Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats

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Written and illustrated by Il Sung Na
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015, $16.99
Ages: 0-3
Genre: fiction, picture book, bears, camels, moles, ISBN: 978-0-385-75375-

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a HorseAdrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A new picture book that made my heart melt upon reading is ADRIAN SIMCOX DOES NOT HAVE A HORSE, by Marcy Campbell and illustrated by Corinna Luvken (Dial, Aug. 14, 2018, ISBN-13: 9780735230378), a lovely, simply told story that every young reader understands, no matter what side of the monkey bars you’re on. Shows kindness, empathy, imagination, understanding, service, and forgiveness, and don’t judge based on appearances.

The illustrations perfectly complement the story, in such a way that even the youngest of readers will understand what is happening. The story is short and simple, allowing readers to view or think about how another may feel as a result of someone's words from facial expressions and body language. The reconciliation occurs in a seamless, non-preachy way, as the characters reach out in a completely realistic way to resolve their differences, and apologize, even if in a non-traditional way. This deeply moving story has a satisfying ending, and readers are able to view how sometimes friends fight, and being angry and upset is okay. And friends make up, too. With themes of kindness, empathy, compassion, and of course, never judge a book by its cover. #MustRead#HolidayGifts #BookGifts #TeachersGifts #KidLit #PictureBooks#Kindness #Empathy #Forgiveness #MarcyCampbell #Corinna #Dial, #KimChildress #GirlsLife #ChildressInk #BookReviews #kquinn Marcy Campbell Books Katie Quinn

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Fabulous Me, Piper Lee and the Peanut Butter Itch

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By Tolya L. Thompson
Illustrated by Terence Gaylor
Savor Publishing, $16.95
Ages: 4-11
Genre: picture book, food allergies, diversity, multicultural kidlit, adult interest, homeschooling
ISBN: 978-0-97082-967-2

Love is my Favorite Thing

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By Emma Chichester Clark
Nancy Paulson Books, 2015, $16.99
Ages: 3-5
Genre: picture books, dogs, pets, love
ISBN: 9780451475428

How Cars Work explains ten mechanisms found in all cars and explores their everyday uses. The interactive book and kit allows children to understand each system by building it themselves! The mechanisms discussed include wheels, gear box, steering, exhaust valve, pistons, accelerator pedal, suspension, and more.                                    -​Brianna B.


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By Randy Cecil
Candlewick press, 2016, $19.99
Ages: 5-8
Genre: children’s fiction, dogs, picture book
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6808-2

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Frog trouble and eleven other pretty serious songs

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written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton

Workman Publishing, $16.95
Novelty song and picture book, music CD, 12 songs

Featuring some of today's most recognized music artists, Frog Trouble is sure to be a hit! An accompanying songbook uses illustrations to tell the story of each song, while the written lyrics lets listeners sing along to songs such as "Trucks," "Broken Piano," "When Pigs Fly," and, of course, "Frog Trouble."

Planes, trains, and automobiles: a visual history of moder transportation

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written and illustrated by Mike Lemanski

Big Picture Press, $17.99
Novelty picture book, historical nonfiction, ages 5+

As the title suggests, one hundred ionic designs from all sorts of vehicles are featured in this fold-out book. Within its colorful pages unfolds a comparative history of the various forms of transportation.

Filled with explanations on the key points of aerodynamics as well as instructions and materials for crafting five different airplane models, Flying Machines is informative and hands-on. Readers can build paper airplanes, more complex propeller-powered machines, then use the tips to fly like an ace.

Shadow chasers

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written and illustrated by Elly MacKay

Running Press Kids, $16.95
Poetry, rhyming fiction, bedtime stories, newborn+

A simple, rhyming, bedtime story, beautifully illustrated by the creator of If You Hold a Seed. The sun is setting as three children chase their shadows through trees, down the garden path, and then say goodnight, only to be greeted again by their shadows at first morning's light.

Grumbles from the forest: Fairy-tale voices with a twist

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by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Matt Mahurin

Wordsong, $16.95
Poetry, fractured fairy tales, ages 6+

By viewing classic fairy tales from a new perspective, Jane Yolen and Rebecca Dotlich have crafted enchanting and surprising poems about the stories and characters you thought you knew so well.

​Picture books, fractured fairy tales, novelty and interactive, historical, nonfiction, poetry and more!

dirty Gert


By Todd Arnold

Holiday House, $16.95

Picture book, Fiction, Ages Pre-K to 6

Ever since she was a little “squirt,” Gert loved to play in dirt, including eating it! One day while snacking on mud in the rain, Gert grows roots! When Hollywood goes haywire over Gert’s earthy transformation, her parents come to her aid. Rollicking rhyme and running commentary made by earthworms add to the humor.

Mom School

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by Rebecca Van Slyke, illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Doubleday, $10.99, Picture book, Fiction, Mother-Daughter stories, Mother’s Day Gift, Kindergarten, School, Ages 3-7

How do moms become, well, Moms? They go to Mom School of course, where they learn essentials like how to grocery shop without losing children, how to read stories, and how to build the best forts. Whimsical illustrations perfectly depict this fun at motherhood from the point of view of a young daughter, inserting her mother into her kindergarten school day.

Unique and fun way to introduce a new baby to an older sibling. Lift the flaps and see under Mommy's shirt as the new baby grows. Great illustrations. Perfect gift for siblings and new babies.

betsy red hoodie

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by Gail Carson Levine, illustrated by Scott Nash

HarperCollins, $16.99

My kids and I read this many MANY times, and its humor and twist on the familiar tale doesn't get old! 

find momo

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by Andrew Knapp

Quirk Books, 14.95
Photography book, find the dog, Momo, in each scene

the frazzle family finds a way

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by Ann Bonwill, illustrated by Stephen Gammell

Holiday House, $16.95

Flying machines

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by Nick Arnold, illustrated by Brendan Kearney

Candlewick, $19.99
Novelty picture book for older children, ages 9-13

How cars work​

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by Nick Arnold, illustrated by Allan Sanders

Running Press Kids, $19.95
Novelty picture book, historical nonfiction, ages 5+

Hello in there! A big sisters book of waiting

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by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey

Abrams, $16.95
Novelty nonfiction, lift-the-flap, ages 4-8