Picture Books

Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music book cover

Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music

Margarita Engle

jE Engle
Kids, Picture Books

Follows a young Cuban girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there's never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

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The true story of a young Cuban girl who defied cultural norms and became a percussionist. Inspiring and beautiful! -Amanda

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Ocean meets sky

Terry Fan

jE Fan
Picture Books

"A little boy builds a ship to honor his late grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfather's stories"--

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Dealing with the journey that we make through grief, the Fan Brothers' newest title is beautifully introspective. -Casey

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Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

jE Blackall
Picture Books

"Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper."--

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The brilliant deep : rebuilding the world's coral reefs : the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation book cover

The brilliant deep : rebuilding the world's coral reefs : the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation

Kate Messner

jE Messner
Picture Books, Biographies, Nature, Science

Looks at the life of the coral restoration pioneer Ken Nedimyer, from his early fascination with the ocean to his ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world's coral reefs.

Casey's picture

Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe's new picture book biography about Ken Nedimyer is absolutely stunning. This is a perfect place to start learning about our rapidly changing oceans and the efforts being made to combat the bleaching of coral reefs. Parents and children will love this title, not only for it's beautiful artwork, but for the wealth of information and hope that it embodies. It's never too early or late to learn that individuals have the power to impact great change. -Casey

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Prince & knight

Daniel Haack

jE Haack
Picture Books, LGBTQ+

A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love in each other's embrace after fighting a dragon together.

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This spin on classic fairy tale tropes is delightful and a lovely way to show children that true love can come from anyone. -Casey

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People don't bite people

Lisa Wheeler

jE Wheeler
Picture Books, Humor

Illustrations and rhyming text urge children to use their teeth for biting food, not their friends or relatives.

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"Biting is for food!" a friendly and sometimes necessary reminder. -Casey

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Hello hello

Brendan Wenzel

jE Wenzel
Picture Books, Nature

In simple text a set of animals, each one linked to the previous one by some trait of shape, color, or pattern, greet and interact with one another.

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Field Guide/Animal Primer by Caldecott Honoree Brendan Wenzel-- -Casey

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Monster trouble!

Lane Fredrickson

jE Fredrick
Picture Books

Although Winifred thinks the monsters who creep into her bedroom each night are cute, she cannot get any sleep and tries to scare them away.

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I love everything about this book: a girl setting monster traps, playfully skippy rhyme scheme, and a twist ending. It has bedtime themes without forcing the "go to sleep" issue in your toddler's face, too. My 2yo son sits rapt each time we read it. Definitely recommend! -Melody

Teddy's favorite toy book cover

Teddy's favorite toy

Christian Trimmer

jE Trimmer
Picture Books

"Teddy's favorite toy has the best manners, and the sickest fighting skills, and the ability to pull off a number of fierce looks. But when his toy goes missing, it turns out there's another woman around who's pretty fierce--it's Teddy's mom, and she will stop at nothing to reunite Teddy with his favorite toy"--

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Harriet gets carried away

Jessie Sima

jE Sima
Picture Books

While shopping with her two dads for supplies for her birthday party, Harriet, who is wearing a penguin costume, is carried away by a waddle of penguins and must hatch a plan in order to get herself back to the store in the city.--Provided by Publisher.

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It's time to get carried away with Jessie Sima's new picture book! -Casey