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Moon: A Peek-Through Board Book by Britta Teckentrup

Take a peek at the nighttime antics of a wide assortment of animals around the world. As you turn each page, the sliver-of-a-moon cut-out slowly, delightfully grows into a full moon, and then cycles back until it is again just a sliver. Even after you know the words by heart, it’s still remarkable to flip through the pages and watch the waxing and waning moon. One of my favorite picture books, now available as a board book for little hands to explore.  —Michelle

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780593372395
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2022

The Great Zapfino Written by Mac Barnett

Marla Frazee (illustrator of Everywhere Babies and so many other Bookshop favorites) teams up with Mac Barnett (children’s book writer extraordinaire and my all-time favorite) in this sparsely worded and immaculately drawn picture book. The “impossible feat of derring-do” premise is all Mac; the inviting and highly detailed pencil illustrations are all Marla. What a perfect pair to take us on this journey of self discovery, with its suprising(ly satisfying) ending! —Michelle

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By Mac Barnett, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534411548
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - April 5th, 2022

Flubby Will Not Go to Sleep and Flubby Will Not Take a Bath by J. E. Morris

Flubby—of Flubby Is Not a Good Pet! fame—is back and once again hilariously unwilling to participate in our cat-ish expectations of him. Author-illustrator J. E. Morris seamlessly combines simple text with engaging illustrations, providing beginning readers with plenty of hints for new vocabulary. Each of these installments serves up a slew of laugh-out-loud images: watch for Flubby and Kami eye-to-eye in a bedtime showdown, or Flubby’s clever strategy for avoiding the bathwater. Can’t wait for the next exciting adventure!—Michelle

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By J. E. Morris, J. E. Morris (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780593382837
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Published: Penguin Workshop - September 21st, 2021

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By J. E. Morris, J. E. Morris (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780593382868
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Published: Penguin Workshop - September 21st, 2021

One Smart Sheep written by Gary D. Schmidt & Elizabeth Stickney, illustrated by Jane Manning

Wilson is the “friendliest, woolliest, smartest sheep” in Abigail Atwood’s herd. But that doesn’t mean he always makes the right choices. One fateful day, a piano delivery ominously coincides with a Wilson disappearance. Luckily for Abigail, her border collie’s keen sense of smell coupled with Wilson’s finely tuned sense of hearing saves the day. Inviting watercolors exquisitely portray the expressive sheep eyes and their soft spiraling wool. A delightful chapter book for independent readers or an equally cozy read-aloud for the chilly evenings to come.—Michelle

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One Smart Sheep By Gary D. Schmidt, Jane Manning (Illustrator), Elizabeth Stickney Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544888357
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Published: Clarion Books - October 26th, 2021

What Is Love? written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Carson Ellis

What fun to see the kind-hearted words of Mac Barnett paired with the mesmerizing gouache illustrations of Carson Ellis, whose Du Iz Tak showed us worldbuilding at its finest. This new picture book brings to mind the ancient Indian parable about the blind men and the elephant. We can see it as a story about perspectives or a caution about unreliable narrators. But in the end, it is about love (and maybe a smidgen about time). See what your kids have to say!—Michelle

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By Mac Barnett, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452176406
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - December 28th, 2021

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play by Nick Offerman

So, George Saunders, Jeff Tweedy, and Nick Offerman go hiking in the woods… I feel like there’s a punchline coming, or perhaps just the beginning to the best book ever on life in the great outdoors. His adventures in Glacier National Park with these two besties are worth the price of entry alone, but followed by a visit with British shepherd James Rebanks and an RV road trip with wife, Megan Mullally, and I’m giggling Ron Swanson-style over here. There’s so much more to say about Offerman’s humor, observations, and curiosity, but really, need I? —Melinda

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Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside By Nick Offerman Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101984697
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Published: Dutton - October 12th, 2021

The Chicken House by Doreen Cronin

Hardboiled dog detective J.J. and his chicken companions are back, this time in a leveled reader that provides an enticing gateway to the more complex J.J. Tully Mysteries and Chicken Squad chapter books that we have loved for years. One-part whodunnit, one-part Goldilocks, this simple story is propelled by Gilpin’s expressive illustrations, Cronin’s clever word choices, and Sugar’s skills as the bespectacled chicken ringleader. Where’d those chickens go this time? Cuddle up with this book and find out. —Michelle

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The Chicken House: Ready-to-Read Level 2 (The Chicken Squad) By Doreen Cronin, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781534487055
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Published: Simon Spotlight - August 31st, 2021

Tomatoes for Neela Written by Padma Lakshmi

Distinguished chef and activist Padma Lakshmi celebrates the joy of sharing recipes through the generations, while also quietly detailing the tomato’s journey from its origin in the Andes Mountains. Once again, the gorgeous paint and pencil illustrations of award-winning Juana Martinez-Neal breathe life into the story, turning cooking and canning day into a dance in the kitchen. This lovely picture book arrives at the peak of tomato season, just in time to try the endnote recipe “Paati’s Tomato Sauce” with your own multigenerational family. —Michelle

 

Tomatoes for Neela By Padma Lakshmi, Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593202708
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

This Is Ruby Written by Sara O’Leary Illustrated by Alea Marley

Ruby likes an awful lot of things, and that’s the delight of this book. We are the fortunate ones; we hear her ruminations as she goes back and forth in time to imagine dinosaurs and her parents’ first meet-up, and we see the crazy antics the future may hold. For this second outing, This Is Sadie author Sara O’Leary has teamed up with illustrator Alea Markey, who shows us wildly colorful glimpses of Barbados, her childhood home. Meet Ruby! — Michelle

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By Sara O'Leary, Alea Marley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735263611
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Published: Tundra Books - May 25th, 2021

Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations, Book 1) by B. B. Alston

The mysterious delivery of a suitcase triggered to open at midnight launches our hero Amari into Junior Agent try-outs at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, and us readers into an intricate all-new magical system. The racism and classism faced by Amari in middle school have parallels in this fantastical world created by #ownvoices debut author B. B. Alston, but Amari has been training for these challenges her whole life. Quick, read this first book in a new trilogy! —Michelle

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

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