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    THE DEAD BIRD

    MARCH 1, 2016

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THE DEAD BIRD

by Margaret Wise Brown ; illustrated by Christian Robinson

A story about the importance of ritual and the ability for renewal, itself magnificently renewed by Robinson. Full review >

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    I HEAR A PICKLE

    JAN. 12, 2016

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I HEAR A PICKLE

by Rachel Isadora ; illustrated by Rachel Isadora

Teachers, make sure this is on your shelves—it’s a great read-aloud, an easy read for beginning readers, and a model for... Full review >

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    DU IZ TAK?

    OCT. 18, 2016

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DU IZ TAK?

by Carson Ellis ; illustrated by Carson Ellis

Following the minute changes as the pages turn is to watch growth, transformation, death, and rebirth presented as... Full review >

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    SHY

    SEPT. 27, 2016

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SHY

by Deborah Freedman ; illustrated by Deborah Freedman

An exquisite treasure for bashful readers, animal lovers, and anyone who’s ever wanted a friend. Full review >

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    THE SOUND OF SILENCE

    AUG. 2, 2016

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THE SOUND OF SILENCE

by Katrina Goldsaito ; illustrated by Julia Kuo

An inviting tale that will stretch inquisitive and observant young minds—and may even lead children to a greater... Full review >

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    CRICKET SONG

    MARCH 1, 2016

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CRICKET SONG

by Anne Hunter ; illustrated by Anne Hunter

Sensitive bedtime winner guaranteed to enchant drowsy kids Full review >

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    BILLIONS OF BRICKS

    OCT. 11, 2016

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BILLIONS OF BRICKS

by Kurt Cyrus ; illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

After sharing this, readers will have a new appreciation for bricks and will want to count all the ways they’re used in... Full review >

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    THE CAT FROM HUNGER MOUNTAIN

    NOV. 15, 2016

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THE CAT FROM HUNGER MOUNTAIN

by Ed Young ; illustrated by Ed Young

Young is at the height of his powers in this fable that offers a feast for the eyes, mind, and soul. A visual masterpiece. Full review >

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