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Early Readers & Younger Fiction (Kindergarten-grade 4)

The No. One Car Spotter and the Firebird, by Atinuke; illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell (Kane Miller)
Car-spotting champion Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is also number one at solving problems. And there are all kinds of problems to be solved in and around his African village, as described in four accessible chapters. (1–3; 96 pages)

Ivy + Bean Make the Rules, by Annie Barrows; illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Chronicle)
Bean's older sister is headed off to Girl Power 4-Ever Camp at the local park. Seven-year-old Bean is only old enough to attend Puppet Camp (as if!), so she and Ivy decide to start their own. (1–3; 127 pages)

Monkey & Robot, by Peter Catalanotto (Jackson/Atheneum)
Big-toothed, excitable Monkey and tie-wearing, sensible Robot are housemates and best friends. Four illustrated short chapters relate their tales of misunderstanding, cooperation and friendship. (K–2; 56 pages)

Benjamin Bear in “Bright Ideas!” written and illustrated by Philippe Coudray; translated from the French by Leigh Stein (Toon/Candlewick)
Benjamin Bear addresses challenges both philosophical and physical in 27 one-page comic-strip dramas. New readers will be served by the balance of story between speech bubbles and illustrations. (K–2; 32 pages)

Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever, by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee; illustrated by Tony Fucile (Candlewick)
Three personality-filled stories star odd couple Bink and Gollie. The pals explore Gollie’s “royal” family tree, try a mail-order Stretch-o-Matic kit for diminutive Bink and attempt to amass a record-breaking collection. (1–3; 82 pages)

Dodsworth in Tokyo, by Tim Egan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Affable duo Dodsworth and the duck visit Tokyo on their fifth outing. As usual, the irrepressible duck’s behavior leads to mayhem. Droll, understated watercolors illustrate the pair’s tour of popular Japanese tourist attractions. (K–2; 48 pages)

Bramble & Maggie: Give and Take, by Jessie Haas; illustrated by Alison Friend (Candlewick)
Now that Maggie’s new horse, Bramble, has settled in, everyone has some adjusting to do. While Bramble’s arrival brings plenty of trouble, it also comes with many benefits discovered through experiment and compromise. (1–3; 52 pages)

A Pet Named Sneaker, by Joan Heilbroner; illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre (Random House)
Sneaker, a pet shop snake, really wants a home; he suffers considerable rejection until a boy named Pete chooses him. Sneaker is not only good for playing games like “I Am a Necktie” and “I Am Handcuffs” but is also incredibly smart and

heroic. (K–2; 48 pages)

Penny and Her Marble, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)
In Penny’s third outing, she spies a marble on a neighbor’s lawn and takes it — even though she knows she shouldn’t. That night, Penny has bad dreams about the imagined consequences of this furtive act but is unwilling to confess to her parents; she finds her own resolution. (K–2; 48 pages)

Hiccup! [Balloon Toons], by Mike Herrod (Blue Apple)
Nerves combined with a huge, hasty breakfast give rabbit Jamie a case of hiccups that jeopardizes his role in the school play. His friend Jenna solicits (increasingly wild) advice for remedies; just before the curtain goes up she realizes she can cure Jamie herself. (K–2; 40 pages)

Lulu and the Dog from the Sea, by Hilary McKay; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont (Whitman)
Animal-lover Lulu and her family go on holiday by the sea. Lulu, knowing full well her parents’ rules about pets (“The more the merrier! As long as Lulu cleans up after them!”), systematically goes about winning a stray dog’s trust. (1–3; 108 pages)

Dinosaurs in Space [Balloon Toons], written and illustrated by Pranas T. Naujokaitis; color by Amy Rumbarger (Blue Apple)
What if dinosaurs went galactic instead of dying out? Three humorous short stories in comic form explore life in the Dinosaur Galaxy, from warring planets of carnivores and herbivores to alien (human) sightings to the dangers of black holes. (K–2; 40 pages)

Like Bug Juice on a Burger, by Julie Sternberg; illustrated by Matthew Cordell (Amulet/Abrams)
Eleanor wants to like Camp Wallumwahpuck, but is homesick and anxious. Just as Eleanor has sent a coded letter to her parents saying she wants to come home, she begins to find activities she enjoys. (1–3; 172 pages)

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