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December 2014

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ABC Look At Me

Written, Photographed, and Designed by Roberta Grobel Intrater.

Learning the alphabet has never been more fun! Kids will love lifting the big, colorful letters and discovering other children expressing their feelings and moods. The engaging rhymes and creative layout, with 26 letter flaps and delightfully charming photographic portraits, will keep kids captivated from A to Z!

Text & Photographs copyright © 2005 by Roberta Grobel Intrater. All rights reserved.
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Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola.

Since its original publication in 1985, Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose has become a staple on children’s bookshelves everywhere, and features over two hundred Mother Goose rhymes charmingly illustrated by one of today’s most beloved artists.

Illustrations copyright © 1985 by Tomie dePaola. All rights reserved.
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The Snowy Day

Written & Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keates.

Waking up to a world of snowy white-what could be better? Young peter can't wait to jump in his snowsuit and run out to explore. There are snowmen to build snowballs to pack, mountains to climb and snow banks to collapse in-to carve a snow angel! And when the day is done, there’s a dark night of dreams and drifting snow, and a new snowy day to awake to.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 1962 by Ezra Jack Keats. All rights reserved.
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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

Written by Verna Aardema.
Pictures by Beatriz Vidal.

The story of how Ki-pat ingeniously brings rain to the arid Kapiti Plain.

Text Copyright © 1981 by Verna Aardema. All rights reserved.
Illustrations Copyright © 1981 by Beatriz Vidal. All rights reserved.

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November 2014

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Bella's Rules

Written by Elissa Haden Guest.
Illustrated by Abigail Halpin.

In the vein of Eloise and Marley, here’s an adorable tale of two well-intentioned rule breakers who show each other how friends deserve to be treated,

Bella knows her family’s rules by heart, but she much prefers her own: Candy for breakfast, no hair-washing, and no such thing as bedtime. And then . . . Bella the wild child gets a new pet! At first, Bella and Puppy are the very best of friends. But when it turns out that Puppy doesn’t like the family rules either (including the rule not to gnaw off Bella’s teddy bear’s arm), well…it’s time for a little puppy training. And Bella might just learn a thing or two herself!

Text copyright © 2013 Elissa Haden Guest. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Abigail Halpin. All rights reserved.
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Corduroy Goes to the Doctor

Written & Illustrated by Lisa McCue.

The youngest fans of Corduroy, one of the best-loved children's book characters for over forty years, will delight in these simple, sturdy board books — now available in a larger size with an updated, modern look. In Corduroy Goes to the Doctor, Corduroy gets a check-up.

Text & Illustrations Copyright © 2005 by Viking Penguin Inc. All rights reserved.
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Madeline

Written & Photographed by Ludwig Bemelmans.

Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not mice, not even getting sick. Even a trip to the hospital is a grand adventure. With its endearing heroine, cheerful humor, and famous paintings of Paris, it’s no wonder this Caldecott Honor Book is one of the best-loved children’s stories of all time. A true classic, Madeline continues to enchant readers after sixty years.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 1939 by Ludwig Bemelmans. All rights reserved.
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Owl Moon

Written by Jane Yolen.
Illustrated by John Schoenherr.

Owl Moon, the timeless and beautiful award-winning classic, is celebrating its twentieth year of charming and delighting children the world over. This touching story of a child and parent finding magic and adventure in a simple, snowy nighttime search for the great horned owl won the Caldecott Award in 1988. With letters from author Jane Yolen and artist John Schoenherr, and a stunning silvery cover, this celebratory edition is a treasure for longtime fans, and introduces a whole new generation to this beautiful book.

Text Copyright © 1987 by Jane Yolen. All rights reserved.
Illustrations Copyright © 1987 by John Schoenherr. All rights reserved.

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Your Kind of Mommy

Written by Marjorie Blain Parker.
Illustrated by Cyd Moore.

What kind of mommy is just right? An octopus mommy with eight arms to hold you? A shaggy dog mommy with a big tail to wag for you? A buzzy bee mommy with a sweet honey treat for you? The right kind of mommy is all of these, and the right kind of mommy is the one you have.

Marjorie Parker’s joyful, reassuring text pairs beautifully with Cyd Moore’s exuberant art showing all kinds of loving animal moms and their babies to create a picture-book celebration of love.

Text copyright © 2007 by Marjorie Blain Parker. Illustrations copyright © 2007 by Cyd Moore. All rights reserved.
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October 2014

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My First Songs

Written & Illustrated by Tomie dePaola.

Bestselling author/illustrator Tomie dePaola feels like singing! And this book's ten well-known songs, like "It's Raining, It's Pouring" and "Three Blind Mice," will have you singing, too. The accessible trim, appliqué cover, and beautiful illustrations by Tomie dePaola make this collection of songs a great addition to any child's library.

Illustrations Copyright © 2010 by Tomie dePaola. All rights reserved.
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All of Baby, Nose to Toes

Written by Victoria Adler.
Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata.

From eyes to ears, tummy to nose, legs to toes, there's a lot for baby to discover — and even more for a family to love. Bright, buoyant art and a roly-poly little baby are sure to inspire plenty of giggling and grabbing and feet-in-the-air-ing. For every baby — and every parent who loves that baby to bits — here's the perfect first book.

Text Copyright © 2009 by Victoria Adler. All rights reserved.
Illustrations © 2009 by Hiroe Nakata. All rights reserved.

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The Story of Ferdinand

Written by Munro Leaf.
Illustrated by Robert Lawson.

All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when our pacifist hero is picked for the bullfights in Madrid? This new edition contains the complete original text of the story and the original illustrations with watercolor tones added.

Text copyright © 1977 by Munro Leaf. All rights reserved.
Illustrations copyright © 1977 by Robert Lawson. All rights reserved.

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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Retold & Illustrated by Tomie dePaola.

In spring, the hills and meadows of Texas and Wyoming are ablaze with the reds, oranges, and yellows of the Indian Paintbrush. How this striking plant received its name is told in an old Indian legend. Many years ago, when the People traveled the Plains, a young Indian boy had a Dream-Vision in which it was revealed that one day he would create a painting that was as pure as the colors of the evening sky at sunset. The boy grew up to become the painter of the tribe, but although he found a pure white buckskin for a canvas and made paints from the brightest flowers and the reddest berries, he could not capture the sunset. How the young Indian artist finally fulfills his Dream-Vision is lovingly told and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, in words and pictures that capture the spirit and beauty of this dramatic legend.

Text & Illustrations Copyright © 1988 by Tomie dePaola. All rights reserved.
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At This Very Moment

Written & Illustrated by Jim Arnosky.

Using gentle, rhythmic text and gorgeous watercolor paintings, Jim Arnosky invites young readers to imagine what wondrous things animals are doing across the globe. While you might be sweating in the middle of the afternoon, an owl has found a cool hiding place inside a cactus. And while you're filling up on dinner, puffins are swooping down on the ocean by the cliffs to catch fish. It’s an amazing world out there-at this very moment.

Text and Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Jim Arnosky. All rights reserved.
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September 2014

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Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

Written & Illustrated by Anna Dewdney.

Llama Llama likes to sing.
Gilroy laughs at everything.
Llama sings out just the same.
Gilroy says a not-nice name.

Teacher has some things to say:
calling names is not OK.

Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn’t sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?

Taking on a difficult but important part of children’s lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Anna Dewdney. All rights reserved.
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I Am A Rainbow

Written by Dolly Parton.
Illustrated by Heather Sheffield.

Have you ever been tickled pink? Green with envy? Or maybe just plain blue? Celebrate the color variety of feelings we all share with legendary Dolly Parton!

Text copyright © 2009 by Dolly Parton. All rights reserved.
Illustrations copyright © 2009 by Heather Sheffield

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The Perfect Present

Written & Illustrated by Fiona Roberton.

From the moment Spot answered Henry’s ad in the newspaper, the two have been inseparable. But then on Henry’s birthday, he gets a dog—the pet he’s always wanted! Feeling left out, Spot leaves for his old home, and gets caught in a terrible storm. Henry is devastated when he finds Spot missing and is quickly hot on his trail. With the help of his new dog, Henry saves him and Spot finds out that even with a new pet in his life, Henry would never let his best friend go.

A delightful story with loads of heart, The Perfect Present showcases the strength of Henry and Spot’s friendship. This irresistible duo will win over readers everywhere.

Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Fiona Roberton. All rights reserved.
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Mary and Her Little Lamb

Written & Illustrated by Will Moses.

The poem about Mary and her little lamb is one of the most popular rhymes in America, but did you know that the rhyme is true? There once was a little girl named Mary who saved the life of a tiny lamb. The two became best friends, and that little lamb followed Mary everywhere - even to school, where the poet John Roulstone visited and immortalized the two in verse.

With his trademark folk art style, Will Moses paints the true story behind the famous nursery rhyme and shows how Mary went from being a small-town Massachusetts girl to an American folk hero.

Text & Illustrations Copyright © 2011 by Will Moses. All rights reserved.
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Pouch!

Written & Illustrated by David Ezra Stein.

When you're new to the world, every hop brings another surprise! Joey wants to go exploring, but everything he discovers is almost too exciting. Bees, rabbits, birds . . . other creatures can be scary! But Mama is never far away, and who knows—Joey might even make a friend.

Text & Illustrations Copyright © 2009 by David Ezra Stein. All rights reserved.
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August 2014

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Little Burro

Written & Illustrated by Jim Arnosky.

In the vein of his popular picture books Grandfather Buffalo and Raccoon on His Own, Jim Arnosky’s Little Burro features a lovable new character who finds out that trying new things does not have to be scary.

Little Burro’s canyon has everything she needs—it’s breezy and cool on a hot day, and warm and cozy at night. One day, her band of burros decides to travel to the lake. She does not want to go, but finally follows when her mother calls out to her. When they arrive, Little Burro is surprised to find that the lake is just as nice as her canyon—and even more fun!.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Jim Arnosky. All rights reserved.
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Little Pink Pup

Written & Photographed by Johanna Kerby.

Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn't think he would survive– so they brought him into the house where he met Tink, a new dachshund mom. When Tink saw Pink, she immediately adopted him into her family, and helped nurse him back to health. Pink thrived in his new family: the puppies didn't mind that Pink looked nothing like them — he was just their size.

Text & Photographs copyright © 2010 by Johanna Kerby. All rights reserved.
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My No No No Day

Written & Illustrated by Rebecca Patterson.

Readers will say, “Yes, yes, yes!”

From the moment Bella wakes up, her day goes wrong. She hates her breakfast egg, she won’t share, she has a hurting foot, her supper is too hot, and her bath is too cold. And then it’s no, no, no to bedtime. But at last a yawn, a story, and a kiss from mother end the day, with the promise of a cheerful tomorrow.

Every parent, teacher, and caregiver will respond to this hilariously accurate portrait of one toddler with a case of the Terrible Twos!

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Rebecca Patterson. All rights reserved.
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My Teacher

Written & Illustrated by James Ransome.

A great teacher is the best gift of all, according to the narrator of this warm look inside an urban classroom. Her teacher encourages the students to write stories, listen to jazz music, help in their neighborhood, celebrate different kinds of families, and build their own class library. The narrator recognizes that her teacher could be working in a nicer school, but the teacher reveals that she was a student in that very class and that she works in the school to help the children achieve their dreams the way she was able to.

As a celebration of all the ways a teacher can inspire students, this is a welcome gift in any classroom.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2012 by James Ransome. All rights reserved.
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Not Your Typical Dragon

Written by Dan Bar-el.
Illustrated by Tim Bowers.

Everybody knows your typical dragon breathes fire.

But when Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn’t come out—only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with

Band-Aids

marshmallows

teddy bears?

Crispin wonders if he’ll ever find his inner fire. But when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day.

With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who can’t help feeling a little bit different.

Text copyright © 2013 by Dan Bar-el. Illustrations copyright © 2013 Tim Bowers. All rights reserved.
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July 2014

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Little Owl’s Night

Written & Illustrated by Divya Srinivasan.

It’s evening in the forest and Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to watch his friends enjoying the night. Hedgehog sniffs for mushrooms, Skunk nibbles at berries, Frog croaks, and Cricket sings. A full moon rises and Little Owl can't understand why anyone would want to miss it. Could the daytime be nearly as wonderful? Mama Owl begins to describe it to him, but as the sun comes up, Little Owl falls fast asleep.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Divya Srinivasan. All rights reserved.
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Otis

Written & Illustrated by Loren Long.

Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond.

But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor—and it’s not big or yellow—who can come to the rescue. It is little old Otis who saves his friend. It is Otis who saves the day.

Text & Illustration copyright © 2009 by Loren Long. All rights reserved.
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Otis and the New Puppy

Written & Illustrated by Loren Long.

Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek. Otis especially loves to be “It,” finding his friends as they hide. Yet when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can’t sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide, he finds his attention wandering and is soon lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis, knowing his new friend is afraid of the dark, sets out to find him. There’s just one problem: Otis is also afraid of the dark. His friend is alone and in need, though, so Otis takes a deep breath, counts to ten, and sets off on a different game of hide-and-seek.

Text & Illustration copyright © 2013 by Loren Long. All rights reserved.
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Read to Tiger

Written by S. J. Fore.
Illustrated by R. W. Alley.

In this delightful role-reversal story, all the serious little boy wants is to settle down quietly and read his book. But that’s not so easy when there’s an imaginative tiger with an excess of energy behind the couch, wanting attention and someone to play with. Repetitive refrains and sound effects make this a perfect read-aloud, and the sweet and cozy ending will delight the heart of any book-lover.

Text copyright © 2010 by S. J. Fore. All rights reserved.
Illustrations copyright © 2010 by R. W. Alley. All rights reserved.

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June 2014

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Baby Sounds

Written & Illustrated by Joy Allen.

Long before they can speak, babies are listening. And with this book of fourteen everyday sounds, babies and toddlers are encouraged to interact with parents, caregivers, and the noisy world around them in ways that widen their sensory awareness and expand their vocabulary. From a tweeting bird to clanging pots, a beeping phone to honking cars, the splash! of water to the sound of a kiss—mmmwah!—this book is full of the sounds that fill a baby’s day. Perfect for little hands to grasp, this is a delightful stand-alone or a lovely companion to Baby Signs.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Joy Allen. All rights reserved.
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Luke Goes to Bat

Written by Rachael Isadora.
Illustrated by Rachael Isadora.

Whenever the Dodgers play in Brooklyn, Luke goes up to his roof where he can see the lights of Ebbets Field and imagine each play in the game. Someday he wants to hit a homerun like his hero, Jackie Robinson. But the kids on Bedford Avenue won't let him play. "You're just a squirt," they tell him. When he finally does get to play stickball with the others, he does so badly that he thinks they'll never let him play again. But then his grandma takes him to see Jackie in a real game, and Luke discovers that part of being a hero is never giving up, even when there are two strikes against you and the game seems out of reach.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2005 by Rachel Isadora. All rights reserved.
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May 2014

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Corduroy

Written & Illustrated by Don Freeman.

In 1968, a girl named Lisa fell in love with a little brown bear wearing green overalls with one button missing, and thousands of readers followed suit, making Corduroy one of the best-loved children's books of all time.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 1976 by Don Freeman. All rights reserved.
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Old Bear and His Cub

Written & Illustrated by Olivier Dunrea.

Old Bear loves Little Cub with all his heart. He makes sure that Little Cub eats all his porridge, takes a nap during their snowy walk, and wraps his red scarf tightly around his ears. Little Cub doesn't want to be told what to do, but he always listens to Old Bear because he knows that Old Bear loves him so. But when Old Bear catches a cold, it's Little Cub who knows just what to do to make Old Bear feel better. This winning story shows just how much Old Bears and Little Cubs love one another with all their hearts.

Text & Illustration copyright © 2010 by Olivier Dunrea. All rights reserved.
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Ladybug Girl and Bingo

Written by David Soman & Jacky Davis.
Illustrated by David Soman.

Lulu and Bingo are camping for the very first time and they are so excited, especially Bingo. He keeps trying to explore on his own, and Lulu's family reminds her to keep a tight hold on Bingo's leash so he doesn't get lost. "Ladybug Girl would never let that happen!" declares Lulu. But during an imagination game, Lulu drops Bingo's leash for just a second and he runs off into the forest. This is a job for Ladybug Girl!

This outdoorsy addition to the spirited Ladybug Girl series is perfect for dog and nature lovers, and offers a gentle lesson about responsibility.

Text copyright © 2012 by Jacky Davis. All rights reserved.
Pictures © 2012 by David Soman. All rights reserved.

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Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

Written by Jackie Davis.
Illustrated by David Soman.

At the playground, Lulu asks her friend Sam if he wants to play with her. Sam likes Diggers, while Lulu thinks Monkeys is the best game. Sam suggests playing under the castle, but Lulu knows that the top is the most fun. They just can't agree! And then Lulu asks, "Have you ever played Ladybug Girl?" As Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, Lulu and Sam save the playground from hairy monsters and big mean robots, and have their very own parade on the bouncy dinosaurs. They figure out that when they work together, they can create fun games that they both like to play.

Text copyright © 2009 by Jackie Davis. All rights reserved.
Illustrations © 2009 by David Soman. All rights reserved.

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April 2014

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Llama Llama Nighty-Night

Written & Illustrated by Anna Dewdney.

What’s the best part of bedtime? Stories with Mama! Before cuddling, Llama Llama must splish and splash in the tub, then put his red pajamas on.

Dewdney’s catchy rhymes, effortless rhythm, and adorable artwork can now be enjoyed by even younger audiences. Toddlers will love this pair of perfect read-alouds.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Anna Dewdney. All rights reserved.
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My Baby Blue Jays

Written & Photographed by John Berendt.

A blue jay building a nest outside his window prompts John Berendt to find his camera and record the familiar, yet always fascinating sequence of events that will unfold, from eggs being laid to chicks emerging and trying to fly. Children and adults alike will be astonished at the adventurous spirit of one particularly curious young blue jay as he ventures into the world. The author of the best-selling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil brings his narrative skill to this up-close and delightfully informal account of an event that recurs each spring.

Copyright © 2011 by John Berendt. All rights reserved.
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Written & Illustrated by Beatrix Potter.

The classic adventure of that mischievous bunny, Peter Rabbit, as he tries to stay one step ahead of Mr. McGregor and make it through the garden and back to his home.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2008 by Frederick Warne & Co. All rights reserved.
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Tea Party Rules

Written by Ame Dyckman.
Illustrated by K. G. Campbell.

When he follows his nose through the woods, Cub discovers a backyard tea party…with cookies! He is just about to dig in when the hostess of the tea party shows up. And she has several strong opinions on how Tea Party must be played. Cub tries to follow her rules . . . but just how much can one bear take, even for cookies?

A laugh-out-loud funny look at the required give-and-take of playtime, Tea Party Rules is an eventual friendship story that will delight grubby cubs, fancy girls, and cookie lovers everywhere.

Text copyright © 2013 by Ame Dyckman. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Keith Campbell. All rights reserved.
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March 2014

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Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella

Written & Illustrated by Jan Brett.

Jan Brett sets her Cinderella story in a snowy Russian winter where one magical night, Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters don't recognize her.

Jan travelled to Russia and readers will be in awe of the Ice Palace aglow under a deep blue moonlit sky, exquisite ball gowns on the comely pullets, uniforms with gold braids and buttons on the cockerels, striking Russian architecture transformed into ice in the borders, and a very funny flock of chickens who provide an appealing, original look at this snowy Cinderella. Readers will find these dressed up chickens comical as they pour over the extravagant setting, including a "WOW"-inducing double gatefold of chicken couples whirling around the ballroom. A feast for the eyes sure to become a perennial favorite.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2013 Jan Brett. All rights reserved.
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The Mine-O-Saur

Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.
Illustrated by David Clark.

A group of dinosaurs is happily playing in the school yard when . . . oh no! Here comes the Mine-o-saur! He snatches all the toys. He grabs all the snacks at snack time. He hoards the blocks during recess. And all the while he yells, "MINE, MINE, MINE!" But soon enough, no one wants to play with him. What will it take for the Mine-o-saur to realize that what he really wants are friends? And then, will the other dinosaurs ever welcome him back? Dinosaurs are always a popular subject with young readers, and with its subtle lesson of sharing, The Mine-O-Saur is also a delicious twist on a classroom comedy. David Clark’s uproarious triceratops and stegosauruses will tickle the funny bone of readers young and old.

Text copyright © 2007 by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. All rights reserved.
Illustrations copyright © 2007 by David Clark. All rights reserved.

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Pretend

Written & Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas.

What could have been a quiet afternoon at home turns into an adventure for Jimmy and his dad. Their couch turns into a boat! The staircase becomes a mountain! And blankets become a cozy hut, just right to cuddle inside. The one thing they don't have to pretend is how much they love one another.

Copyright © 2011 by Jennifer Plecas. All rights reserved.
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February 2014

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My Farm Friends

Written & Illustrated by Wendell Minor.

Is there anything cuter than a little lamb or a playful piglet? Farm animals are fascinating, and they are full of surprises, too. Naturally, cows make milk — but did you know they need to drink a bathtub full of water every day? And of course the turkeys gobble — but sometimes they purr like cats. Wendell Minor’s bright, bold artwork and jaunty verse celebrate the wonders of our farm friends.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Wendell Minor. All rights reserved.
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Llama Llama Red Pajama

Written & Illustrated by Anna Dewdney.

In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn't come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama’s need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama’s reassuring message.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2005 by Anna Dewdney. All rights reserved.
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One Cool Friend

Written by Toni Buzzeo.
Illustrated by David Small.

On a momentous visit to the aquarium, Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. It’s just proper enough for a straight-laced boy like him. And when he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad probably thought he meant a stuffed penguin and not a real one . . . Clever illustrations and a wild surprise ending make this sly, silly tale of friendship and wish fulfillment a kid-pleaser from start to finish.

Text copyright © 2012 Toni Buzzeo.
Illustrations copyright © 2012 David Small.

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January 2014

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Meet Me at the Moon

Written & Illustrated by Gianna Marino

A heartwarming love story between mother and child.

When Mama Elephant must leave Little One to ask the skies for rain, the young elephant is worried. Who will care for Little One? Who will sing Mama’s special songs? When will she return?

Mama is very reassuring - Little One will hear her song on the wind and feel her love in the warmth of the sun, and, after the rains come, they will meet where the moon sets.

Exquisitely illustrated and supremely comforting, Meet Me at the Moon is a mother and child love story to be enjoyed again and again.

Text & Illustrations copyright © 2012 Gianna Marino. All rights reserved.
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My Little Train

Written & Illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa.

Little Train toots along, taking all his passengers exactly where they want to go. "To the pond!" says the duck. "To the forest!" says the monkey. "To the mountain!" says the bear. But Little Kangaroo doesn't say a word. He wants to go on an adventure with Little Train that leads him up a mountain, off a cliff, and back where he belongs: in his mama’s pocket.

Text & Illustration copyright © 2010 by Satomi Ichikawa. All rights reserved.
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Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Written by Patty Lovell.
Illustrated by David Catrow.

“Leave it to Molly to transform all her ‘faults’ into marvelous talents.. . . Catrow’s pictures fill the pages with wild perspectives, goofy-looking kids, and hilarious details. . . . Leaves readers with the feeling that anything can be accomplished if you are the best person you can be and make the most of your gifts.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“What keeps the storytelling fresh is the crisp prose and the heroine’s full-spead-ahead determination. . . . Catrow’s full-bleed pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, awash in ripe colors and animated by slapstick exaggeration, radiate a winningly eccentric elegance.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The text is fast and funny, and Molly Lou is a fetching little heroine. Catrow’s palette is intense. . . . This will make a comic readaloud.” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Text copyright © 2011 by Patty Lovell. Illustrations copyright © 2001 by David Catrow. All rights reserved.
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Here’s how to download and play an APH/DPIL digital audio book using an NLS Digital Talking Book Player:

  1. Connect a USB drive to your computer, such as a blank NLS digital Talking Book cartridge or a commercial flash drive.
  2. In the book list above, find the title of the book you want.
  3. Click the download link for the title. Depending on your browser, you may see a dialog box that asks what you would like to do with the file. Choose "Save." The file you are saving is a "zipped" file, meaning it contains several files inside it. Select the location to save the zipped file—either to your computer’s internal hard drive or to the external USB drive that you connected in step #1.
  4. If the downloaded zipped file did not unzip automatically, unzip it now. Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X all have the built-in ability to unzip files. The unzipped file will create a folder containing all of the files needed to play the book.
  5. If you downloaded the files to your internal hard drive, copy the unzipped folder to the external USB flash drive or NLS cartridge. Note that the book will not play unless ALL of the files are present on the flash drive or cartridge.*
  6. Follow instructions provided with your NLS digital player to listen to the audio book.

*For example, if you download the zipped file for The Little Engine that Could, you will receive a file called: the_little_engine_.pdtb.zip When you unzip this file, a folder will be created called the_little_engine_.pdtb This folder contains 15 files. This folder and all 15 files must be copied to your USB flash drive or NLS cartridge for the book to play.

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