Drum Dream Girl (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99) can’t stop dreaming about drums. “Only boys should play drums,” says her father, and forbids her from playing. Still, she daydreams about beating the bongo and finds rhythm in everyday life. Tapping on chairs and stepping in time to imaginary beats, she floats through her days. Award-winning author Margarita Engle tells a beautiful story of empowerment and ambition, based on the life of Millo Castro Zaldarriage, Cuba’s famous female drummer. Coupled with striking illustrations by Rafael Lopez, this book will have readers wanting to dance, drum, and follow their own dreams. Ages 4-8. Kasie Griffitts

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By Margarita Engle, Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544102293
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Published: Clarion Books - March 31st, 2015

Baby wants kisses, and one by one baby gives and receives sweet smooches from her household’s inhabitants. Outside, baby gets kisses from the sun and the wind, and the “flowers send kisses past bees and trees.” In both English and Spanish Mami, Papi, and even the family perro [dog] have Besos for Baby (Little, Brown, $6.99). Author Jen Arena will charm readers with her simple, lyrical sentences, paired with contrasting colors by illustrator Blanca Gomez. This bilingual book is a beautiful addition to a baby’s first library.  Ages 0-3. KLG

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By Jen Arena, Blanca Gomez (By (artist))
ISBN: 9780316230377
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Published: LB Kids - September 2nd, 2014

Being small can be a challenge, especially in a place as large as New York City. Elliot is a petite elephant, a bit unlike the others you may know, with polka dots and a big appetite for sweet treats. He takes the difficulties he faces daily in stride, rarely allowing minor inconveniences to dampen his kind-hearted spirit. However, when Elliot is unable to purchase a cupcake because he can’t reach the counter, he feels downtrodden until he meets someone even smaller than he and learns a valuable lesson about friendship and hope. Debut author and illustrator Mike Curato shows readers that the smallest creatures can have the biggest hearts. Little Elliot, Big City (Henry Holt, $16.99) is a delight, with charming illustrations and a classical feel.  Ages 4-7. KLG

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By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805098259
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 26th, 2014