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Red Sled

Oh, to have enough snow to go sledding! In lieu of real snow, Lita Judge‘s Red Sled  will do. During the day, it’s a child’s red sled, but at night, creatures of the forest take it for a whirl. Shown entirely … Continue reading

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Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Resolve to be honest at all events and if you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.  Choose some other occupations. Abraham Lincoln’s own words are sprinkled throughout the text in this beautiful biography, … Continue reading

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Out of My Mind

Courage. Communication. Friendship. Being left out. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper explores these themes with a beautiful touch.  Listen: “Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes–each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my … Continue reading

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Mockingbird (mok’ing-bûrd)

When Caitlin and her dad are left to deal with the shocking death of her brother, Devon, they grieve in ways foreign to each other. Caitlin’s Asperger’s syndrome makes it difficult to Get It when her dad can’t do the … Continue reading

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A Cool Drink of Water

Around the world, people drink water.  Nuanced photographs highlight people drinking water from a burlap bag in the Simpson Desert, Australia to collecting glacier run-off in the Rocky Mountains, Canada.  With her simple, lyrical text, Barbara Kerley weaves our different … Continue reading

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Walter Was Worried

Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s expressive faces show a range of emotion from worry to delight while a storm rolls in.  Walter Was Worried is a unique picture book, capturing the feeling behind each reaction to the storm, giving children the vocabulary to … Continue reading

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander’s horribly bad day is something we all need to read sometimes.  It’s strangely comforting knowing that someone else out there has terrible days where nothing works out, even if that someone is a character conceived by Judith Viorst and … Continue reading

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Brown: Seeing Brown All around Us

A rhyming non-fiction book about the colour brown engages children with big photos and fun facts about each brown item.  For example, a Brownie (Girl Scout) eating a brownie or the Brown that does tricks (a chocolate labrador).  The rhyming … Continue reading

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Matthew Van Fleet’s interactive, rhyming board book introduces kids to new animals such as pangolins and tamarins, as well as comparing sizes and counting familiar animals like pandas and chipmunks.  Filled with fun textures like bumpy, stringy and clingy, this … Continue reading

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Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest

Narrated by big sister and neat-freak Olivia, Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest shows the foibles of Sophie as she navigates life in her free-spirited way.  Judith Viorst creates memorable and endearing characters while Robin Preiss Glasser captures their spirits in … Continue reading

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