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Small in the City

Small in the City

by Smith, Sydney / Neal Porter Books

It can be a little scary to be small in a big city, but this child has some good advice for a very special friend in need. A New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of the Year An ALA Notable Children's Book It can be a little scary to be small in a big city, but it helps to know you're not alone. When you're small in the city, people don't see you, and loud sounds can scare you, and knowing what to do is sometimes hard. But this little kid knows what it's like, and knows the neighborhood. And a little friendly advice can go a long way. Alleys can be good shortcuts, but some are too dark. Or, there are lots of good hiding places in the city,…

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Camp Tiger

Camp Tiger

by Choi, Susan / G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Six Starred Reviews Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of 2019 A 2019 New York Public Library Best Book for Kids Imagination meets reality in this poetic and tender ode to childhood, illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner, John Rocco. Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond. Usually, they see things like an eagle fishing for his dinner, a salamander with red spots on its back, and chipmunks that come to steal food while the family sits by the campfire. But this year is different. This year, the boy is going into first grade, and his mother is encouraging him to do things on his own, just like his older brother. And the most different thing of all . . . this year,…

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The Neighbors

The Neighbors

by Tsarfati, Einat / Harry N. Abrams

As a young girl climbs the seven stories to her own (very boring ) apartment, she imagines what's behind each of the doors she passes. Does the door with all the locks belong to a family of thieves? Might the doorway with muddy footprints conceal a pet tiger? Each spread reveals--in lush detail--the wilds of the girl's imagination, from a high-flying circus to an underwater world and everything in between. When the girl finally reaches her own apartment, she is greeted by her parents, who might have a secret even wilder than anything she could have imagined…

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Puppy Truck

Puppy Truck

by Pinkney, Brian / Atheneum Books for Young Readers

A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019 Find out what happens when a boy who wants a puppy gets a truck instead in this simple and sweet picture book from Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney. Vroom...beep...bark Carter wants a puppy, but he gets a truck instead. So he pets it, puts a leash around it, and takes it to the park. But the truck won't sit still What will Carter do with his rascally Puppy…

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The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh

by Kelkar, Supriya / Sterling Children's Books

"Alea Marley's cover illustration screams JOY and LOVE. I love everything about this important and necessary picture book, especially Harpreet Singh and his big heart." --Mr. Schu, Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic "This simple yet sensitive story about a child coming to terms with things beyond his control will resonate across cultures." --KirkusHarpreet Singh loves his colors--but when his family moves to a new city, everything just feels gray. Can he find a way to make life bright again? Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from pink for dancing to bhangra beats to red for courage. He especially takes care with his patka--his…

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Everyone Counts

Everyone Counts

by Sierra, Judy / Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

From the bestselling creators of Wild About Books comes a rhyming, counting, and teamwork-focused picture book about the beginnings of a new zoo When Takoda the tiger cub happens upon a tumbledown mall, the lone cub imagines a zoo. All Takoda needs is a capable crew to lend a paw or two--or three, four, or more. Two rhinos, three lemurs, four oryx, and eventually ten crocodiles turn up to help. Soon the animals are finding places to pitch in: bears are carving out burrows, elephants are stomping the way for a playground, and crocodiles are crafting a waterslide. It seems everyone's got something to do--everyone, that is, except for ten eager bugs. Will they be underestimated for…

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Stormy: A Story about Finding a Forever Home

Stormy: A Story about Finding a Forever Home

by Guojing / Schwartz & Wade Books

From the creator of the New York Times best-illustrated children's book award winner The Only Child, comes a gorgeous and moving wordless picture book that's perfect for dog lovers. In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that's perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench--scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries--and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience--and help from an enticing tennis ball--a tentative friendship begins. But it's not until a raging storm forces the two…

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The Cool Beans

The Cool Beans

by John, Jory / HarperCollins

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AN AMAZON BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER 2019) SELECTION The "too-cool-for-school" third picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, Jory John and Pete OswaldEveryone knows the cool beans. They're sooooo cool.And then there's the uncool has-bean . . .Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowd--until one day the cool beans show him how it's done.With equal measures of humor, wit, and charm, the #1 New York Times bestselling duo Jory John and Pete Oswald craft another incredible picture book, reminding us that it's cooler to be…

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River

River

by Cooper, Elisha / Orchard Books

Caldecott Honor winner Elisha Cooper invites readers to grab their oars and board a canoe down a river exploration filled with adventure and beauty.In Cooper's flowing prose and stunning watercolor scenes, readers can follow a traveler's trek down the Hudson River as she and her canoe explore the wildlife, flora and fauna, and urban landscape at the river's edge. Through perilous weather and river rushes, the canoe and her captain survive and maneuver their way down the river back home. River is an outstanding introduction to seeing the world through the eyes of a young explorer and a great picture book for the STEAM curriculum. Maps and information about the Hudson River and…

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The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

by Ferry, Beth / HarperCollins

A Junior Library Guild Selection - An Indie Next List Pick - An Amazon Best 3-5 Books of 2019 Selection"An emotionally impactful exploration of love and loneliness, this is an essential addition to any picture book collection." --School Library Journal (starred review)Bestselling author Beth Ferry (Stick and Stone) and the widely acclaimed Fan Brothers (The Night Gardener) present a gorgeous and poignant picture book about two unexpected friends and the special connection they share.This tender and affectionate story reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others--a tale that will inspire and delight children for generations to come.All the animals know not…

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I Want a Dog

I Want a Dog

by Agee, Jon / Dial Books

A girl seeks her perfect pet at a wonderfully unusual animal shelter in this comical read-aloud by the award-winning creator of Life on Mars The Copley County Animal Shelter has an aardvark, a lizard, a goose, a weasel, and plenty more. But do they have a puppy? The girl with her wagon is ready to adopt a dog--not an aardvark, lizard, or goose Can the shelter manager help her to find her perfect…

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I Wonder

I Wonder

by Holt, Kari Anne / Random House Books for Young Readers

Kids who love the intrigue of titles such as What Do You Do with an Idea? will be inspired to ask their own questions about the world around them. In this unusual text, young listeners and readers follow a group of diverse kids trying to make sense of the world as they see it. Questions such as What do clouds taste like?, Do my toys miss me when I'm gone?, and I wonder if cars and trucks speak the same language remind us of a child's unique point of view. Nothing is more powerful than seeing something for the first time, and these whimsical questions will encourage all readers to take a fresh look around them. Exquisite artwork by rising star Kenard Pak follows the arc of a day,…

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A Stone Sat Still

A Stone Sat Still

by Wenzel, Brendan / Chronicle Books

The brilliant follow-up to the Caldecott Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling picture book They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel A Stone Sat Still tells the story of a seemingly ordinary rock--but to the animals that use it, it is a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven...even an entire world. This is a gorgeous exploration of perspective, perception, and the passage of time, with an underlying environmental message that is timely and poignant. - Filled with stunning illustrations in cut paper, pencil, collage, and paint- Soothing rhythms invite reading aloud and bedtime snuggles- Introduces concepts like color, size, function, and time in a way that is easily understandable and…

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Henry and Bea

Henry and Bea

by Bagley, Jessixa / Neal Porter Books

Henry and Bea are inseparable, but one day Henry suddenly stops talking to his best friend. Bea knows there's something Henry's not telling her, but what could it be? Henry and Bea have always been inseparable...until one day Henry suddenly stops talking to Bea. He won't chat with her in class, and he won't sit with her at lunch. Bea can tell something's going on, and she's determined to find out what it is. When their teacher announces that the class is taking a field trip to a farm, Bea hopes that this might be her chance to reconnect with Henry. When Henry finds an old cat collar at the farm and starts to cry, he finally reveals his secret to Bea: his cat…

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My Papi Has a Motorcycle

My Papi Has a Motorcycle

by Quintero, Isabel / Kokila

A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo. When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there. With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart, My Papi Has a Motorcycle is a young girl's love letter to her hardworking dad and to memories of home that we hold close in the midst of…

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