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Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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Peter Easter Frog Cover Image
By Erin Dealey, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781481464895
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 19th, 2021

I can’t help but sing along as this thoughtful frog helps the Easter Bunny. Hilarious and touching, reading this book every Easter will be my new tradition! 

— Jamie


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Over the Shop Cover Image
By Jonarno Lawson, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536201475
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Candlewick - January 5th, 2021

Oh my, I am absolutely smitten! This warm and tender tale of a girl and her grandmother finding joy when they rent their apartment, Over The Shop, is also a story of tolerance, acceptance and friendship. In this wordless picture book, you and your child will become engaged by filling in the dialogue. What fun to ask your children: "What do you suppose she's thinking?" or "What do you think he said?" A story of transformation.

— Susan


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Mel Fell Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062878014
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2021

This book about bravery is so ridiculously fun to read aloud (wait til you get to the twist in the middle). I love Corey R. Tabor's storytelling style; with delightful characters, actual facts about Kingfishers and an inventive format, this book has got it all. A new found favorite for me that's sure to be for your family as well. Cheers! 

— Susan


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Happy Springtime! Cover Image
By Kate McMullan, Sujean Rim (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823445516
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Neal Porter Books - March 2nd, 2021

Lyrical text is matched with gorgeous watercolor illustrations in this ode to spring. A stunning creation that engages all of your senses and revels in the season.

— Jamie


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We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

This has been one of my favorite picture books since it first came out. Stunningly illustrated with a wise message, share this book with a young protector.

— Jamie


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Follow That Frog! Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823444267
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Neal Porter Books - February 2nd, 2021

Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell won me over with their fantastic The Only Fish in the Sea, so I was so excited to see another book from them! Follow That Frog! is a hilarious tale featuring long words, exotic locales, and an eccentric narrator- a perfect combination! Another winner that is sure to entertain!

— Kelly


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We Love You, Mr. Panda Cover Image
By Steve Antony, Steve Antony (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338668087
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2020

Our favorite donut-loving panda is back, this time offering hugs! Any story that ends in a giant pile of animals is perfect fun for toddlers! Simple and sweet.

— Jamie


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Twinkle's Fairy Pet Day Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534429192
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Little Simon - January 5th, 2021

Regardless of how well her new pet dragon is behaving, Twinkle simply asks him to try his best. A charming addition to this series, with sparkles and a great message!

— Jamie


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Stand Up! Speak Up!: A Story Inspired by the Climate Change Revolution Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593301586
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Schwartz & Wade - October 6th, 2020

It's never too early to talk about our planet and to learn ways we can protect it in our daily lives. This simple story with fabulous illustrations demonstrates how one child CAN make a difference!

P.S. Don't miss out on the back pages which list many of our planet's child climate change activists. Inspiring!

— Tonya


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Big Rig Rescue! Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324015390
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Norton Young Readers - January 5th, 2021

Here's a book for your littles who can't get enough stories about trucks, trucks, trucks! Not only is it fun to read aloud, but there's also a wealth of info about tow trucks for big rigs subtly woven in. Add to that Chris Gall's wonderful illustrations and you've got a winner!

— Susan


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Spring Stinks: A Little Bruce Book (Mother Bruce Series) Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator), Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781368060912
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 5th, 2021

A must for all Mother Bruce fans! Can an exuberant bunny who loves the smells of spring get a smile from our favorite grumpy bear? Simple enough for beginning readers to read on their very own. 

— Jamie


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Outside, Inside Cover Image
By LeUyen Pham, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250798350
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 5th, 2021

A beautiful, timely book with an important message! For anyone looking for hope during current times, look no further!

— Patrick


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A Mystery in the Forest Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9788416733927
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Cuento de Luz SL - September 15th, 2020

When the forest’s best chef’s recipe book goes missing, he is on the case, but how he handles the culprit will warm your heart. Made with stone paper that wears better than paper, the gorgeous illustrations will have you looking for clues, and the generous resolution is a timely reminder about good will. A new classic. 

— Jamie


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The Lights and Types of Ships at Night Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Annie Dills (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781952119071
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: McSweeney's - November 17th, 2020

Playful text celebrates the awe and wonder of ships at night. Luminous illustrations showcase dozens of different ships; I couldn’t help but get caught up in Egger’s enthusiasm! 

— Jamie


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Construction Site Mission: Demolition! Cover Image
By Sherri Duskey Rinker, AG Ford (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452182575
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 29th, 2020

There are so many positive messages in this story. As the crew of trucks works together it teaches teamwork and that everyone is important. The flatbed, skid steer, and loader are all girl trucks- trucks aren’t just for boys! Maybe most importantly, the story of demolition tells that everything destroyed will be sorted, saved, and used again.

— Carlene


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The All-Together Quilt Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375822049
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 27th, 2020

A wonderful introduction to the steps of quilt making that also shows the amazing ways the creating of a quilt becomes the foundation of friendships.

— Jeannette


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5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas Cover Image
By Jimmy Fallon, Rich Deas (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250266477
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 27th, 2020

Every child will relate to this young boy and his dog as they wait those last 5 days!

Start your own tradition this year with our newest bundle featuring five brand new picture books, including this charming rhyming story. Read this book on the 20th, then choose one of the other four for each night leading up to Christmas. A fun way to give the gift of reading this year! Click here to learn more about this bundle! 

— Jamie


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The Tiny Chef: and da mishing weshipee blook Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593115053
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Razorbill - September 15th, 2020

I love the tiny chef, I love his tiny house, I love his tiny Mise En Place, and his ersatz cookware, and his calendar, and his hat.  I think it’s fair to say I love this book top to bottom. It’s hilarious, charming, and great for making adults say silly words.

— Matt


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Everyone Gets a Say Cover Image
By Jill Twiss, EG Keller (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062933751
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: HarperCollins - August 25th, 2020

This is a seriously fun story that teaches even the youngest reader that EVERY voice counts! A group of forest friends can't agree on anything...that is until snail finds a solution to them all being heard - VOTING!

— Tonya


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The Bookstore Cat Cover Image
By Cylin Busby, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062894342
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 20th, 2020

This is a fun alphabet book with adorable illustrations sure to please any cat lover. Based on a Victorian parlor game, “The Minister’s Cat," adjectives are used in alphabetical order to describe the cat. I always enjoy a book that is entertaining for both the child and the adult doing the reading, and this one does just that.

— Laura B.


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Will You Be My Friend? (Guess How Much I Love You) Cover Image
By Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536217476
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Candlewick - September 29th, 2020

This gentle sequel to Guess How Much I Love You finds Little Nutbrown Hare looking for a new friend. Playful and satisfying, the two books together will make a treasured gift for years to come.

— Jamie


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Kitties on Dinosaurs Cover Image
By Michael Slack, Michael Slack (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108383
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Dial Books - September 22nd, 2020

Could there be a better picture book combination than kittens and dinosaurs? After three kittens have climbed all there is to climb on Kitty Island, they hop into their litter mobile and head for Dinosaur Island, determined to climb dinosaurs! There’s no stopping them! With great illustrations by the author.

— Marilyn


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What We'll Build: Plans For Our Together Future Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593206751
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Philomel Books - October 6th, 2020

Oliver Jeffers has written a picture book for all types of parents! Follow this father and daughter as they collect tools and build foundations for their life together. Jeffers is my favorite picture book author/illustrator, and this newest release rocked my world and cemented its place on my "perfect gifts to give" list. Truly a masterpiece.

— Lindsay A.


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The Suitcase Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358329602
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Can there ever be enough stories about kindness and friendship? Never! Especially when the story's written in such a fun, accessible manner. I love this book! Hooray for Chris Naylor-Ballesteros!

— Susan


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A Quiet Girl Cover Image
By Peter Carnavas, Peter Carnavas (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781772781229
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Pajama Press - August 4th, 2020

Lovely: having a beauty that appeals to the heart, mind and eye. That sums up Mary and her story. A great read-aloud for the family and when you're done, go outside and be quiet...because you never know what glorious sounds (and sights!) you'll encounter.

— Susan


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Eric Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338622089
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - October 20th, 2020

This book warmed my heart! The cute illustrations and message of kindness and new friendship make for a simply sweet read.

— Maddie


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Unicorns Are the Worst! Cover Image
By Alex Willan, Alex Willan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534453838
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

So.  Much.  Glitter.  My son and I love reading about this little goblin every night.  He just wants peace and quiet to work on his spells, but unwanted Unicorns move into the meadow next door.  A hilarious lesson on judgement and making new friends.

— Andrew

On unicorn overload? Here's the perfect book for boys and girls about a goblin (also magical) whose new unicorn neighbors might turn out to be the perfect neighbors for him. Except for the glitter. So. Much. Glitter.

— Jamie