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Smiles, Dreams, and Bravery: New Books for Younger Readers

because_amelia_smiledBecause Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein

This is a book about how one smile can affect a whole world. Amelia smiled and Mrs. Higgins saw her and smiled too. She was so happy that she baked some cookies for her son, who sang a song to his class, who inspired a dancer… The books takes a happy trip around the globe, following the beautiful chain that young Amelia unknowingly started. Caldecott Honoree Stein’s exuberant and child-like drawings nearly overflow the pages. (Grades 1 – 4)


you byunDream Friends by You Byun

Melody’s dream friend is an enormous kitty who helps her soar through the air, play hide and seek in the toy-filled woods, and watch fireworks that look like cakes and candies. But in her new neighborhood she is shy and lonely. She wishes her dream friend could come out and play, and when she dances their dance at the park, a new friend – a real friend – approaches her! Byun’s debut picture book is a beauty, and the dream-like drawings make it a lovely story to share at bedtime. (Preschool – grade 3)


leathers_black-rabbit_248x300The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers

The little white rabbit is being followed by a Big Scary Black rabbit. He runs fast and the black rabbit follows. He hides, but the black rabbit is there when he comes back out. It’s only in the dark forest that the black rabbit disappears, but something else lurks in the darkness. Children will immediately see that there is no danger – it’s the rabbit’s shadow, of course! This lightly scary tale is perfect for youngsters who want just a hint of danger. (Preschool – grade 1)


owly_bright_lights_starry_nights_lgOwly & Wormy, Bright Lights and Starry Nights! by Andy Runton

Hooray! Owly and his friend Wormy are back for another adorable adventure! Owly has a telescope but it’s harder than he thought to look at the stars. Lanterns help he and Wormy to feel brave in the dark, but when the rain spoils their campout they have to run and hide in a spooky cave. Owly’s new bat friends help him and Wormy find their courage to see the beautiful night sky. This is  the second wordless picture book based on the popular graphic novel series, Owly. (Kindergarten – Grade 3)


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