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. 

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A Guinea Pig Nutcracker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635574500
Availability: Available
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 8th, 2019

I look forward to these books every year. For 2019, the real guinea pigs don spectacular ballet custumes. I bet you can think of someone who wants to see a Sugar Plum Fairy guinea pig! Slip tickets to the PNB production inside to make someone's holiday.

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Maria the Matador Cover Image
By Anne Lambelet, Anne Lambelet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781624146565
Availability: Available
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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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781572842243
Availability: Available
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)
ISBN: 9780399170904
Availability: Available
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
ISBN: 9780525579649
Availability: Available
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)
ISBN: 9781487005382
Availability: Available
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.