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Elmore

- Hardcover - discounted

by Holly Hobbie - $16.79 - Add to Cart

The creator of the Toot & Puddle series brings us Elmore--the warmhearted porcupine sure to steal the hearts of a new generation of Holly Hobbie fans!Elmore is a porcupine desperate to make friends. But it is hard to seek closeness with others when you're covered with spikes that shoot off your back every so often. Elmore suffers rejection and heartbreak, but the goodness of his forest community ultimately shines through as the animals find a way to connect with this prickly bundle of love.Holly Hobbie is the creator of the beloved Toot & Puddle series and now brings us a character for the next generation. Just as charming, funny, and good-hearted as her little pigs, Elmore the porcupine will snuggle and prickle his way securely into the picture-book canon.

Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks

- Children's hardcover

by Victoria J. Coe - $22.99 - Add to Cart

Fenway's dog's-eye-view of the world is as enthusiastic as ever, but his favorite short human is not acting the way he expects--and he doesn't like it one bit!Fenway's life is pretty great, except for the strange stripey chipmunks that have suddenly appeared in the Dog Park behind his house. He's determined to catch them, but one of their hiding places contains some stinging insects. Ouch! Fenway thinks he can take care of this injury himself, but his humans don't let him. They take him to the Place of Fear and then Hattie doesn't even help him take off the Cone of Doom! Fenway never would have expected Hattie to do these things to him. Doesn't she love him anymore? But even though his family is acting weird, Fenway is determined do whatever it takes to make them all happy again.

Flo

- Children's hardcover

by Kyo Maclear - $23.50 - Add to Cart

A witty picture book, starring an adorable panda, that celebrates relaxing, stopping to smell the roses, and being yourself!Meet Flo! Flo is the littlest panda. She likes to explore, relax, and enjoy everything around her. She is never in a hurry. But . . . sometimes she takestoo muchtime, and the other pandas get impatient. One day they find themselves in trouble. Can Flo's floppy ways save the day? With Kyo Maclear's sweet, spare text and Jay Fleck's bold, bright illustrations,Flois sure to be a favorite for even the busiest little pandas!

Granted

- Children's hardcover

by John David Anderson - $21.00 - Add to Cart

From the author of beloved novels Ms. Bixby's Last Day and Posted comes a hilarious, heartfelt, and unforgettable novel about a fairy-in-training.Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown into a fountain knows that you're not allowed to tell anyone what you've wished for. But even so, there is someone out there who hears it. In a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophela is no ordinary fairy--she is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day. It's the work of the Granters that generates the magic that allows the fairies to do what they do, and to keep the Haven hidden and safe. But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds. On a typical day, only a small fraction of the millions of potential wishes gets granted.Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today, Ophelia is going to get her very first wish-granting assignment.And she's about to discover that figuring out how to truly give someone what they want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.

I Am a Cat

- Children's hardcover

by Galia Bernstein - $20.95 - Add to Cart

A simple housecat named Simon encounters some bigger cats: Lion, Puma, Panther, Tiger, and Cheetah. Each of the big cats has something to say about Simon not being "cat" enough. According to them, he just doesn't measure up. He doesn't have Lion's mane or Cheetah's spots. He doesn't sleep in trees like Panther or climb mountains like Puma. He's small and fuzzy, not big and strong. But ultimately, Simon shows the big cats that he's just like them . . . only smaller.   A celebration of both individuality and community, I Am a Cat is a strong debut that shows we're all more alike than we think . . . if we look closely enough.  

Love

- Children's hardcover

by Matt De La Pena - $23.99 - Add to Cart

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"[A] poetic reckoning of the importance of love in a child's life . . . eloquent and moving."--People "Everything that can be called love -- from shared joy to comfort in the darkness -- is gathered in the pages of this reassuring, refreshingly honest picture book."--The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice / Staff Picks From the Book Review"Lyrical and sensitive, 'Love' is the sort of book likely to leave readers of all ages a little tremulous, and brimming with feeling."--The Wall Street JournalFrom Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all."In the beginning there is light and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed and the sound of their voices is love....A cab driver plays love softly on his radiowhile you bounce in back with the bumps of the city and everything smells new, and it smells like life."In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that's soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

Marabel and the Book of Fate

- Children's hardcover

by Tracy Barrett - $22.49 - Add to Cart

Free-spirited Marabel must defy expectations to rescue her brother--and their kingdom--in this charming, action-packed, and magical story perfect for fans of Ella Enchanted and Dealing with Dragons.In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate's ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given every opportunity, Marabel is overlooked and has to practice her sword fighting in secret.But on the night of their thirteenth birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, accompanied by her best friend and a very smug unicorn, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants--and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.

The New LiBEARian

- Hardcover - discounted

by Alison Donald - $16.79 - Add to Cart

A visit to the library can be full of surprises. When the librarian is late for story time, the children go off to look for her and follow mysterious paw prints to find a bear sitting at her desk. Is the bear a new librarian? Not exactly. The new LiBEARian opens a book about bears and utters a loud growl. The kids love it! Then the real librarian appears and sends the bear back into the book he came from. A fun twist at the end rounds out this winsomely illustrated tale of a universalchildhood experience--story time at the library--infused with magic.

A Problematic Paradox

- Children's hardcover

by Eliot Sappingfield - $22.99 - Add to Cart

Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in this wild, warm-hearted, and hilarious sci-fi debut about a brainy young girl who is recruited for a very special boarding school."It's like Harry Potter, but with science instead of magic. Nikola is exactly the smart female protagonist that the sci-fi genre needs."--HelloGigglesNikola Kross has given up on living in harmony with classmates and exasperated teachers: she prefers dabbling in experimental chemistry to fitting in. But when her life is axially inverted by a gang of extraterrestrials who kidnap her dad and attempt to recruit her into their service, she discovers he's been keeping a world of secrets from her--including the school for geniuses where she's sent for refuge, a place where classes like Practical Quantum Mechanics are the norm and where students use wormholes to commute to class. For Nikola, the hard part isn't school, it's making friends, especially when the student body isn't (entirely) human. But the most puzzling paradox of all is Nikola herself, who has certain abilities that no one understands--abilities that put her whole school in greater danger than she could have imagined.*"A glorious cacophony of wildly inventive gadgets, gags, and action." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review*"An amazing and often hilarious world that feels like a blend of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter, but with futuristic inventions rather than magic." --School Library Connection, starred review"Smart, energetic, and original.... Readers will willingly jump with Nikola into the nearest wormhole and next adventure." --School Library Journal

The Problim Children

- Children's hardcover

by Natalie Lloyd - $21.00 - Add to Cart

With a dash of Lemony Snicket, a dollop of the Addams Family, and a hearty dose of adventure, New York Times bestselling author Natalie Lloyd introduces a new series about seven strange and adventurous siblings who tackle problems together--even when their new neighbors try to tear them apart.Filled with mystery, humor, and adventure, the first book in this new trilogy is an unforgettable tale of adventure, family, and finding the courage to face any problem heart-first.When the Problim children's ramshackle bungalow in the Swampy Woods goes kaboom, the seven siblings--each born on a different day of the week--have to move into their grandpa's bizarre old mansion in Lost Cove. No problem! For the Problim children, every problem is a gift! But rumors about their family run rampant in the small town: tales of a bitter feud, a hidden treasure, and a certain kind of magic lingering in the halls of #7 Main Street. Their neighbors, the O'Pinions, will do anything to find the secrets lurking inside the Problim household--including sending the seven children to seven different houses on seven different continents!

Small Things

- Children's hardcover

by Mel Tregonning - $22.95 - Add to Cart

In this wordless graphic picture book, a young boy feels alone with his worries. He isn't fitting in well at school. His grades are slipping. He's even lashing out at those who love him. Talented Australian artist Mel Tregonning created Small Things in the final year of her life. In her emotionally rich illustrations, the boy's worries manifest as tiny beings that crowd around him constantly, overwhelming him and even gnawing away at his very self. The striking imagery is all the more powerful when, overcoming his isolation at last, the boy discovers that the tiny demons of worry surround everyone, even those who seem to have it all together. This short but hard-hitting wordless graphic picture book gets to the heart of childhood anxiety and opens the way for dialogue about acceptance, vulnerability, and the universal experience of worry.

Toy Academy

- Children's hardcover

by Brian Lynch - $16.99 - Add to Cart

Playing is serious business.Grumbolt is a weird little hand-made stuffed animal: his arms are two different lengths, his head is too big, and no what knows what he is. But he's sure he has the potential to be something great -- to be someone's toy.So when he reaches Toy Academy, he's determined to prove that he can be just as much of a hero as the best action figure. (Too bad he's assigned to the Plush major and has to sit through Tea Party 101 and Intro to Bed Time Stories.)But when the Evil Toy Academy threatens to bring down his school, it's up to Grumbolt to go where no good toy has gone before and prove he's truly a great toy after all.Destined to be a classic, this is a laugh-out-loud story about trying to fit in -- and learning you're stand out.

Sugar and Snails

- Children's hardcover

by Sarah Tsiang - $21.95 - Add to Cart

A novel twist to a classic rhyme. Who says that little girls are made of "sugar and spice and everything nice?" Or that boys are made of "frogs and snails and puppy dog tails?" What if girls were made of "boats and snails and dinosaur tails?" And little boys of "flowers and swings and bumblebee wings?" When the traditional rhyme just doesn't seem to fit the boy and girl visiting their grandpa, he comes up with a list of unusual alternatives. Soon the children are coming up with their own versions that challenge the old stereotypes with a whimsical list of ingredients. To add to the new quirky version are lively illustrations that beautifully capture the children's imaginative flights of fancy. Young readers will delight in the small details of Sonja Wimmer's vibrant art, and be inspired to think of their own silly examples of what ingredients they might be made of themselves.

What Do Animals Do All Day?

- Children's hardcover

by Wendy Hunt - $27.99 - Add to Cart

What do animals do all day? Find out in this fully illustrated book that features more than 100 animals. Little ones can explore fourteen scenes set in diverse habitats--including the jungle, the desert, and the savanna--then turn the page to find out what each animal is called, and what it gets up to in the wild. This This funny companion title to What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? is the perfect book to introduce little ones to animals big and small, and to explain how they work together in nature.

The Word Collector

- Children's hardcover

by Peter H. Reynolds - $21.99 - Add to Cart

Some people collect stamps.Some people collect coins.Some people collect art.And Jerome?Jerome collected words . . . In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him - short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower. From the creator of The Dot and Happy Dreamer comes a celebration of finding your own words - and the impact you can have when you share them with the world.