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"Flashlight" by Lizi Boyd

'Flashlight' by Lizi Boyd

Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it. ...

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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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"Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters" by Oliver Jeffers

'Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters' by Oliver Jeffers

THE alphabet book to top all others, from the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit!  If words make up the stories and letters make up the words, then stories are made up of letters. In this menagerie we have stories made of words, made FOR all the letters. The most inventive and irresistible book of the year spans a mere 26 letters (don't they all!) and 112 ...

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"Rain Reign" by Ann M. Martin

'Rain Reign' by Ann M. Martin

In her most powerful novel yet, Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin tells the story of girl with mental/emotional challenges and the dog she loves.Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose’s father brought hom ...

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"The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)" by Rick Riordan

'The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)' by Rick Riordan

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.The demigods are having more freque ...

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"Here Comes Santa Cat" by Deborah Underwood

'Here Comes Santa Cat' by Deborah Underwood

Cat took on a bunny in Here Comes the Easter Cat, but now Christmas is coming, and Cat has a hunch he's not on Santa's "nice" list. Which means? No presents for Cat. So he tries to be good, but children, it seems, aren't wild for his brand of gift-giving. Still, Cat might surprise himself, and best of all, he may just get to meet the man in the red suit himself—and receive a holiday surprise of his own. Fans of Pete the Cat, Splat the ...

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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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"Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories" by Dr. Seuss

'Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories' by Dr. Seuss

A follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss!  A new Dr. Seuss book! This follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories features familiar Seussian faces and places—including Horton the Elephant, Marco, Mulberry Street, and a Grinch—as well as an introduction by renowned Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen. Seuss fans will learn more about Horton’s integrit ...

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"The Missing Pieces of Me" by Jean Van Leeuwen

'The Missing Pieces of Me' by Jean Van Leeuwen

More than anything, ten-year-old Weezie wants to please her momma. She babysits her spoiled half-sister, Ruth Ann, and little Jackson. She makes tea for Momma in Gramma Emmeline's beautiful teapot. She even tries to cook dinner. But nothing turns out quite right. And Momma is never pleased. Hard times and a daddy who ran off before she was born seem to have stolen all of Momma's love.If only Weezie could find her daddy, she's sure her lif ...

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"El Deafo" by Cece Bell

'El Deafo' by Cece Bell

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear ...

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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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"The Witch's Boy" by Kelly Barnhill

'The Witch's Boy' by Kelly Barnhill

“A lightning bolt erupted from the cloud and aimed directly at Ned’s heart. He couldn’t cry out. He couldn’t even move. He could just feel the magic sink into his skin and spread itself over every inch of him, bubbling and slithering and cutting deep, until he didn’t know where the magic stopped and he began.”When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging, bewitched river, only Ne ...

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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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"The Farmer and the Clown" by Marla Frazee

'The Farmer and the Clown' by Marla Frazee

Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee.A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in a lonely farmer’s vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the ...

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"The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co., #2)" by Jonathan Stroud

'The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co., #2)' by Jonathan Stroud

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.Things look up wh ...

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"Petal and Poppy and the Spooky Halloween!" by Lisa Clough

'Petal and Poppy and the Spooky Halloween!' by Lisa Clough

Halloween is here and Petal and Poppy are going to a party! But Petal's scared. Halloween is too spooky. But Poppy assures Petal it's all just pretend. There's nothing to be afraid of. But then a haunted house scares Poppy. Maybe Halloween is a little spooky after all!   The writing level and picture clues will help early readers perfect their reading technique, while the wonderful story--with just the right amount of spookiness--will spark a ...

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"Winter Is Coming" by Tony Johnston

'Winter Is Coming' by Tony Johnston

Witness the changing of a season through a watchful child’s eyes in this story of nature and discovery from award-winning author Tony Johnston and New York Times Best Illustrated artist Jim La Marche.Day after day, a girl goes to her favorite place in the woods and quietly watches from her tree house as the chipmunks, the doe, the rabbits prepare for the winter. As the temperature drops, sunset comes earlier and a new s ...

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"Benny and Penny in Lost and Found: Toon Books Level 2" by Geoffrey Hayes

'Benny and Penny in Lost and Found: Toon Books Level 2' by Geoffrey Hayes

Geoffrey Hayes’s two beloved mouse siblings return in their fifth story.Benny’s in a foul mood! He can’t find his pirate hat, and he’s been sent outside to cool his temper. When he and Penny wander away from home and realize they’re lost, they must handle their emotions and put their heads together. ...

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"I'm My Own Dog" by David Ezra Stein

'I'm My Own Dog' by David Ezra Stein

Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein has fans at his command with this comical dog’s-eye view of having a best friend.Many dogs have human owners. Not this dog. He fetches his own slippers, curls up at his own feet, and gives himself a good scratch. But there is one spot, in the middle of his back, that he just can’t reach. So one day, he lets a human scratch it. And the poor little fella follows him home. What can ...

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

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

I thought my second year at Jedi Academy would be a breeze, and it was...at first. I built an awesome robot, took a field trip to an ice planet, and avoided Gammy's alien cooking. But then things got all mixed-up! Star pilot training was way harder than I expected, my best friends started ignoring me, and the class bullies are trying to lead me to the dark side--which actually looks fun. Just when I thought I had middle school all figured ...

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

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

★★★★★ 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. Wonderful ...

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"My New Friend Is So Fun! (Elephant & Piggie, #21)" by Mo Willems

'My New Friend Is So Fun! (Elephant & Piggie, #21)' 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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