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A Girl Like Me

Angela Johnson (author) Nina Crews (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541578913

Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews's distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of color.

Homes Like Mine

Marie-Therese Miller (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728400150

There are many different kinds of homes to suit many different kinds of families. Discover types of homes like apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, and more, and learn how they are the perfect fit for the people who live in them.

A First Look at Fairies

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599734

Emergent readers will delight in learning the different stories people have told about fairies throughout history! Carefully leveled text and a close text-to-photo match supports readers as they learn.

A First Look at Unicorns

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599772

Where do stories about unicorns come from? Emergent readers will love learning about how we imagine unicorns through carefully leveled text and engaging images.

A First Look at Dragons

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599727

Stories about dragons come from around the world. With carefully leveled text and close text-to-image match, this title provides emergent readers with a fun and accessible look at dragons.

The Most Beautiful Thing

Kao Kalia Yang (author) Khoa Le (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599376

A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look. Drawn from the author's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. The book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States. When Kalia becomes unhappy about having to do without and decides she wants braces to improve her smile, it is her grandmother—a woman who has just one tooth in her mouth—who helps her see that true beauty is found with those we love most.

School Days

Shelley Rotner, Sheila M. Kelly (authors)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728401485

Get ready for the first day of school—and beyond—in this reassuring photo book. From bus rides to reading and math to recess and field trips, simple text and bright photos offer young readers a look at what happens throughout the school year. See a diverse range of kids taking part in morning meeting, visiting the library, going to lunch, playing on the playground, and much more. Perfect for preschoolers preparing to start school as well as early elementary students getting ready to begin a new year!

If We Were Gone

John Coy (author) Natalie Capannelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541578920

Water, air, sunlight, plants . . . we need these elements to live in this world. But does the world need us? And what would happen to the world if humans were gone? Back matter gives further context and discusses what kids (and all of us) can do to truly help our planet.

Welcome to the World

Helen Foster James (author) Petra Brown (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167445

A baby's first year is filled with newness and wonder, from the sight of the sun filtering through leaves to the splash of water at bathtime to sweet snuggles with mom. This book celebrates all of baby's charming firsts and reminds us all of the miracles this life holds when seen through their very new eyes.

Fooba Wooba John

Harriet Ziefert (author)Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621786

A flea kicking a tree, a rat wearing a hat (sitting on a baseball bat) and a moose drinking juice in a big red caboose: what strange and wonderful things are happening here? Maybe it’s all a little boy’s dream…

The Not-So-Right Day

Wiley Blevins (author) Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634404181

Milo likes to do things in the right order. His little brother Iggy has his own way of doing things. Young readers will see themselves in Milo or Iggy. And at the end of the day, either way is just fine.

I'm a Lot of Sometimes: A story of Identity

Jack Guinan (author) Lars Rudebjer (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634401777

Growing up can be oh-so confusing! Shhh, don't be so loud. Speak up! You've got to be the BIG brother now. You're much too little to go on the big rides. No matter where you are at any moment in your life, it's best to just be YOU.

Lulu & Rocky in Indianapolis

Barbara Joosse (author) Renée Graef (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167322

Lulu and her cousin Rocky are visiting Indianapolis! There are so many fun things to see and do, like visiting the Dinosphere at the Children's Museum, exploring the curiosities of Central Canal, and of course, going to see the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Written by Barbara Joosse and illustrated by Renée Graef, this fourth book in the Our City Adventures series explores the city of Indianapolis, visiting well-known sights like the Eiteljorg Museum and Monument Circle, as well as unexpected gems.

Raccoon's Perfect Snowman

Katia Wish (author) Katia Wish (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167308

Raccoon loves making snowmen. He practices all winter with his rolling, his stacking, and his decorating. He doesn't overlook any detail and his snowmen are perfect. When his friends come by, Raccoon is certain that they will also want to build snowmen. And they will need his help. But following Raccoon's directions aren't that easy. Poor Rabbit can't find the right snow (someone has used it all); Fox doesn't have the right tools (someone isn't sharing them); and Mouse can't decorate her snowman (someone has taken the best items). And that someone is Raccoon. When his friends have decided they have had enough, Raccoon realizes too late the error of his ways. But is it too late? Will his friends give Raccoon one more chance to work together to build a totally different kind of perfect snowman? This ideal-for-every-time-of-the-year story celebrates the bonds of friendship and the power of forgiveness.

On Our Nature Walk

Jillian Roberts (author) Jane Heinrichs (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821019

This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the important topic of the environment. Crafted around a conversation between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book using age-appropriate language and tone will help children shape their understanding of the natural world and how they participate in protecting it. Dr. Roberts starts the discussion with the types of pollution and trash that children might notice on a nature walk or a trip to the beach, how they are caused and how to work to improve things in their own lives and communities. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of  the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter. This is the newest title in The World Around Us series, following books that address poverty, tragedy, prejudice, online awareness and body safety and body image.

A Girl Like You

Frank Murphy, Carla Murphy (authors) Kayla Harren (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167421

Every girl is a wonder! A Girl Like You encourages girls to embrace what makes them unique, to choose kindness, and to be their own advocates. In an age when girls can be whatever they want, this books reminds them of all the ways to be beautiful, brilliant, and uniquely themselves.

All Aboard!

Emily Humphrey (author) Patrick Corrigan (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641321730

Delightful illustrations and descriptive language bring this story of a first train ride to life.

The Magic Boat

Kit Pearson (author) Katherine Farris (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459814332

Every summer morning, Ellie and her Nonna go to the beach. They swim and build sandcastles, and while Nonna reads, Ellie watches the other children play. One day Ellie builds up the courage to approach an older girl playing on her own in a beached rowboat. Piper has a gift, an imagination so great that she whisks Ellie off on grand adventures, going high in the air, deep below the ocean and everywhere in between in their little blue boat, their magic boat. When Piper has to leave, Ellie discovers she has her own vivid imagination.

Amabilidad en el parque

Miranda Kelly (author)

Publisher: Blue Door Education ISBN: 9781949354843

In Spanish - taking turns, sharing, and caring are all important traits of being kind.

¡Formate, por favor!

David Armentrout (author)

Publisher: Blue Door Education ISBN: 9781949354546

In Spanish - sometimes friends forget to do the right thing. Read how Chester Fox reminds Olive Cat and Sara duck how they should take turns.

Peacock Gets a Job

Feana Tu'Akoi (author) Rieko Woodford-Robinson (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641324410

Peacock wants his very own job on the farm. Will he find the perfect job?

Zamboni's Goal

Vicki Scott Burns (author) Linda Pierce (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641325073

Zamboni's curiosity gets the best of him and he finds himself in the middle of a hockey game!

Scaredy Cat

Kathleen Urmston (author) Gloria Gedeon (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641324595

The cat tries many different hiding places to avoid a scary encounter. Repetitive text will help readers build fluency and vocabulary.

Little Rabbit is Sad

Deborah Williams (author) Gloria Gedeon (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641324076

Little Rabbit doesn't think he's special. Can anyone change his mind?

Let's Play Basketball

Diana Geddes (author) Kate Salley Palmer (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641324038

Two friends demonstrate teamwork and sportsmanship on the court.