2015 Book Selections

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Brown Bear by Suzi EszterhasTwo baby brown bears are born in the mountains of Alaska. Follow them from birth to adulthood, photographed close-up in the wild by award-winning photographer Suzi Eszterhas.The text shows all the aspects of the animal’s life in the wild. Watch them exploring with their mum, chasing and climbing, and then learning to catch fish and hunt for delicious clams. At last they are three years old and ready for their biggest adventure — starting families of their own. A spread at the back of the book gives further conservation information, including useful websites.

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Chester’s Way by Kevin HenkesChester and Wilson had their own way of doing things, and they did everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they rode their bikes, they always used hand signals. If Chester was hungry, Wilson was too. They were two of a kind, and that’s the way it was – until indomitable Lilly, who had her own way of doing things, moved into the neighborhood. Chester and Wilson share the same exact way of doing things, until Lilly moves into the neighborhood and shows them that new ways can be just as good!

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Hi, Koo by Jon J. MuthCaldecott Honoree and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author/artist Jon J Muth takes a fresh and exciting new look at the four seasons!
Eating warm cookies on a cold day is easy water catches every thrown stone skip skip splash.
With a featherlight touch and disarming charm, Jon J Muth–and his delightful little panda bear, Koo–challenge readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with twenty-six haikus about the four seasons.

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Lovabye Dragon by Barbara JoosseIn her bed in her room in her castle, a girl longs for a dragon.
In his nest in his cave in his mountain, a dragon dreams of a girl. When a lonely dragon follows a trail of princess tears, a beautiful friendship is born. They march and sing, roar and whisper, hide and seek, then settle into snug companionship at bedtime. Barbara Joosse’s fiercely protective and gently loving dragon cavorts across the pages, endearingly illustrated by Randy Cecil. At the end of the day, who can resist curling up in the embrace of a lovabye dragon?

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It’s All About MeowThe perfect gift for cat lovers!
Cats rule! And this funny, endearing look at cat culture shows how they’ve mastered the art of charming humans. Do you ever wonder how cats achieve the perfect blend of catitude and cuteness; how they can be both mild and wild? Here all the tricks of their trade are revealed as an alpha cat passes his wisdom to a new generation. Entertaining lessons abound, including a crash course on what to eat (mouse=do, gerbil=don’t) and the importance of purr therapy to keep the humans calm.
Hudson Talbott’s spot-on humor celebrates everything we love about our fabulous feline friends, as well as the little things we put up with because we love them.

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The Snatchabook by Helen and Thomas DochertyA brilliantly written, laugh-out-loud rhyming text about books and the joy of reading in the vein of New York Times bestsellers It’s a Book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and Dog Loves Books.

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The Tree Lady by Joseph HopkinsKatherine Olivia Sessions never thought she’d live in a place without trees. After all, Kate grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California. But after becoming the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she took a job as a teacher far south in the dry desert town of San Diego. Where there were almost no trees.
Kate decided that San Diego needed trees more than anything else. So this trailblazing young woman singlehandedly started a massive movement that transformed the town into the green, garden-filled oasis it is today. Now, more than 100 years after Kate first arrived in San Diego, her gorgeous gardens and parks can be found all over the city.

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Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van DusenRandy Riley loves two things: science and baseball. When it comes to the solar system, the constellations, and all things robot, Randy is a genius. But on the baseball diamond? Not so much. He tries . . . but whiffs every time. Then, one night, Randy sees something shocking through his Space Boy telescope: it’s a fireball, and it’s headed right for his town! Randy does the math, summons all of his science smarts, and devises a plan that will save the day in a spectacular way. Once again, Chris Van Dusen winds up his visual humor, dizzying perspectives, perfect pacing, and rollicking rhyme and delivers a hit to make readers stand up and cheer.

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A Perfect Season for Dreaming by Benjamin Alire SáenzeNinety-two-year-old Octavio Rivera is a beautiful dreamer. And lately he has been visited by some very interesting dreams—dreams about piñatas that spill their treasures before him, revealing kissing turtles, winged pigs, hitchhiking armadillos and many more fantastic things! Octavio doesn’t tell anyone about his dreams except his young granddaughter Regina because she alone understands beautiful and fantastic dreams. On the ninth afternoon Octavio prepares for his siesta hoping to be blessed with one last lovely dream. That afternoon he dreams of a sky full of sweet and perfect hummingbirds calling his name over and over again …

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The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah DiesenTurn little pouts into big smiles!
Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math—until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.