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Roar of the Thunder Dragon

Roar of the Thunder Dragon

by West, Tracey / Scholastic Inc.

Lalo the baby lightning dragon has been taken by Eko, a rogue Dragon Master, who ran away with her thunder dragon years before. Now she's back looking to make allies of the other dragon masters and gain control over all of the dragons in Griffith.…

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Kings of the Castle

Kings of the Castle

by Turnbull, Victoria / Templar Books

A new book from Victoria Turnbull, a Waterstones Children's Book Prize short-listed author-illustrator. George didn't want to waste the night moon bathing. He wanted to build a sand castle that would turn any monster green with envy But when George meets the strangest creature he has ever seen, the night takes an unexpected turn. A starlit story of adventure, imagination, and friendship from the creator of The Sea…

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Olivia the Spy

Olivia the Spy

by Falconer, Ian / Atheneum Books

Everyone's favorite pig is about to have a birthday...but will her penchant for eavesdropping lead to more than presents? Olivia's birthday is days away. Plans must be made. Who makes plans? Moms Who simply must know the plans? Olivia, who is NOT above eavesdropping. But when she not-so-accidentally-but-kinda overhears her mom talking about her not-so-squeaky-clean-and-possibly-very-bad-behavior, Olivia's imagination runs wild...because it sounds like not only will there be no birthday, but Mom might just be sending her to military school instead. What a BAD birthday that would be…

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Percy, Dog of Destiny

Percy, Dog of Destiny

by McGhee, Alison / Boyds Mills Press

Dog park? Let's go Percy may be a small dog, but he more than makes up for it in attitude and energy. Holding tight to his precious toy ball, he makes his way to the dog park, coming across three friends along the way--Molly, with her kerchief; Oatmeal Cookie, with his Frisbee; and lovable giant Fluffy, with his bone. At the park, the four friends have fun running, digging, and sniffing--until a sneering, jeering squirrel dares to challenge Percy, causing him to drop his beloved toy. Percy's ball sails through the air, flying so high that he might lose it forever... but an unlikely hero dashes in to save the day Told from the perspective of a way-too-big-for-his-britches Jack…

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Sometimes It's Storks

Sometimes It's Storks

by Kelly, L. J. R. / G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

A funny, surrealist take on the classic baby delivery story Baby delivery is a tricky business: When the top-notch stork is not available, a substitute has to step in. But a delicious-looking fish distracts him, and he misplaces the baby en route. As one animal encounter leads to another, the baby travels the world: up to the North Pole atop a whale, to Australia with migrating geese, and to the Brisbane Zoo by kangaroo, before finally landing at home. In Sometimes It's Storks, L. J. R. Kelly and the Brothers Hilts offer a whimsical tale of animals and adventure, proposing a creative answer to the puzzling question of where babies come…

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Sam Sorts

Sam Sorts

by Jocelyn, Marthe / Tundra Books (NY)

Marthe Jocelyn is back with another clever concept book to follow Hannah's Collections, Ones and Twos and Where Do You Look? This time, she tackles counting and categories. Sam's things are in a heap. Time to tidy up He starts to organize his things, but quickly runs into trouble. He can make a pile of black and white things. But the penguin also belongs in the things with wings pile. He can make a pile of rocks. But the round rock also belongs in the round things pile. How will he ever sort his 100 things? Marthe Jocelyn takes a fun look at categories and counting in this very cleverly conceived story. Kids will delight in the cut-paper images of everything from a zipper pull…

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That's Not How You Do It!

That's Not How You Do It!

by Hofmann-Maniyar, Ariane / Child's Play International

Lucy knows how to do everything. She knows how to eat with a spoon and fork, play the xylophone, paint elephants - and lots more besides All her friends ask her for help if they need to know the right way to do something. When Toshi arrives, Lucy thinks he can't do anything properly at all. He eats differently, plays strange music, and he definitely can't paint elephants. She can barely hide her frustration. And when she finally tries to teach Toshi the right way to do things, she learns a very important lesson herself. A simple, funny tale about understanding, respecting and enjoying our…

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Will You Help Doug Find His Dog?

Will You Help Doug Find His Dog?

by Caston, Jane / Barefoot Books

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Green Pants

Green Pants

by Kraegel, Kenneth / Candlewick Press (MA)

For kids who march to their own drummer -- or are especially attached to a comfort object -- here is a completely adorable character who wears his singularity in style. Jameson only ever wears green pants. When he wears green pants, he can do anything. But if he wants to be in his cousin's wedding, he's going to have to wear a tuxedo, and that means black pants. It's an impossible decision: Jameson would love nothing more than to be in his cousin's wedding, but how can he not wear green pants? Will Jameson turn down this big honor, or will he find a way to make everyone happy, including himself? In this pitch-perfect ode to individualism, acclaimed author-illustrator…

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Little Pig Saves the Ship

Little Pig Saves the Ship

by Costello, David Hyde / Charlesbridge Publishing

Intrepid Little Pig--still the littlest pig in the family--is back for a second adventure. When his older brothers and sisters trundle off to sailing camp, Little Pig is left behind with Grandpa and Poppy. Little Pig and Poppy make and sail a toy ship all week, but on Saturday a gusty wind takes the ship into the current, and Little Pig has to use his newfound knot-tying skills to save the…

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Away

Away

by Sher, Emil / Groundwood Books

Love shines through in the sticky notes shared between a mother and daughter in this picture book about making time for family in the midst of our busy lives. Between work and school, homework and housework, a mother and daughter don't always get to spend as much time together as they'd like. Add to that a little girl's fears about leaving home for the first time, and the need to stay close through handwritten notes becomes even more important. As the camp departure date gets closer, Mom does her best to soothe her daughter's nerves. A visit from her grandmother helps to calm her fears and convince her that she'll have a good time, even away from her mother and…

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Town Is by the Sea

Town Is by the Sea

by Schwartz, Joanne / Groundwood Books

A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig. With curriculum connections to communities and the history of mining, this beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a maritime mining town will enthrall children and move adult…

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Little Wolf's First Howling

Little Wolf's First Howling

by Kvasnosky, Laura McGee / Candlewick Press (MA)

Some may favor the proper way to howl, but what if you have a song in your heart that needs to come out? A delightful, disarmingly funny tale for little and big wolves everywhere. Little Wolf can hardly wait. Tonight he will howl at the moon to the top of the sky. First, Big Wolf demonstrates traditional howling form: AAAAAAAAAAOOOOOooooooooo. Then it's Little Wolf's turn. He's sure he is ready, but when the big moment comes, something happens. Something unexpected, something wild, something unbe-beep-bop-believable Sisters Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate McGee have created a wonderful story about the importance of doing things your own way and being true to your heart when…

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Rain School

Rain School

by Rumford, James / Houghton Mifflin

Rumford, who lived in Chad as a Peace Corps volunteer, fills these pages with the vibrant colors of Africa and the spare words of a poet to show how important learning is in a country where only a few children are able to go to…

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