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Display Name: Emily Lloyd
About me: I'm an Associate Librarian at Eden Prairie Library, and I live, read, and write in South Minneapolis.

Emily Lloyd's Book Lists
Not Just Martin: Books on Civil Rights Struggles for Young Children (7 titles)

Everyday Diversity in Picture Books (53 titles)
I use "everyday diversity" to mean books with diverse protagonists (nonwhite, or non-ablebodied, or with GLBTQ parents, etc) that are simply about playing in the snow or losing a tooth or cooking a meal--not focusing specifically on identity.
Beginning Chapter Books for Animal Lovers (16 titles)

Fables & Folktales: Simple Versions for Youngest Listeners (9 titles)
When you search for a fairy or folk tale, you'll often find umpteen retellings & modernizations & "fractured" versions in the library catalog. Here are my picks for which to choose when you want the plain, classic tale told simply enough for a preschooler. All have a good number of colorful illustrations and a simple, unembellished text.
Colors! Lines! Shapes! Patterns! Art! (13 titles)
Great but simple picture books about artistic concepts, and making and appreciating glorious art.
Beyond Junie B--More Beginning Chapter Books with Female Leads (13 titles)
Junie B, Clementine, Judy Moody, and Ivy & Bean are all pretty well-known. Here are some beginning chapter books starring girls you may not have met yet
A Sprinkling of Spanish: Books in English with Spanish (15 titles)
These picture books are written mainly in English, but contain a great number of words in Spanish, making them ideal for younger kids who are learning Spanish and whose first language is English.
Beginning Chapter Books Whose Lead Characters Are POC (18 titles)
Beginning chapter books that feature kids of color! Most of the below are part of a series, so if you like them, look for the others.
Summer Fun: Stuff to Make & Try (10 titles)

Delightful to Share in Spring (13 titles)
Some of these are specifically about spring; others simply evoke it beautifully. All are wonderful to share with young children in spring as we watch the earth wake up together.
Beyond Curie: Women & Girls Rock STEM (22 titles)
A list for Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math.
Storytime Favorites for Crowds (28 titles)
Whether you're a guest reader at your kid's preschool or a librarian with a large storytime attendance, these are my top choices for reading to large crowds of kids aged 2-5. Emphasis on elements of fun & surprise & moments of LOUD and . I rarely use longer narrative books with large crowds, so you won't find those here.
Poetry & Rhymes for the Youngest--a list for National Poetry Month (15 titles)
Poems & rhymes to share with the youngest of children--what to read before you bring out the Shel Silverstein.
Manners & Feelings & Social Skills (10 titles)
Convincing books for little ones learning social skills--not preachy or contrived, but ones kids can identify with. I'll keep adding to the list as I come across more.
Like Captain Underpants? Here are More Funny Books That Mix Writing & Drawings (16 titles)

GLBTQ- and Gender-Friendly Picture Books (18 titles)
Books that feature GLBTQ families, books that challenge stereotypical gender roles, etc.
Clever Twisty Endings (picture books) (12 titles)
Books that are not TOO long or wordy, but are just long enough to feature a surprising plot twist at the end (that a 2-3-yr-old can grasp but a 6-yr-old can still appreciate).

Emily Lloyd's Comments    
Cover ArtHow the dinosaur got to the museum
by Hartland, Jessie.
Wonderfully-drawn, brilliantly-written, this supercool easy nonfiction book would be a great read-aloud before visiting a natural history museum (either individually or on a class field trip). It anticipates and satisfies kids' curiosity, and introduces not just the most well-known dino-related occupation (paleontologist), but all the others that contribute to the process of getting a dinosaur's bones to a museum, and reassembled and exhibited there (preparators, welders, curators, excavators, riggers, exhibits team, cleaners, etc). It's chock-full of great vocabulary words (stabilizes, restored, authenticated, acquisition, etc) and Hartland's bright, colorful illustrations will keep even audiences who aren't particularly into dinos (like myself) engaged where actual realistic photos might not have. Good stuff!   posted Feb 2, 2014 at 10:41AM

Cover ArtLittle fish : a memoir from a different kind of year
by Ramsey Beyer
Doubt. Wistfulness. Growing consciousness. Growing confidence. Homesickness while at school, schoolsickness while at home. Actively trying to grow and carefully examining one’s growth. Meeting people your age with convictions. Not having convictions yet. Deciding who you are and what you like. In a skillfully put-together book that feels effortlessly put-together (and includes many lists and blurbs from the zine she made when she was first beginning art school), Ramsey Beyer evokes the big weirdnesses and small wonderfulnesses of one’s first year away from home and in school (in her case, art school, but more broadly, college). As an adult reader, it made me nostalgic--especially Beyer’s cataloging of the seemingly mundane new traditions (weekly dates to pile into someone’s room and watch The OC, getting Chinese from a restaurant called Eat Must Be First every Saturday) and experiments (let’s all straighten our hair--even the boys--and take pictures on a lazy afternoon) with new friends that cumulatively add up to deeper levels of intimacy. I feel like I would’ve been interested in reading it if I could have before leaving for school--but I still need to recommend it to teens (it’s marketed as a YA book) in that position and see how it speaks to them. The last page could not be more perfect.   posted Feb 2, 2014 at 7:37AM

Cover ArtShrinking mouse
by Hutchins, Pat, 1942-
The perfect book for introducing perspective: a bunch of animal friends notice that when of them leaves their wood and travels across the field, she "shrinks"--and are very relieved that she grows "normal-sized" again upon her return.   posted Dec 26, 2013 at 9:11AM

Cover ArtThe ugly duckling
by Isadora, Rachel.
A little long--though I haven't found a shorter retelling--but the language is nice and the illustrations are outstanding. In one spot, Isadora reserves a full two-page spread for a tiny bit of text--"At night the ugly duckling would cry himself to sleep"--beautifully capturing the loneliness, isolation, and sadness of the "duckling" who has far too much space to himself.   posted Dec 23, 2013 at 7:52PM

Cover ArtThe ugly duckling
by Isadora, Rachel.
A little long--though I haven't fouind a shorter retelling--but the language is nice and the illustrations are outstanding. In one spot, Isadora reserves a full two-page spread for a tiny bit of text--"At night the ugly duckling would cry himself to sleep"--beautifully capturing the loneliness, isolation, and sadness of the "duckling" who has far too much space to himself.   posted Dec 23, 2013 at 7:51PM

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