March 2022

Searching for Hope, Longing for Comfort

Three picture books invite us to consider the ways in which we search for hope and long for comfort in our lives through making connections to people, animals and nature--even when life is difficult.

Shawn Harris

Shawn Harris’s first illustrated book "Her Right Foot" by Dave Eggers received seven starred reviews, was an Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book, an ALA Notable and a PW Best Book of the Year. His other picture books include Eggers's "What Can a Citizen Do" (a Time Magazine Best Children’s Book), "Everyone’s Awake" by Colin Meloy and "A Polar Bear in the Snow" by Mac Barnett, which received four starred reviews....

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Sarah Jacoby

Sarah Jacoby is the author of the beloved "Forever or a Day" and the illustrator of the acclaimed "Rabbit and the Motorbike" and "The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown." She's won awards from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration and Communication Arts, among others....

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LeUyen Pham

LeUyen Pham has illustrated more than one hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Honor book "Bear Came Along" by Richard T. Morris and the best-selling Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale....

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