Storyhouse Children's Collection at MoMere

By Storyhouse Bookpub

By Storyhouse Bookpub

Puppy in My Head: A Book about Mindfulness

Elise Gravel

$17.99 $16.55

Rise Up and Write It: With Real Mail, Posters, and More!

Nandini Ahuja and Anoosha Syed

$16.99 $15.63

Oona

Kelly Dipucchio and Raissa Figueroa

$17.99 $16.55

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

Joanna Ho and Dung Ho

$17.99 $16.55

My Best Friend

Julie Fogliano and Jillian Tamaki

$17.99 $16.55

Loveblock (an Abrams Block Book)

Christopher Franceschelli and Peski Studio

$16.99 $15.63

If You Come to Earth

Sophie Blackall

$18.99 $17.47

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal

$18.99 $17.47

This Is a Book of Shapes

Kenneth Kraegel

$8.99 $8.27

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

Emily Winfield Martin

$8.99 $8.27

Layla's Happiness

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie and Ashleigh Corrin

$17.95 $16.51

Layla loves purple and climbing trees, and she especially loves gardening, farmer’s markets and friendship. The story is as whimsical as it is poetic blended with vibrant illustrations and swirling patterns. A lovely lap-read for winding down with your little ones and making moments to talk about where we find happiness in everyday life.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy

$22.99 $21.15

This book has no category, but it makes a perfect for the contemplatives in your life. Every page illustrates unexpected stunning sayings, big and small, about love and fear and friendship and journeying, it's perfect for quiet moments with a child or consider gifting it also instead of a card for going-away parties, sympathy for moments of loss or grief and even new-baby showers.

Brave

Stacy McAnulty and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

$16.99 $15.63

Every page of this book opens up a new discussion about bravery with a small scene for kids and parents to imagine together. True bravery happens every day, whether that's playing the violin in front of a crowd, picking up trash in your neighborhood, or standing up to bullies. The best thing about this book is how the text might say a cliche you hear every day about bravery while the illustration shows something unique and particular for all different kinds of smart, curious, strong kids.

Llama Destroys the World

Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox

$17.99 $16.55

Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse

Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox

$18.99 $17.47

Zoop! Wark! Pizza! There's pandemonium in the streets with hoards of alpacas everywhere! Llama and his impeccably tidy friend, Alpaca, make for read-aloud, laugh-along gold with silly chants, vocabulary moments and mountains of foodstuffs for breakfast, lunch, dinner and second dinner.

Dragons Love Tacos

Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

$18.99 $17.47

Just try and resist these dragons who only have eyes for tacos (but no spicy salsa, please!)? There is no moment like the storytime moment where we all get to breathe flames and run around with our mouths on fire. These goofy dragons and the oblivious little boy create anticipation and laughter no matter how many times you read it. A hysterical staple for every collection.

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel

Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

$18.99 $17.47

Enough said.

Cora Cooks Pancit

Dorina Lazo Gilmore and Kristi Valiant

$10.95 $10.07

For the little chefs! Cora finally gets her chance to learn to cook one of her favorite Filipino dishes with her mother. With all the best sensory smells and sounds, foodies will settle in for the calming, methodical cooking process - but don't come hungry or your tummy will growl the whole time! We love Cora's curious expressions, the glossary of Filipino terms in the back and especially the Pancit recipe!

Giraffe Problems

Jory John and Lane Smith

$8.99 $8.27

Oh, Giraffe's neck is just too ... necky! Until he meets a new neckless turtle friend who helps him turn over a new leaf ... errr...banana. Such fun to read aloud and develop your own character voices for this intense animal duo.

Penguin Problems

Jory John and Lane Smith

$8.99 $8.27

Yes, there's a grumpy penguin, but just wait till you get a load of the imperious walrus character. A hoot.

Grumpy Monkey's Little Book of Grumpiness

Suzanne Lang and Max Lang

$8.99 $8.27

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Oliver Jeffers

$19.99 $18.39

You can sit with each page of this book discussing everything from the deep sea to human anatomy. Our favorite is the page of people - great for 'I spy' moments and great for inspiring discussions of both family and our responsibility to one another.

What We'll Build: Plans for Our Together Future

Oliver Jeffers

$19.99 $18.39

A letter from father to daughter, the words roll with rhythm and rhyme while the illustrations spark little stories of their own. This one definitely resonates with an eye on the horizon that is both hopeful and grounded in how families can store up love for hard times.

I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen

$8.99 $8.27

You wouldn't think a sardonic picture book would be as hilarious and engaging as this one is, but you would be wrong. Repetition and color are both used *perfectly* in this one to engage the babies and their older siblings alike.

A Polar Bear in the Snow

Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris

$17.99 $16.55

There is a polar bear in the snow - but where is he going? This book is as quiet and inquisitive as the unique white-on-white illustrations and will have kids on the edge of their seats with this polar bear's mysterious journey. Until he gets to where he's going - and the book absolutely breaks open the imagination.

If I Had a Little Dream

Nina Laden and Melissa Castrillon

$17.99 $16.55

You could frame every single page of this book and hang it on your wall. The illustrations feel like a softer, swirlier Seuss, and the text uplifts like a song, bringing abstract qualities like, "good" to everyday concrete objects that kids can name. We love it for a new-baby-is coming book or even for a graduation gift.

Julián Is a Mermaid

Jessica Love

$16.99 $15.63

Big-hearted in high fashion: when Julian realizes he's a mermaid, he shares a moment of unconditional love and acceptance with his Abuela. This is a story that truly shows instead of tells about the importance of family and embracing who you are. Find something new in the imaginative, character-driven illustrations with every read and open up a conversation about identity and gender with the little ones.

Julián at the Wedding

Jessica Love

$16.99 $15.63

Julian meets a new friend, Marisol, while at a wedding with his Abuela. The two get into some delightful mischief and are welcomed into the open arms of loving family afterwards. With equally soft and swoony illustrations, the romantic setting of this outdoor wedding party will make this follow-up a new favorite.

King Mouse

Cary Fagan and Dena Seiferling

$17.99 $16.55

Timeless. A forest fable outlining power versus contentedness in a way that mimics childhood play with fun opportunities to wear pretend crowns and discuss different animals. Look no further than the bear and mouse pages to see how the soft intricate illustrations make this one truly special. A compact square little book, it even feels good in your hands.

Lift

Minh Lê and Dan Santat

$17.99 $16.55

A gem for those 6-8 year-old early readers! You will want to live inside Iris's comic-strip world and Iris wants to live inside her very own personal elevator in her bedroom. The perfect celebration of the rich imagination of children and the love and responsibility of the "older sibling." This story is literally luminous.

Little Feminist Board Book Set

Mudpuppy and Lydia Ortiz

$14.99 $13.79

On the Night You Were Born

Nancy Tillman

$7.99 $7.35

Quintessential for welcoming a new baby: the words are a blessing with a soothing cadence. With specific imaginative illustrations (the frog!), the reader gets to speak the new baby's name into the story and affirm their specific specialness.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead

$8.99 $8.27

Simple rituals can be powerful. A cluster of sweet zoo animals are worried that their friend, Amos the zookeeper, hasn't been to visit them. The resonating repetition and big-hearted plot of this book render it a true modern classic about friendship. The woodblock print illustrations evoke a reflective yet joyous tale that becomes its own ritual for bedtime and sick days.

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

$18.99 $17.47

Civic responsibility + fun rhyming = a story that begs to be read aloud! Sofia organizes her neighbors, navigates City Hall and creates a park, learning that "being brave means doing the thing you *must* do." There are so many little treasures and sub-plots to notice on each page; look for cameos from previous heroes in this Questioneers series, Rosie Revere, Ada Twist and Iggy Peck!

Ada Twist, Scientist

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

$18.99 $17.47

Iggy Peck, Architect

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

$18.99 $17.47

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

$18.99 $17.47

Swashby and the Sea

Beth Ferry and Juana Martinez-Neal

$17.99 $16.55

Dust off yer pirate voice with exclamations like, "barnacle bottoms!" while discussing ocean tides, spelling, sandcastles and the beauty of inviting friends over for tea. A flawless open-hearted story with a swoon-y coastal color palette: an unlikely friendship unfolds between a hairy old grumpus and an impish little girl. Strangers become neighbors in this touching and whimsical ocean tale.

They Say Blue

Jillian Tamaki

$9.99 $9.19

Color is more than just color! Colors create feelings and beauty that can be discovered everywhere. The breathtaking rendering of seasons and landscape in this book will lead to a much richer conversations about color. Bonus: an English teacher's dream for metaphors and sensory language.

Think Big, Little One

Vashti Harrison

$8.99 $8.27

It's never too early to start conversations about activism. A board book of age-appropriate introductions to amazing women throughout history who worked as scientists, artists and leaders to affect important change! Great in the classroom as well.

Dream Big, Little One

Vashti Harrison

$8.99 $8.27

Follow Your Dreams, Little One

Vashti Harrison

$8.99 $8.27

The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

$17.99 $16.55

A work of art: together the poetry and illustrations create powerful moments of reflection, learning and triumph. A treasury of American history and Black perseverance in the United States - it belongs on the shelves of every classroom, library and household collection. Complete with extensive glossary in the back and a free audio download of the poem, this book supports important discussions of its beautifully-drawn historical figures and events.

I Am Every Good Thing

Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James

$17.99 $16.55

This book is a celebration and affirmation of young Black men. It is full of stunning poetry and illustrations throughout. We love the line, "I am brave. I am hope. I am my ancestors' wildest dream. I am worthy of success, of respect, of safety, of kindness, of happiness." Read the dedication.

Unicorn Day

Diana Murray and Luke Flowers

$17.99 $16.55

A no-fail birthday book for any kid - sing-a-longs, glitter fights and a joyous themes around the power of coming together: even if we're not all unicorns, we all like to have fun on Unicorn Day! The illustrations remind us of all the best parts of Lisa Frank stickers back in the day and there are plenty of boisterous, musical unicorn shenanigans on every page to keep the littles coming back (plus cupcakes!).

Antiracist Baby Board Book

Ibram X. Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky

$8.99 $8.27

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi designed the text as a rhyming list for great launching points for age-appropriate important family discussions about racism and antiracism ("Antiracist baby learns all the colors,/ not because race is true./ If you claim to be color-blind,/ you deny what's in front of you.") while Ashley Lukashevsky's illustrations make every page pop with scenes of families and neighbors coming together.

An ABC of Equality

Chana Ginelle Ewing and Paulina Morgan

$15.99 $14.71

The Old Truck

Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey

$17.95 $16.51

Iowans have all seen this old truck: rusty and overgrown with grass and weeds after a lifetime of hard work on the farm. The passage of time and generations in this cyclical story makes it both dreamy and grounded, like the nature of working the land itself. The stamped artwork and spirit of the determined young woman and her toolbox make this one a standout.

You Matter

Christian Robinson

$17.99 $16.55

We love how this book shows every different little one as both singularly special and part of a larger community. Christian Robinson's unmatched illustrating gives this book a layer of *perspective* that makes it a staple for every little bookshelf.

Do Cows Meow?

Salina Yoon

$12.95 $11.91

The big bright no-fail animal flap book every 0-2 year old drools over. Literally.

The Digger and the Flower

Joseph Kuefler

$17.99 $16.55

A gentle twist on the construction storybook: this digger is a sensitive soul and uses his digging skills to build a new a way: planting seeds. We love the spare scenes and contrast between the natural world and the city.

Bess the Barn Stands Strong

Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia and Katie Hickey

$17.98 $16.54

A Des Moines author showcasing Iowa strength! We love the unique voice of the barn as the major character and the gorgeous illustrations of our beloved Midwest landscape.

Born

John Sobol and Cindy Derby

$18.95 $17.43

This is your new go-to baby shower gift for new mommas - also perfect for gifting to older siblings to help them connect pregnancy with a forthcoming addition to the family. Poetic language alongside stunning illustrations.

Little You

Richard Van Camp and Julie Flett

$10.95 $10.07

Go, Bikes, Go!

Addie Boswell and Alexander Mostov

$9.99 $9.19

For the Des Moines trail-biker parents: reminiscent of the great Seuss, "Go Dogs Go" - the rhythm is just as catchy and the multitudes of different people and bikes is a delight.

Where's the Narwhal?

Nosy Crow and Ingela P. Arrhenius

$8.99 $8.27

FELT FLAPS = FLAWLESS FUN

Where's the Penguin?

Nosy Crow and Ingela P. Arrhenius

$8.99 $8.27

FELT FLAPS = FLAWLESS FUN

Where's the Unicorn?

Nosy Crow and Ingela P. Arrhenius

$8.99 $8.27

FELT FLAPS = FLAWLESS FUN