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1 - Boxitects

Kim Smith · Clarion Books

A STEAM-centered, adorably illustrated picture book about Meg, a brilliant and creative boxitect who creates extraordinary things out of ordinary cardboard boxes.

Meg is a brilliant and creative boxitect. She loves impressing her teacher and classmates with what she makes out of boxes....
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2 - Every Night Is Pizza Night

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt · Norton Young Readers

Best-selling author J. Kenji López-Alt introduces Pipo, a girl on a quest to prove that pizza is the best food in the world. Pipo thinks that pizza is the best. No, Pipo knows that pizza is the best. It is scientific fact. But when she sets out on a neighborhood-spanning quest to prove...
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3 - Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots

Michael Rex · Nancy Paulsen Books

A hilarious, timely conversation about the differences between facts and opinions, by the creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight Goon

Do you know the difference between a fact and an opinion? It can be a hard thing to understand. Some things are facts--like...
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4 - Federico and the Wolf

Gomez, Rebecca J. · CLARION BOOKS

Clever Federico outsmarts el lobo in this fresh and funny Mexican-American take on Little Red Riding Hood.
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5 - First Day Critter Jitters

Jory John · Dial Books

First-day-of-school jitters have never been funnier or more reassuring than in this picture book by the New York Times bestselling author Jory John and critically acclaimed illustrator Liz ClimoIt's almost the first day of school, and the animals are nervous. Sloth worries about getting...
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6 - Hike

Pete Oswald · Candlewick

Take to the trails for a celebration of nature - and a day spent with dad.

In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they're going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges,...
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7 - I Am Every Good Thing

Derrick Barnes · Nancy Paulsen Books

An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh CutI ama nonstop ball of energy.Powerful and full of light.I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything...
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8 - Louis

Tom Lichtenheld · HMH Books for Young Readers

A beloved teddy can bear it no longer and plots his escape from his owner's sufocating affections in this laugh-out-loud picture book from New York Times best-selling creator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Steam Train Dream Train fame, Tom Lichtenheld.Louis the bear has had enough.From...
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9 - Packs: Strength in Numbers

Hannah Salyer · HMH Books for Young Readers

A full color, exquisitely illustrated celebration of animals who live in packs, herds, pods, and more. Packs shows how togetherness and teamwork help many creatures thrive.

Groups, packs, herds of millions, and more-our world teems with animals on land, air, and sea.

Packs...
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10 - A Polar Bear in the Snow

Mac Barnett · Candlewick

A majestic polar bear heads out on a mysterious walk in a dazzling, playful collaboration from an exciting pair of picture-book creators.Follow a magnificent polar bear through a fantastic world of snow and shockingly blue sea. Over the ice, through the water, past Arctic animals and even...
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11 - See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog

David LaRochelle · Candlewick

Move over, Spot. . . . Spoofing classic primers, Max the Dog talks back to the book in a twist that will have fans of funny early readers howling.See Max. Max is not a cat - Max is a dog. But much to Max's dismay, the book keeps instructing readers to "see the cat." How can Max get through...
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12 - Shapes

Anne Woodhull · Holiday House

Stunning photographs by a National Geographic photographer invite children to look around and find a world of circles, triangles, squares, and much more.Beautifully photographed, a diverse group of children explore the unexpected shapes of everyday sights and objects. "Eggs, grapes,...
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13 - Speak Up

Miranda Paul · CLARION BOOKS

When something really matters, one voice can make a difference. This spirited, vibrant picture book celebrates diversity and encourages kids to speak up, unite with others, and take action when they see something that needs to be fixed.
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14 - The Three Billy Goats Buenos

Susan Middleton Elya · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Humor abounds in this masterfully-bilingual twist on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" that dares to ask the question: why is that troll so grumpy anyway?

Three little cabritos have a clever plan to get past the grumpiest troll in the land. But then one of the billy goats wonders:...
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15 - Underground: Subway Systems Around the World: US Edition

Uijung Kim · Cicada Books

This is a playful search-and-find, inside/outside book of underground systems around the world. Alternating shortened pages introduce the subways of 12 different cities. On the first page we see the exterior of the train, and are presented with fascinating facts and figures about the transport...
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16 - Up on Bob

Sullivan, Mary · HMH Books for Young Readers

Geisel Honor winner Mary Sullivan humorously and deftly delivers a sweet spin on cat-and-dog rivalry. Perfect for fans of Kelly DiPucchio and Vera Brosgol.

Bob the dog doesn't mind hard work when it means he can reward himself with a nap. But Someone is watching him sleep!...
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17 - What About Worms!?

Ryan T. Higgins · Hyperion Books for Children

Tiger is big. Tiger is tough. And Tiger has an important note for you.Dear Reader,WATCH OUT FOR WORMS! They are everywhere! They might even be in this book!Your friend,TigerP. S. Tiger is afraid of worms.
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18 - What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo?

Steve Jenkins · HMH Books for Young Readers

From Caldecott Honor-winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page comes an early introduction to one of young readers'favorite places: the zoo!Going to the zoo is so exciting! You might see penguins swimming underwater, snakes sunning in the reptile house, or giraffes eating leaves out of high...
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19 - The Yawns Are Coming!

Christopher Eliopoulos · Dial Books

Kids will be giggling through their own yawns as they enjoy this contagiously adorable bedtime story by the New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Ordinary People Change the World books. Two best friends have big plans for their sleepover. They aren't going to go to bed at all--they'll...
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20 - You Matter

Christian Robinson · Atheneum Books for Young Readers

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...
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