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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone book cover
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - 1998-10-01 (first published in 1997)
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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...
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Arvind Subramanian
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The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein - 2004-03-01 (first published in 1964)
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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. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk . . . and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew olde...
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Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown - 2007-01-23 (first published in 1947)
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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...
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle - 1981-10-15 (first published in 1969)
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THE all-time classic story, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life? One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums--and still he was hungry...
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The Snowy Day
50th Anniversary Edition
Ezra Jack Keats - 2011-08-18 (first published in 1962)
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Celebrate a major anniversary of a true classic! In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers. The Snowy Day transformed children's literature with its pioneering portrayal of an African-American child and the charming story and artwork that won it the Caldecott Medal....
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Matilda
Roald Dahl - 2013-02-07 (first published in 1988)
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This beloved Roald Dahl title is now available in a gorgeous hardcover classic edition.Matilda is a brilliant and sensitive child, but her parents think of her only as a nuisance. When one day she is attacked by her odious headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to avenge herself!...
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Where the Sidewalk Ends
Poems and Drawings
Shel Silverstein - 2014-02-18 (first published in 1974)
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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...
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Amy Cuddy
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Julián Is a Mermaid
Jessica Love - 2018-04-23
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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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Neil Gaiman
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The Lorax
Dr. Seuss - 1971-08-12
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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...
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Amy Cuddy
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The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - 2000-05-15 (first published in 1943)
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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 Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Oh, the Places You'll Go!   by Dr. Seuss
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book by Laura Numeroff
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Press Here by Herve Tullet
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Green Eggs and Ham by Seuss
Strega Nona by Tomie Depaola
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'O
The Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund Minarik
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Saturday by Oge Mora
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H. A. Rey
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury by Arnold Lobel
Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
Here We Are Notes For Living On Planet by Illustrated Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Guess How Much I Love You BOARD by Sam McBratney
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
Polar Express 30th anniversary edition by Chris van Allsburg
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate Dicamillo
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Miss Nelson Is Missing! by Harry G. Allard Jr.
She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Islandborn by Junot Díaz
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing
Parker Looks Up by Parker Curry
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
Mommy's Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Breakout by Kate Messner
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave by Jessica Hische
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Brontorina by James Howe
When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales