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Cactus Hotel book
#1
Cactus Hotel
Written by Brenda Z Guiberson and illustrated by Megan Lloyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Describes the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus, with an emphasis on its role as a home for other desert dwellers.

Caillou: Backyard Olympics book
#2
Caillou: Backyard Olympics
Written and illustrated by Kim Thompson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Clementine arrives at Caillou's house wearing a blue ribbon. Caillou wonders how he could ever win such a prize. This gives Grandma an idea. She decides to organize backyard Olympic games with competitions like the heel-to-toe walk, the biggest smile or the silliest walk. In the end, everyone gets a ribbon — even Gilbert,for having the best purr. Caillou will learn that winning is not as important as having fun with his friends.

Cake book
#3
Cake
Written and illustrated by Sue Hendra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the tradition of I Want My Hat Back, this delicious story from Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet tells the story of a cake who’s about to attend his very first party—but he has no idea what’s coming! Cake has been invited to his very first birthday party! He buys just the right outfit—including the PERFECT hat. But as the candles on his perfect party hat begin to burn, and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he’d rather not be at…

Caleb and Kit book
#4
Caleb and Kit
Written by Beth Vrabel
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From award-winning author Beth Vrabel comes a powerfully moving story about a magical friendship, coping with disability, and the pains of growing up and growing apart. Twelve-year-old Caleb is shorter, frailer, and more protected than most kids his age. That's because he has cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis meaning lungs that fill with mucus and a shortened lifespan. Caleb tries not to let his disorder define him, but it can be hard with an overprotective mom and a perfect big brother. Then Caleb meets Kit--a vibrant, independent, and free girl--and his world changes instantly. Kit reads Caleb's palm and tells him they are destined to become friends. She calls birds down from the sky and turns every day into an adventure. Her magic is contagious, making Caleb question the rules and order in his life. But being Kit's friend means embracing deception and danger, and soon Caleb will have to decide if his friendship with Kit is really what's best for him--or her. This new paperback edition includes a Q&A with the author as well as a sneak peek at Beth Vrabel's next middle grade novel, The Humiliations of Pipi McGee.

Call It Courage book
#5
Call It Courage
Written by Armstrong Sperry
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

A legend of a Polynesian boy, who, called a coward for being afraid of the sea, sets out to overcome his fears

  1. Calm and Soothe - Features five songs and activities that encourage interaction between parent and baby, and helps to build a sense of security and confidence. On board pages.

  2. Calm: Mindfulness for Kids - Teach your kids how to focus their thoughts and notice the world around them with this fun mindfulness kids activity book. Mindfulness activities are a great way to teach children about their thoughts and feelings and how to understand them--while having fun at the same time. This book is packed with activities--make a mindfulness jar, learn how to appreciate food with mindful eating, and get out into nature and explore the outside world. An illustrated journal section at the back of the book encourages children to make notes about their own thoughts and feelings Calm: Mindfulness for Kids has everything you need to know about focusing your child's mind to help them enjoy and appreciate things that they take for granted every day, while boosting their confidence and self-esteem. Children are guided through each activity, to make sure they achieve maximum enjoyment and awareness. All children will learn and react to each activity in a different way and parent's notes give advice on how to encourage children to embrace mindfulness in the modern world. Each specially designed activity is flexible for each child's needs and inspires them to seek calmness and tranquility in all situations. Calm: Mindfulness for Kids shows that supporting a child's positive mental health doesn't need to be expensive, time-consuming, or difficult. Activities help children to de-stress, focus, and get moving while having fun.

  3. Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar - This beautiful little gift book featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar provides a simple, easy-to-follow journey to relaxation, perfect for children and adults. Just stop and breathe . . . How do you feel? Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a soothing story featuring classic art from the World of Eric Carle. With simple coping mechanisms and beautiful illustrations, this book is an excellent reminder to kids and adults alike to take a moment, breathe deep, and smile!

  4. Calvin Can't Fly - Although a young starling chooses to read books when his cousins are learning to fly, the knowledge he acquires comes in handy when a hurricane threatens the flock's migration.

Camila's Lemonade Stand book
#10
Camila's Lemonade Stand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Camila's Lemonade Stand is a book about entrepreneurship, tailored to Pre-K imaginations Camila is a plucky kid in the Career Launcher Crew, seven fearless children in search of their futures. When she finds herself with no money for the Ferris wheel, friendly sprite Itsy shows up to give her some good advice: she can start a business What happens when Jaden opens a competing cookie stall? And will the dark clouds on the horizon rain out their fun? With endearing characters kids love, and charming illustrations by Lizzy Duncan (Tollins series, HarperCollins), Camila's Lemonade Stand is a wonderful first introduction to the key principles of entrepreneurship. Grounded in the key principles underpinning every successful venture, the MyCareerLauncher goal is to plant the seeds of the next generation of entrepreneurs. "Your product is terrific. There is huge potential in teaching children to think like entrepreneurs. And how needed it is these days MyCareerLauncher will help form linkages among parents and educators - and engage grandparents as well. I love the approach " -Parents.com Blogger Dr. Richard Rende, Brown University Camila's Lemonade Stand is the first in a unique series of six early learning career guides for Pre-K kids. The series is the first in a comprehensive preschool to college career discovery program. Featuring delightful characters and compelling narratives, and backed by rigorous research, MyCareerLauncher engages children in a quest for their best-fit careers with the power of their imaginations. Don't miss the forthcoming Companion Guide for parents, grandparents and teachers More information at MyCareerLauncher.com. Discover a path where your passions can shine with MyCareerLauncher

Campfire Cookies book
#11
Campfire Cookies
Written and illustrated by Martha Freeman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The girls from Flowerpot Cabin are back at camp in Martha Freeman’s second novel in the Secret Cookie Club series, which was called “a younger version of Ann Brashares’s The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” by School Library Journal. Recipe for Summer Drama 1 girl counselor, broken-hearted 1 boy counselor, super-cute 4 determined campers Mix all ingredients together for eight weeks at Moonlight Ranch summer camp. For best results, add cookies. The Secret Cookie Club members Grace, Emma, Olivia, and Lucy are excited to be back at Moonlight Ranch summer camp with their beloved counselor, Hannah. But when a mysterious letter arrives, Hannah is plunged into despair. Secret Cookie Club to the rescue! After puzzling out the contents of the letter, they make a plan to fix Hannah’s life—a plan that requires a magic spell, a daring mission to the boys camp, and a big batch of campfire cookies. What could possibly go wrong? With a dash of romance, a pinch of mystery, and a heaping tablespoon of fun, this camp adventure is as satisfying as a warm chocolate chip cookie.

Campfire Stories book
#12
Campfire Stories
Written by Andres Miedoso and illustrated by Victor Rivas
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Desmond Cole goes camping and tells some scary campfire stories in the eighth book of the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol series! Camping with Desmond Cole is a lot of fun, until he starts telling ghost stories around the campfire. Most kids tell creepy stories that are totally fake, but Desmond tells totally true stories that will give you goosebumps. So, settle in while Desmond, Andres, and their ghost-friend, Zax, take turns trying to tell the scariest story of all. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

Campground Creature book
#13
Campground Creature
Written and illustrated by Marty Kelley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Molly, her parents, and her friend Kayley are going camping for the weekend, and Molly is determined to take a picture of something wild--a bear would be nice, but when her father tells her about Bigfoot, she sets her sights on that mysterious creature.

Camp Hero Double Trouble book
#14
Camp Hero Double Trouble
Written by Gina Bellisario and illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

Ellie is excited to go to Camp Hero, where the motto is: Where Super Friendships are Made! But when Ellie's cabinmates, superhero twins Mona and Leona, give her the cold shoulder, Ellie decides to use her parents' latest invention to get them to like her. The invention works too well, and the twins start fighting over Ellie! Can Ellie stop their double trouble and find out why they weren't friendly to her in the first place?

  1. Camp Rex - What could be more fun than a camping trip with a good friend? When that friend is T. Rex! It’s important to set a few wilderness safety guidelines first. . . like making sure he stays on the trail. And does not disturb the local wildlife. And knows how to build a safe campfire. But sometimes dinosaurs have a different way of doing things, and that’s why it’s best to be prepared . . . for anything! Following in the extremely large and funny footsteps of Tea Rex, Camp Rex is for anyone who loves to roast a marshmallow or two around the campfire . . . or the whole bag at once!

  2. Camp Rolling Hills - A hilarious and heartfelt series about the particular magic of summer camp--a place where reinvention is possible and friends are like family--from a sparkling debut talent. Finally, it's summer! Stephanie--aka Slimey--has been counting the days until she can return to her favorite place in the entire world, Camp Rolling Hills. And this year she's especially happy to be back--she'll have eight blissful weeks away from home, where life has been decidedly rocky. New kid Bobby, on the other hand, is pretty sure he's in for the worst summer of his life. He does not understand his weirdo cabinmates, the group singing, and the unfortunate nicknames (including his: Smelly). But he does understand Slimey, and the two soon fall in crush. This summer might not be so bad after all! But then a fight sets off an epic, campwide, girls-versus-boys prank war. Bunks are raided! Boxer shorts are stolen! And it's up to Slimey and Smelly to keep the peace. "Camp Rolling Hills is funny and sweet. It brought me back to those amazing summer camp summers and my very first taste of young adulthood." --Michael Showalter, co-writer of Wet Hot American Summer "Stacy Davidowitz gets the magic of camp and the wonder of being twelve just right. Camp Rolling Hills is both heartwarming and laugh-out-loud hilarious." --Elissa Brent Weissman, author of Nerd Camp

  3. Camp Tiger - A talking tiger approaches a family during their annual end-of-summer camping trip and is befriended by the youngest, a boy who does not feel ready for first grade.

  4. Can an Aardvark Bark? - From award-winning author Melissa Stewart and Caldecott honoree Steve Jenkins comes a noisy nonfiction exploration of the many sounds animals make. Can an aardvark bark? No, but it can grunt. Lots of other animals grunt too… Barks, grunts, squeals—animals make all kinds of sounds to communicate and express themselves. With a growling salamander and a whining porcupine, bellowing giraffes and laughing gorillas, this boisterous book is chock-full of fun and interesting facts and is sure to be a favorite of even the youngest animal enthusiasts.

Can Cat and Bird Be Friends? book
#19
Can Cat and Bird Be Friends?
Written and illustrated by Coll Muir
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cats and birds can’t be friends! They have absolutely nothing in common. After all, cats are supposed to eat birds, not play with them! But there’s something special about this prey-and-predator pair…and they may just find that it’s our differences that bring us closer together. In a delightful picture book filled with pleasing banter and hilarious quips, rising talent Coll Muir creates the perfect unlikely friendship between unexpected creatures. Perfect for fans of Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, and We Found a Hat.

Cancer Hates Kisses book
#20
Cancer Hates Kisses
Written by Jessica Reid Sliwerski and illustrated by Mika Song
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Mothers are superheroes when they’re battling cancer, and this empowering picture book gives them an honest yet spirited way to share the difficult experience with their kids. Author Jessica Reid Sliwerski was diagnosed with breast cancer four months after giving birth to her daughter. And through all the stages of treatment—surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, losing her hair—she thought about how hard it would be to talk to your child about cancer while coping with it. She wrote this picture book to give other parents and their children an encouraging tool for having those conversations—a lovingly upbeat book that is also refreshingly authentic and straightforward. With its simple text and heartwarming illustrations, Cancer Hates Kisses is relatable to any type of cancer.

Candy Bomber book
#21
Candy Bomber
Written and illustrated by Michael O. Tunnell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

"World War II was over, and Berlin was in ruins. US Air Force Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen knew the children of the city were suffering. They were hungry and afraid. The young pilot wanted to help, but what could one man in one plane do?"--Dust jacket flap.

Candy's Chocolate Kingdom book
#22
Candy's Chocolate Kingdom
Written and illustrated by Nirit Littaney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Meet Candy, the cute girl who loves chocolate so much she dreams about it at night. Grab some sweets and follow Candy though a Magical Chocolate Kingdom that fills her belly and teaches her an important lesson about limits, after something very unexpected happens in the delicious empire. Though the vivid illustrations are sure to make your mouth water, Candy's new understanding is the real treat even you can munch on! Excellent for early readers and children ages 3-8. Book 1 in the Fantasy Kingdom series. This book is great for quick bedtime story or to be read aloud with friends and family!

Can I Be Your Dog? book
#23
Can I Be Your Dog?
Written and illustrated by Troy Cummings
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A dog looking for a home sends letters to prospective owners on Butternut Street, with surprising results.

  1. Can I Eat That? - A whimsical–yet factual–series of questions and answers about the things we eat... and don't eat! Food critic Joshua David Stein whets the appetite of young readers with a wondrous and informative approach to talking about food. This humorous, stylized and entirely unexpected set of food facts will engage both good eaters and resisters alike. With questions both practical ("Can you eat a sea urchin?") and playful ("Do eggs grow on eggplants?"), this read-aloud text offers young children facts to share and the subtle encouragement to taste something new! Food and textile illustrator Julia Rothman brings an authenticity to the text that Stein has written from the heart, for his own three year-old and for pre-schoolers everywhere. Created for ages 3-5 years

  2. Can I Tell You a Secret? - Meet Monty! He’s a little frog with a BIG secret that he’s ready to share. Monty learns how to face his fears with some help from his new friend—YOU!

  3. Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly? - Dan Richards teams up with celebrated artist, Jeff Newman, to share a funny and vibrant picture book about how powerful a child’s imagination can be…with a little encouragement. Evan asks a simple question, “Can one balloon make an elephant fly?” At first, his mother is too busy to answer. But when she takes the time to play the game with her son…magic happens.

  4. Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? - A hilarious take on helping others and self awareness from New York Times bestselling author Jory John and comic artist sensation Liz Climo.

Can't Scare Me! book
#28
Can't Scare Me!
Written by Mandy Archer and illustrated by Chris Jevons
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Join Kitten for a fun adventure through a spooky house! Kitten isn't scared of anything....or is he? Can't Scare Me! is a fun book that follows a brave kitten through a haunted house where he finally comes face-to-face with something unexpectedly spooky! With forty flaps to lift and adorable illustrations, youngsters will love this hands-on book and the unexpected surprises on each page. Children will especially enjoy the secret mirror hidden in the book!

Can't Sleep Without Sheep book
#29
Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are growing tired-until finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all. With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? book
#30
Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?
Written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Barbara Firth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

"I don't like the dark," said Little Bear. "What dark?" said Big Bear. "The dark all around us," said Little Bear. In this tender account of a sleepless night in the bear cave, Big Bear sets out with all his patience and understanding to show Little Bear that the dark is nothing to be afraid of. When all the lanterns in the cave aren't enough to quell Little Bear's troubled emotions, Big Bear offers—in a final loving gesture—nothing less than the bright yellow moon and the twinkling stars! More comforting than even the best of lullabies, this bedtime story is destined to become a classic.

Can You Find My Robot's Arm? book
#31
Can You Find My Robot's Arm?
Written and illustrated by Chihiro Takeuchi
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Robot has lost his arm -- can you help him find a new one? Step into a charming mechanical world invented by a striking new picture book artist. One morning, a robot wakes up to find he is missing an arm. He and his robo buddy search inside and outside the house, through a garden, an amusement park, a library and even a candy shop, but it's nowhere to be found. Where can the arm be, and what might make a suitable replacement? A lollipop? A fish bone? How about a fork? Can You Find My Robot's Arm? humorously invites children to explore the beautiful and intricate hand-cut images of Chihiro Takeuchi.

Can You Hear It? book
#32
Can You Hear It?
Written and illustrated by William Lach
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-10

Presents an introduction to music and musical instruments, through the matching of excerpts of classical music with art works selected from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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