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It's no secret that reading to your child is a good thing. If you're looking for some new books to add to your collection, I've put together a list of some of our favorites. Most of these authors have many more titles that are worth checking out but to keep the list manageable, I've included just one. I'll keep adding to the list so be sure to check back every once in a while. Happy reading!

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry gruffalo... See more.

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Are you bored with being so proper? Do you want to have more fun? Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild. But does he go too far? From Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown comes a story that shows there's a time and place for everything...even going wild. See more.

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Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen (Author), Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen's disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers. See more.

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Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas (Author), Korky Paul (Illustrator)

Winnie the Witch lives in a black house. She has black chairs and black stairs, black floors and black doors. The trouble is that Winnie's cat, Wilbur, is also black. After sitting on him and tripping over him, Winnie decides to turn Wilbur into a green cat. But then he goes out into the long grass! Winnie is going to need a little magic to make sure she can always see Wilbur . . . A beautifully-crafted story with a colourful final twist. See more.

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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (Author), Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)

Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me--now a #1 New York Times bestseller! Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best? See more.

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Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Delightful chaos ensues when a young boy gets his kite stuck in a tree in this laugh-out-loud new picture book from award-winning, internationally best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers! Floyd gets his kite stuck up a tree. He throws up his shoe to shift it, but that gets stuck too. So he throws up his other shoe and that gets stuck, along with...a ladder, a pot of paint, the kitchen sink, an orang-utan and a whale, amongst other things! Will Floyd ever get his kite back? A hilarious book with a wonderful surprise ending. See more.

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Penguin by Polly Dunbar

Ben rips open his present and finds a penguin inside. “Hello, Penguin!” he says. “What shall we play?” But Penguin says nothing. Even when Ben tickles its belly, does a dizzy dance, and sticks out his tongue, Penguin makes no response. What will it take for Penguin to say something — or for Ben to understand what Penguin has to say? Spare illustrations bring whimsy to this offbeat tale, in which a little boy gets his heart’s desire. See more.

A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year. A Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice A Baker’s Dozen: Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy Selection (Pennsylvania).

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The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four litte friends found a perfect place to play. None of them had noticed that someone else was there. Sleeping in that cave was a VERY cranky... When four friends encounter a cranky bear, they decide they must cheer him up. Moose, Lion and Zebra's outrageous ideas all backfire, which leaves it up to poor, plain Sheep to deal with this beast, who just wants a quiet place to sleep. Whatever will she do? This rhyming story with hilarious illustrations is guaranteed to entertain its readers and its listeners! See more.

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Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin (Author), Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

The story of what happens when a grumpy old man and some mischievous squirrels match wits—with hilarious results. Old Man Fookwire is a grump who only likes to paint pictures of birds that visit his backyard. The problem is, they fly south every winter, leaving him sad and lonely. So he decides to get them to stay by putting up beautiful birdfeeders filled with seeds and berries. Unfortunately, the squirrels like the treats, too, and make a daring raid on the feeders. The conflict escalates—until the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that charms the old grump. See more.

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A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker (Author), Kady MacDonald Denton (Illustrator)

Bear is quite sure he doesn’t like visitors. He even has a sign. So when a mouse taps on his door one day, Bear tells him to leave. But when Bear goes to the cupboard to get a bowl, there is the mouse — small and gray and bright-eyed. In this slapstick tale that begs to be read aloud, all Bear wants is to eat his breakfast in peace, but the mouse — who keeps popping up in the most unexpected places — just won’t go away! See more.

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Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola. Strega Nona—"Grandma Witch"—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results. See more.

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Winter's Coming by Jan Thornhill (Author), Josée Bisaillon (Illustrator)

Lily, a young snowshoe hare, is surprised to notice the leaves changing color in her forest home. She hears from a passing flock of birds that "Winter's coming." Lily doesn't know who or what Winter is, but it must be frightening. Why else would the birds be escaping South? And why would the caterpillar curl up and freeze as solid as an acorn? Why else would the squirrel be hiding his food? As Lily learns the ways in which her forest friends prepare for winter's arrival, she becomes more and more worried about what she should be doing. Finally, the brown bear points out that Lily has been preparing without even knowing it: her fur is thickening and turning white to help her camouflage in the changing weather. This fascinating story introduces the ways in which different animals adapt to survive winter, complemented by illustrations in a mix of collage, drawing, and digital montage. See more.

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Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle (Author), Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)

Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up--that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they're willing to do whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road. Filled with truck sounds and animals noises, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others. See more.

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All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep by Crescent Dragonwagon (Author), David McPhail (Illustrator)

In this lyrical animal ABC book, a mother tries to tuck her child in for the night by telling him about all the awake animals that are getting sleepy. From antlered Antelope to zzz-ing Zebra, this alphabet of animals becomes an exquisite celebration of language and nature, just right for lulling even the most wide-awake little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber. See more.

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Go Back to Sleep by Sylvie Jones (Author), Pascale Constantin (Illustrator)

Go Back to Sleep is a bedtime story that will pique every child's interest about the secret lives of their toys. After carefully tucking all of his toys into their beds, Harry is ready to fall asleep when all of sudden ... BAAA! SQUEAK! MEOW! All of his toys are wide awake and ready to play! Canadian illustrator Pascale Constantin's soft yet vibrant illustrations bring these toys to life in this elegantly designed picture book. Stepped pages encourage children to become involved by turning the pages to reveal the story progression. See more.

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time.

Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things, where he is made king. He soon finds himself lonely and homesick and returns home to his bedroom where he finds his supper waiting for him still hot. See more.

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Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram

Bob has a very important job on the Moon. But who’s that in the background making faces at him? Kids will laugh along at this strikingly illustrated tongue-in-cheek tale.

6:00 a.m. Wake up. Have two eggs for breakfast. 8:00 a.m. Arrive at launchpad. Change into special man-on-the-moon suit. 8:45 a.m. Blast off. 8:58 a.m. Arrive on Moon. 9:00 a.m. Start work. This is how Bob, the Man on the Moon, begins his day. It’s Bob’s job to entertain the tourists (handstands and high moon jumps are a hit), conduct Moon seminars (how long does it take to walk around the Moon on stilts?), sell souvenirs (pens, postcards - the usual), and keep the Moon clean and neat. Some people say that aliens are the ones who leave all the trash, but Bob tells them aliens don’t exist, and he would know . . . wouldn’t he? See more.

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