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The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Laszlo, a small boy in blue pajamas knows that the Dark lives, mostly in the basement, its voice “as smooth and cold as the windows.” But one evening, the nightlight in Laszlo’s bedroom burns out and the Dark leads him to the cellar and from the dark chest of drawers produces…a new light bulb. The elegant humor and interdependence of their relationship is outlined be the sharp triangle of Laszlo’s flashlight against the inky black of the Dark. Laszlo’s fear has dissolved in the new light. Ages 4–8.

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By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316187480
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Sophie, an imaginative and strong-minded little girl, shops at the farmers’ market with her parents, she meets a butternut squash she names Bernice, and they become inseparable. (The illustrations of them, by Anne Wilsdorf, sparkle with charm.) Every night Sophie gives Bernice a bottle and puts her to bed. They visit the library and have picnics in the park until one day, Sophie reluctantly realizes Bernice won’t last forever. Sophie buries her in the backyard to keep her safe and warm for the winter, and spring delivers a lovely surprise. Ages 3–7.

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By Pat Zietlow Miller, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780307978967
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - August 6th, 2013

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

A flamingo fancifully poses on the first page of this stunning wordless picture book and is looked at longingly by a little girl in an old-fashioned swimming cap. What follows is a dance between two unlikely partners—an eager and somewhat clumsy little girl and a (surprisingly) graceful flamingo. Their ballet is rendered in delicate pinks and choreographed by flaps that open to reveal the next movement in the dance. A subtle and joyous celebration of two very different beings learning to dance in step. Ages 3–6.

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ISBN: 9781452110066
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 5th, 2013

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles isn’t exactly lazy, he’s just got better things to do than play with toys. For example, stalking the little aliens who just fled their malfunctioning spaceship for the safety of the wall vent. Will they be able to get back to their ship? Only if they learn to outwit one very fixated black cat. Who else but David Wiesner could have invented such a hilarious and oddly plausible tale? A perfect cat book and another wordless masterpiece from the three-time Caldecott winner. Ages 4 & up.

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ISBN: 9780618756612
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Published: Clarion Books - October 1st, 2013

How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton

Hopping a train, boarding a train, riding a train, but training a train? That’s exactly what Jason Carter Eaton suggests we do if we really love trains. After all, trains make awesome pets. In this hilarious how-to manual, Eaton guides us through our top choices (freight train? monorail? steam engine?) and how to catch it (by making the call of the wild train, "Chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga"). Once we get to know it, we can even teach it tricks like rolling over or jumping through a ring of fire. Rocco’s eye-catching art captures to hilarious effect the gargantuan size of the train in contrast to its small but enthusiastic owner. A sure hit that will keep your little train lover giggling and demanding to hear it again. Ages 3–7.

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By Jason Carter Eaton, John Rocco (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763663070
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Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2013

Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes

Penny (star of the endearing Penny and Her Song) finds a blue marble on a green lawn and pockets it, knowing it probably belongs to someone else. Incrementally, she is consumed by guilt. Her parents, recognizing a problem, encourage her to tell them about what is troubling her, but Penny handles this alone, and the next morning she returns the marble to the spot where it was found. A small, terse--yet humorous--I Can Read drama written on the same reading level as Frog & Toad. For ages 4–7. Available in paperback and hardcover.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062082053
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 27th, 2013

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

In this enjoyable, sweet, low-key drama, Billy Miller carefully navigates his way through his second-grade year: happy sometimes, worried sometimes, accepting and understanding change. We empathize with his anxieties and celebrate his successes, just as we are amused by the very different style of his sister. Sal is 3 years old and utterly sure of herself, toting her pillowcase, which contains the pale-yellow plush whales she refers to as the Drop Sisters (Raindrop, Dewdrop, Gumdrop, etc.). Henkes writes so well about the small difficulties and pleasures one experiences in the school year. Ages 7–9, 3rd-grade reading level.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062268129
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 17th, 2013

Dreaming Up by Christy Hale

On left-hand pages, young children build with blocks, cups, pillows, sand—whatever’s available—as simple concrete poems describe the constructions. Right-hand pages are photographs of architectural marvels (the Guggenheim, Fallingwater) that echo the kids’ structures; endnotes provide additional information. This celebration of play, creation, and imagination is visually appealing and wholly original. —Horn Book. Grades K–2
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ISBN: 9781600606519
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 2012

April and Esme, Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham

Graham’s carelessly cozy, unfussily domestic art brings Borrowers-esque charm to this tale of a young girl and her sister who follow in the tooth fairy tradition of their parents by going on their very first commission. —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Ages 5–8.
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By Bob Graham, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763663476
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Published: Candlewick - April 9th, 2013

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

Little mouse-girl Penny has a song in her heart. Well, it’s not just in her heart, because she likes to belt it out. Henkes understands the way families make memories in his first easy reader, an adorable opener to the Penny series. —Booklist. Grades K–2.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062081971
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 21st, 2012

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