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Stars of 2018: Picture Books

    A Big Mooncake for Little Star

    A Big Mooncake for Little Star - Grace Lin

    Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

    PICTURE BOOK Lin, G.
    Drawn Together

    Drawn Together - Minh Lê; illustrated by Dan Santat

    A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.

    PICTURE BOOK Le, M.    
    The Funeral

    The Funeral - Matt James

    Norma and her parents are going to her great-uncle Frank's funeral, and Norma is more excited than sad. She is looking forward to playing with her favorite cousin, Ray, but when she arrives at the church, she is confronted with rituals and ideas that have never occurred to her before. While not all questions can be answered, when the day is over Norma is certain of one thing: Uncle Frank would have enjoyed his funeral. This sensitive and life-affirming story will lead young readers to ask their own questions about life, death and how we remember those who have gone before us.

    PICTURE BOOK James, M.
    The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

    The Girl Who Drew Butterflies - Joyce Sidman

    Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that features many original paintings by Maria herself.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Merian, M. 2018
    Hello Lighthouse

    Hello Lighthouse - Sophie Blackall

    Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper.

    PICTURE BOOK Blackall, S.
    Imagine!

    Imagine! - Raúl Colón

    When a boy visits an art museum and one of the paintings comes to life, he has an afternoon of adventure and discovery [that] changes how he sees the world ever after.

    PICTURE BOOK Colon, R.
    Julián Is a Mermaid

    Julián Is a Mermaid - Jessica Love

    While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

    PICTURE BOOK Love, J.
    Between the Lines

    Between the Lines - Sandra Neil Wallace; illustrated by Bryan Collier

    Looks at the life and career of Ernie Barnes, a football star who became an influential painter.

    OVERSIZE CHILDREN 796.332 B261zw 2018
    Blue

    Blue - Laura Vaccaro Seeger

    Illustrations and simple, rhyming text celebrate the many shades of blue seen during the relationship of a boy and his dog as the boy grows from a baby to an adult.

    PICTURE BOOK Seeger, L.
    The Day You Begin

    The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Rafael López

    Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

    PICTURE BOOK Woodson, J.
    Dreamers

    Dreamers - Yuyi Morales

    An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story.

    PICTURE BOOK Morales, Y.
    I Got It!

    I Got It! - David Wiesner

    In this wordless picture book, a young outfielder imagines all the terrifying ways he might not catch the baseball, and one way that he can.

    PICTURE BOOK Wiesner, D.
    Kitten and the Night Watchman

    Kitten and the Night Watchman - John Sullivan; illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

    As he makes his rounds, a night watchman hears birds calling, insects buzzing, and vehicles roaring by, while a stray kitten keeps him company.

    PICTURE BOOK Sullivan, J.
    Love

    Love - Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Loren Long

    Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the bonds of love that connect us all.

    PICTURE BOOK de la Pena, M.
    Night Job

    Night Job - Karen Hesse; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

    What is it like to work at night, while the rest of the city is asleep? Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse's quietly powerful story of a boy and his father is tenderly brought to life by G. Brian Karas in this luminous tribute to an enduring, everyday sort of love.

    PICTURE BOOK Hesse, K.
    Ocean Meets Sky

    Ocean Meets Sky - Terry and Eric Fan

    A little boy builds a ship to honor his late grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfather's stories.

    PICTURE BOOK Fan, T.    
    Otis and Will Discover the Deep

    Otis and Will Discover the Deep - Barb Rosenstock; illustrated by Katherine Roy

    A biographical account of engineer Otis Barton and naturalist Will Beebe's record-setting descent into the deep ocean in their Bathysphere craft, making the men the first humans to witness deep sea creatures in their natural habitat.

    OVERSIZE CHILDREN 551.46 R815 2018
    A Parade of Elephants

    A Parade of Elephants - Kevin Henkes

    Illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce such basic concepts as adjectives, adverbs, daytime, and nighttime as they follow five elephants marching from dawn to dusk.

    PICTURE BOOK Henkes, K.
    Pie Is for Sharing

    Pie Is for Sharing - Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illustrated by Jason Chin

    You're invited to a glorious Fourth of July picnic where you'll learn all about sharing, the good things along with the bad.

    PICTURE BOOK Ledyard, S.
    The Stuff of Stars

    The Stuff of Stars - Marion Dane Bauer; illustrations by Ekua Holmes

    Explores the formation of the universe.

    PICTURE BOOK Bauer, M.
    They Say Blue

    They Say Blue - Jillian Tamaki

    A young girl describes where she finds colors in both the world around her and beyond what she can see.

    PICTURE BOOK Tamaki, J.
    Whale in a Fishbowl

    Whale in a Fishbowl - Troy Howell & Richard Jones

    Wednesday, a whale living in captivity, is inspired by a little girl named Piper to try to reach the sea.

    PICTURE BOOK Howell, T.    
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