release date: Feb 12, 2019
What If ... ? Then We ...
Two polar bear friends have a thrilling adventure as they imagine solutions to a variety of possible situations; their story will show readers how to create their own tales in response to the question "What if...''" in this ingenious picture book. "What if . . . we got lost far, far, far away, and couldn''t find our way home? Then we would become the bravest explorers in the world." So begin the adventures of two intrepid polar bears. Traveling on a ship imagined from an iceberg, the bears encounter magnificent sights and scary situations. When a city made of crayons melts, the bears use pencils to create a beautiful gray world. When all the words in the universe disappear, the bears invent their own language. When something really big and really scary happens, they whistle and hold hands until it''s not as big or scary anymore. And when they find their way back home, they''re ready to imagine a thousand more possibilities. This companion title to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book One Day, The End. is ultimately a book about imagination, friendship, and finding possibilities in the smallest moments.

You and Me

release date: Aug 21, 2018
You and Me
For older siblings, the introduction of a baby into the family can be a mixed blessing. There is someone new for everyone to dote on, but all of a sudden, everything special about the baby can make older children feel competitive. In this warmly illustrated board book, a poem perfectly encapsulates the balancing act of giving attention to both older and younger siblings, encouraging families to carve out ample "you and me" time for everyone!

The Knowing Book

release date: Nov 04, 2016
The Knowing Book
This picture book is a celebration of life and the perfect gift to mark any milestone, from a new baby to a birthday to graduation. Illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell! In this inspiring story, a young rabbit travels through the wide world, experiencing joy and sorrow and wonder. Along the way he chooses a path and explores the unknown. And at the end of his journey, braver and more confident, he returns home—a place he can always count on. Author Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s wise words and Cordell’s beautiful illustrations combine in this book ideal for any special gift-giving occasion.

Race Car Count

release date: Oct 27, 2015
Race Car Count
Race car 1 honks look at me! He zooms in front with the turn of a key. Race car 2 is close behind. The sound of vroom is on his mind. This simple, rhyming text is perfect for reinforcing counting with young children, and the vibrant, energetic illustrations make this a terrific package for the youngest vehicle enthusiasts.

All Aboard!

release date: Sep 23, 2014
All Aboard!
From the creators of What Can a Crane Pick Up? comes a train-ride adventure—perfect for fans of Thomas the Tank Engine and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. In this inviting, rhyming read-aloud, two kids become travel buddies as they watch cities and landscapes and other hard-working trains rush by, and also observe the conductor and funny goings-on inside the train, all illustrated in a fresh, hip, colorful style. Hop aboard! "The chugga-chugga beat and appealing anthropomorphized trains will charm young train-lovers in this entertaining title that’s a perfect fit for storytime."--Booklist

What Can a Crane Pick Up?

release date: Sep 01, 2014
What Can a Crane Pick Up?
Illustrations and rhyming text show that a crane can lift anything from a load of steel to a cow. From an award-winning author and the illustrator of The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School and Ribbit Rabbit.

What Is Science?

release date: Jun 14, 2016
What Is Science?
A whirlwind tour through the intriguing world of science What exactly is science? Stars and planets, rocks and soil, hurricanes and airplanes-science is all of these things and so much more. It''s also about curiosity: asking questions and exploring possible answers. Through simple words and child-friendly illustrations, this poetic picture book introduces young children to the exciting and ever-changing world of science. What Is Science? is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children''s Book of the Year.

What If . . . ? Then We . . .

release date: Feb 12, 2019
What If . . . ? Then We . . .
Two polar bear friends have a thrilling adventure as they imagine solutions to a variety of possible situations; their story will show readers how to create their own tales in response to the question "What if...?" in this ingenious picture book. "What if . . . we got lost far, far, far away, and couldn''t find our way home? Then we would become the bravest explorers in the world." So begin the adventures of two intrepid polar bears. Traveling on a ship imagined from an iceberg, the bears encounter magnificent sights and scary situations. When a city made of crayons melts, the bears use pencils to create a beautiful gray world. When all the words in the universe disappear, the bears invent their own language. When something really big and really scary happens, they whistle and hold hands until it''s not as big or scary anymore. And when they find their way back home, they''re ready to imagine a thousand more possibilities. This companion title to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book One Day, The End. is ultimately a book about imagination, friendship, and finding possibilities in the smallest moments.

When Riddles Come Rumbling

release date: Mar 01, 2013
When Riddles Come Rumbling
From the ordinary to the extraordinary, each rhythmic verse of these 29 riddle poems--as well as the illustrations in the borders--provides clues to solving the mysteries that each one holds. Reprint.

Bella & Bean

release date: Feb 10, 2009
Bella & Bean
Bella wants to write poems. Bean wants to go for a walk. Bella wants to write poems. Bean wants Bella to look at her cute toes. Could these two best friends be more different? But as Bean''s attempt to coax Bella away from her notepad become ever more over the top, Bella finds her poetry taking unexpected twists. You might be a Bella or you could be a Bean - either way, this sweet, clever tale will remind you there is perfect poetry to mismatched friends.

Mama Loves

release date: Mar 01, 2004
Mama Loves
These are the things a mama loves: Dancing in slippers. Teapots of tea. Reading the paper and mornings with me! Mama always finds ways to share life''s moments big and small with all her little ones. Tenderly illustrated by award-winning artist Kathryn Brown, mama loves will strike a chord with every child who loves being loved by Mama.

Grandpa Loves

release date: May 01, 2005
Grandpa Loves
While spending a special afternoon together, Grandpa answers his grandson''s question by telling him that his favorite things to do are all the things they do together, including playing baseball, ice skating, and walking through the park.

Welcome to the Wonder House

release date: Sep 01, 2023

Digger the Dinosaur

release date: Jan 01, 2021
Digger the Dinosaur
Unable to play baseball with his friends until his room is cleaned, Digger the dinosaur works at top speed but finds that the faster he moves with his big tail and feet, the messier his room becomes.
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