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Going Into 1st Grade 2024

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Spark, Shine, Glow!

Lola M. Schaefer

"A look at what light is and how it affects our world"–

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When Summer Comes

Aimée M. Bissonette

Poetic children’s book celebrating nature and wildlife in the summer season. Summer is the perfect season for families to embrace the outdoors. When Summer Comes celebrates playing and exploring in the wilderness during the summer months. When summ

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Dim Sum Palace

X. Fang

A little girl's love of dim sum spills over into her dreams, taking her on a fantastical food-filled adventure, in this picture book love letter to Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen. Beautifully illustrated with a gold foil cover, this

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The Umbrella

Beth Ferry

From the New York Times bestselling creators behind Stick and Stone comes an inspiring story of persistence, kindness, and curiosity—a perfect read-aloud, rain or shine. In a dreary town where it always rains, a little girl and her dog discover an

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We All Play

Julie Flett

A BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR: New York Times, Washington Post, New York Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, Globe and Mail, Horn Book, and Boston Globe STARRED Reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, The Horn Book, School Library Journal A 2022

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I Hope

Monique Gray Smith

Poignant words from award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith about all the hopes adults have for the young people in their lives. The hopes we have for the children in our lives are endless. We want our young people to thrive and experience

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This Is the Planet Where I Live

K.L. Going

This picture book celebrates and honors the interconnectedness of everything here on planet Earth. The planet where we live is full of people, animals, insects, birds, trees, clouds, rain, oceans—and everything is interconnected. With a cumulative

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One Sweet Song

Jyoti Rajan Gopal

In an ode to the power of music and community, this vibrantly illustrated picture book steps out on the balcony for a shared moment of spontaneous joy and celebration. In a quiet neighborhood, a single note trills through the air. Another note joins,

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Vashti Harrison

From a New York Times bestselling and award-winning creator, this deeply moving story shares valuable lessons about fitting in, standing out, and the beauty of joyful acceptance. The first picture book written and illustrated by award-winning creator

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Granny and Bean

Karen Hesse

A loving grandmother and her grandchild enjoy an adventure by the sea and stop to have tea.

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Sometimes It's Nice to Be Alone

Amy Hest

A celebration of the joy and comfort to be found in alone time and the joy and comfort that a friend can bring. Sometimes it’s nice to be alone. Just you, eating a cookie, alone. But what if a friend drops in? In Amy Hest and Philip C. Stead’s ac

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A New Friend

Lucy Menzies

Follow the heartwarming story of a new friendship in this innovative title, comprised of two books telling two different perspectives of the story of Joe and Mae! It's Joe's first day at a new school. It's big, scary and different. He

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365: How to Count a Year

Miranda Paul

"This unique take on a concept book will introduce young readers to numbers both big and small, and give them the tools to understand all of the time that passes by in mysterious and exciting ways each year. It takes the Earth 365 days to spin a

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Lost Cat!

Jacqueline K. Rayner

Spare, simple, funny, and perfect for preschoolers, the saga of a cat who doesn't show up for dinner and the little girl who wishes she knew where he might be–but the reader knows! In this lost pet story with a fun, comforting twist, a little g

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A Day in the Park

Robert Salmieri

A celebration of the wonders of nature and life–all waiting for you to discover when you spend a day in the park! With its chirping birds, bounding dogs, and flickering fireflies, a day at the park bursts with life–from sunrise to sunset to sunrise

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Simon and the Better Bone

Corey R. Tabor

One day, down by the pond, Simon meets another dog just like him. And that dog has a bone just like his, only better! How will Simon ever get him to trade, when the other pup knows all the same tricks? Using the same innovative format as his Caldecot

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What to Do with a Stick

Jane Yolen

In this last installment of Jane Yolen's trio of books about ordinary objects with extraordinary uses, the humble stick is lauded as "a sword to tame monsters of dread" and "an oar for a rowboat in puddle or pond," among othe

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That Egg Is Mine!

Liz Goulet Dubois

The first book in Duck & Cluck, a brand new funny graphic novel series for beginning readers—perfect for fans of Mo Willems and Elephant and Piggie. Meet Duck and Cluck. They are friends. Mostly. But they do not always agree. Duck has found an

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Hot Cat, Cool Cat

Laura Manaresi

Kit likes to run. Kip likes to sit. Can they be friends? This level G book is perfect for new readers. Kit likes to hug. Hugs scare Kip. Kit likes cake. Kip likes fish. Kit and Kip are total opposites but also best friends! Kit likes swimming, while

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Elena Rides

Juana Medina

Beginning readers—and beginning riders—will be drawn to this bright, buoyant story of a determined elephant and her loyal sidekick, from the award-winning creator of Juana & Lucas. Elena wants to ride her bike. She steadies, she readies. She

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It's a Sign!

Jarrett Pumphrey, Jerome Pumphrey, Mo Willems

One, Two, Kat, and Four want to form a club so together they figure out how to make a sign saying what their club should be called.

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Graduation Day!

Candice Ransom

It's time to graduate Kindergarten in this Step 1 Reader featuring the family from Pumpkin Day!, Apple Picking Day!, and all the DAY books. The school year is nearly over, and little bro is ready to graduate kindergarten! He and big sis head off

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The Big Mix-Up!

Dana Regan

Meet Mike, a helpful hedgehog who lives in the town of Happy Rivers in this Level 1 Ready-to-Read! Although helpful, sometimes he gets involved in some silly mix-ups, like delivering ants instead of pants and pigs instead of wigs! Jay needs a fan. Mi

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I Really Want to Be First!

Harriet Ziefert

Meet Really Bird, a small bird who lives in a large city park with his friends Cat, Pup, Mouse, and Rabbit. In each story, Really Bird finds himself really wanting something – to be bigger, to have his fair share, or to be the leader – to be really s

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The Yawn Book

Diana Kim

"Why do we yawn? Do animals yawn? And why are yawns so CONTAGIOUS? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this fact-filled and funny nonfiction picture book. Why did you yawn before your piano recital? Do you yawn more than your grandm

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Jumper: A Day in the Life of a Backyard Jumping Spider

Jessica Lanan

From critically acclaimed illustrator of The Lost Package comes a bold nonfiction story following a day in the life of a backyard jumping spider – meticulously researched and utterly charming. What if you were small as a bean, Could walk on the walls

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Animals in Pants

Suzy Levinson

An irreverently illustrated picture book of simple and silly poems featuring all kinds of animals wearing all kinds of pants What? You’ve never seen animals in pants? A dog in yoga pants, a goat in overalls, a yak in slacks? Animals in Pants presen

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Hidden Creature Features

Jane Park

Some animal features are easy to see—long tails, large wings, patterned fur, or sharp beaks. But look closer—you might be surprised by what you find! A penguin’s sharp beak hides a textured tongue that helps it grip fish. A red-eyed tree frog h

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Going Into 2nd Grade 2024

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How to Write a Poem

Kwame Alexander, Deanna Nikaido

In this evocative and playful companion to their New York Times bestselling picture book How to Read a Book, Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander teams up with poet Deanna Nikaido and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet to celebrate the magic of discovering

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Sophie Blackall

A lavish and moving tribute to a beloved place in the vein of Hello Lighthouse from two-time Caldecott Medallist, Sophie Blackall Step inside the dollhouse-like interior of Farmhouse and relish the daily life of the family that lives there, rendered

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Too Many Pigs and One Big Bad Wolf

Davide Cali

An unseen reader goes head-to-head with the big bad wolf in this hilarious counting-book twist on The Three Little Pigs. Once upon a time, there were three little pigs. Then the wolf ate them. THE END. This story is too short! I want a longer one! In

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There's a Lion in the Forest!

Mônica Carnesi

Everyone knows there are no lions in the forests of South America . . . or are there? Toucan heard it first. It was deep. It was growly. It was a deep, growly growl. And that can mean only one thing: THERE’S A LION IN THE FOREST! But how can that b

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A Human for Kingsley

Gabriel Evans

Kingsley had decided to own a human. This was not a decision to be taken lightly. After all, owning a human is a responsibility. But finding the right kind of human is much harder than Kingsley expected. Some are too bossy. Some are too busy. And som

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The Wishing Machine

Jonathan Hillman

On their last trip to the laundromat before moving, a mom invites her child to make a wish on a washing machine, which spurs everyone else in the laundromat to share their wishes.

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Ship in a Bottle

Andrew Prahin

A valiant mouse sets sail in her ship in a bottle to seek a better life in this gentle allegory about refugees and immigration. All Mouse wants to do is eat gingersnaps, lie in the sun, and enjoy her ship in a bottle. All Cat wants to do is eat Mouse

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There Was a Party for Langston

Jason Reynolds

A celebration of Langston Hughes and African American authors he inspired, told through the lens of the party held at the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 1991.

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A Delicious Story

Barney Saltzberg

"You ate the story?" says one mouse to the other in this funny, heartfelt read-aloud with pitch-perfect repartee and Barney Saltzberg's signature take on the joys of creativity. Two mice—one big and one small—have a terrible proble

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King Kong's Cousin

Mark Teague

From bestselling author-illustrator Mark Teague comes a laugh-out-loud, black-and-white picture book introducing Junior, King Kong’s cousin! Junior wants to be as big and as strong and as special as his cousin, Kong, but he always seems to come up

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Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country

Kelly Yang

From #1 NYT bestselling author Kelly Yang comes a gorgeously illustrated picture book about Asian American changemakers doing everything they dreamed of and inspiring all of us to reach for new heights! From creating beautiful music like Yo-Yo Ma to

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Henry, Like Always

Jenn Bailey

A Schneider Family Book Award Winner A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book A NPR 2023 Books We Love Pick A School Library Journal Best Book of 2023 A 2023 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book A beginning chapter book series based on the award-win

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School Day Drama

Jennifer Fosberry

A chicken and penguin with seemingly nothing in common see if they can be birds of a feather in the first book in this sweet new Level 1 Ready-to-Read Graphics series about celebrating differences! Classmates Chi-Chi and Pey-Pey are as different as n

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Mossy and Tweed: Double Trouble

Mirka Hokkanen

Is there room for two unicorns in the Gnome Woods? Mossy and Tweed find out in another silly, slapstick adventure in this over-the-top funny early graphic novel series. Mossy and Tweed enjoy a perfect day by the pond with their friend the Wise Old Un

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Bug Catchers

Megan Litwin

Meet Dirt and Bugsy–best buds who catch all kinds of bugs–in this fun early reader! Dirt and Bugsy are neighbors, best friends, and bug catchers. They love bugs: Bugs that crawl. Bugs that fly. Bugs that slide. Bugs that hide. But when it begins to

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Billy & Rose: Forever Friends

Amy Hest

Billy and Rose, friends with different ideas, always end up coming together in these charming stories from masterful creators Amy Hest and Kady MacDonald Denton. Best friends Billy and Rose, an industrious sheep and a laid-back pig, sometimes see thi

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The Great Mathemachicken 1: Hide and Go Beak

Nancy Krulik

A new young chapter book series about a chicken who loves math, science, and learning new things–by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Krulik for fans of Unlimited Squirrel and Bumble and Bee. Chirpy is a young chicken stuck in the family coop.

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Drag and Rex 1: Forever Friends

Susan Lubner

Meet Drag and Rex, the sweet, silly best friends who find joy and adventure in the simplest places in this charming and cheery modern Frog and Toad. Drag is a dreamy, literal, impulsive, (and sometimes a little bit scatter-brained) dragon. Rex is a d

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The Girl in the Tree

Ellen Potter

A girl raised by squirrels in Central Park tries to make human friends in this laugh-out-loud, highly illustrated first book in a new chapter book series perfect for fans of Sophie Mouse and Critter Club! Cordelia is a girl who lives in a tree in Cen

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José and El Perro

Susan Rose, Silvia Lopez

Join José as he trains his new dog in this fun early reader that uses both Spanish and English! José loves his family: his Papi, Mami, and little sister, Sofi. But something is missing—he dreams of having a dog, un perro of his own. Finally José

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When the Sky Glows

Nell Cross Beckerman

Uncover the science behind the beautiful and vast array of natural events that make the sky glow all over the world in this enlightening nonfiction picture book. Sunrises and lightning storms, rainbows and volcanoes, meteors and eclipses—these beau

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This is tap!: Savion Glover finds his funk

Selene Castrovilla

A bouncing picture book biography of the tap dancer behind the Happy Feet penguin, illustrated by the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Winner of Hidden Figures. This is a story about tap dancing, a distinctly American art form that blended Englis

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At the Pond

David Elliott

Poems and illustrations celebrate a day at the pond.

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Where I Live: Poems about my Home

Paul B. Janeczko

"This diverse selection of 34 poems, paired with bright illustrations that capture daily life, celebrates the places where we live: our homes, our streets, our towns"–

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Luminous: Living Things that Light Up the Night

Julia Kuo

In this “surprisingly simple yet mesmerizing introduction to a wonder of the natural world” (Kirkus STARRED Review), kids aged 4 to 8 will marvel at the science of bioluminescence through stunning images of glowing creatures and other organisms.

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Watch me bloom: a bouquet of haiku poems for budding naturalists

Krina Patel-Sage

Mindful haiku poems to help us rediscover our natural surroundings, without traveling too far from home. Some flowers are the subject of nursery rhymes and childhood games while others help us celebrate love, remember our homelands or mark the passin

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Pizza! A Slice of History

Greg Pizzoli

From Geisel Award-winning author Greg Pizzoli comes a hilarious and mouth-watering history of pizza. Do YOU like PIZZA? Because right now, somewhere in the world, someone is eating it. Did you know that in the United States we eat 350 slices of pizza

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All Rise: The Story of Ketanji Brown Jackson

Carole Boston Weatherford

Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, is an inspiration and role model to children of all ages. Award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford tells her story of perseverance, dignity, and honor in this uplifting

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Going Into 3rd Grade 2024

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Mehndi Boy

Zain Bandali

BIPOC PROTAGONIST: demand is high for early chapter readers featuring BIPOC main characters CELEBRATE SELF-EXPRESSION: celebrates creativity, artistic expression, and being unapologetically yourself with positive, uplifting representation of a boy ex

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The Puppets of Spelhorst

Kate DiCamillo

From master storyteller Kate DiCamillo comes an original fairy tale—with enchanting illustrations by Julie Morstad—in which five puppets confront circumstances beyond their control with patience, cunning, and high spirits. Shut up in a trunk by a

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Shiver-by-the-Sea 1: Bella and the Vampire

Erin Dionne

For fans of Eerie, Elementary, Bailey School Kids, and The Notebook of Doom, the first book in a magical, spooky new chapter book series about friendship, community restoration and involvement, and helping your neighbors . . . even if some of them ma

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Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business

Bree Galbraith

Meet the unbeatable hero of a fresh new early chapter book series — Wednesday Wilson! The most important thing to know about Wednesday Wilson is that she’s an entrepreneur. Well, she almost is. She and her best friend, Charlie, are hard at work t

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Newbie Fairy

Kate Korsh

In this hilarious, highly illustrated new chapter book series, lovable newbie fairy Oona has big ideas, only her magic always seems to go a little wonky. But she won’t let that stop her! Oona Bramblegoop is a Newbie fairy, and she’s determined to

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Shermy and Shake, the Not-So-Nice Neighbor

Kirby Larson

Will summer break be a drag or a blast for meticulous Shermy when rambunctious Shake moves in next door? From Newbery Honor recipient Kirby Larson comes a bighearted chapter book about two boys’ friendship. When a new kid comes to stay with his gra

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Climbing the volcano: a journey in haiku

Curtis Manley

Through haiku, a young boy narrates his family’s invigorating hike to the peak of Oregon’s South Sister volcano. For centuries, haiku has offered meditation on the grace and majesty of nature. In Climbing the Volcano, old meets new as a young pro

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Bunny and Clyde

Megan McDonald

Two New York Times best-selling creators–Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody series, and lauded illustrator Scott Nash–team up for a droll comedy about an endearingly inept pair of outlaws. Get ready for a wild ride with Bunny and Clyde! These

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The Story of Gumluck the Wizard

Adam Rex

Meet Gumluck the Wizard, the star of a new chapter book series by the inimitable Adam Rex! This is a story about magic, if you like that kind of thing. It is also a story about a ghost with amnesia, an unpopular fairy, an ungrateful little town, and

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Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister?

Chitra Soundar

Can Sona be the best big sister ever when she’s not sure she even wants a baby sister or brother? Brimming with warmth and charm, this story set in India will resonate with new older siblings everywhere. Sona Sharma's house is full of three ge

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Wednesday and Woof #1: Catastrophe

Sherri Winston

Can Wednesday and her service dog, Woof, sniff out Mrs. Winter’s missing cat before her big trip? This is the first book of a fun full-color early chapter book series about the best detectives in the Midwest! Detective Tip #1 Try not to jump to con

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Cat of Death!

Aaron Blabey

What happens when the World's #1 Cat Video Star gets accused of a crime she didn’t commit? She becomes a Cat on the Run, that’s what. But how do you avoid capture and prove your innocence when you are the most famous feline on the planet?! W

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Skeleanor the Decomposer

Emily Ettlinger

An instantly charming and vivid chapter-book graphic novel, starring a music-obsessed skeleton, Skeleanor, and her quest to find her sound (and her confidence) by debut creator Emily Ettlinger. Skeleanor loves music more than life itself. There’s j

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The Adventures of Invisible Boy

Doogie Horner

In this hilarious debut middle grade graphic novel, when an impossible wish comes true, a wild adventure begins! "Can't be missed!" —Max Brallier, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth Think your wildest wish

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Jurassic Jeff: Space Invader (Jurassic Jeff Book 1)

Royden Lepp

Dinosaurs, aliens, and world domination?! Introducing a graphic series about what it means to be a friend (and how to take over the world!)–perfect for fans of Cat Kid Comic Club, and Investigators. Jeff has one mission and one mission only: to take

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Lost Time

Tas Mukanik

Jurassic World meets How to Train Your Dragon in this gorgeously drawn, adventure-packed middle grade graphic novel about a girl who gets trapped 65 million years in the past and must learn to survive with only her wits…and the pterosaur she befrie

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Schnozzer & Tatertoes: Take a Hike!

Rick Stromoski

A buddy adventure through the forest, starring two best-pal pooches! Two best-friend dogs, Schnozzer (the smart one) and Tatertoes (the cheerful one), set off into the forest on a journey to visit Tatertoes’s mom. Along their adventure, they encoun

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Gnome and Rat

Lauren Stohler

Readers will get a kick out of the whimsical and hilarious everyday shenanigans of best friends, Gnome and Rat, in the first book of this new early graphic novel series. Gnome and Rat are best friends who live together in a charming forest. Rat enjoy

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Champion Chompers, Super Stinkers and Other Poems by Extraordinary Animals

Linda Ashman

Kids discover animal extremes through playful poems and fascinating facts. Who’s tops in the animal world? Readers get to find out, as they play a guessing game that uses delightful persona poems to introduce 19 animals who are the best in some way

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Words of Wonder from Z to A

Zaila Avant-garde

An inspiring picture book from Scripps National Spelling Bee champ Zaila Avant-garde, filled with her favorite motivational words from Z to A. Perfect for your little book lover and spelling ace! When 14-year-old Zaila Avant-garde became the first Bl

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Tiny jumper: how Tiny Broadwick created the parachute rip cord

Candy Dahl

This thrilling biography tells the story of Tiny Broadwick, the first woman to ever parachute from a plane and the inventor of the parachute rip cord, and how her determination, courage, adventurousness, and joy in doing what she loved lifted her up

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Desert Queen

Jyoti R. Gopal

This picture book biography in verse follows the life of beloved Rajasthani drag performer Queen Harish, known as the Whirling Desert Queen of Rajasthan. Lit by an inner fire and propelled by a family tragedy, Harish defied the gender conventions of

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Jimmy's Rhythm and Blues

Michelle Meadows

Celebrate James Baldwin's one-hundredth birthday anniversary with the first-ever picture book biography of this legendary writer, orator, activist, and intellectual. Before he became a writer, James "Jimmy" Baldwin was a young boy from

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Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller

Breanna J. McDaniel

From an award-winning author and illustrator comes this picture book biography about beloved librarian and storyteller Augusta Braxton Baker, the first Black coordinator of children’s services at all branches of the New York Public Library. Before

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Srinivasa Ramanjuan: Friend of Numbers

Priya Narayanan

Age range 6+ A toddler captivated by patterns…A little boy filling his slate with numbers, rubbing them out with his elbow and starting again…A teenager solving complex maths problems…A young man matching the best minds in Cambridge. Bringing t

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The Last Plastic Straw

Dee Romito

Learn how and why a useful, 5000-year-old invention has become a threat to our planet–and what you can do about it–in this history of the simple straw. From reeds used by ancient Sumerians to bendy straws in World War II hospitals, people have chan

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Dare to question: Carrie Chapman Catt's voice for the vote

Jasmine Stirling

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, this nonfictionbook tells the inspiring story of Carrie Chapman Catt, who fought for women's suffrage. Out with the dour and stern. Out with the grim old gals. In with suffrage sundae

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Going Into 4th Grade 2024

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Katherine Applegate, Gennifer Choldenko

From beloved authors Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko and with illustrations from Wallace West, Dogtown is at once an uplifting story and a page-turning adventure, sure to find a forever home in readers’ hearts. Dogtown is a shelter for s

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Alice Atherton's Grand Tour

Lesley M. M. Blume

The heartwarming story of a young girl sent to live with the extraordinary Murphy Family in southern France. Ten-year-old Alice Atherton is sent by her father to spend the summer with his dear friends the Murphys who live with their three children an

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Oliver's Great Big Universe

Jorge Cham

‘Mind-expanding and hilarious!’ Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series. This hilarious new illustrated series will make you laugh-out-loud AND grow your brain. Perfect for readers age 8+ and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Ki

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Flora la Fresca & the Art of Friendship

Veronica Chambers

From an NYT bestselling author comes the first in an illustrated middle grade series about a Panamanian American girl who uses humor and a little mischief to navigate her best friend moving away and her sister’s overbearing and all-consuming quince

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The Case of the Missing Tarts

Christee Curran-Bauer

When someone slips into the precinct and steals Mama Pigeon's tarts, pigeon detectives Martin P. Sweets, Felix Danish, and Ralph Custard follow the clues to find out who stole the delicious treats.

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The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow

Elaine Dimopoulos

This timeless early middle-grade adventure about friendship and community will charm animal-loving fans of The Tale of Despereaux and Clarice the Brave. Illustrated by Caldecott winner Doug Salati. Butternut lives in the burrows of Milkweed Meadow wi

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Maggie Lou, Firefox

Arnolda Dufour Bowes

Maggie Lou’s grandpa doesn’t call her Firefox for nothing. She’s always finding ways to make life more interesting — even if this means getting into big trouble. When her grandfather Moshôm finally agrees to teach her how to box, she decides

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The Apartment House on Poppy Hill

Nina LaCour

A charming new chapter book by bestselling author Nina LaCour. Welcome to 1106 Wildflower Place: It is no ordinary apartment house, but you, reader, are no ordinary visitor. So, please, come in! Two new tenants have just arrived, and nine-year-old El

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Dear Brother

Alison McGhee

Sister, who constantly feels overlooked, especially when the family gets a pet of Brother's choice, decides to send him letters expressing how she feels, and to her surprise, he thoughtfully responds.

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Nell & the Netherbeast

Adi Rule

The Netherbeast, a slinking creature with an overwhelming stench, impossibly charms young Nell. Befriending this shapeshifter propels Nell into an unforgettable summer. A beast, a haunting, a fire, and a basement that should be avoided at all costs a

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The Guardian Test (Legends of Lotus Island #1)

Christina Soontornvat

From two-time Newbery honor recipient Christina Soontornvat comes a compelling new young middle grade fantasy series for readers who love stories about animals, magic, and kids like them embracing their power to change the world. Young Plum is shocke

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The Bawk-ness Monster

Natalie Riess, Sara Goetter

Penny swears that when she was a little girl, a creature called the Bawk-ness Monster—half sea serpent, half chicken—saved her from drowning. Now, years later, she’s about to move away to a new city, and before she goes, she needs the help of h

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Things in the Basement

Ben Hatke

From New York Times bestselling author Ben Hatke comes Things in the Basement, a young readers graphic novel about Milo, a young boy who discovers a portal to a secret world in his basement. It was supposed to just be a normal basement—some storage

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Meesh the Bad Demon #1

Michelle Lam

A tale of unlikely heroes and myths is made real in this debut graphic novel series about a “bad” demon trying to find her place in the underworld. But she’ll have to save it first! Meesh is a bad demon. “Bad” in that she always sees the go

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The Wolf Suit

Sid Sharp

“The gorgeous black and dark blue backgrounds, thick with night, make the opening of the curtain, and the sunlight that spills onto the last page, feel like another undressed window through which we can better see the self.”—The New York Times

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How the sea came to be: and all the creatures in it

Jennifer Berne

A lyrical, spectacular history of the ocean—from its dramatic evolutionary past to its marvelously biodiverse present. “For millions of years these first bits of life Became more, and then more, and then more.” Long, long ago, when the Earth wa

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Shining a light: celebrating 40 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who changed the world

Veeda Bybee

A collective biography of 40 influential Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, from Kalpana Chawla to The Rock to Tammy Duckworth, whose historical contributions readers may not know but whose light shines on, with stunning illustrated portraits by

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Fighting for yes!: the story of disability rights activist Judith Heumann

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

A picture book biography celebrating the life and work of disability rights activist and icon Judith Heumann, highlighting one of her landmark achievements—leading the historic 504 Sit-in in 1977 From a very young age, Judy Heumann heard the word N

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Courage Out Loud

Joseph Coelho

Courage Out Loud is a collection of 25 original confidence-building poems to be read out loud that will show children that their voice has power.

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The fire of stars: the life and brilliance of the woman who discovered what stars are made of

Kirsten W. Larson

A poetic picture book celebrating the life and scientific discoveries of the groundbreaking astronomer Cecilia Payne! Astronomer and astrophysicist Cecilia Payne was the first person to discover what burns at the heart of stars. But she didn't s

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Butt or Face?

Kari Lavelle

"The silly, simple premise is carried out splendidly; younger readers will be entranced by fascinating photos, bright colors, and googly eyes galore, while older readers will appreciate fast-fact boxes, clear explanations, and endless animal pun

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Please Don't Bite Me!: Insects that Buzz, Bite and Sting

Nazzy Pakpour

Everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, stung by a wasp or had something itchy hiding in their hair. But how much do you actually know about these annoying insects? Ever wondered how mosquitoes find you? Or how wasps can build nests up to 16 feet wid

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Mysterious glowing mammals: an unexpected discovery sparks a scientific investigation

Maria Parrott-Ryan

Late one night, ecologist Jonathan Martin was searching for tree frogs in his Wisconsin backyard when he made an unexpected discovery. As he shined an ultraviolet flashlight in the direction of a high-pitched chirp, Martin saw a flash of bright pink

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Baseball around the world: how the world plays the game

Chris Singleton, Dean Burrell

It might be America's favorite pastime, but baseball isn't just an American sport! From Cuba to Japan, Taiwan to Ireland, learn about the diverse melting pot of countries and cultures have embraced the ole ballgame.

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Soccer Queens

Charles R. Smith Jr.

The Coretta Scott King Award–winning creator of Hoop Kings celebrates the skill and talent of top female soccer professionals—and pays homage to the legendary US World Cup team of 1999. Soccer, fútbol, call it what you will—the sport commands

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Game of freedom: Mestre Bimba and the art of Capoeira

Duncan Tonatiuh

In this powerful, vibrant biography, award-winning creator Duncan Tonatiuh sheds light on the legacy of a legendary capoeira player, Mestre Bimba, who resisted racial oppression through art and turned a marginalized practice into a global phenomenon

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Love is loud: how Diane Nash led the Civil Rights Movement

Sandra Neil Wallace

Four starred reviews! Meet Diane Nash, a civil rights leader who worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis, in this “poignant and powerful” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) nonfiction picture book that is “a stunning, little-known

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Young, Gifted and Black Too

Jamia Wilson

Young, Gifted and Black Too celebrates the lives of 52 more leaders, heroes, sportspeople, and artists of color from around the world.

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Going Into 5th Grade 2024

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Maurice Broaddus

A Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club Pick! Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Kelly Yang, readers will love this heartfelt and genuine story about building community, finding family, and the power of Black girl magic. Bella “Unfadeable

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The Spirit Glass

Roshani Chokshi

Corazon yearns to finally start training as a babaylan (a mystical healer and spirit guide) under her powerful guardian, Aunt Tina. As soon as her magic awakens, Corazon plans to bring her parents back from the dead and no longer have to rely on a so

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Montgomery and the Case of the Golden Key

Tracy Occomy Crowder

It's 2008, and ten-year-old Montgomery "Monty" Carver is out to find the origin of a golden key found in his South Side Chicago community–which may or may not host the next Olympic games, or supply the next President of the United Sta

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The International House of Dereliction

Jacqueline Davies

In this not-so-scary ghost story from Jacqueline Davies, bestselling author of the Lemonade War series, quirky, tool-wielding Alice Cannoli-Potchnik begins to repair the dilapidated mansion next door—only to discover the old house is home to ghosts

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The Book of Stolen Dreams

David Farr

Originally published: London: Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2021.

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The Bluest Sky

Christina Diaz Gonzalez

A boy and his family must decide whether to remain in Cuba under a repressive government or risk everything for the chance of a new beginning. "Heartbreaking yet hopeful" —Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee There are two versions o

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The Widely Unknown Myth of Apple & Dorothy

Corey Ann Haydu

Critically acclaimed author Corey Ann Haydu crafts a spellbinding tale following the modern-day descendants of ancient Greek gods—and how two young girls struggling against the weight of the family history end up becoming their own epic myth with l

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The Superteacher Project

Gordon Korman

From Gordon Korman, the bestselling author of Restart and The Unteachables, comes a hilarious new story about a mysterious new teacher who turns out to be an AI robot from a secret experimental program. Oliver Zahn, spitball champion and self-declare

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Gnome Is Where Your Heart Is

Casey Lyall

Lemon Peabody is certain that aliens visited Grandpa Walt thirty years ago, but she's running out of time to prove it before he forgets his best story. This humorous and tenderhearted story about family, friendship, and always believing in yours

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Salsa Magic

Letisha Marrero

Thirteen-year-old Maya Beatriz Montenegro Calderon has vivid recurring dreams where she hears the ocean calling her. Mami's side of the family is known as "Los Locos," so maybe she actually is going crazy. But no time for that; the fam

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Like a Charm

Elle McNicoll

After the death of her grandfather, nuerodivergent tween Ramya uncovers a world of mystery and magic—and she’s the only one who can see it! From the award-winning author of A Kind of Spark. “Ramya, you have something this city needs. And it’s

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The Mossheart's Promise

Rebecca Mix

From New York Times bestselling YA author Rebecca Mix comes the first book in a breathtaking middle grade fantasy duology about a young fairy who has always lived in her heroic grandmother’s shadow but now must step up and embark on a quest to save

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Christyne Morrell

This middle-grade mystery follows the adventures of a boy with an experimental brain implant, and a reclusive girl training to be a spy, as they′re pitted against school bullies, their own parents, and an evil, brain-hacking corporation. Perfect fo

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You Are Here: Connecting Flights

Ellen Oh

A powerful and engaging exploration of contemporary Asian American identity through interwoven stories set in a teeming Chicago airport, written by award-winning and bestselling East and Southeast Asian American authors including Linda Sue Park, Grac

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Hope in the Valley

Mitali Perkins

Hope in the Valley, from National Book Award Nominee Mitali Perkins, is a middle-grade novel exploring grief, friendship, family, and growing up in a community facing a housing crisis. Twelve-year-old Indian-American Pandita Paul doesn't like ch

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The Curious Vanishing of Beatrice Willoughby

G. Z. Schmidt

The Amadeuses were always considered somewhat strange. Even before the incident. When six-year-old Beatrice Willoughby vanished at the Amadeuses’ annual All Hallows Eve party, people in the tiny mountain town of Nevermore were quick to whisper: The

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The Labors of Hercules Beal

Gary D. Schmidt

From award-winning author Gary D. Schmidt, a warm and witty novel in the tradition of The Wednesday Wars, in which a seventh grader has to figure out how to fulfill an assignment to perform the Twelve Labors of Hercules in real life—and makes disco

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Not Quite a Ghost

Anne Ursu

From the award-winning author of The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy comes an unforgettable and deeply personal story of the ghosts that surround us—and the ones we carry inside. The house seemed to sit apart from the others on Katydid Street, s

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Ghost Book

Remy Lai

Perfect for fans of Spirited Away, Coco, and Ghosts comes a spooky fantasy graphic novel about the friendship between a girl who can see ghosts and a boy who is stuck between the worlds of the living and the dead. An Indie Bestseller! An Amazon, Scho

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Unicorn Boy

Dave Roman

Go on a magical journey with this quirky, young reader's graphic novel about a boy who sprouts a unicorn horn and uses his newfound powers to help those in need! The first few years of Brian Reyes’ life were unremarkable—nothing weird about

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Grace Needs Space!

Benjamin A. Wilgus, Rii Abrego

To the moon and back! A sci-fi middle-grade graphic novel about a young girl's long-awaited summer trip across space with one of her moms. But when her relationship with her mom goes sideways, so does her trip. Will Grace be able to save her sum

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Are We There Yet?

Maria Birmingham

Why do some people have a bad sense of direction? How can you avoid getting lost? Why did early mapmakers put fake towns on their maps and why does every traffic controller in the world speak English? From finding food, water and shelter to traveling

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The Mind-Blowing World of Extraordinary Competitions

Anna Goldfield, Neon Squid

From cheese rolling races to baby crying competitions, get ready for an adventure through the most amazing contests the world has ever seen. Throughout history humans have been challenging themselves against each other. Who could be the fastest? The

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My Head Has a Bellyache

Chris Harris

This hilarious follow-up to the New York Times bestselling poetry book I'm Just No Good at Rhyming is full of surprising twists of wit and wordplay that will have readers rolling on the floor laughing! “Highly recommended, it gets 5 stars and

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Presidents decoded: a guide to the leaders who shaped our nation

Katie Kennedy

Ever wonder what the President does? Meet the 45* people who have held the job in this important book that showcases how they each led the country in their time—and features their own thoughts and words through their documents, letters, diaries, sp

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This book is full of brains: all kinds of brains and how they work

Tim Kinnington, Little House of Science

Did you know that a fully grown human brain is equal to the weight of one 12-week-old kitten? Or that it can think at 41⁄2 times the speed of a cheetah? How about the fact that an octopus brain reaches to the tips of its tentacles, or that the emer

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Unseen Jungle: The Microbes That Secretly Control Our World

Eleanor Spicer Rice

This lively peek into the amazing world of microbes, replete with a kid-pleasing “ick” factor, is chock-full of facts, humor, and fun illustrations. Microbes are everywhere: outside, indoors, on your body, in your body. In fact, only about half o

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Kid Olympians: Summer :true tales of childhood from champions and game changers

Robin Stevenson

Triumphant, relatable, and totally true biographies tell the childhood stories of a diverse group of international athletes who have captured the world’s attention at the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, like Simone Biles, Jesse Owens, Naomi Osaka,

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In and Out the Window

Jane Yolen

The largest single anthology of Jane Yolen's poetry, containing more than one hundred poems for all occasions—with fun black-and-white art throughout. Our Kitchen Smells of mornings, blueberry muffins, hot chocolate, tea. It smells of bacon an

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