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Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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Lift Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368036924
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

As every family with children knows, the struggle to push the elevator button first is real and can get ugly. In Lift, Minh Le gives us a creative little girl who takes the challenge to new 'heights' and succeeds in using her imagination to come out on top during this age old contest of sibling rivalry.

— Lauren


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Hello, Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446186
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Published: Neal Porter Books - April 6th, 2020

Growing up with Mr. Rogers allows you to look at the world in a different way. This picture book is a great way to introduce a show, that has long been off the air, to a new generation! Matched with Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell’s magical illustrations, Hello Neighbor tells the remarkable tale of Mr. Rogers and the love he showed the world.

— Lindsay A.


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What About Worms!? (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781368045735
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 19th, 2020

Join Elephant and Piggie's bookclub with the latest installment from Ryan T. Higgins! I love worms, but perhaps they are a little confusing to a Tiger, especially since you can't tell their tops from their bottoms! But, of course, when you don't know someone, you can make some pretty funny assumptions. With plenty to talk about after, read this with your favorite Elephant and Piggie fan. Signed copies while supplies last.

— Jamie


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Paolo, Emperor of Rome Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Claire Keane (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419741098
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 31st, 2020

Paolo's view of the vibrant Roman streets is through a glass door.... until the day he seizes his opportunity to roam freely. His pluck and heroism serve him well as he discovers what one of the world's most beautiful cities has to offer. Charming and gorgeously illustrated!

— Kelly


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Over the Moon: (Read-Aloud Bedtime Book for Toddlers, Animal Book for Kids) Cover Image
By James Proimos, Zoey Abbott (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452177151
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 10th, 2020

At once both an ode to cherishing a child and a nod to the profound changes parenting can bring, I laughed and sighed with the wolves as they prepared their young charge for life. A sweet bedtime story, wonderful Mother or Father's Day gift, adoption gift, or just to let a child know how special they are.

— Jamie


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The Seed of Compassion: Lessons from the Life and Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555148
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Published: Kokila - March 24th, 2020

A fabulous look into the life of the Dalai Lama, written by the Dalai Lama! The examples of kindness and love he portrays is remarkable. I love how he asks for children to ponder how they show compassion in their own lives.

— Lindsay A.


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Summer Song Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866134
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 7th, 2020

This is one song I could listen to over and over! Henkes brings his genius to the summer season. I love his association of fireflies and music, that they too give off a summer song but without sound!

— Lindsay A.


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I Will Be Fierce Cover Image
By Bea Birdsong, Nidhi Chanani (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250295088
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 23rd, 2019

"I will be fierce" is a mantra we could all use. A little positivity goes a long way, and the heroine of this story knows that there's no dragon too strong or challenge too scary when you start your day believing in yourself.

— Becky


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The Moon Keeper Cover Image
By Zosienka, Zosienka (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062959522
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Published: HarperCollins - March 10th, 2020

A stunning example of change. "Things come and go- you'll see." Emile is tasked with watching the moon but worries when it starts to disappear! Incredibly heartfelt and kind.

— Lindsay A.


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Goodnight, Veggies Cover Image
By Diana Murray, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328866837
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

"Every veggie's snoozing, beneath the moon so bright, for nothing's more exhausting then growing day and night." 

Who knew a goodnight book about veggies could be so entertaining and adorable! Not me! I love the illustrations and so will you--they're the kind you can just pour over and study again and again. And the perfect rhyming text is sure to charm your child to sleep.

— Susan


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Snail Crossing Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062878007
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

A cabbage bound snail and a group of “antsy” ants come together in this delightful adventure! Brimming with cuteness, new found friendship, and thoughtful critters, this is sure to be a new favorite read a loud! Love it!

— Tonya


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Brown Sugar Babe Cover Image
By Charlotte Watson Sherman, Akem (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781635921380
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Published: Boyds Mills Press - February 4th, 2020

When a little girl has doubts about the color of her skin, her mother lyrically explains the many beautiful brown things in the world, engaging all five senses. Brown is music in an old violin, ginger bread men, and spiced cider to name a few. This is a magical book for so many reasons. The dreamy illustrations and rich descriptions, but most of all the heart and message: loving the skin you are in.

— Tonya


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In a Jar Cover Image
By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525514596
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

I was so captivated by this whimsical tale of friendship. And I also just loved all the possible, and impossible, ideas that could be stored in a jar--I want to collect a meteor shower to keep on my shelf! What makes this book even better is that it shows us how to mend out broken hearts when a friend moves away. Charming, colorful illustrations complement this story.

— Susan


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The Thank You Letter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823442508
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Published: Holiday House - October 29th, 2019

I was thoroughly uplifted when I read this book! And you will be too, because oh-what-a-heartwarming discovery Grace makes when she writes thank you cards to everyone. You and your children will be inspired to do the same! After all, "gratitude can be contagious." 

— Susan


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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