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by Ian Falconer

Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! She wants to do more than just fit in! So what will she be?  Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality, and rest assured, you won’t find THIS pig pleased to be in pink!

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by Tony Johnston;  illustrator Stephen Gammell

The family gathers round to hear the sweet sound of the new baby’s sweet laugh! But just because everyone has gathered doesn’t mean the baby’s ready. When the moment finally comes, the sound makes everyone else laugh too—aunts, uncles, cousins, and even great-grandma. It seems no one can resist the sound of baby’s laugh. And who would want to?

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by Crescent Dragonwagon;  illustrated by David McPhail

In this lyrically rhyming animal ABC book, a mother tries to tuck her child in for the night by telling him about all the awake animals that are getting sleepy. From antlered Antelope to zzz-ing Zebra, this alphabet of animals becomes an exquisite celebration of language and nature, just right for lulling even the most wide-awake little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.

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by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama has new neighbors! Nelly Gnu and her mama stop by for a play date, but Llama’s not so sure it’s time to share all his toys. Maybe just his blocks? But wait–Nelly has Llama’s little Fuzzy Llama! The fun turns to tears when Fuzzy Llama is ripped in two, “all because of Nelly Gnu!”

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(ages 4-6)

Who will help Mossy return home to Lilypad Pond?
Mossy, an amazing turtle with a gorgeous garden growing on her shell, loses her freedom when Dr. Carolina,  takes her to live in her museum. Visitors flock to see Mossy, but it is Dr. Carolina’s niece, Tory, who notices how sad Mossy is living in a viewing pavilion.  Dr. Carolina finds a way to keep Mossy alive to people attending the museum and return her to the little pond.

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by Graeme Base    (ages 4-6)

One little boy living on a farm in rural Texas gets a big surprise when he discovers tiny flying elephants under his bed. But his mom doesn’t like critters in the house, so he tries to keep them a secret. Until one day they escape from his bedroom and cause havoc in the house. But when locusts invade the farm and start to destroy crops, the elephants come to the rescue!

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by Mo Willems   (ages 2-31/2)

The Pigeon is back (hooray!) and this time the drama centers on an adorable little duckling who gets a cookie just by asking–politely. Just by asking?! Politely reminds the duckling, but the Pigeon is already off on a hilarious rant about all the things he asks for–many of which readers of the earlier Pigeon books will remember–ending with the all-too-familiar refrain, “It’s not fair.”

author Kelly DiPucchio / illustrator Heather Ross

When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe’s friend Emma, Chloe decides she’ll make a present—something you can’t buy in a store. But crafting isn’t easy, and it’s beginning to look like she won’t have a great idea in time. Fortunately, with a good doodle session and a whole lot of glitter to inspire her, Chloe figures out just the thing to save the day—and with a little help from her trusty glue gun, she just might save a friendship, too!

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(ages 4-6)

After spending the summer with her artist grandmother, Trisha knows she wants to be an artist, too. She’s thrilled when her sketches get her into Miss Chew’s special art class at the high school. A substitute teacher tells her she’s wasting time on art when she should be studying – but fortunately, this is one battle that Miss Chew and Trisha are up for!
This true story shows just how important a teacher can be in a child’s life – and celebrates the power of art itself.

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by Ted Hills

The sequel toHow Rocket Learned to Read

Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can’t think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he discovers small details that he has never noticed before, a timid baby owl who becomes his friend, and an idea for a story. This book is sure to appeal to kids, parents, teachers, and librarians.

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Dog loves books, but one day he receives a strange one in the mail—it’s blank! Soon, Dog realizes that this book is not for reading, but for drawing. Before long, Dog is doodling and drawing himself into a new world, full of friends and surprises.

Staff favorites:

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by Barbara Joose

Once there was a girl, an all-alone girl, who didn’t have a dragon for a friend. Well, that is about to change…A lonely girl in her castle longs for a dragon. Far away in a cave, a dragon dreams of a girl. When they meet, it’s sweet! They dance and sing and play hide-and-seek. Then cuddle up for the night. The story combines a bit of adventure, a deliciously sing-song text and a cozy ending to truly heartwarming effect.





New fom the Pinkalicious series:

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Silverlicious, by Victoria Kann

When Pinkalicious loses a tooth, it’s not just any tooth–it’s her sweet tooth Suddenly candy no longer tastes sweet With her pinkatastic pen, Pinkalicious writes a note to the Tooth Fairy and tucks it under her pillow . . . only to hear from Cupid, the Easter Bunny, and a Christmas elf instead. It is not until the Tooth Fairy finally responds–and works some magic–that Pinkalicious discovers where sweetness really comes from.  Fairy-tale characters and sparkling scenes make “Silverlicious” a sweet treat for all.

Bats at the Ballgame

by Brian Lies

Lies delivers a love letter to America’s favorite national pastime and a sporty companion to his “New York Times”-bestselling bat books, including “Bats at the Beach” and “Bats at the Library.”

Check out author— Amy Krause Rosenthal

author of such diverse favorites as Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink, The Wonder Book, Spoon, Duck Rabbit, and the newest in her “Cookies” series:

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“One Smart Cookie” offers a fresh batch of words that encompasses everything you might say to a child, whether it’s the first day of preschool or the last day of high school. Cookie-centric definitions range from wanting to know everything about cookies (“curious”) to thinking carefully about what kind of cookies to make for your friend (“ponder”). This book mixes Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s morsels of wisdom with the delicious illustrations of mother-daughter duo Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer. This is one vocabulary list that will resonate well beyond the school years.


From the Noble Prize recipient, a child’s tale…

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Little Cloud and Lady Wind, by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison

Little Cloud drifts in the sky with the other clouds and has a life that any cloud would want. But Little Cloud isn’t happy. She doesn’t want to make thunder and rain like the other clouds. The earth below is so beautiful — purple mountains, scarves of snow, silver-topped waves. She wants to live and play on the earth and be on her own. How will Little Cloud ever come to understand that everything has its special place in the world, most especially her?

Inspired by the favorite Aesop story “The Bundle of Sticks,” Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison tell a gentle and loving tale that illustrates that the whole is far mightier than any single part.