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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781572842243
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017

Dedicated lovingly and joyfully to the art of the haircut, Crown celebrates the confidence and cool a fresh cut can lend to a kid's spirit. James's impressionist illustrations ooze with spunk and swoop with sureness, inspiring an infectious self-confidence. For best results, share aloud with reinvigorated aplomb!


Review by Niki

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Last Stop on Market Street Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

An inclusive and affirming snapshot of city life, this picture book follows CJ and his grandmother as they depart church and take a bus ride to the very last stop on Market Street. CJ wishes they could take a car home, but his grandmother shows him the beauty that exists all around him in the city, especially on the city bus. Christian Robinson's illustrations are timeless and full of compassion that CJ learns along the way. A gorgeous read. 


Review by Niki

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The Pink Umbrella Cover Image
By Amelie Callot, Genevieve Godbout (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101919231
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tundra Books (NY) - January 2nd, 2018

Do you love:

  • cafés with adorable proprietors
  • community-building fit to rival Stars Hollow's (sans Taylor)
  • spunky rainwear worn to combat seasonal affective disorder
  • frustratingly alluring colored pencil and pastel illustrations
  • any or all of the above?

Then this rom-com of a picturebook is for you!!


Review by Niki

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Love Cover Image
By Matt De La Pena, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524740917
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

Start 2018 off with this magnificent book about the minute yet powerful ways love can manifest in our lives. Matt de la Peña's lyrical prose, accompanied by Loren Long's lovingly crafted illustrations, celebrates the strength of expressing love in the face of hardship and challenging circumstances. A tour-de-force to be read on repeat and shared often with all ages. 


Review by Niki

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Grandma's Purse Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524714314
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

Sometimes you need help becoming your most authentic self from the sweet treats, fancy fun, and signature flourishes nestled in Grandma's bottomless bag! A delightful ode to grandmas everywhere, their Mary Poppins-esque pocketbooks, and the little ones that adore them. 


Review by Niki

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The Quickest Kid in Clarksville Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452129365
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Chronicle Books - February 9th, 2016

Alta knows she's the quickest kid in Clarksville, TN - Wilma Rudolph's hometown - even though her shoes are a little beat up. But Charmaine, in her snazzy new sneaks, thinks she can best Alta in a foot race. Frank Morrison's illustrations are a treat: he portrays both runners as contagiously exuberant and physics-defying. Though egos and body parts bruise, the two girls ultimately team together to keep moving forward. Sometimes, life is easier as a relay.


Review by Niki

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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

A mouse thinks its the end when he's swallowed whole by a lone wolf. But much to his surprise, a duck has set up shop and is living quite comfortably in the wolf's stomach. Jon Klassen's beautiful illustrations collide with Mac Barnett's unique mind to create one of my favorite childrens illustrated books of this year. Parents and kids will both find something to laugh at in this charming fable with a macabre twist.


Review by Halley

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Life Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451628
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Beach Lane Books - June 27th, 2017

With simple prose and evocative illustrations, Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel have created a book that celebrates the wonders and mysteries of life. This book works for young children and adults alike. I've read it a numbers of times and it never fails to put a lump in my throat. A beautiful book that is a worthy addition to any bookshelf.


Review by Mark B.

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Worm Loves Worm Cover Image
By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062386335
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - January 5th, 2016

Worm loves Worm, and they want to get married. Thing is, all of their friends have ideas about what Worm and Worm need to get married. Worm and Worm want to appease their friends but they don't really care if they wear rings, bow ties, veils - Worm and Worm want to get married because they love each other. This beautifully straightforward picture book celebrates love above all else, and it demonstrates how easy it is to rewrite "how it's always been done."


Review by Niki

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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 forest are 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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