Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Cover Image
By Rob Sanders, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399555312
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

“Equality. Pride. Hope. Love. Harvey’s dream became a flag for us all.”

This book balances facts & celebration with sensitivity. It is an excellent introduction to Gay Pride. A good book to read together as it offers opportunities for child-led questions.

— Laura


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Alma and How She Got Her Name Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763693558
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 10th, 2018

Alma has TOO MANY names! But as her father explains where each one comes from, they start to feel like they are the exact right amount!  A lovely story of a girl learning about her rich family history, and the meaning behind the names she has been given.

— Kelly


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Randal the Elephant Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943978342
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Published: Persnickety Press - March 5th, 2018

Randal desperately wants to be accepted as one of the elephants. An encouraging story about being whoever you want to be!

— Lindsay


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Islandborn Cover Image
By Junot Diaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229860
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Published: Dial Books - March 13th, 2018

On a mission to discover who she is for a school project, little Lola asks each of her neighbors for their memories of their shared island, an island she was too young to remember when they left. A moving, joyous and nuanced story of a past we can all relate to, and share in Lola’s joy at learning she is not just from the island, she is the island.

— Jamie


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My Pet Wants a Pet Cover Image
By Elise Broach, Eric Barclay (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250109279
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 6th, 2018

Mayhem ensues as a boy finally gets his wish to take care of an animal. Join in on this crazy pet adventure; a silly read perfect for story time!

— Lindsay


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I Can Be Anything! Don't Tell Me I Can't Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338166903
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Published: Blue Sky Press (AZ) - February 27th, 2018

Luscious illustrations accompany text that both dares to dream big dreams and then answers the doubting voice that says she can’t. Caldecott Medal Winner Diane Dillon has made a compelling message accessible to young girls, and one which should also be read to their brothers!

— Jamie


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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062447616
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Published: HarperCollins - February 6th, 2018

A remarkably gorgeous book about the groundbreaking fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli that shows there are many ways to appreciate beauty and to exhibit creativity in the world around you.  A fittingly vibrant story of the life of an iconic woman.

— Kelly


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Lola Dutch Cover Image
By Kenneth Wright, Sarah Jane Wright (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681195513
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - January 30th, 2018

Lola Dutch doesn't do anything without doing it BIG!  From breakfast, to a trip to the library, to painting, she has a tangible joy for trying new things.  Check out the adorable doll house printed on the reverse of the book's jacket!

— Kelly


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The Word Collector Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545865029
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Published: Orchard Books - January 30th, 2018

From the author of The Dot, comes the story of Jerome, a quiet hero for turbulent times. Jerome collects words, all sorts of words. Alone, together, mixed up in unexpected combinations, Jerome’s collection makes him happy. But what will happen when the wind carries his collection away? This book makes me happy!

— Laura


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Woolly and Me Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780884486367
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - January 16th, 2018

Inviting illustrations and spare text tell a gentle story of a child’s love for their favorite companion. Everyone should be so lucky to have someone like Woolly in their lives!

— Susan


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Love Cover Image
By Matt De La Pena, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524740917
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

This book follows the growth of a child, from newborn to the moment they head off to discover the world, in a simple but evocative way that will stay with you for a long time!

— Jamie


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Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell, and Dandy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524769673
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

A group of determined wildflowers fly through these pages as they fill the gray, dull park with color and wonder. Supplied with skateboards & parachutes, this group of friends goes on an adventure to bring nature back!

— Lindsay


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Hortense and the Shadow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316440790
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2017

What a beautiful book! This story tells an intricate tale about a girl named Hortense and her shadow. It’s a darker story, but teaches a wonderful lesson about gratitude and being true to yourself. 

-Lindsay


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The Wind in the Willows Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735842953
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Published: Northsouth Books - November 7th, 2017

Rediscover The Wind in the Willows with this beautifully illustrated new edition! The friendship, adventures and high-jinks of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad in this timeless story are perfectly suited for sharing across generations. 

— Laura


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Sam & Eva Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481416283
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

An adorable tale of sharing and learning to collaborate, told through the illustrations drawn on a wall and the two children putting them there.

- Lindsey


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The Lumberjack's Beard Cover Image
By Duncan Beedie, Duncan Beedie (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763696498
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Published: Templar Books - October 17th, 2017

Jim the Lumberjack spends his days cutting down trees and burning brush, until his activities disrupt the forest and take away homes from the creatures that reside there. As a result, Jim opens his beard to the displaced animals, but their new home in his beard disrupts his life completely. Jim has to make it right, so he and his animal buddies can live in harmony. This is a delightful story about animals, pancakes, the importance of nature conservation and being ecofriendly as well as practicing proper beard maintenance.

— Chris


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William's Winter Nap Cover Image
By Linda Ashman, Chuck Groenink (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484722824
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 10th, 2017

On a cold winter’s night, William is visited by a progression of animals of increasing size, each requesting a warm place to rest their head. When a bear shows up, the other guests are reluctant to share their space in bed, but William’s generosity has warmed them to accepting one last friend. Fun to read with expressive illustrations, this is a beautiful tale of sharing.

— Terri


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Night and Day: A Big Book of Opposites Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781616896508
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 10th, 2017

Such a down-right clever, unique, interactive book! You and your little one will have so much fun lifting flaps, turning pages and discovering opposites. Whether it’s left from right or outside from in, you will enjoy pulling this book off the shelf again and again. Even the big kids will like this one. :)

— Susan


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Love, Triangle Cover Image
By Marcie Colleen, Bob Shea (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062410849
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - October 3rd, 2017

Circle and Square are best friends until Triangle comes along and shakes things up.  From Madison’s own illustrator rock star Bob Shea comes a tale of change, compromise, and the unexpected magic of new friends.

— Andrew


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The Snowbear Cover Image
By Sean Taylor, Claire Alexander (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781910277430
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Published: Words & Pictures - October 3rd, 2017

From the first page, fun and vivid illustrations capture the magic of two siblings waking to freshly fallen snow. Ignoring the biting cold, the two venture out to build their Snowbear. But there's a slippery hill and a dark forest and all that lurks inside, just waiting. Grab your hot cocoa, cuddle up, and enjoy this perfect winter's tale. 

— Ginger


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Bruce's Big Move (Mother Bruce) Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368003544
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 26th, 2017

Yes, he’s back, but now our favorite, grumpy bear is on the move. Join Bruce as he heads out on the open road and of course, whether he likes it or not, is joined by four geese and three mice. Will he truly find what he’s looking for? Find out in this highly entertaining and latest installment of the “Mother Bruce” series. This story will make the whole family laugh. Seriously! Even your older kids will appreciate the humor and illustrations. I know my fourteen-year-old surely did!

— Susan


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Flashlight Night Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781629794938
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Published: Boyds Mills Press - September 19th, 2017

This gorgeously illustrated picture book takes readers on an adventure…all within the back yard. The beam of the flashlight uncovers marvelous wonders: A tiger’s jungle, a pirate’s ship, a giant squid! With simple lines, and storytelling pictures, this book is a fun read-aloud that inspires imagination.

— Jana


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Yak and Dove Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Esme Shapiro (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781770494947
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - September 19th, 2017

A sweetly heartfelt book about friendship.  Yak and Dove are quite different in many ways, but in the ways that really matter they just might be perfectly matched friends.  You will be charmed by them both as they figure out the strength of their friendship, and the ways in which they make each other better.

-Kelly


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The King of Too Many Things Cover Image
By Laurel Snyder, Aurore Damant (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623368746
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Published: Rodale Kids - September 5th, 2017

A charming fairy tale with an important lesson!  King Jasper thinks that getting anything he wishes can solve any problem that pops up in his kingdom, but soon comes to learn that having more things might actually introduce new problems.  A fun and fast-paced adventure with a whimsical setting!

-Kelly


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It Starts with a Seed Cover Image
By Laura Knowles, Jennie Webber (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781910277263
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Published: Words & Pictures - September 5th, 2017

Gorgeous illustrations coupled with lovely rhyming text. Watch a single sycamore seed grow into a massive tree that provides a home for a wide variety of birds, bugs, and all sorts of wildlife.

— Susan


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Little Elliot, Fall Friends Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627796408
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Published: Godwin Books Henry Holt and Company - August 29th, 2017

Mike Curato has certainly done it again with his latest Little Elliot book. Beautifully illustrated with recognizable New York landmarks, you’ll enjoy following Little Elliot and best friend mouse out of the city and into the country. A gentle, charming story for boys and girls that ties in with the season.

— Susan


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The Bad Seed Cover Image
By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062467768
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Published: HarperCollins - August 29th, 2017

The amazing story of a sunflower seed as he travels, learns, and changes, with all the character development of a Tolstoy novel. Love it. Don’t be a bad seed.

— Andrew


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Creepy Pair of Underwear! Cover Image
By Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442402980
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 15th, 2017

We all love this hilarious book about a glowing pair of underwear. Creepy, yes, but maybe that is just what this big bunny needs in his dark room at night!

— Jamie