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July 2021: Abbe

Looking for the perfect book for your child or the perfect gift for someone else’s child? Abbe is the go-to person in the kids’ department. When asked once what days she worked, she answered, “It feels like I’m always here.” That’s how we feel too—she is always there when we need her! Her autobio? “Old lady who works in kids dept. Mostly nice.”

The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

This droll picture book has been described as "Waiting for Godot" for the toddler set. (ages 4-8)

Not Yeti by Angela DiPucchio, Claire Keane, illustrator

The world is full of monsters. And Yeti. He is so kind he re-homes his fleas. (ages 4-8)

The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer, Mariachiara DiGiorgio, illustrator

Humans aren't the only creatures who love the fair. After hours, the forest animals enjoy rides, popcorn, cotton candy and games in this magical, wordless picture book. Illustrated by one of my favorites. (ages 3-7)

Out of Nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesterose

A charming tale of enduring friendship. A beetle bravely sets out to find his new friend who has mysteriously disappeared. (ages 4-8)

The Capybaras by Alfredo Soderguit

A lovely book about kindness, acceptance, and community. The ending is pure happiness. (ages 4-8)

Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, Loren Long, illustrator

A love letter to all the people who take an idea and turn it into a reality; this book celebrates the pride of a job well done. Rhyming stanzas make for a perfect read-aloud; the gorgeous illustrations provide something new to discover with every reading. (ages 3-6)

I Am the Shark by Joan Holub, Laurie Keller, illustrator

The Great White Shark is telling us he is the G.O.A.T., that is, until every other shark in the sea turns up to disavow him of that notion. Funny and informative. (ages 5-12)

The Ramble Shamble Children by Christina Soontornvat, Lauren Castillo, illustrator

This picture book has a lovely, old fashioned feel to it. Five children live together in a "ramble shamble" house. One day, they discover a book in the attic with a picture of a "proper" house. They set about trying to make their home "proper," only to discover what's truly important in a family. (ages 3-7)

Ship in a Bottle by Andrew Prahin

It's difficult to live with someone who constantly wants to eat you (cat). Mouse decides to leave her home in search of a more peaceful existence. She prepares her ship in a bottle with gingersnaps and sets sail on a wonderful adventure. (ages 3-6)

Little Sap by Jan Hughes, Ruth Hengeveld, illustrator

Learning about arboreal ecosystems has never been more delightful. (ages 4-7)

The Rock from the Sky By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536215625
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

Look up! From the Caldecott Medal–winning creator of the hat trilogy comes a new deadpan gem.

There is a spot.
It is a good spot.
It is the perfect spot to stand.
There is no reason to ever leave.
But somewhere above there is also a rock.
A rock from the sky.

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Not Yeti By Kelly DiPucchio, Claire Keane (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelly DiPucchio, Claire Keane (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593114070
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 18th, 2021

New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and celebrated illustrator Claire Keane have created an irresistible new monster!

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The Midnight Fair By Gideon Sterer, Mariachiara Di Giorgio (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536211153
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Candlewick - February 2nd, 2021

As darkness falls on the fairgrounds, the animals venture out of the woods for one magical, memorable night! An exhilarating wordless picture book.

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Out of Nowhere By Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534481008
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

This charming and timeless tale of a beetle searching for a missing friend gently shows that true friendship endures through even the biggest of changes.

Beetle and Caterpillar are best friends. Every day, they sit together on a big rock, sharing a picnic and looking out over the forest.

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The Capybaras By Alfredo Soderguit, Alfredo Soderguit (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771647823
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Greystone Kids - April 13th, 2021

Named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and the New York Public Library

"Purely exquisite."--Kirkus (Starred)

For kids ages 4-8, a charming and hilarious tale about capybaras: the beloved animal sensation capturing children's hearts

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Someone Builds the Dream By Lisa Wheeler, Loren Long (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lisa Wheeler, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984814333
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Rocky Pond Books - March 23rd, 2021

Buildings, bridges, and books don't exist without the workers who are often invisible in the final product, as this joyous and profound picture book reveals from acclaimed author of The Christmas Boot Lisa Wheeler and New York Times bestselling illustrator of Love Loren Long

All across this great big world, jobs are getting done

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I Am the Shark By Joan Holub, Laurie Keller (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joan Holub, Laurie Keller (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525645283
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

What makes the great white shark (one of) the greatest fish in the sea? FIN-d out in this hilarious fish-out-of-water story that's perfect for Shark Week and all year-round!

"Don't miss this one." -School Library Journal, Starred Review
Hi! I am Great White Shark, and if you get this book, you'll read all about ME--the greatest shark in the sea!

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The Ramble Shamble Children By Christina Soontornvat, Lauren Castillo (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399176326
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 9th, 2021

New picture book by a two-time Newbery Honor-winning author!
The delightful story of an unconventional family of kids who learn the ups and downs of working together.

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Ship in a Bottle By Andrew Prahin, Andrew Prahin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrew Prahin, Andrew Prahin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984815811
Availability: On our shelves
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021

A valiant mouse sets sail in her ship in a bottle to seek a better life in this gentle allegory about refugees and immigration.

All Mouse wants to do is eat gingersnaps, lie in the sun, and enjoy her ship in a bottle. All Cat wants to do is eat Mouse. This is a problem.

Little Sap: The Magical Story of a Forest Family By Jan Hughes, Ruth Hengeveld (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jan Hughes, Ruth Hengeveld (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781951836061
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Cameron Kids - March 23rd, 2021

A little tree, guided by her family circle and forest friends, can’t wait to grow tall and strong

Little Sap can’t wait to grow tall and strong just like her mother and touch the sky. But growing takes time. Luckily for Little Sap, she has her family circle close by and a forest of friends, above and below ground, to help guide her up.

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