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Photos and text by Gabrielle.

Yay! It’s time for another roundup of fabulous picture books that I think you’ll love. All four picks are really, really beautiful and I’m delighted to add them in our family collection.

First up, let’s talk about Locomotive by Brian Floca. Ben Blair gave me this book for Mother’s Day (did I tell you I collect Caldecott books?) and I love it.

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Readers get to follow along with a family heading west, and on the way, we get to learn all about the history of trains in the U.S., and how they’ve affected our country. Plus it’s big and it has big impact!

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Next up, A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alamagna. This is another BIG book — it fills up your whole lap in a sideways format, as if the illustrations want to be studied.

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In this book, we meet a bored lion, who leaves his grasslands for an adventure in the city of lights. If you’ve ever been to Paris, or are planning a trip there, this book is especially delightful because it hits many of the major tourist highlights — and the illustrations are fantastic! But even if Paris isn’t on your travel list, this book is also universally appealing because the story is about what it’s like to be a stranger in a new place and figuring out how you fit in.

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What Do You Do With An Idea is by Kobi Kamada, with illustrations by Mae Besom. This lovely volume was a gift from my dear friend, Audrey, and it’s another gem!

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What do you do when you have an idea that seems too big or unwieldy? Well, this book has the answer. You nuture it and care for it and as you get more confident about the idea, the idea will get better as well. This book is one of those life-lesson stories that appeals to people of all ages.

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And last but not least, we have Pool by JiHyeon Lee. This is a book with no words! It’s all about a shy boy and his visit to the busy public pool.

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So many sweet little surprises in this story! And the message is clear: don’t remain on the surface, dive deep to find the best adventures and the best friendships!

And there you have it. Some fun books to check out on your next trip to the library. Now it’s your turn! Any books that have caught your eye lately? I always love your recommendations!