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Bear Snores On
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jane Chapman
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In a cave in the woods, in his deep, dark lair, through the long, cold winter sleeps a great brown bear.

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Paolo, Emperor of Rome
Written by Mac Barnett & illustrated by Claire Keane
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A daring dog takes a whirlwind tour of Rome in search of freedom in new picture book from beloved storyteller Mac Barnett and masterful illustrator Claire Keane

Paolo the dachshund is trapped. Though he lives in Rome, a city filled with history and adventure, he is confined to a hair salon. Paolo dreams of the sweet life—la dolce vita—in the Eternal City. And then, one day, he escapes! Paolo throws himself into the city, finding adventure at every turn. Join our hero as he discovers the wonders of Rome: the ruins, the food, the art, the opera, and—of course—the cats. Readers will cheer the daring of this bighearted dog, whose story shows that even the smallest among us can achieve great things.

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The Circus Ship
Written & illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

After courageously swimming to shore when the ship that they are traveling on sinks and the wretched captain does nothing to rescue them, circus animals find a way to become a valued part of a coastal community.

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Not So Small at All
Written & illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Have you ever felt like you’re just too small to do important stuff in the world at all? Well, take a closer look, and then you’ll see that the smallest of things are as AMAZING as can be! Little things are capable of giant accomplishments. Bees, butterflies, and little children too may seem small but are actually full of great strength and incredible potential! Each one is unique, and capable of making big changes in the world.

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Hey, Who Made This Mess?
Written & illustrated by Primo Gallanosa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Someone is making a great big mess at the zoo in this hilarious and delightful debut picture book. Can you find the culprit before the zoo animals’ do in this gentle mystery for the youngest readers?

All the animals at the zoo are in a tizzy. Someone slept in Elephant’s haystack, drank from Lion’s bowl, went potty in Ostrich’s sandbox (yuck!), and scratched Giraffe’s favorite tree. Worst of all, someone tried to eat Goldie, the zoo’s resident goldfish. Whoever it was has been leaving a suspicious trail of footprints behind. Is it a great big scary monster as the animals fear? Or is it something else entirely? Follow the clues on every page, and you just might be surprised to see who is behind this very messy situation.

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Be Kind
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Jen Hill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A thoughtful picture book illustrating the power of small acts of kindness, from the award-winning author of Sophie’s Squash.

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