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Bookshop's Favorite Picture Books

Ignite your child's love of reading with these gorgeous picture books! Each book features bright, colorful illustrations and simple, easy-to-understand text making them the perfect introduction to reading for your child.

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Julián discovers his new dream after glimpsing a group of costumed mermaids on the subway. This classic story of acceptance and individuality has a special place in my heart for how warm and hopeful it is; there's no disapproval to be found here, only care and imagination. Julián Is a Mermaid is perfect for any child, whether as a safe refuge from a difficult world or a reminder of a loving family. —Yves

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Julián Is a Mermaid By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536210613
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Published: Candlewick - March 27th, 2024

Mavis the Bravest Written by Lu Frasier

Mavis is a scared chicken who likes to knit (sounds like me). This heartwarming story has a bit of everything—rhyming words, animal noises, a goggle-wearing chicken driving a tractor, that one wacky aunt we all have, and so much more! I absolutely love what Mavis teaches us about ourselves: ”There’s a bright spark of braveness inside us all.” P.S. Make sure to act out all the sounds to obtain maximum giggles!  —Taylor

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Mavis the Bravest By Lu Fraser, Sarah Warburton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lu Fraser, Sarah Warburton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250344823
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Published: Godwin Books - April 16th, 2024

Big Bear and Little Bear Go Fishing Written by Amy Hest

Spoiler alert. This story is exactly what it promises to be: a cozy day spent together on the lake. In stepwise fashion, we follow Big Bear and Little Bear as they prepare to go fishing, eat their snack in the boat, and return for a nap. A fish is seen but that’s hardly the point. With gentle words from Amy Hest and magical watercolors by Caldecott winner Erin Stead, this is a lovely winding-down book for bedtime. —Michelle

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Big Bear and Little Bear Go Fishing By Amy Hest, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Hest, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823449750
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Published: Neal Porter Books - May 21st, 2024

The Perfect Place Written by Matt de la Peña

One day when returning home, Lucas begins to notice all the things that appear broken or wrong with his neighborhood. So when he stumbles upon a glowing archway leading into the perfect place, he takes the plunge. Matt de la Peña’s calm and rhythmic storytelling pairs perfectly with Paola Escobar’s gorgeous and captivating illustrations. A wonderful read before bed or to share with those who need a reminder of the beauty of our perfectly imperfect world. —Andrea

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The Perfect Place By Matt de la Peña, Paola Escobar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593325636
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2024

Insha’Allah, No, Maybe So Written by Rhonda & Nadia Roumani

This picture book is perfect for any child who has felt impatient when their parent says, “We’ll see.” Insha’Allah means “Allah willing,” as Ranya learns when she pleads with her mom to go to the park, bake cookies, or visit Disneyland. To work through the frustration, Ranya and her mom have a lovely conversation about hopes and dreams. The art is warm and inviting, making this a brilliant bedtime book when kids are asking for one more story…Insha’Allah. —Jax

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Insha'Allah, No, Maybe So By Rhonda Roumani, Nadia Roumani, Olivia Aserr (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823454419
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Published: Holiday House - May 14th, 2024

Bird Rehearsal Written by Jonah Winter Illustrated by Stacy Innerst

Each page of this beautifully illustrated book is brimming with chirps and chatter in a day full of birdsong. I loved the dialogue used to translate bird sounds to the page, and the book ends with a performance scene in which each bird has its time on the stage! There are also information pages at the back of the book, perfect for any kid or adult who wants to learn more about the birds pictured.  —Sofia

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Bird Rehearsal: A Picture Book By Jonah Winter, Stacy Innerst (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Stacy Innerst (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781949480320
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Published: Cameron Kids - May 14th, 2024

Aloha Everything Written by Kaylin Melia George Illustrated by Mae Waite

Aloha! Born to the islands of Hawai‘i, a young girl learns her place within her community, land, and language through the art of hula. The beautiful, immersive illustrations will keep younger kids entranced, while the pronunciation guide and glossary in the endnotes will help older kids (and you) learn more about the language and traditions of Hawai‘i. Take a moment to enjoy this beauty. A hui hou! —Jax

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Aloha Everything By Kaylin Melia George, Mae Waite (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kaylin Melia George, Mae Waite (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781636551128
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Published: Red Comet Press - April 23rd, 2024

Beach Hair Written by Ashley Woodfolk Illustrated by Niña Mata

After her mother declares their wild morning hairdos “beach hair,” a young girl and her parents decide to spend a day in the surf. Our young narrator observes everyone enjoying a lovely time in the sand and waves while displaying every type of hair imaginable. Ashley Woodfolk’s lyrical words pair perfectly with the soft digital art style of Niña Mata to create an inclusive ode to all hair types, perfect for our beach town. —Ivy

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By Ashley Woodfolk, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781665920988
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2024

Finding Things Written by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Laura Dronzek

The simplicity of Kevin Henkes’s books wins our hearts again. When a red ball is found in the grass or a little kitten in the bushes, the story has just begun. As in his earlier books Waiting and A House, readers are invited to see, imagine, and feel the wonder of simple things through gentle illustrations in bold colors. A great book for emergent readers but also a captivating read-aloud. —Noreen

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Finding Things By Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063245662
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 14th, 2024

Ursula Upside Down by Corey R. Tabor

Our plucky catfish hero Ursula is happy as can be, swimming along in her beautifully rendered watercolor world. That is, until another fish not only declares she’s upside down but proclaims this a disaster that needs immediate fixing. “Turn the book” we are instructed, and Ursula literally falls out of the river. Reading this story requires fun acrobatics and some musings on perspective, from Geisel Award–winner and staff favorite Corey Tabor. —Michelle

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Ursula Upside Down By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063275560
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 14th, 2024


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