Our Recommendations

Book cover for What's The Matter, Marlo? showing a child sitting by a tree while another child looks concerned.

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)

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A farmhouse where twelve children grow up holds evidence of their stories long after they are gone.

Author: Sophie Blackall

Call Number: E BLA

Book cover for Hair Love, showing a child sitting atop an adult’s shoulders as they look at each other and smile.

Hair Love

Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her - and her hair - happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair -- and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

Author: Matthew A. Cherry

Call Number: E CHE

Book cover for Norton And The Bear, showing a polar bear and another animal standing outside a clothing store window.

Norton and the Bear

Annoyed with an oversized bear who likes to copy his style, fashion-conscious Norton the dog goes to increasingly ridiculous lengths in order to maintain his individuality.

Author: Gabriel Evans

Call Number: E EVA

Book cover for Pokko And The Drum, showing a green frog wearing a drum and holding a drum mallet in each hand.

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

Book cover for Brenda Is A Sheep, showing a gray wolf with pointed teeth wearing an orange and white sweater.

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

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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

Book cover for Fry Bread, showing a person holding a young child in one hand and a bowl of puffy bread in the other.

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

Book cover for Come With Me, showing a person walking a small dog on a leash while people stroll in the background.

Come With Me

Frightened by news of angry people around the world, a young girl gets her parents' help in learning to be compassionate and brave a little at a time.

Author: Holly M. McGhee

Call Number: E MCG

Book cover for You Matter, showing a diverse group of children holding sections of a parachute, one crawling underneath.

You Matter

Illustrations and easy-to-read text remind the reader that no matter what happens or how one feels, he or she matters,

Author: Christian Robinson

Call Number: E ROB

Book cover for Cool Cuts, showing a smiling child wearing a red checkered shirt and a bowtie.

Cool Cuts

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

Author: Mechal Renee Roe

Call Number: E ROE

Book cover for The Ramble Shamble Children, showing five children outdoors with a house and trees in the background.

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

Book cover for A Gift For Amma, showing a child surrounded by colorful market stands and people in colorful clothing.

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

Book cover for I Want To Be A Vase, showing a plunger on a hill of grass and flowers, sky and clouds in the background.

I Want to Be a Vase

An ambitious toilet plunger expresses his desire to be a vase.

Author: Julio Torres

Call Number: E TOR

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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

Book cover for The Year We Learned To Fly, showing a child with black curly hair looking upward at falling leaves.

The Year We Learned to Fly

By heeding their wise grandmother's advice, a brother and sister discover the ability to lift themselves up and imagine a better world,

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Call Number: E WOO

Book cover for Dance, Dance, Dance! showing a horse and flying insect dancing together surrounded by music notes.

Horse and Buggy series

In "Dance, Dance, Dance," readers are introduced to best friends Horse and Buggy! Horse likes to dance and Buggy doesn't--until Horse shows him how to get down!

Author: Ethan Long


Book cover for Ty's Travels: All Aboard! showing a child and a dog sitting inside a cardboard box train.

Ty's Travels series

For Ty's Travels, All Aboard: Ty wishes his family would play with him, but everyone is too busy before dinner-time. Luckily, Ty knows just what to do... Time for fun. Celebrate the power of imagination in All Aboard

Author: Kelly Starling Lyons


Book cover for Fish And Wave, showing a jumping fish smiling at a jumping wave, in front of a pink and orange sky.

Fish and Wave

When looking for a new friend, a little fish meets a tiny wave. But when that wave grows bigger and bigger, what's a fish to do?

Author: Sergio Ruzzier


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Squirrel's Family Tree

What makes an oak tree an oak tree and what makes a squirrel a squirrel? In Squirrel's Family Tree, things aren't always what they seem. As squirrel searches for, finds, and hides her acorn treasures beneath the shadows of the great oak trees in the forest, little does she know the role she plays in creating the very environment she forages in.

Author: Beth Ferry

Call Number: J599.36 FER

Book cover for Everybody Counts, showing people with a variety of different physical features gathered together.

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

Book cover for Ready For Spaghetti, showing four children gathered around a table with a big bowl of spaghetti.

Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids

Fizzing with rhythm, energy, and laughter, this perfect gift-book introduction to poetry celebrates the day-to-day routines of early childhood. From the rise-and-shine exuberance of "Up, up, uppity-up!" to the sweet lull of "Hush and a hush/soft and low," colorful pages abound with observations of ordinary moments, from brushing your teeth to digging in a sandbox, that mirror a childlike day-in-the-life.

Author: Michael Rosen

Call Number: J821.914 ROS

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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

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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

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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

A picture book biography sharing the inspiring and incredible true story of the nation's oldest student, Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116.

Author: Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Call Number: J BIO WALKER