A Big Mooncake for Little Star – Grace Lin

In this stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin creates a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.

What Riley Wore – Elana K. Arnold

Gender-creative Riley knows just what to wear for every occasion during a busy week with family and friends in this sweet and timely picture book.

Think Big, Little One – Vashti Harrison

This book teaches little ones to follow their biggest dreams by introducing them to 18 different trailblazing women creators.

Thank You, Omu! – Oge Mora

Oge Mora brings a heartwarming story of sharing and community to life in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu’s stew, with an extra serving of love.

Red: A Crayon’s Story – Michae Hall

Funny, insightful, and colorful, this is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way.

In the City (Shine-a-Light series) – Carron Brown

This beautifully illustrated nonfiction title is a great introduction to life in a big city. The unique design of the book allows children to discover a “hidden” image by holding the page up to a bright light.  **series**

Say Hello! – Rachel Isadora

Carmelita loves to greet everyone in her colorful neighborhood. There are people from so many different cultures! They all like to say hello too, so now Carmelita can say hello in Spanish, English, French, Japanese, and many other languages. Emphasizing the rich diversity of America’s neighborhoods, this simple portrait of a child’s day provides a great introduction to the joy of language.

Families, Families, Families! – Suzanne Lang & Max Lang

No matter your size, shape, or pedigree – if you love each other, you are a family! Moms, dads, sisters, brothers – and even Great Aunt Sue – appear in dozens of combinations, demonstrating all kinds of nontraditional families! Silly animals are cleverly depicted in framed portraits, and offer a warm celebration of family love.

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

This lighthearted nonfiction picture book is filled with useful facts about bears that will make you laugh so hard you won’t even realize you’re learning something.  **series**

Dance! – Bill T. Jones

Dance celebrates the exhilaration, joy and magic of movement. A lyrical, simple text is matched by astounding photographs.

Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together – Andrea Tsurumi

Crab follows his heart in the wake of a disaster and discovers that everyone’s talents have value when applied with generosity. This hilarious, heart-warming story has intricate, engaging illustrations that help teach gentle lessons of civic engagement and rallying together as a community.

Baby Animals: Moving – Suzi Eszterhas

Around the world, baby animals move in different ways. Whether it’s egret chicks practicing flapping their wings, zebra calves learning to run just a few hours after they’re born, or baby orangutans hanging onto their moms as they swing through the jungle, baby animals on the go teach us about animal behavior.  **series**

Lovely – Jess Hong

Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!

The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions – Anna Llenas

Unpack feelings with color in this international bestseller that helps young readers identify emotions and feel more in control.

What Do You Do When Something Wants To Eat You? – Steve Jenkins

Animals in the wild use all kinds of methods to protect themselves from their enemies. Using dynamic and intricate cut-paper collages, Steve Jenkins explores the many fascinating and unique defense mechanisms creatures use to escape from danger.

This Is Not My Hat – Jon Klassen

Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.

Benny Doesn’t Like to Be Hugged – Zetta Elliott

A little girl uses rhyming verse to describe the unique traits of her autistic friend. Benny likes trains and cupcakes without sprinkles, but he can also be fussy sometimes. The narrator doesn’t mind, however, because “true friends accept each other just the way they are.” A gentle story encouraging children to appreciate and accept our differences.

I Want to Be A Doctor – Laura Driscoll

For any young reader who wants a gentle behind-the-scenes look at being a doctor. With this story blending narrative with nonfiction elements, readers meet the doctors who heal broken bones, help fix teeth, and even work in laboratories.  **series**

Billie’s Wild Jungle Adventure – Sally Rippin

When Billie B Brown is off on a wild jungle adventure! But can she escape the wriggly pink-and-purple python? The hero of the blockbuster early-reader and junior-fiction series Billie B Brown and A Billie B Mystery is back in this new series.  **series**

The Rabbit Listened – Cori Doerrfeld

A universal, deeply moving exploration of empathy. With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustrations, this story is a tender meditation that soothes heartache of all sizes.

Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World – Christy Hale

With the magic of a page turn, award-winning author and artist Christy Hale creates exciting visual links between the many forms of land and water in our world. Based on Montessori teachings and filled with bold, inviting illustrations.

Angel in Beijing – Belle Yang

In a lost-and-found tale that soars far beyond just a happy ending, Taiwanese fine artist Belle Yang pays affectionate homage to the city of Beijing.

You, Me and Empathy – Jayneen Sanders

This charming story uses verse, beautiful illustrations and a little person called Quinn to model the meaning of empathy. Throughout the story, Quinn shows an abundance of understanding, compassion and kindness towards others.

Señorita Mariposa – Ben Gundersheimer

A captivating and child-friendly look at the extraordinary journey that monarch butterflies take each year from Canada to Mexico; with a text in both English and Spanish.

When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book – Satoshi Kitamura

When Wooly the sheep suffers from insomnia, he goes for a walk and gets into just about everything. Each illustration features objects for children to count.

The Big Umbrella – Amy June Bates

A subtle, deceptively simple book about inclusion, hospitality, and welcoming the ‘other’. Don’t worry that there won’t be enough room under the umbrella. Because there will always be room.

Look I’m A Scientist (Look! I’m Learning series) – DK Publishing

An activity book that helps young readers discover everyday science as they play their way through 14 exciting home science experiments. The activities are easy to prepare, set up, and create. A step-by-step visual guide and a charming design make it a great STEM activity book for young readers.  **series**

Community Soup – Alma Fullerton

Using rollicking verse with echoes of “Mary had a Little Lamb,” Alma Fullerton tells a lively story about communal projects and finding creative solutions that help everyone contribute. This tale for young readers is graced with Alma’s striking mixed-media collage art.

26 Big Things Small Hands Do – Coleen Murtagh Paratore

As children learn and review their ABCs, they discover positive actions they can perform with their own small hands – like applauding, building, giving gifts made with love, helping, planting, recycling, and volunteering. The message throughout is that everyone, no matter how young or how small, can make a difference in the lives of those around them.

National Geographic Readers: Odd Animals

Nat Geo Pre-readers include simple, expert-vetted text and large, engaging photos. A vocabulary tree at the beginning of the book introduces key words in concept groups, helping make connections between words. A wrap-up activity also gives young readers a chance to use what they’ve learned  **series**

All the Ways to Be Smart – Davina Bell

From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.

Pink Is For Boys – Robb Pearlman

An empowering and educational picture book that proves colors are for everyone, regardless of gender. Pink is for boys… and girls… and everyone! This timely and beautiful picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary and empowers kids – and their grown-ups – to express themselves in every color of the rainbow.

Compost Stew – Mary McKenna Siddals

How do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? This inviting book provides all the answers for young readers and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.

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 Little Red Fort – Brenda Maier

With sprightly text and winsome pictures, this modern spin on the timeless favorite The Little Red Hen celebrates the pluck and ingenuity of young creators everywhere.

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building – Christy Hale

A collection of illustrations, concrete poetry, and photographs that shows how young children’s constructions, created as they play, are reflected in notable works of architecture from around the world.

Press Here – Hervé Tullet

Harness the power of imagination and interactivity in this unique, engaging picture book. Great for early readers to learn about cause and effect in a simple and engaging way.

You Hold Me Up – Monique Gray Smith

This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.

Drum Dream Girl – Margarita Engle

Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.

Egg – Kevin Henkes

Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship – a tale of inclusion.

Beautiful – Stacy McAnulty

This story encourages readers to embrace who they are and realize their endless potential.

Play With Art: It’s Time to Get Creative! – D.K. Publishing

More than 50 projects to draw, paint, print, stencil, model, and more. From handprinting and sponge painting to mapmaking and origami animals, this is a wonderful book for a young learner starting on their art journey.

The Rumble Hunters – Courtney B. Dunlap

For the courageous Rumble Hunters, the things that go bump in the night don’t stand a chance. When James, their fearless leader, hears a curious rumble in the middle of the night, he embarks upon a late-night mission to hunt that sound. Along the way, he gathers a heroic band (his younger siblings) to aid in his quest.

Swimmy – Leo Lionni

Swimmy shows his friends how – with ingenuity and teamwork – they can overcome any danger. With its graceful text and stunning artwork, this Caldecott Honor Book deserves a place on every child’s shelf.

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré  – Anika Aldamuy Denise

This portrait of the influential librarian, author, and puppeteer reminds us of the power of storytelling and the extraordinary woman who opened doors and championed bilingual literature. Follow la vida y legado of Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City.

Hello, Hello – Brendan Wenzel

Rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature’s infinite differences and to look for and marvel at its gorgeous similarities.

Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) – Keith Negley

A boldly illustrated picture book read-aloud about how everyone gets sad – ninjas, wrestlers, knights, superheroes, everyone…even daddies have emotions.

The Backyard Bug Book for Kids: Storybook, Insect Facts and Activities – Lauren Davidson

Crawl into the wonderful world of bugs – a fun photographic adventure.

Beegu – Alexis Deacon

An incredibly heartwarming story of an alienated alien.

What If… – Samantha Berger

Creativity, the power of imagination, and the importance of self-expression are celebrated in this inspiring picture book written. Stunning mixed media illustrations, lyrical text, and a breathtaking gatefold conjure powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Look I’m An Engineer(Look! I’m Learning series) – DK Publishing

This playful preschool activity book for young readers encourages curiosity and creativity through 15 fun STEM projects. Every project features bright photography and charming illustrations, which support the easy-to-follow instructions.  **series**

Pokko and the Drum – Matthew Forsythe

The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her the drum. When Pokko takes the drum deep into the forest it is so quiet, so very quiet that Pokko decides to play. And before she knows it she is joined by a band of animals. Pokko and the Drum is a story about art, persistence, and family.

I Know the River Loves Me – Maya Christina González

In this charming story about the wonders of nature presented in both English and Spanish, Maya Christina Gonzalez uses her remarkable talents as an artist and storyteller to inspire young readers to explore and protect the natural world around them.

Mae Among the Stars – Roda Ahmed

Inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space. Little Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents’ encouraging words, paved the way for her success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.