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"Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear" by Lindsay Mattick

'Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear' by Lindsay Mattick

Children's Book ★★★★★ This is the heartwarming story of the real life "Winnie the Pooh." I really enjoyed how the author told the story in two parts and also included real journal entries and photographs from WWI. In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian on his way to care for horses in World War I, happened upon a lost baby bear at a train station. For some reason, his heart was telling him that there was something special about that bear. So, he offe ...

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"The Nonsense Show" by Eric Carle

'The Nonsense Show' by Eric Carle

Children's Book ★★★★ It’s a fun, upside-down world in this new picture book that's full of nonsense by Eric Carle. A boy is pulled from a hat by a rabbit magician, a bird is living in an aquarium and a fish in a cage, a human baby is in a kangaroo's pouch, mice are catching cats, a man is living in a dog house and more. It’s all of course in good fun. With classic, colorful, uncluttered illustrations and rhyming text, Carle creates a wonderfully silly envi ...

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"Vincent Paints His House" by Tedd Arnold

'Vincent Paints His House' by Tedd Arnold

Children's Book ★★★★★ This book transports us to Vincent's house on the day he decides to paint it. This book pays homage to the artist himself, Vincent van Gogh. As Vincent begins painting his house he encounters various animals who also live on his house that have differing opinions as to which color to paint it. Not only are all the colors of the rainbow mentioned as options, but we also learn through the process different names for different colors. If you ...

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"What Pet Should I Get?" by Dr. Seuss

'What Pet Should I Get?' by Dr. Seuss

Children's Book ★★★★★ In this newly discovered book by Dr. Seuss, a brother and sister are at the pet store trying to decide what pet to get. Of course they can only have one, but all the pets look like so much fun it’s hard to choose just one. The other problem they face is they have a deadline; Mother and Dad said to be home by noon. This may be a “new” Dr. Seuss book, but with familiar characters, animals, and rhymes it already feels like a comfortable ...

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"I Wish You More" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

'I Wish You More' by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Children's Book ★★★★★ Lovely illustrations and simple text convey the beauty of life's small moments. This book is a wonderful read to share with a special child in your life. I loved the simplicity that still spoke volumes, and having the chance to show my kids through this book that it is all of those little things in life that mean to much. ...

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"Wolfie the Bunny" by Ame Dyckman

'Wolfie the Bunny' by Ame Dyckman

Children's Book ★★★★★ Wolfie is a baby wolf, not a baby bunny, but Mama and Papa bunny don’t seem to care when they adopt him after finding him in a basket on their doorstep. Their daughter Dot tries to warn them , “he’s going to eat us all up.” Her parents are already smitten but Dot is cautious and maintains her distance. When Wolfie grows bigger and a big bear tries to grab him and eat him, Dot surprisingly discovers he really is her little brother. ...

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"Spots in a Box" by Helen Ward

'Spots in a Box' by Helen Ward

Children's Book ★★★★★ This fun book is about a guinea fowl who doesn't have any spots. When he orders them in the mail, they arrive as something quite unexpected. As he explores the unexpected assortment of spots, he comes to realize that not all spots are created equal just like no two individuals are exactly alike. What he discovers is that it is more important to be happy being yourself when making friends than to be someone you're not. ...

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"The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak

'The Book with No Pictures' by B.J. Novak

Children's Book ★★★★ How can a book be a picture book if there are no pictures? B.J. Novak, best known for his writing and acting on "The Office," shows that a book can be fun without illustrations. But how? Well, the person reading the book has to say everything the words matter what. Even if the words have no meaning or are down-right ridiculous, the reader still has to say them, making this book a very fun read. This is a great read aloud for child ...

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"Sam and Dave Dig a Hole" by Mac Barnett

'Sam and Dave Dig a Hole' by Mac Barnett

Children's Book ★★★★★ Sam and Dave are determined to dig a hole until they find something spectacular. What unfolds in this story is a wonderful mix of what is happening in the story and what is happening in the illustrations. This book is a 2015 Caldecott Honor Book for a good reason. The book as a whole, the writing and the illustrations, play off of each other so well that this book tells a story beyond the words on the page. There is such a sense of adventu ...

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"Hug Machine" by Scott Campbell

'Hug Machine' by Scott   Campbell

Children's Book ★★★★★ "Whoa! Here I come! I am the Hug Machine!" starts this wonderful book about a little boy who hugs everything. He hugs people, animals, and even a fire hydrant and mailbox! He hugs hard things, soft things, square things and long things. But, can he hug a spiky porcupine or a humongous whale? The Hug Machine will do anything to give a hug. With simple and warm watercolor illustrations, this book shows how a simple act of kindness can change ...

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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

Children's Book ★★★★★ Author and illustrator Peter Brown gives us another humorous read-aloud with “My Teacher Is a MONSTER!”. Bobby has a familiar problem: a teacher, Ms. Kirby, who is the bane of his existence. She reminds him to follow school rules by saying things like “no recess for children who throw paper airplanes in class”. In short, he thinks she is a monster. But then he runs into her in a park and, well, she doesn’t seem so bad. Wonderfull ...

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"Millie Fierce Sleeps Out" by Jane Manning

'Millie Fierce Sleeps Out' by Jane Manning

Children's Book ★★★★ 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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"Orion and the Dark" by Emma Yarlett

'Orion and the Dark' by Emma Yarlett

Children's Book ★★★★★ This adorable picture book is about a little boy named Orion who is afraid of everything, especially the dark! He tries and tries to find ways to not be afraid but nothing works. One night, he decides to tell the dark to go away. When the dark slips through his window and invites him to have an adventure, Orion learns that he doesn't need to be afraid with his new friend at his side. Super cute illustrations and fun text make this book a g ...

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"Naked!" by Michael Ian Black

'Naked!' by Michael Ian Black

Children's Book ★★★★★ This wonderful, enjoyable read-aloud celebrates the joys of being naked—naked, naked, naked. The wide-mouthed boy in this picture book eats (several) cookies-naked, slides down the stairs-naked, and dreams of going to school, doing the hokey pokey, and playing on the playground-naked. Children will easily identify with this sometimes-caped crusader and his patient parents, and giggle every time the word “Naked!” is read aloud. Be pre ...

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"The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend" by Dan Santat

'The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend' by Dan Santat

Children's Book ★★★★★ On an island far away, imaginary friends are born. Beekle is one of them, waiting to be chosen by a child and transported to the real world. Rather than waiting, Beekle does the unimaginable and sets sail to the real world. He finds that the real world is strange and uncomfortable, until he meets his perfect friend. Then the world is colorful , fun, and not so strange. This is a fantastic book about finding your place in the big, bustling, ...

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"Ferry Tail" by Katharine Kenah

'Ferry Tail' by Katharine Kenah

Children's Book ★★★★ Walter, the ferry dog loves his perfect job. He greets ferry-goers, fetches the captain’s morning newspaper, tastes the cook’s food, watches babies and barks at seagulls. The captain’s cat is the only one aboard he does not like. One day he doesn’t feel needed and decides to leave and try life on the island. This sweet, simple picture book will appeal to everyone, but especially to children who have either have been on a family vac ...

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"Ten Eggs in a Nest" by Marilyn Sadler

'Ten Eggs in a Nest' by Marilyn Sadler

Children's Book ★★★★★ Gwen, the hen, has laid her eggs but tells the soon-to-be father, Red Rooster, that it is bad luck to count your eggs before they hatch. Soon one egg hatches and proud Red Rooster goes to Worm World to buy a worm for his new chick. When he gets back, however, more chicks hatch requiring Red Rooster to make several trips back and forth to Worm World to buy additional worms as more and more chicks hatch at different intervals. This early rea ...

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"Chu's First Day of School (Chu, #2)" by Neil Gaiman

'Chu's First Day of School (Chu, #2)' by Neil Gaiman

Children's Book ★★★★ Like many children, Chu is nervous about his first day of school. He has the usual concerns and questions; what will happen in school, will they like him. Once he gets there, he discovers that he has to introduce himself to the other children by saying his name and one thing that he loves to do. That’s when he becomes very quiet and is reluctant to share, but then, finally, he has no choice because it all comes out. This is a cute, humor ...

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"Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty

'Rosie Revere, Engineer' by Andrea Beaty

Children's Book ★★★★★ Meet Rosie, the great-great-niece of the heroine Rosie the Riveter, who enjoys building different gadgets and gizmos. Rosie wants to become an engineer when she grows up! She is always trying to make new things, however when people laugh for joy at her inventions she mistakes that for people laughing at her inventions instead. Rosie wants to give up every time someone laughs or her ideas fail on the first try. Luckily she is related to Ros ...

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"What Does the Fox Say?" by Ylvis

'What Does the Fox Say?' by Ylvis

Children's Book ★★★★★ Dog goes woof and cat goes meow, but what does the fox say? If you loved the YouTube sensation "What Does the Fox Say?" you will love the children's picture book version! The book is filled with the zany lyrics to the popular song and kooky illustrations of the animals mentioned. Recommended for children and adults who are fans of the song, or anyone curious about what noise the fox makes. ...

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"Superworm" by Julia Donaldson

'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson

Children's Book ★★★★★ “Hip, hip hooray for SUPERWORM”, repeatedly chant the animals and insects in the forest as their hero Superworm saves them from many disasters. But in the midst of their happiness the evil wizard lizard captures Superworm with his servant crow and puts an evil spell on him, forcing him to find treasure in the soil. Will his friends rescue him, break the evil spell, and restore their happy life? With its unlikely, admirable hero and rep ...

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"I Love Dogs!" by Sue Stainton

'I Love Dogs!' by Sue Stainton

Children's Book ★★★★★ This rollicking book is filled with the exuberant joy of a boy who loves dogs. While spending the day at the park, the boy meets every type of dog imaginable. There are dogs that are spotty, dotty, wrinkly, crinkly... and many, many more! Will this little boy ever find the perfect dog for him? I highly recommend this book for all dog-loving kids! ...

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"Lots of Dots" by Craig Frazier

'Lots of Dots' by Craig Frazier

Children's Book ★★★★ Author and illustrator Craig Frazier creates dots of all colors and dimensions that young readers can discover around them. There are brightly-colored floating balloon dots, big drum stick dots, oranges (dots) falling from a tree, traffic light dots, ice cream dots, pea dots, heavy dumbbell dots, light bubble dots and more. This fun “I Spy” read-alike with its simple, bright, colorful illustrations is a fun read-aloud emphasizing color ...

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"All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

'All I Want for Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey

Children's Book ★★★★★ If you love Mariah Carey's hit Christmas song "All I Want for Christmas Is You," this picture book is for you! The words in the picture book are from Carey's song, so you can sing the lyrics or simply read them. The illustrations tell the story of a little Mariah wishing and hoping for a puppy from Santa Claus. Follow Mariah on a snowy, Christmas journey to getting what she truly wants for Christmas. Adults who enjoy this Christmas song wi ...

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"Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)" by Patricia MacLachlan

'Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)' by Patricia MacLachlan

Children's Book "I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall." A heartwarming story about two children, Anna and Caleb, whose lives are changed forever when their widowed papa advertises for a mail-order bride. Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton from Maine answers the ad and agrees to come for a month. Sarah brings gifts from the sea, a cat named Seal, and singing and laughter to the quiet house. But will she like it enough to stay? Anna and Cale ...

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