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"Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents" by Lita Judge

'Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents' by Lita Judge

What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim? Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse "pinky" to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, this awww-inspiring book looks at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they're born in the wild, they're ...

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"Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy" by Karen Foxlee

'Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy' by Karen Foxlee

★★★★★ Opehlia Jane Worthington-Whittard is an extraordinary 11 year old girl; she just doesn’t know it yet. Accepting a last-minute job offer to curate a sword exhibit at a museum in a foreign city, Ophelia’s father believes that this is just the change of scenery his daughters need after the recent death of their mother. The plan is for Ophelia and her sister Alice to go ice skating and explore this new icy city where it never seems to st ...

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"Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands" by Katherine Roy

'Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands' by Katherine Roy

Up close with the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them—just thirty miles from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge!A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city's inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California's Farallon Islands to hunt their favorite meal: the seals that l ...

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"Go to Sleep, Little Farm" by Mary Lyn Ray

'Go to Sleep, Little Farm' by Mary Lyn Ray

Somewhere a bee Makes a bed in a rose, Because the bee knows Day has come to a close. Nighttime blankets a little farm. An owl who-hoots. A bear curls up in a log. A mother fox calls her pups home to the den. But animals aren't the only ones preparing to rest.      In the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown, with classically styled picture book illustrations and fresh, childlike imagery, this poetic bedtime ...

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"Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention" by Barb Rosenstock

'Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention' by Barb Rosenstock

Ben Franklin loved to swim and, at the age of eleven, he was determined to swim like a fish--fins and all! This fascinating and lively account of young Ben's earliest invention follows the budding scientist's journey as he tests and retests his swim fins. That first big splash led Ben to even more innovations and inventions. Includes Franklin quotes, a timeline, bibliography, and source notes. ...

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"Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Book 2)" by Jeffrey Brown

'Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Book 2)' by Jeffrey Brown

Author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown returns in the highly anticipated sequel to the NY Times Bestseller Star Wars: Jedi Academy!It's time to return to middle school in a galaxy far, far away. . . .After surviving his first year at Jedi Academy, Roan Novachez thought his second year would be a breeze. He couldn't have been more wrong. Roan feels like he's drifting apart from his friends, and it's only made worse when Roan discovers he ...

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"Comics Squad: Recess!" by Jennifer L. Holm

'Comics Squad: Recess!' by Jennifer L. Holm

A bust-your-gut-laughing graphic-novel anthology with original contributions from the most beloved names in the genre! * Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm * Jarrett J. Krosoczka * Dav Pilkey * Dan Santat * Raina Telgemeier * Dave Roman * Ursula Vernon * Eric Wight * Gene Yang *   Wowza! Calling all kidz! Do you like comics? Do you like laughing till milk comes out of your nose?! Look no further—do we have the book for you! All your favo ...

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"My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)" by Peter Brown

'My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)' by Peter  Brown

Bobby has a problem. You see, his teacher is a monster.But when Bobby runs into his teacher outside of school, he learns there is more to her than meets the eye. ...

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"Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors" by Keith Baker

'Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors' by Keith  Baker

★★★★ The peas from the alphabet sensation LMNO Peas have returned for a new adventure exploring color. From green gardens to purple mountains to the red colors of fall, the peas see color everywhere. This book is recommended for toddlers and preschoolers who will gain color knowledge and letter knowledge from the vibrant, fun illustrations. ...

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"My New Friend Is So Fun! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)" by Mo Willems

'My New Friend Is So Fun! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)' by Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In My New Friend Is So Fun! Piggie is having so much fun with her new friend. But where does that leave Gerald? ...

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"Millie Fierce Sleeps Out" by Jane Manning

'Millie Fierce Sleeps Out' by Jane Manning

★★★★ Millie has been fierce-free all summer so her mother agrees to let her have a sleep-out in a tent in the backyard with her friends. Of course all does not go smoothly during her sleep-out, and Millie needs to often force herself to control her fierceness until it is absolutely necessary to frighten off a scary dog. Colorfully and humorously illustrated, this picture book demonstrates the importance of self-control in an understandable way ...

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"The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry" by Peter Sís

'The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry' by Peter Sís

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in France in 1900, when airplanes were just being invented. Antoine dreamed of flying and grew up to be a pilot—and that was when his adventures began. He found a job delivering mail by plane, which had never been done before. He and his fellow pilots traveled to faraway places and discovered new ways of getting from one place to the next. Antoine flew over mountains and deserts. He battled winds and storms. ...

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"The Castle Behind Thorns" by Merrie Haskell

'The Castle Behind Thorns' by Merrie Haskell

★★★★★ Waking up in the fireplace ashes of an unfamiliar and very broken castle, Sand discovers that nothing lives here, except the huge, dense thorny brambles that enclose the whole exterior, making it impossible to leave. He begins mending broken objects and soon discovers Perrotte, a girl his age and heir to the castle who has awakened from the dead. They become friends as they uncover secrets about the castle’s history and search for freedo ...

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"Planet Kindergarten" by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

'Planet Kindergarten' by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff! ...

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"Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog" by Ann Bausum

'Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog' by Ann Bausum

Move over, Rin Tin Tin. Here comes Sgt. Stubby! That German shepherd star of the silver screen may have been born behind enemy lines during World War I, but Stubby, the stump-tailed terrier, worked behind enemy lines, and gained military honors along the way. Private Robert Conroy casually adopted the orphan pup while attending basic training on the campus of Yale University in 1917. The Connecticut volunteer never imagined that his str ...

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"Chu's First Day of School" by Neil Gaiman

'Chu's First Day of School' by Neil Gaiman

It is Chu's first day of school. Chu is nervous.He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him?What will happen at school today?Will Chu do what Chu does best? ...

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"Big Bug" by Henry Cole

'Big Bug' by Henry Cole

Size is relative, but everything is worth seeing in this concept book from the illustrator of And Tango Makes Three.Beginning with a beautiful close-up of a “big” ladybug, this book artfully depicts the concept of scale. The book zooms out from the bug, to a flower, to a cow, all the way to an expansive spread of sky. Then Henry Cole masterfully zooms back in from that sky, to a tree, to a house, to a window, ...

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"This Is a Moose" by Richard T. Morris

'This Is a Moose' by Richard T. Morris

Lights! Camera! Moose! MOOSE? Yes, Moose! When a movie director tries to capture the life of a moose on film, he's in for a big surprise. It turns out the moose has a dream bigger then just being a moose--he wants to be an astronaut and go to the moon.His forest friends step in to help him, and action ensues. Lots of action. Like a lacrosse-playing grandma, a gigantic slingshot into space, ...

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"Three Bears in a Boat" by David Soman

'Three Bears in a Boat' by David Soman

From the co-creator of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series comes a high seas adventure inspired by the classic picture books Little Bear and Where the Wild Things Are.   Three bear siblings break their mother’s favorite blue seashell, and rather than tell her, they decide to set out in their sailboat to find her a new one. On their quest they encounter salty sailors, strange n ...

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"A Walk in Paris" by Salvatore Rubbino

'A Walk in Paris' by Salvatore Rubbino

★★★★ Accompany a girl and her grandfather on their walk through Paris! All of the splendor of the most well known landmarks of the city are visited and portrayed in a sighteeing tour. The beautiful illustrations and simple story make for a wonderful journey for any young reader. In addition to the story, there are fun facts about Paris on every page for the most inquisitive minds. I was transported to the "City of Light" for a time while readin ...

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"In New York" by Marc Brown

'In New York' by Marc Brown

★★★★★ Learn about New York City, the beloved home to the author and illustrator of this book! This is a great book for elementary school aged children, who will learn facts about New York's history to the present day. Of course all of the landmarks are beautifully depicted through the artwork and illustrations of this book. You definitely get the feeling that the author really loves his city and is excited to share it with young readers. Having ...

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"Outside the Box: A Book of Poems" by Karma Wilson

'Outside the Box: A Book of Poems' by Karma Wilson

This laugh-out-loud poetry collaboration from a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor illustrator is anything but ordinary.Dive in to Karma Wilson's latest collection of more than 100 poems: some humorous, some poignant, and all of them Outside the Box. Illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Diane Goode, Outside the Box has something for everyone. Appealing to kids and ...

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"Hope Is a Ferris Wheel" by Robin Herrera

'Hope Is a Ferris Wheel' by Robin Herrera

★★★★ Star Mackie has every reason in the world to give up. She lives with her mother and sister Winter in a pinkish trailer with a plastic flamingo glued to the top. She has never met her father or even received a card from him. She starts an Emily Dickinson Poetry Club to meet friends in her new school. In her weeks of assigned vocabulary sentences (which she completes, throws away and accepts school detention rather than turn in) we discover ...

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"Shoe Dog" by Megan McDonald

'Shoe Dog' by Megan McDonald

Shoe Dog loves to chew…well, shoes! But when his choice of chewables leads to trouble, a feline friend has a purr-fect solution.Shoe Dog likes to chew. And chew and chew. But he doesn’t chew a boring old bone. Not a squeaky old toy. Not a smelly old sock. Nope. Shoe Dogs chews…well, take a guess!Chewing shoes poses a problem, however, and Shoe Dog needs help to solve it. Good thing there’s.. ...

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"Hi, Koo!" by Jon J. Muth

'Hi, Koo!' by Jon J. Muth

Caldecott Honoree and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author/artist Jon J Muth takes a fresh and exciting new look at the four seasons!Eating warm cookieson a cold dayis easywater catchesevery thrown stoneskip skip splashWith a featherlight touch and disarming charm, Jon J Muth--and his delightful little panda bear, Koo--challenge readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with twenty-six haikus about the f ...

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