Picture Book Favorites Recommendations

My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338225327
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Published: Orchard Books - December 29th, 2020

From Super Bowl champion and literacy crusader Malcolm Mitchell comes an exciting new story that shows even reluctant readers that there is a book out there for everyone!

Meet Henley, an all-around good kid, who hates to read. When he's supposed to be reading, he would rather do anything else.


Have You Ever Seen a Flower? Cover Image
By Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452182704
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 4th, 2021

Have You Ever Seen a Flower? is an enchanting picture book exploring the relationship between childhood and nature. In this simple yet profound story, one child experiences a flower with all five senses—from its color to its fragrance to the entire universe it evokes—revealing how a single flower can expand one's perspective in incredible ways.


Chrysanthemum Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062983374
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 12th, 2020

Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round. 


Beautifully Me Cover Image
By Nabela Noor, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534485877
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

From designer, creator, and self-love advocate Nabela Noor (@Nabela) comes a much-needed picture book about loving yourself just as you are.

Meet Zubi: a joyful Bangladeshi girl excited about her first day of school. But when Zubi sees her mother frowning in the mirror and talking about being “too big,” she starts to worry about her own body and how she looks.


Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller

This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity.


The Octopus Escapes Cover Image
By Maile Meloy, Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984812698
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

From a New York Times bestselling author comes this poignant, lyrical tale about nature's great escape artist—perfect for fans of the Oscar-winning documentary film My Octopus Teacher.


Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist Cover Image
By Julie Leung, Chris Sasaki (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771874
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 24th, 2019

Beautiful and so important! --Sara


Girl on a Motorcycle Cover Image
By Amy Novesky, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593116296
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2020

Picture book -- ages 5 and up -- This picture book is based on the true story of Anne-France Dautheville who was the first woman to travel alone on a motorcycle around the world. Not only is this beautifully illustrated, but the story itself was super inspirational and I learned a lot about places around the world (some of which don't even exist anymore!). If you're feeling the 2020 blues because you can't travel, this might be the perfect cure. --Sara


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Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781632172693
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Published: Little Bigfoot - August 4th, 2020

Picture Books -- Ages 4 to 8 -- Learn all about our neighbor in Golden Gate Park! Claude is an albino alligator, and the mascot for the Academy of Sciences. Local author Emma Bland Smith tells the story of his life, including his unlikely friendship with snapping turtles, and encourages us to celebrate the things that make us different! -- Casey


Gustavo, the Shy Ghost Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536211146
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Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2020

Picture book - ages 3-8 -- Ghost stories are year round, right?? Gustavo will melt your heart and teach you all about being yourself and making friends. So much love for this one!! --Sara


Just In Case You Want to Fly Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443444
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Published: Neal Porter Books - October 8th, 2019

Picture book -- ages 2 to 7 -- Here is a poem that's full of little things, small comforts, and moments that are warm or sweet or funny or charming or make your heart feel full. Read it to ground you as you aim for your dreams and spread your wings. Don't forget to slow down for the pictures! -- Casey


Pokko and the Drum Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480390
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 1st, 2019

Picture book -- ages 4 to 8 -- Subtle and gorgeous, this book features Pokko's quiet frog family, who worry they've made a mistake by gifting her a drum, but soon see that her talent is a poweful means of expression. An all-time staff favorite and a beautiful gift! -- Casey


All the Ways to Be Smart Cover Image
By Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781947534964
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Published: Scribble Us - September 3rd, 2019

Picture book - ages 3-8
There are so many different ways to be smart and it’s so important to teach kids that intelligence is harder to define than just doing well on standardized tests. It’s also about science experiments and making friends and playing the ukulele and knowing directions! How freeing to know you’re worthy regardless of how you use your brain. -Sara


You Matter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421691
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

A New York Times bestseller!
Five starred reviews!

Named Best Book of the Year by Barnes & Noble, The New York Times/New York Public Library, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal

They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different


Zog and the Flying Doctors Cover Image
By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338134179
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 26th, 2017

From the bestselling duo of Donaldson and Scheffler, Zog the dragon returns with a girl-power princess story about being true to yourself!

Zog the dragon, Princess Pearl, and Sir Gadabout have taken to the skies! No sniffly lion or sunburned mermaid will go without care while the flying doctors are on duty.