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  • Paper Crafts for St. Patrick's Day (Paper Craft Fun for Holidays)

    Paper Crafts for St. Patrick's Day (Paper Craft Fun for Holidays)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Randel McGee
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Enslow Elementary (2011, Aug 1st).
    Pages:   48

    "Explains the significance of St. Patrick's Day and how to make St. Patrick's Day themed crafts out of paper"-- more

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  • Crafty Chloe

    Crafty Chloe

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kelly DiPucchio
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2012, Feb 21st).
    Pages:   40

    Fancy Nancy meets Martha Stewart in Crafty Chloe, the adorable DIY star of a new picture book series!When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe’s friend Emma, Chloe decides she’ll make a present—something you can’t buy in a store. But crafting isn’t easy, and it’s beginning to look like she won’t have a great idea in time. Fortunately, with a good doodle session and a whole lot of glitter to inspire her, Chloe figures out just the thing to save the day—and with a little help from her trusty glue gun, she just might save a friendship, too!This inventive and irresistible picture book will have young readers itching to reach for their googly eyes.Check out CraftyChloe. more

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  • And Then It's Spring

    And Then It's Spring

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Julie Fogliano
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Roaring Brook Press (2012, Feb 14th).
    Pages:   32

    Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way. Julie Fogliano's tender story of anticipation is brought to life by the distinctive illustrations Erin E. Stead, recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.  And Then It's Spring is one The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012.One of Kirkus Reviews' Best Children's Books of 2012 more

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  • Super Simple Bend & Stretch: Healthy & Fun Activities to Move Your Body

    Super Simple Bend & Stretch: Healthy & Fun Activities to Move Your Body

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Nancy Tuminelly
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Abdo Publishing Company (2011, Aug 1st).
    Pages:   32


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  • Stink: The Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown (Book #6)

    Stink: The Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown (Book #6)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Peter H. Reynolds
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Candlewick (2012, Feb 14th).
    Pages:   144

    Stink needs a sport, fast! Can his alter-ego, Shark Hammersmash, wrestle a win at thumb wars? Or will a perfect karate kick lead him to victory?Stink Moody, family brain, brings home a report card that isn’t perfect? Yikes! Time for him to get into fighting shape and beat back that U for Unsatisfactory in gym! A scan of the sports channel leads to a knock-out find: world-class thumb wrestling, with tricky moves like Snake in the Grass and Santa’s Little Helper (no equipment needed, save for a tiny terrifying mask to sit on your thumb). But when Mom and Dad are not wowed, Stink gets another idea: he’ll kick and punch his way to a yellow belt with the help of a Dragon Master, a seeing-eye Moose, and a mind as still as a pond. more

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  • Don't Wake Up the Bear

    Don't Wake Up the Bear

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Marjorie Dennis Murray
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Marshall Cavendish Childrens Books (2006, Sep 1st).
    Pages:   32

    PreSchool-Grade 2-On a winter's eve, as a bear sleeps in his cozy cave, a cold-eared hare creeps in to snuggle in his soft fur. Several animals join her to warm up various extremities. Each time she warns, "-don't wake up the bear!" A mouse is the last to arrive, curling up in his ear. However she develops the sniffles and lets loose a loud sneeze. The lumbering creature wakes up and growls and the animals scatter. The bear merely trudges off and snacks on some berries. Murray's tale is written in clear language and repetitive refrains. Wittmann's large watercolors adeptly depict the frigid landscape as oversized snowflakes float in and around the text. The animals are naturalistically rendered and have slightly humanized facial expressions. While this story is not highly original, its reassuringly predictable suspense and satisfying ending make for a fun winter read-aloud. more

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  • Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects (Explore Your World series)

    Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects (Explore Your World series)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Anita Yasuda
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Nomad Press (2011, Oct 1st).
    Pages:   96

    Investigating the common contraptions that make so much possible—from zippers and rolling pins to catapults and the pyramids—this book encourages kids to look differently at the numerous objects in everyday life. Each chapter is dedicated to one of the six straightforward implements that are at the core of daily activity: levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, wedges, and wheels and axles. Using only discarded items from the recycling bin, this guide harnesses kid-power by inviting young readers to build gadgets of their own design, including a working crane, a drawbridge, a car made of fruit peels, and an actual whirligig. Short biographies are also featured throughout, illustrating the influential personalities behind the breakthroughs. more

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  • Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!

    Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mary Pope Osborne
    Format:   Audio CD
    Publisher:   Listening Library (2000, Jan 1st).

    Jack and Annie are ready for their next adventure in the New York Times bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House! Are you ready for a presidential adventure? Jack and Annie are! They are trying to get a special feather that will help save Merlin’s baby penguin, Penny. When the magic tree house whisks them back to Washington, D.C., in 1861, Jack can’t wait to meet Abraham Lincoln himself! But the new president is too busy to see them, as he is desperately trying to save a nation in crisis. When Jack and Annie ask for some magical help, they go back even further in time to a mysterious woods. Are these the same woods where Abraham Lincoln takes his daily horse ride? If so, can an orphan named Sam help them find Abe? Or will Jack and Annie have to help Sam instead? It’s a race against time as Jack and Annie try to do the right thing. more

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  • Tales for Very Picky Eaters

    Tales for Very Picky Eaters

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Josh Schneider
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Clarion Books (2011, May 2nd).
    Pages:   48

    2012 Winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award! James is a very picky eater. His dad has to get creative—very creative—in order to get James to eat foods he thinks he doesn’t like. He presents James with a series of outlandish scenarios packed with fanciful and gross kid-friendly details—like pre-chewed gum as an alternative to broccoli and lumpy oatmeal that grows so big it eats the dog—in an effort to get James to eat. But it is eventually James himself who discovers that some foods are not so bad, after all, if you’re willing to give them a try. This irreverently hilarious early reader, illustrated in full color, explores a universal point of contention between parent and child in a playful, satisfying way. . more

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  • A Boy Called Dickens

    A Boy Called Dickens

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Deborah Hopkinson
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Schwartz & Wade (2012, Jan 10th).
    Pages:   40

    For years Dickens kept the story of his own childhood a secret. Yet it is a story worth telling. For it helps us remember how much we all might lose when a child's dreams don't come true . . . As a child, Dickens was forced to live on his own and work long hours in a rat-infested blacking factory. Readers will be drawn into the winding streets of London, where they will learn how Dickens got the inspiration for many of his characters. The 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth was February 7, 2012, and this tale of his little-known boyhood is the perfect way to introduce kids to the great author. This Booklist Best Children's Book of the Year is historical fiction at its ingenious best. more

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