Picture Books

Hands to heart book cover

Hands to heart

Alex Bauermeister

jE Bauermeister
Picture Books

"With a gentle reminder for children to breathe and to connect their bodies, this beautifully illustrated picture book contains a sweet cast of animal friends to guide young readers from one yoga pose to the next. From reaching your hands up to the sky to stretching like a cat to pressing up like a cobra snake, each posture helps to control breathing, engage in the present moment, and ultimately lead towards calmness and peacefulness. The soothing, rhythmic text paired with illustrations that offer a lot of sweet humor make this book perfect for young readers ready to interact with yoga poses and practice mindfulness."--Amazon.

Frannie's picture

A gentle invitation to take a step back, breathe, and move! This book incorporates some of the things I love best about yoga (connection to the breath and body) while also having a rhythm of words, fun animal characters, and a playful approach to the practice of yoga. If anything it helps to explain what yoga is in an approachable and accessible way to children. -Frannie

Watercress book cover


Andrea Wang

jE Wang
Kids, Picture Books

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.

Angie's picture

Beautifully illustrated and wonderful, powerful writing makes this a very touching picture book to share. 2022 winner of the Caldecott Medal. -Angie

Wishes book cover


Muon Van

jE Van
Picture Books

"In this spare, poetic picture book based on author Muon Van's family history and told through a series of wishes, a family packs up everything they own and embarks on a perilous oceanic voyage toward a better life"--

Victoria's picture

This is a simple but absolutely stunning little story about leaving your motherland and hoping for a brighter future. The text, though sparse soundly resonates and aligns perfectly with the richly detailed and beautiful illustrations. -Victoria

Bright star book cover

Bright star

Yuyi Morales

jE Morales
Picture Books

"A nurturing voice reassures the lonely and afraid in difficult times"--

Victoria's picture

This is a breathtakingly beautiful read and Morales reigns supreme in matching powerful text with absolutely gorgeous illustrations you'll want to fawn over again and again! -Victoria

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Off to see the sea

Nikki Grimes

jE Grimes
Picture Books

"The faucet flows like a waterfall, the bathroom floor is a distant shore, toy boats sail against the waves. An imagination-fueled adventure on the high seas is just what it takes to get little one clean."--Provided by publisher.

Anne M's picture

Nikki Grimes' picture book with beautiful, vivid illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon brings bath time to life bringing the ocean to us in a tub. A great pick for bedtime or something to read before coaxing a little one into the bath. -Anne M

Sophie's squash book cover

Sophie's squash

Pat Zietlow Miller

jE Miller
Picture Books

A young girl befriends a squash.

Frannie's picture

A seasonal favorite of mine! This book riffs on the perennial issue of loving something maybe too much, especially when its existence is fleeting. Great for fall and appreciating what we have when we have it. -Frannie

Classified : the secret career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee aerospace engineer book cover

Classified : the secret career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee aerospace engineer

Traci Sorell

j629.1092 Ross
Kids, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Science

"Mary Golda Ross designed classified projects for Lockheed Air Corporation as the company's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work"--

Angie's picture

Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross’s journey from being the only girl in a high school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and being a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. In addition, the narrative highlights Cherokee values including education, working cooperatively, remaining humble, and helping ensure equal opportunity and education for all. Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation’s first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work. -Angie

The girl and the wolf book cover

The girl and the wolf

Katherena Vermette

jE Vermette
Read Woke, Picture Books

"A young girl becomes lost in the woods after wandering too far away from her mother. Scared because she is lost, she encounters a large wolf who reminds her of her own ability to survive and find her mother again."--

Casey's picture

I love the reversal of classic fairytale tropes, this is one of my favorites. -Casey

Our little kitchen book cover

Our little kitchen

Jillian Tamaki

jE Tamaki
Read Woke, Picture Books

"A crew of resourceful neighbors comes together to prepare a meal for their community. Includes a recipe and an author's note about the volunteering experience that inspired the book"--

Casey's picture

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Are You a Cheeseburger? book cover

Are You a Cheeseburger?

Monica Arnaldo

jE Arnaldo
Picture Books

Grub is a lonely raccoon rumbling in the trash for food. Seed is a seed patiently waiting in the trash, hoping someone will plant it. When the two finally meet, they realize they might be able to help each other! Grub wonders what Seed will grow, and is hoping it's Grub's favorite food, mouthwatering cheeseburgers.

Frannie's picture

This one caught my eye because of the glowing seed on the cover, and did not disappoint! Come for the protagonist of a racoon obsessed with delicious garbage, stay for the story of friendship and the lesson of patience when gardening. You will be rewarded with a Cheeseburger sunrise. -Frannie