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In a Jar Cover Image
By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525514596
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Llewellyn likes to collect small, ordinary things. One day, while collecting the cherry red syrup light of a sunset, he meets Evelyn and together they collect feathers and buttercups, the sound of the ocean, and the long shadows of summer. But what will happen when Evelyn has to move away? With vivid language, In a Jar tenderly captures the beauty of friendship and shared memories.


Review by Halley

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Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home Cover Image
By Guojing
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771768
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 17th, 2019

Do you have a dog? Do you love the comfort of home? Have you ever felt loved? Do you love beautiful art? Do you have a heart? Do you want it to grow three sizes?

Flip through this book. If your heart isn't aching by the end, you're a liar.


Review by Halley

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My City Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9783791373775
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Prestel Junior - April 16th, 2019

My City shows that even the simplest errand can be full of discovery, if you aren't too busy to notice. Max is on a mission to deliver a letter, and every step of his journey reveals some small wonder: bright colors dancing in a laundromat window, the world mirrored in a puddle, the sky's shifting hues at sunset. Every time I open this book I find something new to marvel at, right alongside Max.


Review by Theo

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Julián Is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

Julian is a mermaid - of this there is no doubt. But how will this identity expression be met by his family? This is a question we get to explore through this book's resplendent watercolor illustrations and streamlined story. It's about the transformative power of loving acceptance during pivotal moments of self-doubt. For the mermaid in all of us. 


Review by Dean

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Grimm: The Illustrated Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9783899557886
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Little Gestalten - May 25th, 2017

A classic collection has been given a new makeover. This stylish edition has been stuff with gorgeous new illustrations by a highly curated selection of artists. A perfect gift for the young (or the young at heart) artist/book collector/designer/folktale enthusiast on your list. 


Review by Kitri

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The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735227927
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

A simple book about making mistakes [in art], but not letting them get in the way of creative process.

Or, in the words of Bob Ross, "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."


Review by Avery

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Little Fox in the Forest Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553537895
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Schwartz & Wade - February 28th, 2017

Hands down my favorite children's illustrated book of 2017 and easily in my all-time top 10.


Review by Avery

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The Journey Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781909263994
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Flying Eye Books - September 13th, 2016

This book shows the journey that many refugees and asylum seekers choose to undertake. It elegantly illustrates the fear, confusion, obstacles, and long periods of waiting that almost universally make up their stories. Sanna set out to honor their experiences and in my opinion she's succeeded. 


Review by Nicole

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The Ugly Dumpling Cover Image
By Stephanie Campisi, Shahar Kober (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781938063671
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Mighty Media Kids - April 7th, 2016

Finally! The illustrated story of a dumpling that I never knew I needed! When a dumpling is overlooked in a dim sum restaurant, an outgoing cockroach comes to the rescue. Together they explore the varied landscape of the bustling restaurant. The clever illustrations really elevate the story! Flames from a wok spell out sounds, piles of dirty dishes look like shimmering china towers, and hanging red lanterns become the perfect vantage point to take in the view. You'll have to check out this book to see what happens next. But sometimes all we need is a new perspective.


Review by Nicole

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596434028
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 25th, 2010

A delightful and thoughtful story where animals take care of their zookeeper for a change. Being confined to bed would certainly be more bearable if you had many four-legged and feathered friends to look after you! This book's lovely drawings demonstrate what true friendship looks like. 


Review by Nicole

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