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We love eight-year-olds! They’re just the right age for all kinds of fun. They still love the pretend play they’ve been enjoying for years, yet they’re also ready to move ahead into more advanced toys and learning. All of these toys and activities will appeal to their natural sense of fun and wonder.

 

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By Jon Klassen

Literally a hat trick: the third hilarious headwear tale by Canadian Jon Klassen. It’s a subtly subversive story that will delight both devoted fans and first-timers.

Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat. . . . Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this brilliantly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen’s visual comedy and deceptive simplicity. The delicious buildup takes an unexpected turn that is sure to please loyal fans and newcomers alike.

Hardcover storybook, 56 pages.

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By Audrey Penn

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called The Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that touches the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. Stickers at the back will help children and their parents keep their Kissing Hand alive.

Hardcover containing 32 pages.

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This is the story of how a little boy goes through the stages of childhood and becomes a man. It is also about the enduring nature of parents' love and how it crosses generations. This is a book both adults and children will enjoy over and over again

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By Dan Kainen, Text by Carol Kaufmann

If you liked Gallop! A Scanimation Book, you'll love the magical journey that is Safari. Readers, as if on safari, encounter 8 wild animals that come alive! Using an innovative lenticular-based technology, precision sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid, immersive visual experience. The cheetah bounds. The gazelle leaps. The African elephant snaps its ears. The gorilla munches the leaves off a branch. Mesmerizing!

Accompanying the images is Safari, the guide: It begins with an evocative journal of a safari along the Mara River in Kenya and interweaves the history of safaris. Then for each animal there is a lively, informative essay and an at-a-glance list of important facts. It's the romance of being on safari - and the almost visceral thrill of seeing the animals in motion - in a book unlike any other.

Hardcover containing 16 pages.

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By Eric A. Kimmel, Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

A bear wakes to a wonderful smells that leads him to the house of Bubba Brayna. Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, but at ninety-seven, she doesn't hear or see well. When the bear arrives at her door, she believes he is her rabbi. Bubba Brayna and the bear light the menorah, play the dreidel game, and eat all the latkes. The mix-up is revealed, Bubba Brayna has a laugh about it, and everyone works together to make more latkes.

Softcover storybook, 32 pages.

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An epic retelling of six Star Wars films in 100 of the most iconic scenes – recreated with LEGO. Now fans can relive the amazing Star Wars adventure in brick form, while also learning interesting facts about Star Wars LEGO sets and minifigures.

Hardcover book, 216 pages.

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More favorite stories from one of North America's best-loved storytellers!

""What makes Munsch's stories to popular? They're contemporary and zany, reflecting a jaunty belief in the power of children."" Horn Book

Includes 15 great stories

  • The Paper Bag Princess
  • The Fire Station
  • I Have to Go!
  • David's Father
  • Thomas Snowsuit
  • Pigs
  • Mortimer
  • Purple, Green and Yellow
  • Murmel Murmel Murmel
  • Something Good
  • Stephanie's Ponytail
  • Angela's Airplane
  • Jonathan Cleaned Up-Then He Heard a Sound
  • Show and Tell
  • A Promise is a Promise.
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It's Waddle! And it's in colour. And boy, is it irresistible. In the same way that kids can't read Gallop! without wanting to gallop around the room, Waddle!, an animals-in-motion Scanimation book, will inspire prancing, hopping, stomping, and scampering. And did we mention colour? Created by the optical genius behind the phenomenal #1 and #2 New York Times bestselling children's books, Gallop! and Swing!, Waddle! adds touches of colour to the images and integrates it into the text. That prancing pig is pink, the leaping dolphin is blue, the slithering snake yellow. The Scanimation itself is also more lifelike, as the author continues to refine his patented Scanimation process, resulting in a more fluid, realistic motion. Nothing else compares. Waddle! teaches colour and movement. Its language is a joy, the rhymes inspiring, the animals full of life. And one more thing: Waddle! has a surprise ending. Something else to grab the reader—literally.
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'The game begins at half past six, / when dinos grab their hockey sticks.'' Rhyming couplets set the scene for a fantastical sports event: a hockey game played between opposing dinosaur teams: the Meat-Eaters and the Veggiesaurs. Gott's action-filled paintings amplify the sports moves and the players' comically exaggerated expressions, from the scowling face off between T. Rex and Tricera to the jubilant postgame celebration, covered by eager dino newscasters. Kids new to hockey may need help visualizing terms such as assist and check, but even if they don't have a full grasp of specifics, many children will be caught up by the inventive premise, the slapstick humor, and the energy in the words and pictures. By sorting teams by herbivores and carnivores, this also sneaks in a science lesson that is reinforced with a scoreboard visual.
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This colourful concept book reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; stretch imaginations; and reach for dreams. Parents and educators will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb- and hand-prints. The book's uplifting message will rouse and motivate, leaving no heart untouched.Based on co-author Bret Baumgarten’s experience of holding his daughter’s hands every morning and asking her, ''What will your beautiful hands do today?,'' this book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams. Co-authored and illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi (One, Zero, Two), it is sure to charm.
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Badger likes to keep the forest tidy: but just look what happens when his tidying gets out of control. Badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf ends with the complete destruction of the forest . . . until he realises the error of his ways, replants the trees, and order (or rather a happy, refreshing disorder) is restored. This is a story of comedy and pathos with a loveable, if rather misguided, creature at its centre: the ecological message is clear, but lightly handled. While you watch in horror as his mania for tidiness takes over, poor perplexed Badger's predicament and eventual change of direction will touch your heart. The freshness and vibrancy of the illustrations, the endearing charm of the animal characters, and the many deft comic details throughout make this a very special book.
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A stunning, thought-provoking look at finding peace in children's lives. Peace is a familiar word, its meaning both simple and complex. Here, Wallace Edwards explores peace, and invites young readers to think about what that means to them. Through a series of linked questions and combined with Edwards' singular art, the concept of peace is picked up, shaken, turned all around, and carefully examined from every angle. There are many books on war for children; far fewer that examine peace. What Is Peace? engages readers to think about peace in their day-to-day lives, and around the world.
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In this playful picture book homage to artist Vincent van Gogh, Vincent is ready to paint his house. The only problem is choosing the color. He thinks white would be nice . . . until the spider convinces him that red is better. Red looks great, but the bird thinks blue would be best. Vincent likes blue too. “Stop!” says the mouse, because the mouse prefers green. Before long, Vincent has a list of requests: the termite wants orange, the caterpillar loves yellow and the ladybug insists on purple. With a little creativity—and a lot of color—Vincent does a brilliant job!
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“Yap, yap, yap!”  Pug sees Peg through the window. He wants to join her! Why won’t anyone take him on a wonderful snowy walk? Mom is just too comfortable in her recliner. Dad is tired from shoveling. That leaves lazy Tad, who is still sleeping. “Yap, yap, yap!” insists a determined and clever Pug. Theodor Geisel Award-winner Ethan Long uses his trademark wit and energy to make this simple story for the newest readers memorable and hilarious. 
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Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds’s #1 New York Times bestselling and beloved story of a mother’s love and dreams for her child is now available in a beautiful keepsake edition. One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one... Sometimes, when you sleep, I watch you dream, and I dream too— That someday you will dive into the cool clear water of a lake... Someday I will watch you brushing your child’s hair... Someday... A deceptively simple, powerful ode to the potential of love and the potential in life, Someday is the story of what every mother wishes for her child: a chance to live life at its fullest—to experience great joys, to stretch, to grow, to understand sorrow, to have a future…to have a someday. This shimmering, achingly beautiful, and poignant tale takes this idea and turns it into something that will touch every reader. Someday, now available in a gorgeous keepsake edition, is a story you’ll want to share with a special someone today and every day.
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By Dr. Seuss

This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!

Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.

An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get?

Hardcover storybook, 48 pages.

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By Glen Gretzky & Lauri Holomis, Illustrated by Kevin Sylvester, Foreword by Wayne Gretzky

Whether they’re athletes or not, kids can learn important lessons about staying positive and always trying their best from this empathetic book inspired by ultimate hockey dad Walter Gretzky.

A story of teamwork with a positive message, featuring Wayne Gretzky and Coach Wally (Wayne's dad, Walter Gretzky),

Taylor is so excited when he makes the hockey team -- and not just any team, but HIS team. The boy they are already calling The Great One. Taylor wants to be great too, but he's still got a lot to learn. Lucky for him, Coach Wally is in his corner, guiding him through the ups and downs of being part of a hockey team, and being the best player he can be. As Coach Wally says, if you have a good time, work hard and do your best, "that is all that matters."

Hardcover storybook, 32 pages.

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By Peter H. Reynolds

A frustrated grade school artist, Vashti sits slumped over her blank piece of paper at the end of art class: "I just CAN'T draw!" she tells her teacher. Her teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who "can't" draw either, "a really great artist".

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By Eric Zweig

When a player wins an NHL award, does he get to keep it? No. Instead, he receives a mini trophy he can proudly display at home.

Think you know everything there is to know about hockey? What are the Halifax Rules? What was the original name of the Stanley Cup? Why do we say “shot from the point”? Where else in the world is hockey popular? How can you get a job in hockey?

This book gives you the answers to these questions and much more. From the first pair of skates to team histories and international hockey, everything you want to know about hockey is right here!

Hardcover contains 128 pages.

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By Jeffrey Brown

In this funny and sweet new book in the bestselling Darth Vader series, Eisner Award–winning author Jeffrey Brown offers an intimate look at the friendships between best pals in the Star Wars universe, from Darth Vader and the Emperor to Leia and her Ewok pals, Han and Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2, the bounty hunters, and other favorite characters. Jealousy, birthday parties, lightsaber battles, sharing, intergalactic rebellion and more all come into play as Brown's charming illustrations and humor irresistibly combine the adventures of our friends in a galaxy far, far away with everyday events closer to home.

Hardcover graphic novel, 64 pages.

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