Ways of Seeing

Two new books show how photography can bring a picture book to life.

‘Rain Reign,’ by Ann M. Martin

Ann M. Martin tells the story of a lonely fifth-grade girl with autism who finds a soul mate in a stray dog.

Growing a Library-Tree

In the third offering in the Red Knit Cap Girl picture-book series, the heroine and her animal friends create a library in an inviting tree.

Into the Woods

Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti reinvent “Hansel and Gretel.”

Picture This

A posthumously published Richard Scarry book, and writer-illustrator Amy Schwartz’s latest, share the pleasure of cataloging the world.

By the Sea, You and Me

A new picture book tells a magically simple tale of a lonely boy, a stranded whale and a dad who rises to the occasion.

The World at Night

A new picture book says goodnight in a blissful pastoral setting.

CHILDREN'S BOOKS; Bookshelf: Laughs

SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE By Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. 36 pp. Candlewick. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 2 to 8) 
Two brothers are determined to find “something spectacular” in this clever second...