Kids (Ages 0-8) Staff Picks


 

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Just Because By Mac Barnett, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763696801
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Candlewick - September 10th, 2019

Just because it's bedtime doesn't mean you have to go to sleep right away! What if you have questions on your mind? It's bedtime, but the little girl begins to ask her dad all these questions on her mind. Can the dad answer her questions rather than saying, "Just Because?"

— Nicole MB.


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Spider in the Well By Jess Hannigan, Jess Hannigan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jess Hannigan, Jess Hannigan (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063289475
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 19th, 2024

Itsy-bitsy spider went down the wishing well,
down came the coins and the wishes he would tell
to the little newsboy who hatched a little game
to get his own wish granted and the spider coins again.

—Kyle W.

Have you ever been anxious to go to a party or meet new people? Mole is nervous to go to Rabbit's birthday party--even after bravely traversing past a sleeping snake and a bear's den. A cozy tale that proves there are endless ways to make friends, even if you don't like parties!

—Nicole MB.


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Norman the Doorman By Don Freeman Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780140502886
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Puffin Books - October 6th, 1989

Norman is a doorman - he’s also a friend, and an artist, and -oh! a mouse. It’s hard not to love our little protagonist as he shows everyone that talent and passion can come in any size. The most beautiful illustrations capture Norman’s heart and warmth.

— Katie M.


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The Philharmonic Gets Dressed By Karla Kuskin, Marc Simont (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Karla Kuskin, Marc Simont (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780064431248
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: HarperCollins - October 15th, 1986

Musicians - they're just like us! They all put on their pants one leg at a time, or, well some of them do at least. The veil is lifted in this charming revelation of how one of our most esteemed institutions gets ready for their big night. A timeless classic and forever one of my favorites.

— Julianne DV.


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Taro Gomi's Big Book of Words By Taro Gomi Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781797217109
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Chronicle Books - March 12th, 2024

This must have been what it was like for Adam to walk through the Garden of Eden, finding a name for everything and learning to wield the power of language.

— Audrey H.


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Penelope Rex and the Problem with Pets (A Penelope Rex Book) By Ryan T. Higgins Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781368089609
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Disney Hyperion - March 26th, 2024

When I was little, all I wanted was a white female kitten. What I got was a gray male tabby named Mittens, who was neither snuggly nor obedient, and loved bringing dead mice into the house. To say I related to Penelope Rex grappling with her very own Mittens is an understatement. I laughed! I cried! I rejoiced! Read this latest addition to the Penelope Rex-verse, and go give your pet a pat.

— Melanie R.


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Fortunately (Classic Board Books) By Remy Charlip, Remy Charlip (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Remy Charlip, Remy Charlip (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534400870
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Little Simon - September 12th, 2017

Have you ever played "Fortunately, Unfortunately" in improv classes? This book is a baby version of this - it's a laugh-out-loud adventure, startles and surprises on every page, with fabulous artwork to top it off.

— Swati S.


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Roland the Minstrel Pig By William Steig Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250057624
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Square Fish - May 3rd, 2016

It's no secret that I love pigs, but Roland is truly one of the finest. He has a heavenly voice, and with the encouragement of his friends he sets off to share his talents with the world. The world away from home is tricky, and Roland must contend with a tricky (and hungry!) fox! Astute Steig readers will notice a familiar shrekly face going by the name of Brian...

— Kathryn H.


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Meeselphe By Claude Ponti, Claude Ponti (Illustrator), Alyson Waters (Translated by), Margot Kerlidou (Translated by) Cover Image
By Claude Ponti, Claude Ponti (Illustrator), Alyson Waters (Translated by), Margot Kerlidou (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781953861764
Availability: Not On Our Shelves - Available to Order
Published: Elsewhere Editions - April 2nd, 2024

If surreal landscapes and riddles are your thing, follow this spiky haired child on an adventure filled with argumentative gate-keepy creatures and giant vegetable forests.

— Lexi B.


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The North Wind and the Sun By Philip C. Stead Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823455836
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Neal Porter Books - October 24th, 2023

This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful books I've ever read in my existence. An old fable wrought with such tender care, this retelling is both modern and eternal. By the end, I was filled with a tenderness for each character--even the North Wind and his blustering.

— Kathryn H.


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The Milk of Dreams By Leonora Carrington Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681370941
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: NYR Children's Collection - May 16th, 2017

Shel Silverstein if he was a mentally ill woman!

— Heather D.


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Mephisto By Bernard Villiot, Antoine Guilloppe (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9789888341863
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: minedition - September 1st, 2019

If a film noir was reimagined as a children's classic, it would be the story of Mephisto. This one wrung my heart out, especially as the owner of a black cat.

— Swati S.


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What Is Love? By Mac Barnett, Carson Ellis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452176406
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Chronicle Books - December 28th, 2021

I think at a certain point in our lives, we always ask ourselves, what is love? We often seek answers from those who lived long enough to maybe understand it. The young boy travels long and far for to find the answer but gets many. Will he ever find out what love is?

— Nicole MB.


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Vintage Valentines (Press Out Book) By Golden Books Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780375875144
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Golden Books - December 27th, 2005

These love notes are so wonderfully nostalgic that they even rival the iconic Fun Dip valentines, which I can still taste when I envision an elementary school Valentine’s day. If only I had had these to pass out to my classmates, I might’ve had a chance at being as cool as the Fun Dip kid.

— Theodora H.


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The Reflection in Me By Marc Colagiovanni, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338810486
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Orchard Books - March 5th, 2024

The perfect mirror is one full of affirmations and love. That loves everything unique about yourself and gets you feeling bright and ready like a shining star! Get your kid to smile together with their reflection, envisioning themselves triumphantly happy.

— Pedro R.


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The Kissing Hand By Audrey Penn, Ruth Harper (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Audrey Penn, Ruth Harper (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781933718002
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Tanglewood - October 15th, 1993

My mother's kiss still lingers on my hand from when she read this book to me as a kid. No other book has ever made me feel so warm, comfortable and loved.

— Camille H.


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My First Jewish Baby Book: Almost everything you need to know about being Jewish—from Afikomen to Zayde By Julie Merberg, Beck Feiner (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Merberg, Beck Feiner (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781941367605
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Downtown Bookworks - November 6th, 2018

Baby's very first (but definitely not last) book about all the things that come with being Jewish. From Afikomen to Kosher, all the way to Zayde, this is an excellent primer for all the Jewish babies out there wanting to learn how to be a Mentsch.

— Cass M.


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Big (Caldecott Medal Winner & Coretta Scott King Honor Title) By Vashti Harrison Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316353229
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2023

A beautiful reminder to us all: take up space & never apologize for who you are!

— Siah H.


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You Are Fearless: A Book for the Littlest Taylor Swift Fans By Odd Dot Cover Image
By Odd Dot
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250348890
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Odd Dot - February 13th, 2024

It's me, Hi! I'm the Swiftie it's me. This is for anyone who needs a little encouragement, with some inspiration taken from Taylor herself. This sweet book reminds all of us that we can still make the whole place shimmer, even when we're feeling blue, or red. And whatever gets us down? We can always shake it off!

— Cass M.


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Rosie Runs By Marika Maijala, Marika Maijala (Illustrator), Mia Spangenberg (Translated by) Cover Image
By Marika Maijala, Marika Maijala (Illustrator), Mia Spangenberg (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781953861603
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Elsewhere Editions - August 15th, 2023

For an unconventional adventure book with phenomenal artwork, look no further! A race hound uses her speed to build a new life. Despite her fears, she finds freedom and never looks back in this heartwarming story.

— Swati S.

Oof! My heart sure was beating alongside Rosie as she ran and ran with each page turned! This book is a nice breeze of freedom as you follow along this dog's magnificent strides -- it's a wonderful spirit that is bound to make you smile, truly :)

— Pedro R.