New Release Books by Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is the author of Untitled dePaola Christmas Book (2023), Tomie dePaola's Favorite Nursery Tales (2022), Jingle the Christmas Clown (2021), The Cat on the Dovrefell (2021) and other 309 books.

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Untitled dePaola Christmas Book

release date: Sep 01, 2023
Untitled dePaola Christmas Book
An S&S Books for Young Readers book. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader!

Tomie dePaola's Favorite Nursery Tales

release date: Mar 01, 2022
Tomie dePaola's Favorite Nursery Tales
Discover Tomie dePaola’s versions of well-known poems, fables, and stories featuring his beloved style and wit, sure to delight young readers and older fans alike. With Tomie’s signature wry humor and winking charm, this collection of retellings is a beautifully illustrated ode to favorite childhood stories like The Three Bears, The Billy Goats Gruff, Rumpelstiltskin, and classic fairytales from Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm. Tomie’s rich, vibrant art is given a modern redesign with bright pops of color and a fresh new look for this re-release of the classic storybook.

Jingle the Christmas Clown

release date: Oct 05, 2021
Jingle the Christmas Clown
Staying behind when their circus moves on, a young clown and a troupe of baby animals put on a special Christmas Eve show for an Italian village too poor to celebrate the holiday.

The Cat on the Dovrefell

release date: Oct 05, 2021
The Cat on the Dovrefell
In this retelling of the Norwegian tale, a traveler from Finnmark and his polar bear help scare away the trolls that harass Halvor and his family every Christmas Eve.

Libro de las Nubes

release date: Dec 14, 2021
Libro de las Nubes
Resulta que las nubes son divertidas, traviesas y muy interesantes. Tomie dePaola, el autor de los éxitos de ventas Strega Nona, Quiet y diversos otros libros, sabe mucho sobre nubes. También sabe mucho sobre lo que la gente piensa de ellas. Algunas personas ven animales y figuras en las nubes. En la antigüedad, los griegos creían que Hermes, el mensajero de los dioses, una vez se robó el rebaño del Sol, que eran nubes. En este original libro ilustrado, Tomie presenta algunos de los tipos de nubes más comunes, así como los mitos y leyendas inspirados en sus formas. Sus ilustraciones simples e imaginativas muestran cómo las distintas formas y colores de las nubes anuncian cambios en el clima. En este libro aprenderás muchas cosas sobre las nubes que es probable que no supieras. Con el humor característico de Tomie dePaola, y sus hermosas ilustraciones, la literatura de no ficción de este autor resulta única. Un libro de Reading Rainbow

The Story of the Three Wise Kings

release date: Sep 15, 2020
The Story of the Three Wise Kings
Tomie dePaola’s beloved 1983 classic returns to print just in time for the holiday season! Three wise men of the East, having seen a new star symbolizing the birth of a great king, follow the star to Bethlehem where they present gifts to the newborn Jesus. This beautiful rendition of the well-known tale is sure to delight young readers.

Hurry, Santa!

release date: Sep 15, 2020
Hurry, Santa!
From award-winning author Tomie dePaola comes a witty and charming Christmas tale about Santa getting ready for his big night until…oh no, he’s really got to GO...to the potty! Hurry, Santa! No time to rest, It’s Christmas Eve. And time to get dressed! It’s finally time for Santa to prepare for the most magical night of the year! But before he can spread Christmas cheer to every boy and girl, he must hurry up and get ready. Just when he’s almost out the door, Santa runs back inside because OH NO! Santa’s got to GO! Little ones will be chuckling with merry laughter when they find out that even Santa needs to go to the potty!

Guess Who's Coming to Santa's for Dinner?

release date: Sep 15, 2020
Guess Who's Coming to Santa's for Dinner?
Tomie dePaola’s rambunctious 2004 classic returns to print just in time for the holiday season! With its brightly colored illustrations, playful narration, and seasonal cheer, this picture book is sure to be a holiday favorite for the whole family. This year, Santa and Mrs. Claus are having their entire family over for Christmas dinner. There’s Uncle Alfred the inventor from Bermuda; Sister Olga the opera singer; eight young children, including Baby Wllie; even a polar bear named Oscar. With a family like this, mayhem is bound to follow, and from a snowball fight to the Christmas pageant, it’s a wild affair. But in the spirit of the season, everyone has a wonderful time—even the frazzled hosts!

Marianna May and Nursey

release date: Jun 23, 2020
Marianna May and Nursey
In this reissue of Tomie dePaola’s charming 1983 classic Marianna May and Nursey, a family works together to make sure Marianna May can make the most of her summer. Marianna May’s Nursey likes to dress her in white, which means Marianna May isn’t allowed to roll in the grass, or make mud pies, or eat orange ice and strawberry ice cream, or paint pictures because her clothes could get messy. But Marianna May doesn’t want to waste her summer staying clean on the porch. Can she and her family figure out a way for her to have fun without worrying about her clothes?

Fight the Night

release date: Feb 11, 2020
Fight the Night
In this whimsical classic picture book, Tomie dePaola delivers a sweet depiction of a child’s imagination and all the things that go bump in the night. To stay up past bedtime, you’ve got to fight the night. Flashlight in hand, a determined Ronald sets out to battle sleep in this refreshed edition of Tomie dePaola’s spirited 1968 picture book.

Too Many Bunnies

release date: Jan 28, 2020
Too Many Bunnies
From New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tomie dePaola comes an adorable springtime story about fifteen bunnies who are planting a garden! Spring is here! That means it’s time for the Hopkins family to plant their beautiful gardens. But when fifteen eager rabbits try to dig, rake, plant, and water at the same time, will any work get done? From award-winning author Tomie dePaola comes a charming story about what happens when you have too many bunnies, perfectly suited in a gifty board book.

Haircuts for Little Lambs

release date: Jan 28, 2020
Haircuts for Little Lambs
From New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tomie dePaola comes an adorable story about little lambs getting their spring haircuts! Winter is finally over! That means it’s time for the Woolsey lambs to get their spring haircuts! They can’t wait to have fun in the warm sun. But the next morning, the fields are covered in snow, and the newly shorn sheep are shivering! Luckily, Granny has the perfect surprise for the family in this delightful story from award-winning author Tomie dePaola, packaged in a gifty board book edition.

Tomie dePaola's Christmas Tree Book

release date: Sep 10, 2019
Tomie dePaola's Christmas Tree Book
Fun facts and holiday cheer from the creator of Strega Nona and Quiet. While picking out their Christmas tree, a couple of curious kids start to wonder where Christmas trees came from. Who invented the first one? How did they become so popular? And how have they changed over the years? Celebrated children''s author Tomie dePaola is here to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Christmas trees--and everything you never even thought to wonder about. With bright illustrations and kid-friendly text, Tomie dePaola''s Christmas Tree Book is full of facts, history, and legends. Instructions on making your own Christmas tree ornament are included!

When Everyone Was Fast Asleep

release date: May 14, 2019
When Everyone Was Fast Asleep
Float along with the Fog Maiden as she takes two children on an enchanted bedtime adventure in this classic from the bestselling author of Strega Nona, Quiet, and more-- now back in print! When everyone was fast asleep, two children were awakened by Token, the Fog Maiden''s mysterious cat, and sent into the magical night. Gentle and lyrical, this forgotten classic bedtime story from the author of Quiet and Strega Nona is back to enchant a new generation of fans. Soft illustrations paired with an imaginative text take readers on a dreamlike journey-- sharing milk and honey with the trolls, watching the peacocks waltz, and attending a palace ball-- before tucking them safely back into bed. Cozy, quiet, and sure to delight, the Fog Maiden''s sweet dream is made to be shared.

Quiet

release date: Oct 09, 2018
Quiet
In this gorgeous and contemplative New York Times bestselling picture book, legendary author-illustrator Tomie dePaola reminds us that mindfulness—being quiet, still, and present with one another—is a very special thing. Everything is in such a hurry, busy as busy can be. The birds are flying so fast, the dragonfly is zooming over the water—even the trees are waving their leaves. So what if we sit here, you next to me…and we can just be?

In a Small Kingdom

release date: Apr 03, 2018
In a Small Kingdom
This enthralling modern fairy tale from Caldecott and Newbery Honor winner Tomie dePaola and debut illustrator Doug Salati celebrates the greatest power of all: love. In a small kingdom along an ancient road, a bell rings out. The beloved king has died, leaving his magnificent and powerful Imperial Robe to his heir, the young prince. But when the prince’s jealous older half-brother steals the Imperial Robe, slashing it to bits, the prince can no longer rule—and the small kingdom is in great danger. Now the young prince must find another source of power and of strength—and he finds it in a surprising place.

Strega Nona's Magic Ring

release date: Mar 27, 2018
Strega Nona's Magic Ring
Big Anthony gets what he thinks he wants—but like usual, it causes him more trouble than he can handle in this beloved sequel to Tomie dePaola’s Caldecott Honor–winning Strega Nona. Big Anthony has a case of spring fever and he needs a little Night Life to cheer him up! But Big Anthony is afraid that if he goes to the village dance, no one will dance with him. So when Strega Nona goes away on a visit, Big Anthony borrows her magic ring, which turns him into a handsome stranger…

The Clown of God

release date: Mar 06, 2018
The Clown of God
This beautiful new edition of Tomie dePaola’s 1978 classic retelling of a French legend stars a little juggler whose unique talent leads him to what might be a Christmas miracle. Little Giovanni is poor and homeless, but he can do something wonderful: he can juggle. The people of Sorrento marvel at his talents, and before long, he becomes famous throughout Italy for his rainbow of colored balls that delight the nobility and townspeople alike. But as the years pass, Giovanni grows old, and his talents begin to fail him. No longer a celebrated performer, he is once again poor and homeless, begging for his food. Until one Christmas Eve, when Giovanni picks up his rainbow of colored balls once more. And what happens next just might be a miracle…

Petook

release date: Mar 08, 2021
Petook
Petook is a snowy white rooster and proud of his wife''s new brood of chicks, and quick to protect them from an intruding young stranger named Jesus walking through the garden. But when he sees the child kneeling in wonder and caressing his newborn chicks, Petook is soothed and crows happily. Years later, Petook, whose home is in sight of Calvary''s hill, is awaiting another hatching and becomes strangely agitated when he sees men being lifted onto crosses there. He doesn''t know that one of the men being crucified is the same boy who visited Petook''s family long ago. But three days later on Easter morning, as a new brood of chicks hatches that coincides with the Resurrection of the stranger, Petook is inspired to crow with great joy, celebrating the mystery of new life.

Strega Nona's Magic Lessons

release date: Dec 05, 2017
Strega Nona's Magic Lessons
This delightful new edition of Tomie dePaola’s beloved classic tale stars Strega Nona at her trickiest—and bumbling Big Anthony at his silliest! Bambolona is tired of working in her Papa’s bakery. There is far too much to do! So she decides to go to wise Strega Nona and learn a little magic, instead. But here comes Big Anthony. He wants to learn, too…if he doesn’t make a big mess of things first!

The Legend of Old Befana

release date: Nov 07, 2017
The Legend of Old Befana
In this beloved classic picture book, Tomie dePaola retells and illustrates an Italian Christmas folk tale, breathing warmth and humanity into the character of the lonely Old Befana and her endless search for the Christ Child. Every morning and every afternoon, Old Befana sweeps with her broom. “Cranky old lady,” the children say. “She is always sweeping!” Sweep, sweep, sweep. But when a brilliant star glows in the eastern sky one night, and Old Befana encounters the glorious procession of three kings on their way to Bethlehem, her little world will never be the same.

Noah and the Ark

release date: Sep 22, 2020
Noah and the Ark
The late, beloved children''s book writer and illustrator Tomie dePaola, presents his unique, imaginative artwork to bring new life to this beautiful retelling of a well-loved and inspiring Bible story. Noah was a good man, and it was said that he walked with God. So Noah did what God said: He built a huge ark, took his whole family and two of every kind of animal in it, and he waited as the rain poured down for forty days and forty nights . . .

Oliver Button Is a Sissy

release date: Jul 04, 2017
Oliver Button Is a Sissy
This beautiful edition of Tomie dePaola’s progressive 1979 classic stars a special little boy who won’t give up on the dreams that make him unique. Oliver Button is a sissy. At least that’s what the other boys call him. But here’s what Oliver Button really is: a reader, and an artist, and a singer, and a dancer, and more. What will his classmates say when he steps into the spotlight?

Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show

release date: Jun 13, 2017
Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show
Andy and Sandy hit the stage in this fourth book of an easy-to-read picture book series about friendship—from Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis. Outgoing Sandy convinces shy Andy to do a dance at the big talent show. The only problem? Andy doesn’t know how to dance! Luckily, Sandy is a good teacher. But when showtime finally arrives, it’s Sandy who freezes up! A true friend through and through, Andy overcomes his shyness to save the performance. Let’s give a standing ovation to friendship! Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

Strega Nona and Her Tomatoes

release date: May 09, 2017
Strega Nona and Her Tomatoes
Discover brand-new stories about Strega Nona, by acclaimed author and illustrator Tomie dePaola, in this Level 1 Ready-to-Read series that’s perfect for beginning readers! Strega Nona is excited! The tomatoes in her garden are ripe, and she picks enough to fill a basket. She wants to give twenty-four tomatoes to the convent, and counts them out on the kitchen table. She is in the middle of counting when Signora Goat starts to eat the laundry. While Strega Nona is outside, Big Anthony sees the tomatoes and wants to help. Poor Big Anthony. He puts the tomatoes back in the basket!

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

release date: Sep 22, 2020
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
The late, beloved children''s book writer and illustrator Tomie dePaola said that when he was "still an art student and saw the Giotto frescoes of the life of Mary in the Arena Chapel in Padua, Italy, I knew that someday I would create his own visual version of Mary''s life." DePaola''s splendid depiction of the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is sure to touch the heart of every child, and adult. These beautifully written and illustrated episodes draw on the Bible, Church tradition, and pious legend to present the woman chosen by God to bring the Savior into the world. In sharing events from Mary''s birth to her crowning as the Queen of Heaven, these fifteen stories will inspire a lifelong love for and devotion to Mary. They will draw children closer to her son and invite them, like Mary, to say "Yes" to the presence of Jesus in their lives.

Strega Nona and the Twins

release date: May 09, 2017
Strega Nona and the Twins
In this brand-new story from acclaimed author and illustrator Tomie dePaola, Strega Nona babysits twins in a Level 1 Ready-to-Read book that’s perfect for beginning readers! Strega Nona is babysitting twins for the day. Bambolona and Big Anthony help too. The twins, on the other hand, do not help with anything! They get into trouble everywhere they go! Luckily, Strega Nona knows what to do.
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