Paperback Picture Books from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.


American Elizabeth Bard’s previous book, the delightful Lunch in Paris, chronicled her love story with her French husband. Picnic in Provence tells their next chapter, which includes an unexpected move to a tiny village in Provence, a baby, and a business (artisanal ice cream!). Through it all, readers get a poignant, not-overly-romanticized look at life in rural France. It is a delicious read—not only because Bard includes recipes in each chapter, but also because she captures the vibrancy and simplicity of Provençal food and life.

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ISBN: 9780316246163
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 7th, 2015

Pint-sized luchador Niño, clad in a bright red mask and tighty whities, bests foes from Mexican folklore. Ultimately, he’s done in by his tiniest (and real) competitors: las hermanitas. Morales packs a mighty punch with her high-energy text (sprinkled with Spanish words and sound effects) and her vivid digital collage illustrations. —Horn Book Fanfare.

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By Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250062703
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - August 25th, 2015

When people ask for books on how to write a story, I often suggest they read Vera B. Williams’ enchanting Cherries and Cherry Pits. A young girl, Bidemmi, draws colorful pictures and “as she draws she tells the story of what she is drawing. She always starts with the word THIS. THIS is the door to the…” and she’s off and running. Each new story emerges from the last, each plump and joyous and delicious as the cherries that Bidemmi writes about. Grades K–3.                

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ISBN: 9780688104788
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - April 29th, 1991

“Extraordinary and wonderful.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Long ago in Africa, it is said, some of the people knew magic that enabled them to fly. But when they were brought to America as slaves, they forgot the magic. All but one old man. When he could tolerate no longer the suffering of his people, he whispered the magic words and one by one and then in flocks, the slaves rose up and flew to freedom.”

A New York Times Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year.
An American Library Association–ALSC Notable Children’s Book.
An NCTE Teacher’s Choice. Grades 3–8.

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By Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Phd Dillon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553507805
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dragonfly Books - January 6th, 2015


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