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The Hard-Times Jar


Ethel Footman Smothers - 2003
    That means "no extras," so Emma must be content to make her own stories and books. Emma has a plan, though – she's going to save all the money she earns picking apples and put it in Mama's hard-times jar. Then there will surely be enough for extras. But when Mama tells Emma that this year she has to go to school instead of to work, it spoils everything. Now she will never own a store-bought book! But school turns out to have a wonderful surprise in store for Emma.Based on Ethel Footman Smothers's childhood, the story is brought to life with lush acrylic paintings, giving us a touching portrait of a book-hungry child.

Jake's 100th Day of School


Lester L. Laminack - 2006
    Tomorrow is the 100th day of school and everyone is going to share their collections of 100 things. The day of the celebration arrives, but Jake forgets the 100 family pictures he has glued into a special memory book at home. Disaster! Thanks to Jake's ingenuity and the sensitivity of his principal, Mrs. Wadsworth, Jake does have a collection to display that day... and something special to share with the class on the 101st day of school.Lester Laminack's well-crafted story shows schools in their best light, and Judy Love's charming illustrations of a diverse community brightly capture the excitement of a busy school day.

Grandma's Purse


Vanessa Brantley-Newton - 2018
    You never know what she'll have in there--fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it's pure magic!In this adorable, energetic ode to visits from grandma, beloved picture book creator Vanessa Brantley Newton shows how an ordinary day can become extraordinary."Brantley-Newton creates a whimsical interplay of patterns, rich color, and her trademark lively expressions--a beautiful visual mélange. The magic of grandparents is undeniable, and this book is an excellent treat for grandkids to share with their own grandmas and grandpas, or the other way around."--Kirkus"Brantley-Newton's vividly colorful images paint the happiness the little girl feels in her grandmother's presence. A strong intergenerational choice for any picture book collection."--SLJ

Baby Says


John Steptoe - 1988
    The older brother plays with blocks on the floor, while a curious baby boy watches intently from his crib.After repeatedly trying to get his big brother’s attention, Baby finally gets what he wants—but not before a few silly, giggle-inducing incidents occur!This classic sibling story continues to entrance.

I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother


Selina Alko - 2009
    She graduated from the School of Visual Arts and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Sean Qualls, who is also an illustrator, and their two children.

Hot Day on Abbott Avenue


Karen English - 2004
    A fat-sun-in-the-sky day. An eating-ice-pops-on-the-porch day. And for Kishi and Renée, it's a best-friends-breakup day. Each girl sits on her own front porch, waiting for the other to apologize, even though they know they'll never speak to each other again, no matter how bored they get. But then the sounds of feet slapping the pavement and voices chanting double-dutch rhymes drift up the avenue, and neither one can resist going out in the street to play.This lyrical friendship story, the first collaboration of two outstanding artists, pairs a rhythmic text with distinctive collage illustrations. Its subtle message about sharing and forgiveness will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the ups and downs of being, and having, a best friend.

Real Sisters Pretend


Megan Dowd Lambert - 2016
    I liked how they took care of one another in their pretend-play scenario about climbing a mountain, Lambert says, and I loved how they also took care of one another s feelings as they talked about adoption. Real Sisters Pretend captures these interactions perfectly and movingly.Told with simple words and playful illustrations, this book touches on the topics of adoption, two moms, and multiracial family life. Illustrated by award-winning artist Nicole Tadgell. Modern families can look very different from the nuclear families of yesteryear, but as Lambert says in the book's introduction, No matter how a family comes to be, the most important thing is for everyone to feel loved, safe, and cared for. Real Sisters Pretend is a great vehicle for sharing that love and reassurance.

Leo Can Swim


Anna McQuinn - 2016
      Leo and Daddy go to swim class where they kick, bounce, and dive like little fish. Joining other babies and their caretakers in the pool is a guarantee for unforgettable fun.

Yesterday I Had the Blues


Jeron Ashford Frame - 2003
    But one thing’s for sure: when you’ve got love around you, the blues won’t stick around long.

Loretta's Gift


Pat Zietlow Miller - 2018
    Can she think of the perfect gift for her baby cousin?

Looking Like Me


Walter Dean Myers - 2009
    When you look in a mirror, who do you see? A boy? A girl?A son? A daughter?A runner? A dancer?Whoever and whatever you see–just put out your fist and give yourself an "I am" BAM! This jumping, jazzy, joyful picture book by the award-winning team of Walter Dean and Christoper Myers celebrates every child, and every thing that child can be.

Last Stop on Market Street


Matt de la Pena - 2015
    But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them. This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.

Nappy Hair


Carolivia Herron - 1998
    Now in Dragonfly: a lively, empowering story about Brenda's knotted-up, twisted, nappy hair and how it got to be that way! Told in the African-American "call and response" tradition, this story leaps off the page, along with vibrant illustrations by Joe Cepeda.Winner of a Parenting Reading Magic Award

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.

Where Is Baby's Yummy Tummy?: A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Book


Karen Katz - 2011
    The long-awaited companion title to Karen Katz's bestselling Where Is Baby's Belly Button?.Where is baby’s tummy that’s oh, so yummy?Under the teddy bear! Little ones will love lifting the large, sturdy flaps in this book to reveal Baby's pretty nose, sweet feet, yummy tummy, and more! This new gem from Karen Katz is sure to be a year-round favorite for younger readers.