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Spring Reading 2023 Picture Books

Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter written by Aida Salazar

Jovita always preferred pants rather than those long flowy skirts she was forced to wear. When a revolution takes hold of her country, she wishes to join her father and brothers in battle but is held back for being a woman. With dynamic and stunning illustrations by Molly Mendoza, Aida Salazar’s writing highlights the powerful story of Jovita during the Cristeros Revolution in Mexico.

—Andrea C.

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Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter By Aida Salazar, Molly Mendoza (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aida Salazar, Molly Mendoza (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338283419
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 7th, 2023

The Tree and the River by Aaron Becker

Rejoice! It’s a new Aaron Becker book. His wordless creations (read the Journey trilogy!) are storytelling genius, and this latest is perhaps my favorite. On intricately detailed, full-spread pages, Becker follows the life of a tree alongside a river. This tree witnesses civilizations—both real and fantastical—rise and fall, revealing truth and beauty, and in the end, hope. There is so much to explore and discuss in this wonderful, important, and timely book.

—Melinda

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By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536223293
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Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2023

The Truth About Max by Alice & Martin Provensen

Max is a big cat with an even bigger personality. In The Truth about Max, we get a glimpse of the cat’s life on the farm told through fantastic and whimsical illustrations. From the time he was a kitten to a full grown cat, we get to see Max wander lazily around the farm doing all of his favorite (and least favorite!) activities. Read this one aloud to fellow cat lovers, farm lovers, and those with big purr-sonalities!

—Andrea C.

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The Truth about Max By Alice Provensen (Created by), Martin Provensen (Created by) Cover Image
By Alice Provensen (Created by), Martin Provensen (Created by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592703753
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Published: Enchanted Lion - August 22nd, 2023

Corner by Zo-O

This magical picture book opens with a crow so deep in despair in the corner—the gutter between left and right pages—that the bird is hardly visible. But the tiniest idea sparks a full-fledged coziness makeover, with passing time marked by a lovingly watered houseplant. Something’s still missing. What does it take to open yourself up to possibilities? This is the first book by award-winning author and illustrator Zo-O (whose name incorporates the Chinese character for crow) to be translated from Korean into English. Lucky for us!
—Michelle

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781771475327
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Published: Owlkids - March 14th, 2023

Evergreen by Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell’s newest picture book describes a wonderful adventure through a forest full of delightful creatures, both friendly and fearsome. Our protagonist Evergreen is a young squirrel who has to brave the woods to deliver soup to her grandma. Over the course of her journey she relies on her wits to become more courageous and help her family. The expressive art and subtle use of color is engrossing, drawing you right into Evergreen’s world.

—Isaac

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250317179
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 7th, 2023

In Every Life by Marla Frazee

“In every smile, blessed is the light…. In every sadness, blessed is the comfort… In every life, blessed is the love.” Marla Frazee again combines simple words and profound illustrations to remind us that life is both precious and hopeful. A thoughtful look at the depths of our humanity. Make it a gift to yourself, your children, and everyone you know.

—Noreen

 

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In Every Life: (Caldecott Honor) By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665912488
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Published: Beach Lane Books - February 7th, 2023

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