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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Charise Mericle Harper
Publisher: Sandpiper (2013, Apr 16th).
Grace has major problems. Her favorite grown-up neighbor is getting married, and she has to get over her disappointment about not being chosen for a flower girl. She also has to figure out what to give as a wedding present! With a touch of girl power, Grace musters up a fantastic idea that takes a lot of planning and a little help from all of her friends and a menagerie of cats and dogs. But will her plan gooff without a hitch on the wedding day? Find out in this eighth paperback in the popular Just Grace series! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Galia Bernstein
Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (2013, Apr 9th).
Monkey may scamper and Elephant galump, but they’re the best of buddies as they search for shade. That is, when they’re not bickering about how to get there!Monkey and Elephant are very good friends. The live in the jungle, which is sometimes very hot! So the two friends set out to find a shady spot. On the way, Monkey complains that Elephant is walking too bumpity, too ziggy and zaggy. And Elephant complains that Monkey is being too bossy and too sassy. Will these very good friends find shade before they become very bad friends? Lush with funny adjectives and action words, this fresh take on the tale of unlikely pals, brightened with playful, graphic illustrations, is pitch-perfect for newly independent readers. . moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Lori Mortensen
Publisher: Clarion Books (2013, May 14th).
Cowpoke Clyde’s house was completely clean—he’d even shooed off the horseflies: “Then right behind his cookin’ pot, / he spied one thing he’d plumb forgot: / ol’ Dawg, his faithful, snorin’ friend, / all caked with mud from end to end.” Needless to say, Dawg wakes up and runs. The chase that follows—with page-turn surprises—makes for a hilarious shaggy-dog story involving fleas, a hog, bribery, cats, deception, and a mule. The rhyming stanzas are pitch-perfect, Texas-style, and plumb near cry out to be read aloud. Austin’s expressive acrylic and colored-pencil caricatures of Cowpoke Clyde and his menagerie are priceless. A storytime shoo-in! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: John R. Erickson
Publisher: Maverick Books (2013, May 3rd).
"Everyone knows that bears live in the mountains-- and there are no mountains in the Texas Panhandle. So, when Slim claims to have seen a bear cross the road, no one knows what to believe. It must have been a burro. That's it, it was a donkey. But then, Deputy Kile reports that there really is a bear on the loose in Ochiltree County! With news like this, the ranch's Security Force goes on Red Alert. Will Hank be able to defend the ranch from a raging, prowling bear?" -- from web site. Read more... moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Format: Audio CD
Publisher: CD Baby (2012, Nov 12th).
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in. more
More Info | Check AvailabilityAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Brandon Dorman
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (2013, Apr 23rd).
Betsy Bird knows all there is to know about kids and books. She is the New York Public Library’s youth collections specialist, she writes a blog hosted by School Library Journal, and has served on the Newbery Medal committee. Now Betsy Bird has written a children’s book of her own, Giant Dance Party. In this rollicking picture book, a group of giants shows up at Lexy’s door wanting dance lessons. After some initial hesitation, Lexy is happy to teach them, and her dance classes end with all her students—as well as Lexy herself—overcoming their fears and putting on a boogying performance. Brandon Dorman, an award-winning artist whose work can be found in The Wizard, and on the covers of Fablehaven and Goosebumps, brings the giants and their dance moves to life with his full-color illustrations. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Dan Krall
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2013, May 7th).
One cranky caper is about to learn that being salty might be just as good as being sweet.Having adults love his acidic taste is not enough for Mr. Caper. He wants more. He wants the children of the world to love him—just as much as they love the sweet, saccharine Lollipop. And thus a plot is hatched: Caper-flavored lollipops are dispatched throughout the world...and everything goes horribly wrong. Will Mr. Caper find a way to repair the havoc he’s wreaked by over-reaching? Maybe, if Lollipop helps save the day! This quirky tale, illustrated with humor and heart, contains sweet and salty delights for both adults and children. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Doug MacLeod
Publisher: Allen & Unwin (2013, May 1st).
A hilarious picture book about a little girl who is afraid of the water, but ultimately makes friends with it—and learns to swimHeather was a little girl who always fell in the water. She didn't mean to do it. She didn't enjoy it. But she fell in the water nearly every day, and so her parents made her wear water wings all the time. Young readers, especially reluctant swimmers, will love finding out how Heather overcomes her fear in this warm and funny story. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jennifer Yerkes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (2013, May 7th).
A lonely, invisible bird mistakenly believes that adorning himself with flashy feathers and flowers will make him beautiful and win him new friends. Except his plan quickly backfires when his magnificent plumage attracts the attention of everyone, even the fox! In his rush to safety the little bird loses every last bit of his new decorations, making him invisible once again. Except now in place of his loneliness is the knowledge that putting others first is the key to friendship and high self-esteem. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Renata Liwska
Format: Board book
Publisher: Philomel; Brdbk edition (2013, May 16th).
A simple story about complex imaginations, now in board book! All Lucy wants to do is play with her brand-new, bright red wagon. But her mother has other plans for her-and the wagon. Lucy must go to the market and buy vegetables for dinner. Lucy doesn't want to do chores! But she sets off for the market nonetheless, hauling her red wagon with her. Before long, her ordinary trip becomes a high-seas adventure, a ride through outer space, and a day at the circus. As long as she has her red wagon, not even chores can get in the way of Lucy's fun. Renata Liwska's vibrant art takes center stage in this imaginative book for the youngest of readers, just the way it did in her award-winning, New York Times bestselling titles The Quiet Book and The Loud Book!, both written by Deborah Underwood. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability