Picture Books | Remarkable Reads 2021

We admit it: we are obsessed with picture books! We’ve carefully curated a selection of our favorites published this year for our Picture Book Remarkable Reads. They're the perfect gift to share storytime with any age.

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The 1619 Project: Born on the Water Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593307359
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Published: Kokila - November 16th, 2021

The 1619 Project's lyrical picture book in verse chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson.

“[The 1619 Project] is the most important book published this year and quite possibly in my lifetime. We all need to read this book.” Michelle, Book Buyer


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The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars Cover Image
By Rachel Montez Minor, Annie Won (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593309377
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - November 9th, 2021

My pick for the most stunning book of the year goes to The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars. I got literal chills reading this gorgeous picture book about the light we shine. This is a great gift for graduates, new babies, children, adults, everyone. Rachel Montez Minor and Annie Won are the perfect team to bring this luminous book to life. I love it to the stars and back. — Brandi, Children's Book Buyer


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Benji's Doll Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9788418133404
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Published: Nubeocho - October 11th, 2021

Benji wants a doll just like his friend Jenny has, so badly. And finally, he gets one! But then a boy at the playground grabs it away, and there's a terrible accident. Benji's choice of toy isn't the sole point of this story. Neither is whether others will approve, or whether joyful Benji cares what anyone else thinks. So what IS the story about? The illustrations are hilariously expressive, the ending is A+, and you should definitely read it and find out. — Emmy, Lead Children's Book Specialist


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Chez Bob Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316483117
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

Bob the alligator is too lazy to catch his own lunch. What if he could get the birds to come to him? He opens a birdseed restaurant on his nose . . . and it's a HIT. Soon Bob's schedule is packed, catering to his flocks of fans. But what will happen when he finally gets the chance to do what he'd planned all along? Will he eat his newfound friends? The technicolor illustrations are the perfect fit for this funny, silly, big-hearted story. — Emmy, Lead Children's Book Specialist


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It Fell from the Sky Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534457621
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

"It fell from the sky on a Thursday." When it comes to the Fan Brothers, every page is a masterpiece. Get lost in the meticulous detail of their stunning graphite illustrations, and read about a greedy spider who learns to be generous of spirit. This is a keepsake, for sure. — Gemma, Bookseller


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Change Sings: A Children's Anthem Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593203224
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

"I can hear change humming
In its loudest, proudest song.
I don't fear change coming,
And so I sing along."
 
"Presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman's melodic debut picture book is inspiring. Her words tell us of the call for a change needed in the world that she hears and sings and is, and invites readers to sing and change along with her. Complete with vibrant illustrations from #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long, Change Sings will strum a beat in your heart, and shows kids that one small act can add up to a big difference." — Brandi, Children's Book Buyer


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Dragonboy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316462167
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

Dragonboy is a lovely story about a boy with a powerful imagination and a bunch of stuffed animal friends. Every day is a great day for exploring, Dragonboy says, and he and his friends set off on adventures near and far. The adorable illustrations will pull you in, but Dragonboy's empathy and huge heart will leave a lasting impression. — Cortney, Assistant Children's Book Buyer


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Before We Sleep Cover Image
By Giorgio Volpe, Paolo Proietti (Illustrator), Angus Yuen-Killick (Translator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781636550046
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Published: Red Comet Press - September 7th, 2021

This sweet story explores the friendship between Little Red the fox and Hazel the dormouse. The two best friends love to play together, but as the season for Hazel's hibernation approaches, Little Red does everything to put off the encroaching separation. It isn't until Hazel reassures Little Red that spring will come without fail and they'll play together again that the fox is able to accept it and look forward to that time. A perfect story for tucking little ones into bed under cozy covers. — Cortney, Assistant Children's Book Buyer

 


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Mister Fairy Cover Image
By Morgane de Cadier, Florian Pigé (Illustrator), Angus Yuen-Killick (Translator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781636550008
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Published: Red Comet Press - September 7th, 2021

Mister Fairy has yet to find his special fairy talent, and he feels useless. Dejected, he leaves the forest for the concrete jungle, where everyone seems sad and unhappy. With a few waves of his wand, Mister Fairy's particular magic starts to put smiles on everyone's faces instead - especially his own. I was not expecting a story about a grumpy fairy to be so charming and heartwarming: simply delightful!  — Cortney, Assistant Children's Book Buyer


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Cat Problems (Animal Problems) Cover Image
By Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593302132
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Published: Random House Studio - August 3rd, 2021

4 paws all around! This is the best problems book yet. Anyone who has lived with cats will find it purr-fectly accurate. Kitties and kiddies will be scratching at the bit for Cat Problems. To quote our feline protagonist, " I already want more!"  Brandi, Children's Book Buyer


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Lala's Words: A Story of Planting Kindness Cover Image
By Gracey Zhang, Gracey Zhang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338648232
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 6th, 2021

An enchanting and empowering picture book about the power of words. Lala speaks kindness and truth over the plants around her, and in turn finds out just how powerful words are, not just for plants but also in learning to speak kindness over herself and others. — Allie, Lead Children's Book Specialist


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How Do You Dance? Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781419751820
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - April 20th, 2021

Just move a part, then move another. Let it get weird. See where it goes!" This book is a treat just to look at. Heder's marvelous watercolor illustrations make you want to get up and dance, no music required (though it is encouraged)! Perfect for kids of all ages (yes, even the kids at heart) that--happy, or mad, or sad--just need to groove. — Gemma, Bookseller