Picture Books

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Bright, happy, fun picture books for kids ages 8 and younger! (And their parents, too.)

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Kids experience anxiety and can feel overwhelmed just like adults do, and this picture book serves as both a story and a step-by-step guide to help calm kids down. Ollie is the puppy living inside of our narrator's head, and when Ollie panics or is too energetic, the narrator feels that way, too! But she learns to handle the situation with her breath and her mindfulness, and by talking it out with an adult.
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Puppy in My Head

Kids experience anxiety and can feel overwhelmed just like adults do, and this picture book serves as both a story and a step-by-step guide to help calm kids down. Ollie is the puppy living inside of our narrator's head, and when Ollie panics or is too energetic, the narrator feels that way, too! But she learns to handle the situation with her breath and her mindfulness, and by talking it out with an adult.

A sun. A flower. And a lion. With three visual motifs, three colors, and fewer than 200 words, renowned Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times-bestseller Kevin Henkes cracks open the wide world and the youngest child’s endless imagination. This irresistible picture book is a must-have for every reader and every family.  📸 @opheliat.iam

Sun Flower Lion by Kevin Henkes

A sun. A flower. And a lion. With three visual motifs, three colors, and fewer than 200 words, renowned Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times-bestseller Kevin Henkes cracks open the wide world and the youngest child’s endless imagination. This irresistible picture book is a must-have for every reader and every family. 📸 @opheliat.iam

One day, Kamala and Maya had an idea. A big idea: They would turn their empty apartment courtyard into a playground! This is the uplifting tale of how the author’s aunt and mother first learned to persevere in the face of disappointment and turned a dream into reality. This is a story of children’s ability to make a difference and of a community coming together to transform their neighborhood. 📸 @mommylovesbooks

Kamala and Maya's Big Idea

One day, Kamala and Maya had an idea. A big idea: They would turn their empty apartment courtyard into a playground! This is the uplifting tale of how the author’s aunt and mother first learned to persevere in the face of disappointment and turned a dream into reality. This is a story of children’s ability to make a difference and of a community coming together to transform their neighborhood. 📸 @mommylovesbooks

"There are lots of ways to help the world go round: Some people collect the trash. Some stock grocery shelves. Some drive buses and trains. Some help people who are sick. Some deliver our mail. And some people write letters." 📸 @biracialbookworms

A true story of gratitude and essential workers

"There are lots of ways to help the world go round: Some people collect the trash. Some stock grocery shelves. Some drive buses and trains. Some help people who are sick. Some deliver our mail. And some people write letters." 📸 @biracialbookworms

Oona and her best friend Otto love to search for treasure…and often find trouble instead. Messy trouble. Tricky trouble. Even shark-related trouble. That’s never stopped them before, though! After all, no proper treasure hunt is without some adventure. But when the grandest treasure yet is stuck in a deep, dark rift, Oona’s not sure if she can dive right in. What might be waiting for her in those unknown waters?
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OONA! 🧜‍♀️

Oona and her best friend Otto love to search for treasure…and often find trouble instead. Messy trouble. Tricky trouble. Even shark-related trouble. That’s never stopped them before, though! After all, no proper treasure hunt is without some adventure. But when the grandest treasure yet is stuck in a deep, dark rift, Oona’s not sure if she can dive right in. What might be waiting for her in those unknown waters?

I have a new favorite bookish cat (in addition to my own, real life, fluff ball of course 😉) and it’s this precocious feline from new release “The Bookstore Cat”. The whole book features him in all his kitty glory along with each letter of the alphabet. It’s simple, bookish and utterly adorable. What’s not to love?  📸 @book.nerd.mommy
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The Bookstore Cat

An irresistible and engaging picture book perfect for story time, and for cat and bookstore lovers alike! The bookstore cat is an adorable . . . bossy . . . cuddly cat. He is everything from intelligent and loyal to naughty and vocal! But most of all, the bookstore cat is a well-loved (and well-read) kitty. Follow his funny antics from A to Z through a day in his bustling, book-filled shop. The Bookstore Cat is based on a Victorian parlor game, The Minister’s Cat, in which players try…

Introducing your new favorite children’s book stars: The McClure Twins! This adorable and fun story about embracing differences is perfect for fans of Juno Valentine and Fancy Nancy. Ava and Alexis are twins. So when they find out they were born a whole minute apart and that they don’t agree on what to wear for their fashion show, the girls start to wonder… Can twins be “mismatched"?!

The McClure Twins: Make It Fashion

Introducing your new favorite children’s book stars: The McClure Twins! This adorable and fun story about embracing differences is perfect for fans of Juno Valentine and Fancy Nancy. Ava and Alexis are twins. So when they find out they were born a whole minute apart and that they don’t agree on what to wear for their fashion show, the girls start to wonder… Can twins be “mismatched"?!

I, just like the young girl in the book, have *eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea.*This is a story of love and respect for family, history, and culture. And this is a story of love and pride for yourself and for everything that makes up who you are on the inside and the outside. This is the type of Asian Representation we need in children’s literature~ stories of beauty, strength, self-discovery, and confidence.  📸 @maistorybooklibrary

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

I, just like the young girl in the book, have *eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea.*This is a story of love and respect for family, history, and culture. And this is a story of love and pride for yourself and for everything that makes up who you are on the inside and the outside. This is the type of Asian Representation we need in children’s literature~ stories of beauty, strength, self-discovery, and confidence. 📸 @maistorybooklibrary

Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.  📸 @bookish_raider

The Giving Tree

Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. 📸 @bookish_raider

From Newbery Honor–winning author Kathryn Lasky comes a nonfiction picture book about the stars! Lasky tells the inspiring true story of astronomer Williamina Fleming, who helped lay the foundations for modern astronomy and overcame impossible odds as an immigrant and a woman. For stargazers and trailblazers everywhere!

She Caught the Light

From Newbery Honor–winning author Kathryn Lasky comes a nonfiction picture book about the stars! Lasky tells the inspiring true story of astronomer Williamina Fleming, who helped lay the foundations for modern astronomy and overcame impossible odds as an immigrant and a woman. For stargazers and trailblazers everywhere!

The first picture book EVER about trailblazing mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the world’s most prestigious honor in mathematics. Perfect for fans of Hidden Figures and Mae Among the Stars.

Maryam's Magic: The Story of Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani

The first picture book EVER about trailblazing mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the world’s most prestigious honor in mathematics. Perfect for fans of Hidden Figures and Mae Among the Stars.

A beautiful, empowering picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of the author’s aunt, Kamala Harris, and mother, lawyer and policy expert Maya Harris.  📸 @rheamendezona

A new picture book about VP Kamala Harris!

A beautiful, empowering picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of the author’s aunt, Kamala Harris, and mother, lawyer and policy expert Maya Harris. 📸 @rheamendezona

I want my son to know that Sometimes People March when injustices happen, and it’s critical that we make our voices heard. I also want him to know about Rita Moreno, because as a theatre major and dance teacher she paved the way for me and so many before me. Activism and representation are critical and I’m excited to be able to share these stories with my son.  📸 @literaryintersections

New Non-Fiction Picture Books for Kids

With a spare, inspiring text and gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this is a timeless and important book for activists of all ages. This hardcover picture book is perfect for sharing and for gifting. Sometimes people march to resist injustice, to stand in solidarity, to inspire hope. Throughout American history, one thing remains true: no matter how or why people march, they are powerful because they march together.

This book is absolutely precious! I love Kevin Henkes books and this was is another classic! My 2.5 yo loved reading along and the simplistic pictures and colors kept my 9 month olds attention! Perfect for early readers and those kiddos who want to read “chapter” books!  📸 @teachingjoys
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NEW from Kevin Henkes

A sun. A flower. And a lion. With three visual motifs, three colors, and fewer than 200 words, renowned Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times-bestseller Kevin Henkes cracks open the wide world and the youngest child’s endless imagination. This irresistible picture book is a must-have for every reader and every family. On a warm morning, a little lion sleeps under a sun that shines so brightly, it looks like a flower. He dreams the flower is as big as the sun. He dreams the flower is a…

Sharko and Hippo is so much fun to read, and that’s a good thing because my nephew made me read it to him 7 times in a row the first time around. He loves this book. And I love books that have exclamatory questions and absurdity to play with. Makes my “performance” of the book so much fun. 😜  📸 @theliteraryllama
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NEW from Elliot Kalan!

Sharko and Hippo is so much fun to read, and that’s a good thing because my nephew made me read it to him 7 times in a row the first time around. He loves this book. And I love books that have exclamatory questions and absurdity to play with. Makes my “performance” of the book so much fun. 😜 📸 @theliteraryllama

Two-time Caldecott Honor artist and Coretta Scott King Medalist Brian Pinkney’s Time for Kenny is simple, direct, and pitch-perfect for emerging readers. This vibrant, family-oriented picture book is full of boundless energy, action, and unlimited love. A timeless choice for fans of Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Christian Robinson, and Oge Mora.
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Time for Kenny

Two-time Caldecott Honor artist and Coretta Scott King Medalist Brian Pinkney’s Time for Kenny is simple, direct, and pitch-perfect for emerging readers. This vibrant, family-oriented picture book is full of boundless energy, action, and unlimited love. A timeless choice for fans of Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Christian Robinson, and Oge Mora.