Holiday Gift Guide: Picture Books

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: KIDS

PICTURE BOOKS

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Flower Girl By Amy Bloom, Jameela Wahlgren (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Bloom, Jameela Wahlgren (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781324030355
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Published: Norton Young Readers - May 2nd, 2023

One of our Drag Story Hour favorites, Flower Girl reminds us that it is important to express our needs even when it scares us. With soft, warm illustrations by Jameela Wahlgren bringing the family love that Amy Bloom writes so expertly to life, Flower Girl gets us. Nicki wants to celebrate her aunt's wedding and champion her love, but is struggling to explain why she cannot be her Flower Girl. It is up to the attentive adults in her life to listen as Amy learns to express their needs and find the best way to celebrate at the wedding! Flower Girl champions kiddos voices and is a sweet, short read you'll not regret being on repeat at bedtime! — Hannah


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How This Book Got Red By Margaret Chiu Greanias, Melissa Iwai (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781728265650
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - October 3rd, 2023

If, like me, you are still pining for our recently abroad Panda friends, you can sooth with this action filled book! Red Pandas are here too and they are ready to be known! Red decides to tell her own story and takes the reader on her hilarious journey to move from the typical story of only Black and White pandas to one filled with color. A beautiful message about finding yourself in stories told with great fun. — Hannah


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Vlad, the Fabulous Vampire (The World of Gustavo) By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536233322
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Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2023

Vlad is a fabulous and fashionable vampire with a terrible secret. Vlad has rosy pink cheeks which make him look horribly alive! *Gasp!* This delightful picture books is all self-acceptance and self-love — You don’t have to change or hide to feel good about yourself. Flavia Z. Drago’s Mexican heritage comes through beautifully in these unique and fun illustrations with lots of fabulous pink! — Christine


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This Book Is Banned By Raj Haldar, Julia Patton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Raj Haldar, Julia Patton (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781728276564
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Published: Sourcebooks Explore - September 26th, 2023

2023 has the most banned books by conservative groups ever recorded, but just like we will not let them stop us from reading and sharing diverse stories, this fun and chaotic book will not let a ban go unnoticed. To explain why a book is being banned or why someone would want to shut down a story being told is a heavy concept, but author Raj Haldar and illustrator Julia Patton do not back down from the challenge and bring the silliness to the fore. This book shows us that giving into the fear of the unknown deprives us from the fullness of the world around us and that discovering the stories we share or are entirely different than ours is exactly where the fun lies. — Hannah


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Molly's Tuxedo By Vicki Johnson, Gillian Reid (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Vicki Johnson, Gillian Reid (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781499813142
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Published: little bee books - June 27th, 2023

Molly is going to wear her awesome tux to picture day at school, but some foks don't think that's okay. Told with kind and witty words, author Vicki Johnston gives Molly her voice and shows how a private whisper to yourself leads to living out loud. With the adorable illustrations of Gillian Reid, kids will cheer for Molly as they begin to fully express themselves! — Hannah


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Real to Me By Minh Lê, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593377499
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2023

Real to Me is one of the most beautiful picture books ever! The artwork by Raissa Figueroa is breathtaking and vibrant. I found myself wanting to jump into the pages and live in this beautifully created world! Minh Lê perfectly captures the joy and magic of friendship, the complicated feelings when that friendship is lost, and the delight and wonder in discovering new friendships while still honoring the love you shared with your first friend. Lê and Figueroa are a dream team and I really hope to see more books by them. Real to Me is a book that will stay in my heart forever — it is a modern classic! — Christine


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There Was a Party for Langston: (Caldecott Honor & Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor) By Jason Reynolds, Jerome Pumphrey (Illustrator), Jarrett Pumphrey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Jerome Pumphrey (Illustrator), Jarrett Pumphrey (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534439443
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 3rd, 2023

This fun, musical celebration of the great Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance community will have your kiddo giggling and finding so many details in the awesome illustrations by the Pumphrey Brothers and have you wondering if there is any genre Jason Reynolds, author of more than 20 award winning children's, teen, graphic, and poetry books, cannot rock. Told simply and with respect for both kids and subject, this book inspires me to create and inspires young readers to dance and celebrate our history. — Hannah


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Plátanos Are Love By Alyssa Reynoso-Morris, Mariyah Rahman (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665902731
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 11th, 2023

Alyssa Reynoso-Morris' vibrant picture book is a love letter to that most versatile of fruits, the plantain, and the Latine families who cook them regularly. The story follows young Afro-Latinx Esme and her experiences with her storytelling abuela, who explains the signfiicance of their family's favorite recipes. Although the main dish Esme and her abuelita make, mangú, is Dominican, this story will resonate with not just all Latine families who use plátanos in recipes, but also any child who has spent time in a kitchen with a beloved grandmother. A beautiful and educational story. — Sandie


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Weather Together (Not Quite Narwhal and Friends) By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665916981
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2023

 

Jessie Sima continues their beloved series featuring Kelp (Not Quite Narwhal) and Nimbus (Perfectly Pegasus) and explores friendship, mental health, processing big feelings, and social emotional learning in a way that is kid friendly and age appropriate. This is a beautiful, charming story from one of my absolute favorites! — Christine


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Bigger Than Me By Erica Simone Turnipseed, Kara Bodegón-Hikino (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665900324
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 12th, 2023

How often do the "big" topics seem too big to handle for us as adults, let alone for the kiddos in our lives? Told with calm and humor, Erica Simone Turnipseed turns scary unknowns into known words, broken down for all ages to understand. Showing how to be bold with the help of your community, the bright illustrations by Kara Bodegón-Hikino interweave the words with actions as Turnipseed gives calls to action. Kids are quite aware of the world around them, and with this awesome book they have more tools, made for them, to deal with it. — Hannah


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The Light She Feels Inside By Gwendolyn Wallace, Olivia Duchess (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gwendolyn Wallace, Olivia Duchess (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781728239798
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - October 3rd, 2023

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a little Black girl with BIG and difficult feelings. Some of these feelings are delightful, while others can be somber and heavy. Children of all ages experience an array of emotion. I think this book gracefully teaches children as well as their parents where to place some of these emotions. Learning about the ways of the world, prejudices, etc. can be and are overwhelming to anyone. Though Maya is a happy child, she can’t help but be affected by the changes and injustices she witnesses. With a helpful and attentive teacher, Maya learns how to use her big feelings for change. — Brandi