Sir Morien: The Legend of a Knight of the Round Table by Holly Black and Kaliis Smith; illustrated by Ebony GlennLeaving his life of dragon-taming and crocodile surfing, bold Prince Morien ventures out from his North African home in search of his long-last father, one of King Arthur’s knights. Humor and adventure harmonize in this fast-paced picture book (the first from popular author Holly Black and coauthor Kaliis Smith).
How This Book Got Red by Margaret Chiu Greanias; illustrated by Melissa IwaiRed is frustrated that books about pandas focus on black-and-white giant pandas instead of red pandas like her. She could fix that by writing her own book -- but would anyone read it? Adorable artwork amps up the charm of this fable about representation.
I Want 100 Dogs by Stacy McAnulty; illustrated by Claire KeaneA child reconsiders her request for 100 canine companions after parental questioning: How would she walk even 90 dogs, or feed 60 dogs, or groom 30 dogs? Packed with playful illustrations, this tail-wagging tale offers a satisfying conclusion for all ages.
Do You Remember? by Sydney SmithIn the cozy darkness of bedtime, a mother and child share memories -- a picnic, a rainstorm, a bike ride -- of time with the child’s father. Leaving room for interpretation, this quiet, tender picture book may appeal to a variety of families.
Mole is Not Alone by Maya TatsukawaAn invitation to Rabbit’s party sparks social anxiety for introverted Mole. Whimsical visual details add to the charm of the Mole’s tentative journey to the soiree, as well as the sweet twist upon arrival. Read-alike: Where is Bina Bear? by Mike Curato.
Patchwork by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Corinna LuykenIn this lyrical and multi-hued picture book, readers get a reminder that kids are complex people with unlimited potential: they can love sports and poetry, or dancing and coding, or pink and blue (as well as every other color). Read-alike: Christian Robinson’s You Matter.
My Paati's Saris by Jyoti Rajan Gopal; illustrated by Art TwinkFor the young Tamil protagonist in this heartwarming story, spending time with his paati and her collection of glorious, colorful saris offers more than just a bonding experience with a beloved grandparent -- it’s also a means of affirming self-expression. Try this next: Vivek Shraya’s The Boy & the Bindi or Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow.
If You Were a City by Kyo Maclear; illustrated by Francesca Sanna"If you were a city, how would you be?" Readers and listeners are invited to ponder that question in this picture book, which offers a visual journey through a variety of vivid, bustling cities both real and fictional.
Somewhere in the Bayou by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome PumphreyWhile trying to cross the bayou, four critters -- Opossum, Squirrel, Rabbit, and Mouse – spot an unidentified tail sticking out the water. The assumptions each animal makes about the tail’s owner contribute to their fate in this cartoony, cautionary fable. For fans of: Jon Klassen’s Hat trilogy.
Sylvie by Jean Reidy; illustrated by Lucy Ruth CumminsKindhearted, neighborly spider Sylvie, a cute gray orb with legs, can see that the humans in the nearby apartment building are lacking a sense of community. But how can she help without scaring them? Don’t miss the in-story wink to author Jean Reidy’s earlier book, Truman.
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