Oliver, The Second-Largest Living Thing on Earth

Written by Josh Crute, illustrations by John Taesoo Kim

It’s a real problem. Living in someone else’s shadow. Oliver’s every day is a drag. Everyone comes to visit Sherman, the largest living thing on earth. Oliver is only the second largest, so he doesn’t get the attention. He doesn’t even get a sign. Sherman has a sign. People get their pictures taken in front of Sherman, and his sign. Oliver tries everything to get noticed. But Sherman will always draw the crowds, he will always be the largest. In sadness and woe, Oliver turns away from Sherman, tired of watching. But wait! Who does he notice but Agnes, the third-largest living thing on earth! And Gertrude! And Peter! And more! So many are out there, not the largest, but still standing tall. Oliver feels so much better


Written by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat

Hilarious! A group of carnivorous animals are getting all worked up and emotional because everyone thinks they are terrible. They have not been portrayed fairly. They are very misunderstood. So, they try to better their image by going vegetarian! Bahahaha! They also try other avenues to make a better impression. Things of course do not go according to plan. So, the wise old owl must swoop in with advice. Being a shark, you kinda have to eat fish, right?

Iver & Ellsworth

Written by Casey Robinson, illustrated by Melissa Larson

Ellsworth is a rooftop bear! Iver works in the building Ellsworth sits on. Iver also checks on Ellsworth everyday. Ellsworth has an unbreakable bond with Iver. He is the perfect friend and helper. He keeps Ellsworth in tip-top shape. Cleans him up, checks his ropes and also keeps him company. In return, Ellsworth loves to keep Iver company too. Iver likes to talk to Ellsworth. He points out that everyone else is always in such a rush, but not he & Ellsworth. They get to sit still and watch sunsets. They keep each other company, just sitting and watching together, as the world rushes around them. The perfect pair. Perfect moments. Super sweet friendship

Bear & Wolf

by Daniel Salmieri

This is a beautiful book. Holding on to the present, being in the moment, that is getting harder and harder. These friends do it so well. Getting to meet them as they meet each other is perfect. They enjoy walking together, just being together, and then needing to go their separate ways. They know, they will meet again, and it will be just as they need it to be. These moments are gorgeous too. There is a light texture, unique perspectives and perfect light. Just gorgeous. The whites of winter are reflected with cool colors, then, a burst of pinks and oranges. You can feel the cool air in your lungs and the wet snow under your feet as you walk with these companions. You find you are breathing slower, you are exploring everything in the moment, and you feel like you are friends with Bear and Wolf.

Lyric McKerrigan Secret Librarian

Written by Jacob Sager Weinstein, illustrated by Vera Brosgol

This book has all the intrigue and action of a spy movie! Lyric McKerrigan most definitely saves to world one book at a time. The evil villian Doctor Glockenspiel wants a billion-trillion dollars or else he will unleash his army of giant moths to eat all the books of the world! But does that even put a pause in Lyric McKerrigan’s steps? No way! She uses every trick in the book *wink-wink* to outwit her evil foe! I can’t say enough about the use of color in this book either. Vera Brosgol makes it look so easy! Just so super great.

Poe Won’t Go

Written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

In Prickly Valley there’s a Poe, that’s an elephant, that won’t go. Poe is right “smack-dab in the middle of the only road in town”. Prickly Valley citizens are honking at him, tickling him, booing him, and begging him to move. Poe won’t budge. A surprising little person named Marigold decides to listen carefully to Poe- after all, she can understand elephant. Turns out, Poe is waiting for something… This is a funny and cute read for anyone. I really liked how it only took one person to do something different to solve the problem.