The Red Pencil book
#1
The Red Pencil
Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Shane Evans
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

"Amira, look at me," Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers."The Janjaweed attack without warning.If ever they come-- run." Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala-- Amira's one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey-- on foot-- to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind-- and all kinds of possibilities. New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney's powerful verse and Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Shane W. Evans's breathtaking illustrations combine to tell an inspiring tale of one girl's triumph against all odds.

Textures book
#2
Textures
Written by Flowerpot Press and illustrated by Katie Wilson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Soft. Rough. Bumpy. Smooth. Textures are all around us and all through this innovative board book. Latest in the Montessori inspired Discovery Concepts series, Textures takes us on an African safari where we also learn about safari animals in this cross-concept enhanced board book. Caregivers will enjoy the tactile teaching and all children will love the discovery in Textures.

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime book
#3
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime
Written and illustrated by Bob Shea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Roaaaar! Roaar! Nothing can stop me! Nothing can stop little dinosaur—not talking grownups, spaghetti, or even bath time. But what happens when he faces the biggest challenge of all...bedtime? With spare text and irresistible dinosaur roaaars, little dinosaurs will be begging for this book to be read again and again. The sturdy board book format is ideal for strong-minded toddlers.

My Thumb book
#4
My Thumb
Written by Karen Hesse and illustrated by Rich Deas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

I love my thumb, I truly do, it tastes of pears and carrot stew. It's like a hug, an "I love you." My mom hoped in a year or two there'd be some things that I outgrew, and some I have, but never you. Kids who suck their thumbs know there's nothing better. NOTHING! Here is a fun picture book ode to the thumb by Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse, with art by Feiwel and Friends Creative Director Rich Deas.

It's Not Easy Being Number Three book
#5
It's Not Easy Being Number Three
Written and illustrated by Drew Dernavich
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The Number Three is having an identity crisis-there are so many other things he could do with his life; why stop at being just a number? He tries being a ship's anchor, a spatula, even a shiny bronze sculpture, and he won't listen when the other numbers beg him to come back to the lineup. But after awhile, Number Three starts to realize that what he enjoys most is the job no one else can do: being the Number Three. It's Not Easy Being Number Three is a clever book that celebrates the importance of feeling appreciated for one's talents.

This Bear’s Birthday book
#6
This Bear’s Birthday
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Lorna Hussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

It's Bear's birthday, and he's determined to prepare for his party all by himself. Who can get dressed, pick apples, and make peanut butter and honey sandwiches without (much) help from Mama and Papa? This bear can! Then Bear finds out there are some things that can't be done. But with friends and family by his side, a bear can still save the day!

The Mouse and the Moon book
#7
The Mouse and the Moon
Written and illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

"A mouse wants to meet the moon, but finds a surprising new friend instead"--

Arctic White book
#8
Arctic White
Written by Danna Smith and illustrated by Lee White
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When you live in the arctic in winter, everything is a shade of white. A young girl looks around her home in the arctic and sees only white, white, white . . . but one day her grandfather takes her out on a journey across the tundra. And at the end of their cold walk, the dark opens up to show the Northern Lights dancing across the sky--blue, green, and purple.

Emerson Barks book
#9
Emerson Barks
Written and illustrated by Liza Woodruff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A little dog with a big bark saves the day"--

Splashdance book
#10
Splashdance
Written and illustrated by Liz Starin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ursula, a bear, and Ricardo, a human, are preparing for the water ballet competition, where the prize is a million dollars! But a new regulation at the community pool - no bears - leaves Ursula cut from the contest. Luckily, she encounters a group of undaunted animal swimmers at a local pond, and Ursula and her new team figure out a way to participate in the competition and make sure everyone is welcome at the pool once and for all. Filled with deadpan humor, adorable animals, and big themes about social justice and inclusion, Splashdance is a fun and splashy summer story with a lot of heart.

Good Night, Truck book
#11
Good Night, Truck
Written by Sally Odgers and illustrated by Heath McKenzie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Truck, Digger, Boat, and Rocket work very hard through the day.But once night falls, it's time to rest. Good night, Truck. . . .Dreamy art and rhythmic text will drive Good Night Truck into families' hearts.

You and Me and the Wishing Tree book
#12
You and Me and the Wishing Tree
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

We woke up in the usual way, but it was not a usual day. Out on the lawn, plain as could be, stood an orange wishing tree. "I wish!" I said. "I wish!" said you. And so our double wishes grew. Wishes are a magical part of childhood. Whether we wish on stars or blow out candles on a cake, our dreams matter. Nancy Tillman captures the wonder of wishes as only she can, with love.

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