Picture Books for Fall

Presented by: School Library Journal
Event Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020  

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Visual storytelling provides one of the earliest building blocks for helping young minds make sense of their emotions and surroundings. Join this webcast for a preview into the colorful and candid world of picture books, spanning timeless educational concepts to stories of loss and hope. Here is just a sample of the forthcoming titles you’ll hear about: 

A Vote is a Powerful Thing: Callie knows there’s a presidential election coming up. Her class is having an election, too, about an issue that affects them all—the class field trip! She’s about to witness first-hand what a difference a vote can make—even a single vote—and along the way will find out about the election process and why people have fought for the right to vote throughout history. 

Arithmechicks Take Away: This simple picture book about math concepts, the second in a series, is perfect for young children and a great choice for teachers, librarians, and parents who choose to homeschool!

While You Were Away by Thodoris Papaioannou, illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis: “Beautifully rendered ... offers a gentle reminder to appreciate the natural world and its creatures.” (STARRED review, School Library Journal)

For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World by Michael W. Waters and illustrator Keisha Morris: Inspired by real-life events, this book tells the story of a boy named Jeremiah and his family who discover hopeful forms of activism and advocacy in response to racism and gun violence in their community. Includes a discussion and activity guide by the Muhammad Ali Center.

Robobaby by David Wiesner: In this hilarious gem from triple Caldecott winner David Wiesner, it's big sister to the rescue when a new baby is delivered to a family of robots and the adults are flummoxed by technical difficulties. 

You’ll Find Me: STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus! Loss becomes remembrance in this rhyming book that offers tender ways to pay tribute to, and meaningfully incorporate, a loved one’s lost presence into present and future life experiences. Be it departed friends, family, pets, and more, memories can carry us beyond the precious moments we have together to keep the ones we loved before in mind forever.

…and more!


Lisa White, Associate Manager, Marketing & Publicity, Albert Whitman & Company

Kerry McManus, Marketing Manager, Boyds Mills & Kane, and Deborah Sloan, Marketing Consultant, minedition

Kerri Daly, Marketing Manager, Flyaway Books

Amanda Acevedo, Marketing Manager, School & Library, and Taylor McBroom, Marketing Specialist, School & Library, HMH Books for Young Readers

Kristine Enderle, Editorial Director, and Jason Wells, Marketing Director, Magination Press, Books for Kids from the American Psychological Association 


Heather Ji, Youth Services Librarian, Fox River Valley Public Library

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