Loyalty Holiday Picks 2022: CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Beautiful picture books and heartwarming, adventure-filled chapter books and graphic novels for every kiddo in your life! 

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The Surprise By Zadie Smith, Nick Laird, Magenta Fox (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Zadie Smith, Nick Laird, Magenta Fox (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593525975
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 28th, 2022

What a delightfully charming picture book! The Surprise celebrates the power of being different, acceptance of oneself and of others, and the joys of family and togetherness. — Christine


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A Grand Day By Jean Reidy, Samantha Cotterill (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jean Reidy, Samantha Cotterill (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534499768
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - July 5th, 2022

One of my life's greatest joys is that my late mother knew and loved all my children, so it's not surprising that I cried reading this beautiful celebration of the special, sacred relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. The illustrator depicts the love between a diverse set of grandparent/kid combos in this story about all the sweet adventures grandparents and their grandkids can have in one day. A perfect pick for grands, parents, and the children they love. — Sandie


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Black Gold By Laura Obuobi, London Ladd (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura Obuobi, London Ladd (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063015760
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Published: HarperCollins - October 11th, 2022

The absolutely perfect gift for your little ones. A beautifully crafted story about how she, the universe, created beautiful melanated babies drawing from the sun, moon and the golden specks in between! Almost cried reading it. — Chardai


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Does a Bulldozer Have a Butt? By Derick Wilder, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Derick Wilder, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452182124
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 24th, 2022

This picture book tackles the age-old question: which things do and don’t have butts? In lighthearted rhyme, a father and child search for answers to that question as they walk through their city on the way to school. The illustrations reward rereading with plenty of extra jokes (and butts) to discover. This cheeky tale is sure to be a hit with inquisitive youngsters and anyone looking for a funny read-aloud! — Amy


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The Marvellers By Dhonielle Clayton, Khadijah Khatib (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250174949
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 3rd, 2022

This is the fantasy series I didn't even have the words to request as a child: a magical academy and realm filled with children from all backgrounds where their magic is rooted in their culture rather than in spite of it. This page-turning adventure has me begging for the sequel and the reader in your life that cannot get enough will soon be creating their own fanfiction featuring eleven year-old Ella and her comrades! — Hannah


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A Duet for Home By Karina Yan Glaser Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544876408
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Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2022

Like my colleague Amy, I love middle-grade books that make you cry, so get ready to feel all the feels in Karina Yan Glaser's powerful and heartwarming tale about two tweens who befriend each other at a residential family shelter. June, a viola prodigy, has newly moved into the South Bronx shelter, where longtime resident Tyrell shows her the ropes. Their friendship leads to music lessons, activism, and joy. — Sandie


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Freddie vs. the Family Curse By Tracy Badua Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358612896
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Published: Clarion Books - May 3rd, 2022

Freddie vs. the Family Curse is one of my favorite middle grade books I've ever read! It's hilarious and heartwarming, engaging, and so much fun! I especially loved all the aspects of Filipino folklore and culture! If I am in the store, be prepared for me to shove this into your hands because I will be recommending it to everyone! — Christine


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Freestyle: A Graphic Novel By Gale Galligan Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338045802
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Published: Graphix - October 18th, 2022

This graphic novel from Gale Galligan, the fantastic mind behind many a Babysitter’s Club adaptation, is finally their own story of a dance, a skill challenge, and the trials of parents just not understanding. As Cory and his friends get ready for the transition between middle school and high school things feel very intense, but preserving the friend group and being open to new adventures is a skill he and the reader learn well. — Hannah


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Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice By Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, Dawud Anyabwile Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781324003908
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Published: Norton Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

Decades before Colin Kaepernick took a knee, two Black Olympians raised their gloved fists. There are few more iconic medal-ceremony moments than Tommie Smith and John Carlos's unforgettable protest at Mexico City's 1968 summer games. But this book is not just about that moment but Smith's entire childhood facing the racism of the Deep South and later Central California. The beautifully illustrated graphic novel is a powerful chronicle of the importance of activism for Black athletes. — Sandie