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The Tea Party in the Woods Cover Image
By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771381079
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Kids Can Press - August 1st, 2015

This Little Red Riding Hood-inspired tale is like a cup of hot tea on a cold night! Kikko sets out to her grandmother's house when her father forgets the pie to bring. Kikko discovers him entering an unfamiliar and grand house, and upon peeking inside, she sees all the animals of the forest are having a tea party! Miyakoshi's textured black and white charcoal illustrations bring an extra woodsiness and warmth to the story. Perfect for animal-lovers, tea-party enjoyers, and forest explorers! 


Review by Niki

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Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419712197
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

Andrea Beaty (author of Rosie Revere, Engineer) has written a quirky and delightful rhyming story! What happens when a famed hat maker's most perfect birthday hat blows away? Can she recover her hat or find something special enough to replace it? This book is a reminder of how necessary an impractical hat is!


Review by Nicole

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A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day Cover Image
By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780425287682
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

Discover the personal history of Ezra Jack Keats who overcame poverty, anti-Semitism, and many more hurdles before becoming the renowned author and illustrator that we know today. This story is beyond inspiring! It's a triumph of his perseverance, discipline and passion that will surely motivate each reader! And Lou Fancher's collage style illustrations serve as an homage to Keats' work while bringing a freshness to the retelling of his story.


Review by Nicole

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All's Faire in Middle School Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525429999
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Another home run from the author of Roller Girl! Imogene has been home schooled and has grown up assisting her family at their shop at the renaissance fair, perfecting her sword fighting skills, and dreaming of becoming a paid squire. But when she enters public school, her priorities are tested and her values are challenged in the new environment. Anyone who has survived middle school will definitely relate as Imogene struggles to navigate the cliques, the unwritten rules, and the difficult teachers while staying true to herself. Her experiences are universally familiar while still featuring a one-of-a-kind heroine.


Review by Nicole

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Wishtree Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043221
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

To be honest, I was reluctant to start this book. A story about an oak tree and a crow didn't quite capture my interest. But I took a step of faith based on Applegate's abilities, and read on anyway, and I'm so glad I did! What an unexpected delight, with a story so simple and true, I'm sure it will resonate with every reader. This is a timely book, great for any individual, but would be especially fruitful to discuss in a family or classroom setting.


Review by Nicole

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Rhymoceros Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781419715143
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 3rd, 2015

A stellar concept book for little ones, Rhymoceros introduces rhymes in a cheeky and easy-to-decode format. By adding variations to the same basic animal shape - one rhino encounters a "shower" while another holds a "flower" - Coat maintains a balance between predictable and new clues that help kids visually grasp the rhyming pair. And even though big for a board book, Rhymoceros still fits well in little hands and laps!


Review by Niki

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Tony Cover Image
By Ed Galing, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626723085
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 7th, 2017

Ed Galing was a prolific poet, a native of Nashville, and oftentimes, homeless. He was a frequent contributor to the local paper that is written and distributed by currently and formerly homeless people. When the Steads came across his poem, "Tony," on a trip to Tennessee, they were so stuck by its simplicity and beauty, they knew they had to illustrate it. This book is Erin Stead's homage to that poem. This quiet scene takes place in the cool and shadowy hours before sunup. A man and his horse deliver milk and eggs. A neighbor greets them and gives the horse a pat. The hushed moment is perfectly expressed by Erin's wood prints. The words come alive. You can faintly hear the clomp of hooves and the clink of milk bottles. Sublime


Review by Nicole

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The Nameless City Cover Image
By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contributions by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626721562
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - April 5th, 2016

This graphic novel from the excellent Faith Erin Hicks has everything you want from an adventure story: lots of high-octane action, and embroiled conflict, political intrigue, and a compelling cast of diverse characters. Despite the tensions between the Dao conquerer currently occupying the City and the city natives, and unlikely friendship develops between Kaidu, a Dao soldier-in-training an Rat, an intellectually and physically agile city inhabitant. Together they begin to uncover the City's vast secrets!


Review by Niki

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Today Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781927018682
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simply Read Books - November 1st, 2016

Embrace the quiet joys in making daily decisions with this expansive and jubilant picture book. Morstad uses direct questions to encourage readers to interact with pages full of illustrated options. An interactive, affirming ode to the small decisions that children face on a daily basis, Today celebrates the little ways that kids can assert their power and spirit.


Review by Niki

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The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735227927
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

A simple book about making mistakes [in art], but not letting them get in the way of creative process.

Or, in the words of Bob Ross, "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."


Review by Avery

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