Aaron's Staff Recommendations

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Sea Glass Summer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763684433
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick - May 14th, 2019

Many, if not all of us, who have combed beaches as a child have created stories of wonder about bits of glass, china, or fossils found. Indeed, they may be a piece of a great treasure or simply worn bits of jetsam filed down by water and time. Either way, they are true treasures that have traveled miles and years to reach our hands. Sea Glass Summer is a loving and compelling story that captures that magic! This is a story about time, family, and items that flow from one generation to the next, with captivating artwork of Bagram Ibatoulline that compliments and completes this tender story perfectly. As a fellow illustrator of children’s books who works in watercolors, I know quality when I see it, and Ibatoulline is a gifted artist. This book is a work of art, and I cannot wait to have it on my shelf!

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Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be More to Life Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060284794
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Published: HarperCollins - May 22nd, 2001

A personal favorite -- always enjoyed by friends of all ages and animal lovers.

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Calling the Water Drum Cover Image
By Latisha Redding, Aaron Boyd (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620141946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lee & Low Books - December 31st, 2016

A powerful story of loss, healing, and empathy. A must read for any child or adult.

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763680947
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2017

I love her art work! Vibrant, multi-medium artist who visually captures you.

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Islandborn Cover Image
By Junot Díaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735229860
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - March 13th, 2018

Islandborn is a beautifully crafted book both in word and art. We follow young Lola as she seeks to illustrate a part of her native island home for class. All of the children in her class come from somewhere else, but there is a problem for Lola; she doesn't remember her island home. From there we follow Lola as she seeks to discover and come to know her island home through the voices of her family and community. As online says, "Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you." As a fellow illustrator, I was drawn in by Leo Espinosa's colorful and lively art. His pallet and style dances with the story seamlessly. Brilliant pinks, oranges, and blue warm each page. A book full of beauty, empathy, and fun that will be in my personal collection!