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Picture books for love, safety, beauty

by Alex S

Without preamble, here are some picture books books your family–those with babies and young children, but also anyone else–might like to read this month.

Be Who You Areby Todd Parr–Parr’s books have always been simple, bold, bright messages of care and acceptance. His brand new book is no different–and if you are three, or the parent of a three-year-old, or simply a person feeling shaky, you’re equally likely to take solace and joy in its gentle reminders.

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell, Rafael Lopez–This true story reminds us that every hand is able to build, and that creativity and ownership and cooperation can change ugly things into something lovely and powerful.

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown–Let your little bunny know that you are their safety and their home.

Big Bob, Little Bob by James Howe–This is a lovely new book that tackles how kids react to gender norms–how to be okay with yourself, and okay with other people, and how to be a staunch defender when someone decides that different isn’t okay.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney–A classic with good reason, Miss Rumphius has a lesson decked in flowers: your job on this Earth is to make the world more beautiful.

You Belong Here by M.H. Clark, Isabelle Arsenault–This dusk-drenched lullaby, with lovely pictures by Arsenault, is a tight hug of a reminder that the listener is good, and right, and wanted.

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright, Jim Field–A rhyming fable about wishing you weren’t so small–and finding that you have a voice.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson–The Newbery-winning story of a little boy and his grandmother who make giving a part of their everyday living.

A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara–It’s what’s on the tin, in rhyme, for the very young.

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