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The Give-A-Kid-A-Book project is collecting new, unwrapped books for the 19th Annual event.
The Friends of the Library will give the books to area agencies serving children and teens.
You can drop new, unwrapped books off at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, Charter Bank, or Books-A-Million store.

Here is a list of some of the books featured:

Barnett, Mac. Count the Monkeys. (Picture Book)
The reader is invited to count the animals and people that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.

Brown, Marc. Marc Brown’s Playtime Rhymes. (Nonfiction)
A lively collection of the artist's 20 favorite read-and-play-along finger rhymes complements such entries as "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" and "I'm a Little Teapot" with pictorial instructions for correlating finger movements. Gathered with the purpose of engaging and entertaining children and introducing them to poetry.

Chrisp, Peter. History Year By Year. (Nonfiction)
The history of the world, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age.

Coy, John. Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class
Invented Basketball. (Nonfiction)
Discover the true story of how James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 at a school in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Quit. (Picture Book)
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

Dean, James. Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus. (Nonfiction)
Pete the cat's school day is recounted in this twist on the classic song.

Floca, Brian. Locomotive. (Picture Book)
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

Fox, Mem. Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! (Picture Book)
Invites the reader to search for Ladybug, who loves to hide.

Goldstone, Bruce. That’s a Possibility!: A Book About What Might Happen. (Nonfiction)
With colorful photographs and interactive examples, Bruce Goldstone introduces children to the ideas of something being possible, probable, or impossible. Each spread features an easy-to-understand, fun scenario such as dice rolling and bowling, with questions about probable outcomes and simple explanations. In the vein of GREAT ESTIMATIONS, this is a perfect book for getting across important math concepts in a fun way.

Hague, Michael. Michael Hague’s Read-to-Me Book of Fairy Tales. (Nonfiction)
An illustrated treasury of favorite fairy tales, adapted for reading aloud to very young children, includes such classics as "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Frog Prince."

Jenkins, Steve. The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest,
Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals on Earth. (Nonfiction)
Shares facts on over three hundred animals and offers a brief overview of the history of life on Earth. Dance with a blue-footed booby, or stare down an eyelash viper. But mind your step-- in the animal world, the name of the game is survival.

Kann, Victoria. Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook. (Nonfiction)
The Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook features more than twenty cupcakes straight from the pinkatastic world of Pinkalicious. Bake everything from a classic Pinkalicious cupcake with a cherry on top to a princess cupcake and castle, a snowman cupcake, or a cake pop flower!

Klausmeier, Jesse. Open this Little Book. (Picture Book)
Pages of decreasing, then increasing, size open to reveal different animals, each opening a book of a different color and reading about the next.

Light, Steve. Diggers Go. (Board Book)
Come to the construction site and read about the eight construction vehicles that rumble and boom their way through this book.

Light, Steve. Trains Go. (Board Book)
Trains grumble, roar, and squeak their way through this board book.

Matheson, Christie. Tap the Magic Tree. (Picture Book)
Invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.

Napoli, Donna Jo. The Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods,
Goddesses, Monsters and Mortals. (Nonfiction)
An illustrated tableau of Egyptian myths, combines narrative accounts of the stories of the Sun God Ra, the Sphinx, and numerous pharaohs and queens along with historical, cultural, and geographic facts.

Pfister, Marcus. Animal ABC. (Nonfiction)
Playful rhymes highlight the distinctive features of each animal, allowing little listeners to guess its name.

Rau, Dana Meachen. What’s Up, Cupcake? (Nonfiction)
Step-by-step instructions teach readers how to create food art with cupcakes.

Rinker, Sherri Duskey. Steam Train, Dream Train. (Picture Book)
In this book with rhyming text, the dream train pulls into the station and all the different cars are loaded by the animal workers, each with the appropriate cargo.

Stephens, Helen. How to Hide a Lion. (Picture Book)
Iris understands that grown-ups are afraid of lions, but when she finds one in her playhouse she knows he is kind so she keeps him hidden from her parents for as long as possible.

Thimmesh, Catherine. Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How Do we know what
dinosaurs really looked like? (Nonfiction)
Introduces the incredible talents of the paleoartist, whose work reanimates gone-but-never-forgotten dinosaurs in giant full-color paintings that are as strikingly beautiful as they aim to be scientifically accurate, down to the smallest detail. Follow a paleoartist through the scientific process of ascertaining the appearance of various dinosaurs from millions of years ago to learn how science, art, and imagination combine to bring us face-to-face with the past.

Williams, Marcia. The Romans: Gods, Emperors, and Dormice. (Nonfiction)
Presented in her successful comic-strip style, Marcia Williams provides a behind-the-scenes tour of some of ancient Rome's leading historical events, narrated by a dormouse gladiator, and includes coverage of family life and famous emperors.


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