The Bear Under the Stairs by Helen Cooper

Dark spaces tend to feed the imagination in an undesirable manner, since the lack of light impairs our vision and heightens the sense of the unknown. In The Bear Under the Stairs, this dark, unknown space takes the form of the storage area under the stairs in William’s house, where the young protagonist is convinced lives a scary grizzly bear who is out to eat him for tea!

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The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony

A flyaway hat is the plot device that drives the tale of The Queen’s Hat — the stunning debut picture book by author-illustrator Steve Antony. Of course, when the hat in question belongs to none other than the Queen of England, what could have just been a simple chase-and-grab scenario quickly escalates into a royal spectacle that takes readers on a delightful romp through the city of London.

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