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Recommended Picture Books from our 2021 Winter Newsletter

These books were featured in our 2021 Winter Newsletter.


Everybody in the Red Brick Building written by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Oge Mora

What happens when a baby’s cry wakes up a whole building? With vibrant and eye-captivating illustrations by Caldecott Honoree Oge Mora, this fun read-aloud will show you! In her debut, Anne Wynter weaves in a sense of community for the red brick building inhabitants, with a tinge of humor that will make this an amusing bedtime read. With its domino effect, I felt a strong sense of nostalgia for the books of my own childhood that made this one feel like a modern-day classic.—Andrea C.

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By Anne Wynter, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062865762
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 19th, 2021

Beautifully Me written by Nabela Noor, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali

Say “Salaam” to Zubi! In body-positivity activist Nabela Noor’s debut picture book, we meet a cheerful and outgoing young girl, Zubi. The illustrations are lively and colorful, and the characters' designs are lovely. Touching on the relatable experience of learning body shame from those we love, this sincere and affirming story is a wonderful reminder that when we love ourselves, we make the world a more beautiful place for everyone. A much-needed tale of fat acceptance for children.—Molly S.

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By Nabela Noor, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534485877
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

¡Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge by Raúl the Third

Two cities in different countries are linked by a busy bridge, but when traffic stops moving, Little Lobo and the gang—who are attending the festival in their neighboring city—start a bumpin’ party right on the bridge! Raúl the Third’s artwork always dazzles me with its intricate details and, when coupled with subtle metaphors, makes this a fun and exciting read. This book is a colorful celebration of community that will appeal to English/Spanish bilingual readers and language learners alike.—Eli

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ISBN: 9780358380405
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Published: Versify - October 12th, 2021

What Is Love? written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Carson Ellis

What fun to see the kind-hearted words of Mac Barnett paired with the mesmerizing gouache illustrations of Carson Ellis, whose Du Iz Tak showed us worldbuilding at its finest. This new picture book brings to mind the ancient Indian parable about the blind men and the elephant. We can see it as a story about perspectives or a caution about unreliable narrators. But in the end, it is about love (and maybe a smidgen about time). See what your kids have to say!—Michelle

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By Mac Barnett, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452176406
Availability: Not Yet Published - Available for Pre-Order; Please See Publication Date Below Before Ordering
Published: Chronicle Books - December 28th, 2021

The Big Bath House written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Gracey Zhang

On a trip to visit family in Japan, a girl and her female relatives head to a traditional bath house. Women big and small, young and old, converge at the sentoō to soak. Zhang’s illustrations lovingly capture ruddy elbows and knees, soft curves and gangly limbs. The bond between the girl and her grandmother is visible, despite their language barrier. This ode to the beauty of bathhouses and bodies is perfect for introducing children to different cultural sensibilities surrounding nudity.—Molly S.

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By Kyo Maclear, Gracey Zhang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593181959
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Studio - November 16th, 2021

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