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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.


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.


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.


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.


Negative Cat

Sophie Blackall (Penguin/Paulsen)

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


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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