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ABC3D

ABC3D

By: Marion Bataille
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Level: 0-5

Prepare to be amazed. From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there’s U…Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers …

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How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U. S. A

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U. S. A

By: Marjorie Priceman
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Level: 6-7

IN THIS EXUBERANT companion story to How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, our young baker sets her sights on a cherry pie. She heads off on a round-the-U.S.A. journey to find all the materials she needs to stock her kitchen: New Mexico for clay (mixing bowl), Washington for wood (rolling pin), Hawaii for sand (sand? to make the glass for her measuring cup, of course). In joyful art filled with small vignettes and sly humor, two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marjorie Priceman takes us on a cross …

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Grandfather’s Journey

Grandfather’s Journey

By: Allen Say
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Level: 6-7

This autobiographical reminiscence describes the wanderlust of the author’s grandfather, who is torn between love for his native Japan and for California. Missing one place while in the other, the grandfather is always longing to be where he isn’t. The grandson inherits his grandfather’s love of travel, and like him, longs to be in both places at the same time. Soft-hued paintings decorate this quiet testament of love for both family and place.

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There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy

By: Tedd Arnold
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 6-7

In this fourth Fly Guy adventure, the same big-eyed cartoon characters occupy ample white space and find themselves in a humorous situation. Grandma has, indeed, swallowed Fly Guy. The standard scenario unfolds and, in the end, everyone lives happily ever after. Though not the strongest in the series, the book will please fans and the fly will gain unprecedented sympathy. Beginning readers will enjoy practicing their new skill with familiar characters and a fun story.

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The Lucky Baseball Bat

The Lucky Baseball Bat

By: Matt Christopher
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Level: 8-9

Marty loses his lucky baseball bat, and his confidence along with it, and wonders if he will recover both in time to help the Tigers win the championship.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

By: Laura Joffe Numeroff
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

What happens if you give a mouse a cookie? Why he’ll need a glass of milk to go with it! He’ll also need a straw, a napkin, a mirror–each item prompts the need for another. When the mouse is hanging a picture from a refrigerator (how did he get there?), he’s reminded that he’s thirsty and needs a glass of milk (uh-oh). With this milk, it’s absolutely necessary to have a cookie, of course! Bond’s wonderful illustrations enliven this modern day classic.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

By: Trenton Lee Stewart
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Level: 12-13

The fabulous foursome readers embraced as The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission, significantly closer to home. After reuniting for a celebratory scavenger hunt, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are forced to go on an unexpected search–a search to find Mr. Benedict. It seems that while he was preparing the kids’ adventure, he stepped right into a trap orchestrated by his evil twin Mr. Curtain.

With only one week to find a captured Mr. Benedict, the gifted foursome faces their greatest challenge of all–a challenge that will reinforce …

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Bats at the Library

Bats at the Library

By: Brian Lies
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Level: 8-9

Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!

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See Inside!Junie B., First Grader by Barbara Park: Book Cover      *       Cover Image     *       Cover Image      *           o              Table of Contents  Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May)

See Inside!Junie B., First Grader by Barbara Park: Book Cover * Cover Image * Cover Image * o Table of Contents Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May)

By: Barbara Park
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Level: 8-9

It’s holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate.
Like making elf costumes! And singing joyful songs! Only, how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when Tattletale May keeps ruining her holiday glee? And here is the worst part of all! When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale you-know-who! It’s enough to fizzle your holiday spirit! Hmm . . . or is it? Maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she …

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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

By: Mem Fox
Publisher: Harcourt
Level: 0-5

As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes. . . . And here, from two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time, is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they—and the babies they belong to—bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!

This is a gorgeously simple picture book for very young children, and once you finish the rhythmic, rhyming text, all you’ll want to do is go back to the beginning . . . and read it again! …

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