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The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls

By: Cara Natterson
Publisher: Amer Girl
Level: 8-9

This thoughtful advice book will guide you through the next steps of growing up. With illustrations and expert contributors, this book covers new questions about periods, your growing body, peer pressure, personal care, and more! Written by Dr. Cara Natterson for girls 10 and up, The Care & Keeping of You 2 follows up the original bestseller with even more in-depth details about the physical and emotional changes you’re going through.

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The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls

By: Valorie Schaefer
Publisher: American Girl
Level: 8-9

Our best-selling body book for girls just got even better! With all-new illustrations and updated content for girls ages 8 and up, it features tips, how-tos, and facts from the experts. You’ll find answers to questions about your changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between. Once you feel comfortable with what’s happening, you’ll be ready to move on to the The Care & Keeping of You 2!

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Biscuit Loves Mother's Day

Biscuit Loves Mother’s Day

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day, Biscuit!  There are so many ways to make Mom feel special. Pull back the big flaps to see the surprises Biscuit and the little girl have in store for Mom!

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I Love My Daddy

I Love My Daddy

By: Sebastien Braun
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

Sometimes daddies are loud and playful. Other times they are quiet and compassionate. And they are always loving. Sebastien Braun’s appealing text and charming illustrations follow a day in the life of a bear and his bear cub in this celebration of the bond between father and child.

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Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas

Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas

By: Tad Hills
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 0-5

Celebrate Christmas with Duck and Goose’s new holiday board book! Our feathered friends are getting ready for Christmas. The only problem? Goose is more interested in skating, sledding, and making snow angels than in helping Duck decorate their Christmas tree. While Goose has the time of his life in the snow, it seems poor Duck will be left to do all the work. . . .Tad Hills’s simple text and vivid, expressive illustrations make this sweet, funny little book the perfect stocking stuffer. Preschoolers who loved the bestselling Duck & …

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Zippity Zinger (Hank Zipzer Series #4)

Zippity Zinger (Hank Zipzer Series #4)

By: Henry Winkler
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 10-11

Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences.

PS 87 is having multicultural week, and Ms. Adolf’s class is putting on a “Foods From Around the World” luncheon. Hank makes enchiladas, and at the luncheon, Ms. Adolf piles her plate with lots of food. But after a few bites, her face turns bright red-one of the dishes is super-spicy! Ms. Adolf accuses someone of …

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Can’t Wait till Christmas

Can’t Wait till Christmas

By: Mike Huckabee
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA
Level: 8-9

Mike is desperate to get a football for Christmas. Then one day in the middle of December, a box that looks the exact right size appears under his family’s Christmas tree. Mike just can’t handle the temptation! He convinces his sister Pat that they should open their gifts and play with them THIS INSTANT. And that’s what they do.

But on Christmas morning, the muddy football gives them away. After talking about the real meaning of Christmas and how some things are worth waiting for, Mike and Pat learn the benefit …

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Dream Snow

Dream Snow

By: Eric Carle
Publisher: Penguin Group
Level: 6-7

A simple story, lively collage-like illustrations and a fun gimmick for little hands…”

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It’s Christmas, David!

It’s Christmas, David!

By: David Shannon
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc
Level: 6-7

Readers of all ages will vividly remember trying to peek at hidden gift packages; writing scrolls of wish lists to Santa; and struggling to behave at formal Christmas dinner parties. Always in the background, we know Santa Claus is watching, soon to decide if David deserves a shiny new fire truck or a lump of coal under the tree. From playing with delicate ornaments to standing in an endlessly long line for Santa, here are common Christmas activities–but with David’s naughty trimmings. A surefire hit that is destined to be …

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A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (Magic Tree House Series #44)

A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (Magic Tree House Series #44)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 12-13

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Jack and Annie’s mission from Merlin the Magician? To help the famous writer Charles Dickens! In a magical whirl, the brother and sister are whisked back in time to Victorian England and the foggy streets of London.

There, Jack and Annie discover that Charles Dickens has everything he could possibly want. How can they help him? It is not until Mr. Dickens rescues them from being thrown in jail that they discover his secret …

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