Fifth grade is looking good for Kate: her best friend is in her class, she’s excited for a new round of scouts, and she’s the top flute player in the band. But then Kate’s crabby neighbor, Nora, starts showing up wherever Kate is. In Kate the Great, Except When She’s Not (Crown, $12.99), author and illustrator Suzy Becker creates laugh-out-loud fun, giving readers a glimpse into Kate’s diary, where she doodles and writes about her daily adventures. With the help of her closest friend and her supportive family, Kate makes it her mission to get Nora to smile, and maybe even become friends along the way.  Ages 8-11. ARW

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By Suzy Becker, Suzy Becker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385387422
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 5th, 2014

You don’t notice them because you believe they’re not there. You don’t think about them because they haven’t been created yet. But Dan Santat proves that they’re alive, thriving, and very much real in The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend (Little, Brown, $17). Born on an island where imaginary friends are created, Beekle waits patiently for his turn to be chosen, until he does the unimaginable: summoning the idea of a human friend to bring him courage, he journeys out into the real world. In a dark place, Beekle follows a familiar sight, and everything begins to feel a little less strange. Dan Santat’s wonderfully magical tale may make you wonder where your imaginary friend is. Ages 4-8. Allison Trotter

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ISBN: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

“Hi, Koo!” (Scholastic, $17.99) says each season to a special panda bear, who enjoys every one with his human friends. Autumn brings new clothes, the chance to dance, and warm cookies. Winter knocks at the door with an opportunity for a powdery stomp. New leaves, new grass, and new sky bring spring, allowing Koo to observe, quiet and still. Finally there’s summer: fireflies and kites. Jon J. Muth’s playful watercolors and accompanying haikus encourage us to remember—or embrace—our childhood, using familiar sensory images to capture the heart, soul, and innocence of each passing season. Ages 4-8. Allison Trotter

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By Jon J. Muth, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545166683
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 25th, 2014