Holiday Picks 2019: Children's Picture Books

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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419737046
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 5th, 2019

Andrea Beaty has been a master of quirky rhymes and silly situations since Iggy Peck, Architect, and along the way tapped into the power of her characters like Rosie Revere and Ada Twist to engage and inspire.  Sofia Valdez is the newest hero for our time: her quest to create a public park from a local eyesore is a vision of how kids can change their world through civic engagement. But not to worry -- the serious inspiration is conveyed via some serious fun! A great gift for Questioneers or other kids on a mission, and their parents too. (Jessica) Ages 5 to 7. SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

Bodega Cat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781576879320
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Pow! Kids Books - September 24th, 2019

Bodega cats are one of the pure joys this city affords its citizens. A series of contradictions: neither liquid nor solid, elusive yet flagrantly lethargic, employee and customer both. Author and illustrator Louie Chin gives voice to one such cat named Chip who believes he runs the bodega. Through Chip, Chin teaches children about the day-to-day operations of the store as well as other benefits: affordable staples, accessibility, diversity, and a number of great places to nap. (Matt) Ages 3 to 5.

Alphabet Street Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536208276
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Nosy Crow - October 8th, 2019

This book will bring delight to anyone who has ever loved Richard Scarry's overstuffed cityscapes, and the gentle human (animal) interactions and practical literacy skills they offer. Jonathan Emmet's beautifully interactive Alphabet City takes Scarry’s game up a notch: there are flaps to lift and windows to open, clever jokes and hidden patterns to be discovered on every page, and the whole book can stretch out into a city street!  This is a book that can sustain endless re-readings: the perfect gift for alphabet learners and their grown-up reading companions. (Jessica) Ages 2 to 5.

The Hike: (Nature Book for Kids, Outdoors-Themed Picture Book for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452174617
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Chronicle Books - October 8th, 2019

For young adventurers who might rather be collecting bugs than listening to a story, The Hike is an eye-catching remedy for those wintry indoor blues. Peppered throughout with the names of species, constellations, and natural features, the story follows three girls who record what they see in their sketchbooks as they hike together. Excellent for aspiring naturalists and anyone who wants to slow down for a moment and take in the world. (Nora) Ages 3 to 5.

Pokko and the Drum Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481480390
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 1st, 2019

I've always been a fan of Forsythe's work ever since his brilliant character designs for the widely popular TV show Adventure Time, and his new title Pokko and the Drum was indeed like a colorful dream that brought me back into childhood. An embrace of the importance of finding both yourself and a community through your own creativity, this book is fantastic for kids and adult alike who are looking to discover that they too can, and should, make music and art. (Joey) Ages 4 to 8.

How Do You Dance? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419734182
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 6th, 2019

One of our favorite author/illustrators from Brooklyn, Thyra Heder, is back with her newest How Do You Dance! A beautifully illustrated story that celebrates diversity, the freedom of movement, and community. Heder's beautiful illustrations include all new dance moves and a story line that encourages you and young readers to get up dance! This one is a must for burning off those extra sugar cookies or simply kicking up your heels with friends and family this season. (Wynne) Ages 3 to 7.

The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593115015
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Philomel Books - September 17th, 2019

As simple as it is beautiful, this touching (slightly dark) tale about a greedy man who tries to own all of nature offers both children and adults an anti-acquisitive lesson. Minimalist lithographs and spare text pair perfectly, for a contemplative, all-ages experience. (Abe) Ages 4 to 8.

Wrinkles Cover Image
By JR (By (artist)), Julie Pugeat
ISBN: 9781838660161
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Phaidon Press - September 25th, 2019

I love to see work being done around intergenerational connection, and JR’s picture book creates a wonderful access point for pre-readers to appreciate and connect to older people through his black-and-white portraits. The photographs in the book are gorgeous reminder of the beauty found in weathering over time and that “wrinkles tell the story of someone’s life.” A wonderful gift for grandchildren, photographer parents, or anyone who wants to bridge the years with a new perspective on age. (Nora) Ages 2 to 5.

Wild Honey from the Moon Cover Image
By Kenneth Kraegel, Kenneth Kraegel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763681692
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Candlewick - November 5th, 2019

This special book has illustrations that make it feel like a classic, and a family of shrews that remind one of the stuffed animals children hold dearest. It highlights the fierce strength of a mother’s love, telling the story of a son who falls ill and his mother who travels beyond the end of the Earth to get the only thing that will cure him. It reminded me that our perception of events as parents (spinning out of control) and our children’s perception (being nurtured, comforted, and cared for) can co-exist, resulting in heartwarming stories like this one. (Rebecca) Ages 4 to 8.

The Balcony Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534405882
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 24th, 2019

This is a tale told primarily with pictures—a tale of a young girl leaving home behind. Propelled by her love of nature and gardening, she learns to build a new home. Breathtaking illustrations take us on a journey: a seed sprouts into a plant, and that plant bursts into a garden that provides joy for everyone in the neighborhood. This book is a beautiful way to teach children about new beginnings, new friends, and how hope and love can take even the darkest situations and bring them back to life. (Rose) Ages 4 to 8.

The Atlas of Amazing Birds: (fun, colorful watercolor paintings of birds from around the world with unusual facts, ages 5-10, perfect gift for young birders and naturalists) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616898571
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 1st, 2019

Forget the holidays, this book is a gift any time of year. Matt Sewell’s gorgeous illustrations and descriptions are a sure treat for birders and naturalists of any age. Sewell clearly loves these quirky, extraordinary creatures, and he transmits that enthusiasm to the reader. Suggested ages are 5 to 10, but this is also a great book for adults to read alongside their younger birder enthusiast-er-ers…Yep!...Bonus Level: Try taking it for a scavenger hunt at the Museum of Natural History. How many can you find in one visit? What birds or other animals would you include in your own atlas? (Niko) Ages 5 to 10.

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You Cover Image
By Sonia Sotomayor, Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525514121
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Philomel Books - September 3rd, 2019

Sotomayor does a splendid job building a lively diverse world where asking for help is an act of bravery. A must-read for kids growing up today that encourages caring for your community and being an active, inquisitive citizen by being your most authentic self. With illustrations by Rafael Lopez that are bright and cheerful, this book can be enjoyed by even younger readers seeing a beautiful array of children that look like them and their peers. (Jackie) Ages 4 to 8. SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE