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Babies & Toddlers (Ages 0-5)

A collection of picture books and board books for children aged 0-5, perfect for getting kids interested in reading.

First Words with Cute Quilted Friends

- Wendy Chow, Star Press Blue

Board Book $12.95
Reader Reward Price: $11.66

Teach your infant or toddler first words in an engaging and adorable way using the handmade quilt blocks in this durable board book!

Whether you're a crafter who already appreciates the art of quilting, or simply a parent looking for a unique and engaging first words book, First Words with Cute Quilted Friends will provide you and your child with plenty of enjoyment as they learn first words with these one-of-a-kind photos. Designed by bestselling author of Urban Quilting, Wendy Chow, this book features cute, brightly colored pictures that your child will love looking at for hours, a compact size that's the perfect size for your child's small hands, and a sturdy padded cover that won't dissolve in their mouths. 

This book includes words and cute pictures in categories such as:
o Animals (dog, cat, fish, etc.)
o Clothing (socks, pants, hat, etc.)
o Food/Drinks (ice cream, apple, carrot, etc.)
o Outdoors and Nature (sun, flower, tree, etc.)
o Transportation (car, train, boat, etc.)
o Things (clock, pencil, book, etc.)

First Words with Cute Quilted Friends is the second book in the crafty first word series from Blue Star Press. The first book, First Words with Cute Crochet Friends, features adorable amigurumi figures.

The Three Little Mittens

- Linda Bailey , Natalia Shaloshvili

Children's hardcover $23.99
Reader Reward Price: $21.59

A single mitten is excluded by a matching pair in this endearing picture book about friendship, belonging and the pressure to "match." For fans of The Day the Crayons Quit.

Dotty and Other Dotty are a matching set of mittens. When another mitten, Stripes, loses her partner and becomes a single mitten, they don't feel the need to include her. She doesn't "match" them, so she is banished to the dark, lonely pocket of the Little Girl who owns them. Before long, however, Dotty loses her partner, and now she doesn't match the reunited pair of Stripes and Other Stripes, who in turn banish her to the pocket. "YOU don't match!" they tell her.

When the Little Girl, who has been listening to their conversations, weighs in with a huge question ("Why do you have to match?"), the mittens are shocked. Then comes their realization that "matching" often means leaving someone out. This prompts the Little Girl to break a fundamental rule of fashion so that individual mittens (and maybe even socks! or shoes!) can be themselves -- and everyone can belong.

A warm and fuzzy story with lots of laughs, this latest picture book from Linda Bailey explores what it feels like to be excluded and included and celebrates one-of-a-kindness!

ABC and You and Me

- Corinna Luyken

Children's hardcover $25.99
Reader Reward Price: $23.39

Award-winning artist Corinna Luyken inspires kids to move their bodies as they learn the alphabet with this playful approach to a fundamental concept.

Can you wiggle your wrists? Can you twist from your hips? Can you lean without bending your knees? Well then, follow me!

    In this original ABC book that encourages readers to sit up and move, kids and grownups use their bodies to make the shapes of each letter (and observant readers will notice details on each page that represent those letters). Gloriously illustrated by the acclaimed creator of The Book of Mistakes and My Heart, this is a terrific new way to learn the alphabet.

Apple vs. Pumpkin

- Jeffrey Burton, Lydia Jean

Board Book $9.99
Reader Reward Price: $8.99

It's the ultimate seasonal showdown between autumnal characters Apple and Pumpkin in this festive fall board book!

Apple and Pumpkin make their case for being the most beloved fall characters. Are pumpkin spice drinks superior to warm apple cider? Do kids prefer pumpkin patches or apple orchards? Time to decide which household favorite will reign supreme!

B Is for Bellies

- Rennie Dyball, Mia Saine

Children's hardcover $24.99
Reader Reward Price: $22.49

A joyous picture book celebration of every body from A to Z!

Letter by letter, B Is for Bellies is a joyous picture book celebration of every body from A to Z! This ode to self-love and kindness encourages us to remember that every body is worthy of respect, whether it be letting go on the dancefloor or engaging in peaceful rest.

Rennie Dyball's bouncy rhyming text features affirmational ABCs paired with Mia Saine's vibrant illustrations that showcase an inclusive range of body shapes and sizes, different races, abilities, and gender expressions. This fun and fulfilling read aloud for younger readers and their caregivers emphasizes that all bodies are good bodies.

Begin Again

- Oliver Jeffers

Children's hardcover $29.99
Reader Reward Price: $26.99

In his first picture book created specifically with a wider audience in mind, Oliver Jeffers shares a history of humanity and his dreams for its future. Where are we going? With his bold, exquisite artwork, Oliver Jeffers starts at the dawn of humankind following people on their journey from then until now, and then offers the reader a challenge: where do we go from here? How can we think about the future of the human race more than our individual lives? How can we save ourselves? How can we change our story? Illustrated in his instantly recognisable style, Oliver Jeffers's exploration of the state of the world today is insightful, moving and powerful. A must-have for every forward-thinking person who wants the next generation to inherit a world to be proud of.

Benjamin's Thunderstorm

- Melanie Florence , Hawlii Pichette

Children's hardcover $21.99
Reader Reward Price: $19.79

A thunderstorm evokes a boy's family traditions, in this rainy-day story from award-winning author Melanie Florence. Benjamin loves the rain. He loves splashing through puddles in his bright yellow rain boots and watching the colors of a rainbow in the water as they ripple around his feet. But most of all, Benjamin loves thunder. To him, thunder --- piyêsiwak --- sounds like his grandfather's drum. It calls to him, like the songs his grandfather plays while his father and other powwow dancers spin and step in time to the drumbeat. As Benjamin hears the thunder rumble overhead, he imagines himself as a powwow dancer. He spins, he taps his feet and he lifts his knees. Faster and faster he twirls, delighted by and filled with the rhythm of piyêsiwak. This artfully written story from award-winning author Melanie Florence celebrates both the universal joys of playing in the rain and the connections to family traditions that center and ground us. Elements of Cree powwow culture and Cree words for colors and weather are interwoven into the story, with a pronunciation guide in the back matter. The vibrant and eye-catching art by Hawlii Pichette, inspired by the scenery of northern Ontario, adds drama to the pages. This inviting picture book makes a perfect read-aloud for a rainy day, as well as an excellent introduction to Cree cultural traditions, local communities and experiencing nature firsthand.

The Big Cheese

- Jory John, Pete Oswald

Children's hardcover $24.99
Reader Reward Price: $22.49

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Don't miss the seventh picture book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Food Group series from Jory John and Pete Oswald!

The Big Cheese is the best at everything, and brags about it, too. When the annual Cheese-cathlon comes around, the Big Cheese is prepared to win, as always. But what happens when the quiet new kid, Wedge Wedgeman, comes out on top? Is a slice of humility all the Big Cheese needs to discover that some things are better than being the best? 

Jory John and Pete Oswald serve up another heaping plate of laughs and lessons with this empowering, witty, and charming addition to their #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Check Out Jory John and Pete Oswald's other funny bestselling books for kids ages four to eight and anyone who wants a laugh:The Bad SeedThe Good EggThe Cool BeanThe Couch PotatoThe Smart CookieThe Sour GrapeThe Good Egg Presents: The Great Eggscape!The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky!The Cool Bean Presents: As Cool as It Gets!The Bad Seed Goes to the LibraryThe Good Egg and the Talent ShowThat's What Dinosaurs Do

The Bowerbird

- Julia Donaldson, Catherine Rayner

Children's hardcover $26.99
Reader Reward Price: $24.29

Shortlisted for the 2024 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration

The irresistible tale of Bert, a little bird with a big heart who is looking for love. From the picture book superstar pairing of Julia Donaldson and Catherine Rayner.

Bert the bowerbird is looking for love. He has made the most perfect nest, complete with a pretty purple flower, and is hoping it will help him to meet the bird of his dreams. But when the demanding Nanette comes along, she is far from impressed. Poor Bert is hurt, and flies off to bring her presents a-plenty. But will it ever be enough, and is Nanette really worthy of sweet Bert's love?

The Bowerbird is a beautifully illustrated treat from the creators of The Go-Away Bird.

A Brave Bear

- Sean Taylor, Emily Hughes

Board Book $12.99
Reader Reward Price: $11.69

What is the bravest thing in the world? A brave bear, of course! And who is the best at helping a little bear feel brave? His dad.

It is a hot, hot day. Dad Bear says, "I think a pair of hot bears is probably the hottest thing in the world." So Little Bear suggests they go to the river to cool down. It's a long way. Little Bear tries to impress his Dad by doing a big jump from one rock to another, but he falls over. When he picks himself up and keeps going, his dad says, "I think a brave bear is probably the bravest thing in the world." For very young children just beginning to dare to do new things and their supportive and loving parents, this gentle read-aloud just might be the best thing in the world.

Bruce and the Legend of Soggy Hollow

- Ryan Higgins

Children's hardcover $25.99
Reader Reward Price: $23.39

Celebrate all things spooky with #1 New York Times best-selling author Ryan T. Higgins's beloved Mother Bruce.

Bruce is a bear who does not like holidays, and he really doesn't like Halloween. His family of mice and geese decide the only way to get Bruce excited about Halloween is to tell a spooky story.

But their campfire tale takes a turn when a ghostly visitor appears. Will Bruce get in the Halloween spirit? Or will the Halloween spirit get Bruce?

Read all the Mother Bruce books!

Picture Books:
Mother BruceHotel BruceBruce's Big MoveSanta BruceBruce's Big StormThe Bruce SwapHey, Bruce!Be Quiet!Board Books:

Bundle Up, Little Pup

- Dori Elys, Elena Comte

Board Book $10.99
Reader Reward Price: $9.89

A diverse cast of children and pets spend an adventurous snowy day together in this cozy wintertime board book.

Is there anything better than waking up next to your furry best friend? Together, child and puppy pals put on their winter gear: jackets to keep warm, boots to protect their feet, and scarves to snuggle into. Then, they're ready to explore the snowy world outside!

Cake Vs. Pie

- Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Stephani Stilwell

Children's hardcover $24.99
Reader Reward Price: $22.49

"Let's get ready to cruuuuumble!"

Join Cake and Pie in this fun-loving, laugh-out-loud picture book about the ultimate friendship rivalry and overcoming jealousy to realize being together is the Sweetest Thing. There can only be one favorite dessert...

Will it be Cake, the friend who rises to every occasion?

Or will Pie's surprisingly sweet center be the most irresistible?

There's only one way to settle this battle, once and for all: FOOD FIGHT!

Perfect for fans of The Bad Seed and Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast.

A Day in the Snow with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

- Eric Carle

Board Book $10.99
Reader Reward Price: $9.89

Spend a day in the snow with The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

It's a winter wonderland outside! Build a snowman, admire the falling snowflakes, and enjoy more frosty fun in this tabbed board book with easy-to-flip tabs, easy-to-read text, and easy-to-love Eric Carle art featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Dim Sum Palace

- X Fang

Children's hardcover $24.99
Reader Reward Price: $22.49

A little girl's love of dim sum spills over into her dreams, taking her on a fantastical food-filled adventure, in this picture book love letter to Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen. Beautifully illustrated with a gold foil cover, this is the perfect gift for foodies of all ages.

Liddy is so excited about going to the Dim Sum Palace tomorrow with her family that she can't sleep. So when a delicious smell wafts into her room, she hops out of bed, opens her door and steps into . . . an actual palace of dim sum! There are dumplings, baos, buns and more delicious treats than one girl can possibly eat. Liddy just has to take a bite, but she slips and falls . . . into a bowl of dumpling filling. The chefs are so busy rolling, folding and pinching dough that they don't notice they've prepared a most unusual dumpling for the Empress -- a Liddy dumpling! Worst of all, she looks good enough to eat . . .

This deliciously humorous debut picture book, inspired by X. Fang's memories as a child of epic dim sum feasts, is a dreamworld adventure that is at once a glorious celebration of the sensory world of childhood and a loving helping of food, family and culture.

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