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I'm Going to Build a Snowman By Jashar Awan, Jashar Awan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jashar Awan, Jashar Awan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665938174
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2023

This adorable picture book is for every determined individual wanting to build a simple snowman. Or maybe it's not so simple? Follow our protagonist and his journey in building the perfect snowman…who ends up being a bit lumpy. But, as it turns out, lumpy is perfect all on its own. The perfect addition to anyone's library.

Mayah


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The Three Little Tardigrades By Sandra Fay, Sandra Fay (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sandra Fay, Sandra Fay (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250776099
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Published: Godwin Books - January 9th, 2024

I'm in love with this unique (and science-y!) retelling of The Three Little Pigs. Gavin, Colin, and Doug are moving out and need to find the perfect homes to be grown-up tardigrades in. Mom kicks them out of their home (a drop of water), so they travel to extreme conditions to settle down. Filled with tardigrade facts, adorable illustrations, and one scary Wolf Spider, this book is perfect for your little scientist.

Anna


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Buffalo Fluffalo (Buffalo Stories) By Bess Kalb, Erin Kraan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bess Kalb, Erin Kraan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593564530
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Studio - January 2nd, 2024

I'm calling it now: this adorable picture book is going to be on every book loving toddler's shelf by the end of the year. Starring a curmudgeonly buffalo (who's maybe not as intimidating as he seems), this sweet story of friendship and acceptance with plenty of goofy rhymes and opportunities for fun character voices is an instant classic, and as someone who tells stories to kiddos for a living, such a dream to read aloud!

Bo


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Night Song By Mk Smith Despres, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mk Smith Despres, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592703944
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - January 9th, 2024

Meet Bernardo the frog. Bernardo loves to hear the songs that all his woodland friends create in the morning. He loves it so much that he wants to sing along with them but he knows his voice won't sound as beautiful as the dragonflies humming and the chickadees chirping. That is until his friends help him out and remind him that he sings his own marvelous tune at night. Filled with heartwarming illustrations, this picture book will be the perfect bedtime story to read as Bernardo and his friends sing you to sleep!

Jess


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Don't Blow Your Top! By Ame Dyckman, Abhi Alwar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ame Dyckman, Abhi Alwar (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338837841
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Published: Orchard Books - October 17th, 2023

It's a beautiful day in paradise, but when Little Volcano gets conked on the head by a coconut, he struggles to contain his big, angry feelings (who wouldn't?). With Big Volcano's help, he remembers to take deep breaths, count to calm down, and think happy thoughts. When the same coconut-dropping bird comes back for Big Volcano, however, will Little Volcano be able to help his dad regulate his big feelings? This adorable picture book provides a great lesson in keeping our cool, and reminds us that even when we can't control our big feelings, we can always try again next time.

Bo


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Julián Is a Mermaid By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

A beautifully-told tender story about a mermaid boy and his abuela. This was one of the first picture books I bought with my own money and one I return to often. The illustrations flow so lovely across the pages and the message is simple yet important: to accept and support those you love. Truly a gem of a book.

Tori


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My Dog and I: A Picture Book By Luca Tortolini, Felicita Sala (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Luca Tortolini, Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
$20.99
ISBN: 9781990252303
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Published: Milky Way - November 21st, 2023

I can already hear the giggles this silly tale will bring about! Our main character has always wanted a dog, so she's thrilled when she stumbles into a huge fuzzy puppy at the park...wait, what is that?! Her companion is the perfect pal for picnics and warding off bullies, until he decides to follow his own path. Don't worry, next, she finds a big cuddly kitty! Goofy animal lovers will love reading this over and over.

Beth


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The Hidden World of Gnomes By Lauren Soloy Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780735271043
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Published: Tundra Books - June 20th, 2023

If there was a book that embodies the Wild Rumpus staff, this would be the book. Full of whimsical wonder and silly little gnomes, mushrooms galore, and lots of creatures, this book is not only informational about the world of gnomes but also full of insightful wisdom for anyone reading. A great addition to any collection of magical and unique finds.

Mayah


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Begin Again: How We Got Here and Where We Might Go - Our Human Story. So Far. By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780593621554
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Published: Philomel Books - October 3rd, 2023

This is hands-down my favorite book of 2023. Best known for his work in children’s literature, Jeffers has made a piece of art that is geared towards older readers, telling the tale of our human story. So far. It’s the story of where we’ve been and where we are and, more importantly, where we’re going. Reminding us that by working together and thinking beyond our own lifetimes then we can write the greatest chapter yet, together. 

Jess


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The Artivist By Nikkolas Smith Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593619650
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Published: Kokila - September 5th, 2023

What do you get when you combine art with activism? An ARTIVIST, of course! To be an artivist is to be an ally, to have a voice, and to protect our planet. Smith’s awestricken illustrations help paint the story of how powerful art is. It holds an important message that all kids needs to hear to let them know that their voice matters. This takes the phrase “a picture’s worth a thousand words” to a whole new level.

Jess


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Winter: A Solstice Story (The Solstice Series) By Kelsey E. Gross, Renata Liwska (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelsey E. Gross, Renata Liwska (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665908139
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 10th, 2023

A gentle, beautiful book about the darkest night of the year…but is it really so dark? Not at all! Join the animals of the forest as they gather on Winter Solstice and promise to help spread light and joy into the New Year. Mouse spreads seeds of hope, Squirrel brings leaves to keep others warm, and together, that all create something beautiful. Guaranteed to warm your heart and soul on even the longest, coldest nights.

Heather


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Dancing Hands: A Story of Friendship in Filipino Sign Language By Joanna Que, Charina Marquez, Fran Alvarez (Illustrator), Karen Llagas (Translated by) Cover Image
By Joanna Que, Charina Marquez, Fran Alvarez (Illustrator), Karen Llagas (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781797213323
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Published: Chronicle Books - July 18th, 2023

Sam’s new neighbors don’t use their voices to communicate. They talk with their ‘dancing’ hands and facial expressions. When Sam meets Mai while walking the neighborhood, a beautiful friendship blossoms. Sam learns some Filipino Sign Language so the two can share details about their dreams. With spare backgrounds, Alvarez’s colored pencil illustrations in primary colors reflect the innocent energy of childhood. End pages feature information about the linguistic and cultural importance of sign languages worldwide.

Kara


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Hideaway By Melania Longo, Alessandro Sanna (Illustrator), Brenda Porster (Translator) Cover Image
By Melania Longo, Alessandro Sanna (Illustrator), Brenda Porster (Translator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781636550848
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Published: Red Comet Press LLC - October 3rd, 2023

Longo and Sanna have beautifully captured the magic of play. Frolic along on this inventive journey seen through the eyes of a loving sibling duo as they create a fortress where imagination takes flight and has no limits. You’ll get lost alongside them and be ready for a good night’s rest. Don’t worry, you can do it all again tomorrow! 

Beth


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Stickler Loves the World By Lane Smith Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593649831
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Published: Random House Studio - August 22nd, 2023

Lane Smith is a master of off-kilter picture books and his newest is among his best. This excellent read aloud is goofy and sweet in all the right ways, and through Stickler’s ever-shifting number of eyes we see the whole world as brand new and full of wonder—which it is, when we allow ourselves to look closely (you don’t even need extra eyes to do so!).

Timothy


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Mole Is Not Alone By Maya Tatsukawa, Maya Tatsukawa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maya Tatsukawa, Maya Tatsukawa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250869647
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 3rd, 2023

Mole Is Not Alone is a treat of a read. Following a shy mole who is indecisive about going to a party, this story may resonate with anyone who can’t decide what to do based on nerves or fear. BUT, as this story progresses, we learn sometimes it’s okay to be shy and you may find others just like you.

Mayah


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The Wilderness By Steve McCarthy, Steve McCarthy (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Steve McCarthy, Steve McCarthy (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536231373
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Published: Candlewick - October 3rd, 2023

Well now, dear reader, let me introduce you to a frequent phenomenon for us Rumpians—a little something called cute aggression: the term used to define something that is so cute you want to squeeze it. This picture book got me right away. Get lost in this STUNNING tale as Oktober braves the outdoors with the help of his darling family and a surprising new friend. You’ll see what I mean. No books were harmed in the making of this review

Beth



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Rosie Runs By Marika Maijala, Marika Maijala (Illustrator), Mia Spangenberg (Translated by) Cover Image
By Marika Maijala, Marika Maijala (Illustrator), Mia Spangenberg (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781953861603
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Published: Elsewhere Editions - August 15th, 2023

Oh my heart. Race dog Rosie is tired and just wants to rest, but the racetrack is loud at night and her cage is small. But oh my heart!, when Rosie runs, really runs—beyond the track, beyond the fields and forest, across a sea—she finds the freedom to run with friends because she wants to, her heart beating fast from exhilaration. I adore this book. I adore Rosie. My wish is for every dog—and every person—to find a happiness like hers.

Timothy


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I Am Stuck By Julia Mills, Julia Mills (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julia Mills, Julia Mills (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780358695332
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Published: Clarion Books - September 26th, 2023

Are you stuck? Feeling scared and alone? Or want to teach a young one about these feelings through an adorable animal pair? Then this book is for you! A great reminder of how when you’re feeling down, all you need is a good friend.

Tori


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Skating Wild on an Inland Sea By Jean E. Pendziwol, Todd Stewart (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jean E. Pendziwol, Todd Stewart (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781773067049
Availability: Unavailable to Order
Published: Groundwood Books - October 3rd, 2023

A lyrical masterpiece poised to persuade anyone of the magic of the winter season. Siblings awaken to the song of a frozen inland sea and the howling wind—or is it a wolf? Frosty breaths mimic the sea smoke over the water as they journey through the boreal forest. Stewart’s illustrations shift from deep blue to glow with the golden sunshine, until the kids lace up their skates to slice through the wild Lake Superior ice.

Kara


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Oh, Olive! By Lian Cho, Lian Cho (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lian Cho, Lian Cho (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063237490
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 19th, 2023

Olive is an artist. A brilliant artist... at least she thinks so. Her parents who are “serious artists” want Olive to paint magnificent shapes just like them, but Olive doesn’t want to. Olive loves colors and smears and with the help of some of her classmates she shows the world that they can too! Olive has my vote for artist of the year!

Jess


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The Welcome Home By Amy June Bates, Amy June Bates (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy June Bates, Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534492325
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 19th, 2023

The Gargelson-Bittles want something soft and waggy to cheer them up. You think you know where this is going, but the charm of this book is that, surprise!, there’s an unexpected new creature on every page, complete with its own personality, and soon there's a menagerie of pets, from snails to whales. Bates’s colored pencil illustrations are soft and rich, full of funny and sweet details everywhere you look. I find a new delight every time I visit.

Timothy


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In the Dark By Kate Hoefler, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate Hoefler, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593372838
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 29th, 2023

They came in the dark,

and took the narrow path

that only witches used.

But, who are they, really? This absolutely gorgeous picture book, with its unusual formatting and lush illustrations, is a powerful way to explore how the stories we tell ourselves may not be the whole truth, or even remotely close to it. There is always another side to a story, unclouded by fear, that just might be truly beautiful.

Heather


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Vlad, the Fabulous Vampire (The World of Gustavo) By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536233322
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Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2023

Drago is back with another installment from The World of Gustavo and I think it's my favorite one yet! In this endearing tale we meet Vlad, the fabulous vampire. Just like other vampires - Vlad likes to dress head-to-toe in black but he's embarrassed by one thing that makes him a little different then the rest... his rosy pink cheeks! That is until he meets Shelley who has a secret of her own and Vlad realizes that being different isn't so bad after all!

Jess


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Monster-Scared By Betina Birkjær, Zarah Juul (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Betina Birkjær, Zarah Juul (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781945492747
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Published: Transit Children's Editions - September 19th, 2023

The first book published by the brand new Transit Children's Editions imprint is a winner! There's a very scary monster in the attic and mom just doesn't understand. It grows bigger and scarier in the dark, creeping down to draw ugly pictures with your crayons and there's just NO WAY you can look in the attic! This book is for everyone who has ever let their imagination get the best of them.

Timothy


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If Your Babysitter Is a Bruja By Ana Siqueira, Irena Freitas (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ana Siqueira, Irena Freitas (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534488748
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 23rd, 2022

This sweet picture book is perfect for Halloween time. It paints a very fun picture of all the shenanigans and mishaps you might get into if your babysitter is a bruja- a witch! What starts as a plot to outsmart the witch, turns into a series of fun adventures with a new magical amiga- friend.

Tori


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Leila, the Perfect Witch (The World of Gustavo) By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536220506
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Published: Candlewick - July 12th, 2022

Leila is just as the title suggests, a perfect witch. She tries her hardest and excels at all things magic. That is until it is time to enter The Magnificent Witchy Cake-Off and she realizes that the Dark Arts of Patisserie do not come as easy to her as she expected. This spooky story is great for little witches, mini bakers, or anyone who could learn that it is okay to make mistakes and accept that being perfect is way over rated.

Tori


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I Will Read to You: A Story About Books, Bedtime, and Monsters By Gideon Sterer, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gideon Sterer, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316592611
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2023

A kid with a penchant for spooky tales requests a bedtime story from his mother. But he can't help but worry that the werewolves, vampires and other creepy crawlies are missing out! With the help of his mother, he ventures out into the woods near his home and gathers all the local ghosts, gouls, and goblins together for the ultimate Halloween bedtime story. This surprisingly tender tale told in rhyme is made for all things that go bump in the night!

Bo


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The Little Green Envelope By Gillian Sze, Claudine Crangle (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gillian Sze, Claudine Crangle (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781773066813
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 1st, 2023

Olive is sad that her friend has moved away, so Grandpa suggests she write a letter, finally giving a hopeful little green envelope the opportunity for a grand journey. But what it finds when it arrives is something even better than adventure... Crangle's collages are wonderfully expressive and textured, making this a lovely gift to a friend moving away to let them know that no distance is too far when you can write a letter.

Timothy


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I Want to Be Spaghetti! By Kiera Wright-Ruiz, Claudia Lam (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kiera Wright-Ruiz, Claudia Lam (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593529874
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Published: Kokila - July 11th, 2023

Ramen wants to be spaghetti SO bad until someone brings them home and places them into a nice warm pot. Once Ramen sees all the yummy ingredients that go along with them, they realize just how special they really are! This delightful new picture book is one to make your kids laugh out loud AND learn that being yourself is the best thing you can be!

Jess


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If You Get Lost By Nikki Loftin, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nikki Loftin, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593375310
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - July 18th, 2023

In this adorable picture book we follow the journey of a little lost stuffed bunny who has, accidentally, fallen out of the car as the family goes camping. The bunny is scared and unsure what to do. But, as the story progresses, we find out that being lost doesn’t always have to be scary. You become more aware and you meet new friends. This story is perfect for all ages, both young and old. For whoever that may be lost.

Mayah


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Under the Blanket Sky By Tim Fischer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593645918
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - May 30th, 2023

On a warm summer day, a lonely boy finds himself in the presence of a very large, very fluffy owl. They spend the entire summer together and grow incredibly close, but once fall arrives, the owl says goodbye. Fischer has created a simple yet poignant story about the passage of time, which seems to urge readers to savor every summer moment. His gorgeous illustrations only enhance that sentiment.

Anna


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A Day in the Sun By Diana Ejaita, Diana Ejaita (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Diana Ejaita, Diana Ejaita (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593659854
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Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - May 16th, 2023

Travel around the world in A Day in the Sun as kids from Brazil to Italy to Thailand greet the sun. From acknowledging the sun’s role in having fun to growing food, these children engage with the magic and power of sunlight. Ejaita’s vivid art style, bold colors, and use of textures meld brilliantly to evoke the heat of a hot sun and create a joyously bright book.

Jenna


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Wallflowers By Mackenzie Joy, Mackenzie Joy (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mackenzie Joy, Mackenzie Joy (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358726463
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Published: Clarion Books - February 21st, 2023

Joy has somehow reached back in time and written a book about me as a child. Using clever and bright illustrations, she describes children who want to feel seen and heard without actually being in the spotlight. Her message to everyone is that YOU are the best person in the world at being you, which is something all us wallflowers need to hear from time to time.

Anna

 



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Sari-Sari Summers By Lynnor Bontigao, Lynnor Bontigao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lynnor Bontigao, Lynnor Bontigao (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536226140
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Published: Candlewick - April 11th, 2023

Nora is finally old enough to work at her Lola’s sari-sari store in the Philippines and she couldn’t be more excited! But what happens when a heat wave and the store is empty? That’s when Nora makes a brilliant plan to sell mango ice candy to draw people in! Don’t worry, Bontiago includes a recipe to make your own Ice Candy so you don’t have to miss out on any fun during the hot summer days!

Jess


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Silver Linings By Fiona Woodcock, Fiona Woodcock (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Fiona Woodcock, Fiona Woodcock (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062995902
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 28th, 2023

The old saying “things happen for a reason” 100% applies to this charming picture book! Spend a day with Pip and Parker, the two best friends there ever were. When Pip’s crayon breaks Parker is there to see the silver lining and turn an unfortunate mishap into something great. This book is sure to teach young ones to look on the bright side of things and know that some things are just meant to be.

Jess


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In My Dreams By Effie Lada, Effie Lada (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Effie Lada, Effie Lada (Illustrator)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781605378657
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Published: Clavis - April 18th, 2023

This picture book is definitely a gem. It follows a child that is feeling particularly sad and it seems that nobody else is feeling the same. Until one day, this changes. This book shows that everyone is connected and can feel similar things, such as sadness. But this feeling doesn’t last forever; more so, you can heal from being surrounded by those you love.

Mayah


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Hello, Mister Blue By Daria Peoples, Daria Peoples (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Daria Peoples, Daria Peoples (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063206755
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 30th, 2023

Sometimes you hold a picture book for the first time and it immediately takes your breath away. This one did the trick. A girl and her grandfather play music together in the park, when she meets his friend who lives outside. With simple acts of kindness, she reminds us that every person deserves empathy and community. Already predicting this as the Caldecott winner!

Beth


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Wild Blue: Taming a Big-Kid Bike By Dashka Slater, Laura Hughes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Laura Hughes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536215670
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Published: Candlewick - February 14th, 2023

Wild Blue is a creative and imaginative story about learning to tame a new horse - I mean, bicycle. This story follows a young child who lets her old bicycle run free while she ropes a new, bigger one. She has many doubts about this new stead but eventually gains her confidence and shows wild blue who’s in charge. A wonderful story!

Mayah


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Little Pea: A Picture Book By Davide Cali, Sébastien Mourrain (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Davide Cali, Sébastien Mourrain (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781990252112
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Published: Milky Way - March 7th, 2023

This is the third Little Pea book Milky Way Books has published, but it is, in fact, Little Pea’s origin story. From his beginnings sleeping in a matchbox and learning to swim in a bathroom sink, to his career as… well, I won’t spoil it! Check out all three of Little Pea’s adventures to find out! Mourrain’s classic, colorful illustrations bring to life Cali’s miniscule yet strong-willed character.

Timothy


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Gustav Is Missing!: A Tale of Friendship and Bravery By Andrea Zuill Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593487471
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Published: Random House Studio - April 11th, 2023

A tale of friendship and bravery indeed! Andrea Zuill touches my heartstrings once again with this sweet, adorably illustrated picture book about a super cute mushroom and his best friend: Gustav the slug. When Gustav gets out of their safe, cozy home, our heroic mushroom main character puts himself out of his comfort zone to find his beloved invertebrate and finds the beauty of adventure along the way.

Tori

 


 



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Remember By Joy Harjo, Michaela Goade (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joy Harjo, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593484845
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Published: Random House Studio - March 21st, 2023

This poem-turned-picture book by poet laureate Joy Harjo is so beautiful: both the words and illustrations that live inside. A gentle and precious reminder about how we are all interconnected to the Earth, the water, and the universe as a whole. This book shows readers of all ages that we can find ourselves in just about everything. “Remember you are all people and all people are you.”

Tori


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Mary's Idea By Chris Raschka, Chris Raschka (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chris Raschka, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063210509
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 16th, 2023

Two-time Caldecott-winner Chris Raschka presents a spare, gentle homage to Mary Lou Williams, a legendary piano player and composer who wrote for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and mentored the likes of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis. Notably, Williams stopped playing for several years—“It was Mary’s idea to rest”—before returning to performing, incorporating her faith into her music. Raschka's oil pastels and watercolors perfectly capture the movement, melancholy, and joy of Williams's life and music.

Timothy


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The Swing By Britta Teckentrup Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9783791375366
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Published: Prestel Junior - March 7th, 2023

I got about four pages into this picture book before thinking to myself “Ope, this is going to make me cry”, and Reader, it did! This book perfectly encapsulates the tender nostalgia we feel for the special places in our lives- in this case, that place is a swing set overlooking the sea, visited by families, friends, children, couples, and wildlife. As weather and years age and rust the old swings, the people whose lives it has touched change too.This is a speculative and breathlessly beautiful book about community, childhood, growing up, and things that will change but never be forgotten.

Bo


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Little Land By Diana Sudyka Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316301763
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 11th, 2023

In this vivid new picture book, Sudyka demonstrates how one little piece of land has lived over a thousand lives. Sudkyka incorporates her vibrant and bold watercolor style to showcase just how beautiful our land is. A sweet reminder that even when the change seems beyond repair, if we care for our land together then we can help our planet begin anew.

Jess


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Ancestory: The Mystery and Majesty of Ancient Cave Art By Hannah Salyer, Hannah Salyer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hannah Salyer, Hannah Salyer (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780358469841
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Published: Clarion Books - April 11th, 2023

Yabba Dabba Doo! Feed your inner childhood niche interest for prehistory with this breathtaking glimpse into ancient cave art across the globe. These mysterious masterpieces date back millenia, yet how cool is it that we can still relate to the human desire to create art! Salyer’s warm illustrations make you feel like you’re reading by firelight and the discoveries will leave you wanting more.

Beth


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The Seasons Within Me By Bianca Pozzi, Bianca Pozzi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bianca Pozzi, Bianca Pozzi (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593522912
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Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - April 4th, 2023

This picture book is definitely a gem. It follows a child that is feeling particularly sad and it seems that nobody else is feeling the same. Until one day this changes. This book shows that everyone is connected and can feel similar things, like sadness. But this feeling doesn't last forever and you can heal from being surrounded by those you love.

Mayah


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Beneath By Cori Doerrfeld Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316312264
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 17th, 2023

A sweet picture book is at the very top of the list of my favorite things. This story is definitely that. Featuring a boy hiding under his quilt and a grandpa who loves a little adventure, this book offers pockets of wisdom, as grandpas typically do, that urges our main character to look beneath (see what I did there...) the surface to find more meaning than what meets the eye. This lesson applies to pretty much everything: books, plants, you, and me.

Tori


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Love, Violet By Charlotte Sullivan Wild, Charlene Chua (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374313722
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 4th, 2022

So tender, so sweet, so warm. As Valentine's Day rolls around, Violet makes an extra special valentine for Mira, the one person in her class who makes her heart flutter. Valentine's Day is almost over and Violet gets shy every time she is set on delivering her valentine. What if Mira doesn't like Violet back??? This is one of the most adorable picture books I've ever read, all about your first crush and sharing your heart. Stonewall Children's Award winner woohoo!

Tori


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I Love You All Year Round: Four Classic Guess How Much I Love You Stories By Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536228540
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Published: Candlewick - September 13th, 2022

Are you a fan of Little Bear stories, written by Else Holmelund Minarik? Well, I Love You All Year Round is very similar in style. With the innocent mind of a young bunny who is curious about the world to the parent who answers their questions with simple honesty. Through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, it doesn't matter what day it is to show the love and connection with family. This beautifully illustrated picture book with light watercolor images shows the beauty and tenderness between parent and child. I Love You All Year Round is a wonderful addition to any library of any age.

Mayah


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Windows By Julia Denos, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julia Denos, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763690359
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Published: Candlewick - October 17th, 2017

Sonder: The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passing in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it. This book feels like a prolonged moment of sonder, as a young boy takes an evening walk through his town and catches glimpses of the lives of his neighbors, illuminated through their windows by the colorful setting sun

Bo


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What Do You Do with a Problem By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781943200009
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - July 1st, 2016

This picture book is definitely one of those that any one, young or old, can benefit from. It's bringing light to the fact that we all have problems and sometimes we toss them aside because we are afraid. This beautifully illustrated picture book reminds us that problems give us opportunities to grow and learn.

Mayah


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Put Yourself in My Shoes By Susanna Isern, Mylène Rigaudie (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Susanna Isern, Mylène Rigaudie (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9788417673376
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Published: Nubeocho - September 15th, 2020

This picture book is, first of all adorable as all the characters are cute little bugs, and second of all an excellent learning opportunity for children about the topic of empathy. As the title suggests, the main character has difficulty putting himself in his friend's shoes. As the roles are reversed and someone deems his issue as unimportant, he realizes that maybe he hasn't been being a good friend after all. This story centers friendship, forgiveness, and compassion for those around you.

Tori


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Ghosts Are People Too By Peter Ricq Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781777791803
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Published: Eye of Newt Books - August 23rd, 2022

Ethan is just an ordinary ghost who is trying to be friends with the scary Living People. He tells the reader that ghosts are just as afraid of us as we are of them! He also apologizes for scaring people and sometimes breaking our things. At the end of the book are some tips for trying to find a ghost in your own home, as well as some real-life ghost stories. If your kiddo likes things on the spookier side, this book is perfect!

Anna


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There's a Ghost In This House By Oliver Jeffers Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780593466186
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Published: Philomel Books - November 2nd, 2021

Oliver Jeffers does not miss and this book is no exception. Not only does Jeffers use real pictures of an old Victorian-like mansion paired with his own illustrations, but he also uses transparent pages that make ghosts appear right in front of your eyes! The story is told by a little girl who can’t seem to find any ghosts and needs help to find them. It’s a spooktacular read-aloud for little ones. There's even a little secret twist at the end, can you find it?

Jess


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How to Make Friends With a Ghost By Rebecca Green Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781774880401
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Published: Tundra Books - August 23rd, 2022

This belongs in our spooky shed indeed, but it's more adorable than spooky! How to Make Friends with a Ghost is the perfect book for kids who want a spooky themed picture book but who don't like being scared. It is an excellent guide on how to befriend friendly ghosts and has step by step instructions on how to do it. This book is truly unique and a great heartwarming story to read on any spooky night to lift anyone's spirits.

Mayah


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King Kong's Cousin By Mark Teague, Mark Teague (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mark Teague, Mark Teague (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665912303
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Published: Beach Lane Books - August 30th, 2022

Sometimes it's easy to feel like you just don't measure up, but Junior's cousin is King Kong—how is he supposed to measure up to that? Throughout the book, Junior compares himself to his larger, stronger, and more famous cousin. He sees Kong doing exciting things while he plays piano or feeds his goldfish. However, when it really matters Junior does something very brave, showing readers that what might be spectacular for one person is not always spectacular for another. Bravery can come in all shapes and sizes.

Anna


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The Writer By Davide Cali, Monica Barengo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Davide Cali, Monica Barengo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780802855855
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2022

The dog at the center of Davide Cali's wonderful book The Writer is incredibly expressive—I mean, just look at that face on the cover! Dog takes care of his human, reminding him to eat and dragging him away from the tic-tic-tic he works in front of every day. Reminiscent of the meet-cute at the beginning of 101 Dalmatians, this sweet book is a love note to the author’s partner, Monica Barengo—who illustrated the book <3

Timothy


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The Rabbit Listened By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

The Rabbit Listened nearly brought me to tears! It's about a child who was building an imaginative castle when suddenly it comes crashing down. The story follows the child's emotions and how at first all emotions and feelings may not come out right away. It's a story about waiting and offering comforting silence until it's time to share feelings. This is shown when an adorable bunny shows up and offers this comfort. This book is wonderful at showing that empathy can be given through silence and that it's ok to wait to share your feelings until the time is right.

Mayah


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The Witchling's Wish By Lu Fraser, Sarah Massini (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lu Fraser, Sarah Massini (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547609062
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - July 5th, 2022

This witchy fable is a heartwarming tale about the magic of kindness and friendship. Fraser’s choice of rhyming words makes for a fun read aloud, while Massini’s stunning illustrations make you want to live in this whimsical world. Little Witchling learns that you don’t need a spell to make a friend, you can be a friend by being kind.

Jess


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Perfectly Pegasus (Not Quite Narwhal and Friends) By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534497177
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 29th, 2022

Perfectly Pegasus tells the story of a pegasus that watches over the night sky from far above the clouds and enjoys her time being alone. Lately, she has been feeling a bit lonesome in the wide sky and travels to earth to search for a fallen star to make a wish upon. During this time, the little pegasus meets some new creatures who happen to make her feel less alone and soon realizes that friends can be found in the most unlikely places.

Mayah


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I Want to Be a Vase By Julio Torres, Julian Glander (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julio Torres, Julian Glander (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534493902
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2022

In this goofy but profound tale, one little plunger who wants to be a vase starts a chain reaction of rebranding amongst all the inannimate objects of the house. Through humor and heart, this book teaches us all a valuable lesson: once we learn to let go of societal pressures, we can be anything we want to be.

Bo


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Bear Came Along (Caldecott Honor Book) By Richard T. Morris, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Richard T. Morris, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316464475
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

One sunny day, a hilariously clumsy assortment of forest animals find themselves on an accidental river ride. Beaver is a bit bossy, the Turtles are a tad persnickety, and the Raccoons are just enjoying the chaos. Though they are different, they find strength in community and remind us that sometimes an unexpected adventure can lead to new friendships.

Beth


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Flora and the Flamingo By Molly Idle Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452110066
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 5th, 2013

This is one of the first picture books I bought myself with my own grown-up money. Sometimes wordless picture books can have sort of a vague message, but Idle's stunning and playful illustrations capture the movements of Flora and her feathered friend perfectly. The pages have flaps allowing the illustrations to really span the whole page and then some. I absolutely recommend this for kids who love dance, art, and making new friends.

Anna


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Rosie and the Pre-Loved Dress By Leanne Hatch, Leanne Hatch (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Leanne Hatch, Leanne Hatch (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593354483
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 14th, 2022

Rosie is dropping off a load of clothes with her mother at their local thrift store when she spots a lovely yellow dress. As Rosie wears her new favorite dress day after day, she imagines who could've worn the dress before her and what activities they might've gotten up to while wearing the dress. This timely picture book teaches kids the value and fun behind second-hand clothing, which couldn't be more important these days as climate change accelerates.

Anastasia


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Mouse's Wood: A Year in Nature (Mouse’s Adventures) By Alice Melvin Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780500652701
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Published: Thames & Hudson - June 7th, 2022

Follow Mouse through the forest as he visits his friends through each changing season! This gorgeous picture book lets you take a look inside each woodland critter's cozy home behind every flap. If you're like me, you'll put some serious consideration into which adorable sylvan dwelling you'd choose for yourself. You'll want to jump inside this book's pages and live there forever!

Bo


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Days Like This By Oriane Smith, Alice Gravier (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Oriane Smith, Alice Gravier (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781990252099
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Published: Milky Way - June 21st, 2022

This is the kind of book that makes me hold my hand to my heart. Simple yet moving verse flows through each page and honors the good days and the hard days and everything in between. Each line is repeated twice on the page spreads, accompanied by vibrant, richly detailed illustrations of the same scene from two different perspectives. This unique and touching picture book is a delight that invites us to slow down and see our surroundings through new eyes.

Claire


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What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking By Tina Oziewicz, Aleksandra Zajac (Illustrator), Jennifer Croft (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tina Oziewicz, Aleksandra Zajac (Illustrator), Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781953861283
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Published: Elsewhere Editions - July 5th, 2022

Oh my god I love Aleksandra Zając’s drawings in this book! That’s exactly what Joy looks like while bouncing on a trampoline! You’re absolutely right, Gratitude IS knitting a sweater! This is a wonderful guide to help readers name and communicate their emotions, but also just a delight to look at and hold. (Translator Jennifer Croft has also translated Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk.)

Timothy


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Endlessly Ever After: Pick YOUR Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings! By Laurel Snyder, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laurel Snyder, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452144825
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 19th, 2022

A Choose Your Own Adventure lover’s dream come true! A multifaceted interactive journey through hilariously fractured fairy tales, featuring characters such as Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. Clever storylines and engaging illustrations bring these adventures to life. If I had this book when I was a kid, it would have been in tatters due to overuse and begging everyone to read it with me. Which path will you take?

Beth


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Crocodile Hungry By Eija Sumner, John Martz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eija Sumner, John Martz (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735267879
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Published: Tundra Books - February 15th, 2022

We’ve all been there: you are SO hungry, but there is nothing to eat! In Crocodile Hungry, Sumner has crafted a simple story about a very hungry croc who just wants to eat something yummy. Martz’s illustrations are cute and quirky, and they fit the story perfectly. Just reading the book will make your tummy rumble, but not for flamingos.

Anna


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A Perfect Spot By Isabelle Simler, Vineet Lal (Translator) Cover Image
By Isabelle Simler, Vineet Lal (Translator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780802855886
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2022

Your bug-loving child will delight in this simple story about a ladybug looking for the perfect spot to rest her wings. With juicy, vibrant colors and linework that make you feel like the illustrations are taking flight off the page, this is both a fun read and an informative reference to learn more about your child’s favorite creepy crawly critters!

Bo


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Children of the Forest By Matt Myers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823447671
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Published: Neal Porter Books - April 26th, 2022

Matt Myers’s illustrative and imaginative talents are shown at their finest in this wonderfully entertaining picture book. A big brother and little sister duo try to survive the perils of the wilderness (also known as their backyard!). A great book for new readers with a love of nature and a serious imagination!

Anastasia


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Love in the Library By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Yas Imamura (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Yas Imamura (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536204308
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Published: Candlewick - February 8th, 2022

Based on the true story from Tokuda- Hall’s own grandparents, Love in the Library is... well, miraculous. This story serves as a reminder of how important it is to have a constant if your life, especially when things are everything but. Make sure you have your tissues in hand because more than a few tears are sure to be shed.

Jess


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Let's Do Everything and Nothing By Julia Kuo, Julia Kuo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julia Kuo, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250774347
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 22nd, 2022

An absolutely breathtaking ode to motherhood. Julia Kuo captures the beauty in the seemingly mundane aspects of parenting, highlighting those moments of peace where you couldn’t imagine anything better than raising one of your best friends. Brilliant prose will soothe you and dynamic illustrations will strike you in this radiant picture book. A must-have for every parent.

Beth


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I'd Like to Be the Window for a Wise Old Dog By Philip C. Stead Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593375082
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2022

This is the kind of picture book that I want to give a big hug. At once joyful and wistful, this singsongy book takes time to wonder, “will I ever be the tumble of a bumblebee? Or the bumble of a whale?” and other such delightful nonsense. A dash of whimsy and a splash of color make this touching book a perfect read-aloud, to be enjoyed by all ages!

Claire


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Mushroom Rain By Laura K. Zimmermann, Jamie Green (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura K. Zimmermann, Jamie Green (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534111509
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - March 15th, 2022

You know how the rain scene in Bambi feels? Not only does this gem exude that dark, cozy forest energy, it’s quite environmentally factual. Mushrooms are SO cool! Take your time to admire the stunning illustrations while learning about the intricacies of fungi. Oh, and be sure to check out the tips in the back for your next foraging jaunt!

Beth


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Take a Breath By Sujean Rim, Sujean Rim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sujean Rim, Sujean Rim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534492530
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 5th, 2022

I immediately fell in love with this book when I read it the first time. Bob, a little bird who is learning to fly, teaches us a meaningful lesson about mindfulness and the importance of grounding yourself. Rim uses her unique illustration style and comedic dialogue to make this lesson accessible to kids. It is a must-read and a valuable book to have on your shelf.

Anna


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Sarah Rising By Ty Chapman, Deann Wiley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ty Chapman, Deann Wiley (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781506478357
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Published: Beaming Books - May 24th, 2022

At the heart of Ty Chapman’s debut picture book is a scene that demonstrates what makes communities safe: strangers offering one another help and lifting each other up—literally, in Sarah’s case, when she becomes separated from her father at a protest. This book is a great entry point for talking with kids about why we protest, offering a gentle way to approach a difficult subject. A discussion guide and additional resources are included at the end of the book to support grown ups.

Timothy


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The Comet By Joe Todd-Stanton Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781838740658
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Published: Flying Eye Books - May 3rd, 2022

Nyla knows home is where the trees grow tall and she and Dad make delicious feasts and count the stars. But everything changes when they move to the city. There are crowds everywhere, Dad is busy at work, and she can’t even see the stars. That is until the night the comet arrives...This vibrantly illustrated story shows us that with a little imagination and a whole lot of love, we can make home wherever we are.

Claire


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Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play among Figures of Speech By Ted Kooser, Connie Wanek, Richard Jones (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536203035
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Published: Candlewick - March 15th, 2022

Playing with the four elements–fire, air, earth, and water–Kooser and Wanek compiled imaginative poems about the beauty in nature. Paired with Jones’ captivating illustrations that really bring this book to life, Marshmallow Clouds makes poems accessible to children while keeping the form intriguing to adult readers as well.

Jess


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The Crab Ballet By Renée LaTulippe, Cécile Metzger (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Renée LaTulippe, Cécile Metzger (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781951836368
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 8th, 2022

Welcome. Enter. And enjoy The Crab Ballet! Dancing crabs are the star of the show, but an entire menagerie of sea creatures join in on the fun. Use the intermission to brush up on your ballet lingo by taking a peek at the glossary in the back of the book. Ballet and ocean enthusiasts alike will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and fun rhyme scheme.

Anna


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Knight Owl (Caldecott Honor Book) (The Knight Owl Series #1) By Christopher Denise, Christopher Denise (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316310628
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 15th, 2022

All Owl has ever wanted in his whole life is to be a knight. Sure, he may be small, but he is just as brave and clever as any knight around. When he gets the chance to live out his dream, he proves that big knights come in small packages. Denise has written a darling twist on the usual knight's tale, and it is filled with gorgeous illustrations, a charming story, and some pizza.

Anna


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A Shelter for Sadness By Anne Booth, David Litchfield (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anne Booth, David Litchfield (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682633397
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Published: Peachtree - September 7th, 2021

A beautiful story about building a shelter for your sadness and letting it be present whenever your sorrow arrives instead of trying to keep it in or push it away. These mindful words are paired with stunning, breathtaking illustrations that outline the beauty that can still be found in dark times. This book serves as a reminder that feeling sad is okay no matter what age you are. For fans of Pixar's Inside Out.

Jess


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Doris' Dear Delinquents By Emma Ward Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781605376905
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Published: Clavis - November 2nd, 2021

I loved this book from the moment I set eyes on it. Ward's illustrations are truly unique, and her use of perspective (using her crocodile characters' extremely long snouts) is unlike any other picture book I've seen. Not to mention the delightfully alphabetical names of the naughty crocodile children. Full of alliteration and cheekiness, this alphabet book is for kids who want to go beyond your basic ABCs.

Anna


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Bathe the Cat By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452142708
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 8th, 2022

Here it is: your new favorite read-aloud! Full of fast-paced fun, from the beloved illustrator of the Questioneers series, join the family as they attempt to do the chores. Simple, right? Not when the mischievious cat gets involved. Rhyme along and get your goofies out, but please, whatever you do, don't scrub the fish...

Beth


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Lala's Words: A Story of Planting Kindness By Gracey Zhang, Gracey Zhang (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gracey Zhang, Gracey Zhang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338648232
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Published: Orchard Books - July 6th, 2021

Lala is playful and adventurous, but she is also very kind. She jumps and runs and waters her plants with words of encouragement and love, watching them grow each day. But Lala’s mother wants her to be still and quiet. So what happens when her mother tells her, “No more jibber-jabber in dirt and grass! Today you are staying at home.” How will her plants survive? This story illustrates just how powerful our words can be to one another and to ourselves.

Jess


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Bear and the Whisper of the Wind By Marianne Dubuc Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781648961199
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 1st, 2022

Oftentimes, life will give us a sign to try something new. In this case, it comes in the form of a strawberry pie. Although change can be scary, Bear shows us that there is so much beauty in the journey. Dubuc charms again with a gentle reminder to trust your instinct and follow the path the wind, and your heart, tell you to. It will always guide you home.

Beth


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The  Happy Owls By Celestino Piatti Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780735844834
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Published: NorthSouth Books - February 1st, 2022

Written in 1895 by Dutch artist Theo van Hoijtema, Celestino Piatti was asked to illustrate the 1963 German edition, which is the basis for this beautiful English edition. Piatti’s owls are so alive and expressive that I couldn’t help but be sucked into this story, which is about how to find happiness by focusing on the moment in front of us and the beauty in the changing seasons around us—even if others think our happiness is foolish. A great, unique gift book!

Timothy 


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Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky By Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Daniel Minter (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984894366
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 15th, 2022

This stunning picture book recounts the history, uses, and cultural importance of the color blue, a hue that was surprisingly hard to come by for much of history. Both highly informative and poetically phrased, this gorgeoulsy illustrated book delivers a compelling and far-reaching story of how the color has touched our human story in surprising ways, and how blue shaped our world as we know it.

Claire


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In a Jar By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525514596
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Llewelyn and Evelyn are collectors: of autumn leaves and cherry sunsets and the wind just before the snow falls, storing ordinary and impossible things alike in jars of all shapes and sizes. When Evelyn moves away, the friends discover that their collections can help keep their friendship strong from afar. They share their worlds with each other by sending jars of meteor showers and city lights. This endearing book is a testament to the beauty we can encounter in the world, and to the friendships that make our memories, and our lives, more vibrant.

Claire


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Camilla, Cartographer By Julie Dillemuth, Laura Wood (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Dillemuth, Laura Wood (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433830334
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Published: Magination Press - October 8th, 2019

Camilla the boar loves to look at her map collection, but she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to chart her own course. When snow falls around her woodland home, she realizes that she has the chance to do just that! With her friend Parsley and her trusty mapmaking tools, Camilla sets out to make her own paths. But what will become of them when the snow melts? Follow a snowy path with this lovable character to discover that there’s always another way to walk through the world, even in the most familiar surroundings!

Claire


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Bear Wants to Sing By Cary Fagan, Dena Seiferling (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cary Fagan, Dena Seiferling (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735268036
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Published: Tundra Books - September 14th, 2021

Every so often a book combines gorgeous illustrations with the perfect amount of humor and charm. Such is the case with Bear Wants to Sing. After finding instruments in the woods, Bear wants to share his song with his friends. After multiple interruptions, he is not so sure that the world will actually want to hear his song. Bear must learn that despite the quality of our song, true friends will encourage us to sing our hearts out.

Anna


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The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess By Tom Gauld Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446988
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Published: Neal Porter Books - August 24th, 2021

Tom Gauld’s art is instantly recognizable by his linework and crosshatching. His first picture book is adventurous and sweet, following the titular robot and princess as they rescue one another after a misunderstanding sends them both far from home. Gauld packs whole epics into single pages without overloading the story. Throughout, he always reminds us that we can only succeed with help from others and that family is the most important thing.

Timothy


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Yours in Books By Julie Falatko, Gabriel Alborozo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Falatko, Gabriel Alborozo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781951836207
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 21st, 2021

In this endearing picture book narrated in exchanged letters between Owl and Squirrel, Owl longs only for peace and quiet. He requests books from Squirrel’s bookshop to cope with the forest’s youth who’ve made themselves at home in his space, but before Owl knows it, they’ve found a place in his heart, too. With bright, cheerful illustrations that have a timeless feel, this charming book reminds us all how beautiful friendship and community are.

Jenna


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The Snowflake: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids By Benji Davies, Benji Davies (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Benji Davies, Benji Davies (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062563606
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Published: HarperCollins - September 14th, 2021

When the snowflake begins to fall she starts to worry that she won’t ever find her special place in the world. That is until Noelle creates the perfect little home for the snowflake to land. Filled with astonishing illustrations, this delightful story will be the perfect read-aloud for sitting next to the fireplace on a cold winter’s eve.

Jess


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In the Meadow of Fantasies By Hadi Mohammadi, Nooshin Safakhoo (Illustrator), Sara Khalili (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hadi Mohammadi, Nooshin Safakhoo (Illustrator), Sara Khalili (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781939810908
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Published: Elsewhere Editions - November 2nd, 2021

Part fable, part fairy tale, Mohammadi’s story feels both timeless and contemporary. A little girl imagines the horses of a mobile above her bed and soon enough they come alive. In her fantasy, six horses lend parts of themselves—their color, their homes, even their dreams—to a seventh horse. This book is about the ways we are created by the people, culture, and community around us. Safakhoo’s illustrations are gloriously full of expression and movement.

Timothy


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The Spectacular Suit By Kat Patrick, Hayley Wells (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kat Patrick, Hayley Wells (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781950354696
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Published: Scribble Us - November 2nd, 2021

An eccentric story that brilliantly celebrates the joy of expressing yourself through clothing. Getting ready for a birthday party is tough enough, especially when you don’t feel like yourself in your outfit. Frankie shows how magical and liberating it is to be who you truly are. An important lesson for young and old, as Frankie's family encourages her individuality every step of the way. What would your dream party outfit be?

Beth


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Bright Star By Yuyi Morales Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443284
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 7th, 2021

Yuyi Morales does it again with this uplifting picture book. Morales creates a beautiful world and reminds readers how important it is to care and love for one another. Follow the journey of one little fawn as she trots and gallops the world around her and finds a voice within herself.

Jess


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Gladys the Magic Chicken By Adam Rubin, Adam Rex (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593325605
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

Wild Rumpus has always had a soft spot for chickens, but none of them have been magic as far as I can tell. Not like the legendary Gladys, who traveled the land in ancient times. Wishes were fulfilled wherever she went, because Gladys was magic, right? Or maybe we are all just hoping to see a little magic in the real world, even if it may come from a chicken.

Anna


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It Fell from the Sky By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534457621
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

When a mysterious object falls from the sky, all of the insects are baffled by its appearance and enchanted by its beauty, but “the crafty Spider” convinces everyone that it has been his all along. He creates WonderVille so he can cash in, charging an ever increasing fee to see it. The Fan Brother’s art is gorgeous and gloriously detailed (look at those hats!), using only a little bit of color to highlight the wondrously mundane object.

Timothy


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Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest By Phoebe Wahl Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780735264892
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Published: Tundra Books - September 21st, 2021

This comforting collection of stories is absolutely one of a kind. Little Witch Hazel may be small, but she is a hard worker and a loving friend, whom we follow throughout each season in Mosswood Forest, as she helps creatures of all shapes and sizes. Wahl's stunning illustrations invoke a feeling of nostalgia and a tender appreciation for the natural world. A timeless gem for all ages.

Beth


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The Barking Ballad: A Bark-Along Meow-Along Book By Julie Paschkis, Julie Paschkis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Paschkis, Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534492608
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 5th, 2021

“Good people of every sort, come listen to my song—” for in this tale of cat-meets-dog, you get to sing along! Rollicking rhymes and bold illustrations evoke the jovial atmosphere of an old folktale in this perfect read-aloud. The tale of four-legged friendship even invites us to yip, meow, bark, and purr along.

Claire


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Time Is a Flower By Julie Morstad Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735267541
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Published: Tundra Books - September 21st, 2021

Time can be a ticking clock or a calendar, but what else can it be? In the time it takes to read this book, time is a tree, a web, a song, a loaf of bread, and so much more! Morstad explores a multitude of ways to understand the passage of time with bold, brightly colored, yet soothing illustrations. Inquisitive, playful, and profound, this is the perfect book to contemplate alone or share as a read-aloud!

Claire


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From the Tops of the Trees By Kao Kalia Yang, Rachel Wada (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Rachel Wada (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541581302
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Published: Lerner Publishing Group - October 5th, 2021

From the Tops of the Trees pinpoints the moment in Kao Kalia Yang’s life when her father showed her how huge the world is and told her she would journey far into it. Readers of Yang’s work know she certainly has and will recognize the photograph of the author with her father from her book The Latehomecomer. Lovingly illustrated by Rachel Wada, this book shows Yang’s clear-eyed generosity toward the world and the wonder her father instilled in her.

Timothy


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Oh Look, a Cake! By J.C. McKee, J.C. McKee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J.C. McKee, J.C. McKee (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358380306
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Published: Clarion Books - May 11th, 2021

In J.C. McKee's first book, readers are faced with a universal dilemma: whom do we invite to share a cake? Sloth and Lemur debate many options, from mammals to insects, and everything (real or fictional) in between. Of course, there are consequences to our choices, as Sloth and Lemur find out. This book is mischievous and fun, told in understated language that heightens the drama.

Timothy


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Good Night, Earth By Linda Bondestam, Galit Hasan-Rokem (Translator) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781632062864
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Published: Yonder - April 27th, 2021

Acclaimed Nordic illustrator Linda Bondestam’s authorial debut is a delight in translation. An adorable family of aliens monitor the success of bedtime for the young ones of all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures on Earth–Chimps, an Axolotl, Cats, Meerkats, Kiwi, Sloths, and even a Tarsier. This small-scale picture book includes high-contrast multimedia illustrations with vibrant textures, humorous details, and even little half-pages to mimic tucking all the creatures into bed.

P.S. Watch Linda read Good Night, Earth herself on our YouTube page!

Kara


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The Tree in Me By Corinna Luyken Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593112595
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - March 16th, 2021

I love everything Corinna Luyken makes! This neon pink-hued picture book feeds my soul. Poetic text guides the reader through the fruits, shapes, and growth of trees. Next time you need a little nurturing, turn to this effervescent book to remember that the shade and the wind are a part of you, too.

Kara


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Mel Fell: A Caldecott Honor Award Winner By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062878014
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2021

From the author of Fox the Tiger comes an inventive picture book that will make you fall in love with nature in springtime and maybe even take a leap of faith. Follow Mel the Kingfisher’s first flight along this picture book’s vertical page turns. During Mel’s seemingly perilous fall, many forest creatures (even the small-but-mighty ones) try to slow her descent, but a clever twist will show Mel’s true bravery and triumph.

Kara


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Off to See the Sea By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492638292
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - January 12th, 2021

When bookshelves are saturated with stories about bedtime, a picture book about bath time is a treasure. Grimes’ text encompasses satisfying sounds and the sweet pleading dialogue of a parent at bath time. Zunon’s pencil and collage illustrations are vibrant, simultaneously tangible and surreal. Sail into this tender, magical, sea-worthy adventure.

Kara


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The Old Truck By Jerome Pumphrey, Jarrett Pumphrey Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324005193
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Published: Norton Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

On a small farm, an old truck worked hard. Off a small island, an old boat rode the tide. So begin two warmly illustrated books that send readers on a journey through the years. The vehicles in these books center stories about how people, families, and homes change overtime. The Old Truck celebrates imagination and determination. The Old Boat explores the natural world and perseverance. Both books transport readers on terrific tales, perfect for any truck or boat lovers, and for anyone who enjoys a heartfelt story. 

Claire


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Starcrossed By Julia Denos, Julia Denos (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julia Denos, Julia Denos (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358153955
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Published: Clarion Books - October 27th, 2020

Eridani and Acamar are best friends, but they live worlds apart. Eridani is made of blood and bones and looks up at the night sky. Acamar is made of space and stars and looks down at Earth. This beautiful, captivating tale brims with vivid celestial illustrations, powerful wishes, and the strength of friendship across great distances and differences. 

Claire


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Out of Nowhere By Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534481008
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

Beetle and Caterpillar picnic together every day and look at the moon every night. When Caterpillar suddenly goes missing, loyal Beetle embarks on a quest to find his friend. Charcoal drawings with a pop of red accompany a sweet story of friendship enduring through changes, separations, and reunions. 

Claire


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Bear Can't Wait (The Bear Books) By Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481459754
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 30th, 2021

In the latest installment in the beloved Bear books, Bear and his friends prepare for a surprise birthday party, and Bear is so excited that he can’t wait! Can he be patient until the party starts? Join Bear and friends in this colorful woodland rhyming story to find out!

Claire


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The Bookstore Cat By Cylin Busby, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cylin Busby, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062894342
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 20th, 2020

Romp through the alphabet and the bookstore with everyone’s favorite feline, the bookstore cat! This is the perfect picture book for any young readers who miss visiting our bookstore cats, Booker T and Earth Kitt, or for anyone looking for a warm, playful bookstore adventure to bring home. 

Claire


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Swift Fox All Along By Rebecca Lea Thomas, Maya McKibbin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Lea Thomas, Maya McKibbin (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781773214481
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Published: Annick Press - September 8th, 2020

Swift Fox is filled with nervous butterflies as she meets her extended family for the first time. What if they don’t like her? What if she doesn’t fit in? Everyone has those concerns sometimes, and Thomas has crafted a beautiful story about embracing yourself. Alongside McKibbin’s rich colorful illustrations, we learn about Swift Fox’s Mi’kmaq heritage as she struggles to embrace it and join a bigger family.

Anna


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Ten Ways to Hear Snow By Cathy Camper, Kenard Pak (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cathy Camper, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399186332
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Published: Kokila - October 13th, 2020

On Lina’s winter walk to her grandmother’s to make warak enab, she listens closely to all the ways she can hear snow: boots crunch, shovels scrape, and a blanket of white wraps the neighborhood in silence. This book celebrates everyday moments: cooking in a warm kitchen with family, the cold quiet of snowy days, and all that we can discover when we take time to listen.

Claire


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A Mystery in the Forest By Daniel Montero Galán (Illustrator), Susanna Isern Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9788416733927
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Published: Cuento de Luz SL - September 15th, 2020

In all seasons, Deer likes to gather ingredients from the forest to bake sweet treats for his neighbors. One day, his recipe book goes missing, and mysterious footprints are found near his house. Follow the trail to enjoy a whimsical woodland story about generosity, friendship, and the power of a shared meal. This book will make you want to cozy up in the kitchen and bake with loved ones!

Claire


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Becoming a Good Creature By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358252108
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Published: Clarion Books - September 29th, 2020

Animals have a lot to teach us about how to be good creatures. A weasel can teach forgiveness, an octopus to find common ground, a dog to trust in tomorrow. Full of bright illustrations, good lessons, and even better creatures, this touching book is perfect for young animal lovers, and a wonderful invitation for readers of all ages to learn from the world around us.

Claire


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The Barnabus Project By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Devin Fan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735263260
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Published: Tundra Books - September 1st, 2020

The Fan Brothers have done it again with this quirky picture book. Barnabus, who is half elephant and half mouse, was created to be the perfect pet. Instead, he is kept in a glass jar on a shelf with all the other failed pets. With illustrations ranging from hauntingly beautiful to bright and cheery, this imaginative book teaches readers that in a world obsessed with perfection, it’s ok to be imperfect.

Anna


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Snow Birds By Kirsten Hall, Jenni Desmond (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kirsten Hall, Jenni Desmond (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419742033
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 3rd, 2020

What happens to the birds that don’t fly south for the winter? Snow Birds introduces us to these resilient birds through verse bursting with sound and soft, striking illustrations. This book could be a delight for any season, but is especially a treasure for the winter months, revealing how life and beauty can endure through the harshest conditions.

Claire


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The Bear and the Moon By Matthew Burgess, Catia Chien (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matthew Burgess, Catia Chien (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452171913
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 29th, 2020

After a snooze, Bear looks skyward, where a little dot grows into a floating red moon on a silver string. Bear is delighted to have company and shares his life with the moon. But one day, he squeezes too hard and the moon bursts, leaving only scraps of red. Distraught, Bear blames himself. With time, he finds a transcendent source of love and comfort. Filled with exquisite language and whimsical illustrations, this is a tender and subtly-humorous story of friendship, loss, and self-forgiveness.

Kara


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Grumpy Pants By Claire Messer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807530757
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - May 1st, 2016

This book is an essential addition to any toddler’s bookshelf because it addresses the biggest challenge of toddlerhood--intense, indiscriminate GRUMPINESS. Little ones will find the spare text resonantly funny. The illustrations are at once simple and expressive. Allow Penguin to demonstrate a reliable prescription to wash away a bad mood: a bath, your favorite pair of PJs, a cup of cocoa, and a comforting book.

Kara


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You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks By Evan Turk, Evan Turk (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Evan Turk, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534432826
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

This luminous tribute to the United States' National Parks is filled with sweeping saturated landscapes from Hawaii Volcanoes, to Acadia, and every national park in between. Intertwined with the rich illustrations is an ode proclaiming that everyone, from all walks of life, is home here.  

Claire


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1001 Ants (1001 Series) By Joanna Rzezak Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780500652084
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 3rd, 2019

Have you ever wondered how an ant spends his day? See the world through the eyes of an ant in this whimsically illustrated book. Follow a colony of ants through their forest home while learning about their plant and animal neighbors. Be sure to keep your eye out for little Red Socks as you wind your way through the imaginative drawings and unexpected text placement in this darling book.

Anna


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Count on Me By Miguel Tanco Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735265752
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Published: Tundra Books - June 11th, 2019

Everyone deserves to find their passion and the possibilities are infinite. Tanco's charming illustrations simply capture the perspective of a child who sees the math that is all around us. From concentric circles in a pond to the velocity of a paper airplane, there is so much to understand! Don't miss the helpful index at the end!    

Kara


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The Elephant By Jenni Desmond Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592702640
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 6th, 2018

Did you know that an African elephant tusk can grow as long as two seven-year-olds toe to toe?!  Nonfiction comes alive with Desmond's brilliantly illustrated collection featuring our world's most captivating endangered creatures: the elephant, polar bear, and blue whale. Follow our red crown-wearing narrator on a fun, factual journey that will leave you wanting to learn more.

Beth


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Llama Destroys the World (A Llama Book #1) By Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250303172
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 7th, 2019

SPOILER ALERT: Llama destroys the world on Friday. In the meantime? Llama will enjoy ever-wackier days and make honest mistakes that may just lead to the ultimate doom of everything. Great for fans of Dragons Love Tacos or Super Happy Magic Forest. Any book that starts with cake and ends with pie is a winner!

Kara