Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion – Alex T. Smith

In this modern reweaving of “Little Red Riding Hood” set on a modern, fanciful African savanna, readers meet a young, Black Little Red who gracefully outwits the more-hungry-than-horrifying Lion.

We Are Water Protectors – Carole Lindstrom

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

Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear – Lindsay Mattick

In 1914, during World War I, Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian on his way to serve with cavalry units in Europe, rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie after his hometown of Winnipeg. Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter Lindsay Mattick recounts the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

Warren & Dragon’s 100 Friends – Ariel Bernstein

This chapter book series is about a modern-day Calvin and Hobbes tale involving a boy, his smarty-pants twin sister and his vain dragon companion. **series**

The Name Jar – Yangsook Choi

This story explores questions about difference, identity, and cultural assimilation. When Unhei, a young Korean girl, moves to America with her family and arrives at a new school, she begins to wonder if she should also choose a new name.

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space – Dr. Dominic WallimanYour Content Goes Here

Professor Astro Cat will tell you everything there could be to know about our stars, our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, and our universe. The book also explores topics such as gravity, extraterrestrial life, time itself and many other fascinating subjects that will take readers on a journey to the very frontiers of space.

Rama and the Demon King – Jessica Souhami

Banished by his jealous stepmother, Prince Rama has lived in the forest for 14 years along with his wife Sita and his loyal brother Lakshaman. Rama triumphed over the demons that dwell there and lives a simple, peaceful life among the forest animals. But it is not to last. Based on the Indian tradition of shadow-puppetry, this story conveys the exuberance of a millennia-old tale which is still very much alive today.

Where Are You From? – Yamile Saied Méndez

This charmingly illustrated, thoughtfully written picture book offers a gentle way for the youngest readers to explore the complexities of identity, and encourages self-awareness, empathy, and family relationships.

On Wings of Words – Jennifer Berne

An inspiring and kid-accessible biography of one of the world’s most famous poets. With Dickinson’s own inimitable poetry woven throughout, this lyrical biography is not just a tale of prodigious talent, but also of the power we have to transform ourselves and to reach one another when we speak from the soul.

Miss Maple’s Seeds – Eliza Wheeler

This stunning New York Times Bestseller introduces the kind, nature-loving Miss Maple, who celebrates the miracle in each seed—perfect for fans of Miss Rumphius!

Don’t Touch My Hair! – Sharee Miller

An entertaining picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that want to touch her hair. Encourages consent and respect.

The Secret Subway – Shana Corey

From an acclaimed author and a New York Times Best Illustrated artist comes the fascinating, little-known—and true!—story of New York City’s first subway.

Katie Woo and Friends – Fran Manushkin

Great stories for beginning readers. Simple but engaging text coupled with colorful, expressive illustrations. Katie Woo loves playing with her friends JoJo and Pedro. They do everything together, from losing teeth to looking for ghosts. Even when they argue, they always make up in the end. After all, there’s nothing like a good friend.

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Malala’s Magic Pencil – Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Malala Yousafzai’s first picture book, inspired by her own childhood. This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala’s story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times. This book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.

Over and Under the Pond – Kate Messner

In this gorgeous companion to the acclaimed Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal bring to life a secret underwater world. Readers will discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond.

Once There Was A Story – Jane Yolen

This collection of 30 well-known and not-so-well known stories, fairy tales, folk tales, and fables from Russia to Africa to Korea and beyond includes magic tales, homey tales, and animal tales.

The Invisible Boy – Trudy Ludwig

A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend… Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party…until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

How to Clean A Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships – Steve Jenkins

This wonderful book about animal symbiosis offers readers a close-up, step-by-step view of nature’s fascinating partnerships.

Harriet the Invincible (Hamster Princess series) – Ursula Vernon

Perfect for fans of Babymouse and Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories, this laugh-out-loud new comic hybrid series will turn everything you thought you knew about princesses on its head.  **series**

And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell

In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango’s family is not like any of the others. This is the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay – Susan Hood

The extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an orchestra made up of children playing instruments built from recycled trash.

The Lost Stone (The Kingdom of Wrenly) – Jordan Quinn

Verde’s gentle, concrete narration and Peter H. Reynolds’s expressive watercolor illustrations bring the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level. Featuring an author’s note about the importance of mindfulness and a guided meditation for children, I Am Peace will help readers of all ages feel grounded and restored.

I Am Peace – Susan Verde

Verde’s gentle, concrete narration and Peter H. Reynolds’s expressive watercolor illustrations bring the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level. Featuring an author’s note about the importance of mindfulness and a guided meditation for children, I Am Peace will help readers of all ages feel grounded and restored.

Titanosaur: Discovering The World’s Largest Dinosaur

The American Museum of Natural History presents a picture book about the discovery of the Titanosaur – the biggest, heaviest creature to ever walk Earth. This story of the discovery of this new dinosaur comes from the paleontologists who led the dig. From its discovery by a local herder, to the organization and completion of the excavation, readers will be on the edge of their seats, and the beautifully painted illustrations will mesmerize.

Mia Mayhem Is A Superhero! – Kara West

Mia is a regular eight-year-old who finds out that she’s A SUPERHERO! So now, it’s up to Mia to balance her regular everyday life and maintain her secret identity. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, this is great for emerging readers. **series**

Chrysanthemum – Kevin Henkes

From the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten’s First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance.

Trombone Shorty – Troy Andrews

A prodigy, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest. This lively picture book autobiography shows how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Trombone Shorty is also a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music.

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s poetic celebration of the courage within each person is matched by the daring vision of artist Basquiat, whose childlike style reveals the fanciful imaginings of childhood. In this introduction to poetry and contemporary art, brief biographies of Angelou and Basquiat accompany the text and artwork.

The Story of Ferdinand – Munro Leaf

A true classic with a timeless message, Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936. All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. And he does just that. This cherished hardcover is a perfect exploration into identity and stereotypes.

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille – Jen Bryant

An inspiring, uplifting picture-book biography of Louis Braille—a blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet.

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale – John Steptoe

This memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairytale as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe.

Art & Max  – David Wiesner

Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Although Max is inexperienced, he’s courageous – and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart.

Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship – Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes

Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.

Niño Wrestles the World – Yuyi Morales

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

Stay: A Girl, A Dog, A Bucket List – Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise

Before Eli slows down too much, Astrid wants to make fun memories with him so she makes a bucket list. But in the end what is most important to Eli is the time he spends with Astrid. This story reminds readers of all ages that time with our loved ones is the most precious gift of all.

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters – Michael James Mahin

A picture book celebration of the indomitable Muddy Waters, a blues musician whose fierce and electric sound laid the groundwork for what would become rock and roll.

Bink & Gollie – Kate DiCamillo

Meet Bink and Gollie, one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures  **series**

Voices in the Park – Anthony Browne

Four different voices tell their own versions of the same walk in the park. The radically different perspectives give a fascinating depth to this simple story which explores many of the author’s key themes, such as alienation, friendship and the bizarre amid the mundane.

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos – Monica Brown

This award-winning picture book chronicles Frida’s creative spirit, which carried her through tragedy and triumph, and the animals that inspired her along the way.

Mangoes, Mischief and Tales of Friendship – Chitra Soundar

Inspired by traditional Indian folktales, these eight original tales task Veera and Suku with outwitting the kingdom’s greediest, wiliest subjects. Are the two clever boys up to the challenge?

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters – Barack Obama

In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to 13 groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children.

Nat Geo: Squeak! 100 Fun Facts About Hamsters, Mice, Guinea Pigs and More – Rose Davidson

Packed with weird-but-true facts and tons of animal info, this Level 3 Reader shows how endearing rodents can be. Nat Geo Fact Readers feature the same expert-vetted running text as traditional readers-with a bonus of 100 fun facts sprinkled throughout.

Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival – Rebecca Elliott

In the first book of this endearing early chapter book series, Eva the owl decides to organize a spring festival at her school. Her excitement turns to dismay as the date approaches and she realizes there is no way she can have everything ready in time.  **series**

At the Same Moment, Around the World – Clotilde Perrin

In this wonderful book of discovery, strong back matter empowers readers to learn about the history of timekeeping and time zones, and to explore where each of the characters lives on the world map. A distinctive educational tool, this picture book’s warm, unique illustrations also make it a joy to read and admire.

Superheroes Are Everywhere – Kamala Harris

From Senator Kamala Harris comes a picture book memoir with an empowering message: Superheroes are all around us-and if we try, we can all be heroes too.

Meet Yasmin! – Saadia Faruqi

Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, Yasmin boldly faces any situation. A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family delight and inspire readers.  **series**

Second Banana – Blair Thornburgh

This deliciously original school story recognizes the dreadful disappointment that a casting list can cause – as well as the power of friendship, creative thinking, and a good attitude to turn a rotten situation into one that’s quite ap-peel-ing.

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin – Julia Finley Mosca

This is the first book in a new educational series about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists. In addition to the illustrated rhyming tale, readers will find a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Temple herself.  **series**

More Than A Princess – Delanda and Terrance ColemanYour Content Goes Here

This charming tale aims to show readers around the world all they can achieve in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Extra Yarn – Mac Barnett

This magical story invites readers to question the nature of magic and the relationship between money to happiness.

Coyote Moon – Maria Gianferrari

In the dark of the night, a mother coyote stalks prey to feed her hungry pups. Her hunt takes her through a suburban town, where she encounters a mouse, a rabbit, a flock of angry geese, and finally an unsuspecting turkey on the library lawn.

Doll-E 1.0 – Shanda McCloskey

A STEM-friendly tale of a girl and the doll she upgrades to be her new friend, for fans of The Most Magnificent Thing and Rosie Revere, Engineer.

It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity – Theresa Thorn

This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity gives young readers a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles – Patricia Valdez

A fascinating and lively picture book biography of Joan Procter; the passionate, determined pioneering scientist who loved reptiles.

My Father’s Dragon – Ruth Stiles Gannett

Elmer Elevator (narrator’s father as a boy) runs away with an old alley cat to rescue a flying baby dragon being exploited on a faraway island. With the help of two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a fine-toothed comb, Elmer disarms the fiercest of beasts on Wild Island.

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale – Demi

A reward of one grain of rice doubles day by day into millions of grains of rice when a selfish raja is outwitted by a clever village girl.

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes – Nicola Davies

Find out how the smallest things on the planet do some of the biggest jobs in this intriguing introduction to the world of microbes.

King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats – Dori Hillestad Butler

Kayla made peanut butter treats for Jillian’s new puppy, Thor. But now the treats are missing. How will they solve the mystery? The first book in a wonderful, engaging series for early independent readers.  **series**

Noodlephant  – Jacob Kramer

This is a story about an elephant and her friends who band together to overthrow the kangaroos that run their town. It’s about who makes the rules, and who must break them. It’s about noodles and revolution, laws and lasagna. A zany tale full of pasta puns, friendship and a community’s response to injustice.

Her Right Foot – Dave Eggers

This fascinating, fun take on nonfiction investigates a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue. What we find is about more than history, more than art. What we find in the Statue of Liberty’s right foot is the message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country’s creation.