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Picture Books We Loved in 2020

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 3 to 10
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: picture books, kids' books.
Standout picture books that will make excellent holiday gifts.

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A World of Mindfulness

by Erin Alladin, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo; Rebecca Bender; Gabrielle Grimard; Tara Anderson; François Thisdale; Scot Ritchie; Miki Sato; Tamara Campeau; Emma Pedersen; Carmen Mok; Aino Anto; Sue Macartney; Dubois & Andrea Blinick
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: non-classifiable, emotions & feelings

 

From the creators of A World of Kindness, a meditative, sensory picture book with arresting art from fourteen illustrators featuring several exciting new artists

I am here. I know who I am. I breathe in the smell of sun-warmed grass and it fills my lungs with energy.

Parents, educators, and health practitioners everywhere are recognizing the importa …

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Once Upon an Hour

by Ann Yu-Kyung Choi, illustrated by Soyeon Kim
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Audiobook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: asian, bedtime & dreams, date & time

Yu-Rhee, a young Korean girl, wants to know how to tell time using a clock. Her mother tells her a tale from her childhood based on the traditional Korean practice of timekeeping, where the 12 animals of the zodiac are assigned to 2-hour sections of the 24-hour clock. Told from the point of view of a mountain, the story follows a child as they clim …

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Teaching Mrs. Muddle

by Colleen Nelson, illustrated by Alice Carter
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: school & education, new experience, humorous stories

 

Fall in love at first blunder with a wisely foolish kindergarten teacher who makes the first day of school an experience to remember.

Kayla isn’t too sure about the first day of kindergarten. What if she misses her mom? What if she can’t find the bathroom? But when Kayla meets Mrs. Muddle, it quickly becomes clear that Kayla’s problems are no …

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Emmy Noether

The Most Important Mathematician You've Never Heard Of

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Kari Rust
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: prejudice & racism, women

In this engaging and inspiring biography, a groundbreaking but relatively unknown woman finally gets her due as one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century.

Emmy Noether is not pretty, quiet, good at housework or eager to marry --- all the things a German girl is expected to be in her time. What she is, though, is a genius at …

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Lady with the Books, The

A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman

by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Marie Lafrance
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: books & libraries, girls & women, europe

Inspired by true events, a fictionalized retelling of how one woman brought a world of books to children in Germany after World War II, and changed their lives forever.

Anneliese and Peter will never be the same after the war that took their father's life. One day, while wandering the ruined streets of Munich, the children follow a line of people en …

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The Old Woman

by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Nahid Kazemi
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: friendship, emotions & feelings, country life

The Old Woman is a beautiful portrait of an old woman who lives contentedly with her dog, from award-winning author Joanne Schwartz and illustrator Nahid Kazemi.

An old woman shares her home with a scruffy old dog, her best friend and constant companion.

One fall day, they go for a walk and the woman throws sticks for the dog. She loves hearing the a …

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Beep Beep Bubbie

by Bonnie Sherr Klein, illustrated by Élisabeth Eudes-Pascal
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
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Kate is upset when her grandma (Bubbie) gets a motorized scooter. Will Bubbie still be Bubbie in that scooter? Kate slowly warms to the scooter after she sees what a good friend it is to Bubbie. And shopping at Granville Island Market with Bubbie and the scooter turns out to be so much fun! Her little brother Nate loves the scooter's bells and whis …

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ABC Monstrosity

illustrated by Shea Proulx
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged: beginner

ABC Monstrosity is a freaky-fun book designed to thrill adults and kids alike with pages that teach and terrify all at once. As each new letter is introduced with a drawing of a familiar object or animal, the previous ones are continuously combined to create bizarre monstrosities.The detailed drawings are beautifully hand coloured by Shea. ABC Mons …