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What Will You Be? Written by Yamile Saied Méndez Illustrated by Kate Alizadeh

Available in English & Spanish

A child whimsically wonders what she will be when she grows up. Her abuela points to the child’s heart and says, “Listen.” With that, Abuela, a painter and storyteller, takes the child’s hand and leads her to herself. I want every child to have an abuela who hands them a paintbrush so they can “discover the way colors come alive on a blank canvas, just for me.” A simple but soulful story, with sparkling illustrations. Made me feel good. — Noreen

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ISBN: 9780062839954
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Published: HarperCollins - May 4th, 2021

The Boy and the Sea Written by Camille Andros Illustrated by Amy Bates

The Boy and the Sea is a beautiful story of growth, depicted through stunning watercolor imagery. As someone who grew up by the sea, this story feels so close to home. It’s carefully orchestrated to use the ocean as both a setting and a metaphor. The spreads alternate in style but maintain repetition through words. This is a great read-aloud for younger children, a place for them to be able to talk about growing up. — Andrea

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By Camille Andros, Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419749407
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 11th, 2021

Anita and the Dragons Written by Hannah Carmona Illustrated by Anna Cunha

Anita, a young Dominican princesa, has spent her life watching the dragons (or airplanes) fly over her island. But when it is her turn to fly with them, Anita must summon her bravery to venture into the unknown. The poetic text, inspired by Carmona’s mother’s immigration story, is accompanied by dreamy illustrations awash in pastels. This narrative about courage is a wonderful choice for talking about moving and change with young people. — Molly

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By Hannah Carmona, Anna Cunha (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781911373636
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Published: Lantana Publishing - April 6th, 2021

Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown

A young boy named Fred loves being naked while he romps around the house, but stumbling upon his parent’s closet inspires him to play dress-up. Peter Brown delivers this sweet and silly tale in a stylish palette dominated by olive green, neon pink, and eggplant purple. This is a perfect read-aloud for kids who love fashion, and it offers an affirmative take on makeup, style, and gender expression. — Molly

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ISBN: 9780316200646
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

This Is Ruby Written by Sara O’Leary Illustrated by Alea Marley

Ruby likes an awful lot of things, and that’s the delight of this book. We are the fortunate ones; we hear her ruminations as she goes back and forth in time to imagine dinosaurs and her parents’ first meet-up, and we see the crazy antics the future may hold. For this second outing, This Is Sadie author Sara O’Leary has teamed up with illustrator Alea Markey, who shows us wildly colorful glimpses of Barbados, her childhood home. Meet Ruby! — Michelle

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By Sara O'Leary, Alea Marley (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780735263611
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Published: Tundra Books - May 25th, 2021

Faraway Things Written by Dave Eggers

With his storytelling prowess, Dave Eggers creates an instant classic that also includes Kelly Murphy’s expressive and poignant nautical illustrations in watercolor, pencil, and ink. Lucian lives with his mother by the shore; after storms, he likes to search for washed-up treasure, or “faraway things.” This time he finds a cutlass, and while he falls in love with it, he learns how to let go for a brighter future. This story is whimsical and has something to please the entire family. — MJ

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By Dave Eggers, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316492195
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 8th, 2021

Milo Imagines the World Written by Matt de la Peña

Brilliantly imaginative, Milo reminds us that there is a lot more to people beyond what we first see. I was a lot like Milo when I was a kid; I was always doodling in my precious sketchbooks, and I was also the child of an incarcerated parent. It means so much to me to see families like mine represented in children’s literature, and I wish I had this book when I was a kid. —Eli

ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH.

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ISBN: 9780399549083
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

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ISBN: 9780593354629
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham

Caldecott Honoree LeUyen Pham shows us all the ways people continued to love, learn, and grow while social distancing during the pandemic. Through emotive illustrations and approachable text, Pham explores both the hope and the hardship of sheltering in place, and shows the important work done by essential workers like doctors and grocers. Gentle yet honest, this is the perfect book for families and classrooms looking for a story to discuss the pandemic with children of all ages. —Molly

 

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By LeUyen Pham, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250798350
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 5th, 2021

Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal

The opening line “Zonia lives with those she loves in the rain forest” whispers a simple definition of family and home that permeates this story. During her morning check-ins with the animals, Zonia discovers a clearcut patch. Zonia not only springs into action but implores us all to take responsibility for safeguarding this precious land. Martinez-Neal’s deeply textured paintings on banana-bark paper beckon us, and endnotes introduce us to the Asháninka people, the largest indigenous group in the Peruvian Amazon. —Michelle

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ISBN: 9781536208450
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Published: Candlewick - March 30th, 2021

Out of Nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

I raced through this, so anxious to know the fate of Chris Naylor-Ballesteros’s beetle narrator and their red friend—and then had to go back to linger over the art and moments making up their story. A deceptively simple book with a huge emotional impact, its brief pages navigate friendship, courage, change, and the joy that finds you when you let it. This is one of those books you will read again and again, and it only gets better with age. —Jocelyn

 

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ISBN: 9781534481008
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

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