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Big and Mighty: New Books for Younger Readers

The Mighty Lalouche, by Matthew Olshan , illustrated by Sophie Blackall Lalouche is a humble french postman with a yellow finch for a best friend. One day his boss pulls up in a fancy new electric autocar and tells Lalouche he’s been replaced, “A walking postman’s far too slow.” Poor little Lalouche, worried he will [...]

October 9th, 2013
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Beautiful Journeys and Funny Food Stories: New Books for Younger Readers

Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Jill Barton Cats are two-sided creatures. They are lazy and cuddly when they bathe in the sun, careful and delicate as they groom their tail. But they can seem to turn into entirely other creatures when they stalk a mouse or vole, or prowl and pounce [...]

September 11th, 2013
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Rain, Fog and Snow: New Books for Younger Readers

Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan Octopus hides in her dark cave. Her tentacles curve and twist around her bulbous body as she shyly watches the busy reef outside. When several small seahorses try to play, Octopus flees. In her attempts to avoid the curious creatures, she finds herself away from the reef, her familiar cave, [...]

August 15th, 2013
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Getting Ready to Read

As we approach the end of summer, families are getting ready to send their little ones off to school. If it’ll be your child’s first day of Kindergarten, check out our post about some great Kindergarten books. But if your child is younger, there are plenty of things you can do right now to get [...]

August 7th, 2013
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Dancing, Counting, and Busy-Busy Animals: New Books for Younger Children

  Boom! by Mary Lyn Ray Rosie is a small dog who is very brave. She’s not afraid of garbage collectors, fire fighters, sirens, vacuums, or taking a bath. Then, BOOM! As soon as a storm begins and the thunder sounds, Rosie heads for cover. Nothing soothes her, not even a dog biscuit. Rosie’s boy tries [...]

July 17th, 2013
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Dogs, Dinosaurs and Domes: New Books for Younger Readers

Doggone Feet! by Leslie Helakoski From a dog’s point of view, people are all just legs and feet. This dog calls her owner Legs and life is just grand. But then new feet enter the picture – a wife for the young man – and the dog does not like these new feet! As the [...]

June 12th, 2013
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Smiles, Dreams, and Bravery: New Books for Younger Readers

Because 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 [...]

May 8th, 2013
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Gorillas, Puppies and Blackbirds: New Books for Younger Readers

One Gorilla by Anthony Browne In this oversized counting book, Anthony Browne presents one of the most lusciously beautiful picture books that I’ve seen in a long time. The brightly colored, richly saturated portraits of chimpanzees, mandrills, baboons, macaques, and other members of the primate family fill each page, compelling the reader to pause and [...]

April 10th, 2013