Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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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
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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
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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
$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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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


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Time for Bed, Miyuki Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616897055
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - September 18th, 2018

A very sweet bedtime story of a busy girl named Miyuki and her patient grandfather. Delightful and whimsical this story will bring you into Miyuki's magical world while gently luring you to a place of peaceful dreams.

— Tonya


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Hungry Bunny Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452162553
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018

What a fun, fun, Super Fun book to read to your 3-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old! This interactive story will make your child laugh as they Help Bunny get apples by shaking, blowing, and turning the book and more. I love it!

— Susan


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Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse Cover Image
By Marcy Campbell, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735230378
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Published: Dial Books - August 14th, 2018

Chloe only believes what she can see, and she does NOT see a horse! But once she starts to really listen, she begins to see the world through Adrian’s eyes, too.

— Laura

 


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The Artists: Tales from the Hidden Valley Book 1 Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781911171393
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Published: Flying Eye Books - September 4th, 2018

First in a series of imaginative picture books, this is a special seasonal read aloud about friends lost and then found, and new ones made! 

— Jamie


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Lucy and the String Cover Image
By Vanessa Roeder, Vanessa Roeder (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735230491
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Published: Dial Books - August 7th, 2018

This book utterly charmed me. Reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon but told with a red string and brimming with humor, this is a story about perseverance and friendship.

— Susan


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Deep Underwater Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781773060149
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 7th, 2018

Breathtaking imagery and imagination! Get whisked away in the current of Sophia's narrative and explore the ocean depths through her eyes. Peaceful and serene, opportunities in Sophia's underwater escape are limitless.

— Lindsay


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The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot Cover Image
By Margaret McNamara, Mark Fearing (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375866890
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 27th, 2011

Warm up your read-aloud muscles and get ready to release your inner Big Bad Robot for this out of the world retelling of a classic.

Meep! Greep! Boink! 

— Laura