Picture Book Recommendations

Picture books are often young readers' first introduction into the wonderful world of books. We want to help you find books that make kids' reading experiences delightful-- for the adults who read them and the kids who listen to them. 

Dessert Island Cover Image
By Ben Zhu, Ben Zhu (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250763303
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 25th, 2021

Spare text paired with rich illustrations are a wonderful opportunity to explore perspective.  Although I was sad that monkey's dessert island was no more, the fox and monkey both get a big HOORAY for taking care of each other! 


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The Worm Family Has Its Picture Taken Cover Image
By Jennifer Frank, David Ezra Stein (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593124789
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Anne Schwartz Books - May 11th, 2021

Such a weird and wonderful book about loving yourself (and your family) for who you are! The illustrations evoke Richard Scarry by way of Wes Anderson. 


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Milo Imagines the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399549083
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

A very touching, uplifting reminder to imagine beyond our first impressions and to hold kindness and hope for others in our hearts.  Milo's pictorial explorations peeking into possibilities will help us all perceive how much better the world can be when we think about empathy, inclusiveness, and more love for everyone.
I cried in a good way. --Tegan


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I Really Want the Cake  Cover Image
By Simon Philip, Lucia Gaggiotti (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338589412
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Orchard Books - May 5th, 2020

I don't know if I've ever related more to a main character... The cake-lover/ attempted cake-ignorer/ cake-eater/ cake-baker is earnest and honest and oh-so-endearing even as I sympathized with her poor mom-- and her dog's reactions delighted me even more. The illustrations perfectly capture the temptations, agonies, and delights I feel around cake.  The rhymes are funny and really fun to read aloud. My one problem with this book? NOW I'M CRAVING CAKE!!!


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The Secret Fawn Cover Image
By Kallie George, Elly Mackay (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735265165
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Tundra Books - February 2nd, 2021

Absolutely gorgeous! Soft and light-filled illustrations complement the sweet story. As the second child, I also appreciate the first-person narration that explains the frustrations--and good things!-- of being little.


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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

Charming, celebratory, and absolutely beautiful! Hits home in a wonderful way.


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No Fuzzball! Cover Image
By Isabella Kung, Isabella Kung (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338565423
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Orchard Books - August 4th, 2020

Pretty hilarious! I've definitely known cats like Fuzzball/ NoFuzzball! (She thinks her name is actually "NoFuzzball!" because her family is constantly having to yell at her for her naughty acts.) Her "regal" behavior and sassy monologue made me laugh out loud-- plus she's adorable. Thank goodness she's cute... ;) And you might be glad that you can't leave your cat at home alone while we wait for the world to get healtier. 


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The Pirates Are Coming! Cover Image
By John Condon, Matt Hunt (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536212167
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Nosy Crow - July 7th, 2020

In this book, a boy repeatedly raises false alarms that the pirates are coming (like "The Boy Who Cries Wolf"), but watch for the very fun twist at the end. I got a real kick out of the hiding spots the villagers choose when the boy cries pirates, and I think young readers will enjoy the refrain, speculating about pirates, playing peek-a-boo to "hide" whenever the boy shouts, and spending time alone after the read-throughs, just looking at all the silly illustrations. 


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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781572842243
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017

Treat yourself to an immersion in the community feeling and sense of self-worth that shine throughout this gorgeous book. It's difficult to choose, but I think my favorite pages might be the second-to-last about tipping the barber. Come check it out in person. You'll be glad you did!


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Natsumi! Cover Image
By Susan Lendroth, Priscilla Burris (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399170904
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2018

So fun! Natsumi is an exuberant girl whose family doesn't always appreciate her energies. She tries a variety of traditional Japanese arts until her grandfather introduces her to something that is a perfect fit. 


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All Are Welcome Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525579649
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

This is a beautiful and brave book. The inclusive colorful, joyous illustrations help get across its  very important message, which was inspired by a statement made by Seattle public school teachers in response to the Muslim ban, and the illustrations are inspired by a local school. All Are Welcome makes me very proud to be a Seattleite!


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The Lost Words Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781487005382
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Anansi International - October 2nd, 2018

Wow! This is for all ages. It reclaims words left out of a recent edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary and leaves me absolutely agog. It feels like a well-curated museum exhibit, a coffee table book, and an exploration of nature all in one. It was the winner of the Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. 


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Maria the Matador Cover Image
By Anne Lambelet, Anne Lambelet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781624146565
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Page Street Kids - February 5th, 2019

I love this almost as much as I love churros! It's the story of a girl who loves churros so much, she's willing to risk everything for a lifetime supply. She is creative and caring and peaceful, so her matador style might suprise you... Sweet and charming!


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There Must Be More Than That! Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452183220
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Chronicle Books - October 6th, 2020

If you're feeling bummed out about the state of the world, take a page out of this girl's book! She's got some great ideas about the future--she's just the sort of thinker we need right now! (Particularly if you're thinking about how you'd like your eggs for dinner.)


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The Barnabus Project Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735263260
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Tundra Books - September 1st, 2020

This is an adventure tale of daring escape! Barnabus, half mouse, half elephant, leads his "imperfect" friends to freedom. This sweet story's message is about loving yourself, friendship, and the power of imagination. --Erin


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Maud and Grand-Maud Cover Image
By Sara O'Leary, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399554582
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

This charming book is as cozy as Maud and Grand-Maud's matching flannel nightgowns. If we can't have our own visits with Grand-Maud, we can make do enjoying Maud's.


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Folk Tales from Japan: Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales for Children Cover Image
By Florence Sakade, Yoshio Hayashi (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9784805314722
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Tuttle Publishing - August 4th, 2020

An absolute favorite! I grew up on these stories--how great to have them all in one book! Memorable, silly, and packed with charming illustrations. Get it! Love it! Tell me which story you enjoyed most (and why it's "The Rolling Mochi Cakes")!


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Margaret's Unicorn Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984896537
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 15th, 2020

A delightful story about chance encounters, friendship, and appreciating the time we (us and unicorns, obviously) have together. Features rolling hills, blustery weather, and unicorns that are sweet (but not overly so). 


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The Lost Spells Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781487007799
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Anansi International - October 27th, 2020

It feels a bit trite to call “The Lost Spells” magical, but I was—and am still—genuinely spellbound by this book. Enchantment of this sort is Macfarlane and Morris’s specialty (see, “The Lost Words”). Their nature poems and illustrations are so alive they breathe. They also flutter, caw, and root. Everyone—and this is a book for everyone, no matter your age or opinions on poetry—who reads these spells will find themselves doing the same. This is a good thing. If we learn the spells now, maybe they won’t be lost.


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Badger's Journey Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781623719517
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Crocodile Books - September 1st, 2020

This book has everything I love: Badgers, boats, and an old grump who sets out on a seafaring adventure! Chase that horizon, Badger!


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Counting Creatures Cover Image
By Julia Donaldson, Sharon King-Chai (Illustrator)
$20.99
ISBN: 9780593324530
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Dial Books - November 24th, 2020

What a gorgeous book! I loved "Animalphabet," and this goes perfectly on the shelf with it. Did you know that a baby arctic hare is called a leveret? This book taught me that!


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The Trouble with Penguins Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250208484
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 3rd, 2020

Absolutely adorable! The penguins are extremely expressive and relatable. Plus, marshmallows are integral to the plot!


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We Wait for the Sun Cover Image
By Katie McCabe, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250229021
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 9th, 2021

If you love "Blueberries for Sal," take a look at this! It has the same potential as a classic, with sensory details and family connection that are wonderfully evocative plus gorgeous illustrations to bring the magic of the scenes to life. 


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Sato the Rabbit Cover Image
By Yuki Ainoya (Created by), Michael Blaskowsky (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781592703180
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 23rd, 2021

Sometimes you become a rabbit. That's all right! It's a lovely way to see the world, as Sato can attest.


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My First Day Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593306260
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Make Me a World - February 16th, 2021

A young boy goes to school by boat! He's independent and eager to learn--and he's got things to teach us about his commute! Illustrations are bright, beautiful, and full of movement. 


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Where's Halmoni? Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632170774
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Little Bigfoot - October 3rd, 2017

Problem-solving siblings, fantastic facial expressions, and a snack-littered adventure--this story is a delight! See if YOU can find Halmoni first!


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I Dream of a Journey Cover Image
By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781525304781
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Kids Can Press - March 3rd, 2020

This one really hit me. A little melancholic, a little hopeful, very lovely.


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The Wanderer Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781646140176
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Levine Querido - October 6th, 2020

Just SO, SO cool!! If intricate linework is your thing, this is your book.


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Daisy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446506
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Neal Porter Books - March 2nd, 2021

Author and illustrator Jessixa Bagley's Daisy is teased at school, so retreats to her own special place where she collects treasures everyone else overlooks--and then a sweet friend comes along. I love Bagley's art and the message: there's someone for everyone.  --Erin


The Little Mermaid Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316440318
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2020

A gorgeous reimagining of a childhood classic that emphasizes the power of friendship. --Rachel


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In the Half Room Cover Image
By Carson Ellis, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536214567
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

Oh, I wish I'd written this book. I love the concept and illustrations, and there's a certain feel here reminiscent of the beloved classic Goodnight Moon. A treat for every reader! Be sure to check out Carson Ellis' other books, too-- they're all marvelous. --Erin


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Something's Wrong!: A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear Cover Image
By Jory John, Erin Kraan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374313883
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 23rd, 2021

Something's wrong. But this little bear just cannot figure out what, and goodness, is the suspense getting to him. Features copious anxious babble, best friends, and some wonderfully wide-eyed blank stares. This book had the whole staff giggling! 


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Be a Tree! Cover Image
By Maria Gianferrari, Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419744228
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 30th, 2021

Beautiful and informative! If "The Hidden Life of Trees" were a picture book.


Brave as a Mouse Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593181836
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Random House Studio - May 25th, 2021

With a touch of timelessness, this story tells a gutsy tale about a small mouse and his plan to free his fishy friend. Just adorable!