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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Erin Hunter
Publisher: HarperCollins (2013, Nov 5th).
Featuring never-before-seen information about the warrior cats, Warriors: The Ultimate Guide is a necessary addition to every Warriors collection and is perfect for both longtime fans and those just getting to know the world. This full-color book includes: All of the content from Warriors: Cats of the Clans Brand-new art and detailed descriptions for forty more cats An in-depth look at each of the five warrior Clans Bonus! For the first printing only, receive a double-sided jacket that folds out into a full-color collector's poster. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Christopher Franceschelli
Format: Board book
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed (2013, Aug 6th).
With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around the letterform itself. Sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries hint at I’s ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F’s fish. As readers interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter’s physicalityangles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo’s animated, stylish visuals, this fresh ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way. Note: illustrations have a retro feel, with imperfect variations in color and texture. Praise for Alphablock STARRED REVIEW "All the parts together make an appealing and fun way for youngsters to interact with the alphabet, and for slightly older children to enjoy the clever artwork. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Marilyn Singer
Publisher: Clarion Books (2013, Oct 1st).
Publishers Weekly09/16/2013 Budding ballerina Tallulah is over the moon when she learns that she will be a mouse in The Nutcracker. Even though there are 11 other mice in the production, and it's not exactly glamorous to dress as a mouse, Tallulah takes her role seriously (she even misses out on selecting a Christmas tree because of rehearsal). But a mistake on opening night leaves Tallulah in tears until a few seasoned dancers offer their own stories of on-stage foibles. As in the previous Tallulah books, Boiger's muted watercolors offer understated elegance, while Singer gingerly addresses how the wisdom of caring adults and role models can bring valuable perspective to a moment of humiliation. Ages 4–8. Illustrator's agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Eric Carle
Publisher: Philomel (2013, Nov 19th).
From the creator of the all-time classic VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR comes a sweetly resonant story about the power of friendship. When a best friend moves away, it can be painful for the child who is left behind. But the spunky boy in this upbeat story makes up his mind to find his missing playmate. Young readers will cheer on the boy as he braves currents, climbs mountains, and dashes through rain before, finally, reuniting with his friend. A story alive with love and perseverance, brightened with vibrant art and Eric Carle's trademark fostering of imagination. This deeply personal story for Eric is dedicated to his longtime wife, Bobbie, and it is their bond that inspired the book. For anyone who has ever scaled mountains to be with the one he loves, or for anyone who has simply known the love and joy of a great friendship, this book will strike a resonant chord. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kathy Stinson
Format: Library Binding
Publisher: Annick Press (2013, Aug 8th).
Who is playing that beautiful music in the subway? And why is nobody listening? This gorgeous picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. In The Man With the Violin, bestselling author Kathy Stinson has woven a heart-warming story that reminds us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn't. So try as he might, Dylan can't get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Wanda Coven
Publisher: Little Simon (2013, Oct 1st).
When Heidi gets in some Christmastime trouble, it will take more than magic to restore the holiday spirit!Christmas is around the corner, and Heidi is very excited. She loves Christmas decorations, Christmas cookies, and, best of all, Christmas presents! But when she takes her mom’s special charm bracelet without asking—and then loses it—Heidi fears that her mom will be angry with her. And when she finally finds the bracelet, it has been totally crushed by a snowplow. Heidi tries to fix the broken bracelet with a spell, but that only makes things worse! Will Heidi have the courage to come clean and tell her mom the truth—and will there still be room for Christmas cheer? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Daisy Meadows
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Special edition (2013, Nov 26th).
Movies and magic -- a winning combination!A real Hollywood blockbuster is filming in Kirsty's town, and Rachel and Kirsty get to play extras! It's like a dream come true . . . until Jack Frost's goblins steal Kiera the Movie Star Fairy's three magic items. Unless Kirsty and Rachel can get them back, movies everywhere will be doomed! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Christopher Holt
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2013, Nov 5th).
A science experiment gone horribly awry has granted Max, Rocky, and Gizmo the unique ability to read and understand human words. Armed with this know-how, they continue to journey south, on the lookout for beacons planted by a trusted friend's owner -- beacons that promise to lead the trio to their people.When the companions reach the ocean's edge, they find a free-spirited beachfront community. Reunited with long-lost friends (and introduced to a new delicacy -- cat kibble), Max, Rocky, and Gizmo gain the motivation they need to keep going. But danger lies ahead. . . . As their travels take them deep into the spooky swampland, can they discover what's driven the humans away? Or have they finally reached the end of the long road?The Last Dogs: The Long Road is the third book in a thrilling series about three unlikely friends on an epic quest to find their people -- and bring them home. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Watty Piper
Format: Board book
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Brdbk Abr edition (2012, Mar 15th).
The classic story in a board book format One of the true classics in children's books is now available in a sturdy board book edition perfect for little hands! The story has been slightly abridged and features the famous illustrations from the original Hauman edition. Now toddlers can cheer on the little blue engine and that "can-do" attitude that keeps her chugging along! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Peter H. Reynolds (Author,...
Publisher: Candlewick (2013, Sep 24th).
In Peter H. Reynolds’s whimsical holiday story, young Roland learns that more isn’t always better — and rediscovers the magic of home.Roland can’t wait for Christmas Day, and when the morning finally arrives he races downstairs to see what is waiting for him. What he sees stops him in his tracks. Could that tiny present really be what he had waited all year for? It has to be the smallest gift he had ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger . . . and bigger . . . and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it? Peter H. Reynolds’s spare, free-spirited illustrations and heartwarming text make this be-carefulwhat-you-wish-forstory the perfect holiday gift. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability