Imagine! by Raúl ColónWhat it is: a wordless, vibrantly illustrated celebration of art.
What happens: When a curious boy visits Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, figures from famous works of art spring from their frames and join the boy on a whirlwind tour of New York City landmarks.
Who it's for: kids (and adults) who love being immersed in pictures, whether in a book or on the walls of a museum.
King Alice by Matthew CordellWhat it's about: Trapped inside on a snowy day, Alice (no, wait, King Alice! The First!) and her father (Sir Dad) work together to create a storybook filled with knights, pirates, tea parties, and unicorns.
Who it's for: imaginative kids (who might see themselves in Alice) and their parents (who might see themselves in Alice's weary yet supportive dad).
Kids might also like: Matt Phelan's Druthers, another charming, feel-good read about a housebound father and daughter.
A Parade of Elephants by Kevin HenkesWhat it's about: "Look! Elephants!" Five of them, in fact, all candy-colored and all on the march through this spare, inviting book highlighting concepts such as shapes, numbers, and prepositions.
Who it's for: With large text, a gentle tone, easy-to-understand words, and clear demonstrations of concepts, this parade is perfectly pitched for preschoolers.
Dreamers by Yuyi MoralesWhat it is: a lyrical and deeply moving account of a mother and son who immigrate from Mexico to the U.S., bringing the gifts of their love and creativity.
Art alert: Readers of all ages will be mesmerized by the glowing colors and rich textures in the fantastical, folk art-infused illustrations.
Don't miss: the real-life books that appear in the illustrations -- kids can have fun finding them, both in the artwork and at the library.
Hiking Day by Anne Rockwell; illustrated by Lizzy RockwellWhat it's about: They've tied their shoes, filled their water bottles, and chosen a trail -- this family is ready to hike to the top of Hickory Hill!
What's inside: straightforward text and detailed illustrations depicting autumn leaves, several kinds of wildlife, and a breathtaking hilltop vista.
Kids might also like: Similar to Hiking Day, Galen Goodwin Longstreth's Yes, Let's is a winsome read about a family hike.
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman; illustrated by Bagram IbatoullineWhat it's about: When a little girl meets her great-grandfather for the first time, she asks to hear the story of his "diary" -- a collection of small objects, each one evoking a memory from his childhood in Italy or his later life in America.
Who it's for: older kids, who can appreciate the dialogue-driven text and intricate illustrations, as well as any children who are fascinated by family history.
In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson; illustrated by Jerry PinkneyWhat it's about: Every afternoon, Sophie and her grandpa play their favorite game. First, Grandpa claims that he lost something -- a paper clip, a lemon drop, a paintbrush -- and then he asks Sophie to help him to find it.
Why kids might like it: they can search along with Sophie in the cheerful clutter of Grandpa's room, sharing in her triumph as she finds each item and basking in the bond between grandparent and grandchild.
A Small Thing...but Big by Tony Johnston; illustrated by Hadley HooperStarring: tiny, pigtailed Lizzie, who's terrified of dogs.
What happens: Lizzie's mom introduces her to a shy older gentleman with a small, perky, dog. Though Lizzie is skittish, the man is encouraging, and as Lizzie gradually finds her confidence, a heartwarming friendship emerges.
Art alert: Uncluttered, old-fashioned illustrations in springtime hues strike just the right visual note for this celebration of small victories.
Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina; illustrated by Angela DominguezWhat it's about: Even after Abuela moves in with Mia and her family, she still feels far away, because Abuela barely speaks English, and Mia's Español isn't much better. Could a parrot named Mango be their key to communicate?
Why kids might like it: Expressive cartoon illustrations capture the relatable frustration and excitement in this warmly authentic read.
Try this next: Want more bicultural bonding between grandparent and grandchild? Try Drawn Together by Minh Lê.
Harry and Walter by Kathy Stinson; illustrated by Qin LengStarring: Harry (age four and three-quarters) and Walter (age 92 and a half), best friends and next-door neighbors.
What happens: Whether they're gardening, playing croquet, or making paper airplanes, Harry and Walter are an inseparable duo. But can their friendship survive after Harry's family moves away?
Who it's for: A cozy tale with a happy ending, Harry and Walter will resonate with readers (both young and old) who know what it's like cherish an unlikely friendship.
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