Children

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Everyone loves John Yeoman (b. 1934) and Quentin Blake (b. 1932), at least everyone old enough to remember their quirky stories.

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This intriguing picture book by an Australian author celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of children.

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Star in the Jar is a bedtime story . . . but not really.

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The Dreamer, a spare picture book written and illustrated by Il Sung Na, is clearly meant to inspire young readers to try for the impossible.

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All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah is based on Sydney Taylor's original All-of-a-Kind Family books published between 1951 and 1978.

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The theme of parents' love for their child is a recurring one in children's books, from Love You Forever by Robert Munsch to Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney to Mama

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In the book Night Job a father brings his son to work with him at a school, where he works as a custodian during the overnight shift every Friday night.

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This quiet and contemplative picture book is a tender story about understanding differences.

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This should be a fun graphic novel. Wilson’s richly colored illustrations are lively; the multicultural family characters timely; the storyline inventive. Somehow, though, it doesn’t deliver.

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“might prove to be a very handy tool to use with little ones who are fighting with each other.”

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Children’s literature does not shy away from life in its many manifestations. There are picture books about loss, illness, death, and metaphorical stories about good and evil.

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This colorful book, The Crocodile and the Dentist, has only 128 words in it, and many of them are repeated. First the crocodile says he is afraid. Then the dentist repeats it.

With this fifth graphic novel in the Dog Man series, Dav Pilkey shows no signs of slowing down.

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Be prepared for an eerie night-time experience!

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There’s something sweet and endearing about Dear Professor Whale, the follow-up to the charming Yours Sincerely, Giraffe.

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“a heroic tale with a true female hero.”

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The London author Michael Rosen has been the poet laureate of the UK. He knows poetry. What is Poetry?

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“The engaging illustrations, exposure to the world of Beijing, timeless themes, and sweet characters make My Beijing a worthy addition to any library. It’s a keeper.”

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What preschool has not had a Tyrannosaurus Wrecks moment? This delightful board book will immediately be a classroom and family favorite.

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“a touching, satisfying story, . . . [a] profound and insightful tale.”

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“for kids worried about the first day of school, this book offers something to make them feel better.”

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The intriguing title got this reviewer’s attention. The protagonist is a T. rex named Penelope, and it’s her first day of school. Penelope is nervous about going.

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This deceptively simple, wordless picture book begins in a mundane world of dull grays and tans. A young girl looks out the window from her room in an immense apartment block onto a bleak world.

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“It is the creative and bouncy artwork that will keep readers engaged and willing to carry on to the next page.” 

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“Seven Bad Cats will become a bedtime favorite for its short jaunty story and its charming art.”

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