Perfect Storytime Reads for Preschool and Beyond!

The 12 Days of St. Patrick's Day

The 12 Days of St. Patrick's Day By Jenna Lettice; illustrated by Colleen Madden

Count the 12 days of St. Patrick’s Day! On the first day of St. Patrick’s, I was lucky to find… This festive story starts with a shamrock in a field of green, then adds TWO pots of gold, THREE top hats, and so on through twelve busy days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Young readers and their caregivers will enjoy counting all the details of the fun preparation for the big day. This simple rhyming story is paired with cheery illustrations and a full page of stickers, making it the perfect springtime gift for kids.

Always By My Side

Always By My Side By Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Follow a little boy as he gradually outgrows the need for the constant presence for his comforting companion—a stuffed green dinosaur. But as the stuffed animal narrates, none of us grow out of loving our favorite toys, and, perhaps, they never stop loving us back. When you need a loving hug, or a cuddle of reassurance, or just someone to play with, fuzzy creatures big and small, short and tall, will always be your friend.

Goodnight, Astronaut

Goodnight, Astronaut By Scott Kelly; illustrated by Izzy Burton

Scott Kelly was born for adventure. But exploring takes a lot of enery—and sleep is the super fuel to turbocharge dreams. Luckily, sleeping can be exciting if you’re drifting off in the right place.

Scott has fallen asleep at the bottom of the ocean, in the cockpit of an F-14 fighter jet, in a yurt on Mount Everest, and of course in space! Join Scott on his many adventures, and maybe they’ll inspire dreams of your own!

This sweet and adventurous story is the perfect bedtime tale for future astronauts and adventurers!

Hooray for Helpers!

Hooray for Helpers! By Mike Austin

First responders are on the way! Every day, brave helpers are on full alert, ready to rescue people and animal friends in need. They work on land, go underground, and even parachute down from the sky. Buckle up and cheer for these heroes as they go the distance to keep everyone safe.

With bright, colorful art and labels of rescue vehicles and equipment in the style of Richard Scarry, this introduction to and celebration of first responders packs FUN and FACTS. Look inside for a Q&A with a real firefighter and an emergency supplies list!

Star of the Party: The Solar System Celebrates!

Star of the Party: The Solar System Celebrates! By Jan Carr; illustrated by Juana Medina Rosas

The planets are throwing Sun a birthday party! Mercury wants to thank Sun for how close they are. (Being the closest planet has its perks.) Earth enjoys Sun’s warmth. And all the planets want to celebrate Sun’s magnetic personality.

But party planning takes work. Do they even have room for all of Jupiter’s moon? Don’t space out. It’s time for this star-studded event!

Blast off with Jan Carr and Pura Belpre Award-winning illustrator Juana Medina’s quick-witted and fact-filled picture book about the solar system and all of its (inter)stellar inhabitants.

Together

Together By Charles Fuge

A parent and baby polar bear have a fun-filled, loving day together in their cheerful Arctic home, as the big bear reassures the little bear that they will be best friends forever. You’ll love snuggling up with your little one and this adorable and soothing picture book celebrating togetherness, friendship, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Valentine’s Day Reads for All Ages

The 12 Days of Valentine's

The 12 Days of Valentine's By Jenna Lettice; illustrated by Colleen Madden

The first day of Valentine’s starts with ONE warm, fuzzy hug. On the second day, the crafts begin with TWO cups of sparkles. On the third day, let’s make our cards with THREE pink pens! Each of the 12 busy days leading up to Valentine’s Day are celebrated in this cumulative rhyming storybook based on “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

 

Kids will love spotting all the fun ways a family gets ready for Valentine’s Day. And the book includes stickers—perfect treats for each of the 12 days.

Child of the Universe

Child of the Universe By Ray Jayawardhana; illustrated by Raul Colón

A lyrical meditation on the preciousness of one child and the vastness of the universe, this gorgeously illustrated picture book shares the immensity of a parent’s love along with the message that we are all connected to the broader cosmos in important and intimate ways. A perfect bedtime read-aloud, Child of the Universe is a book to cherish forever.

The author is an astrophysicist who has been fascinated by the universe since he was a child. As a parent, he has developed a new appreciation for the deep connections between billions of years of cosmic evolution and this one tiny human.

Babymouse #5: Heartbreaker

Babymouse #5: Heartbreaker By Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

AHHH, VALENTINE’S DAY!

Babymouse loves Valentines Day! A day for pink hearts! Flowers! Candy! School dances and romance… sweet romance! WAIT! Romance? Ew! And what’s this about a school dance? Does that mean Babymouse needs a date? Uh-oh! Looks like this Valentine’s Day may turn into a Valentine’s dud! Will Babymouse go to the school dance? Will she get any Valentines? Will she find true love? Find out in… Heartbreaker—the 5th hilarious, action-packed installment of the beloved Babymouse graphic novel series! Here’s what people are saying about Babymouse!

19 Love Songs

19 Love Songs By David Levithan

A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush.

A Valentine’s Day in the life of Every Day‘s protagonist “A.”

A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing.

19 Love Songs, from New York Times bestselling author David Levithan, delivers all of these stories and more. Born from Levithan’s tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine’s Day, this collection brings all of them to his readers for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, there’s something for every reader here.

Witty, romantic, and honest, teens (and adults) will come to this collection not only on Valentine’s Day, but all year round.

Date Me, Bryson Keller

Date Me, Bryson Keller By Kevin van Whye

What If It’s Us meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this upbeat and heartfelt boy-meets-boy romance that feels like a modern twist on a ‘90s rom-com!

Everyone knows about the dare: Each week, Bryson Keller must date someone new—the first person to ask him out on Monday morning. Few think Bryson can do it.

Girl Crushed

Girl Crushed By Katie Heaney

Before Quinn Ryan was in love with Jamie Rudawski, she loved Jamie Rudawski, who was her best friend. But when Jamie dumps Quinn a month before their senior year, Quinn is suddenly girlfriend-less and best friend-less.

Enter a new crush: Ruby Ocampo, the gorgeous and rich lead singer of the popular band…