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Picture Books 2020

Great picture books for kids and families to read. 

Cover of Bowwow Powwow
Brenda Child and Jonathan Thunder
Translated by Gordon Jourdain
Minnesota Historical Society Press
2018

Windy Girl loves Uncle’s stories, especially his stories from when he was little.  She also loves her dog, Itchy Boy.  One summer, Uncle, Windy Girl, and Itchy Boy attend a powwow.  That night Windy has a wonderful dream. In English and Ojibwe.

Cover of Which One Doesn’t Belong
Christopher
Danielson
Charlesbridge
2019

Four shapes are shown on each page with the question, “Which one doesn’t belong?”  The text explains that all answers are correct, you just need to be able to reason why.  A great book for sharing together to build vocabulary and reasoning skills.

Cover of I Will Dance
Nancy Bo
Flood
Julianna Swaney
Antheneum Books for Young Readers
2020

Eva has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.  She wants to dance.  Not in her imagination, not for pretend - Eva wants to dance for real.  She discovers a place where dancers of all abilities can shine on stage.

Cover of Accordionly
Michael
Genhart
Pricilla Burris
Magination Press
2020

Abuelo plays accordion in a mariachi band. Opa plays accordion in a polka band.  They don’t speak the same language, and at first don’t seem to have much in common.  But one smart little boy brings the entire family together through their shared love of music! 

Cover of Bedtime for Sweet Creature
Nikki
Grimes
Elizabeth Zunon
Sourcebooks
2020

Ahh bedtime. What to do when your sweet creature is not ready to go?  A story filled with lots of imagination and love, and hopefully sleep for all.

Cover of Leila in Saffron
Rukhsanna
Guidroz
Dinara Mirtalipova
Salaam Reads
2019

Like so many of us, Leila has some self doubts.  During a family dinner, she is reminded of the many things that make her special.

Cover of When Aidan Became a Brothe
Kyle
Lukoff
Kaylani Juanita
Lee & Low Books
2019

When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl, but he is a transgender boy. Now, a new baby will be joining the family soon and Aidan wants to make everything right for his new sibling. This is a heartwarming book that will resonate with transgender children, reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling, and celebrate the many transitions a family can experience.

Cover of Lubna and Pebble
Wendy
Meddour
Daniel Egneus
Dial Books for Young Readers
2019

Lubna arrives at a refugee camp and finds Pebble.  She can share anything with Pebble.  When it is time for Lubna to leave, she gives Pebble to Amir, a friend at the camp.  A gentle introduction to what life is like for refugees and a heartwarming story of friendship.

Cover of Puppy Truck
Brian
Pinkney
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
2019

Carter wanted a puppy.  He got a truck.  See what happens next in this joyfully illustrated book with simple text.  Sometimes not getting what we want works out great.

 

Cover of My Papi Has a Motorcycle
Isabel
Quintero
Zeke Peña
Kokila
2019

Daisy waits for her dad to get home from work, because when he does, they can zoom all around town on his motorcycle. As they visit all the wonderful people and places in their community, you will wish you were there too.

Cover of Packs: Strength in Numbers
Hannah
Salyer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2020

Packs, herds, huddles - all living creatures need each other.  A celebration of being together making everything better.

Cover of Cityscape: Where Science a
April Pulley
Sayre
Greenwillow Books
2020

Concepts such as science, math, and engineering are explored through beautiful photographs and simple text.  Lots of great vocabulary. At the end of the book there is an “Explore the City” page inviting readers to explore their own environment, which also includes “Questions to Ponder as You Wonder”, making this a book that works well for all ages.

Cover of Layla’s Happiness
Mariahadessa Ekere
Tallie
Ashleigh Corrin
Enchanted Lion Books
2019

Lots of things make Layla happy.  Layla tells us all about it as she cheerfully makes her way around her community.  A great way to start a discussion of what makes us happy.

Cover of A Map into the World
Kao Kalia
Yang
Seo Kim
Carolrhoda Books

A young girl and her family move into a new home.  She has a busy year, full of new discoveries, including finding a way to comfort a grieving neighbor.