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Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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Black Is a Rainbow Color Cover Image
By Angela Joy, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726314
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 14th, 2020

The breadth of cultural inspiration is staggering, an artistic celebration that stands head and shoulders above the crowd.

— Matt


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Lola Dutch I Love You So Much (Lola Dutch Series) Cover Image
By Kenneth Wright, Sarah Jane Wright (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547601172
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - December 31st, 2019

In this sweet picture book, Lola Dutch demonstrates there's no better way to show how much we love someone than by acts of kindness and generosity. And when we take the time to do this, we also feel good about ourselves. Add to that, just like the other stories, there are paper dolls on the back jacket flap that will encourage acting out the story again and again.

— Susan


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My Book with No Pictures Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593111017
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Published: Dial Books - November 19th, 2019

A perfect mash-up between the original and your own imagination! Novak now allows you to include your own ideas and crazy words into the book. Enjoy this BLURG BORK book!

— Lindsay A.


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One Snowy Morning Cover Image
By Kevin Tseng, Dana Wulfekotte (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780735230415
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Published: Dial Books - November 5th, 2019

Every child may know what a snowman looks like, but not every critter does! Children will be delighted by the many ways these woodland friends "repurpose" the odd collection they find stuck in a pile of snow.

— Laura


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The Serious Goose Cover Image
By Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Kimmel (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525707752
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 3rd, 2019

If you have to get a gift for a FUNNY + GOOFY kid, look no further. I laughed, I giggled, I never wanted it to end. Bravo Kimmel!

— Lindsay A.


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Pokko and the Drum Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480390
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 1st, 2019

Elegantly beautiful illustrations and simple sentences tell the story of a young frog and her brand new drum. This picture book will have you giggling and inspire kids and adults to get out their own musical instruments to join in the fun. Fans of Jon Klassen will love this one too.  

— Lindsey


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Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist Cover Image
By Julie Leung, Chris Sasaki (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771874
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 24th, 2019

An inspiring story about a young immigrant artist who created all the background art for Walt Disney’s Bambi. Beautifully illustrated!

— Barb L.


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Sulwe Cover Image
By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425361
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

Multi-talented Lupita Nyong'o's Sulwe is a story about a girl who feels "less-than" in comparison to those around her. The moving story is told as she learns to embrace what maker her her, and the gorgeous illustrations throughout will resonate with readers of all ages.

— Kelly


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River Cover Image
By Elisha Cooper, Elisha Cooper (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338312263
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Published: Orchard Books - October 1st, 2019

Elisha Cooper has graced us with yet another fabulous book. Journey down the Hudson River and follow a woman's canoe trip where she encounters wildlife and the mountain environment. Not just for children, River is a gorgeous compliment to nature and art enthusiasts alike.

— Lindsay A.


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My Big Bear, My Little Bear and Me (Somos8) Cover Image
By Margarita del Mazo, Rocio Bonilla (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9788417123505
Availability: Backordered
Published: Nubeocho - October 22nd, 2019

Every father will see themselves in this charming book. The special relationship between a father and daughter is celebrated in sweet poignant vignettes as a young girl explains what her big bear and little bear each mean to her.   

— Jamie


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Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324003441
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Published: Norton Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

Hammers are great, but not everything is a nail. A simple lesson applicable across all of life’s problems. Children will laugh as Mr. Nogginbody learns the limitations of brute force.

— Andrew


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Stretchy McHandsome Cover Image
By Judy Schachner, Judy Schachner (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803741218
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Published: Dial Books - October 8th, 2019

If you are looking for a seriously fun picture book with a lot of heart, than you have found it! Following the paw prints of Skippy JonJones, Judy Schachner has created yet another fabulous feline cast of characters you will love! The adoringly funny illustrations and rhyming text will have you enjoying this perfect read aloud over and over again, guaranteed!

— Tonya


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A Stone Sat Still: (Environmental and Nature Picture Book for Kids, Perspective Book for Preschool and Kindergarten, Award Winning Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452173184
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 27th, 2019

For a book to really stay with me it has to be important, thoughtful, and passionate. A Stone Sat Still will stay with me for years to come. A book about perspective, change, and possibilities.

— Lindsay A.


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Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet Cover Image
By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534467781
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 24th, 2019

I want to be Greta Thunberg when I grow up. With many school climate strikes taking place, this is a great read to educate kids on whats happening around them. Its also a wonderful example of persistence and determination for all ages.

— Lindsay A.


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The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780593115015
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Published: Philomel Books - September 17th, 2019

"How can you love me when you do not understand me?" An absolute urgent/timely fable by mastermind Oliver Jeffers. While greed and the need for possession are at an ever present high, this gorgeous tale is a great lesson of how to treat others.

— Lindsay A.


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The Scarecrow Cover Image
By Beth Ferry, The Fan Brothers (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062475763
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Published: HarperCollins - September 3rd, 2019

This is the beautiful story of an unlikely friendship that bestows an important message: the choices you make and actions you take make you who you are, not your looks, beliefs, or stereotypes. The soft, natural illustrations from the Fan Brothers bring this tender story to life. It is a perfect book to celebrate the fulfillment of friendship while demonstrating the cyclical rhythm to nature and life.

— Tonya


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Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781936669776
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Published: blue manatee press - September 3rd, 2019

I love the illustrations for this quirky counting tea party! Charming rhymes, with scones and truffles, make this my new favorite Halloween book.

— Jamie


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Spencer's New Pet Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534418776
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2019

Jessica Sima’s Spencer’s New Pet is exceptional! I love the irony it introduces to the reader, likely to be a bit magical and mind blowing, like any great book should be! The simplicity of this story, in mostly black and white illustrations without words, is crafted masterfully to assume the most from its little and big readers - and pushes them to think outside the box about story and perhaps even life! My favorite picture book of the year!

— Tonya


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Fairy Science Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525581390
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

A clever combo of magic and science! Can Esther use her love of facts and data to solve a problem and make her fellow fairies believe in science, too? 

— Becky


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The Dark and the Light Cover Image
By Kerstin Hau, Julie Völk (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780735843851
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Published: NorthSouth Books - September 3rd, 2019

The future is uncertain and it can be a scary and unpredictable concept for many children. Hau and Volk have created a space and characters that emulate bravery and courage. I cannot recommend this book enough. This is for everyone who has ever felt anxious about the unknown and had the strength to venture into it.  

— Lindsay A.