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Be kind

Be kind

Miller, Pat Zietlow, author
2018

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference--or at least help a friend.With award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller's gentle text and Jen Hill's irresistible art, Be Kind is an unforgettable story about how two simple words can change the world.

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Bunny built

Bunny built

Slack, Michael H., 1969- author, illustrator
2018

A construction bunny learns a creative lesson in sharing and friendship when he meets the biggest carrot of his life.

LaRue was very handy. His toolbox had everything and industrious bunny could ever need. Everything, that is, except carrots. But then LaRue stumbles onto a special seed. With proper tending, this seed quickly grows into an ENORMOUS CARROT! What's a bunny to do with so much carrot? In a stroke of construction genius (and generosity), LaRue has the answer. This clever story celebrates just what it means to be a friend.

Christy Ottaviano Books

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A different pond

A different pond

Phi, Bao, 1975- author
2017

A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls "a must-read for our times," A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event - a long-ago fishing trip. Graphic novelist Thi Bui and acclaimed poet Bao Phi deliver a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son - and between cultures, old and new. As a young boy, Bao and his father awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. Thi Bui's striking, evocative art paired with Phi's expertly crafted prose has earned this powerful picture books six starred reviews and numerous awards. The Capstone Interactive edition comes with simultaneous access for every student in your school and includes read aloud audio recorded by professional voice over artists.

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Do not lick this book* : *it's full of germs

Do not lick this book* : *it's full of germs

Ben-Barak, Idan, author
2018

Min is a microbe. She is small.
Very small.

In fact, so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before--like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle of your shirt.

Written by Idan Ben-Barak, with illustrations from Julian Frost, Do Not Lick This Book is perfect for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world.

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Dude!

Dude!

Reynolds, Aaron, 1970- author
2018

Aaron Reynolds, the author of Nerdy Berdy and Creepy Carrots! teams up with Dan Santat, the Caldecott-winning illustrator behind The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend to create the hilarious, gnarly summer adventure picture book, Dude!

Dude! You have to read this book.

It's totally about this platypus and this beaver who are friends. They want to go surfing but dude, there's this shark who's in the ocean, too.

But don't worry. This shark approaches and you'll never guess what happens.

Kirkus Reviews named this one of their "BEST PICTURE BOOKS OF 2018" for a good laugh!

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George the hero hound

George the hero hound

Ebbeler, Jeffrey, author, illustrator
2018

George is a good ol' hound dog. He helps Farmer Fritz with the chores and--most important of all--he keeps those sneaky cows out of the cornfield.

Then Farmer Fritz moves away, and a new family from the city moves in. The Gladstones have a lot to learn. George tries to help, but they don't understand his job on the farm...until the day little Olive goes missing, and George shows everyone what it means to be a hero hound!

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Grains of sand

Grains of sand

Delacroix, Sibylle, author, illustrator
2018

On the last day of a family vacation, a little girl is as blue as the sea, and her shoes are filled with sand. What should she do with all of this sand? Together, she and her brother decide to plant the grains of sand, and imagine what will grow. A field of beach umbrellas, to wave hello to the sun? Or a forest of windmills, to fill the sails of a boat? Before drifting off to sleep, the girl has her dad promise they'll go back for new grains of sand next year.

Spare text will prompt readers to wonder and imagine their own possibilities, while illustrations in a palette of yellows and grays convey the sun-soaked joy and the lingering nostalgia of family vacations well remembered.

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Hello hello

Hello hello

Wenzel, Brendan, author, illustrator
2018

In this brilliant follow up to the Caldecott Honour-winning They All Saw a Cat , bestselling author Brendan Wenzel presents a chain of animals of dazzling variety. Each one is different from the last, yet each is also linked by at least one common trait: some obvious, some more subtle. As colours and patterns mix and mingle, and as paws and snouts meet, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world - and ultimately paints a story of connection. Joyous, rhythmic text and Wenzel's exuberant art encourage readers of all kinds to delight in nature's infinite differences, and to look for - and marvel at - its gorgeous similarities. It all starts with a simple 'Hello.'

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Hello lighthouse

Hello lighthouse

Blackall, Sophie, author, illustrator
2018

Winner of the 2019 Caldecott Medal
A beloved picture book from two-time Caldecott Medal award-winner Sophie Blackall that transports readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor!


Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp's wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.
Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cozy dollhouse-like interior with the extraordinary award-winning artist Sophie Blackall.

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The honeybee

The honeybee

Hall, Kirsten, author
2018

Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.

Bzzz...

What's that?
Do you hear it?
You're near it.
It's closer,
it's coming,
it's buzzing,
it's humming...

A BEE!

With zooming, vibrant verse by Kirsten Hall and buzzy, beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, this celebration of the critically important honeybee is a honey-sweet treasure of a picture book.

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A house that once was

A house that once was

Fogliano, Julie, author
2018

A New York Times Best Illustrated book!
A Boston Globe Best Children's Book of 2018

"Accompanied by Lane's evocative art that suggests layers of history, Fogliano's story turns this childhood scenario into a radiant poem about the mysteries of other people and the wonderfulness of home." -- New York Times

Deep in the woods
is a house
just a house
that once was
but now isn't
a home.

Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go?

Two children set off to find the answers by piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, and discarded toys, creating their own vision of those who came before, in this deeply moving tale of imagination by Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Lane Smith.

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How do dinosaurs learn to read?

How do dinosaurs learn to read?

Yolen, Jane, author
2018

Get ready to laugh at this lighthearted, heartwarming, and funny approach to books!

Children sometimes feel the task of learning to read is overwhelming, but the winning combination of rhyme and illustrations here provide a perfect way to present the subject in a comical, engaging, and nonjudgmental way. The contrast of enormous dinosaurs in kid-sized bedrooms (with human parents) adds irresistible humor as families explore the do's and don'ts of reading. Both practical and engaging, this book shows dinosaurs getting into all sorts of reading-related trouble! But of course, in the end, the dinosaurs learn how to carefully handle their books, read out loud, and read a lot!

Each book in the endlessly popular How Do Dinosaurs series is a combination of childish antics followed by a gentle lesson -- with over 14.5 million books in print. This book, the twelfth, ends with pages designed to get your own little dinosaur excited about learning to read -- especially this word: Dinosaur!

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I can only imagine : a friendship with Jesus now and forever

I can only imagine : a friendship with Jesus now and forever

Millard, Bart, author
2018

Encourage your children's sense of wonder and faith with I Can Only Imagine, inspired by the hit song by MercyMe. This beautiful picture book will capture your family's childlike faith and imagination.

I Can Only Imagine asks questions a child might ask and invites families to wonder together: What is heaven like? What does God do? What would it be like to spend a day with Jesus? Children will see that although experiencing the glory of heaven may be far off, we can enjoy a friendship with Jesus every day - right here on earth. Whimsical, playful illustrations and thought-provoking questions make this a book that families will cherish.

Fun and vibrant illustrations offer a vivid visual and will help your children see that God can be found everywhere, every day.

I think about heaven as I look up at the sky

And watch the fluffy clouds roll by.

The more I imagine, the more I wish I knew.

I wonder, would God like pancakes with extra syrup too?

And if God and I spent the day together, what exactly would we do?

The Christian worship song "I Can Only Imagine" touched countless lives with its glorious representation of being in the presence of God, and this beautifully illustrated picture book invites you and your children to imagine those same wonders. Share the joy of a personal relationship with the Lord with your family today through the creative, faith-filled book I Can Only Imagine.

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I've loved you since forever

I've loved you since forever

Kotb, Hoda, 1964- author
2018

New York Times #1 Bestseller!

I've Loved You Since Forever is a celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child. This beautiful picture book is inspired by Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb's heartwarming adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy.

With Kotb's lyrical text and stunning pictures by Suzie Mason, young ones and parents will want to snuggle up and read the pages of this book together, over and over again.

In the universe,

there was you and

there was me,

waiting for the day our

stars would meet. . .

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Little polar bear takes a stand

Little polar bear takes a stand

Beer, Hans de, 1957- author, illustrator
2018

Everyone's favourite little polar bear takes a stand for what's right in this story about friendship, working together, and the environment. Timed to coincide with the Little Polar Bears 30th Anniversary! Help! Where there used to be lots of food, now there are hardly any fish left. But Lars and his friends know just what needs to be done. In helping to put things right Lars proves just what a brave little hero he is. This new story in time for the Little Polar Bear's 30th anniversary will inspire young readers to speak up for what they believe in. AGES: 4 to 8 AUTHOR: Hans de Beer was born in 1957 in Muiden, near Amsterdam. After briefly studying history, he attended courses at the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam. His dissertation on Lars, the little polar bear, gained him international success and countless awards, and it has so far been translated into thirty languages. Today he lives as a freelance illustrator with his partner, an Italian illustrator, and they have homes in Amsterdam and just outside Florence.

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A mighty bitey creature

A mighty bitey creature

Armitage, Ronda, author
2018

Ou-ou-ouch! Who did that? No bottoms are safe in a mischievous jungle story sure to elicit peals of laughter.

All is quiet in the jungle. But not for long! "Who bit my lovely green bottom?" shouts Frog. He rushes to tell King Lion, who will surely know just what to do. But soon Monkey ( eek-eek-eek! ) and Zebra ( ya-a-a hooo! ) encounter something mighty and bitey, too. Can the King of the Jungle save them all? What kind of creature would test its super-sharp teeth on everything it meets? Vivid illustrations, rhythmic language, and a surprise perpetrator combine for a rollicking read.

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Ocean meets sky

Ocean meets sky

Fan, Terry, author
2018

"Young readers will be captivated." -- The Washington Post

From the creators of the gorgeous bestseller The Night Gardener comes a stunning new picture book about a young boy who sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about...the spot where the ocean meets the sky.

It's a good day for sailing.

Finn lives by the sea and the sea lives by him. Every time he looks out his window it's a constant reminder of the stories his grandfather told him about the place where the ocean meets the sky. Where whales and jellyfish soar and birds and castles float.

Finn's grandfather is gone now but Finn knows the perfect way to honor him. He'll build his own ship and sail out to find this magical place himself!

And when he arrives, maybe, just maybe, he'll find something he didn't know he was looking for.

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Off & away

Off & away

Atkinson, Cale, author, illustrator
2018

How would you get mail if you lived in the middle of the sea? It's Jo's dad's job to deliver it, taking bottles wherever they need to go. He always comes home with exciting stories to tell-but Jo is far too afraid to go out on the ocean herself. Until Dad gets a bad sea cold, that is. With no one but Jo to deliver the bottles, she must find her courage and set sail alone. As she embarks on her mission, her fears just might be replaced with new friendships . . . and grand stories of her own.
With beautiful, atmospheric art and endearing new characters by author-illustrator Cale Atkinson, this picturebook is a treasure.

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The perfect nest

The perfect nest

Friend, Catherine, author
2018

It's the perfect read-aloud! A flustered cat is on the verge of crying fowl in a farmyard story that will crack kids up.

Jack the cat is building the perfect nest. It's bound to attract the perfect chicken, who will lay the perfect egg, which will make the perfect omelet. And sure enough, a chicken shows up ("¡Caramba!"), but so do a duck ("Sacré bleu!") and a goose ("Great balls of fire!"). Feathers get ruffled -- and Jack gets much more than breakfast -- in a funny tale rich in detail with a sweet final twist.

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Snail mail

Snail mail

Berger, Samantha, author
2018

Nothing Says Love Like an Old-Fashioned Letter


A long, long time ago, before email and texting, the mail was delivered in a much slower way-it was called Snail Mail (because some thought it was delivered by a snail). Although it took much longer, everyone agreed that letters were a little more special when they were delivered by Snail Mail. They might be handwritten. They might include a drawing. They might even contain a surprise inside! One such letter was sent by a Girl to the Boy she loved, and it was up to four special snails to deliver her card across the country. The snails trek across the country-through desert heat and dangerous blizzards, across mountains and plains, through cities and forests-and along the way, they find that taking time to slow down and look around makes the journey all the more beautiful.

Snail Mail 's playful and educational story encourages kids to have slow living, and to approach life with determination and wonder. Julia Patton's rich illustrations showcase America's diverse terrain and national monuments from coast to coast. Kids and parents alike will delight in this celebration of America's beauty and the power of a simple handwritten letter.

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Splat and the new baby

Splat and the new baby

Scotton, Rob, author, illustrator
2018

New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Rob Scotton is back with a brand-new jacketed hardcover Splat the Cat adventure. Join Splat as he finds out he's going to be a big brother--to a surprising little guest!

Splat the Cat can't wait to be a big brother. So when his mom brings home a special little guest, Splat races from his room, slides down the banister, and skids across the hall, only to find his mom holding . . . a crocodile?! It's not the baby Splat was expecting, but he's determined, no matter how messy, smelly, and tricky it gets, to be the best big brother he can be!

This Splat the Cat adventure by bestselling author and illustrator Rob Scotton is both funny and endearing. Energetic art and hilarious text make Splat the Cat and the New Baby a perfect addition to this classic, lovable series.

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Unstoppable me

Unstoppable me

Dirks, Adam, author
2018

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Unstoppable Me, written by New York Times bestselling author and champion surfer Bethany Hamilton with husband, Adam Dirks, tells the story of Makana the lion, who loves to surf but loses her nerve when she wipes out. When her friend encourages her to go back out again, Makana summons up the courage and discovers the success that comes from believing in yourself and never giving up.

As seen in the feature film Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, this playful board book with foiled padded cover will have little ones cheering for Makana and inspire them to stay strong and keep trying, no matter what challenges might come their way.

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A werewolf named Oliver James

A werewolf named Oliver James

Frith, Nicholas John, author, illustrator
2018

On his way home one moonlit night, a strange thing happens to Oliver James -- he unexpectedly turns into a werewolf! He can't believe it, it's so . . . AMAZING.

Suddenly, he can run super-fast, leap super-high, and lift trucks with his super-strength! But even werewolves need to be home in time for dinner and Oliver James races to make it back. There's only one problem: what on earth will his parents say when they see him?

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Woolf : half wolf, half sheep, all heart

Woolf : half wolf, half sheep, all heart

Latimer, Alex, author
2018

A wolf and a sheep fall in love. They have a son that they call Woolf - he's half wolf, half woolly sheep! This is Woolf's story.It's not easy being different - not quite fitting in with one group or another. When Woolf tries to impress the wolves, he finds it fun for a while, but they're a bit too wild. When when he tries to follow the sheep, he finds it all a bit, well, boring. Can Woolf find his own way in life and make his own friends that like him for who he is, not who he's trying to be?

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Wordy birdy

Wordy birdy

Sauer, Tammi, author
2018

Meet Wordy Birdy, a very chatty bird who talks WAY more than she listens! A hilarious story with a subtle lesson from beloved author Tammi Sauer-ideal for fans of I Don't Want to Be a Frog .

Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. "Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky. . . ." But does she love to listen? NOPE . One day, while she's walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water- "That's a pretty tree and that's a pretty tree and that's a pretty danger sign and that's a pretty tree. . . ." Will this inattentive bird walk right into danger? Will her faraway thoughts lead her along a path of doom? It's up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend.

Author Tammi Sauer will have kids and their parents in stitches with this funny, fast-paced, lovable caper about the importance of paying attention-and the importance of standing by your friends through thick and thin.

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