Spring Into Reading

Grumpy Monkey Spring Fever

Grumpy Monkey Spring Fever By Suzanne Lang; illustrated by Max Lang

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Everyone's favorite grump, Jim Panzee, star of the bestselling Grumpy Monkey series, has caught a bad case of spring fever and wakes up feeling very silly in this delightful new picture book.

When Jim runs through the jungle laughing and shouting with glee,  the other animals are very concerned.  This just isn’t the grumpy Jim they know.  Soon Norman diagnoses Jim with a bad case of spring fever and tells Jim that he needs to find a cure. The other jungle animals offer suggestions: Take a calming breath! Sniff lavender! Take a nap! Try a time-out! Jim tries everything to get his grump back, but when nothing works, it becomes contagious and the other animals catch spring fever too. Soon the jungle erupts into a silly celebration of springtime as they all join in the fun.

From the bestselling team Suzanne and Max Lang comes another fun filled adventure starring the beloved chaacter Jim Panzee. Lively illustrations offering a belly laugh on every spread will delight the many Grumpy Monkey fans.

Something on the Hill

Something on the Hill By Jane Kohuth; illustrated by Sonia Sanchez

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with this picture book that follows a small field mouse as she rallies the larger woodland animals  to join her on a journey up a hill, sensing that something is about to happen at the top.... What could it be?!

When Field Mouse wakes from her nap, the air is no longer chilly, and she feels like there's something has changed. Something is out there, calling to her.... Something is on the Hill.
    She spots her friend, Squirrel. "Help me find the Something," Mouse tells him. And so the two scamper through a clearing. Soon, they spot Doe. "Where are you hurrying today?" Doe asks them. "We're going to the Hill," says Mouse.
    And so it goes, as Turtle, the Ducks, and the Bears join the group, all making their way to the Something on the Hill. As they climb to the tippy-top, this parade of animals will discover just what that Something is: a leaf shoot, tiny and green.
    Just in time for spring comes this delightful picture book--perfect for storytime--that reminds us that the smallest of things can matter just as much as the big ones.

The World Is Ours to Cherish: A Letter to a Child

The World Is Ours to Cherish: A Letter to a Child By Mary Annaïse Heglar; illustrated by Vivian Mineker

This hopeful picture book--written in the style of a letter--gives kids an honest take on climate change and urges them to band together to help the planet.

The world is a big, beautiful place full of natural wonders--everything from bees to rainfall can seem magical.

The world is also changing. Climate change has already had a devastating effect on the planet.

But it's not too late! If we work together and show a little more care, both for the environment and each other, we can keep this world beautiful.

This moving debut from climate writer Mary Annaïse Heglar is perfect for budding environmentalists and anyone in need of a little hope for the future of our planet.

The Last Stand

The Last Stand By Antwan Eady; illustrated by Jerome & Jarrett Pumphrey

The author of Nigel and the Moon, delivers a tender intergenerational story inspired by his childhood in the rural south. Here's a farm stand that represents the importance of family, community, and hope.

Every stand has a story.
This one is mine.

Saturday is for harvesting. And one little boy is excited to work alongside his Papa as they collect eggs, plums, peppers and pumpkins to sell at their stand in the farmer's market. Of course, it's more than a farmer's market. Papa knows each customer's order, from Ms. Rosa's pumpkins to Mr. Johnny's peppers. And when Papa can't make it to the stand, his community gathers around him, with dishes made of his own produce.

Heartwarming illustrations complement the lyrical text in this poignant picture book that reveals a family's pride in their work, and reminds us to harvest love and hope from those around us.

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