On a balmy summer day, a little boy races outside to cool off in his swimming pool only to find a large surprise waiting for him. There is a giant whale lounging in his personal swimming hole! The boy tries to lure his large guest out of the pool, but no amount of pushing or stick throwing convinces the whale to budge. What is a kid to do? Author and illustrator Joyce Wan tackles this very question with her charming illustrations and subtle text in The Whale in My Swimming Pool (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99). Guaranteed to incite giggles, this silly summer story is not to be missed. Ages 3-6. Kasie Griffitts

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ISBN: 9780374300371
Availability: Backordered
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 7th, 2015

Every Sunday after church, CJ and Nana hop on the bus and travel all the way to the Last Stop on Market Street (Putnam, $16.99). As inquisitive as any child his age, CJ asks numerous questions about the city-life that surrounds them along the way. CJ doesn’t immediately see the positive aspects of some situations and questions Nana about why they “don’t got a car” and “how come [they] gotta wait for the bus in all this wet.” Luckily, Nana helps CJ see the bright side of their journey. Author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson have created a wide range of unforgettable characters and images. Readers will pause in their own daily motions to cherish the small things in life. Ages 4-7. Kasie Griffitts

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ISBN: 9780399257742
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

Elmore thrives as an only child. His parents adore him, showering him with affection and attention. Until The New Small Person (Candlewick, $17.99) arrives, ruining everything. Everyone seems to like this new addition; but Elmore wants to send it back to wherever it came from. Author and illustrator Lauren Child lovingly portrays the often thorny experience of welcoming a new member to a family. The book, featuring Child’s signature, vibrant illustrations, keenly depicts the growth of feeling for a new sibling and keeps readers anxiously wondering whether Elmore will come to love this new small person until the final pages. Ages 4-7. Kasie Griffitts

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By Lauren Child, Lauren Child (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763678104
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Candlewick - February 10th, 2015