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PICTURE BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN APRIL 2019


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Animalicious: A Quirky ABC Book by Anna Dewdney & Reed Duncan. Illus by Claudia Boldt.

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A laugh-out-loud alphabet nonsense book by the creators of the Llama Llama series features entries for such fantastical imaginary creatures as an Anonymouse, a Kangarude and a Rocktopus.

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Babymoon by Hayley Barrett. Illus by Juana Martinez-Neal.

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A gift-appropriate tribute to the wonder and emotion of a family’s first days with a newborn depicts a cozy home where a new dynamic of gentle cuddling, connecting and learning unfolds.

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Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar. Illus by Susan Batori.

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Making their way to a party at their friend Cougar’s house, animal musicians Mouse, Goat and Bear play songs to encourage the hungry Mighty Bitey Piranhas to let them safely cross a precarious rope bridge over the Nippy Pool.

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Bikes for Sale by Carter Higgins. Illus by Zachariah OHora.

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Two animal characters who take respective paths while riding their bicycles on busy workdays encounter unexpected friendship in the wake of accidents that prompt them to sell their bikes. Illustrated by the best-selling artist of Wolfie the Bunny.

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Brave Molly by Brooke Boynton-Hughes

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Trying to avoid the metaphorical monsters that creep into her world and pop out of the shadows, complicating her everyday life, Molly decides to face her fears on a day when the monsters challenge a new friendship, in a wordless tale by the illustrator of Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.

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Calm With the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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A soothingly designed gift book invites children to join the Very Hungry Caterpillar in a calming journey that incorporates classic art from the award-winning World of Eric Carle books with simple messages about taking time to breathe deeply, relax and smile.

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Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman

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Happily tunneling in the soil until the day he is challenged by a field mouse, an earthworm meets other forest animals and learns about their respective purposes before discovering that he is making a difference just by being himself.

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Diggersaurs by Michael Whaite

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A rhyming mash-up of dinosaurs and trucks features whimsically creative characters ranging from the Scoopersaurus to the Dumpersaurus on pages that feature onomatopoeic text and reinforce counting skills up to 12.

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Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child: A Worldwide Jack and the Beanstalk Story by Paul Fleischman. Illus by Julie Paschkis.

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A sumptuously illustrated companion to Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal retells the story of Jack and the Beanstalk while incorporating elements from diverse cultural traditions into a single narrative. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Joyful Noise.

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Fergal and the Bad Temper by Robert Starling

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Disliking when he’s told what to do, a young dragon with a very bad temper takes the advice of friends and family members who suggest a variety of tricks for cooling off. A first picture book.

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Flubby Is Not a Good Pet! by J. E. Morris

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The young owner of a large, sleepy cat who absolutely refuses to sing, catch or jump like other pets becomes exasperated until a scary situation helps both human and pet realize how much they need each other. By the creator of May I Please Have a Cookie?

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Flubby Will Not Play With That! by J. E. Morris

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When young Kami brings home a bag full of toys for Flubby, the loveably lazy feline rejects a singing bird, wind-up mouse and fishing pole before an unexpected option becomes the best fit. By the creator of Please Write Back!

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For All the Stars Across the Sky by Karl Newson. Illus by Chiaka Okada.

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Luna the bear cub and her mama share a tender bedtime ritual imagining themselves flying together in the night sky, swimming in the deep blue sea and growing as big as giants before stomping back to bed. A first picture book.

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Gondra’s Treasure by Linda Sue Park. Illus by Jennifer Black Reinhardt.

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A little dragon with traits inherited from both her Asian dragon father and European dragon mother happily celebrates her mixed heritage while explaining what makes her family special, from bedtime stories to wings that will one day help her fly. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of A Single Shard.

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The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko. Illus by Ruth Chan.

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Settling in for a relaxing holiday in a human house when its people depart for a camping trip, a menagerie of woodland animals get fancy, cook up a storm and host a big dance party, rending the place a mess just before they have to leave.

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The Happiest Tree: A Story of Growing Up by Hyeon-Ju Lee

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A gingko tree that grows outside an apartment reflects on the happy and sad human lives it has witnessed throughout the years, including those of a piano class, a nature-loving artist and the children who grew up in the building. By the award-winning creator of Mina’s White Canvas.

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Home Is a Window by Stephanie Ledyard. Illus by Chris Sasaki.

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Moving from a beloved home into a new residence, a family discovers how they can bring everything they love about their old home to the new one because they still have each other. By the author of Pie Is for Sharing.

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Honey & Leon Take the High Road by Alan Cumming. Illus by Grant Shaffer.

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The husband-and-husband team behind The Adventures of Honey & Leon continue the world travels of rescue mutts Honey and Leon in Scotland, where Honey’s romance with a handsome Scottish pup challenges Leon to protect their dads on his own.

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How I Learned to Fall Out of Trees by Vincent Kirsch

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Sharing years of outdoor fun together, Roger and Adelia sadly say goodbye when one has to move away, a parting that they mark by Adelia’s patient resolve to teach Roger, once and for all, how to climb a tree. By the creator of Natalie & Naughtily.

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How to Care for Your T-Rex by Ken Baker. Illus by Dave Coverly.

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The author of Old MacDonald Had a Dragon and the award-winning creator of Night of the Living Zombie Bugs riotously counsel kids on how to care for a pet T-rex by giving it favorite foods, sharing daily exercise runs and brushing its many teeth.

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The Hug by Eoin McLaughlin. Illus by Polly Dunbar.

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A creatively designed flipbook story depicts the unsuccessful parallel efforts of a hedgehog and tortoise to find somebody to hug, before a wise owl explains that their spikes and shell are part of the problem and that maybe they can help each other. Illustrated by the award-winning artist of Penguin.

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I Will Be Fierce by Bea Birdsong. Illus by Nidhi Chanani.

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A young girl tackles a typical day like a brave explorer embarking on a fairytale quest of conquering the Mountain of Knowledge at the library, forging new bridges of friendship and leading a victorious charge back home on her school bus steed. Illustrated by the creator of the Pashmina graphic novel.

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Ida and the Whale by Rebecca Gugger. Illus by Simon Röthlisberger.

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Unable to stop wondering what lies behind the sun, moon and stars, young Ida is awakened from her dreams one night by a flying whale who takes her on an amazing, philosophical journey that offers answers to her questions and helps her form new ones.

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Just Like My Brother by Gianna Marino

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A moving tribute to big brothers by the creator of Meet Me at the Moon finds Little Giraffe asking for help from the animals she encounters in the African countryside to track down her brother throughout a game of hide-and-seek where he is always out of sight but watching protectively nearby.

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Karate Kakapo by Loredana Cunti. Illus by Stacy Curtis.

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A dedicated Kakapo karate student works hard to master every possible skill to prepare for her black belt test when her inability to fly prevents her from being able to perform one elusive flying kick, in an expert-reviewed story about overcoming obstacles by the author of To Burp or Not to Burp.

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Let Me Sleep, Sheep by Meg McKinlay. Illus by Leila Rudge.

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Counting sheep to help himself fall asleep, young Amos is astonished when two cranky sheep land in his bedroom and demand that he build a fence according to their specifications.
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A Little Chicken by Tammi Sauer. Illus by Dan Taylor.

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Scared of many things including wolves, bears and lawn ornaments, Dot the chicken plucks up her courage to save the day when one of her mother’s eggs rolls out of the nest and down a steep hill. By the creators of But the Bear Came Back.

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The Little Green Girl by Lisa Anchin

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A remarkable topiary plant sculpted into the form of a little girl dreams of visiting far-off places beyond her garden’s wall but is unable to uproot herself, prompting her determined effort to convince a homebody gardener to explore the outside world.

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The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol

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A slyly humorous, high-energy cautionary tale depicts a team of tiny but mighty Little Guys who create an unstoppable army before causing their forest creature neighbors to worry when they amass more than they need. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Leave Me Alone!

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Little Taco Truck by Tanya Valentine. Illus by Jorge Martin.

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Happily serving tasty treats to hungry workers on Union Street, Little Taco Truck is dismayed to find another food truck in his space day after day and worries that his customers will prefer other foods to his before his friends help him make room for everyone.

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Lizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy Day by Sarah Weeks. Illus by Lee Wildish.

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Late for a party and unable to find one of her shoes, Lizzy McTizzy frantically searches everywhere, from the bubbles in the bathtub to underneath the cat, in a comical rhyming picture-book story by the award-winning author of So B. It.

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The Magic of Letters by Tony Johnston. Illus by Wendell Minor.

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A playful rabbit emcee presents an alphabetical journey of the imagination that invites children to unlock the magic of letters on fantastical, vocabulary-inspired spreads that reveal how words have the power to invoke any feeling.

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Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack & Isabel Galupo. Illus by Becca Human.

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Published in partnership with GLAAD, a modern fairytale finds a strong, heroic maiden feeling less than enthusiastic about attending a bride-seeking prince’s royal ball, before finding unexpected true love elsewhere.

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Make a Wish, Henry Bear by Liam Francis Walsh

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The New Yorker cartoonist and creator of Fish presents the story of a birthday wish gone awry that finds a little bear dealing with unanticipated consequences when his parents encourage him to stay up all night, eat chocolate cake at every meal and get into trouble with his teacher.

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Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Nation’s Capital by Charlotte Pence. Illus by Karen Pence.

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Featuring original watercolor illustrations by the Second Lady, a follow-up to the best-selling Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President finds the endearing black-and-white bunny hopping through the streets of Washington, D.C. and visiting national monuments. Marlon Bundo’s Day No. 2

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Mermaid Dreams by Kate Pugsley

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A shy little visitor to the beach goes on a magical underwater adventure of the imagination filled with silly sea creatures, games with new aquatic friends and mermaids of all shapes and sizes. A first picture book.

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Mermaids Fast Asleep by Robin Riding. Illus by Zoe Persico.

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Gentle rhymes and soothing artwork that transitions from a dusky sunset to moonlit underwater scenes finds two youngsters imagining the bedtime rituals of mermaids, who settle down on sandy beds  beneath the sea, breathe water and count fish instead of sheep.

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Mine. Yours. by Marsha Diane Arnold. Illus by Qin Leng.

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Tiring out a cranky Big Panda who establishes firm boundaries, Little Panda ventures outdoors to fly his kite and begins disrupting the other forest animals he encounters before everyone learns a friendly lesson about sharing.

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Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins

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The award-winning creator of Rude Cakes uses sparse text and remarkable mixed-media illustrations of endearingly anthropomorphized marshmallows in a story that conveys gentle messages about how even everyday squishy marshmallows can have extraordinary dreams.

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The Most Terrible of All by Muon Thi Van. Illus by Matt Myers.

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Featuring artwork by the illustrator of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor-winning The Infamous Ratsos, a riotous exploration of sibling rivalry finds Smugg the monster using his magic mirror to reassure himself that he is the most terrible monster of all, until the day the mirror reveals that a newborn neighbor is even worse.

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A Mouse Called Julian by Joe Todd-Stanton

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When a hungry fox gets stuck headfirst in his doorway, a mouse who has always avoided others makes an unexpected lifelong friend, in an inversion of the classic Aesop fable. By the Eisner-nominated author of Arthur and the Golden Rope.

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My Forest Is Green by Darren Lebeuf. Illus by Ashley Barron.

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Exploring the urban forest near his home with art supplies in tow, a young boy with keen observation skills uses poetic, rhythmic language and a variety of materials, from charcoal and rocks to cut-paper collage and sponge painting, to create art inspired by the environments he sees.

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A New Home by Tania de Regil

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Text that combines the voices of two narrators and detailed artwork of parallel urban scenes depict a girl in Mexico City and a boy in New York City who simultaneously ponder moving to each other’s locale, discovering their commonalities along the way.

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The Night Library by David Zeltser. Illus by Raúl Colón.

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Upset to learn that he will be getting a book for his birthday, an inquisitive boy is visited in his dreams by New York Public Library stone lions Patience and Fortitude, who whisk him away on a tour of the library and its wonders. Illustrated by the award-winning artist of Dona Flor.

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No Place Like Home by Ronojoy Ghosh

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A young grump who dislikes ice cream, his tiny house and the crowded city he lives in embarks on a quest to find a place where he feels like he truly belongs. By the author of Ollie and the Wind.

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Noah Noasaurus by Elaine Kiely Kearns. Illus by Colin Jack.

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Waking up in a contrary mood that compels him to fight everything from brushing his teeth to playing with his little brother, Noah Noasaurus reluctantly greets his cheerful dino friends, who eventually start a prehistoric parade that chases away Noah’s bad mood.

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Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich

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The award-winning lead character designer of Despicable Me presents the story of a cantankerous cactus in a window flowerpot who resists everything in the form of friendship before realizing how lonely his existence has become.

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Number Circus by Sylvie Misslin. Illus by Steffie Brocoli. Trans by Lisa Rosinsky.

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A sturdy lift-the-flap book features colorful, smile-inducing spreads depicting lively circus performances in a mathematical primer designed to reinforce early counting, recognition, relative size and vocabulary skills.

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Oink by David Elliot

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Pig comically struggles to figure out what to do when his noisy friends Sheep, Cow and Horse arrive to join him in the bathtub with beach toys in hand and begin crowding and splashing him.

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Ojiichan’s Gift by Chieri Uegaki. Illus by Genevieve Simms.

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Helping tend the rock garden her grandfather created for her at his home in Japan when she was born, young Mayumi endeavors to figure out how to keep the memory of their garden alive when her grandfather becomes old and has to move away.

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On the First Day of Summer Vacation by Tish Rabe. Illus by Sarah Jennings.

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A musical read-aloud written to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” depicts kids sharing fun summertime adventures, from catching fireflies and visiting the zoo to learning how to swim and playing
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The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood. Illus by Hannah Marks.

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A riotously meta celebration of storytelling out of control features a narrator who wants to tell a story and a mischievous panda who insists he has nothing taleworthy going on but is perfectly willing to imagine any number of exciting plot devices, from jellybean rain to purple aliens.

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Pig the Stinker by Aaron Blabey

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Rolling in the garbage, splashing in the mud and eating every unsavory thing he encounters, a super-messy Pig the Pug resists his owner’s efforts to give him a bath and devises a plan to stop up the tub, with unexpected results. By the creator of The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon.

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Rosie and Rasmus by Serena Geddes

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A lonely girl and a solitary young dragon become unexpected friends and share games and stories while the girl helps the dragon learn to fly well enough to seek his destiny, compelling a sad farewell and opening the way to new friendships.

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Ruby’s Sword by Jacqueline Veissid. Illus by Paola Zakimi.

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Unable to keep up with her long-legged brothers during an outdoor run, little Ruby picks up a stick and invites them to join her in imaginative swordfighting adventures of magic and creativity, while adorable animal friends play in the background.

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Sadie and the Silver Shoes by Jane Godwin. Illus by Anna Walker.

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Living in a home where money is tight and shoes are the one thing not handed down to her from her older brothers, little Sadie picks the most beautiful shoes she can find and tries to figure out what to do when one of them is lost, in a tale of self-expression and friendship.

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Swarm of Bees by Lemony Snicket. Illus by Rilla Alexander.

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The bestselling author of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books presents a kid-friendly exploration of anger that depicts a young boy and a swarm of bees that rile up the whole town. Illustrated by the artist of A Bear Sat on My Porch Today.

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The Tallest Tree House by Elly MacKay

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Living in a beautiful forest near a waterfall, two fairies begin building rival treehouses using their conflicting talents, speed and caution, before safety concerns challenge them to work together. By the creator of Butterfly Park.

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Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield. Illus by Ehsan Abdollahi.

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A latest poetry collection by the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient follows the poetic pursuits of a young poet’s puppy, Thinker, who fears he will one day lose control and reveal his rhyming talents to humans.

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Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers. Illus by Lane Smith.

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A twist on the classic goodnight bedtime story invites children to imagine the dreamy, wonderful and strange things that the next day might bring. By the author of Her Right Foot and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Grandpa Green.

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Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Raúl the Third

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Little Lobo and his dog make deliveries to marketplace vendors in a busy Mexican-American border town, in a celebration of diversity by the award-winning illustrator of the Lowriders in Space series that blends stylistically detailed graphic-art panels with clever bilingual text.

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Watch Out for Wolf! by Anica Mrose Rissi. Illus by Charles Santoso.

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A riotously illustrated twist on the classic Three Little Pigs story finds a trio of piggies baking a cake, decorating the house and delivering invitations for a fairytale-themed surprise party, all while diligently watching out for the wolf.

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We’re Going on a Treasure Hunt by Kelly DiPucchio. Illus by Jay Fleck.

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An imaginative twist on the storytime classic features an adventurous crew of animal pirates that embarks on a swashbuckling treasure hunt on the high seas in the face of hungry whales, thrashing squids and booming thunderstorms.

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When a Tiger Comes to Dinner by Jessica Olien

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An interactive picture-book story that breaks the fourth wall features a little mouse host who invites readers to help prepare for a visit from an unlikely tiger friend who must be greeted with claws and teeth, a roaring hello and games of checkers.

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Why a Daughter Needs a Mom by Gregory Lang. Adapt by Susanna Leonard Hill. Illus by Sydney Hanson.

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A picture-book adaptation of the inspirational best-seller features heartfelt rhymes about how a mother would help her daughter learn and grow, in a celebration of the mother-daughter bond that is complemented by endearing animal artwork.

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