Picture Books

Mushroom rain book cover

Mushroom rain

Laura K. Zimmermann

j579.6 Zimmermann
Picture Books, Nonfiction, Nature

"Through lyrical text and colorful detailed artwork, the mysterious and sometimes bizarre world of mushrooms is explored. Back matter includes a glossary and science facts"--

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Budding mycologists and those less passionate about fungi will equally enjoy this beautifully illustrated nonfiction title. -Casey

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Rebecca Jordan-Glum

jE Jordan-Glum
Picture Books, Humor, Nature

"Granny thinks catsitting will be easy. She'll make her signature cupcakes, give the cat a good brushing, and together they'll share a sweet night's rest. But Kitty has other plans. After Granny loses her glasses and accidentally lets a raccoon inside, all bets are off--much to the cat's displeasure"--Inside jacket flap

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Funny and adorable! Sure to be a read-aloud hit! -Casey

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Be kind

Pat Zietlow Miller

Kids, Picture Books

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference or at least help a friend.

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The Great Zapfino

Mac Barnett

jE Barnett
Picture Books

To escape a burning building, Zapfino must confront the fears that forced him out of the circus.

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Rarely have pencil illustrations drawn me in quite like this one! While I enjoy Barnett's books they are by no means "go-tos" for me, but this one is stellar. I like how it is mostly wordless, a favorite style of picture book for me, but the plot is easy to follow. May it inspire you to make leaps in your own life, even if they aren't immediate ones. -Frannie

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The katha chest

Radhiah Chowdhury

jE Chowdhury
Picture Books, Read Woke, Crafts

Asiya loves to visit Nanu's house and rummage through her katha chest filled with quilts that tell stories about the bold and brave women in Asiya's family.

Casey's picture

I love this new picture book about the intersection of family history and handicrafts, best shared in lap-sit sessions poring over the lush illustrations. -Casey

Somewhere in the bayou book cover

Somewhere in the bayou

Jarrett Pumphrey

jE Pumphrey
Picture Books, Animals, Humor

Rat, Squirrel, Rabbit, and Mouse want to cross the bayou, but next to the log they are considering as a bridge is a sneaky tail, which may be attached to someone dangerous--each of the four approach the problem with a different strategy, with varying results.

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The Pumphrey brothers' latest title is fabulous. Pick this one up if you're looking for something funny and fun to read aloud! -Casey

Knight owl book cover

Knight owl

Christopher Denise

jE Denise
Picture Books

After achieving his dream of becoming a knight, a small owl protects the castle from a hungry dragon.

Frannie's picture

What more could you ask for than an owl that's a knight? With fun illustrations, great rhythm, and surprises this would be a great addition to any storytime repertoire. Opportunities for using your best theatrical voices too! -Frannie

No nibbling! book cover

No nibbling!

Beth Ferry

jE Ferry
Picture Books, Gardening, Humor

Derwood the goat has planted a garden and is prepared to defend it from all nibblers, including Tabitha the bunny, whom Derwood is convinced has designs on his growing vegetables; she teases him as the months go by, but after she helps him with the weeding the two become friends and share the feast.

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Puns galore and adorable illustrations make perfect storytime fare! -Casey

Kat hats book cover

Kat hats

Daniel Manus Pinkwater

jE Pinkwate
Picture Books

A trained cat who is able to form himself into specialty hats, Thermal Herman 6 7/8ths is world-renowned for his warmth and agility, but when a friend wanders off with a brain freeze and finds themself in peril, Thermal Herman must rush in to save the day.

Frannie's picture

This is one of the strangest picture books I have ever read, which is to say I loved it. Yes, the plot is all over the place, but that's hardly the point. Come for the kat hats, stay for amazing illustrations, original concept beyond compare, and the sort of creative fuel to start a mental bonfire. -Frannie

Women artists A to Z book cover

Women artists A to Z

Melanie LaBarge

jE LaBarge
Nonfiction, Picture Books, Biographies

An empowering alphabet book celebrates famous and less-represented women artists in a variety of genres who have transformed the art world, from Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe to Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Xenobia Bailey. --

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I was reshelving this book on the bookmobile and my eyes were instantly drawn to the bright colors of the cover and the stylistic illustrations of the female artists. I read through the whole alphabet and learned about several artists I didn't know about and enjoyed learning about art history in the context of women's role in society during each artist's time. It's also very cool how the illustrator recreated each artist's work on their page but kept the same unique style throughout. So beautiful! -Mari