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LORETTA'S GIFT

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.

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BE KIND

A New York Times bestseller! A classroom mishap leads to a conversation about what it means to be kind and how small actions can lead to big results. The book is illustrated by Jen Hill and published by Roaring Brook Press.

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WIDE-AWAKE BEAR

Elliott is a bear cub who wakes up far before the expected spring and can't seem to get back to sleep, no matter what he tries. Illustrated by Jean Kim. Published by HarperCollins Children's Books.

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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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SOPHIE’S SQUASH GO TO SCHOOL

A sequel to SOPHIE’S SQUASH. Sophie starts school with her two squash friends and learns that friends really do come in all shapes and sizes. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. Published by Schwartz & Wade.

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SHARING THE BREAD

A lyrical celebration of food and family and togetherness as seen during one old-fashioned, down-home Thanksgiving dinner. Jill McElmurry illustrates. Published by Schwartz & Wade August 2015.

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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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SOPHIE’S SQUASH

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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Future Books

WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE

What does it mean to be brave? When should you try? This book looks at some of the many times it pays to be brave. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. Coming from Little, Brown on March 5, 2019. You can pre-order it here.

REMARKABLY YOU

This is a book about celebrating all the special talents and gifts that make you wonderfully different than anyone else. It will be illustrated by Patrice Barton. Coming from HarperCollins on Feb. 5, 2019. You can pre-order it here.

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.

BE KIND is a New York Times bestselling picture book.

And, SOPHIE'S SQUASH earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal.

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