Book picks similar to
Grace & Family by Mary Hoffman


picture-books
childrens
international
realistic-fiction

Alfie Gets in First


Shirley Hughes - 1981
    While his mum struggles with the pushchair outside, Alfie rushes inside and slams the door behind him. So now Alfie's stuck INSIDE and his mum and Annie Rose are stuck OUTSIDE without a key! Soon everyone in the street is trying to help rescue Alfie - but he's got a plan of his own . . .

Sister Day!


Lisa Mantchev - 2017
    But it’s tough being the little sister. Jane is always busy with activities and play dates. And so she hatches the perfect plan to show Jane just how much she loves her. Each day of the week Lizzie works hard sketching and planning, waiting until Saturday when she can reveal her grand surprise to Jane: it’s Sister Day, a celebration of imagination and sisterhood.This sweet and whimsical story perfectly captures the special bond between sisters.

Big Sarah's Little Boots


Paulette Bourgeois - 1987
    But one day, they just won't fit anymore. No amount of stretching will make them big again, and a disappointed Sarah must choose new boots. This picture book tells an endearing story about facing and happily resolving a familiar childhood dilemma.

Florabelle


Sasha Quinton - 2015
    And although her family can be a bit serious at times, she knows that life is always more fun when you use your imagination.Sasha Quinton's fantastical story about a little girl who dreams big enough to face her fears is brought to life with Brigette Barrager's beautiful illustrations accompanied by Michel Tcherevkoff's magnificent flower photography. Florabelle will spark the creativity in every little girl's imagination and will delight fans of Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious.

My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out


Lauren Child - 2006
    At first, Lola does not want her wobbly tooth to ever fall out, but when she learns about the tooth fairy, she wiggles and wobbles her tooth until out it pops! Finally it is time to go to bed—but the tooth has disappeared! Now how will Lola convince the tooth fairy that she really did lose her tooth? Big brother Charlie has just the answer—if Lola has dreams so lovely that she smiles while she sleeps, the tooth fairy will be able to see for herself!

Millie Fierce


Jane Manning - 2012
    Really, really angry.Millie is quiet. Millie is sweet. Millie is mild. But the kids at school don't listen to her. And she never gets a piece of birthday cake with a flower on it. And some girls from her class walk right on top of her chalk drawing and smudge it. And they don't even say they're sorry!So that's when Millie decides she wants to be fierce! She frizzes out her hair, sharpens her nails and runs around like a wild thing. But she soon realizes that being fierce isn't the best way to get noticed either, especially when it makes you turn mean. So Millie decides to be nice--but to keep a little of that fierce backbone hidden inside her. In case she ever needs it again.With bright art and an adorable character, it's easy to empathize with Millie. Because everyone has a bad day, once in a while.Praise for MILLIE FIERCE“Millie Fierce is a delightfully naughty mix between Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry.”--School Library Journal

Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes


Sujean Rim - 2009
    She loves wearing jewelry, spritzing perfume bottles, and dressing up in front of the mirror. But more than anything, Birdie fantasizes about her mother's fancy high-heels. She can't wait to try them on and do all the things she likes to do wearing beautiful "big-girl shoes." Little girls will love walking with Birdie as she spends a day in her mother's shoes, but in the end they may find that, like Birdie, they like their "barefoot shoes" best of all. With playful watercolors and clever textured cut-paper designs, this precious picture book will speak to every little girl who longs to be a "big-girl".

Sebastian's Roller Skates


Joan de Deu Prats - 2005
    But a pair of roller skates may unlock more than Sebastian's coordination?

Someone New


Anne Sibley O'Brien - 2018
    In Someone New, the same story is told from the perspective of the students who welcome the newcomers. An honest and heartwarming look at diversity, inclusion, and friendship."Informative and genuine"--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Backup Bunny


Abigail Rayner - 2018
    Fluffy is thrilled to have the chance to play with Max, but is soon rejected by the observant child who notices that his ears are too new and perky. Can Fluffy find a way into his favorite boy's heart?  The Backup Bunny will keep you laughing and inspire you to make room for another favorite story.

Olive Marshmallow


Katie Saunders - 2015
    Not only that: Mommy's office is suddenly completely pink! Mommy shows Archie a picture of his sister growing in her tummy, but Archie things it looks like an alien. Archie isn't sure that he wants a baby sister. He likes cars and trains and playing cowboys. He knows for sure that he doesn't like fluffy, frilly, and very pink things! But soon, a fluffy, frilly, and very pink bundle arrives at home. It's his new baby sister, Olive! Big brother Archie thinks she looks like a marshmallow, and he wonders if life will ever be the same again.

Quiet!


Kate Alizadeh - 2017
    Sssh! Listen, what's that noise? Each room in a house has different noises and in this book the text and visual clues help a child experience the home through sound, which will be familiar to those children who are blind or partially sighted.

In the Meadow


Yukiko Kato - 2008
    Each book will focus on what it feels like to be in a particular place. In this book, a little girl experiences what it’s like to be alone in a field where the grass is as tall as she is and there are many insects and sounds. The book ends on a peaceful note, with mommy and daughter together.Yukiko Kato is a famous Japanese novelist.Komako Sakai is well known for Emily’s Balloon and The Snow Day, both of which received starred reviews and an enthusiastic reception.

Alpha


Isabelle Arsenault - 2015
    . . Since 1956, whenever time and clarity are of the essence, everyone from firefighters to air traffic controllers has spelled out messages using the NATO phonetic alphabet. Now, with equal precision—infused with a singular wit and whimsy—award-winning author-illustrator Isabelle Arsenault interprets this internationally recognized code and makes it her own. From the elegant Tangoto the enigmatic Echo, from the humorous Kilo to the haunting Romeo and Juliet, the striking art in this remarkable ABC book elicits laughter and curiosity, calls up endless associations, and will draw the viewer back again and again.

Shoes from Grandpa


Mem Fox - 1992
    In a cumulative rhyme, family members describe the clothes they intend to give Jessie to go with her shoes from Grandpa.