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Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel

Dyamonde Daniel may be new in town, but that doesn't stop her from making a place for herself in a jiffy. With her can-do attitude and awesome brainpower, she is the spirited star of a new series by Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes.

Written by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie | $14.99 | G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker

This is a clever story about sharing, Benny and Penny, hide every toy from their younger cousin. Hayes' sweet, yet action-filled cartoons give great visual cues while his word choice is accessible. This is one of those break-through books for reluctant readers and one that kids will come back too.

Written by Geoffrey Hayes | $12.95 | Toon Books
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Tumtum & Nutmeg - Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall

Deep inside the broom cupboard of Rose Cottage, two mice live in great style, secretly looking after Arthur and Lucy, the disheveled human children of the cottage. In three thrilling tales of daring and wit, Tumtum and Nutmeg -- along with General Marchmouse, a ballerina army, and a team of caged gerbils -- prove that small-size mice can have world-size hearts.

Written by Emily Bearn, Illustrated by Nick Price | $16.99
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Zelda and Ivy series

This series of books is delightful, not only for its text, but illustrations. Meet Zelda and Ivy, the two fabulous fox sisters, as they navigate childhood. Anyone with a sibling will smile as they read each short chapter about real life situations that one has most likely had with an older or younger brother or sister.

Written by Laura Kvasnosky | $4.99 | Candlewick Press
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Diary of a Killer Cat

Tuffy is a cat! He narrates this lighthearted story that pits his behavior (after all, he IS a cat) against the expectations of his family. Fun to read-aloud as well as alone.

Written by Anne Fine, Illustrated by Steve Cox | $15.00 | Farrar Straus Giroux
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The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow

Favorite Australian author loved by all English speaking children throughout the world, Andy Griffiths, is winner of the Dr. Seuss award. Ten short, short stories that are so very easy to read, and the words are rhymey and slimy too!

Written by Andy Griffiths, Illustrated by Terry Denton | $6.99 | Square Fish
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