Celebrate 50 Years of Heartfelt Children’s Literature with Leo Lionni!

When you see Leo Lionni’s name on a picture book, you know you’re in for a magical storytime treat! Lionni, author and illustrator of FOUR Caldecott Honor Books, was commended in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award (Posthumous). Random House Children’s Books is honored to have Lionni on our list, and we will forever celebrate his masterful storytelling. Enjoy these four new paperback editions and a few of his most beloved backlist titles. Visit Leo Lionni’s author page to learn more about his incredible career.

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New Paperback Editions!

Little Blue and Little Yellow

Little Blue and Little Yellow By Leo Lionni

Ages 3–7
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year

With few words, lots of white space, and splotches of color, this picture book tells of two friends who share wonderful adventures until the day they can’t find each other. When Little Blue and Little Yellow finally meet again, they hug each other joyously—and turn green! How they recapture their identities provides an ending that delights preschoolers, while teaching them that mixing blue and yellow makes green. This was Leo Lionni’s first children’s book.

Frederick

Frederick By Leo Lionni

Ages 3–7
A Caldecott Honor Book
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year
A Library of Congress Children’s Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Winter is coming, and all the mice are gathering food . . . except Frederick. But when the days grow short and the snow begins to fall, it’s Frederick’s stories that warm the hearts and spirits of his fellow field mice.

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse By Leo Lionni

Ages 3–7
A Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Children’s Book
A Christopher Award Winner
A New York Times Outstanding Children’s Book of the Year

Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled? thinks Alexander, who wishes he could be a wind-up mouse, too.

Swimmy

Swimmy By Leo Lionni

Ages 3–7
A Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Children’s Book
A Christopher Award Winner
A New York Times Outstanding Children’s Book of the Year

Deep in the sea lives a happy school of fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and teamwork—they can overcome any danger.

Beloved Backlist Titles

The Alphabet Tree
The Biggest House in the World
A Color of His Own
Colors, Numbers, Letters
Cornelius
An Extraordinary Egg
Fish is Fish
Geraldine, The Music Mouse
Inch by Inch
It's Mine!
Let's Play
Nicolas, Where Have You Been?
Pezzettino
Six Crows
Tico and the Golden Wings
Tillie and the Wall
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