New Release Books by Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is the author of Strega Nona and Her Tomatoes (2017), Strega Nona and the Twins (2017), Strega Nona Does It Again (2017), Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi (2020) and other 310 books.

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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!

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.

Strega Nona Does It Again

release date: Apr 01, 2017
Strega Nona Does It Again
Tomie dePaola''s beloved and bestselling Strega Nona is back, with the perfect remedy for a houseguest who overstays her welcome. Angelina is so beautiful that all the young men in the village are chasing her, but the one she has eyes for doesn''t know she exists. At his wits'' end, her father sends her to his dear cousin--Strega Nona. Strega Nona, Big Anthony, and Bambolona are excited to have a houseguest, but they''re in for a surprise. Angelina is a spoiled young lady used to being boss, and before they know it, Big Anthony is her new footman and Bambolona is her maid. Her nonstop demands have the whole household in a tizzy! It''s up to Strega Nona to devise a plan that will make everyone happy--including two comically vain young lovers.

Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi

release date: Mar 05, 2020
Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi
A new edition of a beloved book on Brother Francis of Assisi by internationally acclaimed illustrator and author of children''s books, Tomie dePaola. Among his many wonderful books on saints, this one fulfilled his lifelong ambition to bring the story of St. Francis to people of all ages and cultures. Drawing on his extensive artistic background, primary source material, and two trips to Assisi, he has made this dream come true with this volume. While aimed at children ages 5 and up, it is suitable for all ages, telling the complete story of St. Francis in a simple and powerful style, with so many inspiring details of his humble life. Illustrated with dePaola''s inspiring and delicate artwork in deep earth tones watercolors.

Andy & Sandy and the First Snow

release date: Oct 18, 2016
Andy & Sandy and the First Snow
Andy and Sandy play in the snow in this third book of the 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. When the first big snow of winter hits, Sandy wants to play outside—but Andy isn’t so sure. After all, snow is very wet and very cold! But Sandy drags Andy along to make a snowman, go sledding, and make snow angels. Will Andy discover that snow can be fun—despite being wet and cold? Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

Andy & Sandy's Anything Adventure

release date: Mar 08, 2016
Andy & Sandy's Anything Adventure
From Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis comes the second book in an easy-to-read picture book series about friendship. Andy is small. Sandy is tall. Andy is quiet. Sandy is LOUD. Andy and Sandy may be opposites, but they’re best friends. And when they get together to play dress up, anything can happen. Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

When Andy Met Sandy

release date: Mar 08, 2016
When Andy Met Sandy
From Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis comes the first book in a brand-new easy-to-read picture book series about friendship. Andy is small. Sandy is tall. Andy is quiet. Sandy is LOUD. But when these two seemingly opposites meet at a playground one day, it might just be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

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?

Andy, That's My Name

release date: Oct 13, 2015
Andy, That's My Name
Several kids looking for something to do make words from the letters in little Andy''s name.

Song of Francis

release date: Sep 13, 2022
Song of Francis
This new edition of the joyful celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi features a contemporary design and beloved Tomie dePaola’s signature art refreshed to its original brilliance and vivacity. Come and bless the Lord, Because the Lord loves you. Francis is so full of God’s love that he wants to sing His praises. His glorious singing inspires birds of every color, and even the sun and moon, to join him in joyful celebration. Tomie dePaola’s simple text and vibrant, fully refreshed illustrations bring the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi to life for even the youngest children.

Michael Bird-Boy

release date: Oct 13, 2015
Michael Bird-Boy
Originally published: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1975.

My First Thanksgiving

release date: Aug 11, 2015
My First Thanksgiving
Tomie dePaola’s simple text and bright illustrations perfectly capture the joy of this special holiday. Young readers will love learning more about the traditional celebrations of the day.

The Good Samaritan and Other Parables

release date: Nov 12, 2019
The Good Samaritan and Other Parables
Back in print, a collection of seventeen well-loved parables of Jesus, from the bestselling author-illustrator of Quiet, Strega Nona, and many more. In simple, lyrical language, appropriate for young readers, Tomie dePaola introduces the best-known parables of Jesus, including the Mustard Seed, the Prodigal Son, and the Lost Sheep. Illustrated with bold, jewel-toned paintings inspired by early Christian art of the Romanesque period, this collection is perfect to share with families or classrooms as an introduction to these familiar Biblical tales. Originally published as The Parables of Jesus, this new edition features a graceful new design.

My First Halloween

release date: Aug 11, 2015
My First Halloween
Tomie dePaola’s warm illustrations capture the fun moments of Halloween that become wonderful memories for the family. This is an irresistible addition to every child’s bag of treats.

When Everyone Was Fast Asleep

release date: Aug 13, 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.

My First Passover

release date: Feb 05, 2015
My First Passover
Passover is a time for families and friends to celebrate their faith and shared history. Tomie dePaola’s simple text and beautiful illustrations provide insight into this special holiday for young readers.

My First Easter

release date: Feb 05, 2015
My First Easter
The importance of family and sharing are beautifully shown in this book all about Easter celebrations. Tomie dePaola’s bright illustrations and easy-to-follow text explain the traditions associated with this special holiday.

The Andy & Sandy Paperback Collection

release date: Apr 09, 2019
The Andy & Sandy Paperback Collection
Join Andy & Sandy for four easy-to-read picture book adventures with this paperback boxed set from Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis. Meet Andy and Sandy! Come along as they play dress-up… experience the first snow of winter… enter the big talent show… and no matter what, have fun together as friends! Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this charming series is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own. This adorable collection includes: When Andy Met Sandy Andy & Sandy’s Anything Adventure Andy & Sandy and the First Snow Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show

The Magical World of Strega Nona: a Treasury

release date: Jan 01, 2015
The Magical World of Strega Nona: a Treasury
"A treasury of six previously published stories about Strega Nona, the ''grandmother witch,'' and her sidekick, the bumbling Big Anthony, plus new material including introductions, a map, recipes, and an original lullaby (with sheet music and a CD)"

Jack

release date: Sep 16, 2014
Jack
Beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola’s take on traditional “Jack tales”—in which a young hero ventures out to seek his fortune and gains it through luck or pluck—is perfect for preschoolers. His hero’s reward is a wealth of animal friends who increase in number—and volume—as the story progresses. When Jack sets out to see the world and find a place of his own, he’s surprised to attract a following of enthusiastic animal friends eager to join him on his quest. Jack and his entourage all have high hopes that they will find just what they are looking for as they travel on their merry way. Children will delight in the cumulative chorus of animal sounds as the pages get more and more crowded with the residents of this delightful kingdom.

An Early American Christmas

release date: Nov 05, 2013
An Early American Christmas
A new family shows the neighborhood what Christmas is all about In this small New England village, no one makes much of a fuss about Christmas—until a new family moves in, that is. The family works tirelessly to prepare for the holiday: decorating the house, hand-dipping candles, baking mounds of delicious cookies, and carving nativity pieces. In the end, these new neighbors show their small village how to celebrate the holiday in a very special way. This fixed-layout ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book, features read-along narration.

Andy and Sandy and the Big Talent Show

release date: Apr 09, 2019
Andy and Sandy and the Big Talent Show
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!

The Family Christmas Tree Book

release date: Nov 05, 2013
The Family Christmas Tree Book
One family tells the history of the Christmas tree while decorating its own In this warmly illustrated book, a family trims its Christmas tree. As the mother, father, grandmother, and children decorate together, they tell the story of how Christmas trees came to be, including the changes in size and appearance over time, and the way ornaments were first introduced. Tomie dePaola effortlessly weaves together little-known historical facts with the story of one family’s traditions. This fixed-layout ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book, features read-along narration.

Fin M'Coul, the Giant of Knockmany Hill

release date: Jun 18, 2013
Fin M'Coul, the Giant of Knockmany Hill
An ALA Notable Children’s Book Fin’s wife saves him from the most feared giant in Ireland. This fixed-layout ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book, features read-along narration by the author.

Saint Patrick

release date: Jan 15, 2019
Saint Patrick
From the author of Strega Nona and Quiet comes an illustrated tribute to the Irish patron saint--now in a special format just right for the youngest readers. Beloved children''s book author-illustrator Tomie dePaola recounts the life of Saint Patrick--from his noble birth in Britain, to his captivity in Ireland, to the visions which led him to return and found the first Christian church in Ireland. With his signature bold illustrations and engaging prose, Tomie dePaola recounts a number of legends about the Saint--including the well-known story of how he drove the snakes from Ireland, and his association with the shamrock, as well as less familiar details of his journeys. This timeless story, now available in a sturdy, colorful board book format, is a perfect introduction to these important Irish legends, and an ideal St. Patrick''s Day gift-- perfect for sharing with your family. For older readers, the large-format edition Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland includes even more information, and a note from the author about his inspiration.

The Lady of Guadalupe

release date: Jun 18, 2013
The Lady of Guadalupe
A gorgeously depicted story of the Lady of Guadalupe and her love for the people of Mexico In stunning words and images, Tomie dePaola renders the beautiful story of the Mother of God appearing to an indigenous man in Mexico to teach true peace to the native people. In these visitations, the Lady of Guadalupe shows her great love for the Mexican people, and proves that culture need not be obliterated to bring the Christian faith to others. The beauty of the Lady’s love is reflected in dePaola’s spectacular watercolor illustrations. This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.

The Kids' Cat Book

release date: Jun 18, 2013
The Kids' Cat Book
This warmly illustrated picture book is full cats—and lots of cat facts! Did you know that: - Some cats do not have tails?- The ancient Egyptians worshiped cats as gods?- Some cats have curly hair, like poodles? Even their whiskers are curly! Granny Twinkle knows everything there is to know about cats. When Patrick visits to pick out a free kitten, he ends up knowing everything, too. After you read this picture book by Tomie dePaola, you’ll know a lot about cats! This fixed-layout ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book, features read-along narration by the author.

Look and Be Grateful

release date: Jan 08, 2019
Look and Be Grateful
Celebrate the joy in things large and small in this meditative board book, sized just right for small hands. "Today is today, and it is a gift," writes Tomie dePaola, best-selling author-illustrator of Quiet, in this simple ode to gratitude and mindfulness. Simple and sweet, Look and Be Grateful is a reminder to treat each day as the blessing it is. Now available in sturdy board-book format, this edition is ideal for easter baskets. Illustrated with Tomie''s signature soft lines and gentle colors, a young boy awakens with the dawn, opens his eyes and looks closely at his world. He admires all that surrounds him, large and small, from the radiant sun to a tiny, but exquisite, ladybug. Gentle and lyrical, Look and Be Grateful is a simple expression of gratitude, ideal to share with the youngest readers and adults alike.

The Parables of Jesus

release date: Jun 18, 2013
The Parables of Jesus
Beautifully illustrated Gospel stories from Tomie dePaola, winner of a Newbery Honor, a Regina Medal, and many other awards. An illustrated retelling of seventeen parables used by Jesus Christ in his teachings. Includes “The Good Samaritan,“ “The Lost Sheep,” “The Laborers in the Vineyard,” and “The Prodigal Son.” This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.

The Hunter and the Animals

release date: Jun 18, 2013
The Hunter and the Animals
A wordless story told in stunning images This story has no words—but it doesn’t need them. Tomie dePaola’s beautiful illustrations evoke the style of Hungarian folk art as each page paints the story of a hunter who comes to the forest. When he can’t find any animals, the discouraged hunter falls asleep. While he’s sleeping, the animals play a trick on him! Look closely—many animals are hiding in the pictures. This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.

Songs of the Fog Maiden

release date: Jun 18, 2013
Songs of the Fog Maiden
With colorful illustrations and songs written by Tomie dePaola, the world of the Fog Maiden is filled with magic As she drifts through her Day Garden, the Fog Maiden passes flowing crystal fountains, rows of dancing statues, and secret, shadowy places where she can stop and rest. In each place, she sings a special song. At twilight, her cat Token joins her. They take a Night Garden walk as Star-Flowers and Moon-Flowers tumble from the sky. Then it is time to leave for their enchanting night journey. Token and the Fog Maiden first made their appearance in dePaola’s book When Everyone Was Fast Asleep. As in the previous book, the gifted author/artist has created beautiful, dreamlike landscapes in magnificent full-color paintings. The words and pictures capture the experience of childhood imaginations. This fixed-layout ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book, features read-along narration by the author.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

release date: Jun 18, 2013
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
A beautifully illustrated picture book portrayal of the life of Mary, mother of Jesus Mary has captured the hearts of people throughout the centuries. Great cathedrals have been built in her honor. Many Christians venerate her image. Nearly 80,000 visions of Mary have been claimed since the third century AD. Drawing on scripture, legend, and tradition, Tomie dePaola re-tells the story of Mary’s life in fifteen beautifully illustrated, child-friendly segments. This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.
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