Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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Mary Wears What She Wants Cover Image
By Keith Negley, Keith Negley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062846792
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 15th, 2019

A beautifully illustrated book featuring the story of Mary Edwards Walker- one of the first women known to wear pants, who was repeatedly arrested for that choice!  A well-told tale of progress and choice.

— Kelly


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Lola Dutch When I Grow Up Cover Image
By Kenneth Wright, Sarah Jane Wright (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681195544
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 15th, 2019

Lola Dutch is back, and her ideas have gotten no smaller since the last time we saw her!  Thinking about what she might want to be when she grows up, Lola and her friends spare no effort in exploring the many varied options that strike her fancy.  As Lola works and grows, she decides what she really wants is to be a kid, and learn about everything- and there's always tomorrow, when she may decide to try something else entirely.  Filled with as much curiosity and charm as the first book!

— Kelly


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Thank You, Omu! Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316431248
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

Like The Little Red Hen and Stone Soup, this story about sharing a big pot of delicious stew reads like a classic. Warm mixed-media illustrations match the tone of the story beautifully.

— Laura


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A Drop of the Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781525301247
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Published: Kids Can Press - October 2nd, 2018

A lovely story that acknowledges mortality but focuses of the love between a child and a great grandmother, and the beauty of simple gifts.

— Laura


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Pearl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316465670
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

Everyone has their place in the sea, but Pearl just can't seem to find hers, until her mother gives her a single piece of sand to watch over. Find out how Pearl handles her situation in this beautifull illustrated story. 

— Bella


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Mia Moves Out Cover Image
By Miranda Paul, Paige Keiser (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399553325
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2018

Mia loves having a room all to herself. When her baby brother is born, sharing a room is fun . . . until he starts making a MESS. After moving out, Mia discovers all kinds of places to live. But there's one thing missing . . . Read to discover Mia's PERFECT place to live! 

— Nicole


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Stop That Yawn! Cover Image
By Caron Levis, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481441797
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2018

Gabby Wild and Grandma(?) aren’t ready for bed, so they go to Never Sleep City, but someone lets out the

yaaaaaaAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWwwnnnn!

Now the town, the reader, and I cannot stay awake. So do your best to seal your lips, grit your teeth and…

Stop…

that…

— Matt


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The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399171154
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2018

This charming and beautifully illustrated book features two very close but very different sisters who are facing a fierce adversary.  On the day they are born, a fierce dragon takes up residence in their village, and it becomes clear over the years that their greatest hope in vanquishing him will be to rely on the combination of their unique strengths.  A wonderful story about embracing differences, working together, and supporting your siblings.

— Kelly


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The Very Last Castle Cover Image
By Travis Jonker, Mark Pett (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419725746
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 9th, 2018

Everyone told Ibb to stay away from the castle! There might be: Giants,Snakes, Monsters! But I love that Ibb is brave and curious and that leads her to many beautiful discoveries at the castle including friendship and understanding. Now, don't you want to know what else she finds? There are many universal themes in this story that make it the perfect read aloud in the classroom and at home.

— Susan


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Great Ports of the World: From New York to Hong Kong Cover Image
By Mia Cassany, Victor Medina (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9783791373553
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Prestel Junior - October 2nd, 2018

I love books that take me on a trip around the world, and this one does just that, while also sharing great information on international ports AND gorgeous illustrations.  Anyone with a budding interest in transportation or culture will love this charming and enlightening book!

— Kelly


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Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes Cover Image
By Eva Chen, Derek Desierto (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250297266
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 6th, 2018

As someone who believes strongly in the magical power of a fantastic pair of shoes, this book could not have delighted me more!  Juno Valentine finds herself in the shoes- literally- of some remarkable women from history, and gets to experience the adventure of each of their lives.  A charming book with a great message about adding a little magic to you own life.

— Kelly


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Captain's Log: Snowbound Cover Image
By Erin Dionne, Jeffrey Ebbeler (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580898256
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Published: Charlesbridge - November 6th, 2018

Why settle for a simple snow day when you could recreate Shavkleton’s epic adventure? Creative illustrations and informative author notes invite the reader to join the expedition!

— Laura


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Presto and Zesto in Limboland Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780062644657
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Published: Michael di Capua Books - September 4th, 2018

Told with dream-like illogic, here is one more story drawn by the incomparable Maurice Sendak, written with his friend, Arthur Yorinks. This is a must for any complete Sendak Collection.

— Laura


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Hannah's Tall Order: An A to Z Sandwich Cover Image
By Linda Vander Heyden, Kayla Harren (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781585363827
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - August 15th, 2018

A girl after my own heart!  And with so many delicious foods to choose from how can one decide? Follow Hannah and McDougal as they create a masterpiece alphabet sandwich missing only the piece de resistance.  You’ll have to read it to the end to see what happens!

— Terri


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The Thank You Book Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780544791367
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

This book made me feel. I am happy I picked it up, as it helped remind me I have a lot to be grateful for. "Thank You" isn't just for being polite. It's for waking up in the morning and for the people around you. Marvelous.

— Lindsay


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Made by Maxine Cover Image
By Ruth Spiro, Holly Hatam (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399186295
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - October 9th, 2018

A thinker and a doer! Maxine is incredibly inventive. She is preparing to take her goldfish Milton to the pet parade by creating a portable fish tank. Perfect for sparking creativity in young ones! Match it with Crafty Llama by Mike Kerr for an artsy storytime!

— Lindsay


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City Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781536202571
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - September 18th, 2018

Imagine my delight when one of my favorite illustrators took on my favorite setting- a city!  As you turn the gorgeous, oversized pages you'll feel as though you're immersed in the charming city depicted, filled with many of the people, places, and things you'd encounter in the many great cities of the world!

— Kelly


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Lights! Camera! Alice!: The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker Cover Image
By Mara Rockliff, Simona Ciraolo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452141343
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018

Brilliant, Illuminating, Inspiring! The story of the first woman filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, is extraordinary. During a time where moving pictures were a new spectacle, this woman had the courage and determination to insert herself into the male dominated business and tell the stories she wanted to. The book even incorporates a silent film style of introducing new chapters of her life! A role model for all young women.

— Lindsay

 


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Something Smells! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481488648
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - July 31st, 2018

WOWEE! Something is emitting a stinky odor in Elliot's house! You can almost smell it through the book! Funny and goofy, join Elliot on his quest to conquer the foul smell.

— Lindsay


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The Wall in the Middle of the Book Cover Image
By Jon Agee, Jon Agee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555452
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Published: Dial Books - October 2nd, 2018

Sometimes, what we worry about isn’t as big a problem as what is going on right around us! Words and pictures work together, adding up to a story with depth(s).

— Laura


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There's a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor Cover Image
By Wade Bradford, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763686659
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

Sleepy Mr. Snore wants a room that is just right (and also empty). Colorful, detailed pictures and perfect page turns give the reader plenty of opportunities to join in!

— Laura


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Zola's Elephant Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328886293
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

Making friends can be a difficult thing to do. A girl makes up a story about her new neighbor, Zola, and why she doesn't need a new friend... Zola has an elephant! Or, so she thinks. A book that celebrates friendship and imagination. Fabulous, fabulous book!

— Lindsay


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Got to Get to Bear's! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544948822
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 30th, 2018

When friends work together, not even a raging snow storm can keep them apart. Beautiful illustrations perfectly match the warm humor of this charming story about friendship, trust and perseverance.

— Laura


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Octopus Escapes! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580897952
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Published: Charlesbridge - October 2nd, 2018

Simple, clever, funny words and pictures will have you cheering for this escape artist of an invertebrate who just won’t stay put at night.

— Laura


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Dreamers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823440559
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

The story of a new life for a mother and her child as they settle in a world so different from home. The imaginative, textured illustrations are the perfect backdrop for this special story of belonging and finding your voice in a land of a different language and culture.

— Tonya