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Maybe a Fox

Maybe a Fox

Worlds collide in a spectacular way when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times bestseller Alison McGhee team up to create a fantastical, heartbreaking, and gorgeous tale about two sisters, a fox cub, and what happens when one of the sisters disappears forever.

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Counting Crows

Counting Crows

Help hungry crows avoid a feline foe in this clever concept book from the author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp and The Underneath.

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When Otis Courted Mama
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When Otis Courted Mama

When Otis Courted Mama

Apart from sticker burrs and sand fleas, Cardell’s life is mostly wonderful. He knows he’s loved through and through by his perfectly good mama and his perfectly good daddy. They live in different parts of the desert, but that’s okay—Cardell is mostly used to it. Then Otis comes calling, and Cardell feels a grrr form in his throat. Otis can’t make jalapeño flapjacks or play Zig-the-Zag anything like Cardell’s daddy. And so Cardell waits for Mama to say “Adiós, Otis.” But what will happen if she doesn’t?

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Mogie - The Heart of the House
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Mogie – The Heart of the House

Mogie – The Heart of the House

Mogie is a real-life Labradoodle with a special talent: he always knows just what a sick kid needs! Get to know this passionate pup with this story by a Newbery Honoree.

Give that dog a puddle and he’d splash. Give him a whistle and he’d roll over. Give him a rule and he’d break it.

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Merry Christmas, Merry Crow

Merry Christmas, Merry Crow

A broken chain, a piece of string, a bottle cap . . . To most people, these things are useless trash. But to a clever crow, they’re just what he needs to create a special surprise–a beautiful Christmas tree that everyone can treasure.

Told in jaunty rhyme by Kathi Appelt and lavishly illustrated by Jon Goodell, this heartwarming story of people brought together by a very unexpected artist has all the makings of a Christmas classic.

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Brand New Baby Blues

Brand New Baby Blues

The good ol’ days are over.
It’s official, it’s the news!
With my brand-new baby brother
came the brand-new baby blues!

When a new bab’s wears her old pajamas, sleeps in her old bed, and seems to get all her parents’ attention, a girl’s bound to sing the blues. Is there anything a baby brother can do to change her tune?

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I See the Moon

I See the Moon

I See the Moon, ill. Debra Reid Jenkins, Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997

Sometimes a small child is afraid to go to sleep at night. In this story, a young girl dreams that she’s all alone at sea in a tiny boat. It’s so dark, and the sea is so scary. She feels lost and abandoned until she sees the gentle moon, the first sign of God’s love. The moon, the stars, and at last the sun lend enough light to lead her back to shore, where she realizes she was never alone at all. God has brought her safely home. Kathi Applet’s poetic text, based on an old nursery rhyme, and Debra Reid Jenkins’s beautiful, light-filled paintings combine to make this book a perfect illustration of God’s abiding love.

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Bats Around the Clock

Bats Around the Clock

Bats Around the Clock, ill. Melissa Sweet, HarperCollins, 2000.

At one o’clock Pacific Time
those bats began the shrug.
At 2 p.m. Click Dark said, Stop!
It’s time to jitterbug!

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie! It’s American Batstand–a twelve-hour rock and roll extravaganza with Click Dark as your host. Decked in go-go boots and bobby sox, the buoyant bats bebop their way around the clock. And there’s a special guest appearance at the end! With their swinging text and groovy illustrations, the creators of Bats on Parade and Bat Jamboree don’t miss a beat when it comes to the basics. Telling time has never been so much fun.

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Watermelon Day

Watermelon Day

Watermelon Day, ill. Dale Gottlieb, Henry Holt, 1996.

There’s a watermelon growing in the corner of the patch where the fence posts meet, and Jesse is waiting for it. Waiting for it to fill up with the cool summer rain and the hot summer sun. Waiting until at last it is ripe and ready for eating. Waiting until it is ready for her family’s annual Watermelon Day. Then when the big day finally arrives, Jesse has more waiting to do while the melon cools down in the icy water of the deep, deep lake. Waiting through more innings of softball and visits with cousins, and peach ice cream. Waiting for the first taste of the biggest, juiciest melon in the whole patch!

Kathi Appelt’s lively story and Dale Gottlieb’s exuberant illustrations combine to create a joyful celebration of gardens, and growing things, summer and family.

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Oh My Baby Little One

Oh My Baby Little One

Oh My Baby, Little One, ill. Jane Dyer, Harcourt Brace, 2000.

When Baby Bird says good-bye to his mama at school each morning, he feels sad. Mama Bird feels sad, too. Sometimes it’s hard to be apart. But as Mama says, the love they share is with them always, keeping them close until the best part of the day–when they are together again. With its lyrical, rhyming verse and sunny, vibrant illustrations, this soothing book will reassure little ones as it celebrates the extraordinary–and abiding–bond of love between parents and their children.