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Fall preview 2014: picture books

51v3F+HGBjL._SL500_Tundra Books brings us the latest visual treat from the multi-talented Cybèle Young. For Nancy Knows ($19.99 cl., Aug.), Young created intricate, miniature paper sculptures to tell the story of an elephant with a faulty memory. • Artist and author Elly MacKay of Owen Sound, Ontario, puts her signature stamp on Loretta Holland’s Fall Leaves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Thomas Allen & Son, $21.99 cl., Sept.), which pairs MacKay’s magical cut-paper scenes with Holland’s spare text to capture the changing seasons. • No doubt prolific kidlit author Helaine Baker and illustrator Werner Zimmermann hope Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells (Scholastic Canada, $16.99 cl.) will strike as popular a note as their previous collaboration, the instant classic A Porcupine in a Pine Tree. The book arrives in October, just in time for the holidays.

Nova Scotia guidance counsellor Nancy Rose’s The Secret Life of Squirrels (Puffin Canada, $19.99 cl., Oct.) documents the furry denizens of her backyard in photographs staged to depict the rodents barbecuing, playing piano, and reading. • Saskatchewan YA author Alice Kuipers takes a break from teen angst to present The Best-Ever Bookworm Book (Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group, $19 cl., Dec.). Illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia, the story-within-a-story focuses on twins Violet and Victor Small and some book-related sibling rivalry. • Kids are sure to get a kick out of Dojo Daycare (Owlkids Books, $16.95 cl.) from writer and illustrator Chris Tougas, which lands (with stealthy grace) in September.

Montreal’s The Secret Mountain is releasing I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly ($22.95 cl.), illustrated by Quebec artist Pis­Hier, in September. The book, based on folk singer Alan Mills’ classic composition, will be accompanied by a CD featuring other songs by Mills, performed by Thomas Hellman a51NcEHP+c4L._SL500_nd Emilie Clepper. • Novelist, playwright, and jazz singer Martha Brooks will publish Winter Moon Song ($18.95 cl.) with Groundwood in August. The story of why we see a rabbit on the moon, with art by Spanish illustrator Leticia Ruifernández, is inspired by a Lakota elder’s telling of the tale. • The Spirit of the Sea (Inhabit Media, $16.95 cl., Nov.) by Nunavut author Rebecca Hainnu tells of Sedna, one of the key figures in Inuit mythology. Malaysian comic-book artist Hwei Lim illustrates. • Toronto author Michael Moniz drew inspiration from Aesop’s fables for The Cardinal and the Crow (Simply Read Books, $18.95 cl., Sept.), which imparts a meaningful lesson about pride.