English Picture Books

Aaron Slater, illustrator

by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

An uplifting story about the power of art, finding your voice, and telling your story even when you’re out of step.

Aaron Slater loves listening to stories and dreams of one day writing them himself. But when it comes to reading, the letters just look like squiggles to him, and it soon becomes clear he struggles more than his peers.

A New Day

by Brad Meltzer and Dan Santat

Sunday quit, just like that. She said she was tired of being a day. And so the other days of the week had no choice but to advertise: "WANTED: A NEW DAY. Must be relaxing, tranquil, and replenishing. Serious inquires only." Soon lots of hopefuls arrived with their suggestions, such as Funday, Bunday, Acrobaturday, SuperheroDay, and even MonstersWhoResembleJellyfishDay!

A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi

by James Yang

James Yang imagines a day in the boyhood of Japanese American artist, Isamu Noguchi. Wandering through an outdoor market, through the forest, and then by the ocean, Isamu sees things through the eyes of a young artist . . .but also in a way that many children will relate.

Words to Make a Friend: A Story in Japanese and English

by Donna Jo Napoli and Naoko Stoop

When a young Japanese girl moves into her new house, she is happy to see a girl her age playing in the snow just outside her window. The only problem is the Japanese girl doesn't speak English and the American girl doesn't speak Japanese.


by Zadie Smith, Nick Laird, Magenta Fox

Meet Maud: a guinea pig who inexplicably wears a judo suit - and not everyone understands or approves. When Maud is thrown into a new and confusing situation, it takes brave decisions and several encounters for her to find her place and embrace her individuality.

Tomatoes for Neela

by Padma Lakshmi and Juana Martinez-Neal

Neela loves cooking with her amma and writing down the recipes in her notebook. It makes her feel closer to her paati who lives far away in India. On Saturdays, Neela and Amma go to the green market and today they are buying tomatoes to make Paati's famous sauce.

The Star Festival

by Moni Ritchie Hadley and Mizuho Fujisawa

Tanabata Matsuri, the Star Festival, celebrates a popular folktale: The Emperor of the Heavens separates his daughter, Orihime, from her love, Hikoboshi, all year--but on this day the two stars finally reunite on a bridge across the Milky Way.

The Rock from the Sky

by Jon Klassen

Turtle really likes standing in his favorite spot. He likes it so much that he asks his friend Armadillo to come over and stand in it, too. But now that Armadillo is standing in that spot, he has a bad feeling about it . . .

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story

by Tina Cho and Jess X. Snow

This book features a Korean girl and her haenyeo (free diving) grandmother. It's about intergenerational bonds, finding courage in the face of fear, and connecting with our natural world.

The Duck who didn't like Water

by Steve Small

Duck is not like other ducks. Duck doesn’t like water and is perfectly fine alone, thank you very much. But then, one dark and stormy night, an outgoing, water-loving, and very lost Frog turns up at Duck’s door. Can this odd couple find Frog’s home? And will they find friendship along the way?

The Creature of Habit

by Jennifer E. Smith and Leo Espinosa

A story for creatures of habit big and small who might be surprised by the joy of trying something new.

Sato the Rabbit

by Yuki Ainoya and Michael Blaskowsky (Translator)

Do you ever wonder what wonderful things might be hiding in the world that we can’t immediately see? What stories your breakfast would tell you if it could talk, or where your pet would take you in its dreams? Haneru Sato thinks such things, so one day, he decides to find out how the world will change if he changes a little, too. He becomes a rabbit and discovers a world where every corner is a door to somewhere new and the simplest actions lead in unexpected directions.

Rain before Rainbows

by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and David Litchfield (Illustrator)

In this heartfelt story about courage, change, and moving on, a girl and her companion fox travel together away from a sorrowful past, through challenging and stormy times, toward color and light and life. Along the way they find friends to guide and support them, and when the new day dawns, it is full of promise.

Not Quite Snow White

by Ashley Franklin and Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)

Tameika is an African American girl who loves musical and dreams of starring in one as a princess one day. But she fears that having brown skin and a plump frame might keep her from her dreams.

I am the Moon

by Nanae Aoyama and Satoe Tone (Illustrator)

An entrancing picture book about the moon, an astronaut and the earth, written by two highly regarded Japanese authors.

I am Golden

by Eva Chen and Sophie Diao (Illustrator)

This book tells the story of Mei, the daughter of Chinese immigrants to New York, who is shown to be a bridge connecting her parents to their new home.

Olu and Greta

by Diana Ejaite

Olu lives in Lagos, Nigeria; his cousin, Greta, lives in Milan, Italy. Though their lives may be different, their ways of living and playing are quite similar. They both roller skate; they both skip down the street; they both play with toy trains, trucks, and boats... and they both dream of meeting and being together.

How to Apologize

by David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)

For both listeners who are just learning and older readers who need a refresher, this book will come as a welcome reminder that even though apologizing can be hard, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Becoming a Good Creature

by Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green (Illustrator)

School is not the only place to find a teacher. In this picture book adaptation we can learn the many surprising lessons animals have to teach us about friendship, compassion, and how to be a better creature in the world.

Anzu the Great Kaiju

by Benson Shum

All great Kaiju are born with a super power to strike fear in the heart of the city.

But Anzu is different.

Instead of mayhem, he likes May flowers.

Instead of striking fear, he prefers to be sincere.

Can Anzu find a way to make his family proud and stay true to his kind self?