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Colors, Shapes & Patterns

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Baby Bear Sees Blue - Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442413061
Explore the world of color with Baby Bear! Baby Bear has so much to learn about the world! From the moment he wakes until it's time to curl up and go to sleep, he explores outside with his mama. They see green leaves, blue jays, brown trout, and--best of all--a patch of yummy red strawberries.

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Butterfly Colors and Counting - Jerry Pallotta
ISBN: 9781570918995
Colorful, realistic art depicts ten species of butterflies, both common and rare, from around the world. Readers count from one to ten and learn the colors of the rainbow, plus white, brown, black, and spotted.

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Dino Bites! - Algy Craig Hall
ISBN: 9781907967504
A cumulative story finds a hungry dinosaur munching and crunching and searching for lunch until his appetite leads him to a buzzing noise, a hop, and a wriggle before he encounters a big surprise.

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Pick a Circle, Gather Squares - Felicia Sanzari Chernesky; Susan Swan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807565384
Publication Date: 2013-09-01
Fall is here, with all its wonderful visual delights--not just colors, but shapes! This clever concept book follows a family on a trip to a pumpkin patch and invites children to pick out shapes from the seasonal scenery--apple bushel circles, square hay bales, diamond kites in the autumn sky!

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Richard Scarry's All the Colors of Busytown - Richard Scarry
ISBN: 9780764166013
Huckle Cat paints all the colors of Busytown--a red fire engine, a purple plum, an orange pumpkin, and many others. Oversized, cleverly designed page tabs encourage kids to go directly to the pages that show their favorite colors.

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Round Is a Tortilla - Roseanne Greenfield Thong; John Parra (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452106168
Publication Date: 2013-03-19
In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas.

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Stripes of All Types - Susan Stockdale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561456956
In Stripes of All Types, author and illustrator Susan Stockdale brings to life a patterned parade of animals, showing young readers some of the many reasons stripes are found so often in nature. Bouncy, alliterative rhyme and simple phrases keep readers entertained, while a glossary at the back provides more in-depth information on each featured animal.

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Teddy Bear Patterns - Barbara Barbieri McGrath)
ISBN: 9781580894227
The teddies are back in this playful introduction to color patterns. Readers sort teddies by color and then arrange them into patterns of two colors, three colors, and so on, until a bear-pattern parade marches across the page.

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Informational Books for Younger Readers

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Eight Dolphins of Katrina - Janet Wyman Coleman
ISBN: 9780547719238
Recounts the true story of eight bottlenose dolphins and their trainers who survived the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

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Explore Night Science! - Cindy Blobaum
ISBN: 9781619301566
Ages 7 to 9 years. Whether living in the country or in the city, kids will be amazed to learn about what happens in the natural world just outside their door after the sun goes down with this guide to the night-time changes in the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, and the sky, as well as changes that happen in their own bodies at night.

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How Big Were Dinosaurs? - Lita Judge
ISBN: 9781596437197
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Velociraptor for a walk, or try to brush a Tyrannosaur's teeth? We think of dinosaurs as colossal giants, but how big were they REALLY? With kid-friendly text and seriously silly illustrations, this fact-filled book puts dinosaurs next to modern animals so that you can see exactly how they size up.

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Kingfisher Readers L2: Fur and Feathers - Thea Feldman
ISBN: 9780753470886
Fur and Feathers helps young readers learn why animals have fur and feathers, and introduces them to lots of adorable furry and feathery creatures!

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Larry Gets Lost in Prehistoric Times - John Skewes
ISBN: 9781570618628
In Larry the lovable pup's latest adventure, he falls asleep at home next to Pete (who is reading a book about dinosaurs) and travels back in time, waking up in the pre-historic era! Starting with dinosaurs, where he encounters some big (the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Tricerotops), and others small (the Iberomesornis), he tumbles forward to the Ice Ages where he meets a Wooly Mammoth, and on to the cavemen of the Stone Age. But will he ever find his way back to his best friend Pete and the family again.

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Lola Goes to Work - Marcia Goldman (Photographer); Lola (Featuring)
ISBN: 9781939547002
Meet Lola, a little terrier with a big job. Children will identify with the feisty Lola as she struggles going to school, passing tests, and finally achieving her Big Dog dream. If Lola can make it in a world of Great Danes and Labradors, so can anybody who's feeling like a runt.

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Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled - Catherine Thimmesh
ISBN: 9780547991344
No human being has ever seen a triceratops or velociraptor or even the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. They left behind only their impressive bones. So how can scientists know what color dinosaurs were? Or if their flesh was scaly or feathered?

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The Cart That Carried Martin - Eve Bunting
ISBN: 9781580893879
A unique chronicle of the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., focusing on the cart used to transport his coffin through the streets of Atlanta, Georgia. The book also features the large number of people who walked the funeral route and were buoyed by King's positive influence, as well as Ada and Belle, the mules that pulled the cart.

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Lifetime - Lola M. Schaefer
ISBN: 9781452107141
In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies. Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things that can happen in just one lifetime. This extraordinary book collects animal information not available anywhere else--and shows all 30 roosting holes, all 200 spots, and, yes , all 1,000 baby seahorses in eye-catching illustrations.

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Volcano Rising - Elizabeth Rusch
ISBN: 9781580894081
Discusses volcanoes, describing what happens when they erupt, and highlighting eruptions throughout history.


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Nonfiction for Older Readers

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Alcatraz - Nick Gordon
ISBN: 9781600149450
The sounds of prisoners clanging through the halls, sobbing in their cells, or even playing the banjo may be normal in most prisons. But when they come from walls that haven't confined inmates in decades, it can only mean one thing. Read on to meet the criminals who met their end in Alcatraz but refused to fully depart.

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Bomb-Sniffing Dogs - Meish Goldish
ISBN: 9781617724558
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
In March 2010, British soldiers were patrolling a street in Afghanistan with a Belgian shepherd named Chocolat. Suddenly, the dog walked ahead of the men and entered an empty shop. The soldiers carefully entered the building and discovered a supply of explosives--enough to make more than 10 bombs. Chocolat is one of thousands of dogs that have been trained to use their super sense of smell to detect explosives. Some, like Chocolat, serve in the military, while others work with police in crowded public places like airports, bus stations, or sports stadiums. They all serve faithfully to help make the world a safer place. With real-life stories and full-color photos of bomb-sniffing dogs on the job, this book is sure to appeal to dog-lovers everywhere.

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Randolph Caldecott - Leonard S. Marcus
ISBN: 9780374310257
Randolph Caldecott is best known as the namesake of the award that honors picture book illustrations, and in this inventive biography, leading children's literature scholar Leonard Marcus examines the man behind the medal.

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That's Creepy - Crispin Boyer
ISBN: 9781426313677
Publication Date: 2013-08-27
In a world where werewolves rule and vampires are just the boy or girl next door, kids love anything that will scare the pants off them. But how do you separate fact from fiction? Do haunted houses, spooky ghosts, and UFOs have a place in history, or is it all just a bunch of hooey? Crawling with spine-tingly facts, eerie anecdotes, and fun information, this book is all about everything creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky.

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The Boy on the Wooden Box - Leon Leyson
ISBN: 9781442497818
Even in the darkest of times--especially in the darkest of times--there is room for strength and bravery. A remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler's list.

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Tracking Tyrannosaurs - Christopher Sloan
ISBN: 9781426313745
This book highlights a newly discovered T. rex relative in China with a coat of downy feathers! This one-ton predator is the largest known animal to ever have walked the Earth.


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