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Unless otherwise noted, virtual Story Times will be posted at the times listed below on our IGTV, Facebook, and on our YouTube channel, and will be viewable for 24 hours. Scroll down to find the books read during our virtual story times over the past month (or so).

Special Story Time:

Saturday, October 10, 11AM: LIVE Story Time with Matt Phelan, author & illustrator of Turtle Walk

 

Regular Story Times:

Tuesdays, 7PM: PJ Story Time with Karlyn

Saturdays, 10AM: Tail Time with Kara

Fourth Fridays, 12PM: Hora de cuentos bilingüe / Bilingual Story Time with Leigh

 

 

 

 

 


 

Date: 
Saturday, 12 September 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, 13 September 2020 - 11:00am
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 - 7:00pm
Saturday, 19 September 2020 - 10:00am
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 - 7:00pm
Friday, 25 September 2020 - 12:00pm
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 - 7:00pm
Saturday, 26 September 2020 - 10:00am
Saturday, 10 October 2020 - 11:00am
Books: 
Chirri & Chirra, Under the Sea Cover Image
By Kaya Doi, David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592703029
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - May 12th, 2020

Read by Kara on 9/19/20

On their sixth adventure, Chirri and Chirra bicycle beneath the waves, discovering the beauty of coral and the deliciousness of marine edibles.

Chirri and Chirra are pedaling along when they find a cave. At the end of the tunnel, they see a light. Oh They are under the sea They pedal through a maze of color and pass through an opening in the seaweed, into a scene of seashells of all colors and shapes. Naturally, they come upon sea treats, such as parfait la conch and marine soda jelly topped with pearl cream. This is the happy, lovely world of Chirri and Chirra, where they stumble on the most wonderful surprises.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kaya Doi graduated with a degree in design from Tokyo Zokei University. She got her start in picture books by attending the Atosaki Juku Workshop, held at a Tokyo bookshop specializing in children's books. Since then she has created many picture books featuring her delicate color-pencil drawings. She lives in Chiba Prefecture and maintains a strong interest in environmental and animal welfare issues. Since the earthquake of 2011 she has been active in recovery and shelter efforts for abandoned pets.

David Boyd is Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His translations have appeared in Monkey Business International, Granta, and Words Without Borders, among other publications.


Not Quite Narwhal Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481469098
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

Read by Kara on 9/19/20

In the tradition of Uni the Unicorn and Gaston, this heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals.

Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different—his tusk isn’t as long, he’s not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn’t enjoy the cuisine. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him! Kelp discovers that he and the creature are actually unicorns. The revelation leaves him torn: is he a land narwhal or a sea unicorn? But perhaps, if Kelp is clever, he may find a way to have the best of both worlds.

Told with heartwarming illustrations and spare, sweet text, Jessie Sima’s debut picture book is about fitting in, standing out, and the all-encompassing love of family.


I Am Enough Cover Image
By Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062667120
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 6th, 2018

Read by Karlyn on 9/15/20

A #1 New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards picture book winner! This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.

This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

Plus don't miss I Believe I Can—the next beautiful picture celebrating self-esteem from Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo!


Apple Cake: A Gratitude Cover Image
By Dawn Casey, Genevieve Godbout (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781786032157
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 24th, 2019

Read by Karlyn on 9/15/20

Thank you, hedge, / Thank you, tree. / Thank you, flower, / Thank you, bee. / Thank you, rain, / Thank you, sun. / Thank you, farmers, / every one.

In this simple rhyming story from the author of Held in Lovea child says thank you for the gifts nature provides, from hazelnuts in the hedge to apples from the tree, eggs from the hens to milk from the cow. Eventually, the family has enough ingredients to make something special…a delicious apple cake!

With captivating illustrations that brim with emotion, this sweet picture book encourages children to be grateful for the world around them—the perfect read for Thanksgiving. A recipe for apple cake at the end allows you and your child to share in the joyful gratitude.


Thank You, Omu! Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316431248
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

Read by Kara on 9/12/20

 

In this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street and Extra Yarn, a generous woman is rewarded by her community.

Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?

Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. An author's note explains that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean "Grandma." This book was inspired by the strong female role models in Oge Mora's life.
 


Goodnight, Veggies Cover Image
By Diana Murray, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328866837
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Read by Kara on 9/12/20

 "The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character...connect story and audience." --The Horn Book, STARRED review

Every veggie needs their shut-eye in this bedtime book that celebrates community, the joys of a small garden, and the importance of taking care of ourselves. Illustrated by New York Times best-selling artist Zachariah OHora, Goodnight Veggies is perfect for fans of the Llama Llama series and will keep emerging readers engaged with adorable illustrations, especially while children are at home exploring backyards, plant pots, and balcony garden patches.
 
As the sun begins to set, the tomatoes are tuckered out, the cucumbers are calm, and the beets are simply beat.
 
But what’s got them all so exhausted?
 
Celebrate the turning of day to night in this perfect bedtime ritual for plants—and humans—everywhere!


We Don't Eat Our Classmates Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368003551
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 19th, 2018

Read by Karlyn on 9/8/20


It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .

Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.


City Moon Cover Image
By Rachael Cole, Blanca Gómez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553497076
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 19th, 2017

Read by Karlyn on 9/8/20

A little boy and his mother take a nighttime walk to search for the moon in this Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor book. Gentle and keenly observed, this bedtime story is sure to appeal to fans of Kevin Henkes's Kitten's First Full Moon and young children who find the moon fascinating.

Soothing text and hip, colorful collage style illustrations create a nighttime story that follows a little boy and his Mama as they walk around their neighborhood looking for the moon. As the elusive moon plays peek-a-boo behind buildings and clouds, the little boy asks simple questions about it, and his Mama patiently answers every one. When finally the moon appears—bright and white and round and glowing—the mama and her boy stop and wait for it to disappear again. The moonlit walk continues until the boy yawns and Mama lifts him into her arms and whispers, "it is time for bed."


Camp Tiger Cover Image
By Susan Choi, John Rocco (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399173295
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

Read by Kara on 9/4/20

Six Starred Reviews!

Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of 2019

A 2019 New York Public Library Best Book for Kids


Imagination meets reality in this poetic and tender ode to childhood, illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner, John Rocco.

Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond.

Usually, they see things like an eagle fishing for his dinner, a salamander with red spots on its back, and chipmunks that come to steal food while the family sits by the campfire.

But this year is different. This year, the boy is going into first grade, and his mother is encouraging him to do things on his own, just like his older brother. And the most different thing of all . . . this year, a tiger comes to the woods.

With lyrical prose and dazzling art, Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi and Caldecott-honor winning artist John Rocco have created a moving and joyful ode to growing up.


The Blue House Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984893369
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 11th, 2020


Read by Kara on 9/4/20 

In the tradition of Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House comes a heartfelt story about a father and son learning to accept the new while honoring and celebrating the old.

For as long as he can remember, Leo has lived in the blue house with his dad, but lately the neighborhood is changing. People are leaving, houses are being knocked down, and shiny new buildings are going up in their place. When Leo and his dad are forced to leave, they aren't happy about it. They howl and rage and dance out their feelings. When the time comes, they leave the blue house behind--there was never any choice, not really--but little by little, they find a way to keep its memory alive in their new home.


Don't Worry, Little Crab Cover Image
By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536211191
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Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

Read by Kara on 8/29/2020

From the award-winning creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a vibrantly colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new.

Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, splish-splashing and squelch-squelching along, all the way to the very edge. Then comes a first glance down at the waves. WHOOSH! Maybe it’s better if they don’t go in? With vivid colors, bold shapes, and his trademark visual humor, Chris Haughton shows that sometimes a gentle “don’t worry, I’m here” can keep tentative little crabs sidestepping ahead — and help them discover the brilliant worlds that await when they take the plunge.


We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020


Read by Kara on 8/29/2020

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruptiona bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Water is the first medicine.
It affects and connects us all . . .

When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth
And poison her people’s water, one young water protector
Takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.


Niño Wrestles the World Cover Image
By Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596436046
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 4th, 2013

Read by Leigh on 8/28/2020

Señoras y Señores, put your hands together for the fantastic, spectacular, one of a kind . . . Niño!

Fwap! Slish! Bloop! Krunch! He takes down his competition in a single move!

No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Niño—popsicle eater, toy lover, somersault expert, and world champion lucha libre competitor!

A Neal Porter Book


¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? (What Can You Do with a Paleta Spanish Edition ) Cover Image
By Carmen Tafolla, Magaly Morales (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385755375
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Published: Dragonfly Books - August 5th, 2014

Read by Leigh on 8/28/2020

As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children.
 
In this bilingual paperback edition, discover the joys of a paleta—the traditional Mexican popsicle treat sold from the wagon with the tinkly bell that brings children running from every direction. Create a masterpiece, make tough choices (strawberry or coconut?), or cool off on a warm summer’s day—there’s so much to do with a paleta.


My Best Friend Cover Image
By Julie Fogliano, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534427228
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Read by Karlyn on 8/25/20


New York Times bestselling author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Honor winner Jillian Tamaki come together to tell a delightful story of first friendship.

she is my best friend i think
i never had a best friend so i’m not sure
but i think she is a really good best friend
because when we were drawing
she drew me
and i drew her.


What is a best friend, if not someone who laughs with you the whole entire day, especially when you pretend to be a pickle? This pitch-perfect picture book is a sweetly earnest, visually stunning celebration of the magic of friendship.


Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug (Dinosaur Books, Dinosaur Books for Kids, Dinosaur Picture Books, Read Aloud Family Books, Books for Young Children) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Jay Fleck (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452170336
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 5th, 2019

Read by Karlyn on 8/25/20


"Readers will root for bighearted, small-armed Tiny." —Publishers Weekly

An unforgettable character teaches a lesson in overcoming obstacles: Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it! Join this plucky little dinosaur in his very first adventure, Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug—a warm and funny tale that proves the best hugs come from the biggest hearts.

  • Tiny T. Rex will stomp into the hearts of readers in this winning new series.
  • Book teaches lessons in kindness, overcoming obstacles, and perseverance.
  • Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and children's book author. His short films have screened at film festivals all over the world and on television.

Fans of Dragons Love TacosGrumpy Monkey, and Llama Destroys the World will love the latest unforgettable character on the picture book scene in Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug.


Pokko and the Drum Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480390
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 1st, 2019

Read by Kara on 8/22/20

 Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
Today Show Best Book of the Year
Booklist Book for Youth Editors’ Choice 2019
A Boston Globe–Horn Picture Book Honor Book 2020
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
Quill & Quire 2019 Book for Young People of the Year
“Extraordinary.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Inspirational.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Laugh-out-loud funny.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Will tickle kids and adults alike.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An instant classic. —Quill & Quire (starred review)

From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe comes a picture book about a magical drum, an emerald forest, and the little frog who dares to make her own music.

The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her the drum. When Pokko takes the drum deep into the forest it is so quiet, so very quiet that Pokko decides to play. And before she knows it she is joined by a band of animals —first the raccoon, then the rabbit, then the wolf—and soon the entire forest is following her. Will Pokko hear her father’s voice when he calls her home?

Pokko and the Drum is a story about art, persistence, and a family of frogs living in a mushroom.


The Old Truck Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324005193
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Published: Norton Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

Read by Kara on 8/22/20

A young girl turns her imagination into action in this beautifully crafted and intricately designed debut picture book.

 

When is an old truck something more? On a small, bustling farm, a resilient and steadfast pickup works tirelessly alongside the family that lives there, and becomes a part of the dreams and ambitions of the family’s young daughter.

 

After long days and years of hard work leave the old truck rusting in the weeds, it’s time for the girl to roll up her sleeves. Soon she is running her own busy farm, and in the midst of all the repairing and restoring, it may be time to bring her faithful childhood companion back to life.

 

With an eye-catching retro design and cleverly nuanced illustrations, The Old Truck celebrates the rewards of determination and the value of imagination.


All the Ways to Be Smart Cover Image
By Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781947534964
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Published: Scribble Us - September 3rd, 2019

Read by Karlyn on 8/18/20


Celebrates the myriad ways for kids to be smart--being empathic, artistic, athletic, and inquisitive.

A tender, funny, and exquisitely illustrated picture book celebrating all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.

With heartwarming rhyming text all about knowing what makes you special, All the Ways to Be Smart is a wonderful introduction to conversations about self-esteem.


I Broke My Trunk! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423133094
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - February 8th, 2011

Read by Karlyn on 8/18/20


Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.

Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.



Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Broke My Trunk! Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of her own?

Once again, Mo Willems creates another hilarious escapade starring the Geisel Award-winning duo. Vetted by an early-learning specialist, I Broke My Trunk! will have readers breaking into laughter left and right!


The Little Guys Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626724426
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 2nd, 2019


An adorable cautionary tale from Caldecott Honoree Vera Brosgol

We are the Little Guys.
Yes, we are small. But there are a lot of us.
Together we are strong, and we can get all we need.

The Little Guys might be small, but they aim to be mighty.

As they head off to find breakfast, they can conquer anything through teamwork—cross deep waters, dig through obstacles, and climb the tallest trees. Nothing can stop them!

But as they begin to amass more than they need, the creatures in the forest ponder—what happens when no one can stop the Little Guys?

Read by Kara on 8/15/20

 

This slyly funny and rambunctious read-aloud explores how strength in numbers only works when the whole community unites together.

School Library Journal Best Book of 2019
A 2019 Horn Book Fanfare Best of 2019 Book


The Word Collector Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545865029
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Published: Orchard Books - January 30th, 2018

Read by Kara on 8/15/20

 

From the beloved bestselling creator of The Dot and our own Happy Dreamer comes an inspiring story about the transformative and profound power of words.

New York Times Bestseller

Named an Outstanding Literary Work for Children by the NAACP

Some people collect stamps. Some people collect coins. Some people collect art. And Jerome? Jerome collected words . . .

In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him -- short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.

From the creator of The DotI Am Human, and Happy Dreamer comes a celebration of finding your own words -- and the impact you can have when you share them with the world.


Giraffe Problems (Animal Problems) Cover Image
By Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524772031
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

Read by Kara on 8/8/2020

 

Penguins aren't the only animals with problems. . . . A second hilarious collaboration from picture-book superstars Lane Smith and Jory John!

Can you guess what's making this giraffe self-conscious? Could it be . . . HIS ENORMOUS NECK?? Yes, it's exactly that--how on earth did you figure it out?

Edward the giraffe can't understand why his neck is as long and bendy and, well, ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He's tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes--honestly, anything you can think of, he's tried. Just when Edward has exhausted his neck-hiding options and is about to throw in the towel, a turtle swoops in (well, ambles in, very slowly) and helps him understand that his neck has a purpose, and looks excellent in a bow tie.


The Starkeeper Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984892706
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2020

Read by Kara on 8/8/2020

A fallen star and one child's kindness lead to a chain of good works that change her town from a dreary, dark place to one of dazzling brightness.

When a girl finds a fallen star, she decides to keep it hidden. But this star encourages kindness and needs to shine, so it comes out from the shadows. At first the glow from the star starts to fade, and the girl worries--maybe she's not a very good starkeeper. Then a chance gesture of kindness seems to brighten the star, and soon this kindness leads to a chain of good works that light up the once-dreary town.

The art of the book follows the star's journey and lights up more and more with each act of kindness.


I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062574206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: HarperCollins - December 18th, 2018

Read by Karlyn on 8/4/2020

I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown, in a rocket ship made of glass and stone… I will love you till the cows come home.

 

Love knows no bounds in this tender tribute to the depths of family love. For fans of Guess How Much I Love You—only funnier! Makes a good baby shower or Valentine's Day gift.

This book extends the saying, “I’ll love you till the cows come home” to the humorous extreme. Along the way there are yaks in cadillacs, sheep setting sail, frogs on big-wheeled bikes, and more, in this great read-aloud.

I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home Board Book is filled with warm, funny art and rhythmic, romping text, perfect for curling up with your little one at the end of the day...or anytime you want to express your love.


Don't Touch My Hair! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316562584
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

Read by Karlyn on 8/4/2020

An entertaining picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that want to touch her hair.

It seems that wherever Aria goes, someone wants to touch her hair. In the street, strangers reach for her fluffy curls; and even under the sea, in the jungle, and in space, she's chased by a mermaid, monkeys, and poked by aliens...until, finally, Aria has had enough!

Author-illustrator Sharee Miller takes the tradition of appreciation of black hair to a new, fresh, level as she doesn't seek to convince or remind young readers that their curls are beautiful--she simply acknowledges black beauty while telling a fun, imaginative story.


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

Read by Kara on 8/1/2020

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

“A wonderful and sweet book . . . Lovely stuff.” —The New York Times Book Review

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.

2020 Charlotte Huck Recommended Book
Publishers Weekly Best Picture Book of 2019
Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019
School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019
Booklist 2019 Editor's Choice
Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of 2019
A Goodreads Choice Award 2019 Semifinalist

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of 2019
A National Public Radio (NPR) Best Book of 2019
An NCTE Notable Poetry Book
A 2020 NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
A 2020 ALA Notable Children's Book
A 2020 ILA Notable Book for a Global Society
2020 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year List


Monster and Mouse Go Camping Cover Image
By Deborah Underwood, Jared Chapman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544648326
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 29th, 2018

Read by Kara on 8/1/2020

Monster proves he’s not that great in the great outdoors in this heartwarming tale of camping and friendship by New York Times bestselling author Deborah Underwood.

It takes a little convincing, but with the promise of food, Monster decides to join Mouse on a camping trip. Things quickly go awry when Mouse takes off to explore, because, well, Monster gets hungry. He starts with just a little snack—the lantern. And the sleeping bags are hard to resist. Then the tent . . .

Stranded in the wild with no supplies, what are a monster and a mouse to do?
 
Join these friends on an unforgettable camping trip, perfect for reading snuggled in a sleeping bag or curled on a couch. 


The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

Read by Karlyn on 7/28/20

Dan Santat's Caldecott Medal-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend is a humorous and thoughtful celebration of friends.

This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and--at long last--is given his special name: Beekle.

The #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat--creator of After the Fall and Are We There Yet?--combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art in an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one's place in the world.


If I Had a Sleepy Sloth Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780500651940
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Published: Thames & Hudson - March 17th, 2020

Read by Karlyn on 7/28/20


A humorous and entertaining tale about a little girl and her pet sloth that imagines life at a much slower pace.

From the duo behind If I Had a Dinosaur, Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow’s If I Had a Sleepy Sloth is a charming and imaginative tale about taking the time to slow down.

Have you ever wondered what the best kind of pet is? It’s a sloth, of course! When a little girl imagines experiencing a slower pace of life, she can’t think of a better companion than a sleepy sloth. She could spend almost an entire day just taking a morning walk with her sloth. When the little girl introduces her sloth to her hairdresser, the hairdresser isn’t pleased to discover the moss and moths (ewww!) that live in its fur, but what does that matter when her sloth is a champion on the jungle gym and amazing at climbing trees because of its super gripping skills!

With vibrant illustrations and playful rhymes, If I Had a Sleepy Sloth is a laugh- out-loud story that imagines having a sloth for a pet and provides a welcome alternative to the fast pace of modern life.


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By Richard T. Morris, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316464475
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

Read by Kara on 7/25/20

 


A Caldecott Honor Book!

 

A cheerful and action-packed adventure about the importance of friendship and community from a successful author and illustrator duo!


Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn't know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren't any fun by yourself, and so enters Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Racoons, and Duck.

 

These very different animals take off downstream, but they didn't know they needed one another until thankfully, the river came along.

 

This hilarious picture book and heartfelt message celebrates the joy and fun that's in store when you embark together on a ride of a lifetime.


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By Vera Brosgol, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626724419
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 13th, 2016

Read by Kara on 7/25/20

 


A 2017 Caldecott Honor Book that The New York Times calls “both classic and ultracontemporary,” Leave Me Alone! is an epic tale about one grandmother, a giant sack of yarn, and her ultimate quest to finish her knitting.

One day, a grandmother shouts, "LEAVE ME ALONE!" and leaves her tiny home and her very big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting. Along the way, she encounters ravenous bears, obnoxious goats, and even hordes of aliens! But nothing stops grandma from accomplishing her goal—knitting sweaters for her many grandchildren to keep them warm and toasty for the coming winter.

Vera Brosgol's slyly clever and unexpectedly funny modern folktale is certain to warm even the coldest of hearts.

A 2017 Caldecott Honor Book
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
A National Public Radio Best Book of 2016
A Horn Book Best Book of 2016
A Huffington Post Best Picture Book of 2016


El Autobús/Bus (bilingual board book) Cover Image
By Chris Demarest, Carlos Calvo (Translated by)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780544991149
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - November 14th, 2017

Read by Leigh on 7/24/20


Bus rolls. Busy street. First stop, people meet.
El autobús avanza. La calle está llena. En la primera parada, la gente espera.


The big, colorful, noisy city comes to life in this deceptively simple rhyming board book. Little listeners will be mesmerized by the rhythmic, rhyming ride—perfect reading for kids on a roll!


Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes: Bilingual Spanish-English Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064438681
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Published: HarperCollins Espanol - May 7th, 2019

Read by Leigh on 7/24/20


This groundbreaking bilingual collection of traditional rhymes celebrates childhood and Latin American heritagea perfect book for those learning Spanish and fluent speakers alike. Now in paperback! This picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8 who are ready to read independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children.

Passed down from generation to generation, the twenty-nine rhymes included have been lovingly selected by distinguished authors Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. English adaptations by Alice Schertle capture the spirit of each rhyme, and are accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Spanish artist Viví Escrivá

From playing dress up to making tortillas, and from rising at daybreak to falling asleep, these joyful rhymes are sure to delight readers already familiar with the rhymes, as well as those encountering them for the first time.


Quiet Loud / Silencioso ruidoso (Leslie Patricelli board books) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763699765
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Published: Candlewick - July 10th, 2018

Read by Leigh on 7/24/20



“Funny, spirited board books by Leslie Patricelli explore opposites. . . . Clever pairings, bold graphic art, and an expressive toddler in diapers make the concepts fun.” — Publishers Weekly

Sniffles are quiet, but sneezes are loud. Crayons are quiet, but pots and pans are loud. Whether you read it quietly or loudly, learning about these opposites has never been more fun — or funny — than with this winning board book.


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By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328852137
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

Read by Karlyn on 7/21/20


The #1 New York Times Bestseller
Beep! Beep! Beep! It’s time for sleep. Say goodnight with Little Blue Truck and friends!
 
A storm is brewing and Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are hurrying home for bed. But who can sleep with all that racket? It’s not long before other friends show up seeking safety from the storm. Thunder and lightning sure can be scary, but it’s easy to be brave together. When the clouds roll on and the sky is clear, it’s all aboard for a bedtime ride! Beep! Beep! Shhh . . .


You Matter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421691
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

Read by Karlyn on 7/21/20


They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points of view by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson.

In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.


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By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534416642
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2019

Read by Kara on 7/18/20

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
New York Times Best Children’s book of 2019
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019

"An enchanting tale of bravery, heroism, and undying devotion." —The New York Times Book Review

After his best friend Sarah leaves for her first day of school, a tortoise named Truman goes on an adventure across the living room and learns to be brave in this thoughtful and heartwarming twist on a first experience story.

Truman the tortoise lives with his Sarah, high above the taxis and the trash trucks and the number eleven bus, which travels south. He never worries about the world below…until one day, when Sarah straps on a big backpack and does something Truman has never seen before. She boards the bus!

Truman waits for her to return.
He waits.
And waits.
And waits.
And when he can wait no longer, he knows what he must do.

Even if it seems…impossible!


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