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The North Wind & the Sun by Phillip Stead

After a brief preamble about seasons, we are introduced to three sisters wearing patchwork coats who sense a new but familiar chill in the air. Soon the North Wind whips up, and they huddle together even as the gale forces strain at their coat seams. Cue the Sun, strong in its own way, spreading its warmth as flowers bloom and coats are mended. Philip Stead’s heartwarming illustrations invite us to look again at this classic fable. 


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ISBN: 9780823455836
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Published: Neal Porter Books - October 24th, 2023

The Real Story By Sergio Ruzzier

In Sergio Ruzzier’s picture book world, the familiar pastel-colored critters are thoughtful, quirky, and hilarious. Here we get not one but several plausible (you be the judge) versions of the age-old question, “What happened to the cookies?” Awash from edge to edge in pen, ink, and watercolors, each page brings us closer to the truth: It’s the story, silly! A reminder to kids of all ages of the importance of storytelling. 


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ISBN: 9781419755262
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 10th, 2023

Dogtown by Katherine Applegate & Gennifer Choldenko

Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan) and Gennifer Choldenko (the Al Capone at Alcatraz series) have teamed up in this quirky illustrated series about life in and out of a dog shelter—not just any shelter, but the futuristic Dogtown for real and robot dogs. With hopes of reuniting with their families, two dogs, along with a very helpful mouse, escape through the front doors into the wintery world. Short chapters and Wallace West’s expressive drawings make this an addictive read for recent chapter book graduates.


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ISBN: 9781250811608
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 19th, 2023

Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle

Under the guise of writing her college essays, Dani has pulled away from her friends after being sexually assaulted at a party. Prince—aka local radio DJ LoveJones—has a tight group of friends but dismisses dreams of becoming a big-city DJ. A chance meeting between these two high school seniors leads to a revelatory three-date experiment that centers Black writers, Detroit’s musical history, and tight family bonds as the inspiring backdrop. Read this if you loved The Sun Is Also a Star.—Michelle

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ISBN: 9781665908160
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 29th, 2023

Bunny & Tree by Balint Zsako

With each reading of this wordless story, I see more. First time through, I understood the barebones buddy road trip featuring a bunny with two different ear colors, an uprooted tree, and a red cart. But then! The expressiveness of the tree, the explosion of color, the intentions unlocked so many more details in Balint Zsako’s beautiful illustrations. Time spent with this lovely book is richly rewarded. For all ages.—Michelle

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ISBN: 9781592703937
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - July 18th, 2023

Zoey & Sassafras Book 1: Dragons and Marshmallows written by Asia Citro

A beautiful mash-up of science and fantasy! Zoey is a young girl who discovers she can see magical creatures (just like her mom), which turns out to be a useful skill because they are secretly running an urgent care in their backyard. Each book in this series features a different magical creature with a malady that needs attention (and some of these healed creatures make an appearance in later books so it's worth reading in sequence). Written by a science teacher, this series is a great introduction to the scientific method, with lots of magic thrown in for good measure. Really fun. — Michelle

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By Asia Citro, Marion Lindsay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781943147090
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Published: Innovation Press - March 14th, 2017

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Now in paperback, this Caldecott Honor picture book transports you to another world. Wildly imaginative bugs embrace the growth of seedling as it pushes through the soil, all while speaking a language that we know but don't know. It's a lesson in observation, resilience, and keeping your mind open to all the possibilities. Worldbuilding at its finest. — Michelle

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By Carson Ellis, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536223521
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Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2023

A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Phillip Stead

Philip Stead takes us through the thoughtful routines of Amos McGee's usual workday at the zoo, where "he always made time to visit good friends" the elephant (who needs a chess partner), the owl (who is afraid of the dark), and the rhinoceros, the tortoise & penguin. One morning Amos wake sup with a bad head cold and calls in sick. After waiting and worrying and missing their friend, the animals hop on the busy and pay Amos a visit, giving him the care he has so kindly provided them every other day of the week. Erin Steady's lovely pencil-and-color illustrations hold the attentions of read and child alike, with new things to discover with every reading (look for the tiny mouse!). So cozy. — Michelle

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By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596434028
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 25th, 2010

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

"When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep except for the watchful owl." And so begins a fanciful animal tour of different sleep habits, all under the owl's big-eyed gaze. The watercolor and pencil illustrations in this board book pull you into the animal parade, but it's the vibrant colors against the dark blue sky that beg for a closer look. — Michelle

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ISBN: 9780375866180
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 11th, 2011

If I Were a Whale written by Shelley Gill

Beautiful and detailed renditions of 9 different whale species accompany this simple rhyming celebration of these magnificent creatures. With just a smidgeon of technical detail (a distinguishing feature for each species), this little board book calls to us to delve deeper and keep our eyes open. — Michelle

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By Shelley Gill, Erik Brooks (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781632171047
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Published: Little Bigfoot - February 21st, 2017


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