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Doll's Nose

Miranda Haxhia (author), Ursula Kohrer (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854498

Mary wants to play with her friends Clara and Ana, but they're playing with their dolls, and Mary doesn't have a doll. Her mother suggests that she make one using wool and cotton and other things that they have around the house. So Mary makes a beautiful doll, but then she realizes: Her doll has to breathe, and how will it sneeze? What can she use for her lovely doll's nose?

You Are a Really Good Friend of Mine

Laura Liliom (author), Lilit Vagharshyan (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854535

Her good friend has moved far away to another country. What to do now? How can they stay friends without seeing each other? They learn that there is friendship in thinking about each other, in writing to each other, in remembering each others' favorite things, but most of all: it is in the heart.

The Littlest One

Halya Kruk (author), Manana Morchiladze (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854542

It's very difficult to be the youngest, littlest one in the family. Yurchyk's sister and brother are too old to play with him now; they prefer to do other things. And his parents are too busy. His companion is just a puppy, a little dog named Klapovukh. Yurchyk's father says that being big isn't just about growing taller but about doing big things! It takes courage to do big things: Is little Yurchyk brave enough?

Rags: Hero Dog of WWI A True Story

Margot Theis Raven (author), Petra Brown (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627537711

During World War I, while stationed overseas in France with the United States Army, Private James Donovan literally stumbles upon a small dog cowering on the streets of Paris. Named Rags for his disheveled appearance, the little stray quickly finds a home with Donovan and a place in his heart. Although the Army did not have an official canine division, Rags accompanies Donovan to the battlefield, making himself a useful companion delivering messages and providing a much-appreciated morale boost to the soldiers. News about Rags spreads and soon the little dog's battlefield exploits become the stuff of legend. But during a fierce battle near the end of the war, both Rags and Donovan are wounded. Severely injured, Donovan is sent back to the United States. And the little dog with the big heart refuses to leave his best friend's side.

Don't Call Me Fuzzybutt!

Robin Newman (author) Susan Batori (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534179004

Bear is tired. The weather is getting cool and he's ready for a nice long nap--he's got earmuffs and a brand-new door to keep out the noise, plus a pair of fluffy slippers. Meanwhile, real estate mogul Woodpecker finds his recent homes…missing. And he follows the trail of debris right to Bear's new front door. When he "tap tap taps" to talk to Bear about it, the two engage in a feisty exchange of name-calling and gossip with the rest of their forest neighbors. Can they patch it up--literally--before Bear loses too much sleep?

Simon Steps Into the Ring

Marylène Monette (author) Marion Arbona (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821828

Simon tries to be kind. But sometimes he loses his temper and acts without thinking, which almost always gets him into trouble. As Simon begins to understand his outbursts, he imagines himself in a boxing ring with his emotions. Can he come out on top and learn how to acknowledge his feelings?

On My Mountain

François Aubineau (author) Jérôme Peyrat (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459822337

Both the shepherd and the wolf live on the mountain. They love their home and want to feel safe there. This book tells the same story, in identical words, from both the wolf’s perspective and that of the shepherd. Read the wolf’s story then flip it over and read the shepherd’s story and see the landscape that each of them sees. A good reminder of how humans should behave in the wild and on this earth that we share.

Little Cloud

Johanna Wagstaffe (author) Julie McLaughlin (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821859

Follow our little cloud on an adventure through the sky and learn the science behind how it transforms from a simple cumulus cloud to a full-blown hurricane. Beautifully detailed illustrations from award-winning artist Julie McLaughlin integrate science with storytelling. Children will enjoy finding new gems of information even after several reads, thanks to a whimsical and rich layout. And meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe weaves a comprehensive narrative about a powerful weather system that’s so compelling readers won’t even realize they are on their way to becoming budding meteorologists.

Grandmother School

Rina Singh (author) Ellen Rooney (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459819061

Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her. Women in countless countries continue to endure the limitations of illiteracy. Unjust laws have suppressed the rights of girls and women and kept many from getting an education and equal standing in society. Based on a true story from the village of Phangane, India, this brilliantly illustrated book tells the story of the grandmothers who got to go to school for the first time in their lives.

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.

Dads

John Coy (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541582262

Celebrate all that fathers do: building, fixing, cooking, cleaning, laughing, crying, hugging, playing and more! This book shows a wide range of fathers and children, particularly highlighting families of color and lower-income families, who often aren't depicted in children's books.

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.

No! Yes!

Harriet Ziefert (author)Barry Gott (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621496

A little boy wants no shower, no eggs at breakfast, no scarf or hat or gloves to wear. But he gives a big, firm “YES” to taking his backpack, having his homework done, and listening in class. And in the end, no and yes come together with a nice surprise.

Shoes Need Feet, Feet Need Shoes

Harriet Ziefert (author)Larry Stevens (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621540

A bright and wildly colorful book with lots of clowns slipping, sliding, riding, and playing around. Delightful drawings bring the simple question-and-answer text to life, and every page offers plenty of amusement.

My String Broke

Harriet Ziefert (author)Amanda Haley (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801095

Do re mi—what can that be? It’s the sound of children preparing for music class. Make pretty music fill the air. Bravo! 

Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume

Kwame Alexander (author) Tim Bowers (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534178861

On the eve of singing at a community festival, a bout of stage fright threatens a little girl's confidence. As Indigo Blume drifts off to sleep, she isn't sure she's brave enough to take the stage. But once she falls asleep, Indigo finds herself in a dream world with the characters of her favorite book, Acoustic Rooster and his Barnyard Band. The band's members, including Miss Dairy Parton and Chickee Minaj, are rehearsing, and they invite Indigo to join the group. But when a storm destroys their barn, the animals are left with almost nothing. Can Indigo rally the band to work together and save their home? And will she find her voice in time for the festival?

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…

Stop and Go!

Harriet Ziefert (author)Steve Mack (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621588

In this book, kids encounter the words “stop” and “go” in many settings. A teacher says, “Go!” to children ready to race. A mother says, “Stop!” to her son as he jumps on his bed.

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.