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Summer Fun for Young Readers

Description: Let your imagination soar this summer with characters new and old, of all shapes and sizes. For ages 5-10.


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No, David!

by David Shannon

When David Shannon was five years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book.

On every page were these words: "No, David!... and a picture of David doing things he was not supposed to do.

Now David is all grown up. But some things never change...

Date Added: 05/04/2018


Lulu and the Brontosaurus

by Lane Smith and Judith Viorst

It's Lulu's birthday and she's decided she'd like a pet brontosaurus as a present. When Lulu's parents tell her that's not possible, Lulu gets very upset. She does not like it when things don't go her way. So she takes matters into her own hands and storms off into the forest to find herself a new pet, all the way singing: I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna, get a bronto-bronto-bronto-bronto-saurus for a pet! In the forest Lulu encounters a number of animals; a snake, a tiger, a bear, all of whom don't particularly impress her. And then she finds him...a beautiful, long-necked, gentle, graceful brontosaurus. And he completely agrees with Lulu that having a pet would be a wonderful thing, indeed! Lulu thinks she's gotten her birthday wish at last. Until she realizes that Mr. Brontosaurus thinks that she would make an ideal pet for him! How will Lulu ever get out of this sticky situation without throwing a fit (Mr. B does not respond well to those), or using force (Mr. B is much to tall to bonk on the head with her suitcase), or smushing her pickle sandwich?

Date Added: 05/14/2018


The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein

Meet Beatrice Bottomwell: a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once!) made a mistake.

She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school.

In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes.

Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable–she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way!

Date Added: 05/04/2018


Frederick

by Leo Lionni

While the other field mice work to gather grain and nuts for winter, Frederick sits on a sunny rock by himself.

"I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days," he tells them. Another day he gathers "colors," and then "words."

And when the food runs out, it is Frederick, the dreamer and poet, whose endless store of supplies warms the hearts of his fellow mice, and feeds their spirits during the darkest winter days.

Frederick's story will warm readers as well in this Caldecott Honor winning fable.Now available as an eBook.

Date Added: 05/07/2018


Curious George

by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey

Brought to life over sixty years ago by Margret and H.A. Rey, Curious George has found a lasting place in the hearts of millions of children all over the world. Along with his friends, George has had many fun adventures

Date Added: 05/07/2018


Toot & Puddle: You Are My Sunshine

by Holly Hobbie

It's a glorious day in Woodcock Pocket. The sun is shining, the birds are singing . . . and Toot is moping.

Date Added: 05/07/2018


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (25th Anniversary Edition)

by Bill Martin Jr.

A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck--all parade across the pages of this delightful book.

Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages.

Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals. Images and Image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/07/2018


Steam Train, Dream Train

by Tom Lichtenheld and Sherri Duskey Rinker

The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another fabulous book for bedtime! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!

Date Added: 05/14/2018


The Storm Whale

by Benji Davies

Noi and his father live in a house by the sea. Noi's father works hard as a fisherman, and Noi often has only their six cats for company. So when, one day, he finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm, Noi is excited and takes it home to care for it. He tries to keep his new friend a secret, but but there's only so long you can keep a whale in the bath without your dad finding out. Noi is eventually persuaded that the whale has to go back to the sea where it belongs, but now very much aware of his son's loneliness, his father helps and in the weeks that follow the whale's return, finds time to do more with him, be it colouring or going on a picnic. For Noi, even though he can't keep it, the arrival of the whale changes his life for the better - the perfect gift from one friend to another.

Date Added: 05/14/2018


An Egg Is Quiet

by Sylvia Long and Dianna Hutts Aston

Award-winning artist Sylvia Long has teamed with up-and-coming author Dianna Aston to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to eggs. From tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, oval ladybug eggs to tubular dogfish eggs, gooey frog eggs to fossilized dinosaur eggs, it magnificently captures the incredible variety of eggs and celebrates their beauty and wonder.The evocative text is sure to inspire lively questions and observations. Yet while poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to more than 60 types of eggs and an interesting array of egg facts. Even the endpapers brim with information. A tender and fascinating guide that is equally at home being read to a child on a parent's lap as in a classroom reading circle.

Date Added: 05/14/2018


The Bear's Song

by Benjamin Chaud

Sweet has new meaning in this richly illustrated, immersive picture book about two bears on a big-city adventure. Papa Bear is searching for Little Bear, who has escaped the den. Little Bear is following a bee, because where there are bees, there is honey! When the quest leads both bears into the bustling city and a humming opera house, theatrical hijinks ensue, culminating in a deliciously harmonious reunion. Children and parents alike will savor Benjamin Chaud's lush illustrations, and relish in the book's bonus seek-and-find elements.

Date Added: 05/14/2018


Green Is a Chile Pepper

by John Parra and Roseanne Thong

Green is a chile pepper, spicy and hot.Green is cilantro inside our pot.In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child's day!

Date Added: 05/14/2018


Telephone

by Jen Corace and Mac Barnett

It's time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.

Date Added: 05/14/2018


Snakes

by Seymour Simon

What animal can smell with its tongue, swallow an animal larger than its own head, and grow to be longer than a school bus? A snake! Pound for pound, snakes are among the strongest of animals. Most people fear snakes, but there are only a few that are dangerous to humans. And if snakes were to disappear, the earth would be overrun with rats and rodents. We all must learn to appreciate these awesome reptiles as a vital part of the global balance of nature.

Date Added: 05/07/2018


Outer Space Bedtime Race

by Brian Won and Rob Sanders

Aaaaaand they're off . . . to bed! Aliens from every planet rocket through their out-of-this-world bedtime routines--they sink into steamy crater bubble baths and shimmy into deep-sleep suits, just like you (almost)! Brian Won's glowing graphic art pops off the page, and Rob Sanders's goofy rhymes will have kids racing to snuggle under the covers and blast off to dreamland.

Date Added: 05/07/2018


The Book With No Pictures

by B. J. Novak

A book with no pictures, where the person reading has to read out loud has to say all the silly things written in the book. That includes using silly words and singing silly songs.

Date Added: 05/04/2018


Zoom at Sea

by Tim Wynne-Jones and Eric Beddows

Zoom the cat loves water--not to drink, but to play with. A map in the attic leads him to a beautiful woman who lives in a huge old house. When, with the turn of a large wheel, mysterious Maria launches him on a wonderful sea voyage, the first of Zoom's amazing adventures begins. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/07/2018


Quackers

by Liz Wong

A cat who thinks he's a duck?

He must be Quackers!!

This quirky funny book is about standing out, fitting in, and building a life with room for all.

Quackers is a duck. Sure, he may have paws and whiskers. And his quacks might sound more like. . . well, meows, but he lives among ducks, everyone he knows is a duck, and he's happy.

Then Quackers meets another duck who looks like him (& talks like him, too!)--but he calls himself a cat.

So silly!

Quackers loves being among his new friends the cats, but he also misses his duck friends, and so he finds a way to combine the best of both worlds.

Part cat, part duck, all Quackers!

Date Added: 05/04/2018


My New Mom & Me

by Renata Galindo

Here is a heartwarming and completely accessible story about adoption, diversity, and acceptance. Told from the point of view of a puppy who is adopted by a cat, this gentle and reassuring tale is perfect for very young readers and listeners.

When the puppy comes to live with his new mom, he is nervous. After all, his mom has stripes and he doesn't. But his mom says she likes that they look different, and soon the puppy likes it, too. (And who cares what anyone else thinks!)

The puppy's new mom does all the things other parents do. She plays with him, takes care of him, and sometimes even makes him mad! But that's okay, because when he's feeling sad, she knows just what to say.

Date Added: 05/07/2018


Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep

by Abby Hanlon

Dory the rascal turns learning to read into a hilarious adventure through the power of imagination

Ever since Dory met Rosabelle, a real true friend whose imagination and high spirits match her own, school has been pretty good. But now the class is learning to read, and it's proving to be a challenge for Dory.

While Rosabelle can read chapter books in her head, Dory is stuck with baby books about a happy little farm. Dory wishes for a potion to turn her into a reader but things don't go as planned. Suddenly, a naughty little girl who looks an awful lot like Dory's imaginary nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, shows up. And a black sheep leaves the pages of the farm book to follow Dory to school. It really needs her help--this seems like a job for a superhero!

And it would help if she knew how to read. I

n her third book, Dory the rascal takes reluctant reading to new heights with a story that is as one-of-a-kind and hilarious as she is.

Date Added: 05/05/2017



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