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Underwear Do's and Don'ts

Underwear Do’s and Don’ts

By: Todd Parr
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Level: 8-9

The author encourages  preschoolers and toddlerss to embrace their individuality and communicate what they feel. Watch your child giggle and smile.

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The Story of the Easter Bunny

The Story of the Easter Bunny

By: Katherine Tegen
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 8-9

Everyone knows that the Easter Bunny comes every year with a basket of painted eggs andchocolates. But who is the Easter Bunny, and what is his story?

On a snow-cold day in a snug little house … So begins the true story of the Easter Bunny.

A little white rabbit watches and helps an old couple make chocolate and paint Easter eggs. As each year passes, the little white rabbit helps out a little bit more until he becomes the Easter Bunny, with the help of …

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The Easter Egg

The Easter Egg

By: Jan Brett
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 0-5

Jan Brett’s lovable bunny hero, Hoppi, and her remarkable Easter Rabbit will enchant readers as they pore over illustrations filled with dazzling eggs made by Flora Bunny, Aunt Sassyfrass and others.

If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit deliver the eggs on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches, and when the …

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The Easter Bunny That Overslept

The Easter Bunny That Overslept

By: Priscilla & Otto Friedrich
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 8-9

One spring morning, the Easter Bunny skips merrily along to deliver his colorful, hand-painted eggs. But the children tell him that it’s Mother’s Day, which can only mean one thing: HE SLEPT THROUGH EASTER! Nobody wants eggs on Mother’s Day, or on the Fourth of July — and especially not on Halloween. Children will sympathize with the little bunny’s plight and cheer when Santa finds the perfect gift to help!

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Where Are Baby's Easter Eggs

Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs

By: Karen Katz
Publisher: Penguin Group
Level: 0-5

Little ones will love lifting the large, sturdy flaps in this sweet, irresistible board book to find Baby’s Easter eggs. Where could they be? Children will discover sparkly foil objects under each of the 6, sturdy flaps until… they find Baby’s shimmery Easter eggs in an elaborate fold out finale complete with sparkly foil.

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Rules

Rules

By: Cynthia Lord
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 12-13

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David the rules-from “a peach is not a funny-looking apple” to “keep your pants on in public”-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she’s always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is …

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Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken

Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken

By: Kate Dicamillo
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 8-9

She longed for adventure. So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world. The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar. Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine . . . She was brave. She was fearless. She was feathered. She was a chicken. A not-so-chicken chicken. Her name?

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Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

By: Mark Reibstein,
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Level: 6-7

Using spare text and haiku, Mark Reibstein weaves an extraordinary story about finding real beauty in unexpected places. Caldecott Medal-winning artist Ed Young complements the lyrical text with breathtaking collages. Together, they illustrate the unique world view that is wabi sabi.

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Birds

Birds

By: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 0-5

Birds come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Birds are magic. Birds are everywhere. If you listen very carefully you will hear them, no matter where you live. And if you look very closely you will see them, no matter where you are. And if you can’t go outside right this minute, you can always read this book!

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James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

By: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Penguin Group
Level: 10-11

When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends — Old Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more.

After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, James has finally …

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