Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2

Birthday Gift Books 

Picture Book Selections:


Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao written by Kat Zhang, illustrated by Charlene Chua (Aladdin, $17.99) Amy is determined to make a perfect dumpling like her parents and grandmother do, but hers are always too empty, too full, or not pinched together properly. Can she figure it out?


Danbi Leads the School Parade written and illustrated by Anna Kim (Viking, $17.99) Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to join in the dances and the games, but she doesn't know the rules and just can't get anything right. Luckily, she isn't one to give up. With a spark of imagination, she makes up a new game and leads her classmates on a parade to remember!


Eyes That Kiss in the Corner written by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho (Harper, $17.99) A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother's, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages and is a celebration of diversity.


Fix That Clock written and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99) A construction crew rebuilds an old clock tower that has become home to rats, bats, mice, and an assortment of birds.


Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration written by Samara Cole Doyon, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita (Tilbury House Publishers, $16.95) Joyful young narrators celebrate feeling at home in one's own skin.


 Miss Brooks' Story Nook written by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley (Knopf, $16.99) A school librarian encourages her students to make up stories, and she teaches a lesson about bullying in the process.


Neck & Neck written and illustrated by Elise Parley (Little, Brown and Company, $17.99) A giraffe's self-esteem is tested when he competes with a balloon for a young boy's attention.


La Princesa and the Pea written by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (G.P Putnam's Sons, $17.99) A rhyming twist on a classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady's mattress to see if she is truly a princess. Written in English with some Spanish words.


River written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper a (Orchard Books, $18.99) A woman in a canoe takes the reader on a journey down the Hudson River, from its source, a lake in the Adirondack Mountains, to the point where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at New York City. Includes a note on the history of the Hudson River.


Saturday written and illustrated by Oge Mora (Little, Brown and Company, $18.99) When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together.


Sheepish: (Wolf Under Cover) written and illustrated by Helen Yoon (Candlewick Press, $17.99) Hungry Wolf disguises himself as a sheep and nobody suspects a thing! (Or do they?) Wolf dreams of tasty sheep--sheep sandwiches, sheep sushi, sheep tacos! In his clever sheep costume, he infiltrates the friendly neighborhood herd, blending in by helping with chores, reading bedtime stories to the lambs, and working up a sweat in sheep aerobics class. Wolf's sneaky plan works so well, he becomes part of the family. And suddenly, the sheep don't seem quite as tasty. . . . With a charming twist ending and lots of visual fun--including the running theme of Wolf's disguise not being quite as convincing as he thinks--this hilarious take on the wolf-in-sheep's-clothing will have readers howling for more.


Snail Crossing written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor (Balzer + Bray, $17.99) Determined to make his way to a plump, crisp cabbage across the road, Snail risks speeding cars and hungry crows during a long and slow journey, before getting lost while helping a crew of ants escape a rainstorm.


Straw written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Scott Magoon (Disney-Hyperion, $16.99) A bendy drinking straw loves to speed through life, but he learns to appreciate taking it slow with the help of a friend.


Swashby and the Sea written by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99) No-nonsense Captain Swashby is used to the sea meeting all of his needs and when, after his retirement, new neighbors disturb his solitary life, the sea helps in just the right way.


That's Not a Hippopotamus! written by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Sarah Davis (Gecko Press, $17.99) On a visit to Don's Safari, the students in class 2B attempt to find a missing hippopotamus.


This Way, Charlie: Inspired by a Real Animal Friendship written by Caron Levis, illustrated by Charles Santoso (Abrams Books, $17.99) Jack, an introverted goat, and Charlie, a blind horse, meet at Open Bud Ranch, an animal rehabilitation center, and form an unlikely friendship that grows stronger in the face of adversity.


Watercress written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books, $18.99) Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents.


Where's Baby? written and illustrated by Anne Hunter (Tundra, $17.99) Anne Hunter's delicate and lovely illustrations with their limited palette highlight the humor of this adorable hide-and-seek tale. Papa Fox is looking for Baby Fox, who is just out of his sight ... but not ours! An adorable, interactive read-aloud for fans of Are You My Mother. A near-sighted Papa is looking for his baby. Is Baby up in the tree? Is Baby under the log? Is Baby around the corner? Where could Baby be? Young readers will delight in spotting the little fox on every page as Papa wanders the forest, encountering other animals all along the way, but never quite able to spot his own baby. 


A Year of Everyday Wonders written by Cheryl B. Klein, illustrated by Qin Leng (Abrams, $16.99) With each new year come countless little wonders. From the highs--first snowfall, first new umbrella, first beach trip--to the lows--first missed bus, first lost umbrella, first sunburn--every year older means another cycle of everyday experiences.



Easy Fiction and Chapter Books:


The Case of Piggy's Bank written by Dosh Archer (Albert Whitman & Company, $12.99) Old-fashioned dog Detective Paw and his young partner, Patrol Officer Prickles, a porcupine armed with the latest in police equipment, are called to find out who stole the money from Piggy's Bank.


The Case of the Stolen Drumsticks written by Dosh Archer (Albert Whitman & Company, $12.99) On the eve of the Battle of the Bands, Vinnie "The Crash" McLaren's best drumsticks are stolen, and it is up to Detective Paw and Patrol Officer Prickles to determine which of Vinnie's neighbors is the thief.


King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse written by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers (Peachtree Publishers, $14.95) When King's favorite blue ball goes missing, he and Kayla must put together clues to figure out where it went.


King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code written by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers (Peachtree Publishers, $14.95) When a mysterious letter written in code arrives at King's house for his human, Kayla, he follows the trail of the person who left it.


Robots Rule the School written by Ada Hopper, illustrated by Sam Ricks (Little Simon, $16.99) Mrs. Bell challenges her science students to invent their own robots but when they start malfunctioning it becomes up to the DATA Set to deprogram the machines before an army of robots take over the school. Book #4 in The Data Set series.


Ty's Travels: All Aboard! written by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Nina Mata (Harper, $16.99) Ty wishes his family would play with him, but everyone is too busy before dinner-time. Luckily, Ty knows just what to do... Time for fun. Celebrate the power of imagination in All Aboard.


Ty's Travels: Zip, Zoom! written by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Nina Mata (Harper, $16.99) Ty cannot wait to ride his new scooter, but when he has a hard time learning and wants to quit, a new friend encourages him to give it another try.



Non-Fiction Books:


Cricket in the Thicket written by Carol Murray, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Henry Holt and Company, $17.99) Poetry about cool insects with accompanying fascinating facts.


Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals written by Katy S. Duffield, illustrated by Mike Orodán (Beach Lane Books, $18.99) How did the elephant cross the road? In Kenya, there is an elephant underpass. How did the red crab cross the road? In Australia they use a special bridge that leads to the Indian Ocean. All over the world people help animals by building special places where animals can pass over, under, across and through the roadways that people have built. A non-fiction exploration of animal crossings built by animal lovers around the world to help animals cross over, under, around, and through human construction.


Gems written by Grace Hansen (Abdo Kids, $14.99) How are gems made? How many types are there? The author uses simple text and colorful photographs to teach you about some of the types of gems and how they are formed.


Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann (Neal Porter Books, $18.99) Describes the life cycle of the hard-working honeybee. Follow along as she cleans the hive, tends to larvae and the queen, builds wax comb, and guards the hive from invaders before embarking on her first flight to search for nectar.


La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Niños written by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $16.99) A collection of classic nursery rhymes presented with a bilingual twist. Written in English with some Spanish words.


Make Yourself At Home written and illustrated by Signe Torp (Thames and Hudson, LTD, $19.95) Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a tree house? Or how cozy it must be to sleep in an igloo? Have you noticed that some houses are extremely old and were built centuries ago and other houses can be set up wherever you go? In Make Yourself at Home, young readers are introduced to ten extraordinary types of homes. Find out what it's like to live underground or floating on a canal. Open up one of the two double gatefolds to see whether having hundreds of rooms in a castle is as exciting as it sounds, or whether a windmill is more your style. Any kind of house can be a home; learn about them all and choose your favorite!


Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter (Beach Lane Books, $17.99) Joseph Cornell loved to draw and paint and collect things. With these drawings and paintings and collected treasures, he made marvelous shadowboxes--wonderlands covered in glass. And who did he most like to share them with? Children, of course.


Power Up written by Seth Fishman, illustrated by Isabel Greenberg (Greenwillow Books, $17.99) An exploration of the relationship between the human body and all the energy that it takes to make it go.