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Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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Pokko and the Drum Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480390
Availability: Backordered
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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
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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
Availability: Backordered
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.


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The Ranger Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781773061283
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 6th, 2019

A sophisticated story with sparse text and deep meaning. A strong girl character, the Ranger, and gorgeous illustrations give this story the feel of an ancient legend. A very different and special picture book!  

— Jamie


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One Dark Bird Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534404434
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Published: Beach Lane Books - July 16th, 2019

Told with beautiful simplicity and effortless rhyme, a flock comes together, one starling at a time, making a new whole. This is a counting book that reads like a classic bedtime story.

— Laura


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Truman Cover Image
By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534416642
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2019

A sentence you'll never hear again: I want to be a turtle named Truman! Bravery can come in all shapes, sizes, ... or species! An important tool for any parent or classroom teaching courage.

— Lindsay A.


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The Night Is Yours Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552710
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Published: Dial Books - July 2nd, 2019

Meet Amani, brought to beautiful life by Zachariah's text - imbued with fatherly love - and Bobo's gorgeous illustrations! Watch Amani in full bloom under the night moon as she plays hide and seek with her friends in the warm glow of community. The night thanks Amani for her brightness. We thank Zachariah for this sparkling debut and serious source of self-love and local pride! It belongs in every house and hand. 

— Lauren


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Count on Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735265752
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Published: Tundra Books - June 11th, 2019

Everyone has a passion, and this little one happens to have a passion for math. She'll help you see its magic and inspire you to find and follow your own interests, even if - especially if - they're different than your friends' and family's! A sweet story with lovely line drawings, a unique and warm palette, and great, informative, math-y fun back matter...

— Lauren