English Picture Books

Animals brag about their bottoms

Maki Saito

A funny story about … ANIMALS WHO LOVE THEIR BUTTS!

A bunny loves her cute bottom. A tiger and a zebra love their striped bottoms. A giraffe admires her patterned bottom. A panda adores his black-and-white bottom. A hippo is proud of his round and so-o-o big bottom. And an elephant’s bottom is even bigger!

All bottoms are wonderful! Do you agree?

Incredible jobs you've (probably ) never heard of

Natalie Labarre

From taste testers to dinosaur dusters, there are all kinds of incredible jobs that you've probably never heard of -- and one of them might be just right for you!

What Miss Mitchell saw

Haley Barrett

Discover the amazing true story of Maria Mitchell, America’s first professional female astronomer. Every evening, from the time she was a child, Maria Mitchell stood on her rooftop with her telescope and swept the sky. And then one night she saw something unusual—a comet no one had ever seen before!

Hair love

Matthew A. Cherry

It's up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this story of self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters. Zuri knows her hair is beautiful, but it has a mind of its own!It kinks, coils, and curls every which way.

Nobody hugs a cactus

Carter Goodrich

Hank is the prickliest cactus in the entire world. So, when all sorts of creatures—from tumbleweed to lizard to owl—come to disturb his peace, Hank is annoyed. He doesn’t like noise, he doesn’t like rowdiness, and definitely does not like hugs.

But the thing is, no one is offering one. Hank is beginning to discover that being alone can be lonely. So he comes up with a plan to get the one thing he thought he would never need: a hug from a friend.

Paper son

Julie Leung

Before he became an artist named Tyrus Wong, he was a boy named Wong Geng Yeo. He traveled across the ocean from China to America with only a suitcase and a few papers. Not papers for drawing--which he loved to do--but immigration papers to start a new life. Once in America, Tyrus took every opportunity to make art, eventually enrolling at an art institute. Eventually, he was given the opportunity of a lifetime--and using sparse brushstrokes and soft watercolors, Tyrus created the iconic backgrounds of Bambi.

Eyes that kiss in the corners

Joanna Ho

A young girl notices that her eyes look different from her friends. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.

The phone booth in Mr. Hirota's garden

Heather Smith

One day Makio's neighbour, Mr. Hirota, begins a mysterious project—building a phone booth in his garden. At first Makio is puzzled; the phone isn't connected to anything. It just sits there, unable to ring. But as more and more people are drawn to the phone booth, its purpose becomes clear to Makio: the disconnected phone is connecting people to their lost loved ones.

Honeybee The busy life of Apis Mellifera

Candace Fleming

Take to the sky with Apis, one honeybee, as she embarks on her journey through life!

This book is gray

Lindsay Ward

Gray just wants to be included. But the other colours are always leaving him out. So he decides to create his own project: an all-gray book.

Mio the beautiful

Kinota Braithwaite and Setsuko Miura

This is a story about a biracial Japanese girl who with the help of her kind and caring teacher confronts racism and bullying at her elementary school in Japan.

The magical yet

Angela DiTerlizzi

This Yet finds a way, even when you don't. And, Yet knows you will, when you think you won't. Each of us, from the day we're born, is accompanied by a special companion--the Yet. Yet is there to help you out.

There must be more than that!

Shinsuke Yoshitake

What does the future hold? This question can be frightening—or delightfully promising!

This is a smart and spirited exploration of the good that might be right around the corner.

Beware of the crocodile

Martin Jenkins

This fascinating look at one of Earth's most infamous creatures is full of information. There's more to crocodiles than just their appetites. They love to nap on warm sandbanks and cool off in calm waters, and crocodile mothers are very gentle with their babies.

The space walk

Brian Biggs

Astronaut Randolph Witherspoon wants to take a walk--a space walk, that is! But Ground Control has other ideas. Randolph must eat some lunch, get some exercise, and then he can go outside, provided he dresses warmly and doesn't talk to strangers. But Randolph's mission doesn't exactly go to plan, leading to an unexpected new friend.

Pokko and the drum

Matthew Forsythe

Pokko and the Drum is a story about art, persistence, and a family of frogs living in a mushroom.

The singer and the scientist

Lisa Rose

Marian Anderson is one of the most famous singers in America. But one night she learns that the nearby hotel is closed to African Americans. She doesn't know where she'll stay for the night.

The famous scientist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his house. Marian learns that Albert faced prejudice as a Jew in Germany.

She discovers their shared passion for music—and their shared hopes for a more just world.

Bad dog

M. Boldt

Cat lovers and dog lovers alike will laugh at the little girl's wilful insistence that her cat is a dog. The hilarious ways in which cats and dogs are different are brilliantly illustrated.

Big papa and the time machine

Daniel Bernstrom

When a little boy is feeling afraid to go to school one day, his grandfather, Big Papa, takes him away in his time machine--a 1952 Ford--back to all of the times when he was scared of something life was handing him. That's called being brave, Big Papa says over and over.

The remember balloons

Jessie Oliveros

James’s Grandpa has the best balloons because he has the best memories.

But Grandpa’s balloons begin to float away. No matter how hard he runs, James can’t catch them. One day, Grandpa lets go of the silver balloon—and he doesn’t even notice!