Picture Books

A String of Hearts

By Laura Malone Elliott

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Sam's friend Mary Ann helps him make a special valentine for Tiffany, but when Tiffany does not even notice it, Sam realizes who is really special. Includes facts about the history of Valentine's Day.
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Ruby Valentine Saves the Day

By Laurie B. Friedman

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Ruby invites everyone to a grand Valentine's Day party at her mountaintop home, but when a blizzard keeps her guests away, she decides to take the carefully planned party into town.

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The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters

By Christoph Niemann

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When Lin's beloved pet dragon disappears, she searches for him far and wide until a witch helps her to reach the dragon's new home. Introduces a different Chinese character on each step of Lin's adventure.
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Marjorie Sharmat the Magnificent

Libraries are chock full of Marjorie Sharmat’s books, especially the many tales of her young detective, Nate the Great.  Nate is indeed great—at solving mysteries--but only after a plate of pancakes! Nate the Great is the start of one of the most popular series ever written for beginning readers. These mysteries are also drily witty and have been enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

As a girl, Marjorie Weinman was rather shy. She enjoyed playing the piano, reading and drawing. But her ambitions were not so tame. When she grew up, she wanted to be a writer or a detective or a lion tamer! With a friend, she published The Snooper’s Gazette; filled with news they learned by spying on grown-ups!  She kept writing throughout her high school years, eventually getting published in school magazines and newspapers.

Happy Hanukkah, Corduroy

By Don Freeman, character creator

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Corduroy's having a Hanukkah party for all of his friends. First they light the menorah, then they eat yummy potato pancakes. After they open presents, there's time for a game of dreidel. Introduces little boys and girls to all of the Hanukkah traditions with Corduroy, one of the most beloved children's books characters for over forty years.

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Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration

By Richard Keep

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"...a Mexican family has set out fiesta offerings in the graveyard in hopes that departed loved ones may return to visit. The playful skeletons rise from their graves to celebrate with gusto. All night long, they sing, dance, dine, tell stories, and play games. As morning approaches, they give thanks to the stars for their night of fun, tidy up after themselves, and leave no trace of their "clatter bash" behind as they return to their coffins until next year's Day of the Dead.:

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The Princess and the Pea

By Rachel Isadora

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A simplified version of the tale in which a girl proves that she is a real princess by feeling a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds. This version of the Hans Christian Anderson tale is set in Africa. JE Fic Isa Suggested for Ages 3-5
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Princess Baby

By Karen Katz

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A toddler does not like any of the nicknames her parents have for her; she wants to be called by her "real" name, Princess Baby. JE Fic Kat Suggested for ages 2-5.
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The Very Fairy Princess

By Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton; Illustrated by Christine Davenier

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Despite her scabby knees and dirty fingernails, Geraldine knows that she is a princess inside and shows it through her behavior at home and in school. JE Fic And Suggested for ages 3-5.
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The Princess Knight

By Cornelia Funke; Illustrations by Kerstin Meyer

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Princess Violetta is raised just like her older brothers and becomes the best jouster in the kingdom, finally winning her own hand in marriage! The story shows young girls that they can follow their own path in life. JE Fic Fun Suggested for ages 3-6.
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