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clairebourq_2023

Joined August 2022

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Day the Crayons Quit | Drew Daywalt
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Description: This is a story about all the different crayons in a crayon box writing to the child that owns them. Each color is writing a persuasive letter to the owner about something that has been on their mind. These things include, being used too much, not being used enough, and even being used to color things they do not want to color! It is a fun and entertaining read aloud story with a lot of personality!
Author: Drew Daywalt

clairebourq_2023 Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Genre: Children's Lit & Fiction
Publication: June 27, 2013
Award: E.B White Read Aloud
Reason for Award: Embodies the universal read aloud standards that the author E.B White created.
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Award: Whippoorwill Book Award
Reason for Award: Recognizes the best books written for young adults set in rural places
Description: This story is about two characters, Chris and Maia. Chris has come out as transgender and is struggling with his past traumatic experiences. Maia is also struggling with a traumatic past grieving his sisters death. The two come together in a strange way and find out they are neighbors for the summer.

clairebourq_2023 They start off disliking each other but begin to fall for one another. Follow them on their journey of finding themselves through each other.

Publication: June 18, 2019
Author: Amber Smith
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clairebourq_2023 Genre: Young adult Fiction 1w
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Elijah of Buxton | Christopher Paul Curtis
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Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Description: This story is based on an 11 year old boy named Elijah. He was the first freeborn child in Buxton in Canada. This is where escaped slaves run to when trying to be free from the South. He is considered a fragile boy and is trying to prove himself in this grown up world. A man ends up taking advantage of Elijah's desire to be looked at as grown. This is where Elijah's adventures begin and where he has to

clairebourq_2023 head to America to help his good friend Mr. Leroy who also has been taken advantage of by the same man. This story follows Elijah on his adventure to America to help free Mr. Leroy's family.

Award: Scott O'Dell
Award Reasoning: Awarded to chapter books that recognizes historical fiction
Publication: August 6, 2007
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Vamos! Let's Go Eat | Ral the Third
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Pura Belpré Award

Description: This story follows Little Lobo and his side kick Bernabé as they work for their delivery business. They get an urgent message from their favorite wrestler, El Toro. The wrestlers are very hungry as they train for a big show, and Lobo knows all the best food trucks in town! Little Lobo, Bernabé, and their rooster friend Kooky Dooky go on an adventure to help the wrestlers satisfy their hunger!

clairebourq_2023 Why I like: This is a great mix of English, Spanish, and Spanglish to introduce to our children in the classroom. We are able to look at different culture and their food through this fun adventure of illustration.

Publication Date: 2020
Genre: Children's Lit & Fiction
Author & Illustrator: Raúl the Third

Purpose of Pura Belpré - Presented to authors and illustrators whose work portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experiences
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Sylvia Mendez is a young girl who moved to California with her family. When her and her brothers tried to enroll into the neighborhood school, they were denied entry. They were told they needed to go to an all Mexican school instead. This was confusing for her and her family. Her family took control of the situation and organized a law suit. The Mendez family helped bring segregation to an end in the California school systems.

clairebourq_2023 This book is a great nonfictional book to read to your children in a class. I would totally recommend this story ?
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Awards: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
Genre: Nonfiction Children's Literature
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clairebourq_2023 Lit Index: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2w
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This story is about a woman named Eugeine Clark who adored sharks. She began studying sharks but she realized quickly that people think sharks are mindless killers. Eugeine was determined to prove everyone wrong. She was the first scientist in the world to train sharks and became known as the “Shark Lady“. Through her practice, she was able to teach people that sharks were much more than mindless killers.

clairebourq_2023 Published: June 6, 2017
Awards: The Amelia Bloomer Book List
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Pax | Sara Pennypacker
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This book is about a young boy who owns a pet fox. As they are in the car the fox notices that his boy is upset and crying. A cry he has never seen before. He can understand some human language at this point and hears the boy telling his father “no“. The dad has enlisted in the army and is making his son let his fox go back into the wild. It is a story about the fox and the boy finding their way back to one another.
Publication: 2/2/16

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This is a story about a young girl admiring her older sister (Asiya) who is wearing her hijab for the first time at school. Asiya is wearing a bright blue hijab and her little sister looks at her as a princess and admires the way her sister wear this proudly. There is a mean boy who is rude and misunderstand their culture, her older sister does not let this ruin her shine. Asiya is strong and beautiful as she proudly wears her blue hijab.

clairebourq_2023 This is book has a very proud and empowering tone for young children.
Written by Ibtihaj Muhammad, Illustrated by Hatem Aly, With S. K. Ali.
Genre: Children's Literature
Publication: 9/10/2019
Awards: Goodreads choice awards for picture nominee 2019
Booklist editors' choice: books for youth 2019
Rise: A feminist book project top ten 2020
ALSC's Notable Children's Books 2020
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A Boy and a Jaguar | Alan Rabinowitz
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This inspiring story is about a boy named Alan with a severe stutter. His teachers think he needs to be put in a class for disturbed kids, but his family know that is not true. This made Alan feel broken and not worthy. He felt comfortable singing and speaking to animals, especially the jaguar at the zoo. He relates to animals because they are unable to get their words out either, he promises that he will be their voice to keep them from danger.

clairebourq_2023 He went to college and received help for him to speak fluently, formalized his study of animals, and eventually developed a specialization in wild cats and jaguars. He then travels the world and persuades the officials in Belize to set up a jaguar preserve. The book ends off with him face to face with a safe jaguar that he saved.
Publication: April 10, 2014
Awards: Schneider Family Book Award in 2015
Genre: Biography
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Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship | Patrick Downes, Jessica Kensky
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This book written by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes and illustrated by Scott Magoon. It was Published in April of 2018. This true story is about a partnership between a service dog and a young girl who was an amputee. It talks about the loving relationship between the two and all the things that they did together. It is an inspiring story that talks about what Jessica faces while Rescue stands by her side helping her through it all.

clairebourq_2023 I would love to read this story in my class because of the inclusiveness and awareness it brings to the topic.
Awards: Schneider Family Book Award (2019)
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This is a book filled with short poems that can be memorized and said aloud. Each page has writing on one side for one person to read and writing on the other for the other person to read. They are poems that include familiar tales. There are great illustrations and this would be fun to have children do in front of the class to incorporate poems and rhyming.
Genre: Children's Poetry
Author&Illustrator: Mary Ann Hoberman, Michael Emberley

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Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea | Joyce Carol Thomas
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This is a book full of poems written by Joyce Carol Thomas and illustrated by Floyd Cooper . These poems are about family life, love, freedom, and dreams. These are emotional and moving poems that are beautifully written and can be used in a children's class. It celebrates the beauty and heritage of African Americans in a beautiful way.
Genre: Poetry
Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor
Published: 1993

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Number the Stars | Lois Lowry
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This book is written by Lois Lowery and published in 1989. It is a story about a young 10 year old girl living in Copenhagen during the year 1943. The young girls name is Annemarie who lives with her mother, father, and sister. The young girls finds herself in the middle of rescuing the Danish Jews while they were trying to reach Sweden before they could be relocated by the Nazi's. This book is amazing and one I remember reading when I was younger

clairebourq_2023 If I was teaching a class I would love to read this book in a fifth or sixth grade class because it is so memorable to me. It reminds us of what people went through in the past so we do not forget.
Genre: Novel, Children's Literature, Historical Fiction
Awards: John Newbery Medal, Jane Addams
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This book is written by Jeanette Winter that talks about a true story from Afghanistan.Nasreen's father and mother have been taken from her in the night and she is so upset she stops communicating with others.Her grandmother puts her into a secret school where Nasreen is able to learn with other young girls. Nasreen and her grandmother miss the rest of their family, but the continue on and keep their distance form the soldiers who roam the street.

clairebourq_2023 Nasreen continues going to school and builds a relationship with another young girl who she finally opens up to. She is able to see the beauty in the world again while still missing her family. This story is so moving and I would absolutely read to children. They are given the ability to explore other parts of the world and become more worldly.
Genre: Children Lit
Publication: 10/06/09
Awards: Jane Addam's,
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On Market Street | Arnold Lobel
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This book is about a little boy who heads down Market Street and stops at all the shops. He is buying presents for a friend, and each present starts with a letter in the alphabet. The illustrations in this book are incredible and would be great to use in the classroom when learning the alphabet. This book is written by Arnold Lobel and illustrated by Anita Lobel. It was published on April 1st, 1981 and

clairebourq_2023 and has won A Caldecott Honor book, a New York Times Best Illustrated book, an ALA Notable Book, and a Boston Globe—Horn Book Honor Book for Illustration! 2mo
clairebourq_2023 Award: National Book Award 1w
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Protector of the Small | Tamora Pierce

A ten year old girl named, Keladry of Mindalen who is a daughter of the nobles is serving as a page. She needs to prove herself to all the men around her that she is just as worthy to be there as much as they are if she ever wants to fulfill her dreams of becoming a night.

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This is Not My Hat | Jon Klassen
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This book is written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. It is about a little tiny fish who decides to steal a bog fishes hat while he is sleeping. He thinks the big fish will not notice, and if he does, he will not know it was the little fish, but if he does know it was little fish, he will not be able to find him. Little fish runs away to go find big plants to hid in where he can not be seen, on the way he tells one crab, who he thinks will not tell

clairebourq_2023 anyone. The crab gives away his secret and the big fish ends up finding the little fish and taking back his hat. I would definitely use this book in my class to talk about the importance of being honest and truthful, I really think it shows the importance if being honest with one another while having great illustrations.

Published: October 9, 2012
Awards: Caldecott Medal, Kate Greenaway Medal
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Pumpkin Soup | Helen Cooper
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This is a story about three friends, a cat, a squirrel, and a duck. They all live together in a cabin in the woods. While making pumpkin soup, the cat and the squirrel get into an argument with the duck. The duck stormed out of the house and left the cat and the squirrel. after sometime waiting for the duck to come back, he cat and the squirrel being to feel bad about excluding the duck and go to look for him in the scary woods...

clairebourq_2023 All the animals learn about what it means to be a good friend. This is a great book that I would recommend reading in class to show the importance of friendship. This book was written and illustrated by Helen Cooper in November of 1998. This book is the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and short-listed for the Kurt Maschler Award. 2mo
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Knuffle Bunny | Mo Willems
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Knuffle Bunny is a story about a little girl named Trixie who goes to the laundromat with her dad, she brings along her favorite stuffed animal to help out. She helps her dad load the washers and they head home. When she realizes Knuffle Bunny is gone... she needs to figure out how to communicate with her dad that they have to go back. The issue is, she cant talk yet! Her father has to guess what is going on with Trixie and why she is screaming

clairebourq_2023 the whole walk home! This is a silly and cute story that I absolutely adore, I recommend this book to the younger ages in the classroom. It will get the kids laughing and is a great read aloud to show your different expressions!

Awards: Caldecott Medal
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Julian Is a Mermaid | Jessica Love
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This is a children's picture book about a boy who wants to become a mermaid. This dream seems uncommon for the typical boy Julian's age so he hides in his room when he dresses up. He then nervously decides to share this dream with his abeula. His abeula is more than understanding and even brings him to a parade where everyone is dressed as mermaids. Julian feels relief when he seems to have found his community. This is a great book to use in the

clairebourq_2023 classroom of all ages, to talk about topics like gender identity. I really enjoy this book and would highly recommend it.

Awards: Stonewall Book Award; Klaus Flugge Prize
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King and King | Linda de Haan
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King and King is a modern fairy tale about a King who needs to find his Queen. He is on the hunt to find the perfect queen, but none of them seem to meet his expectations, until one of the contestants brothers shows up with her. When the King sees the brother, he immediately understand why he could not find the right Queen. It was because he wanted a King by his side. After they get married and live happily ever after.

clairebourq_2023 Awards: It earned an Honorable Mention in the “most unusual book of the year“ category for Publishers Weekly's 2002 “Off the Cuff Awards and Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2002 2mo
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Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
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This is about a little boy names Max who is sent to bed without having dinner. When Max falls asleep, he is transported from his bedroom to a forest where he is surrounded by an ocean. This is the land Max escapes to go be with the Wild Things. He ends up meeting a lot of different creatures who are just as mysterious and wild as he is.
Awards: Caldecott Medal

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The Perfect Nest | Catherine Friend, John Manders
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The Perfect Nest is a Children's Literature story written by Catherine Friend and Illustrated by John Manders. This is a story about a cat named Jack who set up the perfect nest so the perfect chicken will come along to lay a perfect egg for Jack's perfect omelet. A perfect chicken did come along, and then shortly after a duck shows up, and then a goose. These animals are all fighting over this perfect nest and now Jack wants them out.

clairebourq_2023 He convinces all the animals to leave to go to the neighboring farm because they have an even better nest for them to lay eggs! Jack is left with the three eggs and his mouth is watering... soon after, CRACK! The eggs hatch, and now Jack cannot make these into his perfect omelet!? He tries to hide from them but realizes nobody else is there a=to take care of them. Despite their differences, Jack realizes he must take care of these babies. 2mo
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Chrysanthemum | Kevin Henkes
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Chrysanthemum is written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. This story is about a little mouse with a big name. As the mouse starts school she is then bullied by the other mice because of her unique name. Her parents try to explain that the uniqueness of her name is beautiful, but that does not heal her hurting heart. One day, the best music teacher intervenes and says her name is the prettiest name she's ever heard! Suddenly everyone who made fun

clairebourq_2023 of Chrysanthemum, wanted a name just like her!
Genre: Children's Lit
Awards: chosen as an ALA Notable Book and the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and it is on the Horn Book Fanfare Honor List
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Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes | James Dean, Kimberly Dean
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Pete the cat and the missing cupcakes is written by James Dean and illustrated by Kimberly Dean. I this story Pete and his friends are baking cupcakes for a party. Pete is going to perform with his band at this party and he is so excited! While him and his friends are busy baking, the begin to realize their cupcakes are going missing!? Pete and his friends have to go on a hunt to find the cupcake thief.On this mission,they learn about forgiveness.

clairebourq_2023 Genre: Children's Lit.
Awards: none yet
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Frindle | Andrew Clements
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Frindle is written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Brian Selznick. It was published December 19, 1996. This is a story about a fifth grade boy named Nick who was the typical “class clown“. He is ready to go up against the hardest teacher in the school and challenge her patience. He begins challenging where words come from and starts calling a “pen“ a “frindle“. This does not just stay in the classroom, this begins spreading worldwide.

clairebourq_2023 Genre: Children's Lit. & Fiction
Awards: Phoenix Award
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My Family Plays Music
Written by: Judy Cox
Illustrated by: Elbrite Brown
This children's story is about a little girl who is apart of a very diverse and musical family. She goes through her whole family and talks about the instruments they play and how she participates with them. It is full of different genres of music that may be new to the child you are reading to. This book can be for all ages and can be used in many different classes.

clairebourq_2023 Published: September 1, 2003
Awards: (CORETTA SCOTT KING/JOHN STEPTOE AWARD FOR NEW TALENT ILLUSTRATOR)
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This story is about a little boy named CJ and his Grandma who ride the bus across town every Sunday after church. CJ begins to become curious as they are riding the bus and wonders why they do not have a car or electronics like his other friends? Why they have to get off the bus in the “dirty“ part of town? His grandma encourages him to see the beauty in what he does have and in the differences in their lives.

clairebourq_2023 CJ gets to share the beauty of his community and life with his grandmother.

This book is written by : Matt De La Pena
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Genre: Children's Lit
Awards:
**Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
**A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
**A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
**A #1 New York Times Bestseller
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Interrupting Chicken | David Ezra Stein
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The Interrupting Chicken is written and Illustrated by David Ezra Stein. This childrens literature book was written in August 2010. This book is about a little red chicken who is being put to bed by his papa. Each story that his papa reads, the little red chicken interrupts the story and spoils the ending. The little red chickens papa then tells him to put him to bed and tell his papa his own story.

clairebourq_2023 The little red chicken then tells a story and puts his papa to sleep, then they both sleep together through the night. This is a silly and cute story that I think is great in a young classroom. It won the Golden Kite Award in 2011 and the Caldecott Medal in 2011 as well. 2mo
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The Snowy Day | Ezra Jack Keats
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The Snowy Day is about a boy named Peter who wakes up and sees that snow had fallen and covered the ground overnight. The story follows Peter and his adventures throughout the day as he plays in the snow. He goes inside to warm up and realizes the snowball he put in his pocket for the following day is gone. He is sad about this, but wakes up the next morning to more snow covering the ground. He realizes he gets to do it all over again.

clairebourq_2023 Author & Illustrator: Ezra Jack Keats
Genre: Children's Literature, Picture Book
Awards: Caldecott Medal 1963 ( most distinguished American picture book for children“. It is awarded to the illustrator by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association )
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Millions of Cats | Wanda Gag
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This book is about an old man and an old woman who are trying to find the prettiest cat. When the old man goes looking for the cats he finds millions and trillions of cats on the land and feels he must take them all home. The old man and old woman could not decide which one was the prettiest so they asked the cats to decide. The cats end up fighting each other because they all feel they are the prettiest. There is one cat left who did not claim

clairebourq_2023 to be the prettiest. This humble cat ends up being the prettiest in the eyes of the old man and old woman. Even though this cat is not typically looked at as “beautiful“, the cat was beautiful to them.

- This book is written and illustrated by Wanda Gag
- Genre: Children's Literature
- Awards: Newbery Honor Award in 1929 (annual award given to the author of the most distinguished American children's book of the previous year)
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This story is a social emotional learning story. It talks about the ideas of sadness, what you feel sometimes when you are sad, and what you can do with sadness. This is a great story that shows children these emotions are okay and they are valid. It is so important to show children these emotions are normal and are apart of being human. It is a great story to use in the classroom with children of any age, but specifically, early childhood.

clairebourq_2023 Awards:
- shortlisted for World of Illustration Award 2019
- included in the exhibition of the Illustrating Mental Healthy conference 2019
- Included in the Read for Empathy list 2020
- Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize 2020
-Winner of the V&A Award in the Book Cover category 2020
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Owl Moon | Jane Yolen
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This book is about a young girl and her father as they head out on their journey owling. They need to stay very quiet in order to get the owls to come out. The father and daughter are very persistent as they send their owl calls and do not get a response.... until they do. They end up moving to different areas of the snowy woods and continue to call out to the owl until it finally comes out.They walk home together proud of their patience and hope.

clairebourq_2023 I really liked how this story showed the hope and persistence of the father and daughter and how they never gave up. I loved the quietness and calmness that this book made me feel. I would encourage people to read this book to their children and encourage educators to have this book in their class!

Awards:
- The Caldecott Medal
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