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What an incredible season for picture books! Our family has been loving every one of these new titles.

We hope you will too!

Llama Llama Time to Share, by Anna Dewdney (Author)

Llama has a sharing drama!

Build a tower. Make a moat.
Nelly's dolly sails a boat.
What can Llama Llama add?
Maybe sharing's not so bad.

Llama Llama has new neighbors! Nelly Gnu and her mama stop by for a play date, but Llama's not so sure it's time to share all his toys. Maybe just his blocks? It could be fun to make a castle with Nelly . . . But wait--Nelly has Llama's little Fuzzy Llama! The fun turns to tears when Fuzzy Llama is ripped in two, "all because of Nelly Gnu!" Mama comes to the rescue and fixes Fuzzy, but she makes it clear: "I'll put Fuzzy on the stairs, until you're sure that you can share."

Fun to read aloud and helpful to children and parents alike, Llama Llama Time to Share is for any child who needs a little encouragement in sharing.

This Is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen  (Author, Illustrator)

From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale.

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce (Author, Illustrator), Joe Bluhm (Illustrator)

The book that inspired the Academy Awardwinning short film, from New York Times bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce.Morris Lessmore loved words.

He loved stories.

He loved books.

But every story has its upsets.

Everything in Morris Lessmore'€™s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.

But the power of story will save the day.

Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children's literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it'€™s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, by Ian Falconer (Author, Illustrator)
In this picture book starring the world's most imaginative pig, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity with very lofty goals €”and being a princess is NOT one of them!
Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! She wants to do more than just fit in! So what will she be?

Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality, and rest assured, you won't find THIS pig pleased to be in pink!

Big Mean Mike, by Michelle Knudsen (Author), Scott Magoon (Illustrator)

A laugh-out-loud funny story about not worrying what others think — even if you’re big and tough, and your friends are fuzzy and cute.

Big Mean Mike is the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighborhood. He has a big, mean car that he likes to drive around the big, mean streets. Everyone knows that Mike is big and mean, and that'€™s just the way he likes it. But one day a tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up in his car. Mike can't believe it! Before anyone can see, he puts the bunny down on the sidewalk and drives away. When the tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up again and this time brings a friend Mike tells them both to get lost. Big mean dogs do not hang out with tiny, fuzzy bunnies! But gosh, those bunnies sure are cute. . . . From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen and illustrator Scott Magoon comes a comical lesson about how keeping up your image is not nearly as fun as being your own quirky self.


Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, by James Dean (Illustrator), Eric Litwin (Author)

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

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  •  Outstanding Science Trade Books (5+ / 0-)
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    WI Deadhead, nzanne, Brecht, LinSea, cfk

    For forty years the National Science Teachers Association has paired with the Children's Book Council to name the outstanding science books for children. That list just came out this week. You won't see the "cartoony" books like Ms Frizzle and that schoolbus series, but you'll be amazed--and children will grow up fascinated by real science. My favorites this year include Mighty Mars Rovers (timely!) a biography of Temple Grandin and a historical research story Giant Squid. Look here http://www.nsta.org/...

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  •  My husband has written a series of three (3+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, LinSea, cfk

    children's chapter books, probably aged 9-12, set in Auckland New Zealand where we lived. Using historical work boats on the Harbour and anthropomorphizing them.

    We're trying to get them illustrated right now - any ideas of young illustrators looking for work?

    "I can't do it by myself. No president can. Remember: Change doesn't happen from the top. It happens because of you." B Obama, 2008

    by nzanne on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:31:39 AM PST

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