Good Night, Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann                               www.peggyrathmann.com
A must-have board book for all babies.  Good night, Gorilla.  Good night, Elephant.  It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep.  Or are they?  Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin?  Good night, Giraffe.  Good night, Hyena.  Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.

Peter's Trucks

by Sallie Wolf                                 www.salliewolfauthor.com

An ingenious format for rehearsing a favorite topic: in pleasantly cadenced, repetitive verse, newcomer Wolf describes Peter’s survey of the trucks he sees in his city neighborhood and on a visit to the country. Questioning their drivers, he learns (Epaminandos-style) that, despite the picture on its door, the milkman’s truck contains no cows, just milk; the gasoline truck holds not milk, but gas, and so on until, coming satisfyingly full circle, he finds a farmer’s truck full of cows. Using sturdy broken lines and bright added color, Bowman depicts the trucks in bold but loving detail whie providing a multiracial cast of men and women to drive them. Just right for the “Vroom vrooom” set.

Bike On, Bear!

by Cynthea Liu                                    www.cynthealiu.com
Bear can do everything—except ride a bike.  Discover how he overcomes his two-wheeled challenge in this irresistibly adorable picture book!  Bear can do almost anything.  His one-paw pawstand is perfection.  He can solve the trickiest of equations.  He can even out-build a brigade of beavers.  But the one thing Bear can’t do?  Ride a bike.  Bear tries everything to help him learn: library books, training wheels and super-cheers from his fellow animal friends.  But all of those fail to get poor Bear on two wheels.  The situation is looking unbearable—but an unexpected mishap might be just the thing that propels Bear to bike on!

Friendshape

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, il. Tom Lichtenheld          www.whoisamy.com

Friends shape who we are. They make us laugh. They fill us with fun. They stand by us during life's up and downs. And even when we disagree with our friends, if they're tried-and-true, they don't stay bent out of shape for long. That's the beauty of a good buddy. This joyous book rejoices in the simple beauties of friendship, and reminds readers of all ages that it's good to have a group of pals.

Who Said Coo?
by Deborah Ruddell, il. Robin Luebs                   deborahruddell.com

Lulu is one seriously sleepy pig. But every time she snuggles in her cozy bed, she’s disturbed by the noises of two naughty birds outside her window. Whoooooo…Coooooo….Lulu must find a way to get her wide-awake pals to pipe down. But as her frustration grows, will she be able to ask them nicely? Brimming with pitch-perfect rhymes, fun-to-say animal noises, and heaps of humor, this book is a delightful read-aloud that’s perfect for bedtime—or anytime!

Steam Train, Dream Train
by Sherri Duskey Rinker, il. Tom Lichtenheld         www.sherririnker.com

The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another fabulous book for bedtime! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!