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Bad Bye, Good Bye
Underwood, Deborah
“Bad truck, bad guy; bad wave, bad bye . . .” A boy and his family are packing up their old home, and the morning feels scary and sad. But when he arrives at his new home, an evening of good byes awaits: bye to new friends, bye to glowing fireflies, bye to climbing trees. The New York Times b... (more)

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Come Back, Moon
Kherdian, David
What happens when the moon goes missing? Find out in this poetic picture book from a Newbery Honoree and a two-time Caldecott Medalist.

The moon is full and bright in the sky. So full, and so bright, that Bear can’t sleep! So he steals the moon from the sky and hides it away. But the ... (more)

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Have You Seen My Dragon?
Light, Steve
Enter a fascinating, ornately drawn cityscape and help a boy find his dragon while counting objects from hot dogs to traffic lights.

In the heart of the city, among the taxis and towers, a small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend. Readers will certainly spot the glor... (more)

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Hi, Koo! - A Year of Seasons
Muth, Jon J.
Caldecott Honoree and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author/artist Jon J Muth takes a fresh and exciting new look at the four seasons!

Eating warm cookies
on a cold day
is easy

water catches
every thrown stone
skip skip splash

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How to Hide a Lion
Stephens, Helen

How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It’s not easy, but Iris has to do her best, because moms and dads can be funny about having a lion in the house. Luckily, there are lots of good places to hide a lion—behind the shower curtain, in your bed, and even up a tree. But can Iris h... (more)

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I Like Animals
Ipcar, Dhalov

Every child loves animals. At some point, all of us have wished for our own zoo filled with beasts and birds; a pet shop with cats, dogs, and fish in every shape and color; a cabin in the woods to spy on brown bears and wild wolves; and a ranch with mustangs to race across the plains! Here's... (more)

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Jo-Jo the Melon Donkey
Morpurgo, Michael & Helen Stephens

From a master storyteller, a romantic evocation of Venice brought to life through a timeless story of an evolving friendship

"Melons. Melons for sale!" Every day, Jo-Jo brays the same message and carries the heavy melons through the streets of Venice. Bullied by his master and plague... (more)

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Becker, Aaron
Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Re... (more)

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Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure
Walker, Anna
Peggy the hen is contented with her quiet existence and daily routine. When a powerful gust of wind sweeps her up and deposits her in the midst of a busy city, she explores her new surroundings, makes new friends, and cleverly figures out how to get home—with a newly kindled appetite for advent... (more)

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Pom and Pim
Landstrom, Lena
Pom and Pim go outside. It' s hot. The sun is shining. What luck! Pom and Pim' s day full of ups and downs, and luck both good and bad. Is eating a huge ice-cream truly a good idea? Is it really bad luck that it' s raining? Or is it good luck...? A wonderfully simple story told with few words, uniqu... (more)

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Poor Doreen: a Fishy Tale
Lloyd-Jones, Sally
An Ample Roundy Fish called Mrs. Doreen Randolph-Potts is on a mission: to visit her second cousin twice removed who's just welcomed 157 babies. But when she spies what she thinks is a yummy dragonfly—and is actually bait—poor Doreen is lifted out of the water on a fishing pole. Luckily, Doreen is, ... (more)

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Offill, Jenny
The ingenious author of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore and a brilliant illustrator and production designer of the Coraline movie have created a hilarious, touching picture book perfect for young animal lovers. Like the Caldecott Medal-winning Officer Buckle and Gloria, Spar... (more)

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Time for Bed, Fred!
Ismail, Yasmeen
Meet Fred—a mischievous, playful, loving dog. It's time for Fred to go to bed . . . but Fred really, really doesn’t want to! From hiding up in trees, to splashing in muddy puddles, to hiding behind bookshelves, Fred will do anything to avoid bedtime. He would even rather have a bath th... (more)

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Hughes, Emily

"You cannot tame something so happily wild."

In this beautiful picture book by Hawaiian artist Emily Hughes, we meet a little girl who has known nothing but nature from birth—she was taught to talk by birds, to eat by bears, and to play by foxes. She is unashamedly, irrefutably, irrepr... (more)

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