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Pedro is one very busy student: he is collecting bugs for a school project (and hoping that his little brother doesn’t let them all go), trying out for goalie of his soccer team, forming a mystery club with his friends, and even running for class president. If anyone can do it, Pedro, First-Grade Hero (Picture Window, $4.95), can! Fran Manushkin’s latest book has short chapters that act as self-contained vignettes, which are simple enough for young readers to digest but full of fun. Tammie Lyon’s colorful and expressive illustrations help tell the story and bring it to life. Ages 6-8.

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By Fran Manushkin, Tammie Lyon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781515801122
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Picture Window Books - September 1st, 2016

Staff Pick

In the delightfully quirky sequel to Wolf and Dog, Wolf decides to get a new book from the library to show that he is smarter than his canine friend. It turns out, however, that What Dog Knows (Gecko, $16.99) is vast. Fact and fiction merge in this comical mixture of story, information, and comprehension quizzes. With topics ranging from bones to pirates, Dog and Wolf go back and forth from one subject to the next with their signature hijinks and humor. Author Sylvia Vanden Heede and illustrator Marije Tolman have created another wonderfully unique chapter book for emerging readers. Ages 6-9.

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ISBN: 9781776570362
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Gecko Press - August 1st, 2016

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Juana loves her native city of Bogotá, Colombia, maybe even as much as she loves her canine “furry amigo” Lucas. Not only does this amazing perro know how to be a fútbol goalie; he can also sense when Juana has had a bad day, such as when she learns that she has to take English lessons in school. She doesn’t see the point of trying to learn this confusing new language—until her grandparents promise her a trip to the Spaceland amusement park in Florida. It’s time to show inglés who’s boss! Local author/illustrator Juana Medina’s charming autobiographical story and endearing illustrations guarantee that Juana and Lucas (Candlewick, $14.99) will make many friends among young readers. Ages 6-9.

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By Juana Medina, Juana Medina (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763672089
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2016