Picture Books

Pearl book cover


Molly Schaar Idle

Picture Books, Fantasy

When young Pearl, a mermaid, becomes caretaker of a single grain of sand, she discovers that performing even the smallest task well can transform the world.

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A big mooncake for little star book cover

A big mooncake for little star

Grace Lin

jE Lin
Picture Books, Fantasy, Nature

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

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A beautiful original folk tale--be sure to look out for nods to real constellations! -Casey

Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies book cover

Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies

Christian Trimmer

jE Trimmer
Picture Books, Fantasy, Humor, Classics, Animals

In this twist on the story of Snow White, pretty and sweet Snow Pony--beloved by children for her talent in braiding hair and dancing--follows a trail of delicious apples into the woods, where she meets seven miniature ponies.

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An enchantingly hilarious retelling of Snow White that stars, you guessed it, ponies!! What's not to love? -Casey

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Pink is for boys

Robb Pearlman

jE Pearlman
Picture Books

A celebration of how colors are for everyone depicts characters engaging in their favorite activities.

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Bark Park book cover

Bark Park

Trudy Krisher

jE Krisher
Picture Books

Told in rhyming text, dogs have a wonderful day at the dog park.

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"Dogs at the park...Bark! Bark! Bark!" Repetitive and simple rhyming text combined with adorable illustrations make this a title not to miss. -Casey

Julián is a mermaid book cover

Julián is a mermaid

Jessica Love

jE Love
Picture Books, LGBTQ+

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

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Utilizing sparse text and vibrant illustrations, Jessica Love's debut picture book shows how fantastic unconditional love can be. Love, in using so little text and heavily relying on her visual storytelling has left space for readers to play, imagine and feel along with Julián. -Casey

Heartbeat book cover


Evan Turk

jE Turk
Picture Books

Separated from her mother, a young whale swims the oceans for decades until she finds a young girl who shares her vision of one planet for which all are responsible.

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Heartbeat follows a whale calf, orphaned by the early commercial whaling industry, through two hundred years of human development. Evan Turk highlights the ways in which we have used these creatures to advance ourselves, and the shifting attitudes toward whales of more recent history with thoughtfulness. A unique and timely look at human history through the lens of the animals we impact, make sure to read Turk's author's note at the end for more information. -Casey

Once upon a jungle book cover

Once upon a jungle

Laura Knowles

jE Knowles
Picture Books, Nature, Animals

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This rhyming text is an eye-catching and fun first look at the jungle as an ecosystem and the food chain found within. -Casey

Ocean meets sky book cover

Ocean meets sky

Terry Fan

jE Fan
Picture Books

"A little boy builds a ship to honor his late grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfather's stories"--

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Now that I’ve taken this journey a few times, what really speaks to me is Finn’s growing understanding of what it means to remember those that we have loved. How we can bring those things they have taught us to the present while also saying goodbye. This is a visually and emotionally stunning piece from the Fan Brothers. -Casey

Hello Lighthouse book cover

Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

jE Blackall
Picture Books, Historical Fiction, Nature, Kids

"Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper."--

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All in all,"Hello Lighthouse" radiates as much warmth as light and will surely be pored over for its lustrous details and touching story. -Casey