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Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 10.27.22 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 10.27.52 PMCompanion books bursting with clever creativity.  Readers will delight in an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page.

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B.J. Novak has managed to create a riotously funny picture book with NO PICTURES.

Click HERE to watch the author read it to a crowd of delighted children.  Truly hilarious.

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Salina Yoon’s spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating friendships lost and found, and overcoming the odds to be with the one you love. Uber charming–check out (shameless library pun!) the whole series.


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“I am Eloise/I am six.” So begins the story of Eloise, the garrulous little girl who lives at New York’s Plaza Hotel. Eyebrow raised defiantly, arm propped on one jutting hip, Eloise is a study in self-confidence. Eloise’s personal mandate is “Getting bored is not allowed,” so she fills her days to the brim with wild adventures and self-imposed responsibilities. A much-loved classic.

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Which bird has caught the worm? Where is the queasy monkey? And can you spot the scaredy-cat? Never has a search-and-find game been so pleasing to the eye. Each spread features fun rhyming couplets, beautiful and complexly patterned artwork, and a hidden surprise. A visual playground, gorgeously rendered.

Do you share your home with a budding architect under four feet tall?  Do you find yourself wincing at Lego© bricks underfoot, surrounded by mountains of imaginative artwork, or marvelous contraptions made from your missing office supplies?  If so, have I got some books for you.  Each one of these celebrates the art of architecture and is sure to spark a child’s imagination or even give them a glimpse of their future selves.  For any child who has the architectural bug (or just appreciates beauty and a great story), I recommend these 15 fab books.  Pick them up at your local library, book store, or click on the covers to link to Amazon.

See my guest blog post on Archinect about these books HERE:

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“One of the best Christmas books ever.” — Publishers Weekly

Still hilarious after all 40+ years.  Take your pick between the original 1972 chapter book or the 2011 picture book adaptation.

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Did you know that every zebra has its own unique set of stripes?  And that the mother memorizes her baby’s pattern as soon as it’s born?!  Find out this and other amazing facts of many animal’s first day of life.

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A young girl immigrates from Mexico to America in the 1950’s.  Her transition–sometimes difficult, sometimes wonderful–is told through letters back home to her beloved Aunt Lupita.  Beautifully told and drawn by husband/wife team Small and Stewart.

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