Picture Book

Ol' Clip Clop: A Ghost Story by Pat McKissack

Ol' Clip-Clop book cover; a colonial man on horsebackJohn Leep "had a mean streak in him that ran the length of his long, thin body. Wasn't poverty that made him hard. He had plenty of money. But John Leep had a stingy heart." 

And so the stage is set with a selfish greedy man ready to get his comeuppance.

With the right elements of spooky, this is a perfect ghost story to share this Halloween. Recommended for grades 2 and up. (Or, a really bold first grader). Read with the lights on or off, either way, you'll never hear the sound of "clip-clop" the same way again!

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Celeste, Kids World

Nugget & Fang, Friends Forever--or Snack Time by Tammi Sauer

Cover image of Nugget and Fang featuring a large shark and a small fish smiling at each other."They did everything together...until it was time for Nugget to go to school."

Can a big shark and a little minnow really be best friends? When Nugget goes away to minnow school, he makes a shocking discovery - sharks like to eat minnows! Shark misses his best friend and tries his best to prove that he does not, in fact, want to eat minnows, but Nugget isn't so sure. When Nugget finds himself in trouble, it is up to Fang to save the day and rescue the minnows. Will Nugget be able to look past their difference and be friends with Fang again?

With bright and colorful illustrations, this 'fishy' tale reminds us that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

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Bridget, Kids World

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-El

Not Your Typical Dragon book cover with a green dragon in bottom left corner blowing bubbles that rise across the book cover"He could feel a tingling inside his tummy. But when he opened his mouth, fire did not come out."

What would a dragon do if he could not breathe fire? That is the dilemma Crispin Blaze finds himself in when he discovers on his 7th birthday that he cannot breathe fire! This is quite unheard of, and after several failed attempts to learn how to breathe fire, Crispin decides that it would best for everyone if he ran away. However, With the help of Sir George, a knight, Crispin discovers that maybe being different isn't so bad after all!

Funny and heartwarming, Crispin's story will make you laugh and appreciate everything that makes you unique.

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Bridget, Kids World

Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale

Stripes of all types book cover with black and white stripes framing a skunk walking across grass"Stripes found in water, twisting on sand and poised on a leaf."

Discover different types of animals that have stripes and the natural habitats in which they live. A butterfly, a zebra, a tiger and a snail are all animals that have a stripe or more on their body. Why do they have these stripes and how do they help them survive? With simple, colorful illustrations and a glossary in the back, learn about these exciting animals!

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Bridget, Kids World

Two Shy Pandas by Julia Jarman

Cover image of the book Two Shy Pandas featuring two pandas on different sides of a fence waving to each other.This is a sweet and simple story about friendship and the importance of being a good neighbor. Panda and Pandora, who live at numbers one and two Bamboo Gardens, are eager to meet. However, both are very shy and cannot find the courage to say hello. When winter comes to Bamboo Gardens a snowball changes everything...

Preschool aged children will enjoy this tale.

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Jade, Kids world

Part-time Princess by Sarah Underwood

Part-time princess book cover, has young blonde princess with blue dress riding a green dragon"During the day, I am a regular girl....But at night, after Mom kisses me and tucks me in, I become a princess."

After a day filled with spelling tests and following the rules, a young girl becomes a princess. While there is plenty of pink to go around, this is not your typical princess picture book. Filled with bravery, compassion, and a sense of adventure, the young princess faces various emergencies from fire-breathing dragons to trolls crashing the ball. It is "princess to the rescue!" This self-empowered young girl takes charge of each situation saving the kingdom, "as usual." Too bad it was all a dream, or was it?

A great book to share between mom and daughter as the young girl's mom makes a queenly appearance in most escapades. Recommended for princess fans ranging from PreK to first grade.

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Celeste, Kids World

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy

Book cover Hoop Genius, profile of man with mustache, in background boys are playing basketball A young teacher, James Naismith, was forced to take over a gym class with students so out of control two teachers had already quit! When all other sports proved to be too rough and aggresive, Naismith created his own sport: basketball. A great example of perservance and learning from not only failure but past events. Second and Third graders might enjoy reading this nonfiction book on their own, but the ratio of words to pictures allows this book to serve as a great read-out-loud for a younger sports fan.

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Celeste, Kids World

The World Is Waiting For You by Barbara Kerley

The World Is Waiting For Your book cover, white cover with photograph of boy and girl running through the O in YouPaired with wonderful photos from National Geographic, the simple text encourages kids to use their curiosity, try new things, go to new places, and experience all life has to offer. An exceptionally beautiful picture book, perfect for sparking the imagination and a sense of adventure.

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Celeste, Kids World

Nightsong by Ari Berk

Nightsong Book Cover, bat flyingA young bat leaves his mother for the first time, and ventures out into an unknown dark world. As he learns to use his “song,” the world fills with color.  With truly lovely illustrations by Loren Long, this book is a great introduction to the bats’ echo “vision.” It also serves well as a warm simple story of a child gaining independence.

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Celeste, Kids World

 

The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Cover image of the book The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers featuring a gingerbread girl and animal crackersIn this sequel to The Gingerbread Girl , it is the Gingerbread Girl's birthday and she's in for a suprise! Her new friends, the animal crackers are bouncing off of the walls and no one can catch them. They put their trust in the wily fox who lives down by the river to help them get away from the Gingerbread Girl but does the fox really want to help them? This is a book that is fast paced with rhythmic writing and great illustrations. Perfect for reading out loud to children ages three to five.

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Tiffany, Kids World

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