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Kiss Good Night book
#37
Kiss Good Night
Written by Amy Hest and illustrated by Anita Jeram
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Tuck someone in with a KISS GOOD NIGHT. "It was a dark and stormy night on Plum Street. In the little white house, Mrs. Bear was putting Sam to bed." Outside, the wind blows and the rain comes down. Inside, it is Sam's bedtime. Mrs. Bear reads him a story, tucks him in, and brings him warm milk. "Are you ready now, Sam?" she asks. "I'm waiting," he says. What else does Sam need before going to sleep? Could Mrs. Bear have forgotten a kiss?

Our World Is Relative book
#38
Our World Is Relative
Written by Julia Sooy and illustrated by Molly Walsh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Size, speed, weight, direction, distance We think of space and time as fixed and measurable. But these measurements—our experience of space and time—they are relative. Our world is relative. With simple, engaging text and vibrant art imbued with light and movement, Our World Is Relative offers a child's-eye view of time, space, and the vast role that relativity plays in comprehending our world. It's an introduction to Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, perfect for any curious young scientist.

Granddaddy's Turn book
#39
Granddaddy's Turn
Written by Michael S Bandy, Eric Stein and illustrated by James E. Ransome
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Based on the true story of one family's struggle for voting rights in the civil rights-era South, this moving tale shines an emotional spotlight on a dark facet of U.S. history. Life on the farm with Granddaddy is full of hard work, but despite all the chores, Granddaddy always makes time for play, especially fishing trips. Even when there isn't a bite to catch, he reminds young Michael that it takes patience to get what's coming to you. One morning, when Granddaddy heads into town in his fancy suit, Michael knows that something very special must be happening--and sure enough, everyone is lined up at the town hall! For the very first time, Granddaddy is allowed to vote, and he couldn't be more proud. But can Michael be patient when it seems that justice just can't come soon enough? This powerful and touching true-life story shares one boy's perspective of growing up in the segregated South, while beautiful illustrations depict the rural setting in tender detail.

Like a Girl book
#40
Like a Girl
Written by Lori Degman and illustrated by Mara Penny
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Once upon a time, "like a girl" was an insult. Not anymore! In every walk of life, girls are demonstrating their creativity, perseverance, and strength. From civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who stood up for her beliefs by staying seated, to astronaut Sally Ride, the 24 women profiled here took risks, broke barriers, and transformed the world. This tribute to girl power will inspire young women everywhere.

How to Train the Perfect Parents book
#41
How to Train the Perfect Parents
Written and illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Meet Mimi Lee: she has a three-step plan for training her parents to be PERFECT. It’s simple, even if mom and dad don’t always get the hang of it. But Mimi knows she’s succeeded when her parents FINALLY let her get the new puppy she’s wanted. Then the mischievous dog arrives, reversing the roles . . . and Mimi discovers that being trained is very hard work, indeed.

Baby Llama: Finger Puppet Book book
#42
Baby Llama: Finger Puppet Book
Written by Chronicle Books and illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Llama! What is Baby Llama's favorite snack? What does Baby Llama do for fun? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. An adorable finger puppet, warm illustrations, and a comforting story about the rhythms of a baby llama's day make this perfect for the very youngest readers.

Baby Sloth: Finger Puppet Book book
#43
Baby Sloth: Finger Puppet Book
Written by Chronicle Books and illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Sloth! Where does Baby Sloth like to nap? How does Baby Sloth explore the jungle? Follow along as he experiences his world, from playtime to bedtime. An adorable finger puppet, warm illustrations, and a comforting story about the rhythms of a baby sloth's day make this perfect for the very youngest readers.

The Curse of the Werepenguin book
#44
The Curse of the Werepenguin
Written and illustrated by Allan Woodrow
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

If Mel Brooks directed a gothic satire about evil werepenguins, it would be this wacky and hilarious middle-grade novel! Orphaned as a toddler by parents who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, all Bolt Wattle has ever wanted was to find his true family. When a mysterious baron in far-off Brugaria abruptly sends for Bolt, he wonders if he's getting closer to finding his parents. But Baron Chordata appears to be a twelve-year-old boy who wears tuxedos all the time, shouts at everyone, and forbids Bolt from asking questions. Things couldn't get any worse...until midnight, when the Baron bites Bolt and turns him into a half boy, half penguin. Then things really couldn't get worse...nope, wait, they get a lot worse. A plucky girl who just might be the world's greatest bandit, a whale cult led by a man whose weapon is a stale loaf of French bread, and a sinister but friendly fortune-teller who can't stop cackling are just a few of the characters who help (and hinder) Bolt on his journey to reverse the curse, return to human form, and stop the Baron from taking over the country of Brugaria with his army of mind-controlled penguins in what might be the weirdest--and funniest--middle-grade novel you've ever read.

Spot & Dot book
#45
Spot & Dot
Written and illustrated by Henry Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From beloved author-illustrator Henry Cole comes the stunning follow-up to Spot, the Cat. In this beautiful wordless picture book, Spot the cat finds a dog named Dot who’s off on her own adventure through the city! In Henry Cole’s vivid wordless picture book Spot, the Cat, readers joined Spot on a journey through a city that began with him following a bird outside his window. This time, a dog named Dot draws Spot from his window. As we follow Spot and Dot on their wordless journey, we quickly realize that it’s Dot the dog who is missing this time, and Spot is trying to get her back home. We follow these two on a different journey through the city as they weave in and out of a bakery, a library, a busy park, and more. And with a surprise twist at the end, we realize that “home” for both cat and dog was never very far away. With detailed black-and-white illustrations, readers will love following Spot and Dot on their adventure and cheering for the sweet reunion at the end.

The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns book
#46
The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns
Written by Sarah Laskow and illustrated by Sam Beck
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From cuddly pool floats to rainbow-colored toast toppings, unicorns--the darlings of Instagram--have never been more exciting or more popular. Are unicorns real? Their popularity and enduring role in human culture certainly is. How can you win a fight against a unicorn? Why do some unicorns have wings? Why are unicorns often pictured with rainbows? Get answers to these questions and more in this fun look at unicorns throughout history. This four-color, fully illustrated book provides everything you always wanted to know about the myths, science, and history that surround the unicorn, a creature that has grown even more popular in the twenty-first century. With its stylish design and fresh, captivating illustrations, The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns will appeal to readers--children and adults alike--who can't get enough of the world's most elusive animal.

Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy book
#47
Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy
Written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Four hilarious stories, two inventive brothers, one irresistible beginning chapter book—now in paperback! In this heartwarming follow-up to Laurel Snyder's award-winning Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers enjoy a special visit from their grandpa, Grumpy. Follow along as they discuss being medium, pounce each other, sing the wrong songs, build blanket forts, and more. Paired with effervescent illustrations by Emily Hughes, this touching, funny celebration of imagination and bonding will enchant readers young and old.

My Grandma and Me book
#48
My Grandma and Me
Written by Mina Javaherbin and illustrated by Lindsey Yankey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories. In this big universe full of many moons, I have traveled and seen many wonders, but I have never loved anything or anyone the way I love my grandma. While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Mina Javaherbin's words make up a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader. Soft, colorful, and full of intricate patterns, Lindsey Yankey's illustrations feel like a personal invitation into the coziest home, and the adoration between Mina and her grandma is evident on every page.

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