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Bang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316315500
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 18th, 2017

A child shoots a child. His baby sister. What does that do to him? This is the topic Barry Lyga tackles in his new novel BANG. Considering the important topics addressed, there is nothing political about this book. It is pure emotion and the characters are fully developed and completely lovable. And the PIZZA, so much pizza. Lyga gets into the mind of this young man and helps us to understand him and the people around him. A fantastic read.


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Chester and Gus Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062330680
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Published: HarperCollins - April 4th, 2017

Meet Chester. He comes from a long line of Service Dogs. Unfortunately, he flunks out of Service Dog School. But he still desperately wants a person. Meet Gus. He is a young man with autism. He doesn't know it yet, but he needs someone too. Chester meets Gus and their story begins. Told from Chester's point of view, this is a favulous book about friendship and understanding and knowing your purpose and working hard to accomplish it. Absolutely fantastic.


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There Might Be Lobsters Cover Image
By Carolyn Crimi, Laurel Molk (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763675424
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Published: Candlewick - May 9th, 2017

Who doesn’t love the beach? Sukie the dog, that’s who! Sukie thinks the beach is  a very scary place “the stairs are big and sandy, and the waves are big and whooshy, and the balls are big and beachy. And besides, there might be LOBSTERS!” A fabulous book about love and friendship and overcoming our fears. 


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The Lonely Giant Cover Image
By Sophie Ambrose, Sophie Ambrose (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763682255
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Published: Candlewick - December 13th, 2016

Giants will be Giants , “hurling and heaving, smashing and bashing.”  Before he knows it, everything, and everyone, is gone and he is alone. When a little yellow bird comes back, he tries to keep him in a cage, but soon realizes if he wants things the way they were, he must fix the forest. A great story with lovely illustrations and lessons about responsibility and the environment.

 


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Life Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451628
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Published: Beach Lane Books - June 27th, 2017

Two greats from the world of children’s literature combine their talents to bring us Life, a book that celebrates life, from the smallest beginnings to the greatest storms, from the most wonderful to the sometimes difficult. Rylant’s message of hope is paired beautifully with Wenzel’s perfectly brushed illustrations. A wonderful addition to any children’s library.


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Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake! Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781612128559
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - September 5th, 2017

Award-winning author Deanna F. Cook presents her irresistible companion to the best-selling Cooking Class. Baking Class features 50 easy-to-follow recipes kids love, including muffins, breads, biscuits, pies, and crackers. The book introduces kids to everything they need to know about baking with pictures of tools, bakery basics, and baking vocabulary. It includes a lesson on measuring and kitchen safety. Each recipe is marked with 1, 2, or 3 rolling pins based on the difficulty and amount of help kids might need to complete each one. There are also many extras included, such as sugar sifting and cookie cutter templates. A great gift for any budding baker, regardless of age!


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The Dog Cover Image
By Helen Mixter, Margarita Sada (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771642712
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Published: Greystone Books - November 14th, 2017

The Dog is a wonderful story of how therapy dogs can help children with life-threatening illnesses. Just the presence of a dog can make anyone feel better.

 

“When I felt sad I patted her and she liked it. When I cried she licked my face.”

 

The words are very simple and the illustrations clearly capture how illness affects the children and their families. Inspired by Poppy the therapy dog at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, Canada, partial proceeds from sales of The Dog will benefit that program. 


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Red and Lulu Cover Image
By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677336
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Published: Candlewick - September 19th, 2017

Author-illustrator Matt Tavares brings us what is destined to become a new Christmas classic. Based on the love shared by two cardinals, this beautiful book follows that love from their home in the evergreen tree to Rockefeller Center in New York City. When their beautiful tree disappears with Lulu in it, Red is determined to find her. It will take a miracle, but luckily, it’s just the season for miracles.


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I Wanna Be a Cowgirl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481452991
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Published: Beach Lane Books - November 14th, 2017

“Way out west, the warm winds blow,

The grass grows high, the sun hangs low.

I’ll find a ranch, there I’ll go…

And I’ll become a cowgirl.”

 

Angela DiTerlizzi captures every little girl’s dream in a beautifully imaginative and illustrated picture book about pretend play and all of the places it can take us. This little girl transforms her world with her pompom spurs andjump rope lasso, all with her trusty pup by her side. 


You're All Kinds of Wonderful Cover Image
By Nancy Tillman, Nancy Tillman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250113764
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 3rd, 2017

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of On the Night You Were Born comes a book about what it means to be you. Her illustrations depict many different children paired with different animals and doing the things that they do best. It encourages children to try their own “bells and whistles” until they find “The amazing astonishing story of you.”


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Hedgehog Needs a Hug Cover Image
By Jen Betton, Jen Betton (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524737122
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 19th, 2018

Everyone gets sad sometimes, even a prickly Hedgehog. Hedgehog thinks that a hug will make him feel better, but all of his friends have excuses to not hug him: Rabbit doesn’t want to give him his cold, Raccoon doesn’t want Hedgehog to smell his “garbage breath”, and Fox gets a surprise when he tries to give him a “kiss.” Then he hears soft sobs and finds a kindred spirit who needs a hug too.


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Ben and the Scaredy-Dog Cover Image
By Sarah Ellis, Kim La Fave (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781772780444
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Published: Pajama Press - June 15th, 2018

Ben watches through his window as a new family moves in across the street and can hardly believe his luck when he sees a kid his age. "Maybe a friend?" he thinks, but this notion vanishes when he notices that the kid has a dog: "A big dog. Big jaws. Big teeth." But when Ben finally meets Max, he learns that Max is an “old scaredy-dog.” Can Max overcome his fear and make two new friends? Great for kids with anxiety around dogs.


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Star Wars Are You Scared, Darth Vader? Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484704974
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - July 3rd, 2018

Adam Rex, the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, does it again. Darth Vader is confronted with a number of scary creatures, including werewolves, vampires, and witches, all of whom have no effect on him. That is until their true identities are revealed at the end. Read to see who truly has the power over Darth Vader in this hilarious book.


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Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth Cover Image
By Kate Gardner, Heidi Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062741615
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 18th, 2018

In this beautifully illustrated and cleverly constructed book, Gardner explores some of the scariest, and often most misunderstood, creatures who share this planet with us. It shows us the not often seen characteristics of some awe-inspiring animals.

~Amy