Jill's 2016 Picks

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Tek: The Modern Cave Boy Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316338059
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

Absolutely my favorite Patrick McDonnell book ever. Easily a good choice for a read-aloud for kids and technology addicts of all ages. There's nothing this story doesn't have, and the illustrations have a Gary Larson-esque hilarity which makes them pop off every page.


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Ada Twist, Scientist Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419721373
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 6th, 2016

More solid career ideas for your over-achieving toddler's future from the author and illustrator of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect. The future is now.


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The Water Princess Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399172588
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

Probably the most beautiful picture book we will see this year.


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The Bill the Cat Story: A Bloom County Epic Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399546624
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Published: Philomel Books - September 13th, 2016

Hooray, there is a new hardcover book from Berkeley Breathed for me to joyously handsell! I have never been so smitten with an author/illustrator's whole body of work. It's all magic.


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Star Trek: Redshirt's Little Book of Doom Cover Image
By Robb Pearlman, Anna-Maria Jung (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608877362
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Published: Insight Editions - July 19th, 2016

OMG. This is hysterical.


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The Lord of the Hat (The Creature from My Closet #5) Cover Image
By Obert Skye, Obert Skye (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781627791625
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 6th, 2015

What's to say? The Creature from My Closet series is brilliant. Obert Skye has new readers scavenging through their old shelves for those weird old books that some old person once recommended, and they're loving every literary minute. Behold the Lord of the Hat.


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Bayou Magic Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316224857
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

Childhood and the bayou are both bound up in joys and sorrows. Jewell Parker Rhodes seems to intimate such wisdom with her beautiful, heartfelt prose. Maddy's summer visit, with all the adventures, lessons and magical moments it lends, is measured out lovingly yet sternly by her grandmother. There, in the bayou, she will take her place among a congregation of kind, strong women.


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Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit) Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780872866836
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Published: City Lights Books - April 7th, 2015

Rad American Women A-Z is both groovy and energizing for kids of all ages. I cannot wait to sell stacks and stacks.


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The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780547315829
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - November 4th, 2014

What would it be like to frolic outside in nature? Sweetie Pie, the hamster, can only wonder. He lives a closed-in solitary life of the pet shop and knows too well the sometimes downright horrors of domestic life. Chris Van Allsburg lends another life lesson subtle, almost real, color and form in his new picture book, the Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.


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Otis and the Scarecrow Cover Image
By Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399163968
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Published: Philomel Books - August 28th, 2014

Gorgeous and full of heart, Otis and the Scarecrow is the perfect book to warm up a fall storytime. Otis is up to his usual frolic, and he even meets a very odd but eventual friend. Storms come and storms go, but life in the country is good when a tractor has good friends.


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The Book with No Pictures Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803741713
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Published: Dial Books - September 30th, 2014

The first time I read this aloud I imagined my storytime crowd, and how animated the children would be as I delivered the words to this picture-less picture-book, how people's disbelief would turn into laughter, how people would have to laugh out loud, because the book is so funny, the words and sounds are silly, who could resist?