Yasmin the Chef book
#277
Yasmin the Chef
Written by Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Hatem Aly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Yasmin's family is hosting a big party, but Yasmin is worried that the traditional food her family is cooking is too spicy--so her family challenges Yasmin to come up with a dish of her own.

Yasmin the Superhero book
#278
Yasmin the Superhero
Written by Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Hatem Aly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Yasmin gathers a cape and mask and sets out to find a villain to defeat with her "super powers"--however there are no villains hiding on her block, just neighbors who need a little help.

Yasmin the Teacher book
#279
Yasmin the Teacher
Written by Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Hatem Aly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When Ms. Alex is called away from the classroom, she leaves Yasmin in charge, but the other children just ignore her and start acting silly and noisy--until Yasmin thinks up a way to motivate them to finish the math assignment, quietly.

Yasmin the Zookeeper book
#280
Yasmin the Zookeeper
Written by Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Hatem Aly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Yasmin's class is going on a field trip to the zoo, and Yasmin is thrilled when she is chosen to help feed the monkeys; but when she trips and spills their food both she and the monkeys are upset--until she remembers that she has fruit in her lunch bag to share with her new "friends."

Gracie Laroo at Training Camp book
#281
Gracie Laroo at Training Camp
Written by Marsha Qualey and illustrated by Kristyna Litten
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-7

Training camp has opened, and Gracie LaRoo is excited to be back with her synchronized swimming team, the Water Sprites--but the other members of the team seem strangely uninterested in training, and it will be up to Gracie to set an example with a perfect triple spin.

Gracie Laroo in the Snow book
#282
Gracie Laroo in the Snow
Written by Marsha Qualey and illustrated by Kristyna Litten
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-7

Gracie LaRoo's synchronized swimming team trades out water for snow when they meet up with a top ski ballet team. They'll train the skiers, and the skiers will train them-all in front of TV cameras! But Gracie's afraid of heights. Can she overcome her fear in time to shine, or is this trip going downhill-fast?

Flower Girl Katie book
#283
Flower Girl Katie
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Katie is delighted when her Aunt Patty asks her to be a flower girl--but then she starts thinking about everything that could go wrong and worries that she will spoil her aunt's wedding.

High Five book
#284
High Five
Written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From the creators of the New York Times bestseller Dragons Love Tacos comes a rollicking, rhyme-tastic, interactive high five competition–starring YOU! Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next. Acclaimed creative duo Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri have dreamed up another one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud book that kids will beg to read again and again.

This Little Piggy book
#285
This Little Piggy
Written and illustrated by James Serafino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Once there was a girl who only ate cereal. This kid LOVED cereal. But lots of cereal can make a BIG mess and get a girl in trouble. So she asks the dog for help cleaning up her crumbs, but the dog soon fills up. Then she asks a cat, but the cat only wants to nap. One after another, animals try to help…but the mess is too large! Then the girl meets a pig… Perfect for the fan of Dragons Love Tacos, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and Oliver Jeffers’ Stuck.

Meet Miss Fancy book
#286
Meet Miss Fancy
Written by Irene Latham and illustrated by John Holyfield
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A charming and significant story set prior to the Civil Rights Movement about a boy who finds a way to challenge segregation laws. Frank has always been obsessed with elephants. He loves their hosepipe trunks, tree stump feet, and swish-swish tails. So when Miss Fancy, the elephant, retires from the circus and moves two blocks from his house to Avondale Park, he’s over the moon! Frank really wants to pet her. But Avondale Park is just for white people, so Frank is not allowed to see Miss Fancy. Frank is heartbroken but he doesn’t give up: instead he makes a plan! Frank writes to the City Council so his church can host a picnic in the park, and he can finally meet Miss Fancy. All of his neighbors sign the letter, but when some protest, the picnic is cancelled and Frank is heartbroken all over again. Then Miss Fancy escapes the zoo, and it’s up to Frank to find her before she gets hurt.

What Is Given from the Heart book
#287
What Is Given from the Heart
Written by Patricia C McKissack and illustrated by April Harrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

During the Depression, three young sisters get one baby doll for Christmas and must find a way to learn how to share it.

There Are No Bears in This Bakery book
#288
There Are No Bears in This Bakery
Written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The creator of the "New York Times"-bestselling "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich" delivers another sly story of a hungry bear and a smooth-talking narrator: a tough gumshoe of a cat named Muffin. Full color.

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