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Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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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
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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


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Claris: Fashion Show Fiasco: The Chicest Mouse in Paris (The Claris Collection) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781760502874
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Published: Hardie Grant - June 18th, 2019

Claris is back, and as exceptionally charming and stylish as ever!!  Launched into a Fashion Week adventure in Paris, she shows us what it means to appreciate the important things: fun journeys, good friends, and the beauty of an incredible city (and its top fashion!). An absolute delight from start to finish!

— Kelly


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Lambslide Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062883384
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Published: HarperCollins - May 7th, 2019

Renowned author Ann Patchett teams up with the illustrator of the Fancy Nancy books for this charming story about three lambs. When they mistakenly overhear “lambslide” they are determined to create one at their farm. A gentle story on how to accomplish a big dream while considering the impact on those around them. 

— Jamie

 


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Abner & Ian Get Right-Side Up Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Laura Park (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316485869
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 14th, 2019

Abner and Ian need you help getting right side up! Eggers and Park have created a clever and hysterical duo to read about. My new favorite book to shake, turn, and move!

— Lindsay A.


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The Little Red Stroller Cover Image
By Joshua Furst, Katy Wu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735228801
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Published: Dial Books - April 16th, 2019

Follow a well-loved stroller as it moves from family to family, sharing their adventures, in a story that reminds us that giving to is often easier that giving up the things we outgrow.

— Laura


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Being Edie Is Hard Today Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316521741
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2019

This is a book I NEEDED as a child. I have never identified so much with a character as I have with Edie. She shows you that being yourself can sometimes lead to uncomfortable or overwhelming feelings and that's okay!

— Lindsay A.


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Most Marshmallows: (Children’s Storybook,  Funny Picture Book for Kids) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452159591
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 30th, 2019

Wait a minute... am I really a marshmallow or are marshmallows just like you and me?! Well, either way, if you didn’t already LOVE fluffy, sweet marshmallows you will after reading this fun, sweet, delightfully illustrated story!

— Tonya


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Tomorrow Most Likely (Read Aloud Family Books, Mindfulness Books for Kids, Bedtime Books for Young Children, Bedtime Picture Books) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452172781
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 2nd, 2019

Ever wonder what the next day will bring? Well, Dave Eggers does, too, and he shares his optimistic imaginings in this sweet selection. Follow a little adventurer who travels through the watercolor world around him, interacting with the magical, musical, and mundane. Perfect for teaching prediction, calming anxiety about what's to come, setting intentions for a good tomorrow,, and remembering that the most important ingredient to a great day is... YOU! 

— Lauren

 


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The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Kwame Alexander's lyrical poem about the grace, strength, and excellence of Black Americans is matched in beauty by Kadir Nelson's illustrations. An inspirational text for any reader, and a lovely, educational pick for poetry month, too!

— Lauren


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Rosie and Rasmus Cover Image
By Serena Geddes, Serena Geddes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481498746
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Published: Aladdin - April 2nd, 2019

Making friends can be scary and hard; this book helps. Rasmus and Rosie's friendship is one of encouragement and loyalty. This does a beautiful job of showing that sometimes taking a risk can produce magical things.

— Lindsay


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Wishing for a Dragon Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781444936223
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Published: Hachette Children's - April 9th, 2019

What a sweet, lively story that encourages using your imagination, creative play, and going on an adventure right in your room! I love it!

— Susan