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July 21, 2014

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Pick of the Day: Following Papa’s Song

Following Papa’s Song

Stunning artwork takes readers into the lush, inviting waters filled with marine life swimming effortlessly across the pages.

Pick of the Day: Extraordinary Jane

Extraordinary Jane

In a world full of competition for kids to be the fastest, smartest, and best at everything, this story’s message is a worthy one.

Pick of the Day: Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye

Large, colorful pictures of more than 20 animal eyes are accompanied by a small illustration of the entire creature and a brief paragraph of intriguing information.

Pick of the Day: Digger Dog

Digger Dog

Aptly named Digger Dog sniffs out a bone and with catchy, repetitive phrases, uses increasingly larger digging tools and vehicles to break the hard ground and retrieve it.

Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction

Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom (Lapham)
©2013 by R. Gregory Christie, p. 174

A diverse offering of informational books are reviewed in our March issue, including beautiful dung beetles, fascinating fractals, and the evolution of the eye.

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction

Digger Dog (Bee) ©2014 by Cecilia Johansson

Luminous and inspiring picture books abound in the March issue, including a collection of previously unpublished poems by Margaret Wise Brown, the tale of a little boy who proudly wears a tangerine dress—even in the face of cruel comments, and an oddly lovable sloth.

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EDITORS’ PICKS: New Board Book Favorites

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Baby animals, a tooting toddler, and die-cuts galore: this smattering of board books will appeal to your youngest readers.

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Pick of the Day: Flight School

Flight School

Judge successfully balances the humor in the storytelling, the drawings, and the situations in this delightful and charming book.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List

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A modern and magical retelling of The Snow Queen, a train adventure packed with nonstop action, and a delightful look at the life and inspirations of one of the most well-respected picture book artists round out a rich selection of titles in our March Stars.

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Pick of the Day: Gravity

Gravity

Chin introduces youngsters to the concept of gravity, presenting the information in highly understandable language and in captivating paintings that will delight young readers.

Pick of the Day: In New York

In New York

Marc Brown offers a kid-friendly tour of New York City that captures the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

Pick of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Animal?

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

This successful collaboration of old favorites and newer names in illustration is sure to keep youngsters engaged.

Pick of the Day: Love Is You & Me

Love is You & Me

Visually adorable, the book is an extended valentine, best appreciated by all romantics.

Pick of the Day: The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

The Noisy Paint Box

In this delightful homage, crisp visual language unites with deeply expressive and whimsical paintings to re-create the intriguing world of art as seen through Kandinsky’s distinct lens.

Pick of the Day: Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems

Firefly July

Organized by the seasons, beginning with spring, this collection of 36 impeccably chosen short poems demonstrates that significant emotional power can reside in just a few lines.

Pick of the Day: Weasels

Weasels

Those who take the time to explore the riot of sardonic cartoonery will be well rewarded.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List

Carle, Eric and Friends. What’s Your Favorite Animal? illus. by authors

What do six-foot tall (and rather rowdy) praying mantises, an aspiring nature photographer, and an artist with synesthesia have in common? They can all be found within our fabulous February Stars list.

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction

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Short Poems (Janeczko)
©2014 by Melissa Sweet

From a version of Cinderella starring chickens to a look at The Beatles for kids, the Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction reviews feature unique and surprising new titles.

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction

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Several picture books featuring birds, some things (and dogs!) that go go go, and a few charming penguins round out our Preschool to Grade 4 section this February.

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Pick of the Day: Here Comes the Easter Cat

Here Comes the Easter Cat

The combination of witty text, plentiful white space, and brilliant images make this a truly winning book, especially for libraries looking to expand their Easter collections.