7 great new illustrated children's books

From a cranky Yankee to a young girl who worries about being different, these picture books tell winning stories.

3. 'Ollie and Claire,' by Tiffany Strelitz Haber


Friendship, of course, is the greatest marvel of them all. "Ollie and Claire" features a canine pair of BFFs (Best Friends Forever) who share a wonderful life of bologna sandwiches and yoga classes (charmingly depicted by Matthew Cordell’s pencil-and-watercolor  illustrations). But Claire has become just a bit tired of their routine. Must she choose between Ollie and adventure – or is there a miracle that can save this gentle friendship?

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