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Editors' Picks: Week of April 15–21

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This week's selections are five great books for kids.
When I Found Grandma

When I Found Grandma

edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

When Maya’s grandma makes a surprise visit from thousands of miles away, Maya is delighted. But her excitement doesn’t last long. When Grandma picks her up from school, she wears fancy clothes and talks too loudly. Grandma’s morning prayer bells wake Maya up, and she cooks with ingredients Maya doesn’t usually eat. Plus, Maya thinks cupcakes taste better than Grandma’s homemade sweets.

Maya and Grandma try to compromise, and on a special trip to the island Grandma even wears an “all- …

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Climbing Shadows

Climbing Shadows

Poems for Children
by Shannon Bramer
illustrated by Cindy Derby
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

The poems in Climbing Shadows were inspired by a class of kindergarten children whom poet and playwright Shannon Bramer came to know over the course of a school year. She set out to write a poem for each child, sharing her love of poetry with them, and made an anthology of the poems for Valentine’s Day.

This original collection reflects the children’s joys and sorrows, worries and fears, moods and sense of humor. Some poems address common themes such as having a hard day at school, feeling sh …

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What Are You Doing, Benny?

What Are You Doing, Benny?

edition:Hardcover

From New York Times-bestselling illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton and award-winning author Cary Fagan comes a charming sibling story that has the makings of a contemporary classic.

Benny's little brother is really good at a lot of things -- making potions and paper airplanes, building forts, putting on puppet shows, even petting the neighbor's cat (he has a special way of scratching her just behind the ears). But whenever he tries to join in Benny's activities, all Benny ever says is "No." Maybe

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Pencil

Pencil

A Story with a Point
by Ann Ingalls
illustrated by Dean Griffiths
edition:Hardcover

Jackson and Pencil used to have loads of fun drawing together. But after Tablet arrives on the scene and takes over, Pencil is no longer #1. He feels pointless. In a digital world, a perfectly punny celebration of imagination and hands-on creativity.

Pencil and his boy Jackson are a great pair: they draw, they sketch, they scribble. But then Jackson gets Tablet and Pencil finds himself dumped in the dreaded junk drawer; he just can’t compete with Tablet’s videos, games, and movies. How will P …

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Pencil and Jackson were best friends. They went everywhere together. They scribbled and sketched. They played mustache, airplane, and parade. They had lots of fun until... Tablet moved in.

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Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden

Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden

edition:Hardcover

Vincent is staying with his aunt Mimi for the summer while his mom recuperates from surgery. Mimi's drab city neighborhood, complete with an empty dirt lot across the street, doesn't seem too promising. But then Vincent meets Toma, a boy who lives nearby, and things start looking up. Mimi has a mysterious box of “dirt balls” in her apartment. When she asks Vincent to get rid of them, the fun Vincent and Toma have throwing them into the lot becomes the start of a budding friendship. Then one …

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