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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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Happy Easter, Biscuit!

Happy Easter, Biscuit!

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

Biscuit’s first East egg hunt is going to be egg-stra special. Where are all the eggs hidden? Lift the flaps to find out!!

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Go to Sleep, Daisy

Go to Sleep, Daisy

By: Jane Simmons
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Level: 0-5

Night noises such as fluttering moths and hooting owls keep Daisy wide awake … until Moon comes out. Color illustrations throughout.

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Apple Pie Fourth of July

Apple Pie Fourth of July

By: Janet S. Wong
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Level: 6-7

No one wants Chinese food on the Fourth of July, I say. We’re in apple-pie America, and my parents are cooking chow mein! . . . They just don’t get it. Americans do not eat Chinese food on the Fourth of July. Right?

Shocked that her parents are cooking Chinese food to sell in the family store on this all-American holiday, a feisty Chinese-American girl tries to tell her mother and father how things really are. But as the parade passes by and fireworks light the sky, she learns a lesson …

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Summer Skills: Grade 4

Summer Skills: Grade 4

By: Flash Kids Editors
Publisher: Spark Publishing
Level: 8-9

Keep Learning Alive All Summer Long!
School is out for the summer, but keeping your child engaged in learning through the break will prepare him or her to excel during the next school year. This Summer Skills workbook reviews topics learned in pre-school and introduces skills that will be introduced in the kindergarden, helping your child to transition seamlessly from one grade to the next. Children will love the beautiful full-color illustrations and interesting activities on each page, and he or she will feel more confident about learning when school is …

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Summer Skills: Grade 3

Summer Skills: Grade 3

By: Flash Kids Editors
Publisher: Spark Publishing
Level: 8-9

School is out for the summer, but keeping your child engaged in learning through the break will prepare him or her to excel during the next school year. This Summer Skills workbook reviews topics learned in pre-school and introduces skills that will be introduced in the kindergarden, helping your child to transition seamlessly from one grade to the next. Children will love the beautiful full-color illustrations and interesting activities on each page, and he or she will feel more confident about learning when school is back in session!  This book …

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Coraline

Coraline

By: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Level: 12-13

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring…. In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, …

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CHICKEN SAID, “CLUCK!”

CHICKEN SAID, “CLUCK!”

By: Judyann Ackerman Grant
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Level: 0-5

“Shoo!” said Earl. “Shoo! Shoo!” said Pearl. “Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!” said Chicken. Earl and Pearl are planting pumpkins. Chicken wants to help. But it seems like the only thing Chicken is good at is getting in the way. Then grasshoppers invade the pumpkin patch, and Earl and Pearl can do nothing to stop them. Suddenly it’s up to Chicken to save the day! This funny and satisfying book is a delightful treat for children just starting to read.

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