In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

InMyHeartIn My Heart: A Book of Feelings
By Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey

“Sometimes my heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright.”

“I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast.”

“I feel as if I could take off into the sky.”

“This is when my heart is happy.”

Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness… our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. With language that is lyrical but also direct, toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this unique feelings book is gorgeously packaged.

Zero

ZeroTradeBkBy Kathryn Otoshi

Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . !” “Those numbers have value. That’s why they count,” she thinks. But how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero feels empty inside. She watches One having fun with the other numbers. One has bold strokes and squared corners. Zero is big and round with no corners at all. “If I were like One, then I can count too,” she thinks. So she pushes and pulls, stretches and straightens, forces and flattens herself, but in the end she realizes that she can only be Zero.

As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in yourself and in others.

Planes Go

PlanesGoBy Steve Light

Launch yourself on a high-flying adventure as these eight exciting aircraft swooooosh, whirrrrr and blast off! This onomatopoetic board book is full of aircraft and the noises they make.

Countablock

CountablockBy Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo

Following on the heels of a successful abecedary, Countablock features thick pages cut into the shape of each numeral, creating a peek-through guessing game around the number form itself. One acorn becomes… one oak tree! From snowmen to puddles and eggs to chicks, quantities are illustrated twice: both before and after their “transformations.” As children interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the numbers 1-100 and associated quantities, but with each numeral’s physicality – angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. Die-cut numerals include 1-10, and 20-100 by tens. Illustrated by hip British design team Peskimo, this fresh take on the 1-2-3s encourages readers to manipulate numbers in a whole new way.

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

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