Tagged Picture Book Highlights

Celebrating in December | Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa

December is chockful of celebrations, with windows filled with lights and decorations, and a communal feeling of anticipation and joy.   Find picture books for the holidays you celebrate and learn about other annual…

Picture Book Highlights | Thanksgiving

Sharing a meal is at the heart of Thanksgiving. Be it with friends or family, with new neighbors or with those in the larger community, the act of cooking and eating together brings us all together in gratefulness... just like these…

Picture Book Highlights | Indigenous Peoples' Day

This year, for the first time, Philadelphia will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the 2nd Monday of October. It is a welcome and important step in recognizing and rethinking Native American history. It is also a celebration and…

Picture Book Highlights | 16 Great Latinx Picture Books

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place over two months, from September 15 to October 15, and as in previous years we wanted to share with you recent works by the many talented Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books. We are sure…

Picture Books Highlights | Grandparents Day

The bond between grandchildren and grandparents is strong. This unique connection, across time and generations, can stretch across countries as well. It’s no surprise that National Grandparents Day is celebrated around the world…

Picture Book Highlights | Back to School

A new school year is upon us and so many new experiences on the horizon! Starting something new can include a mix of excitement and butterflies-in-your-tummy. What better way to get ready than by reading a book that reflects those…

Picture Book Highlights | National Dog Day

I’m a dog person (but hey, I love cats too!). I love all animals, really, but I do have a soft spot for dogs: big or small, young or old, even the cranky ones. Dogs never fail to make me feel better. Whenever I’m on a walk,…

Picture Book Highlights | Family Reunions

Summer is for get-togethers—the perfect time for vacations, celebrations, and family reunions. This is especially true this year, as the pandemic postponed many events, so getting together now is even sweeter. Is your family…

Picture Book Highlights | Let's Go to the Beach!

It’s beach time! Grab your bathing suits, towels, sunscreen, and go to the beach. Here are some books to get you in the mood for some sand, sun, and fun!   Board Books Beach Baby written by Laurie Elmquist ; illustrated by…

Picture Book Highlights | Fun in the Water!

Back in 2014, I wrote a blog post suggesting books that can help kids feel comfortable playing in the water. Some of us have no problem getting in the water from the get-go, while others need a little time and encouragement, and that is…

Picture Book Highlights | Trees

What is it like to be a tree? Trees grow tall and strong, they create shade and provide protection, they connect to the world and to each other, offering us food and comfort. Can we be like trees? Can a tree be a special and unique…

Picture Books Highlights | Summer=Outdoors!

And we are back to my favorite season of the year ! There’s so much to do when the weather is warm, when sunshine lasts long through the day, and there’s all kinds of things to be done outside: playing, exploring, swimming,…

Picture Book Highlights | Immigrant Heritage Month

How does it feel to be an immigrant? Imagine yourself leaving your home, your family and your country to settle in a completely different one.  How would you feel? What would you miss? And how would you define home? Whether…

Picture Book Highlights | Celebrate Pride Month!

Looking for books to celebrate Pride month? Look no further than these titles bursting with love and pride! These picture books have it all, with families finding homes, love, and adventures along the way, and are sure to find a place…

Picture Book Highlights | Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, and what better way to celebrate either in person or virtually, from near or far, than with a great picture book? Celebrate the ones you love with these titles available at the Free Library! Me…

Picture Books Highlights | Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month ! As part of the celebration, let’s dive into recent picture books created by Asian authors and/or illustrators. This is just a small sample—for many more titles, be sure to check…

Why is Earth Week Important?

It’s easy to get blasé about Earth Day amidst the many other real concerns we face each day. But caring for the planet we live on was still a radical idea in the United States when the first Earth Day was celebrated in…

Picture Book Highlights | Women in Action

March is Women’s History Month, so let’s take a look at some books highlighting daring women who fought for their rights, who stood up for what is right, and who made a better world for us all.   What Do You Do with a…

Picture Book Highlights | Women in the Arts

March is Women’s History Month, so let’s take a look at picture books highlighting the creative and innovative work of women in the arts: painters, writers, architects, musicians, and dancers!   Frida Kahlo and Her…

Picture Book Highlights | Black History Month: Biographies

Throughout February, in celebration of Black History Month, Picture Book Highlights will focus on books written and / or illustrated by African American authors and illustrators. Today to close out the month, we take a look at…