PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2018
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100 Bugs!: A Counting Book by Kate Palaces Narita. Illus by Suzanne Kaufman.
Teaches very young students how to count to 100 by tens, depicting a range of insect species, from dragonflies and leafhoppers to lightning bugs and katydids, presented in groups that are counted by a pair of young adventurers.
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The 5 O’Clock Band by Troy Andrews & Bill Taylor. Illus by Bryan Collier.
A leadership-themed follow-up to the Coretta Scott King Award- and Caldecott Honor-winning Trombone Shorty finds a scrappy young musician on a tour of his beloved New Orleans who questions what it means to be a leader and a friend when he lets his band down by missing a rehearsal.
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Amanda Panda and the Bigger, Better Birthday by Candice F. Ransom. Illus by Christine Grove.
A laugh-out-loud follow-up to Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten finds Amanda Panda the birthday girl struggling with her temper when she discovers that her rival, Bitsy, has scheduled her own birthday party for the same day.
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The Bear in My Bed by Joyce Wan
A little boy tries to get a messy, rumpled, book-snacking bear out of his bed, in a whimsical tribute to bedtime routines by the illustrator of the Peep and Egg books.
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Bear’s Scare by Jacob Grant
Liking everything to be clean and tidy, Bear is dismayed to find spider webs on his bookshelf and searches high and low for his unwanted, eight-legged guest before unexpectedly finding a new friend. By the creator of Scaredy Kate.
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Best Frints at Skrool by Antoinette Portis
A laugh-out-loud sequel to Best Frints in the Whole Universe finds the best “frintship” of planet Boborp students Omek and Yelfred tested by Omek’s jealousy over Yelfred’s bond with another frint, a situation that is aided by a friendly game of Eyeball.
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Brianna Bright, Ballerina Knight by Pam Calvert. Illus by Liana Hee.
Believing she will never realize her dream of becoming a ballerina, Princess Brianna Bright teams up with her trusty dog, Pixie, to find out exactly what she is destined to do, an effort that introduces her to new interests and skills that help her save the palace.
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Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture by Joshua David Stein. Illus by Julia Rothman.
A young brick goes on a journey to find her place in the world while visiting 10 celebrated international brick structures, including Malbork Castle in Poland, Mahabodhi Buddhist Temple in India and England’s Grosvenor Estate apartments, all of which help her get a sense of becoming part of something greater than herself.
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Bubbles by Kit Chase
Following a trail of bubbles that leads her to shy Koala, Kangaroo gradually wins Koala’s friendship and joins in the bubble blowing, until a scary bunch of bubbles begin chasing Kangaroo, compelling Koala to find his courage.
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Buddy: Based on the True Story of Gertrude Lintz by William Joyce
A picture book classic inspired by a true story depicts an animal-loving Gertrude Lintz and her dozens of pets, including a baby gorilla who is raised like a civilized human but who reveals how an urban jungle cannot compare to a real one.
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Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting & Shelli R. Johannes. Illus by Vashti Harrison.
A STEM-themed series debut follows an inquisitive youngster who teams up with her best friend in an effort to use science to answer the pressing question about whether or not her adorable dog, Einstein, eats vegetables. Cece and the Scientific Method No. 1
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Dear Substitute by Audrey Vernick & Liz Garton Scanlon. Illus by Christopher Raschka.
Bristling when a substitute teacher adjusts the classroom routine and uses humor to mix things up, an indignant student gradually learns that change is not so bad and begins to have fun experiencing school in different ways. By the award-winning authors of Bob, Not Bob! and the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of The Hello, Goodbye Window.
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A Dog Named Doug by Karma Wilson. Illus by Matt Myers.
An overly enthusiastic Doug the dog takes his love of digging to an extreme, creating giant, messy holes and tunnels through gold mines to the White House, where he confounds the Secret Service.
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The Doll Hospital by Kallie George. Illus by Sara Gillingham.
Featuring endearing patchwork illustrations, a picture book by the author of The Lost Gift and the creator of How to Grow a Friend features dedicated Dr. Pegs, who works at the Doll Hospital fixing a series of toy patients before discovering that she needs some help, herself.
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Don’t Eat That by Drew Sheneman
A whimsical summer read-aloud by the creator of Nope! features a little girl scout who tries to help a recently released and very hungry bear find an appropriate bear-snack that is not a rock, a bunny rabbit, a skunk or her troop mates.
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Drawn Together by Minh Lê. Illus by Dan Santat.
Struggling throughout a visit with his grandfather when they cannot speak each other’s language, a young boy discovers their mutual love of art and storytelling during a shared session of drawing that helps them form a bond beyond words. Illustrated by the Caldecott Award-winning artist of The Adventures of Beekle.
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Duck Gets a Job by Sonny Ross
A career-minded duck pursues employment in the city like his friends in spite of his skepticism about leaving the country before admitting that he is more interested in becoming an artist and finding a job he can truly love.
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The Eid al-Adha Adventure by Jennifer Oxley & Billy Aronson
Invited to join in their friends’ celebration of Eid al-Adha, Peg and Cat participate in singing before enjoying a feast that they help divide into three equal parts so that it can be shared with someone who has less.
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Ellie Jelly and the Massive Mum Meltdown by Sarah Naish. Illus by Kath Grimshaw.
In this simple, reassuring story that looks at what happens when people lose their temper, Ellie Jelly is feeling grumpy because she’s hungry and her mother is occupied with Ellie’s baby sister, and when Ellie spills milk all over the floor and her mother shouts and says mean things as a result, the two have to find a way to patch things up.
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Fairy’s First Day of School by Bridget Heos. Illus by Sara Not.
A tiny fairy experiences all the typical milestones of a child’s first day of school with such whimsical fairy-themed twists as sitting crisscross berry sauce to working on art, spells and teeth during center time. By the author of Mustache Baby.
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The First Day of School by Nels Aron Steinke
A debut entry in a humorous new graphic-novel series by the Eisner Award-winning co-creator of The Zoo Box introduces a class of fourth-graders who join new teacher Mr. Wolf for a year that begins with new friendships, a special show-and-tell item, a busy agenda and a sleepy disappearance. Mr. Wolf’s Class No. 1
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Fruit Bowl by Mark Hoffmann
When his identity as a fruit is questioned by the other fruits in a big bowl, Tomato uses sly science and the wisdom of a wise old raisin to identify the common traits shared by produce that may not be recognized as fruits, like peppers, eggplants and squashes.
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Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly
Struggling to fit in as the only giraffe in a school of children, reluctant newcomer Geraldine meets fellow outcast Cassie and learns how to stand out by being herself, playing by her own rules and staying true to her unconventional new friend. A first picture book.
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Goodbye Brings Hello: A Book of Firsts by Dianne White. Illus by Daniel Wiseman.
A vibrantly illustrated, gift-book celebration of life’s big and small milestones shares gently empowering messages about saying goodbye to former times in order to welcome new experiences. By the award-winning author of Blue on Blue.
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Grandmas From Mars by Michelle Robinson. Illus by Fred Blunt.
Left in the care of their grandma with strict instructions about behaving themselves and tucking in early, Fred and Nell are horrified when the person they thought was their grandma proves to be a member of a band of aliens disguised as grandmas as part of their plot to wreak havoc on Earth. By the award-winning author of There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes.
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Grow Up, Ant-Man! by Brandon T. Snider. Illus by Jessika von Innerebner.
Reveling in her father’s secret identity as the heroic Ant-Man, Cassie is unimpressed by his mischievous pranks on other superheroes and challenges him to grow up, prompting him to turn bigger than the Hulk, a basketball net and even the Avengers Tower.
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Heartbeat by Evan Turk
The award-winning illustrator of Grandfather Gandhi combines spare, poetic text that evokes the rhythm of a heartbeat with cinematic artwork tracing the life of a baby whale from birth, to song, to silence, to a new song of hope.
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Hedgehog Needs a Hug by Jen Betton
Waking up feeling mopey and longing for a hug that will cheer him up, Hedgehog visits his forest friends and is rejected by each when they do not want to be hurt by his prickles, a situation that leads him to another animal in the forest, a skunk, who feels the same way he does.
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Hello, Baby Animals by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
Droll, vintage-inspired animal illustrations combine with repetitive question-and-answer text in an animal guessing game that asks children what kind of animal has certain features or behaviors, before a turn of the page reveals an adorably clad image of the correct baby animal.
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How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? by Jane Yolen. Illus by Mark Teague.
Designed for particular appeal to reluctant new readers, a latest entry in the series that includes How do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? features stomping, roaring dinosaurs who soak books in the bathtub, throw them and finally learn how to enthusiastically, and carefully, read them with their loved ones at bedtime.
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I Feel Teal by Lauren Rille. Illus by Aimee Sicuro.
A little girl experiences a rainbow of emotions in a debut picture book about individuality and self-acceptance that uses gentle rhymes and evocative, metaphorical spreads to encourage young children to express their feelings through color.
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I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon
A lonely, wide-eyed little creature embarks on a search for a new friend, revealing in a comic twist that he is all alone because he ate his last friend. A first picture book.
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I’m Sad by Michael Ian Black. Illus by Debbie Ridpath Ohi.
When Flamingo announces that he is feeling down, a little girl and a potato try to cheer him up without success and eventually conclude that sometimes being a friend is less about changing their feelings and more about sticking by them no matter how they feel.
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Jack B. Ninja by Tim McCanna. Illus by Stephen Savage.
An imaginative ninja fantasy story inspired by the classic nursery rhyme invites young children to cheer on little Jack B. Ninja as he sneaks over castle walls, swims through hidden tunnels and uncovers a secret treasure, all while avoiding detection, until he unwittingly springs a trap that challenges his super ninja skills.
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Let’s Visit Prague! by Lisa Manzione. Illus by Kristine Lucco.
Chihuahua siblings Bella and Harry travel to Prague and visit major landmarks, from Old Town and the Charles Bridge to Saint Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle, while sampling the local cuisine and learning basic Czech phrases. Adventures of Bella & Harry No. 22
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Letter Town: A Seek-and-Find Alphabet Adventure by Darren Farrell
An alphabet seek-and-find adventure depicts a busy Bus Driver B who travels throughout Letter Town, picking up and dropping off other letters of the alphabet, while a clever Detective D pursues sneaky Robber R through busy, humor-laced neighborhood scenes.
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Little Robot Alone by Patricia MacLachlan & Emily MacLachlan Charest. Illus by Matt Phelan.
Finding his peaceful life nice but a little too quiet and lonely, Little Robot organizes a resourceful plan and works diligently to build the perfect cure to his solitude, in a story complemented by onomatopoeic couplets. Co-written by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall.
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Mabel and Sam at Home by Linda Urban. Illus by Hadley Hooper.
A three-part tribute to moving house and imaginative play finds two children taking refuge in safe areas of their new home while the grownups organize boxes and furniture, a situation that inspires the siblings to imagine that they are sailing the high seas of the new house and touring it from their packing-crate boat.
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A Mighty Bitey Creature by Ronda Armitage. Illus by Nikki Dyson.
Outraged when he is bitten on his backside by an mysterious adversary, an indignant Frog rushes to impart his woe to King Lion only to be joined by Monkey, Zebra and other jungle neighbors who have also been bitten, in a story told through vibrant artwork and lively, onomatopoeic text.
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Mrs. Mole, I’m Home! by Jarvis
Wanting to go home to his family after a long day but misplacing the glasses he needs to make the journey, Morris Mole burrows away by memory and keeps ending up in the homes of other animals. By the creator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth.
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MVP: Most Valuable Puppy by Mike Greenberg & Stacy Steponate Greenberg. Illus by Bonnie Pang.
Published to benefit the Heidi’s Angels pediatric cancer research fund, a lively story by the ESPN host and his wife features a little dog with a pink tail who loves her family and particularly enjoys going to the park with her human sister, whom she tries to convince to experience something new without worrying about being perfect.
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My Grandfather’s War by Glyn Harper. Illus by Jenny Cooper.
Sensing the pain endured by her Vietnam veteran grandfather but unable to find anything about the war in her school library, a young girl timidly asks her grandfather why he went to fight in Vietnam and discovers how his sadness is part of the war’s legacy and his experiences while serving, in a poignant tribute published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Khe Sanh.
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My Stinky Dog by Christine Roussey
Loving his dog Alfred for his sweet nature and speed despite the unpleasant fact that he plays so messily that he stinks from head to tail, a little boy tries perfume, discipline and finally a good old-fashioned bath to get Alfred clean, only to realize that he kind of misses his dog’s old smell and carefree habits.
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Neck & Neck by Elise Parsley
A stand-alone picture book by the creator of the best-selling Magnolia Says DON’T! series features proud Leopold the giraffe, who is indignant when a giraffe-shaped balloon seems to challenge his status as the most important, beloved and snack-deserving creature at the zoo.
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Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah Ohora
Two mirror-image kitties living in the same building decide to surprise each other by visiting their respective apartments, where they hang out waiting for the other to return home and display unusual behaviors that make their human companions realize that their own pets have gone missing.
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No Swimming for Nelly by Valeri Gorbachev
Loving her new swimsuit and wearing it for everything except swimming, water-fearing Nelly is approached by her swimming champion grandma, who takes her through the steps of dipping toes, learning to float, blowing bubbles and kicking before Nelly discovers how much fun swimming can be.
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Off & Away by Cale Atkinson
The daughter of a ocean-faring delivery man who has enjoyed many adventures while delivering messages in bottles must conquer her fear of sailing alone when her father catches a bad cold, requiring her to assume his responsibilities on the high seas. By the creator of Explorers of the Wild.
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On the First Day of First Grade by Tish Rabe. Illus by Sarah Jennings.
A companion to On the First Day of Kindergarten is told to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and follows a little boy through the engaging milestones of the first days of first grade, from leading friends in line and helping in the classroom to planting little seeds and performing in a play.
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Paloma Wants to Be Lady Freedom by Rachel Campos-Duffy. Illus by Sydni Kruger.
Reluctantly accompanying her immigrant family to Washington, D.C. to celebrate their new citizenship, shy little Paloma becomes lost in the Capitol Building before a glimpse of the Lady Freedom statue inspires her to discover her own voice and sense of national pride.
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Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman. Illus by Eda Kaban.
Reframes blue-and-pink gender stereotypes in an uplifting celebration of how colors are for everyone, depicting a multicultural group of relatable characters who engage in favorite activities, from racing cars and playing baseball to dressing up and dancing, just becaues they enjoy them.
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Play by Jez Alborough
Not feeling ready to stop playing at bedtime, little Bobo the chimp hitches rides on his fellow animals’ backs and runs away across the pond to the top of a hill, where the encroaching darkness and his inability to find his way home prompts him to call for his mommy. By the creator of Where’s My Teddy?
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Pretty Kitty by Karen Beaumont. Illus by Stephanie Laberis.
A lonely old curmudgeon scats away love-seeking homeless kitties before a growing number of them edge their way into his home and heart, in a sweet counting story told through comic artwork and simple, evocative rhymes.
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Princess Arabella Goes to School by Mylo Freeman
Embarking on a first day of Princess School with her friends, Princess Arabella participates in some very unusual lessons and enjoys a particularly fun day when students are permitted to bring their pets to school. By the award-winning creator of Princess Arabella Mixes Colors.
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Ready or Not, Woolbur Goes to School! by Leslie Helakoski. Illus by Harper Lee.
A happy and excited Woolbur embarks on his first day of school while his apprehensive Maa and Paa receive assurances from the teacher that all will be well, a situation that leads to a day of new friends, new experiences and Woolbur’s woolly exuberance. By the creator of Big Pigs.
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Rhythm of the Reef by the Jim Henson Company
Looking forward to the upcoming Reeftown Rhythm Festival, Splash offers reassurance to his shy friend Wave the octopus, who fears that his tentacles will cause him to dance in embarrassing ways.
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Run Wild by David Covell
A celebration of the joy of being outdoors features a child who abandons his digital device in favor of joining a friend outdoors in the sunshine, dewey grass and warm sand, where they and the wild animals they spot revel in the pleasures of being alive in the natural world.
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Russell Wrestles the Relatives by Cindy Chambers Johnson. Illus by Daniel Duncan.
A vibrant celebration of what it means to be a family finds a scrawny young Russell rebelling against the affections of his clan of brawny wrestlers, who enthusiastically hug, shake hands and tousle hair during a boisterous family reunion. A first picture book.
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Saturday Is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum
Finding the prospect of swimming so scary that she complains of a stomachache at the beginning of each swim lesson, a little girl receives gentle encouragement from her instructor, who guides her through simple practices until she becomes so confident that her stomach-aches go away. By the award-winning creator of Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!
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Seven Bad Cats by Monique Bonneau
When a band of misbehaving kitties stows away on a young sailor’s boat, their naughty antics cause the vessel to capsize, prompting the felines to shift from troublemakers to rescuers, in a tale told through droll artwork and rhyming text.
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Shark Surprise by the Jim Henson Company
Finding a shark tooth in Reeftown, Splash, Bubbles and Dunk learn from a new friend that sharks are not as mean and scary as their reputations, in a latest tie-in series entry that profiles and celebrates a diverse variety of shark types.
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Stand Beautiful by Chloe Howard. Illus by Deborah Melmon.
The international speaker and founder of the Stand Beautiful Campaign inspires readers of all ages to love what makes them different and celebrate the unique beauty in everyone.
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Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos. Illus by T. L. McBeth.
A word-loving Stegothesaurus who has always been a little different from his stegosaurus brothers happily thinks up synonyms to describe the world around him, becoming so preoccupied that he nearly forgets to run from a hungry allosaurus.
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Sun by Sam Usher
A companion to Snow and Rain finds a boy and his granddad taking a slow walk with many rests on the hottest day of the year to reach an ideal picnic spot, which they find already occupied by a gang of hungry pirates.
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Swim Bark Run by Brian Boyle & Pamela Boyle. Illus by Beth Hughes.
Inspired by her owners’ achievements as triathletes, Daisy the loyal bulldog rallies her doggy friends, Rascal the dachshund, Atticus the corgi and Hobie the dalmatian, to train with her in the park on skateboards for their own dog-athalon.
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Ta-Da! by Kathy Ellen Davis. Illus by Kaylani Juanita.
A lively celebration of imaginary play, storytelling and the joys of collaboration features two children who enjoy dress-up games of magic and adventure and who use their respective preferences for happy and exciting themes to play-act a story balanced by conflict and resolution.
A first picture book.
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Two Problems for Sophia by Jim Averbeck. Illus by Yasmeen Ismail.
A sequel to One Word From Sophia finds young Sophia endeavoring to find a solution to her beloved pet giraffe’s licking and snoring problems, which are making sloppy kisses and sleeplessness big issues for the whole family.
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Unicorn Magic by Sabina Gibson
Growing up in the Forever Forest, where all unicorns have magic in their horns, light-blue unicorn Periwinkle worries that she will never discover her special power, before her forest friends help her discover that magic comes from within and that her gift has been with her all along.
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Vernon Is on His Way: Small Stories by Philip C. Stead
A companion to A Home for Bird features three short adventures, “Waiting,” “Fishing” and “Gardening,” that find the kindly toad Vernon and his friends, Skunk and Porcupine, combing over the forest floor for trinkets before going fishing in an unconventional way. By the author of the Caldecott Medal-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee.
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Walk Your Dog by Elizabeth Stevens Omlor. Illus by Neesha Hudson.
A bouncy day-in-the-life adventure features a spunky little girl who must figure out a way to get her furry-but-stubborn dog to take a walk. A first picture book.
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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
The award-winning creator of Mother Bruce presents the story of a dinosaur preschooler who has difficulty making friends with tasty humans, before discovering that she may not be at the top of the food chain after all.
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We Love Dinosaurs by Lucy Volpin
Rhyming text and bright watercolor illustrations combine in an ode to dinosaur varieties that incorporates concept themes about opposites and diversity. A first picture book.
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A Werewolf Named Oliver James by Nicholas John Frith
Unexpectedly turning into a werewolf while walking home on a moonlit night, Oliver James revels in his new superhuman abilities before realizing that he is late for dinner and has no idea how to present himself to his parents, in a laugh-out-loud latest picture book by the creator of Hector the Hummingbird.
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What the Ladybug Heard Next by Julia Donaldson. Illus by Lydia Monks.
Out of jail and up to no good, robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len aspire to steal the farm’s fat red hen, unaware that the tiny but crafty ladybug is still watching them. By the best-selling author of The Gruffalo.
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