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Summer Newsletter 2023 Picture Books

Twenty Questions Written by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson’s collaborative picture book comes alive when read aloud to an inquisitive kid. Twenty open-ended questions—made even more speculative by the bold, colorful, quirky illustrations—are really 20 conversation starters. “What kind of beast lives in this bathtub?”  Read this book again and again and see where it takes you.  —MICHELLE

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By Mac Barnett, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536215137
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Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2023

Remember written by Joy Harjo

In this glorious picture book, former US poet laureate Joy Harjo’s incantatory poem is adapted, celebrated, and enlivened by the vibrant illustrations of Caldecott medalist Michaela Goade. Drawing from their own cultural influences, Harjo (a member of the Mvskoke Nation) and Goade (a member of the Tlingit Nation) ask us with simple, stunning beauty to see our place and how we are all connected in this natural world. A beautiful gift for all ages. 

—Melinda

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Remember By Joy Harjo, Michaela Goade (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joy Harjo, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593484845
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Published: Random House Studio - March 21st, 2023

My Friend, Loonie written by Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour is a perennial staff favorite and she once again hits it out of the park with her newest picture book. In this story, a little girl befriends a giant yellow balloon named Loonie, who accompanies her everywhere until one day Loonie is lost to the sky. The pairing of Ashling Lindsay’s charming illustrations with LaCour’s signature beautiful writing shows readers how to genuinely move on from a loss and find beauty in new things. 

—Alana

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My Friend, Loonie By Nina LaCour, Ashling Lindsay (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nina LaCour, Ashling Lindsay (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536213935
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Published: Candlewick - March 28th, 2023

The World and Everything in It by Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes’s classic, vibrant illustrations perfectly complement his comforting message: There are so many things in this world of ours, and they are all so wonderful. Small children will enjoy pointing out all the big and little things Henkes cleverly collages together in the last pages of this book. Adults will be happily reminded of all the beautiful things we so easily take for granted.  —YVES

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The World and Everything in It By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063245648
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 28th, 2023

Our Pool by Lucy Ruth Cummins

This book for all ages celebrates one of the best things about being a kid: the pool. Lucy Ruth Cummins’s rhythmic, playful language and brightly colored, impressionistic illustrations immerse the reader in the heat of city streets, the smell of sunscreen, the lick of ice cream, the sound of a splash. Open this book and immediately find yourself in the pool where everyone gathers and everyone is welcome. A perfect summer day to dive into all year round.  —JOCELYN

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Our Pool By Lucy Ruth Cummins, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534499232
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 13th, 2023

Chef Edna: Queen of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis Written by Melvina Noel, Illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Chef Edna Lewis has been a hero of mine for many, many years, so imagining young readers meeting her through this beautiful picture book delights me. Noel’s words tell her story, from her youth in Freetown, Virginia, where she learned to cook from her Mama Daisy, to her life in New York City, where she became a celebrated seamstress and restaurateur. Cabrera’s vibrant pictures capture the warmth, compassion, elegance, and care that Miss Lewis was renowned for.  —S.B.

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Chef Edna: Queen of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis By Melvina Noel, Cozbi A. Cabrera (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Melvina Noel, Cozbi A. Cabrera (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781951836399
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Published: Cameron Kids - April 18th, 2023

Noche antigua Escrito por David Bowles, Ilustrado por David Á lvarez

Retratando en mayor parte cuentos mesoamericanos, conejo y tlacuache trabajan juntos en esta nueva reiteración con el artista David Álvarez. Las oraciones iluminadoras y la fantasía ancestral, le dan vida exuberante a esta historia de origen en la cual el conejo cuida a la luna y el tlacuache se roba el fuego del sol. La escritura lírica de Bowles es eterna e igual de hermosa como las representaciones de estas primeras noches—una gran inclusión a esta tradición de cuentos. 

—Melinda


Figuring large in Mesoamerican tales, Rabbit and Opossum join together in this new telling by acclaimed artist David Álvarez.

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Noche antigua: (Ancient Night Spanish Edition) By David Alvarez (Illustrator), David Bowles Cover Image
By David Alvarez (Illustrator), David Bowles
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646142545
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Published: Levine Querido - March 14th, 2023

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