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The Day You Begin

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4.55 avg rating — 1,413 ratings
"The Day You Begin is a great book to show children how unique everyone is and that everyone has a story to tell. Getting children to understand that they don't have to be just like everyone else is important. Equally, important, children need to learn to listen to others, find unique traits in others, be respectful, and learn how to make others feel valued and special. Many discussion points can come from sharing this book in a group of students.

The artwork is cheerful and includes every color in the rainbow. "
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Drawn Together

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4.27 avg rating — 1,686 ratings
"Drawn Together by Minh Le - Literally, this book will pull at your heartstrings! Lovely story; phenomenal illustrations! Great work by Minh Le and Dan Santat! One day the grandson visit his grandfather and becomes very bored, as they struggle with language differences. Until, through the power of art, the day becomes an incredible experience for both grandparent and child. Both share, play, and build on each other's imaginations! Outstanding memories for both! Tell me this is a true story!
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Dreamers

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4.71 avg rating — 694 ratings
"True story of how Yuyi Morales and her 2 month old baby came to be immigrants in 1994. She tells her story in this beautiful book that combines painting, drawing, and real-life photographs! Excellent illustrations. Bright and colorful. She asks readers to tell their stories of courage, kindness, and success! "
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Thank You, Omu!

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4.31 avg rating — 185 ratings
"Looking for a story that speaks of kindness, sharing, giving, community spirit, cultural diversity, and saying thank you. Thank You, Omu! is that book plus some. Oge Mora gives tribute to all of the women in her life, especially her grandmother. This story will cause readers to pause and think of their grandmothers and other important women who have shaped their lives. The text and illustrations are incredible. The collage work is fascinating, especially the old book cuttings. What a gentle spirit-filled story."
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Hello Lighthouse

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4.39 avg rating — 1,078 ratings
"Wonderful book! A history lesson for all ages. The format of this book is appealing. It's a tall book, of course; lighthouses are tall. The front flap looks like a treasure chest of memories from this time in history and the back of the book is a great history lesson! Meet the brave families who cared for the lighthouses. Blackhall's story and illustrations will have you wanting to learn more about lighthouses. "
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Quiet

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3.80 avg rating — 176 ratings
"Quiet, in all its simplicity, has much to offer readers. Yes, life is busy, but at times it is well worth stopping, sitting, listening, seeing, and thinking about the nature of our world around us. Tomie dePaola has mastered a beautiful, powerful story in a dialogue between a grandfather and his grandson and granddaughter. One of the best books dePaola has ever created! Wisdom well spoken and illustrated! Ranks in the likes of Henry David Thoreau!"
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What If...

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4.41 avg rating — 588 ratings
"What If... addresses that age old statement, made by children, "There's nothing to do. I am bored!" Berger and Curato team together in this picture book to show readers how to live a fulfilling, creative, and boredom-free life through movement. That is, movement of hands, feet, body, voice, and mind! The text flows like a song, and what if.... The pictures combine real objects, photos, and paint. There is a centerfold that will open your mind!
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Julián Is a Mermaid

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4.43 avg rating — 1,850 ratings
"Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love - A gender identity story where a little boy is allowed to pretend to be a mermaid. He receives his grandmother's affirmation and they join a mermaid's parade down by the waterfront. This is a gender neutral story.

Julian and his Abuela are traveling on the eL rail. As Julian is reading, his imagination fills the car with water and fish. He turns into a mermaid on a beautiful adventure. The illustrations are so gorgeous. The browns and aqua blues are so realistic in portraying the characters, sea creatures, and bodies of water in this story. "
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Ocean Meets Sky

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4.33 avg rating — 1,136 ratings
"Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan - A little boy and his grandfather, once upon a time, had many adventures together in storytime and play. Now, it's grandfather's 90th birthday. Though he has passed away, the little boy visits grandfather in his imagination and dreams. The little boy builds a boat in his honor and while dreaming, he sets sail to where the ocean meets the sky. He visits grandfather in this fantastic place until he hears someone calling for him...to wake up!

The illustrations are phenomenal and compliment a beautiful story and concept of the love and respect a little boy has for his grandfather. "
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Islandborn

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4.50 avg rating — 1,687 ratings
"Story of an immigrant child, Lola, encouraged by a teacher, sets out in her local American neighborhood to learn about where her family came from. This book will give readers a glimpse of life in a former country of Dominican Republic. The little girl is to draw a glimpse into her country's life. Even though she didn't grown up there, the roots are there. She draws the good and the bad...happy memories but also thoughts of a monster...a dictatorship and dark period. Eye opener story!"
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They Say Blue

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3.90 avg rating — 947 ratings
"They Say Blue by Jillisan Tamaki - Reading this story will make anyone feel happy! The colors and illustrations flow across the pages and on again with the turn of a page. A little girl questions the colors of her world throughout the changes of seasons. She invents playful ways to sail across the colors in her day. The soft swirling illustrations will draw readers back to this book over and over again. Excellent choice for Caldecott gold!
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The Big Umbrella

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4.04 avg rating — 631 ratings
"The Big Umbrella, a wonderful collaboration between an author / illustrator and her 12-year-old daughter, is an amazing story that suggests the importance of accepting others and learning to work and live together in a kinder world. The big umbrella is a character in the story that welcomes and invites everyone and everything to join under it's wide open arms during a rainstorm. There is always room for one more! Great interview: http://picturebooking.libsyn.com/096-..."
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Adrian Simcox Does Not Have...

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4.38 avg rating — 305 ratings
"Kindness, compassion, understanding, forgiveness - all shared in this book. Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse features a poor child that loves to talk at school about his horse. This upsets one girl that he's not telling the truth to the point she tells the whole class and to mom, too. Gentle parental & school guidance teach her and the others understanding and patience. Illustrations are vibrant & brilliant, accentuating a spectacular message! "
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The Honeybee

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4.02 avg rating — 300 ratings
"The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall & Isabelle Arsenault - Making honey is quite a miracle. This book uses rhyming text to look at the process. The author shares that honey bees are endangered. The story hopes to give readers an appreciation of how hard bees work. And the author includes important information at the book's end. Illustrations are cheerful & whimsical. The illustrator created a 'honeybee' font for the text! "Buy local honey to support beekeepers & bees!" says the author!"
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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

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4.47 avg rating — 149 ratings
"Follows a family throughout the seasons as they celebrate their Cherokee culture. Traci Sorrel consulted experts in her Cherokee culture to tell the story & includes Cherokee language. She says, "Every day, every season. Otsaliheliga. We are grateful." Frane Lessac's illustrates each season as families work hard & play together. A woodpecker on each spread had me curious. I researched Native American nature resources and learned that spotting a woodpecker encourages you, no matter the storm! More information is found at book's end. "
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Alma and How She Got Her Name

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4.43 avg rating — 842 ratings
"Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez - Neal is a heartwarming story paying tribute to the author's Peruvian heritage. Alma is self-conscious about her long name. Her dad explains who she was named after and the amazing accomplishments each gave in life. When asked why she was named Alma. Dad explains that she is the first in the family with this name and that she would be able to make her own story. The pictures are spectacular and help tell this beautiful story in a very lovely way. "
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Martin Rising: Requiem For ...

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4.34 avg rating — 219 ratings
"Martin Rising is a wonderful book about Martin Luther King. Andrea Davis Pinkney used "docu-poems" to discuss the final weeks in King's life. The book flows from bright times to dark & back to brightness. It leaves readers visualizing hope & a positive future. Brian Pinkney's illustrations accentuate the power of home, family, church, animals and weather. His use of bright & dark swirls of color accentuated a spiritual aspect rather than the sad details of King's death.
There's an extensive section in the back of the book with notes from the author and illustrator, a history of King's life, a timeline, and resources used to create this book. Well done!!!"
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The Stuff of Stars

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4.23 avg rating — 261 ratings
"The Stuff of Stars is a lyrical and visual reminder of the story of the universe and a story of the importance of every single living creature that has ever lived in this world or ever will. Love through the ages of time has made each of us. This is a beautiful abstraction of a spectacular story. Excellent work, Marion Dane Bauer and Ekua Holmes."
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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

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4.27 avg rating — 425 ratings
"So good! It really has the feel of an old Chinese legend! Grace Lin has always loved the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, and the many stories of how the moon was made. With this in mind, she created her own original story to keep this festival alive in the hearts of her own family as well as the rest of the world! The golden moon and stars in A Big Mooncake for Little Star and the vivid white text shine lovely on the black pages. Nibble away readers. You will want to taste your own mooncakes!"
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I Am Enough

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4.11 avg rating — 1,052 ratings
"I Am Enough - nice book for current thoughts on girl empowerment and diversity. Great positive message for girls. Wishing there were more books like this for all genders. The message in this story rings true for all children."
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Forever or a Day

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3.62 avg rating — 319 ratings
"A special book that causes readers to think about the value of one's days in life. The pictures are so lovely, in a style and class of their own. It is a wispy book in soft watercolors and pencil illustrations. The lyrical story is beautiful. Try reading this story from the back to the beginning. It is just as nice! I think this is a great book to give to a young couple ready to begin a family of their own."
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Imagine!

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4.07 avg rating — 243 ratings
"Imagine! Based on his own childhood love of art & museums, Raul Colon shows, in a wordless story, a boy going to an art museum one day. While there, famous art by Picasso, Rousseau, & Matisse come alive & interact with him. When it is time to go home, he escorts each characters back to its original work. On the way home, he creates a mural of these characters interacting. Isn't that what an artist hopes? Inspire us to IMAGINE & create! Raul includes an inspirational note at the book's end!"
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Baby Monkey, Private Eye

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3.88 avg rating — 2,535 ratings
"My three and a half year old grandson thought this was the funniest book ever! He went right away to investigating everything outdoors...mostly pebbles around his playground area!
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The Rough Patch

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4.42 avg rating — 443 ratings
"Life can be rough. But, resiliency can help you move on and see brighter days. So, it is in The Rough Patch. It offers readers joy, friendship, sadness, and lots of surprises. Gardeners and nature lovers, pet owners and animal lovers, and fair goers will certainly enjoy this book. A great story for when a pet passes in the family, too!"
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This Is the Nest That Robin...

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3.67 avg rating — 300 ratings
"A well-thought nature book that covers a lot of ground for an early science learner and enthusiast! Fleming explains the process of robin building a bird's nest all the way through to the little fledglings leaving the nest. This is an excellent educational tool! The use of collage & print-making techniques makes this an appealing picture book. See which friends in nature help Robin build her nest. It's up to the reader to determine how & why they are helpers! "
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A Stone for Sascha

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4.06 avg rating — 473 ratings
"A wordless book showing how people, through the ages, deal with the loss of a loved one or possession and how to cope with grief. It is a powerful read to be pondered and read again and again. I would like to see an author / illustration note to accompany the story. However, the end pages do this in pictorial form. And so, it is a stepping stone for readers to further study the named civilizations on their own."
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Goodbye Brings Hello: A Boo...

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3.70 avg rating — 107 ratings
"Goodbye Brings Hello would be a perfect book to include in a baby shower gift set for a new mom and dad along with classics, Your Baby's First Year, and Oh, the Places You'll Go. Children will have many firsts as they grow up and this book addresses a few with simplicity and love. Dianne White offers a lyrical welcome to saying goodbye and saying hello. Daniel Wiseman illustrates with simple drawings any small child will enjoy."
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Sometimes You Fly

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3.91 avg rating — 472 ratings
"Katherine Applegate & Jennifer Black Reinhardt teamed to make a charming children's book, Sometimes you Fly. It starts with a 1 year old's party & explores many monumental stages of growing up. Great choice for a graduate, new parents or a birthday child. Booklist reviews this as a natural successor to Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! I agree. The illustrations are whimsical & sweet. This book is a positive journey through life's lessons, some delightful and some difficult, on growing up."
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Run Wild

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3.62 avg rating — 226 ratings
"Wonderful message to children and parents...get up and get outside! The great outdoors has so much to offer! David Covell's illustrations are beautiful! With paint and watercolors, he brings out the true beauty of nature and the outdoor world. Run, splash, and slide along on a great adventure when you read this book with a child! -This book has a perfect blend of rhyming words and brilliant splashes of color! A real Caldecott winner, I think!"
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Who Eats Orange?

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3.87 avg rating — 103 ratings
"Who Eats Orange is a fun read (and read-aloud) for little ones and primary students. The story flows with a rhythmic pattern, as it introduces the name of an animal on one page, asking if this animal eats a certain color. The answer is NO, of course. This peaks a child's interest. Well what color does this animal eat! Turn the page to find out! This is like a game. Two pages of notes are included at the back on eating patterns of animal and humans around the world. The full-page illustrations are beautiful. It's what one might call, a Healthy Read! "
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Everything You Need For a T...

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3.97 avg rating — 283 ratings
"Treehouses can be real or they can be as big as one's imagination allows. This book looks at all kinds of treehouses and will surely provide the reader many hours of pure joy just looking at the illustrations and enjoy the lyrical, poetic language. A sure winner for any child's library!"
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The Field

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3.97 avg rating — 312 ratings
"What a wholesome book! Remember backyard and sandlot sports play in the local neighborhoods? This is a great book to show kids how to simply pick up a game in the neighborhood with the friends. Will a little rain or mud hurt? Probably not! Life's full of challenges! This is an exciting game of football (soccer) played out in a Caribbean island neighborhood. But when Mama calls come home, you best listen to her! Game's over! The endnotes include an author's note from Baptiste Paul and a list of creole words and phrases used in the story. Jacqueline Alcantara uses vivid colors in full-page spreads to bring action to this story! "
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All the Animals Where I Live

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3.51 avg rating — 282 ratings
"About a little fellow who moves from the city to the country & his interactions with an old lady, his grandmother, his dog, his teddy bear, & nature. I fell in love with this book & shared with my grandson, age 3. He enjoyed the parts of a loving grandmother, but especially liked the dog! After reading, we pretended the story with toys. Isn't that what a good book offers? The fabulous illustrations tend to encourage finding a pencil, crayons, & paper!"
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Nothing Stopped Sophie: The...

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4.28 avg rating — 211 ratings
"Nothing Stopped Sophie is a biography about a brave young girl who loved math and followed her dreams even when this was taboo for women. The author and illustrator team extensively researched the life & times of Sophie Germain. They've included a section in the back of the book about their research. This book is a stepping stone to learning about science & math as well as history & literature. The book will inspire children to work hard at their passions & be trailblazers! "
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Hello Hello

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4.27 avg rating — 780 ratings
"Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel has a good urgent message to share with Earth's inhabitants. Many animals in the wild that we love to know about are endangered, and near threatened. Readers will see the beauty of these animals in the pictures and silhouettes within this book. "
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Love

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4.27 avg rating — 2,854 ratings
"Love - Matt de la Pena & Loren Long team to define love. They show love as seen, heard, smelt, touched, & tasted, but also between the lines of text & in the faces of the book. Love is burnt toast because of who prepared it for the child. Love is fishing with grandpa because he has all the time in the world for his grandchild. Even when times are hard & dreams are dark, love will soothe and comfort. It is in the air & in nature. Family love, love for others, and love of self shine in this book."
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Hawk Rising

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3.92 avg rating — 170 ratings
"Hawk Rising is an excellent book to introduce children to raptor birds. Maria Gianferrari addresses the search for food in a gentle manner. And Brian Floca has many full two-page spreads to illustrate these magnificent birds in action. Notes in the end are useful to help teach readers about these beautiful creatures. On a side note, I once looked up at my picture window to see a hawk, not looking at me, but instead investigating the shrubs for a possible sparrow - just like in this story! "
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Geraldine

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3.68 avg rating — 270 ratings
"How hard is it to leave a busy neighborhood, where everyone is just alike and comfortable living day to day in an ordinary way, and move where life is completely different for you? Experience this life style change with Geraldine, a giraffe, and learn that everyone in the world is unique and that is a good thing. It just takes courage to speak up and get involved. And then, good things can happen!
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I Am a Cat

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4.21 avg rating — 668 ratings
"I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein will please cat lovers! The open spread pages easily captivate readers' attention. The book differentiates nicely between wild cats across the globe! At first, the wild animals do not think the kitty is like them. But, when they see the similarities, it is an accepting, playful scene. And maybe children will think that people, as well, are different but can learn to accept and appreciate each other."
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Pie is for Sharing

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4.15 avg rating — 267 ratings
"Pie is for Sharing - a super fun story about sharing with family and friends. Children will want to read this book, over and over, looking at the many different playtime pictures about sharing. What a great way to discuss "sharing" with children. The last picture is just perfect. It's the 4th of July, after all! Fireworks and sharing pie with your very best friend. Ruff! Ruff!"
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Mama Dug a Little Den

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4.14 avg rating — 76 ratings
"Jennifer Ward talks about a variety of animals and how the mama prepares a den and other similar nests for her young. This is a nice addition to an animal collection in any library or location that young children gather. The collage-type illustrations are very realistic and complimentary to a variety of world environments. A Note from the Author provides further learning and ideas at the back of the book. "
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The Rabbit Listened

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4.36 avg rating — 1,350 ratings
"When a child tries to do something and things just don't go right, there are many feelings that might surface....quit, give up, take revenge, hide, and so on. What might just be needed is someone to listen....not talk...just listen. The rabbit in this story models listening with big ears as a kind way to help others. The author wrote and illustrated this book with a lot of heart!"
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A Busy Creature's Day Eating

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3.74 avg rating — 540 ratings
"Hilarious! An unexpected ABC book. You may be thinking the normal food items, A for Apple, B for Banana, C for Carrot and so forth. No, just wait. This is a must read. It is so funny. Readers will be laughing and wanting to share this book with others! "
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Off & Away

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4.30 avg rating — 232 ratings
"A great adventure story. Everyone knows those bottles afloat at sea must get to their rightful owners. When Jo's dad gets sick and cannot deliver the bottles that have floated his way, Jo finds the courage to deliver these. With a deep breath, she whispers, again and again, "I can do this", and off she sails. What an adventure! The pictures are frequently double paged - sometimes scary sometimes bright and cheerful. This book will entertain a reader, over and over again! "
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The Prince and the Dressmaker

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4.46 avg rating — 10,867 ratings
"The prince likes to secretly cross-dress. He discovers a young dressmaker with a creative flair to design his magnificent collections. She manages to keep his secret about being genderqueer (as author Jen Wang gives reference) until she begins to rise in fame as an outstanding designer. It is a good story for older readers and a good one for parents to consider as they wish to better understand and accept their own children's stages and choices in growing up."
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Libba: The Magnificent Musi...

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3.85 avg rating — 271 ratings
"Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten by Laura Veirs offers a nice slice of Americana. I began my journey in this book, reading the author's note first. I liked knowing about the main character before reading her story! This is indeed a magnificent story of a musical life. Veirs says, "Her [Cotten] story appeals to me as a musician, as a woman, and as a fan of folk music." Illustrations by Tatyanan Fazlalizadeh are gentle and mellow in shades of graphite and brown."
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Between the Lines: How Erni...

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4.35 avg rating — 250 ratings
"Wonderful book for any reader, any age. Thoroughly enjoyable biography! Shows what and where, a person can go and achieve with perseverance, goal setting, and passion. A story of excellence created by the author and illustrator (Sandra Neil Wallace and Bryan Collier). The back material in this book is, likewise, worthwhile to share with children!"
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Pignic

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3.65 avg rating — 330 ratings
"Instead of the pig family and the big, bad wolf. Let's turn this around to a very positive read about the pig family, the big, airy wolf and all kinds of weather. This is a precious book to read with a little one. Readers will be ready for their own picnic after reading this! "
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Fox & Chick: The Party: and...

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3.87 avg rating — 199 ratings
"Fox & Chick: The Party: and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier - a delightful first chapter book for early readers. There are three stories in this book about two friends, a fox and a chick, one about a party at Fox's house, a second story about the two eating together, and in the third story Fox is supposed to paint a portrait of Chick but he won't sit still. Very funny stories that will keep children laughing and wanting to read over and over again. "
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Shaking Things Up: 14 Young...

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4.53 avg rating — 371 ratings
"Read about 13 extraordinary women throughout time. You'll be inspired. A great book for both girls and boys to be encouraged to do their best, to question, to learn, and to never give up! Susan Hood provides 13 amazing stories, a timeline, and a wealth of information for further study on these women in history. Illustration by 13 amazing illustrators add a spectacular touch to this book."
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Big Bunny

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3.31 avg rating — 252 ratings
"It's time for a bedtime story. Only this one is growing bigger by the minute...it's a whopper of a tale which involves a giant bunny that is very hungry. The caregiver and listener have a dialogue about the story and the events that grow more outlandish by the flip of the page. Until, something very funny is revealed about the characters. Is this a scary story? Could be! "
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Honey

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3.64 avg rating — 323 ratings
"Honey by David Ezra Stein is a simple story about a bear awakening from his long winter's sleep. What do bears like to eat? Honey, of course. Follow this bear's journey through his waking period...imagining honey, finally getting some honey, and then getting ready for the hibernation period again. Basic facts that a child can understand about the life of bears. "
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If I Had a Horse

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3.94 avg rating — 311 ratings
"Any child will love this book. Each page opens to a full-spread picture as a little child wishes for a horse. "If I had a horse, I would bring him the biggest apple I could find." And so begins a great friendship between child and horse. The child ponders what qualities are important to care for this animal. The imaginations are vivid, yet dreamy, in all shades of the rainbow. The watercolors splash on the page depicting beautiful landscapes and silhouettes of horse and child, riding together, free in the wind. Great character building story!"
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Square

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"Square by Mac Barnett - Square is back, in book two! This time, square meets circle (the first story introduced triangle & square.) Circle is intrigued by square's work, calling him a sculptor, which square doesn't understand! Circle asks square to mold a rock in his likeness. Square despairs with this wish. But, surprisingly, circle is pleased with the results! A message lies in this story: we all see things differently. We should listen to others & perhaps, we'd see greater beauty in life!"
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Night Out

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3.66 avg rating — 310 ratings
"Is this a dream? The illustrations are at times scary but compelling. The tea party was a delight, bright & cheery! After a sad little boy's night out, the little boy has the tools to make a better day, & his life is better.

Will this cause children to consider a night out on their own, without parental permission? With that in mind, the story flips from imaginary play to real danger. Parents might want to read this story with their children & discuss possibilities."
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A House That Once Was

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4.04 avg rating — 648 ratings
"A House That Once Was - questions two young adventurers who discover a deserted house - who lived here, what did they enjoy doing, what inventions did they use, & when did they live here. These histories fade, unless documented in the journals of community & family.

I loved the illustrations that flip, to represent past and present times. The lyrical verse is lovely. Families could discuss the danger of exploring like this. Families could also document memories, gather photographs, & archive present & past experiences in a safe location."
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I Got It!

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"A starred review by Kirkus Reviews calls David Wiesner "a master of fantastical wordless (or nearly so) adventures." It is hard to believe the only words in this book are, "I got it!" A small, awkward kid is allowed to join the baseball game. After a series of failed "I got its!" maybe he will be successful, this time. The birds and clouds are all watching and hoping the "I got it" will come true! Watch the colors brighten as the story concludes!"
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