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Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons book
#1
Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons
Written by Alice B. McGinty and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rabbi Benjamin loves his congregation, and they love him. That’s why on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the Rabbi’s congregation presents him with a special holiday vest with four silver buttons and decorated with designs symbolizing the major holidays celebrated throughout the year. Rabbi Benjamin loves it! He also loves all the holiday treats that his families proudly fill him with-including delicious, crispy latkes; scrumptious matzoh-ball soup; irresistible apple torte; and honey cake. As the year passes, Rabbi Benjamin’s beautiful vest stretches tighter and tighter across his belly, and one by one the shiny silver buttons pop!-pop!-pop! off. When summer comes, Rabbi helps his congregation with their gardening, with the hiding of Chanukah presents, with the apple picking, and the fishing. Will all this hard work help Rabbi fit into his beautiful vest when Rosh Hashanah rolls around again?

Rabbit & Bear: The Pest in the Nest book
#2
Rabbit & Bear: The Pest in the Nest
Written by Julian Gough and illustrated by Jim Field
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Cheeky, delightful, and hilarious, the next title in the Rabbit & Bear series is a roller coaster ride of fun! What with his friend Bear’s snoring, and a BANG! BANG! BANG! noise from up in the tree, Rabbit knows that Something Simply Has To Be Done. But high in the branches, perhaps Bear can show Rabbit how to see the world from a different perspective. A story of friendship, wisdom, and how to be REALLY NOISY, this delightful and hilarious illustrated chapter book is another fun read for Rabbit & Bear fans.

Rabbit & Possum book
#3
Rabbit & Possum
Written and illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rabbit likes to leap before she looks. Possum is a little more cautious. Together, they are a dynamic duo ready to charm fans of Frog and Toad or Toot & Puddle! Rabbit has been preparing all day for her best friend Possum’s visit, but when the time comes she finds Possum fast asleep. No matter what Rabbit does, she just can’t wake him up. But then a rustle in the bushes frightens Possum and sends him up a tree—where he gets very, very stuck. Rabbit has any number of ideas to get him down. Unfortunately, they all make Possum a little...uneasy. But best friends never give up. With a little creativity—and a big surprise—Rabbit just might be able to save the day. These unlikely friends and their upbeat humor are just right for fans of Eric Rohmann’s My Friend Rabbit and Kelly Bingham’s Z Is for Moose.

Rabbit and the Motorbike book
#4
Rabbit and the Motorbike
Written by Kate Hoefler and illustrated by Sarah Jacoby
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Rabbit isn't sure he'll ever be brave enough to go on an adventure. He's a homebody who lives in a quiet field of wheat he dreams of leaving every night. His world is enlarged by his friend Dog and Dog's tales of motorbike adventures. But one day, Dog is gone, and with him, go the stories Rabbit loves so much. Dare Rabbit pick up the motorbike and live his own story? This timeless fable of the journey from grief to acceptance will touch every reader. For those confronting loss and those eager to explore and experience, Rabbit's bravery in the face of sadness will console, nurture, and inspire.

Rabbit Cooks Up a Cunning Plan! book
#5
Rabbit Cooks Up a Cunning Plan!
Written by Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Bruno Robert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The animals of the forest cook meals for Mountain Lion so he won't eat them, but when it is Rabbit's turn to cook, he devises a plan instead to get rid of Lion for good.

  1. Rabbit Hill - New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.

  2. Rabbit Magic - Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by Andersen Press under title: Life is magic.

  3. Rabbit Pie - The perfect recipe for bedtime! Six adorable rabbits are just one ingredient needed for sweet Rabbit Pie! Combine with a sprinkling of kisses and some warm milk for the ideal bedtime story. Told like a recipe, with delightful illustrations showing the preparations for bedtime, this charming picture book will enchant parents and children alike. With a sturdy board book format that will withstand plenty of use by babies and younger children this new format edition of an already popular title makes the perfect addition to any bookshelf!

  4. Rabbit Pie: The Perfect Recipe for Bedtime - A bedtime story about six adorable rabbits.

Rabbit's Gift book
#10
Rabbit's Gift
Written by George Shannon and illustrated by Laura Dronzek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Snow is coming, coming soon, so Rabbit needs to find food fast. Just in time, a turnip turns up, and a second one, too. Who in the woods wouldn't want to tuck away an extra turnip for the long winter? Not Rabbit. He chooses a different path—and starts a wave of generosity that spreads among all his forest friends.

Rabbit Stew book
#11
Rabbit Stew
Written and illustrated by Wendy Wahman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Fox brothers Rusty and Rojo toil and till in their vegetable garden all summer long until they're finally ready to make their splendid, scrumptious, marvelous rabbit stew. Then they begin to pick colorful ingredients one by one, from lean, green runner beans and crunchy orange carrots to fresh sprigs of parsley and roly-poly blueberries. Meanwhile, their pet rabbit watches with his bunny family, all of them getting more and more worried about what's coming next. Finally the brothers have almost everything they need. All that's missing is one... big... round... white... bowl! And in a deliciously sweet surprise ending, they use the bowl to serve the concoction to their favorite rabbit, Stew! And his family, too. The whimsical and vibrant artwork is filled with clever details, and every scene includes Stew, his three baby bunnies, and their mother, all trying to stay out of sight, creating a search-and-find element for every spread.

Rabbityness book
#12
Rabbityness
Written and illustrated by Jo Empson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Tells the story of a rabbit whose love of music and art inspires other rabbits even after he disappears.

Race Car Rally! book
#13
Race Car Rally!
Written by Alan Copeland and illustrated by Rhys Jefferys
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Grab hold of this book that lets you steer a race car that's revving up to win the big race! This is going to be a tough race. . . . There are a bunch of speedy cars already ahead of you! You're coming up to a blue car there on your right. Speed up and then swerve into the lane to get ahead of him! Put on your seatbelt and your helmet-it's time to drive a race car! Kids will love using the die-cut handles in this novelty board book to control the race car to steer through the track around cars and into other lanes to try and win the big race!

Race to the Bottom of the Sea book
#14
Race to the Bottom of the Sea
Written and illustrated by Lindsay Eagar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Can a clever young inventor uncover a ruthless pirate's heart of gold? Thrilling sea adventure takes on a hint of steampunk in the second book by the author of the acclaimed Hour of the Bees. When her parents, the great marine scientists Dr. and Dr. Quail, are killed in a tragic accident, eleven-year-old Fidelia Quail is racked by grief -- and guilt. It was a submarine of Fidelia's invention that her parents were in when they died, and it was she who pressed them to stay out longer when the raging Undertow was looming. But Fidelia is forced out of her mourning when she's kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous, a pirate whose list of treasons stretches longer than a ribbon eel. Her task? Use her marine know-how to retrieve his treasure, lost on the ocean floor. But as Fidelia and the pirates close in on the prize, with the navy hot on their heels, she realizes that Merrick doesn't expect to live long enough to enjoy his loot. Could something other than black-hearted greed be driving him? Will Fidelia be able to master the perils of the ocean without her parents -- and piece together the mystery of Merrick the Monstrous before it's too late?

  1. Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World - Retells the story of Rachel Carson, a pioneering environmentalist who wrote and published "Silent Spring," the revolutionary book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on the living world.

  2. Rachel's Roses - Rachel Berger needs twenty-five cents to make her dream come true. But for Rachel, twenty-five cents is a fortune--and she's running out of time. Third-grader Rachel Berger longs to be different. At the very least, she'd like to be set apart from her copycat little sister, Hannah. The second Rachel spots the glass rose buttons at Mr. Solomon's button shop, her heart stops. They'll be the perfect, unique touch on the skirt her mother is making her for Rosh Hashanah. There's just one problem: Rachel can't afford them. With her focus set on earning enough to buy them before the holiday, will Rachel lose sight of what's really important? Themes of sisterhood, sibling rivalry, and strong family values are organically woven in to this charmingly illustrated chapter book set on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early twentieth century.

  3. Rachel's Story - This is the real-life story of Eurasian refugee Rachel, who was forced to flee her home country because of her mother's religion. Told in Rachel's own words, the story describes the feelings of fear and anxiety immigrant children face as they try to rebuild their lives in a new country.

  4. Rad American Women A-Z - "Profiled are 26 American women from the 18th through 21st centuries, who have made-or are still making--history as artists, writers, teachers, lawyers, or athletes. The women come from a variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds and many had to overcome extreme hardships. One woman represents each alphabetical letter beginning with Angela Davis, an activist, teacher, and writer, and concludes with Zora Neale Hurston, an anthropologist and writer."--Publisher.

Radiant Child book
#19
Radiant Child
Written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe. Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

Raffie on the Run book
#20
Raffie on the Run
Written by Jacqueline Resnick and illustrated by Joe Sutphin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

"The Cricket in Times Square" meets "Finding Nemo" in this Pixar-style adventure in which a subway rat must cross New York City to bring his lost little brother home. Illustrations.

Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant book
#21
Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant
Written and illustrated by April Pulley Sayre
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Photographs of vegetables and rhyming text celebrate vegetables in all their colorful and tasty variety.

Raid of No Return (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #7) book
#22
Raid of No Return (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #7)
Written and illustrated by Nathan Hale
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Nathan Hale tackles a topic fans have been asking about for years: World War II. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, officially bringing the United States into World War II. A new generation of pilots were recruited to fly bombing missions for the United States, and from that group, volunteers were requested for a dangerous secret assignment. For the first time in American history, Army bombers would be launched from an aircraft carrier. Once at sea, they were told their mission was a retaliation strike against targets in Tokyo. But on the day of the raid, a Japanese patrol boat spotted them and they had to launch early, with barely enough fuel to get them past their target. After the bombing, some pilots crashed, some were captured, and many ended up in mainland China and were carried to safety by Chinese villagers, being hunted by Japanese forces all the while. With tales of high-flying action and bravery, Raid of No Return is a story of heartbreak and survival during wartime.

Rain book
#23
Rain
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Let’s play out in the rain! There’s a wealth of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures to discover and enjoy! In this series of richly illustrated books, Carol Thompson celebrates the immediate and sensory response of children to the natural world – whatever the weather!

  1. Rain! - Good attitudecanchase away the blues at any age!Now in aboard book format for more rainy day reading. "

  2. Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale - An adorable Rainbow Fish board book! It’s a whale of a tale in which a terrible misunderstanding escalates, putting Rainbow Fish and his friends in great danger, and Rainbow Fish must try to make peace with a big blue whale to save them all from disaster. When a big blue whale comes to live near their reef, there is a misunderstanding between him and Rainbow Fish and his friends that leaves everyone very unhappy and hungry.

  3. Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! - Although his friends want to ignore the new striped fish in their midst, Rainbow Fish must decide whether to help him when a shark attacks in a sequel to the best-seller, The Rainbow Fish.

  4. Raindrop, Plop! - A young girl and her dog find many things to count on a rainy day, both as they play outside and after they come home to a warm, dry house.

Rain Feet book
#28
Rain Feet
Written by Angela Johnson and illustrated by Rhonda Mitchell
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A very young boy in a yellow slicker enjoys playing in the rain. "More evocative in [its] use of language than many other board books....Mitchell's softly rendered watercolors...bring a loving family into clear focus." - Publishers Weekly

Rainforest book
#29
Rainforest
Written and illustrated by Julia Groves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Exotic and beautiful creatures of the rainforest, selected for the extraordinary noises they make. Delicate, colourful and distinctive, Julia Groves' illustrations introduce us to the animals that live in this precious and endangered habitat.

Rain Makes Applesauce book
#30
Rain Makes Applesauce
Written by Julian Scheer and illustrated by Marvin Bileck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Delightful and imaginative nonsense talk is enhanced by equally nonsensical drawings

Rain Makes Applesauce (Restored Edition) book
#31
Rain Makes Applesauce (Restored Edition)
Written by Julian Scheer and illustrated by Marvin Bileck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

My House goes walking every day... and rain makes applesauce. Oh, you're just talking silly talk! So begins this award-winning collection of nonsense verse and images has been carefully restored for a new generation. A story-hour favorite since it was first published in 1964, this beloved read-aloud has been carefully remastered to bring back the rich, vivid details of its Caldecott Honor-winning artwork. Featuring an introduction by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney, R Makes A is popular both as a bedtime story and as a go-to title for elementary teachers of creative writing. Created by the unique team of legendary NASA publicist Julian Scheer and illustration master Marvin Bileck, this influential picture book has inspired artists and writers, as well as young children creating their own nonsense stories, for more than 50 years.

Rain, Rain, Go Away book
#32
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Written and illustrated by Melissa Everett
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Rain, Rain, Go Away celebrates and encourages the playful spirt of children, no matter the weather! From sunshine to rain, nothing can stop the fun of a group of friends ready to play outside together!

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