Moomin : the complete Tove Jansson comic strip book cover

Moomin : the complete Tove Jansson comic strip

Tove Jansson

COMIC Moomin
Graphic Novels, Adventure, Kids

Annie's picture

A cute and quaint comic series that's not just for kids! I loved accompanying the Moomin family on their hilarious adventures through Moominvalley. Also a good Pride Month read from the artist and writer Tove Jansson, a queer icon! -Annie

Five stories book cover

Five stories

Ellen Weinstein

j813.54 Weinstein
Picture Books, History, Kids, Nonfiction

"Five children, from five different cultures and in five different decades, grow up in the same building on the Lower East Side of New York City"--

Anne W's picture

Fascinating look at the generations who arrive and make New York their own - the neighborhood businesses changes, cultures ebb and flow and blend, but the vibrancy and character remain and build year after year! -Anne W

This is not my lunch box! book cover

This is not my lunch box!

Jennifer Dupuis

j591.73 Dupuis
Nonfiction, Kids, Animals, Picture Books

"Join in on a surprising camping trip and discover the favorite meals of your favorite forest creatures--from the wood frog to the moose. Rich art illustrates the beautiful biodiversity found in our forests and expressive, repetitive text helps even the youngest naturalists learn all about herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores"--

Anne W's picture

A cute book about animal diets that keeps kids guessing from page to page! -Anne W

I Hear a Búho book cover

I Hear a Búho


Kids, Picture Books

As a child and adult caregiver snuggle together in a hammock at night, it’s a chance to share various animal sounds, introduced throughout MacKay’s effectively rhyming bilingual phrases. In English and Spanish, a repeated pattern of exchange unfolds between the companions: “Meow/ meow/ meow/ I hear a gato/ Could it be?// Sí, mamita/ That gato is me.” Fonseca’s mixed-media art employs contrasting colors, and incorporates textures of stamping and etching. Minimally detailed figures, cast in black and white, are captured busily engaging in creaturely pursuits until the call and response game, which has ranged from ducks to frogs and beyond, gives way to the actual sound of an animal that “is NOT me!” The result is a vibrantly artsy wind-down book. A pronunciation guide and glossary conclude. Ages 5–7. Publishers Weekly

Angie's picture

This book is perfect for storytime with your little one! The rhyme, rhythm, and flow of the story are crafted by an author who knows what they are doing when it comes to storytelling. Raquel was a children's librarian at ICPL, leading our weekly Spanish Bilingual Storytime and now teaches ELL classes here in Iowa City. The story also mixes in a perfect amount of Spanish and includes a pronunciation guide in the back. Illustrations are engaging and striking, sure to keep everyone's attention! -Angie

Family is family book cover

Family is family

Melissa Marr

jE Marr
Picture Books, Kids, LGBTQ+

When Little Chick starts school, he discovers that there are lots of different kinds of families, all of them full of love.

Angie's picture

Delightful and whimsical illustrations fill the pages along with wonderful text from a child's point of view about how a family is a family no matter what yours may look like. -Angie

What's new, Daniel? book cover

What's new, Daniel?

Micha Archer

jE Archer
Kids, Picture Books, Nature

A curious little boy explores his neighborhood, finding out what is new with his friends and neighbors.

Casey's picture

Let's celebrate the spring with Micha Archer's latest, "What's New, Daniel?". -Casey

Jam, too? book cover

Jam, too?

JaNay Brown-Wood

jE Brown-Wood
Kids, Picture Books, Music

"A jam session forms, instrument by instrument, and welcomes a child who loves dancing along"--

Casey's picture

Janay Brown-Wood's latest, "Jam, Too?" is a rhythmic delight! Look for this one in preschools and storyJAMs near you soon. -Casey

Seoul food book cover

Seoul food

Erin Russell

jE Russell
Picture Books, Kids

When Hana's grandparents visit, Hana decides to cook a meal that represents both her Korean and Southern heritages.

Casey's picture

Love is the ingredient that brings this fabulous picture book together. I may have to try the recipe in the back! -Casey

Glenn Burke, game changer : the man who invented the high five book cover

Glenn Burke, game changer : the man who invented the high five

Phil Bildner

j796.357092 Burke
Sports, LGBTQ+, Kids, Nonfiction

"An inspiring picture book biography about Glenn Burke, the first Major League Baseball player to come out as gay, and the story of how he created the high five, the world's most recognizable handshake. Playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Glenn Burke could do it all--hit, throw, run, field. He was the heart of the clubhouse who energized his teammates with his enthusiasm and love for the game. It was that energy that led Glenn to invent the high five one October day back in 1977--a spontaneous gesture after a home run that has since evolved into our universal celebratory greeting. But despite creating this joyful symbol, Glenn Burke, a gay Black man, wasn't always given support and shown acceptance in return. This moving picture book biography recognizes the challenges Burke faced while celebrating how his bravery and now-famous handshake made him a true pioneer"--

Anne W's picture

Ever thought about who might have invented the high five? It was 1970s pro baseball player Glenn Burke! This biographical picture book follows Glenn Burke's brief but illustrious career in the major leagues, including the moment he and fellow player Dusty Baker spontaneously invented the high five. For Burke, a unique individual who was always joking, cheering, and dancing in the dugout, it was a natural progression. Burke also happened to be a Black gay man in the 1970s, and, heartbreakingly, he was pushed out of the league and later struggled with homelessness and substance abuse, dying of AIDS-related illness at only 42. These topics are dealt with sensitively but honestly in this picture book biography. I hope readers think of Burke every time they high-five someone after reading this story - a man who only now is being recognized for his legacy, not only in inventing such an iconic gesture, but in paving the way for LGBT+ athletes. If you want more on Burke, there is a middle-grade fiction title also by Phil Bildner that ties together the stories of Burke and a modern-day LGBT+ young male baseball player, also an excellent book. -Anne W

This book will make you an artist book cover

This book will make you an artist

Ruth Millington

j701 Millington
Art / Art History, Kids, Nonfiction

"Jam-packed with imaginative ideas for all kinds of creative crafts . . . this book will make YOU an artist! Pick up your pencils, collect your collage materials, and take inspiration from 25 of the world's best-known artists in this fact-filled book full of activities. Discover famous masterpieces through the included photographs of real works of art - from ancient cave painting to contemporary performance - and lots more in between!"-- Provided by publisher.

Anne W's picture

A brief bio/intro to a couple dozen diverse artists and instructions for making a project of your own in their style. The projects are simple but significant, the artist bios are relevant and interesting, and the whole thing is attractively, colorfully designed and packaged. A great gift book for an artist child (and all children are artists)! -Anne W