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Olivia Wrapped in Vines

Olivia Wrapped in Vines

by Nepveu-Villeneuve, Maude / Orca Book Publishers

★"Scenes are evocative and provide endless opportunities for discussion with young children. This book is ideal for all libraries as a non-threatening and productive story that can give hope to children who feel like Olivia."--SLJ, starred review The world is a really big place for little kids. When Olivia starts to feel overwhelmed by her big feelings, she sprouts vines. They are thorny and twisty and make it impossible for Olivia to do the things she loves to do, like ride her bike or play with her friends. Plus, no one wants to come near a giant ball of thorns. Luckily, Olivia has a very special teacher. Someone who sees past the prickly and the pokey to the upset little girl and…

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This Is a Taco

This Is a Taco

by Cangelose, Andrew / Oni Press

This is a squirrel . . . "Hey, I may be a squirrel, but my name is Taco And I don't eat nuts and tree bark--blech--I prefer tacos " The natural predator of squirrels is . . . "Whoa, whoa, whoa Who is writing this book? I do not like where this is going." This hilarious send-up of a children's nature primer teaches kids that the most important story is the one you write…

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Gustavo, the Shy Ghost

Gustavo, the Shy Ghost

by Drago, Flavia Z. / Candlewick Press (MA)

A #1 New York Times bestseller! This winning debut picture book from Mexican artist Flavia Z. Drago about finding the courage to make friends is perfect for the spooky season -- or anytime. Gustavo is good at doing all sorts of ghostly things: walking through walls, making objects fly, and glowing in the dark. And he loves almost nothing more than playing beautiful music on his violin. But Gustavo is shy, and some things are harder for him to do, like getting in a line to buy eye scream or making friends with other monsters. Whenever he tries getting close to them, he realizes they just can't see him. Now that the Day of the Dead is fast approaching, what can he do to make them notice…

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Meanwhile, Back on Earth: Seeing Our Place in Space

Meanwhile, Back on Earth: Seeing Our Place in Space

by Jeffers, Oliver / Philomel Books

A spectacular new picture book from the creator of international bestselliers Here We Are and What We'll Build that will give readers perspective on our place in space. A father takes his two children on a thrilling out-of-this-world adventure into space and invites them to look back at Earth and the conflicts that have taken place since the beginning of time. This becomes a brief history of the world and a guide to the universe, told with Oliver Jeffers's inimitable perspective, wit and exquisite artwork. Meanwhile Back on Earth gives a unique look at life on Earth with a cosmic perspective - and an enduring message that what binds us together matters more than what sets us…

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A Song of Frutas

A Song of Frutas

by Engle, Margarita / Atheneum Books for Young Readers

From Pura Belpr Award-winning author Margarita Engle comes a lively, rhythmic picture book about a little girl visiting her grandfather who is a pregonero--a singing street vendor in Cuba--and helping him sell his frutas. When we visit mi abuelo, I help him sell frutas, singing the names of each fruit as we walk, our footsteps like drumbeats, our hands like maracas, shaking... The little girl loves visiting her grandfather in Cuba and singing his special songs to sell all kinds of fruit: mango, lim n, naranja, pi a, and more Even when they're apart, grandfather and granddaughter can share rhymes between their countries like un abrazo--a hug--made of words carried on letters that…

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Together We Ride

Together We Ride

by Bolling, Valerie / Chronicle Books

Hair Love meets bike rides in this loving portrait of a father-daughter relationship. Learning to ride is no easy feat! But with a little courage, a guiding hand from her dad, and an enthusiastic bark from her pup, one brave girl quickly learns the freedom that comes from an afternoon spent outside on a bike. Experience the fear, the anticipation, and the delight of achieving the ultimate milestone in this energetic, warm story that celebrates the precious bond between parent and child. THE JOY OF LEARNING TO RIDE A BIKE: Who can forget the first time they learned to ride a bike? This book is a nostalgic nod for parents and one they will be eager to share with their young one learning how…

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I'm Not Small

I'm Not Small

by Crews, Nina / Greenwillow Books

What makes you big? What makes you small? From acclaimed author-illustrator Nina Crews comes a picture book that introduces young children to the concepts of size and comparisons. A great choice for emerging readers, school classrooms, and storytime sharing.Time to play outside! It's easy for a young boy to feel small in a world that is made up of big, big things. But when he takes a closer look, he discovers that he is big, too. His dog is smaller than he is, and his cat is smaller than his dog. And the teeny-tiny ant crawling through the grass? Even smaller!I'm Not Small will spark family and classroom conversations about the concepts of size and size comparisons, about growing…

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Dadaji's Paintbrush

Dadaji's Paintbrush

by Sirdeshpande, Rashmi / Levine Querido

Once, in a tiny village in India, there was a young boy who loved to paint. He lived with his grandfather, who taught him to paint with his fingers, to make paints from marigolds and brushes made from jasmine flowers. Sometimes, the village children would watch them painting together, and the boy's grandfather would invite them to join in. They didn't have much, but they had each other. After his grandfather dies, the boy notices a little box wrapped in string with a note that read: From Dadaji, with love, with his grandfather's best paintbrush tucked away inside. But he feels he will never want to paint again. Will the boy overcome his grief and find joy in painting and his…

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Gibberish

Gibberish

by Vo, Young / Levine Querido

It's Dat's first day of school in a new country! Dat and his Mah made a long journey to get here, and Dat doesn't know the language. To Dat, everything everybody says - from the school bus driver to his new classmates - sounds like gibberish. How is Dat going to make new friends if they can't understand each other? Luckily there's a friendly girl in Dat's class who knows that there are other ways to communicate, besides just talking. Could she help make sense of the…

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Climb On!

Climb On!

by Paul, Baptiste / Northsouth Books

Take a hike with this father-daughter adventure that's sure to inspire you to get outside. When a young child reminds her dad about the hike they planned, her father is hesitant --To the tippy top? It's a great day to watch futbol (soccer). But as the two climb on, her enthusiasm is contagious. Filled with setbacks, surprises, and stunning views, this warm and humorous story highlights in vivid colors the bonding power of a shared experience. A list of creatures at the end prompts a second look for keen-eyed readers to make discoveries of their own. Baptiste Paul and Jacqueline Alcntara (co-creators of The Field) have teamed up again! Baptiste's humorous and tender…

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Uncle John's City Garden

Uncle John's City Garden

by Ford, Bernette / Holiday House

How does this city garden grow? With help from L'il Sissy and her siblings--and love, love, love! A celebration of nature, family, and food. Visiting the city from her home in the suburbs, an African American girl sees how a few packets of seeds, some helping hands, and hard work transform an empty lot in a housing project into a magical place where vegetables grow and family gathers. It's the magic of nature in the heart of the city! Bernette Ford's autobiographical story is a loving glimpse at a girl, her siblings, and her uncle, and their shared passion for farming. L'l Sissy's fascination with measurement, comparison, and estimation introduces children to STEM…

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A Day for Sandcastles

A Day for Sandcastles

by Lawson, Jonarno / Candlewick Press (MA)

A dazzling wordless picture book celebrates creative problem-solving, teamwork, and the sun-splashed wonder of a day at the beach. The creators of the acclaimed Over the Shop evoke a perfect summer beach day--and themes of creativity, cooperation, flexibility, and persistence--all without a word in this sun-warmed, salt-stained delight of a story. A busload of beachgoers spills out onto the sand for a day of fun and frolic. Three siblings begin work on a castle, patting and shaping the sand as the sun arcs over the sky. Time and again, their progress is halted: a windswept hat topples their creation; a toddler ambles through it; the tide creeps close, and then too close. Meeting each…

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Frank and the Bad Surprise

Frank and the Bad Surprise

by Brockenbrough, Martha / Levine Querido

Frank the cat has it good: Tons of toys, unlimited Whiskies(TM) and space and quiet to stretch and nap and think and write. Then his people bring home a box. A box with something unexpected inside. A puppy. A puppy who doesn't know the rules of naps. A puppy who slobbers and tackles and barks. This won't do. Frank will just have to find a better home. Should be easy,…

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Super Rabbit Boy World!: A Branches Book (Press Start! #12)

Super Rabbit Boy World!: A Branches Book (Press Start! #12)

by Flintham, Thomas / Scholastic Inc.

King Viking unleashes his biggest evil plan yet in the latest installment of this USA Today bestselling series!Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!King Viking has come up with a new way to cause trouble in Super World. He has a Multi-plan Plan! Instead of one evil plan, King Viking is doing a lot of evil plans all at once. Super Rabbit Boy runs across Super World from one robot attack to another and…

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Narwhalicorn and Jelly

Narwhalicorn and Jelly

by Clanton, Ben / Tundra Books (NY)

In the hilarious seventh book of this blockbuster graphic novel series, Narwhal wishes to see a unicorn -- and actually becomes one! When Jelly wonders what a unicorn is, Narwhal explains that they're pretty much narwhals of the land (!) -- and then gets carried away with a grand plan to see one. With the help of Star, Narwhal's wish comes true in the wildest, weirdest way: Narwhal gets some land legs and takes their first step ashore. After some wibble-wobbling and a bit of practice, Narwhal is soon galloping along in search of unicorns, though Jelly is a little land sick. Before they know it, Star has the duo blasting off to a magical planet where everyone is a unicorn! But…

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I Hope / Nipakosêyimon

I Hope / Nipakosêyimon

by Gray Smith, Monique / Orca Book Publishers

Poignant words from award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith about all the hopes adults have for the young people in their lives. The hopes we have for the children in our lives are endless. We want our young people to thrive and experience all that life has to offer, but we also feel protective of them. Using simple but powerful statements, Monique Gray Smith delivers a touching message about loving, nurturing and wishing the best for our children. Paired with Gabrielle Grimard's warm and enchanting illustrations, the message in I Hope will resonate with all parents, grandparents and caregivers. Orca Book Publishers is proud to offer this picture book as a dual-language…

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The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster!

The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster!

by Willems, Mo / Union Square Kids

From #1 New York Times best-selling, award-winning author and illustrator Mo Willems! Buckle up for twists, turns, and emotional loop-de-loops in the most roller coaster-y Pigeon book ever! The Pigeon WILL be ready. Will…

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Pig the Rebel (Pig the Pug)

Pig the Rebel (Pig the Pug)

by Blabey, Aaron / Scholastic Press

The laughter is nonstop as everyone's favorite greedy and selfish pug is sent to obedience school in this picture book from #1 New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Aaron Blabey.Pig was a pugand I'm sorry to say, after years of his anticsit was now time to pay.Pig's bad behavior has finally caught up with him -- it's time for OBEDIENCE SCHOOL! Can this terrible pug ever be tamed? Not if he can help it...Rich with author-illustrator Aaron Blabey's signature rhyming text and unforgettable illustrations, Pig the Rebel is a laugh-out-loud story that follows the nine previous books in the series (Pig the Pug, Pig the Winner, Pig the Elf, Pig the Star, Pig the…

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Be a Good Ancestor

Be a Good Ancestor

by Prince, Leona / Orca Book Publishers

Rooted in Indigenous teachings, this stunning picture book encourages readers of all ages to consider the ways in which they live in connection to the world around them and to think deeply about their behaviors. Addressing environmental issues, animal welfare, self-esteem and self-respect, and the importance of community, the authors deliver a poignant and universal message in an accessible way: Be a good ancestor to the world around you. Thought-provoking stanzas offer a call to action for each one of us to consider how we affect future generations. Every decision we make ripples out, and we can affect the world around us by thinking deeply about those…

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My Name Is Saajin Singh

My Name Is Saajin Singh

by Brar, Kuljinder Kaur / Annick Press

A debut picture book that explores the importance of pronouncing names properly and celebrates cultural identity. Saajin loves his name--he loves it so much that he sees it spelled out in the world around him in his snacks, in the sky and sometimes he even sings it aloud. On his first day of school, Saajin is excited to meet his new classmates, but things take a turn when the teacher mispronounces his name as Say-jin and he is not sure how--or if he should--correct her. After trying to live with the different version of his name for a while and some thoughtful conversations with his family about the meaning behind it, Saajin realizes the importance of reclaiming his name and embracing his…

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