February Picks - Raising Passionate Readers

A Greyhound, a Groundhog Cover Image
By Emily Jenkins, Chris Appelhans (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553498059
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - January 3rd, 2017

“This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners.”— Kirkus, starred review

From a heavyweight author and illustrator duo comes a delicious tongue twister of a picture book that features a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog.

With very spare, incredibly lively language, this is an entertaining read-aloud, with two amazing—and oh-so-adorable—characters at its heart.

When a greyhound meets a groundhog, wordplay and crazy antics ensue. The two animals, much like kids, work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another. (Around, round hound. Around, groundhog!) The pace picks up (Around and around and astound and astound!), until they ultimately wear themselves out.

“Jenkins’s masterful text is deceptively simple.” —NPR on Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins

“Appelhans, whose career up to now has been in animated films such as Coraline, is a revelation.”Booklist, Starred, on Sparky!, illustrated by Chris Appelhans

“Appelhans makes an auspicious picture book debut with strikingly beautiful watercolor and pencil illustrations. His style, reminiscent of Jon Klassen’s, incorporates a muted color palette, but with a slightly softer, rounder quality, while also weaving in visual deadpan humor.” —The Horn Book


Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781524715267
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - January 31st, 2017

Fans of Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book can now fly along with Bee on her very busy day!

Through a hole in the book’s cover, a bee is buzzing inside a flower. Peek into this bright and lively book and discover the big ways this little insect contributes to the beauty of the environment, from pollinating colorful flowers to buzzing about the bright and beautiful meadow.

With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals new flowers and plants, plus a look inside a beehive as the bees work together to help a plants grow.

Children will love seeing the details of a bee’s active day as each page is turned, and along the way they’ll learn about ways in which bees and plants works together to produce a healthy, beautiful environment.

“Ample opportunities can be found to linger over the vibrant multimedia collages of meadows, woods, hedgerows, streams, and, most of all, the flowers bursting from the pages. An inviting introduction to the busy lives of honeybees.”—Booklist


Bunny Roo, I Love You Cover Image
By Melissa Marr, Teagan White (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780399546471
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - January 10th, 2017

Now available in board book, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White’s gorgeous collaboration celebrates the many ways loving mothers make their babies feel at home in the world.

When I found you, you were small and trembling, and I thought you might be a little bunny.

I held you close so you were warm.

The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mothers know just how to sooth and comfort them. This book cleverly explores a baby’s emotions with apt comparisons to animals and, in doing so, reassures young children that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. The lovely illustrations of mama animals caring for their babies playfully reinforce this message, making for a visually captivating book.


Dog Man Unleashed Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780545935203
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Published: Graphix - December 27th, 2016

Dog Man is back and he's got a bone to pick with the world's fiercest feline felon!

Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is still learning a few tricks of the trade. If only the Chief would throw him a bone every once in a while . . . Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Can the canine crime biter unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purrfect crime?


Duck & Goose Cover Image
By Tad Hills, Tad Hills (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399557460
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - January 3rd, 2017

At long last, the classic New York Times–bestselling and award-winning Duck & Goose is available as a board book. It’s a must-have for every child’s home library.

Meet Duck and Goose, two birds who mistake a polka-dotted ball for an egg and must master the art of cooperation—and sharing—to take care of it. But friendship is not always easy, as proved in this funny, accessible story. Children will instantly recognize themselves in these adorable and eternally optimistic characters. And with an abridged text, this board-book version of the original is perfect for the youngest Duck & Goose fans.

Praise for the Duck & Goose series:

“Duck and Goose have taken their places alongside Frog and Toad and George and Martha as fine examples of friendship, curiosity and problem-solving.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Charming, funny, simple, and surprising…. Hills is master of the light comic touch.” —The Boston Globe


Egg Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062408723
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 3rd, 2017

The 50th book by multiple-award-winning and New York Times–bestselling author Kevin Henkes is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift but a classic read-alone and read-aloud that will appeal all year long.

This masterful and stylistically original picture book introduces young children to four eggs. One is blue, one is pink, one is yellow, and one is green. Three of the eggs hatch, revealing three baby birds who fly away. But the green egg does not hatch. Why not? When the three birds return to investigate, they’re in for a big surprise! What will happen next? With a compelling mix of comic-like panels, wordless pages and spreads, and a short text featuring word repetition, surprise, and suspense, Egg is an ideal book for emergent readers as well as for sharing in a group. Egg is sure to inspire creativity and storytelling in preschoolers as they anticipate the page turns and determine their own endings!


Hello, Mr. Dodo! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338089394
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 31st, 2017

From the author/illustrator of Hector and Hummingbird, a friendship story between a girl and the rarest of birds: a doughnut-loving dodo!

Martha is absolutely cuckoo for birds! She's identified every single bird in the woods behind her house. But one day she sees a bird unlike any other . . . Can that really be a dodo? It turns out that dodos make very good friends (and are crazy about doughnuts!). But when Martha's secret gets out and the whole town wants to see her new friend, will Martha have to say good-bye to Mr. Dodo?


Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524715472
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 31st, 2017

The true story about one cat’s journey to be reunited with his war-torn family has been seen by millions of people and is now a heartwarming picture book.

When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can’t bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away.

But during the crowded boat crossing to Greece, his carrier breaks and the frightened cat runs from the chaos. In one moment, he is gone. After an unsuccessful search, his family has to continue their journey, leaving brokenhearted.

A few days later, aid workers in Greece find the lost cat. Knowing how much his family has sacrificed already, they are desperate to reunite them with the cat they love so much. A worldwide community comes together to spread the word on the Internet and in the news media, and after several months the impossible happens—Kunkush’s family is found, and they finally get their happy ending in their new home.

This remarkable true story is told by the real people involved, with the full cooperation of Kunkush’s family.


Martin's Dream Day Cover Image
By Kitty Kelley, Stanley Tretick (Photographer)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481467667
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2017

Bestselling author and journalist Kitty Kelley combines her elegant storytelling with Stanley Tretick’s iconic photographs to transport readers to the 1963 March on Washington, bringing that historic day vividly to life for a new generation.

Martin Luther King Jr. was nervous.

Standing at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, he was about to address 250,000 people with what would become known as his “I Have a Dream Speech”—the most famous speech of his life.

This day—August 28, 1963—was a momentous day in the Civil Rights Movement. It was the culmination of years spent leading marches, sit-ins, and boycotts across the South to bring attention to the plight of African Americans. Years spent demanding equality for all. Years spent dreaming of the day that black people would have the same rights as white people, and would be treated with the same dignity and respect. It was time for Martin to share his dream.


The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481400701
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 17th, 2017

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.

Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else.

So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she spoke up. As she listened to the preacher’s words, smooth as glass, she sat up tall. And when she heard the plan—picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails!—she stepped right up and said, I’ll do it! She was going to j-a-a-il!

Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident and bold and brave as can be, and hers is the remarkable and inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.


Watersong Cover Image
By Tim McCanna, Richard Smythe (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481468817
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 31st, 2017

“McCanna’s carefully chosen words are nearly all onomatopoeia, a cacophony of water sounds that resonates on tongue and ear, demanding to be read aloud…Beautiful.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

In glorious onomatopoeia, Tim McCanna takes the reader on a dazzling journey as a fox seeks shelter from a rainstorm.

Drip
Drop
Plip
Plop
Pitter
Patter
Pat.


As the rain begins, a little fox seeks shelter. But then it builds and builds into to a torrential storm.

Wash! Wham!
Lash! Whirl!
Bash! Swirl!
Hiss! Slap! Slam!


Both a visual feast and a joy to read aloud, this stunning picture book showcases the power and beauty of nature.