Inspired by her favorite rhyme, Lola Plants a Garden (Charlesbridge, $15.95) with the help of her mother. After the seeds are all in the ground, Lola makes a string of bells and shells to adorn the garden, and even a quite contrary “Mary Mary” doll. When the flowers have pushed their way into the air and opened to the sun, Lola is finally able to share her creation with her friends. Author Anna McQuinn and illustrator Rosalind Beardshaw collaborate again for the latest in their series about enthusiastic Lola, just in time for the season of planting and growing. Ages 3-6. Allison Witten

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By Anna McQuinn, Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580896948
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 5th, 2014

Grasshopper, a one-insect band, wants to relax the whole year. Even though the ants won’t join him in idleness, The Grasshopper & the Ants (Little, Brown, $18) coexist side by side, content to play and work on their own. Grasshopper passes spring, summer, and fall in bliss, but when winter arrives and the ants disappear into their tunnels, he soon realizes the mistake he’s made. Luckily, Grasshopper isn’t alone in the snow for long. The queen invites him in for tea, and he regales her colony with a song. Jerry Pinkney reimagines another of Aesop’s fables in gorgeous detail, twisting the tale to be about kindness and friendship. Ages 3-7. Allison Witten

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ISBN: 9780316400817
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2015

Afraid of flying, Harry boards a commercial aircraft with his aunt, who happens to be the pilot of the plane. Over the course of the hour-long flight, Harry learns the 21 steps pilots use when Airplanes Take Off and Land (CurlyQ Press, $15.95), absorbing so much that he ultimately forgets to be afraid. Author Patrick T. McBriarty walks readers through each step in clear prose, while illustrator Johanna H. Kim uses friendly animals to depict the story, making this complex process accessible for young children. The team brings aviation so vividly to life that older readers will also learn a thing or two. Ages 4-7. Allison Witten

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By Patrick McBriarty, Johanna Kim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781941216040
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Published: CurlyQ Press - April 28th, 2015