Bug book
#37
Bug
Written by Robin Koontz and illustrated by Amy Proud
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bug is a quirky little girl who's mad about insects and drawing . . . and hates arithmetic. But when her teacher promises the class a field trip if everyone does well on their math test, Bug knows she HAS to pass. This humorous story shows kids that there are many ways to find the correct answer--if you use your imagination and count on the things you love.

Growing Season book
#38
Growing Season
Written and illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

El and Jo are the smallest students in class--and best friends, too. But in springtime, something BIG happens: Jo starts growing like a weed . . . and El doesn't. When their teacher asks every child to pick a plant to care for over the summer, poor El ends up with a tiny, flowerless aster. But slowly, the aster blooms--and so does El! A sweet picture book about the joys and challenges of growing up.

When a Tree Grows book
#39
When a Tree Grows
Written by Cathy Ballou Mealey and illustrated by Kasia Nowowiejksa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

When Moose rubs his antlers against the tree where Squirrel built his nest, he sets off a chain of comic catastrophes. The tree falls and wakes Bear, who stumbles into Moose, who causes a truck to swerve. But then Squirrel jumps onto that truck and ends up in the city, all alone. Who will help him get home? A sweet story of friendship, generosity, and how one fun thing leads to another.

Bible Stories book
#40
Bible Stories
Written by and illustrated by Manuela Adreani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-10

Introduce children to some of the most remarkable stories ever written: tales from the Old Testament, all stunningly illustrated by Manuela Adreani. From God creating Earth to Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, and Daniel in the lion's den, this collection features 12 of the most famous stories told in the Bible. Children will learn about Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, and other protagonists of the Old Testament. Not only do these tales offer lessons and advice, they're filled with incredible adventures, promises broken and kept, repentance and forgiveness, and faith and love.

Through the Elephant's Door book
#41
Through the Elephant's Door
Written and illustrated by Helene de Blois
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

It’s a rainy day so the boy and his elephant, Émile, decide the perfect way to pass their time is with a trip to the museum. Their problems start before they even walk through the doors. First, what door does an elephant fit through? And second, why does the grumpy guard assume they are going to cause problems? It seems like as soon as they start to enjoy an exhibit, he’s right there yelling at them not to touch anything. Like they would ever do that!

Lark and the Dessert Disaster book
#42
Lark and the Dessert Disaster
Written by Natasha Deen and illustrated by Marcus Cutler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

L ark and Connor are judges for the annual baking contest at the community center. When they arrive, they discover that someone has destroyed a contestant’s entry. And not just any contestant’s entry—Sophie’s! Sophie is Lark’s best friend (she just doesn’t know it yet). The twin sleuths can’t simply roll with it. To save the contest they’ll have to take a whisk risk and start investigating the other contestants. With the timer ticking, Lark and Connor have to find the culprit before someone actually takes the cake. Lark and the Dessert Disaster is the fourth title in the Lark Ba Detective series, following Lark Holds the Key, Lark and the Diamond Caper and Lark Takes a Bow.

Mr. Monkey Takes A Hike book
#43
Mr. Monkey Takes A Hike
Written and illustrated by Jeff Mack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Curious George meets Mr. Bean in the third adorable picture book from author-illustrator Jeff Mack that follows the loveable Mr. Monkey on his wacky adventures. Mr. Monkey loves playing his video game. He wants to beat the ultimate level! But now he must go outside and find his stolen controller. What could possibly go wrong?

Rosie And Rasmus book
#44
Rosie And Rasmus
Written and illustrated by Serena Geddes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Two kindred spirits—a lonely young girl and a solitary young dragon—find each other and discover the power and magic of friendship in this sweetly simple picture book. Every day, Rosie waits and watches as children play together, laugh and share stories, hoping she can join in the fun and make a new friend. But every day her wish never comes true. Every day, Rasmus sits in his tree and waits and watches as birds dance in the sky, wishing he could fly just like them. But every day his wish never comes true. Then one day, Rosie and Rasmus meet and girl and dragon are lonely no more. They become the best of friends, playing together, laughing, sharing stories…and Rosie even helps Rasmus learn to fly! But when Rasmus finds his wings, he knows he must also find his fate. Two best friends say goodbye, as Rasmus flies away. But then…a lonely girl watches and waits as children play together, laugh and share stories, hoping she can join in the fun and make a new friend. And today, when Rosie brings her a flower, she does. Serena Geddess’s enchanting tale is sure to make readers believe in the transformative power of love, friendship, and faith.

For All the Stars Across the Sky book
#45
For All the Stars Across the Sky
Written by Karl Newson and illustrated by Chiaki Okada
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In a tender bedtime ritual, a parent elicits wishes from her little one, sparking imaginary journeys together before it's time to sleep. For all the stars across the sky, Big and little and bright, Here's a wish from me to you, Before we say good night. "I wish that we could fly like birds!" says Luna when Mama asks her for her nightly wish. So off they go on an imaginary flight together, past mountaintops and fields and over the deep blue sea. Then Luna wishes they could swim like fish through the corals, shrink as small as ants on the vines, and grow as big as giants, stomping down the lane that leads to Luna's very own bed. In a quintessential bedtime story, gentle art and a lyrical text take listeners on lighthearted flights of fancy and offer an ode to the unconditional love between parent and child.

Caterpillar and Bean book
#46
Caterpillar and Bean
Written by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Hannah Tolson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Observe the ways plants and insects interact in a gentle introduction to growing for budding scientists. What's that wedged in a crack in the ground, small and hard and wrinkly and brown? A bean seed! Soon it develops roots and leaves. And what's that on the leaf? An egg! The egg hatches a caterpillar, and the caterpillar eats the leaves, getting bigger and bigger until it forms a chrysalis. Meanwhile, the plant is growing, too: it develops flowers, then bean pods, as it reaches up toward the sun. Side by side, plant and insect grow . . . and grow . . . and grow throughout the year, until they come full circle. This fourth book in the First Science Storybook series uses simple, clear language and colorful illustrations to inspire very young readers as they learn about life cycles.

A Piglet Named Mercy book
#47
A Piglet Named Mercy
Written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive—and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.

Bizzy Bear: Race Car Driver book
#48
Bizzy Bear: Race Car Driver
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Benji Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Bizzy Bear is ready to win the race in this board book full of things to push and pull. Today, Bizzy Bear is driving in a big race -- ready, set, go! Switch the light to signal the start and help him speed along in his race car and zoom around the track. Then lift the flag as he crosses the finish line! But will he get there first? Another exciting title in this best-selling series, which encourages preschoolers to get involved in the storytelling.

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