Brein's Picture Book Picks

Great picture books are special gifts. Many dedicated teachers from pre-school to high school know the power of these collaborations between poetic text and vibrant artwork when read in their classrooms. I have picked some of my very favorites for you to discover and enjoy.  Lovingly crafted by genius creators to open the big wide wonderful world to readers of all ages. - Brein

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Milo Imagines the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399549083
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

Matt De La Pena and Christian Robinson are a gold medal team in their picture book collaborations. This incredible book about hopeful and observant young Milo journeying with his sister through the city to visit his incarcerated Mom. Along the way he imagines and draws the hopes and dreams of the people he meets and watches. A must own book for your collection. - Brein


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Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

I have been lucky enough to try many different fry breads at many different pow wows. This book captures the familial and communal pleasure of making and breaking bread with friends and family. Juana Martinez-Neal's artwork is exquisite and vibrant. Plus you get lots of important history and fun facts, a delicious family recipe, and the end pages are filled with an alphabetical of contemporary indigenous nations of the Americas (including my Salt River Pima - Maricopa Community)! - Brein


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¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat (World of ¡Vamos!) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328557049
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Published: Versify - March 24th, 2020

Award -winning illustrator Raul the Third puts a fresh and vibrant spin on the classic genre of neighborhood picture books made beloved by Richard Scarry. Travel the bustling streets with Little Lobo, Bernabe, and Kooky Dooky searching for something delicious to eat and learn the Spanish words for lots of scrumptious comida. - Brein


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My First Day Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593306260
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Published: Make Me a World - February 16th, 2021

The artwork in this book is epic and gorgeous. All about the joys and fears of big change as captured so poetically and beautifully by the author and illustrator. - Brein


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Zuri Ray Tries Ballet Cover Image
By Tami Charles, Sharon Sordo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062914897
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 15th, 2021

Zuri Ray takes all of her pint size dramatic, vivid, colorful energy to ballet class and manages to uplifts her friends and teachers with her free spirited and positive attitude. Zuri and her BFF Jessie are great new additions to the picture book world. - Brein


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On the Trapline Cover Image
By David A. Robertson, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735266681
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Published: Tundra Books - May 4th, 2021

A boy and his grandfather (moshom) take a trip to the northern wilderness and share memories and special moments. Grandpa's stories of growing up as a boy in his Cree community enchant and delight his grandson and the readers. The author David A. Robertson and the artist Julie Flett are both Indigenous award-winning creators. - Brein


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Laxmi's Mooch Cover Image
By Shelly Anand, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815651
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Published: Kokila - March 2nd, 2021

A joyful, body positivity book for every kid (and adult) who may claim something different and special about their appearance. It is a funny and heartwarming picture book about loving yourself from top to toe.- Brein


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Watercress Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446247
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Published: Neal Porter Books - March 30th, 2021

A beautiful book about cultural differences and feeling embarrassed by the traditions of your beloved parents. Jason Chin's artwork is outstanding. Love this book.- Brein


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The Little Library (Mr. Tiffin's Classroom Series) Cover Image
By Margaret McNamara, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525578338
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - March 23rd, 2021

A wonderful and thoughtful book about a young undiscovered reader who inspired by a magnificent librarian finds a creative and engaging path through the pages of a book and transforms his little community. This is a special book and you might want some kleenex nearby. - Brein


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The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael Lopez have crafted a gorgeous classic that is for every child. This book should be in everyone's library. - Brein


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Lizard from the Park Cover Image
By Mark Pett, Mark Pett (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442483217
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2015

This is my go to picture book for an engaging dinsoaur book with an actual story. It is funny and engaging with gorgeous art and a special twist at the end that ties the package up perfectly. - Brein


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Lucia the Luchadora Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781576878279
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Published: POW! Kids Books - March 7th, 2017

Don't tell Lucia that girls can't be superheroe! With a special gift and message from her Abuela, Lucia transforms the playground and her friends with her mighty powers and epic kicks and karate chops. So much fun! - Brein


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A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525645405
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - November 12th, 2019

Hello Broadway! Introduce your kids to an ABC of the greatest singing and dancing divas of the lit up stage. This is a great book and one you can read in conjunction with watching vidoe clips of these awesome performers. - Brein


Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away Cover Image
By Meg Medina, Sonia Sanchez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207040
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

The 2020 Jumpstart Read for the Record Selection (2.24 million readers) * An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book * A Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year * A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year * A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
 


What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481465618
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 25th, 2018

“When Barbara Jordan talked, we listened.” —Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice—and she knew how to use it!


Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies Cover Image
By Christian Trimmer, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481462686
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 21st, 2018

From Christian Trimmer and bestselling illustrator Jessie Sima comes an adorable and imaginative twist on the tale of Snow White…with lots more ponies!

Sweet Snow Pony is loved by all for her beautiful coat as white as snow and her mane as black as ebony.


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Last Stop on Market Street Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

#1 New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
Winner of the Newbery Medal
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
 


The Whisper Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544416864
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Published: Clarion Books - October 6th, 2015

Step inside the pages of a little girl's magical book as she discovers the profound and inspiring notion that we each bring something different to the same story. Two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski debuts as an author in this tender picture book about the joy of reading.


The Bear and the Piano Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544674547
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Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2016

One day, a bear cub finds something strange and wonderful in the forest. When he touches the keys, they make a horrible noise. Yet he is drawn back again and again. Eventually, he learns to play beautiful sounds, delighting his woodland friends.           
     Then the bear is invited to share his sounds with new friends in the city.


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The Night Gardener Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481439787
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 16th, 2016

In the spirit of Goodnight Moon and The Curious Garden comes a stunning debut picture book filled with whimsy and creativity from brothers Terry and Eric Fan.

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last.


Grandma in Blue with Red Hat Cover Image
By Scott Menchin, Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419714849
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2015

When a young boy learns about what makes art special—sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it tells a story—he realizes that these same characteristics are what make his grandmother special, too.


A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781623708030
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls "a must-read for our times," A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event - a long-ago fishing trip. Graphic novelist Thi Bui and acclaimed poet Bao Phi deliver a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son - and between cultures, old and new.