Not Your Typical Dragon – Dan Bar-el

With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who can’t help feeling a little bit different.

Whoever You Are – Mem Fox

Stirring words and bold paintings weave their way around our earth, across cultures and generations. Whoever You Are urges us to accept our differences, to recognize our similarities, and-most importantly-to rejoice in both.

I Will Eat You! – Giada Francia

Delightful illustrations, an intriguing layout and fascinating front and back matter make this book perfect for sharing the concept of food chains to young readers, who will enjoy both guessing what might be a predator, and opening the gatefold to reveal the answer.

Truman – Jean Reidy

An enchanting tale of bravery, heroism, and undying devotion. After his best friend Sarah leaves for her first day of school, a tortoise named Truman goes on an adventure across the living room and learns to be brave in this thoughtful and heartwarming twist on a first experience story.

Jabari Jumps – Gaia Cornwall

In a sweet, appealing tale of overcoming your fears, Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids From Around the World – Matt LaMothe

Follow one day in the real lives of seven kids from around the world—Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia.

Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths – Graham Annable

Peter and Ernesto loved their tree. Then a hurricane came and blew it away! Now they must venture into the jungle to find a new great tree. But the jungle is full of dangers, including angry ants, slithering snakes, and a ravenous jaguar! Can cautious Peter and confident Ernesto work together to keep their tribe safe? Charming sequel in this graphic novel series for beginner readers.  **series**

Mr. Big – Ed Vere

Mr Big is strong, Mr Big is tough, Mr Big is…well…BIG! He has just one small problem – because of the way he looks he just can’t get people to stick around. With his trademark bold colour and masterful graphic simplicity, Ed Vere sensitively and humorously tackles the universal and current subject of inclusion, reminding the reader that to get to know someone you need to look beyond their exterior.

What If You Had Animal Teeth?! – Sandra Markle

If you could have any animal’s front teeth, whose would you choose? If you chose an elephant’s, you could dig holes and pull up tree roots. If you had a beaver’s, you’d have orange teeth! And if you had a naked mole rat’s set of teeth, you could move each one separately, like chopsticks! The animal kingdom has lots of cool teeth, but yours are pretty awesome, too! **series**

Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment – Parker Curry

A visit to Washington, D.C.’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.

When Sadness Is At Your Door – Eva Eland

When we feel sad, especially for long periods of time, it can seem as if the sadness is a part of who we are – an overwhelming, invisible, and scary sensation. Eva Eland brilliantly approaches this feeling as if it is a visitor.

Secrets of the Rain Forest – Carron Brown

Discover the animals and plants that live in and around a kapok tree, from the colorful parrots in the canopy to the sleek jaguar on the forest floor. This engaging book demonstrates a love of the natural world as the vivacity of the rainforest is revealed through bold and colorful artwork, and clever “see-through” pages.  **series**

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes – Elizabeth Hammill

There are 150 rhymes in this collection, from countries all over the English-speaking world, including Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, South Africa and the Caribbean. This comprehensive collection contains all the best-loved nursery rhymes, but also some new discoveries, and vibrant rhymes from Native American, First Nation, Inuit and Maori cultures.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress – Christine Baldacchino

Morris loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center – he loves wearing the tangerine dress. With dreamy illustrations Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.

Good Night Taj Mahal – Nitya Mohan Khemka

Many of India’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in this board book, designed to instill an early appreciation for India’s natural and cultural wonders. Each book in the bestselling Good Night Our World series features a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area’s attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place.  **series**

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea – Ben Clanton

A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three stories. Clanton showcases the joys of friendship, the benefits of working together and the power of imagination.  **series**

Jabari Tries – Gaia Cornwall

This story is all about determination, problem-solving, patience, perseverance, and teamwork. Cornwall’s tale shows that through perseverance and flexibility, an inventive thought can become a brilliant reality.

Hey, Water! – Antoinette Portis

Join a young girl as she explores her surroundings and sees that water is everywhere. But water doesn’t always look the same, it doesn’t always feel the same, and it shows up in lots of different shapes. Water can be a lake, it can be steam, it can be a tear, or it can even be a snowman.

Princess Hair – Sharee Miller

After decades of white princesses’ domination of American fairy tales, Miller expands the vision of what princess hair can look like to black girls. Spread by double-page spread, the book highlights a multitude of diverse hairstyles while young girls play dress-up, all the while wearing their princess crowns.

Strictly No Elephants – Lisa Mantchev

When the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution – one that unites others who have been made to feel unwelcome, different, and lesser. They start their own pet club, one that welcomes everyone.

The Honeybee – Kirsten Hall

Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.

Last Tree in the City – Peter Carnavas

This is the story of Edward who lives in the city – a place of concrete and cars, a world without colour. Every day Edward visits the last tree in the city and forgets the dull world around him. Then one day the tree is gone. After some reflection, he finds a way to make things better. A poignant tale about the environment and the way children relate to its beauty.

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do – Ashley Spires

This delightful story depicts what children go through when confronted with something difficult. Lou faces her fear and although she fails, the effort empowers her, encouraging a growth mindset. Highlights resilience and the joy of imaginative play outdoors.

Christian, the Hugging Lion – Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell

This heartwarming book is based on the true story of two men who raised and loved a lion cub – which millions of fans know through the popular YouTube video.

Islandborn – Junot Díaz

Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island she left when she was just a baby. Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us – to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

My Mouth Is A Volcano – Julia Cook

This story takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to capture their rambunctious thoughts and words for expression at an appropriate time. Told from Louis’ perspective, this story provides readers with an entertaining way to learn the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.

I Want to Be A Veterinarian – Laura Driscoll

This Level One book has short sentences, familiar words and simple concepts support success for children eager to start reading on their own. For any reader who wants a gentle behind-the-scenes look at being a veterinarian.  **series**

No Fuzzball! – Isabella Kung

Fuzzball is Queen of the house. Her subjects just LOVE how she scales the tallest shelves and drags their belongings across the floor. Hear how they shout her name everywhere she goes… “NOFUZZBALL!” But when they leave her queendom for the weekend, she questions whether she should be a more benevolent ruler.

Beautiful – Stacy McAnulty

This story breaks barriers by showing girls free to be themselves: splashing in mud, conducting science experiments, and reading books under a flashlight with friends. This book will encourage readers to embrace who they are and realize their endless potential.

Fly Guy Presents: Space – Tedd Arnold

During a visit to a space museum, Fly Guy and Buzz learn all about planets, space crafts, space suits, and even dirty snowballs (i.e. comets).  **series**

Rapunzel (The Once Upon A World collection) – Chloe Perkins

The Once Upon A World collection keeps classic stories but imagines them taking place in a different part of the world – Rapunzel is Indian, Cinderella is Mexican, Snow White is Japanese. Though the stories are the classic versions (not updated), the multicultural take is much-welcomed.

A Normal Pig – K-Fai Steele

A picture book about a spotted pig in a class full of pink pigs who learns to accept her differences.

You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks  – Evan Turk

In simple, soaring language and breathtaking art, acclaimed author-illustrator Evan Turk created a stirring ode to nature and nation. From the rugged coast of Maine to the fiery volcanoes of Hawaii, You Are Home reminds us that every animal, plant, and person helps make this land a brilliant, beautiful sanctuary of life.

Sweetest Kulu – Celina Kalluk

This engaging poem, written by internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts bestowed upon a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and lovingly written, this visually stunning book is infused with the Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants.

Saturday – Oge Mora

In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.

The Truth About Dolphins: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals – Maxwell Eaton III

A new addition to the popular series that combines raucous amounts of humor with a surprising amount of information on beloved animal friends. **series**

Alma and How She Got Her Name – Juana Martinez-Neal

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.

Teddy’s Favorite Toy  – Christian Trimmer

A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys – and mothers.

Do Not Lick this Book – Idan Ben-Barak

Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you’d need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she’s never seen before – like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt. The perfect book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world.

Have I Ever Told You? – Shani King

This story is a note to children, to remind them that they are amazing in their individuality and that they have the power to choose who they want to be in this world. The illustrations create a masterful visual narrative: warm, witty, simple, profound, and as ferociously empowering as a children’s book can be.

Perfectly Norman – Tom Percival

Norman had always been perfectly normal. That was until the day he grew a pair of wings. A poignant yet uplifting story about individuality, with stunning artwork in a striking minimal palette from the author/illustrator of Herman’s Letter. Fans of Oliver Jeffers and Benj Davies will love it.

Wolf Pups Join the Pack – American Museum of Natural History

This fascinating storybook captures a year in the life of a wolf pup. Learn how wolf pups explore, hunt, and grow into young wolves. Featuring beautiful nature photography, Wolf Pups Join The Pack introduces young readers to these impressive and social creatures.

Madame Bedobedah – Phoebe Dahl

Who is Madame Badobedah? Mabel sets out to prove that an eccentric new hotel guest is really a supervillain in this witty early chapter book about an intergenerational friendship.

This Way, Charlie – Caron Levis

From the award-winning team behind Ida comes a story about a friendship that grows between a blind horse and a gruff goat. The two get off to a bumpy start. At first, Jack is anxious and distrustful. But one day, he summons his courage and guides Charlie to his favorite sunlit field: this way, Charlie. And so begins a powerful friendship that will be tested by life’s storms but will ultimately change each life for the better.

Seeds Move! – Robin Page

Discover the fascinating and surprising ways that seeds move and find a place to grow in this gorgeous picture book from Caldecott Honoree Robin Page.

Stegothesaurus – Bridget Heos

Stegothesaurus’s love of language has always put him at odds with his brothers. So when he makes a friend-an allothesaurus-who is just as verbose as he, he is happy, thrilled, and ecstatic! But Stegothesaurus soon learns that the allothesaurus has very different ideas about what constitutes a good meal, and he’ll discover there’s one thing that he loves more than words: his family.

You Matter – Christian Robinson

In this full, beautiful story, different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and everyone matters.

Secrets of the Seashore (Shine-a-Light books) – Carron Brown

Bright, detailed artwork makes every page an adventure in Secrets of the Seashore, a compelling Shine-a-Light title. Young readers will be keen to spot the tiny shrimps hiding in the sand, see a shy crab underneath a rock and watch a jewel-like anemone open its tentacles. Simply hold the pages up to the light to discover the creatures that live around the ocean’s edge.  **series**