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Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

On her way home from school, Penny composes a song that she just has to sing. She starts to sing it to her parents, who, worried that she’ll wake the babies, tell her to wait. She sings her song to the glass animals in her bedroom, but wishes for a more responsive audience. Penny attempts her song again at supper, but she’s asked to eat. Finally, after dinner, the family gathers and Penny sings her song exuberantly and successfully (with encores). The family joins in, singing and dancing until they are all exhausted. For newly independent readers grades K–2.
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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062081971
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 21st, 2012

Ocean Sunlight

Not being science-y at heart, I love books the bridge the gap between poetry and fact. Molly Bang’s Ocean Sunlight has done just that in this lovingly scripted exposition of the sun, the sea, the algae, and us. In the voice of the sun, Bang spins a simple elegant tale of sunlight’s role in the food chain. Perfect for 4- to 6-year-olds, I also keep one on the shelf for myself when I want to be filled with wonder. Grades K–3.
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By Molly Bang, Molly Bang (Illustrator), Penny Chisholm
ISBN: 9780545273220
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: The Blue Sky Press - May 1st, 2012

One Cool Friend

Well-bred young man Elliot brings home a penguin from the aquarium under the nose of his absent-minded father. While waiting for their imminent discovery, the two unlikely friends engage in all kinds of icy escapades. Delightful just for its elegant illustrations, this wry book offers up a surprising and immensely satisfying twist. If David Small had not already generated more than one Caldecott, this would likely be the next winner. Preschool–Grade 3.
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By Toni Buzzeo, David Small (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803734135
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dial Books - January 10th, 2012

And Then It’s Spring

“First you have brown, all around you have brown / and then there are seeds / and a wish for rain…”

Surrounded by nothing but the barren brown of winter, a bespectacled young gardener and his coterie of animal companions plant the first seeds of spring. They patiently examine the stubborn brown, fret over the possibility of peckish birds and stomping bears, and listen for the green buzzing of nascent life below the earth. A gentle, wistful palette, exquisitely crafted woodblock and pencil detail, and direct, intimate language leave the reader sharing the same hope, doubt, and ultimately joy at the sweeping green of spring’s arrival. Preschool–Grade 2.

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By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436244
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 14th, 2012

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

When Wilfred sees Marcel, he just knows this moose belongs to him. But Marcel seems oddly disobedient to Wilfred’s rules for the perfect pet. Worse yet, Wilfred encounters other folks who think this moose belongs to them. A hilarious tale about the true meaning of belonging; part of the visual charm of This Moose Belongs to Me is the moose meandering in a foreground-ish sort of way across the Western landscapes of Alexander Dzigurski. Look for paintings of Santa Cruz and Carmel among them. Grades K–3. —Tera
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By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399161032
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Published: Philomel Books - November 13th, 2012

Life in the Ocean by Claire A. Nivola

In this lyrical biography of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle, whales move like sparrows; otters, ballerinas. Bioluminescent creatures flash with blue fire, like fireflies in open air. As much a celebration of the ocean’s grandeur as Earle’s personal story, Life in the Ocean allows us to enter “the blue heart of the planet” through Earle’s eyes. Claire Nivola’s stunningly detailed watercolors capture everything from the immensity and grace of a blue whale to the Paul Klee–like vision of the sea 3000 feet down. “After reading this, I have a mounting sense of regret for not becoming an ocean biologist.” (Eileen). Grades 1–5. —Tera & Gā

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ISBN: 9780374380687
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 13th, 2012

Jimmy the Greatest!

“In a poor village on the ocean, young Jimmy’s future is looking bright since the owner of a tiny gym inspired him to run, to read, and to train as a boxer like Muhammad Ali. Even without any shoes, Jimmy discovers that you don’t need much stuff to run or to get others to follow along. But, unlike his trainer, who leaves for a life in the big city, Jimmy the Greatest stays in the village, where he grows up to maintain the gym, create a library, and help his people. He does great things, but not by leaving home for the world stage. Translated from the Spanish and first published in Colombia, this title features text that reads like spare poetry and digital, cartoon-style artwork filled with humorous details and stylized, pop-eyed characters. Each page shows the daily struggle in the rough shantytown. Best of all is the image of Jimmy as a boy reading and shadow-boxing at the same time. A final spread, showing new wires stretching across the village, is a moving conclusion to this unusual, quietly powerful title.” —Booklist. Grades K–4.
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By Jairo Buitrago, Rafael Yockteng (Illustrator), Elisa Amado (Translator)
ISBN: 9781554981786
Availability: Backordered
Published: Groundwood Books - April 24th, 2012

Nightsong by Ari Berk, Illustrated by Loren Long

Chiro, a young bat, learns that he must make his first night trip alone. When he complains that it will be “…darker even than the water before dawn,” his mother explains that there are many ways to see the world. Some parents and educators will have to explain echolocation, but children will delight in this lesson as they see the light pouring from Chiro’s singing mouth. Chiro’s mother is featured as end-caps in this story, but her wisdom and tenderness are undeniable. Grades K–3.

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By Ari Berk, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416978862
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2012

My Side of the Car written by Kate Feiffer and illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Two Feiffers meet at the intersection of seriousness and silliness in this brief story about a trip to the zoo in which it is raining on one side of the car, but definitely not on the other. While maintaining a narrative that is clear, endearing, and humorous, daughter (Kate) and father (Jules) raise questions about the fallibility of memory and the stability of reality. And if the story is not enough, they include the real-life dialogue that inspired it as backmatter. The best part is, no one—not Kate, not Jules, and not the reader—knows what “really” happened that day. Ages 4 and up.

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By Kate Feiffer, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763644055
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Published: Candlewick - April 26th, 2011


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