---- 1 (large)What do glow-in-the-dark glue sticks, an electronic garbage truck pencil sharpener, and neon paper clips have in common? Not one of them is on the list and yet they all end up in the back-to-school cart when Daddy, Jake, and Jenny pick out school supplies while Mommy's off shopping in another part of the store. In this heartwarming and hilarious tale, Jake and Jenny surprise Daddy with one more special item that most definitely isn't on the list.

"Sitomer’s dialogue and Carter’s exaggerated paintings are as energetic as ever in a story that’s less about preparing for the first day of school than about celebrating a father who’s really just a kid at heart."Publishers Weekly
---- 2 (large)Surf's up in the third picture book about the Dinotrux! Fed up with steamy summertime Jurassic jungles, the mighty monsters are getting hot and grumpy, and they need a vacation.... Time to roll on down to the beach! Tyrannosaurus Trux might be able to "hang ten" on his surfboard, but not all of the trux feel so at home near the water. Can they organize their skills to dig up the beach and build the best sandcastle ever? Dive into the silliest, splashiest Dinotrux adventure yet to find out!

"Children will love seeing their own seaside activities... carried out by the Dinotrux.... Fans of the earlier books will want to accompany the Dinotrux on this beach adventure."—School Library Journal

---- To the Sea (large)
Sometimes Tim feels invisible at school-until one day, when Tim meets Sam. But Sam isn't just any new friend: he's a blue whale, and he can't find his way home!
Returning Sam to the sea is hard work, but Tim is determined to help. After all, it's not every day you meet a new friend!

This picture book about the power of friendship by new talent Cale Atkinson is brought to life by charming, dynamic illustrations.

"A whale's tale that dives deep and surfaces with useful lessons about making, keeping, and helping friends."—Kirkus
---- 4 (large)The Truman Elementary Troublemakers are a bad bunch. Especially these three: Cap'n Catastrophe, Destructo Dude, and Make-My-Day May. But they are no match for Ginny Louise, the new hedgehog in school. Her unwavering cheerfulness in the face of their bullying will make young readers holler with glee. Full of rhymes, wordplay, and comic misunderstanding, this book will lend itself well to reading aloud as well as discussions about peer dynamics.

"Sauer creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout, avoiding a lesson-heavy tone. . . . a funny friendship tale."—Publishers Weekly

---- 5 (large)*Caldecott Medalist for The Man Who Walked Betweeb the Towers*

Everyone in the house is sleeping, but outside, the night world is wide-awake. It's a wonderful night to explore! Perfect for bedtime, this book from Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein celebrates the secrets of the night world and the joys of the sunrise.

"This is fun bedtime fare, but so much more—parents and teachers will find many possibilities for conversations about night and day."—School Library Journal Starred Review
---- 6 (large)Oliver isn't an ordinary squid; he's Squid Kid the Magnificent! But his sister, Stella, will tell you otherwise. While Oliver performs various feats of magic-like vanishing in ink, or making dozens of squids suddenly appear-Stella sees right through each illusion, and is far from impressed. But the show must go on and Oliver has saved his best trick for his pesky sister.

"Fans of Berry's other picture books will delight in this one, which can be perfectly paired with Bob Shea's I'm a Shark! (HarperCollins, 2011). A must-have."—School Library Journal
---- 7 (large)Templeton the cat doesn't like his parents telling him to clean up, and he really doesn't like when his brothers steal his toys. So, he makes a wish on a magic diamond, and his family disappears! At first, Templeton is over the moon. He's free to lounge and play all day, and he never has to take a bath. But being alone might not always be as fun as he'd thought. Will another wish on the magic diamond get Templeton what he really wants?

"A fun and relatable story that teaches kids an important lesson without being overtly moralizing, this book will find a place in most collections."—School Library Journal
---- 8 (large)Late at night, when they think everyone's asleep, 10 brave and hungry mice step out for a late night treat. Readers can count along as these NOT-so-picky eaters go through 9 carrots, 8 macaroni, 7 blueberries, 6 orange slices, 5 grapes, 4 peas, 3 crackers, and 2 bananas. But it only take 1 surprise "guest" to send the mice scampering for cover.

"The author has written a cute, original, and entertaining story that combines counting and rhyming. The mice have funny, cartoonish figures and are funny." —Sanfrancisco Book Review, Makai, Age 9

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