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Quest / Aaron Becker.
cover imageIn the Caldecott Honor-winning Journey, much of Becker's energy was devoted to the story's exquisite backdrops. Now, in the second wordless book of his planned trilogy, the focus is on his characters. On a rainy day in a city park, the girl who starred in Journey and the boy introduced at the end take refuge by a doorway under a bridge. To their surprise, a king emerges from the door just long enough to pass the two a map before soldiers apprehend him. Returning to the magical Pallonezia, they find the walled city in flames, under siege. Becker includes wonderfully evocative set pieces - a submerged city, a Mayan temple - as the pair follows the map to collect chalk markers in all the colors of the rainbow to free the king and save the city.

Firebird / Misty Copeland ; illustrated by Christopher Myers.
cover imageAmerican Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

The king and the magician / by Jorge Bucay ; illustrated by Gusti.
cover image"A mighty ruler discovers someone in his kingdom has more power than himself. But when the king sets out to destroy this fearsome enemy, a humble magician, the tables are turned, and an unexpected journey begins"-- Provided by publisher.

Conrad and the cowgirl next door / by Denette Fretz.
cover imageConrad's Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit comes in handy when he takes cowboy training.

Counting chickens / Polly Alakija.
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Being thankful / by Mercer Mayer.
cover imageLittle Critter learns how to be grateful for what he has, rather than always wishing for something better.

The dandelion seed's big dream / by Joseph Anthony ; illustrations by Cris Arbo.
cover imageA seed dreams of becoming a dandelion.

What there is before there is anything there / written and illustrated by Liniers ; translated by Elisa Amado.
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Hatch, little egg / Édouard Manceau.
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Fox's garden / Princesse Camcam ; translation, Enchanted Lion Books.
cover image"One snowy night, a fox loses its way, entering a village. Chased away by the grown ups, Fox takes shelter in a greenhouse. A little boy sees this from his window. Without hesitating, he brings a basket of food to the greenhouse, where he leaves it for the fox. His gift is noticed and the night becomes a garden of new life, nourished by compassion and kindness. Princesse Camcam's cut-paper illustrations, along with the beautiful lighting of the sets she creates, make the experience of looking at these illustrations both touching and transcendent. Their beauty and essential simplicity reflect the beauty of the story. The reader is left charmed by the fox and the child and thoughtful about the emotional lives of both humans and other creatures."-- Provided by publisher.

Dojo daycare / Chris Tougas.
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Dinosaur farm / Frann Preston-Gannon.
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Duck in the fridge / written and illustrated by Jeff Mack.
cover imageWhen Dad was a boy, he found a duck in the fridge, and so begins his explanation as to why he reads Mother Goose rhymes to his own son every night.

Wednesday / Anne Bertier ; translated from the French by Claudia Z. Bedrick.
cover image"Wednesday is about Little Round and Big Square, two friends that get together to play every Wednesday"-- Provided by publisher.

Elsa and the Night / Jöns Mellgren ; [translation from Swedish by Anita Shenoi].
cover image"One day, Elsa hears a creature moving underneath her sofa. When she lures it out, she discovers that it's the Night. 'You're not allowed to be here,' she says, and puts it in an old cake tin. Fourteen hours later, it's still day outside."--P. [4] of cover.

The flat rabbit / Bárður Oskarsson ; translated by Marita Thomsen.
cover imageWhen a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on the road in their neighborhood, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her. They decide it can't be much fun to lie there; she should be moved. But how? And to where? Finally, the dog comes up with an inspired and unique idea and they work together through the night to make it happen. Once finished, they can't be positive, but they think they have done their best to help the flat rabbit get somewhere better than the middle of the road where they found her. The Flat Rabbit treats the concept of death with a sense of compassion and gentle humor -- and a note of practicality. In the end, the dog's and the rat's caring, thoughtful approach results in an unusual yet perfect way to respect their departed friend.

Mr. Frank / written and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher.
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Julia's house / Ben Hatke.
cover imageJulie welcomes all lost and homeless creatures into her house, whether they be cats or trolls, ghosts or dragons, but soon realizes that each must have a chore in order for the arrangement to work.

Viva Frida / Yuyi Morales ; photography by Tim O'Meara.
cover image"Explores the passionate, imaginative life of the incomparable Frida Kahlo."

Fall leaves / by Loretta Holland ; illustrated by Elly MacKay.
cover image"Wordplay with homonyms puts autumn on display and captures the art and science of season change"-- Provided by publisher.

Go to sleep, little farm / by Mary Lyn Ray, with art by Chris Neal.
cover image"The farm's creatures prepare for night and rest"-- Provided by publisher.

Colors versus shapes / Mike Boldt.
cover imageColors face off against Shapes in a talent show.

The cat, the dog, Little Red, the exploding eggs, the wolf, and Grandma / Diane and Christyan Fox.
cover imageCat tries to read the story of Little Red Riding Hood aloud, but Dog keeps interrupting with silly questions.

Nana in the city / by Lauren Castillo.
cover imageA young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is.

Very little Red Riding Hood / Teresa Heapy & Sue Heap.
cover imageLittle Red Riding Hood is a precocious toddler who fearlessly hugs the Big Bad Wolf, turning him into a confused ally during an exhausting afternoon of tea parties, dancing, and games of hide-and-seek at Grandma's house.

Max & Ruby at the Warthogs' wedding / Rosemary Wells.
cover imageShortly before the Warthogs' wedding is set to begin, ring-bearer Max loses the ring and he, Ruby, and their friend Louise search the Ritz Hotel from bottom to top trying to get it back in time.

Flo & Wendell explore / William Wegman.
cover imageWhen Flo takes her little brother, Wendell, camping in their backyard, they use their imaginations to have the best adventure ever.

A goofy fairy tale / Adapted by Bill Scollon ; illustrated by Loter, Inc.
cover imageGoofy has goofed again. He accidentally made all the stories disappear from the Clubhouse library. The only way to get them back is to go to the Land of Fairy Tales and find the gold storybook.

I'm brave! / Kate & Jim McMullan.
cover image"He's a big red engine with a siren, a horn, a tank full of water, and whole lotta hose! He's a good-lookin' fire truck, and he's brave, too. When the alarm sounds, he's gotta drive through smoke and heat straight to a blazing fire!!"--Front jacket flap.



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