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Best Indie Picture Books of 2019

  • INDIE

    HANDY HOWIE

    JAN. 9, 2019

HANDY HOWIE

by Lizz Howe illustrated by Lizz Howe

A fun and silly addition to titles about mechanics, helping others, and animal adventures. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    KEEKEE'S BIG ADVENTURES IN LONDON, ENGLAND

    NOV. 19, 2019

CHILDREN'S

KEEKEE'S BIG ADVENTURES IN LONDON, ENGLAND

by Shannon Jones , illustrated by Casey Uhelski

A charming, beautifully illustrated guide to the English capital for kids. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    NORMAN'S GIFT

    NOV. 15, 2019

CHILDREN'S

NORMAN'S GIFT

by Michelle Olson , photographed by Michelle Olson , illustrated by Michelle Olson

The message that real friends value their pals most for being themselves couldn’t be delivered by a cuter button. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ELLIE AND HER EMOTIONAL DRAGONS

    NOV. 16, 2018

CHILDREN'S

ELLIE AND HER EMOTIONAL DRAGONS

by Joseph Goodrich ; illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner

The dragons’ acceptance of the heroine’s reactions, their solid advice, and a kid-friendly elephant children can identify... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WILD WAVES WHIST

    MARCH 1, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE WILD WAVES WHIST

by Erin Nelsen Parekh illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

A beach adventure pairs with the beautifully lyrical words of Ariel in this triumph of poetry and approachability. Full review >

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  • INDIE

    SECOND-CHANCE SAM

    AUG. 13, 2019

SECOND-CHANCE SAM

by JoAnn Sky , illustrated by John Tatulli

A moving tribute to shelter dogs, the humans who love them, and the wisdom of looking beyond outward appearances. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ROCK & ROLL WOODS

    OCT. 5, 2018

CHILDREN'S

ROCK & ROLL WOODS

by Sherry Howard illustrated by Anika A. Wolf

A tale that offers a kindred spirit for readers who struggle with change. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    PRIYA DREAMS OF MARIGOLDS & MASALA

    MARCH 26, 2019

CHILDREN'S

PRIYA DREAMS OF MARIGOLDS & MASALA

by Meenal Patel ; illustrated by Meenal Patel

A beautifully rendered, touching celebration of sharing traditions across generations and cultures. Full review >

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