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Vacation book
#1
Vacation
Written and illustrated by Blexbolex
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Summer vacation is going great for a girl who has everything to herself--including Grandpa--until a gray patch arrives. Time moves slowly on vacation. And for someone who has had the garden, the kitchen, the forest paths, and the lake—as well as Grandpa—all to herself, inviting another in on the fun can be hard. So when the young girl’s grandfather brings an elephant home to stay, she is not happy about it at all. Nostalgic and often dreamlike, this wordless story is about interrupted solitude, learning how to be together with another, and how the choices we make deeply affect our lives.

Valensteins book
#2
Valensteins
Written and illustrated by Ethan Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The Fright Club members are back in this fun twist on Valentine's Day from Geisel winner Ethan Long! * "Utter perfection." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review The members of Fright Club are always ready to scare, but tonight Fran K. Stein has something else on his mind. He's busy making something, and the other monsters want to know what it is. Could it be a mask with fangs? A big pink nose? Or maybe a paper butt? No . . . it's a Valentine! That means one thing . . . EEEEK!! Is Fran in love? What could be scarier than falling in love?!? In this hilariously spooky story by Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long, even the scariest of monsters have true feelings.

Valentine's Day Secret book
#3
Valentine's Day Secret
Written by Carolyn Keene and illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Bess and George are fighting - and Nancy's caught in the middle! It's Valentine's Day, but things are not all hearts and flowers for Nancy! While she and her best friends, Bess and George, are making their own stuffed animals at Farmer Fran's Barnyard Buddies, someone slips a mean valentine into Bess' animal's pocket. What's worse than a mean valentine? Bess thinks it came from George! Now the two are in their worst fight ever - and Nancy's caught in the middle! How can she sew Bess and George's friendship - not to mention the Clue Crew - back together?

Valentine's Shapes book
#4
Valentine's Shapes
Written by Barbara Barbieri McGrath and illustrated by Peggy Tagel
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This unique alternative to stuffed animals and sweets makes baby’s first Valentine’s Day all about shapes, including Valentine favorites like hearts, balloons, and flowers.

Vampire Bite! book
#5
Vampire Bite!
Written by Little Bee Books and illustrated by Beatrice Costamagna
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In this interactive board book, kids will love pulling the tabs to make Victor the vampire show off his scary Halloween costume by snapping with his teeth! Victor the vampire wants to show off his scary Halloween costume, but it isn't quite working out as he had hoped. Will he be able to scare anyone, or will a surprise visitor scare Victor in return? Kids will love this interactive board book with sliders that allows them to make the vampire's mouth take a big bite...or snap shut!

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers book
#6
Van Gogh and the Sunflowers
Written and illustrated by Laurence Anholt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Young Camille befriends a strange visitor to his small town, and one day he brings this man a gift of bright, beautiful sunflowers. The man is the artist Vincent van Gogh, and the sunflowers quickly become the subject of a magnificent painting. This is a title in Barron's Anholt's Artists Books for Children series, in which author and illustrator Laurence Anholt recalls memorable and sometimes amusing moments when the lives of the artists were touched by children. Anholt's fine illustrations appear on every page and include reproductions of works by the artists.

Vanilla Ice Cream book
#7
Vanilla Ice Cream
Written and illustrated by Bob Graham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Stowing away in the back of a truck that carries interesting-looking food, a curious young sparrow takes a voyage through the rice paddies of India, across the sea, and into a new city, where he transforms the life of a girl at a cafâe.

Vegetables in Holiday Underwear book
#8
Vegetables in Holiday Underwear
Written and illustrated by Jared Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

There’s underwear for every day of the week and every month of the year. But come December, Pea proclaims to everyone who will listen that it’s his favorite time of the year! There’s underwear for all of the best holiday activities—playing in the snow, hanging the lights, and baking cookies. Plus, underwear makes the perfect gift! Everyone wants new undies, even . . . Santa?! With the same snappy humor that made Vegetables in Underwear a hit with the preschool set, Jared Chapman’s latest makes the perfect stocking stuffer.

Vegetables in Underwear book
#9
Vegetables in Underwear
Written and illustrated by Jared Chapman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A bunch of friendly vegetables wear colorful underwear of all varieties—big, small, clean, dirty, serious, and funny—demonstrating for young ones the silliness and necessity of this item of clothing. The unexpectedness of vegetables in their unmentionables is enough to draw giggles, but the pride with which the “big kid” attire is flaunted in front of the baby carrots in diapers will tickle readers of all ages.

Vehicles book
#10
Vehicles
Written and illustrated by Chieri Degregorio, Steve Degregorio
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Hop into the driver's seat with your little driver! The Kids' Picture Show books, inspired by the hugely popular YouTube channel, introduce young readers to first words in cool 8-bit style. This sturdy board book, packed with images of vehicles, is the perfect introduction to things that zoom, fly, and rumble for babies and toddlers. The 8-bit illustration style makes the book even more fun and accessible for young children, and it will also appeal to parents, grandparents, and anyone who has played classic video arcade games.

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly book
#11
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly
Written by Alan Madison and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Velma starts first grade in the shadow of her memorable older sisters, and while her newfound interest in butterflies helps her to stand out, it also leads to an interesting complication.

Vernon Is on His Way book
#12
Vernon Is on His Way
Written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Today is a very nice day. There has never been a day so nice as this, except for maybe yesterday. Join Vernon and his friends Skunk and Porcupine on a series of three enchanting adventures entitled Waiting, Fishing, and Gardening, as they comb the forest floor for trinkets and go fishing in their own unconventional way. Award-winning author Philip Stead's calming text and playful, sincere illustrations will charm and entertain many times over.

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