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Author: David Kelly

I had no idea!  Really.... major league baseball teams rub special mud on 70-100 baseballs before every game!?  This easy nonfiction picture book tells the story of the man who would never be a great baseball player but found his way into the Baseball Hall of Fame by his idea of rubbing mud on baseballs to make them safer, easier to throw and easier to hit.  I want to call all my baseball loving friends to see if they knew about this technique.

Author: Andrea Cheng

This book is a quick read and tells the most amazing story of Dave the Potter, a black slave in South Carolina.  The story is told through poems from various voices and gives readers a true depiction of what it must have been like to be a slave.  Pair this with the movie "12 Years a Slave" and the picture book, Dave the Potter, and you will learn important lessons from the heart.  This book makes me want to visit Edgefield, SC!

Very Magical!

Author: Patrick George

This fun and interactive book demonstrates opposites through a very ingenious way- an acetate transparent page changes sun into rain or hot into cold.  An excellent short read for preschool age children.  The format of the book allows children to take part in learning opposites in a hands-on way.

What is a Friend?

Author: Kristin Levine

"I think a friend is someone who helps you change for the better. And whether you see them once a day or once a year, if it's a true friend, it doesn't matter."  This is a great book! It has unexpected twists and turns in the plot that can really surprise you.  Historical fiction set during the Civil Rights Movement in the American South, it is really more a book about friendship, loyalty, and family.  I highly recommend this book!

Author: Sarah Campbell

Okay.... we all know about circles, cones, triangles, cubes, etc.   But what to you call things like trees, broccoli, lightning, your lungs?  What shape are they?  Here's your answer! Thanks to Benoit Mandelbrot, a mathematician who named fractals in 1975, we have a common name.  Love the photos in this book.  Perfect for Fizz, Boom, Read and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) reading.

Author: Lois Ehlert

Wow! If you love reading Lois Ehlert's picture books you will love this autobiographical book for kids that Ehlert wrote about her life and art. She follows the same techniques she uses to illustrate her picture books to tell her story in The Scraps Book. She explains where she gets her ideas for her stories, the process she follows to create her illustrations (collage) and also provides glimpses into her life now and when she was growing up. This book is colorful and alive. Any elementary aged child who is familiar with Ehlert's work would enjoy this book as would any adult. If you know a young aspiring artist, get this book into his or her hands.

Author: Ashley Wolff

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashely Wolff tells the story of Baby Bear seeing seeing the world for the first time and learning about what he sees by posing questions to Mama Bear. This is a great book to learn about colors and would be a great read-aloud for children because of its "predictability". Wolff illustrations (water tinted linocuts) are beautiful and children will love all the small details in the illustrations.

Title: Clementine
Author: Sebastian Loth

Clementine is a small snail who loves round things, especially the moon.  Her dream is to fly to the moon and with help from her friend, a worm, she does all the research and makes her plan.  Great book for any age!