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2016 Staff Picks: Younger Readers

Staff favorite picture books and early readers for preschoolers.

  • Maybe Something Beautiful : how art transformed a neighborhood

    2016 by F Campoy

    A young girl and a muralist use art to bring vibrant color to their neighborhood in this stunning book inspired by the Urban Art Trail transformation in San Diego.

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  • Before Morning

    2016 by Joyce Sidman

    "In the deep woolen dark, as we slumber unknowing, let the sky fill with flurry and flight." For anyone who has ever wished for the magic of a snow-covered world, this is a beautiful offering.

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  • They All Saw a Cat

    2016 by Brendan Wenzel

    "The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws..." How do the bee, the skunk, the bat, the fish, and the child see a cat? This charming book has so many lessons for us, but most important is the possibility of seeing things from someone else's perspective.

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  • Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

    2016 by Alex T Smith

    One tough, smart and confident young girl saves herself and her granny, outsmarting the big bad lion and teaching him a good lesson.

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  • Welcome

    2016 by Barroux

    The other animals don't want to share their habitat with this group of polar bears who were separated from their homeland. The bears find a new place where they decide to make everyone welcome. This lovely picture book conveys a tremendous message about the dignity of all creatures and their right to live somewhere safe and welcoming.

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  • Thunder Boy Jr.

    2016 by Sherman Alexie

    What's in a name? Plenty, according to the little protagonist. He doesn't want to have the same name as dad, and figures out a way to get it right.

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