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125 Pet Rescues: From Pound to Palace Homeless Pets Made Happy
125 Pet Rescues: From Pound to Palace Homeless Pets Made Happy by
Presents true stories of shelter pets and abandoned animals that have been adopted and are being cared for, including cats, pigs, roosters, horses, and snakes.

A Goofy Guide to Penguins
A Goofy Guide to Penguins by Coudray, Jean-Luc
A collection of humorous short two-panel comic strips featuring the fanciful antics of penguins, who are portrayed doing everything from trying to warm themselves with radiators to putting on stylish hats to tell each other apart.

A Voyage in the Clouds
A Voyage in the Clouds by Olshan, Matthew
A picture book inspired by the true story of how the first international flight was an Englishman and a French man who rode in a balloon across the English Channel.

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures
Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Alexander, Kwame
Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail.

Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books
Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books by Markel, Michelle
A picture book chronicle of the life of children's book pioneer John Newbery describes how he imagined books filled with stories, science and games before becoming a celebrated author and publisher, changing the literary world forever.

Be Quiet!
Be Quiet! by Higgins, Ryan T.
Rupert the mouse wants to star in an artistic, wordless picturebook, but his animal friends cause problems by talking too much.

Bing Bang Boing
Bing Bang Boing by Florian, Douglas
An illustrated collection of more than 150 nonsense verses.

Cardboard
Cardboard by TenNapel, Doug
When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.

Chi's Sweet HOme
Chi's Sweet HOme by Konami, Kanata
Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Overcome with loneliness she bursts into tears - but then she is rescued by a young boy named Yohei.

Clover's Luck
Clover's Luck by George, Kallie
Clover, who wants to change her bad luck, accepts a position at a pet adoption agency unlike any other and soon finds herself in a world of fairy horses, dragons with temperamental snouts, wizards, princesses, and, unfortunately, witches.

Coral reefs : Cities of the Ocean
Coral reefs : Cities of the Ocean by Wicks, Maris
In Coral Reefs, we learn all about tiny, adorable sea animals! This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance.

Dance of the Violin
Dance of the Violin by Stinson, Kathy
Even Joshua Bell makes mistakes, but there is always a second chance.

Diva and Flea
Diva and Flea by Willems, Mo
In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.

Feel the Beat
Feel the Beat by Singer, Marilyn
An irresistible book of poems about dancing that mimic the rhythms of social dances from cha-cha to two-step, by the acclaimed author of Mirror Mirror.

Follow the Moon Home
Follow the Moon Home by Cousteau, Philippe
A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl's attempts to help save their babies from man-made light.

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Perkins, Lynne Rae
On a rainy day, Frank's parents take him to the shelter to get a new dog. That's how Frank finds Lucky, and from that moment on, they're inseparable.

Giant Squid
Giant Squid by Fleming, Denise
A nonfiction picture book exploring the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid

Imagine a Place
Imagine a Place by Thomson, Sarah L.
Imagine a Place is a gorgeous book that reminds us that imagination is powerful enough to take us anywhere we want to go. And Rob Gonsalves's exquisitely conceived paintings leave you in awe...of his imagination.

Lexie the Word Wrangler
Lexie the Word Wrangler by Van Slyke, Rebecca
Lexie is a strong cowgirl who would rather wrangle words than cattle.

Lincoln and Kennedy: a Pair to Compare
Lincoln and Kennedy: a Pair to Compare by Barretta, Gene
A dual portrait of two of America's most popular presidents describes the different ways they grew up, their respective political approaches, the historical events they helped shape, and the things they shared in common.

Little Robot
Little Robot by Hatke, Ben
When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend.

Little Robot
Little Robot by Hatke, Ben
When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time.

Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Krosoczka, Jarrett
When the crime-fighting school lunch lady works as the cook at summer camp, she investigates the mystery of the legendary swamp monster.

Mousetronaut Goes to Mars
Mousetronaut Goes to Mars by Kelly, Mark
A mouse stowaway on NASA's first human mission to Mars becomes a hero when one of the landing craft's engines fails. Includes facts about Mars.

Out of School and Into Nature
Out of School and Into Nature by Slade, Suzanne
A picture book biography about naturalist and artist Anna Comstock (1854-1930), who defied social conventions and pursued the study of science.

Owly (series)
Owly (series) by Runton, Andy
Owly discovers the meaning of friendship and that saying goodbye doesn't always mean forever.

The Case of the Stinky Stench
The Case of the Stinky Stench by Funk, Josh
Inspector Croissant seeks the help of Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast to investigate a terrible odor coming from the refrigerator.

The Great Pet Escape
The Great Pet Escape by Jamieson, Victoria
A young graphic novel chapter book about the escape escapades of class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School.

The Hawk of the Castle: a Story of Medieval Falconry
The Hawk of the Castle: a Story of Medieval Falconry by Smith, Danna
Join a young girl and her father, the falconer at a medieval castle, as they experience the joys of taking a goshawk out for a training flight.

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Daywalt, Drew
You've played the game. Now read the legend of how it all began...

The Real Poop on Pigeons
The Real Poop on Pigeons by McCloskey, Kevin
A combination of humor and artistry presents the facts on pigeons.

The World of Mamoko in the Time of Dragons
The World of Mamoko in the Time of Dragons by Mizielinska, Aleksandra
What antics were going on in the land of Mamoko back in the times of fair maidens, kings, and courtiers?

Thunder Underground
Thunder Underground by Yolen, Jane
A collection of poems explores the wonder underground, from animal burrows and subways to caves and magma.

Trudy's Big Swim
Trudy's Big Swim by Macy, Sue
Tells the story of Gertrude Ederle's 1926 swim across the English Channel, describing how she overcame difficult environmental, physical, and cultural challenges to become the first woman to establish her historic record.

Who Wants to Be a Princess?: What It Was Really Like to Be a Medieval Princess
Who Wants to Be a Princess?: What It Was Really Like to Be a Medieval Princess by Heos, Bridget
This humorous, brightly illustrated book offers an irresistible comparison of fairy tale vs. real life in medieval times

Zita the Spacegirl (series)
Zita the Spacegirl (series) by Hatke, Ben
When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.