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Back to School With Bigfoot by Samantha Berger & Martha Brockenbrough. Illus by Dave Pressler.
Back to School With Bigfoot
An extra-tall student embarks on a first day of school that is complicated by his need for a haircut and difficulties finding clothes and shoes that fit, in a lighthearted tribute to the worries that kids face at the beginning of a new school year.

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Claymates by Deborah Petty. Illus by Lauren Eldridge.
A photographic celebration of friendship follows the whimsical adventures of two anthropomorphic clay companions who squish, smash and sculpt themselves into riotous shapes before racing to fix the giant mess they have created.

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The Great Henry Hopendower by Justin Roberts. Illus by Deborah Hocking.
The Great Henry Hopendower
Waking up on a bright morning ready to tackle the day’s events using the skills learned from his beloved late magician grandfather, young Henry reflects on memories of their cherished time together while practicing the lessons his grandfather imparted about finding magic everywhere.

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Kid Amazing vs. the Blob by Josh Schneider
Kid Amazing vs. the Blob
When his baby sister, a.k.a. “The Blob,” proves to be resilient in the face of his evil-defeating superhero gadgets, Kid Amazon races to discover a superpower capable of saving their city from stink and slime. By the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning creator of Tales for Very Picky Eaters.

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Life by Cynthia Rylant. Illus by Brendan Wenzel.
A poignant meditation on finding beauty in the everyday world and strength in the face of adversity is presented from the viewpoints of a series of exotic animals from different world regions, in a vibrant collaboration between the Newbery Medal-winning author of Missing May and the illustrator of Beastly Babies.

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Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney
Little Excavator
Rolling up to a construction site, eager to help the busy Big Rigs, Little Excavator is told he is not quite ready to do the chugging, mounding and smoothing jobs of the larger construction vehicles, who eventually find a job that is just right for him. By the late creator of Llama Llama I Love You.

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Littles: And How They Grow by Kelly DiPucchio. Illus by AG Ford.
A gift-appropriate rhyming ode to babies by the award-winning author of Grace for President features a diverse range of families sharing time with their infants while reflecting on how they grow up so quickly.

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Raybot and Weebot by Adam F. Watkins
Raybot and Weebot
Discovering a tiny abandoned robot in the junkyard, Raybot awakens the kid brother he never had only to discover that the cute and precocious little Weebot is constantly looking for mischief. By the creator of R Is for Robot.

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Renato and the Lion by Barbara DiLorenzo
Renato and the Lion
A gentle and poignant introduction to World War II follows the experiences of a young boy from Florence, Italy, who loves his city’s famous artwork and who helps his father build a protective stone wall around a special statue before his family is forced to flee to America for safety.

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Second Grade, Here I Come! by D. J. Steinberg. Illus by Laura Wood.
Second Grade, Here I Come!
A new collection of funny classroom poems by the author of Kindergarten, Here I Come! finds second-grader D. J. Steinberg making his way through more challenging books, a school play audition, a wiggly noodle dance and other milestones.

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Sister Day! by Lisa Mantchev. Illus by Sonia Sánchez.
Sister Day!
Loving nothing more than enjoying an afternoon playing with her busy big sister, young Lizzie endeavors to prove her devotion by spending part of each weekday sketching and planning a fun-filled Sister Day celebration for the coming weekend. By the author of Strictly No Elephants.

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Splat! by Jon Burgerman
An uproarious tale that depicts the book itself as a side-tickling prankster invites young children to join in the fun by turning pages to splat pretend pies, squish sandwiches and pop water balloons on boldly colored spreads.

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Swish and Squeak’s Noisy Day by Birgitta Sif
Swish and Squeak’s Noisy Day
Hearing fascinating sounds while getting ready for school, two little mouse siblings embark on an imaginative day of crunching, stomping, swishing, nibbling and smooching before settling down to the soothing sounds of a bedtime story. By the creator of Where My Feet Go.

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This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap. Illus by Olivier Tallec.
This Book Will Not Be Fun
A story written from the perspective of a mouse who acts as the custodian of a special book follows him as he tries to guarantee his reader some peace and quiet despite the escalating chaos that erupts around him in the form of gloriously imaginative (albeit distracting and overwhelmingly exuberant)
library creatures.

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We’re Going on a Spooky Ghost Hunt: A Storyplay Book by Ken Geist. Illus by Guy Francis.
We’re Going on a Spooky Ghost Hunt
A holiday adaptation of the classic song interweaves a theme of sequencing to reinforce early concepts and extend reading experiences, incorporating
prompts that encourage interaction and activity suggestions for further learning.

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What the Dinosaurs Did at School by Refe Tuma, Refe & Susan Tuma
What the Dinosaurs Did at School
The husband-and-wife team behind the hit What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night present a latest photographic compilation documenting the mischievous antics of toy dinosaurs who come to life at night in their classroom home. What the Dinosaurs Did No. 2

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