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      Wild Honey from the Moon

      by Kenneth Kraegel

      Apr 2020

      Easy Reading

      On a cold winter's eve, deep in the woods, a mother shrew frets about her sick young son. His head is cold and his feet are hot, and there is only one thing that can cure him: wild honey from the moon. Mother Shrew does not stop to wonder how she will make such an impossible journey. Instead, she grabs her trusty red umbrella, gives her darling son a kiss, and sets out into the unknown. Along the way, Mother Shrew encounters one obstacle after another, from a malevolent owl to a herd of restless "night mares" to an island humming with angry bees. But each can prove no match for a mother on a mission.

      From the mind of the uniquely talented Kenneth Kraegel comes an utterly original ode to the limitlessness of maternal love.

      Frank and Bean

      by Jamie Michalak

      Mar 2020

      Easy Reading

      Frank likes peace and quiet. He likes his tent, his pencil, and writing in his secret notebook.

      Bean likes noise. He likes his bus, his trumpet—toot, toot!—and making music. Loud music. But Bean is missing something: he does not have words.

      What will happen if Frank shares his words with Bean?

      Full-color digital illustrations.

      Penny and Her Sled

      by Kevin Henkes

      Feb 2020

      Easy Reading

      When Penny, a sweet and curious mouse, gets a new sled, she can’t wait to use it. But there’s one big problem—there’s no snow! Patiently, Penny waits and watches for the snow to appear. She puts on her scarf and hat. She sleeps with her mittens. Maybe if she’s ready, the snow will finally come. But day after day, the snow does not arrive. Finally, Penny decides she will use her sled for other things—it’s too wonderful not to! With a little imagination, the sled becomes a bridge for her glass animals to cross. It becomes a bed for her doll, Rose. It becomes a magic carpet that takes Penny and Rose on adventures all around the world. And as Penny waits for a snowfall that may never appear, she learns all about the power of patience, imagination, play…and spring!

      Told in five short chapters, and with an emphasis on family and patience, Penny and Her Sled is the perfect choice for emerging readers and for family sharing.

      Full-color illustrations.

      Snail & Worm All Day: Three Stories About Two Friends

      by Tina Kügler

      Jan 2020

      Easy Reading

      Snail and Worm are back at it and sure to have readers giggling from dawn ‘til dusk (wait—do snails and worms sleep?) in Snail and Worm All Day, complete with heartfelt humor and Tina Kügler’s irresistible illustrations.

      Brimming with laugh-out-loud jokes, these three new stories are sweet celebrations of cooperation and discovery.

      Full-color illustrations were done with acrylic, collage, and digital media.

      Arrivederci, Crocodile: or See You Later, Alligator

      by Fred Marcellino

      Dec 2019

      Easy Reading

      First that dastardly Napoleon kidnapped Crocodile from his beloved Egypt, then he dragged him to Paris to be gawked at, and THEN he tried to eat him! Luckily our dear croc escaped, but while Parisian life may be glamorous, life in Paris’s sewers is not. If only Napoleon had taken Crocodile to a more aquatic reptile-friendly city. Perhaps one with an excess of canals and better food…

      “NAPOLEON TO TOUR ITALY: FIRST STOP, VENICE” Surely Napoleon wouldn’t mind if Crocodile hitched a ride out of Paris… Will our crocodile find his perfect home amongst Italian high-society? Or will he be revealed as an impasta? Pack away your pasta—Crocodile is heading to Italy in this long-awaited sequel to Fred Marcellino’s award-winning I, Crocodile.

      Note about the illustrations. Full-color watercolor illustrations.

      Smell My Foot!: Chick and Brain

      by Cece Bell

      Nov 2019

      Easy Reading

      ’Maybe your foot smells good.
      Maybe your foot smells great.
      But I will not smell your foot until you say PLEASE. ’

      Meet Chick and Brain. And their friend Spot. Chick likes to follow the rules. Brain might not be as smart as he looks. And Spot just wants to eat lunch.

      In a graphic reader loaded with verbal and visual humor, Cece Bell offers a comical primer on good manners gone awry. Simple, silly, and perfectly suited for its audience, this tale of Chick and Brain’s constant misunderstandings and miscommunications proves once again that Cece Bell is a master at meeting kids where they are.

      Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and ink.

      Click, Clack, Surprise! : Ready To Read Level 2

      by Doreen Cronin

      Oct 2019

      Easy Reading

      Happy first birthday, Little Duck!

      Everyone wants to look their best for the party. But Little Duck has never had a birthday before—so how better to learn how to prepare than to do what all the other animals do! The sheep trim their wool—so Little Duck trims her feathers. The pigs need a mud bath—so Little Duck quish and quashes, too. All over the barnyard Little Duck snips, slurps, squishes, and shimmy shakes herself ready until…WHOOPS! It’s party picture time—and Little Duck is a big mess. No matter—it’s not something Farmer Brown’s frosted maple cake can’t fix!

      Full-color illustrations were rendered in pen, ink, and watercolor.

      Noodleheads Fortress of Doom

      by Tedd Arnold

      Sep 2019

      Easy Reading

      The Noodlehead brothers are back from the library with a joke book, a fantasy novel, and a dream: to build their very own Fortress of Doom.  If they can stop bickering for long enough. And if they can defend it from their wily friend Meatball. Jump right in with this fourth title in an easy-to-read graphic novel series about more than two hollow pastas trying to have fun. Noodleheads has its roots in world folklore, making it a classic tale of fools.

      Authors Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton, award-winning storytellers, join Tedd Arnold, author of the Fly Guy series, to create a masterpiece of hilarity. The series has gotten several honors, including the American Folklore Society's Aesop Prize and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor.

      Authors’ notes, with story sources. Full-color illustrations were rendered digitally using Photoshop software.

      The Truth About Crocodiles

      by Maxwell Eaton, III

      Aug 2019

      Easy Reading

      Did you know that crocs often keep rocks in their stomachs in order to stay underwater longer?

      Did you know that baby crocs make sounds similar to kittens when they hatch?

      Did you know that crocs have a lot of teeth, but don’t actually chew their food?

      Discover these facts and more in this new addition to the popular series that combines raucous amounts of humor with a surprising amount of information on beloved animal friends.

      Crocodile facts. Suggestions for further reading. Full-color illustrations were created using pen and ink with digital coloring.

      Make a Wish, Henry Bear

      by Liam Francis Walsh

      Jul 2019

      Easy Reading

      Henry Bear has very unusual parents. They encourage him to stay up all night, eat chocolate cake at every meal, and get into trouble with his teacher. But what happens when Henry Bear grows tired of indulging in childish things?

      Full-color illustrations created with India ink, ink wash, mixed-media collage, and Photoshop.

      Charlie & Mouse Even Better

      by Laurel Snyder

      Jun 2019

      Easy Reading

      In this heartwarming follow-up to Laurel Snyder's award-winning beginning chapter book Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers prepare to celebrate one very special birthday: their mom's! Follow along as they choose the best pancakes, hunt for presents, decorate with snakes, and more. Things don't go exactly as planned . . . but with plenty of humor and heart, Charlie and Mouse prove that sometimes when things aren't perfect, what they turn out to be is even better.

      Full-color illustrations were rendered in graphite and with Photoshop.

      Fox & Chick: The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories

      by Sergio Ruzzier

      May 2019

      Easy Reading

      Fox and Chick may have different ideas about the ideal amount of noise on a boat ride, how much chocolate cake to eat, or what time to watch a sunrise. Still, the friends enjoy all three activities together.

      Full-color illustrations were rendered in pen, ink, and watercolor.
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