Famously Phoebe

Written by Lori Alexander and illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard

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5.8

Phoebe was the shining star of her family. Then someone came along to take her place. For as long as Phoebe can remember, she’s known the clickety click click of a photographer snapping her picture. Thanks to the camera-carrying “paparazzi” (aka Mom and Dad), she’s always been the star of the show . . . until the day a tiny newcomer arrives on set. Will Phoebe learn to share the spotlight and assume the role she was born to play: big sister? This sweet tale of sibling rivalry resolved is perfect for every older brother and sister.

The Best Birthday Present Ever

Written and illustrated by Ben Mantle

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5.6

Squirrel is super excited: he’s been invited to Big Bear’s birthday party! Now he just has to find the perfect present for his friend—but what can you give a bear who already has EVERYTHING? Squirrel searches and searches and chooses . . . a stick! As Bear unwraps his stack of gifts Squirrel begins to worry: is it enough? But with a little imagination, and a good friend, even the simplest stick can become magical. This funny, heartwarming story of friendship is a great gift—and not just for bears!

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

Written by Robert Barry

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5.5

When Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is so tall that he has to cut the top off, he unwittingly provides trees for various people and animals.

I Am the Boss of This Chair

Written by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Marisa Morea

Pom-Pom the kitten threatens to unseat Oswald, a top cat who thinks he's top dog--even to the extent of taking over a favorite chair.

Give Me Back My Book!

Written and illustrated by Ethan Long, Travis Foster

This book is full of wonderful WORDS and beautiful PICTURES! And it's EXCITING! And it's FUNNY! It might be the BEST BOOK EVER—if we could decide whose book it is. Redd and Bloo explore the way a book is made and accidentally build a friendship, too, in this tale told only in dialogue. Travis Foster and Ethan Long offer a hilarious story about the joy of reading, which brings people together in unexpected ways, proving that each book truly belongs to . . . the people who love it.

Too Shy for Show-and-Tell

Written by Beth Bracken and illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell

Sam is so shy that nobody knows much about him, but when he must stand in front of his class for show-and-tell, he finds the courage to share.

The Stick

Written and illustrated by Clay Rice

When a young boy finds a stick on the ground and reads the inspiring words carved into it, his life begins to change until he fulfills lifelong dreams and discovers the truth about giving.

Bears on Chairs

Written by Shirley Parenteau and illustrated by David Walker

Can five bears share four chairs? The infectious rhymes and easy charm of this winsome read-aloud will make young listeners sit up and take notice. (Ages 2-6) FOUR HAPPY BEARS ON FOUR SMALL CHAIRS. Four chairs. Four adorable bears. All is well until Big Brown Bear shows up — what a stare! — and wants a seat. Can these clever bears put their heads together (among other things) and make space for one more? With endearing, expressive illustrations and a sustained rhyme in every line, here is a cozy tale that makes it clear there is room for all.

Bunny Built

Written and illustrated by Michael Slack

A construction bunny learns a creative lesson in sharing and friendship when he meets the biggest carrot of his life. LaRue was very handy. His toolbox had everything and industrious bunny could ever need. Everything, that is, except carrots. But then LaRue stumbles onto a special seed. With proper tending, this seed quickly grows into an ENORMOUS CARROT! What's a bunny to do with so much carrot? In a stroke of construction genius (and generosity), LaRue has the answer. This clever story celebrates just what it means to be a friend. A Christy Ottaviano Book

Not Your Nest!

Written by Gideon Sterer and illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi

A hilarious and oh-so-honest look at the art of sharing, from two rising picture-book stars. Bird is just about to put the finishing touches on his new home when he suddenly finds that his nest is already full--of someone else. So he reluctantly builds another nest. But Fox finds this new nest quite comfy, and Brush Hog loves the view from Bird's next attempt. Soon the Acacia tree is bursting with happily nested animals of all shapes and stripes--everyone except bird! But when Bird finally finds a way to evict his unwelcome guests, the animals realize their mistake and build a nest that's big enough for all of them. Well, almost...

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