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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Lori Evert
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (2013, Sep 10th).
In the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor.Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa's elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Julie Anderson
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (2013, Sep 1st).
Exuberant redhead Erik always tries his best, but he just can't understand why he's missing homework questions at school and messing up at soccer practice. Then one day in art class everyone notices that Erik's painted a picture of himself with green hair! It turns out he's not just creative, he's color blind, too. Color blindness, also known as Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), affects a significant percentage of the population. The tendency to color-code learning materials in classrooms can make it especially hard for kids with CVD. But once Erik is diagnosed, he and his parents, teachers, coach, and classmates figure out solutions that work with his unique way of seeing, and soon he's back on track. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Richard Van Camp
Format: Board book
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers; Brdbk edition (2013, Apr 1st).
Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with talented illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that honors the child in everyone. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Loren Long
Publisher: Philomel (2013, Oct 22nd).
A NEW HOLIDAY CLASSIC FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING CREATOR OF OTIS AND THE ILLUSTRATOR OF THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD It's Christmas eve on the farm where Otis and all of his friends live. The farmer has given Otis his first real Christmas present--a shiny new horn! A tree has been decorated, a big snowstorm is on its way, and all of the animals are excited. Best of all, one of the horses on the farm is about to give birth to a foal! Yet in the middle of the night the horse begins neighing in pain and when the farmer says, "We'd better get Doc Baker out here or we'll lose 'em both," Otis knows the horse is in trouble. Snow has been falling hard for hours and the roads are unpassable. How will they got Doc? Otis to the rescue! He knows a shortcut through the woods and he arrives at the doc's house flashing his headlights and revving his engine. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Melissa Stanton
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (2013, Sep 24th).
Writing a letter to Santa is fairly simple; you make your case and list your hoped-for gifts. But if you're a hard-core fan like Ava, a letter to Santa is something entirely different. A simple New Year's note to the North Pole about some uneaten cookies kicks off a year-long correspondence between a young girl and the jolly guy in the red suit in this joyful epistolary picturebook. This holiday story is perfect for those who believe and those who remember the wonder of the season. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Julie Fortenberry
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing (2013, Aug 1st).
When Sadie runs to show her mother the Hanukkah menorah she made in school, she trips, the menorah shatters, and she is devastated. But she finds that the shammash candle is unbroken, and a new family tradition is born. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Judy Cox
Publisher: Holiday House (2013, Aug 1st).
Hayley has finally found her talent: playing ukulele like her great-great aunt Ruby, who traveled all over with her band, the Ragtime Rascals. She's so enthusiastic that she gets a ukulele band started at school with the new music teacher. Just as the band is getting popular, horrible news comes: the music program and the teacher are being cut. Hayley has a bold idea to help ensure that the school board members change their mind. If only it works. . . . moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Gerrit Vyn
Format: Library Binding
Publisher: Raintree (2013, Aug 1st).
People around the world look at photographs and videos to learn about exotic animals. We take these images for granted, but what goes into creating them? Find out whats involved in being a wildlife photographer, the tools and skills you need, and the difficulties of photographing animals that dont always cooperate. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kate Banks
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2000, Jan 1st).
A plucky stray cat takes a Grand Tour in Kate Banks' story of a family on a European vacation. As the family travels from one city to the next, the cat finds its own means--by bus, boat, train, truck, and bike--to tag along on the trip, visiting historic landmarks like Buckingham Palace and the Cathedral of Notre Dame along the way. Readers will pore over the spreads to find where City Cat is hiding in each city, and detailed backmatter explains the history behind the sites in each locale. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Patrick Carman
Publisher: Scholastic Press (2011, Sep 1st).
Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel.The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them - he is the maintenance man's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him . . . boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake . . . and so is Leo's own future! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability