Picture Books

Can you make a scary face? book cover

Can you make a scary face?

Jan Thomas

jE Thomas
Picture Books

A ladybug invites the reader to play a game of "let's pretend."

Bond's picture

All of Jan Thomas' books are great for preschoolers - and this one is no exception. -Bond

The ABCs of D&D book cover

The ABCs of D&D

Ivan Van Norman

jE Vannorma
Picture Books

A child can get their first glimpse into the world of Dungeons & Dragons, even as they learn the alphabet, a precursor to every new path in reading. Teach the alphabet to any early reader as told imaginatively within the world of Dungeons & Dragons. With read-aloud friendly rhyming couplets from Ivan Van Norman and adorable illustrations from Caleb Cleveland.

Melody's picture

I'm the first hold on this book! I am excited to read this to my 3yo and stimulate his imagination. We already talk about dragons and heroes and swords--I think he will love combining his ABCs with adventures. -Melody

Sweet dreamers book cover

Sweet dreamers

Isabelle Simler

jE Simler
Picture Books, Nature, Animals

Several different animals settle in for the night, each with their own unique way of sleeping.

Casey's picture

Soft and cozy, Simler's latest is a beautiful and informative look at animal sleep habits. Also, it glows under black light! -Casey

The Princess and the pit stop book cover

The Princess and the pit stop

Tom Angleberger

jE Angleberger
Picture Books

When a Princess learns from her Fairy Godmother that she is in last place in a car race against such fairy tale notables as Humpty Dumpty, the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin, she boldly rebuffs defeat and steps on the gas.

Melody's picture

We checked out this book 3 days ago and already have we read it about 15 times. My kiddo loves cars and racing, and this book does a great job with balancing exciting cool illustrations with what my kid actually wants to hear stories about--racing cars! There's even a lesson worked in, to persevere despite setbacks. I love that this is a book with a female lead character that is also exciting for boys. And after each time we read it, we have to look at all the different cars on the inside of the cover and pick out which one is our favorite. What a fun book. -Melody

You're snug with me book cover

You're snug with me

author Chitra Soundar

jE Chitra Soundar
Picture Books

A mother polar bear answers the questions of her two curious cubs about what lies beyond their cozy winter den as they wait for spring to arrive.

Melody's picture

Beautiful illustrations! Worth lingering on each page. My 3yo really enjoyed all the hugs he got each time we got to the refrain "You're snug with me!" It is an especially cozy book to read on these brutal late-winter days. -Melody

Stop that yawn! book cover

Stop that yawn!

Caron Levis

jE Levis
Picture Books, Fantasy, Adventure

Gabby convinces Granny to leave Sleepytown and stay up all night in a new place, but before long, a contagious yawn takes control.

Casey's picture

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Love, Z book cover

Love, Z

Jessie Sima

jE Sima
Picture Books, Fantasy, Travel, Adventure, Philosophy, LGBTQ+

A little robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed, "Love, Beatrice" and, unable to learn what love is from other robots, sets out on a quest to find the answer.

Casey's picture

Z sets out on a quest to find out what "love" is. On the journey Z might just find a place in your heart. -Casey

Imagine! book cover


Raúl Colón

jE Colon
Picture Books, Art / Art History, Fantasy

"When a boy visits an art museum and one of the paintings comes to life, he has an afternoon of adventure and discovery [that] changes how he sees the world ever after"--

Casey's picture

Colón’s wordless narrative highlights imaginative play utilizing and in response to art, showcasing the way art can affect our creative processes. -Casey

The biggest smallest Christmas present book cover

The biggest smallest Christmas present

Harriet Muncaster

jHOLIDAY E Muncaster
Picture Books

Clementine's life is ordinary in every way except that she is very tiny--a fact that Santa Claus does not seem to understand.

Melody's picture

I love the perspective of the fairy-sized kid getting presents that weren't quite right for her, and how creative she was in finding new ways to play with things she didn't know how to at first. My kid loved it too! Who wouldn't love a book about presents?? -Melody

Dinosaurs don't have bedtimes! book cover

Dinosaurs don't have bedtimes!

Timothy Knapman

jE Knapman
Picture Books

A mom indulges her exuberant dinosaur son's fantasy play while gently steering him toward bedtime.

Melody's picture

My favorite part of the book is the smirk on the mom's face in each stage of the bedtime routine. Calm and collected throughout each and every one of the shenanigans. Talk about suspending my disbelief! -Melody