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Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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Ella Who? Cover Image
By Linda Ashman, Sara Sanchez (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454919049
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - April 11th, 2017

It’s moving day and look who slipped in the door: an elephant! This first person picture book from celebrated author Linda Ashman is great for soon-to-be movers and curious kiddos alike.
- Jana


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Morris Mole Cover Image
By Dan Yaccarino, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062411075
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

Morris may be the littlest mole, but he has the biggest ideas! Morris Mole is a fun story filled with great illustrations! Morris proves that thinking outside of the box can save the day. 

— Bella


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Short Stories for Little Monsters Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781554988969
Availability: Special Order
Published: Groundwood Books - March 14th, 2017

What games do cats play? What do trees talk about? Short Stories For Little Monsters dives into the imaginative world of children with short, quirky comic-style stories. This collection is fun to read, fun to read to someone else, and all over just fun-ny!

— Jana


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Cinnamon Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Divya Srinivasan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062399618
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

An exquisite, beautifully illustrated tale from the brilliant mind of Neil Gaiman featuring the artwork of Divya Srinivasan. Princess Cinnamon is blind and does not speak. What will her parents offer to the one who can teach her to speak? And do the rules change when the solution comes from an unexpected place? A subtle lesson in language. 

— Lindsey

 


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Bad Guy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481460101
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 9th, 2017

What a great book about being a bad guy!  This bad guy has a devious plan, and won't let much get in his way- especially playing nice with his sister!  But it turns out she just might have plans of her own.

— Kelly


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If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316376617
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

You can do anything in the library except clap, cheer, hand out concessions, and...bring a circus. A funny story of why it is better to sit, read, and use your imagination in the library! Great pictures!

— Karen


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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings Cover Image
By Jo Witek, Christine Roussey (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419713101
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - October 14th, 2014

This book is my absolute favorite pick for baby showers! It has bold beautiful colors for infants and explains the emotions that 2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds feel every day.

— Carlene


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The Three Billy Goats Gruff Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316341578
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 9th, 2017

This is the tale that made me look under bridges for trolls!! I was deliciously afraid of finding one! 

— Mary T


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Mine! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452152349
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 9th, 2017

Great real aloud (and laugh aloud)! Great for sibs that are going through the MINE! stage, whether age 6 or 16!

— Mary T


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Shawn Loves Sharks Cover Image
By Curtis Manley, Tracy Subisak (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626721340
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 25th, 2017

Shawn LOVES sharks, and when Stacy is assigned the Great White as her subject for the class project on predators, Shawn reacts just as any of us would: with panic.Shawn Loves Sharks is a great picture book to start conversations about friendship building, bullying, and disappointment. With the story woven into the illustrations, it’s an easy one for little eyes to follow along.

— Jana


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Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780714871431
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Published: Phaidon Press - May 23rd, 2016

The perfect gift for the little sailor! 

— Mary T


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Pond Cover Image
By Jim LaMarche, Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481447355
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 13th, 2016

Is there anything more wonderful than a POND to explore? This timeless book also contains an ecological message to talk about! 

— Mary T


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Away Cover Image
By Emil Sher, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781554984831
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Published: Groundwood Books - April 11th, 2017

Life is busy and sometimes families don’t get to spend enough time together, but Skip and her mom find a way in this charming story. Told only with exchanged notes, we learn that it is possible to stay close. A perfect book for today’s world.

— Susan


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Bloom: An Ode to Spring Cover Image
By Deborah Diesen, Mary Lundquist (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374302504
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - March 7th, 2017

In a simple, quiet way, this beautiful book describes the very essence of motherhood. It will probably make your mother cry. A treasure!

— Jamie


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I Love Mom with the Very Hungry Caterpillar Cover Image
By Eric Carle (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780451533463
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - March 14th, 2017

Clever words accompany Carle’s iconic drawings. Little ones will love spotting their favorite caterpillar hiding on each page.

— Jamie


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Life on Mars Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399538520
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Published: Dial Books - February 28th, 2017

A future classic. This funny, sweet gem by Jon Agee is a story about trusting your instincts and enjoying the journey. Kids will get a kick out of the adventure in space, while adults won’t be able to take the smiles off their faces. Don’t miss the last page.

— Meg


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The Cow Said Meow Cover Image
By John Himmelman, John Himmelman (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627793780
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 15th, 2016

If you were an animal outside on a rainy day, wouldn't you look for a way to get inside a nice, warm house?  These clever animals sure would!  This book uses its few words to hilarious effect, and the adorable illustrations add to the zany and charming story.

— Kelly


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One Very Big Bear Cover Image
By Alice Briere-Haquet, Olivier Philipponneau (Illustrator), Raphaele Enjary (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781419721175
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 4th, 2016

This is an adorable counting book with charming illustrations! Bear thinks that he must be the biggest thing around- but the other, smaller animals try to prove him wrong.  When six sardines take their turn, Bear has had enough!

— Kelly


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Magritte's Apple Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781633450165
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - October 11th, 2016

As this book itself says, René Magritte "painted the impossible so that it was possible. He painted the extraordinary so that it was ordinary". What a wonderful look at Surrealism, and art that is unexpected, confusing or challenging, for your budding artist or art lover!

— Kelly


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Little Night Cat Cover Image
By Sonja Danowski, Sonja Danowski (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780735842663
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Published: NorthSouth (NY) - October 2016

Little Night Cat by Sonja Danowski is the most beautifully illustrated picture book to be released this year.  This book will be your go-to read all fall and winter long. 

~ Emily


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Leave Me Alone! Cover Image
By Vera Brosgol, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626724419
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 13th, 2016

What grandmother doesn't understand the need for a few moments of peace and quiet?  In this folktale-infused story, one woman goes to extreme lengths to tackle her knitting undisturbed.  From mountain goats to moon-men, there is no one she will not demand some peace from!  Fantastically illustrated!

— Kelly


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The Cookie Fiasco Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Dan Santat, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484726365
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 20th, 2016

Four friends are faced with quite a problem- only three cookies to share between them! There are a number of solutions that occur to them, but can they come to a good decision as a group?  Adorable and funny!

— Kelly


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I Will Not Eat You Cover Image
By Adam Lehrhaupt, Scott Magoon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481429337
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 6th, 2016

Should Theodore eat the bird?  Or the wolf?  Or the tiger?  Or… maybe he should eat the boy!  But this boy might be more than just a meal.  Could he be a FRIEND?  Find out in this ridiculously silly book!              

~ Susan


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Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty Cover Image
By A. N. Kang, A. N. Kang (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484717981
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 6th, 2016

Papillon is NOT fat. He is just very, very FLUFFY. So fluffy, in fact, that he is prone to floating away unless weighed down with something. Papillon does not like this option very much. What will happen to Papillon when he is tempted out of the window by a new friend? Completely adorable!           

~ Kelly


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Leaping Lemmings! Cover Image
By John Briggs, Nicola Slater (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454918196
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 6th, 2016

 

This is a vibrant book with a strong message: that being your own person and following your own path is great!  One lemming is not like the others, and has no desire to be… but will any of his lemming friends decide to make their own individual choices too?  The gorgeous illustrations are the perfect finishing touch on a great story.

 ~ Kelly


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Eat, Sleep, Poop Cover Image
By Alexandra Penfold, Jane Massey (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385755030
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

Being a baby is hard.  There’s so much to do every day!  Read along as this little one gets settled into their day to day routine.  This book is a must have for new parents!  And it’s so true!!  Eat, Sleep, Poop, LAUGH!!

- Kathy


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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn Cover Image
By Kenard Pak, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627794152
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 16th, 2016

This is a GORGEOUS book that beautifully illustrates the transition from summer into fall.  An afternoon walk turns into a great way to visit all the living things that are preparing for the change in seasons, as the air cools and fall approaches!  

~ Kelly


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10 Little Ninjas Cover Image
By Miranda Paul, Nate Wragg (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780553534979
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 9th, 2016

This is my favorite picture book in the Kids Room right now! Think 10 little monkeys jumping on the bed but with Ninjas!  And firefighters and cowboys and tigers and . . . well, you get the picture.  A silly, fun, rhyming story that is perfect for any little one!     

~ Kathy


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Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545914383
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 26th, 2016

OMG this book KILLS it!  Little Red is heroically fierce, spunky, and hilarious.  A perfect adaptation of the classic fairy tale.             

~ Sophie


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The Truth about My Unbelievable Summer . . . Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781452144832
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Published: Chronicle Books - July 5th, 2016

What if your teachers asked you what you did this summer?  What would you tell them?  I hope you can say it was a grand adventure like this boy and his dog went on!  A story not to be believed!  I love this one!                     

~ Susan