Loretta and her parents are so excited. Aunt Esme and Uncle Jax are having a baby! When Gabe arrives, Loretta thinks he's the best baby on the block. Everyone showers him with gifts, but Loretta doesn't know what to give. Can she find the perfect gift for her baby cousin? Illustrated by Alea Marley. Published by little bee.
THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE
The story of a little girl in 1960s Clarksville, Tennessee, who dreams of being the fastest girl in the world – just like her hero, sprinter Wilma Rudolph, who made history as the first woman from the United States to win three gold medals at one Olympics. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. Available from Chronicle Books.
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WHEREVER YOU GO
Join an adventurous rabbit and his animal friends as they journey over steep mountain peaks, through bustling cityscapes, and down long, winding roads to discover the magical worlds that await them just outside their doors. This book celebrates the possibilities that lie beyond the next bend in the road – the same road that will always lead you home again. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. A great graduation gift. Published by Little, Brown in April 2015.
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A story that celebrates the special love between a child and her favorite toy – only in this case that toy is a butternut squash. On a trip to the farmers' market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents' gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes. What's a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble? Anne Wilsdorf illustrates. Published by Schwartz & Wade in 2013
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MY BROTHER, THE DUCK
Meet Stella Wells. She's an aspiring scientist with a problem that needs solving. That "baby" her parents brought home from the hospital? Very suspicious. In fact, Stella is pretty sure it's not a baby at all ... but a duck. Obviously, research is required. Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman. Coming from Chronicle Books in 2020.