La Princesa And The Pea – Susan Middleton Elya

A beautiful, heartwarming Latin take on The Princess and the Pea. With Spanish words sprinkled throughout the text and endearing illustrations that reflect Peruvian culture.

A Family Is A Family Is A Family – Sara O’Leary

A warm and whimsical look at many types of families, written by award-winning author Sara O’Leary, with quirky and sweet illustrations by Qin Leng.

Little People, Big Dreams: Wilma Rudolph – Isabel Sanchez Vegara

New in the critically-acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Wilma Rudolph, the remarkable sprinter and Olympic champion. **series**

Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale – Sam Wedelich

A timeless favorite becomes a clever cautionary tale in this FUNNY, fresh, and timely picture book debut by cartoonist, Sam Wedelich.

Julián Is A Mermaid – Jessica Love

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.

Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Growing Up

– Katie Daynes

What’s the point of belly buttons? When will I stop growing? These are just some of the 60+ questions that are featured in this extremely useful book.  **series**

My Papi Has A Motorcycle – Isabel Quintero

A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.

Sulwe – Lupita Nyong’o

A stunningly illustrated book—written by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o—about a young girl’s journey with colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years – Stacy McAnulty

Told from the point-of-view of Earth, this funny informative book is filled to the brim with kid-friendly facts. Readers discover key moments in Earth’s life from her childhood more than four billion years ago all the way up to present day. The book also includes back matter with even more interesting tidbits.

Hair Love – Matthew A. Cherry

When mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to do his daughter’s hair in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestseller Vashti Harrison.

Franny’s Father Is A Feminist – Rhonda Leet

Through sweet, straight-forward prose, Franny’s Father portrays the loving bond between a young girl and her father who isn’t afraid of bucking gender norms in order to ensure that his daughter grows up smart, strong, and full of self confidence.

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space – Dr. Dominic Walliman

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. Frontiers of Space also explores topics such as gravity, extraterrestrial life, time itself and many other fascinating subjects.

The Sloth Who Slowed Us Down – Margaret Wild

When the speediest family in the world finds a sweet, slow sloth on their doorstep, they take him in. But, little do they know their new pet has quite a bit to teach them. This is a celebration of slowing down and remembering the important things in life.

Not Quite Snow White – Ashley Franklin

This delightful and inspiring picture book highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost.

If Sharks Disappeared – Lily Williams

Artist Lily Williams explores how the disappearance would affect other animals across the whole planet in this clever book about the importance of keeping sharks, and our oceans, healthy.

Rafi and Rosi Music! – Lulu Delacre

Engaging and informative, this book is perfect for early independent readers. Rafi and Rosi learn about Puerto Rico’s musical traditions and culture.

Breathe With Me: Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm, and Happy – Mariam Gates

The newest offering from the bestselling creators of Good Night Yoga teaches kids fun and easy breathing practices based on the proven methods of yoga and mindfulness meditation.

Actual Size – Steve Jenkins

How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that’s bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself – at their actual size.

How To Be A Lion – Ed Vere

Is there only one way to be a lion? This uplifting story has themes of bias, individuality, and friendship.

We’re All Wonders – R.J. Palacio

Millions of people fell in love with Wonder and joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy. We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are – highlights empathy and kindness

I Am Jackie Robinson – Brad Meltzer

This New York Times Bestselling picture book biography series has an inspiring message: We can all be heroes. This engaging series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young readers, providing them with the right role models, supplementing learning, and best of all, inspiring them to strive and dream. **series**

Small in the City – Sydney Smith

It can be a little scary to be small in a big city, but this child has some good advice for a very special friend in need. Smith tells a contemplative story from the perspective of a child.

Calvin Can’t Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie – Jennifer Berne

Calvin is a young starling who chooses to read books when his cousins are learning to fly. The knowledge he acquires comes in handy when a hurricane threatens the flock’s migration. A sweet story of inclusion and acceptance.

Power Up – Seth Fishman

Did you know there is enough energy in your pinkie finger to power an entire city? And that everything you do – running, jumping, playing, and exploring – uses that same energy inside of you? In the companion to A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars, Seth Fishman and Isabel Greenberg explore the relationship between energy and the human body, breaking down complicated concepts into small, child-friendly segments.

Maybe Something Beautiful – F. Isabel Campoy

What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation – and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big.

Brontorina – James Howe

Brontorina has a dream. She wants to dance. But Brontorina is too large to fit in Madame Lucille’s dance studio. Still, she knows deep in her heart that she is meant to be a ballerina. This hugely endearing character engages readers in a humorous, heart-warming tale about holding on to your dreams.

World’s Most Famous Hippo – Thane Maynard

The amazing true story of Fiona, a baby hippo born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo, the team of scientists and caregivers who nursed her to health, and the vast community in Cincinnati and beyond who rallied around her. Includes full-color behind-the-scenes photographs throughout.

The Dot – Peter H. Reynolds

With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark – and follow where it takes us.

Janine. – Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Inspired by the author’s daughter, this gentle portrayal of difference is powerful, particularly since nothing can dampen spectacular Janine’s upbeat attitude. Young readers needing some extra encouragement to feel comfortable just the way they are should take a lesson from Janine.

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.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend – Dan Santat

This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match.

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald No Combina – Monica Brown

Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn’t match. And that’s just fine with her.

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.

Also an Octopus – Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Even the most totally awesome story starts with a little bit of nothing. What happens next is up to you! A delightfully meta picture book that will set imaginations soaring.

Thunder Boy Jr. – Sherman Alexie

This young Native American boy is named after his father, whose nickname is Big Thunder. Thunder Boy Jr. says his nickname, Little Thunder, makes him “sound like a burp or a fart.” Little Thunder loves his dad, but he longs for a name that celebrates something special about him alone.

Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs – Tedd Arnold

Fly Guy and Buzz are ready for their next field trip. In this book they visit a natural history museum to learn all about dinosaurs. With straightforward text, humorous asides, and photographs throughout, early readers will learn lots of fun facts about these prehistoric creatures. **series**

The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story – Nancy Furstinger

A heartwarming tale about a beagle and the Duchess who adopted him, this picture book is inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue dog, Guy.

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.

What Do They Do with All That Poo? – Jane Kurtz

Have I Ever Told You? – Shani King

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.

The Buddy Bench – Gwendolyn Hooks

Five friends from diverse backgrounds learn how to navigate common childhood challenges, new experiences, and the world around them in this realistic and kid-friendly early chapter book series.

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A Place for Pluto – Stef Wade

Pluto got the shock of his life when his planet status was stripped away, leaving him lost and confused. He’s on a quest to find a place where he belongs. This feel-good picture book combines a popular science topic with character education themes of self discovery, acceptance, and friendship. It has bonus material in the back matter.

Charlotte the Scientist Finds A Cure – Camille Andros

In this empowering picture book with a STEM focus, Charlotte, a budding bunny scientist, ignores the doubters and confidently finds a cure to the mysterious malady affecting the forest.

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.

A Beetle Is Shy – Dianna Hutts Aston

A gorgeous look at the fascinating world of beetles. An incredible variety of these beloved bugs are showcased here in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched and visually striking book is perfect for sparking children’s imaginations. **series**

The King of Kindergarten – Derrick Barnes

A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten. A delightful read full of playfulness and whimsy.

Big Boys Cry – Jonty Howley

This picture book imagines a world in which boys are encouraged to express their full range of emotions.

Nat Geo Kids: Frogs! – Elizabeth Carney

Alive with froggy facts, this book brings early readers deep into the swampy world of our amphibian amigos. **series**

Charlie & Mouse – Laurel Snyder

Charlie and Mouse, two inventive brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks. The first book in an irresistible, award-winning beginner chapter book series.  **series**

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings – Britney Winn Lee

Meet a boy with feelings so big they glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. He tries to cope by stuffing down his feelings, but with a little help and artistic inspiration, the boy realizes his feelings are something to be celebrated.

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes – Sara Gillingham

This stunning, award-winning visual reference is an introduction to maritime communication through nautical flags along with morse code, the phonetic alphabet, and semaphore signaling.

The Patchwork Bike – Maxine Beneba Clarke

When you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That’s when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items.

Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community – Susan Verde

There is a wall in Ángel’s neighborhood. Around it, the community bustles with life: music, dancing, laughing. Not the wall. It is bleak. One boy decides to change that. But he can’t do it alone.

With My Hands: Poems About Making Things – Amy Ludwig VanDerwater