Goodnight Songs

GoodnightSongsBy Margaret Wise Brown

Baby sail the seven seas
Safely in my arms
When the waves go up and down
You are safe from harm.

From Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved Goodnight Moon, comes a previously unpublished collection of charming lullabies, gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. The roster of celebrated names includes Carin Berger, whose The Little Yellow Leaf was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Eric Puybaret, who brought the bestselling Puff, the Magic Dragon to life on the page; Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Sean Qualls; and Caldecott Honor medalist Melissa Sweet. An accompanying CD, with lilting songs beautifully composed and sung by Emily Gary and Tom Proutt, makes this the perfect gift to wish children a sweet goodnight.

Bits and Pieces

Bits and PiecesBy Judith Byron Schachner

New York Times bestseller and fan favorite Judy Schachner presents a warmly affectionate portrait of a family’s devotion to their beloved cat.

Tink has everything he ever wanted – delicious treats, hugs and kisses, and even a kitten to raise. The only thing missing is wild outdoor adventure. So when the opportunity arises, Tink sneaks out – and becomes an outdoor cat for one unforgettable night.

Like cozy favorites such as Clare Turlay Newberry’s Marshmallow and Mo Willems’ City Dog, Country Frog, and with soft, meltingly tender illustrations that match the poignant tale, Judy Schachner proves what a superlative storyteller she is with this loving family story.

Memoirs of a Hamster.

Memoirs of HamsterBy Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers

Night 1

My life is perfect.
I have a bowl full of seeds, a cozy pile of wood shavings, and room to run.
I’m never leaving here.
Question: Who’s the luckiest hamster in the world?Answer: ME!

Seymour the hamster has the perfect life. He has a spacious cage, a constant food supply, and a FuzzyBoy 360 exercise wheel that lets him run to his heart’s content. Life could not be better. Or could it? When Pearl the cat tells Seymour of the goodies beyond the safe confines of his cage, he starts to think he’s missing out. And out is the new in! It’s only after Seymour is out of his cage that he begins to fully appreciate his safe and cozy home.

Mr. Wuffles!

MrWufflesWritten & illustrated by David Wiesner

A 2014 Caldecott Honor book

In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn’t care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens – but the ship wasn’t designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble.When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, “cave” paintings, and gestures of friendship.

The Snatchabook

SnatchabookBy Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty

Where have all the bedtime stories gone? A delightful addition to the picture book canon about the love of reading.

One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down… when a Snatchabook flew into town.

It’s bedtime in the woods of Burrow Down, and all the animals are ready for their bedtime story. But books are mysteriously disappearing. Eliza Brown decides to to stay awake and catch the book thief. It turns out to be a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. All turns out well when the books are returned and the animals take turns reading bedtime stories to the Snatchabook.

Hello, My Name is Ruby

Hello My Nmae is RubyBy Philip Christian Stead

Ruby, a very small bird in a very big world, is looking for a friend, so she introduces herself in this stunning new picture book by Caldecott Medalist Stead (“A Sick Day for Amos McGee”). Full color. Ages 3-6.

“Ruby exemplifies the willingness to see the good in everyone, and Stead’s artwork echoes her joyousness.”–”Publishers Weekly”, starred review

Oliver and His Alligator

Oliver and his AlligatorBy Paul Schmidt

Oliver is nervous about the first day of school, so he picks up an alligator at the swamp, just in case. And boy, does it come in handy! Whenever anything scares Oliver – be it a teacher, a classmate, or the prospect of learning everything – the alligator makes the problem go away. Quickly, school becomes much simpler… and a little lonely. But Oliver knows just what to do! Paul Schmid’s gentle, funny tale about overcoming first day of school jitters is destined to become a modern classic that fans of Olivia and Kevin Henkes’ books will love.

A Funny Little Bird

Funny Little BirdBy Jennifer Yerkes

A heartwarming tale about an invisible bird who learns the key to happiness and friendship.

A lonely, invisible bird mistakenly believes that adorning himself with flashy feathers and flowers will make him beautiful and win him new friends. Except his plan quickly backfires when his magnificent plumage attracts the attention of everyone, even the fox! In his rush to safety, the little bird loses every last bit of his new decorations, making him invisible once again. But now in place of his loneliness is the knowledge that putting others first is the key to friendship and high self-esteem.

Peekaboo!

PeekabooBy Taro Gomi

It’s more than a book – it’s a mask! Every spread includes a funny fact about featured creatures, from bears to robots. And young readers will squeal in surprise to find that when this board book is opened, the eye-sized die-cuts allow each spread to become a mask! Kids will have a blast posing as a fly-eating frog or a mouse-chasing cat. Sure to be a hit during both story time and playtime!

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle

Everyone Can LearnBy Chris Raschka

Learning to ride a bike is one of the most important milestones of childhood, and no one captures the emotional ups and downs of the experience better than Chris Raschka, who won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for A Ball for Daisy. In this simple yet emotionally rich “guide,” a father takes his daughter through all the steps in the process–from choosing the perfect bicycle to that triumphant first successful ride. Using very few words and lots of expressive pictures, here is a picture book that not only shows kids how to learn to ride, but captures what it “feels” like to fall…get up…fall again…and finally “by luck, grace, and determination” ride a bicycle!

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