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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!

  1. Van Gogh and the Sunflowers - 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.

  2. Vanilla Ice Cream - 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.

  3. Vegetables in Holiday Underwear - 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.

  4. Vegetables in Underwear - 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.

Vera Jewel Is Late for School book
#12
Vera Jewel Is Late for School
Written and illustrated by Nicola Kent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Vera Jewel's bike breaks one morning, she takes matters into her own hands and comes up with some ingenious--and very funny!--ways to get to school. From jumping on her space hopper to making her own catapult, Vera's ideas get more and more adventurous, but nothing seems to get her there on time. It's a good thing that she's one determined little girl who never gives up . . . Vera Jewel Is Late for School is a warm, funny, and very original story about determination and creativity, perfect for learning about standing on your own two feet--and being rewarded for hard work and inventiveness! Nicola Kent's catchy rhyming text, bright, jewel-like colors, and eye-catching illustrations make this a truly stunning picture book.

Vernon Is on His Way book
#13
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.

Vet book
#14
Vet
Written and illustrated by Jess Stockham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Illustrates what a typical visit to the vet may be like, questions the vet might ask, and procedures the vet might perform.

  1. Victor and Hugo - From the creator of beloved stories about dogs–their bravery, loyalty, and companionship–comes a celebration of music, friendship, Paris, and puppies set against an exquisitely illustrated Parisian backdrop! On a beautiful bridge in Paris, performing dogs Victor and Hugo dance and sing as their Maestro plays his music. But when Maestro’s accordion falls over the side of the bridge and onto a barge, the music stops—not only for Maestro, but for everyone! Victor and Hugo must rescue the accordion, and as they chase after it, they know that saving the accordion for their Maestro will mean saving music for the entire city as well. In this rollicking adventure through Paris, Victor and Hugo show us that friendship and music can combine to create the greatest magic of all.

  2. Victricia Malicia - Victricia Malicia Calamity Barrett may have been born on her family's pirate ship, but this mild-mannered young lady is sick of the sea: she'd much rather be ashore with her nose permanently buried in a book. But when Scylla the Serpent—the scourge of the sea—appears, quick-thinking Vic saves the ship by thunking the serpent on the head with her trunk full of books. For her bravery she is rewarded with the thing she wants most: a home on a little island. She opens a bookstore, and Landlubber Books becomes the pirates' favorite port in a storm. As Carrie Clickard's nimble, jaunty rhymes roll off the tongue like waves onto shore, children will delight in Victricia's adventures while parents will relate to her family's attempts to understand their unusual daughter. Victricia may not be a typical pirate hero, but she is the captain of her own destiny in this rollicking tale of self-determination, sticking to your dreams, and the joy of reading.

  3. Viking Myths: Volume Two - Journey to the frozen north for this second spellbinding anthology of Viking myths! Enter the world of Norse mythology, where you'll find sea monsters, shape-changers, dark forests, and cunning, gold-hoarding underground dwarves. This second volume of Viking tales features more fantastical, entrancing adventures, including Thor's journey in the land of the giants, and Ragnarok, the apocalyptic battle of the gods, retold in a way that will engage very young readers. Different illustrators bring their distinctive styles to each story.

  4. Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge - "Vilonia must prove she is responsible enough to get a dog in order to help her mom get over her grief"--

Vincent Comes Home book
#19
Vincent Comes Home
Written by Jessixa Bagley and illustrated by Aaron Bagley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Jessixa Bagley, author and illustrator of Laundry Day, Before I Leave, and Boats For Papa (winner of the 2016 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for best picture book text) and Aaron Bagley (illustrator of Rocking Fatherhood) have been drawing and writing together since they met in art school more than a decade ago. What started off as a courtship of doodling in sketchbooks and belching in lockers soon turned into a marriage of doodling in sketchbooks and belching with their son. Their artistic partnership is a balanced collaboration of overlapping their individual styles and painting techniques—creating one cohesive language. Vincent Comes Home is their first picture book together. And much like Vincent, they have moved around a lot but their home has always been each other.

Violet and the Eggplant Painting Problem book
#20
Violet and the Eggplant Painting Problem
Written by Cynthia Wylie, Courtney Carbone and illustrated by Katya Longhi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In Violet and the Eggplant Painting Problem, Professor Sage holds a contest between the young Bloomers, where each must choose their favorite vegetable to grow and care for. Here, young readers are introduced to the character of Violet, a painter who loves purple. So of course she chooses to grow eggplants, and decides to make paintings of them to track their progress. But she runs into a problem—there’s no more purple paint! Violet quickly learns that she can gather blackberries to make her own purple paint, and she is able to paint her vegetables after all. Bloomers Island Garden of Stories picture books take young readers and listeners to Bloomers Island to experience the world of plants, flowers, and gardens through lively stories and lush illustrations.

Violet and the Hidden Treasure book
#21
Violet and the Hidden Treasure
Written by Harriet Whitehorn and illustrated by Becka Moor
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

Meet Violet Remy-Robinson, an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making in this captivating new series, perfect for fans of Chris Riddell and Robin Stevens’s Wells & Wong mysteries.

Violet and the Mummy Mystery book
#22
Violet and the Mummy Mystery
Written by Harriet Whitehorn and illustrated by Becka Moor
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

Join amateur Sherlock Holmes, Violet Remy-Robinson as she tries to track down a stolen mummy in this novel that’s part of a delightful detective series that’s perfect for fans of Robin Stevens’s Wells & Wong mysteries!When Violet’s cousin Agnes and her Aunt Mathilde arrive from Cairo, Violet is delighted. Aunt Mathilde is a professor of Ancient Egyptology and has discovered a mummy that may be the key to revealing the secret location of Queen Nefertiti’s tomb. Violet can’t wait to find out more! So when the precious mummy is stolen from the British Museum, it’s a disaster. Who has managed to pull off this crime right under the security guards’ noses and where is the mummy now? It’s up to Violet and the gang to save the day!Beautifully designed and filled with gorgeous two-color illustrations throughout, everyone is bound to fall in love with Violet and the colorful characters that make up her world.

Violet And The Mystery Of Tiger Island book
#23
Violet And The Mystery Of Tiger Island
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

Can YOU solve the case of Tiger Island? Join Violet Remy-Robinson, an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making, on her fifth adventure… Violet and her friends can’t believe their luck when they’re invited to a wedding on a tropical island. But when old enemies the Du Plicitouses show up at the same hotel, and a valuable figurine goes missing, Violet is sure the sneaky family are behind it. It’s a race against time – and a hungry tiger – to uncover the truth and make sure the big day goes to plan. Complete with two-colour illustrations throughout by Becka Moor, this is a fresh and funny mystery and readers will fall in love with Violet’s quirky charm. Perfect for fans of Dixie O’Day, Ottoline and Goth Girl.

  1. Violet and the Smugglers - Meet Violet Remy-Robinson, an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making, in this “Agatha Christie-esque mystery...[that’s] quirky and charming” (The Guardian)—perfect for fans of Chris Riddell and Robin Stevens’s Wells & Wong mysteries.Uncle Johnny has invited Violet and her friends to spend the summer with him on a sailing adventure around Europe and Violet couldn’t be more excited! But when she suspects that the captain of a boat nearby might be up to no good, Violet needs to put her detective skills into action. Could he be the head of an international smuggling ring?Beautifully designed and filled with gorgeous two-color illustrations throughout, everyone is bound to fall in love with Violet and the colorful characters that make up her world.

  2. Violet and the Woof - If you love stories of imagination, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Where the Wild Things Are, and Charlie and Lola—you’ll adore spending time with these two courageous siblings. “Once upon a time, a brave little girl and her brother set out on a long, long journey,” Violet tells Peter. “A journey fraught with danger and peril.” Riding their building’s elevator and traveling the hallways past apartment doors to bring soup to a sick neighbor, Violet and Peter encounter both real and imagined adventure—getting lost in the laundry room, running into a troll, and escaping scary noises in the nick of time, only to find that their poor sick neighbor looks . . . like a wolf! Clever, thought-provoking, and with an unforgettable ending, Violet and the Woof is a book that explores the power of imaginative storytelling and will have kids asking: “What’s real?”

  3. Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book - Violet and Victor Small are twins on a mission: to write the best book in the whole, entire world--together! Victor is reluctant, but Violet is determined, and soon the ideas can't come quickly enough. They begin to write a story about a hungry Bookworm who is eating all the books in the library. Thanks to Victor's brilliant ideas, Violet is able to save the day (and the library). This delightful story-within-a-story is filled with good-natured sibling rivalry, and focuses on the spirit of cooperation, the satisfaction of a job well-done, and the magic of storytelling.

  4. Violet's Music - From the days she banged her rattle in the crib, Violet has been looking for friends to share her love of music.

Violet the Pilot book
#28
Violet the Pilot
Written and illustrated by Steve Breen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Violet is a science-loving girl inventor with a flair for the air! Fans of Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer will love this classic underdog story by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen. By the time she's two years old, Violet Van Winkle can engineer nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she's building elaborate flying machines from scratch—mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she's capable of. Maybe she could earn their respect by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show. Or maybe something even better will happen—something involving her best-ever invention, a Boy Scout troop in peril, and even the mayor himself!

Violet the Velvet Rabbit book
#29
Violet the Velvet Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Janey Louise Jones
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

While collecting pinecones for the winter feast, Violet Rabbit accepts the dare to ski down Snowdrop Slove, starts an avalanche and ends up on very thin ice--so it is up to the Superfairies to rescue her.

V Is for Vittles: A Wild West Alphabet book
#30
V Is for Vittles: A Wild West Alphabet
Written and illustrated by Greg Paprocki
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From the creators of BabyLit®: V Is for Vittles: A Wild West Primeris part of a unique new series that opens a window on history while teaching toddlers the ABCs. Different eras of history—including the nineteenth-century American West, medieval Europe, and Victorian England—are brought to life by Greg Paprocki’s fun and enticing illustrations in this new series of board books for brilliant babies.

Visiting Day book
#31
Visiting Day
Written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by James Ransome
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature In this moving picture book from multi-award winning author Jacqueline Woodson, a young girl and her grandmother prepare for a very special day–the one day a month they get to visit the girl’s father in prison. “Only on visiting day is there chicken frying in the kitchen at 6 a.m, and Grandma in her Sunday dress, humming soft and low.” As the little girl and her grandmother get ready, her father, who adores her, is getting ready, too, and readers get to join the community of families who make the trip together, as well as the triumphant reunion between father and child, all told in Woodson’s trademark lyrical style, and beautifully illusrtrated by James Ransome.

Visiting You book
#32
Visiting You
Written by Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg and illustrated by Andrea Edmonds
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Setting out to visit a loved one, a child curiously asks a fellow commuter, "Who are you going to visit?" In answer to this simple question, the child learns about the love and loss in the life of a stranger: a father who lives apart from his small daughter, a husband who has lost his wife, a granddaughter who is forgotten by her grandfather, and a mother who fears for her son’s recovery. After each conversation, the child understands that the other commuters have someone in their lives that they love "as much as I love you," and it is this understanding that allows the child to explore the most universal of human experiences: the power of love in the many different forms that it can take. Visiting You also explores a sense of community. Under her mother’s supervision, a young child reaches out and connects with the people around them; they’re not scared of strangers, or people who might ‘look’ scary, or people who are different to them. Sometimes it can take conscious decision and determination to look past outward appearances. Visiting You encourages us to find the similarities between people instead of focusing on differences, to recognize some part of ourselves in the life of a stranger.

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