Featured Books: Picture Book Highlights

The Little Red FortThe Little Red Fort
By Brenda Maier, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
Ages 4-8

Ruby’s mind is always full of ideas. One day, she finds some old boards and decides to build something. She invites her brothers to help, but they just laugh and tell her she doesn’t know how to build. “Then I’ll learn,” she says. And she does! When she creates a dazzling fort that they all want to play in, it is Ruby who has the last laugh. With sprightly text and winsome pictures, this modern spin on the timeless favorite The Little Red Hen celebrates the pluck and ingenuity of young creators everywhere!


Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved ReptilesJoan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
By Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala
Ages 4-8

Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets…While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favorite lizard with her everywhere–she even brought a crocodile to school! When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children’s tea parties–with her komodo dragon as the guest of honor. With a lively text and vibrant illustrations, scientist and writer Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala bring to life Joan Procter’s inspiring story of passion and determination.

  A Heart Just Like My Mother’sA Heart Just Like My Mother’s
By Lela Nargi, illustrated by Valeria Cis
Ages 4-8

Shy Anna doesn’t think she is anything like her outgoing, funny, clever mother. One day Anna sees a hungry man on the street and decides to find a way to help. When she uses her tzedakah money for an act of kindness, she realizes she and her mother have something very important in common after all. This is a beautiful universal tale of the value of giving and helping those in need, as well as a heart-warming mother/daughter relationship story.

The Old ManThe Old Man
By Sarah V., illustrated by Claude Dubois
Ages 4-8

Day breaks over the town. Get up, everybody! It’s time to go to school. For the old man too, it’s time to wake up. The night was icy and he’s hungry. His name? He doesn’t know…This is the story of a person with no job, no family, no home, a nobody, who can’t even remember what he was once named. But his day changes when he is noticed by a child. Drawn in soft, watercolor pencil, this is an important story for our times. This gentle, compelling story will appeal to a child’s sense of justice and to every reader’s compassion.

Dad by My SideDad By My Side
By Soosh
Ages 3-6

A heartwarming celebration of the special relationship between a father and daughter! Whether they’re playing make-believe, making you smile, or warding off monsters under the bed, dads are always there when you need them. Debut picture book artist Soosh celebrates fathers with a gorgeously illustrated and moving story about the parent-child bond.