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Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship Cover Image
By David Elliott, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763660741
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2017

If the subtitle, 'a tale of literacy, dental hygiene, and friendship' doesn't hook you, then maybe I'll just plead that you give these two hilarious sheep as they set out for an adventure a chance. Think of this as a story of a fuzzier but just as absurd Lucy-and-Ethel-type duo with a dangerous wolf thrown in for good measure.


Review by Nicole

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Chirri & Chirra, the Snowy Day Cover Image
By Kaya Doi, Yuki Kaneko (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781592702039
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 7th, 2017

Enter the enchanted wintery world of Chirri and Chirra as they bicycle through frozen forests, drink punch in giant ice castles, and drift to sleep in igloos underneath shooting stars. Doi's artwork is so cozy you will want to stay in this wonderland forever.


Review by Nicole

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Raymond Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763689506
Availability: Unavailable at this time.
Published: Candlewick - May 9th, 2017

A hilarious story of a family dog who enters the corporate world to discover the struggles of being over-worked, pressed for deadlines, under-vacationed, and missing out on quality human time. Adults will appreciate the attention to detail in the illustrations while kids will enjoy the story of the talented Raymond, the dog who's trying to have it all and learns what really matters most along the way.


Review by Nicole

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Petra Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735262676
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tundra Books - February 6th, 2018

A self-confident rock is sure of his immovability and stature when along comes... Well, I won't be the one to spoil how this delightful story unfolds. For fans of They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, or anyone else, really, you can't miss with this one!


Review by Nicole

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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$18.95
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: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Tundra Books - 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 Peña, 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: 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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