Staff Favorites - Picture Books

Updated 6/12/22

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The Most Magnificent Thing Cover Image
By Ashley Spires, Ashley Spires (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781554537044
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Kids Can Press - August 1st, 2013

One of my forever favorites! I love this irresistible story about a resilient young inventor/engineer and her adorable puppy assistant. ~Kristin


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Swashby And The Sea Cover Image
By Beth Ferry, Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544707375
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Clarion Books - May 5th, 2020

A new picture book that already feels like a timeless classic. Gorgeous illustrations, a funny and heartwarming story, and a great way to get some phonics/reading practice in! Bonus: a chance to use your best pirate voice for Swashby. ~Kristin


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See You Soon Cover Image
By Mariame Kaba, Bianca Diaz (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781642597639
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Haymarket Books - March 1st, 2022

This is a loving and graceful book about a young child separated from her mother by incarceration, and she wants her family to stay close and whole together. (Inspired to act? Mariame Kabna can also be found in our Sociology aisle - We Do This Til We Free Us.) ~Harry


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Solitary Animals: Introverts of the Wild Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593384435
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - March 8th, 2022

Did you know that a group of zebras is called a dazzle? In this gorgeously illustrated book, you'll learn collective nouns for animals while also discovering what animals prefer to live a more introverted life. Perfect for reading along or for kids who love animals and are just beginning to read. --Jenna


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Star Fishing Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419751004
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - February 22nd, 2022

A WIDE AWAKE youngster looking to play shouts to the moon ":....come play with mmmmmeeeeeeeee"  and this marvelous sweet adventure begins! A travel through the skies with many WIDE AWAKE animals join on teh fun in the star filled skies.

So sweet! --Marilyn


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The Barn Cover Image
By Leah H. Rogers, Barry Root (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536209068
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Candlewick - November 16th, 2021

A perfect book for bedtime. Both the words and illustrations are so soothing. This book feels timeless--like the ones you had when you were young. --Kristin


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Maybe... Cover Image
By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536220247
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Candlewick - September 2nd, 2021

Such a great read-aloud book! Bright, vibrant colors to keep little ones engaged and a hilarious story. Mama monkey said not to go near the mango tree because of the tigers...but if the little monkeys can't see the tigers, there must not be tigers, right? Maybe. .. -Kristin


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Looking for a Jumbie Cover Image
By Tracey Baptiste, Amber Ren (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062970817
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 21st, 2021

What is a Jumbie? Little Naya knows, and she's determined to find a scary one! She heads out from her cozy home and soon finds a whole group of new friends. The bright illustrations keep this book from being too scary for little ones! --Donna


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It Fell from the Sky Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534457621
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of a spider whose greed leads to disaster. Families will love this charming tale that teaches a great lesson. --Donna


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At This Very Moment Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781908714923
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Cicada Books - September 21st, 2021

A sweet quiet journey exploring the world right.at.this.moment everywhere! A perfect book for all wanderers and wonderers. I love it! --Marilyn


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Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780735264892
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Tundra Books - September 21st, 2021

This sweet storybook jumps right into your heart! It's a perfect cuddle up read-aloud through all the seasons.❤--Marilyn


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Dragonboy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316462167
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

Dragonboy's ready for adventure with all his friends. They discover many wonderful things and today meet a new friend who needs some cheering up.

A sweet story for all adventurers. --Marilyn


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One Million Insects Cover Image
By Isabel Thomas, Lou Baker Smith (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781913519452
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Welbeck Editions - September 7th, 2021

YOU can be a bug detective! Learn all about the crazy wide world of bugs, beetles, butterflies and so many more insects. Did you know insects are busy all the time and without them our world couldn’t function well at all.

So, are you in? Want to discover a new species of insects out there? Be a bug detective! --Marilyn


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A Kid Is a Kid Is a Kid Cover Image
By Sara O'Leary, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781773062501
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Groundwood Books - August 3rd, 2021

New town or new school and so many questions?????????

Kids from everywhere share the questions they don’t like being asked. This inviting story is really about what questions kids really WANT to be asked.Can you guess what it is? You may be surprised!  A wonderful story. --Marilyn


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Home Alone Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780500652619
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Thames & Hudson - July 6th, 2021

Delightfully illustrated and unbelievably coy, Home Alone is sure to warm your hear and make you laugh! Frido loves his owner, but he loves to be home alone even more...


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SumoKitty Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781580896825
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Charlesbridge - August 13th, 2019

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Freaky, Funky Fish: Odd Facts about Fascinating Fish Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780762468843
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Running Press Kids - May 4th, 2021

This fun and colorful book will introduce young readers to the marvels of the deep blue sea. The fish species examined come from across the globe, and will delight any curious child. Full of vivid illustrations and intruiging descriptions.


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Faraway Things Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316492195
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 8th, 2021

This thoughtful book is soft and solitary, sure to transport readers. Faraway Things will make you wish and wonder...what would you pick?


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Toasty Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823447077
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - May 4th, 2021

A piece of toast wants to be a dog but that's more difficult than it may seem. With beautiful illustrations, this story is about being true to yourself and making new friends. A simple but fun picture book for all ages!


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Brave as a Mouse Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593181836
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Random House Studio - May 25th, 2021

This picture book is about adventure and courage! What is it like being the smallest? And how can you beat the odds? With beautiful detailed illustrations this book will keep readers on their toes waiting to see what the mice do next!


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The Capybaras Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771647823
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Greystone Kids - April 13th, 2021

This gorgeous book may seem simple, but don't let it fool you: it carries an important, heartwarming message of empathy and understanding. Like the chickens, I was unsure about the capybaras at first. But I loved them, and you will too.


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Ship in a Bottle Cover Image
By Andrew Prahin, Andrew Prahin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815811
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021

This story is about courage and adventure as the main character sets out to explore different places, meeting new creatures along the way. This beautifully illustrated book is perfect for children and adults alike!


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The Poop Song Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, Claudia Boldt (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452179506
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - April 13th, 2021

How do elephants, space aliens, and dinosaurs poop? This potty training book is absolutely hilarious!


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Bat Wings! Cat Wings? Cover Image
By Laura Gehl, Monique Felix (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781568463742
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Creative Editions - August 10th, 2021

A fun and unique way to explain simple anatomy to kids!
 


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Vampire Peter Cover Image
By Ben Manley, Hannah Peck (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728438924
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Andersen Press - August 3rd, 2021

Remember - never judge a book by its cover - or a vampire by its wings! Peter is the best! 
 


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Nia and the New Free Library Cover Image
By Ian Lendler, Mark Pett (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452166865
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - June 1st, 2021

This is an inspiring tale about a community that comes together to build a new library, inspired by the activism of one girl.


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Fungarium: Welcome to the Museum Cover Image
By Ester Gaya, Katie Scott (Illustrator)
$37.99
ISBN: 9781536217094
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Big Picture Press - April 6th, 2021

A stunning guide to the fungai kingdom that anyone from age 8 to adult will love. As soon as I opened the book, I was obsessed! Fungiphilia will be inspired.


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Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250234629
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - February 23rd, 2021

An inspirational book for any and every child.


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Don't Hug Doug: (He Doesn't Like It) Cover Image
By Carrie Finison, Daniel Wiseman (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984813022
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2021

Don't hug Doug! He really doesn't like it. But he still likes you! Such an amazing and fun book about respecting boundaries and asking before you hug! I can't recommend this book highly enough!


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If You Go Down to the Woods Today (Brown Bear Wood) Cover Image
By Rachel Piercey, Freya Hartas (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419751585
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Magic Cat - March 16th, 2021

A Fun Search and Find!

Somehow each page is nostalgic!


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What We'll Build: Plans For Our Together Future Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593206751
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Philomel Books - October 6th, 2020

Oliver Jeffers, the 8th wonder of the world, has done it again. Written for his daughter, What We'll Build is a testament to possibilities and the unparalleled lore between a parent and child. I lead it whenever I want to be reminded of how many beautiful, wonderful things are out there. -- Brittany


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I'm A Hare, So There! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358125068
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Clarion Books - March 16th, 2021

This charming story is about a young hare named Jack who often gets mistaken for a rabbit, we come along his journey as he tries to correct other animals and ends up mistaking the kinds of animals they are too. A fantastic way to explain that not everything is as it seems while learning about other animals. 


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Little Fox Cover Image
By Edward van de Vendel, Marije Tolman (Illustrator), David Colmer (Translated by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140077
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

In this gorgeous book, a little orange fox goes on an exciting adventure. He finds other animal friends, explores the world around him, and even meeting a young human! Children and adults alike will delight in the vivid  illustrations and whimsical story. A special treat of a book that wraps around you like a warm blanket.


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While We Can't Hug Cover Image
By Eoin McLaughlin, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780571365586
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Faber & Faber Children's - August 18th, 2020

In this delightful book, children will discover how to express affection for their friends and loved ones in those times when physical contact isn't possible. From dancing to drawing to writing letters, children will enjoy watching HedgeHog and Tortoise express how much they care about each other.


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If You Come to Earth Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452137797
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

Quinn decides to write a welcoming guide about earth for someone from outer space. With beautiful illustrations, it's a fresh way to look at our world. A delight for all ages. -- Marilyn


A wonderful gift for any child around age 6-10 who is curious about the world. This picture book features seven real children around the world, from Italy, Japan, Peru, Russia, Vganda, India, and Iran. Live a day in their lives! - Olivia


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Everest Cover Image
By Sangma Francis, Lisk Feng (Illustrator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781911171997
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Flying Eye Books - October 2nd, 2018

 

In this beautiful and highly informative book, authors Sangma Francis and Lisk Feng delve into the history, ecology, and mythology of Mount Everest. Filled with intriguing anecdotes, educational descriptions, and lovely illustrations, this book is an ideal introduction to the world's tallest mountain. Perfect for anyone 5 to 95.


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No Reading Allowed: The WORST Read-Aloud Book Ever Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728206592
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Explore - November 10th, 2020

Do you think English is hard? Well, this book will prove you right and make you laugh and teach you some new words! - Stephanie


Little Red Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561459179
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Peachtree - April 5th, 2016

 

A fun feminist twist!


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The Barnabus Project Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735263260
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Tundra Books - September 1st, 2020

 

An adorable experiment makes an epic escape! Barnabus is an elephant mouse and this is his daring story. The Fan Brothers have created another lovable book, recommended for ages 4-9.


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Champ and Major: First Dogs Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593407141
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Dial Books - January 19th, 2021

 

This delightful book introduces young readers to the White House's new canine residents, Champ and Major. With lovely illustrations and a heartwarming story, this book is the perfect way to introduce young readers to the new First Family!


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Bertolt Cover Image
$15.95
Not available
ISBN: 9781592702299
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - March 14th, 2017

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The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

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Petra Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735262676
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Tundra Books - February 6th, 2018

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Escargot Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374302818
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 11th, 2017

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My Bison Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616898861
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 3rd, 2020

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Lucia the Luchadora Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781576878279
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: POW! Kids Books - March 7th, 2017

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The Circus Ship Cover Image
By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763630904
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Candlewick - September 22nd, 2009

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Music for Mister Moon Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823441600
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - March 26th, 2019

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King Bidgood's In The Bathtub Cover Image
By Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780152427306
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Clarion Books - October 10th, 1985

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Ocean Meets Sky Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481470377
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

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Off & Away Cover Image
By Cale Atkinson, Cale Atkinson (Illustrator), Cale Atkinson (Cover design or artwork by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484782323
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

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Pancakes for Findus (Findus and Pettson) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781903458792
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hawthorn Press - October 15th, 2007

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What's Up, Maloo? (Maloo and Friends) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735266643
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Tundra Books - January 7th, 2020

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Otto and Pio (Read aloud book for children about friendship and family) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616897604
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 19th, 2019

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Noodlephant Cover Image
By Jacob Kramer, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592702664
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 12th, 2019

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The Crocodile Who Didn't like Water Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780735841635
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: NorthSouth Books - April 5th, 2014

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Otto and Pio (Read aloud book for children about friendship and family) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616897604
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 19th, 2019

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Tea Party Rules Cover Image
By Ame Dyckman, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670785018
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2013

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Grumpy Monkey Cover Image
By Suzanne Lang, Max Lang (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553537864
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

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Chirri & Chirra, on the Town Cover Image
By Kaya Doi, David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592702787
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - December 31st, 2019

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Mi Casa Is My Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536209433
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Published: Candlewick - August 19th, 2021

A heartwarming bilingual book on the features of a house, and what makes a house a home. Little Lucia guides the readers through the different rooms in her house, from la puerta to la cocina, and describes all the people that fill the house with love and care. A lovely read..
 


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Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771473446
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Owlkids - March 15th, 2019