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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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"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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"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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"What's Your Favorite Animal?" by Eric Carle

'What's Your Favorite Animal?' by Eric Carle

★★★★★ This book is a wonderful compilation of artwork depicting the favorite animals of famous children’s authors and illustrators. Of course it’s no surprise that Nick Bruel’s favorite is the infamous Bad Kitty; but wait a minute, oh no, I think it really is octopuses; sorry Bad Kitty. Beautiful artwork by well-known children’s illustrators including Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, Chris Raschka and of course ...

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"National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean" by Catherine D. Hughes

'National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean' by Catherine D. Hughes

★★★★★ Do you know what a leafy sea dragon is? Find out in this ocean-filled book put out by National Geographic Kids. This books is a great read for any school-aged child that is curious about biology or the ocean. Split up into ocean sections, each section details the animal life one will find in the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Arctic oceans. Each animal spread has fact boxes about the animal's biology, colorful photos, interactive questions ...

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"Feathers: Not Just for Flying" by Melissa Stewart

'Feathers: Not Just for Flying' by Melissa Stewart

★★★★★ Did you know that feathers help a bird to do more than fly and keep warm? Feathers can be like a sponge, or a backhoe! Sixteen birds and the special ways they use their feathers are featured. The multi-layered text allows adults to read the book to younger children with optional details for older children.   ...

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"Weird Insects" by Michael Worek

'Weird Insects' by Michael Worek

★★★★★ Weird insects will amaze anyone remotely interested in insects. The book provides a magnifying glass look at insects from around the world. Each page is filled with a stunning and vibrant photo against a white page. Each page also lists insects’ common and scientific name as well as interesting facts about the insects’ characteristics and behavior. Budding naturalists will pore over the pictures and information. Insectaphobes beware. ...

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"Did the Romans Eat Chips?: And Other Questions about History" by Paul Mason

'Did the Romans Eat Chips?: And Other Questions about History' by Paul Mason

★★★★ What did athletes wear at the original Olympics? Which horse had a city named after him? Did Romans eat chips? Find out the answers to these crazy questions in Paul Mason's fun book about history. The book is filled with funny illustrations and asks questions about a wide range of historical events. The questions range geographically from South America to Japan, and historically from ancient times to World War II. Great for any school-aged ...

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"Get Into Art People: Enjoy Great Art--Then Create Your Own!" by Susie Brooks

'Get Into Art People: Enjoy Great Art--Then Create Your Own!' by Susie Brooks

★★★★★ Get Into Art People features twelve famous artists with distinct styles. Each section includes a full page reproduction of the artist’s work with information about the artist and his/her technique. The genius here is a fold out page with an accompanying project that incorporates the artist’s work. The book ends with a glossary and materials list. The book is great for encouraging art appreciation, and for all children interested in art ...

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"Island: A Story of the Galápagos" by Jason Chin

'Island: A Story of the Galápagos' by Jason Chin

Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on earth. How did they come to inhabit the island? How long will they remain?  Thoroughly researched and filled with intricate and beautiful paintings, this extraordinary book by Award-winning author and artist Jason Chin is an epic saga of the life of an island—born of f ...

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"Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond" by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

'Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond' by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

When the news of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound broke, the SEAL team member that stole the show was a highly trained canine companion. Throughout history, dogs have been key contributors to military units. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent follows man's best friend onto the battlefield, showing readers why dogs are uniquely qualified for the job at hand, how they are trained, how they contribute to missions, and what happens when they retire. With f ...

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"Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman" by Esmé Raji Codell

'Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John Appleseed Chapman' by Esmé Raji Codell

His real name was John Chapman.He grew apples.But wait. So what?Why should we remember himand read about himand think about himand talk about him today,more than two hundred years after he was born?Why should we call him a hero?Esme Raji Codell and Lynne Rae Perkins show us, in eloquent words and exhilarating pictures, why Johnny Appleseed matters now, perhaps more than ever, in our loud and wired and f ...

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"Machines Go to Work in the City" by William Low

'Machines Go to Work in the City' by William Low

Toddlers love machines and things that go, and this book gives them everything they want, from a bucket truck to a tower crane to an airplane. Every other spread has an interactive gatefold which extends the original picture to three pages, revealing something new about each situation. The last spread diagrams each city machine, providing additional information for young readers to pore over again and again. William Low’s classically-trained ...

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"Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World" by Tracey E. Fern

'Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World' by Tracey E. Fern

Barnum Brown's (1873-1963) parents named him after the circus icon P.T. Barnum, hoping that he would do something extraordinary--and he did! As a paleonotologist for the American Museum of Natural History, he discovered the first documented skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as most of the other dinosaurs on display there today.An appealing and fun picture book biography, with zany and stunning illustrations by Boris Kulikov, BARNU ...

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"Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas" by Molly Bang

'Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas' by Molly Bang

Acclaimed Caldecott artist Molly Bang paints a stunning, sweeping view of our ever-changing oceans.In this timely book, award-winner Molly Bang uses her signature poetic language and dazzling illustrations to introduce the oceanic world. From tiny aquatic plants to the biggest whale or fish, Bang presents a moving, living picture of the miraculous balance sustaining each life cycle and food chain deep within our wondrous oceans.On ...

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"Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature" by Nicola Davies

'Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature' by Nicola Davies

This gorgeously illustrated volume of poetry — sprinkled with facts and fun things to do — sows an early love for nature in all its beauty and wonder.The buzz of bees in summertime. The tracks of a bird in the winter snow. This beautiful book captures all the sights and sounds of a child’s interactions with nature, from planting acorns or biting into crisp apples to studying tide pools or lying back and watching the ...

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"Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure" by Shana Corey

'Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of  Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure' by Shana Corey

The amazing, all-true story of the first Girl Scouts and their visionary founder.Juliette Gordon Low--Daisy to her friends and family--was not like most girls of the Victorian era.Prim and proper?BOSH!Dainty and delicate?HOW BORING!She loved the outdoors, and she yearned for adventure! Born into a family of pathfinders and pioneers, she too wanted to make a difference in the world--and nothing would stop her.Combining ...

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"Life-Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual Size Animal Encyclopedia" by Teruyuki Komiya

'Life-Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual Size Animal Encyclopedia' by Teruyuki Komiya

An elephant's trunk is so nimble, it can pick up a single blade of grass, and yet so strong, it can knock over a tree. Giraffes have eyelashes. Sloths hang from trees for days at a time without going to the bathroom. These are just some of the insights featured in Life-Size Zoo. Acclaimed wildlife photographer Toyofumi Fukuda visited Japan's premier zoos to capture remarkably vivid and detailed close-up photographs of 21 animals, from pa ...

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"Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village" by Laura Amy Schlitz

'Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village' by Laura Amy Schlitz

Step back to medieval 1255 England and meet 22 villagers, illustrated in pen and ink, inspired by the Munich-Nuremberg manuscript, an illuminated poem from thirteenth-century Germany. Hugo, the lord’s nephew, proves his manhood by hunting a wild boar. Sharp-tongued Nelly supports her family by selling live eels. Peasant Mogg gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord. Barbary slings mud on noble Jack. Alice is the ...

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"I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King Jr.

'I Have a Dream' by Martin Luther King Jr.

A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor BookFrom Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing "I Have a Dream" speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who will one day carry his dream forward for ever ...

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