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Before They Were Artists: Famous Illustrators as Kids
Haidle, Elizabeth

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This vibrantly illustrated graphic novel anthology brings to life the childhood experiences of beloved artists and illustrators such as Wanda Gág, Maurice Sendak, and Jerry Pinkney. Stylish illustrations paired with small vignettes and anecdotes from the artists' early lives helps illuminate the hard work, triumphs, failures, and inspiration that helped forge their successful careers.

What makes an artist? What sparks their imagination? Where do their creativity and unique style come from? Striking illustrations and a graphic novel format bring to life this anthology of legendary artists and their childhoods. Featuring beloved artists such as Wanda Gág, Maurice Sendak, Tove Jansson, Jerry Pinkney, Yuyi Morales and Hayao Miyazaki, these stories capture the childhood triumphs, failures, and inspirations that predated their careers.

Children will see themselves in these portraits and wonder if they, too, might have it in them to make art. A celebration of creativity, this collective graphic biography is sprinkled throughout with writing wisdom and inspiring quotes.

Look for the companion book Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids.

Item No. 9781328801548
$17.99
Brave Black First:100 Postcards Celebrating More Than 50 African American Women Who Changed the World
Hudson, Cheryl

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These 100 stunning postcards celebrate 50 groundbreaking African American women, from Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks to Angela Davis and Beyoncé--published in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Based on the children's book Brave. Black. First., these empowering postcards celebrate artists, athletes, activists, politicians, and writers who championed civil rights in their communities. Each card features the portrait on the front and, on the back, an inspiring quote, short biographical information, and space for writing a message. With two postcards for every portrait, you'll have one to send and one to save. Taken together, the collection captures the iconic moments of fifty African American women whose heroism and bravery rewrote the American story for the better.

Item No. 9781984825636
$20.00
Chalk
Thomson, Bill

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Three children discover a magical bag of chalk on a rainy day
Item No. 9780761455264
$15.99
Card-Tree in Me

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Blank notecard featuring artwork by Corinna Luyken from her book The Tree in Me. Card measures 4.25" x 5.5" and comes with a coordinating envelope.

Printed in Portland, Oregon on Forest-friendly, FSC®-certified 10% Post-Consumer recycled paper using renewable green energy and vegetable-based inks.

Item No. CL06
$5.50
Dual Liner Neon Highlighter
Dual Liner Neon Highlighter

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Brighten up your planner or journal with the most unique highlighters! What sets these double-ended neon highlighters apart? It’s the dual tip. One end is a chisel tip and the other a dual-nibbed tip that draws 2 lines at the same time; making underlining twice obsolete. Your school, office or homework will never be boring again with these unique dual tip highlighter pens.

Item No. 130-078
$8.95
EC Activity to Go Travel Tin

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Bring the fun of Eric Carle on the go! Each tin includes 2 dry-erase activity sheets, 1 dry-erase marker, 8 non-toxic crayons, 1 12-sheet coloring pad, and 1 sheet of repositionable stickers. Best of all, the insides of the tins also double as 2 assorted activities! The resuable tins keeps the activities inside for easy on-the-go storage.

Item No. 40795
$7.99
Flora & the Flamingo
Idle, Molly

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In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more of this fun flamingo story!

For more feathery fun with the flamingo girls, pick up more preschool wordless books like Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks, Flora and the Chicks, Flora and the Ostrich, or Flora and Friends Matching Game.

Item No. 9781452110066
$17.99
Jukebox
Chanani, Nidhi

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Grab some coins for the jukebox, and get ready for a colorful, time-traveling, musical tale about family and courage.
A mysterious jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen's only clues to her father's abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both turn to the jukebox which starts...glowing?

Suddenly, the girls are pulled from their era and transported to another time! Keyed to the music on the record, the jukebox sends them through decade after decade of music history, from political marches, to landmark concerts. But can they find Shaheen's dad before the music stops? This time-bending magical mystery tour invites readers to take the ride of their lives for a coming-of-age adventure.

Item No. 9781250156372
$14.99
Keeping the City Going
Floca, Brian

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Caldecott Award winner Brian Floca gives a heartfelt thank you to the essential workers who keep their cities going during COVID-19 quarantine in this tenderly illustrated picture book.

We are here at home now, watching the world through our windows. Outside we see the city we know, but not as we've seen it before. The once hustling and bustling streets are empty. Well, almost empty. Around the city there are still people, some, out and about. These are the people keeping us safe. Keeping us healthy. Keeping our mail and our food delivered. Keeping our grocery stores stocked. Keeping the whole city going. Brian Floca speaks for us all in this stirring homage to all the essential workers who keep the essentials operating so the rest of us can do our part by sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Item No. 9781534493773
$17.99
Rescue Squad No. 9
Austin, Mike

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In this companion book to Fire Engine No. 9, Rescue Squad No. 9 must spring into action when a young sailor and her dog are stranded during a storm!

Follow the crew as they scramble aboard their helicopter and speedboat, racing to the rescue through the waves and winds. The high action is communicated through minimal sound words and bold, graphic art reminiscent of that in Donald Crews's transportation books.

Item No. 9781101936627
$16.99
Where the Wild Things Are Cardstock Stickers

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Complete your wild and wonderful projects with these detailed Cardstock Stickers from Paper House Productions! Included in the package is one 12" x 12" sheet of stickers designed to coordinate with other Where the Wild Things Are Collection papers and accessories.

Item No. STCX1015E
$6.95