A determined Owl builds strength and confidence in this medieval picture book about the real mettle of a hero: wits, humor, and heart.
Since the day he hatched, Owl dreamed of becoming a real knight. He may not be the biggest or the strongest, but his sharp nocturnal instincts can help protect the castle, especially since many knights have recently gone missing. While holding guard during Knight Night Watch, Owl is faced with the ultimate trial--a frightening intruder. It's a daunting duel by any measure. But what Owl lacks in size, he makes up for in good ideas.
Full of wordplay and optimism, this surprising display of bravery proves that cleverness (and friendship) can rule over brawn. A 2023 Caldecott Honor book.
The Crayons Go Back to School by Drew Daywalt; Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2023-05-16
The crayons are getting ready to go back to school, and each crayon has a subject they're looking forward to the most. They're also ready to meet new friends. . . and let loose during their very favorite time of day: art class. A humorous, small hardcover back-to-school story from everyone's favorite school supplies.
The Perfect Sushi by Emily Satoko Seo; Mique Moriuchi (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2023-04-04
Miko likes things to be perfect. When she makes lopsided sushi for her grandmother's birthday, she replaces it with perfectly formed sushi created by a restaurant robot. Upon delivering her gift, Miko discovers that kokoro (heart) - not impeccability - is the key ingredient to the perfect present. Sprinkled with engaging onomatopoeia, this unique title is infused with Japanese culture and delivers a universal message about the value of intention. A do-it-yourself sushi recipe is included.
A Human for Kingsley by Gabriel Evans
Publication Date: 2023-03-14
Kingsley had decided to own a human. This was not a decision to be taken lightly. After all, owning a human is a responsibility.
But finding the right kind of human is much harder than Kingsley expected. Some are too bossy. Some are too busy. And some just don't seem to appreciate a dog the way they should. Will Kingsley ever find a human that is exactly right?
A sweet, tender and deeply funny story about the power of friendship, and one dog's mission to find his perfect person.
Stop and Smell the Cookies by Gibson Frazier; Micah Player (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2022-07-19
Sometimes Dash gets so excited that his chest feels warm and fuzzy, his toes dance, and his fingertips tickle the air. When that starts, he can't seem to control what he does next, and often, trouble follows.
Luckily, with a little help, Dash finds a way to slow himself down when big feelings threaten to take over.
This joyous book introduces a clever technique to engage the imagination and relax the mind, perfect for those who are impulsive like Dash, those who hold in their feelings, and everyone in between. Available on SORA.
Once upon a Book by Grace Lin; Kate Messner
Publication Date: 2023-02-07
Once upon a time, there was a girl. She went to a place alive with colors, where even the morning dew was warm.
Alice loves to imagine herself in the magical pages of her favorite book. So when it flaps its pages and invites her in, she is swept away to a world of wonder and adventure, riding camels in the desert, swimming under the sea with colorful fish, floating in outer space, and more! But when her imaginative journey comes to an end, she yearns for the place she loves best of all.
Paired with vibrant illustrations, this lyrical, expressive story invites the reader to savor each page and indulge in the power of imagination.
The Kindest Red by Ibtihaj Muhammad; S. K. Ali; Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2023-01-10
It's picture day and Faizah can't wait to wear her special red dress with matching hair ribbons, passed down from her mother and sister. Faizah's teacher starts the day by asking her students to envision the kind of world they want, inspiring Faizah and her friends to spend the day helping one another in ways large and small.
But when it's time for sibling pictures, Faizah realizes that she and her older sister, Asiya, don't match like her classmates do with their siblings. With help from her classmates inspired by Asiya's hijab, Faizah finds that acts of kindness can come back to you in unexpected ways.
From Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and fellow bestselling, award-winning creators S.K. Ali and Hatem Aly comes a heartfelt exploration of friendship, faith, and the joy of spreading kindness wherever you go.
Llama Rocks the Cradle of Chaos by Jonathan Stutzman; Heather Fox (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2022-07-12
Llama just ate a doughnut--the most scrumptious, most sprinkled doughnut in existence--and he needs to eat it again.
The problem? He can't . . . He has already eaten it!
The solution? A pair of time-travel pants, of course!
But when Llama goes way farther back than he intended, the dessert he winds up taking has an owner who's more than willing to travel through time to retrieve it. This is the third book in the Llama series.
Nothing's Wrong! by Jory John; Erin Kraan (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2023-05-02
Anders does not seem like himself.
He and his friend Jeff are headed for a picnic, but no matter how much Anders insists that he's feeling just fine, Jeff gets the sense that his best friend isn't being totally honest. Should he check in on Anders or give him space? Should he help him out or just be by his side? How can he be a good friend if he doesn't know what his friend might need?
Nothing's Wrong! reminds us that even when nothing seems to go right, a good friend will be there for you at the end of the day.
The Sour Grape by Jory John; Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2022-11-01
The Sour Grape holds grudges for every reason under the sun. Lime never returned a scarf they borrowed? Grudge! Orange never called back? Grudge! But when a friend holds a grudge against the Sour Grape without listening to an explanation, the Sour Grape realizes how unfair grudges can be. Could a bunch of forgiveness and compassion be enough to turn a sour grape sweet? This is the latest installment in the popular "Food Group" series.
Available on SORA.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Mac Barnett; Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2022-10-18
Once there was a bridge and a terrible and VERY hungry troll lived underneath it. When the three Billy Goats Gruff decide to clip-clop across the bridge to get to the grassy ridge, the troll is already imagining all the way to prepare a delicious goat dinner. But the troll underestimates those seemingly sweet but oh-so-savvy goats! This is the first in a groundbreaking new collection of fractured fairy tales crafted by one of today's most celebrated and acclaimed authors, Mac Barnett, and brought to stunning visual life by award-winning and beloved creator of I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen.
Told with pitch perfect timing and pacing, hilarious detail, and Barnett's signature narrator voice, this is Billy Goats Gruff as never before. High-stakes page turns will have readers on the edge of their seats and giggling along, as they join each goat and anticipate the arrival of the hungry and terrible troll living under the bridge. With Klassen's brilliantly restrained scenes, arresting characters, and celebrated artistic style, this first of three fairy tales is destined to be a true publishing event! Available on SORA.
Evergreen by Matthew Cordell
Publication Date: 2023-02-07
Evergreen the squirrel is afraid of many things: thunder, hawks, and the dark paths of Buckthorn Forest. But when her mother tasks Evergreen with delivering soup to her sick Granny Oak, the little squirrel must face her fears and make the journey.
Along the way, Evergreen is met by other forest dwellers - some want to help her, but some want her mother's delicious soup! It's up to Evergreen to stay the course, and those who help her will surprise and delight young readers.
Wants vs. Needs vs. Robots by Michael Rex (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2023-03-14
Do you know the difference between a want and a need? It can be a hard thing to understand, especially when you want something so much that you feel like you have to have it. But some things aren't essential--like jellybean tacos and groovy boots. Other things are essential--like fuel and feet to put the boots on. The robots in this book are here to show you the difference as they make trades to get some things they really want (hooray!) but give away some things they need (oops!).
This timely companion to the popular Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots makes tricky, but vital, concepts accessible. Kids will have fun following the action and discovering this is the kind of book they really, really want to read again and again.
We Don't Lose Our Class Goldfish by Ryan Higgins
Publication Date: 2023-03-28
Penelope Rex has one fear: Walter, the class goldfish. So when Mrs. Noodleman tells the kids that they'll be taking turns bringing Walter home, Penelope gets carried away by her anxious imagination. The weekend has a rocky start--from Walter ominously licking his lips to a sleepless night where the fish's bowl appears to move closer and closer to Penelope's bed. But then Walter goes missing! Penelope must face her fear to find him and realizes along the way that there's more to Walter than his chomping jaws. The third book in the much beloved "We Dont . . ." series.
Early Chapter Books
Who Will Win? by Arihhonni David
Publication Date: 2023-04-25
When a quick-footed bear and a quick-witted turtle race across a frozen lake, Turtle has a secret plan to win! Written and illustrated by Mohawk author-illustrator Arihhonni David, this easy reader based on a Native American tale combines exciting storytelling and easy-to-read language.
This book has been officially leveled by using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level GradientTM leveling system.
The award-winning I Like to Read(R) series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards. Acclaimed author-illustrators--including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors--create original, high-quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read again and again with their parents, teachers or on their own!
Treasure Map by Brandon Todd; Gloria Félix (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2023-01-03
Clarke is new to town and ready to explore. Miguel loves meeting new people and going on adventures. With their walkie-talkies and compass in hand, these new friends map out their neighborhood and search for hidden treasure!
With easy-to-read text and full-color artwork throughout, this adventure-filled early reader series is sure to be a hit with beginning readers! And after seeing Miguel and Clarke use their super-cool mapping skills across four short stories, readers may even be inspired to make their own neighborhood maps!
Book Buddies: Dazzle Makes a Wish by Cynthia Lord; Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2023-03-21
Dazzle is a snow-white unicorn with a twisty horn, a sparkly pink tail, and a tag that says unicorns can grant wishes. He isn't sure whether he can make a wish for himself, but he does so anyway, hoping for a child and a home of his own. Instead, Dazzle gets sold at a yard sale and becomes one of the Book Buddies, friendly toys that children can check out of the library just like books. Meanwhile, Maya has just moved to town and decides to borrow Dazzle, hoping he can grant her a wish for a new friend. But when a girl named Isabelle comes over for a playdate that doesn't go as well as Maya had expected, she's worried that they won't become friends after all. Maybe Dazzle and Maya can help each other make their wishes come true? With a gentle tale of empathy and growth, Newbery Honor winner Cynthia Lord and celebrated artist Stephanie Graegin offer another endearing story in the Book Buddies series.
It's a Sign! - Elephant and Piggie Like Reading! by Jarrett Pumphrey
Publication Date: 2022-05-10
One, Two, Kat, and Four are starting a club, and every member is good at something! Except naming clubs.
If only there were some kind of sign about what their club should be called! The newest in the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series.
Dog Can Hide by Laura Gehl; Fred Blunt (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2023-01-17
Cat is it. Dog can hide. Frog can hide. Can Cat find Dog and Frog?
Perfect for kids at the beginning of their reading journeys, Dog Can Hide was written for children who have learned the alphabet and are ready to start reading! And what better way to get kids excited than with a hilarious story with words they can read on their own?
Each Ready-to-Go! Ready-to-Read includes a note to parents explaining what their child can expect, a guide at the beginning for readers to become familiar with the words they will encounter in the story, and reading comprehension questions at the end. Each Ready-to-Go! story contains about 100 words and features sight words, rhyming words, and repetition to help children reinforce their new reading skills. In this book, readers will learn ten sight words and thirteen words from four word families. So come on and get reading!
Our Friend Hedgehog: a Place to Call Home by Lauren Castillo
Publication Date: 2022-10-18
Families come in all shapes and sizes.
S ometimes they are joined by birth, and other times they are chosen...
Autumn leaves are falling in Hedge Hollow, and the change in season brings with it a spiny surprise... another hedgehog! Is it friend or foe? Or is it . . . family?
On the one paw, Hedgehog is excited to meet one of her own kind, but on the other paw, she has never felt so different--or distant--from her old friends. Where does Hedgehog belong, and who does she belong with? A journey upriver through an unfamiliar forest just might lead her home...
From the award-winning author-illustrator of Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us comes a tale of old friends and new, and the true meaning of home.
Book 2 in the series.
Gigi and Ojiji: What's in a Name? by Melissa Iwai (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2023-01-03
Gigi wants to go by something besides her baby name--but her full name, Geraldine, is too long to write and Hanako, her middle name, doesn't feel quite right. Will Gigi find the perfect name? This is the second book in the Geisel Honor award winning series. Available on SORA.
My Day with Dad by Rae Crawford
Publication Date: 2023-05-09
A day with Dad is a day packed with fun! Eating too many pancakes is just the beginning. Morning rain means it's time for board games. When the sun comes back out, so do bikes and kites. Pup the dog tags along, too! Back home, the evening continues with mac and cheese, movies, and a phone call from Mom. Then Dad has one more surprise: PILLOW FIGHT!
Young readers can enjoy this simply-worded story independently, or cuddle up for some quality father-child time of their own.