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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

adventures of beekle

An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name. He finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

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Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

totally secret secret

Unable to decide how to spend their play date together, Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony share secrets that they fear will challenge their friendship.

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Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Elizabeth queen of the seas

This book contains the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal that made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang

Families, families, families

Moms, dads, sisters, brothers--and even Great Aunt Sue-- appear in dozens of combinations, demonstrating all kinds of nontraditional families!

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Gaston by Kelly Dipucchio


A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.

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Going Places by Peter H. Reynolds, Paul A. Reynolds

going places

Rafael has looked forward to the Going Places contest and builds his gocart froma kit in record time, but his neighbor, Maya, has a much more interesting and creative idea for her entry, and Rafael decides to help.

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Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

One chinese New Year, Goldy Luck's mother sends her to the pandas next door with a plate of turnip cakes, bu the pandas are out and disaster follows.

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How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? by Christine Buttersworth

How did that get in m y lunchbox

From planting wheat to mixing flour into dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, this book looks at the steps involved in producing some common foods.

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Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate

ivan remarkable true story of the shopping mall gorilla

This picture book tells the true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cate for almost 30 years before being relocated to the gorilla habitat at Zoo Atlanta.

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The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Invisible Boy

Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives everything changes.

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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis

mr ferris and his wheel

Capturing an enginner's creative vision and mind for detail, this biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world's most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.

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New Shoes by Susan Meyer

new shoes

Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte, both African American, start their own shoe store when they learn they cannot try on shoes at the store.

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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul

One Plastic Bag

Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the plastic bags and transform her community. This inspirational true stoory shows how one person's actions really can make a difference in the world.

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The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale

The Princess in Black

When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black.

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Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere, Engineer

A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

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This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne

This book just ate my dog

When her dog disappears into the gutter of a book, Bella calls for help. When the helpers disappear, too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right.

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Trapped! A Whale's Rescue by Robert Burleigh

Trapped!  A Whale's Rescue

In the Pacific, a massive humpback whale unexpectedly finds herself tangled in a new abondoned by fishermen. When a rescue boat and divers arrive to help the struggling humpback, a realistic and moving encounter bridges the human and aquatic worlds.

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Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

Waiting is not easy

Piggie tells Gerald she has a surprise for him, but Gerald must be patient.

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Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker


This book recounts the true story that inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh classics, following the World War I veternarian and soldier who rescued a baby bear, made her his regiment's mascot, and took her to the London Zoo, where she met Christopher Robin.

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Wolfie the Bunny by Amy Dyckman

Wolfie the Bunny

A family of bunnies adopts a baby wolf to the dismay of the youngest bunny daughter.

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