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New Inductees to the Modern First Library

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Modern First Library is our collection of new and old classics for building a child’s first library. We have selected books that have a timeless appeal, inspire creativity and open young minds to the world around us.

We have several new books that we are inducting into the Modern First Library. Each book offers another opportunity to enrich a child’s world through the wonder of the written word and imaginative illustration. Here are some of our new Modern First Library inductees.

Global Babies (Global Fund for Children Books) Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9781580891745
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - July 2007

This board book featuring the faces of adorable babies from around the world was chosen because it is the perfect way to show children that we are all more alike than different, and beautiful in our way.


After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726826
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

This fun picture book narrated Humpty himself, was chosen both for its creative storyline that will bring a smile every time its read, but also for its timeless message of facing your fears and doing things that are challenging.


Yellow Kayak Cover Image
By Nina Laden, Melissa Castrillon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534401945
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 23rd, 2018

Life is an adventure, and this gorgeous new picture book will encourage children to be brave and leave the safe harbor to find new people, places and adventures. The beautiful illustrations and perfect prose make this an instant classic that belongs in every child’s library.


Windows Cover Image
By Julia Denos, E.B. Goodale (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763690359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - October 17th, 2017

The glowing windows at dusk on the front cover give a glimpse at the brilliance of this simple yet compelling look into the world outside our own doors. Who hasn’t glanced in a window at night and wondered about the people and lives contained within? WINDOWS brings to Modern First Library, a chance for children to open the doors of their imaginations.


The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2017

This adorable modern fable has won over my heart and made its way into the Modern First Library for its fun and creative take on making the best of a bad situation.


Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399167898
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - November 14th, 2017

I chose this wonderful new picture book by one of the best for showing children not only the vastness of our universe and world, but the beauty of how we fit into it and share it with other people and other species.