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  • The Faithful Friend

    Robert D. San Souci, Brian Pinkney

    Paperback (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, March 31, 1995)
    A friendship is tested by love and magic in this beautiful retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies.On the lush tropical island of Martinique live Clement and Hippolyte, two inseparable friends. When Clement falls in love with the beautiful Pauline, Hippolyte agrees to join his best friend on his journey to propose marriage. But when Pauline accepts Clement’s proposal, it enrages her uncle Monsieur Zabocat—reputed to be a quimboiseur, a wizard. To prevent the wedding, the old wizard lures Hippolyte into a deadly trap, forcing him to choose between his friend’s safety and his own.
  • Olivia

    Ian Falconer

    Hardcover (Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, Oct. 1, 2000)
    Have fun with Olivia... dressing up singing songs building sand castles napping (maybe) dancing painting on walls and -- whew! -- going to sleep at last.
  • What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

    Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, March 25, 2003)
    A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book, beautifully illustrated in cut-paper collage, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor. This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).
  • Rosa

    Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier

    Hardcover (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Oct. 1, 2005)
    She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask “Auntie, are you going to move?” all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, “No.” An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed. Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni’s evocative text combines with Bryan Collier’s striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.
  • Tops & Bottoms

    Janet Stevens

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, March 29, 1995)
    Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of an old slave story. With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship. “As usual, Stevens’ animal characters, bold and colorful, are delightful. . . . It’s all wonderful fun, and the book opens, fittingly, from top to bottom instead of from side to side, making it perfect for story-time sharing.”--Booklist
  • Harlem

    Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers

    Paperback (Scholastic Press, Feb. 1, 1997)
    A poem celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem.
  • Hot Air: The

    Marjorie Priceman

    Hardcover (Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, June 21, 2005)
  • Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin

    Lloyd Moss, Marjorie Priceman

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, March 1, 1995)
  • Gone Wild

    David McLimans

    Hardcover (Walker Books for Young Readers, Sept. 5, 2006)
    Feast your eyes on these amazing creatures before they disappear. This stampede of wild animals, from Chinese Alligator to Grevy’s Zebra, are so rare, they're all endangered. David McLiman’s bold and playful illustrations transform each letter into a work of art, graphically rendered with animal characteristics. Scales, horns, even insect wings transform the alphabet into animated life. Once you take this eye-opening safari, you'll never look at letters or animals with the same way again. A striking work of art and a zoological adventure, Gone Wild is sure to be loved by children and adults alike.
  • Sector 7

    David Wiesner

    Hardcover (Clarion Books, Sept. 20, 1999)
    Only the person who gave us Tuesday could have devised this fantastic tale, which begins with a school trip to the Empire State Building. There a boy makes friends with a mischievous little cloud, who whisks him away to the Cloud Dispatch Center for Sector 7 (the region that includes New York City). The clouds are bored with their everyday shapes, so the boy obligingly starts to sketch some new ones. . . . The wordless yet eloquent account of this unparalleled adventure is a funny, touching story about art, friendship, and the weather, as well as a visual tour de force.
  • Hush!: A Thai Lullaby

    Minfong Ho, Holly Meade

    Library Binding (Orchard Books, March 1, 1996)
    Vivid ink and cut-paper illustrations accompany the bedtime story in rhyme of one mother's efforts to keep all the animals--from the mosquito to the elephant--quiet when their noise threatens to wake up her baby.
  • The Emperor and the Kite

    Jane Yolen

    Paperback (Philomel, April 21, 1993)
    "Yolen's lovely story of the Chinese emperor's youngest daughter, who frees her father from imprisonment by means of a kite, is unchanged, but the illustrations are more striking and more effective than ever . . . a familiar jewel polished to unaccustomed brilliance."--Booklist. Caldecott Medal Honor Book. Full-color illustrations.