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  • Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale

    Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale

    A little baby girl is born in China to poor parents who lovingly decide that she should have a better life. Under the watch of the moon, they send her off, Moses-style, in a basket down the river. From there, she is gently carried halfway around the world from one animal to variety of others, including a turtle, peacock and panda bear. Meanwhile, a couple presumably in the U.S., have wished and wished for a baby with no luck. One night, the moon indicates that a baby will arrive, and they search high and low to find the sweet moon baby floating among the water lilies. They bring her home and enjoy life as a happy…

  • I'm a New Big Brother

    I'm a New Big Brother

    Becoming a big brother can be both a wonderful and nerve-wracking time in a little boy’s life. Written with the brother-to-be speaking in first person to his new sibling, this book subtly reviews the highs and lows of having a newborn in the house. Brother explains to the baby that he will help hold, feed and diaper him (or her), among other things. He also mentions that the baby won’t be able to play just yet and that big brother gets some time with their parents when the baby is sleeping. The book concludes with a portrait of everyone smiling together as one, big happy family.

  • Gigi in the Big City

    Gigi in the Big City

    Young Gigi is off to spend a day in the city and invites readers to go along with her in this engaging novelty book. Kids can explore the city with Gigi through pull tabs, flaps and picture-changing wheels, as she takes mass transportation, goes shopping, visits museums and other exciting activities. Each page is themed to a different aspect or area of the city, and has fun facts that kids and parents can reveal and learn together. Young girls who live or grew up in a city are also featured to give readers a taste of what urban living is like. A trip to the city is made extra special with fancy and frivolous…

  • Hibernation Station

    Hibernation Station

    How do animals begin their hibernation? They board the train at “Hibernation Station” of course! Dressed in cozy pajamas and fuzzy slippers, all kinds of animals climb aboard the slumber-bound vessel made of hollow logs. As they settle into their sleeping chambers, the animals find that their hibernation place is not very peaceful. They complain about snoring, cramped quarters and get all wet when the train dips into a stream. And like human children, the smaller animals tend to be scared of the dark, ask for snacks and other nocturnal requests. In a very maternal fashion, the bear conductors bring…

  • The Cold Water Witch

    The Cold Water Witch

    In the middle of the coldest night of the year, a little girl is visited by the title character, an evil witch that’s a cross between a Disney villainess and “The Cold Miser” from “A Year Without a Santa Claus.” At first, the witch appears to be a snow princess and coaxes the girl to go with her to her isolated wintery land. But, the Cold Water Witch doesn’t expect to encounter a skeptical girl able to think on her feet. When led to the household freezer, which is the gateway to the witch’s icy land, the brave youngster resists going and tricks the witch to get inside the…

  • The Night Before Christmas

    The Night Before Christmas

    This is the quintessential Christmas poem by Clement Moore, illustrated by Jan Brett. First released in 1998, this edition remains available in a variety of formats. Scholastic publishes the paperback version and a 10th anniversary hardcover edition was published in 2008 and is still available.

  • Holiday Round-Up

    Holiday Round-Up

    During the rush of holiday festivities, make sure you take a few minutes every day to enjoy some quiet time with your kids. In addition to being great gifts, books are a terrific way to share special moments and build seasonal traditions. Here are some great new books as well as some family favorites that offer a fabulous reason to snuggle under a cozy blanket with your little ones. Happy Holidays!!

  • Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

    Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

    Prior to taking his oath of office, Barack Obama penned his first children’s book, which was recently released. Written as a “letter” to his two young daughters, President Obama pays tribute to thirteen Americans who he believes embody the ideals of our country and have made “groundbreaking” achievements. Among the chosen thirteen are “usual” heroes such as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., and George Washington. There are folks that aren’t household names such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Billie Holiday and Cesar Chavez, among others.

  • The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes

    The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes

    Young Rachel and her mom are making preparations for a family Hanukkah celebration when Aunt Tilly calls to say she’s bringing along eight more mouths to feed. Unfortunately, they don’t have enough potatoes and eggs to make more latkes, the quintessential Hanukkah dish. Rachel darts off to borrow some potatoes from Mrs. Greenberg, their neighbor who lives alone and consistently declines Rachel’s annual invitation to join them. Mrs. Greenberg gladly gives her the ingredients but again, says would prefer to stay home alone. Rachel’s mom declares, “She has a heart of gold but she’s as…

  • Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation

    Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation

    Telling the story of Thanksgiving is as much a tradition as is turkey and stuffing. When twins Liz and Lenny visit their grandmother for Thanksgiving, they dress up in authentic Pilgrim attire of the early 1600s, close their eyes, and are magically transported to Plymouth, New England (the state of Massachusetts was not yet established).