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Ages 3-5

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Antiracist Baby by  Ibram X Kendi
Illustrations and rhyming text present nine steps Antiracist Baby can take to improve equity, such as opening our eyes to all skin colors and celebrating all our differences.
Astro Girl by  Ken Wilson-Max
After Astrid tells her father that she wants to be an astronaut, he tells her of all the things that astronauts have to do.
Butts Are Everywhere by  Jonathan Stutzman
A celebration of one of our most useful (and hilarious) body parts.
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story.
Eat Pete! by Michael Rex
When a hungry monster appears outside Pete's window, it is not for a play date, but soon the two are racing toy cars, playing pirate, and more.
Hair Love by  Matthew A Cherry
A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.
I Am Human : A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde
A child recognizes his own humanity, his capacity for doing harm and being harmed, his ability to feel joy and sadness, and his belief in hope and promise to keep learning.
Julian Is a Mermaid by  Jessica Love
In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.
Snail Crossing by  Corey R Tabor
Determined to make his way to a plump, crisp cabbage across the road, Snail risks speeding cars and hungry crows during a long and slow journey, before getting lost while helping a crew of ants escape a rainstorm.
The Bear in My Family by  Maya Tatsukawa
It's not easy living with a bear, but one little boy learns that sometimes, a bear in the family can end up to be the best thing in the world.
The Cool Bean by Jory John
Everyone knows the cool beans. They're sooooo cool. And then there's the uncool has-bean ... Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowd--until one day the cool beans show him how it's done.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
The Snowy Day by  Ezra Jack Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
You Matter by  Christian Robinson
Illustrations and easy-to-read text remind the reader that no matter what happens or how one feels, he or she matters.
Updated 12/14/2021