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“cute and highly appropriate for a toddler bedtime tuck-in.”

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Publishers are always on the lookout for something fresh and original both for a book’s content as well as its physical form.

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It’s 12 days before Christmas and Santa’s elves have just discovered that Santa’s sleigh is “totaled, smashed, and battered!” So they decide to strip it bare and rebuild it new.

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“Clever . . . a nice addition in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms or on a child’s bedroom bookshelf.”

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“Continuity for parents, pleasure for kids, totally satisfies . . .”

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Kudos to Candlewick for doing a sick-kid book. There can’t be too many out there, and what sick child wouldn’t want to go to an alien world to forget about how badly he or she feels?

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“William’s Winter Nap is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers learning to share.” 

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“All three stories and the illustrations are remarkably creative and fun.”

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Ripping, tearing, shredding, mixing, matching, blending . . . artist-illustrator Sabini has collaged his way from Italy to the U.S. with his previous activity book Paper Zoo.

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“With captivating characters, smart text and free-flowing illustrations The Cranky Caterpillar will resonate beautifully with readers.”

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Animal Parade makes learning fun with its stylish and tactile design as a puzzle book introducing the key concepts of bigger and smaller.

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“The illustrations are adorable . . .”

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Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a simply told story for three to five year olds that is filled with colorful illustrations done by Eric Carle.

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As an author of picture books and a longtime teacher, this reviewer approached I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard with both interest and trepidation.

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Sometimes growing up can feel like a race you’ll never win. But in this gentle story from Canadian author Sarah Ellis, a preschooler’s older sibs give him a chance to catch up.

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You want a pet. You really want a pet.

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“In addition to being just plain fun, this creative book should be great at whetting an infant’s appetite for food—and his appetite for books as well.”

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Nine-year-old Katie Jordan is distressed. It seems everyone in her fourth grade class is going somewhere during spring break.

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“The author has created a perfect bedtime tale with this 32-page picture book.

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Paige Elizabeth Darling loves her grandmother and especially loves to visit her.

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Little Mouserella is sad. She misses Grandmouse, her grandmother, who has returned to her own home.

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On the surface, The Night Night Book by Marianne Richmond, looks like just another bedtime book.

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This first book in a planned series of children’s books targets a very precise audience. The Hospital Critterz series was created for ill and hospitalized children and their families.

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A ten-spread (20 page) board book with a nice puffy cover, All Kinds of Kisses explores, well, all kinds of kisses.

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Banana! Is a nearly wordless tale about two monkeys and their battle over a banana.

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