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Bamboo for Me, Bamboo for You! book
#37
Bamboo for Me, Bamboo for You!
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Purificacion Hernandez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Panda twins, Miranda and Amanda, frolic, fight, and fuss over their favorite treat—bamboo—in this playful, vibrant picture book. Panda twins Miranda and Amanda love bamboo so much it’s the only treat they want to eat! But in between bamboo breakfast, bamboo lunch, and bamboo dinner, the sisters play hide and seek; watch the other silly zoo animals; argue and make up; and compete for their mother's love, before they turn in for the night—dreaming, of course, of bamboo!

When I Grow Up book
#38
When I Grow Up
Written by Julie Chen and illustrated by Diane Goode
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“A small child muses about the future as Mom guides the bedtime routine...Winning text and illustrations for bedtime.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “The whimsical pictures fill every page with happiness and variety as Chen presents exuberant ideas for the big dreams and wishes of childhood.” —Booklist “As a mother helps her young son get ready for bed...Mom assures him that the future is wide open, and ‘No matter what, I will always be there for you.’” —Publishers Weekly A little boy shares with his mom his dreams of what he might be when he grows up in this tender picture book from Julie Chen the host of Big Brother and formerly the host of The Talk and New York Times bestselling artist and Caldecott Honor recipient Diane Goode. One night while getting ready for bed a little boy starts to wonder what will life be like when he grows up. He could be a painter, a musician, a mountain climber, a mayor... He tells his mother all about his big ideas...and all of the other things he wants to do. But when will he grow up? And why does it take so long?

Love from Peter Rabbit book
#39
Love from Peter Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Say "I love you" to that special somebunny in your life! Celebrate all things love with this charming little book featuring original artwork by Beatrix Potter. A great gift for Valentine's Day—or any day!

Love book
#40
Love
Written by Matt De La Pena and illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "[A] poetic reckoning of the importance of love in a child's life . . . eloquent and moving."—People "Everything that can be called love — from shared joy to comfort in the darkness — is gathered in the pages of this reassuring, refreshingly honest picture book."—The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice / Staff Picks From the Book Review “Lyrical and sensitive, ‘Love’ is the sort of book likely to leave readers of all ages a little tremulous, and brimming with feeling.”—The Wall Street Journal From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. "In the beginning there is light and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed and the sound of their voices is love. ... A cab driver plays love softly on his radio while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city and everything smells new, and it smells like life." In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that's soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! book
#41
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't!
Written and illustrated by Elise Parsley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The third book in the bestselling MAGNOLIA SAYS DON'T! series is another loud and cautionary tale of what not to do--this time, at the library! If you see a poster that says "You Can Do Anything at the Library!", it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn't see any problem with setting up her own big top. She's got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won't fit between bookshelves? Elise Parsley's boldly expressive illustrations perfectly complement this mostly-librarian-approved guide on how to be everything BUT quiet in the library!

The Scrambled States of America Talent Show book
#42
The Scrambled States of America Talent Show
Written and illustrated by Laurie Keller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Those wacky scrambled states are at it again. This time they've come together for a spectacular show featuring their many goofball talents. But just when the director, Indiana, is about to call SHOWTIME!, Georgia gets a bad case of stage fright and can't perform in her juggling act. Will the show go on, or will it be curtains for Georgia and the Jolly Jugglers? This title has Common Core connections.

The Scrambled States of America book
#43
The Scrambled States of America
Written and illustrated by Laurie Keller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

A wacky cross-country adventure starring the fifty states! "Well, it was just your basic, ordinary day in the good old U. S. of A. States all over the country were waking up, having their first cups of coffee, reading the morning paper, and enjoying the beautiful sunrise. All the states, that is, except for Kansas." At the first annual "states party," Virginia and Idaho hatch a plan to swap spots so each can see another part of the country. Before the party is over, all the states decide to switch places. In the beginning, every state is happy in its new location. But soon things start to go wrong. Will the states ever unscramble themselves and return to their proper places? Packed with madcap humor and whimsical illustrations, this quirky story-starring all fifty states-is chock-full of introductory facts and silly antics that will make learning geography as much fun as taking a vacation.

Ten Tall Soldiers book
#44
Ten Tall Soldiers
Written by Nancy Robison and illustrated by Hilary Knight
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

The king's soldiers are powerless to protect him from the fearsome monsters he keeps seeing around him, until Peter points out exactly where they are coming from and what their true nature is.

Ocean book
#45
Ocean
Written and illustrated by Helene Druvert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This gorgeous, large-format book is filled with clever cutouts exploring the ocean, from the shoreline to the murkiest depths. This fact-filled journey is illustrated by Hélène Druvert, the acclaimed creator of Paris Up, Up and Away, Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away, Anatomy and New York Melody.

Animalkind book
#46
Animalkind
Written and illustrated by Pablo Salvaje
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Featuring beautifully distinctive prints of the natural world and sensitive text, this book helps children understand the inextricable connections between human and animal life. Sometimes it's easy to forget that humans are not the only inhabitants of Earth. This visually striking book reminds us that not only do we share an ecosystem with other living things, but that we can also learn much from the behavior and instincts of our animal neighbors. In Pablo Salvaje's handcrafted, softly colored prints readers encounter a wide range of creatures--from jellyfish and peacocks to polar bears and snakes. With chapters on love, survival, change, habitat, water, and other topics, this book takes readers on a journey across the planet to show how animals, like humans, form bonds, engage in rivalries, adapt their behavior to cope with challenges, and do anything to protect their offspring. A beautiful lesson in compassion, this book carries a universal message that readers young and old will appreciate and return to again and again.

A Year of Nature Poems book
#47
A Year of Nature Poems
Written by Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Kelly Louise Judd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

See how animals behave through the seasons, and the cycle of trees and plants, from the first blossoms of spring through to the stark winter wonderland in December. 12 inspiring poems from Joe Coelho, paired with folk art from Kelly Louise Judd give this book year-round appeal.

What Happens Next?? book
#48
What Happens Next??
Written and illustrated by Shinsuke Yoshitake
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What Happens Next? follows a child's hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought following the death of his grandfather and the discovery of his journal, in which his grandfather had jotted his thoughts about life after death and the ideal heaven.

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