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Our recent favorites in children's literature, from picture books to chapter books. Read about a crocodile who's afraid to get wet, a detective mouse, a town that's lost its magic and more! This list has titles for both reading aloud and reading to one's self.

 

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The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water

The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water
Merino, Gemma

Little crocodile knows he should love water, and he is lonely not being able to play with his brothers and sisters, so (with new swim ring on) he determines to make the best of it. Turns out, there is a VERY good reason why little crocodile doesn’t like water! I love this story about celebrating how we are all different. -Christiane, Queen Anne


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Holds: 0 on 8 copies

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Welcome to Mamoko

Welcome to Mamoko
Mizielińska, Aleksandra

The immersive illustrations in this wordless seek-and-find book from Poland leave Waldo in the dust. Follow the interwoven stories of nineteen animals and one alien as they solve mysteries, fall in love, and lose their apples on the way to the town carnival. -Robin, Central


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Holds: 1 on 4 copies

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If I Had A Raptor

If I Had A Raptor
O'Connor, George

A girl finds a box with a sign saying “Free Raptors” and she takes one home. Her raptor behaves like a kitten: snuggling in the laundry, running around like crazy all night, and sharpening her claws on the furniture. I loved the illustrations. The main character is an adorable little African-American girl (yay, more diversity in picture books!) and the raptor is a charming blue dinosaur. Children will want their own raptor after reading this!-Christiane, Queen Anne


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Holds: 0 on 8 copies

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This Day in June

This Day in June
Pitman, Gayle E.

Finally a fantastic picture book all about the Pride parade! It’s lovely, brightly colored, simple enough for even the youngest kids, but with intricate illustrations that engage the older ones. There’s even a learning section in the back, if you want to know more about what part of the parade inspired each image. There is so much joy radiating out of it, I’m surprised we can keep it on the shelf!-Jenny, Central


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Holds: 0 on 21 copies

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Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit

Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit
Rayner, Catherine

A charming story about a moose that is too big for his book. He wiggles in backwards, stoops down low, but he just does not fit inside! Then he and his chipmunk friend come up with a creative solution, which will delight the young readers in your life.-Rachel, Capitol Hill


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Holds: 1 on 3 copies

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Going Places

Going Places
Reynolds, Peter H.

Each of the kids in Rafael's class has received an identical kit of supplies and instructions for building a go-cart. But when Rafael teams up with his dreamy neighbor Maya, the story literally takes off. With an overt nod to breaking out of the mold and doing things your own way, this book is a delightful tale of two kids who are definitely Going Places!-Erica, Northeast


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Holds: 0 on 14 copies

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The Umbrella

The Umbrella
Schubert, Ingrid

In this wordless story, a dog discovers an umbrella leaning against the base of a tree and is suddenly whisked away by a gust of wind. The apprehensive canine is carried away on an adventure. Engaging images illustrate the dog’s emotions as the umbrella travels over deserts, oceans, jungles, and the North Pole, at last returning safely home. Once replaced, the umbrella is inspected by a cat, most likely the next unsuspecting explorer!-Morgan, Central


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Holds: 0 on 11 copies

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Welcome to your Awesome Robot

Welcome to your Awesome Robot
Schwarz, Viviane

When one has an empty cardboard box, one has a robot…with a little work first! In this adorable instruction manual for the younger set, children learn all of the key components to a great robot: motion, vision, input/output devices, and labels. Everything in the book can be done in real life, especially with grown-up assistance. Perfect for a rainy day!-Nathalie, High Point


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Holds: 0 on 4 copies

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If: A Mind-bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

If: A Mind-bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers
Smith, David J.

Do questions like “How big is the Milky Way galaxy?” ever boggle your mind? Smith simplifies astronomy, biology and other sciences into relatable terms. For example, imagine key inventions of the last 1000 years on a timeline represented by a 12-inch ruler: where does the printing press show up, or the first newspaper? How about airplanes, television, or nuclear power? This book will encourage dialogue between all ages, teaching useful trivia in the process.-Nicole, University


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Holds: 1 on 13 copies

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Octopus Alone

Octopus Alone
Srinivasan, Divya

Octopus has a fan club – three seahorses that just won’t leave her alone. She’s feeling shy, so she goes off looking for peace and quiet, meeting many other sea creatures along the way. This is a beautifully illustrated and gentle story about deciding that the friends who irritate you are still your friends.-Emily, Fremont


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