Aaron's Staff Recommendations

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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
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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
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - 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 Diaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735229860
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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!