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Best Picture Books of 2015 About Family

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE NEW SMALL PERSON

    FEB. 10, 2015

CHILDREN'S

THE NEW SMALL PERSON

by Lauren Child ; illustrated by Lauren Child

How nice to see a familiar story made new with a family of color and a little brother as hero. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MAMA'S NIGHTINGALE

    SEPT. 1, 2015

CHILDREN'S

MAMA'S NIGHTINGALE

by Edwidge Danticat ; illustrated by Leslie Staub

A must-read both for children who live this life of forced separation and those who don’t. (Picture book. 5-8) Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

    JAN. 8, 2015

CHILDREN'S

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

by Matt de la Peña ; illustrated by Christian Robinson

This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    YARD SALE

    APRIL 14, 2015

CHILDREN'S

YARD SALE

by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Lauren Castillo

A simple, moving tale of a family in transition Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    TWO WHITE RABBITS

    OCT. 13, 2015

CHILDREN'S

TWO WHITE RABBITS

by Jairo Buitrago ; illustrated by Rafael Yockteng ; translated by Elisa Amado

In leaving readers with much to wonder about, the book packs the most powerful of punches. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BOATS FOR PAPA

    JUNE 30, 2015

CHILDREN'S

BOATS FOR PAPA

by Jessixa Bagley ; illustrated by Jessixa Bagley

Heartbreaking and hopeful, innocent and wise, a gentle story about healing and finding connection—both in the past and... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE CASE FOR LOVING

    JAN. 6, 2015

CHILDREN'S

THE CASE FOR LOVING

by Selina Alko ; illustrated by Sean Qualls ; Selina Alko

Despite the gentle way this book unfolds, the language and images deal a blow to racist thinking and just might inspire the... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR ANNA HIBISCUS!

    SEPT. 1, 2015

CHILDREN'S

DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR ANNA HIBISCUS!

by Atinuke ; illustrated by Lauren Tobia

A double pleasure for old friends and new readers alike. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ONE WORD FROM SOPHIA

    JUNE 16, 2015

CHILDREN'S

ONE WORD FROM SOPHIA

by Jim Averbeck ; illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

A must-read—for pet lovers and even for those not yet convinced. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MOTHER BRUCE

    NOV. 24, 2015

CHILDREN'S

MOTHER BRUCE

by Ryan T. Higgins ; illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SIDEWALK FLOWERS

    MARCH 17, 2015

CHILDREN'S

SIDEWALK FLOWERS

by JonArno Lawson ; illustrated by Sydney Smith

Bracketed by beautiful endpapers, this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    DOUBLE HAPPINESS

    AUG. 4, 2015

CHILDREN'S

DOUBLE HAPPINESS

by Nancy Tupper Ling ; illustrated by Alina Chau

A thoughtful and moving story of memory and change. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8) Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    RED SPIDER HERO

    NOV. 12, 2015

CHILDREN'S

RED SPIDER HERO

by John Miller ; illustrated by Giuliano Cucco

Just so, a story that celebrates the dreams of even the smallest of us—the really, really smallest. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BOOK ITCH

    NOV. 1, 2015

CHILDREN'S

THE BOOK ITCH

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson ; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

From the author’s heart to America’s readers: a tribute to a man who believed in and lived black pride. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    WAIT

    JULY 14, 2015

CHILDREN'S

WAIT

by Antoinette Portis ; illustrated by Antoinette Portis

Beautifully controlled pacing and an immensely satisfying rainbow resolution make this book an effective refutation of... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SONA AND THE WEDDING GAME

    APRIL 1, 2015

  • CHILDREN'S

    WHEN DAD SHOWED ME THE UNIVERSE

    SEPT. 1, 2015

CHILDREN'S

WHEN DAD SHOWED ME THE UNIVERSE

by Ulf Stark ; illustrated by Eva Eriksson ; translated by Julia Marshall

Gentle humor pervades this father-son tale in the nicest way. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA

    MAY 18, 2015

CHILDREN'S

IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA

by Muon Van ; illustrated by April Chu

The illustrations, with strong references to Chinese pen-and-ink landscapes and Japanese woodblock prints of the sea, will... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ASK ME

    MAY 12, 2015

  • CHILDREN'S

    SONYA'S CHICKENS

    AUG. 11, 2015

CHILDREN'S

SONYA'S CHICKENS

by Phoebe Wahl ; illustrated by Phoebe Wahl

A reassuring story about death in the natural world, thoughtfully designed and illustrated. Full review >

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