Pillow Places

by Joseph Kuefler (Balzer + Bray) Published June 8, 2021 Two friends spend their sleepover discovering all the things a pillow can do and be. They play until they can’t anymore and forge a bond stronger than a pillow fort.


by Helen Yoon (Candlewick Press) Published October 26, 2021 A child enters her father’s office to investigate and turns her curiosity into a full play session. When she realizes she should leave before it gets worse, she is in for a hilarious surprise.

Line and Scribble

by Debora Vogrig, illustrated by Pia Valentinis, translated by Debbie Bibo (Chronicle Books) Published May 11, 2021 ​ Different types of lines, scribbles and drawings encourage the reader to use their imagination. This books is great for making the connection between drawing and writing

Arlo Draws an Octopus

by Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Rob Sayegh Jr. (Harry N. Abrams) Published May 4, 2021 The follows Arlo as he works through his frustration at not being able to draw an octopus. He discovers that even though his drawings don’t meet his expectations, they are enjoyed by others.

Reuse This Book!

by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, illustrated by Emma Morris (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company) Published March 30, 2021 A great book to introduce different ways to make the world a better place through recycling, making less waste and taking care of our Earth.

You Are a Reader! / You Are a Writer!

by April Jones Prince, illustrated by Christine Davenier (Margaret Ferguson Books) Published August 3, 2021 This book is two books in one. Half of it highlights reading and the other half is about writing. The pictures are diverse and provide inspiration and real-life examples of reading and writing.

The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round

by Wendy Wan-Long Shang, illustrated by Lorian Tu (Orchard Books) Published June 1, 2021 This book is about a family gathering for a traditional Chinese dinner, and can be read or sung to the tune of “The Wheels On the Bus”, and uses repetition to highlight the sounds, such as Grandpa slurping noodles. There is …

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ROAR-chestra!: A Wild Story of Musical Words

by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Kids Can Press) Published May 4, 2021 A cartoonishly drawn conductor waves his baton at an attentive group of animals. They follow his commands and at allegro they “quickly, swiftly, race, run, fly!”. Children will love learning these musical terms and can move like the animals on each page.

Jazz for Lunch

by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by Eugenia Mello (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books) Published September 7, 2021 A young girl and her aunt visit a jazz club at lunch time, then go home and cook dinner to a jazzy beat.