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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I Really Want the Cake  Cover Image
By Simon Philip, Lucia Gaggiotti (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338589412
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
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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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 to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
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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The Barnabus Project Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735263260
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
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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There Must Be More Than That! Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452183220
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
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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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 to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
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
$17.95
ISBN: 9781623719517
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Crocodile Books - September 25th, 2020

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