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By: Michaela DePrince
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Perfect for newly independent readers—the amazing true story of Michaela DePrince, one of America’s top ballerinas.   At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life. She was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone at the time, but was soon adopted by a family and brought to America. Michaela never forgot the photo of the dancer she once saw, and quickly decided to make her dream of becoming a ballerina come true. She has been dancing ever since and is now …

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By: Elvira Woodruff
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks

Elvira Woodruff’s million-copy seller, GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SOCKS, returns in time for the book’s anticipated HC sequel — Ben Franklin’s Boots!A mysterious rowboat transports five adventurous kids back in time to the eve of the Battle at Trenton where they experience the American Revolution. Through encounters with Hessian soldiers, revolutionaries, and even George Washington himself, Matthew, Quentin, Hooter, Tony, and Katie watch history unfold before their eyes as they see first-hand, the grim realities of war and the cost of freedom.

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By: Bill O'Reilly
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

On a sunny day in Dallas, Texas, at the end of a campaign trip, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is assassinated by an angry, lonely drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes briefly, but is hunted down, captured, and then shot dead while in police custody.Kennedy’s Last Days is a gripping account of the events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century.  Author Bill O’Reilly vividly describes the Kennedy family’s life in the public eye, the crises facing the president around the world …

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By: Jean McElroy
Publisher: Little Simon

Watch seeds grow right before your eyes in this follow-up title to How Does a Seed Grow? Readers can follow the fun clues and guess which fruits or vegetables will grow from each seed. With a lift of each foldout flap, kids can watch the seeds take root in the soil, sprout from the ground, and finally, make the fruits and veggies we love to eat! A tiny kernel grows a bright yellow ear of corn, a pumpkin seed grows a big orange pumpkin, an apple seed grows juicy red …

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By: Victoria Kann
Publisher: HarperCollins

The New York Times bestselling author and artist of Pinkalicious, Victoria Kann, brings Pinkalicious fans the first Pinkalicious cookbook, and it’s filled with cupcakes galore! Pinkalicious loves pinkatastic cupcakes—and now readers can make all their cupcakes Pinkalicious cupcakes. The Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook features more than 20 cupcakes straight from Pinkalicious’s world. Bake everything from a classic Pinkalicious cupcake with a cherry on top to a princess cupcake and castle, a snowman cupcake, or a cake pop flower! There are cupcakes for every occasion—birthday parties, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and more—and tips …

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By: April Pulley Sayre
Publisher: Little Simon

Veggies take the stage in a rollicking ode to healthy eating in this Classic Board Book edition of Rah, Rah, Radishes!Rah, rah, radishes, red and white!Carrots are calling. Take a bite!Oh boy, bok choy, Brussels sprout.Broccoli! Cauliflower! Shout it out! Know anyone who doesn’t like veggies? Here is a book that’s sure to change their hungry minds! With raucous, rhyming text, Rah, Rah, Radishes! celebrates fresh vegetables, nature’s bright colors, and the joy of healthy eating. The book’s interactive spirit encourages kids to join in on the read-aloud fun, and …

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By: Paula Deen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

One of America’s most beloved cooks, Food Network personality and restaurateur, Paula Deen invites you to share in her favorite dishes and memories from childhood in this delightful cookbook for the very young. What better way to celebrate childhood than with pancakes around the kitchen table? Or how about a quick snack of Ants on a Log? Paula even shares her tricks for whipping up the perfect breakfast in bed for Mom on Mother’s Day or a fancy dinner for Dad on Father’s Day. Paula Deen’s My …

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By: Hinkler Editors
Publisher: Hinkler Books, distributed by Ideals Publications

Little ones will love these brightly colored, padded board books. This appealing series of twelve colorful board books presents simple concepts for babies and toddlers. Bold and bright photographs coupled with identifying words will spark object recognition and encourage language skills. Young children will delight in the bright images while getting a head start on learning. Baby’s First Food features vivid photographs of their favorite foods. Ages 0-3.

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By: Kristen Joyal
Publisher: Straight Forward Technologies

“Mommy, mommy, let’s bake something!” Thought you’ve done all you can with that trusty old kid-size oven? Are those expensive baking mixes too much hassle? Well think again! If you have a kid-size light bulb oven, then the “Baking with Mommy Cookbook – 10th Anniversary Edition” is for you! Now with 20 additional recipes added, you will have 90 recipes designed for kid-size and light bulb ovens, you won’t need to buy those expensive baking mixes, anymore. The “Baking with Mommy Cookbook” recipes use normal kitchen ingredients and are easy. …

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By: Ann M. Martin
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She’s thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose’s obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father.When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now …

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