Bird Hugs

Bernard isn't like other birds. His wings are impossibly long, and try as he might, he just can't seem to fly. He's left wondering what his wings are good for ... if they're even good for anything at all. But a chance encounter with a dejected orangutan leads Bernard to a surprising discovery: that maybe what makes him different is actually something to be embraced.

Author: Ged Adamson Call Number: E ADA

Odd Dog Out

For busy dogs, a busy day of busy work, and busy play... But one dog doesn't quite fit in. It's lonely being the odd dog out, when all she wants to do is find her place in the world. She's willing to go to the other side of the world to look for it... but it might take a different kind of journey for her to discover that maybe where she's meant to be is right back where she started...

Author: Rob Biddulph Call Number: E BID

Can I Play Too?

A young boy building a train track with his friend is headed for trouble until a teacher steps in and helps him learn social cues of anger and happiness.

Author: Samantha Cotterill Call Number: E COT

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

Two best friends understand that saying goodbye to one experience means saying hello to the next, but that does not make it easier when one friend has to move away.

Author: Cori Doerrfeld Call Number: E DOE

Pokko and the Drum

When Pokko plays her drum in the forest she suddenly finds herself surrounded by an entire band of animal musicians.

Author: Matthew Forsythe Call Number: E FOR

Nobody Hugs a Cactus

Hank doesn’t like noise, he doesn’t like rowdiness, and definitely does not like hugs. But the thing is, no one is offering one. Who would want to hug a plant so mean? Hank is beginning to discover that being alone can be, well, lonely. So he comes up with a plan to get the one thing he thought he would never need: a hug from a friend.

Author: Carter Goodrich Call Number: E GOO

Leila in Saffron

When Leila looks in the mirror, she doesn’t know if she likes what she sees. But when her grandmother tells her the saffron beads on her scarf suit her, she feels a tiny bit better. So, Leila spends the rest of their family dinner night on the lookout for other parts of her she does like.

Author: Rukhsanna Guidroz Call Number: E GUI

Brenda is a Sheep

This story is a twist on the classic story of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Brenda, a wolf, is preparing a great sheep feast, but the sheep have a different menu up their wooly sleeves.

Author: Morag Hood Call Number: E HOO

Fry Bread

Using illustrations that show the diversity in Native America and spare poetic text that emphasizes fry bread in terms of provenance, this volume tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent.

Author: Kevin Noble Maillard Call Number: E MAI

Lulu the One and Only

Lulu gets help from her brother, Zane, to respond to other people's confusion about her racial identity by using a "power phrase" to declare who she is, rather than what.

Author: Lynnette Mawhinney Call Number: E MAW

Sunny's Tow Truck Saves the Day!

Stuck with a flat tire on the way to a park for a picnic, a family passes the time waiting for a tow truck by watching the many vehicles passing by.

Author: Anne Marie Pace Call Number: E PAC

Rain Before Rainbows

In the midst of the rain, rainbows can be hard to see. But with courage and the help of good friends, there is always a way out of the darkness.

Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Call Number: E PRA

Be You!

The author reminds readers to "be your own work of art." To be patient, persistent, and true. Because there is one, and only one, YOU.

Author: Peter Reynolds Call Number: E REY

Cool Cuts

An illustrated, joyful celebration of African-American boys' hairstyles.

Author: Mechal Renee Roe Call Number: E ROE

Ani's Light

Ani's world has gone dark in his mother's absence, and his family and friends are unable to help, but when Mama finally returns, with her hair missing, her love chases the darkness away. Includes a note to parents and caregivers.

Author: Tanu Shree Singh Call Number: E SIN

A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India

A young girl explores the vibrant rainbow of items for sale in a southern Indian street market as she searches for a gift for her mother. Includes facts about the items mentioned and markets around the world, as well as photographs taken by the author in her hometown of Chennai, India.

Author: Meera Sriram Call Number: E SRI

Finding Kindness

Illustrations and rhyming text describe acts of kindness and community.

Author: Deborah Underwood Call Number: E UND

A Stone Sat Still

Told in rhyming verse, a stone is considered from a variety of environmental and emotional perspectives, as it sits where it is, surrounded by grass, dirt, and water, an unchanging certainty in the world.

Author: Brendan WEnzel Call Number: E WEN

Because

A series of events, some seemingly very insignificant, lead to a young girl attending a life-changing concert.

Author: Mo Willems Call Number: E WIL

See Pip Flap

With help from his friend Otto the robot, Pip the mouse tries to fly.

Author: David Milgrim Call Number: BEGINNING TO READ E MIL

Flip-a-word series

Humorous illustrations and die-cut pages introduce words of the same family.

Author: Harriet Ziefert Call Number: BEGINNING TO READ E ZIE

Hey, Water!

Splashy illustrations and simple text explore water in its many shapes and forms.

Author: Antoinette Portis Call Number: J 553.7 POR

Everybody Counts

A multicultural mash-up of seek-and-find puzzles and counting exercises, this unique picture book features crowd scenes in various locales ranging from a library to to a supermarket to a marathon race. Captions below each picture offer readers subtle visual cues and invitations to speculate about what they see. End matter includes solutions, additional leading questions, and an invitation to create more scenarios.

Author: Kristin Roskifte Call Number: J793.73 ROS

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

Looks at the life and career of Ernie Barnes, a football star who became an influential painter.

Author: Sandra Neil Wallace Call Number: J BIO BARNES

Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon

The inspiring true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community.

Author: Simran Jeet Singh Call Number: J BIO SINGH