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Best Picture Books of 2021 for Starting Conversations

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE DAY THE RAIN MOVED IN

    APRIL 6, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE DAY THE RAIN MOVED IN

by Éléonore Douspis ; illustrated by Éléonore Douspis ; translated by Shelley Tanaka

Visually and textually poetic, this contemplative story continues to grow through repeated visits. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SOUR CHERRY TREE

    OCT. 15, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE SOUR CHERRY TREE

by Naseem Hrab ; illustrated by Nahid Kazemi

A beautifully poignant celebration of memories of a loved one that live on in those that remain. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    CAN YOU SEE ME?

    SEPT. 7, 2021

CHILDREN'S

CAN YOU SEE ME?

by Gökçe Irten ; illustrated by Gökçe Irten

A thought-provoking way of looking at the world, and imaginative kids will love it. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    HOW WAR CHANGED RONDO

    DEC. 14, 2021

CHILDREN'S

HOW WAR CHANGED RONDO

by Romana Romanyshyn & Andriy Lesiv ; illustrated by Romana Romanyshyn & Andriy Lesiv ; translated by Oksana Lushchevska

An expertly crafted story recognizing the power of humanity amid the life-altering tragedy of war. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WIND AND THE TREES

    MARCH 15, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE WIND AND THE TREES

by Todd Stewart ; illustrated by Todd Stewart

Arresting art and an intelligent dialogue speak movingly to the realities of universal life cycles. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    JENNY MEI IS SAD

    JUNE 15, 2021

CHILDREN'S

JENNY MEI IS SAD

by Tracy Subisak ; illustrated by Tracy Subisak

Intelligently and sympathetically demonstrates that children have complex emotional lives too. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BLACK AND WHITE

    AUG. 31, 2021

CHILDREN'S

BLACK AND WHITE

by Debora Vogrig ; illustrated by Pia Valentinis

A book for adults and little ones to share, appreciate, and consider together. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    UNSPEAKABLE

    FEB. 2, 2021

CHILDREN'S

UNSPEAKABLE

by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Floyd Cooper

A somber, well-executed addition to the history as the incident approaches its 100th anniversary. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE LONGEST LETSGOBOY

    OCT. 26, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE LONGEST LETSGOBOY

by Derick Wilder ; illustrated by Cátia Chien

Stunning, tender, and brilliant. Readers will laugh and cry—but most of all love. Full review >

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