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Tomorrow Most Likely

Tomorrow Most Likely

by Eggers, Dave / Chronicle Books

Highly recommended . . . an outstanding storytime selection. - School Library Journal, starred review A bright new take on bedtime books: Rather than focusing on going to bed -- and what kid wants to think about going to bed? -- this book explores all of the dreamy, wonderful, strange things the next day might bring. Whimsical, witty, and hopeful, Tomorrow Most Likely is a revolutionary rewriting of a classic goodnight book from bestselling author Dave Eggers and award-winning illustrator Lane Smith. A bedtime story for tomorrow ever after that families can enjoy together. Soothing text and gorgeous illustrations will captivate children and adult.s Dave Eggers is the author of many books…

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Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy

Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy

by Dairman, Tara / G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Extreme weather affects two children's lives in very different ways and shows how the power of nature can bring us together. One girl. One boy. Their lives couldn't be more different. While she turns her shoulder to sandstorms and blistering winds, he cuffs his pants when heavy rains begin to fall. As the weather becomes more severe, their families and animals must flee to safety--and their destination shows that they might be more alike than they seem. The journeys of these two children experiencing weather extremes in India highlight the power of nature and the resilience of the the human…

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Hair Love

Hair Love

by Cherry, Matthew A. / Kokila

A New York Times Bestseller and tie-in to Academy-Award Winning Short Film Hair Love I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this. - Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker It's up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters, from Academy-Award winning director and former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison. Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri…

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Johnny's Pheasant

Johnny's Pheasant

by Minnema, Cheryl / University of Minnesota Press

An encounter with a pheasant (which may or may not be sleeping) takes a surprising turn in this sweetly serious and funny story of a Native American boy and his grandma "Pull over, Grandma Hurry " Johnny says. Grandma does, and Johnny runs to show her what he spotted near the ditch: a sleeping pheasant. What Grandma sees is a small feathery hump. When Johnny wants to take it home, Grandma tries to tell him that the pheasant might have been hit by a car. But maybe she could use the feathers for her craftwork? So home with Grandma and Johnny the pheasant goes . . . It's hard to say who is most surprised by what happens next--Grandma, Johnny, or the pheasant. But no one will be more…

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I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

by Verde, Susan / Harry N. Abrams

Find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice in this companion to the bestselling "I Am Yoga." Verde's gentle, concrete narration and Reynolds' expressive watercolor illustrations bring the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level. Full…

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A Stopwatch from Grampa

A Stopwatch from Grampa

by Garbutt, Loretta / Kids Can Press

A child inherits a treasured stopwatch that belonged to a beloved grandparent in this touching story of loss that explores the stages of grief with sensitivity and wisdom."When summer started, I got Grampa's stopwatch," a small child says. "I don't want his stopwatch. I want him." Grampa used to time everything. A race to the end of the street and back: 24 seconds. Eating bubblegum ice cream: 1 minute, 58 seconds. But now, Grampa's gone. "There are no more Grampa minutes, Grampa seconds," the child says. "Time just stops." As the seasons come and go, the stopwatch becomes a cherished symbol of remembrance, and the child uses it to carry on Grampa's favorite pastimes and…

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Pirate Stew

Pirate Stew

by Gaiman, Neil / Quill Tree Books

Meet LONG JOHN McRON, SHIP'S COOK . . . and the most unusual babysitter you've ever seen. Long John has a whole crew of wild pirates in tow, and--for one boy and his sister--he's about to transform a perfectly ordinary evening into a riotous adventure beneath a pirate moon. It's time to make some PIRATE STEW. Marvelously silly and gloriously entertaining, this tale of pirates, flying ships, doughnut feasts and some rather magical stew is perfect for all pirates, both young and old.With a deliciously rhyming text from master storyteller Neil Gaiman and spellbinding illustrations by the supremely talented Chris Riddell, this is the picture book of the year Pirate Stew …

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Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals

Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals

by Duffield, Katy S. / Beach Lane Books

This powerful nonfiction picture book explores wildlife crossings around the world and how they are helping save thousands of animals every day. Around the world, bridges, tunnels, and highways are constantly being built to help people get from one place to another. But what happens when construction spreads over, under, across, and through animal habitats? Thankfully, groups of concerned citizens, scientists, engineers, and construction crews have come together to create wildlife crossings to help keep animals safe. From elk traversing a wildlife bridge across a Canadian interstate to titi monkeys using rope bridges over a Costa Rican road to salamanders creeping through tiny tunnels…

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The Bear and the Moon

The Bear and the Moon

by Burgess, Matthew / Chronicle Books

The Bear and the Moon is a picture book that follows what happens when the gift of a balloon floats into Bear's life. The two companions embark on a journey--a magical tale that encompasses the joys of friendship and discovery. This is a gentle book filled with humor, while tackling complex topics like the transcendence of loss and forgiveness. - Filled with emotive text and radiant illustrations- Simply told and profoundly felt- Award winning author-illustrator team The Bear and the Moon is a compassionate tale that honors the small but profound world of the very young. This sweet book teaches social and emotional skills to kids, and offers a clever way to soothe some of our most…

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Out the Door

Out the Door

by Hale, Christie / Neal Porter Books

Follow a girl through her day in a busy city as she travels to school and back again in this inviting book that teaches directional concepts like over, under, and through. Out the door, down the stoop, past the neighbors, along the block ... Through tree-lined streets, onto a crowded subway car, into the classroom with friends, and finally, retracing her steps back home again. There's so much to see in Christy Hale's warm, richly textured collage artwork and simple, evocative text set in a busy Brooklyn cityscape. Out the Door is the perfect back-to-school book for young kids learning to find their way around a city. Parents and teachers can use this read-aloud to familiarize kids…

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Be Kind

Be Kind

by Zietlow Miller, Pat / Roaring Brook Press

A New York Times bestseller "These days, it seems more important than ever for books to show young people how to act with thoughtfulness, civility, and kindness." --The New York Times Book Review When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better, wondering: What does it mean to be kind? From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference--or at least help a friend. With a gentle text from the award-winning author of Sophie's Squash, Pat Zietlow Miller, and irresistible art from Jen Hill, Be Kind is an unforgettable…

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The Old Truck

The Old Truck

by Pumphrey, Jerome / Norton Young Readers

When is an old truck something more? On a small, bustling farm, a resilient and steadfast pickup works tirelessly alongside the family that lives there, and becomes a part of the dreams and ambitions of the family's young daughter.After long days and years of hard work leave the old truck rusting in the weeds, it's time for the girl to roll up her sleeves. Soon she is running her own busy farm, and in the midst of all the repairing and restoring, it may be time to bring her faithful childhood companion back to life.With an eye-catching retro design and cleverly nuanced illustrations, The Old Truck celebrates the rewards of determination and the value of…

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Unicorns Are the Worst!

Unicorns Are the Worst!

by Willan, Alex / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Perfect for fans of Dragons Love Tacos and Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, this wildly funny and imaginative picture book celebrates the value of differences as a grumpy goblin gets to know his new unicorn neighbors. It's an undeniable fact that unicorns are the worst Magic is serious business, but all unicorns do is frolic around, have tea parties, and leave glitter all over the place They're nothing like goblins--practical and hard-working, who can put magic to good use Unicorns aren't helpful at all. Or are…

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A Girl Like Me

A Girl Like Me

by Johnson, Angela / Millbrook Press (Tm)

A] rallying cry for girls to reject limitations others might place on them and their dreams.--starred, The Horn Book Magazine Once I dreamed I swam / the ocean / and saw everything deep, cool / and was part of the waves. / I swam on by the people / onshore / hollering, / 'A girl like you needs to / stay out of the water / and be dry / like everyone else.' Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews's distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of…

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You Matter

You Matter

by Robinson, Christian / Atheneum Books for Young Readers

A New York Times bestseller Five starred reviews Named Best Book of the Year by Barnes & Noble, The New York Times/New York Public Library, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points of view by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson. In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored--from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they're feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a…

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The Couch Potato

The Couch Potato

by John, Jory / HarperCollins

An Instant New York Times Bestseller * An Instant Indie Bestseller * An Indie Next List SelectionFeeling fried? Peel yourself on the couch and meet your new pal-tato The winning fourth picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, and The Cool Bean, Jory John and Pete Oswald, will get you and your kids moving The Couch Potato has everything within reach and doesn't have to move from the sunken couch cushion. But when the electricity goes out, Couch Potato is forced to peel away from the comforts of the living room and venture outside. Could fresh air and sunshine possibly be better than the views on screen? Readers of all ages will laugh…

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