Booklist 2012-13

Claire Masurel, Illustrated by Bob Kolar

A cat and a dog live in the same house, but they are not friends. They fight all the time about everything. Then disaster strikes. Dog's beloved ball bounces up into a tree and is stuck. Cat's precious stuffed mouse falls into the pond. Dog can't climb. Cat can't swim. What are they to do? Claire Masurel's simple text and Bob Kolar's bright, bold illustrations combine in this charming picture book for the very young, a humorous look at the age-old battle of cats and dogs that demonstrates how a simple act of kindness can turn an enemy into a friend. Bilingual.

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Karma Wilson

Bear is not feeling well at all; he is achy, sneezy, wheezy, and sick and in no shape to go outside to play. Mole, Hare, Mouse and the rest of the gang try to make Bear feel as comfortable as possible in his cave. Under the care of his friends, Bear starts to get better but as soon as Bear is well, guess what happens? All of his friends get sick!

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Giles Andreae

Stamp your feet and swing your arms - it's time for the Jungle Dance! This marvelous book will have all children wanting to join the fun, dancing along with Gerald the Giraffe and all his animal friends.

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Sue Williams

Let's go visiting and see who's ready to play--one foal, two calves, three kittens, four piglets, five ducklings, and six puppies! And once we've stomped in the mud with the piglets and swum in the lake with the ducklings, let's curl up with this adorable menagerie and take an afternoon nap. This adventure-filled cumulative counting book will help youngsters practice their counting skills while they learn to identify their favorite animal babies--a visit every child will remember.

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Anna McQuinn

Lola loves to go to the library with her daddy. Every night she reads a new story, and the next day, she acts it out. One day she s a fairy princess, the next day she goes on a trip to Lagos! She becomes a tiger, a farmer, a pilot... What will Lola be next? Children and adults will love following along with Lola s adventures. Lola Loves Stories celebrates imaginative thinking and the importance of books as a way to inspire young minds.

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Eric Carle

One fine morning, a rooster sets off to see the world. Soon he’s joined by two cats, then three frogs, then four turtles, then five fish. But one group by one, his new friends decide to head home, leaving the rooster alone again – and ready to return to his own comfortable home as well. Bold, colorful collage illustrations, a beguiling story, and a simple introduction to number sets, addition, and subtraction combine to make this book a delight.

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Ezra Jack Keats

In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers. The Snowy Day transformed children's literature with its pioneering portrayal of an African-American child and the charming story and artwork that won it the Caldecott Medal.

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Katherine Ayres

From seeds dropping into soil to corn bursting from its stalks, from children chasing butterflies to ants burrowing underground, everything in this vibrant picture book pulses with life —- in all directions! Sprightly illustrations set the mood for a rhythmic text that follows nature’s course to a feast of backyard bounty.

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