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Mr. Tiger, Betsy, and the Blue Moon Cover Image
By Sally Gardner, Nick Maland (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593095164
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Published: Penguin Workshop - April 7th, 2020

Award-winning author Sally Gardner delivers a whimsical tale about the daughter of a mermaid and an ice cream maker, a mysterious talking tiger, and a challenge as big as the moon.

From a magical world of well-dressed animals, talking toads, and bossy princesses comes a timeless story about Mr. Tiger and his troupe of acrobats, and Betsy K. Glory, the daughter of a mermaid and an ice cream maker. Together they must figure out how to turn the moon blue, appease a grumpy giant, and make the best-tasting and rarest ice cream in the world--Gongalong Berry Ice Cream. Told with beautiful one-color illustrations throughout, this modern fairy tale teaches us that happiness is sometimes big enough to solve even the toughest problems.

Ages 6-9


Dear Beast Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780823444922
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Published: Holiday House - April 28th, 2020

A jealous cat really, reallyREALLY wants to drive away his young owner's new dog in this playful illustrated chapter book from a two-time Geisel Honor winner.

Simon has taken care of his owner, Andy, for many years. He's a good cat. Clean, responsible, and loyal. What more could a boy want? Even when Andy's dad moves out, Simon is certain that Andy doesn't need another pet. So why would Andy's dad adopt a DOG?! To make matters worse, the animal is a rude, rowdy troublemaker.

Simon's job is clear: the beast has got to go. He decides to write him a letter. Strongly worded, of course. But when the dog's response sets off an unexpected correspondence, Simon realizes the beast may be here to stay. Can he make room for another pet in Andy's life?

This funny and heartwarming collaboration between Geisel Honor and Edgar Award-winning author Dori Hillestad Butler and bestselling illustrator Kevan Atteberry is a tribute to the love of a good pet - and the joy found in new friendship. With nine chapters and adorable full-color illustrations on every spread, the series is a fun read for parents to share with kids.

Ages 6-8


Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524766719
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

From a Caldecott Honor-winning artist comes a cozy classic-in-the-making about finding your friends and sticking together through thick and thin.

Hedgehog lives on a teeny-tiny island with only her stuffed dog, Mutty, for company. When a great storm carries Mutty away, she embarks on a quest to find her friend. Following the trail of clues Mutty left behind, brave Hedgehog meets a wiggly Mole, a wordy Owl, a curmudgeonly Beaver, a scatterbrained Hen and Chicks, and a girl who's new to the neighborhood, Annika May. With bravery and teamwork, there's nothing that can stop these seven from finding Mutty, but along the way they discover something even more important: each other.

The first book in a new series from Caldecott Honor winner Lauren Castillo, Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us has the feel of a timeless classic, introducing an unforgettable cast of characters who will star in many more adventures to come.

Ages 5-9


The Ruby Princess Runs Away (Jewel Kingdom #1) Cover Image
By Jahnna N. Malcolm, Janee Trasler (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781338565676
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Four girls are about to become princesses! But can they keep their kingdom safe? Read to find out-- and collect the full sheet of sparkly holographic stickers in every book!

In the Jewel Kingdom, four girls rule: Roxanne is the Ruby Princess, Sabrina is the Sapphire Princess, Emily is the Emerald Princess, and Demetra is the Diamond Princess.

But soon-to-be Ruby Princess, Roxanne, is not so sure she's ready to be royalty. She decides to run away! But before she can get very far, she learns of a plot to take over the Jewel Kingdom. Another girl is pretending to be her. If Roxanne doesn't act fast, the Jewel Kingdom might be lost forever!

A full sheet of sparkly holographic stickers in every book!

Ages 7-10


What About Worms!? (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781368045735
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 19th, 2020

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Ryan T. Higgins comes What About Worms!?

Tiger is BIG. Tiger is BRAVE. And Tiger is NOT afraid of anything . . . except WORMS! Are Tiger's worm worries worse than worms?

Ages 4-8


Lost on the Titanic (Out of Time Book 1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524860431
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 19th, 2020

Allie and Vic Taylor are just regular kids who help out in their parents’ antique shop. Until one day, when they find they can travel through time! From Epic! Originals, Out of Time is a middle-grade chapter book series about time-traveling kids who explore important moments in history!

When Allie, Vic, and their friend, Max, are mysteriously sent back in time to the Titanic, they have to find a way to save their parents’ shop, save their futures, and get off the ship before it sinks! Join them as they explore the Titanic in its prime and attempt to find their way back to the present!

After the adventure, readers can flip to the back of the book to learn interesting facts about antique stores as well as the Titanic and its passengers!

Ages 7-10


Monster and Boy Cover Image
By Hannah Barnaby, Anoosha Syed (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250217837
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 28th, 2020

Fall in love with the friendship between Monster and Boy in this exciting new chapter book series from writer Hannah Barnaby and illustrator Anoosha Syed.

When Monster (who lives under the bed) meets Boy (who sleeps in the bed), Boy starts to scream—and Monster promptly swallows him. It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

Told with a warm, cozy voice, the story is brought to life with adorable two-color illustrations. Filled with adventure and humor, this chapter book is perfect for sharing with kids just aging out of picture books and for newly independent readers.

Ages 6-9


Bear Cover Image
By Ben Queen, Joe Todd-Stanton (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781684155316
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Published: Archaia - August 18th, 2020

Bear is a guide dog who would do anything for his owner Patrick - and embarks on an epic quest from the forest to the city to regain his sight so he can protect his best friend.

Bear is a service dog who would do anything for his owner and best friend Patrick who is blind. But when Bear suddenly loses his vision, he worries he’s lost his purpose in life—protecting Patrick! Following the misguided advice from some self-serving raccoons, Bear embarks on a transformative journey to regain his eyesight. Out of both necessity and survival, he learns to tap into his other senses and begins to see the world from a new perspective that is at times more rich and colorful than the world he’s always known. 

Writer Ben Queen (Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 and Cars 3) draws inspiration from real life stories of how memory can influence how we recall our own surroundings, and artist Joe Todd-Stanton (A Mouse Called Julian) lovingly renders an unforgettable story of one dog’s grand adventure from the wooded countryside to the heart of Manhattan where he encounters new friends and discovers his true calling.

Ages 6-9


See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog Cover Image
By David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536204278
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

Move over, Spot. . . . Spoofing classic primers, Max the Dog talks back to the book in a twist that will have fans of funny early readers howling.

See Max. Max is not a cat—Max is a dog. But much to Max’s dismay, the book keeps instructing readers to “see the cat.” How can Max get through to the book that he is a DOG? In a trio of stories for beginning readers, author David LaRochelle introduces the excitable Max, who lets the book know in irresistibly emphatic dialogue that the text is not to his liking. Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka hilariously depicts the pup’s reactions to the narrator and to the wacky cast of characters who upend Max’s—and readers’—expectations as the three stories build to an immensely satisfying conclusion. Hooray, Max, hooray!

Ages 6-9


Puppy Problems (Peanut, Butter, and Crackers #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593117439
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

A goofy new puppy rocks the world of a high-strung dog and a snarky cat in this hilarious graphic novel for early readers.

Crackers is a rescue dog who's a bit on the nervous side, but pretty comfy at home with Butter, a very plump cat who--like all cats--is all about himself. The two pets have a good life: big backyard, nice couch, good eats, and an owner who goes to work every day so they can pretty much do what they want.

Enter Peanut, a brand-new puppy with big floppy ears, unabashed energy, and no appreciation for the quiet life. The little dog is a chowhound who dips into everybody's food bowl. He drools, he chews up stuff, he doesn't get how stairs work, and he's afraid of the dark. Yowl! Not to mention he's hogging their owner's lap. Even the squirrels in the yard are laughing at this goofy little canine.

Butter and Crackers have had it! This puppy has to go! But when the backyard gate is left open (the cat's idea, of course!) and Peanut wanders out and gets lost, the older animals remember what it was like to be alone--and lonely. Butter and Crackers to the rescue!

Kids will laugh-out-loud at Paige Braddock's funny, endearing art and dialogue. (She also cleverly never shows "our human," the animals' owner, as anything more than a pair of hands or unintelligble speech balloons.) This is a wonderful story about friendship and acceptance, with the funniest combination of pets to ever hit the page.

Ages 6-9


Donut Feed the Squirrels (Norma and Belly #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984895837
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Published: Random House Graphic - September 29th, 2020

Two squirrel best friends meet their match: a donut food truck! A hilarious young graphic novel perfect for fans of Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea and anyone who would do ANYTHING for a donut.

Norma and Belly would really really really really really like a donut.

With a burned breakfast and a cranky donut seller at the local food truck, they may be stuck with only nuts to eat . . . unless they can steal the biggest, most delicious donut of their tiny lives!

Mika Song gives readers something to laugh at as these squirrels try their hardest to get some donuts while just about everything goes wrong. A fun "donut caper" graphic novel that focuses on madcap action, problem-solving, and the power of working together.

Ages 5-8


Magic Tree House Deluxe Edition: Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House (R) #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593127261
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Magic. Mystery. Time-travel. Travel in the magic tree house with Jack and Annie in this oversized, gorgeously illustrated deluxe edition of the adventure that started it all from the #1 bestselling chapter book series--for the first time with brand-new full-color illustrations!

Where did the tree house come from?

Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark...or will they become a dinosaur's dinner?

This fantasy adventure from the internationally bestselling Magic Tree House series will capture the imagination and is perfect for reading aloud. Newly illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo with rich and whimsical art, this gorgeous edition is one to cherish.

Ages 6-9


Dragon's Merry Christmas: An Acorn Book (Dragon #5) Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781338347524
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 6th, 2020

From Dav Pilkey, creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, comes Dragon, the heartwarming hero adored by Dav's youngest readers!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!

Dragon finds a Christmas tree, makes a wreath, and does his holiday shopping. Can Dragon spread his holiday cheer and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

This Acorn edition contains brand-new bonus content, including how-to-draw pages!

Ages 4-8


Kitty and Dragon Cover Image
By Meika Hashimoto, Gillian Reid (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524861001
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 20th, 2020

When Kitty looks for the perfect home, she makes an unlikely best friend—Dragon! From Epic! Originals, Kitty and Dragon is a lovable early reader series about finding true friendship when you least expect it.

Book 1 of this early reader series features three adorable stories about Kitty and Dragon—best friends, even when one of them is snoring, being messy, or having a sad day. Even though they are quite different from one another, Kitty and Dragon have learned that there’s nothing better than being together, just the way they are.

Ages 5-9