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"Wild Eats and Adorable Treats: 40 Animal-Inspired Meals and Snacks for Kids" by Jill Mills

'Wild Eats and Adorable Treats: 40 Animal-Inspired Meals and Snacks for Kids' by Jill Mills

Children's Book ★★★★★ This book totally lives up to its name; it is adorable! There are some seriously cute ways to make snacks and meals for you and your family. Adults and kids will both enjoy the recipes in this fun filled cookbook. Adults, you’ll find lots of healthy recipes and treats that you can make with your kids or for them as a surprise. Kids, you will find cool snacks that you can make for yourself and recipes that you can create with mom or dad a ...

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"What Is Punk?" by Eric Morse

'What Is Punk?' by Eric Morse

Children's Book ★★★★★ Did you grow up listening to Punk music and wish to share it with your kids or reminisce about it? "What Is Punk" covers the rise of the Punk movement, the various bands associated with it, and its fashion. Experience this book in all its glory as you learn all about the Ramones to The Slits to the Descendents in a fun story that rhymes and is illustrated in...wait for it...3-D clay! The illustrations are a wonderful and somehow perfect re ...

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"The Emotions': Survival Guide" by Walt Disney Company

'The Emotions': Survival Guide' by Walt Disney Company

Children's Book ★★★★★ Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger from Disney/Pixar's "Inside Out" are here to help children ages 8-12 navigate their feelings. The book covers ways to deal with sadness, fear, anger, disgust, and ways to find happiness in all situations. It gives ideas of things to do when feeling sad, ways to calm down when feeling angry, and how to deal with change. Each of the characters narrates the book, making it enjoyable for any fans of the mo ...

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"I'm Trying to Love Spiders" by Bethany Barton

'I'm Trying to Love Spiders' by Bethany Barton

Children's Book ★★★★★ For the record, I do not like spiders. However, I am trying to pass on a better view of them to my daughter. This book is very helpful for any young reader who would like to unmask the mystery of these sometimes creepy insects. The writing is simple so that anyone can learn about spiders in a fun way. Not only that, but the illustrations do a great job to support the facts of the book. My daughter had a lot of fun learning about different ...

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"Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink" by Gail Carson Levine

'Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink' by Gail Carson Levine

Children's Book ★★★★ Ever been thinking about writing but don't know where to start? Or there's a step in the process or question that you're dying to ask an author? This was a new children's nonfiction book about writing that I found even applicable to me. I thought it was a great exploration of the process and the questions that arise when you're trying to write! ...

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"Little Humans" by Brandon Stanton

'Little Humans' by Brandon Stanton

Children's Book ★★★★ From the author and photographer of the well-known blog "Humans of New York" comes a great picture book that celebrates the uniqueness, abilities, and diversity of the littlest humans--children. Brandon Stanton's photographs capture children doing everyday things like walking down the street, riding a bicycle, playing in the street, and making music. This is a great read aloud for children of all-ages that celebrates all of the things litt ...

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"365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts" by R.J. Palacio

'365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts' by R.J. Palacio

Children's Book ★★★★★ Precepts are words to live by, as Mr. Browne taught his fifth grade students in Wonder. In this compilation of 365 inspirational precepts, we get a glimpse into Mr. Browne's world of teaching. Each day of the year has a precept that is either a famous quote from a philosopher, a saying on a fortune cookie, lyrics from a song, among others. After each month, Mr. Browne compiles a short chapter that gives us further insight into our favorite ...

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"Gravity" by Jason Chin

'Gravity' by Jason Chin

Children's Book ★★★★★ What if? This book asks just this question about gravity and what would happen if there was none. Gain a glimpse of our universe as if gravity did not exist. Jason Chin does a wonderful job getting a young reader introduced to the sometimes complex understanding of gravity. The words are few and basic yet they help the youngest of minds to begin thinking about science. Although this is a non-fiction book, it reads and looks like a picture ...

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

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

Children's Book 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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"In New York" by Marc Brown

'In New York' by Marc Brown

Children's Book ★★★★★ 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

Children's Book ★★★★ 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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"What's Your Favorite Animal?" by Eric Carle

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

Children's Book ★★★★★ 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 Eric ...

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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

Children's Book ★★★★★ 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

Children's Book ★★★★★ 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

Children's Book ★★★★★ 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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"How Big Were Dinosaurs?" by Lita Judge

'How Big Were Dinosaurs?' by Lita Judge

Children's Book Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Velociraptor for a walk, or try to brush a Tyrannosaur's teeth? We think of dinosaurs as colossal giants, but how big were they REALLY?With kid-friendly text and seriously silly illustrations, this fact-filled book puts dinosaurs next to modern animals so that you can see exactly how they size up. And a huge fold-out chart compares the dinos to each other, from the tiniest Microraptor ...

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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

Children's Book ★★★★ 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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"Island: A Story of the Galápagos" by Jason Chin

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

Children's Book 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

Children's Book 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

Children's Book 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

Children's Book 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 classicall ...

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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

Children's Book ★★★★★ 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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"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

Children's Book 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

Children's Book 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

Children's Book 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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