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Sona and the Wedding Game

Sona’s big sister is getting married and she’s been given an important job to do. She has to steal the groom’s shoes. She’s never attended a wedding before, so she’s unfamiliar with this Indian tradition as well as many of the other magical experiences that will occur before and during the special event. But with […]

Other Descriptors: Asia, India, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

The Big Princess

Once upon a time, a king and queen discover among their flowers a lovely and very tiny princess perched on a leaf. Overjoyed to have found a daughter, they fashion for her a single-feather bed and watch as she grows large enough to sleep in a ring box, a teacup, and a teddy bear’s lap. […]

Other Descriptors: Asia, Early Years (ages 2-6), Japan, Picture Book » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

The Octopus Scientists

With three hearts and blue blood, its gelatinous body unconstrained by jointed limbs or gravity, the octopus seems to be an alien, an inhabitant of another world. It’s baggy, boneless body sprouts eight arms covered with thousands of suckers—suckers that can taste as well as feel. The octopus also has the powers of a superhero: […]

Other Descriptors: Australia, information book, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Picture Book » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

John Henry

John Henry was born with a hammer in his hand. He was taller and stronger than anyone around. When men started talking about laying railroad tracks across through the mountains John Henry be a part of it. And drive those spikes he did. Then came the day when a challenge was announced. Who could dig […]

Other Descriptors: Americas, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

P. Zonka Lays An Egg

Extraordinary hen P. Zonka spends her time taking in the beauty around her: the shiny green of the grass, the buttery yellows of the dandelions, the deep blue of the sky. The other hens can’t understand why she never lays eggs like they do. Finally, P. Zonka gives in and lays an egg. To everyone’s […]

Other Descriptors: Europe, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment


Two shy children meet at a noisy pool and dive beneath the crowd into a magical undersea land, where they explore a fantastical landscape and meet various creatures.

Other Descriptors: Asia, Early Years (ages 2-6), Korea, Picture Book » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

The Baby Swap

Caroline Crocodile goes to a baby shop to see if she can exchange her drooly brother, but finds that the baby panda is a fussy eater, the baby elephant too squirty and her brother has reason to drool.

Other Descriptors: Australia, Early Years (ages 2-6), Picture Book » Themes: , , , , , » Leave a comment

Nine Open Arms

A ghost story, a fantasy, a historical novel, and literary fiction all wrapped into one, this highly awarded novel for young readers begins with the Boon family’s move to an isolated, dilapidated house. Is it the site of a haunting tragedy, as one of the daughters believes, or an end to all their worries, as […]

Other Descriptors: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Netherlands » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Hoppelpopp And The Best Bunny

Bunnies Binny, Benny, Bernie, Bonnie, and Buddy love doing everything together until Hoppelpopp, a great big rabbit, challenges them to a competition that will determine which of them is the best.

Other Descriptors: Austria, Early Years (ages 2-6), Picture Book » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

Monty’s Magnificent Mane

Monty the lion loves his long, golden mane, so he’s not happy when his meerkat friends mess it up. Stomping off to the waterhole, he’s cheered up by the flattery of a new friend, a big green friend. With a SNAP Monty realizes that his flattering pal is actually a giant crocodile looking for dinner.

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Ireland, Picture Book » Themes: , , , , , » Leave a comment
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