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Caterpillar Care Package

Couldn't we all use some colorful Caterpillar cheer this year? Send your distanced loved ones a care package filled with books and gifts hand-selected by the expert shop team at The Carle! Each box will include an assortment Spring and Very Hungry Caterpillar themed gifts that are perfect for Spring birthdays, Easter baskets or any celebration!

Include a personalized note to your recipient in Customer Notes at checkout. Let us know about your gift recipient (age, likes, interests) and we'll customize the package just for them.

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Art of Eric Carle
Carle, Eric

First published in 1996, this retrospective has been updated and re-releaased in this beautiful new edition. Find a new essay penned by Alexandra Kennedy, the executive director of The Eric Carle Museum titled "Building the Dream: The Founding of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art." Another new section, written by founding director H. Nichols B. Clark, discusses the abstract experiments Eric Carle his "Art Art."

Eric Carle is one of the most beloved illustrators of children's books. This retrospective is more than just an appreciation of his art, however. The book also contains an insightful autobiography illustrated with personal photographs, an anecdotal essay by his longtime editor, a photographic essay on how Carle creates his collages, and writings by Carle and his colleagues. Still, it is the artwork in the oversize volume that seizes the imagination. More than 60 of his full-color collage pictures are handsomely reproduced and serve as a statement of Carle's impressive talent.
- Booklist

Item No. 9781984813404
$35.00
Bundle-VHC Birthday

Staff Pick

Send some birthday cheer to a loved one with a Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Bundle! Each box will include the mini book Happy Birthday from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and a child-sized tote bag full of tiny gifts. Let's make this birthday the best day ever!

Include a personalized note to your recipient in Customer Notes at checkout.

While supplies last. Appropriate substitutions will be made for out of stock items.

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When You Trap a Tiger
Keller, Tae

2021 Newbery Medal Winner

2021 Asian Pacific American Award Winner

WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL - NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.

Some stories refuse to stay bottled up...

When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni's Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now they want it back. And when one of the tigers approaches Lily with a deal--return what her grandmother stole in exchange for Halmoni's health--Lily is tempted to agree. But deals with tigers are never what they seem! With the help of her sister and her new friend Ricky, Lily must find her voice...and the courage to face a tiger.

Tae Keller, the award-winning author of The Science of Breakable Things, shares a sparkling tale about the power of stories and the magic of family. Think Walk Two Moons meets Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!

If stories were written in the stars ... this wondrous tale would be one of the brightest. --Booklist, Starred Review

Item No. 9781524715700
$16.99
"ELEPHANT & PIGGIE" Finger Puppet Set

"ELEPHANT & PIGGIE" are now available as an irresistible pair of fun-sized finger puppets! Perfect for teachers and librarians to use for storytime with Mo Willems books, as well as at home fun.

This playful pair is made of soft sewn brushed tricot and their friendly faces are screen-printed. Each measure approximately 3" high. Ages 3 and up.

Item No. 668
$13.95
123 Salish Sea
McClure, Nikki
This beautiful natural history counting book features artist Nikki McClure's stunning papercut artwork of flora and fauna found in and alongside the Salish Sea.

A celebration of the unique Salish Sea ecosystem, this counting book will inspire kids to learn more about the creatures who are found here, like stubby squids, lumpsuckers, banana slugs, orcas, nudibranchs, and sculpin. Each image is lovingly created by artist Nikki McClure in her intricate papercut style and captures her passion for this special place in the Pacific Northwest.

Item No. 9781632173362
$16.99
Busy Year
Lionni, Leo

A charming exploration of the seasons with some of Caldecott-winner Leo Lionni's beloved mice.

In January, two mice, Willie and Winnie, make a new friend: a tree. The tree tells them her name is Woody, and the mice promise to visit her all year round. As the months tick by, Willie and Winnie watch Woody soak up the rain, bloom buds into flowers and leaves, and bear fruit. By the end of the year, Willie and Winnie know they've made a forever friend who has taught them all about the seasons.

Originally published in 1992, this board book classic from Caldecott Award winner Leo Lionni is the perfect read year-round.

Item No. 9780593301883
$8.99
Day on the Farm with the VHC
Carle, Eric

Explore a day on the farm with The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

It's a sunny day on the farm with The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Who will he meet? From horses near the big red barn to little ducklings in a pond, discover new farmyard friends in this tabbed board book with easy-to-flip tabs, easy-to-read text, and easy-to-love Eric Carle art.

Item No. 9780593223932
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Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children's Picture Books
Loker, Chris

How do simple words and images make a children's picture book so magical that one reading can create a cherished memory for life? Here are 100 books that amply prove the picture book is an art form.

Here are books you'll remember and new gems to discover. From The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901) to Last Stop on Market Street(2015), each of the 100 books is presented with a cover and inside spread as author Chris Loker explains the qualities that combine to make a successful picture book: the interplay between words and images, the dynamic pulse of picture and narrative that compels us to turn the page and follow the story, the sometimes quirky elements that appeal to both children and adults alike. It affirms what we all instinctively know, and have known since childhood -- that a picture book is literature, art, and theater all rolled into one, miraculously blended and irresistibly presented.

Additionally, A Shimmer of Joyprovides an intriguing array of information, not only about the books but also about the authors, artists, publishers, and designers who created them. Along the way, the reader gains insight into the evolving eras of children's literature and book publishing in the 20th and 21st century, with fascinating stories of its publication history and biographies of the creators.

Anyone will gain a new, deeper, appreciation for the picture book while also remembering a time when, sitting in a classroom or on a lap, someone read you a book and opened up your world.

For the collector, bibliophile, or children's book enthusiast, this collection is guaranteed to provide nothing but joy.

"All spot-on choices....a shop-window of the creative versatility embedded in children's picture books over the decades."--The Book Collector

Item No. 9781567926569
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Print-ABCs of Life

11" x 14" print with artwok by Lori Roberts. This is an archival reproduction of one of Lori's original watercolor paintings, printed on a smooth, enhanced matte paper using with an eleven-color high definition ink process by Land Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

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All Sorts
Goodhart, Pippa
Organizing is Frankie's favorite thing to do in the whole wide world. She is good at sorting different sets of flowers, she is great at classifying the contents of the fridge, and she even attempts to put the people on her street into groups (which is hard!). But the one thing Frankie cannot seem to sort . . . is herself!

Where does one little girl belong in a world of endless colors, shapes, and sizes? From bestselling author Pippa Goodhart and illustrator Emily Rand, join Frankie in her search for her perfect place in the world . . . and discover that it's the mixed up, muddle of life that brings us all together.

Item No. 9781912497218
$16.95
All the Way to the Top
Bay Pimentel, Annette

2021 Schneider Family Book Award Honor

Experience the true story of lifelong activist Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins and her participation in the Capitol Crawl in this inspiring autobiographical picture book. This beautifully illustrated story includes a foreword from Jennifer and backmatter detailing her life and the history of the disability rights movement.

This is the story of a little girl who just wanted to go, even when others tried to stop her.

Jennifer Keelan was determined to make a change--even if she was just a kid. She never thought her wheelchair could slow her down, but the way the world around her was built made it hard to do even simple things. Like going to school, or eating lunch in the cafeteria.

Jennifer knew that everyone deserves a voice! Then the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that would make public spaces much more accessible to people with disabilities, was proposed to Congress. And to make sure it passed, Jennifer went to the steps of the Capitol building in Washington DC to convince them.

And, without her wheelchair, she climbed.

ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP!

A Rise: A Feminist Book Project Nominee
A Junior Library Guild Selection

All the Way to the Top is perfect for:

  • Elementary school teachers looking for books to supplement disability rights curriculum and the history of the ADA (find a free Common-Core Aligned Educator Guide at www.sourcebooks.com)
  • Parents looking for social justice picture books, books on activism and for young activists, and inspiring books for girls
  • Parents, teachers, librarians, and guardians looking for beautifully illustrated, inspirational and educational books for young readers in their life
Item No. 9781492688976
$17.99
Allergic
Lloyd, Megan Wagner
A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl with severe allergies who just wants to find the perfect pet!

At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with the new baby they're expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She's severely allergic to anything with fur!

Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet? With illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter, Megan Wagner Lloyd draws on her own experiences with allergies to tell a heartfelt story of family, friendship, and finding a place to belong.

Item No. 9781338568905
$12.99
Amari and the Night Brothers
Alston, B B

Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a trilogy filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor.

Amari Peters has never stopped believing her missing brother, Quinton, is alive. Not even when the police told her otherwise, or when she got in trouble for standing up to bullies who said he was gone for good.

So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet, containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she's certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton--if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real.

Now she must compete for a spot against kids who've known about magic their whole lives. No matter how hard she tries, Amari can't seem to escape their intense doubt and scrutiny--especially once her supernaturally enhanced talent is deemed "illegal." With an evil magician threatening the supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she's an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn't stick it out and pass the tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.

Item No. 9780062975164
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Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Sotires for Kids
Smith, Cynthia L

Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

Native families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In a high school gym full of color and song, people dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. Young protagonists will meet relatives from faraway, mysterious strangers, and sometimes one another (plus one scrappy rez dog).

They are the heroes of their own stories.

Featuring stories and poems by:
Joseph Bruchac
Art Coulson
Christine Day
Eric Gansworth
Carole Lindstrom
Dawn Quigley
Rebecca Roanhorse
David A. Robertson
Andrea L. Rogers
Kim Rogers
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Monique Gray Smith
Traci Sorell,
Tim Tingle
Erika T. Wurth
Brian Young

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books

Item No. 9780062869944
$16.99
And the People Stayed Home
O'Meara, Kitty
"Kitty O'Meara...offers us wisdom that can help during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. She is challenging us to grow."--Deepak Chopra, MD, author, Metahuman

"Kitty O'Meara is the poet laureate of the pandemic"--O, The Oprah Magazine

"An eloquent, heartwarming reflection that will resonate with generations to come... encouragement for a brighter tomorrow."--Kate Winslet

"And the People Stayed Home is an uplifting perspective on the resilience of the human spirit and the healing potential we have to change our world for the better." --Shelf Awareness

"Images of nature healing show the author's vision of hope for the future...The accessible prose and beautiful images make this a natural selection for young readers, but older ones may appreciate the work's deeper meaning."-- Kirkus Reviews

"This is a perfectly illustrated version of a poem that continues to be relevant."--School Library Journal

"A stunning and peaceful offering of introspection and hope."--The Children's Book Review

Ten Best Children's Books of 2020: "A calming, optimistic read, and a salve for children trying their best to navigate this time." --Smithsonian Magazine

"It captured the kind of optimism people need right now."--Esquire (UK)

"A communal beacon of hope." --Washington Post

"Thank you, Kitty O'Meara...for pointing out that at this very moment, this very day, we can seize the opportunity to restore wholeness to our world."--Sy Montgomery, bestselling author of The Good Good Pig and The Soul of an Octopus

"A poem by American writer Kitty O'Meara has deservedly gone viral."--Edinburgh Evening News

And the People Stayed Home is a beautifully produced picture book featuring Kitty O'Meara's popular, globally viral prose poem about the coronavirus pandemic, which has a hopeful and timeless message.

Kitty O'Meara, author of And the People Stayed Home, has been called the "poet laureate of the pandemic." This illustrated children's book (ages 4-8) will also appeal to readers of all ages.

O'Meara's thoughtful poem about the pandemic, quarantine, and the future suggests there is meaning to be found in our shared experience of the coronavirus and conveys an optimistic message about the possibility of profound healing for people and the planet. Her words encourage us to look within, listen deeply, and connect with ourselves and the earth in order to heal.

O'Meara, a former teacher and chaplain and a spiritual director, clearly captures important aspects of the pandemic experience. Her words, written in March 2020 and shared on Facebook, immediately resonated nationally and internationally and were widely circulated on social media, covered in mainstream news media, and inspired an outpouring of creativity from musicians, dancers, artists, filmmakers, and more. The many highlights include an original composition by John Corigliano that was premiered by Renée Fleming.

Item No. 9781734761788
$18.99
Animals: Here We Grow
Rotner, Shelley
Striking photos show 14 animals as they grow and transform in this stunning introduction to life cycles for preschoolers.

Readers follow along as a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, a tadpole into a frog, and egg into a chicken. This engaging and accessible look at natural science introduces young children to the stages of growth for a diverse variety of animals.

The bright, clean layout makes it easy for kids to follow along, while the paneled photographs allow readers an up-close look at each stage of development. Perfect for children curious about the world around them.

Shelley Rotner, a National Geographic photographer and prolific children's author, applies her trained eye for crisp colors and details in this latest book for young readers.

Item No. 9780823448289
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Anya and the Dragon
Pasternack, Sofiya
This lush tale of magic and dragons is a gem for any adventure-seeking middle grader and perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time.

Anya and the Dragon is the story of fantasy and mayhem in tenth century Eastern Europe, where headstrong eleven-year-old Anya is a daughter of the only Jewish family in her village. When her family's livelihood is threatened by a bigoted magistrate, Anya is lured in by a friendly family of fools, who promise her money in exchange for helping them capture the last dragon in Kievan Rus. This seems easy enough, until she finds out that the scary old dragon isn't as old--or as scary--as everyone thought. Now Anya is faced with a choice: save the dragon, or save her family.

Item No. 9780358379058
$7.99
Aster and the Mixed Up Magic
Pico, Thom
Aster is charming, resourceful, and fun. - Dana Simpson, author of Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Magic turned Aster's life upside-down -- and it's not over! Get ready for more family, more fun, and even more magic in this graphic novel adventure.

Moving to the middle of nowhere has been less of a disaster than Aster expected. Her mom's science experiments are actually pretty cool; her dad's cooking has gotten much better; her new dog is possibly the best canine companion anyone could ask for.

And she's gotten to save the day -- and her family -- and the whole valley she lives in -- from various magical calamities in what even she has to admit were extremely fun adventures. So now she can have a break, right?

Guess what?

Oh no; things get even more interesting.

Item No. 9780593118870
$12.99
B is for Baby
Atinuke
"A circular tale of family love with visual rewards. . . . There's no denying the joy in this book." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

B is for Baby. B is for Brother. B is for going to see Baba!

One morning after breakfast, Baby's big brother is getting ready to take the basket of bananas all the way to Baba's bungalow in the next village. He'll have to go along the bumpy road, past the baobab trees, birds, and butterflies, and all the way over the bridge. But what he doesn't realize is that his very cute, very curious baby sibling has stowed away on his bicycle! Little ones learning about language will love sounding out the words in this playful, vibrantly illustrated story set in West Africa.

Item No. 9781536217940
$7.99
Be a Tree
Gianferrari, Maria
A lyrical, gorgeously illustrated look at the majesty of trees--and what humans can learn from them

Stand tall.
Stretch your branches to the sun.
Be a tree!
We are all like trees: our spines, trunks; our skin, bark; our hearts giving us strength and support, like heartwood. We are fueled by air and sun.
And, like humans, trees are social. They "talk" to spread information; they share food and resources. They shelter and take care of one another. They are stronger together.
In this gorgeous and poetic celebration of one of nature's greatest creations, acclaimed author Maria Gianferrari and illustrator Felicita Sala both compare us to the beauty and majesty of trees--and gently share the ways in which trees can inspire us to be better people.

Item No. 9781419744228
$19.99
Bear Outside
Yolen, Jane
Lots of people have inner strength, but one girl wears hers as a bear outside.

Some folks have a lion inside,
Or a tiger.
Not me.
I wear my bear on the outside.

In this imaginative picture book by Jane Yolen, acclaimed author of many distinguished children's books including Owl Moon and How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, a girl explores the many ways she expresses herself by imagining that she wears a bear as her personal protective shell. They go everywhere and do everything together. The Bear is like a suit of armor and a partner all in one, protecting her from bullies and giving her strength to be bold when she needs it. In turn, she listens to and takes care of the Bear.

Jane Yolen's story beautifully portrays the relationships we have with our inner-selves, encouraging readers to stay in touch with and wear these qualities with pride. Her text is paired with the spritely art of Jen Corace, illustrator of bestseller Little Pea, Small World, and Brave Jane Austen.

Item No. 9780823446131
$18.99
Beautiful Day: Petite Poems for all Seasons
Pappa, Rodoula
A picture book of haiku-inspired poems celebrating the four seasons

Beautiful day!
Teach me, too, how to fly,
mother swallow!
In simple, poetic verse, a child observes their world from spring to summer, and autumn through winter, in this gentle ode to the seasons, accompanied by exquisite illustrations.

Item No. 9781951836146
$16.95
Beautiful World Flash Cards

The variety of beautiful flora and fauna in our world is truly astounding. eeBoo’s Beautiful World Flash Cards is an educational set of flash cards full of creatures great and small. Which of these fellow inhabitants of our Beautiful World is your favorite? Did you know that the Numbats eat almost twenty thousand termites a day? Featuring art by Kelsey Oseid. Includes 48 cards. Ages 5 and up.

Item No. FLBUW
$13.95
Becoming a Good Creature
Montgomery, Sy

Staff Pick

School is not the only place to find a teacher. In this picture book adaptation of Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green's New York Times best-selling How to Be a Good Creature, learn the many surprising lessons animals have to teach us about friendship, compassion, and how to be a better creature in the world.

Sy Montgomery has had many teachers in her life: some with two legs, others with four, or even eight! Some have had fur, feathers, or hooves. But they've all had one thing in common: a lesson to share.

The animals Sy has met on her many world travels have taught her how to seek understanding in the most surprising ways, from being patient to finding forgiveness and respecting others. Gorillas, dogs, octopuses, tigers, and more all have shown Sy that there are no limits to the empathy and joy we can find in each other if only we take the time to connect.

Based on the New York Times best-selling adult memoir, Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green's beautiful, friendly guide is for readers young and old who wish to be better creatures in the world. Go ahead, pass it on.

Item No. 9780358252108
$17.99