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

By Michael Ende, illus. by Regina Kehn (Oct. 3, NYRB, hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-68137-188-7).

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

By John Yeoman, illus. by Quentin Blake (Oct. 5, Thames & Hudson, hardcover, $14.95, ISBN 978-0-500-65135-3).

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

By James Flora (Oct. 10, Feral House, hardcover, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-62731-052-9).

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

By Rosalie K. Fry (Oct. 24, NYRB, hardcover, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-68137-166-5).

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

By Tomie dePaola (Oct. 31, Holiday House, hardcover, $17.95, ISBN 978-0-8234-3888-4).

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

By Eleanor Farjeon, illus. by Edward Ardizzone (Nov. 14, NYRB, hardcover, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-68137-164-1).

This illustrated storybook from 1934 comes back into print, with a cast of mischievous monkeys and sea serpents. 


By Julian Tuwim, illus. by Lewitt and Him (Nov. 14, Thames & Hudson, hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-500-65097-4).

Tuwim’s book, published in Poland in 1939, contains three poems connected like the cars of a train.