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Author: Steve Jenkins

This comprehensive compendium of the animal kingdom is not to be missed!  Jenkins' stunning work covers roughly 300 of the world's most remarkable animals.  Facts are presented in an accessible and informative way.  In Jenkins' own words he explains the book covers "the exotic and the everyday- and describes some of the amazing things they can do."  The book is a must- have for any fan of the natural world.

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Author: Jenny Offill

A young girl with a very inquisitive nature tries many different experiments. She decides that ketchup and snow are the only food groups a kids needs, dogs like glitter and yodeling in the car makes time go faster. The consequences of some of the experiments don't hurt anyone but then there are others. Follow along and see what happens. Maybe you will decide to try some experiments of your own. Be sure you are ready to suffer the consequences.

Adventures in math

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Author: Laura Overdeck

Bedtime Math helps kids love math. These books are designed for parents and kids to interact at bedtime or during breakfast, dinnertime or bathtime. Each chapter has 2 page spreads with fun, math word problems loaded with information on one page and 3 questions on the second page. The questions are divided into Wee ones, Little kids and Big kids. The child can answer as many as they are able to. The answers are at the bottom of every page making it easy for parents find. At the back of the book it shows you the math equations behind the thinking. Bedtime Math 2 adds a bonus question that requires more steps and makes everyone think a little harder.

These books encourage kids to think things through, work as a team with siblings or parents and gives them one on one time with mom and dad.

Adventures in math

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Author: Laura Overdeck

Bedtime Math helps kids love math. These books are designed for parents and kids to interact at bedtime or during breakfast, dinnertime or bathtime. Each chapter has 2 page spreads with fun, math word problems loaded with information on one page and 3 questions on the second page. The questions are divided into Wee ones, Little kids and Big kids. The child can answer as many as they are able to. The answers are at the bottom of every page making it easy for parents find. At the back of the book it shows you the math equations behind the thinking. Bedtime Math 2 adds a bonus question that requires more steps and makes everyone think a little harder.

These books encourage kids to think things through, work as a team with siblings or parents and gives them one on one time with mom and dad.

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Author: Charlotte Forten

Capstone Press' series First-Person Histories are excellent resources for learning about key points in our American history through the eyes of those that lived it, presented in diary format.  The six titles in the series cover topics such as pioneer farms, covered wagons, Civil War, and more.  The short books are filled with colorful illustrations and easy to process tidbits of information.  The books include a glossary, discussion questions using the Common Core, related internet sites and bibliography for further reading.  Attractive format that makes learn history even more fun.

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Author: David LaRochelle

Great read aloud.  There is nothing meaner than green beans with pointy boots and tall cowboy hats.  This story needs someone to save the day, who will it be?

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.

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Author: Greg Pizzoli

Have you ever swallowed a seed and worried what might happen inside your stomach? Well so does Crocodile in this hilarious picture book. Crocodile loves his watermelon and he tries so hard not to eat any seeds but one day his appetite for melon overcomes his watchful eye. What happens next is hilarious. This would be a great read-aloud for familes and caregivers who work with children. This book won the 2014 Theodor Geisel Award.