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Mina By Matthew Forsythe, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480413
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 15th, 2022

The enchanting illustrations and increasingly amusing tale made this book an instant favorite. Mina is usually fine with her father's eccentric finds, like the stick bugs with their charismatic voices, but she's a little skeptical of the new squirrel he brings home, especially when the squirrel refuses to eat - not even acorns!


Review by Sarah B.

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Bathe the Cat By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452142708
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Chronicle Books - February 8th, 2022

As anyone fortunate enough to live with a cat will tell you, cats generally don't do anything they don't want to do. This hilarious, rhyming read-aloud shows you exactly how far a cat will go to avoid being bathed.


Review by Sarah B.

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Grow: A Family Guide to Plants and How to Grow Them By Riz Reyes, Sara Boccaccini Meadows (Illustrator) Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781419756658
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 1st, 2022

This beautiful book is full of cool and useful information about some of our favorite fruits, herbs, veggies, fungi, and flowers! Whether you want to grow your own kale or learn about the history of the pineapple, this is the book for you. 


Review by Alyson

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My City By Joanne Liu Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9783791373775
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Prestel Junior - April 16th, 2019

My City shows that even the simplest errand can be full of discovery, if you aren't too busy to notice. Max is on a mission to deliver a letter, and every step of his journey reveals some small wonder: bright colors dancing in a laundromat window, the world mirrored in a puddle, the sky's shifting hues at sunset. Every time I open this book I find something new to marvel at, right alongside Max.


Review by Theo

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Julián Is a Mermaid By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

Julian is a mermaid - of this there is no doubt. But how will this identity expression be met by his family? This is a question we get to explore through this book's resplendent watercolor illustrations and streamlined story. It's about the transformative power of loving acceptance during pivotal moments of self-doubt. For the mermaid in all of us. 


Review by Dean

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El Chupacabras By Adam Rubin, Crash McCreery (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Crash McCreery (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399539299
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Dial Books - March 27th, 2018

From master of mirth Adam Rubin (Dragons Love Tacos) comes a positively riotous tale of fractured folklore. This patchwork quilt of Spanglish will slow down storytelling so the reader can best appreciate the hilariously detailed illustrations by Crash McCreery. If you liked Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, this funny story is guaranteed hit. Share aloud for best effect! 



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They Say Blue By Jillian Tamaki Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419728518
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2018

With bold brush strokes and precise black linework, Jillian Tamaki (who illustrated the graphic novel This One Summer) brings readers on a journey through color and perspective. Moods influence the narrator's perceptions of the surrounding world as together we navigate grey winter clouds golden grasses and the warmth of new summer. Stunning verbal and visual metaphors dance inextricably in this wise and contemplative picturebook. 



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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781572842243
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017

Dedicated lovingly and joyfully to the art of the haircut, Crown celebrates the confidence and cool a fresh cut can lend to a kid's spirit. James's impressionist illustrations ooze with spunk and swoop with sureness, inspiring an infectious self-confidence. For best results, share aloud with reinvigorated aplomb!



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Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

An inclusive and affirming snapshot of city life, this picture book follows CJ and his grandmother as they depart church and take a bus ride to the very last stop on Market Street. CJ wishes they could take a car home, but his grandmother shows him the beauty that exists all around him in the city, especially on the city bus. Christian Robinson's illustrations are timeless and full of compassion that CJ learns along the way. A gorgeous read. 



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The Pink Umbrella By Amelie Callot, Geneviève Godbout (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amelie Callot, Geneviève Godbout (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101919231
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Tundra Books - January 2nd, 2018

Do you love:

  • cafés with adorable proprietors
  • community-building fit to rival Stars Hollow's (sans Taylor)
  • spunky rainwear worn to combat seasonal affective disorder
  • frustratingly alluring colored pencil and pastel illustrations
  • any or all of the above?

Then this rom-com of a picturebook is for you!!



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