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Unless otherwise noted (i.e. LIVE story times), virtual Story Times will be posted at the times listed below on our IGTV, Facebook, and on our YouTube channel, and will be viewable for 24 hours. Scroll down to find the books read during our virtual story times over the past month (or so).

Saturday, December 5, 10AM: Special Story Time with David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka

Regular Story Times:

Tuesdays, 7PM: PJ Story Time with Karlyn

Fourth Saturdays, 10AM: Hora de cuentos bilingüe / Bilingual Story Time with Leigh (Please note that December's hora de cuentos will be on the third Saturday, 12/19.)






Tuesday, 24 November 2020 - 7:00pm
Saturday, 28 November 2020 - 10:00am
Tuesday, 1 December 2020 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, 8 December 2020 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 - 7:00pm
Saturday, 19 December 2020 - 10:00am
Tuesday, 22 December 2020 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, 29 December 2020 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, 12 January 2021 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 - 7:00pm
Saturday, 23 January 2021 - 10:00am
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 - 7:00pm
¡Gracias, Omu! (Thank You, Omu!) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316541664
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Read by Leigh for bilingual story time on 11/28/2020

Mi Corazón Se Llena de Alegría Cover Image
By Monique Gray Smith, Julie Flett (Illustrator), Lawrence Schimel (Translator)
ISBN: 9781459824294
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Orca Book Publishers - May 19th, 2020

Read by Leigh for bilingual story time on 11/28/2020

The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423178286
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 3rd, 2016

Read by Leigh on 8/28/2020

As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children.
In this bilingual paperback edition, discover the joys of a paleta—the traditional Mexican popsicle treat sold from the wagon with the tinkly bell that brings children running from every direction. Create a masterpiece, make tough choices (strawberry or coconut?), or cool off on a warm summer’s day—there’s so much to do with a paleta.

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The Suitcase Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358329602
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Read by Leigh on 8/28/2020

Señoras y Señores, put your hands together for the fantastic, spectacular, one of a kind . . . Niño!

Fwap! Slish! Bloop! Krunch! He takes down his competition in a single move!

No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Niño—popsicle eater, toy lover, somersault expert, and world champion lucha libre competitor!

A Neal Porter Book

Where Are All the Minnesotans? Cover Image
By Karlyn Coleman, Carrie Hartman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781681340401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - October 15th, 2017

Read by Karlyn on 11/17/20

Layla's Happiness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592702886
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 19th, 2019

Read by Karlyn on 11/17/20

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Ten Ways to Hear Snow Cover Image
By Cathy Camper, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399186332
Availability: Usually Ships from Wholesaler in 1-5 Days
Published: Kokila - October 13th, 2020

Read by Karlyn on 11/9

Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544259003
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Clarion Books - March 4th, 2014

Read by Karlyn on 11/9

The House in the Night board book Cover Image
By Susan Marie Swanson, Beth Krommes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547577692
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2011

Read by Karlyn on 11/3/20

Yellow Time Cover Image
By Lauren Stringer, Lauren Stringer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481431569
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 20th, 2016

Read by Karlyn on 11/3/20

Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936669776
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Published: blue manatee press - September 3rd, 2019

Read by Karlyn on 10/27/20

“There’s a party at Mr. Pumpkin’s tonight. A banquet with friends in the autumn twilight. And at this soiree we’ll see and we’ll find ghoulish delights of every kind.” You are cordially invited to Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party—a delightfully quirky twist on a counting book, incorporating gorgeous, deep-hued watercolor illustrations, as well as spooky elements and unique characters at an unexpectedly charming tea party. A perfect read for when there is a crisp chill in the air.

"Barker’s illustrations are a delight, the spooky details softened by a cartoonish treatment and soft color palette; nothing here is threatening or too scary." —Kirkus Reviews


"The guest list may seem spooky with a skeleton, wolf, spider, and swamp monster in attendance, but Mr. Pumpkin’s tea party is a frightfully elegant affair." —Foreword Reviews

If You Look Up to the Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592988280
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Beaver's Pond Press - October 17th, 2017

Read by Karlyn on 10/27/20

There are times when a full moon will guide you, a storm will excite you, and a big, blue sky will inspire you to believe anything is possible. These are a few of the many gifts we receive from the sky and universe when life feels scary and confusing. Told by a grandmother to her grandchild, ''If You Look Up to the Sky'' is about the power of everlasting love and the ways the sky connects us through good times and bad. It offers a child comfort in knowing that you never need to be afraid... if you look up to the sky.

Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art) Cover Image
By Cynthia Weill, Jesus Zarate (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781941026342
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - September 13th, 2016

Read by Leigh on 10/23/20

"The details traditional Oaxacan artist Canseco Zarate includes charm as fully as Weill's crunchy vocabulary. . . tan lindo "--Kirkus Reviews

"Zarate's sculptures exude personality."--Publishers Weekly

Welcome to the family It's just like yours, right? But maybe there's something a little bit different about this bunch.

Cynthia Weill Mi Familia is Weill's fifth book featuring the folk art of Oaxaca. She is the Director of the Bank Street Center for Childrens' Literature.

Jesus Canseco Zarate is a Oaxacan folk artist known for his elaborate papier-mache calacas. In 2008, he won first prize in the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art completion for young artists.

Por Todo Nuestro Alrededor = All Around Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947627253
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - June 25th, 2019

Read by Leigh on 10/23/20

Abuelo y nieta meditan sobre jardines y semillas, sobre c rculos visibles e invisibles, mientras participan y crean tradiciones familiares en esta hermosa exploraci n de los ciclos de la vida y naturaleza. La versi n en ingl's gan el premio Pura Belpre Honor por Illustraci n en el 2018.

Grandpa and his granddaughter meditate on gardens and seeds, and on circles seen and unseen, as they share and create family traditions in this stunning exploration of the cycles of life and nature. All Around Us received a Pura Belpre Honor Award for Illustration in 2018. Now available in Spanish for the first time.


Premios y honores por la edici n en ingl s:
Libro Notable del ALSC
2018 Premio de Literatura de J venes Indios Americanos: Honor de Libro Ilustrado
2018 Premio Tom's Rivera de Libros Mexico-Americanos


Awards and honors for English edition:
ALSC Notable Book
2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award: Picture Book Honor
2018 Tom's Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award

Dias y Dias/Days and Days: Bilingual Spanish-English Children's Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061731822
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 27th, 2019

Read by Leigh on 10/23/20

Explore the four seasons in Spanish and English with this brightly illustrated bilingual picture book from Ginger Foglesong Guy and René King Moreno.

Días y días/Days and Days introduces readers to basic seasonal concepts and vocabulary and is an excellent choice for classrooms, bilingual homes, language literacy, story times, and family sharing.

Learn about the seasons in Spanish and English in Días y días /Days and Days by the popular team behind the bilingual classics ¡Fiesta! and Siesta. From Invierno to Otoño, from Enero to Diciembre, Ginger Foglesong Guy’s concise text introduces readers to basic concepts connected to the four seasons, including descriptive adjectives in both languages, as well as words for the weather, months, and a child’s seasonal wardrobe.

René King Moreno’s engaging artwork explores the beauty of each individual season, extends the text, and offers many details to pore over. Ideal for promoting early literacy in two languages, for classroom connections, and for family storytimes.

If Winter Comes, Tell It I'm Not Here Cover Image
By Simona Ciraolo, Simona Ciraolo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536215304
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

Read by Karlyn on 10/20/20

Despite dire predictions about winter, a child is smitten by the season’s charms in this ode to living in the moment.

Nothing is better than summer, with its joys of swimming every day and eating ice cream. One little boy’s older sister tells him he’d better make the most of it, because summer is going to end soon. When winter comes, she assures him, it will be cold and dark, and the icy rain will turn to snow. They’ll be stuck on the sofa for days and won’t even dream of eating ice cream. . . . Simona Ciraolo’s expressive illustrations belie the bleak forecast with images of glowing autumn leaves, cozy couch snuggles, wintry play, and sweet desserts. A celebration of the changing of the seasons, this inviting tale shows how much fun can be found around every sunny—or snowy—corner.

Stumpkin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534413627
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 24th, 2018

Read by Karlyn on 10/10/20

From the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of A Hungry Lion comes a unique Halloween story about a stemless pumpkin who dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern.

Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern.

There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window.

As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?

"A perfect holiday read-aloud for city kids and ­country dwellers as well." - School Library Journalstarred review

"Clear pictures and simple text pack an emotional punch for the revitalized misfit." - Booklist

"A gentle story about differences, set within a popular holiday's traditions, with striking urban-based illustrations." - Shelf Awareness

"Brilliantly inventive." - Publishers Weeklystarred review

While We Can't Hug Cover Image
By Eoin McLaughlin, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780571365586
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Faber & Faber - August 18th, 2020

Read by Kara on 10/16/20

Hedgehog and Tortoise were the best of friends. They wanted to give each other a great, big hug. But they weren't allowed to touch. "Don't worry," said Owl. "There are lots of ways to show someone you love them." So the two friends wave to each other, blow kisses, sing songs, dance around and write letters. And even though they can't hug and they can't touch, they both know that they are loved. A gorgeous, uplifting, inspiring picture book that makes social distancing fun!

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Our Little Kitchen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419746550
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

Read by Kara on 10/16/20

"Loving ode to community... The sense of fellowship around making and sharing food is sure to hit home, and the undercurrent here—that not everyone can get the food they need—is an important reminder."

— Booklist

"A sense of effervescent improvisation pervades the tale, through its cookery details and the text’s rhythm and design... Exudes vibrancy, warmth, individuality, and purpose." 

— The Horn Book

"By making the collaborative meal preparation visually brilliant, Tamaki injects energy into this life-giving celebration... Convey[s] the power of thrift, collective action, and community-building."

— Publishers Weekly

"Whether for appetizing story hours, classroom cooking, or inspiration to do good works, this book flows with a love for food and community."

— School Library Journal

"Tamaki’s latest is a delight for the senses, bursting with bright colors, enticing scents, and effervescent prose."

— Kirkus Reviews

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786852949
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Hyperion Books for Children - September 1st, 2005

Read by Karlyn on 10/13/220

Leonardo is truly a terrible monster-terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn't quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster-but he could be a really good friend.

Lots of Cats Cover Image
By E. Dee Taylor, E. Dee Taylor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062675699
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: HarperCollins - July 24th, 2018

Read by Karlyn on 10/13/20

In this hardcover picture book that’s not just for Halloween (but perfect for it anyway!), a lonely little witch tries to brew a magical potion to conjure up some friends, but instead she gets cats…lots of cats!

Margaret the witch is about to find out that taking care of a bunch of lively cats sounds like lots of fun…but it could turn out to be lots of trouble!

In her debut as author-illustrator, E. Dee Taylor brings this magical book to life with humor, lots to spot in the art, and a great read-aloud rhythm.

Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad? Cover Image
ISBN: 9780964465503
Availability: Special Order
Published: Culture Co-Op - January 1st, 1998

Read by Unique from The Network for the Development of Children of African Descent on 10/11/20


Grumpy Pants Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807530757
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - May 1st, 2016

Read by Kara on 10/9/20

Have you ever had a grumpy day and not known why? Penguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can't shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over. The simple text and lively illustrations are the perfect cure for even the grumpiest of days.

Love Is Powerful Cover Image
By Heather Dean Brewer, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536201994
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

Read by Kara on 10/9/20

A little girl carries a big message—and finds it thrillingly amplified by the rallying crowd around her—in an empowering story for the youngest of activists.

Mari raised her sign for everyone to see.
Even though she was small and the crowd was very big,
and she didn’t think anyone would hear,
she yelled out.

Mari is getting ready to make a sign with crayon as the streets below her fill up with people. “What are we making, Mama?” she asks. “A message for the world,” Mama says. “How will the whole world hear?” Mari wonders. “They’ll hear,” says Mama, “because love is powerful.” Inspired by a girl who participated in the January 2017 Women’s March in New York City, Heather Dean Brewer’s simple and uplifting story, delightfully illustrated by LeUyen Pham, is a reminder of what young people can do to promote change and equality at a time when our country is divided by politics, race, gender, and religion.

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The Most Beautiful Thing Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781541561915
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 6th, 2020

Read by Kao Kalia Yang on 10/6/20

This groundbreaking bilingual collection of traditional rhymes celebrates childhood and Latin American heritagea perfect book for those learning Spanish and fluent speakers alike. Now in paperback! This picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8 who are ready to read independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children.

Passed down from generation to generation, the twenty-nine rhymes included have been lovingly selected by distinguished authors Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. English adaptations by Alice Schertle capture the spirit of each rhyme, and are accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Spanish artist Viví Escrivá

From playing dress up to making tortillas, and from rising at daybreak to falling asleep, these joyful rhymes are sure to delight readers already familiar with the rhymes, as well as those encountering them for the first time.

Sea Prayer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525539094
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Riverhead Books - September 18th, 2018

Read by Kao Kalia Yang on 10/6/20

A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.

Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi's, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with more than fifty-five million copies of his novels sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Not Quite Narwhal Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481469098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

Read by Kara on 10/2/20

In the tradition of Uni the Unicorn and Gaston, this heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals.

Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different—his tusk isn’t as long, he’s not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn’t enjoy the cuisine. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him! Kelp discovers that he and the creature are actually unicorns. The revelation leaves him torn: is he a land narwhal or a sea unicorn? But perhaps, if Kelp is clever, he may find a way to have the best of both worlds.

Told with heartwarming illustrations and spare, sweet text, Jessie Sima’s debut picture book is about fitting in, standing out, and the all-encompassing love of family.

Chirri & Chirra, Under the Sea Cover Image
By Kaya Doi, David Boyd (Translator)
ISBN: 9781592703029
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - May 12th, 2020

Read by Kara on 10/2/20

On their sixth adventure, Chirri and Chirra bicycle beneath the waves, discovering the beauty of coral and the deliciousness of marine edibles.

Chirri and Chirra are pedaling along when they find a cave. At the end of the tunnel, they see a light. Oh They are under the sea They pedal through a maze of color and pass through an opening in the seaweed, into a scene of seashells of all colors and shapes. Naturally, they come upon sea treats, such as parfait la conch and marine soda jelly topped with pearl cream. This is the happy, lovely world of Chirri and Chirra, where they stumble on the most wonderful surprises.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kaya Doi graduated with a degree in design from Tokyo Zokei University. She got her start in picture books by attending the Atosaki Juku Workshop, held at a Tokyo bookshop specializing in children's books. Since then she has created many picture books featuring her delicate color-pencil drawings. She lives in Chiba Prefecture and maintains a strong interest in environmental and animal welfare issues. Since the earthquake of 2011 she has been active in recovery and shelter efforts for abandoned pets.

David Boyd is Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His translations have appeared in Monkey Business International, Granta, and Words Without Borders, among other publications.

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I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525518778
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

Read by Karlyn on 9/29/20

An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

I am
a nonstop ball of energy.
Powerful and full of light.
I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.

The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt he'll see them through--as he's creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he's afraid, because he's so often misunderstood and called what he is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you--and shows you--who they are. There are superheroes in our midst!

Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon! Cover Image
By Melissa Marr, Lena Podesta (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399175251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 26th, 2019

Read by Karlyn on 9/29/20

A dauntless lass and a hyperactive dragon learn to keep pace with each other as they forge a friendship.

Baby Dragon loves to swoop and soar through the kingdom, which can cause quite a stir. But one little girl is up for the challenge of spending the day with Baby Dragon, and the two embark upon an exciting journey through the kingdom, where they run and race and climb and explore--and eventually even take the time to relish a quiet moment. New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has crafted a rollicking story about how the best friendships expand our horizons in all kinds of ways!

El día en que descubres quién eres Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984812070
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Read by Leigh on 9/25/20

A veces, cuando por fin damos el paso, suceden cosas increíbles.

Habrá veces en que entres a un lugar
y no veas a nadie como tú.

Hay muchas razones por las que uno se puede sentir diferente.

Quizá sea por tu apariencia o por la forma en que hablas o de dónde vienes. A lo mejor es por lo que comes o por algún motivo similar. Sea cual sea la razón, no es fácil dar ese paso de entrar a un lugar donde no conoces a nadie; pero de alguna forma lo haces.

El lírico texto de Jacqueline Woodson y el deslumbrante arte de Rafael López se combinan para celebrar el valor que se requiere para hacernos un lugar en un mundo diferente al nuestro. Y nos mueven a pensar en que si damos el paso y compartimos nuestra historia, es casi seguro que otros se interesen por conocernos mejor.

¿De dónde eres?: Where Are You From? (Spanish edition) Cover Image
By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062915252
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: HarperCollins Espanol - June 4th, 2019

Read by Leigh on 9/25/20

Silver Medalist for Bank Street College of Education’s Best Spanish Language Picture Books of the Year | Named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2019 | Named one of New York Public Library’s Top Ten Los Mejores Libros para Pequeños list | Named one of New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids 2019 

"An ideal vehicle for readers to ponder and discuss their own identities."— Kirkus (starred review)

Este resonante libro ilustrado cuenta la historia de una niña a la que constantemente se le hace una pregunta simple que no tiene una respuesta simple. Un excelente tema de conversación en el hogar o en el aula: un libro para compartir, en el espíritu de I Am Enough por Grace Byers y Keturah A. Bobo.

Cuando se le pregunta a una chica de dónde es, de dónde es realmente, ninguna de sus respuestas parece ser la correcta.

Sin estar segura de cómo responder, se dirige a su abuelo amoroso en busca de ayuda. Él no le da la respuesta que ella espera. Le da una aún mejor.

¿De donde soy?

Eres de huracanes y tormentas oscuras,

y de una ranita cuyo canto llama a los isleños para que vuelvan a casa cuando el sol se va a dormir....

Con temas de autoaceptación, identidad y hogar, este poderoso y lírico libro de imágenes resonará con lectores jóvenes y viejos, de todos los orígenes y de todos los colores, especialmente cualquiera que haya sentido que no pertenecen.

También disponible en inglés: Where Are You From?

Say Something Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545865036
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Orchard Books - February 26th, 2019

Read by Karlyn on 9/22/20

From the creator of the New York Times bestseller The Word Collector comes an empowering story about finding your voice, and using it to make the world a better place.

New York Times Bestseller

The world needs your voice. If you have a brilliant idea... say something! If you see an injustice... say something!

In this empowering new picture book, beloved author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions, our words, and our voices. Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voice. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are... what you are thinking... and what you believe. And how you'll make it better. The time is now: SAY SOMETHING!

Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064431781
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

Read by Karlyn on 9/22/20

Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf.

This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat...

Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art. 

I Am Enough Cover Image
By Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062667120
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Balzer + Bray - March 6th, 2018

Read by Karlyn on 9/15/20

A #1 New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards picture book winner! This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.

This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

Plus don't miss I Believe I Can—the next beautiful picture celebrating self-esteem from Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo!

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

Read by Karlyn on 9/15/20

Thank you, hedge, / Thank you, tree. / Thank you, flower, / Thank you, bee. / Thank you, rain, / Thank you, sun. / Thank you, farmers, / every one.

In this simple rhyming story from the author of Held in Lovea child says thank you for the gifts nature provides, from hazelnuts in the hedge to apples from the tree, eggs from the hens to milk from the cow. Eventually, the family has enough ingredients to make something special…a delicious apple cake!

With captivating illustrations that brim with emotion, this sweet picture book encourages children to be grateful for the world around them—the perfect read for Thanksgiving. A recipe for apple cake at the end allows you and your child to share in the joyful gratitude.

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ISBN: 9780316431248
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

Read by Kara on 9/12/20


In this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street and Extra Yarn, a generous woman is rewarded by her community.

Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?

Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. An author's note explains that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean "Grandma." This book was inspired by the strong female role models in Oge Mora's life.

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By Diana Murray, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781328866837
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Read by Kara on 9/12/20

 "The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character...connect story and audience." --The Horn Book, STARRED review

Every veggie needs their shut-eye in this bedtime book that celebrates community, the joys of a small garden, and the importance of taking care of ourselves. Illustrated by New York Times best-selling artist Zachariah OHora, Goodnight Veggies is perfect for fans of the Llama Llama series and will keep emerging readers engaged with adorable illustrations, especially while children are at home exploring backyards, plant pots, and balcony garden patches.
As the sun begins to set, the tomatoes are tuckered out, the cucumbers are calm, and the beets are simply beat.
But what’s got them all so exhausted?
Celebrate the turning of day to night in this perfect bedtime ritual for plants—and humans—everywhere!

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By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781368003551
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 19th, 2018

Read by Karlyn on 9/8/20

It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .

Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.

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By Rachael Cole, Blanca Gómez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553497076
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 19th, 2017

Read by Karlyn on 9/8/20

A little boy and his mother take a nighttime walk to search for the moon in this Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor book. Gentle and keenly observed, this bedtime story is sure to appeal to fans of Kevin Henkes's Kitten's First Full Moon and young children who find the moon fascinating.

Soothing text and hip, colorful collage style illustrations create a nighttime story that follows a little boy and his Mama as they walk around their neighborhood looking for the moon. As the elusive moon plays peek-a-boo behind buildings and clouds, the little boy asks simple questions about it, and his Mama patiently answers every one. When finally the moon appears—bright and white and round and glowing—the mama and her boy stop and wait for it to disappear again. The moonlit walk continues until the boy yawns and Mama lifts him into her arms and whispers, "it is time for bed."

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By Susan Choi, John Rocco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399173295
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

Read by Kara on 9/4/20

Six Starred Reviews!

Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of 2019

A 2019 New York Public Library Best Book for Kids

Imagination meets reality in this poetic and tender ode to childhood, illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner, John Rocco.

Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond.

Usually, they see things like an eagle fishing for his dinner, a salamander with red spots on its back, and chipmunks that come to steal food while the family sits by the campfire.

But this year is different. This year, the boy is going into first grade, and his mother is encouraging him to do things on his own, just like his older brother. And the most different thing of all . . . this year, a tiger comes to the woods.

With lyrical prose and dazzling art, Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi and Caldecott-honor winning artist John Rocco have created a moving and joyful ode to growing up.

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ISBN: 9781984893369
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 11th, 2020

Read by Kara on 9/4/20 

In the tradition of Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House comes a heartfelt story about a father and son learning to accept the new while honoring and celebrating the old.

For as long as he can remember, Leo has lived in the blue house with his dad, but lately the neighborhood is changing. People are leaving, houses are being knocked down, and shiny new buildings are going up in their place. When Leo and his dad are forced to leave, they aren't happy about it. They howl and rage and dance out their feelings. When the time comes, they leave the blue house behind--there was never any choice, not really--but little by little, they find a way to keep its memory alive in their new home.

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By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536211191
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Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

Read by Kara on 8/29/2020

From the award-winning creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a vibrantly colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new.

Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, splish-splashing and squelch-squelching along, all the way to the very edge. Then comes a first glance down at the waves. WHOOSH! Maybe it’s better if they don’t go in? With vivid colors, bold shapes, and his trademark visual humor, Chris Haughton shows that sometimes a gentle “don’t worry, I’m here” can keep tentative little crabs sidestepping ahead — and help them discover the brilliant worlds that await when they take the plunge.

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By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

Read by Kara on 8/29/2020

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruptiona bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Water is the first medicine.
It affects and connects us all . . .

When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth
And poison her people’s water, one young water protector
Takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

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