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VigilintsHeart brings you up to date on trends and gift ideas on a regular basis. Here are a few of our favorites:

Fun books

 Mix-a-Mutt by Sara Ball (Sept. 11, board book, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-7892-1310-5).

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From the best-selling illustrator of Flip-o-saurus and Flip-o-storic comes another book with charming artwork and die-cut pages for mix-and-match fun―this time with dogs! Mix-a-Mutt lets you create wacky combinations of ten different breeds, including both popular pets like the Labrador Retriever and show dogs like the shaggy Komondor and the wrinkly Shar-Pei.

Each flap features a fun fact about the pictured breed, and inside the front cover is a chart showing the relative size of the dogs featured, from the Yorkshire Terrier to the Great Dane.

 

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I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds (Oct. 2, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-3165-5)

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I am human
I am a work in progress
Striving to be the best version of ME
 

From the picture book dream team behind I Am Yoga and I Am Peace comes the third book in their wellness series: I Am Human. A hopeful meditation on all the great (and challenging) parts of being human, I Am Human shows that it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasizing the power of good choices by offering a kind word or smile or by saying “I’m sorry.” At its heart, this picture book is a celebration of empathy and compassion that lifts up the flawed fullness of humanity and encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family—millions strong.

Ages 4–8.