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The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown written by Mac Barnett illus. by Sarah Jacoby

Barnett has fashioned a secret door that transports us to a world where Margaret Wise Brown chases dogs, drinks tea, and writes. This book shows us that truth in storytelling is important, especially with children. Awash in pastels, Jacoby’s long-striding Margaret keeps her chin up and her eyes open, and you’ll want to do the same while reading this book. - Michelle

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By Mac Barnett, Sarah Jacoby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062393449
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 21st, 2019

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown written by Mac Barnett illus. by Sarah Jacoby

Margaret is unique and free-spirited, indulging her curious nature and remaining determined when faced with adversity. This book playfully explores the beautiful and the ugly in the world, encouraging readers to be ourselves and do what make us happy even if that makes us different. - Sheila

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By Mac Barnett, Sarah Jacoby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062393449
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 21st, 2019

¡Pio Peep! written by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy & Alice Schertle, illus. by Viví Escrivá

These 29 sweet Spanish nursery rhymes are about things kids and their grown-ups like best: frogs and elephants, piñatas and cinnamon bread, wide-open fields and your own cozy bed. The English adaptations, with their own rhythm and charm, are equally delightful to read aloud. Each poem is accompanied by beautiful paintings that gave my grandson and me even more to talk about—once he stopped dancing to the poems. - Cat

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Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes: Bilingual Spanish-English Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780688160197
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Published: HarperCollins Espanol - March 18th, 2003

Where Are You From? written by Yamile Saied Méndez illus. by Jaime Kim

A girl and her abuelo explore what it means to carry a sense of belonging with you through the world, especially when that world seems convinced you’re firmly in the “other” category. Méndez’s moving language and Kim’s epic illustrations take the reader on a sweeping journey from mountaintop to stormy sea, all wrapped in the warmth of a hug from a beloved grandparent. - Ilana

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By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062839930
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Published: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019

Where Are You From? written by Yamile Saied Méndez illus. by Jaime Kim

I must admit I cried (in a coffee shop) when I reached the spread about the protagonist coming from her abuelo’s heart and the hearts of their ancestors. As an Afro-Latinx person, I especially appreciated Méndez acknowledging the African ancestry many Latinx people share. I wish I’d had this lyrical, beautiful, and moving book as a child. - Stephanie

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By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062839930
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Published: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Alexander and Nelson have created a perfect book that invites readers to truly feel. Every word is necessary, every illustration is just what it needs to be (even when it’s nothing at all). It’s a testament to the black experience in the United States that comes together in a central message: Black. Lives. Matter. Beautiful, heartrending, hopeful, true, and easily the best book of the year. - Stephanie

Here’s what other Bookshop staff* are saying about The Undefeated: “Pure poetry… Impactful and beautiful… Finally… Goosebumps… Astonishing… Required reading… Heartbreaking and heartwarming… Awesome… Stunning… Heart in your throat… Moving and gut- punching… Soul lifting.”

*And Casey says: “A new classic. Undeniably powerful. Black Lives Matter in poetry.”

 

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By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Another by Christian Robinson

I’m a huge fan of Christian Robinson’s colorful and playful illustrations which, in previous books, have illuminated the words of notable authors like Matt de la Peña. Another is a book all his own. In this wordless romp, a little girl and her cat venture through a portal into another world where left is right, up is down, and doppelgangers abound. This topsy-turvy book is so much fun and is sure to inspire the curiosity, creativity, and imagination of young readers everywhere. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9781534421677
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

Because written by Mo Willems illustrated by Amber Ren

This book is an ode to the power of music and a meditation on the many hands needed to cultivate the garden of inspiration—and the power of inspiration once it takes root and blooms. Ren’s art is full of beautiful detail, all kinds of diversity, and refreshingly steering clear of gender stereotypes. This lovely and inspiring story will appeal to music and non-music fans alike. - Stephanie

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By Mo Willems, Amber Ren (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368019019
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - March 5th, 2019

Planting Stories written by Anika Aldamuy Denise illustrated by Paola Escobar

An enchanting glimpse into the verve and creativity of Pura Belpré, who introduced the first mainstream published Latinx stories to the U.S.. Set in 1920s New York City, this book is suffused with a sense of warm nostalgia; Escobar's hypnotically detailed illustrations are the kind that make you wish you could climb into the page. A beautiful testament to the vitality of storytelling, this homage to Belpré's “story seeds” is sure to capture the imagination. - I.D.

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Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062748683
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Published: HarperCollins - January 15th, 2019

Ruby Head High by Irene Cohen-Janca

Author Cohen-Janca peers into one of the most important moments in U.S. history, not with adult hindsight, but with the innocence of childhood clarity. Whether as the subject of history, or the one learning it, Ruby Bridges’s experience of fear and bigotry, and her own strength and determination, shine through with true human consequence. Daniau’s bold paintings are emotional snapshots, leaving a lasting impression as readers learn alongside a character discovering Ruby’s story. - Jocelyn

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Ruby, Head High: Ruby Bridge's First Day of School Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781568463414
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Published: Creative Editions - January 8th, 2019

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