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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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"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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"Patti Cake and Her New Doll" by Patricia Reilly Giff

'Patti Cake and Her New Doll' by Patricia Reilly Giff

★★★★ Patti Cake is facing two new life challenges: a new room and a new big bed. When she goes to bed the first night, it seems “greatly dark” and lonely with one else in bed, not even her dog Tootsie. The next morning her babysitter takes her to a store where she decides to get an “on-sale “ doll that she names On-Sale. During the day she and her doll have many experiences together with Tootsie and her cat. That night Patti Cake o ...

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"The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra" by Jason Fry

'The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra' by Jason Fry

In this swashbuckling new sci-fi adventure series from New York Times bestselling author Jason Fry, three siblings in a family of privateers must compete to decide who will be the next ship captain, all while battling space pirates, Earth diplomats, and even treachery from within the family.The relationship between Tycho Hashoone, his twin sister, Yana, and their older brother, Carlo, isn't your average sibling rivalry. They might be crew members ...

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"Mr. Wuffles!" by David Wiesner

'Mr. Wuffles!' by David Wiesner

A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book   In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn't care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens—but the ship wasn't designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble. When the space visitors dodge the cat ...

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"Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures" by Kate DiCamillo

'Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures' by Kate DiCamillo

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step ...

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"The Year of Billy Miller" by Kevin Henkes

'The Year of Billy Miller' by Kevin Henkes

Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller was named a 2014 Newbery Honor book by the American Library Association. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books; Frindle, by Andrew Clements; and the Clementine ...

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"Locomotive" by Brian Floca

'Locomotive' by Brian Floca

The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America's early railroads, from the creator of the "stunning" (Booklist) Moonshot.It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America's brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the might ...

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"Journey" by Aaron Becker

'Journey' by Aaron Becker

★★★★★ In this wordless story a lonely girl with a red piece of chalk draws herself into another world. On her journey she finds adventure, peril and ultimately friendship. Although readers will think of "Harold and the Purple Crayon," this is a much more engaging story. The illustrations are rich and full of color and detail. People of all ages will be drawn into the story, anticipating the sense of anticipation on each page. (Caldecott Honor B ...

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"The Spotted Dog Last Seen" by Jessica Scott Kerrin

'The Spotted Dog Last Seen' by Jessica Scott Kerrin

While tracking clues from a secret code penciled in the margins of mystery novels at a public library, Derek Knowles-Collier discovers a time capsule, an unpublished author and a gravestone that may finally put his haunting past to rest. At Queensview Elementary, grade-six students are required to complete a community service unit as part of their school curriculum, and Derek is assigned to repair duty at the local cemetery.Derek is not happy abo ...

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"The Watermelon Seed" by Greg Pizzoli

'The Watermelon Seed' by Greg Pizzoli

With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli's picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein ...

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"A Big Guy Took My Ball!" by Mo Willems

'A Big Guy Took My Ball!' 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 A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too...but is he big enough to help his best friend? ...

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"The Bathing Costume: Or the Worst Vacation of My Life" by Charlotte Moundlic

'The Bathing Costume: Or the Worst Vacation of My Life' by Charlotte  Moundlic

The book's protagonist is Michel, an eight-year-old Parisian boy. His brother Martin, who's twelve, detests him, and he detests Martin right back. This summer, Michel will go away alone, which really means without his mom, to stay with his grandparents while his parents move apartments. To add to the horror, Michel's older boy cousins will be going, too. As Michel says, "To put it simply, they are big, strong, and pals with Martin. I am their sca ...

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"Bad Unicorn" by Platte F. Clark

'Bad Unicorn' by Platte F. Clark

In this start to a hilarious middle-grade fantasy trilogy, Max Spencer discovers that a killer unicorn is hunting him.It wasn't Max Spencer's idea to fight robots, lead an army, or save the world—it just so happens that he's the only living person who can read the most fantastical book ever written: The Codex of Infinite Knowability. The Codex is no ordinary book, and among other things, it describes a unicorn named Princess the Destroyer. Pri ...

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"Pheme the Gossip (Goddess Girls, #10)" by Joan Holub

'Pheme the Gossip (Goddess Girls, #10)' by Joan Holub

\Get to know Goddess Girl Pheme, the original gossip girl&amp! As the goddess girl of rumor and gossip,Pheme prides herself on being 'in the know' and having the most up-to-date info on anyone and everyone at Mount Olympus Academy. To make sure that people really get her VIP messages, her words tend to linger in cloud letters above her head, just in case people don't catch what she says! But not everyone is thrilled with Pheme's insider knowl ...

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"Story's End (Storybound, #2)" by Marissa Burt

'Story's End (Storybound, #2)' by Marissa Burt

Enter the magical land of Story in this sequel to Storybound, perfect for fans of Inkheart, The School for Good and Evil, and classic fantasy tales like Ella Enchanted and The Neverending Story. Kids who love fairy tales, dragons, magic, and more will be enchanted by Una Fairchild's unforgettable adventure in Story's End.Story is a land of dashing Heroes, dastardly Villains, and epic quests—and once upon a time, a noble King. But the King vanis ...

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"Ball" by Mary Sullivan

'Ball' by Mary Sullivan

A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch until naptime’s wild, ball-centric dream sequence. The pictures speak a thousand words in this comic book-style ode to canine monomania. Ball? Ball. ...

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"Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles: Fish Finelli Book 1" by Erica Farber

'Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles: Fish Finelli Book 1' by Erica Farber

When bully Bryce Billings bets Fish Finelli that he can't find Captain Kidd's legendary long-lost treasure, Fish and his friends embark on a quest to find real-life pirate treasure. Between sneaking into the library to track down Captain Kidd's map, stowing away on a boat, and trespassing on an island, Fish and his friends have their work cut out for them. But will Fish actually be able to find Captain Kidd's booty and win the bet? Appropriate fo ...

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"The Ability (The Ability, #1)" by M.M. Vaughan

'The Ability (The Ability, #1)' by M.M. Vaughan

Delve into the extraordinary abilities of the twelve-year-old mind in this thrilling start to a middle-grade series that expands the possibilities of power.No one has any confidence in twelve-year-old Christopher Lane. His teachers discount him as a liar and a thief, and his mom doesn’t have the energy to deal with him. But a mysterious visit from the Ministry of Education indicates that Chris might have some potential after all: He is invited ...

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"Silda the Electric Eel (Deep Dive, #2)" by Adam Blade

'Silda the Electric Eel (Deep Dive, #2)' by Adam Blade

Max and Lia's underwater adventure continues in this thrilling, high-action series!Max and Lia are following the evil Professor's trail to rescue Max's father. But when Max doesn't heed Lia's warning about the dangers of the ocean, he ends up getting scooped up in a jetstream. Luckily his friends manage to keep up with him. The stream leads him to another one of the Professor's Robobeasts, Silda the Electric Eel. Can Max defeat this foe and recov ...

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"Cephalox the Cyber Squid (Deep Dive, #1)" by Adam Blade

'Cephalox the Cyber Squid (Deep Dive, #1)' by Adam Blade

A brand-new underwater adventure from Adam Blade, author of the Beast Quest series!Max's home, the floating city of Aquora, is attacked by Cephelox the Cyber Squid and his father is carried away by the Robobeast. Max and his robodog, Rivet, set off on a rescue mission. Along the way, they meet Lia, a princess of an ancient race of Merryns who live underwater. The Merryn's magic powers are fading because the evil Professor has stolen four pieces o ...

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"Rooftoppers" by Katherine Rundell

'Rooftoppers' by Katherine Rundell

★★★★★ Charles, an eccentric, erudite bachelor with a heart full of love finds a baby floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel. He takes her home, names her Sophie, and notifies the proper authorities who reluctantly agree to let him keep her. Charles and Sophie have a wonderful life together until she turns 12 when the National Childcare Agency informs Charles that they need to send Sophie to an orphanage because they feel ...

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"Ariol #1: Just a Donkey Like You and Me" by Emmanuel Guibert

'Ariol #1: Just a Donkey Like You and Me' by Emmanuel Guibert

Brand new series from multiple award-winning author Emmanuel Guibert and renowned illustrator Marc Boutavant!Ariol is your everyday tween donkey. He lives in the suburbs with his mom and dad. His best friend is a pig. He’s in love with a beautiful cow in his class. His teacher is a dog. His gym teacher is a huge rooster. In short, Ariol is just like you and me. ...

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"Penny and Her Marble" by Kevin Henkes

'Penny and Her Marble' by Kevin Henkes

In the third easy-to-read book about Penny the mouse, written by Caldecott Medalist and bestselling author Kevin Henkes, Penny finds a beautiful marble on her neighbor's lawn and must decide whether or not to keep it. With age-appropriate vocabulary, compelling characters, and a memorable storyline, Penny and her Marble is just right for beginning readers and was named a 2014 Geisel Honor book by the American Library Association. This annual awar ...

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