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Staff Picks

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

By Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Adam Rex | Balzer + Bray, April 2017 | 9780062438898 | Hardcover | $17.99

Bestselling creators Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex bring us a new hilarious picture book that children and adults are sure to love. The characters and text are so animated and action packed that this book is sure to be a new read-aloud story time favorite in libraries everywhere! Read More

Be Quiet!

By Ryan T. Higgins | Disney Press, April 2017 | 9781484731628 | Hardcover Picture Book | $17.99

Rupert the mouse certainly looks the part of an amazing artist, complete with big round glasses and a mustache, but his friends are totally interfering with his creative process. He has the great idea to create a beautiful wordless picture book, but his two best friends, Nibbs and Thistle, can't seem to grasp the idea of wordless - they can't seem to stop talking.  Read More

Spotlight Interview

Interview with Carol Weston

Carol Weston's highly anticipated new novel Speed of Life, published earlier this month, has received three starred reviews. Author Richard Peck had this to say: "A wonderful book that takes us from loss to laughter." Enjoy this candid interview with the author of, a CATS in-house favorite, Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You.  Click here to read the interview!




Win a Science Spinner for your Library!

Then, fill it up with titles from our Paw Prints Science Readers promotion – see details on the Paw Prints tab. Email your name, library name and mailing address to pawprints@baker-taylor.com with "Science Spinner" in the subject line by April 30, 2017 for your chance to win. The winner will be randomly selected on May 1, 2017 and announced in the June-July 2017 CATS Meow News segment.


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Librarians--Olivia's back! Enter the OLIVIA THE SPY sweepstakes!

To help you celebrate Olivia’s birthday, one First Place prize-winner will win a signed print, a set of signed Olivia books and a giant Olivia plush. Two Second prize-winners will win a set of signed Olivia books. To enter, email the answer to the question: What is your favorite Olivia book? to CATS@baker-taylor.com with “Olivia the Spy Sweeps” in the subject line by May 31, 2017.


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Our Annual Summer Reading Contest is Back!

Our annual Summer Reading Contest, exclusive to Baker & Taylor and Penguin Random House, offers a lucky winner the chance at owning attractive, original artwork. This year highlights the Magic Tree House series. Illustrator Sal Murdocca's painting of Jack and Annie, shown to the left, was created exclusively for the grand prize winner. Other winners will receive signed books, from the Magic Tree House Series and Fast Trackers. For more information about entering the contest click here.


New Titles

How To Raise A Mom

Jean Reagan, Illustrated by Lee Wildish | Random House Children's Books | 9780553538298 | Hardcover | $17.99 | 3/28/17

From the creators of the New York Times bestselling HOW TO ... books comes a hilarious and heartwarming new story about raising a happy, healthy Mom!

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Hattie & Hudson

Chris Van Dusen | Candlewick Press | 9780763665456| Hardcover | $16.99 | 5/9/17

A little girl and her colossal friend teach a monster-size lesson about prejudging others in a charming new offering from Chris Van Dusen.  

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The Green Umbrella

Jackie Azúa Kramer | North South | 9780735842182 | Hardcover | $17.95 | 1/31/17  

Things aren’t always what they seem in this charming tale of imagination, sharing and friendship.

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Out of the Box

Jemma Westing | DK | 9781465458964| Hardcover | $19.99 | 4/18/17

Over 20 interactive cardboard model projects that engage kids' creativity and "out of the box" thinking skills through hands-on learning and the application of science-based principles.

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The Upside of Unrequited

Becky Albertalli | Balzer + Bray | 9780062348708| Hardcover | $17.99 | 3/10/17  

Jane Austen’s Emma meets David Levithan in this funny, authentic novel about love, sisterhood, and identity, from the William C. Morris Debut Award–winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

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Birds and Other Animals: with Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso | Phaidon | 9780714874180| Board | $9.95 | 4/24/17

Birds and Other Animals is a groundbreaking study of animals as captured in rarely seen single line drawings by legendary artist Pablo Picasso.

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