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  • Books That Drive Kids CRAZY!: This Book Is Red

    By Beck Stanton, Matt Stanton
    Authors:
    Beck Stanton, Matt Stanton
    This clever companion to This Is a Ball and Did You Take the B from My _ook? is the perfect read-aloud for the giggling masses who love Hervé Tullet's Press Here, Lane Smith's It's a Book!, and BJ Novak's The Book With No Pictures.The Books That Drive Kids CRAZY! series offers parents, teachers, and storytellers a hilarious script for fun reading time with children. In book 3, This Book Is Red, something is clearly bonkers when the narrator insists that frogs and penguins are obviously the same color as lobsters--and the claims get more outrageous from there. What is up with this nonsense? Kids will demand to know--and all readers will be howling with laughter all along the way. With strikingly simple text and art, Books That Drive Kids CRAZY! are ideal picks for emergent readers.
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    Neither

    By Airlie Anderson
    Authors:
    Airlie Anderson
    In this touching story that celebrates the differences in all of us, a little creature that's not quite a bird and not quite a bunny--it's "neither"--searches for a place to fit in.In the Land of This and That, there are only two kinds: blue bunnies and yellow birds. But one day a funny green egg hatches, and a little creature that's not quite a bird and not quite a bunny pops out. It's neither!Neither tries hard to fit in, but its bird legs aren't good for jumping like the other bunnies, and its fluffy tail isn't good for flapping like the other birds. It sets out to find a new home and discovers a very different place, one with endless colors and shapes and creatures of all kinds. But when a blue bunny and a yellow bird with some hidden differences of their own arrive, it's up to Neither to decide if they are welcome in the Land of All.This colorful, simple, and touching story from author/artist Airlie Anderson promotes diversity and offers a valuable lesson to the youngest of audiences: It is our differences that unite us.
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    The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig

    By Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane, Cori Doerrfeld
    Authors:
    Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane
    Illustrated by:
    Cori Doerrfeld
    The true story of social media sensation Esther the Wonder Pig and her two dads that inspired the New York Times bestselling memoir for adults is now being told in a picture book with adorable illustrations and a message of love.When Steve and Derek adopted a mini pig named Esther, they had no idea that she would turn out to be not-so-mini after all. When her new family saw just how big and wonderful Esther really was, they fell in love--and their lives changed forever. Esther would soon grow too large for her bed, and their small apartment. She got into everything, including her neighbor's tasty garden. So the whole family moved from a small apartment to a big farm, where Esther and her animal friends could fit happily (and get into a little less mischief). Eventually, that farm would become the Happily Esther After animal sanctuary, home to rescued animals of all kinds.
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    Sheep 101

    By Richard Morris, LeUyen Pham
    Authors:
    Richard Morris
    Illustrated by:
    LeUyen Pham
    A slapstick, rollicking mashup of nursery rhyme characters and the time-honored bedtime ritual of counting sheep.One night, a boy counts sheep as he tries to fall asleep.99. 100. 101....Crash!Sheep 101 is stuck in the fence. Will he ever get out and get the little boy to sleep? Meet Sheep 101 and his colorful cast of characters, like Humpty Dumpty, Blind Mouse, Little Piggy, and more!From Richard T. Morris, author of This Is a Moose, and beloved illustrator LeUyen comes a hilarious story with vibrant illustrations full of late-night hijinks that will spark every child's imagination.
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    Baby Bear's Book of Tiny Tales

    By David McPhail
    Authors:
    David McPhail
    Great for fans of the Little Bear series, this collection of four sweet stories of friendship and discovery makes a perfect new baby gift.This collection of simple, short, and irresistibly sweet stories about Baby Bear finding things--and figuring out what to do with them--includes "Baby Bear Finds a Book," "Baby Bear Finds a Flower," "Baby Bear Finds a Baby Bird," and "Baby Bear Finds a Friend." Charmingly written and illustrated by celebrated artist David McPhail, the impeccably classic feel of the text and art will take readers back to Sendak's Little Bear and Lobel's Frog and Toad books.
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    No Hugs for Porcupine

    By Zoe Waring
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    Zoe Waring
    Poor Porcupine just cannot be hugged-his quills are too spikey! Each night, before settling down to sleep, all of Porcupine's forest friends hug each other goodnight. All except Porcupine, who feels left out-and grumpy! But when Armadillo shows him what a warm, fuzzy "kiss" is (even for a porcupine!), Porcupine is delighted and cannot wait to show his friends. With adorable art, Zoe Waring's story of making the most out of your physical limitations is sure to win hearts. No Hugs for Porcupine is filled with love and friendship, and is the perfect gift for Valentine's Day, or any day that requires a hug and a kiss.
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    Sesame Street Big Book of ABCs and 123s

    By Sesame Workshop
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    Sesame Workshop
    Join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, and all their friends in this delightful collection of stories all about the alphabet and counting. Help Elmo to decide which letter is his favorite (is it A, B, C, or maybe even Z?) and enjoy silly stories featuring one of each of the twenty-six letters in the alphabet with all your favorite Sesame friends. Next it's time for some numbers fun with kids favorite Sesame characters as they learn the basics of counting from one and beyond! Combining learning with story-time fun, children and parents are sure to welcome this new treasury into their personal library.
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    Princess Hair

    By Sharee Miller
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    Sharee Miller
    Princesses with curls wear pearls.Princesses with head wraps take long naps.And princesses with teeny-weeny Afros wear teeny-weeny bows.Celebrate different hair shapes, textures, and styles in this self-affirming picture book! From dreadlocks to blowouts to braids, Princess Hair shines a spotlight on the beauty and diversity of black hair, showing young readers that every kind of hair is princess hair.Debut author-illustrator Sharee Miller encourages confidence and pride in this playful, colorful picture book that teaches readers to love every bit of themselves.
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    Bear and Chicken

    By Jannie Ho
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    Jannie Ho
    When Bear finds a chicken frozen in the winter snow, he brings it home to try to defrost it. As Chicken thaws--um, awakens--he fears that Bear is actually prepping to eat him. Oh no! All signs are pointing to a fateful end for Chicken--being wrapped like a burrito, chopped basil and veggies sitting on the counter, the huge pot on the stove that's just the right size for a chicken to fit inside.It's almost time for lunch, so Chicken makes a run for it! But in the end, Chicken learns that perhaps he too quickly jumped to conclusions. This funny and clever friendship tale teaches kids that things are not always as they seem, while learning a thing or two about making soup with a friend!
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    Hey Black Child

    By Useni Eugene Perkins, Bryan Collier
    Authors:
    Useni Eugene Perkins
    Illustrated by:
    Bryan Collier
    HEY BLACK CHILD--do you know who you are? Who you really are?So begins the widely-recited poem by Useni Eugene Perkins, to be illustrated by award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier. An ode to black children, this empowering picture book is a celebration of African-American lives that promotes the self-esteem, making this both a timely and important book, especially in light of recent events across America.Useni Eugene Perkins's "Hey Black Child" was recently performed on Steve Harvey's show Little Big Shots by four-year-old Pe'Tehn (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOTZWdIyRJE) and, last fall, was recited by Pe'Tehn when she was three (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n_DeHMVAkM), blowing away viewers and raising awareness for the confidence-building text.
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    The Story of Christmas

    By Helen Dardik
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    Helen Dardik
    A long time ago, in the town of Nazareth, there lived a young woman named Mary. One day, an angel appeared before her and told her that she would give birth to a baby. The baby would be the son of God, and she would name him Jesus.Every year, children of all ages revisit this nativity tale of Mary and Joseph, the three wise men, the angels and the shepherds, and baby Jesus in the manger. Share this simple introduction to a remarkable and classic Bible story with young ones in this second book in a delightful new series. With stunning art by Helen Dardik and simplified text for little readers, The Story of Christmas is sure to become a favorite of families for years to come.
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    Brave

    By Stacy McAnulty, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
    Authors:
    Stacy McAnulty, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
    Superheroes seek adventure, never give up, and stay calm when others are afraid. Superheroes are brave. But they aren't the only ones.Kids are brave every day. When they are told they are too little, but accomplish something big. When they check for monsters under the bed, just in case. When they face something uncertain, whether a thunderstorm or a hospital visit. When they stand up for what's right, even when it means facing consequences. Like superheroes, brave kids can save the world, just by being brave.Thoughtful text from Stacy McAnulty paired with vibrant illustrations from Joanne Lew-Vriethoff encourage kids to be brave in all the ways they can: trying new things, speaking their mind, confronting bullies, and more. This book will inspire kids to follow their hearts and to have courage, no matter the situation.
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    Waltz of the Snowflakes

    By Elly MacKay
    Authors:
    Elly MacKay
    It is a cold and rainy evening when Gran gives her granddaughter something special: tickets to the ballet. Her granddaughter is reluctant to go. The weather is terrible and they have to wear fancy, uncomfortable clothes. But as the curtains rise on The Nutcracker, the girl's eyes light up as she's introduced to the magic of the theater. The bright costumes, the intricate dances, the magical music, and a new friend all combine to captivate the girl and to bring color to an otherwise dreary evening.Waltz of the Snowflakes is Elly MacKay at her finest, mixing her acclaimed paper-cut artwork with vibrant colors in this whimsical, dreamlike, and inspiring wordless picture book. A must-have for any ballet- and theater-obsessed reader and the perfect gift to be shared during the holidays or any time of year when the world outside needs a little bit of color and vibrancy.
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