What's the Matter, Marlo?

A picture book about best friends that highlights empathy, as well as anger and sadness, and reminds us that these aren't feelings to run away from, but instead to help each other through.

Author: Andrew Arnold Call Number: E ARN (Concept)

Gaston

A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.

Author: Kelly DiPucchio Call Number: E DIP

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

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother's, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages and is a celebration of diversity.

Author: Joanna Ho Call Number: E HO

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

Grace and Box

After Box delivers a refrigerator, Grace and Box become friends, camping together, going to space, and exploring the depths of the sea, among other adventures. After a few days of playing together, Grace notices that Box is getting some rips and crumples, which she's determined to fix, so they can continue their fun.

Author: Kim Howard Call Number: E HOW

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

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

Truman

He may be slow but Truman the turtle is determined to find his girl Sarah, who has boarded a city bus on her way to preschool.

Author: Jean Reidy Call Number: E REI

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

The Ramble Shamble Children

Five siblings worry that their shabby old house isn't 'proper' enough, but come to see that it's perfect just the way it is.

Author: Christina Soontornvat Call Number: E SOO

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

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

Come Sit With Me: Making Friends on the Buddy Bench

When someone is feeling sad or lonely, it's up to all of us to help him or her feel better! In this story, a group of kids is creating a buddy bench for the playground. But they can't decide how to paint it. Read this book to find out what colorful solution they come up with. This picture book includes a backmatter section on the history of buddy benches, tips on being kind, and how to make your own buddy bench!

Author: Tina Gallo Call Number: BEGINNING TO READ GAL

Clara and Clem series

Clara and Clem never know where their adventures and imaginations will take them in these stories of taking a ride, exploring outer space, and visiting under the sea.

Author: Ethan Long Call Number: BEGINNING TO READ LON

Flip-a-word series

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

Author: Harriet Ziefert Call Number: BEGINNING TO READ ZIE

Hey, Water!

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

Author: Antoinette Portis Call Number: J553.7 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

Sharice's Big Voice

This inspiring picture book autobiography tells the remarkable story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas.

Author: Sharice Davids Call Number: J BIO DAVIDS

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