Clackety Track book
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Clackety Track
Written by Skila Brown and illustrated by Jamey Christoph
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Queue up for a whistle-stop tour of trains of all kinds, narrated in lively verse and featuring dynamic retro artwork. Rows of grooves, cables, and bars. Graffiti rockin' out the cars. A badge of rust. A proud oil stain. There's nothin' plain about a train. Trains of all shapes and sizes are coming down the track -- bullet train, sleeper train, underground train, zoo train, and more. All aboard! Skila Brown's first-class poems, as varied as the trains themselves, reflect the excitement of train travel, while Jamey Christoph's vintage-style illustrations provide a wealth of authentic detail to pore over.

The Day the Universe Exploded My Head book
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The Day the Universe Exploded My Head
Written by Allan Wolf and illustrated by Anna Raff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Hang on tight for a raucous bounce through the solar system and back -- propelled by funny, fanciful, factually sound poems and exuberant illustrations. The universe poured into me. My brain was overloaded. It smoked and glowed red-hot. And then it actually exploded. Ever wonder what the sun has to say about being the closest star to Earth? Or what Pluto has gotten up to since being demoted to a dwarf planet? Or where rocket ships go when they retire? Listen closely, because maybe, just maybe, your head will explode, too. With poetry that is equal parts accurate and entertaining -- and illustrations that are positively out of this world -- this book will enthrall amateur stargazers and budding astrophysicists as it reveals many of the wonders our universe holds. Space travelers in search of more information will find notes about the poems, a glossary, and a list of resources at the end.

A Green Place to Be: the Creation of Central Park book
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A Green Place to Be: the Creation of Central Park
Written and illustrated by Ashley Benham Yazdani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

How did Central Park become a vibrant gem in the heart of New York City? Follow the visionaries behind the plan as it springs to green life. In 1858, New York City was growing so fast that new roads and tall buildings threatened to swallow up the remaining open space. The people needed a green place to be -- a park with ponds to row on and paths for wandering through trees and over bridges. When a citywide contest solicited plans for creating a park out of barren swampland, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted put their heads together to create the winning design, and the hard work of making their plans a reality began. By winter, the lake opened for skating. By the next summer, the waterside woodland known as the Ramble opened for all to enjoy. Meanwhile, sculptors, stone masons, and master gardeners joined in to construct thirty-four unique bridges, along with fountains, pagodas, and band shells, making New York's Central Park a green gift to everyone. Included in the end matter are bios of Vaux and Olmsted, a bibliography, and engaging factual snippets.

You Are Light book
#364
You Are Light
Written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

With a wondrously simple die-cut book, the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of the Journey trilogy brings his talents further into the light. This is the light that brings the day. Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light and enjoy the transformation as the colors in those circles glow. In an elegant, sparely narrated ode to the phenomenon of light, Aaron Becker follows as light reflects off the earth to warm our faces, draws up the sea to make the rain, feeds all the things that grow, and helps to create all the brilliant wonders of the world, including ourselves.

Chicks Rule book
#365
Chicks Rule
Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Renee Kurilla
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nerdy Chick has been waiting all day for the Rocket Club meeting. But when she gets there, she finds a disturbing sign tacked to the door: “NO CHICKS ALLOWED!!!” Puzzled, then baffled, then just plain mad, Nerdy Chick sets out to change the rules. Along the way, she meets other chicks who are just like her: passionate and determined. From Soccer Chick to Science Chick and Wordy Chick to Yoga Chick, these chicks aren’t willing to take “NO” for an answer. They rally together, march to the barn at the center of town, and—when they hear “NO” once again—chart their own path forward (or, rather, up, up, and away!). A celebration of girl power and community action, Chicks Rule! is the playful, diverse, victorious anthem chicks everywhere will love.

Two Kings book
#366
Two Kings
Written and illustrated by Emma Lewis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When the old king dies, a Duke and Earl find themselves in competition for the Kingdom. Their vanity and greed see them locked in a futile battle, which impacts the lives of the people who live in the Kingdom. But what do the people want? And will anyone listen? In this moralistic tale about the dangers of vanity and power-hungry leaders, Emma Lewis's distinctive collage style--inspired by the famous Bayeux Tapestry--lends a unique approach to a contemporary folktale.

Alphabeasts book
#367
Alphabeasts
Written and illustrated by Maree Coote
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A brand new collection of illustrations by this award-winning illustrator. Every image is a typographic portrait of each animal subject, created using only the letters of each animal's name. Remarkable likenesses and body language. A great way to learn the alphabet, improve spelling, letter-recognition and observation, and discover typography and design.

Puddle Hunters book
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Puddle Hunters
Written by Kirsty Murray and illustrated by Karen Blair
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

When the rain stops it's time to go puddle hunting. Ruby and Banjo and Mama go up the street, and into the park, over the bridge and down to the river flats where the puddles lie waiting. Splosh it, Ruby! Splosh it, Banjo! Splosh it, Mama! A glorious celebration of splashing and squelching all the way home.

The First Egg Hunt book
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The First Egg Hunt
Written by Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain and illustrated by Pippa Curnick
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An easter EGGS-travaganza about the first ever egg hunt from bestselling authors Adam and Charlotte Guillain with illustrations by rising star, Pippa Curnick. Poor Easter Chick works so hard to make everyone's Easter eggs but the Easter Bunny always gets all the credit. It's time for Chick to hatch a cunning plan . . . which accidentally turns into the first ever Easter egg hunt! This rhyming picture book is choc full of Easter fun and has a brilliant message about teamwork that is perfect for reading all year round. Pippa Curnick's bright illustrations are packed with humour and bring this Easter story to life.

Maybe the Moon book
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Maybe the Moon
Written and illustrated by Frances Ives
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Maybe the Moon tells the story of Eric, a little boy who loves his life in his forest home with his animal friends for company. When he moves to the city, he sets about searching for happiness in a strange new environment. Eric's journey shows him that whatever the differences between people and places, we are all united and are never alone when we share the same moon. Frances Ives' beautiful illustrations bring to life this charming story that features a rhyming refrain to enchant both children and parents alike.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm book
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Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Written by Susie Linn and illustrated by Dan Crisp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A favorite nursery rhyme counting book with cute farm animals that disappear one-by-one! Each time a die-cut card page is turned a colorful card farm animal disappears, encouraging children to learn to count as they read and sing the familiar nursery rhyme with a twist, and find out where all the animals go to! Ideal for parents to share with children age 3 and up.

Seek and Count book
#372
Seek and Count
Written and illustrated by Yusuke Yonezu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A counting book full of numbers, words, and beautiful objects to discover. In this clever lift-the-flap book, each page appears to have only one object on it. But lift the flaps and look again to discover what is really going on. Each page reveals brilliantly colorful surprises. An egg cracks open to reveal one baby chick. A tulip is hiding two butterflies, and a blanket reveals three kittens. This counting book is full of peel-a-boo surprises!

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