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CHILDREN'S BOOKS PICKS (GRADES K-5)

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years (Our Universe #1) Cover Image
By Stacy McAnulty, David Litchfield (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250108081
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 24th, 2017

Learn about Earth from the planet Earth, aka "Planet Awesome" as she likes to be called. This book is a fantastic introduction to our planet from Earth's location in the galaxy to the formation of the continents. The history and science are presented with fun illustrations and timelines that appeal to all ages! -Amanda


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Star Wars Are You Scared, Darth Vader? Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484704974
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - July 3rd, 2018

Darth Vader is not afraid of anything . . . well maybe one thing. This book is perfect. It won't need my help to sell, but I still want to make sure every single Star Wars fan knows about this book because Adam Rex has written the best Star Wars book ever written. It's for kid and adult fans alike. Buy a copy for you, for your dad, for your kid's Star Wars-obsessed Grandma, probably also one for your kid. Enjoy. -Heather


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Julia, Child Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780735264014
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Published: Tundra Books - March 6th, 2018

“One day, Julia and Simca had an idea of how to fix things for themselves and the grown-ups they knew. They would makes recipes for growing young.” This charmingly told and illustrated tale of two young girls who love to cook together is neither the life of a famous chef nor a cookbook, yet feeds us with its flavors of friendship, fancy, fun, and the importance of slowing down to share a meal and the company of our fellows. Do you remember how fun it is to be a child pretending to prepare a feast to feed some special grown-ups? This sweet story seems to me to capture that powerfully nourishing feeling. -Claudia


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We Don't Eat Our Classmates Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368003551
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 19th, 2018

Penelope Rex is starting school and more than anything she wants to make friends, but she's having some trouble. The problem is that Penelope's classmates are so tasty and she keeps eating them. (Don't worry, she spits them out.) Now no one wants to be her friend because they don't want to be eaten. Will Penelope learn why she shouldn't eat her classmates? Read this book to find out! -Amanda


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Valensteins Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781681198941
Availability: Not Available In-Store - Usually Ships from Warehouse in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - December 18th, 2018

A silly one for those who love Valentine's Day, minus the "mushy mushy" stuff. The monsters in this book give different opinions on love, but in the end Fran follows his heart and gives his valentine a special gift. -Rosie


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Pearl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316465670
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

It's hard to decide which is more beautiful: the story or the illustrations. Every page is a work of art as we watch Pearl tend for her grain of sand, transforming something small into something powerful. With the magic of a fairy tale, this book is filled with wonder and delight that you'll want to immerse yourself in again and again. -Sarah C.


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The Little Gardener Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781912497997
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Published: Flying Eye Books - July 3rd, 2018

Emily Hughes is one of my favorite illustrators and this book, also written by her, does a beautiful job capturing the heart of the pictures she creates. Pick this book up if you fancy yourself wanting to be reminded of the sweetness of life, and the power of tending to hope. -Ryan


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Don't Eat Me, Chupacabra! / Ano Me Comas, Chupacabra!: A Delicious Story with Digestible Spanish Vocabulary Cover Image
By Kyle Sullivan, Derek Sullivan (Illustrator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780996578776
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Published: Hazy Dell Press - September 11th, 2018

A single-minded Chupacabra has taste buds for one thing: Goats (or, Cabras, in Spanish). This is a big problem for a little goat, as you might imagine. Determined to talk his way out of becoming breakfast, Goat leads Chupacabra on a quest to find something else for the menu. As a picky eater who wanted the goat to survive, I found this story especially compelling. Could both Cabra and Chupacabra achieve a satisfying resolution? Despite the danger, this tale is completely adorable. Best of all, it features English and Spanish with plenty of repetition in both languages to help kids (and non-bilingual adults) learn new words. -Sarah C. 


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