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D Is for Drool

by Danielle Ballantyne

A bedtime story that flips the monster under the bed on its head, this whimsical alphabet book is a surefire hit. Ethan’s parents have told him to try counting sheep when he can’t sleep, but he prefers counting monsters. A parade of... Read More

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The Almost Queen

by Danielle Ballantyne

The fantasy novel "The Almost Queen" begins in the aftermath of eight years of war, when Aulen is soaked in blood. Terran comes to its throne having lost his entire family in the war. He most wants to forge peace, both between the... Read More

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Leilong the Library Bus

by Danielle Ballantyne

Leilong is a boisterous brontosaurus who just wants to fit in—especially to the town library for story time. Though he’s eager to enjoy the library with his friends, the building can’t accommodate his energy or his size, leading to... Read More

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Moon Pops

by Danielle Ballantyne

Inspired by Korean folklore, this bedtime story uses cutout ink characters within detailed dioramas to depict a magical summer night, when it is so hot that the moon begins to melt. A quick-thinking grandmother wolf catches the drops in... Read More

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The Moose Fairy

by Danielle Ballantyne

When Moose hears of a meeting of the Secret Fairy Club, he’s ecstatic to join in the fun. He arrives to find all the other members are smaller creatures, though, and some are none too welcoming. But when the clubhouse comes under... Read More

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Finding Muchness

by Danielle Ballantyne

An adorable duckling imparts bite-sized lessons in this picture book about getting the most out of life. Meticulous grayscale illustrations—with the exception of the duckling’s yellow beak—use rings of tree stumps to portray the... Read More

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