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The Other Side

Jacqueline Woodson · Putnam Juvenile
Format: Book

Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together. With the addition...
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The Little House

Virginia Lee Burton · Houghton Mifflin Co.
Pages: 40
Format: Paperback

Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person,...
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Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice

Judith Byron Schachner · Scholastic
Format: Paperback

paperback book, slick pages. hard paper cover
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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Derrick D Barnes · Agate Bolden
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

"One of the best reads for young black boys in years, it should be in every library, media center, and, yes, barbershop." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders,...
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The Spiffiest Giant in Town

Julia Donaldson · Puffin Books
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback

When George the giant spies a shop full of wonderful clothes, he decides to treat himself to a new outfit. He puts on his new shirt, pants, shoes, and tie, and is immediately transformed from the scruffiest giant in town to the spiffiest giant in town. But on his way home, George runs into...
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The Book of Mistakes

Corinna Luyken · Dial Books
Pages: 56
Format: Hardcover

Zoom meets Beautiful Oops! in this memorable picture book debut about the creative process, and the way in which "mistakes" can blossom into inspirationOne eye was bigger than the other. That was a mistake. The weird frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush. And the inky...
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A Bad Case Of Stripes

David Shannon · Blue Sky Press; 1st Printing edition
Format: Hardcover

Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don''t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she''s so worried that she''s about to break out in ... a bad case...
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Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book)

Derek Munson · Chronicle Books
Pages: 40
Format: Book

It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy! In this funny...
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The Princess and the Pony

Kate Beaton · Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

Introducing Kate Beaton, a major new picture book talent, and author/illustrator of #1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives,...
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That is not a good idea!

Mo Willems · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 48
Format: Print book

A surprising lesson about the importance of listening to one's inner gosling ensues when a very hungry fox issues a dinner invitation to a very plump goose.
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First Grade Jitters

Robert Quackenbush · HarperCollins; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Here is the story of a young boy who is about to enter first grade and doesn't know quite what to expect. Will his friends be there? Will he have to know how to read and spell? What if he can't understand anything his teacher says? Looks like a case of first grade jitters!Robert...
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The Paper Bag Princess

Michael Martchenko · Annick Press
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald --- who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance. Full color throughout.
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Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale

Josh Funk · Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A sweet and clever friendship story in rhyme, about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and science fair projects....
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An Undone Fairy Tale

Ian Lendler · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Now, Ned and I admire how well you read. But the story will be ruined if you turn the page right now. So please don't. A beautiful pie-making princess is trapped in a tower. Can Sir Wilbur rescue her? And more importantly, can he do it while wearing a tutu? He's going to try!...
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Officer Buckle & Gloria

Peggy Rathmann · Putnam's
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

"Besides the beguiling story, the affable illustrations of the smiling Gloria, the accidental mayhem in the background, and the myriad safety tips -- such as 'always pull the toothpick out of your sandwhich' and 'never lick a stop sign in the winter' -- add to the enjoyment. A glorious...
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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

Ed Young · Paperstar
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback

"Not for the faint-hearted, Lon Po Po (Grandmother Wold) , is a tale of a menacing danger and courage....(Young's) command of page composition and his sensitive use of color give the book a visual force that matches the strength of the story and stands as one of the illustrator's...
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The Day the Crayons Quit

Drew Daywalt · Philomel Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

From BOOKLIST
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The Book with No Pictures

B.J. Novak · Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here's how books work. Everything written on the page...
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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale

Verna Aardema · Dial Press
Pages: 28
Format: Paperback

"In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster. "Elegance has become the Dillons' hallmark. . . . Matching the art is Aardema's uniquely onomatopoeic text . . . An impressive showpiece."-BOOKLIST , starred review.Winner of Caldecott...
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Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners

Laurie Keller · Square Fish; Reprint edition
Format: Book

“Do not do to others that which would anger you if others did it to you.”—Socrates (the Greek philosopher), circa 470-399 B.C.Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are Otters.OTTERS!But he doesn’t know anything about otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends?Just...
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The Most Magnificent Thing

Ashley Spires · Kids Can Press
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. ?She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just...
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Going Places

Peter Reynolds · Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A go-cart contest inspires imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.It's time for this year's Going Places contest! Finally. Time to build a go-cart, race it - and win. Each kid grabs...
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The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

Michael Chabon · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight asan arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader. But Awesome Man also has a secret. . . . Can you guess what it is? The first...
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