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Books for children and tweens categorized for your consideration by library staff!

"Mother Bruce" by Ryan T. Higgins

'Mother Bruce' by Ryan T.  Higgins

Children's Book ★★★★★ Bruce is a grumpy bear who lives alone and has one passion—eggs. He loves making fancy egg recipes that he finds on the Internet, but one day he gets a big surprise. Before he gets his goose eggs cooked, they hatch and call him “Mama.” He tries repeatedly to get rid of the goslings, even by being extra grumpy and roaring, but they won’t leave, not even when all the other geese are flying south. This cute, humorous tale of mistaken ...

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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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"Thank You and Good Night" by Patrick McDonnell

'Thank You and Good Night' by Patrick McDonnell

Children's Book ★★★★ In this sleepy-time picture book, Maggie and her rabbit, Clement are getting ready for bed when Jean and his friend Alan arrive in pajamas. And of course it’s time for a wonderful, surprise pajama party complete with bed jumping, chicken dancing, funny-face contest, hide-and-seek, yoga, food and finally sleep. Maggie reads everyone bed-time stories for sweet dreams, ending with kisses and giving thanks for a good day. The star of this sw ...

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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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"Don't Throw It to Mo!" by David A. Adler

'Don't Throw It to Mo!' by David A. Adler

Children's Book Winner of the 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel AwardMo Jackson is a little boy with a big passion for sports. He may not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest player, but he won't let that stop him from playing!Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins, his football team. His classmates don’t mind, but the kids on their rival team tease him for being a "butterfingers" who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a p ...

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"Stick and Stone" by Beth Ferry

'Stick and Stone' by Beth Ferry

Children's Book ★★★★★ Stick and Stone are both alone without a friend in the world. Then, Stone is bullied and Stick intervenes. From that day forward they have a strong friendship. Well-written with cute illustrations, this book is an easy read with a great message about friendship. My kids and I loved it! ...

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"Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred)" by Josh Schneider

'Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred)' by Josh Schneider

Children's Book ★★★★★ This is a really cute story, written in rhyme. All over the world, animals are trying to sleep. Fred however is not. This adventurous boy has a huge to do list and simply does not have time to waste sleeping. Kids will enjoy Fred's antics as he fights to get his tasks done before bedtime. ...

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"Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Life" by Kimberly Dean

'Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Life' by Kimberly  Dean

Children's Book ★★★★★ This awesome little book shares Pete the Cat's favorite inspirational quotes with the added bonus of Pete's own wisdom. A great way to share these thoughts with kids, this book is just as much fun to read as the other books featuring this cool cat. Hang out with Pete and soak up some wisdom! My family loved this book! ...

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"Good Night Yoga: A Pose-By-Pose Bedtime Story" by Mariam Gates

'Good Night Yoga: A Pose-By-Pose Bedtime Story' by Mariam Gates

Children's Book ★★★★★ You don't have to be a yogi to love this book. This pose-by-pose bedtime story takes children through gentle yoga poses and focuses their breathing while telling the story about the world getting ready for bed. Complete with beautiful illustrations, this book can be enjoyed by the whole family. Following the story, there is a complete list of the yoga poses in sequence and a "cloud journey visualization" to help children relax and wind dow ...

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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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"Smick!" by Doreen Cronin

'Smick!' by Doreen Cronin

Children's Book ★★★★★ This adorable book of few words is perfect to share with beginning readers and older kids too. Smick is irresistibly cute as he does what dogs do, chases, fetches, and looks huggable. Smick is happy when a stick shows up, but how will he react when a chick appears? Actions, rhymes, and wordplay make this a fun and quick read that will help kids discover the joy of friendship. ...

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"Cat & Bunny" by Mary Lundquist

'Cat & Bunny' by Mary Lundquist

Children's Book ★★★★★ This adorable book tells the story of Cat and Bunny, two of the very best of friends. Cat and Bunny are inseparable. That is until the day that they are playing in the park and the other kids ask to join their game. Bunny says yes but Cat doesn't want to share her friend. Cat storms off and ends up alone until she meets a kitten and starts a new game. Pretty soon, everyone asks to join her game and she realizes that playing is more fun whe ...

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"A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat" by Emily Jenkins

'A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat' by Emily Jenkins

Children's Book ★★★★★ This is one of the best picture books that I have read in a long time! Just as the title suggests, the book follows one recipe for Blackberry Fool through different centuries and families. The recipe is generally made the same in each family, however, the technology used and family preparing the recipe are vastly different. Historically this book shows everything from the role of women in the household, to slavery, to modernization, to fin ...

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"Snowman's Story" by Will Hillenbrand

'Snowman's Story' by Will Hillenbrand

Children's Book ★★★★ Your preschool child can tell the story to you with this wordless picture book featuring a sweet snowman, cute bunny and a wandering top hat. Bunny finds a hat and crawls inside but when bear finds it and uses it to top the snowman that he is building, he is unaware that a bunny is inside. Apparently bunny likes stories too so after the snowman reads to the forest animals and falls asleep, bunny steals his book and runs away. The chase is ...

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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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"Blue on Blue" by Dianne White

'Blue on Blue' by Dianne White

Children's Book ★★★★★ This beautifully illustrated picture book portrays an ordinary stormy, rainy day in the country that looks wonderfully extraordinary. The scratchboard illustrations with added watercolor paint by 2009 Caldecott Medal winner, Beth Krommes, are the real stars here. With repetitive, spare, dreamy words and illustrations we see a day unfolding--wash being hung on the line, fields being plowed, pigs rolling in the mud, loud thunder, drips dripp ...

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"Pete the Cat and the New Guy" by Kimberly Dean

'Pete the Cat and the New Guy' by Kimberly  Dean

Children's Book ★★★★★ Pete the Cat is easily one of my favorite children's book characters. In this story, Pete meets Gus the Platypus and tries to help him fit into his new neighborhood. When Gus has a hard time trying out everyone's favorite activities, Pete tries to cheer him up. What they learn is that Gus has a special talent that is unique to him that he can share with his new friends. By sharing what makes them each special, they all benefit in the end. ...

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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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"Goodnight Darth Vader" by Jeffrey Brown

'Goodnight Darth Vader' by Jeffrey Brown

Children's Book ★★★ Darth Vader is trying to put his twins Luke and Leia to sleep but they have the usual questions and demands of most kids at bedtime. He tells them rhyming stories about droids, wookies, Han Solo, Boba Fett and other familiar Star Wars characters. While this is not great literature, this cute book will be devoured by Star Wars fans, old and young alike, who are continually searching for more books about their favorite characters. ...

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"Goodnight Football" by Michael Dahl

'Goodnight Football' by Michael Dahl

Children's Book ★★★★★ This bedtime story will bring back sweet memories of football season. Told in rhyme, it follows a little boy as he attends a Friday night game with his family. From concessions, to the players, to the roar of the crowd, you'll remember why we love this game so much, and the satisfaction we feel as our team wins and we head home to snuggle into bed. This is a great book for the young football fans in your life. ...

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