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Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants

by Bonnie Worth
Illustrator Aristides Ruiz
Random House

With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2—and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles—the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal.

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Clam-I-Am!: All About the Beach

by Tish Rabe
Illustrator Aristides Ruiz
Random House

Norval the Fish is hosting a seaside talkshow for the Fish Channel-and the Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two are Cameracat and Crew! Among Norval's special guests are his old friend Clam-I-Am (a shy gal who lives in the sand and likes to spit), along with horseshoe and hermit crabs, jellyfish, sand fleas, starfish, seagulls, and miscellaneous mollusks. Seaweed, seaglass, tides, tidal pools, dunes, driftwood, and waves make cameo appearances, too.

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Chang's Paper Pony

by Eleanor Coerr
Illustrator Deborah Kogan Ray
HarperCollins

It's the time of the gold rush, and Chang has come with his grandfather to California from China. Chang's dream is to own a horse of his own. With luck ... and a little gold dust ... that wish just might come true.

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Bambi Read Along Storybook and CD

by Disney Enterprises
Illustrator Disney Storybook Artists
Disney Press

As a new fawn named Bambi explores the forest with Thumper, a mischievous rabbit, and a skunk named Flower, he discovers all the wonder and fun of life. This Disney classic is retold with word-for-word narration on the accompanying CD, plus sound effects and original movie voices. This delightful storybook and CD set is ideal for the younger set!

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My Chincoteague Pony

by Susan Jeffers
Illustrator Susan Jeffers
Hyperion

On the farm where Julie lives there are cows and chickens, but no ponies. With her whole heart, Julie longs for a pony of her own. And she has a plan. Every summer on Chincoteague Island, there is an auction of ponies who have swum across the channel from Assateague, where ponies run free. If Julie works hard and saves her money all year, perhaps she can win the pony of her dreams--her very own Chincoteague pony.

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Everything Spring

by Jill Esbaum
National Geographic

Surround yourself in Everything Spring. Stunning photography and detailed imagery capture the uplifting spirit of our favorite season in this counterpart to the National Geographic bestseller A Tree for All Seasons.

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Corduroy's Garden

by Don Freeman
Penguin

In Corduroy's Garden, Lisa leaves Corduroy to keep watch over her newly planted seeds. But when a puppy digs up the garden, it's up to Corduroy to save the day.

Based on the popular characters created by Don Freeman, the Corduroy easy-to-read series is ideal for children just beginning to read on their own. The brief sentences, repetitive phrases, and important visual clues within the illustrations help readers along while keeping them entertained.

When the beans that Lisa has planted are dug up by a dog, Corduroy reseeds the garden that he was supposed to be watching, but he and Lisa are in for a surprise when the ""beans"" finally appear on the vines.

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Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag

by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Illustrator Marc Simont
Random House

It's gone! Oliver's boring blue beach bag is gone. Inside are his clothes, shoes, and a special seashell. All he has left is his beach ball. This is a perfect case for Nate the Great and his trusty dog Sludge. But they don't find many clues in the sand and surf. What trail should they follow next? Follow the leader to find out! Nate the Great finds mystery at the beach when Oliver's beach bag vanishes.

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Mission: Ocean Rescue (Little Einsteins Series)

by Susan Ring
Illustrator Anna Okabe
Disney Press

Rocket is taking the Little Einsteins to enjoy a day at the beach when they discover that the beach is full of trash. The team joins together to clean up the beach but soon they find a baby sea turtle needs their help! Join the team while they complete these two very important missions. Building on the success of the Baby Einstein's 93% U.S. brand awareness, Little Einsteins maintains the unique educational philosophy of using classical music, art, and real-world imagery to engage and teach preschoolers about the natural world around them.

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We're Sailing to Galapagos: A Week in the Pacific

by Laurie Krebs
Barefoot

A colorfully garbed couple take readers on a jaunty journey to the Galapagos Islands. For each day of the week, the rhymed text introduces one of the islands' unique animals. The repetition of the chorus "We're sailing to Galapagos. I wonder who we'll see" encourages audience participation.

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Oh, Yes! Oh, Yes! It's Springtime (Little Einsteins Series)

by Susan Ring
Disney Press

Join the Little Einsteins as they journey to the Netherlands to help their friend baby tulip bloom. But Big Jet is waiting for them, with a Seasons Machine. Will the team be able to change the season back to spring in time to help baby tulip? Find out in the new adventure.

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Swimmy

by Leo Lionni
Random House

After a big tuna fish gulps up a school of Swimmy's friends, the small black fish journeys through the ocean and comes face-to-face with many marvelous creatures. When he meets up with a school of frightened fish, Swimmy uses his creativity to show them how to swim together as a group and outsmart the other big fish in the sea.

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Kingfisher Readers L1: Colorful Coral Reefs

by Thea Feldman
Kingfisher

Because of all the amazing color and life, coral reefs are the perfect subject for an early reader. The eye-popping photography will draw kids in as they explore a wide range of animals, including coral, fish, sharks, sea horses, and more. On each page, new vocabulary is subtly highlighted, and a glossary at the back gives the definitions as kids begin to build their confidence as readers.

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Ponyella

by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans
Illustrator Lynn Munsinger
Hyperion

Which pony does the diamond horseshoe fit? In this clever retelling of Cinderella, Ponyella longs to show Princess Penelope her fabulous leaps and jumps at the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship. But Plumpkin and Bun Bun, the mean ponies she shares a farm with, say that Ponyella's farm chores make her too dirty to be a champion. With a little help from Ponyella's fairy godmare, her coat becomes marshmallow white once again, and her mane silky and beautiful. It's love at first sight for Princess Penelope and Ponyella — but what will happen when the magic runs out at noon? From the best-selling author-illustrator team of the What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best books comes a playful rendition of Cinderella with an original twist!

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The Horse in Harry's Room

by Syd Hoff
Illustrator Syd Hoff
HarperCollins

Harry has a wonderful pal. It is a horse that lives in his room, but one that no one else can see. He is a very skilled horseman because they ride around the room and never break or topple anything. At night, Harry's horse watches over him, and when he comes home from school, his pal is waiting. One weekend Harry's parents decide to take him out to see real horses and on the way back they remark that horses should be free. Once home, Harry races to his room and tells his horse that he is free to go. Happily for Harry, his horse decides to stay and Harry knows they will be together for as long as Harry wishes.

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St. Patrick's Day in the Morning

by Eve Bunting
Illustrator Jan Brett
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Jamie seeks a way to prove that he is not too young to march in the big St. Patrick's Day parade.

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Shipwrecks: Exploring Sunken Cities Beneath the Sea

by Mary M. Cerullo
Penguin

Two shipwrecks, separated by two thousand miles and two centuries, share a common history of life, death, and rebirth. The first is the Henrietta Marve, a slave trader that sunk off Florida in 1700. The second, an elegant steamer with crew members from a thriving middle-class black community in Maine. Each of their stories starts with underwater exploration, one a search for fabled gold, the other for families lost at sea. Find out what underwater explorers discovered in these sunken cities beneath the sea.

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Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring

by Juanita Havill
Illustrator Anne Sibley O'Brien
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Brianna and Jamaica both want to be the butterfly queen in their spring dance performance. Instead they are chosen to be flowers while Brianna's older sister, Nikki, is chosen for the lead. But just when Nikki seems to be the lucky one, she gets the flu and can't dance her part. Will Brianna get a chance now?

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Build-A-Bear Workshop extends a special thank you to First Book and The Children's Book Council, Inc. for their partnership and support of Bearemy's Book Club.

The Children's Book Council, Inc. is the nonprofit trade association of United States publishers and packagers of trade books for children and young adults and is the official sponsor of Children's Book Week.