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A Mighty Girl's 2021 Books of the Year

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  1. Thankful

    Illustrator: Samantha Cotterill

    This little girl has decided to make a "thankful chain": strips of paper, each with something she's grateful for written on them, looped together to create a chain of gratitude. And there are so many things that make her thankful! She has a loving family; she has a safe home. She has a friend and a heart that beats. And around her, there are even more things to appreciate: "love and dreams, night and morning... a moon and sun that always come back." With hand-built diorama illustrations packed with detail that make the girl's world feel deeply real, this is a beautiful story about the wonders and joys of life — and the power of taking a moment to notice them.

  2. The Littlest Yak

    Author: Lu Fraser
    Illustrator: Kate Hindley

    Gertie the yak has the curliest wool and the grippiest hooves...but she's the smallest yak in her herd, and she wants to be BIG. Despite her mother's advice that "BIGNESS can come in all sorts of disguises," Gertie creates a growing-up plan that includes lots of healthy foods, plenty of exercise, and even reading to grow big thoughts... but she stays stubbornly small. Then the herd faces an emergency: a yak stuck on a cliff — and only a small yak can save the day. It turns out that Gertie has "bigness inside" that's more important than physical size! This rollicking picture book, with cozy artwork packed with adorable yaks in woolly hats and coats, is a charming story that celebrates the different talents that make each of us unique.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $16.99
    C$22.72
    £11.34
    A$33.63
  3. A Dinosaur Named Ruth: How Ruth Mason Discovered Fossils in Her Own Backyard

    Author: Julia Lyon
    Illustrator: Alexandra Bye

    In 1905, prairie girl Ruth finds something unexpected on her family's South Dakota land: strange rocks and rubble. They look almost like bones — but bones of what? And why are they so much like stone? Ruth is full of questions, but nobody else seems interested in them, even the scientists she contacts when she's an adult. It's not until 1979 that two paleontologists come to see Ruth's discovery and discover the remains of thousands of dinosaurs! This thrilling picture book celebrates a curious girl who grew up into a woman determined to be heard, and how her persistence ensured scientists could study one of the greatest paleontological discoveries of the 20th century.

  4. The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

    Author/Illustrator: Tom Gauld

    Years ago, a king and queen wished for children, and their wish was finally granted when an engineer and a gift gave them a wooden robot and a log princess. The pair of siblings were as close as two children could be, and the robot soon learned to wake his sister — who turns into a log every night — with the words "Awake, little log, awake." But when someone mistakes the princess for an ordinary log, the family is separated, and the log robot goes on a quest to find her. Together, the pair will have to take turns dealing with the many obstacles on their journey home. Acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld turned a bedtime story he invented for his own children into a stunning comic-style picture book that is both modern and timeless.

  5. Explore and Find: Where's Jane?

    Author: Jaye Garnett
    Illustrator: Rebecca Green

    Explore the world of Jane Goodall with this interactive board book! As you flip through its pages, you'll explore the rainforest of Tanzania. Can you spot Jane's camp and her chimpanzee friends? How about the other animals of Gombe, from leopards to baboons to hippos? Each page of this sturdy board book offers engaging questions, matching games, new vocabulary words, and much more. Plus, you'll love that a portion of proceeds goes to support the Jane Goodall Institute's work to protect animals around the world!

  6. Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

    Author: Joanna Ho
    Illustrator: Dung Ho

    "Some people eyes like sapphire lagoons / with lashes like lace trim on ballgowns," observes the Mighty Girl in this story. Her own eyes are different: they "kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea." Her eyes, in fact, look like those of other women in her life: her Mama, who sees her as "a miracle"; her Amah, who has so many stories to tell; her little sister Mei-Mei, who adores her. Her eyes also remind her of her family's traditions, from the folklore Amah shares to the upside-down Fú character by her family's door that brings good fortune. Empowering, poetic, and full of love for both self and family, this is a gorgeous picture book that celebrates the deeper meaning behind our diverse backgrounds and stories.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $14.99
    C$21.77
    £11.04
    A$19.50
  7. My Little Golden Book About Betty White

    Illustrator: Margeaux Lucas

    Betty White wanted to be a star — and she loved making people laugh! When she first started her entertainment career, Hollywood told her she was "not photogenic," so she became a hit on radio and television instead of the silver screen. She became the first woman in history ever to produce a sitcom at only 28 years old! And as she became a bigger star, she also used her money and fame to fight for issues that mattered to her, including her longtime advocacy for animal rights. In this Little Golden Book biography, released in honor of her 100th birthday, young children can learn all about this pioneering entertainer... and realize that they, too, could grow up to be someone amazing.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $3.98
    C$7.91
    £4.89
    A$9.42
  8. Uni the Unicorn in the Real World

    After dreaming of one another in Uni the Unicorn, and meeting in the Land of Unicorns in Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True, it's time for Uni to come to visit her best friend in the real world! That will finally prove that unicorns exist. But even when Uni arrives, the little girl's family and friends can't see her. It's not until a glint of light hits Uni's magic horn — and a little boy spots it — that the magic of belief begins to grow... and all the kids begin to believe in magic. Now, not only can they see Uni, but other magical creatures appear everywhere! Paris Rosenthal, daughter of the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal, wrote this beautiful trilogy finale as a tribute to her mom and a celebration of belief and love.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $12.09
    C$24.74
    £11.17
    A$30.18
  9. I Am Frida Kahlo

    Author: Brad Meltzer

    Frida Kahlo grew up in Mexico, and her childhood wasn't easy: she was the only girl who attended her school, and a bout with polio left her with a permanently weakened leg. Then, as a young adult, she survived a bus crash, but was left in serious pain. As she recovered, she started to paint — starting the path to becoming one of the most famous painters of the 20th century, and a feminist icon! This book from the Ordinary People Change the World biography series introduces young readers to the inimitable Frida, and invites them to imagine how their own traits and talents could make history.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $11.99
    C$20.00
    £9.13
    A$23.59
  10. An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America

    Illustrator: Dow Phumiruk

    "It just takes three world to say, 'It isn't fair,'" this book begins, "And only four to say, 'We'll fight for you.'" As three modern girls look at the founding documents of the United States, they notice how there's no protection against discrimination based on sex... until Title IX. In this simple but powerful introduction to the landmark legislation, best-selling team Helaine Becker and Dom Phumiruk introduce young readers to the history and impact of Title IX — and how adding a few simple words can do so much to protect and uplift the vulnerable and ignored. With extensive back matter about the women behind Title IX — and the work that remains to be done — this picture book is a reminder of the work it took to give girls and women an equal shot.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $19.99
    C$26.34
    £12.17
    A$43.78
  11. I Sang You Down from the Stars

    Illustrator: Michaela Goade

    "I loved you before I met you./ Before I held you in my arms,/ I sang you down from the stars." Drawing from the Inniniwak Nation's traditional belief that babies choose their parents, this gentle story follows a mother as she prepares the sacred bundle that will bring a baby to her family. Each item — a feather, cedar, sage, a river stone — offers gifts to the child: strength, family, and a whole community. And the baby will bring its own gifts to the mother, including the slow and magical growth of love. Indigenous creators Tasha Spillett-Sumner and Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade have created a resonant story about parenthood that will speak to both Native and non-Native parents alike.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $13.69
    C$19.75
    £8.92
    A$20.79
  12. Women in Science (Board Book Edition)

    Author/Illustrator: Rachel Ignotofsky

    Rachel Ignotofsky's best-selling Women in Science gets a board book adaptation for the littlest readers! Combining Ignotofsky's gorgeous, colorful illustrations with simple text, this book is packed with diverse role models from every field of science. Each entry gives the woman's name, a few fun facts, and a one-sentence summary of one of her most important contributions, from how Wang Zhenyi figured out how eclipses work to how Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space. It's the perfect title for curious kids who can't wait to learn more about the trailblazing women who made their mark on history!

  13. Meesha Makes Friends

    Author/Illustrator: Tom Percival

    Meesha struggles with making friends — she doesn't know what to say, and she doesn't understand the social cues that other kids seem to get easily. So she makes her own friends with paper, paint, scissors, and glue... even if they're not quite like having real friends. When her mother takes her to a "noisy, chaotic, and unpredictable" party, Meesha feels overwhelmed, so she finds a quiet corner to make more friends... only to discover that her talent for art is the key to connecting with the other kids! Empathetic and thoughtful, this new volume in Tom Percival's Big Bright Feelings series encourages kids to be accepting of differences, and reminds them of the value of staying true to themselves.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $14.69
    C$23.75
    £13.89
    A$36.20
  14. Change Sings: A Children's Anthem

    Author: Amanda Gorman,
    Illustrator: Loren Long

    The girl in this book knows change is coming — and that's a good thing! She can hear its hum, but she wants to amplify its voice. So she lifts her own voice... and urges others to do the same. In this stirring picture book by the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, whose inspiring words captivated the nation at President Joe Biden's inauguration, a musical journey becomes a metaphor for community action, and how many people making changes, no matter how big or small, can have a huge impact on the world. With lyrical text accompanied by vibrant illustrations by bestselling illustrator Loren Long, this book is a celebration of all those who work for a better world.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $9.31
    C$24.74
    £9.99
    A$19.25
  15. The Rescuer of Tiny Creatures

    Author: Curtis Manley
    Illustrator: Lucy Ruth Cummins

    Young Roberta takes pride in her role as a rescuer of tiny creatures: insects and bugs that find themselves in harm's way, that just need a helping hand to set themselves right again. But a lot of her classmates think her interest in bugs is weird (and the earthworm slime on her hands is gross!) Then a swam of baby spiders appears in her school, and everyone is freaked out — except Roberta. With a little information, she's sure she can show them these little creatures aren't scary — and convince them to be rescuers of tiny creatures too. Kids will love Roberta's compassion and love of bugs, and this quirky and cute story will put a new spin on the value of insects!

  16. Goldilocks and the Three Engineers

    Author: Sue Fliess
    Illustrator: Petros Bouloubasis

    Goldilocks loves inventing things — but today, it seems like all of her ideas hit a dead end. She has inventor's block! To clear her head, she heads out for a walk, leaving all her projects — a porridge-stirring bowl, a remote-control rocking bed, and more — on her workbench. When Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear discover the house, they know just how to tweak and fix the devices so they work. Kids will giggle at this STEM-themed fairy tale, with its peppy rhyming text and colorful illustrations, and learn that teamwork can be the key when you're stuck. For two more fractured fairy tales by this author-illustrator team, check out Mary Had A Little Lab and The Princess and the Petri Dish.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $16.89
    C$23.75
    £9.87
    A$34.75
  17. Listening to the Stars: Jocelyn Bell Burnell Discovers Pulsars

    Illustrator: Alexandra Badiu

    When Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a girl, she wanted to understand all about how the world worked — even though many people thought girls shouldn't be scientists. As a Ph.D. student, she built a radio telescope for her supervisor to study distant stars... and noticed something strange. One signal repeated in the sky, at perfect intervals. She had discovered the first pulsar! And while she was left off of the Nobel Prize awarded for her discovery — still one of the most hotly debated Nobel decisions — Burnell just kept studying, making more discoveries and inspiring a generation of women in science. This picture book biography of the pioneering astrophysicist, with artwork that includes luminous depictions of a mysterious and wonderful night sky, will leave kids eager to make their own discoveries about our universe.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $16.60
    C$23.75
    £16.29
    A$30.57
  18. Hello, Star

    A young girl is delighted by the bright stars in the sky — until she learns that one bright light is a dying star, which will dim and eventually go out. "Hello, Star," she whispers to it. "I know you're scared, but you're not alone." Every night she checks on her stellar friend, while by day she learns everything she can about stars and planets. She goes to university and learns about neutron stars and black holes, all while watching her star slowly dim. And she becomes an astronaut, so that when she sets foot on the Moon, she can finally tell her star, "I'm here." With lyrical text — packed with facts about space — and stunning illustrations by bestselling artist Vashti Harrison, this touching picture book is a reminder of how a moment of empathy and a childhood fascination can provide the path for a life's work.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $13.66
    N/A
  19. G My Name Is Girl: A Song of Celebration from Argentina to Zambia

    Author/Illustrator: Dawn Masi

    Girls all around the world do amazing things! In this alliterative alphabet picture book, girls from 26 countries from Argentina to Zambia celebrate the character traits that make them special, from adventurous Alba and Ayelen to inventive Indu and Ishani, to zealous Zahra and Zena. As young readers learn about these diverse and empowered girls, they'll also develop a new appreciation for countries around the world — and the way that we are all connected, even though we seem different on the surface. Endpapers with a map showing all the girls' faces will encourage kids to imagine themselves traveling all over the world! This is a joyful celebration of girlhood and diversity.

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price:
    $10.69
    C$23.75
    £9.13
    A$20.97
  20. Mel Fell

    Author/Illustrator: Corey R. Tabor

    When Mel the kingfisher fledgling marches to the end of a branch, she spreads her wings... and plummets. As kids follow her fall down the vertically-oriented pages, though, they'll notice that even as Mel's friends rush to try to catch her, and even as her speed picks up as she races towards the ground, she keeps her eyes closed and a smile on her beak. When she crashes into the water, it seems like her fall was a failure... but when she emerges from the water, soaring back into the sky with a fish in her mouth, it turns out her dive was actually a great success! This charming tale, with its vivid illustrations and innovative format, is a celebration of self-confidence and taking a deep breath and making a leap into your first time trying something new.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $15.99
    C$21.77
    £13.10
    A$30.55
  21. Rosalind Franklin (Little People, Big Dreams)

    Rosalind Franklin was a scientist when few women were, and she perfected techniques in X-ray crystallography that allowed her to take pictures of molecules more detailed than anyone had managed before! At King's College London, she and Maurice Wilkins decided to work on finding the structure of DNA — but after a disagreement, he showed her "photo 51" to another researcher, Francis Crick. Crick and his colleague James Watson would later be credited with "discovering" DNA's double helix; Franklin's contribution wasn't recognized until after her death. Today, though, she's recognized for her critical role in one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century. This book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series is a must-have introduction to a scientist who's finally getting her due.

  22. The Big Bath House

    Author: Kyo Maclear
    Illustrator: Gracey Zhang

    A little girl and her grandmother, Baachan, go on a walk for a very special tradition: the bath house! Her aunties come along too, clopping down the street in wooden sandals. Together, they wash their hair, scrub their backs, and then, finally, sink into the glorious warmth of the bath. There, girls and women with bodies of all kinds — slender and stout, old and young — enjoy a sense of community and togetherness. Inspired by author Kyo Maclear's childhood visits to Japan, and with gorgeous illustrations by Gracey Zhang that feature age-appropriate nudity of diverse bodies, this is a celebration of sisterhood, body love, and the moments that connect generations.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $12.49
    C$23.75
    £9.22
    A$30.96
  23. Julia's House Goes Home

    Author/Illustrator: Ben Hatke

    Julia, her mythological creature friends, and her flying house have been looking for the Perfect Spot — and Julia thinks she's finally found it, way off in the distance. But on the way there, disaster strikes when the house trips, spilling Julia and all the creatures out as it tumbles down a mountain. Undeterred, Julia sets off to find her friends (adding a few new ones along the way — "we'll make room") and her house... but when she discovers that all that's left of her beloved house is the sign, a doorknob, and the front step, her confidence is shaken. Fortunately, the creatures she's shown so much kindness to know just how to return it: by working together to build Julia's Town, with room enough for everyone. This poignant and satisfying conclusion to the Julia's House trilogy of picture books is a reminder that the Perfect Spot is what we make it — and that everything is better when we welcome people in.

  24. Maryam’s Magic: The Story of Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani

    Author: Megan Reid
    Illustrator: Aaliya Jaleel

    Growing up in Iran, Maryam Mirzakhani loved reading — math was so boring compared to the exciting characters and stories on the pages of a book! But then she discovered geometry, where the numbers became shapes, and "every number held a story." Soon, the math prodigy was studying mathematics at Harvard, then teaching others to love math as a professor. And her innovative research solving some of math's trickiest puzzles won her the Fields Medal, mathematics' highest award — the first time that a woman had won. This gorgeous picture book, imbued with Mirzakhani's love of math and passion for storytelling, is a vibrant celebration of a pioneering woman in STEM.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $24.86
    C$47.96
    £12.99
    A$48.54
  25. Starla Jean

    Illustrator: A. N. Kang

    Starla Jean is a determined girl who never backs down from a challenge. So when she sees a skinny chicken wandering around the park — and her father says, "if you can catch it, you can keep it," — she knows just what to do! When she succeeds in catching the chicken (to the dismay of her dad,) she names her Opal Egg and sets out to learn everything she can about her new best friend. But in the process, she starts to worry. What if Opal Egg already belongs to somebody? With laugh-out-loud storytelling from Elana K. Arnold and charming illustrations throughout, this is an irresistible series opener that's perfect for kids ready for early chapter books.

    Ages: 4 - 7
    Price:
    $10.39
    C$20.30
    £9.73
    A$23.73
  26. There's a Ghost In This House

    Author/Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

    This young girl lives in the haunted house... or so she's been told. In truth, she's never seen a ghost — so she asks the readers to help her look for them! Beloved picture book creator Oliver Jeffers has created a unique, interactive picture book experience that's both hilarious and spooky! Jeffers uses line drawings on black-and-white photographs of an 18th century mansion to create the ghost-hunting girl, and transparent pages that lay overtop to make the apparitions appear — jumping on the bed, peeking out behind a couch, or even making faces behind the girl's back. Sometimes the things you want to see the most are the hardest to find... This captivating, original picture book is the perfect Halloween treat!

  27. The Girl Who Could Fix Anything: Beatrice Shilling, World War II Engineer

    Author: Mara Rockliff
    Illustrator: Daniel Duncan

    As a child, Beatrice Shilling would rather take apart machines than play with the other girls — so when she grew up, she decided to study engineering, even if she would be the only woman there. She proved her mettle more than once, but plenty of people were still skeptical about a woman engineer. When World War II broke out, though, Britain's planes needed help — and that meant new ideas. Shilling figured out a solution to a tough problem with their fuel release systems, allowing pilots to maneuver safely... and helping them win the war! This inspiring picture book biography of a engineering pioneer (who also raced motorcycles on the side!) will inspire kids to celebrate the value of individuality and persistence.

  28. Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest

    Author/Illustrator: Phoebe Wahl

    Little Witch Hazel is a tiny figure who lives in a cozy cottage in the woods — and devotes herself to helping the creatures around her. Through a year of four seasons in Mosswood, readers will follow Little Witch Hazel's adventures: rescuing an orphaned egg in the spring, takes a day off in summer; and investigates a mysterious cry from a (maybe haunted?) stump in autumn. And in winter, when Little Witch Hazel gets trapped in a blizzard during a busy day of doctoring her neighbors, one of her acts of kindness will be the key to her rescue! With beautiful illustrations and a gentle, evocative view of the natural world, this gorgeous book by award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl celebrates friendship, wildness, and seasonal changes.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $17.99
    C$23.99
    £13.75
    A$30.50
  29. The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee

    Author: Julie Leung
    Illustrator: Julie Kwon

    Hazel Ying Lee was one of eight siblings — but everyone agreed that she was the fearless one! And when she took her first ride in an airplane at the age of 19, she knew she wanted to be a pilot. But in a time when women didn't fly — and when Chinese Americans were required to carry identification at all times — being a pilot seemed out of reach; plus, her mother thought it wouldn't be ladylike. Lee disagreed, and when the Women Airforce Service Pilots were established during World War II, she finally got the chance to achieve her dream. This picture book biography of the first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military is a celebration of passion and a tribute to a groundbreaking woman who refused to take no for an answer.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $18.99
    C$22.95
    £9.64
    A$35.55
  30. The Perfect Plan

    Author/Illustrator: Leah Gilbert

    Maya has been dreaming of the perfect cozy fort in the woods, where she can read, dream, and play — so she decides to turn her dreams into reality! She drafts a plan and gathers supplies, but when she gets to the woods, she realizes that it's difficult to build a fort alone. Fortunately, she discovers some new woodland friends willing to help: the beavers cut down logs, the bears help lift them in place, and the birds help weave branches together. And when they're done, she not only has the fort of her dreams, but also a space where she and her new animal friends can spend time together! This charming, gorgeously illustrated picture book celebrates leadership, creativity, and a can-do spirit.

  31. Hope At Sea: An Adventure Story

    Author/Illustrator: Daniel Miyares

    Young Hope's father is a carpenter on board a 19th century clipper ship, and he comes home from his journeys with tales of adventure and excitement! So one day, Hope decides she wants to go to sea herself... and stows away. Her father quickly finds her, but fortunately, forgives her just as quickly, introducing her to shipboard tasks and giving her a cozy berth. And when a storm threatens the entire crew, it's Hope's loving community that helps guide them home... and her father who figures out one more way to use the wrecked ship. Part thrilling voyage, part cozy tale of home and family, this gorgeous picture book is a tribute to seafaring souls and the love between father and daughter.

  32. Baby Loves Political Science: The Presidency!

    Author: Ruth Spiro
    Illustrator: Greg Paprocki

    Baby learns about the three branches of government — and the executive branch, led by the President! — in this book from the acclaimed Baby Loves series. As Baby works alongside her Papa, who runs a food pantry, she learns about how you get to be president, what you do when you're elected, and where you work. Unfortunately, Baby isn't old enough to be president yet, but now she can dream big dreams about when she is! Each double-page spread includes information about an aspect of governance, from the electoral process to presidential responsibilities to Cabinet positions, with accurate but easy to understand text that's sure to inspire a new generation of political leaders!

    Ages: 1 - 4
    Price:
    $6.81
    C$11.91
    £7.50
    A$17.43
  33. Nerdycorn

    Author: Andrew Root
    Illustrator: Erin Kraan

    Fern is a super-smart, STEM-loving unicorn who can do anything from coding software to repairing machines... but her fellow unicorns, who prefer splashing in waterfalls or jumping through rainbows, don't appreciate her gifts. In fact, even when Fern is helping them fix their broken devices, they tease her and call her a nerdycorn! So finally, Fern puts her foot down: if they don't appreciate her, she's not helping any more. At first, the other unicorns don't even notice, but when the confetti machine, the rainbow synthesizer, and the starlight bedazzler all break down right before the Sparkle Dance Party, they suddenly realize just how valuable Fern's skills are. This sweet story about being yourself, setting boundaries, and apologizing when you've hurt a friend is sure to delight unicorn lovers and STEM fans alike.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $12.99
    C$20.15
    £12.99
    A$19.25
  34. Headstrong Hallie! The story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the First Female "Fire Guard"

    Illustrator: David Hohn

    Hallie Morse Daggett grew up in the forest around California’s Siskiyou Mountains, and she knew just how dangerous fire could be. So when she heard that the US Forest Service hired people as fire spotters, she thought it was the perfect job: she could live in the great outdoors and protect the forest she loved. But in thee 1880s, the Forest Service didn't hire women, and turned down her application time and again. When they finally agreed to give her a chance, the men took bets on how long it would take for her to quit; instead, she spotted 40 fires in her first season... and went on to work there for many more years. This appealing introduction to the first woman fire guard is a celebration of a woman who blazed trails, both in the wilderness and for the women who came after her.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $16.49
    C$21.77
    £12.75
    A$33.22
  35. Zonia's Rain Forest

    Author/Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal

    Zonia is Asháninka, and she lives next to the Amazon rain forest, where she goes to play every day. The forest is always full of life, lush with green plants and full of animals that Zonia examines and imitates. She knows that the forest can talk to you, if you listen. So when she stumbles across an area that's been clear-cut, she realizes that the forest is crying for help. She will answer, of course: "we all must answer." This stunning picture book by award-winning author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal is both a tribute to the beauties of nature and a reminder of the importance of caring for our planet.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $12.69
    C$23.75
    £12.05
    A$33.46
  36. Outside, Inside

    Author/Illustrator: LeUyen Pham

    One day, just before spring was going to come, something changed: everyone who was outside... went inside. In this poignant book, Caldecott honoree LeUyen Pham explores the way the streets emptied to protect the vulnerable among us. Powerful illustrations show the different roles people took on: "Some of us worked a little, some of us worked a lot... and some of us couldn’t work at all." Other pages reference the people lost during the crisis. Although neither Covid nor a virus are specifically mentioned in this title, Pham captures the power of communities working together for the common good,
    "because everyone knew it was the right thing to do."

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $13.99
    C$23.59
    £13.79
    A$26.63
  37. Sunrise Summer

    Illustrator: Robbi Behr

    This girl and her family are spending the summer in Alaska — 4,000 miles from home. Alaska isn't just a place where she'll see grizzly bears and sockeye salmon; it's also a place where she can finally join her family's fishing crew! The job requires waking up at midnight, gathering supplies, and hauling full nets out of the ocean, none of which are easy... but with the help of her family, she can do it all, and grow stronger and more confident with every day. This stunning picture book that celebrates the capability of kids — who are sometimes ready for more than we think they are! — and includes extensive back matter about Alaska and traditional fishing practices that families just like this one still participate in today.

  38. The Fastest Girl on Earth! Meet Kitty O'Neil, Daredevil Driver!

    Author: Dean Robbins
    Illustrator: Elizabeth Baddeley

    Kitty O'Neil loved sports as a child, even after becoming deaf from a fever at the age of 2 — and nothing was going to stop her from pursuing her passions. She learned to read lips and to communicate with sign language, and she also learned to jump, run, race, and swim. She set speed records in water skiing and boating, and became a stuntwoman on films like Wonder Woman, but she still wanted more. So she decided to become a racecar driver, which took even more time and training as she learned to control her rocket-powered vehicle Motivator. And in 1976, she raced at over 600 miles per hour, breaking the land speed record! This high-powered picture book biography, which includes back matter about O'Neil's Cherokee heritage, the Motivator, and other speed records, is sure to inspire would-be daredevils.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $17.99
    C$23.99
    £13.99
    A$31.79
  39. The Secret Fawn

    Author: Kallie George
    Illustrator: Elly Mackay

    "This morning, Mama saw a deer. Dad and Sara saw it too," the narrator of this book begins. But she missed it; she is little and by the time she'd gotten dressed, the deer was gone. It's one of many disappointments for the youngest, smallest family member, who can't watch the shooting stars because they're past her bedtime and can't reach high enough to pick the first apples of the fall. But when she sets out in hopes of seeing the deer, she discovers that being little and quiet can sometimes unveil some of nature's most beautiful secrets... like the tiny fawn lying in the grass. Lyrical text and exquisite cut-paper illustrations combine in a heartfelt book that captures the power of connecting with nature and the specialness of being small.

    Ages: 3 - 6
    Price:
    $9.29
    C$18.73
    £9.72
    A$23.09
  40. Sarah and the Big Wave: The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks

    Author: Bonnie Tsui
    Illustrator: Sophie Diao

    Growing up in Hawaii, Sarah Gerhardt learned to surf on little waves, the kind that most people surf on. But the bigger they were, the more fun she had! So she slowly started surfing on bigger and bigger waves, until eventually she was regularly surfing on waves 50 feet high. It was hard being a female surfer: she had to use gear designed for men, and plenty of people didn't think she could surf a really big wave like the ones at the Mavericks surf break in California. But in 1999, after years of practice, she rode the biggest wave of her life — and became the first woman to conquer Mavericks. This stunningly illustrated picture book is a tribute to the excitement of surfing, the power of the ocean, and the determination of this female surfing trailblazer.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $15.39
    C$24.86
    £13.79
    A$31.85
  41. Hello, Rain!

    Author: Kyo Maclear
    Illustrator: Chris Turnham

    "The air is full of waiting. The sky is full of breeze. The trees gust and billow. All before it rains." When the raindrops start to fall on this little girl's house, she's thrilled: it's time to get on her rain gear and head outside! The rain makes flowers bloom and creates puddles for jumping in, and she's amazed that so many people hurry home "when the sky is an adventure." She admires the colorful umbrellas and the many shapes of the raindrops... and when she's done, a rainy day is the perfect time to curl up at home with a book and hot chocolate! Acclaimed author Kyo Maclear and printmaker Chris Turnham team up for a celebration of rainy days that will remind you that all weather is beautiful in its own way.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $12.97
    C$23.29
    £9.37
    A$25.55
  42. Ada and the Galaxies

    During the year, Ada lives in the city, where bright lights make it hard to see the stars — but in the summer, she visits her grandparents in Maine, where she can see osprey, paddle kayaks, hunt for shells... and stargaze. But this summer the fog may block the stars altogether! Fortunately, her grandfather has a book full of pictures of galaxies — "a lot of stars swarming around one another like bees" — that capture Ada's imagination.... until the fog parts and she can finally see her beloved stars again. Renowned physicist Alan Lightman collaborates with with author Olga Pastuchiv, illustrator Susanna Chapman, and the Hubble telescope itself to create a tribute to a loving grandparent relationship and to the beauty of the night sky.

  43. What Can You Do with a Rock?

    Illustrator: Katie Kath

    This little girl knows that too many people miss one of the best things about the great outdoors: rocks! After all, you can do a lot with a rock. As readers follow her through the pages, she skips rocks, sorts them, builds with them, and admires them... and best of all, shares them with someone who appreciates rocks as much as she does. Best-selling author Pat Zietlow Miller and acclaimed illustrator Katie Kath have created a main character whose infectious love of the stones under her feet becomes a tribute to creativity, outdoor play, and friendship.

  44. Ambitious Girl

    Author: Meena Harris
    Illustrator: Marissa Valdez

    A young girl is rapt when she sees a strong woman speaking her mind on TV — but shocked to hear the speaker labeled as "too assertive," "too confident," and "too ambitious." Fortunately, her mother helps her understand that ambition isn't a bad thing: it drove women in the past to fight for the right to vote and the end of segregation, and it helps the girls and women of today strive for their dreams. And when the girl reframes these supposed criticisms for herself, she realizes that she's happy to declare herself ambitious too! Meena Harris, bestselling author of Kamala and Maya's Big Idea, and illustrator Marissa Valdez, work together to create an empowering picture book that reminds young readers to be proud of the ambitions, hopes, and dreams.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $11.06
    C$19.35
    £9.19
    A$20.79
  45. My Little Golden Book About Dolly Parton

    Illustrator: Monique Dong

    Today, Dolly Parton is a world-famous entertainer, a generous philanthropist, and an advocate for literacy — but she didn't start out in a life of fortune and fame. In fact, Parton's singing and songwriting helped her and her family escape from poverty... and she's never forgotten where she came from. Today, she's an award-winning entertainer, an actress, an author, and she even has her own theme park! With simple language and appealing illustrations, this picture book biography from the beloved Little Golden Book series is the perfect way to introduce preschoolers to Parton's inspiring story.

  46. Bedtime Ballet

    Author: Kallie George
    Illustrator: Shanda McCloskey

    "Two satin slippers with bunny-ear toes and stripy pajamas are dreamy dance clothes..." This ballet-loving girl has an extra-special way to get ready for bed! First, she and her stuffed bunny will dance together in the backyard, as the crickets and frogs form the orchestra while birds, bugs, and flowers join her in the dance. Then, with a glissé here and a jeté there, she brushes her teeth, says goodnight to her Mama and her brother, and gets a final tuck-in from her beloved Papa. With playful rhymes that incorporate real ballet terminology, this is a charming celebration of dance and of taking the bedtime routine and making it a little more fun — and all your own.

    Ages: 4 - 7
    Price:
    $14.99
    C$22.76
    £11.39
    A$28.88
  47. Stretchy and Beanie

    Author/Illustrator: Judy Schachner

    Beanie the girl and Stretchy McHandsome the cat are the perfect pair! Both of them have orange hair, and both of them have one green eye and one blue eye. They're surely destined to be the best of friends. But when Beanie decides that Stretchy needs to learn to be the perfect pet, Stretchy resists: he doesn't want to learn math or dance, he hates riding in a stroller, and he definitely does NOT want a harness. It's not until Stretchy gives up trying to hide and explodes in a catly expression of displeasure that Beanie realizes that being a good friend means accepting someone as they are! A rollicking rhyme and light-hearted illustrations make this a fun read aloud that explores power dynamics and learning to respect a pet's boundaries.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $14.29
    C$23.04
    £9.42
    A$31.58
  48. There Goes Patti McGee! The Story of the First Women's National Skateboard Champion

    Author: Tootie Nienow
    Illustrator: Erika Medina

    Patti McGee started learning to ride on a homemade skateboard after seeing a group of boys riding real skateboards — and she was good at it, too! She joined a skateboarding team (all boys) and learned some amazing tricks. And in 1964, she attended the National Skateboard Championship for Women, winning with a perfect score and a trick that would become her signature move: the rolling handstand. This energetic portrait of the first female professional skateboarder — complete with dynamic illustrations that illustrate and label a wide variety of skateboard tricks — is sure to get young readers eager to strap on a helmet and pads and take their own boards for a ride.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $13.79
    C$17.07
    £13.17
    A$27.57
  49. Zee Grows a Tree

    Illustrator: Will Hillenbrand

    The same day that Zee Cooper is born, a little Douglas fir breaks through the soil at her family's Christmas tree farm. And it soon turns out that the girl and the tree grow in parallel ways! Just as Zee goes to preschool, the tree is ready to move from the nursery to the beds outdoors. On her fourth birthday, both Zee and the tree are shorter than their peers... and then they both have growth spurts! All the while, Zee works side by side with her parents, helping protect and care for her tree... until, on her 8th birthday, it's finally tall enough to be a Christmas tree. With plenty of fascinating facts about trees — including back matter about ways to enjoy a tree for the holidays without cutting one down — this charming story will inspire kids to see the connection between themselves and the trees around them.

  50. Ten Beautiful Things

    Author: Molly Griffin
    Illustrator: Maribel Lechuga

    Lily has to move to Gran's farm in the middle of nowhere — without her parents — and she's anxious and sad, feeling "complaints starting in her belly again, coming up her throat, and nearly out her mouth." Fortunately, her wise Gran suggests an idea: find ten beautiful things along the way. Lily doesn't think she'll see anything beautiful until she spots the glorious sunrise which takes her breath away. Soon, she's finding plenty more, including beautiful thing number ten: change is hard, but Gran is there to help see her through. The reason for Lily's move, and the absence of her parents, isn't specified, helping children facing many different challenges see themselves in Lily's shoes — and reminding them that the people who love us will always be there.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $13.49
    C$19.79
    £10.67
    A$30.96
  51. Castle Gesundheit

    Author/Illustrator: Mark Fearing

    The villagers of Handkerchief are plagued by the sniffling, sneezing, and coughing that comes from Castle Gesundheit's Baron Von Sneeze — but none of them are brave enough to approach the castle. Finally, a girl named Fiona, desperate for sleep, takes the plunge. No one lowers the drawbridge, so she crawls through a cat door and follows the sounds of the "SNIFFLE SNUFFLE SNORK" to the Baron himself. After asking some questions about his health, Fiona comes to the conclusion that the dozens and dozens and DOZENS of cats are triggering an allergy, but the Baron is horrified: "the Von Sneezes have always had cats!" Fortunately, clever Fiona also figures out a solution that works for everyone. This laugh-out-loud tale with a satisfying message about giving a helping hand is sure to produce rousing cries of "ahhh-CHOOO!"

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $14.19
    C$23.99
    £14.87
    A$36.13
  52. Parker Shines On

    After being inspired by a portrait of Michelle Obama in Parker Looks Up, the dance-loving girl is now getting to start ballet classes! But she finds some of the moves tricky, and a new student, Mira, seems to be able to pull them off with ease. To reassure herself, Parker looks up at the posters of famous Black ballerinas — and to improve, she practices non-stop (even when she gets interrupted by her younger siblings.) But on the day of the recital, Mira gets a bad bout of stage fright. Fortunately, Parker knows just how to ensure she and Mira can both shine! This uplifting story is a celebration of friendship, dance, and kindness.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $12.69
    C$21.77
    £12.99
    A$30.72
  53. Bear Island

    Author/Illustrator: Matthew Cordell

    When Louise's beloved dog Charlie dies, she knows that life will never be the same. Angry and sad, she rows out to the island on the lake where she and Charlie loved to spend time... only to encounter a bear that roars at her. She roars back, and she sees in its downcast eyes that it, too, has lost something. Strangely, that offers her some comfort, and she returns to the island over and over during the summer and fall. Some days she or the bear feel a little better, while other days one or the other feels worse, but grief and healing take time. And when Bear has to bed down for the winter, Louise comes to realize that life can change for the better, too. This poignant picture book about loss and grief will help young readers understand that the most important thing for healing is time.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $16.79
    C$24.33
    £14.09
    A$31.48
  54. Mary Anning (Little People, Big Dreams)

    Mary Anning grew up combing the cliffs near her home for fossils that her impoverished family could sell. She had a knack for finding the best fossils — including the first complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur! Anning kept discovering more and more fossils, but because she was a woman, she wasn't allowed to study with men, or be admitted into their scientific societies. Still, she kept making major discoveries, and today she's considered the mother of paleontology. Young dinosaur-lovers will be delighted with this book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, which encourages them to imagine how their own talents and passions could change the world.

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price:
    $10.97
    C$18.80
    £7.99
    A$29.44
  55. Tomatoes for Neela

    Author: Padma Lakshmi
    Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal

    Neela and her amma love cooking together — and Neela especially loves when they cook family recipes, which help her feel closer to her paati who lives far, far away in India. Today, they're at the green market buying tomatoes to make Paati's famous sauce! Neela learns about all the different kinds of tomatoes they could choose from, and helps Amma choose just the right ones... and when they're done making the delicious sauce, Neela savors both the flavor and the knowledge that, someday soon, she'll get to share it with Paati! Bestselling author and TV host Padma Lakshmi and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal have created a stunning tribute to food, family, and the joy of connecting with other cultures.

  56. The Light in Me Sees the Light in You

    Author/Illustrator: Lori Nichols

    When Robin meets a small red bird she calls Poppy, something amazing happens: each of them recognizes "the light" within the other, connecting them even though they are so different. Instant friends, the pair watch clouds, climb trees, and even share snacks. And then, suddenly, Poppy is gone, leaving Robin with only a feather and memories. When Poppy visits in her dreams, though, Robin magically takes flight alongside her, which provides a lasting reminder that "the light in you will always be part of the light in me." This gentle, metaphorical book about love, loss, and friendship offers the comforting reassurance that the people we love stay with us in their own way.

  57. Dear Little One

    Author: Nina Laden
    Illustrator: Melissa Castrillon

    "Your time on Earth has just begun," begins this tribute to the beauties of nature. "Take in the sights. Take in the sound. Take in the scents that excite and astound." As a girl takes a nature walk, she examines all the wonders to be found in the natural world, from the intricate beauty of a spider's web to the enormous moose who accepts an offered apple. She and her pup find treasures everywhere they look, even in the dirt, where they find worms, bones, and fossils! And when the day is done, there are the glittering stars to admire, far up in the night sky. With vibrant artwork and lyrical text, this book is sure to inspire kids to explore the incredible world we live in.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $13.69
    C$22.76
    £9.99
    A$18.75
  58. Etty Darwin and the Four Pebble Problem

    Author/Illustrator: Lauren Soloy

    Etty loves to play pretend and write stories about fairies. Her father, Charles Darwin — THE Charles Darwin — is a firm believer in science and evidence. So on a walk, as they wander down a "thinking path," father and daughter talk and think together. In this imagined conversation, Etty and her father explore science, life, evidence, and fairies, all while enjoying special time together. Inspired by the real life Henrietta Darwin, who wrote fantasy stories on the backs of her father's manuscripts and grew up to be a thoughtful woman who even edited her father's work, this is a charming picture book that celebrates the father-daughter relationship and the importance of balancing scientific rigor with open mindedness and creativity.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $14.59
    C$21.77
    £15.09
    A$33.07
  59. Dear Librarian

    Illustrator: Romina Galotta

    5-year-old Lydia's family had to leave their home in Colorado to move to Iowa, where her dad hopes to find a job and her mom hopes that Grandma and other family members can host their big family — including Lydia and her six siblings — until they get back on their feet. "I didn't have a home to live in, just houses," she remembers: a few days at Grandma's, a night or two at Aunt Linda's. But one place never changed: the library. There, Lydia found a friendly face behind the desk: a librarian who knew that a little girl needed friendship and support without her having to stay a word. Inspired by the author's real-life childhood experience at the library — one that set her on the path to becoming a librarian herself — this is a moving "thank you" to those who take children in need under their wings, and a celebration of the role that libraries play in our communities.

  60. Go Be Wonderful!

    Author: Donna Gephart
    Illustrator: Francesca Chessa

    Daisy has grown up with an adoring family; in the eyes of her father, her mother, her grandma and grandpa, her uncles, and even her neighbors, Daisy is wonderful. And they encourage her to "go be wonderful" wherever she goes, whether it's banging on pots and pans like drums, or riding a scooter to the library. But when it's time to start school, Daisy doubts herself; can she still be wonderful in an unfamiliar situation? It turns out the answer is yes! While the school day has its ups and downs, she remembers to share, she makes a friend, and when she comes home, she shouts "I was wonderful!" This exuberant book celebrates the power of unconditional love to build confidence, perfect for encouraging kids to "go be wonderful" on their own school adventures.

  61. Brave as a Mouse

    Author/Illustrator: Nicolo Carozzi

    When the fish in this quiet house accepts Mouse's invitation to play, the unlikely pair soon become close friends! But dangers lurk in the house for both — including a trio of hungry cats. Mouse has an idea that might protect her friend: "It was a wild idea. It was a bold idea. It was a brave idea. But was it a good idea?" First she lures the cats into a pantry to gorge themselves on food, but when Mouse realizes that's only a temporary solution, she comes up with something even bolder: a trip to the river (by teacup) to set her friend the goldfish free! Gorgeous illustrations and an adventurous story make this a winning tale of courage and friendship.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $14.69
    C$23.75
    £9.13
    A$33.21
  62. If You Want to Knit Some Mittens

    Illustrator: Angela Matteson

    This little girl has a project in mind: she's going to knit a pair of mittens! The first step, naturally, is to get a sheep, who spends the winter in a cozy barn growing nice, thick wool. By the time spring has rolled around, the girl is getting fond of her sheep — but there's more to do. She shears the sheep, she cards and spins the wool, and then she chooses to dye it yellow... which means growing marigolds for dye (and sharing cold drinks and jumping rope with her new animal friend.) Finally, it's time to knit, and by the time she's done, she's got a cozy pair of mittens for the next winter... plus a matching hat for her sheep! This clever picture book will get kids thinking about all the steps it takes to make something as "simple" as mittens, but mostly they'll love its celebration of the warmth of friendship.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $16.97
    C$23.75
    £9.79
    A$21.84
  63. Lady Bird Johnson, That's Who! The Story of a Cleaner and Greener America

    Illustrator: Ginnie Hsu

    Before she was First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, Claudia Alta Taylor was a lonely, shy girl. But she loved nature, leading to her nickname, Lady Bird. She overcame her shyness to run a company — at a time when few women did — and she took charge of her family's finances, too. And when her husband, Lyndon Baines Johnson, became president, she decided to use her new position as First Lady for something special: preserving America's natural beauty. She encouraged policies that kept roadways and waterways beautiful — and in the process, made people proud of where they lived. This vibrant picture book biography of Johnson will inspire young environmentalists to find their own ways to care for their world!

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $18.99
    C$24.86
    £9.65
    A$42.56
  64. We Are The Supremes

    Author: Zoë Tucker
    Illustrator: Salini Perera

    Flo, Mary, and Diana were friends who grew up in the projects of Detroit — but they had big dreams and the ambition to become superstars. But in 1960, it's not easy for a singing group made up of three African American women to get taken seriously, and on their first big audition for a Motown Records label, the manager doesn't think they can hit it big. But they persevered, and soon The Supremes were born! They would become famous both across America and around the world, making them the US' most successful vocal group ever. And even though they sometimes disagreed, their friendship helped them stay strong. This inspiring picture book from the Friends Change The World series celebrates three friends whose pioneering careers made beautiful music.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $6.79
    C$17.99
    £9.33
    A$28.12
  65. Merry Christmas, Anne

    Author: Kallie George
    Illustrator: Geneviève Godbout

    It's Anne Shirley's first Christmas in Avonlea and she's grateful for so many things from the feathery frosts and the silvery seas to festive holiday wreaths but, most of all, for her adoptive parents Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert and her bosom friend Diana! But she feels sad that she doesn't have anything to give to these kindred spirits who have given her so much and welcomed her into their hearts. On top of that, she's feeling nervous about her role in the upcoming Christmas recital. Fortunately, the creative and irrepressible Anne manages to find the perfect way to overcome her jitters and show how her kindred spirits just how much she loves them! Filled with charming artwork by illustrator Genevieve Godbout, this heartwarming picture book by bestselling author Kallie George draws on the original story of Anne of Green Gables to create a joyous holiday story perfect for celebrating the season.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $11.69
    C$21.77
    £11.32
    A$23.28
  66. Phoebe Dupree Is Coming to Tea!

    Author: Linda Ashman
    Illustrator: Alea Marley

    Abby adores her new friend Phoebe, who is perfect in her eyes: she's fast, she's smart, she loves science and art and singing. So when she invites Phoebe over for tea, Abby knows the party has to be just as perfect as Phoebe is! She sets a table, prepares special snacks, and even instructs her dog, Louie, about proper behavior. But when Phoebe arrives, everything seems to go wrong, from a tipped tray of treats to Louie shaking pool water all over everything! Fortunately, the two girls take it as a sign that they should let loose a little — and discover that sometimes the imperfect is much more fun! Rollicking rhyme and adorable illustrations combine to create a sweet story of how friendship can help us handle anything life throws at us!

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $14.19
    C$22.76
    £8.61
    A$18.50
  67. Regina Is NOT a Little Dinosaur

    Author/Illustrator: Andrea Zuill

    Regina the T. rex is ferocious and bold... and deeply offended when her mother tells her to stay in the nest and be mama's good little carnivore. Regina isn't little, she's BIG! Plus she has a predator's stare, a bellowing roar, and the ability to camouflage, just like her Mama. So she decides to set off on her own, but her initial attempts go badly awry: gnawing on a triceratops' tail just makes him scowl, and the ankylosaurus patiently waits for her to realize she'll never get through the armor. Just as Regina is starting to worry she'll have to be a herbivore, Mama appears to help Regina learn a bit more about what it takes to be an adult T. rex. This laugh-out-loud funny story, with its adorably fierce main character, will speak to kids who are eager for independence but still want the comfort of home.

    Ages: 4 - 7
    Price:
    $13.91
    C$23.99
    £8.75
    A$30.55
  68. Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott

    Illustrator: Melissa Sweet

    Joyce and Judith Scott were as close as twin sisters could be — but Judith was born with Down syndrome, and was deaf and unable to speak. So when Joyce went to school, Judith was sent to an institution by their parents. Years later, though, Joyce brought Judith home... and realized she was a talented artist. With the support of a family who appreciated her abilities, Judith started creating stunning works with fiber and found objects — artwork that won acclaim from buyers and critics alike! She became famous around the world for her creative gift, helping to prove that people with Down syndrome deserved a chance to achieve their dreams. This poignant picture book, told by Joyce with Brie Spangler and stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet, is a tribute to a trailblazing artist and the power of giving people a chance to succeed.

  69. Princess Truly: I Am a Good Friend!

    Illustrator: Amariah Rauscher

    Do Princess Truly's superpowers make her a good friend, too? Truly and her friends Lizzie and May are building a best friends' clubhouse for a special sleepover — pets included! But there are a few obstacles along the way that need Truly's special magical touch... and her encouraging words for her friends. Fortunately, with just the right mix of kindness, optimism, and persistence, the sleepover is a rousing success! The fourth book in the Princess Truly early reader series uses easy-to-read rhyming text, a dash of humor, and full-color illustrations throughout to lead emerging readers on an adventure in friendship!

  70. Hello, Tree

    Author: Ana Crespo
    Illustrator: Dow Phumiruk

    In a beautiful forest, a pine tree and a girl are close companions, each providing the other with comfort and friendship. But when a lightning storm ignites a forest fire, the girl and her family have to flee the fire... and so do all the other forest creatures. But the tree can't run; all it can do is wait. The tree survives, and finds itself alone in a barren, charred landscape. Over time, though, the animals and insects slowly return — and so do the people, carefully doing what they can to restore the forest. This contemplative picture book, inspired by the 2013 Black Forest fire, celebrates the power of human connection with nature.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $16.00
    C$16.75
    £9.01
    A$29.12
  71. The Christmas Owl

    Little Owl isn't even a year old when her home — a big, beautiful pine tree — is cut down by people who say it will be the perfect Christmas tree. Holding tight to her branch, Little Owl thinks to herself that this "Christmas" can't be all that great if it means destroying the only home she's ever known! But when she's discovered and sent to a woman named Ellen, whose warm home, decorated for the holiday, is full of birds who need someone to take care of them, Little Owl starts to realize that the holiday's messages of kindness and giving may be the most important part of Christmas. Co-written by Ellen Kalish, who cared for the little saw-whet owl nicknamed Rockefeller after it was found in the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, this is a sweet story about compassion and giving.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $58.65
    C$147.99
    £9.99
    A$111.36
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