Children's Book Week 2020 art

You don’t have to convince anyone over at HPL about the magic and fun of great children’s books. We love the idea of heading off on an adventure, or having a good laugh, or being inspired by great people’s lives.

Denise Martens, HPL’s head children’s librarian, has put together a list of books that do just that. Learn all about the animals in the forest and about the greatness of Kobe Bryant. Read the story of Black life in America. Immerse yourself in a rainbow dream world. And have a laugh with the newest installment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

All available at HPL!

Animal Families Forest

Animal Families: Forest
By Nosy Crow
Illustrated by Jane Ormes

Find out the different names for mother and father animals that live in the forest — and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.

The Undefeated

The Undefeated
By Kwame Alexnader
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN’s The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Deep End

The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 15)
By Jeff Kinney

In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ​ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation—or if they’re already in too deep.

Coco the Crocodile

Coco the Crocodile
By Ankh

Bunny becomes fast friends with Coco the Crocodile in a rainbow dream world. But what happens when Coco comes to life in Bunny’s real world? Find out in this wordless graphic novel where the artwork brings the story to life.


Who Was Kobe Bryant

Who Is Kobe Bryant?
By Ellen Labrecque

Kobe Bryant was just an eighteen-year-old high-school basketball player when he decided to enter the National Basketball Association’s draft. Though he was the thirteenth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets, he would never play a single game for them. Instead, Kobe was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would spend his entire twenty-season career, winning five championships and numerous awards. Author Ellen Labreque takes readers through each exciting moment, from his iconic dunks to his 81-point game–all the milestones that span Kobe Bryant’s legendary career and legacy.


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