Areli Is a Dreamer by Areli Morales; Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)In the first picture book written by a DACA Dreamer, Areli Morales tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story. When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family--and when she was in kindergarten, they sent for her, too. Everything in New York was different. Gone were the Saturdays at Abuela's house, filled with cousins and sunshine. Instead, things were busy and fast and noisy. Areli's limited English came out wrong, and schoolmates accused her of being illegal. But with time, America became her home. And she saw it as a land of opportunity, where millions of immigrants who came before her paved their own paths. She knew she would, too. This is a moving story--one that resonates with millions of immigrants who make up the fabric of our country--about one girl living in two worlds, a girl whose DACA application was eventually approved and who is now living her American dream. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration policy that has provided relief to thousands of undocumented children, referred to as "Dreamers," who came to the United States as children and call this country home.
Bird Boy by Matthew Burgess; Shahrzad Maydani (Illustrator)Take flight in this heartwarming story about a boy who learns to be true to himself at school while following his love of nature. Nico was new, and nervous about going to school. Everyone knew what to do and where to go, but Nico felt a little lost. So, he did what he loved to do- Watched the insects Sat in the grass And most importantly... befriended the birds. Before he knew it, Nico was known as BIRD BOY. But Nico didn't mind. Soon, he made one friend, then two, as the other kids learned to appreciate Nico for who he was. Before long, Nico learned he could be completely, delighfully, himself.
The Bruce Swap by Ryan Higgins (Illustrator)Bruce is a bear who struggles with fun. When Bruce says no to fun one too many times, Nibbs, Thistle, and Rupert secretly wish Bruce was more fun. And the geese secretly wish for sandwiches. The next morning, all their wishes come true. Bruce is cheerful. Bruce is adventurous. Bruce has pizzazz . . . and a basket of sandwiches. Except Bruce is not exactly Bruce. He's Kevin, Bruce's fun cousin. Nobody knows that Bruce has gone fishing. Nobody knows that Kevin is coming. Nobody even knows who Kevin is. But, everyone quickly learns one thing: Kevin LOVES fun. Is it possible that too much fun is no fun at all?
Call Number: PZ7.H534962 Bq 2021
Cow Says Meow by Kirsti Call; Brandon James Scott (Illustrator)With bold graphic art and a punny narrator, this zany picture book is full of outrageously mixed-up animal sounds. Puns and wordplay will leave readers giggling through the roller-coaster of sounds all the way to the final pages featuring the correct animal noises. Cow Says Meow is a perfect read aloud for home, the classroom, or anywhere else, and will delight fans of Cece Bell's I Yam a Donkey and David Ezra Stein's Interrupting Chicken.
Call Number: PZ7.C3555 Cow 2021
A Day for Rememberin' by Leah Henderson; Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)A moving tribute to the little-known history behind the first Memorial Day, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Floyd Cooper Today is a special day. Eli knows it's important if he's allowed to miss one second of school, his "hard-earned right." Inspired by true events and told through the eyes of a young boy, this is the deeply moving story about what is regarded as the first Memorial Day on May 1, 1865. Eli dresses up in his best clothes, Mama gathers the mayflowers, Papa straightens his hat, and together they join the crowds filling the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, with bouquets, crosses, and wreaths. Abolitionists, missionaries, teachers, military officers, and a sea of faces Black, Brown, and White, they march as one and sing for all those who gave their lives fighting for freedom during the Civil War. With poignant prose and celebratory, powerful illustrations, A Day for Rememberin' shines light on the little-known history of this important holiday and reminds us never to forget the people who put their lives on the line for their country. The book is illustrated by award-winning illustrator Floyd Cooper and includes archival photos in the back matter, as well as an author's note, bibliography, timeline, and index.
Call Number: PZ7.1.H462 Day 2021
Dear Librarian by Lydia M. Sigwarth; Romina Galotta (Illustrator)When Lydia was five years old, she and her family had to leave their home. They hopped from Grandma's house to Aunt Linda's house to Cousin Alice's house, but no place was permanent. Then one day, everything changed. Lydia's mom took her to a new place -- not a house, but a big building with stone columns, and tall, tall steps. The library. In the library, Lydia found her special spot across from the sunny window, at a round desk. For behind that desk was her new friend, the librarian. Together, Lydia and the librarian discovered a world beyond their walls, one that sparkled with spectacular joy.
Ducks Run Amok! by J. E. Morris (Illustrator)Ducks take over one turtle's pond in this hilarious rhyming tale! When a flock of ducks arrives at an unsuspecting turtle's pond, the turtle is mistaken for a green duck and can't seem to convince anyone otherwise. Can the turtle find a way to take back the pond and get some peace and quiet once more? The charming illustrations, simple text, and comic-like panels by J. E. Morris, author-illustrator of the Maud the Koala and Flubby books, make this a unique format with a narrative style perfect for storytime and progressing readers. Exciting, easy-to-read books are the stepping stone a young reader needs to bridge the gap between being a beginner and being fluent.
The Floating Field by Scott Riley; Nguyen Quang (Illustrator); Kim Lien (Illustrator)On the island of Koh Panyee, in a village built on stilts, there is no open space. How will a group of Thai boys play soccer? After watching the World Cup on television, a group of Thai boys is inspired to form their own team. But on the island of Koh Panyee, in a village built on stilts, there is no open space. The boys can play only twice a month on a sandbar when the tide is low enough. Everything changes when the teens join together to build their very own floating soccer field. This inspiring true story by debut author Scott Riley is gorgeously illustrated by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien. Perfect for fans of stories about sports, beating seemingly impossible odds, and places and cultures not often shown in picture books.
Call Number: GV944.T5 R55 2021
Fox and Chick: the Sleepover by Sergio RuzzierIn the tradition of Frog and Toad, this critically acclaimed early reader series features Fox and Chick - two unlikely friends who despite their differences always manage to find a way to get along. In this third book in the series, Fox and Chick have a sleepover, search for a lost hammer and throw a surprise party that unexpectedly surprises everyone.
Call Number: PZ7.7.R9475 Sl 2021
The Girl with Big, Big Questions by Britney Winn Lee; Jacob Souva (Illustrator)"Why can't people live on the moon?" "Can I be president when I grow up?" "What makes a person good?" These are just some of the questions that bubble forth from one little girl with twinkling eyes and a curious mind. When the girl finds that her big questions make some people uncomfortable, she stops. But then she learns that her questions can solve problems and that asking questions is how we learn and grow.
Call Number: PZ8.3.L49918 Gir 2021
Haylee and Comet: a Tale of Cosmic Friendship by Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)Haylee and Comet share one simple wish: a friend. And as with all great best-friendships, the universe brings them together in the right place at the right time. With each adventure, Haylee and Comet learn about what it takes to grow a strong and long-lasting friendship: accepting their differences, discovering the things they share, communicating with honesty, and being open to forgiveness. And just maybe, there'll be some surprises along the way.
Call Number: PZ7.7.M344 Hay 2021
Hey, Water! by Antoinette PortisWater can be a lake, it can be steam, it can be a tear, or it can even be a snowman. As the girl discovers water in nature, in weather, in her home, and even inside her own body, water comes to life, and kids will find excitement and joy in water and its many forms. This latest work from award-winning author/illustrator Antoinette Portis is an engaging, aesthetically pleasing nonfiction picture book, complete with accessible backmatter on the water cycle, water conservation, and more.
Call Number: GB662.3 .P688 2018
I'm on It! by Andrea Tsurumi; Mo WillemsGoat likes to lead. Goat also likes Frog to follow. When Goat jumps on it, Frog does, too. Soon Goat and Frog are on it, along it, above it, inside it, beside it, around it, and under it--phew! How can their friendship get through it?
Call Number: PZ7.1.T783 Im 2021
If I Were a Tree by Andrea Zimmerman; Jing Jing Tsong (Illustrator)The sister has camped in the forest many times before. The brother is nervous for his first overnight trip. As the illustrations in this multifaceted picture book show the siblings discovering the woods, the text celebrates the strength and grace of the trees that surround them, through evocative verse that speaks to all five senses. With their new knowledge, the siblings are able to overcome their greatest challenge yet.
Little Bat in Night School by Brian LiesLittle Bat is excited about his first night in school! Readers will love to see him spread his wings in this sweet, inspiring picture book from New York Times best-selling and Caldecott Honor-winning Brian Lies.
Moon Camp by Barry GottWhat if summer camp was in outer space? Summer is here! But Jake doesn't want to go to summer camp. Even if camp is on the moon. Sure enough, he gets lost during the nature hike, his air canoe springs a leak, there's scary noises at night, and he's pretty sure he's allergic to moon dust. The worst part? He misses home. But then Sam arrives and maybe Moon Camp isn't so bad after all? Full of out-of-this-world humor, Moon Camp is a celebration of new adventures and the unexpected friends you make along the way.
My Day with the Panye by Tami Charles; Sara Palacios (Illustrator)Lyrical and inspiring, with vibrant illustrations highlighting the beauty of Haiti, My Day with the Panye is a story of family legacy, cultural tradition, and hope for the future. Readers who are curious about the art of carrying a panye will find more about this ancient and global practice in an author's note at the end.
The Ocean in Your Bathtub by Seth Fishman; Isabel Greenberg (Illustrator)No matter how far from the ocean you live, it is part of your life, every single day. And you are part of the ocean's life, too. Every time you flush the toilet or throw something away, you might be sending it to the ocean--and every time you do a good deed, such as pick up litter or recycle, you are helping the ocean! Acclaimed creators Seth Fishman and Isabel Greenberg explore how the earth's five oceans affect daily life for everyone on the planet and present surprising information about the ocean ecosystem in a fun, accessible story.
Pluto Gets the Call by Adam Rex; Laurie Keller (Illustrator)Pluto loves being a planet. That is, until the day he gets a call from some Earth scientists telling him he isn't a planet anymore! You probably wanted to meet a real planet, huh? So, Pluto takes the reader on a hilarious and informative journey through the solar system to introduce the other planets and commiserate about his situation along the way. Younger readers will be so busy laughing over Pluto's interactions with the other planets, asteroids, moons, and even the sun, they won't even realize just how much they're learning about our solar system!
Call Number: PZ7.R32865 Plu 2019
Regina Is NOT a Little Dinosaur by Andrea ZuillWhen Regina's mother heads off to hunt, she tells her little dinosaur- stay in the nest and be mama's good little carnivore. But just who is she calling little?! Regina is big! And she has all the tools to hunt herself- a fear-inducing predator stare, a terrifying roar, and an uncanny ability to camouflage. And so Regina sets off on her first real hunt, all alone. ROAR! Along the way, she meets some truly huge dinosaurs, and hilariously, and miserably, fails at catching anything. What if she has to live her life as an.... herbivore?! Little kids everywhere will recognize themselves in Andrea Zuill's intrepid young dino--eager for independence, but still very much needing the safety and comfort of home.
Shaped by Her Hands by Anna Harber Freeman; Barbara Gonzales; Aphelandra (Illustrator)The most renowned Native American Indian potter of her time, Maria Povika Martinez learned pottery as a child under the guiding hands of her aunt. She grew up to discover a new firing technique that turned her pots black and shiny, and made them--and Maria--famous. This inspiring story of family and creativity illuminates how Maria's belief in sharing her love of clay brought success and joy from her New Mexico Pueblo to people all across the country.
Shy Willow by Cat MinWillow is shy. VERY shy. Her home is in an abandoned mailbox, and she'd rather stay put. Outside kids scream and soccer balls collide, trees look like monsters, and rain is noisy in a scary kind of way. It's much nicer to stay inside, drawing. But then a young boy drops a letter in Willow's mailbox: it's a note to the moon asking for a special favor. Willow knows that if she doesn't brave the world outside, the letter will never be delivered, and the boy will be heartbroken. Should she try? Can she? Cat Min delivers a breathtakingly illustrated story about shyness, the power of empathy, and what it means to make a friend.
Call Number: PZ7.1.M629 Sh 2021
Summertime Sleepers: animals that estivate by Melissa Stewart; Sarah Brannen (Illustrator)Everyone knows about animals that hibernate in the winter. But it's time to discover animals that sleep all summer long! All science classrooms discuss animals that hibernate during winter months, but few know about animals that estivate--a prolonged sleep during hot or dry periods. Dual layers of text awaken readers to the reasons estivating animals become dormant--whether it's because warm weather threatens food supply or to avoid increased body temperatures. From the ladybug to the salamander, from the lungfish to the desert hedgehog, twelve estivating animals and their habits--both when sleeping and awake--are explained through clear text and elegant watercolor illustrations that create a scrapbook feel.
Call Number: QH523 .S74 2021
Sydney and Taylor Take a Flying Leap by Jacqueline Davies; Deborah Hocking (Illustrator)When Taylor decides he wants to be the World's First Flying Hedgehog, there is little Sydney can do to stop him. Will Taylor realize his dream? Will he forgive Sydney for not believing in him? And can Sydney keep his spiny friend in one piece? This hilarious story, illustrated with expressive full-color art, highlights the importance of friendship and the need to reach for the sky.
Call Number: PZ7.D29392 Sydt 2021
Thank You, Dr. Salk! by Dean Robbins; Mike Dutton (Illustrator)When Jonas Salk sees his neighbors incapacitated by the polio virus, he knows it's his chance to apply the Jewish concept tikkun olam--healing the world. By reading books, learning math, and training to become a scientist, Salk invents the vaccine that would cure polio across the globe. Dean Robbins's captivating prose and Mike Dutton's colorful illustrations demonstrate how one person's bravery and altruism can help heal the world.
Call Number: QR31.S25 R63 2021
Thao by Thao LamAn honest #OwnVoices story about growing up with a name that is unfamiliar to the kids around you, told with humor and heart by critically acclaimed author/illustrator Thao Lam
Call Number: PZ7.1.L2457 Th 2021
This Very Tree by Sean RubinA deeply moving story about community and resilience, from the point-of-view of the Callery pear tree that survived the attacks on September 11, from Eisner Award-nominated author-illustrator Sean Rubin.
Call Number: HV6432.7 .R835 2021
Triceratopposite by Bridget Heos; T. L. McBeth (Illustrator)Once upon a time, there was a mommy triceratops. "Hi!" A daddy triceratops. "Hi!" And a baby triceratopposite. "Bye bye!"No matter what his mother and father asked him to do, he always said--and did--the opposite. With plenty of humor and inventive wordplay, Triceratopposite is a joyful dinosaur romp, perfect for fans of Dragon Was Terrible and Max's Words.
Call Number: PZ7.H4118 Tri 2021
The Truth about Parrots by Maxwell Eaton III (Illustrator)Did you know there are about 360 different species of parrots? Did you know parrots can see ultra-violet light? Did you know parrots can identify colors using human language? Impress your friends (and teacher) with these facts and many more from this hilarious and information-packed book, last in the popular series from Maxwell Eaton III.
Call Number: QL696.P7 E28 2021
Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld; Matt Tavares (Illustrator)With every step, the Tomb Guards pay homage to America's fallen. Discover their story, and that of the unknown soldiers they honor, through resonant words and illustrations. Keeping vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery, are the sentinel guards, whose every step, every turn, honors and remembers America's fallen. They protect fellow soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, making sure they are never alone. To stand there--with absolute precision, in every type of weather, at every moment of the day, one in a line uninterrupted since midnight July 2, 1937--is the ultimate privilege and the most difficult post to earn in the army. Everything these men and women do is in service to the Unknowns. Their standard is perfection. Exactly how the unnamed men came to be entombed at Arlington, and exactly how their fellow soldiers have come to keep vigil over them, is a sobering and powerful tale, told by Jeff Gottesfeld and luminously illustrated by Matt Tavares--a tale that honors the soldiers who honor the fallen.
Call Number: D675.W2 G68 2021
Watercress by Andrea Wang; Jason Chin (Illustrator)Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl's parents stop suddenly when they spot watercress growing wild in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy, snail covered watercress as they can. At first, she's embarrassed. Why can't her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family's time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. Together, they make a new memory of watercress.
Call Number: PS3623 .A4566 W37 2021
We Are Still Here! by Traci Sorell; Frane Lessac (Illustrator)Twelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain- We are still here! Too often, Native American history is treated as a finished chapter instead of relevant and ongoing.
Call Number: E77.4 .S625 2021
Whale Fall Cafe by Jacquie Sewell; Dan Tavis (Illustrator)Hagfish, zombie worms, sleeper sharks -- this group of patrons is stranger than the denizens of the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars. A fish in a lab coat, piloting a deep--sea submersible, is our guide to the weirdly fascinating goings--on miles beneath the ocean surface. The backmatter includes rare whale--fall photos from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Dr. Robert Vrijenhoek of MBARI and Dr. Craig Smith, a deep--ocean ecologist at the University of Hawaii, have helped Jacquie Sewell to ensure scientific accuracy.
Call Number: QH541.5.D35 S49 2021
What Color Is Night? by Grant SniderLook closer. Grant Snider's beautiful debut picture book explores the wonders--and colors--of nighttime. For night is not just black and white. Ending in colors yet unseen, and a night of sweet dreams, this lilting lullaby is sure to comfort those drifting off to sleep. With luminous art as spare and glowing as the moon, and lyrical text that reads like a friend leading the way through the wilderness, What Color Is Night? is a rich and timeless look at a topic of endless fascination, and a perfect bedtime read-aloud.
Call Number: PZ7.1.S65735 Wh 2019
The Worm Family Has Its Picture Taken by Jennifer Frank; David Ezra Stein (Illustrator)Emma is excited for her worm family to have their portrait taken. But when she sees her other friends' portraits, she gets discouraged. "We had the most beautiful smiles," Ellie the Chipmunk squeals. Abigail the Cat meows, "I looked gorgeous with my big poufy hair." The worm family doesn't have teeth...how will they show their beautiful smiles? They don't have hair either...how can it look big and poufy?! So Emma gathers wigs, giant fake teeth, and colorful clothing for her parents and sisters. But it's only after taking off their costumes that the worm family is able to wriggle and squiggle and squeeze into a delightful pose that only a worm family can make. And Emma? She thinks it's perfectly perfect.
Call Number: PZ7.1.F739 Wo 2021
You're a Star, Lolo! by Niki DalyWhether it's turning her garden into a snail farm when snails eat up her precious tomato plant, or using her hair ribbons to save the day when a friend's car breaks down - there's a unique solution to every problem, and Lolo is going to find it! These stories invite young readers into the life and adventures of fun-loving, clever, and curious Lolo, a young girl living in South Africa. Along with her mother and grandmother, Gogo, she can always find a way to make the best out of any situation-- even when things don't go as planned.