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Picture Books

Love in the Library written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Yas Imamura

Can love grow anywhere? Here’s an intimate story about the author’s maternal grandparents who met and fell in love in a library in Minidoka, an internment center for Japanese people who were incarcerated because they were of Japanese descent. “It didn’t matter who you were, just what you were.” The beautiful yet stark watercolor illustrations show that despite the harshness of life in the camp, the miracle of love is still possible for all of us.—Noreen

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By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Yas Imamura (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536204308
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Published: Candlewick - January 11th, 2022

Nina written by Traci Todd, illustrated by Christian Robinson

This story about legendary singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone will captivate young readers. From her earliest years, Nina (aka Eunice) had “music on the inside” and “music on the outside.” There’s so much to think about in this story. Nina’s musical journey, which begins in North Carolina, is woven with her awareness of identity and her growing recognition of the injustice demonstrated against Black people. Christian Robinson’s whimsical illustrations make you want to sing, dance, and stand up for racial justice.—Noreen

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By Traci N. Todd, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524737283
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

Playing at the Border written by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Teresa Martinez

Celebrated musician Yo-Yo Ma played Bach’s cello suites to an audience straddling the US-Mexico border in 2019 as part of an effort to build bridges through music, and this lovely picture book is a bridge of its own. Connecting Ma’s remarkable life with his global efforts, the music itself, and of course his cello (Petunia!), Ho’s lilting prose and Martinez’s clear-eyed, hope-filled palette show music transcends borders, and so can we.—Melinda

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By Joanna Ho, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062994547
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Published: HarperCollins - September 28th, 2021

Everybody in the Red Brick Building written by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Oge Mora

What happens when a baby’s cry wakes up a whole building? With vibrant and eye-captivating illustrations by Caldecott Honoree Oge Mora, this fun read-aloud will show you! In her debut, Anne Wynter weaves in a sense of community for the red brick building inhabitants, with a tinge of humor that will make this an amusing bedtime read. With its domino effect, I felt a strong sense of nostalgia for the books of my own childhood that made this one feel like a modern-day classic.—Andrea C.

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By Anne Wynter, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062865762
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 19th, 2021

Beautifully Me written by Nabela Noor, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali

Say “Salaam” to Zubi! In body-positivity activist Nabela Noor’s debut picture book, we meet a cheerful and outgoing young girl, Zubi. The illustrations are lively and colorful, and the characters' designs are lovely. Touching on the relatable experience of learning body shame from those we love, this sincere and affirming story is a wonderful reminder that when we love ourselves, we make the world a more beautiful place for everyone. A much-needed tale of fat acceptance for children.—Molly S.

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By Nabela Noor, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534485877
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

¡Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge by Raúl the Third

Two cities in different countries are linked by a busy bridge, but when traffic stops moving, Little Lobo and the gang—who are attending the festival in their neighboring city—start a bumpin’ party right on the bridge! Raúl the Third’s artwork always dazzles me with its intricate details and, when coupled with subtle metaphors, makes this a fun and exciting read. This book is a colorful celebration of community that will appeal to English/Spanish bilingual readers and language learners alike.—Eli

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ISBN: 9780358380405
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Published: Versify - October 12th, 2021

What Is Love? written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Carson Ellis

What fun to see the kind-hearted words of Mac Barnett paired with the mesmerizing gouache illustrations of Carson Ellis, whose Du Iz Tak showed us worldbuilding at its finest. This new picture book brings to mind the ancient Indian parable about the blind men and the elephant. We can see it as a story about perspectives or a caution about unreliable narrators. But in the end, it is about love (and maybe a smidgen about time). See what your kids have to say!—Michelle

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By Mac Barnett, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452176406
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Published: Chronicle Books - December 28th, 2021

The Big Bath House written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Gracey Zhang

On a trip to visit family in Japan, a girl and her female relatives head to a traditional bath house. Women big and small, young and old, converge at the sentoō to soak. Zhang’s illustrations lovingly capture ruddy elbows and knees, soft curves and gangly limbs. The bond between the girl and her grandmother is visible, despite their language barrier. This ode to the beauty of bathhouses and bodies is perfect for introducing children to different cultural sensibilities surrounding nudity.—Molly S.

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By Kyo Maclear, Gracey Zhang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593181959
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Published: Random House Studio - November 16th, 2021

Tomatoes for Neela Written by Padma Lakshmi

Distinguished chef and activist Padma Lakshmi celebrates the joy of sharing recipes through the generations, while also quietly detailing the tomato’s journey from its origin in the Andes Mountains. Once again, the gorgeous paint and pencil illustrations of award-winning Juana Martinez-Neal breathe life into the story, turning cooking and canning day into a dance in the kitchen. This lovely picture book arrives at the peak of tomato season, just in time to try the endnote recipe “Paati’s Tomato Sauce” with your own multigenerational family. —Michelle


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ISBN: 9780593202708
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales

In her latest picture book, beloved author and illustrator Yuyi Morales shines a loving light on the landscape spread across the US-Mexico border. A whitetail fawn learns survival from its mother amongst the towering saguaro cacti, before reaching an impenetrable, barbed-wire topped wall. Morales’ art is bursting with flora, fauna, and life, weaving together different textures and embellished with bits of embroidery. A poetic call for a world without borders. —Molly

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ISBN: 9780823443284
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 7th, 2021


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