1. Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome by Kat Zhang

Amy Wu does her best to make her new classmate feel welcome in this warmhearted and playfully illustrated follow-up picture book to Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon.

2. Sam’s Super Seats by Keah Brown

A joyful picture book about a disabled girl with cerebral palsy who goes back-to-school shopping with her best friends, from #DisabledandCute creator and The Pretty One author Keah Brown.

3. Itzel and the Ocelot by Rachel Katstaller

A gorgeous picture book inspired by a traditional Central American Indigenous story about a snake with the power to bring the rain, told in lyrical language and evocative art, and subtly conveying an environmental theme.

4. Take a Breath by Sujean Rim

An anxious baby bird who fears he’ll never learn to fly gets a lesson in mindfulness in this funny and sweetly encouraging picture book about believing in yourself.

5. A Book of Cats

Meet the cats! From lions and leopards to cheetahs and cougars, welcome to the world of cats. Who is the fastest feline? Who spends the most time sleeping and who has the loudest roar?

6. American Desi by Jyoti R. Gopal

For fans of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, this poetic story filled with expressive art empowers South Asian children living in the United States and celebrates being bicultural.

7. Rafa Counts on Papá by Joe Cepeda

For fans of Guess How Much I Love You? and Just Me and My Dad comes a heartwarming story perfect for Father’s Day about a son and his papá who love to measure everything, including their love for each other.

8. Punky Aloha by Shar Tuiasoa

Meet Punky Aloha—a spunky Polynesian girl who uses the power of saying aloha to make friends and experience new, exciting, and unexpected adventures in this debut picture book by author-illustrator Shar Tuiasoa.

Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Picture Books
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