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By: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

From two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, comes a poignant story of one hamster’s struggle with destiny. Being a pet store hamster isn’t much fun for Sweetie Pie, but life in human homes proves downright perilous. As Sweetie Pie longingly gazes out of his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he’ll ever have the chance to feel the wind in his fur. Allsburg’s expressive, soft-hued illustrations artfully capture a hamster’s-eye view of the wide and wonderful world where …

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By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Summer vacation on an almost private island gives the Aldens a challenge.

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By: Kate Waters
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Chosen to become a special warrior prince in 1627, Tapenum prepares himself for the great honor by hunting, fishing, and sharing a day with friends and family, in a story that is complemented by photographs of Plymouth Plantation.

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By: Cynthia Rylant
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter, and people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends.     Cynthia Rylant’s lyrical language and Jill Kastner’s rich, cozy paintings capture the cherished moments of this autumn month.

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By: Mark Leslie
Publisher: Dundurn

Throughout history, books have inspired, informed, entertained, and enriched us. They have also kept us up through the night, thrilled us, and lured into their endless depths. Tomes of Terror is a celebration and an eerie look at the siren call of literature and the unexplained and fascinating stories associated with bookish locations around the world. Mark Leslie’s latest paranormal page-turner is a compendium of true stories of the supernatural in literary locales, complete with hair-raising first-person accounts. You may even recognize a spectre of your local …

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By: Karma Wilson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

What better way for Bear to say thanks, than to have a big dinner with all his friends!Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do?     Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering …

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By: Julie Markes
Publisher: HarperCollins

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family!Julie Markes reminds kids and adults alike about the little details that make each day enjoyable, while Doris Barrette’s beautiful and striking illustrations bring her thoughtful words to life.

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By: Norman Bridwell
Publisher: Cartwheel

Read all about Clifford’s BIG ideas! Classic Clifford reissued!It only takes a little to BE BIG!It’s Christmas time for Emily Elizabeth and Clifford! While they count down the days to their favorite holiday, Clifford makes a snowman, gets a tree, and finds a surprise in his stocking.The BE BIG campaign invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how CLIFFORD’S BIG IDEAS can make the world a better place.

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By: Barbara Park
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Gobble Gobble! Celebrate Thanksgiving with Junie B. Jones!   Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones!   It’s Thanksgiving time and Room One is getting ready for their very own Thanksgiving feast! There’s even a contest to see which room can write the best thankful list. The winners will get a pumpkin pie! Only it turns out being thankful is harder than it looks. Because Junie B. is not actually thankful for Tattletale May. Or squash. Or scratchy pilgrim costumes. And pumpkin pie makes her vomit, anyway. (But Junie …

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By: Ann Mcgovern
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks

The Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving lasted three whole days. Ann McGovern’s simple text introduces children to the struggles of the Pilgrims during their first year at Plymouth Colony and the events leading to the historic occasion we celebrate today.

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