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When the Library Lights Go Out

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When the Library Lights Go Out
When the library lights go out, that means it's time for three story-hour puppets to begin their adventures! At first only Rabbit and Lion come out to play and explore their library home. But where is their friend Hermit Crab? Where could she be in the library darkness? In this charming story, come along with Rabbit, Lion, and Hermit Crab as they play, draw, and explore their way through the library—and find out what really happens when the library lights go out!

Tuesday

release date: Jan 01, 1991
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Tuesday

A Caldecott classic celebrating twenty years in print.

David Wiesner received the 1991 Caldecott Medal for Tuesday. In the years that followed, he went on to receive two more Caldecotts, and Tuesday went on to sell half a million copies in the United States and to be published in a dozen foreign countries. Now, with remarkable advances in the technology of color reproduction, the original artwork for Tuesday is being reproduced anew, for an edition even more faithful to the palette and texture of David Wiesner's watercolor paintings. The whimsical account of a Tuesday when frogs were airborne on their lily pads will continue to enchant readers of all ages.

Prancing, Dancing Lily

release date: Mar 30, 2004
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Prancing, Dancing Lily

The cows in Lily's herd are always dignified as they walk from the barn to the pasture.  But Lily would much rather prance and dance!  One day Lily decides to leave the farm and venture out on her own.

All over the world-from New York City to Spain to Senegal-Lily learns new dances and makes wonderful friends.  But none of the dances are quite right for a cow, and soon Lily starts to miss home.  Will she ever find a place where she fits in?

Spirited, funny, and utterly uplifting, Prancing, Dancing Lily is sure to delight anyone who has ever felt different from the herd.

My Lucky Day

release date: Jan 01, 2009
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My Lucky Day
When a delicious-looking piglet knocks on Mr. Fox's door "accidentally," the fox can hardly believe his good luck. It's not every day that dinner just shows up on your doorstep. It must be his lucky day! Or is it?

Before Mr. Fox can say grace, the piglet has manipulated him into giving him a fabulously tasty meal, the full spa treatment (with bath and massage), and . . . freedom.

In a funny trickster tale of her own, Kasza keeps readers guessing until the surprise ending when they'll realize it was piglet's lucky day all along.

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf

release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf
BIG BAD WOLF, now old and residing in the Villain Villa Senior Center, is invited to a tea by a children's librarian. His best friend, a toothsome crocodile, warns him that he will have to mind his manners. B. B. Wolf makes up a song: "Sip your tea and never slurp, say 'excuse me' if you burp. Smile and have a lot of fun, but don't go biting anyone." He remembers to say "please" and "thank you" and he gives a nervous Red Ridinghood, Three Little Pigs, and Gingerbread Boy his biggest smile ever, but when his stomach starts to gurgle, he gets a little mixed-up about what to do when you burp. This hilarious read-aloud story is a gentle reminder for children still learning their manners.

Let's Play In The Forest While The Wolf Is Not Around

release date: Sep 01, 2006
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Let's Play In The Forest While The Wolf Is Not Around
Rising star Claudia Rueda makes a sparkling debut as author and artist in this winsome story based on a traditional French and Spanish play song for the very young.

"Let's play in the forest while the wolf is not around," sing the animals in the forest. "Wolf, are you there?"

"I am putting on my underpants," Wolf answers.

As Duck, Bunny, Moose, Beaver, and others play between the trees, Wolf continues getting dressed: undershirt, pants, T-shirt, socks, and shoes. By the time he has combed his hair and put on his backpack, Wolf is VERY hungry, and the animals are suddenly VERY afraid.

Luckily for the animals, Wolf is hungry for PANCAKES -- his favorite!

How I Became a Pirate

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How I Became a Pirate
Pirates have green teeth—when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view.
So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: “Pirates don't tuck.” A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly, richly textured illustrations that suit the story to a T.

How the Elephant Got Its Trunk

release date: Apr 01, 2003
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How the Elephant Got Its Trunk
"Hardcover: 32 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.48 x 11.44 x 8.84 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (April 1, 2003) ISBN: 0805066993 Ages 4-9 A simplified and sanitized retelling of Rudyard Kipling's classic. Long ago, when eleph"

Hot Hot Hot

release date: Apr 12, 2004
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Hot Hot Hot
Looking for an escape from the heat? Kids will laugh out loud at the lively illustrations in Neal Layton's tale of two fun-loving, enterprising mammoths.

For wild and woolly mammoths like Oscar and Arabella, playing in the ice and snow and arctic winds of an Ice Age winter is the coolest fun. But when the snow starts to melt, and thousands of brightly colored plants sprout up and irritate their eyes, and insects are swarming, and it just gets hotter and hotter and hotter, it seems there's no end to their misery. Then one day, the shaggy pair comes up with a bright idea. It may be a close shave, but it looks like they've finally found a way to enjoy the hottest summer ever!

Goldilocks and the Three Martians

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Goldilocks and the Three Martians
Goldilocks is fed up with chores and homework&150can't a girl have any fun&150so she builds a spaceship and blasts off for the adventure of her life. After touring all the planets (and finding something wrong with each of them), she finally lands on Mars and is soon ringing the doorbell of a Martian house. You guessed it&150no one's home, but some tasty alien stew is cooling on the table. After a little nap and a narrow escape from the returned occupants, Goldilocks heads for Earth, which suddenly feels . . . just right after all.

With a terrific rhyming text that's great fun for out-loud reading, this bright picture book offers a wacky twist on an old favorite.

The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum

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The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum
Once there was a girl who lived in a castle. The castle was inside a museum. When children visited, they'd press against the glass globe in which the castle sat, to glimpse the tiny girl. But when they went home, the girl was lonely. Then one day, she had an idea! What if you hung a picture of yourself inside the castle inside the museum, inside this book? Then you'd able to keep the girl company. Reminiscent of “The Lady of Shalot,” here is an original fairy tale that feels like a dream—haunting, beautiful, and completely unforgettable.

The Flower

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The Flower
Brigg lives in a small, grey room in a large, grey city. When he finds a book in the library labelled 'Do Not Read', he cannot resist taking it home. In it, he comes upon pictures of bright, vibrant objects called flowers. He cannot find flowers anywhere in the city, but stumbles instead on a packet of seeds. This sets off a chain of events which bring about unexpected results, continuing to grow and bloom even after we have turned the last page. John Light's enigmatic story is told with utter simplicity, but resonates long after we finish reading this book. His increasingly optimistic vision is hauntingly captured by Lisa Evans's beautiful and whimsical illustrations.

Flotsam

release date: Jan 01, 2006
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Flotsam
A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam - anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share ...and to keep.

Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill

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Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill
Fin M'Coul's wife, Oonagh, helps him outwit his arch rival, Cucullin.

Fairytale News

release date: May 02, 2005
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Fairytale News
Paperboy encounters favourite nursery-story characters in this book with pull-out newspaper! EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Big Bad Wolf steals granny's clothing! Golden-haired girl caught napping in three bears' cottage! Boy makes fortune out of magic beans! Find out all the latest news from Fairyland in Fairytale News. On sale now!

More Stories Julian Tells

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More Stories Julian Tells
"Reflecting incidents true to children (making a bet with a friend, sending a message in a bottle, attempting to be brave), these stories are the sort that will make children ask for more."--School Library Journal,starred review

Mr. Popper's Penguins

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Mr. Popper's Penguins
A classic of American humor, the adventures of a house painter and his brood of high-stepping penguins have delighted children for generations. "Here is a book to read aloud in groups of all ages. There is not an extra or misplaced word in the whole story."--"The Horn Book." Newbery Honor Book.

The Little Prince

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The Little Prince

Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard's translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry's unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as close as possible to the French, in language, style, and most important, spirit. The artwork in this edition has been restored to match in detail and in color Saint-Exupéry's original artwork. Combining Richard Howard's translation with restored original art, this definitive English-language edition of The Little Prince will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.

This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 4-5, Stories).

Little House

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Little House
Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so she's sad when she's surrounded by the dirty, noisy city's hustle and bustle: “She missed the field of daisies / and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight.” Fortunately, there's a happy ending, as the house is taken back to the country where she belongs. A classic!

I Wish that I Had Duck Feet

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I Wish that I Had Duck Feet
A young boy weighs the pros and cons of possessing various animal appendages—such as a duck's feet, a deer's antlers, a whale's spout, an elephant's trunk, and a long, long tail—only to decide that he's better off just being himself. A zany, insightful story that beginning readers will wish to hear again and again!

The Hundred Dresses

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The Hundred Dresses

Eleanor Estes's The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn't and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it's too late for apologies. Maddie, one of Wanda's classmates, ultimately decides that she is "never going to stand by and say nothing again." This powerful, timeless story has been reissued with a new letter from the author's daughter Helena Estes, and with the Caldecott artist Louis Slobodkin's original artwork in beautifully restored color.

Charlotte's Web

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Charlotte's Web

This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.

E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E.B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Raggedy Ann's Wishing Pebble

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Raggedy Ann's Wishing Pebble

Raggedy Andy discovers a magic wishing pebble! The dolls wish for a magic soda-water fountain for their friends, but when a trickster steals the pebble, the fountain disappears. It's up to Raggedy Ann and Andy to get the magic pebble back -- and to teach the trickster a valuable lesson about kindness.


In this new version of a classic, retold for young children, Raggedy Ann and the other dolls in the nursery come to life with humor and spirit.

I Knew You Could!

release date: Jan 01, 2007
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I Knew You Could!
The determined Little Blue Engine is back, bringing inspiring and enlightening words of wisdom to graduates of all ages as they make the transition from one phase of life to the next. I Think I Can! provides familiar comfort in changing times and serves as a wonderful gift that will be treasured for years to come. Readers will revisit the story again and again as they move forward along life's path. From "I think I can" to "I knew I could," The Little Engine That Could helps kids of all ages realize that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it!

How to Be a Good Dog

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How to Be a Good Dog

Bobo really wants to be a good dog. It's just that being good takes so much effort. When his owner finally has enough and sends him packing, it's silent Cat who misses him the most. Armed with a how-to book and quiet determination, Cat begins to instruct Bobo in proper dog etiquette. Shake, fetch, and roll over all go well. But can Cat really turn this incorrigible canine around?

Henry and Mudge Ready-to-Read Value Pack

release date: Jan 03, 2012
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Henry and Mudge Ready-to-Read Value Pack
This value pack of six Ready-to-Read books starring Henry and Mudge includes Henry and Mudge, Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move, Henry and Mudge in the Green Time, Henry and Mudge and the Forever Sea, Henry and Mudge Puddle Trouble, and Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat.

The Empty Pot

by: Demi
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The Empty Pot

The Empty Pot has sold more than 300,000 copies in hardcover and paperback. Now, in a big book format ideal for Demi's lavish art, this classic favorite can be shared with a whole group of children at once!

This is a story about a boy who loves flowers but is unable to grow one in the emperor's contest. Demi's exquisite art and beautifully simple text show how Ping's seeming failure is turned around in this satisfying tale of honesty rewarded.

"A beautifully crafted book that will be enjoyed as much for the richness
of its illustrations as the simplicity of its story."―School Library Journal

Elena's Serenade

release date: Feb 24, 2004
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Elena's Serenade
Who ever heard of a girl glassblower?
In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long pipe...and make bottles appear, like magic.
But girls can't be glassblowers. Or can they?
Join Elena on her fantastic journey to Monterrey -- home of the great glassblowers! -- in an enchanting story filled with magic realism.

Dad, Jackie, and Me

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Dad, Jackie, and Me
IT IS THE SUMMER OF 1947 and a highly charged baseball season is underway in New York. Jackie Robinson is the new first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers--and the first black player in Major League Baseball. A young boy shares the excitement of Robinson's rookie season with his deaf father. Each day he listens eagerly to the Brooklyn Dodgers games on the radio. When his father arrives home from work, the boy uses sign language to tell him about the Dodgers. His father begins to keep a scrapbook, clipping photos and articles about Jackie. Finally one day the father delivers some big news: they are going to Ebbets Field to watch Jackie play in person! Author Myron Uhlberg offers a nostalgic look back at 1947, and pays tribute to Jackie Robinson, the legendary athlete and hero who brought a father and son--and an entire New York community--together for one magical summer. Illustrator Colin Bootman's realistic, full-color illustrations capture the details of the period and the excitement of an entire city as Robinson helps the Dodgers win the long-awaited pennant.

Big Bug Surprise

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Big Bug Surprise
Think DIARY OF A WORM meets OLIVIA....
Introducing Prunella--an irresistibly irrepressible, independent, bug-loving little girl, sure to create quite a buzz!

Prunella is aflutter to share her big bug surprise at show-and-tell. But suddenly, the classroom is abuzz with an even bigger bug surprise! A swarm of bees has invaded! With her teacher and her classmates frantic, can Prunella's buggy know-how save the day? Luckily, Prunella has an idea. And like a true queen, she leads the bees safely to a new hive. Her teacher is impressed! Her classmates cheer! But what does Prunella do? She shares more bug facts, of course, and her audience couldn't beeeee more delighted.
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