Companion Books in 2016

Holy moly. There are hundreds of wonderful picture books in store for us in 2016. I want-want-want so many of them.  On top of all of the upcoming standalones, I am really excited for some companion books.

For instance….


Hotel Bruce

Written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

(Disney*Hyperion, October 18, 2016)

**companion to Mother Bruce**

When Bruce gets home from a southern migration trip with his goslings, he is tired. He is grumpy. And he is definitely not in the mood to share his home with the trio of mice who have turned his den into a hotel.

There’s a possum pillow fight wreaking havoc in one room, a fox luring guests into a stew in the kitchen, and a snuggly crew of critters hogging the bed. Bruce growls and grumbles and tries to throw them all out, but the entrepreneurial mice just can’t take a hint. Bruce is in a little over his head, especially once the goslings join the staff. Will this grumpy bear ever get his quiet, peaceful den back to himself?



I Don’t Want to Be Big

Written by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt

(Doubleday Books for Young Readers, October 11, 2016)

**companion to I Don’t Want to Be a Frog**

Frog does NOT want to grow up. Doesn’t need to be tall. Doesn’t want to be able to jump high enough to see the tree frogs. He’s just FINE being small. Besides, if you grow up, you don’t get to do fun things like jump in mud puddles with your best friend, Pig. Do you?


hungry bird

Hungry Bird

Written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

(Scholastic Press, sometime this year!)

**companion to Grumpy Bird and Boo Hoo Bird**

I could not locate a description of this book, but I don’t even need one to know I MUST HAVE IT. My heart started racing when I first found out this book was in the works. Actually, it’s still racing. Thank you, Mr. Tankard, for bringing back my favorite bird.


Want to know what else to look forward in 2016? Dylan Tuet, mega-fan and supporter of children’s literature, has made it easy. Check out his amazing lists!

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Psst! I’m also looking forward to these companion books, Ginny Louise and the School Field Day (Disney*Hyperion, June 14, 2016) and Your Alien Returns (Sterling, October 4, 2016), written by yours truly.

What companion book are YOU looking forward to seeing?



Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the country. She has more than 30 published picture books and has many others on the way. Her books have received awards, earned starred reviews, made lists, been made into musicals, and been translated into many different languages. Most importantly, kids really like her books! To learn more about Tammi and her books, please visit and follow her on Twitter at @SauerTammi.


  1. Wow, I see the old Amazon card is going to have some serious charges in 2016. I look forward to your book, Tammi.

  2. It’s self-serving, but … SOPHIE’S SQUASH GO TO SCHOOL coming in late June.

  3. Congratulations, Pat, and thank you, Tammi for these great recommendations!

  4. Wow! A lot of treats for 2016! Amazon and the library will get a lot of purchase orders. Thank you for the recommendations, Tammi and mucho congratulations!

  5. Fun! Fun! Fun! Thanks for the companion highlights and links to Dylan’s site!

  6. How fun! I look forward to reading all these books. Also confirms that character-driven books with series potential are popular. Thanks for sharing, Tammi!

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