Banana Pants! book
#37
Banana Pants!
Written and illustrated by Emma Wunsch
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Princess Miranda and Not-a-Princess Maude are total opposites and totally best friends! Fed up with nonstop testing, Miranda and Maude’s teacher makes a surprise announcement: They are going to put on a school play! And, the class decides, it will be called Banana Pants! School is finally a joy, and the project inspires the girls to fight for more positive change. Maude decides to wage a campaign against Styrofoam lunch trays, and she thinks she has the perfect powerful ally in Miranda. But, much to Maude’s frustration, Miranda would rather focus on her own good cause: love! The girls can’t seem to see eye to eye, and in pursuing their good causes separately, they go way too far, resulting in the friendship’s first-ever fight.

Princess Puffybottom . . . and Darryl book
#38
Princess Puffybottom . . . and Darryl
Written by Susin Nielsen and illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

What's a pampered cat to do now that she has to compete for attention with an ill-mannered puppy? Award-winning author Susin Nielsen delights in this laugh-a-minute twist on the classic sibling rivalry story. Princess Puffybottom has the perfect life -- her subjects serve her delicious meals, clean up her ""delicate matters"" and wait on her hand and foot. Life is good . . . until Darryl arrives. Princess Puffybottom thinks he's disgusting, horrid and a true animal. Though she tries everything in her power to banish him (including hypnosis, trickery and even sabotage), it looks like this puppy is here to stay. Can Princess P. and Darryl find a way to co-exist? A hilarious picture book from acclaimed author Susin Nielsen, with adorable illustrations by Olivia Chin Mueller, Princess Puffybottom . . . and Darryl is perfect for not only warring siblings, but also anyone who loves cute pets (and some toilet humor).

Pancakes to Parathas book
#39
Pancakes to Parathas
Written by Alice B. McGinty and illustrated by Tomoko Suzuki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Breakfast varies from country to country, but it's how all children begin their day. Explore the meals of twelve countries in this playful approach to the world! From Australia to India to the USA, come travel around the world at dawn. Children everywhere are waking up to breakfast. In Japan, students eat soured soybeans called natto. In Brazil, even kids drink coffee--with lots of milk! With rhythm and rhymes and bold, graphic art, Pancakes to Parathas invites young readers to explore the world through the most important meal of the day.

Some Days book
#40
Some Days
Written by Karen Kaufman Orloff and illustrated by Ziyue Chen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Some days are chocolate pudding pie days. Kites up in the sky days. Jumping super high days." This rhyming picture book--from the author of the bestselling I Wanna Iguana series and Miles of Smiles--is a moving, powerful, delightful exploration of a child's shifting feelings. Come along and follow a year in the life of a young boy and girl as they discover their many different and ever-changing emotions, including joy, fear, anger, jealousy, excitement, pride, disappointment, loneliness, and contentment. As children read about "angels in the snow days" as well as "need my mommy now days," they'll begin to understand how to cope with both positive and negative feelings.

Ballet Bunnies book
#41
Ballet Bunnies
Written and illustrated by Lucy Freegard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Betty dreams of becoming a great dancer and performing onstage. At home, she's unstoppable, happily pirouetting through every room. But, in ballet class, everything changes: she feels clumsy and frightened of forgetting the steps. Can her sympathetic teacher help Betty find her poise, balance, and confidence in time for the big end-of-year recital? Kids will shout BRAVO for this adorable little ballerina bunny!

The Girl and the Wolf book
#42
The Girl and the Wolf
Written by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Julie Flett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. When she realizes she is lost, she begins to panic. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her. Through a series of questions from the wolf, the little girl realizes she had the knowledge and skill to navigate herself—she just needed to remember that those abilities were there all along.

Zoe and the Fawn book
#43
Zoe and the Fawn
Written by Catherine Jameson and illustrated by Julie Flett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Zoe and her father are delighted to come across a fawn in the forest. But the fawn is alone—where is its mother? Join Zoe on her quest for the deer, as she encounters animals and learns their syilx (Okanagan) names along the way. Repetition of phrased questions will enhance success for beginning readers while creating a playful rhythm for young listeners.

Little Rabbit's Easter book
#44
Little Rabbit's Easter
Written and illustrated by Algy Craig Hall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Come along with Little Rabbit as she follows a fluffy bunny . . . and finds some Easter fun! With its adorable animal friends and colorful Easter eggs, this is another delightful entry in Algy Craig Hall's popular series celebrating special holiday moments.

Hedy Lamarr's Double Life book
#45
Hedy Lamarr's Double Life
Written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

To her adoring public, Hedy Lamarr was a glamorous movie star. But in private, she was something more: a brilliant inventor. Now Laurie Wallmark and Katy Wu, who collaborated on Sterling's critically acclaimed picture-book biography Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, tell the inspiring story of how, during World War Two, Lamarr developed a groundbreaking communications system that still remains essential to the security of today's technology.

The Amazing Idea of You book
#46
The Amazing Idea of You
Written by Charlotte Sullivan Wild and illustrated by Mary Lundquist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Fans of Emily Winfield Martin will delight in this loving, gorgeously illustrated story that celebrates new life. Hidden inside every living thing is an idea. That idea can sprout, sing, wriggle, take wing . . . into something amazing! Exploring beginnings both small and great, The Amazing Idea of You bonds the human and natural worlds in a lyrical burst of celebration. So dig deep, fly high, look around, and find the extraordinary inside everything . . . including YOU!

The Adventures of Caveboy book
#47
The Adventures of Caveboy
Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Eric Wight
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Continuing the Read & Bloom line for newly independent readers comes a hilarious, boy-friendly series . . . Meet Caveboy! Ooga booga! Caveboy is just like any other boy . . . he loves playing base-skull, running really fast, and especially whacking things with his club. But when his club breaks, he will need to find a new one . . . which just might lead him to a new friend. In this first book, Caveboy will find the perfect club, meet his best friend, and learn to be brave!

Caveboy Is Bored! book
#48
Caveboy Is Bored!
Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Eric Wight
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

This hilarious, boy-friendly series in the Read & Bloom line for newly independent readers continues . . . Ooga booga! Most days, Caveboy has lots of fun things to do, like taking care of his pet rock and playing baseskull. But today, he's bored. Mama is hunting, Papa is repainting their cave, and his friend Mags is busy. He could play with Sister, but sisters smell like burps! Will Caveboy ever find someone to play with?

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