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Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 9

Woodpecker REALLY wants to try a waffle, but no matter how hard he tries he can't get into the diner, so he has to devise a clever plan.

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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 9

Frank adopts Lucky from the animal shelter when they are both having very bad days. It turns out they have a lot in common, especially their love of science and math.

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I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 9

Mo Willems has written an Elephant and Piggie answer to Green Eggs and Ham, one with a more realistic ending.

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Somewhere There is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum, Todd Hasak-Lowy

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8

This book was 70 years in the making.  It is the story of Michael Gruenbaum and his family, Jews who lived in Prague in 1939 when the Nazis marched in.  Written by gifted writer, Todd Hasak-Lowry, it chronicles life for 10- year-old Michael under the Nazis and the family's relocation to Terezin.  Told in the first person by a young Michael, it speaks volumes about courage, determination, and humanity.

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Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider

Reading Level: Grades PreK - 2

This story in rhyme is classic Josh Schneider.  It begins with Fred getting quickly ready for bed.   There's sweet bedtime rhymes and we should have The Napping House.  But no, Fred has things to do like jumping, shouting,blowing a horn, karate, and monster hunting.  The illustrations are hilarious as Fred upsets everyone's plans to bed down.  When the story ends, kids will want it repeated.  No problem, there's so detail to the illustrations it's made for repeat readings.  (Oh, and a few jokes thrown in just for adults.)

Meet author Josh Schneider at the library on January 9th.

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