DAVE THE POTTER (Little, Brown, $16.99) was born a slave in the early 1800s. No one knows how he learned to read and write, or how he became an accomplished potter and poet. He made huge vessels inscribed with poignant, almost haiku-like poetry. Laban Carrick Hill’s simple, rhythmic language and Bryan Collier’s glorious collage-style illustrations bring Dave’s artistry to life, from the first spin of the potter’s wheel to the final glazing. The endnotes include a chronology of Dave’s life, photographs of his remaining work, and a sampling of his original poetry. Ages 5-12. AJK
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By Laban Carrick Hill, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316107310
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 7th, 2010

No one notices when Tim’s border terrier, Herbert, falls off a boat during a violent storm. Tim refuses to believe his dog is gone and spends the next day searching for him off the New Zealand coast. Robyn Belton’s delightful book, HERBERT: The True Story of a Brave Sea Dog (Candlewick Press, $15.99), tells the story of an amazing dog and his exciting rescue. The endpapers feature newspaper clippings and letters of congratulations sent to Tim as news of the rescue spread across the country. This heartwarming story keeps young readers on the edge of their seats and offers an uplifting message about the strength of love between a boy and his pet. Ages 4-7. Amy Kane
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By Robyn Belton, Robyn Belton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763647414
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 13th, 2010

Bridget loves to draw. She spends hours creating masterpieces. She'd even rather make art than eat ice cream! Of all her supplies, BRIDGET'S BERET (Holt, $16.99) is the most important: it adds the flair every artist needs. So when her beret blows away, Bridget is more than devastated; she is uninspired. Bridget sadly retires from her career. The way Bridget rediscovers her creativity (even without her beret) is both clever and charming. Blossoming young artists will love Tom Lichtenheld's story about the talent inside all of us. Ages 3-6 - Amy Kane
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By Tom Lichtenheld, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805087758
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 27th, 2010