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As fresh as a toddler’s first experience of rain, Raindrops Roll is our favorite infant book of the year. With stunning photography magnifying beads of water on a leaf, dripping branches, and insects taking cover, it pulls you into the intimate world of a raindrop. The humorous, perfectly crafted rhyme reminds us, playfully, of the web of life. An utterly satisfying lesson in wonder.  —Tera

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Raindrops Roll Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481420648
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Published: Beach Lane Books - January 6th, 2015

Stella is a vivacious older sister who leads her little brother Sam through the winter season using their collective curiosity and imagination. Accompanied by the fanciful illustrations seen in all the Stella books, Stella and Sam explore snow and ice and all things winter while furthering their heartfelt relationship and their love of nature in all forms. Reading this book will make you want to grab your nearest sibling and go exploring. —Casey

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By Marie-Louise Gay (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781554980710
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Published: Groundwood Books - July 29th, 2010

An utterly irresistible, completely adorable tale of a bear who just wants his hat back, but can't remember where in the forest he could possibly have left it. This is a bear who really, really loves his hat, and will stop at nothing to see its return. Clever, funny, and perfectly illustrated, it is delightful book. —Flannery Fitch
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I Want My Hat Back Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

“This clever book combines color recognition, die-cut peek-a-boo holes, animals, and a guessing game into a successful and appealing whole that will have young listeners asking for more…. Each ‘I spy’ page includes visual hints about the upcoming animal’s habitat, alongside the textual clues.” —School Library Journal.

Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal.
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I Spy with My Little Eye Cover Image
By Edward Gibbs, Edward Gibbs (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763671631
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Published: Templar Books - July 8th, 2014

One day Hannah wakes in the early hours of the morning. Everyone is fast asleep, so Hannah does a few things she’s never done before. She gives the cat a saucer of milk to lap. She eats cold cherries from the fridge without asking. She borrows her sister’s doll…and her music box…and her colored pencils. In the dim night light, everything is just a little different from before, as if Hannah has stepped into another world. Sakai evokes the hush of night with loose, expressive brushstrokes and muted blues, punctuated by the occasional vibrant cherry or electric pink stripes of pajamas. Perfectly capturing the private world of discovery of a little girl, Hannah’s Night is a quiet treasure that gets better with each rereading. Grades Pre-K–1.
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Hannah's Night Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781877579547
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Published: Gecko Press - February 1st, 2014

Noi lives with his father and six cats in a cottage by the sea. His father, a fisher, is gone all day, coming home in the evening. Noi, often accompanied by a kitten, is lonely. Until (with a light touch of magical realism) he finds a baby whale in distress on the beach, puts it in his wagon, trundles it home, establishes it in the bath, feeds the whale a pale of fish, and regales his guest with stories of life on the island. Noi’s dad returns from a long day’s work, finds his son with his new friend, comforts Noi with a hug, and then father and son row out in the night sea to return the young whale to its element. In the following pages we see Noi and his father together: painting, cooking, enjoying a beach picnic, and whale watching. The book’s endpapers are of an adult whale and baby whale moving through a depth of blue. The illustrations are rich, round, and reminiscent of Leonard Weisgard’s Caldecott winner Little Island. Grades Pre-K–K.
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The Storm Whale Cover Image
By Benji Davies, Benji Davies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805099676
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 30th, 2014

A young Inuit child tests her mother, something that children do not infrequently whether they live in Alaska or Santa Cruz. What if, she asks her mom, I behaved in a less-than-admirable fashion: Would you still love me? The mother’s answers are wise and, indeed, loving. Striking watercolors and a rhythmic text charm in this new-at-last-in-paperback edition. Ages 2–5.

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Mama, Do You Love Me? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452131498
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 4th, 2014

“A series of kindly acts comes full circle in this heartwarming, yet never saccharine story from Stein (Interrupting Chicken). Because Amelia smiled, coming down the street…Mrs. Higgins smiled, too. She thought of her grandson, Lionel, in Mexico and baked some cookies to send to him. Lionel’s reaction to his grandmother’s gift spurs one of his students to become a kickboxing instructor; her video makes its way to England, inspiring virtuous acts in Israel, Paris, Italy, and back around to Amelia in New York City. Stein’s spreads are dense with colored pencil and crayon lines and crammed with visual information. Lionel can be seen in his second-story apartment in an unnamed Mexican city, but Stein draws Lionel’s whole neighborhood, with its tiled roofs, food cart, starry night sky, a dog—and that’s just one spread. Night and day, light and shadow, groups of old and young people spending time together: it’s a satisfying portrait of the feast of life. Even youngest children will grasp the idea that good deeds and positivity beget more of the same.” —Publishers Weekly. Grades K–3.
Because Amelia Smiled Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763641696
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 11th, 2012

This artful “first colors” book introduces children to 9 basic colors and 20 shades of each, but any art-lover, designer, or Pantone geek (like myself) would likely agree that Pantone Colors is so charming and smart, it’s appeal is universal. Have fun perusing greens—from clover to lizard, forest to pickle—and get lost in the variety of dark, light, and in-between tones of the rainbow.

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Pantone: Colors Cover Image
By Pantone
$9.95
ISBN: 9781419701801
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Published: ABRAMS - March 2012

Yolen and Karas’ gorgeous midnight-blue volume of bedtime poetry includes a counting-sheep rhyme murmured by a sleepless shepherd: One ewe/One ram,/Two sheep,/One lamb,/Three sheep,/One flock,/ Four gates,/One lock,/Five folds,/One light,/Good dog,/Good night. Like Goodnight Moon, this is a comforting world with a wash of mystery.Preschool–kindergarten.

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Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems Cover Image
By Jane Yolen (Compiled by), Andrew Fusek Peters (Compiled by), G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780763642495
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 14th, 2010

 

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