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CHILDREN'S BOOKS RECOMMENDATIONS
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Magic Treehouse series Mummies in the MorningIt Zwibble, the Star-Touched DinosaurChicka Chicka Boom BoomPish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch
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Good times in the Summer Reading Challenge days-- this fictitious time-travel story series made mandatory reading fun! Historically illuminating, with enough sci-fi anachronism to keep an 8 year old into it. Charming and lighthearted, this book immediately transports me to the past - the nostalgia is real. Also a cute story about a dinosaur who saves a bunch of other dinosaurs who in turn save the world. Influenced my aesthetic from an early age, focuses on big type, bold colors, and learning about the alphabet through a race to the top of a coconut tree.
This book encourages the weird. Strange creatures come to life from Bosch’s paintings and cause havoc in his home. The pages are beautifully painted and designs break gilded frames. It is an imaginative land with a positive spin, as opposed to the general hellscapes Bosch is known for creating.
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Greek Myths for Young ChildrenThe Araboolies of Liberty StreetRainbow GoblinsThe Eleventh Hour
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I loved this book growing up, it was my first foray into mythology and inspired me to study classics in college. The illustrations are fun and echos a comic book. Education and fun!My all-time favorite book as a child, it allows children to consider what makes a society “good” and what “law and order” can mean, particularly in relation to otherness and individualism. The children come together to change their “society” into the one in which they want to live, the one which celebrates the araboolies.
Simply a beautiful picture book. The illustrations are stunning and provide a vivid world for any creative or artistically inclined child to pour their mind into.

These incredible illustrations (much like Graeme Base’s other book, Animalia) are packed with clues, secrets, and other “easter eggs” in this animal-mystery. The illustrations are a visual feast and solving the mystery is so exciting and engages critical thinking. TM (quick note- I haven’t seen this or the other books in a VERY long time and it may be worth checking them for current-appropriateness!)
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Julian Is A MermaidUp Down Inside OutEdward Gorey's Dracula: A Toy TheatreRufus by Tomi Ungerer
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Beautiful book, first I purchased for my niece and a forever favorite moving forward.
JooHee Yoon is an incredible illustrator and this book goes absolutely crazy! Really amazing print quality and bonkers interactive elements.
Anything illustrated by Edward Gorey - I am a huge Gorey head so I don’t want to pick favorites, but the Dracula toy theatre, a miniature cut-and-assemble recreation of his stage design for the 70s Broadway adaptation of Dracula, is unbelievable. Tomi Ungerer rules, and this book is beautifully illustrated as expected.
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Let's Talk About RaceWe Are MusicYertle the Turtle and Other StoriesNaughty Naughty Pets
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Julius Lester wrote this book with the future in mind. Shaping children’s perspectives on race at the earliest age will have a huge impact. Karen Barbour’s illustrative style is very fun, loose, colorful, and mural-style to help express Lester’s thoughts.
Start em young! This children’s book by our friend Brandon Stosuy is a lesson in the history of music, for kids, exploring the fundamental elements that make up all kinds of music, with one common theme: us!
I didn't realize it at the time, but as I grew older my understanding and appreciation of Seuss' radical politics grew as well. The title story is an anti-authoritarian parable that pokes fun at fascism and exploitation through a tower of teetering turtles.
Very fun and cute series by Wendy Gardner with amazing art and catchy rhyming. Yes, a Cat Named Marty Cohen is as dry and amusing as the title suggests and Heedley Pecked Me in the Eye delivers exactly what it promises–an unforgettably aggressive chicken.
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The Missing PieceThe Triplets
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To this day, Shel Silverstein brings tears to my eyes. This book is an intense and magical reminder that happiness cannot be found outside of yourself, and that satisfying desires doesn't bring happiness, it's the journey to discovering them that does.
If you like smart little kids travelling through time and going on adventures while evading a witch who also takes care of them, this is your ticket. I loved both the books and the show <3
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