The wordless picture book is a loving tribute to living mindfully and sustainably on our precious planet. From a tall tree growing in the forest – to the checkout counter at the grocery store – one little bag finds its way into the hands of a young boy on the eve of his first day of school. And so begins an incredible journey of a paper bag that is used and reused and reused again.
By Eric A. Kimmel, Illustrated by Alida Massari (Kar-Ben Publishing – 2020)
Nicanor was a successful merchant who possessed great wealth in the ancient Alexandria. When an invitation came from the King asking Nicanor to help restore the Temple in Jerusalem, Nicanor was excited. He created a beautiful new gate for the Temple, but his happiness was lost when the marvelous gate sank into the sea on the way to Jerusalem. Then, wonder of wonder, a miracle occurs.
By Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, Illustrated by Scott Magoon (Candlewick Press – 2018)
Rescue thought he’d grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog -it’s the family business, after all. But when he gets the news that he’s better suited to being a service dog, he’s worried that he’s not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life turned out differently from the way she’d imagined it, too. >>> Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were married in 2012, and were injured during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
By Michelle Houts, Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Candlewick Press – 2019)
One summer, Thomas visits his grandmother at her seaside cottage. She gives him a magnifying glass that once belonged to his grandfather, and with it Thomas explores the beach. When his grandmother shows him a piece of sea glass, Thomas’s imagination is expanded.
By Leslie Kimmelman, Illustrated by Sharon Davey (Apple & Honey Press – 2019)
Someday, Lena hopes to be a world-famous detective. But in meantime, she’s working on “the case of Mysterious Rabbi”. The Rabbi Max seems to be everywhere. Lena investigates Rabbi Max, as he makes challah, sing with Cantor Lori, builds a sukkah and of course…slurps spaghetti! >>>The book reflects a multigenerational suburban Jewish community.
By Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson (G. P. Putnam’s Sons – 2021 )
Milo is on a long subway ride. To pass the time, he studies the people around him and draws pictures of how he imagines their lives to be. But what if everyone’s life is different from how Milo first imagines it? From award-winning creators Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson comes this timely and important picture book about how you can’t really know anyone’s story just by looking at them.>>>Matt de la Peña‘s other books : Last stop on market street, Love.
By Ree Drummond, Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers (HARPER – 2017)
Littel Ree used to be a city girl. Now she and her parents move to the ranch and lives with her grandparents. Little Ree loves cooking with Grandma. But soon Little Ree discovers that ranch life can be tough. With warmth and humor, the author shows that being a country girl isn’t about right pair of boots, it’s about the right attitude.
By Langston Hughes, Illustrated by Daniel Miyares (Schwartz & Wade Books – 2017, Original poem in 1924)
Follow one child on a walk through his small segregated town in the 1950s. Then watch his mind take flight as he imagines a brighter, more inclusive world. >>>Langston Hughes’s inspiring and timeless poem “Dream Variation” comes joyously to life in a gorgeously illustrated picture book.