Child of St Kilda book
Child of St Kilda
Written and illustrated by Beth Waters
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

Norman John Gillies was one of the last children ever born on St Kilda, five years before the whole population was evacuated forever to the British mainland. People had lived on these islands for over four thousand years, developing a thriving, tightly-knit society that knew nothing of crime or money, and took care of its weakest members without hesitation. At the mercy of the seasons and the elements, a unique lifestyle evolved, based around resilience, mutual trust and caring. What was it like to grow up in such harsh conditions? Why and how did this ancient way of life suddenly cease in 1930? Where did the islanders go, and what became of them? And what became of Norman John, child of St Kilda?

Love Your Body book
Love Your Body
Written by Jessica Sanders
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

My body is strong. My body can do amazing things. My body is my own. Freedom is loving your body with all its 'imperfections' and being the perfectly imperfect you. Learning To Love Your Body encourages young girls to admire and celebrate their bodies for all the amazing things they can do, and to help girls see that they are so much more than their bodies.

Aalfred and Aalbert book
Aalfred and Aalbert
Written and illustrated by Morag Hood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A heartwarming love story of blossoming friendship between two aardvarks. Aalfred and Aalbert lead solitary lives. Sometimes, Aalfred thinks he might like to be part of a pair, and sometimes Aalbert thinks he might like to be one of two. But Aalfred sleeps all day, and Aalbert sleeps all night—so how will the two ever meet? Luckily, a helpful bystander intervenes and when Aalfred and Aalbert's paths cross in the most unexpected way, they find that they go together quite well, just like cheese and broccoli. This adorable story about two aardvarks and an unlikely matchmaker will appeal to families with LGBTQ parents and family members as author-illustrator Morag Hood keeps children laughing with funny situations and entertaining teachable moments about relationships.

A Trip Into Space book
A Trip Into Space
Written by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Francisca Marquez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Blast off into the sky and visit the International Space Station! A lively, rhythmical story and detailed illustrations take readers on a trip to the ISS, where astronauts sleep zipped up and walk in space. This great read-aloud includes information (verified by NASA staff) about the ISS. Fact-filled and fun, this story will send young minds soaring.

How to Spy on a Shark book
How to Spy on a Shark
Written by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Francisca Marquez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Spend a day at sea tracking sharks--with the help of a robot! Join a team of marine biologists as they head out in their boat to study mako sharks. Simple, entertaining text and bright, accurate illustrations bring science and technology to life, and additional pages of facts about sharks follow the story. This book is bound to make a splash with young minds!

  1. Our Favorite Day - Charmingly detailed illustrations help tell a touching tale of the bond between grandparent and grandchild in a quiet yet powerful debut. "Thursdays are my favorite days." "Mine, too." Every morning Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Papa enjoys his daily tasks, but there's one day each week that is extra special. That's the day he might visit the craft store, get two orders of dumplings to go, and possibly pick some flowers he sees along the path. With its spare text and wonderfully warm watercolor and cut-paper illustrations just begging to be pored over, Joowon Oh's tale of the singular love between a grandfather and granddaughter will nestle within the heart of every reader.

  2. Operation Photobomb - When Monkey finds a camera, Chameleon discovers that he loves to photobomb everyone! But Chameleon’s photobombing starts to drive the other animals bananas. Can they find a way to stop his wild antics?

  3. The Princess and the Peanut Allergy - Regina has a huge, princess-themed, peanut-filled cake planned for her birthday party--that is until she learns that her best friend Paula has a severe peanut allergy. In this introduction to food allergies, Regina learns how dangerous an allergic reaction can be, and how she can best help a friend stay safe. With dimensional and bright illustrations, this book perfectly depicts the importance of respecting a friend's needs.

  4. The Hat Who Was Left Behind - Little Hat and Anna love to play together. And he protects her from the weather. But one day Anna forgets about him and he is blown far away on the wind, soaked by the rain and frozen in the snow. But Little Hat is still able to help, in the most surprising way!

Save the Day for ADA May book
Save the Day for ADA May
Written by Elizabeth Dale and illustrated by Patrick Corrigan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A highly interactive book in which the reader is asked to perform actions to save baby Ada May, as her brother is totally oblivious to the escalating consequences of the danger he has put her in, simply by bending over to feed the ducks! Children will scream with laughter as they tilt, shake, blow, clap and shout at the book to avert catastrophe and save the day!

The Mountain Who Wanted to Live in a House book
The Mountain Who Wanted to Live in a House
Written by Maurice Shadbolt and illustrated by Renee Haggo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

In this unexpected picture book, a mountain comes to life and decides he wants to live in a house. But when he moves into the town, he scares everyone away. A young boy helps the mountain and saves his town by thinking of a creative way to solve the problem. The story stimulates children's imagination and aids in their cognitive development, helping them to understand the difference between reality and imagination.

There's a Baddie Running Through This Book book
There's a Baddie Running Through This Book
Written by Shelly Unwin and illustrated by Vivienne To
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

"There's a baddie running through this book, turn the pages; have a look. There he goes, did you see? Sound your siren, chase with me. Kids, watch out! A baddie is on the loose and only you can catch him. But this baddie is very sneaky. He's going to have you looking for him everywhere ... up and down, and around and around ... until the very last page!"--Provided by publisher.

Are You My Bottom? book
Are You My Bottom?
Written by Kate Temple, Jol Temple and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Small Panda has lost his bottom. It was there when he went to sleep but now it has disappeared. He searches high and low, and finds stripy bums, pink butts, and feathery derrieres. "Are you my bottom?" he asks, but none of these bottoms are his. Finally, he spots a furry bum which just has to be his-- but the answer is surprising! A cheeky story for anyone who has ever left something behind.

On the Day You Were Born book
On the Day You Were Born
Written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ron Brooks
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

'My daddy said, On the day you were born, I wrapped you up warm and took you for a walk to see the world ... A celebration of the glories of existence, the world as seen afresh on the birth of a new baby.

  1. Mephisto - Mephisto, a black cat lives apart from other cats. Shunned by the townspeople for being a harbinger of bad luck, he never gets to sit inside by the fireplace like the tomcats do. Instead he dodges constant insults and abuse. He decides to leave behind the world of humans for a peaceful life in the country, but once winter comes and he returns to the city, the townspeople find that they need him after all. Still, nothing is as important to Mephisto as his freedom.

  2. The Day Abuelo Got Lost - A touching story about a boy and his grandfather who enjoy a special relationship—until Abuelo starts to lose his memory. Instead of building model planes and cooking together, Luis and his father have to search the neighborhood for Abuelo, and Luis and Abuelo have to find new activities to enjoy together.

  3. When a Kid Like Me Fights Cancer - When a young boy finds out he has cancer, he learns a lot right away. He learns that cancer is something you fight, and that cancer isn’t anyone’s fault—especially not his. He discovers that many things change with cancer, but some of the most important things stay the same. He also learns that having cancer is easier when everyone around him wants to help him fight.

  4. Marcus Mole and the Miraculous Potato - Marcus the Mole isn't very good at being a mole. He spends all day digging and tunneling but never finds anything, unlike other moles who are busy unearthing valuable treasures! Then one day, he finds a small potato, which he cares for and nurtures from then on. Although it's not as valuable as the other treasures, Marcus still dearly cherishes his potato. But all good things must come to end...Will Marcus be able to cope?

Shubh Diwali! book
Shubh Diwali!
Written by Chitra Soundar and illustrated by Charlene Chua
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Diwali has arrived! Rangoli art decorates the floor and strings of flowers hang around the doors. Now it's time to ring the bells, light the lamps, and welcome the new year with family and friends. A sweet introduction to the Hindu festival of lights.

Fall in the Country book
Fall in the Country
Written by Sue Tarsky and illustrated by Claire Lordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Join the fun of finding and counting all the animals, flowers, and insects, as more and more appear on a lively walk through the country in the fall. Packed with repetition that young children love and that also helps them learn, this is an entertaining introduction to colors, numbers, and the seasons.

Winter in the City book
Winter in the City
Written by Sue Tarsky and illustrated by Claire Lordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Join the fun of finding and counting all the cars, trucks, animals, and buildings as more and more appear on a lively city walk in winter. Packed with repetition that young children love and that also helps them learn, this is an entertaining introduction to colors, numbers, and the seasons.

Peek-A-Who Too? book
Peek-A-Who Too?
Written and illustrated by Elsa Mroziewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A triangular board book may seem unusual, but Peek-A-Who?, with its cleverly shaped lift-the-flaps, garnered fans from across the children's book world. This follow-up to the acclaimed original is full of hidden animals, each making different sounds. Can you figure out who each one is? Lift the unique shaped flaps to see who peeks out!

Don't Let the Beasties Escape This Book! book
Don't Let the Beasties Escape This Book!
Written by Julie Berry and illustrated by April Lee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Godfrey, a peasant boy who works for the lord and lady of the castle, finds a bestiary, or illustrated book of beasts, on the way to do his chores one morning. He begins inventing his own story, placing “Sir Godfrey” at the center of numerous heroic deeds. Sir Godfrey battles a lion, tames a unicorn, defeats a griffin, conquers a bonnacon, and triumphs over a dragon. Godfrey does not realize that each time he says the name of an animal, it magically emerges from the book, causing mayhem and inadvertently accomplishing his chores. The laughs pile up and the tension mounts: When will Godfrey realize that all this outrageous stuff is going on? This book also contains engaging backmatter with information on life in the Middle Ages and a mini-bestiary drawn from original 13th-century manuscripts. Don’t Let the Beasties Escape This Book! is a humorous introduction to the medieval world.

  1. Soldier for Equality - Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to life the story of a Mexican-American war hero Jos. de la Luz S.enz (1888-1953)--or Luz--believed in fighting for what was right. Although he was born in the United States, he and his family experienced prejudice because of their Mexican heritage. When World War I broke out, Luz volunteered to join the fight. Because of his ability to quickly learn languages, he became part of the Intelligence Office in Europe. However, despite his hard work and intellect, Luz often didn't receive credit for his contributions. Upon his return to the US, he joined other Mexican-Americans whom he had met in the army to fight for equality. His contribution, along with others, ultimately led to the creation of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which is the oldest Latino civil rights organization. Soldier for Equality is based in part on Luz's diary during the war. It includes a biography of Luz's later years, an author's note, a timeline, a bibliography, and an index.

  2. Who's That Hiding in the Barn? - Who's running through the fields, like he's on a grand racecourse? YES, you guessed it: it's a horse. Meet the friendly animals that live in the barn, from a chicken sitting in the coop and sheep chewing grass to the farmer's cat chasing a rat and a cow that's ready for milking NOW!

  3. My Footprints - Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels "double different." She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms. Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts. Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear? Mimicking the footprints of each creature in the snow, she makes her way home to the arms of her moms. Together, the three of them imagine beautiful and powerful creatures who always have courage - just like Thuy.

  4. Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves - One autumn evening, Little Redbird settled down for one last sleep before flying south for winter. As she slept, a strong gust of wind shook her from her cozy nest . . . . . . Little Redbird hurts her wing and misses her chance to fly south for the winter. As she searches for a new home amongst the trees, she begins to realize that not all trees are fit for the winter cold. As more and more trees refuse her shelter, too preoccupied with their preparations for the frost, Little Redbird fears the worst. That is, until she comes across a friendly bunch of evergreens. In the spirit of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince, Why Evergreens Keep Their Leavesis a timeless story of kindness and why the fir, spruce, and juniper trees are evergreen all winter long.

Stars and Poppy Seeds book
Stars and Poppy Seeds
Written and illustrated by Romana Romanyshyn, Andriy Lesiv
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The charming story of a girl's greatest ambition--to count all the stars in the sky As the daughter of well-known mathematicians, Flora loves to count more than anything in the world. She counts all the things around her--the animals, grains of sand on the beach, and letters in her dad's newspaper. When Dora looks at the Milky Way, she begins to wonder how to count the mesmerizing number of stars. Is it even possible? Is the night sky so full of stars that even all the numbers she knows would not be enough to count them? Dora soon learns that she needs to deal with such a complicated task by starting with the simplest of steps, and who knows, maybe one day she will achieve her dream.

I Am Love book
I Am Love
Written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A celebration of love and connection for young readers Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds continue their collaboration with the fourth book in their bestselling wellness series. A celebration of love in all its forms, I Am Love asks readers to look inward when they feel afraid. Love allows us to act with compassion and kindness, to live with gratitude, and to take care of ourselves by practicing self-love.

Incredible You book
Incredible You
Written by Rhys Brisenden and illustrated by Nathan Reed
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ever had a bad day and wished that you were someone else? Perhaps a mountain gorilla? Or a fierce tiger? But wait . . . just think of all the amazing things that you can do! You can sing, you can write, and you can dream. And never stop being incredible you! This picture book brings a breath of fresh air for young children, filled with positivity, zest, and energy.

The Rainbow Flag: Bright, Bold, and Beautiful book
The Rainbow Flag: Bright, Bold, and Beautiful
Written by Michelle Millar Fisher and illustrated by Kat Kuang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Flags are brilliant and clever works of art and design, and they bring people together under a common banner. This colorful story follows a group of friends who helped dye and sew strips of cloth to create the first Rainbow Flags for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in 1978. Led by a young artist named Gilbert Baker, the friends set out to create a flag that people could march behind during the Pride Parade. They knew the flag needed to be bright, in order to be seen by everyone as they marched. It needed to be bold, to lead the crowd. And it needed to be beautiful, like the love celebrated by the parade! The result is an iconic flag that has become an international symbol of the gay pride movement.

Lana Lynn Howls at the Moon book
Lana Lynn Howls at the Moon
Written by Rebecca Van Slyke and illustrated by Anca Sandu, Rebecca Van Slyke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An adventurous sheep tries to take a walk on the wild side and encounters more than she expected. Lana Lynn is an intrepid sheep. The other members of her flock are content to nibble grass in the pasture, sip water from the pond, and nap in the meadow. But not Lana Lynn. She wants… adventure! So one night, when the moon is high and the other sheep are asleep, she finds a disguise and dashes into the wild woods to see what life is like as a wolf. It’s fun to run through the wild woods, stay up very late, and howl at the Moon—but is life with the wolf pack everything it seems?

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