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Children's Picture Books


Love Is Love Is
by Diane Adams

This story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned. 

 
Hug It Out! Hug It Out

by Louis Thomas

A fresh, funny take on sibling rivalry and conflict resolution, as two sparring siblings are forced to "hug it out."

Mom has had enough of Woody and Annie's incessant fighting. When her pleas for sharing and apologizing are ignored, she demands they "hug it out." At first, the warring siblings are confused. Hugging? But after a long afternoon of forced embraces, the brother and sister decide to call a truce to avoid yet another icky hug. However it doesn't take long for them to miss that newfound closeness. And soon they're looking for something to fight about so they can hug it out once more!

Adults will delight in a new solution to conflict, while kids will enjoy yelling "HUG IT OUT!" at each familiar situation. With subversive humor and smart, eye-catching illustrations, Louis Thomas's debut is a cheeky tribute to sibling rivalry and (cuddly) compromise.

 
Pete the Cat: Five Little Ducks Five Little Ducks (Pete the Cat)
by James Dean

#1 New York Times bestseller James Dean turns it up in Pete the Cat’s cool adaptation of the classic children’s song “Five Little Ducks.”

Fans of Pete the cat will love rocking out to this classic tune with a groovy twist.

 
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!
by Carmen Agra Deedy

La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peace and quiet would make it just right. 
So the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long, singing of any kind is outlawed. Even the teakettle is afraid to whistle!

But there is one noisy rooster who doesn't give two mangos about this mayor's silly rules. Instead, he does what roosters were born to do.

He sings: 
"Kee-kee-ree-KEE!"

 
Egg Egg

by Kevin Henkes

Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship, by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times—bestselling author Kevin Henkes. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift, but also a classic read-alone and read-aloud that will appeal all year long.

This masterful and stylistically original picture book introduces young children to four eggs. One is blue, one is pink, one is yellow, and one is green. Three of the eggs hatch, revealing three baby birds who fly away. But the green egg does not hatch. Why not? When the three birds return to investigate, they’re in for a big surprise! What will happen next? With a compelling mix of comic-like panels, wordless pages and spreads, and a short text featuring word repetition, surprise, and suspense, Egg is an ideal book for emergent readers, as well as for sharing in a group. Egg is sure to inspire creativity and storytelling in preschoolers, as they anticipate the page turns and determine their own endings! 

 
North, South, East, West North South East West

by Margaret Wise Brown

From Margaret Wise Brown, the bestselling author of classics like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, comes a never-before-published story about a little bird’s first journey, brought to life by Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli.

It’s time for a little bird to fly away

to the north, the south, the east, and the west.

Which direction will she like best?

 
Caterpillar Dreams Caterpillar Dreams

by Clive McFarland

The Very Hungry Caterpillar meets Giraffes Can’t Dance in this sweet coming of age story about finding one’s courage.

All Henri the Caterpillar has is a dream. It’s an amazing, incredible, impossible dream.  And to chase it, Henri will have to leave the safety of his garden and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

 
5 Minute Nursery Rhymes

5 Minute Nursery Rhymes

by Tiger Tales

With more than 100 classic nursery rhymes, lullabies, songs, and poems, this beautiful anthology will be treasured for years. Featured selections include "Hickory, Dickory, Dock," "Hey, Diddle, Diddle," "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," "The Wheels on the Bus," as well as a variety of fairy tales.

 
Image result for 5 minute bedtime stories tiger 5 Minute Bedtime Stories
by Tiger Tales

A beautiful gift collection of ten charming bedtime stories. It's bedtime for all the animalsbut Kip the kitten can't find a cozy bed, Newton hears strange noises in the dark, and Little Bear wants to stay up all night long!

 
fly blanket Fly Blanket Fly

by Anne Margaret Lewis

One night, a little boy and his blanky are ready to launch themselves into a big-time adventure. All it takes for the adventure to begin is one magical phrase:

With that, Sam and his blanky are catapulted into a magical world of imagination where together they zoom on jet planes, fly to the moon, swim in the sea, and much more. It seems the adventures may never end, until finally Sam whispers to his blanky that it’s time to fall asleep.

 
Snowy Valentine Snowy Valentine

by David Petersen

Step out into a snowy Valentine's Day with Jasper the bunny as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one.

In his picture-book debut, David Petersen, the Eisner Award-winning creator of Mouse Guard, tells a delightful tale that becomes the perfect way to say "I love you."

 
Peepsqueak! Peepsqueak
by Leslie Ann Clark

As soon as little Peepsqueak bursts out of his shell, he is on the move!

He is determined to fly—high, High, High! But is he too little to reach the sky?

 
They All Saw a Cat They All Saw a Cat
by Brendan Wenzel

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .

In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

 
Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty

Scientist Ada has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!

 
Big Bear, Small Mouse Big Bear, Small Mouse
by Karma Wilson

Bear is big, big, big, and mouse is small, small, small but these friends stick together through all the highs and lows!

Join Bear and mouse as they spot all the opposites in their little glen. Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman team up again to bring the youngest Bear fans a delightful concept book that begs to be read out loud.

 
Blue Penguin Blue Penguin
by Petr Horacek

Rejected by his fellow penguins because of his unusual color, minimal diving, and jumping skills, Blue Penguin begins to sing in his loneliness and wonders if he will be able to convince the others that he is one of them.

 
How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets? How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets?
by Jane Yolen

"Can I keep it? It's so cute!" Brimming with laugh-aloud humor, enormous dinosaur children surprise their parents by bringing home a wild menagerie of highly unusual pets! What would happen if your child walked in the door with a pet tiger? Or an elephant, boa constrictor, zebra, or kangaroo? Would you smile?

 
Rosie Revere, Engineer Rosie Revere, Engineer
by Andrea Beaty

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose inisists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

 
Take Heart, My Child: A Mother's Dream Take Heart, My Child
by Ainsley Earhardt

Take Heart, My Child is a lyrical lullaby, and Ainsley shares her own hopes and dreams, and lets her child know that whatever challenges life brings, “Take heart, my child, I will—or, my love will—always be there for you.” It’s a universal message, one that all readers will relate to.

 
What Do You Do with a Problem? What Do You Do With a Problem?
by Kobi Yamada

What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it?

This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.

This is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had a problem that they wished would go away. It's a story to inspire you to look closely at that problem and to find out why it's here. Because you might discover something amazing about your problem… and yourself.

What are problems for? They challenge us, shape us, push us, and help us to discover just how strong and brave and capable we really are. Even though we don't always want them, problems have a way of bringing unexpected gifts.

So, what will you do with your problem? Now that's up to you.

 
Cover image for Yoga Bunny Yoga Bunny
by Brian Russo

It's a perfect day for yoga, and Bunny is practicing his poses and wishes his friends would do yoga with him! But Lizard is too tired, Fox is in a rush, and Bird has the hiccups. Will Bunny ever be able to get his friends to slow down and realize that yoga just might be the solution to their problems?

 
The Princess and the Warrior
by Duncan Tonatiuh

Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico’s cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side. So two volcanoes were formed: Iztaccíhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatépetl, who spews ash and smoke, trying to wake his love.

 

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