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Fall 2021 Kids Picture Book Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for kids for Fall 2021 here.

Tomatoes for Neela Written by Padma Lakshmi

Distinguished chef and activist Padma Lakshmi celebrates the joy of sharing recipes through the generations, while also quietly detailing the tomato’s journey from its origin in the Andes Mountains. Once again, the gorgeous paint and pencil illustrations of award-winning Juana Martinez-Neal breathe life into the story, turning cooking and canning day into a dance in the kitchen. This lovely picture book arrives at the peak of tomato season, just in time to try the endnote recipe “Paati’s Tomato Sauce” with your own multigenerational family. —Michelle


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ISBN: 9780593202708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales

In her latest picture book, beloved author and illustrator Yuyi Morales shines a loving light on the landscape spread across the US-Mexico border. A whitetail fawn learns survival from its mother amongst the towering saguaro cacti, before reaching an impenetrable, barbed-wire topped wall. Morales’ art is bursting with flora, fauna, and life, weaving together different textures and embellished with bits of embroidery. A poetic call for a world without borders. —Molly

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ISBN: 9780823443284
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 7th, 2021

Jazz for Lunch Written by Jarrett Dapier

After an exciting and bit overwhelming visit to a jazz club, Auntie Nina comforts her nephew through cooking up a music-inspired lunch. In this funky and rhyme-filled debut, Jarret Dapier combines sounds, jazz icons, and colorful dishes to serve us a wonderfully jazzy feast. I loved how the words seem to roll together in a beat, making this book such an exciting read. For fans of Our Little Kitchen, music, and good picture books—look no further for a sure hit! —Andrea

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By Jarrett Dapier, Eugenia Mello (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534454088
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 7th, 2021

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld

After turning to magic and technology to achieve children, a royal couple is blessed with a magical log princess and robotic prince. Rather than rely on an evil person to speed the plot along, bad luck is the true antagonist in this lovely homage to fairy tales. This book is so utterly charming. I fell in love with it due to Gauld’s signature art style and complex wit. Come join the adventure! —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780823446988
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - August 24th, 2021

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