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2021 Picture Books

Wang, Andrea
Caldecott Medal Winner
Newbery Honor Book
APALA Award Winner

Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family's Chinese Heritage.

New England Book Award Winner
A New York Times Best Children's Book of the...

Item No. 9780823446247
A Home Under the Stars
Musser, Andy Chou
Magical and heartfelt, A Home Under the Stars explores the difficulties and anxieties that accompany moving, as well as the journey to find a sense of belonging in a new place and to call it home.

Moving from a rural house to an urban apartment, Toby feels tiny and lost in the...

Item No. 9781632173270
Adrift - Autographed
Stemple, Heidi E y

Autographed by author Heidi Stemple

A timely and relevant picture book about the power of community

"This moving story, with wondrous art, feels like childhood itself. The journey of eagerness, discovery, joy, and fear--with comfort at the end." --Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and...

Item No. 9781623719098
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Bear is a Bear
Stutzman, Jonathan

 Staff Pick

A gorgeous, classic gift book about the enduring love between a little girl and her childhood friend, Bear, from popular author Jonathan Stutzman and Caldecott Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Dan Santat.

Bear is . . . a new friend, a...

Item No. 9780062880512
Boogie Boogie Y'All
Esperanza, C G

Staff Pick

Author-illustrator C. G. Esperanza delivers a celebratory ode to graffiti and the Boogie Down Bronx through an infectious read-aloud beat and colorful illustrations that leap right off the page! Perfect for fans of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut and Keith Haring.

Item No. 9780062976222
Bright Star - Autographed
Morales, Yuyi
A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book

Inspiring, reassuring, and beautifully illustrated, this new story from the creator of the New York Times bestseller Dreamers is the perfect gift for every child.

A New York Times Best Children's Book of...

Item No. 9780823443284
Change Sings (Pre-Order)
Gorman, Amanda
A lyrical picture book debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long

I can hear change humming
In its loudest, proudest song.

Item No. 9780593203224
Have You Ever Seen a Flower?
Harris, Shawn

Staff Pick

A 2022 Caldecott Honor Book

Have You Ever Seen a Flower? is an enchanting picture book exploring the relationship between childhood and nature. In this simple yet profound story, one child experiences a flower with all five senses--from its color to its fragrance to the entire...

Item No. 9781452182704
I Sang You Down from the Stars
Spillett-Sumner, Tasha
A New York Times bestseller!

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

This unique baby book sings with Native cultural detail, while striking a universal chord in its celebration of the blossoming of love that comes with expecting and welcoming a new baby--with art by New...

Item No. 9780316493161
It Fell From the Sky
Fan, Eric
From the creators of the critically acclaimed The Night Gardener and Ocean Meets Sky comes a whimsical and elegantly illustrated picture book about community, art, the importance of giving back--and the wonder that fell from the sky.

It fell from the sky on a Thursday.


Item No. 9781534457621
Little Witch Hazel
Wahl, Phoebe

 Staff Pick

An earthy and beautiful collection of four stories that celebrate the seasons, nature, and life, from award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl.

Little Witch Hazel is a tiny witch who lives in the forest, helping creatures big and small. She's a midwife, an intrepid explorer, a hard...

Item No. 9780735264892
Mel Fell
Tabor, Corey R

A Caldecott Honor Book and ALA Notable Book of the Year! An innovative and charming tale about a plucky little bird, from the award-winning author-illustrator of Fox the Tiger.

Readers will delight in turning their book sideways and upside down to follow Mel on...

Item No. 9780062878014
Milo Imagines the World - Autographed

Autographed by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson 

The team behind the Newbery Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street and the award-winning New York Times...

Item No. 9780593227824
Nina: A Story of Nina Simone
Todd, Traci N
A 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Award Honoree!

This luminous, defining picture book biography illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson, tells the remarkable and inspiring story of acclaimed singer Nina Simone and her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy.

Item No. 9781524737283
Norman Didn't Do It! (Yes, He Did)
Higgins, Ryan

Staff Pick

Ryan T. Higgins, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Mother Bruce series, delivers a contemporary tale of friendship.
Norman is a porcupine. Mildred is a tree. Norman and Mildred are best friends. Just the two of them. And only the two of them. But when a...
Item No. 9781368026239
Yoon, Helen

 Staff Pick

For every child who has ever felt that grown-ups have all the fun, here is a vicarious chance to slip behind the office door--and play with all the tempting things that are off-limits.

Dad's office is off-limits--which only makes it more intriguing to his curious young daughter. As soon...

Item No. 9781536207316
Outside Inside (with Autographed Bookplate)
Pham, Leuyen

Free bookplate autographed by LeUyen Pham with purchase.  Pre-order now for shipping Feb 21st.

From Caldecott honoree LeUyen Pham, Outside, Inside is a moving picture book that captures the unforgettable moment during the pandemic when people all over the world came together. It celebrates the essential workers, frontline workers, and communities that worked with each other to...

Item No. 9781250798350
Over the Shop
Lawson, Jonarno

In a beautifully detailed wordless picture book, a tumbledown building becomes home sweet home for a found family.

A lonely little girl and her grandparent need to fill the run-down apartment in their building. But taking over the quarters above their store will mean major...

Item No. 9781536201475
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro

 Staff Pick

From the Two-time Caldecott Honor Award winning author/illustrator of Green and Blue comes Red, a story about a lost fox that explores emotions-- fear, love, anger, and more-- through the use of vivid color.

With a combination of sumptuous illustrations, ingenious...

Item No. 9780823447121
Sato the Rabbit
Ainoya, Yuki

 Staff Pick

"One day, Haneru Sato became a rabbit. He's been a rabbit ever since." With these surrealist, yet matter-of-fact opening lines, we are transported to a world very much like our own, yet one that is imbued with an added dimension of wonder and curiosity. In Sato's world, ordinary objects and...

Item No. 9781592703180
Soul Food Sunday
Bingham, Winsome

Granny teaches her grandson to cook the family meal in this loving celebration of food, traditions, and gathering together at the table

On Sundays, everyone gathers at Granny's for Soul Food.
But today, I don't go to the backyard or the great room.

Item No. 9781419747717
The Longest Letsgoboy
Wilder, Derick

Staff Pick

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey meets Dog Heaven in this profoundly beautiful book about the special relationship between kids and dogs, the importance of language, and finding the meaning of life even in its final days.

Poignant, hopeful, and lovingly...

Item No. 9781452177168
The Lost Package
Ho, Richard

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Children's Book of 2021

A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2021

From author Richard Ho and illustrator Jessica Lanan, the heartwarming story of a package that gets lost, then found, and an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at what happens at...

Item No. 9781250231352
People Remember-Autographed
Zoboi, Ibi

 Staff Pick

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ibi Zoboi comes her debut picture book--a tour de force that uses the principles of Kwanzaa to talk about the history of African Americans. This lyrical, powerful tribute is sumptuously illustrated by New Yorker...

Item No. 9780062915641
The Rock from the Sky
Klassen, Jon

 Staff Pick

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

Look up! From the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the hat trilogy comes a new deadpan gem.

There is a spot.
It is a good spot.
It is the perfect spot to stand.
There is no reason to ever...

Item No. 9781536215625