Window Fishing by DK Dyson; illustrated by Rudy GutierrezWhile worrying that his work will never bring people joy, professional artist Rudeday spots an opportunity outside his window: a paper clip on a string, hanging down from the apartment above in a playful plea for a painted fish.
Mine! by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric RohmannA group of greedy animals, all eagerly eyeing the same shiny red apple as it's just about to fall from the "tip-tippy top" of the tree.
by Bea Birdsong
"There are so many snoots to boop! Snoots attached to big dogs and little dogs and dogs with beards and those without. Are you ready to boop ALL the snoots?"
The monster mac and cheese party
by Todd Parr
Holding a monsters-only mac and cheese party, the monsters share all their creepy twists on this favorite food until HUMANS unexpectedly join in the fun, in this hilarious read aloud about the value of sharing meals with friends and trying new things.
Stickler Loves the World by Lane SmithStickler, an original character covered in sticks and with multiple ever-changing eyes, loves its little world. With best friend Crow, it shares the wonders of all the amazing things the world has to offer. Stickler is astonished by the ordinary, such as the sun and the stars, as well as fascinated by those things in nature that are often overlooked, such as swirling seed pods falling from the sky. The two pals wander about the world, stopping to appreciate the many marvels along the way, especially its beloved sticks, each one unique.
A Hippy-Hoppy Toad by Peggy Archer; illustrated by Anne WilsdorfWhat it's about: A teeny-tiny toad is just hanging out in a puddle when the unexpected SNAP! of a twig starts a chain reaction that launches the toad on an odyssey through a world much bigger than him.
Why kids might like it: Children know that being small can be tough -- thankfully, in this rhyming, onomatopoeia-laced story, it's much easier to just let go and enjoy the wild ride.
My Fade Is Fresh by Shauntay Grant; illustrated by Kitt ThomasWelcome to: Chrissy's barbershop, where everyone has an opinion on one little girl's next hairstyle. Onlookers suggest waves, twists, spikes, and cornrows, but this kid knows what she wants: "THE FRESHEST FADE UP ON THE BLOCK!"
Why kids might like it: Playful rhymes and vibrant illustrations offer infectious energy, and the heroine's choices are affirmed and respected.
For fans of: Derrick Barnes' Crown.
A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy YoungThe dream: When Lucy orders a unicorn for delivery, she plans to name him Sparkle and festoon him with flowers.
The reality: The flea-ridden "unicorn" that arrives looks (and smells) like a goat and is more inclined to eat the flower garlands.
Series alert: This quirky tale of an apparent mismatch that may be just right kicks off a series, which continues in A New Friend for Sparkle.
The Night is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah; illustrated by Keturah A. BoboWhat it's about: an adoring father watching his daughter and her friends play in the neighborhood courtyard on a summer evening.
Why kids might like it: Poetic language and dusky, moonlit hues evoke an atmosphere of wonder among the excited kids, as well as the parent who knows his child can "show everyone else how to embrace the night like you."
About the illustrator: You might recognize Keturah A. Bobo's luminous painting style from Grace Byers' bestselling I Am Enough.
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