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january 2019 Best Children's Books

You Make Me Happy book
#97
You Make Me Happy
Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Alison Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A new beautifully illustrated celebration of love and friendship from the bestselling creators behind I'll Never Let You Go and I Love You Night and Day. In this delightfully optimistic and uplifting observance of that special someone who makes you happy, Fox and Porcupine discover that when they're together, life is ever so much brighter. Gorgeous, fun, and full of heart, this is the perfect gift for that sweet ray of light in your life. You make me happy, you make me new; Together there's NOTHING that we cannot do. You make me happy and hopeful and strong, And right by your side is where I belong.

How to Properly Dispose of Planet Earth book
#98
How to Properly Dispose of Planet Earth
Written and illustrated by Paul Noth
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Popular New Yorker cartoonist Paul Noth continues his illustrated middle grade series about a boy, his wacky family, and an out-of-this-world adventure in this laugh-out-loud sequel to How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens. Happy Conklin Jr. is still the only 10-year-old who has to shave three times a day, thanks to being tested on by his inventor father. And it's safe to say Hap is the only 10-year-old who accidentally sold his entire family to aliens. The good news is that Hap managed to save his family--including his tyrannical Grandma--but now the Conklins face a problem that might put the whole world in danger . . . Hap wants a girl in his sixth-grade science class to be his lab partner but lacks the courage to even talk to her. Through the mysterious powers of Squeep! the lizard, he finds a way to overcome this fear but also, unfortunately, opens a black hole in his middle school that will swallow the solar system unless he's able to stop it. In his race against time to save everything, he's helped by his sister Kayla, greatly hindered by his sister Alice, and uncovers the truth about Grandma's plan to take over the Galaxy.

A Little Book about Spring book
#99
A Little Book about Spring
Written by Leo Lionni and illustrated by Julie Hamilton, Leo Lionni
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A new board book for the youngest fans of Leo Lionni--inspired by his bestselling books and perfect for baby showers and springtime reading! Spring is a time of budding trees, chirping birds, and croaking frogs. Discover these and more wonders of spring in this delightful board book inspired by the works of legendary children's book author-illustrator Leo Lionni. With sturdy pages and colorful collage-style artwork, this spring-themed book is perfect for boys and girls ages 0 to 5. Leo's Lionni's Friends is a series of fresh, fun board books inspired by the classic works of author and illustrator Leo Lionni to introduce his work to a new generation of readers.

Fearless Mary book
#100
Fearless Mary
Written by Tami Charles and illustrated by Claire Almon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"The true story of Mary Fields, aka "Stagecoach Mary," a trailblazing African American woman who helped settle the American West."--Provided by the Publisher.

Embrace the Chicken book
#101
Embrace the Chicken
Written and illustrated by Mahtab Narsimhan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Even though she only left Mumbai a few months ago, Shivani isn’t feeling like such an outsider anymore. She likes her new school. She finally has a best friend. But when her mother volunteers for the school’s annual fundraiser, Shivani is sure she will completely embarrass her. Especially if she cooks one of the “stinky” dishes that Shivani loves but is too ashamed to eat in front of her friends. On the day of the fair, the moment Shivani walks into the gym she knows her worst fears have come true: the unmistakable scent of Indian spices is in the air. But then she sees that dozens of people are lined up at her mom’s stall. It’s the most popular one!

The Book in the Book in the Book book
#102
The Book in the Book in the Book
Written by Julien Baer and illustrated by Simon Bailly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A clever novelty book in which a book, found abandoned on the beach by a young boy, actually leads the boy and the reader inside a smaller printed book . . . then another. As Thomas's parents nap, he goes for a walk and gets lost--until he sees a worn and abandoned book lying on the ground. He picks it up and finds himself in a totally different scene--as is the reader, who has literally opened a different book inside the first. This happens one more time--another book within a book opened, another new world entered--until finally Thomas and his parents are reunited. But what will happen next?

This Little Piggy book
#103
This Little Piggy
Written and illustrated by James Serafino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Once there was a girl who only ate cereal. This kid LOVED cereal. But lots of cereal can make a BIG mess and get a girl in trouble. So she asks the dog for help cleaning up her crumbs, but the dog soon fills up. Then she asks a cat, but the cat only wants to nap. One after another, animals try to help…but the mess is too large! Then the girl meets a pig… Perfect for the fan of Dragons Love Tacos, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and Oliver Jeffers’ Stuck.

The Croaky Pokey! book
#104
The Croaky Pokey!
Written and illustrated by Ethan Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Put your right hand in, Put your right hand out, Put your right hand in, And wave it all about, Hop the Croakey Pokey. As flies buzz all around, Right in the froggy's mouth!

TBH #3: TBH, Too Much Drama book
#105
TBH #3: TBH, Too Much Drama
Written by Lisa Greenwald
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Told entirely in text messages, the third book in this addictive series from the acclaimed author of 11 Before 12 is perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rachel Renee Russell. Cece, Gabby, and Prianka can’t wait for Spirit Week, aka the last week of school before summer break! And they’re already making plans for the best summer ever—including a friends-only camping trip, plenty of pool time, and a top-secret shared notebook. But between Pajama Day and pizza parties, Gabby accidentally leaks Cece’s most embarrassing secret to the whole school in a meme that goes viral. Half the squad thinks it’s no big deal, but Cece needs a time-out from all the drama—even if that means taking a break from her best friends.

You're Just What I Need book
#106
You're Just What I Need
Written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Julia Noonan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join the fun as a mother and child play a loving game of hide-and-seek in this charming hardcover reissue of Ruth Krauss's delightful story, originally titled The Bundle Book. As baby hides beneath the soft blanket, Mother tries again and again to guess what in the world the bundle could be. Brought to life with soft and playful full-color artwork by Julia Noonan, this heartwarming classic is perfect for parents and young children to share.

Room 555 book
#107
Room 555
Written and illustrated by Cristy Watson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Fourteen-year-old Roonie loves hip-hop almost as much as she loves her grandmother. She cannot wait to compete in her school’s dance competition. But as her grandmother’s health deteriorates, Roonie becomes more and more reluctant to visit her in the care home. These feelings of guilt and frustration cause Roonie to mess things up with her hip-hop dance partner and best friend, Kira. But while doing some volunteer hours in the hospital geriatric ward, Roonie meets an active senior recovering from a bad fall. Their shared love of dance and the woman’s zest for life help Roonie face her fears, make amends with Kira and reconnect with Gram before it’s too late.

Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town book
#108
Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town
Written by A. LaFaye and illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Dede sees a notice offering land for black people in Kansas, her family decides to quit sharecropping and become homesteading pioneers.Inspired by the true story of Nicodemus, Kansas, a town founded in the late 1870s by Exodusters—former slaves leaving the Jim Crow South in search of a new beginning— this fictional story follows Dede and her parents as they set out to stake and secure a claim, finally allowing them to have a home to call their own.

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