Building strong friendships is the stuff that builds community and empathy throughout life.
Molly Felder, Nate Christopherson, et al.$16.95 $15.59
Henry the Boy shows us that no matter how different we feel, we are all more similar than we at first appear. This is not a story about a heron or a robot or a chicken but an ordinary boy with daily struggles, triumphs, and an extraordinary imagination. Henry uses forearm crutches decorated with animal stickers. He sometimes feels out of place at school, especially when he gets made fun of, but through his own rich imagination and his friendship with Joel, Henry learns to define himself on his own terms.
Lansana and Hill$13.95 $12.83
A Gift from Greensboro is at once an elegy, a celebration of the magic of childhood friendship, and a meditation on growing up in the wake of the sit-ins that ushered in the Civil Rights Movement. Paired with intricate, layered illustrations, this poem recognizes that true friendship knows no boundaries and that love drives positive change.
Michael Minkovitz and Jose Medina$16.95 $15.59
In Thank You, Crow by Michael Minkovitz with illustrations by Jose Medina, Crow brings strange treasures to Sebastian, who helped when Crow had a broken wing. Through a pleasantly muted color palette with pops of vibrant color and lots of white space, we follow Sebastian and Crow as they meet, become friends, and accumulate Crow's seemingly disconnected gifts. The story follows a familiar sequence: Crow asks an interesting cast of strangers for an item, the strangers oblige, and Crow says thank you. And with each new gift, Sebastian says thank you to Crow even though he's unsure about the gifts...until he sees where Crow's imagination can take them. According to Kirkus, "Readers will be fascinated, one page after another, to watch how the gifts take shape together in the woods." A simple act of kindness seeks no reward, but what young readers find in Thank You, Crow is that sometimes what you receive in return for doing the right thing is so much more than the action you performed, sometimes beyond your wildest dreams.
Shira Erlichman$17.95 $16.51
In Be/Hold: A Friendship Book visual artist, poet, and musician Shira Erlichman opens with the line, “Sweetheart, sometimes when I’m feeling blue I put my ear to the wind & listen for you,” building a one-of-a-kind story of friendship from her love of compound words (i.e. toothbrush, windbreaker, behold) in a book that uplifts, encourages, and honors the people we care about most.
Samantha Thornhill and Morgan Clement$16.95 $15.59
A Card For My Father by Samantha Thornhill with illustrations by Morgan Clement explores the lasting effects, big and small, of a father’s incarceration on his first-grade daughter, Flora. In A Card For My Father, how can Flora complete her class assignment to make a Father’s Day card when she’s never met her father?
Beth Kephart, Alexander de Wit, et al.$17.95 $16.51
Trini is the highest flyer, the strongest gripper, the most spectacular cartwheeler at her after-school club. She easily masters any gymnastic move her teachers show her, and always says, "I can do that." But when she tries to construct buildings out of blocks like her friends do, she discovers that some things don't come as easily for her.
Dani Gabriel and Robert Liu-Trujillo$16.95 $15.59
Sam is a nine-year-old boy who loves riding his bike and learning about the American Revolution. There’s just one problem: Sam’s family knows him as a girl named Isabel. Sam feels a sense of relief when he finally confides in his sister Maggie, and then his parents, even though it takes them a while to feel comfortable with it. But with lots of love and support, Sam and his family learn and grow through Sam’s journey to embrace his true self. In the vein of I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Sam! is based on the true story of the author’s family. With a note from Gabriel explaining their family’s experience, Sam! is an important addition to a list of books that help children and adults discuss gender identity.
Mariana Llanos and Elena Napoli$16.95 $15.59
Eunice and Kate live with their moms next door to each other in the heart of the city and have a lot in common—even though they have different dreams for the future: Kate wants to be an astronaut and Eunice wants to be a ballet dancer. But when they draw portraits of each other in art class, things get mixed up. Eunice draws Kate as a ballet dancer and Kate draws Eunice as an astronaut, and they both get more than a little annoyed. Can their friendship survive? With a little help from their moms, the girls come to learn the value of respecting each other’s different dreams. Eunice and Kate is a heartfelt new book by Mariana Llanos, illustrated by Elena Napoli, about how honoring our differences can strengthen our bonds.
Beth Kephart$17.98 $16.54
The first novel from Penny Candy's imprint Penelope Editions. Available to ship in August 2020.
Skip Hill$16.95 $15.59
“A Quirky Picture Book That Respects The Intelligence Of Children.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Every kid knows that tying a shoe can be a big adventure, especially in a world full of spaghetti, birds’ nests, camping trips, and seeing old friends after summer break. How to Tie a Shoe is the first story in a series of handbooks by Penny Candy Books exploring and unraveling the complexities of some of childhood’s most essential lessons.