New Shelf Picture Books

So many new shelf picture books, so little time! Here you will find a short list of some of my most favorite, newest, jE titles.

Stroller coaster

Matt Ringler

jE Ringler
Picture Books, Read Woke

A quick-thinking father thwarts his daughter's impending temper tantrum when he transforms an everyday walk outside into an exciting strollercoaster ride through the neighborhood.

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Raul The Third's signature style meets a perfect pun for littles--be sure to watch out for all of the bilingual background fun!
- Casey

The house of grass and sky

Mary Lyn Ray

jE Ray
Picture Books

"A house sits in a field under the ever-changing sky. For a while the house was full of laughter and children and the sounds of lives being lived under its roof. And then, for a long time, it was empty and quiet. New people came to look, but they always left. Will anyone come to stay?"--Jacket

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Have you ever walked in to a house that feels like it was waiting for you? This one might be.
- Casey

Watercress

Andrea Wang

jE Wang
Picture Books, Read Woke, Memoir

Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents.

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Inspired by Andrea Wang's upbringing in rural Ohio and illustrated by Jason Chin, Watercress is pertinent reading for all ages. Text and illustrations pair perfectly, elevating this story of hope shining through grief, and love overcoming loss, beyond solely a childhood audience. Great for sharing as a family or reading on your own.
- Casey

Is was

Deborah (Deborah Jane) Freedman

jE Freedman
Picture Books, Poetry

Takes a look at change, from the innocent and everyday to the gigantic and irreversible, as well as how some things remain the same.

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This is a high concept book presented in the most accessible of ways, and I can't wait to share it in storytimes. Be sure to read the dedication at the end, as the poetry and illustrations come together fully realizing the larger concept here. Simply lovely.
- Casey

My nana's garden

Dawn Casey

jE Casey
Picture Books, Read Woke

A little girl visits her grandmother in different seasons, and together they explore the wonders of her garden. Until, one day, Nana isn't there anymore. But as winter gives way to spring, the girl learns that life goes on, and so does the memory of those we love. --

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Gardening as a metaphor for the passage of time? Yes please!
- Casey

Your mama

NoNieqa Ramos

jE Ramos
Picture Books, Read Woke

Illustrations and easy-to-read text twist classic "your mama" jokes into a celebration of the beauty, power, and love of motherhood.

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Remember all of those "your mama" jokes in the '90s? Well, all joking aside, Your Mama is awesome!
- Casey

The happiness of a dog with a ball in its mouth

Bruce Handy

jE Handy
Picture Books, Diverse Characters

"Starting from the happiness of waking up into a brand-new day, the picture book goes on to explore the kinds of relationships and contrasts that play out between our feelings and experiences every single day. Whether it's the nervousness of a beginning paired with the happiness of a middle; the indignity of a cut against the happiness of a scab; the boredom of nothing to do contrasted with the happiness of nothing to do; or the divide of mine against the happiness of our, these pages challenge the reader to think about daily activities and experiences and the feelings they conjure. The Happiness of a Dog with a Ball in Its Mouth is a gentle, fun, and philosophical read"--

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What a nice exploration of opposites and how they are often fluid. This is a perfect book for savoring together.
- Casey

The night walk

Marie Dorléans

jE Dorleans
Picture Books

"Mama opened our bedroom door. 'Wake up, you two,' she whispered. 'Let's go, so we get there on time.' Excited, the sleepy family step outside into a beautiful summer night. The world is quiet and shadowy, filled with fresh smells and amazing sights. Is this what they miss when they're asleep? Together, they walk out of their sleeping village. What will they find in the dark landscape? This beautiful and evocative book movingly recalls family trips and the excitement of unknown adventure, while celebrating the awe-inspiring joy of the natural world."--Amazon.

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Shadowy illustrations and an unknown destination make the journey more than worth it. Families may find themselves on their own night walk after sharing this one.
- Casey

Bodies are cool

Tyler Feder

jE Feder
Picture Books, Read Woke, Diverse Characters

Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text celebrate bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors, with different kinds of hair, eyes, spots, scars, and more.

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Bodies Are Cool! Unashamedly all bodies positive and I am definitely here for it.
- Casey