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Children's Picture Books


Love Love
by Matt de la Pena

A cab driver plays love softly on his radio
while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city
and everything smells new, and it smells like life."

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that's soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age

 
The Pink Umbrella The Pink Umbrella

by Amelie Callot

In Give Please a Chance, bestselling author James Patterson showed little ones the magic of the word "please." In his second picture book, he takes young readers on a delightful search for kindness and appreciation in everyday life. Sweetly illustrated scenes from a variety of artists show children saying "thank you" for simple gifts like tickles, ice cream, and Mommy and Daddy's love, reminding us of all we have to be grateful for.

 
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

by Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers offers a personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child--a missive about our world and those who call it home.

 
Love, Mama Love, Mama
by Jeanette Bradley

With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley's debut picture book Love, Mama is perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of a mother's love.

When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she'll return home soon—yet he still can't help but miss her. After all, Pillow Mama won't read, Picture Mama won't laugh, and Snow Mama is too cold to cuddle.

But then Kipling receives a special delivery from Mama, including a note that reads:

My love for you stretches across the wide ocean, 
through day and night, 
from earth to sky 
and back again.

And Kipling knows that no matter where Mama is, he is loved. Soon, Mama comes home, and Kipling ends the day where he belongs—right in her arms.

 
The Littlest Viking The Littlest Viking
by Alexandra Penfold

Sven might be the littlest Viking, but he has no trouble making himself known. He has the loudest warrior cry and the fiercest set of teeth. He loves to pillage and plunder. But there's a new kid in town--a warrior princess, who is smaller than Sven and even louder. What's a little Viking to do?

 
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness
by Susan Verde

When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice from the bestselling picture-book dream team that brought us I Am Yoga. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Breathe, taste, smell, touch, and be present.

Perfect for the classroom or for bedtime, Susan Verde’s gentle, concrete narration and Peter H. Reynolds’s expressive watercolor illustrations bring the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level. Featuring an author’s note about the importance of mindfulness and a guided meditation for children, I Am Peace will help readers of all ages feel grounded and restored.

 
Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover
by Countess Anne Marie Pace

Before Vampirina can host her very first sleepover there are a few things she must keep in mind: be polite and offer her guests food (like blood pudding); plan some games like scavenger hunt (but keep the clues simple so no one gets lost); and don't forget to dance! Vampirina may be a little nervous at first, but by following a few simple rules she will host the Best Sleepover Ever.

 
Norman The Slug With The Silly Shell Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell
by Sue Hendra

Norman is a slug who longs to be a snail - if only he could find a shell! Kids will laugh out loud at Norman's crazy antics as he goes to hilarious lengths to find a shell of his own. But will he be satisfied once he finds one, or will his dreams get bigger and bigger and bigger?

 
Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!
by Doreen Cronin

It’s Valentine’s Day and on the farm - that means a Valentine’s party! Little Duck is wildly excited. She hangs balloons, streamers, sparkling lights, and hearts everywhere, and hand-makes a valentine for everyone. On top of a hill, a little fox hears the music from the party and follows Little Duck’s many decorations to the barn…but foxes are not at all welcome on farms. The chickens stop dancing. The sheep stop dancing. The pigs stop dancing. The mice hustle off to hide. Will Little Fox ruin the dance? Or, perhaps, she’s just what the party needs!

 
100 Things I Love to Do with You 100 Things I Love to Do with You
by

From making faces and running races to snapping beans and wearing jeans, here is a warm picture of a collection of things to do with the one you love.

 
Cinnamon Cinnamon
by Neil Gaiman

Cinnamon was a princess, a long time ago, in a small hot country, where everything was very old. Cinnamon did not talk. Mango trees, a parrot, and a beautiful room in the palace do nothing to help the teachers who try to make her to speak. Can a man-eating tiger do so, and exactly who will end up in the belly of the beast?

 
Vampirina at the Beach Vampirina at the Beach
by Anne Marie Pace

When the summer moon is full, a beach trip is an epic way to spend the night. With her signature poise, Vampirina and her clan gear up for a festive time at the beach. Keeping her ballet lessons in mind, Vampirina demi-plié's on a surfboard, leaps for a volleyball, and finishes each competition with style, even if she doesn't always come out on top.

 
Santa Rex Santa Rex
by Molly Idle

Cordelia is celebrating her favorite winter holiday with her Cretaceous buddies. Will Santa Rex bring her everything she asked for? 

 
The Book of Mistakes The Book of Mistakes
by Corinna Luyken

One eye was bigger than the other. That was a mistake. 
The weird frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush. 
And the inky smudges... they look as if they were always meant to be leaves floating gently across the sky. 

As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest "mistakes" can be the source of the brightest ideas--and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too.

 
Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas Queen of Hanukkah Dosas
by Pamela Ehrenberg

In this sweet and humorous picture book, Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, a multi-cultural family (Mom's Indian; Dad's Jewish) celebrate Hanukkah while incorporating traditional Indian food. Instead of latkes, this family celebrates Hanukkah with tasty Indian dosas. To her brother's chagrin, little Sadie won't stop climbing on everything both at home and at the Indian grocery store, even while preparing the dosas. As the family puts the finishing touches on their holiday preparations, they accidentally get locked out of the house. Sadie and her climbing skills just may be exactly what is needed to save the day.

 
Everything Is Mama Everything is Mama

by Jimmy Fallon

So take a lighthearted look at the world from your baby's point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to MAMA for familiar objects and activities.

 
Naughty Claudine's Christmas Naughty Claudine's Christmas
by Patrick Jennings

If you think about it, Santa is a pretty rude guy. He watches you while you sleep. He withholds presents if he decides you weren't good this year. And he sneaks into your house! Uninvited!

Claudine wants none of it--she is determined to keep Santa away from her house this Christmas! And the only way to do it? Be as NAUGHTY as possible. Too bad Claudine's actually a pretty good kid at heart . . .

This out-of-the-ordinary perspective on the beloved holiday figure will have kids rolling with laughter, while letting them know that it's okay to have an opinion different from the norm!

 
Pillowland Pillowland
by Laurie Berkner

Laurie Berkner, “the queen of children’s music” (People), pairs the lyrics of her beloved hit with Camille Garoche’s gentle illustrations in this winning bedtime picture book—a must-have for fans of Laurie’s music and all things soft and sweet.

I know a place, a kingdom far away,
where people wear pajamas every night and every day.
Where all the houses, the buildings, and the trees 

are made of fluffy pillows that are soft as they can be. 

 
33158559 Game of Gnomes

by Kristen Mayer

The Winter Gnome Games are coming to the Gnome Garden!

This is great news for Ginger. Every gnome in the Garden calls Ginger nicknames like "red" or "curly" because of her hair, but this Winter sports competition is the perfect chance to make a name for herself--her own name!
Gnomes compete in downhill sledding, figure skating, and curling, but Ginger can't help showing off some daring skills in each event! Her rule-busting moves put her on thin ice with the judges. But when her friend Al needs help, Ginger proves with courage and creativity that she's more than her appearance.

 
Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale

by Gloria Koster

It was a chilly winter in the northern woods, but Ruthie did not mind. Dressed in her favorite puffy red coat, she was going to spend Hanukkah with her grandmother, who lived on the other side of the forest. Ruthie was bringing sour cream and applesauce to go along with the yummy latkes. She carefully packed her basket and kissed her mother good-bye. Snow began to fall. Soon Ruthie was lost in a thicket, and she was not alone. Someone was hiding behind the tree, and when he jumped out, Ruthie found herself face to face with a wolf. Ruthie will have to convince the wolf that eating latkes will be tastier than eating her!

 
Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm

by Linda Glaser

Faigel makes the best Hanukkah latkes in Chelm, but somehow, this year she's forgotten how to make them! She sends her husband, Shmuel, to ask the rabbi for help. And in Chelm, the village of foolsoy vey!this becomes a recipe for disaster!

 
Disney Vampirina: The Sleepover Cinestory Comic The Sleepover (Vampirina)

by Disney

Vampirina has some big secrets to keep when her friends, Poppy and Bridget, come for a sleepover.

Bridget has no idea that Vee's a vampire, and because Bridget gets scared easily, Vampirina has to try and hide her spooky self…and her pet werewolf. Will Vampirina still be able to have a spooktacular sleepover?

 
Thanksgiving in the Woods

Thanksgiving in the Woods

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Thanksgiving in the Woods is based on the true story of a family in Upstate New York who has hosted an outdoor Thanksgiving feast in the woods on their farm for over twenty years

 

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