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The Wonky Donkey
by Craig Smith (May 01, 2010)
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Kids will love this cumulative and hysterical read-aloud that features a free downloadable song!"I was walking down the road and I saw...a donkey, Hee Haw!And he only had three legs!He was a wonky donkey."Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud tale of an endearing donkey. By the book's final page, readers end up with a sp...
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Hannah Fry
We Are in a Book!
by Mo Willems (Sep 14, 2010)
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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.Gerald and Piggie are best friends.In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?Using vocabulary perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a mind-bending ...
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
by William Joyce (Jun 19, 2012)
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Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories.He loved books.But every story has its upsets.Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.     But the power of story will save the day....
The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan (Jan 25, 2011)
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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows.While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, wher...
Henry's Freedom Box
A True Story from the Underground Railroad
by Ellen Levine (Jan 01, 2007)
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A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his fam...
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt (Jun 27, 2013)
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Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. Wha...
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling (Oct 01, 1998)
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen...
The Monster at the End of This Book
by Jon Stone (May 13, 2003)
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By all accounts, this book is a favorite among toddlers and adults alike. Generations will recall their first time reading along as lovable, furry old Grover begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book! But, of course, the monster is none other than Grover himself.A classic, not to be missed....
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Jimmy Fallon
Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney (Nov 06, 1985)
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A beloved classic—written by a beloved Caldecott winner—is lovelier than ever!Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Mai...
The Day the Crayons Came Home
by Drew Daywalt (Aug 18, 2015)
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The companion to the #1 blockbuster bestseller, The Day the Crayons Quit! I'm not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost b...
Press Here
by Herve Tullet (Mar 30, 2011)
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Great for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers to learn about cause and effect in a simple and engaging way.Harness the power of imagination and interactivity: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the do...
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Many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page—for fear of a monster at the end of the book. “Oh, I am so embarrassed,” he says on the last page . . . for, of course, the monster is Grover himself! This all-time favorite i...
The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn (Aug 15, 2007)
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School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that has tou...
The Book with No Pictures
by B. J. Novak (Sep 30, 2014)
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A book with no pictures? What could be fun about that?After all, if a book has no pictures, there's nothing to look at but the words on the page. Words that might make you say silly sounds... In ridiculous voices...Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?At once disarmingly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laugh...
Finding Winnie
The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
by Lindsay Mattick (Oct 20, 2015)
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Before there was Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie....
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
by James Dean (May 01, 2012)
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An award-winning and bestselling Pete the Cat hardcover picture book!Count down with Pete in this rocking story that makes counting fun! Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons.But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than...
Journey
by Aaron Becker (Aug 06, 2013)
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Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying car...
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
by Mo Willems (Apr 03, 2012)
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Much to the chagrin of Pigeon, little Duckling uses very polite manners to request a cookie, and actually gets one. Filled with righteous fury, Pigeon loses his temper and complains bitterly about this terrible state of affairs. However, things aren't what they seem, and Duckling has a secret plan! Part of the bestselling Pigeon series by genius ch...
I Want My Hat Back
by Jon Klassen (Sep 27, 2011)
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A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.The bears hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by an...
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Michael Eisen
Library Lion
by Michelle Knudsen (Jun 25, 2009)
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An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library.Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out...
Hope for the Flowers
by Trina Paulus (May 01, 1973)
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This classic story is celebrating its 45th anniversary beginning in September of 2017. "Hope for the Flowers" is an inspiring allegory about the realization of one's true destiny as told through the lives of caterpillars Stripe and Yellow, who struggle to "climb to the top" before understanding that they are meant to fly....
We Don't Eat Our Classmates
by Ryan T. Higgins (Jun 19, 2018)
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Penelope the dinosaur starts school, but it’s hard to make friends when her classmates are so delicious!It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the...
Ish
by Peter H. Reynolds (Aug 19, 2004)
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A creative spirit learns that thinking "ish-ly" is far more wonderful than "getting it right" in this gentle new fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book THE DOT.Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark ...
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein (Oct 01, 1999)
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"Once there was a tree ... and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.This miniature full-cloth, gold-stamped edition is a beautiful gift, suitable for such occasions as graduation.Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her app...
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Todd Gordon
Oh, the Places You'll Go!  
by Dr. Seuss (Jan 22, 1990)
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For out-starting upstarts of all ages, here is a wonderfully wise and blessedly brief graduation speech from the one and only Dr. Seuss. In his inimitable, humorous verse and pictures, he addresses the Great Balancing Act (life itself, and the ups and downs it presents) while encouraging us to find the success that lies within us....
Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty (Sep 06, 2016)
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Scientist Ada has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada emba...
Love You Forever
by Robert Munsch (Sep 01, 1995)
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An extraordinarily different story by Robert Munsch is a gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for their child--forever. Sheila McGraw's soft and colorful pastels perfectly complement the sentiment of the book--one that will be read repeatedly for years....
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Evan Goldberg
Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney (Nov 05, 2007)
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"Guess how much I love you," says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that's just halfway to Big ...
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. Seuss (Oct 12, 1957)
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Grow your heart three sizes and get in on all of the Grinch-mas cheer with the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas-the ultimate Dr. Seuss Christmas classic that is perfect for read-alongs all year round! Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!Not since "'Twas the night ...
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Seth Mandel
The Night Before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore (Jul 28, 2020)
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This poem first appeared in a newspaper in Troy, New York, USA, on December 23, 1823, as "A Visit From St. Nicholas". No one claimed authorship until 13 years later. Clement Clarke Moore, a professor and poet, said that he wrote the piece for his children. Unbeknownst to him, his housekeeper had sent it to the newspaper to be published. However, th...
The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf (Mar 31, 2011)
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Ferdinand is the world's most peaceful--and--beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree. Leaf's simple storytelling paired with Lawson's pen-and-ink drawings make The Story of Ferdinand a true classic. Commemorate the 75th a...
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Jason Howerton
The House at Pooh Corner
by A. A. Milne (Aug 01, 1992)
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Winnie-the-Pooh, the Best Bear in All the World, has long been adored by readers young and old. In this beautiful full-color gift edition of "The House at Pooh Corner, " Ernest H. Shepard's classic illustrations have been painstakingly hand-colored. An exquisite volume and the perfect gift for any occasion, this book is as vivid and charming as the...
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy
by Mo Willems (Apr 01, 2008)
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He really, really, REALLY wants one. He'll take really good care of it! What's the matter--don't you want him to be happy? The latest book in the best-selling Pigeon series is the funniest one yet....
Totto-Chan
The Little Girl at the Window
by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (Mar 23, 2012)
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This engaging series of childhood recollections tells about an ideal school in Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love. This unusual school had old railroad cars for classrooms, and it was run by an extraordinary man-its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi--who was a firm believer in freedom of expression a...
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Ryan Holiday
After the Fall
by Dan Santat (Oct 03, 2017)
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My name is Humpty Dumpty. I'm famous for falling off a wall.(You may have heard about it.)But that's only half the story...Because I decided to get back up.And when I did, something amazing happened.This story is about my life...AFTER THE FALL.Inspiring and unforgettable, this epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme will encourage even the mo...
Pete the Cat
I Love My White Shoes
by James Dean (Mar 02, 2010)
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Don't miss the first and bestselling book in the beloved Pete the Cat series! Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes!But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keep...
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
by Mo Willems (May 01, 2004)
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When Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, he can hardly wait to shove the entire thing in his beak. But . . . then a very sly and hungry duckling enters the scene and wants a bite. Who will be the more clever bird?In this hilarious follow-up to the acclaimed Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Mo Willems has created another avian adventure that encour...
Winnie-the-Pooh
by A. A. Milne (Dec 29, 2005)
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For nearly seventy years, readers have been delighted by the adventures of Christopher Robin and his lovable friends.  Paired with the perfectly suited drawings of Ernest H.  Shepard, A.A. Milne's classic story continues to captivate children of all ages....
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Gabor Maté
The Lorax
by Dr. Seuss (Aug 12, 1971)
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"UNLESS someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not." Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty. His classic cautionary tale is now available in an irresis...
Falling Up
by Shel Silverstein (Jan 24, 2006)
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Millie McDeevit screamed a screamSo loud it made her eyebrows steam.She screamed so loudHer jawbone broke,Her tongue caught fire,Her nostrils smoked......
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
by Mo Willems (Apr 01, 2006)
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PreSchool-Grade 2-The star of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Hyperion, 2003) returns in another irresistible tale. Hurrying away to brush his teeth, the pajama-clad bus driver implores readers not to let his feathered friend stay up late. Youngsters are thrust into the role of caregiver as the puerile pigeon attempts to talk his way out of th...
And Tango Makes Three
by Justin Richardson (Jun 02, 2015)
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In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others. This illustrated children's book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo....
Big Nate
In the Zone
by Lincoln Peirce (Mar 11, 2014)
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Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon!...
Chrysanthemum
by Kevin Henkes (Dec 30, 2008)
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Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of...
Julián Is a Mermaid
by Jessica Love (Apr 23, 2018)
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In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car...
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The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear... How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry....
Mother Bruce
by Ryan T. Higgins (Nov 24, 2015)
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Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he's their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can't seem to rid himself of his new companions. What's a bear to do?...
Little Leaders
Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison)
by Vashti Harrison (Dec 05, 2017)
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Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Tru...
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Alexis Ohanian
The Day You Begin
by Jacqueline Woodson (Aug 28, 2018)
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National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.There are many reasons to feel d...
The Complete Wreck
by Lemony Snicket (Oct 13, 2006)
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NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIESSome boxes should never be opened.For the first time, the complete A Series of Unfortunate Events is available in one awful package!We can't keep you from succumbing to this international bestselling phenomenon, but we can hide all thirteen books in a huge, elaborately illustrated, shrink-wrapped box, perfect for fillin...
Matilda
by Roald Dahl (Oct 01, 1988)
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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most ...
Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña (Jan 08, 2015)
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Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty...
The Adventures of Beekle
The Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat (Apr 08, 2014)
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This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.New York Times b...
The Candymakers
by Wendy Mass (Oct 03, 2011)
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In the town of Spring Haven, four children have been selected to compete in the national candymaking contest of a lifetime. Who will make a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew?Logan, the candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone?Miles, the boy allergic to rowboats and the co...
The Paper Bag Princess
by Robert Munsch (Sep 01, 2009)
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The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald--who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance. Full color....
Llama Llama Red Pajama
by Anna Dewdney (May 05, 2015)
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Llama, Llama red pajama waiting, waiting for his mama. Mama isn’t coming yet. Baby Llama starts to fret. In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn’t com...
Way of the Warrior Kid
From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way
by Jocko Willink (May 02, 2017)
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National Bestseller Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc's life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn't swim. But what was most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who calls himself the King of the Jungle.When Marc's mot...
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Tobi Lutke
Iggy Peck, Architect
by Andrea Beaty (Oct 01, 2007)
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A hilarious, irreverent book about doing your own thing Meet Iggy Peck—creative, independent, and not afraid to express himself! In the spirit of David Shannon’s No, David and Rosemary Wells’s Noisy Nora, Iggy Peck will delight readers looking for irreverent, inspired fun. Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creati...
The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (May 15, 2000)
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Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard's translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry's unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as clo...
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka (Mar 01, 1996)
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You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong. In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”...
The Green Ember The Green Ember Series
Book 1)
by S. D. Smith (Dec 12, 2014)
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My place beside you, my blood for yours. Till the Green Ember rises, or the end of the world.Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world. Ki...
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Poems and Drawings
by Shel Silverstein (Feb 18, 2014)
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Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations.Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. Th...
Go the F**k to Sleep
by Adam Mansbach (Jun 14, 2011)
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Go the Fuck to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach's verses perfectly capture the familiar -- and unspoken -- trib...
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Charlize Theron
Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown (Jan 23, 2007)
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In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the sof...
The Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton (Apr 26, 1978)
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Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so she’s sad when she’s surrounded by the dirty, noisy ci...
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
by Mo Willems (Jan 01, 2003)
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When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place—a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems pe...
Polar Express 30th anniversary edition
by Chris Van Allsburg (Sep 15, 2015)
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The Polar Express is a treasured holiday tradition. This lavish gift set includes a CD audio recording read by Liam Neeson, a keepsake "All Aboard" ornament, and a note from author Chris Van Allsburg.Awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1986, The Polar Express has sold more than 7 million copies, become a classic holiday movie, and been trans...
Corduroy
by Don Freeman (Sep 30, 1976)
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Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It's a brave new world! He...
The Velveteen Rabbit
Or How Toys Become Real (All Aboard Books)
by Margery Williams (Jan 26, 1987)
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Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys—and people—become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrat...
A Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson (Feb 01, 1999)
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Up into the cherry treeWho should climb but little me?I held the trunk with both my handsAnd looked abroad on foreign lands.Here is a delightful look at childhood, written by master poet and storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson. In this collection of sixty-six poems, Stevenson recalls the joys of his childhood, from sailing boats down a river, to wai...
Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr.Seuss (Aug 12, 1960)
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“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumul...
It's a Book
by Lane Smith (Aug 10, 2010)
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Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist that is signature Lane Smith, It's a Book is a delightful manifesto on behalf of print in the digital age. This satisfying, perfectly executed picture book has something to say to readers of all stripes and all ages.This title has Common Core connections....
Knuffle Bunny Too
A Case of Mistaken Identity
by Mo Willems (Sep 04, 2007)
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Trixie can't wait to bring her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny to school and show him off to everyone. But when she gets there, she sees something awful: Sonja has the same bunny. Suddenly, Knuffle Bunny doesn't seem so one-of-a-kind anymore. Chaos ensues until the bunnies are taken away by Ms. Greengrove. After school, Trixie finally gets her beloved ...
Miss Nelson Is Missing!
by Harry G. Allard Jr. (Oct 28, 1985)
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The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our appreciation to those we value. The students don’t proffer a ...
Not a Box
by Antoinette Portis (Sep 27, 2011)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
A box is just a box . . . unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes ov...
Not Quite Narwhal
by Jessie Sima (Feb 14, 2017)
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The story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals.Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different—his tusk isn’t as long, he’s not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn’t enjoy the cuisine. Then one night, an extra str...
Howl's Moving Castle
by Diana Wynne Jones (Apr 22, 2008)
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An alternative cover for this ISBN can be found hereSophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her o...
Bear Snores On
by Karma Wilson (Oct 01, 2005)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear's cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on! See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests -- all of them having a party without him!...
Hans Christian Andersen
The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories (Anchor Folktale Library)
by Virginia Haviland (Sep 09, 1983)
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The only trade paperback edition of Andersen's fairy tales that presents them exactly as he collected them in the original Danish edition of 1874, and includes his own notes to his stories. Recognizing the literary merit of Andersen'scolloquial language, which Victorian translators and their imitators often altered to sentimentalize or vulgarize, t...
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Book & CD Storytime Set (Macmillan Young Listeners Story Time Sets)
by Philip C. Stead (May 02, 2017)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl.But one day—"Ah-choo!"—he woke up with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.Philip C. Stead's gently humorous tale of friend...
The Napping House
by Audrey Wood (May 04, 2009)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
Everyone knows the cumulative rhyme “This Is the House That Jack Built,” but The Napping House (1984) is close on its heels in the race for posterity: “And on that granny / there is a child / a dreaming child / on a snoring granny / on a cozy bed / in a napping house, / where everyone is sleeping.” Included in the napping house menagerie is a dozin...
Knuffle Bunny
A Cautionary Tale
by Mo Willems (Sep 01, 2004)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
Merging expressive cartoon network-esque illustrations with beautiful black and white photographs of Brooklyn, this funny story tells how Trixie and Knuffle Bunny's trip to the laundromat with Dad goes terribly wrong when Trixie realizes some bunny's been left behind...! Her attempts to alert Dad all the way home are unsuccessful, until Mom points ...
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
by Audrey Wood (Sep 13, 2010)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
In this delightful story, the king refuses to leave his bathtub and rule the kingdom. Beauty aside, this also has a panache and sly wit that will please children and their parents, who will be called on to peruse the book again and again.--Booklist...
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Patty Murray
The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien (Sep 18, 2012)
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Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Ma...
This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen (Oct 09, 2012)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it's a good thing that enormous fish won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not like he'll ever know what happened...Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout deb...
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
by Al Perkins (Sep 12, 1969)
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Illus. in full color. A madcap band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers, and thumbs to beginning readers....
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Adam Bain
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book
by Laura Numeroff (Oct 06, 2015)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim....The consequences of giving a cookie to this energet...
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Janna Bastow
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C. S. Lewis (Aug 14, 2007)
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The hardcover boxed set of C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, with cover art by three-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner and the full black-and-white original interior art by Pauline Baynes.Journeys into magical realms, battles between good and evil, talking creatures, and more, await readers of all a...
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Chris Anderson
The Mitten
by Jan Brett (Oct 04, 1996)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny...
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis (Oct 26, 2004)
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Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battle between good and evil - what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, written in 1919 by C.S. Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narn...
Complete Anne of Green Gables 8 Volumes Set
by L M Montgomery (Jan 01, 1995)
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As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard no...
The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set
Full-Color Collector's Edition
by C. S. Lewis (Aug 22, 2000)
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Experience all of The Chronicles of Narnia in full color in this seven-book paperback box set.Readers of all ages—whether they are experiencing Narnia for the first time or returning once again to the magical world—will love seeing the creatures and landscapes of C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series in gorgeous color.The Chronicles of Narnia have e...
The Most Magnificent Thing
by Ashley Spires (Apr 01, 2014)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes ...
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate (Jan 06, 2015)
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Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephan...
Flotsam
by David Wiesner (Sep 04, 2006)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
Winner of the 2007 Caldecott Medal A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam--anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted under...
Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Crockett Johnson (Sep 29, 2015)
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"One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fan...
The Gardener
by Sarah Stewart (May 01, 2007)
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By the author-and-illustrator team of the bestselling The LibraryLydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing smiles to customers' faces with the flowers she grows. Bu...
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type
by Doreen Cronin (Feb 01, 2000)
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Farmer Brown has a problem.His cows like to type.All day long he hearsClick, clack, MOO.Click, clack, MOO.Clickety, clack, MOO.But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes....Doreen Cronin's understated text and Betsy Lewin's expressive illustrations make the most of this hilarious situation. Come join the fun as a...
A Bad Case of Stripes
by David Shannon (May 01, 2004)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
"What we have here is a bad case of stripes. One of the worst I've ever seen!"Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she's so worried that she's about to break out in...a bad case of str...
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
by Laura Numeroff (Apr 11, 1998)
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Categories: Children'sFiction
When it comes to children's books, it's hard to beat the bestselling team of author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond for creative and captivating tales that are both fun and educational. They continue the tradition that began with such whimsical titles as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin with yet another tale...