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Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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Soaked! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984836625
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 14th, 2020

The perfect cure for rainy day blues! Playful pictures reflect a soggy bear’s struggle to stay grumpy in spite of friends who stay true no matter what. This is a book you will want to read more than once, when you aren’t searching for that hula hoop you thought was in the closet. P.S Don’t forget to peek under the cover. 

— Laura


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The Color Monster Goes to School Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316537049
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2020

The Color Monster is feeling very conflicted about starting school! But when he meets new friends, plays new games and learns exciting things, he finds that his emotions change. Perfect for kids nervous about starting school.

— Lindsay A.


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Love by Sophia (The Sophia Books) Cover Image
By Jim Averbeck, Yasmeen Ismail (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481477901
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 16th, 2020

The perfect picture book for creative kids and curious minds alike! Sophia has a thing or two to teach us about perspective, art, and making your voice heard. She's up against a tough panel of judges, but there's nothing stopping this six-year-old from having her art hung in a place of honor!

— Becky


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Playing Possum Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328782700
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Published: Clarion Books - July 7th, 2020

A gentle story about making new friends, with whimsical illustrations, and cool animal facts. Wonderful!

— Jamie


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Jules vs. the Ocean Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534441682
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 16th, 2020

The perfect summer book! Jules has made it her mission to impress her sister with the coolest sandcastle she can make but the ocean thwarts her every move. Jules’s determination and dedication are so admirable and makes you want to build a sandcastle of your own! 

— Lindsay A.


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The World Needs More Purple People Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593121962
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

We are all PURPLE! Purple people like to ask questions, use their voice, and work hard. I am so glad that I picked this book up. This is a book about embracing the things that make us different and bringing us all together. This is a must-read picture book.

— Lindsay A.


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Lift Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368036924
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

As every family with children knows, the struggle to push the elevator button first is real and can get ugly. In Lift, Minh Le gives us a creative little girl who takes the challenge to new 'heights' and succeeds in using her imagination to come out on top during this age old contest of sibling rivalry.

— Lauren


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Hello, Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446186
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Published: Neal Porter Books - April 6th, 2020

Growing up with Mr. Rogers allows you to look at the world in a different way. This picture book is a great way to introduce a show, that has long been off the air, to a new generation! Matched with Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell’s magical illustrations, Hello Neighbor tells the remarkable tale of Mr. Rogers and the love he showed the world.

— Lindsay A.


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What About Worms!? (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781368045735
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 19th, 2020

Join Elephant and Piggie's bookclub with the latest installment from Ryan T. Higgins! I love worms, but perhaps they are a little confusing to a Tiger, especially since you can't tell their tops from their bottoms! But, of course, when you don't know someone, you can make some pretty funny assumptions. With plenty to talk about after, read this with your favorite Elephant and Piggie fan. Signed copies while supplies last.

— Jamie


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Paolo, Emperor of Rome Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Claire Keane (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419741098
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 31st, 2020

Paolo's view of the vibrant Roman streets is through a glass door.... until the day he seizes his opportunity to roam freely. His pluck and heroism serve him well as he discovers what one of the world's most beautiful cities has to offer. Charming and gorgeously illustrated!

— Kelly


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Over the Moon: (Read-Aloud Bedtime Book for Toddlers, Animal Book for Kids) Cover Image
By James Proimos, Zoey Abbott (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452177151
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 10th, 2020

At once both an ode to cherishing a child and a nod to the profound changes parenting can bring, I laughed and sighed with the wolves as they prepared their young charge for life. A sweet bedtime story, wonderful Mother or Father's Day gift, adoption gift, or just to let a child know how special they are.

— Jamie


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The Seed of Compassion: Lessons from the Life and Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555148
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Published: Kokila - March 24th, 2020

A fabulous look into the life of the Dalai Lama, written by the Dalai Lama! The examples of kindness and love he portrays is remarkable. I love how he asks for children to ponder how they show compassion in their own lives.

— Lindsay A.


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Summer Song Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866134
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 7th, 2020

This is one song I could listen to over and over! Henkes brings his genius to the summer season. I love his association of fireflies and music, that they too give off a summer song but without sound!

— Lindsay A.


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I Will Be Fierce Cover Image
By Bea Birdsong, Nidhi Chanani (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250295088
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 23rd, 2019

"I will be fierce" is a mantra we could all use. A little positivity goes a long way, and the heroine of this story knows that there's no dragon too strong or challenge too scary when you start your day believing in yourself.

— Becky


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The Moon Keeper Cover Image
By Zosienka, Zosienka (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062959522
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Published: HarperCollins - March 10th, 2020

A stunning example of change. "Things come and go- you'll see." Emile is tasked with watching the moon but worries when it starts to disappear! Incredibly heartfelt and kind.

— Lindsay A.


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Goodnight, Veggies Cover Image
By Diana Murray, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328866837
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

"Every veggie's snoozing, beneath the moon so bright, for nothing's more exhausting then growing day and night." 

Who knew a goodnight book about veggies could be so entertaining and adorable! Not me! I love the illustrations and so will you--they're the kind you can just pour over and study again and again. And the perfect rhyming text is sure to charm your child to sleep.

— Susan


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Snail Crossing Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062878007
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

A cabbage bound snail and a group of “antsy” ants come together in this delightful adventure! Brimming with cuteness, new found friendship, and thoughtful critters, this is sure to be a new favorite read a loud! Love it!

— Tonya


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Brown Sugar Babe Cover Image
By Charlotte Watson Sherman, Akem (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781635921380
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Published: Boyds Mills Press - February 4th, 2020

When a little girl has doubts about the color of her skin, her mother lyrically explains the many beautiful brown things in the world, engaging all five senses. Brown is music in an old violin, ginger bread men, and spiced cider to name a few. This is a magical book for so many reasons. The dreamy illustrations and rich descriptions, but most of all the heart and message: loving the skin you are in.

— Tonya


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In a Jar Cover Image
By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525514596
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

I was so captivated by this whimsical tale of friendship. And I also just loved all the possible, and impossible, ideas that could be stored in a jar--I want to collect a meteor shower to keep on my shelf! What makes this book even better is that it shows us how to mend out broken hearts when a friend moves away. Charming, colorful illustrations complement this story.

— Susan


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The Thank You Letter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823442508
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Published: Holiday House - October 29th, 2019

I was thoroughly uplifted when I read this book! And you will be too, because oh-what-a-heartwarming discovery Grace makes when she writes thank you cards to everyone. You and your children will be inspired to do the same! After all, "gratitude can be contagious." 

— Susan