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By: American Cancer Society
Publisher: American Cancer Society

Inside this beautifully illustrated cookbook are activities, colorful recipes, and cooking tips that helps turn meal preparation into exciting family fun. From the simplest snacks and drinks to masterful meals, kids create their own masterpieces using step-by-step illustrations and learn to make healthy and wholesome food choices that will benefit them for a lifetime. In addition to the 53 recipes that list the number of servings, calories, and fat grams in each meal, the book includes instructions on how to read a food label, kitchen safety, and a guide to the …

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By: Ludwig Bemelmans
Publisher: Viking Juvenile

“That old house in Paris that is covered with vines’ still holds the irrepressible Madeline, who here manages to keep things going when everyone is sick abed Christmas Eve….The pictures are vintage Bemelmans — brisk, energetic, and strikingly composed.” Booklist

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By: Si Robertson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Duck the halls! This book and doll set starring Uncle Si of Duck Dynasty® captures the true message of Christmas and makes for a perfect present—to either give or receive!Uncle Si plays the part of an elf in order to help Santa Claus to save one little boy’s Christmas. This humorous, heartwarming picture book is told in verse that’s true to Uncle Si’s unique way of spinning a tale. And kids will love displaying their doll of Uncle Si, the Christmas elf—who is dressed in his own special elf costume!

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By: Edith Kunhardt Davis
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Illus. in full color. “The drama of natural disasters provides prime material to entice young independent readers. In this volume, the account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius describes village life 2,000 years ago, the eruption itself and its aftermath, and the excitement when the buried town is rediscovered centuries later. A lively and factual glimpse of a devastating moment in history, in an accessible, attractive package.”–Publishers Weekly.  

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By: Mary Pope Osborne
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!   When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning, they had lots of questions. Why did people make mummies? What was the mysterious writing on mummy cases? How did most ancient Egyptians spend their days? How were the pyramids built? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack …

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By: John Bemelmans Marciano
Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Readers will see Washington, D.C., as never before, when Madeline takes a midnight sightseeing tour on a magic carpet of cherry blossoms. Invited to the White House by Candle, the president’s lonely only daughter, for the annual Easter Egg hunt and roll, Madeline and the other little girls have a rollicking good time, and introduce Candle to the joys of occasionally breaking the rules. With a bouncy read-aloud text and gorgeous watercolor pictures, Madeline at the White House is in the best tradition of the beloved Madeline books.

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By: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Mirror, mirror on the wall,Who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.  Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles …

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By: Anne Kamma
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks

Questions and answers about the first Thanksgiving and what it was like to live in America in the 1620’s.

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By: Christopher Paul Curtis
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Bestselling Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis delivers a powerful companion to his multiple award-winning ELIJAH OF BUXTON.Benji and Red couldn’t be more different. They aren’t friends. They don’t even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined. A chance meeting leads the boys to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. Both of them have encountered a strange presence in the forest, watching them, tracking them. Could the Madman of Piney Woods be real? In a tale brimming with intrigue and adventure, Christopher Paul …

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By: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Candlewick

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into …

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