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Author: Patricia MacLachlan

This gorgeous celebration of snowflakes is brought to you by the winning combination of Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg. What is extra special is that Random House made a donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund with each of these books sold. In the book, there is a quick mention of the local library (which of course this librarian loved!).

Author: Kate DiCamillo

This book is like no other you will ever read! Funny, exciting, heartwarming all in one..... plus a pat on the back for comic book readers everywhere!  Flora loves comic books.  Her mom writes romance novels.  One day the neighbor vacuums up a squirrel in the back yard and turns the squirrel into a SUPER HERO!  Like every Super Hero, Ulysses has an arch nemisis..... Flora's mom.  You won't regret reading this book....guaranteed!

Author: Matthew Kirby

Dak, Sera and Riq are teenagers trying to fix mistakes in time.  With each passage through time, they set right what once was put wrong.  This is fixing the future, but how will it affect them.  Riq knows that his lineage has be altered as a result of correcting one time break.  Sera has witnessed the actual distruction of their future by accident if they fail to complete there mission, while discovering that her parents are no longer dead in the future she could return to if they can prevent its destruction.  So much responsibility and chaos for three young teenagers to face.  Yet they face their greatest challenge yet.  Going up agains the Monguls, they must protect Aristotle's work for the future Historians to identify breaks that still must be corrected.

Author: Lisa McCourt

Everytime the Grandchildren sleep over....this book is a MUST read to them. All 4 know it so well that they ask the question before I can read it to them. This has been a treasured heirloom book to all of us

When I put the grandbabies to bed..The words I Love You are Always said.  But the imaginative child has a few questions. "What if I were an alligator with sharp teeth that could bite your head off? What if I were a smelly skunk and my name was Stinky Face?" The answers from this author who is a devoted mother will have children and grown-ups laughing. A parent's unconditional love was never so creatively tested or so beautifully reassured. 

A mother and child discuss how the mother's love would remain constant even if her child were a stinky skunk, scary ape, or bug-eating green alien.

The colored illistrations are just wonderful..Seems like they were taken out of a childrens head. I have to say, I think this is one of the sweetest bboks I have ever read My grandchildren LOVE it.

Author: David Van Buren

I really enjoyed reading this book to Bella, my grand daughter 

Big Bear and Little Bear love each other SO much that their love stretches high up into the mountains, far away to the stars. Children will treasure this reminder of how much they are loved. To the sky and beyond. This is how much I wanted Bella to know how much I Love her

Author: Orianne Lallemand

In this comical readaloud, wolf tries on different colors until he realizes that he is good the way he is.

Author: Mo Willems

Adorable! This book is about "pretend" and says that yes, even grownups pretend! If Elephant learns to pretend from Piggie (aka Frog)then what will he pretend to be? :)

Author: Eric Kimmel

This great book shows the obstacles that Marc Chagall overcame to become an artist. This is a kid's book about Marc figuring out that he was gifted. This quote, from Marc, was inspiring: "We all need art to show us what is truly important in the world. We need art to show us the small, secret things that we never take time to see. We need art to show us how to live, how to be alive in the world."