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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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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes: A Story

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes: A Story
Auxier, Jonathan

Immerse yourself in the world of Peter Nimble, a blind orphan who is also the most amazing thief in the world. His life changes forever when he steals a box filled with magical eyes. Great for older kids who want a fantastical adventure. Try the audiobook as a way to make car trips fly by.-Selby, Central


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 11 copies

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Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!
Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta

Oh, Tyrannosaurus! All the other dinosaurs have their classroom rules down, but no matter how hard he tries, Tyrannosaurus just can't seem to get it right. The illustrations are bright and delightful and the text flows nicely (just practice those dinosaur names beforehand!). Both kids and adults will be able to relate to Tyrannosaurus' tale of wrecking and redemption.-Susanna, Montlake


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 11 copies

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El Deafo

El Deafo
Bell, Cece

This is the tale of Cece Bell's own childhood, growing up deaf after an illness. This graphic novel tells of her struggles to make friends and fit in, something all kids can relate to. After Cece discovers her school hearing aid allows her to eavesdrop on teachers anywhere in the building, she starts to see herself as a superhero, El Deafo, with a superpower. This is a wonderful story about self-acceptance and true friendship.-Kathryn, Montlake


Format: Graphic Novel
Holds: 17 on 71 copies

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Is There Really A Human Race?

Is There Really A Human Race?
Curtis, Jamie Lee

"Is there really a human race?" a little boy asks his mom. He ponders this question in the most literal sense. If so, when does it start, how does it end, and who wins? This book utilizes a child's innocent question and depicts the "human race" through fun illustrations and great rhyming throughout. As the child asks questions, he learns that winning isn’t everything, but contributing to the human race is a wonderful thing!-Tina, Beacon Hill


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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Hank Finds An Egg

Hank Finds An Egg
Dudley, Rebecca

There are 75 more words in this review than there are in Hank Finds an Egg, a charming story that puts the picture back in picture book. Inquisitive Hank is a handmade stuffed bear who stumbles upon a fallen egg while walking through the forest one day. His journey to care for and eventually return the egg is told entirely through photographs. It is almost nauseating in its adorableness.-Michael, Lake City


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Holds: 0 on 1 copies

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Hermelin the Detective Mouse

Hermelin the Detective Mouse
Grey, Mini

Hermelin is a smart and resourceful mouse who lives on Offley Street. He can read and is an excellent typist! He is also a detective which is very handy because there are some mysterious happenings afoot. Hermelin saves the day again and again by leaving typed notes for his neighbors. Everyone wants to thank Hermelin in person, but will they accept a mouse detective? Find out in this wonderfully illustrated story about acceptance and friendship.-Kathryn, Montlake


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 12 copies

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It's An Orange Aardvark!

It's An Orange Aardvark!
Hall, Michael

In this exciting addition to color concept books, Hall creates a hilarious misadventure using some surprising characters: carpenter ants! With each bright burst of color, the ants think they are in more danger, but children will quickly catch on to what is really happening. The leading nature of the text makes this a perfect read aloud. The attention to detail, from tiny hard hats to pajama-wearing, bulldozer-driving aardvarks, is remarkable for such simple, lovely illustrations.-Nathalie, High Point


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 7 copies

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Friends

Friends
Hout, Mies van

Whimsical and colorful pastel drawings of benevolent monsters illustrate experiences of friendship. Artist Mies van Hout's stylistically expressionist illustrations playfully denote emotions in combination with single words of text, such as "play," "trust," and "tease." Full of movement and energy, these images are sure to delight both parents and children. From Dutch publisher Lemniscaat.-Morgan, Central


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 10 copies

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Paul Meets Bernadette

Paul Meets Bernadette
Lamb, Rosy

Charming and gorgeous, Paul Meets Bernadette is a picture book that will appeal to both children and caregivers. A goldfish named Paul lives contentedly in his bowl until the day a new goldfish, Bernadette, drops in with a rich imagination and playful way of seeing the world.-Amy, Magnolia


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 14 copies

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A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic
Lloyd, Natalie

You know that fantastic feeling of being sucked into another world? I found it in Midnight Gulch, Tennessee. Felicity Pickle and her family arrive there and discover the town has an unusual past: it used to be full of magic. Felicity must now use her special word-collecting ability to help bring the magic back before it is too late. Full of quirky characters and magical realism, this book is a real treat. -Kim, Northgate


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Holds: 0 on 9 copies

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