It's kids' books week!
Caldecott Medalist, Newbery, Caldecott Honor Winner and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Henkes tells the story of a big decision for a little girl what to name her doll in "Penny and Her Doll."
Penny gets a surprise present from her grandmother a special doll with pink cheeks, a pink bow and pink dress with big buttons. Penny instantly loves it. She shows the doll to her siblings and her Papa. But Papa asks what her doll's name is and Penny doesn't know. Nothing seems right. She decides to show the doll her new home and that's when her name finally comes to her.
This is a great first chapter book for young readers who will relate to the dilemma in the story.
"Penny and Her Doll" is published by HarperCollins. It is $12.99 and is for ages 4 to 8.
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A mischievous monkey wants attention in "Monkey See, Look at Me!" by Lorena Siminovich.
Monkey pretends to be a bird until a bird shows up to show him how to flap his wings. Monkey jumps up and down like a rabbit until a rabbit shows up to show him how to really jump. Monkey makes lots of noise like a lion, until a lion shows up to roar. Monkey splashes in water until an elephant makes the biggest splash of all. But when the animals want to swing like a monkey, monkey gets his chance to show them how it's done! This is a bright and lively book about everyone wanting a chance to show what they are good at.
"Monkey See, Look at Me" is published by Dial. It is $16.99 and is for ages 3 to 5.
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A funny story that celebrates friendship iegardless of what other people think is the message behind "Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship" by Edward Hemingway (grandson of Ernest Hemingway.)
Mac is a good student, always shares and is a fearless diver. One day he meets a worm named Will. Will teaches Mac how to fly a kite, play in the dirt and have lots of fun. But the other apples in the orchard don't like worms. They call Mac a Rotten Apple. Finally, one day, Will decides he's hurting his friend, so he leaves. But Mac misses Will. Will the two friends be reunited?
With lovely artwork and a warm story, this is sure to enthrall readers.
"Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship" is published by Penguin. It is $16.99 and is for ages 3 to 5.
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A curious boy uses his imagination in "Oliver" by Judith Rossell.
Oliver likes finding things out, like how planes stay up in the sky, how the fridge works, and how fish breathe under water. But it feels like his mom never lets him do anything. He decides to build a submarine and go down the drainto a world where penguins ride on a cruise ship, have jet packs and never go to bed. But while his world is pretty neat, Oliver thinks his mom might miss him, so he'd better go back up the drain!
This is a funny story about the power of imagination that is sure to elicit a giggle or two.
"Oliver" is published by HarperCollins. It is $16.99 and is for ages 3 to 7.
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The loyalty of a dog is shown in "Homer" by Elisha Cooper.
Homer sits on the porch. He doesn't want to go chase and race around the yard like the other dogs. He doesn't want to go explore the field. He doesn't want to walk to the beach and play on the sand or go swimming or go to the market. Homer is perfectly content to lay on the porch, eat his dinner and lay on the chair, because everything he could ever want is at home.
A celebration to the four-legged friend, this is a warm and touching story.
"Homer" is published by Greenwillow Books. It is $16.99 and is for ages 4 to 8.
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A determined cow hears a famous nursery rhyme in "Cindy Moo" by Lori Mortensen with illustrations by Jeff Mack.
The cows at the Diddle farm can't believe their ears. A cow jumping over the moon? No way! But Cindy Moo thinks she can. The other cows are skeptical. Cindy falls over a prickly weed. The others tell her to give up. But Cindy is determined. And when it rains that night, Cindy sees something in a puddle on the ground
This is a cute story about ingenuity and determination that will make you laugh.
"Cindy Moo" is published by HarperCollins. It is $16.99 and is for ages 3 to 7.
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New York Times bestselling author Rob Scotton returns to his famous cat in "Secret Agent Splat!"
Splat the Cat notices one of the rubber ducks his father makes is missing. Where did the red duck go? It's a mystery! Then the next day, the blue duck is gone, and the red duck is backbut missing a beak! The next day, the green duck goes missing and the blue duck is back, also missing its beak! What is going on? Splat is determined to find out. He makes a spy kit and puts his plan into action, setting traps. And Splat thinks he has caught the culpritbut has he really?
There's always a twist in mysteries!
This is a funny first mystery for kids that will make you think and laugh.
"Secret Agent Splat" is published by HarperCollins. It is $16.99 and for ages 3 to 7.