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Daniel’s Good Day

Micha Archer (Penguin/Paulsen)

Archer’s inquisitive protagonist walks through his friendly neighborhood polling his neighbors: “What makes a good day for you?” The many responses he receives represent a diverse community in the midst of a lush, blooming spring.

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Hum and Swish

Matt Myers (Holiday House/Porter)

Airy portrayals of the seashore—its bright light, creamy waves, and golden sands—evoke the smell of sea salt mingled with sunscreen in this quiet picture book about the pleasures of solo creation.

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The Last Peach

Gus Gordon (Roaring Brook)

In this existential meditation about desires and illusions, two wide-eyed insects contemplate a red-orange globe that hangs suspended amid green leaves—a peach.

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Llama Destroys the World

Jonathan Stutzman, illus. by Heather Fox (Holt)

Cocreators Stutzman and Fox open this outrageous story of cake and planetary annihilation with a prediction: “On Friday, Llama will destroy the world.” Dessert has never seemed so epic.

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My Papi Has a Motorcycle

Isabel Quintero, illus. by Zeke Peña (Kokila)

When Papi gets home from work, his daughter is ready for their ritual, a nightly motorcycle ride through their beloved California city. Quintero and Peña bring sensory immediacy to their story, which features a fresh graphic novel style and a mix of Spanish and English text.

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Vroom!

Barbara McClintock (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

One evening, Annie fits her helmet over her curls, gets into her race car—a sleek, torpedo-shaped unit—and rockets out of her open bedroom window. McClintock’s economically told story offers the greatest charms of adventure: being on one’s own, seeing new places, and going really, really fast.

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You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks

Evan Turk (Atheneum)

Splendid landscapes celebrate America’s national parks, from Yosemite to Biscayne Bay. In free verse and consistently powerful spreads that enumerate the parks’ natural riches, Turk offers a fitting testament to their grandeur.

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