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Shoes Need Feet, Feet Need Shoes

Harriet Ziefert (author) Larry Stevens (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621540

A bright and wildly colorful book with lots of clowns slipping, sliding, riding, and playing around. Delightful drawings bring the simple question-and-answer text to life, and every page offers plenty of amusement.

Robin Where Are You?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Noah Woods (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051921

When it comes to birds, Lucy's grandpa knows every beak and squeak. With binoculars in hand, Lucy and her grandpa begin to search for a robin redbreast. But the bird isn't making it easy for them! A squawk-y, bossy bird? That's a blue jay. Birds with round beaks good for scooping? Canadian geese. Hey, will that nest with the three blue eggs lead to a happy discovery in this spot-the-robin mystery?

The Doll's Nose

Miranda Haxhia (author), Ursula Kohrer (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854498

Mary wants to play with her friends Clara and Ana, but they're playing with their dolls, and Mary doesn't have a doll. Her mother suggests that she make one using wool and cotton and other things that they have around the house. So Mary makes a beautiful doll, but then she realizes: Her doll has to breathe, and how will it sneeze? What can she use for her lovely doll's nose?

You Are a Really Good Friend of Mine

Laura Liliom (author), Lilit Vagharshyan (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854535

Her good friend has moved far away to another country. What to do now? How can they stay friends without seeing each other? They learn that there is friendship in thinking about each other, in writing to each other, in remembering each others' favorite things, but most of all: it is in the heart.

The Littlest One

Halya Kruk (author), Manana Morchiladze (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854542

It's very difficult to be the youngest, littlest one in the family. Yurchyk's sister and brother are too old to play with him now; they prefer to do other things. And his parents are too busy. His companion is just a puppy, a little dog named Klapovukh. Yurchyk's father says that being big isn't just about growing taller but about doing big things! It takes courage to do big things: Is little Yurchyk brave enough?

Don't Call Me Fuzzybutt!

Robin Newman (author) Susan Batori (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534179004

Bear is tired. The weather is getting cool and he's ready for a nice long nap--he's got earmuffs and a brand-new door to keep out the noise, plus a pair of fluffy slippers. Meanwhile, real estate mogul Woodpecker finds his recent homes…missing. And he follows the trail of debris right to Bear's new front door. When he "tap tap taps" to talk to Bear about it, the two engage in a feisty exchange of name-calling and gossip with the rest of their forest neighbors. Can they patch it up--literally--before Bear loses too much sleep?

Simon Steps Into the Ring

Marylène Monette (author) Marion Arbona (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821828

Simon tries to be kind. But sometimes he loses his temper and acts without thinking, which almost always gets him into trouble. As Simon begins to understand his outbursts, he imagines himself in a boxing ring with his emotions. Can he come out on top and learn how to acknowledge his feelings?

On My Mountain

François Aubineau (author) Jérôme Peyrat (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459822337

Both the shepherd and the wolf live on the mountain. They love their home and want to feel safe there. This book tells the same story, in identical words, from both the wolf’s perspective and that of the shepherd. Read the wolf’s story then flip it over and read the shepherd’s story and see the landscape that each of them sees. A good reminder of how humans should behave in the wild and on this earth that we share.

Little Cloud

Johanna Wagstaffe (author) Julie McLaughlin (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821859

Follow our little cloud on an adventure through the sky and learn the science behind how it transforms from a simple cumulus cloud to a full-blown hurricane. Beautifully detailed illustrations from award-winning artist Julie McLaughlin integrate science with storytelling. Children will enjoy finding new gems of information even after several reads, thanks to a whimsical and rich layout. And meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe weaves a comprehensive narrative about a powerful weather system that’s so compelling readers won’t even realize they are on their way to becoming budding meteorologists.

Grandmother School

Rina Singh (author) Ellen Rooney (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459819061

Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her. Women in countless countries continue to endure the limitations of illiteracy. Unjust laws have suppressed the rights of girls and women and kept many from getting an education and equal standing in society. Based on a true story from the village of Phangane, India, this brilliantly illustrated book tells the story of the grandmothers who got to go to school for the first time in their lives.

A Girl Like Me

Angela Johnson (author) Nina Crews (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541578913

Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews's distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of color.

Homes Like Mine

Marie-Therese Miller (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728400150

There are many different kinds of homes to suit many different kinds of families. Discover types of homes like apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, and more, and learn how they are the perfect fit for the people who live in them.

A First Look at Fairies

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599734

Emergent readers will delight in learning the different stories people have told about fairies throughout history! Carefully leveled text and a close text-to-photo match supports readers as they learn.

A First Look at Unicorns

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599772

Where do stories about unicorns come from? Emergent readers will love learning about how we imagine unicorns through carefully leveled text and engaging images.

A First Look at Dragons

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599727

Stories about dragons come from around the world. With carefully leveled text and close text-to-image match, this title provides emergent readers with a fun and accessible look at dragons.

The Most Beautiful Thing

Kao Kalia Yang (author) Khoa Le (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599376

A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look. Drawn from the author's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. The book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States. When Kalia becomes unhappy about having to do without and decides she wants braces to improve her smile, it is her grandmother—a woman who has just one tooth in her mouth—who helps her see that true beauty is found with those we love most.

School Days

Shelley Rotner, Sheila M. Kelly (authors)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728401485

Get ready for the first day of school—and beyond—in this reassuring photo book. From bus rides to reading and math to recess and field trips, simple text and bright photos offer young readers a look at what happens throughout the school year. See a diverse range of kids taking part in morning meeting, visiting the library, going to lunch, playing on the playground, and much more. Perfect for preschoolers preparing to start school as well as early elementary students getting ready to begin a new year!

If We Were Gone

John Coy (author) Natalie Capannelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541578920

Water, air, sunlight, plants . . . we need these elements to live in this world. But does the world need us? And what would happen to the world if humans were gone? Back matter gives further context and discusses what kids (and all of us) can do to truly help our planet.

Welcome to the World

Helen Foster James (author) Petra Brown (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167445

A baby's first year is filled with newness and wonder, from the sight of the sun filtering through leaves to the splash of water at bathtime to sweet snuggles with mom. This book celebrates all of baby's charming firsts and reminds us all of the miracles this life holds when seen through their very new eyes.

Fooba Wooba John

Harriet Ziefert (author)Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621786

A flea kicking a tree, a rat wearing a hat (sitting on a baseball bat) and a moose drinking juice in a big red caboose: what strange and wonderful things are happening here? Maybe it’s all a little boy’s dream…

The Not-So-Right Day

Wiley Blevins (author) Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634404181

Milo likes to do things in the right order. His little brother Iggy has his own way of doing things. Young readers will see themselves in Milo or Iggy. And at the end of the day, either way is just fine.

I'm a Lot of Sometimes: A story of Identity

Jack Guinan (author) Lars Rudebjer (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634401777

Growing up can be oh-so confusing! Shhh, don't be so loud. Speak up! You've got to be the BIG brother now. You're much too little to go on the big rides. No matter where you are at any moment in your life, it's best to just be YOU.

Lulu & Rocky in Indianapolis

Barbara Joosse (author) Renée Graef (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167322

Lulu and her cousin Rocky are visiting Indianapolis! There are so many fun things to see and do, like visiting the Dinosphere at the Children's Museum, exploring the curiosities of Central Canal, and of course, going to see the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Written by Barbara Joosse and illustrated by Renée Graef, this fourth book in the Our City Adventures series explores the city of Indianapolis, visiting well-known sights like the Eiteljorg Museum and Monument Circle, as well as unexpected gems.

Raccoon's Perfect Snowman

Katia Wish (author) Katia Wish (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167308

Raccoon loves making snowmen. He practices all winter with his rolling, his stacking, and his decorating. He doesn't overlook any detail and his snowmen are perfect. When his friends come by, Raccoon is certain that they will also want to build snowmen. And they will need his help. But following Raccoon's directions aren't that easy. Poor Rabbit can't find the right snow (someone has used it all); Fox doesn't have the right tools (someone isn't sharing them); and Mouse can't decorate her snowman (someone has taken the best items). And that someone is Raccoon. When his friends have decided they have had enough, Raccoon realizes too late the error of his ways. But is it too late? Will his friends give Raccoon one more chance to work together to build a totally different kind of perfect snowman? This ideal-for-every-time-of-the-year story celebrates the bonds of friendship and the power of forgiveness.

On Our Nature Walk

Jillian Roberts (author) Jane Heinrichs (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821019

This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the important topic of the environment. Crafted around a conversation between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book using age-appropriate language and tone will help children shape their understanding of the natural world and how they participate in protecting it. Dr. Roberts starts the discussion with the types of pollution and trash that children might notice on a nature walk or a trip to the beach, how they are caused and how to work to improve things in their own lives and communities. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of  the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter. This is the newest title in The World Around Us series, following books that address poverty, tragedy, prejudice, online awareness and body safety and body image.