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First Book of Colors Padded book
#225
First Book of Colors Padded
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce babies and toddlers to color with this bright and bold board book—a striking new addition to the top-selling First 100 series, which has sold over 4 million copies in the United States alone. There are over 100 photographs of colorful objects to look at and talk about, with labels to read and learn, too. The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading, and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold. First Book of Colors will make a fabulous addition to any early-learning library.

Who Am I? book
#226
Who Am I?
Written by Diane De Anda and illustrated by Sara Sanchez
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Who Am I?, a Let’s Learn Spanish lift-the-flap book introduces little ones to the Spanish words for animals around the house. I purr and play with yarn and string. “Me-ow, me-ow” is what I sing. I'm striped or plain or calico I am a furry, sweet gato (cat). Introducing a creative way to learn first words in Spanish, Who Am I? uses the power of rhyme and lift-the-flaps to teach basic animal names. Perfect for young readers and families looking for a gentle introduction into a new language, Who Am I? focuses on everyday animals in the first book in the Let’s Learn Spanish series.

The Perfect School Picture book
#227
The Perfect School Picture
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

It's picture day, and the boy at the center of this charming story wants to make sure his picture is perfect. It seems as though everything's going wrong for him--he has bedhead, a stained shirt, and a big scowl on his face. But when he goes up for his picture, he thinks about his terrible appearance, and he smiles--because he secretly wants his picture to be the worst ever taken! But just as he smiles, the photo is snapped, and his plan is ruined when he takes a totally adorable picture. Perfectly paired with the larger-than-life silliness of Dan Santat's illustrations, this is a sweet and funny picture book about a classic school moment.

Dreaming Dangerous book
#228
Dreaming Dangerous
Written by Lauren DeStefano
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Tucked deep in the woods and surrounded by a great iron fence lies Brassmere Academy for the Extraordinary, a school for orphans with strange and wonderful gifts. Twelve-year-old Plum has lived there for as long as she can remember. Each night, she ventures into her dreams alongside her three best friends, Vien, Gwendle, and Artem to fight monsters and journey on dangerous quests. But one night, Plum gets a mysterious warning that she and her friends are no longer safe. And the next morning, Artem is nowhere to be found. As Plum, Vien, and Gwendle search for their friend--in both the dreaming and waking worlds--they start to uncover alarming secrets about Brassmere and its intentions. Will they be able to find Artem before it's too late, or will they be next to disappear?

First 100 Animals Padded book
#229
First 100 Animals Padded
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

First 100 Animals has become a must-have for any baby's bookshelf, frequently appearing in Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has sold over a million copies worldwide and is published in over 20 languages. This larger edition has all the same appeal to babies and toddlers, who will love to discover the 100 animals inside. The bright, clear photographs and word labels are ideal for developing picture–word association and the book is an excellent vocabulary builder. The pages are made from durable board and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold. Publishing alongside First 100 Words.

  1. You Don't Want a Unicorn! - Be careful what pet you wish for in this hysterical story from bestselling author Ame Dyckman and beloved illustrator Liz Climo, now as a board book! When a little boy throws a coin in a well asking for a pet unicorn, he has no idea what kind of trouble he's in for. Unbeknownst to him, unicorns make the absolutely worst pets: they shed, they poke holes in your ceiling, and they make a big mess. With a knowing wink from Ame Dyckman, author of Wolfie the Bunny and cheerful illustrations from Rory the Dinosaur creator and Tumblr star Liz Climo, this rollicking story shares all of the ways a pet unicorn can ruin your life, and is sure to have readers in stitches.

  2. Mr. Squirrel and the King of the Forest - Mr. Squirrel is back in another hilarious tale. Mr. Squirrel can’t believes his eyes—an unknown, mysterious creature is under his tree. It must be the legendary king of the forest. Will the king share his wisdom to Mr. Squirrel and the other animals and help them have a better life, as legend has it? In fact, the king tells the animals his only and most important rule of life. But as it turns out, it’s anything but royal . . .

  3. I'm Trying to Love Spiders - You don't have to love or even like spiders to love this book. In fact, if you really don't like spiders, you'll have a lot in common with the book's narrator, who despite his/her best intentions, cannot help smooshing them! This fresh and very funny non-fiction picture book shares lots of fascinating facts about spiders-like a single spider can eat 50 pounds of bugs in a year!-and in an entirely captivating way. If I'm Trying to Love Spiders doesn't cure your spider phobia, it'll at least make you appreciate how amazing they are...and laugh a lot as you learn about them.

  4. Moon Babies - Just right for fans of Dream Animals, this gorgeously illustrated story-in-verse about baby moons growing up in a celestial nursery is ideal bedtime reading and a perfect new baby gift. In the starry dark of night, / a secret moon world comes to light. / Make a wish and you just might / visit baby moons tonight. Follow the moon babies on their busy day from waking up in their crescent cradles, to breakfast on the Milky Way, to bundling up for moonwalks, to orbiting the earth in a lunar carousel, and more! And at day’s end, watch as the babies finish bathtime with stardust powder, snuggle up with nursery rhymes and lullabies, and finally drift off to sleep. Karen Jameson’s charming verse is a joy to read aloud, and Amy Hevron’s enchanting illustrations are simply irresistible, making this the perfect read-aloud to send little ones off to dreamland.

I Am Someone Else book
#234
I Am Someone Else
Written by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Chris Hsu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrated poet Lee Bennett Hopkins shares a diverse collection of poems that ask (with the help of Newbery medalist Lois Lowry, former US Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, and others), "Who do you want to be?" Kids can imagine pretending and dressing up in this playful poetry collection, flexing their creative muscles and bucking stereotypes. (Who says that girls can't be knights and boys can't be mermaids?) Fifteen poets write about who they might like to be, musing what life would be life as a wizard, a firefighter, a video-game inventor, and more. "There is nothing better than being yourself. You are unique and special in every way. Once in a while it might be fun to think about becoming someone (or something!) else. Who would you like to be? Imagine that you're someone else!" --Lee Bennett Hopkins

I'm Trying to Love Math book
#235
I'm Trying to Love Math
Written and illustrated by Bethany Barton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Children's Choice Award winner Bethany Barton applies her signature humor to the scariest subject of all- math! Do multiplication tables give you hives? Do you break out in a sweat when you see more than a few numbers hanging out together? Then I'm Trying to Love Math is for you! In her signature hilarious style, Bethany Barton introduces readers to the things (and people) that use math in amazing ways -- like music, and spacecraft, and even baking cookies! This isn't a how-to math book, it's a way to think differently about math as a necessary and cool part of our lives!

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! book
#236
Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!
Written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the creator of The Rabbit Listened comes a gentle story about the difficulty of change . . . and the wonder that new beginnings can bring. Change and transitions are hard, but Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! demonstrates how, when one experience ends, it opens the door for another to begin. It follows two best friends as they say goodbye to snowmen, and hello to stomping in puddles. They say goodbye to long walks, butterflies, and the sun…and hello to long evening talks, fireflies, and the stars. But the hardest goodbye of all comes when one of the friends has to move away. Feeling alone isn’t easy, and sometimes new beginnings take time. But even the hardest days come to an end, and you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Small World book
#237
Small World
Written by Ishta Mercurio and illustrated by Jen Corace
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Nanda is born, the whole of her world is the circle of her mother’s arms. But as she grows, the world grows too. It expands outward—from her family, to her friends, to the city, to the countryside. And as it expands, so does Nanda’s wonder in the underlying shapes and structures patterning it: cogs and wheels, fractals in snowflakes. Eventually, Nanda’s studies lead her to become an astronaut and see the small, round shape of Earth far away. A geometric meditation on wonder, Small World is a modern classic that expresses our big and small place in the vast universe.

Vroom! book
#238
Vroom!
Written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Join a little girl as she zooms— past fields and forests, up mountains, over rivers, through deserts, home again, and into bed in this playful picture book about the power of imagination, from award-winning author and artist Barbara McClintock.

  1. Superbuns! - For fans of Fred Rogers in Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Be Kind, a little bunny, who dreams of being a superhero, proves to her know-it-all older sister that kindness really is a superpower. Some superheroes can leap tall buildings in a single bound, some can crawl up a wall, some grow wolfsharp claws, and some have superhuman speed. And Superbuns? Her superpower is being kind. Super kind. She can’t help but be kind: watering a neighbor’s daisies; helping a friend cross the street; feeding a hungry goldfish. Superbuns’s older sister Blossom is a super know-it-all who doesn’t believe kindness is a superpower. Not one bit. And all this kindness is slowing them down on their way to Grammy’s house, where a yummy carrot cobbler awaits. But the sisters are being followed by a little fox, and when Blossom learns the fox is not after their cobbler but is lost, she discovers kindness really is a superpower after all.

  2. I Need to Wee! - From the authors of Cake and Norman the Slug comes another wacky, laugh-out-loud picture book about a very special dance we have all had to do at some point in our lives! Alan the Bear has a problem. A big one. He really, really needs to wee. But things keep on getting in his way. With the help of his friends and a special dance, will Alan make it to the toilet in time?

  3. Preschool, Here I Come! - Get ready for a year full of firsts by the author of Kindergarten, Here I Come! From saying goodbye to parents on the very first day of school to learning classroom rules, D. J. Steinberg brings to life all the details of preschool in his fun, silly poems. Because preschool is full of firsts! Get ready for all those moments with poems that celebrate the joy of making friends, bring to life the challenges of learning, and even depict the frustration that we all sometimes feel. With poems on so many moments, this is a must-have for kids getting ready for their first day of preschool.

  4. The Night Is Yours - From the New York Times bestselling illustrator of I Am Enough, this glowing, empowering picture book about a nighttime hide-and-seek game celebrates blackness and self-confidence. Little one, so calm and so happy, the darkness of the night is yours like the darkness of your skin. This lyrical text, narrated to a young girl named Amani by her father, follows her as she plays an evening game of hide-and-seek with friends at her apartment complex. The moon’s glow helps Amani find the last hidden child, and seems almost like a partner to her in her game, as well as a spotlight pointing out her beauty and strength. This is a gorgeous bedtime read-aloud about joy and family love and community, and most of all about feeling great in your own skin.

It's a Field Trip, Busy Bus! book
#243
It's a Field Trip, Busy Bus!
Written by Jody Jensen Shaffer and illustrated by Claire Messer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8

Today is Busy Bus’s very first field trip! He takes the children to a fire house, where they meet Engine Four, a big, shiny, red firetruck. Engine Four has a hose to put out fires, a ladder to reach tall buildings, and a loud and impressive siren. Busy Bus has none of these things. Will the children still like him? This darling picture book offers a gentle exploration of jealousy and a reminder that we each have our own unique talents that make us special.

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! book
#244
The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!
Written and illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?! Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!

The King of Kindergarten book
#245
The King of Kindergarten
Written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A New York Times betseller! A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown. The morning sun blares through your window like a million brass trumpets.It sits and shines behind your head--like a crown. Mommy says that today, you are going to be the King of Kindergarten! Starting kindergarten is a big milestone--and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He's dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes, and can't wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jam-packed, but he's up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm! And afterward, he can't wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements--and then wake up to start another day. Newbery Honor-winning author Derrick Barnes's empowering story will give new kindergarteners a reassuring confidence boost, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton's illustrations exude joy.

So Big! book
#246
So Big!
Written and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A simple, clever text paired with utterly adorable animal characters makes school-day jitters seem not so big after all! Bear is so big, and he's ready to start school! But even if you're SO BIG, you might feel a little nervous at times. Can Bear brave his first day and find a way to make it feel just right? A clever and charming story, So Big! will help young readers through all the important first steps in life. Acclaim for Dad's First Day Bank Street Best Children's Books of 2016--outstanding merit title Acclaim for Moo! An ALA Notable book A BCCB Blue Ribbon selection

Bunny in the Middle book
#247
Bunny in the Middle
Written by Anika Denise and illustrated by Christopher Denise
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

When you’re in the middle . . . you’re not the oldest, and you’re not the youngest. You are right in-between. There’s someone bigger who helps you. And someone smaller who needs you. From the middle, you can see both sides. But being in the middle isn’t always easy—sometimes it’s hard to know what makes you special, or how to follow a path that’s just your own. But that’s okay. As one middle bunny knows, being in the middle means you are loved ALL around. This classic picture book celebrates the remarkable empathy of middles and the joys of self-acceptance, glowingly illustrated by New York Times–bestselling artist Christopher Denise. Perfect for fans of Little Elliot.

  1. Opposites - Short and tall. Big and small. Long and short. Globally famous artist Larissa Honsek's adorable clay figures help little ones identify the difference in these important concepts.

  2. Courageous People from Washington Who Changed the World - From the creative vision of Merce Cunningham to the brave voice of Bernie Whitebear, Courageous People from Washington Who Changed the World is a young child's first introduction to the brave people from their home state who made a difference. Simple text and adorable illustrations tell the contributions of more than a dozen courageous Washingtonians: Chief Seattle, George Washington, Catherine Montgomery, Bertha Knight Landes, Dixie Lee Ray, Merce Cunningham, Bernie Whitebear, Gary Locke, Bill & Melinda Gates, and Pearl Jam (of course). A quote from each hero is included on each spread along with colorful, delightful artwork.

  3. Bears Make the Best Math Buddies - Adelaide and Bear have tackled reading together, and now they are tackling math. Adelaide stands up for her best friend and his many talents, but will she convince her teacher to let Bear be her math buddy?

  4. Yikes!: In Seven Wild Adventures, Who Would You Be? - Packed with eccentric characters and scenes of wild adventure, this funny and exciting book for young readers is by favourite author-illustrator Alison Lester. Who would you be? On a Stormy Night at Sea, in the Wild West, under the Big Top, in the Frozen North, in a Transylvanian Castle, beyond the Milky Way, in a Steaming Jungle… Choose a character, turn the page and find out what happens! An exciting book of wild adventures from Alison Lester, beloved by Australian families for over twenty-five years.

I Was an Outer-Space Chicken book
#252
I Was an Outer-Space Chicken
Written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Gorman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

When an alien named Fooz abducts Lamar and Lexie, the numbers-loving best friends prove they're human by solving a tricky math problem. But before Foozcan get them home, the two are captured by lumfurs: Bigfoot-like creatures. In order to escape, Lamar and Lexie must use their math skills to find patterns, make estimates, and decipher codes. Will they succeed?

Last Viking Returns The book
#253
Last Viking Returns The
Written by Norman Jorgensen and illustrated by James Foley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Josh is as brave as a Viking warrior. And not much can scare a Viking. Not even bullies. But the two littlest Vikings are so fearless they think they’re invincible. When Pop takes the family to Viking World, the two littlest Vikings go berserk. Josh is in for one rocky ride as he discovers just how far he’ll go to keep them safe.

Where Is Galah? book
#254
Where Is Galah?
Written and illustrated by Sally Morgan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Dingo is on the prowl. He can see Emu, Swan, and Turtle. He can hear Crocodile, Frog, and Kookaburra. But where is Galah? Sally Morgan brings the Australian landscape alive in this colorful exploration of animals and animal sounds. Children will have fun with the search-and-find element. Galah is hiding on every page!

Molly's Magic Wardrobe: The Mermaid Mission book
#255
Molly's Magic Wardrobe: The Mermaid Mission
Written by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain and illustrated by Garry Parsons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Join Molly on her second magical rhyming adventure as she visits the enchanted dressing-up wardrobe in her Granny's house. There are so many costumes to choose from in her magic dressing-up wardrobe. Today she's going to be . . . a mermaid! With a whizz and a pop and a shower of stars, Molly dives below the sea and soon finds herself on a mission: she must race to save the mermaids' shipwreck from some pesky sharks!

Saved!!! book
#256
Saved!!!
Written by Lydia Williams and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"I grew up in outback Australia--and my friends were the desert animals. I was always competing against them. I tried to do athletics, but the emu was way too fast, I tried to do basketball, but the kangaroo jumped too high and outscored everyone, so I decided to have a go at soccer. The koala was in goals but never could save anything, so I volunteer to be goalkeeper. And it turns out I was great at it!" A funny and triumphant picture book by soccer goalkeeper Lydia Williams.

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