(Ages 3-5) The Monster Next Door is inventive and adorable - with fabulous splashes of color, musical expression, and David Soman's perfect talent for capturing the silliness of a new friendship from a little kid perspective.
(Ages 3-7 / Pre-K - 2nd) Hank is one pill bug having an everyday adventure with his friend Amelia, who likes to pretend to be a pilot. A charming story with perfect little details that will fascinate young readers!
(Ages 4-7 / Pre-K - 2nd) Based on the true story of how muralist Rafael Lopez worked with community leaders to create the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California this is a perfect story to share with readers young and old about the transformative power of art in our communities.
(Ages 4-7 / Pre-K - 2nd) Recommended by Lane: Jonathan Bean's gentle color palette for illustrations beautifully highlight this meditative story about the ways cowboys (or anyone!) can be proud and strong while still being caring, patient, and full of curiosity.
(Ages 4-8 / Pre-K - 3rd) Recommended by Travis: The illustrations are delicate and expressive, but what really elevates this book into something magical is the invented language these insects speak.
(Ages 4-8 / Pre-K - 3rd) A perfect mix of cute, funny, and meaningful. Yuyi Morales's playful and unique illustrations perfectly complement the storytelling prowess of Sherman Alexie.
(Ages 4-8 / Pre-K - 3rd) The whimsy, heart, and pure artistry from both Michelle Cuevas and Erin E. Stead makes for a lovely reading experience.
(Ages 4-8 / Pre-K- 3rd) Recommended by Elese: When a girl visits her friend Sophie's house she discovers that perfection might be fun to look at, but it's not all that much fun to play with. What she creates using found objects and imagination become far more exciting.
(Ages 5-7 / K- 2nd) Recommended by Banshion: With its fun rhymes and lyrical structure, this book is perfect for any child of great curiosity - especially to remind everyone that no matter who you are it is okay to ask questions and find answers.
(Ages 5-8 K - 3rd) Each full-page spread of stunning collage art is paired with evocative sensory writing on each animal or insect's thoughts on life and poetry.
(Ages 6-10 / K - 4th) Julie Morstad's careful illustrations perfectly complement Julie Fogliano's delightful seasonal poems. I love the tiny details in each painting and the way a reader can enjoy this book one poem at a time or as a whole.