One Hungry Monster: A Counting Book in Rhyme by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe and Lynn Munsinger

What do you get when 10 hungry monsters invade a little boy’s house? As it turns out, surprisingly little bloodshed but a whole lot of mess and chaos — and a terrific counting book. The unique premise of One Hungry Monster sets it apart from the usual counting book since it reads like a fun story that just happens to offer opportunities for counting (as opposed to the many books that attempt the opposite).

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The Little Red Hen by Diane Muldrow and J. P. Miller

The Little Red Hen is a humble, classic folk tale that packs a big punch — much like its eponymous protagonist. The premise is simple: a little red hen finds a grain of wheat and decides to get help to plant it. Alas, none of the other animals are willing to lift a finger, so she does it herself. This scenario repeats itself when it’s time to reap and mill the wheat into flour, make the dough and bake the bread.

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The Little Red Caboose by Marion Potter and Tibor Gergely

Little train lovers will be enthralled by The Little Red Caboose, an underdog story about an often-overlooked and unassuming little red caboose (the part of the train that houses accommodation for the crew, and which usually comes last) who becomes an overnight hero when he saves the train from rolling down the mountain with his sheer tenacity.

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Weeds Find A Way

Weeds Find a Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliott and Carolyn Fisher

According to the Oxford Dictionary, weeds are wild plants that grow where they are not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants. ‘Unwanted’ though they may be, especially to serious landscapers or gardeners, no one can deny that there’s something admirable about the remarkable resilience of weeds and their ability to grow and thrive in the most unexpected and implausible places. Drains? Check. A crack in the pavement? Why not? Just give these highly adaptable plants the minimum they need to survive and they will do just that.

Seen in this light, Weeds Find a Way is thus a fitting homage to these ubiquitous yet humble plants.

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