Ben rides his new bicycle the very, very long way to school but Adrian Underbite, perhaps the world’s largest third-grader, takes the bike anyway and later, when Ben finds Adrian in trouble, he must decide whether or not to help the larcenous bully.
Best friends Etho and Birt love going up Sudden Hill and sitting in simple cardboard boxes imagining they are kings, soldiers, astronauts, or pirates until Shu asks to join them, and their “two-by-two rhythm” is disturbed.
3. “Come With Me” by Holly M. McGhee ; illustrated by Pascal Lemaître
Frightened by news of angry people around the world, a young girl gets her parents’ help in learning to be compassionate and brave a little at a time.
4. “Dot.” by Randi Zuckerberg ; illustrated by Joe Berger
In her fascination with technology, a confident and spunky girl pays little attention to the outside world before learning how to make room for real things in ways that help her make the most of her savvy technical expertise.
Sharing beautiful mornings enjoying French toast and dog walks with his grandfather, little Noah is challenged to find ways to reconnect with him when the elder man’s memory is affected by Alzheimer’s.
Alvarez’s picture book is a beautifully crafted poem for children that gently addresses the emotional side of death. It’s a beautiful and comforting meditation on death, asking questions young readers might have about what happens to those they love after they die.