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Lulu and the Dog from the Sea

“Cousins Lulu and Mellie are best friends. In this modern-day, seaside adventure, the girls are vacationing with Lulu’s parents and their beloved old dog, Sam. Having rented a cottage from a persnickety owner, the family hopes for the perfect week full of reading, kite-building, and marathon-training. However, a wayward stray bounds into their lives and turns their plans upside down (along with a few trash cans along the way). McKay hits the nail on the head in this beginning chapter book.” —School Library Journal. Grades 1–3. Don’t miss the first book in the series, Lulu & the Duck in the Park, which is equally engaging and also newly published in paperback.

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By Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807548219
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire!

“Madeleine’s hippie parents, Mildred and Flo, refuse to understand the fifth grade, preferring the esoteric, spiritual truths of luminarias and shopping at the Salvation Army. Madeleine takes two ferries and two buses to school, escaping the peculiarities of Hornby Island to grasp at something normal. Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny have moved into an abandoned carriage house just down the lane and, to complement their interests in automobiles and millinery, are hanging up a detective shingle. When a cadre of sinister foxes (Mwa-haha, they intone, having picked it up watching television) kidnap Mildred and Flo, Madeleine joins up with the Detective Bunnies and, without the help of her comatose code-breaker uncle, prepares to rescue them. Horvath tells Mr. and Mrs. Bunny’s tale with old-fashioned nostalgia, juxtaposing it with Madeleine’s schoolgirl mopes in a sweet and sour froth of nonsense. Blackall’s ink-and-wash illustrations provide a quaint and curious punctuation, contributing a peculiar whimsy all their own. The result feels like an instant classic, with a contemporary resonance and a tone of yesteryear, fairly begging to be read aloud. Oh, and there are marmots.” —Booklist. Grades 3–5.

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By Polly Horvath, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375867552
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Schwartz & Wade - February 14th, 2012

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Laszlo, a small boy in blue pajamas knows that the Dark lives, mostly in the basement, its voice “as smooth and cold as the windows.” But one evening, the nightlight in Laszlo’s bedroom burns out and the Dark leads him to the cellar and from the dark chest of drawers produces…a new light bulb. The elegant humor and interdependence of their relationship is outlined be the sharp triangle of Laszlo’s flashlight against the inky black of the Dark. Laszlo’s fear has dissolved in the new light. Ages 4–8.

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By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316187480
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Sophie, an imaginative and strong-minded little girl, shops at the farmers’ market with her parents, she meets a butternut squash she names Bernice, and they become inseparable. (The illustrations of them, by Anne Wilsdorf, sparkle with charm.) Every night Sophie gives Bernice a bottle and puts her to bed. They visit the library and have picnics in the park until one day, Sophie reluctantly realizes Bernice won’t last forever. Sophie buries her in the backyard to keep her safe and warm for the winter, and spring delivers a lovely surprise. Ages 3–7.

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By Pat Zietlow Miller, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780307978967
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schwartz & Wade - August 6th, 2013

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

A flamingo fancifully poses on the first page of this stunning wordless picture book and is looked at longingly by a little girl in an old-fashioned swimming cap. What follows is a dance between two unlikely partners—an eager and somewhat clumsy little girl and a (surprisingly) graceful flamingo. Their ballet is rendered in delicate pinks and choreographed by flaps that open to reveal the next movement in the dance. A subtle and joyous celebration of two very different beings learning to dance in step. Ages 3–6.

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ISBN: 9781452110066
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - February 5th, 2013

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles isn’t exactly lazy, he’s just got better things to do than play with toys. For example, stalking the little aliens who just fled their malfunctioning spaceship for the safety of the wall vent. Will they be able to get back to their ship? Only if they learn to outwit one very fixated black cat. Who else but David Wiesner could have invented such a hilarious and oddly plausible tale? A perfect cat book and another wordless masterpiece from the three-time Caldecott winner. Ages 4 & up.

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ISBN: 9780618756612
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Clarion Books - October 1st, 2013

How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton

Hopping a train, boarding a train, riding a train, but training a train? That’s exactly what Jason Carter Eaton suggests we do if we really love trains. After all, trains make awesome pets. In this hilarious how-to manual, Eaton guides us through our top choices (freight train? monorail? steam engine?) and how to catch it (by making the call of the wild train, "Chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga"). Once we get to know it, we can even teach it tricks like rolling over or jumping through a ring of fire. Rocco’s eye-catching art captures to hilarious effect the gargantuan size of the train in contrast to its small but enthusiastic owner. A sure hit that will keep your little train lover giggling and demanding to hear it again. Ages 3–7.

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By Jason Carter Eaton, John Rocco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763663070
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2013

Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes

Penny (star of the endearing Penny and Her Song) finds a blue marble on a green lawn and pockets it, knowing it probably belongs to someone else. Incrementally, she is consumed by guilt. Her parents, recognizing a problem, encourage her to tell them about what is troubling her, but Penny handles this alone, and the next morning she returns the marble to the spot where it was found. A small, terse--yet humorous--I Can Read drama written on the same reading level as Frog & Toad. For ages 4–7. Available in paperback and hardcover.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062082053
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 27th, 2013

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

In this enjoyable, sweet, low-key drama, Billy Miller carefully navigates his way through his second-grade year: happy sometimes, worried sometimes, accepting and understanding change. We empathize with his anxieties and celebrate his successes, just as we are amused by the very different style of his sister. Sal is 3 years old and utterly sure of herself, toting her pillowcase, which contains the pale-yellow plush whales she refers to as the Drop Sisters (Raindrop, Dewdrop, Gumdrop, etc.). Henkes writes so well about the small difficulties and pleasures one experiences in the school year. Ages 7–9, 3rd-grade reading level.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062268129
Availability: Backordered
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 17th, 2013

Dreaming Up by Christy Hale

On left-hand pages, young children build with blocks, cups, pillows, sand—whatever’s available—as simple concrete poems describe the constructions. Right-hand pages are photographs of architectural marvels (the Guggenheim, Fallingwater) that echo the kids’ structures; endnotes provide additional information. This celebration of play, creation, and imagination is visually appealing and wholly original. —Horn Book. Grades K–2
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By Christy Hale, Christy Hale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781600606519
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 2012


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