Books of the Month 2020


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Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice

By Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, & Ann Hazzard
Illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin

Young children may be seeing and hearing scary examples of racial injustice in the news. This book can help you start the conversation.

Watch and listen to Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice read aloud.



Stella Brings the Family 

By Miriam B. Schiffer

Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day celebration, but what’s a girl with two daddies to do? Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her, and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn’t have a mom to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution in this story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.

Watch and listen to Stella Brings the Family read aloud.



The Pigeon Has Feelings Too

By Mo Willems

How does it feel to be a Pigeon? Well, the bus driver is trying to get him to act happy, but as we all know, this is one bird that is not going to be told what to do! Throughout this hilarious board book, Pigeon runs through his signature gamut of emotions while attempting to thwart his old nemesis.

Watch and listen to The Pigeon Has Feelings Too read aloud.



We’re Different, We’re the Same

By Bobbi Kates
Illustrated by Joe Mathiew

“Who better than Sesame Street to teach us that we may all look different on the outside—but it’s important to remember that deep down, we are all very much alike. We all have the same needs, desires, and feelings. Elmo and his Sesame Street friends help teach toddlers and the adults in their lives that everyone is the same on the inside, and it’s our differences that make this wonderful world, which is home to us all, an interesting—and special—place.”

Watch and listen to We’re Different, We’re the Same read aloud.



Room on the Broom

By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

A witch and her cat make friends, and together they’re a match for a dragon. This is a great story for a Not-Too-Spooky Halloween. 

Watch and listen to Room on the Broom read aloud.



Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

By Eric Litwin and James Dean

Pete goes walking, and he’s singing about how much he loves his new shoes. When he steps in some big messes, does he cry? 

Watch and listen to Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes read aloud.



The Snowy Day

By Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day captures the wonder of seeing the world covered in snow! Can you save a snowball for tomorrow in your jacket pocket? 

Watch and listen to The Snowy Day read aloud.