By Candlewick

Reviewed for First Grade, 2012

Oliver by Birgitta Sif

Oliver is a bit different than other boys; he plays with his stuffed animals and puppets alone, until a new friend helps him realize that some games are better played together. The illustrations in this heartwarming tale, done in pencil and digitally colored, feature a beautifully moody color palette that captures the sentiment of the characters. Bring home the idea that everyone has their own quirks, reminding kids that marching to the beat of your own drum is something to be celebrated. (Candlewick, $10.36)