Help Build The Next Generation of Great Readers

 

We all know and love the classics. 

 

Books like Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Harold and the Purple Crayon are favorites for a reason.

 

 

 

But there's a whole canon of new books out there that also deserve a place on kids' shelves. 

These stories broaden kids' horizons, provide fresh perspectives, and open windows to new experiences: all the things that great children's books should do. In this spirit, we're pleased to announce the BookPeople Modern First Library initiative. Pairing beloved picture books that will never go out of style along with other favorites that reflect the diverse, global society of the 21st century, we've set out to make building a thoughtful library for any child in your life easy.

 

  


 

2016 MODERN FIRST LIBRARY INDUCTEES: Download Full List 

 

Modern First Library Reflections 2016

We once again invited some of Austin's local children's book creators, as well as some national voices, to contribute their own thoughts on what it means to build a Modern First Library and why it matters. Posts will be linked here as they go live on our blog through September. Join the discussion over at bookpeopleblog.wordpress.com

Bloggers in this series:

 

"When books contain experiences and characters to which children can relate, they foster children’s positive self-concept and respect for diversity. Book collections for children should serve as “mirrors” that reflect the children and families they may already be familiar with, as well as “windows” that help children explore the true diversity of our world. Books can  teach children to understand and challenge bias, to better understand those who might be different from themselves, and  to promote social action to combat injustice."

Jillian Bontke M.Ed., LPC

Anti-Defamation League Austin, Education Director

 

Modern First Library Reflections 2014

We invited some of Austin's local children's book creators, as well as some national voices, to contribute their own thoughts on what it means to build a Modern First Library and why it matters. Read what these authors have to say about the importance of building vibrant, interesting first libraries for young readers below. Join the discussion over at bookpeopleblog.wordpress.com.

Blog posts in this series - Local Voices

Blog posts in this series - National Contributors

 

To help us launch this new program, a few great children's book authors here in Austin also compiled personal lists of Modern First Library recommendations. Click on an author and take a look at his or her picks! 

Top row (left to right): Varian Johnson, Liz Garton Scanlon, Chris Barton. Bottom row (left to right): Don Tate, Cynthia Leitich-Smith.


 

 

Build Your Own Modern First Library! 

You can find Modern Library starter sets gift-wrapped and ready to give in our BookKids section.

Perfect for baby showers or special occasions, we think these bundles make wonderful gifts for young readers ready to expand their collections or little ones just getting started. We'll be featuring all kinds of suggestions for starting terrific, modern first libraries as our program evolves, so come and browse our full display in the picture book room. 

You can also build your own Modern First Library from titles suggested below.

We've collected recommendations from all the incredible authors who are blogging with us this summer, and we have also added a small selection of titles that we think would make great additions to any library. But these are just a starting point! Come into the store to see some of our featured collections, or mix suggestions from this site with your own favorites to put together a starter kit that speaks to you. 

Give the gift of great books and help build the next generation of great readers! 

 


 

 

Suggested Books:

(See instore display for full selection)

 

 

 

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Hush! a Thai Lullaby Cover Image
By Minfong Ho, Mingfong Ho, Holly Meade (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780531071663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - March 2000

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Last Stop on Market Street Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780811872355
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - April 23rd, 2013

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Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780060254926
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - December 26th, 2012

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Nino Wrestles the World Cover Image
By Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596436046
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 4th, 2013

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Little Owl's Night Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780670015795
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Children's Books - August 29th, 2013

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Rosie Revere, Engineer Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419708459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2013

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Ron's Big Mission Cover Image
By Rose Blue, Corinne Naden, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525478492
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books - January 22nd, 2009

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I Like Myself! Cover Image
By Karen Beaumont, David Catrow (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544641013
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 5th, 2016

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Harold and the Purple Crayon Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062086525
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperFestival - September 29th, 2015

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My Heart Fills with Happiness Cover Image
By Monique Gray Smith, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781459809574
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orca Book Publishers - March 2016

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Bee-Bim Bop! Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Ho Baek Lee (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547076713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 10th, 2008

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And Tango Makes Three Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689878459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 2005

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Bread and Jam for Frances Cover Image
By Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064430968
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - May 23rd, 1986

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Bright Sky, Starry City Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781554984053
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Groundwood Books - May 12th, 2015

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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music Cover Image
By Margarita Engle, Rafael Lopez (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544102293
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 31st, 2015

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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419705830
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

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Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury Cover Image
By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062292582
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - December 23rd, 2013

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Little Melba and Her Big Trombone Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781600608988
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lee & Low Books - September 2014

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Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544357693
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 12th, 2016

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Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Cover Image
By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780449817445
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - January 6th, 2015