This fall brings a bountiful crop of picture books given new life in print. From a book of biblical parables by an award-winning author, to the spooky picture book by a well-known record cover designer, to a mid-century classic in verse, there’s plenty of nostalgic appeal for readers young and old.
The Night of Wishes
The author of The Neverending Story weaves a tale about a diabolical sorcerer and his fabled potion, originally published in 1989.
A Drink of Water and Other Stories
Originally published in 1960, this facsimile edition brings back into print the story of a monkey in search of a drink, and the first book illustrated by Blake, who was Britain’s inaugural Children’s Laureate.
Grandpa’s Ghost Stories
An illustrator well-known for his iconic jazz album covers for Columbia Records in the 1940s, Flora’s 1978 collection of illustrated spooky stories is brought back into print. Irwin Chusid of radio station WFMU adds an introduction.
Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry
This illustrated story book about a girl’s discovery of the world of selkies off the Scottish coast became the basis for the 1994 film The Secret of Roan Inish.
The Good Samaritan and Other Parables
Unavailable since the 1980s, dePaola’s book—originally published as The Parables of Jesus—retells Bible stories alongside his signature illustrations.
Jim at the Corner
This illustrated storybook from 1934 comes back into print, with a cast of mischievous monkeys and sea serpents.
Tuwim’s book, published in Poland in 1939, contains three poems connected like the cars of a train.