Ages 4 – 8

Books for ages 4 – 8

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The beloved, worldwide bestselling creator of The Dot and Ish inspires readers of every age to find their own unique path to happy, and to always follow their dreams.

Picture book and creativity guru Peter H. Reynolds brings us a universally poignant celebration of the colorful spectrum of what it means to dream and the many ways to find happy!

While the world tells us to sit still, to follow the rules, and to color inside the lines, Happy Dreamer celebrates all those moments in between when the mind and spirit soar and we are free to become our own true dreamer maximus! In Peter's signature voice and style, this empowering picture book reminds children of how much their dreams matter, and while life will have ups and downs, he enlists readers to stay true to who they are, to tap into their most creative inner selves, and to never ever forget to dream big!

Peter H. Reynolds' latest inspirational book is a perfect gift for graduations, new babies, milestone moments, and any happy occasion throughout the year.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peter is a New York Times bestselling children's book author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Judy Moody series, written by Meghan McDonald; The Dot; Ish; Sky Color; and Allison McGhee's Someday, selling more than two million books in over 25 languages around the globe. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother Paul as a social change agency to help move the world to a better place by creating "stories that matter, stories that move." He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, with his family.

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Award-winning author/artist Barbara McClintock has created this enchanting picture book story that will charm every child with ballet dreams!

Emma is little. Julia is big. They both love ballet.

Emma takes ballet lessons. So does Julia.
Emma is learning to be a ballerina.
Julia is a professional ballerina.

They are both excited about the big performance in the theater tonight.
Emma will be watching from the audience.
Julia will be dancing onstage!
And afterward, Emma will go backstage to meet her ballet hero!

Barbara McClintock's richly illustrated, heartwarming story is sure to become a perennial favorite.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Barbara McClintock has written and/or illustrated over forty distinguished books for children, including My Grandfather's Coat, retold by Jim Aylesworth, which received three starred reviews, and her own highly acclaimed Adèle and Simon books. Her books have five times been named New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books. She has received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, as well as a myriad of other awards and honors. Barbara lives in Connecticut with her family and two very graceful cats.


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In the still before dawn, while the rest of the world is sleeping, a boy and his dog leave the comfort of their warm bed to deliver newspapers. As the boy pedals his bike along a route he knows by heart, his dog runs by his side, both enjoying a world that, before sunrise, belongs only to them.

Acclaimed author and artist Dav Pilkey celebrates the beauty found in silence and the peace that comes from being with a beloved friend in this newly remastered edition of his timeless, Caldecott Honor-winning picture book.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.


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The mystery of how Bruce Wayne became Batman, illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Jon J Muth!

In advance of the new Batman movie coming out in March 2016 comes a larger, hardcover version of Batman's Dark Secret! The cover features a new illustration by Caldecott Honor winner Jon J Muth!

One day, a lonely orphan named Bruce Wayne finds himself in a dangerous situation. He defends himself against a monster bat--and he wins. From that time on, he is determined to fight evil. He becomes...Batman!

Batman's Dark Secret is an inspiring story of how a young child overcame his fear of the dark and became a crime-fighting superhero.


ABOUT THE CREATORS
Kelley Puckett is a comic book writer. He has written for The Batman Adventures, Batgirl, and Supergirl series.

Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and its sequel, the New York Times bestselling picture book Zen Ties. Other beloved titles from Jon include the New York Times bestseller Hi, Koo!, The Three Questions, Gershon's Monster by Eric Kimmel, and The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson. Muth lives in upstate New York with his wife and four children.


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From bright new talent Nicholas John Frith, a story of friendship between a very chatty hummingbird and a bear who just wants a little peace and quiet.

Hector the bear has a big problem: His friend Hummingbird just won't be quiet! Whether Hector's trying to enjoy a snack, get a good scratch against a tree, or take a nap, Hummingbird's always buzzing around, asking too many questions. The pair have always been best friends, but will Hector ever find peace and quiet with Hummingbird around?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicholas John Frith grew up in the Chiltern Hills in England, and went to school just around the corner from the home of Roald Dahl. Having spent many years traveling the world, from Kuala Lumpur to Chile, Nicholas is now drawing from his experiences to create picture books that bring those places to life for young readers. Hector and Hummingbird is Nicholas John Frith's debut picture book. He currently lives and works in Dorset, England.


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Fans of Dragons Love Tacos and Adventure Time will love this story of five unlikely heroes and their epic quest to save the Super Happy Magic Forest!

Welcome to the Super Happy Magic Forest, a super happy, super magical place filled with picnics, dancing, and fun. That is until the Mystical Crystals of Life-- the source of all things joyous-- are stolen!

Five heroes have been summoned to retrieve the Crystals, but the epic quest won't be easy. They must first battle through frozen lands, navigate past scary dungeons, and encounter terrifying creatures along the way. Will these heroes save the day? It's hard to say!

With so much to laugh at and explore, lovers of silliness, adventure, and all things magical won't be able to get enough of Super Happy Magic Forest!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matty Long recently earned a master's degree in children's book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art in England.

Visit him online at mattylong.com.


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Some people had rights, while others had none.
Why shouldn't they have them, too?

Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea.

The text by award-winning writer Dean Robbins teaches about the fight for women's and African Americans' rights in an accessible, engaging manner for young children. Two Friends is beautifully illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls, the husband-and-wife team whose The Case for Loving received three starred reviews! Two Friends includes back matter with photos of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.


ABOUT THE CREATORS
Dean Robbins is an award-winning writer based in Madison, Wisconsin. He contributes arts, features, and news stories to publications around the country and reads his cultural commentaries on Wisconsin Public Radio. Dean was also a longtime newspaper editor and syndicated television critic. This is his first picture book. Visit him online at deanrobbins.net.

Sean Qualls has illustrated many celebrated books for children, including The Case for Loving by Selina Alko, Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade, Dizzy by Jonah Winter, and Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which Sean received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Selina Alko, and their two children.

Selina Alko is the author of The Case for Loving, which she illustrated with her husband, Sean Qualls. She is the author and illustrator of several other acclaimed books for children, including Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama and B Is for Brooklyn. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with Sean Qualls and their two children.


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In this spectacular pop-up guide to the White House by bestselling paper engineer Robert Sabuda, readers can take a tour behind the scenes of the office of the executive branch and the residence of the president and his family.

Travel through time as you open each spread and discover the North Face of the White House, the East Room, the Lincoln Bedroom, the Rose Garden, the Oval Office, and the South Lawn of the White House. The text includes the poem "Inauguration Day" by Richard Watson Gilder, adapted by Robert Sabuda.

Every American president since John Adams has lived in the White House. More than 1.5 million people visit the White House every year. According to First Lady Michelle Obama, "It's the 'People's House.' It's a place that is steeped in history, but it's also a place where everyone should feel welcome."

The White House: A Pop-Up of Our Nation's Home is perfect for Presidents' Day and the upcoming election.


ABOUT THE CREATOR:
Robert Sabuda "is indisputably the king of pop-ups," as the New York Times put it. He is the pop-up artist and paper engineer behind many beloved pop-up books, including The Christmas Alphabet, Christmas, America the Beautiful, Winter's Tale, and The Little Mermaid. For more information, go to robertsabuda.com.


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From Kate Beaton, author/illustrator of the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller HARK! A VAGRANT!

Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year: a horse! A big horse, a strong horse, a horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...

For anyone who's ever been saddled with a truly terrible present, THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY is a laugh-out-loud story of overcoming first impressions and falling in love with one unforgettable roly-poly pony.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kate Beaton is the author of HARK! A VAGRANT, her #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling collection of comics. Kate is the recipient of multiple Harvey awards, and her cartoons have been featured in the NEW YORKER. Kate lives in Toronto, and you can find her online at www.harkavagrant.com, or on Twitter as @beatonna.


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From Hans Christian Anderson Award winner and three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sís comes a delectable picture book that is as breezy, sweet, and irresistible as ice cream in summer.

"Dear Grandpa,

Summer is going well.

I am very busy. But don't worry, I am not forgetting about school! I read every day. I practice my math facts. And I am even studying world history!"

Peter Sís's delicious tongue-in-cheek vision of summer dishes up the whole scoop on everyone's favorite frozen treat—and proves that ice cream is every bit as enriching for the mind as it is for the taste buds. Readers everywhere will be begging for seconds and thirds!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter Sís is a Hans Christian Anderson Award winner, a three-time Caldecott Honoree, a Sibert Award winner, and a MacArthur Fellow. He is the illustrator of Pam Muñoz Ryan's THE DREAMER, a Pura Belpré Award winner, a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor Book, and an ALA Notable. Sís's many celebrated picture books, including STARRY MESSENGER: GALILEO GALILEI, TIBET THROUGH THE RED BOX, and THE WALL: GROWING UP BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN, are treasured by readers all over the world. He lives in the New York City area with his family. You can learn more about him online at www.petersis.com.


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In a sequel to her bestselling When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry..., Caldecott Honor illustrator Molly Bang asks: What hurts your feelings, and what do you do about it?

Everyone's feelings get hurt, and it's especially painful in childhood. In this story, Bang's popular character Sophie is hurt when the other children laugh at her and tell her she's wrong. Sophie's face gets hot, and tears begin to flow. Then she questions herself and the value of the choices she's made.

At issue is Sophie's colorful, expressive painting of her favorite tree. Sophie loves it, but her picture is different from the paintings done by the other students. "The sky isn't orange! Trees aren't blue! Your picture is wrong!" they tell her.

In addition to the book's subtle art lesson (imagine the skies of Vincent van Gogh, for example), readers have the opportunity to compare and contrast all the paintings done in Sophie's class. In the end, the students learn there are many different ways to interpret the world—and each other. Here is a simple story that tackles the common issue of hurt feelings as it gently helps us to be more kind.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Molly Bang has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry...; Ten, Nine, Eight; and The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher, each of which were Caldecott Honor books. Bang divides her time between Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Northern California.


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On life’s journey…kindness is the key.

Leo and Molly love their new neighborhood. Most of all they love their friend Stillwater. The three friends are quite a team!

From Caldecott Honoree Jon J Muth comes a story about sharing, another about patience, and a third about compassion. With warmth and fun, they learn from one another in the most surprising ways….


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor book Zen Shorts and its sequel, the New York Times bestselling picture book Zen Ties. Other beloved titles from Jon include the New York Times bestseller Hi, Koo!, The Three Questions, Gershon's Monster by Eric Kimmel, and The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson. Muth lives in upstate New York with his wife and four children.


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A bold, humorous rendition of "The Three Blind Men and the Elephant" magnificently illustrated by an award-winning artist!

When the villagers hear of a huge and mysterious creature that has come all the way from India, they steal into the dark barn to find out what it is.

"It's like a snake!" says one.
"It's like a tree trunk," says another.
"No, it's like a fan!" argues the third.

Who is right? Which of them knows the creature's true shape?

Mina Javaherbin's charming and witty retelling combined with Eugene Yelchin's refreshingly brilliant illustrations bring this enlightened classic, inspired by Rumi's poem, vividly to life.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Mina Javaherbin was born in Iran and immigrated to the USA long ago. She is fluent in both Persian and English. She now lives near a beach in Southern California with her husband and two children. This is her second picture book based on a poem by Rumi. Visit Mina at www.minajavaherbin.com.

Eugene Yelchin loves to create books that explore the boundaries of universal truth. He is the author and illustrator of the Newbery Honor book Breaking Stalin's Nose, as well as many award-winning picture books. He lives in Topanga, California, with his wife and their two children. Visit Eugene at www.eugeneyelchinbooks.com.


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From Caldecott Honor artist Mary GrandPre, a tale of BIG ideas, little inventors, and the magic of creativity.

Cleonardo's father is an inventor. So was her grandfather, her great-grandfather, and all the great-greats before them. Cleo wants to be an inventor too. She tries to help her father in his workshop, but he never uses her great ideas. Can Cleo invent something big and important and perfect all by herself?

This imaginative story of a father and his daughter brings the magic of creativity to little inventors everywhere.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary GrandPré has illustrated more than twenty beautiful books, including The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, which received a Caldecott Honor; Plum, a collection of poetry by Tony Mitton; and the original American editions of all seven Harry Potter novels. Her work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Wall Street Journal, and her paintings and pastels have been shown in galleries across the United States. Ms. GrandPré lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her family.


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A laugh-out-loud new picture book from Kate Beaton, author of The Princess and the Pony and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside, Pops!

All hail King Baby! He greets his adoring public with giggles and wiggles and coos, posing for photos and allowing hugs and kisses. But this royal ruler also has many demands, and when his subjects can't quite keep up, King Baby takes matters into his own tiny hands.

A modern, funny, and (let's be honest) realistic take on life with a new baby, and the perfect gift for anyone with an adorable little ruler in their life.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kate Beaton is the author of The Princess and the Pony, which received four starred reviews, and Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside, Pops!, both #1 New York Times bestselling comics collections. Kate is the recipient of multiple Harvey awards, and her cartoons have been featured in the New Yorker. Kate lives in Canada, and you can find her online at beatontown.com, or on Twitter and Tumblr as @beatonna.


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Get ready for kindergarten in this fun, rhyming story that's sure to reassure little ones anxious about their first day.

When you wake up for school you'll get dressed, really cool with your sneakers and socks and your lunch in a box . . .

Kindergarten's begun. Big kids say that it's fun. But is that really true? Will it be fun . . . for you?

Celebrate all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every kid entering kindergarten in this charming second-person narrative. Whether it's early-morning jitters or becoming familiar with new classroom routines, this sweet and bouncy story will have expectant kindergarteners saying, "Kindergarten is cool!"


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Linda Elovitz Marshall is the author of many books for children. She lives in Selkirk, New York, but you can visit her at lindamarshall.com.

Chris Chatterton is an illustrator and animator from County Durham, England. He has a background in graphic design and corporate/commercial animation. His passion for illustration has led him to pursue a career as an artist.


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Gargoyles have been feared and misunderstood for centuries, but now Caldecott Honor artist Dav Pilkey tells the real story of these gentle stone creatures come to life.

Behind their cold, stone faces, gargoyles have warm, loving souls -- yet most people don't look deeply enough to notice. Angels can see the good inside them, though, and tonight the angels will sweep down to take their silent, stone friends on a magical journey, hand in hand.

Caldecott Honor artist Dav Pilkey's lyrical tale of these gentle stone creatures come to life is a reminder that everyone -- from the grievers to the dreamers to the believers -- is worthy of love.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at pilkey.com.


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A new look for a perennial Christmas favorite by the creators of Room on the Broom!

Stick Man lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.

But one day, Stick Man is carried off by a mischievous dog who wants to play fetch! Things go from bad to worse as Stick Man is carried farther and farther away from home. Lonely and lost, Stick Man wants nothing more than to be home with his family for Christmas. And when he helps Santa Claus out of a bind, he finds the perfect ticket home!

From the creators of Room on the Broom, this perennial Christmas favorite and perfect read-aloud is now available in a bright, eye-catching holiday edition.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julia Donaldson served as the UK Children's Laureate from 2011 - 2013, and has written many bestselling and beloved picture books and novels for young readers. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Malcolm.

Axel Scheffler's award-winning books include Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, and The Gruffalo. His illustrations have been published in more than thirty countries. He lives in London, England.


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Owen & Mzee comes an incredible true story of a real-life lion king. Featuring stunning photos of Cecil the lion and his pride.

Known as the King of Beasts, the lion has always been a symbol of strength and courage. But there was one real lion that earned the title of Lion King. He was known simply by name: Cecil. News of his tragic death spread across the globe like wildfire, raising questions to an unprecedented level about our relationship to our animals and our planet.

Cecil's Pride is a tale of resilience and responsibility -- a triumph out of tragedy. Discover Cecil's struggle as a young lion to survive, his rise to power, and his extraordinary alliance with Jericho, his former archrival. Cecil is gone, but his legacy lives on. The world knows the story of how Cecil died. This is the story of how he lived.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Craig Hatkoff is the cofounder of the Tribeca Film Festival and of Turtle Pond Publications. Both Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship and Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship are New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife and their two daughters in Manhattan.


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