I Am A Masterpiece! by Mia Armstrong; illustrated by Alexandra ThompsonIn her school self-portrait, Mia shows how proud she is to be herself, even when others are rude or patronizing because she has Down syndrome. Written by actress Mia Armstrong, this upbeat, own voices book is "a celebration of self-advocacy, self-expression, and self-acceptance" (Kirkus Reviews).
My Block Looks Like by Janelle Harper; illustrated by Frank MorrisonLyrical words and dynamic, high-energy illustrations vividly portray the joy one kid finds in the sounds, sights, and feel-good vibes of her Bronx neighborhood. Read-alikes: C.G. Esperanza’s Boogie Boogie, Y’all and Alyssa Reynoso-Morris’ The Bronx is My Home.
The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn by Shawn HarrisAn encounter with a gnome helps the pink, pint-sized protagonist of this picture book gain fresh perspective on their unique stature. Adorable artwork amps up the whimsy in this fantastical spin on a common frustration among little kids. For fans of: Shannon Hale’s Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn.
Time to Make Art by Jeff MackIn this playfully philosophical picture book, a child wonders: How long does art take? Can it have mistakes? How should it feel? These questions (and more) are addressed by an inclusive array of real-life artists, showcasing styles from across the ages and the globe.
Jump for Joy by Karen Gray Ruelle; illustrated by Hadley HooperHuman kid Joy dreams of a dog while dog Jump dreams of a kid, and each creates imaginary companions as they wait for the right real-life ones to come along. Distinguished by mixed-media illustrations in limited colors, this kid-meets-dog tale is a sweet, wistful charmer.
Ten Little Rabbits by Maurice SendakDismayed after accidentally conjuring not one, but TEN rabbits, a young magician carefully vanishes the bunnies one by one. With few words, this previously unpublished counting book from 1970 foregrounds the expressive, inimitable artwork of late children’s book legend Maurice Sendak.
Gravity is Bringing Me Down by Wendelin Van Draanen; illustrated by Cornelia LiLeda starts her day by falling out of bed, and things only get clumsier from there. Is it possible for gravity to be in a bad mood? This gently humorous STEM story combines science facts with colorful, stylized cartoon art. Try this next: Jason Chin’s Gravity.
Are You Big? by Mo WillemsUsing a series of increasingly large anthropomorphic objects -- including a hot air balloon, the continent of Australia, and the moon -- perennial kid favorite Mo Willems brings his distinctive silliness to the concept of relative size. For sweet, cozy take on the same topic, check out Nina Crews’ I’m Not Small.
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