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Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! , by Doreen Cronan
         
Little Duck and all of her friends on the farm celebrate Valentine’s Day by inviting a newcomer to join in the fun in this charming addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Surprise!

It’s Valentine’s Day and on the farm that means a Valentine’s party. Little Duck is wildly excited. She hangs balloons, streamers, sparkling lights, and hearts everywhere, and hand-makes a valentine for everyone. On top of a hill, a little fox hears the music from the party and follows Little Duck’s many decorations to the barn…but foxes are not at all welcome on farms. The chickens stop dancing. The sheep stop dancing. The pigs stop dancing. The mice hustle off to hide. Will Little Fox ruin the dance? Or, perhaps, she’s just what the party needs!



Teddy's Favorite Toy , by Christian Trimmer
      
A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers.

Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style.

Then one morning, something truly awful happens. And there’s only one woman fierce enough to save the day. Can Teddy’s mom reunite Teddy with his favorite toy?



Kate, Who Tamed the Wind , by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
         
Award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon presents a young, rhythmic read-aloud about a girl who solves a windy problem with an environmentally sound solution: planting trees.

A wild wind blows on the tippy-top of a steep hill, turning everything upside down for the man who lives there. Luckily, Kate comes up with a plan to tame the wind. With an old wheelbarrow full of young trees, she journeys up the steep hill to add a little green to the man's life, and to protect the house from the howling wind. From award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon and whimsical illustrator Lee White comes a delightfully simple, lyrical story about the important role trees play in our lives, and caring for the world in which we live.



Hunger: A Tale of Courage , by Donna Jo Napoli
         
Through the eyes of twelve-year-old Lorraine this haunting novel from the award-winning author of Hidden and Hush gives insight and understanding into a little known part of history—the Irish potato famine.

It is the autumn of 1846 in Ireland. Lorraine and her brother are waiting for the time to pick the potato crop on their family farm leased from an English landowner. But this year is different—the spuds are mushy and ruined. What will Lorraine and her family do?

Then Lorraine meets Miss Susannah, the daughter of the wealthy English landowner who owns Lorraine’s family’s farm, and the girls form an unlikely friendship that they must keep a secret from everyone. Two different cultures come together in a deserted Irish meadow. And Lorraine has one question: how can she help her family survive?

A little known part of history, the Irish potato famine altered history forever and caused a great immigration in the later part of the 1800s. Lorraine’s story is a heartbreaking and ultimately redemptive story of one girl’s strength and resolve to save herself and her family against all odds.



Hello to You, Moon , by Sally Morgan
      
Not all creatures are night animals, but all creatures respond to the moon. In Hello to You, Moon beautiful counting verse and luminous artwork bring to life the mystery and wonder of moonlight’s effect on us all.


How Do Dinosaurs Choose their Pets , by Jane Yolen
      
"Can I keep it? It's so cute!" Brimming with laugh-aloud humor, enormous dinosaur children surprise their parents by bringing home a wild menagerie of highly unusual pets! What would happen if your child walked in the door with a pet tiger? Or an elephant, boa constrictor, zebra, or kangaroo? Would you smile?

Perfect for every child who has ever loved or yearned for a pet, this new uproarious book delights readers of all ages as they peek into the mischievous world of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague's bestselling dinosaur series. In the end, children and dinosaurs both learn which animals make the most practical pets, and the best places to find them-- including shelters and pet stores.

Wonderfully silly, here is the perfect book for little dinosaurs who may soon have a furry, feathery, or scaly new friend in the house. If you were as big as the dinosaurs in this book, what pet would be yourfirst choice?



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George Handel , by Mike Venezia
      
Clever illustrations and story lines give children a light yet realistic overview of this composer's life and style and music.


A Dog Named Bird , by Annie Streit
         

A Dog Named Bird is the story of a Golden Retriever named Bird and her journey finding her forever home. 


It is the second book of a series of rhyming picture books. The first book is titled Scooter and His Scoot Scoot. Both books focus on empathy, understanding and accepting differences, and overcoming obstacles. This book shows the impact of unconditional love, and the importance of fostering and adoption. Bird is a great role model for never giving up and having a positive outlook on life. The story not only shows that this family provided a home and love for Bird, but it also shows how much love Bird gave to her new family.

About the Author

 

Annie Streit is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Social Studies Education, and has a love for working with children of all ages, animals, and writing. She has been wheelchair bound since May of 2005 due to a diving accident, and being an advocate for those with disabilities has become a passion of hers. She has spoken to many groups about her accident, overcoming obstacles, and navigating through life in a wheelchair. Her children's books have provided an outlet to help educate children on the importance of acceptance, understanding differences, and empathy. Streit currently resides in Noblesville, Indiana, and works for a youth development program.




Camp Panda , by Catherine Thimmesh
         
From the Sibert medal–winning author of TEAM MOON and the bestselling GIRLS THINK OF EVERYTHING comes a riveting, timely account of panda conservation efforts in China, perfect for budding environmentalists and activists.

Roughly a thousand years ago, an estimated 23,000 pandas roamed wild and free through their native China. But within the past forty years, more than fifty percent of the panda’s already shrinking habitat has been destroyed by humans, leaving the beautiful and beloved giant panda vulnerable to extinction. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds—poaching, habitat destruction, pollution, human overpopulation, and global climate change—the panda is making a comeback. How? By humans teaching baby pandas how to be wild and stay wild.



Orcas on the Hunt , by Alicia Z. Klepeis
         
"Orcas are some of the ocean's fiercest animals. Find out more about these fascinating creatures, from how they efficiently catch their prey to how their ocean habitat supports them."--
Where do orcas hunt? What do they eat? Discover the answers to these questions and learn other fascinating facts about orcas. From their habitat to their physical characteristics and behavior, explore the incredible lives of these top predators!