The fascination dinosaurs hold for student readers (and many adults) has never lessened.  Their size, power and capabilities continue to captivate.  To have a dinosaur as a pet or personal friend is the ultimate wish of many.  Don't Forget DEXTER! (Two Lions, January 1, 2018) written and illustrated by Lindsay Ward is about a dinosaur, a toy dinosaur, whose human, his best friend, has vanished.

The fascination dinosaurs hold for student readers (and many adults) has never lessened. Their size, power and capabilities continue to captivate. To have a dinosaur as a pet or personal friend is the ultimate wish of many. Don't Forget DEXTER! (Two Lions, January 1, 2018) written and illustrated by Lindsay Ward is about a dinosaur, a toy dinosaur, whose human, his best friend, has vanished.

Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling was written and published 174 years ago.  Dino Duckling (Orchard Books, October 2017, UK, Little, Brown And Company, January 9, 2018, US) written and illustrated by Alison Murray is a charming, original story based on this classic.  In this tale, from the beginning, this odd child out is nurtured.  This is how a heart is made whole.

Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling was written and published 174 years ago. Dino Duckling (Orchard Books, October 2017, UK, Little, Brown And Company, January 9, 2018, US) written and illustrated by Alison Murray is a charming, original story based on this classic. In this tale, from the beginning, this odd child out is nurtured. This is how a heart is made whole.

Cultivating a habit of being kind is one of the single best things we can do for others and for us.  Be Kind (Roaring Brook Press, February 6, 2018) written by Pat Zietlow Miller with illustrations by Jen Hill is a gentle story of a child discovering the many ways to express kindness.  It begins with an unfortunate incident.

Cultivating a habit of being kind is one of the single best things we can do for others and for us. Be Kind (Roaring Brook Press, February 6, 2018) written by Pat Zietlow Miller with illustrations by Jen Hill is a gentle story of a child discovering the many ways to express kindness. It begins with an unfortunate incident.

Often new life needs more protection than is offered by Mother Nature.  The Digger And The Flower (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, January 23, 2018) written and illustrated by Joseph Kuefler tells the story of a machine that discovers a calling far more important than that for which he is designed.

Often new life needs more protection than is offered by Mother Nature. The Digger And The Flower (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, January 23, 2018) written and illustrated by Joseph Kuefler tells the story of a machine that discovers a calling far more important than that for which he is designed.

There is one such author and illustrator whose bears, real and teddy, call out his name.  In his newest title, Baby Bear's Book of Tiny Tales (Little, Brown And Company, February 13, 2018), David McPhail further endears readers to his charming furry characters.  This little guy has a knack for finding what needs to be found.

There is one such author and illustrator whose bears, real and teddy, call out his name. In his newest title, Baby Bear's Book of Tiny Tales (Little, Brown And Company, February 13, 2018), David McPhail further endears readers to his charming furry characters. This little guy has a knack for finding what needs to be found.

To be alone when faced with scary circumstances heightens the fear factor.  May I Come In? (Sleeping Bear Press, February 15, 2018) written by Marsha Diane Arnold with illustrations by Jennie Poh follows a creature as he seeks sanctuary with other forest animals.  His bravery is to be commended but will it be rewarded?

To be alone when faced with scary circumstances heightens the fear factor. May I Come In? (Sleeping Bear Press, February 15, 2018) written by Marsha Diane Arnold with illustrations by Jennie Poh follows a creature as he seeks sanctuary with other forest animals. His bravery is to be commended but will it be rewarded?

These are signs of another heart holding you in affection.  You may encounter them every day from family or friends or when seemingly lost and alone, a stranger will send one of them to you.  I AM LOVED: a poetry collection (A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, January 9, 2018) with poems written by Nikki Giovanni and illustrations by Ashley Bryan are selections declaring an eternal truth.

These are signs of another heart holding you in affection. You may encounter them every day from family or friends or when seemingly lost and alone, a stranger will send one of them to you. I AM LOVED: a poetry collection (A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, January 9, 2018) with poems written by Nikki Giovanni and illustrations by Ashley Bryan are selections declaring an eternal truth.

Two friends who never tire of encouraging one to be more like the other are returning for another delightful adventure.  They met in Hey Duck! (Random House, January 22, 2013) and returned in a companion title, Just a Duck? (Random House, January 27, 2015).  Sleepover Duck! (Random House, January 2, 2018) written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen is sure to have you smiling from beginning to end.

Two friends who never tire of encouraging one to be more like the other are returning for another delightful adventure. They met in Hey Duck! (Random House, January 22, 2013) and returned in a companion title, Just a Duck? (Random House, January 27, 2015). Sleepover Duck! (Random House, January 2, 2018) written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen is sure to have you smiling from beginning to end.

Lessons passed from mothers to daughters are generations strong, decades in the making.  Dear Girl, (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, December 26, 2017) written by the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her daughter Paris Rosenthal with illustrations by Holly Hatam cheers for, inspires and advises girls of all ages everywhere.

Lessons passed from mothers to daughters are generations strong, decades in the making. Dear Girl, (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, December 26, 2017) written by the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her daughter Paris Rosenthal with illustrations by Holly Hatam cheers for, inspires and advises girls of all ages everywhere.

What can make this situation even more uncomfortable is when you want to be a part of the group but are excluded for your differences.  Neither (Little, Brown And Company, February 13, 2018) written and illustrated by Airlie Anderson is a tale of a newcomer.  As a novice the statements made by the current residents make no sense

What can make this situation even more uncomfortable is when you want to be a part of the group but are excluded for your differences. Neither (Little, Brown And Company, February 13, 2018) written and illustrated by Airlie Anderson is a tale of a newcomer. As a novice the statements made by the current residents make no sense

The Boy And The Whale (Roaring Brook Press, November 21, 2017) written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein is about a child of the sea faced with a difficult decision.

Discovering a whale tangled in his family's only fishing net, a boy remembers how it felt when he was once caught in a net and nearly drowned, a memory that compels him to set the whale free in spite of the risks involved.

One problem usually not associated with forming relationships is having physical qualities which tend to keep others, for safety reasons, at a distance.  Elmore (Random House, January 30, 2018) written and illustrated by Holly Hobbie, renowned author illustrator of the Toot and Puddle series, presents readers with a member of the forest community who longs for friends.  When you're a porcupine, it's an unusual situation.

One problem usually not associated with forming relationships is having physical qualities which tend to keep others, for safety reasons, at a distance. Elmore (Random House, January 30, 2018) written and illustrated by Holly Hobbie, renowned author illustrator of the Toot and Puddle series, presents readers with a member of the forest community who longs for friends. When you're a porcupine, it's an unusual situation.

We know cats come in all shapes and sizes from almost all corners of the world.  I Am A Cat (Abrams Books for Young Readers, February 6, 2018) written and illustrated by Galia Bernstein, her debut title as both author and illustrator, presents us with a discussion.  This discourse begins with several simple declarations.

We know cats come in all shapes and sizes from almost all corners of the world. I Am A Cat (Abrams Books for Young Readers, February 6, 2018) written and illustrated by Galia Bernstein, her debut title as both author and illustrator, presents us with a discussion. This discourse begins with several simple declarations.

Debut picture book author Julie Kim offers readers a look at characters well-known in Koren literature.  Where's Halmoni? (Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books, October 3, 2017) takes us on a quest to find a beloved family member.

Debut picture book author Julie Kim offers readers a look at characters well-known in Koren literature. Where's Halmoni? (Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books, October 3, 2017) takes us on a quest to find a beloved family member.

You can be a Valentine, the cherished individual, or you can give someone a Valentine, a greeting, a declaration or a token.  This is NOT a Valentine (Chronicle Books, December 26, 2017) written by Carter Higgins with illustrations by Lucy Ruth Cummins offers readers less than traditional displays of tenderness.  They are nonetheless genuine and straight from the heart.

You can be a Valentine, the cherished individual, or you can give someone a Valentine, a greeting, a declaration or a token. This is NOT a Valentine (Chronicle Books, December 26, 2017) written by Carter Higgins with illustrations by Lucy Ruth Cummins offers readers less than traditional displays of tenderness. They are nonetheless genuine and straight from the heart.

Less than two weeks after Groundhog Day another popular annual holiday is welcomed by many.  It's a time to declare love, share love and remember love.  There is no better way to enjoy this day than in the company of friends.  Groundhug Day (Disney Hyperion, December 5, 2017) written by Anne Marie Pace with illustrations by Christopher Denise presents a problem unique to a charming group of forest friends

Less than two weeks after Groundhog Day another popular annual holiday is welcomed by many. It's a time to declare love, share love and remember love. There is no better way to enjoy this day than in the company of friends. Groundhug Day (Disney Hyperion, December 5, 2017) written by Anne Marie Pace with illustrations by Christopher Denise presents a problem unique to a charming group of forest friends

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