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The House That Wasn't There

- by Elana K. Arnold

Children's hardcover $21.00 - Add to Cart
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"In this luminous story full of mystery and magic, Elana K. Arnold weaves a shimmering tapestry about the lovely and surprising ways we're connected to each other. Heart-healing, hopeful, and wonderfully inventive, this beautiful novel by a master storyteller is not to be missed." --Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

Alder has always lived in his cozy little house in Southern California. And for as long as he can remember, the old, reliable, comforting walnut tree has stood between his house and the one next door. That is, until a new family--with a particularly annoying girl his age--moves into the neighboring house and, without warning, cuts it down.
Oak doesn't understand why her family had to move to Southern California. She has to attend a new school, find new friends, and live in a new house that isn't even ready--her mother had to cut down a tree on their property line in order to make room for a second floor. And now a strange boy next door won't stop staring at her, like she did something wrong moving here in the first place. As Oak and Alder start school together, they can't imagine ever becoming friends. But the two of them soon discover a series of connections between them--mysterious, possibly even magical puzzles they can't put together. At least not without each other's help.

Award-winning author Elana K. Arnold returns with an unforgettable story of the strange, wondrous threads that run between all of us, whether we know they're there or not.

Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn

- by Shannon Hale

Children's hardcover $23.99 - Add to Cart
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A New York Times bestseller!

"[Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn] has a big heart." --New York Times

From bestselling superstar duo Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham comes a delightful kitty and unicorn story that celebrates the magic of friendship--and being exactly who you want to be!


Kitty thinks she might be a unicorn. 
 
She feels so perfectly unicorn-y! "Neigh!" says Kitty. 
 
But when Unicorn clop clop clops over, sweeping his magnificent tail and neighing a mighty neigh, Kitty feels no bigger than a ball of lint.
 
Can this unlikely pair embrace who they are, and truly see one another? 
 
In their first picture book together, the magical, bestselling team of Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham put their horns together for the most heart-bursting, tail-twitching, fuzzy-feeling, perfectly unicorn-y story imaginable.

 

Be a Tree!

- by Maria Gianferrari

Children's hardcover $24.99 - Add to Cart
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A lyrical, gorgeously illustrated look at the majesty of trees--and what humans can learn from them

Stand tall.
Stretch your branches to the sun.
Be a tree!
We are all like trees: our spines, trunks; our skin, bark; our hearts giving us strength and support, like heartwood. We are fueled by air and sun.
And, like humans, trees are social. They "talk" to spread information; they share food and resources. They shelter and take care of one another. They are stronger together.
In this gorgeous and poetic celebration of one of nature's greatest creations, acclaimed author Maria Gianferrari and illustrator Felicita Sala both compare us to the beauty and majesty of trees--and gently share the ways in which trees can inspire us to be better people.
 

DJ Funkyfoot

- by Tom Angleberger

Children's hardcover $18.99 - Add to Cart
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A wacky spin-off chapter book series in the world of the Flytrap Files, from New York Times bestselling author Tom Angleberger

Meet DJ Funkyfoot! He's not actually a DJ--he's a chihuahua and a butler!

Meet ShrubBaby! She's an adorable baby shrub with a taste for thrills, fertilizer, and fame.

Finding a butler gig is hard these days, so DJ Funkyfoot takes a job that's ALMOST like being a butler . . . He becomes a nanny for ShrubBaby!

A nanny might say no to this baby's whims, but a good butler always says yes. So when adventure calls and ShrubBaby says, "Let's go!", DJ Funkyfoot says, "Very good, m'lady, I'll fetch your stroller."

Read all the hilarious chapter books set in the Flytrap Files universe!
Inspector Flytrap (#1)
Inspector Flytrap in The President's Mane Is Missing (#2)
Inspector Flytrap in The Goat Who Chewed Too Much (#3)
Didi Dodo, Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster (#1)
Didi Dodo, Future Spy: Robo-Dodo Rumble (#2)
Didi Dodo, Future Spy: Double-O Dodo (#3)
DJ Funkyfoot: Butler for Hire! (#1)
 

This Is Still Not A Book

- by Jean Jullien

Children's hardcover $19.95 - Add to Cart
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A playfully deceptive, joyously interactive follow-up to award-winning author and illustrator Jean Jullien's bestselling This Is Not A Book

Is this a suitcase? A bed? An elephant? Each spread in this engaging board book is actually something else entirely, sparking imaginations and encouraging the storytellers in readers of all ages. Turn the page and find a foldable shirt; then, turn to discover a flip phone that you can open, close, and "dial" to call your friends and family! The result prompts children to think creatively about -- and play creatively with -- other objects in their daily lives.

Ages 2-4

Board book with gatefolds

Moimoi-Look at Me!

- by Kazuo Hiraki

Children's hardcover $9.95 - Add to Cart
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A playful high-contrast board book from the University of Tokyo "Baby Lab"--scientifically proven to hold baby's attention 
 
"Full of delicious colors and . . . real charm."--The Wall Street Journal
 
What are moimoi? Playful moimoi have bold stripes and big, bright eyes. Babies find them captivating and will even stop crying to look. Parents in Japan swear by moimoi and have purchased over 500,000 books!

How do you say it? "Moi" (??) is a fun nonsense word that rhymes with "koi." You can change how you say it to match what the moimoi are doing--as they dance, grow, and even sing . . .

Where do they come from? At the University of Tokyo "Baby Lab," Dr. Kazuo Hiraki tested many different high-contrast designs. Babies looked at moimoi for twice as long as the competition. Your newborn or toddler will love moimoi, too!

Prairie ABCs

- by Jocey Asnong

Children's hardcover $12.00 - Add to Cart
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Bright illustrations and whimsical text bring the Canadian Prairies to life for early readers.

Author and illustrator Jocey Asnong continues her journey across Canada in this early concept board book that showcases the diversity, habitats, native animals, and outdoor activities enjoyed across the prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Children will learn the alphabet and letter recognition as Asnong's illustrations take us on a tractor ride through our fields, follow bison as they roam through birch trees, and look for antlers in alfalfa fields. From the shores of Lake Winnipeg, through the back roads of rural Saskatchewan, to the foothills of Alberta, Asnong's bright and colourful illustrations celebrate the heart of Canada and prairie life.

Ages 0-3

Palm Trees at the North Pole

- by Marc Ter Horst

Children's hardcover $26.95 - Add to Cart
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Finally, the ultimate book about climate change for kids ages 8-12! 

Through awesome facts and detailed, colorful illustrations, Palm Trees at the North Pole shares the science and history of climate change in an accessible and entertaining way. Perfect for home-schooling, virtual and blended learning Helps kids understand why and how climate change is happening, and what we can do about itEncourages young climate activists to engage even more deeply with their chosen cause This approachable and creative guide features information grounded in science and fact, such as: The history of the climate and humans' role in changing it Brave scientists and young activists like Greta ThunbergThe real consequences of climate change, such as rising tides, heat waves, and hurricanes, presented in a non-frightening way Actions kids can take to help combat climate change in their own communities After reading this book, kids will become experts on the most important issue facing our world today, and feel like part of the solution!

Oddity

- by Eli Brown

Children's hardcover $24.99 - Add to Cart
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The daughter of a murdered physician vows to protect the magical Oddity he left behind in an alternate nineteenth century where a failed Louisiana Purchase has locked a young Unified States into conflict with France.

It's the early 1800s, and Clover travels the impoverished borderlands of the Unified States with her father, a physician. See to the body before you, he teaches her, but Clover can't help becoming distracted by bigger things, including the coming war between the US and France, ignited by a failed Louisiana Purchase, and the terrifying vermin, cobbled together from dead animals and spare parts, who patrol the woods. Most of all, she is consumed with interest for Oddities, ordinary objects with extraordinary abilities, such as a Teapot that makes endless amounts of tea and an Ice Hook that freezes everything it touches. Clover's father has always disapproved of Oddities, but when he is murdered, Clover embarks on a perilous mission to protect the one secret Oddity he left behind. And as she uncovers the truth about her parents and her past, Clover emerges as a powerful agent of history. Here is an action-filled American fantasy of alternate history to rival the great British fantasies in ideas and scope.

Fungarium

- by Gaya Ester

Children's hardcover $47.00 - Add to Cart
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Welcome to the Fungarium! Step into the world of fungi and learn all about these strange and fascinating life-forms.

Illustrator Katie Scott returns to the Welcome to the Museum series with exquisite, detailed images of some of the most fascinating living organisms on this planet--fungi. Exploring every sort of fungi, from the kinds we see on supermarket shelves to those like penicillium that have shaped human history, this collection is the definitive introduction to what fungi are and just how vital they are to the world's ecosystem.

The Rock from the Sky (Canadian Edition)

- by Jon Klassen

Children's hardcover $22.99 - Add to Cart
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Look up! From the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the Hat Trilogy comes a new deadpan gem.

There is a spot.
It is a good spot.
It is the perfect spot to stand.
There is no reason to ever leave.
But somewhere above there is also a rock.
A rock from the sky.

Here comes The Rock from the Sky, a hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there's something off somewhere, but you just can't put your finger on it. Merging broad visual suspense with wry wit, celebrated picture book creator Jon Klassen gives us a wholly original comedy for the ages.

Unicorn Famous

- by Dana Simpson

Children's paperback $15.99 - Add to Cart
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With over 1.7 million copies sold, the Phoebe and Her Unicorn book series for middle-grade readers is an immensely popular and magical word of unicorns, adventure, and friendship.

When your best friend is a unicorn, every day is a stroll down the red carpet. Phoebe Howell's unicorn BFF, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, is happy to provide the celebrity treatment--teaching Phoebe fancy new spells, giving her a ride to school so she doesn't have to ride the bus, and even negotiating with the tooth fairy on her behalf.

But when Phoebe starts noticing that unicorns have become a trendy fashion statement, she doesn't feel quite so unique. Fortunately, she's distracted by adventures including a visit to the unicorn community and a trip to the woods to see her friend Dakota receive an unusual honor at the goblin award ceremony. Unicorn Famous is filled with amusing examples of the extraordinary lengths friends will go to make each other feel special. 

 

The Cost of Knowing

- by Brittney Morris

Young adult hardcover $24.99 - Add to Cart
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Dear Martin meets They Both Die at the End in this gripping, evocative novel about a Black teen who has the power to see into the future, whose life turns upside down when he foresees his younger brother's imminent death, from the acclaimed author of SLAY.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes up short.

It's hard to for him to be present when every time he touches an object or person, Alex sees into its future. When he touches a scoop, he has a vision of him using it to scoop ice cream. When he touches his car, he sees it years from now, totaled and underwater. When he touches Talia, he sees them at the precipice of breaking up, and that terrifies him. Alex feels these visions are a curse, distracting him, making him anxious and unable to live an ordinary life.

And when Alex touches a photo that gives him a vision of his brother's imminent death, everything changes.

With Alex now in a race against time, death, and circumstances, he and Isaiah must grapple with their past, their future, and what it means to be a young Black man in America in the present.

Carry On

- by Various Contributors

Children's hardcover $19.95 - Add to Cart
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A moving #OwnVoices poetry collection written by young newcomers to Canada
Carry On began in a high school in Outremont, Quebec, where author and poet Simon Boulerice conducted creative-writing workshops for young newcomers to Canada. As the students began writing, their poems gave voice to their reflections on leaving family, friends, and countries of origin to make new homes and connections in their new home, Canada.
Paired with expressive portraits by award-winning artist Rogé, each young writer reflects on the experience of leaving one home for another. The collection of poems express feelings of anxiety, sorrow, anticipation, gratitude, and hope for the future. With thoughtful verse and evocative illustrations, Carry On is a tribute to human resilience, the voices of newcomers, and creating empathy for all those who wonder about their place in the world.

THAO

- by Thao Lam

Children's hardcover $19.95 - Add to Cart
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An honest #OwnVoices story about growing up with a name that is unfamiliar to the kids around you, told with humor and heart by critically acclaimed author/illustrator Thao Lam
Even though it's only four simple, familiar letters long, nobody can ever pronounce Thao's name. She's been called Theo, Tail, even Towel! But the teasing names--Tofu, Tiny, China Girl--are worse. Maybe it's time to be someone else? Thao decides to try on a different name, something easy, like Jennifer.
It works, but only until she opens her lunchbox to find her mother's Vietnamese spring rolls, g?i cu?n--Thao's favorite! Now, it feels a lot more comfortable to be herself.
Simple on the surface, this story inspired by Thao's own childhood is full of humor, heart, and important ideas of diversity, inclusion, and cultural pride. The story will be instantly relatable to readers who have ever felt different.
Designed with a playful emphasis on typography, and Thao's own childhood photos added to her signature cut-paper collage, THAO champions being true to yourself and your background, and being empathetic towards others. It is a celebration of all that's in a name and the power of owning your identity.

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