Picture Books

The old truck book cover

The old truck

Jarrett Pumphrey

Kids, Picture Books

"On a small family farm, an old truck falls into disrepair and lies nearly forgotten, except by the family's daughter. The truck is been part of her daydreams as she grows up and develops strength and independence. As an industrious young woman, she pulls the rusted and overgrown vehicle from its almost-grave and restores it"--

Casey's picture

I love this title about making something old new again, and again, and again. Simultaneously about loving family and respecting items through time, this is one for all the menders and antiquers out there! -Casey

My best friend book cover

My best friend

Julie Fogliano

Kids, Picture Books

Two girls quickly become best friends, even before they learn one another's names.

Casey's picture

Soaring illustrations accompany lyrical text about what it means to have and be a best friend. This one is a gem! -Casey

That's life! book cover

That's life!

Ame Dyckman

Kids, Picture Books

Life personified appears at a child's door and takes them on a journey in which they learn to have the time of their Life, that Life is full of surprises, and much more.

Angie's picture

This brand new picture book by a new favorite author, Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld asks, Where will life take you? After Life literally knocks on their door, one kid discovers that Life is truly what you make it. It's weird and may not always cooperate, but Life's beauty becomes apparent when it's embraced for all of its quirks. This is a new twist on showing kids what life is all about. -Angie

The cool bean book cover

The cool bean

Jory John

Kids, Picture Books

Everyone knows the cool beans. They're sooooo cool. And then there's the uncool has-bean ... Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowd--until one day the cool beans show him how it's done.

Paul's picture

Another in the series of picture books that includes The Good Egg and The Bad Seed. Looking at what it means to be cool from very superficial aspects to truly meaningful ones. Well told with a very good message. -Paul

The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales book cover

The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales

Jon Scieszka

Kids, Picture Books

Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

Lauren's picture

Comical illustrations accompanies the silly stories in the physical copy of the book, while eAudio edition entertains listeners with a variety of character voices. -Lauren

The shortest day book cover

The shortest day

Susan Cooper

jE Cooper
Picture Books, Nature, Literary Fiction

A celebration of the winter solstice and the Yuletide season. As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again. Written for a theatrical production that has become a ritual in itself, Susan Cooper's poem "The Shortest Day" captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before-- and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Richly illustrated by Carson Ellis with a universality that spans the centuries, this beautiful book evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth. Welcome Yule!

Casey's picture

Lofty, elegant, and achingly beautiful, Carson Ellis's illustrations are the perfect pairing for Susan Cooper's poem. Don't miss this true winter solstice celebration from and for the ages! -Casey

Sulwe book cover


Lupita Nyong'o

jE Nyongo
Picture Books

When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.

Mari's picture

Lupita's story of her own struggle with being unique is portrayed beautifully through Sulwe's desire to just fit in. A great story about loving yourself. -Mari

The undefeated book cover

The undefeated

Kwame Alexander

jE Alexander
Picture Books, Nonfiction

"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree"--

Anne W's picture

Stunning tribute to black excellence, with spot-on writing and illustrations! -Anne W

Another book cover


Christian Robinson

jE Robinson
Picture Books

"A young girl and her cat take an imaginative journey into another world"--

Casey's picture

Follow a young girl as she travels from one reality to another, and another, and another, or does she? Innovative, wordless and pure fun! -Casey

Saturday book cover


Oge Mora

jE Mora
Picture Books

When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together.

Casey's picture

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