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The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups

By: David Wisniewski
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

Parents are always spouting these rules. Do they really care about nutrients and mattresses, or are they hiding something? Luckily, one fearless grown-up will risk his neck and his dignity to find out. Disguised as everything from a chocolate milk scuba diver to a giant nose, this counterspy uncovers the disturbing truth. And what he learns will shock you like nothing before. Startling suckface emergencies! Dangerous digit gangs! Powerful sumo cells! Those are just some of the secrets revealed in this book by Caldecott medalist David Wisniewski. But don’t let …

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The Little Prince

The Little Prince

By: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Publisher: Harcourt
Level: 12-13

Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard’s new translation of the beloved classic-published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s birth-beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry’s unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as close as possible to the French, in language, style, and most important, spirit. The artwork in this new edition has been restored to match in detail …

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Doorbell Rang

Doorbell Rang

By: Pat Hutchins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

Ma has made a dozen delicious cookies. It should be plenty for her two children. But then the doorbell rings–and rings and rings. Each ring of the doorbell brings more friends to share the delicious cookies Ma has made.

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Water Hole

Water Hole

By: Graeme Base
Publisher: HNA Books
Level: 12-13

In the tradition of his best-selling alphabet book, Animalia, author and illustrator GraemeBase takes young readers on an exhilarating journey of discovery with an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook, and art book. From the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the deserts of outback Australia, the animals come together to drink from the water hole. But their water supply is diminishing. What’s going on? Each sumptuous landscape illustration conceals hidden animal pictures for readers to find as …

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Pajama Time!

Pajama Time!

By: Sandra Boynton
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Level: 0-5

Boynton is back! Joining Barnyard Dance! and Birthday Monsters!, here is Pajama Time! a good-night book with the irrepressible language, the inimitable illustrations, the irresistible cast of characters only Sandra Boynton could create. A jump-roping chicken and a pig on a swing. A Scottie in plaid pajamas and an elephant in a fuzzy one-piece with feet. And in sing-along nuttiness reminiscent of Barnyard Dance!, it’s time to head to bed-to the beat: Pajammy to the left. Pajammy to the right. Jamma jamma jamma jamma P!J! Everybody’s wearing them for dancing …

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Fanny’s Dream

Fanny’s Dream

By: Caralyn Buehner
Publisher: Dial
Level: 6-7

In this inventive take on the traditional Cinderella tale, Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl with a big dream. Someday, she believes, she will marry a prince. When the town mayor announces he is throwing a grand ball, Fanny is convinced her time has come. She puts on her best calico dress and goes out to the garden so that she’ll be ready when her fairy godmother arrives. As the seconds tick by, Fanny waits and waits. Finally, she hears a voice. It isn’t her fairy godmother-but it is …

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Sheep in a Jeep

Sheep in a Jeep

By: Nancy Shaw
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Level: 0-5

What could be better than a misadventure from that rambunctious flock of sheep in board-book form? Two! Now sized perfectly for even the smallest hands, two of Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple’s enchanting titles from their sheep series are board books. In Sheep in a Jeep, the hapless flock goes for a drive in the country. In Sheep in a Shop, the sheep are off to the store in search of the perfect birthday gift. With these muttonheads, a normal outing is sure to turn into a joyous lark. Rhyming …

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Big Red Barn

Big Red Barn

By: Margaret Wise Brown
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Level: 0-5

Harkening back to 1956, this classic children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown is still in print. Her lulling cadences introduce the barnyard animals as they play one day while the children are away. The illustrations carry us from sunrise to nightfall. A perfect choice for older toddlers. The revised drawings in full color will delight kids.

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Barnyard Dance!

Barnyard Dance!

By: Sandra Boynton
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Level: 0-5

Everybody sing alongóbecause it-s time to do-si-do in the barnyard with a high-spirited animal crew! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of board books, here is BARNYARD DANCE, with Sandra Boynton-s twirling pigs, fiddle-playing cows, and other unforgettable animals. Extra-big, extra-fat, and extra-fun, BARNYARD DANCE features lively rhyming text and a die-cut cover that reveals the wacky characters inside. Guaranteed to get kids and adults stomping their feet. Main selection of the Children-s Book-of-the-Month Club. Winner of the 1994 Gold Medal from the National Parenting Publications Award.

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Babe: The Gallant Pig

Babe: The Gallant Pig

By: Dick King-Smith
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 12-13

When Babe arrives at the Hogget farm, Mrs. Hogget’s thoughts turn to sizzling bacon and juicy pork chops. It looks as if the little pig is destined for the dinner table-until he reveals a surprising talent for sheepherding, that is. Before long, Babe is handling Farmer Hogget’s flock better than any sheepdog ever could. Babe is so good, in fact, that the farmer enters him in the Grand Challenge Sheepdog Trials. But the crowds can’t believe this sheep-pig is for real. Will it take a miracle for Babe to win? …

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