by Ari Berk; Illustrated by Loren Long

Chiro, a young bat, is nervous about flying into the world for the first time without his mother, especially on a very dark night, but he soon learns to rely on his "song" to find his way and stay safe.
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by Aaron Reynolds
Caldecott Honor 2013

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

Fantastic Flying Books.jpg The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

by Joyce William, Illustrated by William Joyce & Joe Bluhm.

Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books, and after a tornado carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.

Inspired the Academy Award–winning short film, fromNew York Times bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce.

Additional Selections:
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Because Amelia Smiled
by David Ezra Stein
AR 3.5;
Lexile Measure: 760
Topics: Caring, Thoughfulness
A little girl's smile as she skips down the street in New York inspires a neighbor to send cookies to her grandson in Mexico, and the good will soon spreads around the world.
A positive inspiring picture book from the creator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken.

Booklist (October 15, 2012 (Vol. 109, No. 4))
Preschool-Grade 1. Young Amelia grins as she and her parents splash through a city street. “And because Amelia smiled,” well, Mrs. Higgins, looking out her window, smiles, too. Happy, she sends cookies to her grandson teaching in Mexico, who shares them with his class. One of his students decides to teach dancing in the park, a video of it goes online, and a ballet club in England sees it and adds some new moves. They tour in Israel and . . . lots more happens after that until Amelia’s smile comes full circle. Stein, who won a Caldecott Honor for Interrupting Chicken (2010), uses a quite different style here. Realistic, heavily colored, and intensely detailed, the illustrations invite children to look closely and see the way people across the globe are connected: the smiles, the pets, the music. Certainly, there’s a lot to discuss here, and some adults may want kids to make connections with their own actions, but this is also just a lovely way to look at life.

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CR Mudgeon by Leslie Mui
AR 2.5Topics: neighbors, friends, hedgehogs
Hedgehog C. R. Mudgeon, who is used to having everything exactly the same every day, has some adjusting to do when a lively new neighbor moves into the tree next door.
Library Media Connection (August/September 2012)
This book is a warm-hearted look at making new friends. C. R. Mudgeon is a hedgehog that has found his lifestyle very enjoyable. He eats celery root soup every night and drinks a cup of dandelion tea; he is happy to be at home alone. Paprika the squirrel moves into the tree next door. Paprika likes bright flowers, spicy food, and loud music. At first, C. R. Mudgeon does not like his new neighbor, but in the end, he learns to like Paprika and her new ways. The story is charming, and the moral is very clear. The illustrations are colorful and attractive. C. R. Mudgeon will be a favorite of all the young students you serve. Kori Lyn Malone, Assistant Head of School, Academy Schools, Tukwila, Washington. RECOMMENDED