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A World Together

A World Together

by Manzano, Sonia / National Geographic Kids

Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street's beloved character Maria, brings warmth and wit to this timely picture book that looks across cultures and generations to celebrate what unites us, wherever we come from. Manzano's lyrical prose combined with stunning photography of people from dozens of countries around the world explores how all of our lives are enriched by our geographic and cultural diversity. Kids see how people around the world look, dress, and spend their day, and learn that what we enjoy and value--friends, family, food, play--may sometimes look different, but deep down is the same wherever you go. This lovely picture book from a first-generation American affirms our common…

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The All-Together Quilt

The All-Together Quilt

by Rockwell, Lizzy / Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Quilters and crafters rejoice This story of a community coming together to make a quilt is a heartwarming celebration of creativity and teamwork. The kids and grown-ups at a community center begin with lots of colorful fabrics and an idea. Then step by step they make that idea a reality. They design, cut, stitch, layer, and quilt. It's the work of many hands, many hours, and many stories. And the result is something warm and wonderful they all can share. Lizzy Rockwell is the artistic director and organizing force behind the Norwalk Community Quilt Project: Peace by Piece, and this book is inspired by all the people who have gathered over the years to teach and learn and to make…

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The Most Beautiful Thing

The Most Beautiful Thing

by Yang, Kao Kalia / Carolrhoda Books (R)

A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look. Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. Weaving together Kalia's story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States. When Kalia becomes unhappy about having to do without and decides she wants braces to improve her smile, it is her grandmother--a woman who has just one tooth in her mouth--who helps her see that true beauty is found with those we love most. Stunning…

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Two Little Trains

Two Little Trains

by Brown, Margaret Wise / HarperCollins

First published in 1949, "Two Little Trains" is now newly illustrated by two-time Caldecott Medal winners Leo and Diane Dillon. Full-color…

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Pete the Cat-Crayons Rock!

Pete the Cat-Crayons Rock!

by Dean, James / HarperCollins

From rockin' red to cool cat blue, with a box of crayons there's nothing Pete can't do Pete uses his groovy crayons to draw lots of things, and for the first time ever, he's drawing his pals. But when Pete shows his artwork to his friends, they don't react the way he expected them to.Will Pete put his favorite crayons down or find a way to turn it all around? Not to worry Pete learns there are no mistakes when it comes to art--art comes from the heart Get artsy with everyone's favorite blue cat in this groovy picture book that adds a creative touch to the importance of great friends and never giving up. Fans of Pete the Cat will love watching him take his…

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The Barnabus Project

The Barnabus Project

by Fan, Terry / Tundra Books (NY)

In a world built for Perfect Pets, Barnabus is a Failed Project, half mouse, half elephant, kept out of sight until his dreams of freedom lead him and his misfit friends on a perilous adventure. A stunning picture book from international bestsellers The Fan Brothers, joined by their brother Devin Fan. Deep underground beneath Perfect Pets, where children can buy genetically engineered perfect creatures, there is a secret lab. Barnabus and his friends live in this lab, but none of them is perfect. They are all Failed Projects. Barnabus has never been outside his tiny bell jar, yet he dreams of one day seeing the world above ground that his pal Pip the cockroach has told him about: a world…

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I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

by Verde, Susan / Abrams Books for Young Readers

Embrace empathy with the instant #1 New York Times bestselling companion to I Am Love and I Am Peace Being human means we are full of possibility. We learn, we dream, we wonder at the world around us. But we also make mistakes and can feel fearful or sad. From the bestselling team that created I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, I Am Love, and I Am One comes a hopeful celebration of the human family. I Am Human affirms that we can make good choices by acting with compassion and having empathy for others and ourselves. When we find common ground, we can feel connected to the great world around us and mindfully strive to be our best selves. Includes a guided meditation. Also available: I Am . . . A…

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I Am Love: A Book of Compassion

I Am Love: A Book of Compassion

by Verde, Susan / Abrams Books for Young Readers

Celebrate love in all its forms with the instant New York Times bestselling companion to I Am Human Love means showing kindness, living with gratitude, and taking care of our minds and bodies. Letting our hearts lead the way can help move us closer to a better world. From the bestselling team that created I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, I Am Human, and I Am One comes a celebration of love in all its forms. Grounded in mindfulness and wellness, I Am Love asks readers to look inward when they feel afraid, angry, hurt, or sad. When a storm is brewing inside us and the skies grow dark, the transformative power of love lets the light back in. Includes heart-opening yoga poses and a guided meditation.…

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I Am Yoga

I Am Yoga

by Verde, Susan / Abrams Appleseed

An enlightening board book edition of the bestselling "I Am Yoga" by esteemed illustrator Reynolds and certified yoga instructor and author Verde that encourages children to explore the world of yoga. Full…

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Cozy

Cozy

by Brett, Jan / G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

A New York Times Bestseller A group of clever animals find an unusual but warm and furry home during Alaska's long winter in Jan Brett's newest snowy adventure. Cozy is the softest musk ox in Alaska, with the warmest fur you ever did feel. When a storm hits while he's separated from his family, he starts to feel lonely--but not for long. As the snow piles up, animals start to notice just how warm and cozy Cozy really is One mama lemming has a bright idea . . . maybe the best place to spend the winter is under Cozy's fur As more and more animals burrow in, Cozy adds to the house rules: quiet voices, gentle thumping, claws to yourself, no biting, and no pouncing. That…

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Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth

by Tonatiuh, Duncan / Abrams Books for Young Readers

Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh brings an ancient Mesoamerican creation myth to life Long ago, the gods of Mesoamerica set out to create humans. They tried many times during each sun, or age. When all their attempts failed and the gods grew tired, only one did not give up: Quetzalc atl--the Feathered Serpent. To continue, he first had to retrieve the sacred bones of creation guarded by Mictlantecuhtli, lord of the underworld. Gathering his staff, shield, cloak, and shell ornament for good luck, Feathered Serpent embarked on the dangerous quest to create humankind. Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh brings to life the story of Feathered Serpent, one…

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I Talk Like a River

I Talk Like a River

by Scott, Jordan / Neal Porter Books

What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to? Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing. A New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year I wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me. And I can't say them all . . . When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he'd like, it takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice. Compassionate parents everywhere will instantly recognize a father's ability to reconnect a child with the world around him. Poet Jordan Scott writes…

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Studio: A Place for Art to Start

Studio: A Place for Art to Start

by Arrow, Emily / Tundra Books (NY)

Beloved children's entertainer Emily Arrow's first picture book, perfect for (little) makers everywhere: a story about finding a space to create A young bunny makes the rounds of a studio building, taking in all the different artists in their habitats. Making, thinking, sharing, performing . . . but can our bunny find the perfect space to let imagination shine? In this charming ode to creativity, noted children's singer and entertainer Emily Arrow introduces readers to the concept of the studio: a place for painters, dancers, singers, actors, sculptors, printmakers . . . and you Whether it's a purpose-made space with big windows, a room filled with equipment, or the…

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Bo and the Dragon-Pup: A Branches Book (Unicorn Diaries #2)

Bo and the Dragon-Pup: A Branches Book (Unicorn Diaries #2)

by Elliott, Rebecca / Scholastic Inc.

The unicorns of Sparklegrove Forest have a mystery to solve, in this magical series from the creator of the bestselling Owl Diaries 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 Bo Tinseltail lives in Sparklegrove Forest, where lots of other magical creatures live. Bo and the other unicorns learn about dragons at school, but they have never seen them before. That is, until now A blanket and a pair of glasses…

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Bo the Brave: A Branches Book (Unicorn Diaries #3)

Bo the Brave: A Branches Book (Unicorn Diaries #3)

by Elliott, Rebecca / Scholastic Inc.

Bo and the unicorns of Sparklegrove Forest find ways to be brave, in this magical series from the creator of the bestselling Owl Diaries 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 Bo and the other unicorns of Sparklegrove Forest want to earn their Bravery Patch. Will they have to battle a scary monster in order to earn this patch? Bo is nervous But in the end, the unicorns discover that there are…

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Charlie and Mouse Outdoors: Book 4

Charlie and Mouse Outdoors: Book 4

by Snyder, Laurel / Chronicle Books

Charlie & Mouse continue their adventures in this heartwarming tale perfect for newly independent readers. The fourth book in the Geisel Award-winning series Young readers will love diving into this hilarious next installment of this award-winning beginning chapter book series. This time, the two brothers and their family are off on a new adventure: going camping Follow along as they take a long drive, have a quick hike, defeat a big lion, hide in a small tent, and conquer the great outdoors--together. There is so much fun to be had along the way--telling stories, fighting monsters, crashing their tent--but best of all is the joy of sharing it with each other. - A perfect read-aloud book…

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