Children - Picture Books

Darling Baby by Maira Kalman - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780316330626
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021

Written by renowned author and illustrator Maira Kalman, this small, beautiful book is based on the journal she kept during the first months she spent with her new granddaughter. The illustrations record the people and things they encountered while venturing to the seaside. Kalman makes the “ordinary” seem magical just by observing, and naming what she sees. It is a meditation on the wonders of being mindful of the things that often go unnoticed. The watercolor illustrations and handwritten text are in the unique style that has made Kalman a favorite for her New Yorker covers, as well as her many books. ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


Wishes by Muon Thi Van - Book Review

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By Muon Thi Van, Victo Ngai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338305890
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Published: Orchard Books - May 4th, 2021

This stunning picture book is such a perfect example of what this art form can do - a beautiful marriage of text and images, each one becoming part of a greater whole. This story of a refugee family's journey made me cry, and made my heart grow. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


The Duck Who Didn't Like Water by Steve Small - Book Review

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By Steve Small, Steve Small (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534489172
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - March 30th, 2021

Duck HATES water. But when a big storm tears a hole in his roof, he meets Frog, who LOVES water. An adorable tale of compromising for the sake of friendship, simply told and beautifully illustrated. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Our Subway Baby by Peter Mercurio - Book Review

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By Peter Mercurio, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525427544
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Published: Dial Books - September 15th, 2020

Our Subway Baby is an adorable story of how Peter Mercurio and his partner literally found and adopted a baby. Mercurio shows how every family can look different, but no matter how fast/slow or quick/hard it might be to become one, a family can make it where there is loved. Based on a true story. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Boy in the Orange Cape by Adam Ciccio - Book Review

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By Adam Ciccio, Emmanuel Volant (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781605375991
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Published: Clavis - March 16th, 2021

Ciccio created a cute story about being yourself because that "something" about you shows someone how you love them. Our boy, Corey, is bullied and teased by his classmates, but when they learn the why of the cape wearing (despite the biggest bully, Billy, always taking it) you see how brave Corey really is. A classic feeling with modern sentiments, this adorably illustrated book is a must have for your shelves. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg - Book Review

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$6.99
ISBN: 9780140506396
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Published: Puffin Books - October 7th, 1986

Told in rhyme with hidden "I Spy" details hidden on every whimsically illustrated page, this book connects favorite fairy-tale characters into one narrative and is sure to engage any child. You may even find them finishing each rhyming sentence! ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


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