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Staff Suggestions — Picture Books

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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: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 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? 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


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Apple Cake: A Gratitude Cover Image
By Dawn Casey, Genevieve Godbout (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781786032157
Availability: Backordered
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 24th, 2019

Simple. Beautiful. Simply beautiful! A celebration of the everyday culminates in an apple cake to share with family and friends, complete with recipe! A lovely choice for any day, and a perfect way for families to share thoughts about Thanksgiving. 

— Laura


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Margaret's Unicorn Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984896537
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 15th, 2020

Beautiful illustrations will transport you to the rolling heathered hills of Margaret’s new home. Moving is hard, but finding a baby unicorn who needs help turns a challenge into something magical.

— Laura


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Girl on a Motorcycle Cover Image
By Amy Novesky, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593116296
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2020

I couldn’t be more excited to talk about this book! This unique book details the trials and triumphs of the first girl to travel around the world on a motorcycle. The people and places she stumbles upon are described and illustrated so beautifully that I now want to just go and “listen to the road.”

— Lindsay A.


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Joey: The Story of Joe Biden Cover Image
By Dr Jill Biden, Amy June Bates (Illustrator), Kathleen Krull (With)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534480537
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - June 30th, 2020

This picture book biography of Joe Biden details the determination, kindness, and leadership that grows within him. Starting as a young boy and leading into college, we see how his experiences and the people he met along the way shaped who the former Vice President has become. I especially love the back of the book where you will find old family photos and a list of “Bidenisms!"

— Lindsay A.


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Heartbeat (Imagine This!) Cover Image
By Doe Boyle, Daniel Long (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780807531907
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 1st, 2020

From the flit-flitting hummingbird to the depth defying whale, size and action determine how each animal's heart beats, including ours! Lyrical text combines with amazing facts and colorful illustrations in this must-have book from the new Imagine This! series.

— Laura


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I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518778
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

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Angelina and the Princess (Angelina Ballerina) Cover Image
By Katharine Holabird, Helen Craig (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534469617
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Little Simon - August 25th, 2020

Angelina Ballerina is my favorite picture book character, and I'm so glad the books are being released anew! Each of her adventures is charming, and this story of perseverance in front of royalty is especially so!

— Kelly


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One Dark Bird Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534404434
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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