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School Event

Verdugo Woodlands Virtual Storytelling Night

A blue star-filled sky with a silhouette of a wolf howling in the bottom right corner on top of a pile of books Join Virtual Storytelling Night with your favorite VW teachers! in white clouds

Event date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Room on the Broom Cover Image
By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142501122
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - August 25th, 2003

Creepy Carrots! Cover Image
By Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442402973
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 21st, 2012

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School: Letters From Obedience School (LaRue Books) Cover Image
By Mark Teague (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780439206631
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2003

Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell: A Storybook Adventure Cover Image
By Helen Docherty, Thomas Docherty (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492698678
Availability: Coming from our Warehouse. Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - September 15th, 2020

The Empty Pot Cover Image
By Demi, Demi (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780805049008
Availability: Coming from our Warehouse. Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - September 15th, 1996

The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419726422
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 15th, 2017

Click, Clack, Good Night (A Click Clack Book) Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534451087
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 6th, 2020

If Animals Gave Thanks (If Animals Kissed Good Night) Cover Image
By Ann Whitford Paul, David Walker (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374313418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 1st, 2020

Quill Soup: A Stone Soup Story Cover Image
By Alan Durant, Dale Blankenaar (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781623541477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - September 15th, 2020

Leaf Man Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780152053048
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2005

Milo's Christmas Parade Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419744990
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2020

A great read aloud about a friendly possum who dreams of being in the Christmas parade he watches each year with his family (like our local Montrose Christmas Parade). 


School Visit with Julie Berry - Virtual

Private Virtual Event

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Event date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 8:00am
$16.99
SKU: 9781728223254a
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$18.99
SKU: 9780451469939a
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$11.99
SKU: 9780147512970a
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$18.99
SKU: 9780451469922a
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$10.99
SKU: 9780147512963a
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$9.99
SKU: 9780142427309a
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$15.99
SKU: 9781596439566a
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$7.99
SKU: 9781250073396a
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$7.99
SKU: 9781250158888a
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$17.99
SKU: 9781338277722a
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$17.99
SKU: 9781947440043a
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$17.95
SKU: 9781683643524a
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Rafael López Author Signing

Private Virtual Event

The Day You Begin, Just Ask, and We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands cover images with white borders on a deep green background

Rafael López author photo provided by publisher

Event date: 
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 8:00am
$17.99
SKU: 9780525514121a
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$18.99
SKU: 9780399246531a
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$17.99
SKU: 9781338177367a
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Harry Potter Audiobooks through Libro.fm

Staff Picks

Oh my gosh, here's the next comic series to get you hooked! Lumberjanes brings you to an absolutely rad summer camp for “hard-core lady-types”, where you meet a cast of characters who are adventurous, loud, happy, kind, and absolutely ready for anything they might encounter at this wild camp. There are many volumes of this wonderful story, starting us right off with these girls’ adventures solving the mysteries surrounding the “Holy Kitten”. And while we’re along for the ride, we end up totally falling in love with all these awesome characters and their dynamics and friendships. Not to mention, the art is full of energy and vibrancy to match their wild adventures! Lumberjanes is always such fun!

(Graphic Novel, Ages 8+) - reviewed by Isabel