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Sheep Won't Sleep book
#33
Sheep Won't Sleep
Written by Judy Cox and illustrated by Nina Cuneo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A comical math skills book with a cast of colorful woolly animals. Clarissa is flabbergasted. Ten of the sheep she was counting while trying to doze off have barged into her bedroom. The bossy ewes tell her to count pairs of alpacas, herds of llamas, and sets of yaks. Pretty soon baaing, bleating, and snorting animals have overrun the room. Luckily Clarissa can use subtraction to literally unravel her problem in this whimsical story that introduces children to counting by twos, fives, and tens.

Get Up, Stand Up book
#34
Get Up, Stand Up
Written by Cedella Marley and illustrated by John Jay Cabuay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Bob Marley's music has inspired millions of listeners around the world with messages of peace, love, and truth. This third picture book adaptation of one of his beloved songs has a timely message for children: To counter injustice, lift others up with kindness and courage. As a young girl goes on with her day in school, she comes across several instances of teasing and intimidation. But with loving action and some help from her friends, she's able to make things right for herself and others. With exuberant pictures by John Jay Cabuay accompanying Marley's iconic lyrics, Get Up, Stand Up is a vibrant testament to the power we all have to make a difference.

Grown-ups Never Do That book
#35
Grown-ups Never Do That
Written and illustrated by Davide Cali, Benjamin Chaud
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Forgetting to do chores? Running late? Burping? No adult would ever behave so poorly! At least, that's what you might think. But by the end of this outrageous, laugh-out-loud picture book from celebrated author-illustrator team Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, you'll know better. Unbelievable as it may seem, sometimes even grown-ups misbehave! The duo behind Junior Library Guild selection I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . . and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School . . . are back with another relatable, rollicking tale, this time showcasing the humor-and the humanity-of the most important people in kids' lives.

Arrivederci, Crocodile book
#36
Arrivederci, Crocodile
Written and illustrated by Fred Marcellino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

First that dastardly Napoleon kidnapped Crocodile from his beloved Egypt, then he dragged him to Paris to be gawked at, and THEN he tried to eat him! Luckily our dear croc escaped, but while Parisian life may be glamorous, life in Paris’s sewers is not. If only Napoleon had taken Crocodile to a more aquatic reptile–friendly city. Perhaps one with an excess of canals and better food… “NAPOLEON TO TOUR ITALY: FIRST STOP, VENICE” Surely Napoleon wouldn’t mind if Crocodile hitched a ride out of Paris… Will our crocodile find his perfect home amongst Italian high-society? Or will he be revealed as an impasta? Pack away your pasta—Crocodile is heading to Italy in this long-awaited sequel to Fred Marcellino’s award-winning I, Crocodile.

People Share with People book
#37
People Share with People
Written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s good to share a blanket. It’s nice to share some fries. It’s great to share your crayons BEFORE somebody cries. Yes… People share with people! It’s not that hard to do. So if you’d like to cozy up… I’ll SHARE this book with you!

  1. Musical Mac - Mac the millipede loves to make music. He dreams of playing in a talent show with a band, but wherever he auditions, everyone says NO. No one wants him . . . until Mac comes up with an ingenious one-millipede solution to his problem! Brendan Kearney's funny picture book will inspire kids who like to march to the beat of their own drum.

  2. The Brave Princess and Me - Princess Alice of Greece is known for her kindness. Born deaf, she knows what it is like to be discriminated against. In 1943 the Second World War is raging, and the Nazis have taken control of Greece. All Jews in the country are in danger, including young Tilde Cohen and her mother, Rachel. On the run, they are in search of a safe place to hide from the Nazis. When they arrive unannounced on Princess Alice's doorstep, begging her to shelter them, the princess's kindness is put to the test.

  3. Our Future - This book profiles ten young activists who are taking on the key issues of our time. These young people from across the globe are raising awareness about what matters to them most. An eleven-year-old boy in Texas kneels with his football teammates during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. A thirteen-year-old girl from the Tla'amin First Nation in British Columbia speaks at the United Nations to raise awareness of water pollution. These activists don't let their youth stop them from being heard on issues ranging from racism and cyberbullying to gun violence and animal protection.

  4. Baby Loves Scientists - Babies who love science can be anything! Move over Wonder Woman and Superman--here come Aerospace Engineer and Particle Physicist! Baby loves to explore the world of science! What's next for Baby after learning about physics, engineering, computers, and the natural world? Becoming a scientist of course! In this fun look at several scientific careers, parents and children can talk about different science fields and the everday heroes that work in them. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well.

Treasure book
#42
Treasure
Written by Mireille Messier and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When two siblings go on a treasure hunt, they aren’t sure exactly what kind of treasure they are looking for. What they do know is that treasures are shiny, mysterious and precious. And that all the really good treasures are hidden! As they explore the forest, their curiosity pays off when they find the biggest, shiniest, most mysterious and precious treasure hidden just over a hill. Told exclusively in dialogue, this beautifully illustrated picture book exudes a sense of wonder at the natural world and emphasizes the magical qualities of looking through a child’s eye.

How Many? book
#43
How Many?
Written and illustrated by Christopher Danielson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"How Many? A Counting Book is a student book and accompanying teacher's guide that explore the essential mathematical ideas of units and place value."--

Rabbit and the Motorbike book
#44
Rabbit and the Motorbike
Written by Kate Hoefler and illustrated by Sarah Jacoby
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Rabbit isn't sure he'll ever be brave enough to go on an adventure. He's a homebody who lives in a quiet field of wheat he dreams of leaving every night. His world is enlarged by his friend Dog and Dog's tales of motorbike adventures. But one day, Dog is gone, and with him, go the stories Rabbit loves so much. Dare Rabbit pick up the motorbike and live his own story? This timeless fable of the journey from grief to acceptance will touch every reader. For those confronting loss and those eager to explore and experience, Rabbit's bravery in the face of sadness will console, nurture, and inspire.

Wendel and the Robots book
#45
Wendel and the Robots
Written and illustrated by Chris Riddell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Wendel is a very clever mouse--but not a very tidy one. If his inventions go wrong, Wendel just throws them away and starts again. So when Clunk, his robot assistant, fills the sock drawer with cups and saucers and makes tea in a boot, Wendel throws him on the scrapheap and makes himself a new assistant: the Wendelbot. But he gets more than he bargained for, and soon Wendel finds himself on the scrapheap. Can he win back his workshop from the mighty Wendelbot? Let the robot battle commence! Wendel and the Robots is a wonderfully funny, action-packed story full of surprises and extraordinary inventions, and with a subtle environmental message.

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon book
#46
Mimi and the Mountain Dragon
Written and illustrated by Michael Morpurgo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

As soon as the bells stop ringing, I'm going to carry you home to your mother, back up to the Mountain Dragon's castle . . . In her castle lair, high in the mountains of Switzerland, lives a terrible dragon. In the village below lives a little girl called Mimi. When Mimi finds a baby dragon in the woodshed, she makes a brave decision that will bring joy and peace to the village forever. This heartwarming holiday adventure for the whole family is the perfect combination of magic, adventure, and Christmas cheer.

  1. Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party - "There's a party at Mr. Pumpkin's tonight. A banquet with friends in the autumn twilight. And at this soiree we'll see and we'll find ghoulish delights of every kind." You are cordially invited to Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party--a delightfully quirky twist on a counting book, incorporating gorgeous, deep-hued watercolor illustrations, as well as spooky elements and unique characters at an unexpectedly charming tea party. A perfect read for when there is a crisp chill in the air.

  2. Save It! - A charming introduction to simple money concepts in which a little bunny learns about the power and satisfaction that come with saving money. Honey earns two carrots a week for taking care of her siblings. Her FIVE siblings who are so loud and bouncy, she wishes she had a place of her own to escape to for some peace and quiet. So what’s a bunny to do? Get creative and figure out a savings plan–even if it means forgoing a treat or two. But saving is worth it because with a little patience and perseverance, Honey will be able to make her dream of having her owns space come true! This is the third book in the internationally acclaimed Moneybunnies Series–following Spend It! and Earn It!

  3. Astro Girl - The stars are the limit for a little girl who acts out her wish to be an astronaut — inspired by a very special person. Astrid has loved the stars and space for as long as she can remember. “I want to be an astronaut!” she says to everyone who will listen. While her mama is away, Astrid and her papa have fun acting out the challenges an astronaut faces on a space mission — like being in zero gravity (“I can do that all day long!” she says), eating food from a kind of tube, and doing science experiments with the help of cookie sheets. When at last it’s time to meet Mama at the air base, Astrid wears her favorite space T-shirt to greet her. But where exactly has Mama been? Channeling a sense of childlike delight, Ken Wilson-Max brings space travel up close for young readers and offers an inspiring ending.

  4. Sweep - Ed’s bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town. Can Ed sweep his troubles away?

The Buddy Bench book
#51
The Buddy Bench
Written by B.D. Cottleston and illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Buddy Benches are arriving in schoolyards across the nation. In this story, the buddy bench launches two new friends on a chilly adventure. On a surprisingly snowy day in Texas, a young student finds himself braving recess alone. That is until he spots a new face sitting on the school's Buddy Bench. After a quick introduction, the two spend their recess discovering fun ways to enjoy the snow. By the end of recess, both kids leave the playground with a brand new friend. This sweet story of friendship brings the Buddy Bench's purpose to life. About Buddy Benches: The Buddy or Friendship Bench is a special place in a school playground where a child can sit if they want someone to talk to or play with. Seeing a child on The Buddy Bench is a signal to other kids to ask them to play. The wonderful trend of Buddy Benches is growing across the country as schools and parent groups promote them as a powerful tool to end loneliness and promote empathy in children.

We Really Do Care book
#52
We Really Do Care
Written by Tami Lewis Brown and illustrated by Tania de Regil
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Inspired by current events, this picture book shows the importance of compassion, empathy, and demonstrates how even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference. A little boy has a ball. It's his, and he really doesn't care if nobody else has a ball. He's not sharing. He's not sharing his pets either. Or his family. Especially not his brother. But then he realizes that both he and the new little girl he meets--the one who's all alone without a ball or a pet or a family of her own--are actually quite similiar. And when he sees their similarities instead of their differences, he's happy to share. Even his little brother. With gentle text from Tami Lewis Brown and sweet illustrations from Tania de Regil, this poignant and touching picture book challenges each and every one of us to to lend a helping hand. Because we really should care. Perfect for fans of Be Kind and All Are Welcome.

Grandpa's Top Threes book
#53
Grandpa's Top Threes
Written by Wendy Meddour and illustrated by Daniel Egneus
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A young boy's original game coaxes a grieving grandpa to reconnect with the world in a touching intergenerational story of love and resilience. Henry loves talking with Grandpa, but Grandpa has stopped listening. Mom says to just give him time. But Henry wants to talk to Grandpa now. So Henry tries his favorite game: Top Threes. And something amazing happens: Grandpa starts talking again. Out of a tale of favorite sandwiches and zoo animals, outings and trains, emerges a moving story about love, loss, and the wonder of grannies and grandpas.

Bats book
#54
Bats
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Presenting fascinating information on all kinds of bats, from how they use echoes to hear, to the legends that surround them and how to protect the species Though people often think of bats as scary, bats are really shy, gentle animals. There are nearly 1000 different species of bats, and they live on every continent except Antarctica. Some are tiny, but the giant flying fox bat has a five-foot wingspan! Popular science author Gail Gibbons also discusses the efforts to protect the world's only truly flying mammals. A final page offers additional facts.

The Scarecrow book
#55
The Scarecrow
Written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by The Fan Brothers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A Junior Library Guild Selection and Indie Next List Pick “An emotionally impactful exploration of love and loneliness, this is an essential addition to any picture book collection.” —School Library Journal (starred review) Bestselling author Beth Ferry (Stick and Stone) and the widely acclaimed Fan Brothers (The Night Gardener) present a gorgeous and poignant picture book about two unexpected friends and the special connection they share. This tender and affectionate story reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others—a tale that will inspire and delight children for generations to come. All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing.… He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons? “A welcome addition to autumnal storytelling.”—Kirkus “A novel twist on the theme of love between adversaries.” —Publishers Weekly

  1. Just Ask! - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique. Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful. In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges–and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we’re not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask.

  2. The Knight Who Said No! - Ned the knight always does exactly what he’s told. When his parents ask him to pick up his toys, dig up the cabbages, or go to bed on time, he does it all with a smile. And when the dragon swoops into town every night, Ned always runs inside just as he’s asked. But one morning Ned says "NO!" He will not help his dad find his shield, his arrow, or his bow, and that night, he refuses to go inside. After a surprising encounter with the dragon, will he change his tune?

  3. Noodleheads Fortress of Doom - Mac and Mac may be noodles with empty heads, but they have big ideas: building a fortress! This vibrantly colorful graphic novel for easy readers hits the nail on the head with comedy. The Noodlehead brothers are back from the library with a joke book, a fantasy novel, and a dream: to build their very own Fortress of Doom. If they can stop bickering for long enough. And if they can defend it from their wily friend Meatball. Jump right in with this fourth title in an easy-to-read graphic novel series about more than two hollow pastas trying to have fun. Noodleheads has its roots in world folklore, making it a classic tale of fools.

  4. Ollie's School Day - What will Ollie wear to school? A bathing suit? NO! A space suit? NO! A police officer's uniform? NO! Will Ollie wear pants, a shirt, socks and shoes? YES! Humorous call-and-response text and zany illustrations engage children in the reading process while teaching social skills and positive classroom behavior. Will kids love Ollie's School Day? YES!

Unicorns 101 book
#60
Unicorns 101
Written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A laugh-out-loud picture book that finally sets the record straight about unicorns! Unicorns! You love them, but how much do you really know about them? Join Professors Glitter Pants, Sprinkle Steed, Star Hoof, and Sugar Beard, plus their trusty lab assistant, Pete, as they reveal mind-blowing unicorn facts never before available to the public! For example: * Buttercup Sparklecheeks was the first unicorn to trot on Pluto! * At one time in history, there were dino-corns! * One unicorn accidentally made it rain waffles for a week! * Unicorns have giant slides inside their homes! * Rare and exotic unicorns include the mer-corn and the hamster-corn! Full of eye-popping illustrations and nonstop, sidesplitting laughs—plus a removable Unicorn Scientist diploma at the end of the book—Unicorns 101 will have children eager to enroll, time and time again! "effervescent . . . enjoyably off-the-wall"—Publishers Weekly "merits space on every unicorn-lover’s reference shelf."—Booklist "unicorn fans will find plenty to love."—Kirkus

Boo! Scared You! book
#61
Boo! Scared You!
Written and illustrated by Vincent Mathy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Get ready to be scared! Stick your tongue out at the dragon. Oh no, what will happen? Open the big flap . . . waah! The dragon is breathing fire! Tickle the mean looking ogre. Uh oh, will he get mad? Open the big flap . . . the ogre is laughing! In this frighteningly funny book, kids are encouraged to be as brave as they can be to tickle, howl, or shout at fearful creatures-a different action on each spread-then lift the big flaps to reveal the unexpected results! A joke book for very young children focusing on physical humor, it is sure to make them roll with laughter.

What's Going On Here? book
#62
What's Going On Here?
Written and illustrated by Olivier Tallec
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In this Tell-Your-Own-Tale book, flip the die-cut pages to mix and match stories, creating countless scrambled characters and funny questions. Each new combination makes a new story! Answer the mixed-up questions, or let the characters inspire your own imaginative story. This one-of-a-kind book will leave young readers giggling, wondering, and telling their own unique tales.

Savanna Animals book
#63
Savanna Animals
Written by Sophie Dussausois and illustrated by Aurelie Verdon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

The Ultimate Spotlight books have all the fun, facts, and hands-on action of the fabulously successful Ultimate series, but in a focused, more-compact, and affordable format. Flaps, pull tabs, and many other moveable parts show young children how the different animals in the savanna live, survive, and play. Lift a flap to see inside a termite mound, turn a wheel to observe lion cubs practicing their hunting skills, or flip the page to see a pop-up scene of animals at the watering hole. Chock-full of age appropriate information, this book provides young readers with a closer look at the wild and amazing world of the birds, beasts, and bugs that live in the savanna.

Astronauts book
#64
Astronauts
Written by Sophie Dussausois and illustrated by Marc-Etienne Peintre
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

The Ultimate Spotlight books have all the fun, facts, and hands-on action of the incredibly successful Ultimate series, but in a focused, more-compact, and affordable format. Flaps, pull tabs, and many other moveable parts show young children how astronauts train for missions into space. Pull a tab to launch a rocket, lift flaps to see inside a space suit, or turn the page to land the capsule safely on the ground. Chockfull of age appropriate information, this book is an out-of-this-world look at astronauts and what they do.

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