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    Apr 28, 2020

    35 Picture Books That'll Take Your Family On Adventures When You're Stuck At Home

    With this much to read, your family is going to be totally ~booked~.

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    1. Chirri & Chirra, a set of soothing stories about adventurous young cyclists who find themselves on unbelievable bike rides where they meet animals, bugs, sea creatures, and (best of all) no grown ups. This is a ~novel~ set your little adventurers are sure to love.

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    Not every Chirri & Chirra novel is currently available in English, but you can get In The Tall Grass, Underground, On The Town, Under The Sea, and The Snowy Day on Amazon.

    Promising review: "I am in love with this author and her illustrations! I cannot recall how I stumbled up on this, probably while looking for children's books for gift giving, but I'm so happy that I did! She has many more books in Japan/Japanese and I hope they come to the USA market soon. It's a beautiful book and I love the sweet story. Well done!" —SaladEatingCat

    Get it from Amazon for $12.29.

    2. Pokko and the Drum, a laugh-out-loud funny choice for reminding you you aren't the only parent with relentlessly annoying beings (who may possibly be musical prodigies) for children.

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    Promising review: "This book is clever and cute and unexpectedly hilarious. The kids and I were all a little surprised at one point when one of the members of the friend group spontaneously eats another member of the group, but, well...that's nature? :D This is a great little story with beautiful illustrations." —Tripp

    Get it from Amazon for $14.69.

    3. Knuffle Bunny, because after being cooped up as long as your kids have been, even a trip to the laundromat is gonna seem like an adventure – especially with a bud like Knuffle Bunny.

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    Promising review: "Both of my kids loved this book because it is funny and well illustrated. It turns out that this book was written for his daughter based on actual events. If you read this book (and the others that Mo has written) closely, you will find that there is more than meets the eye. The illustrations show a huge amount of emotion and there is more written between the words, which makes this book brilliant." —Paul Family

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    4. Once Upon A Cloud, illustrated by Claire Keane (who worked on both Frozen and Tangled), is sure to make your family starry-eyed as you all fly through the skies with this darling, dedicated heroine.

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    Promising review: "This is easily one of our favorite picture books. We love it. With it's heartwarming story and visually stunning illustrations, this is a must have! Keane captures the love and joy of a young daughter looking for the right gift for her mom, perfectly. Being a mom of a daughter who loves picking me flowers, this book hit it's mark with me. Flowers aside, the book's heart felt message is one that I loved. I definitely recommend picking this one up. I wish I hadn't waited so long to purchase this book." —Mundie Moms

    Get it from Amazon for $12.04.

    5. Julián Is a Mermaid – a celebratory story of self love that'll let you stroll the boardwalk of Coney Island with Julián and his grandmother while they prepare for Julián's first, fabulous mermaid parade.

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    Promising review: "Let me start off by saying that this is a gorgeous book. The illustrations are magical and very well done. I also really appreciate the representation in the book. You see various skin tones, hair types, and body types! It's also great to NOT see a story where the child only comes to accept themselves AFTER being bullied. This book is pure celebration. Julian is living his best life as is, and that's what kids need to see. Representation doesn't also need to include the child being torn down/bullied. I also appreciate that this book wasn't too long-winded. I can get through this with a squirmy five year old no problem." —Kristi

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. Night Job, a heartwarming pick for kiddos who would love nothing more than to go to work with their parents, any hour of the day or night.

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    Promising review: "This is a beautifully illustrated book showing the bond between a father and son as they work together at the father's night job. Many families experience the need to work a night job to supplement their earnings and I love this book's way of showing that it can be a shared routine. This father takes his son with him on Friday nights and they work during the wee hours of the night/morning. The son helps his father by packing the lunch they'll share together and by helping out with certain tasks while still having time to be a kid by playing in the gym and reading a book to his father. I also like that the little boy has his shoes off as he naps on the couch in the library as his father works. There is no shame in a hard day's work and it's worth finding a way to do it together!" —Colleen Dougherty

    Get it from Amazon for $10.92.

    7. A Lion in Paris, a mischievous story that's gonna delight children who would gladly buy a ticket to a far away place if they could have this up-roar-iously funny feline as their tour guide.

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    Promising review: "What a keepsake! Both the story and art are superb. I am thinking of getting another book and framing a page or two. It is a children's book but appeals to adults as well. It's a great gift for anyone who loves Paris!" —R. G. Bowman

    Get it from Amazon for $15.36.

    8. Or My First Book Of New York, an informative (and adorably illustrated!) book with tons of facts about The Big Apple. With this, you and your kids can be the most efficient tourists of all time, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, ferrying to the Statue of Liberty, and strolling through Central park – all while sitting in one spot!

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    Promising review: "Visit the iconic landmarks of New York inside these pages. Visit the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, Museums, Harlem and the Bronx. Each page gives the reader vivid graphic illustrations from the Big City using a word book format. This would make an interesting coffee table book for New Yorkers with children." —M. Square

    Get it from Amazon for $14.56.

    9. Ooko, a clever character you'll be thrilled to introduce your family to. This savvy little fox's heart is searching for something that can't be stored in a tree trunk (which is already full of everything a fox could need; a stick, leaf, and rock)...Ooko simply wants a friend.

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    Promising review: "I want to be Ooko's friend! Esme Shapiro is a very talented artist/writer. In a brief and successful journey, Ooko finds what he's (or maybe he's a she?) been missing his whole little fox life. With fanciful illustrations and the best fox dialogue around, Shapiro takes the reader into the world and psyche of a carnivorous mammal with a yearning heart." —Brody Madrid

    Get it from Amazon for $13.17.

    10. What Do Machines Do All Day?, a brilliant and bright picture book full of color and information on every machine your child could possibly name. The tiny engineer in your home is gonna ask you to read this over and over (fortunately, you're gonna want to just as much as they do!).

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    Promising review: "My son LOVES this book. It teaches us so much about various professions and machines and it is a great jumping off point to discuss so many other things!" —Sarah A

    Get it from Amazon for $10.80.

    11. Alma and the Beast, a story that's gonna take you and your children to a land where beasts really exist, even if they end up seeming rather human in the end.

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    Promising review: "WHAT a beautiful book – for children and for everyone. It's funny, charming, and profound; Esme Shapiro is clearly a writer-illustrator for the ages. This is a classic for our time. I cannot recommend this highly enough." —Julicia

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. Sulwe, written by Lupita Nyong'o, teaches children of their own brilliant beauty while flying our young heroine through a tour of the dark night's sky. This'll surely be an instant classic that belongs on every bookshelf!

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    Promising review: "This book is beautifully written and illustrated. Little Sulwe tackles her self love and worth. Sulwe is trying to figure out 'why' she is the color of midnight? This book brings up colorism in the black community. This is definitely a conversation starter in the Black home." —Chevy

    Get it from Amazon for $14.09.

    13. Fortunately, an infuriatingly delightful read where unfortunate events turn into serendipitous delight...until they don't. This pick is sure to keep your kids on their toes as they wonder what fortunate misfortune could possibly happen next!

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    Promising review: "This is an awesome kids' book. It reads just like the old days. Unfortunately, you haven't read it yet. Fortunately, I have, and you have this five-star review to help you decide!" —Turtlekins

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89.

    14. The Library Book, the perfect pick for your own little librarian. Snatch up this poetic piece and bring the library, and all its most beloved residents, into your home.

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    Promising review: "This is a wonderfully fun book about a trip to the library. The illustrations contain many of our favorite literary friends. This book can have an odd rhythm if you don’t realize it is based off a song, so make sure to look up the song too! We love this one and after seeing it in a friend’s library stack had to order it for ourselves – the music only made it better." —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    15. Goldfish Ghost, a choice read that'll take you and your kids on a trip to the afterlife with perhaps the most unique of all main characters, a recently deceased pet goldfish.

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    Promising review: "This is a cute children's story. I thought the story was sweet and the illustrations were great. We're avid beach goers and the scenery of the book is our way to get to the shore when we can't." —Kenny

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49.

    16. What Should Darla Do?, a prime pick during these homeschool days, where you and your kid can make several stories from each page as Darla finds herself in situations where she (i.e., your kiddo) needs to decide what the best choice is. What's the best choice, you ask me? Getting this clever conversation starter in your home!

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    Promising review: "What can I say!!! This book is a blessing. The authors have sure created a masterpiece. I am an elementary school teacher and I love reading the What Should Danny Do books to my classes. The students have been waiting for this new book and I can’t wait to show them the colors of the pages as well as Darla and her wonderful adventures. This is a wonderful addition to the series." —Jennifer Cortright

    Get it from Amazon for $13.19.

    17. Tiny T. Rex, for teaching your pint-sized paleontologist about growing up in your own way and at your own pace. Adventure into these prehistoric pages to see what growing pains dinosaurs deal with.

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    Promising review: "This book is amazingly adorable and FUNTASTIC! I love how Tiny worked so hard to help his friend cheer up by hugging. This is such a fun book. Helping friends is so very important." —Chandra Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.18.

    18. Hey, Wall, an uplifting tale about the power of art and community that's sure to remind you how wonderful your neighborhood is when you're stuck inside.

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    Promising review: "I used this for my after school program to talk with the kids about the importance of community and how art can be an important way to bring people together. I love the illustrations!" —Yvette Noel

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    19. Skulls, a hilarious and not-so-spooky take on how cool our heads are. This mighty main character takes the phrase "It's what's on the inside that counts" and turns it on its ~head~ – making a pro-skull statement that's gonna have your family crying with laughter.

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    Promising review: "I love this book as much, if not more, than I love my skull!" —Aimee

    Get it from Amazon for $10.79.

    20. Life On Mars, a spacey story about an astronaut, alien, and cupcake that'll help your family fun ~take off~, even without your own rocket ship.

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    Promising review: "Who ate the pastry on Mars? This is a great book to share – it's an engaging story with delightful illustrations and a creative way to keep children engaged as they develop a keen sense of observation." —Beverly C. Rosen

    Get it from Amazon for $13.61.

    21. Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, an engaging retelling of the classic fairytale that's sure to excite your family...and just might give your kids a new hankering for turnip cakes.

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    Promising review: "This is such a wonderful take on the old story with details perfect for sharing an Asian experience. Really fun." —Shirley Hunter

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    22. The Tea Party In The Woods, a true treasure with stunning illustrations, a calm pace, and peculiar twist, for leaving children wide-eyed and full of wonder. Oh, and there's pie! LOTS of pie.

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    Promising review: "This is one of the most treasured children's books I own...and I have many many kids books. The drawings are gorgeous, the story captures both child and adult's interest, and it has a creative and a wonderful moral." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.84.

    23. Jill & Dragon, a terrific pick that's sure to turn traditional fairytales on their head! Let your kids follow Jill and Dragon as they figure out exactly where a dragon's happy place is...Here's a hint: it's probably on your bookshelf!

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    Promising review: "This has beautiful illustrations and it's a fun, funny, and heartfelt story. Otis is only seven months old, so his review is forthcoming. He certainly seems to enjoy it, but I love it." —RM82

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    24. Amphigorey, a compilation of fifteen grim stories that are gonna make self quarantine seem slightly more desirable. If you and your family love offbeat, dark humor...this classic was written for you!

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    Promising review: "This brings together fifteen of Edward Gorey's most mordantly delightful books. Gorey's vision can be childishly simple ('The Wuggly Ump' and 'The Gashlycrumb Tinies,' in which things end up very, very badly for the small fry described therein) or surprisingly complex ('The Unstrung Harp,' a faux-Jamesian sendup of the agonies of authorship). However, the macabre yet quizzical sense of humor remains the same from book to book, as does the indescribable sense of dark loneliness that Gorey conjures, that delineation of the empty spaces that clutter even the most purposeful lives. His meticulously cross-hatched drawings of hapless, willowy Victorians and Edwardians in peril retain their genteel hilarity ('The Doubtful Guest' is one of the funniest books I have ever read, bar none), but they can also reveal a wistful melancholy that is deeply affecting, as in 'The Remembered Visit,' the final story in this collection. Gorey is ineffable and unique, and will remain so for future enthralled generations." —Miles D. Moore

    Get it from Amazon for $15.75.

    25. A is for Awesome, a board book with an alphabetic tour through history you and your family can read to learn about icons who have changed our world for the better.

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    Promising review: "I love this book so so much!! It is beautiful to see so many strong women being represented in this book. I bought it for my one year old son and his friend, I hope it empowers them and begins to instill the message of equality and support for girls early in their lives. It is written in a very approachable and fun way, the graphics are amazing, and it’s a board book which makes it very practical for little hands!!" —Rach

    Get it from Amazon for $6.22.

    26. The Luckiest Snowball, a darling read that'll show you, your kids, and one *very* lucky snowball a whole year of fun through each season.

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    Promising review: "I’m a kindergarten teacher. I love the seasons and how they are represented in the freezer! I also bought copies for my grandchildren and they loved it just as much as my class!" —Lori Kidder

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    27. The shape trilogy featuring Square, Triangle, and Circle – a series of true modern classics here to ~shape up~ your current circumstances by dropping you into a world where mischievous and silly shapes are always having a ball.

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    Promising review (Triangle): "We adore this book. It’s hysterical for us and our babies. The illustrations are just amazing. We actually became huge fans of the author after reading this and have purchased several other books. It’s a witty, fun book that helps my kids become more interested in reading." —Amazon Customer

    Get Square for $9.19, Triangle for $10.59, and Circle for $7.99, all from Amazon.

    28. Fry Bread – you can take your tastebuds on a trip through generations of family dinners with this delectable pick!

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    Promising review: "This is a wonderful book that illustrates the connection between culture and food. As a Native American I have been waiting for a book about fry bread for years and this one does not disappoint. The story is easy for a young child to enjoy while the information in the back of the book provides an in-depth assessment of the layered meanings of fry bread and the cultures it represents. I also really like the addition of the author’s personal recipe because it is unlike any recipe I have ever tried while also giving me ideas about adjustments I can make to my own. The story reminds me of the importance of continuing traditions while simultaneously making me hungry for some fry bread!" —Cecilia

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    29. And Food Truck Fest!, another fun way to feast your eyes on some delicious food and get you and your family exited for warm weather and some hangry-fixing hullabaloo!

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    Promising review: "This excellent book is a favorite over here. We initially borrowed it from the library and my two and a half year old wanted it read to him over and over, to the point that he can now finish all the sentences in the book, so we ended up buying it. The illustrations are fun, super colorful, and detailed...lots to look at and talk about. And the story is great, there are lots of different words excellent for expending vocabularies, there’s a happy/excited vibe throughout, and it’s fun to read out loud – which is helpful when it’s your third or fourth time in a row! I highly recommend this one but be prepared for your kid to become obsessed with food trucks and start using the word hullabaloo." —LRC

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    30. The Secret of Black Rock, a true adventure story with a clever and curious heroine who is gonna inspire your youngsters to dive into this book with enthusiasm!

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    Promising review: "This is one of the most beautiful picture books of the year with such a sweet little story about curiosity, adventure, and open-mindedness. This is a beautiful book for all ages." —J. Harrison

    Get it from Amazon for $10.39.

    31. Where The Wild Things Are, a classic filled with this much imagination, monsters, and magic is sure to bring out your family's wild side in the very best way.

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    Promising review: "What is there to say? This is identical to the beloved book of my childhood. So happy to pass it on to my boys. I always identified personally with the little hero of this book because I was often sent to my room without any supper. So this little boy and I 'hung out' quite a bit when I was younger. Good times. I have always been a huge fan of Maurice Sendak. And I love how, even though the monsters look a little scary, they never hurt the boy and the boy actually has full control over them (since he is imagining, anyway). So there is no real threat of young readers being very scared by the monsters in the book. This is a classic that should be in everyone’s library."S. Vanhoose

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29.

    32. A World Full of Spooky Stories, a compilation of stories that'll give you a cultural world tour *and* give you a few more ideas when your family camping trip is cancelled but your kiddos still want some ghost stories around the "campfire" (i.e. iPad app).

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    If scary stories aren't your family's thing, you can also get A World Full of Animal Stories and A Year Full of Stories, both are filled with fun folktales from around the world.

    Promising review: "My nine year old son loves spooky stories so this book was perfect for him. His younger sister is not a fan of scary but enjoys classic tales and we’ve read a lot of versions from around the world so she really enjoyed this book which features lots of classic tales from around the world. There were lots we had read before and some fun new ones. I really love that each story tells you the country where it is from. The stories are grouped in a fun way with different sections like 'Into the Woods' or 'In Castle Hall'. Each story is only a few pages so it’s easy for a child to read or for a read aloud. Every page also has an illustration to keep a child’s attention. This is a great book with lots of stories that is certainly perfect for the Halloween season!" —Katherine M.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.19.

    33. Juno Valentine And The Magical Shoes, a precious pick for fashion-savvy folks who know their child would always prefer a trip through a magnificent walk-in closet over a day out on the town.

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    Promising review: "I love Eva Chen and I am not surprised she wrote such a cute tale about a little girl who gets to explore different personalities through fashionable shoes. I am a fan of this book and so are my girls, ages one and four. I am happy with this sweet addition to our library!" —T.L.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    34. Professor Astro Cat's Solar System, to read with your family if you are all ~feline~ a little cooped up and could use an escape that's truly out of this world fun.

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    You can also learn about rockets, atomic energy, and the human body with Professor Astro Cat!

    Promising review: "This is an excellent book that arrived in great condition. My daughter and I love these book! It's very well written and interesting! My daughter is three but very advanced in science related topics. Still a little old for her to understand it all, but nevertheless we still love reading them." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.30.

    35. And finally, Home so you and your family can feel connected to your friends, neighbors, and families far away as we all spend some quality time together in our own, lovely homes.

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    Promising review: "This may be the most beautiful book in my children's collection, and we have hundreds of books! I could stare at the pages all day long. It's also a sweet concept – giving kids a visual understanding of the different types of homes one might live in (some more realistic than others, of course). It's just gorgeous!" –MaineMama

    Get it from Amazon for $13.33.

    Now snuggle up together and read away!

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