1 | Toys Meet Snow By Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. $17.99. Naive Lumphy, poetic know-it-all StingRay, and bookish Plastic are back in an endearing, wintry picture book based on the beloved series. Grades K–1.
2 | Bear and Bunny By Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. $15.99. A bear and a bunny with species confusion walk through the forest looking for a pet to care for. Clever text accompanies cozy illustrations. Grades K–1.
3 | Where’s Walrus? And Penguin? By Stephen Savage. $16.99. Kids can sub in their own witty asides in this slyly funny wordless book about an unobservant zookeeper and the walrus and penguin he pursues. Grades K–2.
4 | Lenny & Lucy By Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead. $17.99. A boy and his dog build two stuffed creatures to make their new home feel safe, and they find a friend along the way. With fine woodblock illustrations. Grades K–2.
5 | I Am Henry Finch By Alexis Deacon, illustrated by Viviane Schwarz. $16.99. “I think…I could be great,” a small finch decides. And indeed, he is. A charmingly illustrated paean to persistence for all species. Grades K–2.
6 | Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey From Slave to Artist By Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. $17.99. History and personal narrative come together to tell a story of art and endurance. Grades 1–3.
7 | The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford By Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. $16.95. The surprising relationship between two fathers of invention comes to life here. Grades 1–3.
8 | Sunny Side Up By Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm. $12.99. In this page-turning graphic novel, a family crisis sends Sunny to Florida, where she copes with alligators, “old people,” and
a quirky but kind grandpa. Grades 4–6.
9 | The Seventh Most Important Thing By Shelley Pearsall. $16.99. Grief and redemption, plus a dose of wry humor and magic, infuse this gritty, profound story about a boy and an old man who end up saving each other. Grades 5–7.
10 | Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth By Judd Winick. $13.99. Are your graphic novel fans searching for life after Bone? Recommend the exuberant Hilo, about good and bad robots, friendship, and being yourself. Grades 3–6.