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Knight Owl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316310628
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 15th, 2022

All Owl has ever wanted in his whole life is to be a knight. Sure, he may be small, but he is just as brave and clever as any knight around. When he gets the chance to live out his dream, he proves that big knights come in small packages. Denise has written a darling twist on the usual knight's tale, and it is filled with gorgeous illustrations, a charming story, and some pizza.

Anna


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A Shelter for Sadness Cover Image
By Anne Booth, David Litchfield (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682633397
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Published: Peachtree - September 7th, 2021

A beautiful story about building a shelter for your sadness and letting it be present whenever your sorrow arrives instead of trying to keep it in or push it away. These mindful words are paired with stunning, breathtaking illustrations that outline the beauty that can still be found in dark times. This book serves as a reminder that feeling sad is okay no matter what age you are. For fans of Pixar's Inside Out.

Jess


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Doris' Dear Delinquents Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781605376905
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Published: Clavis - November 2nd, 2021

I loved this book from the moment I set eyes on it. Ward's illustrations are truly unique, and her use of perspective (using her crocodile characters' extremely long snouts) is unlike any other picture book I've seen. Not to mention the delightfully alphabetical names of the naughty crocodile children. Full of alliteration and cheekiness, this alphabet book is for kids who want to go beyond your basic ABCs.

Anna


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Bathe the Cat Cover Image
By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452142708
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 8th, 2022

Here it is: your new favorite read-aloud! Full of fast-paced fun, from the beloved illustrator of the Questioneers series, join the family as they attempt to do the chores. Simple, right? Not when the mischievious cat gets involved. Rhyme along and get your goofies out, but please, whatever you do, don't scrub the fish...

Beth


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Lala's Words: A Story of Planting Kindness Cover Image
By Gracey Zhang, Gracey Zhang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338648232
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 6th, 2021

Lala is playful and adventurous, but she is also very kind. She jumps and runs and waters her plants with words of encouragement and love, watching them grow each day. But Lala’s mother wants her to be still and quiet. So what happens when her mother tells her, “No more jibber-jabber in dirt and grass! Today you are staying at home.” How will her plants survive? This story illustrates just how powerful our words can be to one another and to ourselves.

Jess


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Bear and the Whisper of the Wind Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781648961199
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 1st, 2022

Oftentimes, life will give us a sign to try something new. In this case, it comes in the form of a strawberry pie. Although change can be scary, Bear shows us that there is so much beauty in the journey. Dubuc charms again with a gentle reminder to trust your instinct and follow the path the wind, and your heart, tell you to. It will always guide you home.

Beth


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The  Happy Owls Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780735844834
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Published: NorthSouth Books - February 1st, 2022

Written in 1895 by Dutch artist Theo van Hoijtema, Celestino Piatti was asked to illustrate the 1963 German edition, which is the basis for this beautiful English edition. Piatti’s owls are so alive and expressive that I couldn’t help but be sucked into this story, which is about how to find happiness by focusing on the moment in front of us and the beauty in the changing seasons around us—even if others think our happiness is foolish. A great, unique gift book!

Timothy 


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Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984894366
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 15th, 2022

This stunning picture book recounts the history, uses, and cultural importance of the color blue, a hue that was surprisingly hard to come by for much of history. Both highly informative and poetically phrased, this gorgeoulsy illustrated book delivers a compelling and far-reaching story of how the color has touched our human story in surprising ways, and how blue shaped our world as we know it.

Claire


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In a Jar Cover Image
By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525514596
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Llewelyn and Evelyn are collectors: of autumn leaves and cherry sunsets and the wind just before the snow falls, storing ordinary and impossible things alike in jars of all shapes and sizes. When Evelyn moves away, the friends discover that their collections can help keep their friendship strong from afar. They share their worlds with each other by sending jars of meteor showers and city lights. This endearing book is a testament to the beauty we can encounter in the world, and to the friendships that make our memories, and our lives, more vibrant.

Claire


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Julián Is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

Come celebrate intergenerational love and gender expansion. Young Julián's imagination flows from page to page — whether visualizing women on the bus as lovely mermaids or himself as that same sea creature. As he finds household items to make his dream come to life, Julián appears in front of his Grandma in full mermaid-garb. In a moment where I wondered if Grandma would judge his creative powers she instead leads the way for Julián to explore the city sporting his carefully crafted mermaid-wear. What a treasure of a book.

Carolyn


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Camilla, Cartographer Cover Image
By Julie Dillemuth, Laura Wood (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433830334
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Published: Magination Press - October 8th, 2019

Camilla the boar loves to look at her map collection, but she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to chart her own course. When snow falls around her woodland home, she realizes that she has the chance to do just that! With her friend Parsley and her trusty mapmaking tools, Camilla sets out to make her own paths. But what will become of them when the snow melts? Follow a snowy path with this lovable character to discover that there’s always another way to walk through the world, even in the most familiar surroundings!

Claire


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Bear Wants to Sing Cover Image
By Cary Fagan, Dena Seiferling (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735268036
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Published: Tundra Books - September 14th, 2021

Every so often a book combines gorgeous illustrations with the perfect amount of humor and charm. Such is the case with Bear Wants to Sing. After finding instruments in the woods, Bear wants to share his song with his friends. After multiple interruptions, he is not so sure that the world will actually want to hear his song. Bear must learn that despite the quality of our song, true friends will encourage us to sing our hearts out.

Anna


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The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446988
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Published: Neal Porter Books - August 24th, 2021

Tom Gauld’s art is instantly recognizable by his linework and crosshatching. His first picture book is adventurous and sweet, following the titular robot and princess as they rescue one another after a misunderstanding sends them both far from home. Gauld packs whole epics into single pages without overloading the story. Throughout, he always reminds us that we can only succeed with help from others and that family is the most important thing.

Timothy


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Yours in Books Cover Image
By Julie Falatko, Gabriel Alborozo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781951836207
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Published: Cameron Kids - September 21st, 2021

In this endearing picture book narrated in exchanged letters between Owl and Squirrel, Owl longs only for peace and quiet. He requests books from Squirrel’s bookshop to cope with the forest’s youth who’ve made themselves at home in his space, but before Owl knows it, they’ve found a place in his heart, too. With bright, cheerful illustrations that have a timeless feel, this charming book reminds us all how beautiful friendship and community are.

Jenna


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The Snowflake Cover Image
By Benji Davies, Benji Davies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062563606
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Published: HarperCollins - September 14th, 2021

When the snowflake begins to fall she starts to worry that she won’t ever find her special place in the world. That is until Noelle creates the perfect little home for the snowflake to land. Filled with astonishing illustrations, this delightful story will be the perfect read-aloud for sitting next to the fireplace on a cold winter’s eve.

Jess


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In the Meadow of Fantasies Cover Image
By Hadi Mohammadi, Nooshin Safakhoo (Illustrator), Sara Khalili (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781939810908
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Published: Elsewhere Editions - November 2nd, 2021

Part fable, part fairy tale, Mohammadi’s story feels both timeless and contemporary. A little girl imagines the horses of a mobile above her bed and soon enough they come alive. In her fantasy, six horses lend parts of themselves—their color, their homes, even their dreams—to a seventh horse. This book is about the ways we are created by the people, culture, and community around us. Safakhoo’s illustrations are gloriously full of expression and movement.

Timothy


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The Spectacular Suit Cover Image
By Kat Patrick, Hayley Wells (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781950354696
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Published: Scribble Us - November 2nd, 2021

An eccentric story that brilliantly celebrates the joy of expressing yourself through clothing. Getting ready for a birthday party is tough enough, especially when you don’t feel like yourself in your outfit. Frankie shows how magical and liberating it is to be who you truly are. An important lesson for young and old, as Frankie's family encourages her individuality every step of the way. What would your dream party outfit be?

Beth


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Bright Star Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443284
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 7th, 2021

Yuyi Morales does it again with this uplifting picture book. Morales creates a beautiful world and reminds readers how important it is to care and love for one another. Follow the journey of one little fawn as she trots and gallops the world around her and finds a voice within herself.

Jess


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Gladys the Magic Chicken Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593325605
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

Wild Rumpus has always had a soft spot for chickens, but none of them have been magic as far as I can tell. Not like the legendary Gladys, who traveled the land in ancient times. Wishes were fulfilled wherever she went, because Gladys was magic, right? Or maybe we are all just hoping to see a little magic in the real world, even if it may come from a chicken.

Anna


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It Fell from the Sky Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534457621
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

When a mysterious object falls from the sky, all of the insects are baffled by its appearance and enchanted by its beauty, but “the crafty Spider” convinces everyone that it has been his all along. He creates WonderVille so he can cash in, charging an ever increasing fee to see it. The Fan Brother’s art is gorgeous and gloriously detailed (look at those hats!), using only a little bit of color to highlight the wondrously mundane object.

Timothy


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Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780735264892
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Published: Tundra Books - September 21st, 2021

This comforting collection of stories is absolutely one of a kind. Little Witch Hazel may be small, but she is a hard worker and a loving friend, whom we follow throughout each season in Mosswood Forest, as she helps creatures of all shapes and sizes. Wahl's stunning illustrations invoke a feeling of nostalgia and a tender appreciation for the natural world. A timeless gem for all ages.

Beth


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The Barking Ballad: A Bark-Along Meow-Along Book Cover Image
By Julie Paschkis, Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534492608
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 5th, 2021

“Good people of every sort, come listen to my song—” for in this tale of cat-meets-dog, you get to sing along! Rollicking rhymes and bold illustrations evoke the jovial atmosphere of an old folktale in this perfect read-aloud. The tale of four-legged friendship even invites us to yip, meow, bark, and purr along.

Claire


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Time is a Flower Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735267541
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Published: Tundra Books - September 21st, 2021

Time can be a ticking clock or a calendar, but what else can it be? In the time it takes to read this book, time is a tree, a web, a song, a loaf of bread, and so much more! Morstad explores a multitude of ways to understand the passage of time with bold, brightly colored, yet soothing illustrations. Inquisitive, playful, and profound, this is the perfect book to contemplate alone or share as a read-aloud!

Claire


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From the Tops of the Trees Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Rachel Wada (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541581302
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 5th, 2021

From the Tops of the Trees pinpoints the moment in Kao Kalia Yang’s life when her father showed her how huge the world is and told her she would journey far into it. Readers of Yang’s work know she certainly has and will recognize the photograph of the author with her father from her book The Latehomecomer. Lovingly illustrated by Rachel Wada, this book shows Yang’s clear-eyed generosity toward the world and the wonder her father instilled in her.

Timothy


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Oh Look, A Cake! Cover Image
By J.C. McKee, J.C. McKee (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358380306
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Published: Clarion Books - May 11th, 2021

In J.C. McKee's first book, readers are faced with a universal dilemma: whom do we invite to share a cake? Sloth and Lemur debate many options, from mammals to insects, and everything (real or fictional) in between. Of course, there are consequences to our choices, as Sloth and Lemur find out. This book is mischievous and fun, told in understated language that heightens the drama.

Timothy


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Good Night, Earth Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781632062864
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Published: Yonder - April 27th, 2021

Acclaimed Nordic illustrator Linda Bondestam’s authorial debut is a delight in translation. An adorable family of aliens monitor the success of bedtime for the young ones of all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures on Earth–Chimps, an Axolotl, Cats, Meerkats, Kiwi, Sloths, and even a Tarsier. This small-scale picture book includes high-contrast multimedia illustrations with vibrant textures, humorous details, and even little half-pages to mimic tucking all the creatures into bed.

P.S. Watch Linda read Good Night, Earth herself on our YouTube page!

Kara


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The Tree in Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593112595
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - March 16th, 2021

I love everything Corinna Luyken makes! This neon pink-hued picture book feeds my soul. Poetic text guides the reader through the fruits, shapes, and growth of trees. Next time you need a little nurturing, turn to this effervescent book to remember that the shade and the wind are a part of you, too.

Kara


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Mel Fell Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062878014
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2021

From the author of Fox the Tiger comes an inventive picture book that will make you fall in love with nature in springtime and maybe even take a leap of faith. Follow Mel the Kingfisher’s first flight along this picture book’s vertical page turns. During Mel’s seemingly perilous fall, many forest creatures (even the small-but-mighty ones) try to slow her descent, but a clever twist will show Mel’s true bravery and triumph.

Kara


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Off to See the Sea Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492638292
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - January 12th, 2021

When bookshelves are saturated with stories about bedtime, a picture book about bath time is a treasure. Grimes’ text encompasses satisfying sounds and the sweet pleading dialogue of a parent at bath time. Zunon’s pencil and collage illustrations are vibrant, simultaneously tangible and surreal. Sail into this tender, magical, sea-worthy adventure.

Kara


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The Old Boat Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324005179
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Published: Norton Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

On a small farm, an old truck worked hard. Off a small island, an old boat rode the tide. So begin two warmly illustrated books that send readers on a journey through the years. The vehicles in these books center stories about how people, families, and homes change overtime. The Old Truck celebrates imagination and determination. The Old Boat explores the natural world and perseverance. Both books transport readers on terrific tales, perfect for any truck or boat lovers, and for anyone who enjoys a heartfelt story. 

Claire


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

On a small farm, an old truck worked hard. Off a small island, an old boat rode the tide. So begin two warmly illustrated books that send readers on a journey through the years. The vehicles in these books center stories about how people, families, and homes change overtime. The Old Truck celebrates imagination and determination. The Old Boat explores the natural world and perseverance. Both books transport readers on terrific tales, perfect for any truck or boat lovers, and for anyone who enjoys a heartfelt story. 

Claire


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Starcrossed Cover Image
By Julia Denos, Julia Denos (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358153955
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Published: Clarion Books - October 27th, 2020

Eridani and Acamar are best friends, but they live worlds apart. Eridani is made of blood and bones and looks up at the night sky. Acamar is made of space and stars and looks down at Earth. This beautiful, captivating tale brims with vivid celestial illustrations, powerful wishes, and the strength of friendship across great distances and differences. 

Claire


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Out of Nowhere Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534481008
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

Beetle and Caterpillar picnic together every day and look at the moon every night. When Caterpillar suddenly goes missing, loyal Beetle embarks on a quest to find his friend. Charcoal drawings with a pop of red accompany a sweet story of friendship enduring through changes, separations, and reunions. 

Claire


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Bear Can't Wait (The Bear Books) Cover Image
By Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481459754
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 30th, 2021

In the latest installment in the beloved Bear books, Bear and his friends prepare for a surprise birthday party, and Bear is so excited that he can’t wait! Can he be patient until the party starts? Join Bear and friends in this colorful woodland rhyming story to find out!

Claire


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The Bookstore Cat Cover Image
By Cylin Busby, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062894342
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 20th, 2020

Romp through the alphabet and the bookstore with everyone’s favorite feline, the bookstore cat! This is the perfect picture book for any young readers who miss visiting our bookstore cats, Booker T and Earth Kitt, or for anyone looking for a warm, playful bookstore adventure to bring home. 

Claire


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I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518778
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

The adventurous, joyful, confident Black narrator of this book leads us in one powerful affirmation after another. “I am every good thing that makes the world go round...I am brave. I am hope. I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams.” Each page is filled with beautiful, lively portraits and empowering text. As a teacher, I would read this to students in elementary, middle, and high school to remind them that they are, “a star-filled sky of solutions.” A vital and relevant picture book you’ll want to share.

Karlyn


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Our Little Kitchen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419746550
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

We watched homeless encampments crop up in south Minneapolis this summer. We see our neighbors in need. Day-to-day survival for so many balances on a knife-edge. Drawing from her own weekly commitment to provide a nourishing meal, Jillian Tamaki serves up just the soul-stirring story for this moment. In one little kitchen, an eclectic crew comes together with superhuman energy to feed bellies and fill hearts.

Jesse


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The Most Beautiful Thing Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541561915
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 6th, 2020

Kalia’s grandmother was born on the other side of the world, across a wide ocean, where, “she once looked into the gleaming eyes of a tiger.” All the grandchildren love to hear their beloved grandmother’s stories of bravery and resilience. The book moves from the jungles of Laos to life in the United States. Captivating, with gorgeous illustrations so beautiful they could be framed.

Karlyn


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All Because You Matter Cover Image
By Tami Charles, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338574852
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Published: Orchard Books - October 6th, 2020

Black Lives Matter. An uncontroversial statement. An uncontroversial statement?!? While the world struggles with that, this poetic work fosters conversations concerning racial injustice for all families. For Black families, this buoyant book offers an affirmation of community support along with ancestral and familial love that does not require permission from society to be granted. What an empowering book for our times!

Carmelle


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Swift Fox All Along Cover Image
By Rebecca Lea Thomas, Maya McKibbin (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781773214481
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Published: Annick Press - September 8th, 2020

Swift Fox is filled with nervous butterflies as she meets her extended family for the first time. What if they don’t like her? What if she doesn’t fit in? Everyone has those concerns sometimes, and Thomas has crafted a beautiful story about embracing yourself. Alongside McKibbin’s rich colorful illustrations, we learn about Swift Fox’s Mi’kmaq heritage as she struggles to embrace it and join a bigger family.

Anna


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The Suitcase Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358329602
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Published: Clarion Books - September 29th, 2020

A stranger arrives one day pulling a big suitcase. When the other animals ask him about it, he explains that there’s a teacup inside. When pressed he adds: also a table, a chair, and a little kitchen in a cabin. Their curiosity turns into disbelief and suspicion; after the exhausted traveler falls asleep, the animals break open the suitcase. I won’t give away the ending, but when he wakes up, the stranger can’t believe what the others have done. A beautifully spare tale about immigration, remorse, and reparation.

Collette


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Ten Ways to Hear Snow Cover Image
By Cathy Camper, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399186332
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Published: Kokila - October 13th, 2020

On Lina’s winter walk to her grandmother’s to make warak enab, she listens closely to all the ways she can hear snow: boots crunch, shovels scrape, and a blanket of white wraps the neighborhood in silence. This book celebrates everyday moments: cooking in a warm kitchen with family, the cold quiet of snowy days, and all that we can discover when we take time to listen.

Claire


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A Mystery in the Forest Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9788416733927
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Published: Cuento de Luz SL - September 15th, 2020

In all seasons, Deer likes to gather ingredients from the forest to bake sweet treats for his neighbors. One day, his recipe book goes missing, and mysterious footprints are found near his house. Follow the trail to enjoy a whimsical woodland story about generosity, friendship, and the power of a shared meal. This book will make you want to cozy up in the kitchen and bake with loved ones!

Claire


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Every Color of Light: A Book about the Sky Cover Image
By Hiroshi Osada, Ryoji Arai (Illustrator), David Boyd (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781592702916
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - October 13th, 2020

A meditation on the natural world spans a day and you might be the only human around to witness it. Hone your senses through rainstorm, setting sun and rising moon admidst an ancient starry sky. Listen to the elements and feel the vibrancy in every skyscape. Deeply textural illustrations are windows to one remote place in time, each shedding new light on the visible spectrum. Here is a poetic invitation to lose ourselves in a lush, reflective world. Settle in.

Jesse


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If You Come to Earth Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452137797
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

This epistolary picture book from beloved author/illustrator Sophie Blackall tells aliens everything they need to know before visiting Earth. Full of facts about the diversity of people, plants, and animals that inhabit our planet alongside gorgeous illustrations, this is a perfect read-aloud for curious kids.

Linda


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Becoming A Good Creature Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358252108
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Published: Clarion Books - September 29th, 2020

Animals have a lot to teach us about how to be good creatures. A weasel can teach forgiveness, an octopus to find common ground, a dog to trust in tomorrow. Full of bright illustrations, good lessons, and even better creatures, this touching book is perfect for young animal lovers, and a wonderful invitation for readers of all ages to learn from the world around us.

Claire


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The Barnabus Project Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735263260
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Published: Tundra Books - September 1st, 2020

The Fan Brothers have done it again with this quirky picture book. Barnabus, who is half elephant and half mouse, was created to be the perfect pet. Instead, he is kept in a glass jar on a shelf with all the other failed pets. With illustrations ranging from hauntingly beautiful to bright and cheery, this imaginative book teaches readers that in a world obsessed with perfection, it’s ok to be imperfect.

Anna


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Nothing In Common Cover Image
By Kate Hoefler, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544774780
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Published: Clarion Books - September 15th, 2020

Two kids living in neighboring buildings never wave to each other because they have nothing in common, although separately, they love watching the old man with his marvelous dog. They both notice the day when something changed: “Neither had ever seen an old man cry. Or heard a name called so sadly it flies through your window and lands on your chest.” In parallel searches, they both go looking for the dog, and when they find him, they also find that they need each other to guide him home to the old man. Finally, they have something in common: friendship.

Collette


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In the Half Room Cover Image
By Carson Ellis, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536214567
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Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

Half a flower, half a vase, half a rug, half a face. Even half a cat! Everything in this strange room is only one half, but this book is a whole work of art. Ellis’s charming illustrations are captivating alongside fun, simple rhymes. This sweet and quiet book is perfect for snuggling in at bedtime (especially for all cat lovers).

Sarah


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Snow Birds Cover Image
By Kirsten Hall, Jenni Desmond (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419742033
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2020

What happens to the birds that don’t fly south for the winter? Snow Birds introduces us to these resilient birds through verse bursting with sound and soft, striking illustrations. This book could be a delight for any season, but is especially a treasure for the winter months, revealing how life and beauty can endure through the harshest conditions.

Claire


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The Bear and the Moon Cover Image
By Matthew Burgess, Catia Chien (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452171913
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 29th, 2020

After a snooze, Bear looks skyward, where a little dot grows into a floating red moon on a silver string. Bear is delighted to have company and shares his life with the moon. But one day, he squeezes too hard and the moon bursts, leaving only scraps of red. Distraught, Bear blames himself. With time, he finds a transcendent source of love and comfort. Filled with exquisite language and whimsical illustrations, this is a tender and subtly-humorous story of friendship, loss, and self-forgiveness.

Kara


Grumpy Pants Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807530757
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - May 1st, 2016

This book is an essential addition to any toddler’s bookshelf because it addresses the biggest challenge of toddlerhood--intense, indiscriminate GRUMPINESS. Little ones will find the spare text resonantly funny. The illustrations are at once simple and expressive. Allow Penguin to demonstrate a reliable prescription to wash away a bad mood: a bath, your favorite pair of PJs, a cup of cocoa, and a comforting book.

Kara


You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks Cover Image
By Evan Turk, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534432826
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

This luminous tribute to the United States' National Parks is filled with sweeping saturated landscapes from Hawaii Volcanoes, to Acadia, and every national park in between. Intertwined with the rich illustrations is an ode proclaiming that everyone, from all walks of life, is home here.  

Claire


1,001 Ants Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780500652084
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 3rd, 2019

Have you ever wondered how an ant spends his day? See the world through the eyes of an ant in this whimsically illustrated book. Follow a colony of ants through their forest home while learning about their plant and animal neighbors. Be sure to keep your eye out for little Red Socks as you wind your way through the imaginative drawings and unexpected text placement in this darling book.

Anna


Home in the Woods Cover Image
By Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator), Eliza Wheeler
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399162909
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 1st, 2019

Six-year-old Marvel, her seven siblings and newly widowed mother are forced to find a new place to live. That place turns out to be a tar-papered shack deep in the woods. Marvel says “it doesn’t look like much of a home to me”. Local author/artist Eliza Wheeler recounts this story of her Grandma Marvel’s life during the Great Depression in a series of tableaux passing through each of the Wisconsin seasons. We see the shack transform into a livable place with the hard work and perseverance of all of those siblings, always with the refrain: “our joyous laughter echoed through the trees”. From a grim beginning, they make the shack “warm and bright and filled up with love” and Marvel is finally home! Wheeler makes a compelling case for listening to the reminiscences of our elders: ‘They will soon be gone, and if we haven’t yet collected their stories, the time is now.” This is a lovely family book for sharing.

Collette


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

What if we let our kids run away with their fascinations? For Pokko, it’s her new drum. For her quiet frog family, the gift is the biggest mistake. But when Pokko steps out of her mushroom to explore the musical possibilities, results are rip-roaring and wonderful. Pokko marches to her own beat, inspiring a vibrant band of forest animals to join her jam. A sensational young frog makes a statement. Play on!

Jesse


At the Mountain's Base Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Weshoyot Alvitre (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735230606
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Published: Kokila - September 17th, 2019

“At the mountain’s base grows a hickory tree. Beneath this sits a cabin”. So begins a story poem about expecting a loved one to return from military deployment: waiting, weaving, worrying. What makes it glorious is that it’s a Cherokee family waiting for their mom, daughter, sister to return from flying as a WWII pilot. Not enough is celebrated about Native American women serving in the Armed Forces. This woman, Ola Mildred Rexroat (Ogalala Lakota) was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for her achievements and contributions and yes, she came back to that cabin at the base of the mountain under the hickory tree: “the roots that ground us help us soar”.                          

Collette


How Do You Dance? Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419734182
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2019

Ready to discover pure joy in the form of a book? An ode to personal expression, this book makes me grin every time I open its pages. Don’t miss the catalogue of new dance moves, the storyline of the unwilling dancer in the green sweater, or the dance party in the dark! Heder’s dynamic illustrations will inspire all readers to get up and start movin’. Because the best way to dance is exactly how you want to!

Kara


A Map Into the World Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541538368
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 1st, 2019

Yang’s words and Kim’s drawings create a layered story about an attentive and empathetic young girl named Paj Ntaub. As Paj helps her grandmother hang a special story cloth that tells how the Hmong made their way to America, Paj notices how their new house finally feels like home. Paj takes note of all the changes inside and outside the house as the seasons pass. These observations are gathered up like treasures and shared in a beautiful chalk drawing at the end of the story. Pictures and words to linger over.

Karlyn


Just In Case You Want to Fly Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443444
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Published: Neal Porter Books - October 8th, 2019

How can we truly prepare our little ones for life’s amazing journey? It’s a mind-boggling endeavor, for sure, but this book suggests a few key items that can help: wind, songs, snacks, laughter, a little bit of luck, and the comfort and promise of home. Fogliano’s delightful and occasionally unexpected rhymes pair perfectly with Robinson’s whimsical, charming illustrations in this heart-warming book that’s sure to become a favorite in your travel bag or on your bedroom shelf.

Katie


Spencer's New Pet Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534418776
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2019

This wordless picture book is captivating from start to finish. Told in the style of a silent film, Sima’s illustrated narrative follows a young child whose best friend is a balloon dog. Going for a walk is treacherous for them, however, because the world is full of pointy objects… Suspense builds as they have near miss after near miss, but just when you think the inevitable will happen, there’s a twist!

Linda


Why? Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Claire Keane (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452168630
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 1st, 2019

Who would win: a supervillain or a little girl who listens? Seasoned picture book author Adam Rex takes a situation children and adults are both all too familiar with (the seemingly endless stream of “Why?”s that curious kids can generate) and makes a delightful story about the power of sympathy. This book is fun, funny, and at the end of the day, quite simply clever as all get out!

Linda


A Different Story Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780802855275
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

How lucky are we to have a planet with graced with both rhinoceroses and rhinoceros beetles? With gorgeous illustrations adorning each page, this book will leave you marveling at our natural world. Adolfo Serra has crafted a meditative narrative whose scope is at once grand and granular. As you turn the last page of this story about finding commonalities and celebrating difference, you’ll find yourself pausing with wonder

Paige


The Greatest Table Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568463032
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Published: Creative Editions - August 6th, 2019

What better way to celebrate the end of the year than by honoring all the different ways people across the world gather around a table? In this ode to the universal tradition of breaking bread together, luscious illustrations sweep you into the field where food is grown and the kitchen where it is prepared. Insightful verse welcomes the reader inside, sets the table, and reminds us all to give thanks.

Paige


Count on Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735265752
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Published: Tundra Books - June 11th, 2019

Everyone deserves to find their passion and the possibilities are infinite. Tanco's charming illustrations simply capture the perspective of a child who sees the math that is all around us. From concentric circles in a pond to the velocity of a paper airplane, there is so much to understand! Don't miss the helpful index at the end!    

Kara


The Elephant Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592702640
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 6th, 2018

Did you know that an African elephant tusk can grow as long as two seven-year-olds toe to toe?!  Nonfiction comes alive with Desmond's brilliantly illustrated collection featuring our world's most captivating endangered creatures: the elephant, polar bear, and blue whale. Follow our red crown-wearing narrator on a fun, factual journey that will leave you wanting to learn more.

Beth


Llama Destroys the World (A Llama Book #1) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250303172
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 7th, 2019

SPOILER ALERT: Llama destroys the world on Friday. In the meantime? Llama will enjoy ever-wackier days and make honest mistakes that may just lead to the ultimate doom of everything. Great for fans of Dragons Love Tacos or Super Happy Magic Forest. Any book that starts with cake and ends with pie is a winner!

Kara


Toot & Puddle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316080804
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 7th, 2010

Toot LOVES to travel and do adventurous things like climb mountains and ride camels. Puddle LOVES the quiet life of home, doing things like cooking, gardening, and painting. As Puddle goes through daily pleasures at home, we follow Toot through postcards sent home to Puddle. Upon his return, they take joy in hearing about each others' experiences and creating memories together. I love this heartwarming story about being true to yourself and having loving, supportive friendships that allow you to be uniquely you!

Stacy


The Snow Lion Cover Image
By Jim Helmore, Richard Jones (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781682630488
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Published: Peachtree - October 2nd, 2018

All Caro wants is someone to play with. Imagine her delight when she meets a snowy white lion who blends in with the walls of her new house. The lion is an ideal playmate, but he gently encourages her to make friends outside too. This is a lovely story about being brave in new places, and the resilience that comes with an active imagination.

Hannah


There Are No Bears in This Bakery Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399556654
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2019

Never fear! Muffin the cat is on the night shift to ensure that there are no bears in Little Bear Bakery. Muffin's tale is filled with mysterious sounds, expressive illustrations, and witty wordplay. Enjoy plenty of sprinkles and the most endearing kitty narrator you'll ever meet! Not unlike our own Wild Rumpus cat ambassadors!

Kara


Fox Cover Image
By Margaret Wild, Ron Brooks (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781933605159
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Published: Kane/Miller Book Publishers - September 1st, 2006

A story doesn't have to be lengthy to be impactful. In few words, "Fox" manages to say more about grief, friendship, jealousy, betrayal, and hope than novels twenty times its length. You will find yourself contemplating the ending of this tale of trauma and recovery for days (or possibly longer) after you've turned the final page.

Rachel


A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481448895
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

A hungry lion is with all his friends, all of them much smaller animals including a penguin, a turtle, and bunnies with and without floppy ears. One by one they disappear...What's going on? This clever book is happy to remind you that things are not always what they appear. Or are they? 

Hannah


The Dreamer: (Inspirational Story, Picture Book for Children, Books About Perseverance) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452156088
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018

There once was a pig who loved to watch the birds. Day after day, he dreams of flying, and begins to create his own inventions to soar through the air, but to no avail. Pig soon learns that asking for help not only brings in valuable input, but also joyous community around a good idea. Will Pig be able to get his dream off the
ground? Il Sung Na’s soft illustrations give this book a true dream-like quality, as Pig works hard developing his idea over and over again, with help from his friends. It celebrates the fact that, even if you have lofty and complicated dreams, sometimes the most simple of pastimes, like watching the birds, can be the most fulfilling. And—by the end of this book—who knows? Maybe pigs really will fly.

Heather