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All Kinds of People

Shelley Rotner · Holiday House
Pages: 24
Format: Board book

Perfect for the youngest readers, this board book adaptation of the acclaimed Shades of People celebrates the diversity of everyday life.

Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond--people come in lots of shades, even in the same family.

This exploration of one of our most noticeable...
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Be Kind

PAT ZIETLOW MILLER · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

From the award-winning author of Sophie's Squash comes a thoughtful picture book about the power of kindness.

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl...

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Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses

Jen Arena · LB Kids
Pages: 22
Format: Board book

Everyone has kisses for Baby, from Mami and Papi to perro and gato. Using simple Spanish words, this charming read-aloud proves that love is the same in every language! Parents won't be able to resist giving baby muchos besos as they share this bilingual...
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Ciao, Baby! In the Park

Carole Lexa Schaefer · Candlewick
Pages: 28
Format: Board book

Ciao! A pair of cute and colorful board books from Carole Lexa Schaefer and Lauren Tobia introduce a curious, lovable tot eager to explore the world.When Baby and Nonna head to the park for the day, what will they see? There's a squirrel - Ciao, Squirrel! - and a grasshopper - Ciao,...
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Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

Cori Doerrfeld · Dial Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

From the creator of The Rabbit Listened comes a gentle story about the difficulty of change . . . and the wonder that new beginnings can bring.

Change and transitions are hard, but Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! demonstrates how, when one experience ends, it opens...
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Hair Love

Matthew A. Cherry · Kokila
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

It's up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters, from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison.

Zuri's hair has a mind of its own....
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Hello Humpback!

Roy Henry Vickers · Harbour
Pages: 20
Format: Board book

With bright and bold illustrations of the wild and magical West Coast by celebrated artist Roy Henry Vickers, this sturdy board book will delight babies and toddlers as they begin to experience and recognize the sights and sounds of the natural world. Hello Humpback!, a "first words"...
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Littles: And How They Grow

Kelly DiPucchio · Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

In the beloved tradition of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever and Emily Winfield Martin's The Wonderful Things You Will Be comes a beautiful rhyming ode to babies from a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator duo - perfect for baby showers, newborn gifts, first...
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Little Sunny Sunshine / Sol Solecito

Susie Jaramillo · Encantos
Pages: 10
Format: Board book

Little Sunny Sunshine/Sol Solecito is the 6th book in the bilingual (English & Spanish) nursery rhyme collection from Canticos. Inspired by "Sol Solecito" and "Luna Lunera", this book features an adorable little piggy who spends his days soaking up the sun and enjoying...
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Lucia the Luchadora

Cynthia Leonor Garza · POW!
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Lucía zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when they tell her "girls can't be superheroes," suddenly she doesn't feel so mighty. That's when her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucía comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant...
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My Heart

Corinna Luyken · Dial Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

From the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes comes a gorgeous picture book about caring for your own heart and living with kindness and empathy.

My heart is a window. My heart is a slide. My heart can be closed...or opened up wide.

Some days your heart...
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A Parade of Elephants

Kevin Henkes · Greenwillow Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

New York Times-bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes follows five joyful elephants as they march from dawn to dusk. Where are they going? Read and find out!

This engaging picture book is just right for the youngest reader and is a perfect choice for story time and bedtime...

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Puppy Truck

Brian Pinkney · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Find out what happens when a boy who wants a puppy gets a truck instead in this simple and sweet picture book from Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney.

Vroom ... beep ... bark!

Carter wants a puppy, but he gets a truck instead. So he pets it, puts a leash around...
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Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse

Jane Godwin · Dial Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A bit Each Peach Pear Plum, a bit Go, Dog, Go!, this read-aloud joy is deceptively simple yet packed with delights for the very young--a preschool standout deserving of modern-classic status.

A little mouse makes her way around the world, and invites preschoolers along...
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Summer Supper

RUBIN PFEFFER · Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A bold and graphic farm-to-table story, told entirely in words beginning with the letter "s"!

From sowing seeds in spring to savoring succotash, follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm summer evening. Told entirely in words beginning...
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Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug

Jonathan Stutzman · Chronicle Books
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it! Join this plucky little dinosaur in his very first adventure - a warm and funny tale...
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Tomorrow Most Likely

Dave Eggers · Chronicle Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Rather than focusing on going to bed - and what kid wants to think about going to bed? - this book explores all of the dreamy, wonderful, strange things the next day might bring. Whimsical, witty, and hopeful, this revolutionary rewriting of a classic goodnight book from bestselling author...
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Up, Up, Up, Down!

Kimberly Gee · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Follow an energetic toddler's day with Dad that's full of opposites - up and down, make and break, yum and yuck, and more.

From his first demand to be picked up and then immediately put down, opposites pop up all day long for this energetic boy. Breakfast is no, no, no, yes! At the sandbox,...
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Vroom!

Barbara McClintock · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Join a little girl as she zooms --
past fields and forests,
up mountains,
over rivers,
through deserts,
home again,
and into bed in this playful picture book about the power of imagination, from award-winning author and artist Barbara McClintock.

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