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Bathtime!

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Author: Mo Willems

Mo Willems does it again. Pigeon is back in another adventure, this time about taking a bath. I imagined reading this book to a group of preschoolers and thinking of all the fun we could have. The questions Pigeon asks will certainly be answered by enthusiastic listeners as they share their own stories about bathtime. The expressions on Pigeon's face are classic Willems. Pigeon is dirty throughout most of this book too which gives him a whole new look.

Manfish

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Author: Jennifer Berne

Jacques Cousteau was a very interesting person. This book tells us how he grew up loving the sea and exploring the creatures that lived in the water. He traveled all over the world to many interesting places and he took pictures of things people had never seen before. I enjoyed this book because it has beautiful illustrations and because I learned that there are things we can do to protect the earth and the creatures on it.

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Author: Keiko Kasza

A great modern fable about being happy with what you have! Badger thinks mole or rabbit or rat would make a delicious meal. As each animal escapes Badger what have they been up to? Funny ending! Super detailed pictures.

Chasing Vermeer

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Author: Blue Balliett

How would feel if you received a mysterious letter asking for your help to find a stolen famous painting? What would you do if the letter said “Do not contact the authorities.  You life is in danger.”

In the book Chasing Vermeer, one of the controversial painter’s masterpieces is stolen.  What do two kids, a 6th grade teacher, an old rich lady and a bookstore owner have in common with three mysterious letters and an international art crime?

Fast Food

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Title: Fast Food
Author: Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers

A clever book about transportation that is illustrated by cut and decorated fruits and vegetables. Kids and adults will enjoy how Saxton and Joost use their imaginations. If you enjoy this one, there are several others by these authors!

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Author: Marguerite Henry

On the island of Assateague lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the Phantom, a mysterious mare who has never been captured during Chincoteague’s annual “Pony Penning Day” roundup. Paul and Maureen are a young boy and girl who are determined to have her for their own. As luck would have it, they do eventually capture her, only to find that she’s given birth to the young filly Misty. Taming the Phantom teaches the children important lessons, especially when they realized that her heart will always be with the wild ponies of Assateague. An important decision is made, as the children learn to love and let go. Marguerite Henry's book has won the Newbery Honor Award and has captivated the hearts of boys and girls for generations. Based on factual events, the story appeals to lovers of animals and adventure in an appealing, realistic setting. Wesley Dennis's pen-and-ink drawings are an added touch that enhance the story with their authentic, yet tender style.

Rainbow Soup

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Author: Brian P. Cleary

An introduction to poetry that uses humorous poems, illustrations, and annotations to clarify terms and explain different types of poems, such as macaronic verse, concrete poems, and limericks. I think this is a fun way to teach poems and lets kids know that poems aren't what they used to be.

Duck On a Bike

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Author: David Shannon

In this silly tale, Duck decides to try riding a bike, and rides past all the farm animals. Each animal thinks Duck is being silly until they have the opportunity to try riding bikes, too, and they all love it. The text has many repetitions, so there's potential for audience participation. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and appealing. overall, it has great appeal, and makes for an excellent read aloud. 

Chicken Cheeks

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Author: Michael Ian Black

If your funny bone is tickled by humorous body parts, read about creative terms for animal backsides in Chicken Cheeks, written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Kevin Hawkes went to the zoo with a camera and sketchbook before creating the pictures in this book. The resulting artwork is fun and colorful. If the author asked for my creative idea, I would add "baboon bottom!"