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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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"A Library Book for Bear" by Bonny Becker

'A Library Book for Bear' by Bonny Becker

Curmudgeonly Bear succumbs to Mouse’s entreaties and discovers the joy of books in a hilarious story that fans will covet for their own library.Bear does not want to go to the library. He is quite sure he already has all the books he will ever need. Yet the relentlessly cheery Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, thinks different. When Bear reluctantly agrees to go with his friend to the big library, neither ...

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"Monster Party!" by Annie Bach

'Monster Party!' by Annie Bach

Monster's invited—and monster's delighted! Come and join the monster bash. There's spinning and pinning, high-fiving and jiving, and munching, crunching, and buggy-food lunching. But when it all ends, Monster must leave his fun-loving friends. There's crying and sighing—until Monster discovers a happy surprise waiting for him at home. This wacky celebration will be a hit with kids! ...

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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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"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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"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

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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"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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"I Am a Witch's Cat" by Harriet Muncaster

'I Am a Witch's Cat' by Harriet Muncaster

In this whimsical picture book, a little girl believes her mother is a good witch—and she is a special witch's cat! After all, every good witch needs a black cat. Together, this playful girl and her loving mom are a perfect twosome, whether they are mixing potions, growing magical plants, or dreaming of wild broomstick rides under a full moon.For each dazzling spread, author-illustrator Harriet Muncaster handcrafted three-dimensional sc ...

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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 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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"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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"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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