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A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi

James Yang (Viking)

In this sensory-focused, richly illustrated picture book, Geisel Medalist Yang conjures a day from Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi’s childhood.

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It Began with Lemonade

Gideon Sterer, illus. by Lian Cho (Dial)

Sprightly art, filled with invention and wit, offers plenty to regard in this make-lemonade story with a twist.

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The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

Tom Gauld (Holiday House/Porter)

Graphic novelist Gauld makes his picture book debut with a bedtime-oriented fairy tale inspired by a story he made up for his children.

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My Two Border Towns

David Bowles, illus. by Erika Meza (Kokila)

Living on the U.S.-Mexico border, a boy and his father traverse from one side to the other on weekends in Bowles’s heartwarming picture book debut.

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Negative Cat

Sophie Blackall (Penguin/Paulsen)

Caldecott Medalist Blackall follows a recalcitrant feline named Max and his loving owner in this sweet tale.

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The Rescuer of Tiny Creatures

Curtis Manley, illus. by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Roaring Brook)

A child named Roberta shows compassion for the smallest invertebrates—including insects, earthworms, and spiders—in this gentle, wonder-filled narrative.

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