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
Availability: Backordered
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
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: CurlyQ Press - April 28th, 2015

The details of a bustling city are secondary to the natural loveliness a young girl finds while walking with her distracted father. Silently, she chooses and picks Sidewalk Flowers (Groundwood, $16.95), in this wordless story conceived by JonArno Lawson. Selective coloring by illustrator Sydney Smith draws attention to the beauty of the situation, increasing throughout the story as happiness spreads. A tribute to small things, small people, and small gestures, Sidewalk Flowers is a reminder of the little joys in an ever-moving world. Ages 4-7. Allison Witten

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By Jonarno Lawson, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554984312
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Published: Groundwood Books - March 17th, 2015