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    Adrian, formerly the world's only illiterate bookseller, who has moved up to chapter books

    Most recent staff pickThe Myster of the Gold Coin by Harper Paris 

    This is the first book in the Greetings From Somewhere series and a great pick for beginning chapter.

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    The Mystery of the Gold Coin (Greetings from Somewhere #1) Cover Image
    By Harper Paris, Marcos Calo (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9781627658386
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    Published: Perfection Learning - January 7th, 2014

    In the first book of this new chapter book series about mystery, travel, and adventure, twins Ethan and Ella must find a missing coin before they move away from their hometown

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    Minecraft: Blockopedia Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780545820110
    Availability: Hard to Find
    Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 24th, 2015

    Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the amazing blocks of Minecraft in this mega-oversized Blockopedia that comes in a ground-breaking new hexagonal format

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    Trilogy Box Set (Star Wars: Jedi Academy) Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780545854412
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    Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 29th, 2015

    This set includes all three books from the NY TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES Star Wars: Jedi Academy. Created by award-winning author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown, this series is a hit for readers of all ages.

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    The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780756686062
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    Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - September 19th, 2011

    Discover new and creative building ideas, tips, and tricks for your LEGO(R) bricks with this #1 New York Times bestseller.

    With more than 1 million copies sold, The LEGO Ideas Book is perfect for LEGO fans of all ages. says, "If you're a LEGO fanatic (or know one), The LEGO Ideas Book is worth taking a look at."

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    The Ultimate Book of Vehicles: From Around the World Cover Image
    By Anne-Sophie Baumann (Created by), Didier Balicevic (Created by)
    ISBN: 9782848019420
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    Published: Twirl - March 25th, 2014

    This book is cool and tells you about what vehicles look like on the inside. The pages with airplanes and jets are my favorite. There are lots of flaps and things to do. It's a good gift. The end. (Adrian, age 5)

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    Musk Ox Counts Cover Image
    By Erin Cabatingan, Matthew Myers (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9781596437982
    Availability: Hard to Find
    Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 3rd, 2013

    Adrian said this book is "very silly, because the musk ox keeps jumping around the pages and ruining the zebra's plans." I asked if Musk Ox was a troublemaker and Adrian asked, "What's a troublemaker?" and when I explained he laughed and said yes, Musk Ox is definitely a troublemaker. So in summary, this sequel to A is for Musk Ox is actually our favorite of the two, and we enjoy reading it out loud and laughing at the troublemaker musk ox as he prances around the pages and messes with the zebra's counting.

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    Who's on First? (Pop Classics) Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781594745904
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    Published: Quirk Books - February 19th, 2013

    This lively retelling of the classic Abbott and Costello skit has Adrian and his father in stitches every night. It is a read aloud that seems to get better over time, and it's the perfect gift for a baseball fan or a nostalgic parent.

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    The Beginner's Guide to Running Away from Home Cover Image
    By Jennifer Huget, Red Nose Studio (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780375867392
    Availability: Hard to Find
    Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - June 25th, 2013

    While at first Adrian was a little distracted by the somewhat creepy artwork in this one, it's now requested as his bedtime book most nights. What a fun romp inside the mind of a kid who's just had enough, and makes elaborate plans to run away from all the oppression in his family (WHAT? I have to go to bed before my older sister? My family is the WORST). With a taste of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, this one is a great read aloud and perfect gift to remind us all that sometimes there is no place like home.

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    A Little Books Boxed Set Featuring Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink Cover Image
    By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780811870542
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    Published: Chronicle Books - October 1st, 2009

    At 4, Adrian has been enjoying revisiting some of the board books that he loved as a baby and seeing them in a new light. He especially loves this boxed set lately and had this to say, word for word: "Pea doesn't like candy and pig doesn't like messing up and the owl doesn't like playing and that's why I like them. These books are really lovely."

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    Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Storybook Treasury (Lyle the Crocodile) Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780547516189
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    Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 6th, 2012

    Christine and Adrian have been reading this a lot lately and it's a great picture book entry into a chapter book style of read aloud. Adrian loves the images and stories and Christine thinks it makes a great gift.

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    Creepy Carrots! Cover Image
    By Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9781442402973
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    Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 21st, 2012

    With illustrations by our favorite artist, Peter Brown, Creepy Carrots is an adorable and just-the-right-amount-of-creepy-without-being-too-scary picture book. Jasper Rabbit is a clueless carrot thief who starts getting haunted by creepy carrots who eventually teach him a lesson. The gorgeous black, white, and orange illustrations totally set the scene and Adrian has loved reading this one over and over already. (Christine and Adrian)

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    Darth Vader and Son Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781452106557
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    Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - April 18th, 2012

    Adrian has found the best Father's Day gift for Bookstore Dad (shhh, don't tell). Darth Vader and Son will turn the Star Wars fan in your life into a giggly pile of mush. Where else can you see Darth Vader playing hide-and-seek with Luke? Or asking if Luke needs to use the potty? It's brilliant. You'll want to buy it for every dad you know.

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    Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! (Boynton on Board) Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781563054419
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    Published: Workman Publishing - October 1st, 1993

    These are some crazy dinosaurs: they play volleyball, they dance, they're every color under the sun. And this might be a book that you wouldn't mind reading over and over and over. Well, you'll like it at least through the three hundredth read. (Christine and Adrian)

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    Llama Llama Misses Mama Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780670061983
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2009

    Adrian's extremely interested in Llama's emotional state as he goes from super lonely and sad at school and then happy when Mama Llama comes back. It's rhyming and fun to read aloud, especially to prepare toddlers for preschool.

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    All in a Day Cover Image
    By Cynthia Rylant, Nikki McClure (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780810983212
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    Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2009

    Whenever we're feeling down, we read this book. McClure's woodcut illustrations are sweeping and gorgeous, and Rylant's text is a bit of sunshine and hope. We give it to all our new baby friends. (Christine and Adrian)

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    Hug Cover Image
    By Jez Alborough, Jez Alborough (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780763645106
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    Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 11th, 2009

    This almost wordless book is one of our favorites to read, you can change the story a bit each time, but the animals in the jungle are all totally cool and help Bobo find his mommy and get a hug. (Christine and Adrian)

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    The Napping House (HMH Big Books) Cover Image
    By Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780152567118
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    Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 15th, 1991

    The repetition in this one is fun, but Adrian loves the bluish illustrations of the whole house piling on top of one another to take a snooze.

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    Caps for Sale Board Book: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780061474538
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    Published: HarperFestival - September 1st, 2015

    This one's a classic, but still so much fun. And the monkey noises make Adrian smile every time.

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    The Curious Garden Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780316015479
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

    This one is a recent fave. Great illustrations and it's about the Highline in NYC so it has fun local appeal. Once he's old enough to understand, Adrian will totally love visiting the Highline in person after reading about a boy who began a beautiful garden on top of an elevated old subway line. (Christine and Adrian)

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    By Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780064438452
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    Published: HarperCollins - May 22nd, 2007

    A dachshund getting fit so he can become a superhero and save other animals in the neighborhood. We have two dachshunds so Adrian really enjoys this funny and heartwarming story, but the illustrations of Dex and his little muscles are worth it alone.

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    Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Cover Image
    By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780061906220
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: HarperCollins - March 2nd, 2010

    Our good friend in Atlanta sent Adrian this for his 2nd birthday recently and it's an awesome, sing-songy read aloud. Pete's shoes start out white then he steps in mud, strawberries and other various-colored items so his shoes change color. The text is repetitive and fun to read, and it comes with a CD!