April Picks - Raising Passionate Readers

Happy Dreamer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545865012
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Published: Orchard Books - March 28th, 2017

The beloved, worldwide bestselling creator of The Dot and Ish inspires readers of every age to find their own unique path to happy, and to always follow their dreams.

Picture book and creativity guru Peter H. Reynolds brings us a universally poignant celebration of the colorful spectrum of what it means to dream and the many ways to find happy!

While the world tells us to sit still, to follow the rules, and to color inside the lines, Happy Dreamer celebrates all those moments in between when the mind and spirit soar and we are free to become our own true dreamer maximus! In Peter's signature voice and style, this empowering picture book reminds children of how much their dreams matter, and while life will have ups and downs, he enlists readers to stay true to who they are, to tap into their most creative inner selves, and to never ever forget to dream big!

Peter H. Reynolds' latest inspirational book is a perfect gift for graduations, new babies, milestone moments, and any happy occasion throughout the year.

We're All Wonders Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524766498
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

The unforgettable bestseller Wonder, soon to be a major motion picture, has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio.

Over 5 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy.

Countless fans have asked R. J. Palacio to write a book for younger readers. With We’re All Wonders, she makes her picture-book debut as both author and artist, with a spare, powerful text and striking, richly imagined illustrations. Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world—a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way.

We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

Praise for Wonder:

“A beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.” —The Wall Street Journal

“A crackling page-turner filled with characters you can’t help but root for.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Rich and memorable.” —The New York Times Book Review

Goodnight, Numbers Cover Image
By Danica McKellar, Alicia Padron (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781101933787
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 7th, 2017

Parents and caregivers looking for a bedtime story with a twist will want to “count on” this New York Times bestselling math picture book from Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper from the television program The Wonder Years; acclaimed author of multiple popular math books)—which sneaks in secret counting concepts on each page to help make your child smarter!

This deceptively simple bedtime book gives your child the building blocks for math success. As children say goodnight to the objects all around them—three wheels on a tricycle, four legs on a cat—they will connect with the real numbers in their world while creating cuddly memories, night after night.

Actress, math whiz, and New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar uses her proven math success to show children that loving numbers is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

“The joys of counting combine with pretty art and homage to Goodnight Moon.” —Kirkus

“McKellar brings her enthusiasm for mathematics to a younger crowd in this gentle and well-executed counting book.” —Publishers Weekly

“A similarly simple, quiet feel as Margaret Wise Brown’s iconic Goodnight Moon…there is a lot to count on.” –Booklist

The Peter Rabbit Gift Set: Including a Classic Board Book and Peter Rabbit Plush [With Peter Rabbit Plush] Cover Image
By Charles Santore (Illustrator), Beatrix Potter
ISBN: 9781604336856
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Published: Applesauce Press - March 21st, 2017

The beloved story of Peter Rabbit is now available in a charming and affordable gift set, featuring a soft and cuddly Peter Rabbit plush!

Explore the world of Peter Rabbit with a cuddly plush of everyone’s favorite rabbit that looks just like him! Beatrix Potter’s classic tale features charming illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist Charles Santore.

All Ears, All Eyes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481415712
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Published: Atheneum Books - March 7th, 2017

Shh…look…listen…to the sounds of the dark say Goodnight!

What sails? What flies? Those…these, Down low, nearby, far off, up high.
Who listens? Who looks? Who hears? Who sees?

An homage to the melodies of nighttime, to each critter that sings, hoots, or glows, All Ears, All Eyes takes us on a moonlit journey where the landscape shimmers with Fantasia-like beauty. Where if you look and listen, you might spy an owl, a deer, a chipmunk—or—what else!—before falling asleep.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Weather (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426327193
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Published: National Geographic Society - March 14th, 2017

How does a rainbow form? What causes it to snow? What makes the wind blow? This adorable reference book introduces young children to every aspect of weather and answers the questions curious kids want to know! Always an important topic for young kids, they’ll learn how all the various types of weather systems work, from droughts and deserts to snowflakes and blizzards. Stories are accompanied by 100 colorful photos that capture the awe and wonder of our natural world. This charming book is sure to capture kids’ imaginations and become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, and anytime.

Pig & Goose and the First Day of Spring Cover Image
By Rebecca Bond, Rebecca Bond (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580895941
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - March 7th, 2017

In this early reader with five short chapters, emerging readers meet Pig and Goose. Pig is happy. She loves to dance. She loves to eat. But she cannot fly. And she cannot swim. Goose can fly like a bird. Goose can glide across the water beautifully. But he cannot tell stories or host a party like Pig can. Pig and Goose are very different. But what they do have in common is that they like each other. And they love springtime.

Simple text and charming illustrations guide beginning readers throughout the story and encourage independent reading.

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers' Market Cover Image
By Michelle Schaub, Amy Huntington (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580895477
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - March 14th, 2017

Vermont Illustrator!

This collection of poems takes young readers to a day at an urban farmers’ market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown—it’s all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors’ wares with poems like “Farmer Greg’s Free-Range Eggs,” “Summer Checklist,” and “Necessary Mess.”

Bright and vibrant, this is the perfect guide for little ones to take with them on marketing day to inspire literacy and healthy eating.

Bird, Balloon, Bear Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399551550
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 14th, 2017

A fresh and heartwarming new story from Il Sung Na about finding the courage to make a friend.

Bird is new to the forest, and he’s looking for a friend. Bear could use a friend, too.
But Bird is too shy to introduce himself. Just as he musters the courage to say hello…it’s too late! Bear has already found a friend: a bright, shiny red balloon.

Has Bird missed his chance?

From the acclaimed Il Sung Na comes a charming and beautifully illustrated story about courage, kindness, and friendship.

Peek inside the jacket for a special poster!

How to Raise a Mom Cover Image
By Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553538298
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

From the creators of the New York Times bestselling HOW TO . . . picture books comes a hilarious and heartwarming new story about raising a happy, healthy mom!

This humorous new addition to the beloved and bestselling HOW TO… books takes readers through a playful and productive day with Mom. Written in an instructional style, two siblings suggest the best ways to raise a happy, healthy mom—from waking her up in the morning to arranging play dates, to making sure she gets enough exercise, some quiet time, and plenty of veggies! Filled with charming role-reversal humor, creative ideas, and lots of love, How to Raise a Mom is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day—or any day!

An Alphabet Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator), Oliver Jeffers
ISBN: 9780399545429
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Published: Philomel Books - March 7th, 2017

The New York Times bestselling alphabet/story book from the artist of The Day the Crayons Quit and creator of Stuck is now available in an abridged edition for the littlest learners!

The perfect introduction to both the alphabet and to the world of Oliver Jeffers! This clever and funny board book from the #1 bestselling illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit and creator of Stuck gives center stage to Oliver Jeffers’ whimsical illustrations as it helps parents and toddlers connect through learning and art. A must-have.

I Just Want to Say Good Night Cover Image
By Rachel Isadora (Illustrator), Rachel Isadora
ISBN: 9780399173844
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 14th, 2017

Caldecott Honor-winner Rachel Isadora’s gorgeous oil paintings illustrate this delightfully sweet bedtime tale—one that will ring true for every parent—set on the plains of Africa.

On the African veld, the sun has set and the moon is rising—and that means it’s bedtime. But not if Lala has anything to do with it! From the cat to the goat, from the chickens to a line of ants and even a rock, Lala manages to stall bedtime by insisting on wishing everyone good-night. That is, until there’s simply no one left to say it to—except the moon out her window, and perhaps a favorite book called Goodnight Moon.

Dad and the Dinosaur Cover Image
By Gennifer Choldenko, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399243530
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

A Caldecott-winning illustrator and Newbery-Honor author team up to tell the story of a father and son who bond over bravery and fears.

Nicholas was afraid of the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs lived and the underside of manhole covers.

His dad was not afraid of anything.

Nicholas wishes he could be as brave as his dad, but he needs help, in the form of a toy dinosaur. Dinosaurs like the dark. Bugs are nothing to them. They eat manhole covers for lunch (and everything under them for dinner). With his toy dinosaur safely in his pocket, Nicholas can be brave too: scaling climbing walls, swimming in deep water, even scoring the winning soccer goal. But when the dinosaur goes missing, there’s only one person who can help find him: Dad. And dads know that having a little help tackling your fears isn’t something to be embarassed about. It’s just guy stuff.

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425289778
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

Llama’s best friend Nelly Gnu has her own board book!

Nelly Gnu loves her daddy so much, so when she gets to spend the whole day with just him, she is over the moon. Even better, he has a special project for the two of them to do together—build a play house!

A box, some tape, a saw, and string…Daddy can do anything!

First they measure. Then they draw…Daddy tapes…and Nelly saws.

Daddy Gnu even has a solution when Nelly worries that her house needs flowers. They’ll go to the store to get some.

But the store is a bit distracting, for both Daddy and Nelly, and when Nelly misplaces her dolly, she suddenly realizes that she’s lost her daddy as well! It’s a scary moment for a little gnu, until Daddy swoops in with his strong arms and reassures her that he was there all along.

Written in Anna’s fun-to-read rhyming text, Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too in board book format is perfect for Anna Dewdney’s youngest readers to read along with Daddy (and Mommy, too).