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Ways to Make Friends by Jairo Buitrago

It’s always the right time for making new friends! But, just in case you need some ideas—good ones, silly ones, and questionable ones—Ways to Make Friends is the go-to book to get the conversation started. This book tells a new story every time you open it, with so much to discover in the playfully packed illustrations and silly suggestions. It's the perfect memory-making experience for story time. —Jenny

 

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Ways to Make Friends By Jairo Buitrago, Mariana Ruiz Johnson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771649759
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Published: Greystone Kids - August 30th, 2022

The Sea in the Way by Sophie Gilmore

Badger and Bear are the best of friends despite being separated by time zones, sputtering phone lines, and THE SEA. When the sea asks for more and more and then one thing too many, Badger finally sees that what divides the two friends also joins them together. Awash in ocean colors from edge to edge, these lovely pages beckon us to truly understand the distance between one another. A very thoughtful story for kids and parents alike. —Michelle
 

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The Sea in the Way By Sophie Gilmore, Sophie Gilmore (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sophie Gilmore, Sophie Gilmore (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063025196
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 6th, 2022

Patchwork Written by Matt de la Peña

Illustrated with a precious palette of pastels, this picture book portrays our lives as patchwork quilts woven from our experiences, emotions, strengths, and weaknesses. Though they make up who we are, these patchworks inevitably change shape and color with time, yet they remain beautiful. Coupled with incredible illustrations, this story conveys a beautiful message that makes a great book for the whole family. —Eli
 

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Patchwork By Matt de la Peña, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984813961
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

Retazos By Matt de la Peña, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593532348
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2022

Dear Wild Child: You Carry Your Home Inside You Written by Wallace J. Nichols & Wallace Grayce Nichols

What a gift. Nichols and his daughter have turned the emotional letter he wrote to her after their family home burned down in the CZU Fire into this special book, celebrating what was built and what will endure. Breckmeyer’s colorful illustrations add reverent intimacy in their many details. While the book’s framework comes from devastating loss, its message of how we create a sense of home and carry it forward is gracious and universal. —Melinda
 

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Dear Wild Child: You Carry Your Home Inside You By Wallace J. Nichols, Wallace Grayce Nichols, Drew Beckmeyer (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781951836467
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Published: Cameron Kids - August 9th, 2022

God’s Dream Written by Desmond Tutu & Douglas Abrams

There are very good reasons why Archbishop Desmond Tutu was admired throughout the world. Reading God’s Dream to your children will start so many wonderful conversations and tap into themes of kindness, hurt, forgiveness, inclusion, and more of Tutu’s Ubuntu philosophy. The children are from diverse backgrounds, the illustrations a welcome reflection of the world we live in. A simple, tangible, and hopeful perspective on how we all can choose to walk through life.  —Jenny

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God's Dream By Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536223538
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Published: Candlewick - May 3rd, 2022

Lizzy and the Cloud by Terry & Eric Fan

Lizzy and the Cloud is a lovely and whimsical new picture book that captures the simple beauty of loving something enough to set it free. Lizzy’s care for her beloved cloud is an apt metaphor for a child’s relationship with pets, friends, and wild things—as well as for a parent’s experience loving a child and letting them grow up and out. This new book from the always wonderful Fan Brothers will make your smile linger long after you’ve turned the last page.  —Jocelyn

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Lizzy and the Cloud By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534483170
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2022

Little Houses Written by Kevin Henkes

While walking along the beach looking for shells with their grandparents, a child wonders about the creatures that once called the shells home and other mysteries of the ocean. Through prose infused with a quiet grace and winsome illustrations rendered in thick acrylic paints, Kevin Henkes’s latest offering captures the elusive magic of the seaside. An enchanting read for aspiring marine biologists and for families preparing for a day on the coast.  —Molly

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Little Houses By Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062965721
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 24th, 2022

Don’t Worry, Murray by David Ezra Stein

As a worrier myself, I very much appreciate Murray’s unflinching look at what exactly he’s afraid of. Once he names his fears, he implements practical solutions to address each one, and even finds that he can handle the unexpected. Near this story’s end, the narrator exclaims “I’m proud of you…my brave dog.” But in Murray’s final dream bubble, we see that Murray is also proud of himself. The vibrant, expressive illustrations of David Ezra Stein (of Interrupting Chicken fame) do not disappoint.  —Michelle

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Don't Worry, Murray By David Ezra Stein, David Ezra Stein (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062845245
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 7th, 2022

Luli and the Language of Tea Written by Andrea Wang

The children in Luli’s ESL class speak nine different languages. Can they ever become friends and play together? Luli’s solution: A tea party! She brings a backpack full of cups, tea, hot water, and a teapot. When she calls “Cha!” the children recognize the familiarity of that word and come running, and we see how tea and cookies build a bridge to friendship. Written by Andrea Wang, winner of the 2022 Caldecott Award for Watercress. Sweetly illustrated.  —Noreen

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Luli and the Language of Tea By Andrea Wang, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780823446148
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Published: Neal Porter Books - May 24th, 2022

The World Belonged to Us Written by Jacqueline Woodson

Woodson’s newest picture book is a latchkey kid’s love letter to a Brooklyn of yore. She tells of summers in the ’70s when, with all the grownups working, the kids were “…free as air. Free as sun. Free as summer,” and the city streets belonged to them. With colorful, nostalgic illustrations, this groovy tale is a perfect introduction to daily life for kids of a past generation.  —Molly

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The World Belonged to Us By Jacqueline Woodson, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399545498
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 10th, 2022

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