Celebrating Picture Books

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It’s Picture Book Month, a literacy initiative that honors printed picture books during the month of November. Celebrate with your young family members by getting together and reading one of these titles recommended by JMRL children’s librarians:

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal – When Alma Sofia Esperanza Josâe Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents. (Also available in Spanish).

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins – When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a Tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates – A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain in this tribute to inclusion and tolerance.

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh – Excited by her first trip to Coney Island, a young immigrant girl is fascinated by the differences between the beach culture in her new home and her native Iran.

Ginny Goblin is Not Allowed to Open This Box by David Goodner – Tempted by a box on a shelf that she is forbidden to open until dinnertime, Ginny engages in a series of wacky box-snatching strategies involving ninja suits, catapults and scaly serpents.

Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin – A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke – A story that gently introduces numbers while describing how an adorable baby covertly sneaks fruits into his doting mother’s shopping basket.

Summer Color! by Diana Murray – Two rambunctious children take off on a backyard adventure through the wonders and colors of summer.