books we love

Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

In this fun-loving, pun-filled story, a pair of best friend Chopsticks face the challenge of being apart when one Chopstick breaks its poor little Chopstick foot. :(

While one Chopstick discovers all the incredible ways to be useful as a lone Chopstick, the other Chopstick hangs out in bed and heals. 

The book dives in to the dynamics of friendship and the many things friends can do - alone and together. Rosenthal's clever play on words paired with Scott Magoon's zesty illustrations make this story a fantastic experience. 
 

Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka

Making friends can be difficult, but if you open yourself up to meeting new people from all walks of life, then it's one of the easiest (and most fulfilling) things in the world. Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka portrays a similar message.

Two boys, (one African American and one white), meet and assess one and other. After a few simple words and emotive gestures brought to life by the illustrations, they become quick friends. 

The playful balance between words (there are only 34 throughout the whole book!) and vibrant imagery, make this book a real winner. It also highlights the challenges and rewards of new friendships, and makes a very positive statement about racial diversity as well. 

Yes! 

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild - by Peter Brown

Mr. Tiger lives in a bustling city full of prudish animals that all dress in stuffy clothes and walk on their hind legs. So one day, out of feline curiosity, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea to walk on all fours. Though he very much enjoys the sensation of the ground on each and every one of his paws, his neighbors are aghast. 

Unruffled by their contempt, Mr. Tiger jumps into the city fountain and sheds all of his clothes. He feels liberated and very much like a new Tiger, but his fellow animal citizens are appalled.

"Mr. Tiger, if you want to do that you need to go to the forest." 

"What a great idea." he says, and soon after, runs to the trees to prowl, roam and roar like every tiger should.

In time, Mr. Tiger gets lonely and misses his friends, his home and his city, so he heads back only to find that the city and its animal citizens have changed quite a bit. Some are walking upright and others on all fours. Some wear clothing and some don't. Mr. Tiger is relieved that his friends have loosened up and that they finally all can be who they want to be. 

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild is a picture book masterpiece. It invites young (and older) readers to live and express themselves more fully. It's about having the courage and self-compassion to be real and honest, and in turn, inspire others to do the same. 

Read more about the author and illustrator - Peter Brown HERE. 

Pippi Moves In

This beautiful edition of Pippi Longstocking stories in comic book form is its very first publication in English! Created in the 1950's by the famed Pippi author/illustrator duo Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Vang Nyman, the comics are re-imaginings of their classic chapter book stories. With brilliant writing and gorgeous art, here's a retelling of the stories of Pippi Longstocking, an outspoken girl with carrot-colored pigtails and mismatched socks. A whole generation of Pippi fans have a huge treat in store. 

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

Your pumpkin pie slice skin,
your caramel corn nice skin;
your toffee wrapped,
ginger snapped
cinnamon spice skin!
Your butterscotch gold skin,
your lemon tart bold skin;
your mountain high apple pie,
cookie dough rolled skin!
— From "The Skin You Live In" by Michael Tyler

The Skin You Live In is a lively celebration of the many shades of skin that can be seen around the world. The book playfully takes on themes such as acceptance, self confidence, friendship, and diversity. Words and phrases rhyme throughout, making it extra fun to read (or even sing) aloud. This book is a must-have for all families!