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    Adventure,  Beautiful,  Educational,  Silly Fun

    The Honey Bee

    Written by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault I LOVE THESE BEES! The narration is flighty like a buzzing around bee, short bits of motion here, then there. You learn so much from this book too! You learn about the busy stuff a bee does at a flower, the dancing in the hive, the working of the pollen to get it sticky and sweet, the saving it in honeycomb cells for later. It’s all just beautifully illustrated. I love Isabelle’s work, so I’m biased. There is a warm and fuzzy air to her work. The spot color for the pollen is just perfect. It warms up everything even more. I…

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    Adventure,  Beautiful,  Being Yourself,  Friendship,  Hilarious,  Kindness,  Silly Fun

    Ten New Favorites!

    Niko Draws a Feeling Niko Draws a Feeling Written by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Simone Shin This story is an example of how amazingly different some people feel, and see, and hear, our world. Some are even lucky enough to be able to express these experiences visually. Niko is one. I relate to Niko SO much. My experiences are very abstract, but SO strong. The pieces Niko makes are true to him. Immovable. The hard work of a robin’s nest, a ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck. They are what they are and he shares that. Not many others understand, but finally Niko finds someone who does. And that is…

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    Being Yourself

    Chick’s Rule

    Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Illustrated by Renée Kurilla Chicks can build, and play, and run, and knit, and ride, and rock, and write, and think, and draw, and read, and aim, and carry, and make, and preach, and lead, and code, and learn, and surf, and sail, and bake, and build, and design, and teach, and love, and believe, and devise, and create, and work, and share, and include, and conquer, and succeed! These chicks are all diversely adorable and capable of EVERYTHING! They won’t let a “No Chicks Allowed” sign stop them! The illustrations are energetic and colorful, while being portly and imaginative, all at the same time. AMAZING.…

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    Friendship

    Monster & Mouse Go Camping

    Written by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jared Chapman Mouse wants to take Monster Camping. He sums is up perfectly.“You walk in the woods. You sleep in a tent. You tell spooky stories.” Mouse said. “It sounds scary.” said Monster. Eventually Monster is convinced, they pack up, and head out. They find a pretty stream, the right trail and a perfect camping spot. After some hiccups and the arrival of night, the optimistic Mouse starts to feel not so confident. But as good friends do, they help each other out and find a way to have the best time ever camping. Yay friendship!

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    Silly Fun

    There are No Bears in This Bakery

    by Julia Sarcone Roach This picture book is perfectly sweet! There’s a fun detective-y feel to it, which makes Muffin, a cat, the detective! Muffin lives at the bakery. Muffin is the ruler of the night. Muffin knows all, it’s Muffin’s beat. But, there’s a new sound. A ‘Grrr’ sound. “Up close the bear smelled like old socks, cinnamon, and adventure.” Just perfectly worded! It’s like that through the whole book! There is suspense, and surprise, and a sweet, cuddly, sugary, cozy bear hug. But wait, didn’t the title say There are No Bears in This Bakery?

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    Being Yourself,  Kindness

    I Need a Hug

    by Aaron Blabey This is a super short, sweet, and simple book. What I have to say just happens to mirror that- super short, sweet and simple. The animals are TOTALLY CUTE. Especially Hedgehog. Just look at him. Just a hug, that’s all he needs, simple. A hug. But only one animal is willing. That’s okay though, it only takes one. It turns out, they are perfect for each other. It’s written in a quick rhyme that works perfectly. It reminds me of Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back and Jen Betton’s Hedgehog Needs a Hug. Just perfect.