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A Bear Called Paddington
Series: Paddington Bear
by Michael Bond Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum

Paddington, the most endearing bear from Darkest Peru, first charmed American audiences forty years ago. Now a new generation will surely be won over by Paddington's particular brand of preposterous humor and gentle satire.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr. Illustrated by Eric Carle

A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck — all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages.

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Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina Illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina

A peddler walks from town to town, selling the caps he proudly balances in a stack on his head:

"First he had on his own checked cap, then a bunch of gray caps, then a bunch of brown caps, then a bunch of blue caps, and on the very top a bunch of red caps."

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Series: Corduroy
by Don Freeman Illustrated by Don Freeman

Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, continues to stir the hearts and imagination of children and adults around the world.

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Curious George
Series: Curious George
by H. A. Rey Illustrated by H. A. Rey

George, a small African monkey, is taken from his jungle home to live in a big city Zoo. Along the way, sailors save him from the sea, angry firemen put him in jail, and stolen balloons fly him high above the city — all because he is a curious little monkey!

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Horton Hears a Who!
by Dr. Seuss

Horton the elephant hears a yell coming from a small speck of dust. Horton is determined to protect the "Whos" living in "Who-ville" on the speck of dust because a person is a person no matter how small.

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Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Clement Hurd

Before going to sleep, a little rabbit says goodnight to all his familiar possessions as his big, green bedroom slowly darkens.

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Little Bear
Series: Little Bear, Book #1
by Else Holmelund Minarik Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Enter the world of Little Bear. Children will be entranced by Little Bear's trip to the moon, his birthday party, and his wishes and adventures.

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The Little Engine That Could
by Watty Piper Illustrated by George Hauman , Doris Hauman

When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and good food over the mountain. This classic story about the Little Blue Engine who says "I think I can, I think I can" continues to be a popular favorite.

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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
by Bernard Waber

Lyle the crocodile is perfectly happy living with the Primms on East 88th Street until irritable Mr. Grumps next door changes all that by putting Lyle in the zoo. He experiences a change of heart when the crocodile saves him from a fire.

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Series: Madeline, Book #1
by Ludwig Bemelmans Illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans

In an old, vine-covered house in Paris live 12 little girls. They wear wide-brimmed hats and matching yellow outfits, and walk in two perfect rows. Madeline is the smallest girl, and the most daring. She's not afraid to touch a mouse or go near a tiger in the zoo.

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Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey Illustrated by Robert McCloskey

The New York Times describes Robert McCloskey's Caldecott Medal-winning book as "one of the merriest picture books ever." Young children will delight in the story of a mother duck's search for the perfect place to lay her eggs, as well as her loving protection of the brood once they are hatched.

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Mike Mulligan y su máquina maravillosa
by Virginia Lee Burton Illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton

A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children.

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Pat the Bunny
by Dorothy Kunhardt
"Judy can pat the bunny. Now you pat the bunny." Those words have been read countless times since the publication of this classic in 1940. With texture, peekaboo, mirrors, and more, this timeless book and its two sequels make babies gurgle with glee.
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The Runaway Bunny
by Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Clement Hurd

A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek; children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

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The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
Wake up with Peter to a snow-covered day where adventure awaits. No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day.
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The Story About Ping
by Marjorie Flack Illustrated by Kurt Wiese

Since 1933, The Story About Ping has captivated generations of readers. No one can deny the appeal of the book's hero, Ping, the spirited little duck who lives on a boat on the Yangtze River.

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Story of Ferdinand, The
by Munro Leaf Illustrated by Robert Lawson

A true classic, this tale of a sweet, gentle bull named Ferdinand has enchanted readers, young and old alike, since it was first published by Viking Press in 1936.

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by Leo Lionni Illustrated by Leo Lionni

Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders! But there is also danger and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how — with ingenuity and teamwork — they can overcome any danger.

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Tikki Tikki Tembo
by Arlene Mosel Illustrated by Blair Lent

This classic Chinese legend tells the story of a boy who nearly drowns in a well because his brother cannot pronounce his very, very long name fast enough for an old man to save him. The lovely drawings capture the beauty of rural China.

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The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit, a stuffed toy, waits in the nursery for a child to call its own. The other toys also wait for the day the boy will pick them for a playmate. As time goes by, Rabbit grows weary and worries that it will never be chosen.

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Where the Wild Things Are- DAR
by Maurice Sendak Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

This Caldecott Medal winner is a whimsical fantasy about a young boy whose imagination transports him far away from problems at home to a land where almost anything can happen.

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George and Martha
by James Marshall

George and Martha: not, as one might think, the first president and his spouse, but two hippopotamuses created by the singular talent of James Marshall. For the past quarter century, these stories have entertained, intrigued, and delighted readers of all ages.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter Illustrated by David McPhail

Since it was first published in 1902, Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit has become one of the undisputed classics of children's literature — so classic, in fact, that generations of children have grown up thinking of it as a traditional folktale. But the exciting story of the mischievous rabbit and Mr.

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