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Going Into 1st Grade 2018

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Creepy Pair of Underwear!

Aaron Reynolds

From the celebrated team behind Creepy Carrots!, Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown, comes a hilarious (and just a little creepy) story of a brave rabbit and a very weird pair of underwear. Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymo

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Dev Petty

Meet the claymates: two balls of clay that can become anything–even best friends! What can you do with two blobs of clay? Create something amazing! But don't leave them alone for too long. Things might get a little crazy. In this photographic f

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Sparkle Boy

Lesléa Newman

Young Casey loves sparkly things, just like his older sister, who does not approve until an encounter with teasing bullies helps her learn to accept and respect Casey for who he is.

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Come With Me

Holly M. McGhee

“Together, the words and pictures work seamlessly to deliver a powerful message: What we do matters.”—R. J. Palacio, The New York Times When the news reports are flooded with tales of hatred and fear, a girl asks her papa what she can do to mak

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If I Had a Horse

Gianna Marino

If I Had a Horse is an inspiring picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino about a girl imagining what life would be like with a horse.

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The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read

Curtis Manley

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year “A marvelous debut…Sometimes it takes the right nudge to fall in love with books.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “This quirky tale filled wi

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Thyra Heder

Nia loves Alfie, her pet turtle. But he’s not very soft, he doesn’t do tricks, and he’s pretty quiet. Sometimes she forgets he’s even there! That is until the night before Nia’s seventh birthday, when nAlfie disappears! Then, in an innovati

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Dog on a Frog?

Kes Gray, Claire Gray

Frog is turning the rules upside-down in this riotous, rhyming sequel to Frog on a Log?! "You know the rules," said cat. "Cats sit on mats, frogs sit on logs, and dogs sit on FROGS!""Well, I'm changing the rules," s

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Lucia the Luchadora

Cynthia Leonor Garza

Lucía zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when theytell her "girls can't be superheroes," suddenly she doesn't feel so mighty. That'swhen her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucía comes

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Plankton Is Pushy

Jonathan Fenske

Plankton tries hard to get Mister Mussel to return a friendly greeting, but when Mussel finally opens his mouth the results are unfortunate for Plankton.

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Sing, Don't Cry

Angela Dominguez

Once a year, Abuelo comes from Mexico to visit his family. He brings his guitar, his music—and his memories. In this story inspired by the life of Apolinar Navarrete Diaz—author Angela Dominguez’s grandfather and a successful mariachi musician

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Jabari Jumps

Gaia Cornwall

Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash. Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he

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Hector the Collector

Emily Beeny

Hector the Collector celebrates one young animal's love of collecting and explores how collections can grow into some of the most breathtaking museums in the world.

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The Lumberjack's Beard

Duncan Beedie

Every day, Jim Hickory the lumberjack heads into the forest with his trusty axe and chops down trees. Unfortunately, all sorts of creatures lose their homes in the process, so Jim gives them a home in his beard – until one day it all just gets too mu

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You Can Read

Helaine Becker

In this picture book, two young children discover that reading can be enjoyed anywhere and everywhere.

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Julie Bayless

Animal friends play under the moonlight.

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There's a Pest in the Garden!

Jan Thomas

Someone’s eating all the veggies in this colorful picture book with “a satisfying, funny conclusion” (Kirkus Reviews). There’s a pest in the garden and he’s eating all the vegetables! But Duck has a plan to save the day (well, sort of)… F

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Back to Dog-Gone School

Amy Schmidt

Dog lovers and kids anxious about going back to school will be delighted by this photographic Step 2 reader with school-themed poems! From the bus stop to the last bell, the school day is covered. The easy-to-read poems were chosen and adapted from t

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I See a Cat

Paul Meisel

A dog barks at everything he loves—a cat, a squirrel, and his favorite boy! This Level A book is perfect for new readers. I see a cat. I see a bird. I see a fly. Easy-to-read text and fun pictures follow a dog through his happy day. Sitting inside

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Papa Pizza Mouse

Michael Garland

One small New York City mouse takes on one large pizza slice to bring his family the feast of a lifetime. Life is a challenge for a city mouse looking out for his city mouse children. Dogs, cats, and people are daily dangers. But when the whiskered h

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My First Karate Class

Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Text and photographs illustrate what happens in a karate class.

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If Sharks Disappeared

Lily Williams

A healthy ocean is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be big, like a whale, tiny, like a shrimp, and even scary, like a shark. Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing,

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Can an Aardvark Bark?

Melissa Stewart

From award-winning author Melissa Stewart and Caldecott honoree Steve Jenkins comes a noisy nonfiction exploration of the many sounds animals make. Can an aardvark bark? No, but it can grunt. Lots of other animals grunt too… Barks, grunts, squeals

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Living Things and Nonliving Things

Kevin Kurtz

"Using a wide variety of stunning photographs, author Kevin Kurtz poses thought-provoking questions to help readers determine if things are living or nonliving. For example, if most (but not all) living things can move, can any nonliving things

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Once Upon a Jungle

Laura Knowles

Once upon a time there lived a jungle, but that was just the beginning … Step inside the wild and colourful jungle with this striking and richly illustrated book that introduces the food chain concept through simple, poetic language. Learn how the

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The Truth About Hippos

Maxwell Eaton, III

Did you know that there are two types of hippo: the common hippo and the pygmy hippo (which is like a common hippo but smaller)? Did you know that all hippos live in Africa? Did you know that hippos can’t actually swim? Discover these facts and man

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Going Into 2nd Grade 2018

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Second Grade Holdout

Audrey Vernick

Second grade? Pfff! No, thanks. The comically anxious narrator in this book thought that first grade had its problems, but overall it was pretty awesome. He'll take grade one over grade two any day, thank you very much! Especially because he and

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Pattan's Pumpkin

Chitra Soundar

A vibrant variation on the traditional flood myth from the Irular tribe in Southern India. When Pattan finds a yellow-flower vine wilting in his valley, he replants and cares for it, watching as a pumpkin appears and grows taller than the goats, tall

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Pen Pals

Alexandra Pichard

An octopus and an ant are paired up to write letters for a school project in this charming picture book in the tradition of Dear Mr. Blueberry. For an entire school year, Oscar the ant and Bill the octopus send letters to each other as part of a scho

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Over and Under the Pond

Kate Messner

In this gorgeous companion to the acclaimed Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal bring to life a secret underwater world. In this book, readers will discover the plants and animals

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Good Night, Planet


What happens while you're sleeping? Your toys go out to play! After a long day of jumping in the autumn leaves and reading her favorite books, one little girl is worn out—but her favorite stuffed animal friend, Planet, is just getting started.

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Flashlight Night

Matt Forrest Esenwine

Flashlight Night is an ode to the power of imagination and the wonder of books. Three children use a flashlight to light a path around their backyard at night; in the flashlight’s beam another world looms. Our heroes encounter spooky woods, a fears

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Junot Díaz

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. A 2019 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration Every kid in Lola's school was f

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Phil Cummings

First published by Scholastic Press, a division of Scholastic Australia Pty Limited, in 2017.

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Dad and the Dinosaur

Gennifer Choldenko

A heartwarming father-son story about bravery and facing fears. Nicholas was afraid of the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs live, and the underside of manhole covers. His dad was not afraid of anything. Nicholas wants to be as b

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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse

Mac Barnett

With a nod and wink to readers, this untraditional fable is about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

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Marty Frye, Private Eye

Janet Tashjian

Broken into three short stories of poetry and petty crime, this charming chapter book will have young readers in search of a rhyme in no time. Book 1 in the Marty Frye series! Marty Frye is not your ordinary sleuth. Marty Frye is a poet detective—h

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Nate the Great and the Wandering Word

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Andrew Sharmat

Join the world's greatest detective, Nate the Great, as he solves the mystery of the missing word! Perfect for beginning readers and the Common Core, this long-running chapter book series will encourage children to problem-solve with Nate, using

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Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Brian Selznick, David Serlin

Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick and debut children's book author David Serlin create a dazzling new format especially for young children! A New York Times Bestselling Book An Amazon Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

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Bug Blonsky and His Very Long List of Don'ts

E.S. Redmond

With his signature humor and wit, the author of "Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo" guides readers through one rip-roarious day in the life of an antsy (if lovable) boy named Bug. Full color.

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The Haunted House Next Door

Andres Miedoso

When supernatural things start happening in the house timid Andres and his parents just moved into, next-door-neighbor Desmond Cole, eight, comes to the rescue.

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Louise Loves Bake Sales

Kelly Light

Louise loves all kinds of art. But when she has to make cupcakes for a bake sale—and everything goes wrong—can she and her brother make messy cupcakes into art? This charming I Can Read story also introduces the concept of how mixing primary colo

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Bug Rescuer

Amy Cobb

Libby and her friend Becca are searching for bugs to finish their nature worksheet for school. They come across a dragonfly trapped in an old spider web. Very carefully, Libby frees the dragonfly and sets it free in a new home. Aligned to Common Core

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King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse

Dori Hillestad Butler

King & Kayla are back on the case in this laugh-out-loud mystery from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award-winning series. King and Kayla are playing fetch with Jillian and Thor. Jillian throws King's favorite ball too hard, and it goes over

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The Hidden Life of a Toad

Doug Wechsler

In jaw-dropping photos, Doug Wechsler captures the life cycle of the American toad from egg to tadpole to adult. To get these images, Wechsler sat in a pond wearing waders, went out night after night in search of toads, and cut his own glass to make

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I Am Peace

Susan Verde

When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice from the bestselling picture-book dream team that brought us I Am Yoga. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with

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Margaret and the Moon

Dean Robbins

A true story from one of the Women of NASA! Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the

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Big Machines

Sherri Duskey Rinker

A New York Times-bestselling duo pays tribute to the storied life of Virginia Lee Burton, creator of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and one of the most beloved authors in children's literature. Full color. 9 x 9.

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Animal Camouflage: A Search and Find Activity Book

Sarah Dennis, Sam Hutchinson

In a world where majestic creatures soar, scatter, prance, and pounce through beautiful natural habitats, astounding discoveries and fascinating facts are waiting to be discovered in this beautifully designed book, which combines intricate paper-cut

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Around the World in a Bathtub

Wade Bradford

Explore bathing practices in different countries and cultures in this lively, colorful picture book. From a hammam in Turkey to a maqii on the Alaskan tundra, this book shares the bath-time battle that happens every night around the world. "Yes,

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Penguin Day

Nic Bishop

Spend the day with a little rockhopper penguin as it hops, swims, eats, and snuggles with its parents — just like you do! Rockhopper penguins live by the sea, but in many ways their families are just like ours. Penguin parents take good care of thei

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Going Into 3rd Grade 2018

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Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries

Mark Teague

The award-winning author/illustrator of the bestselling Dear Mrs. LaRue series delivers a zany retelling of the beloved fairy tale classic with a delicious twist! Full color.

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Sydney & Simon: To the Moon!

Paul A. Reynolds

Eager to win a chance to meet a real-life astronaut, twin mice Sydney and Simon use STEAM thinking to create the best science project about the Moon The chance to meet astronaut Kris Kornfield is a dream come true for twins Sydney and Simon. But fi

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Coyote Tales

Thomas King

Two tales, set in a time “when animals and human beings still talked to each other,” display Thomas King’s cheeky humor and master storytelling skills. Freshly illustrated and reissued as an early chapter book, these stories are perfect for new

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Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker

Shelley Johannes

This is the story of an eight-year-old girl who does her best thinking upside down. Her personality is a tractor beam, her attitude is completely inspiring, and her creator is a creative dynamo. Beatrice is looking forward to a year of pirate adventu

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Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Megumi Iwasa

This book is about friendship and the distinctions of living in different parts of the world. A giraffe that lives in Africa meets a pelican who is a mailman. Since the giraffe is bored, she sends a letter to the first animal the pelican can find on

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La Princesa and the Pea

Susan Middleton Elya

The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling, winner of the Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration. El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree. The queen has a secret te

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Baabwaa and Wooliam

David Elliott

A hilarious and satisfying tale of literacy, dental hygiene, and friendship from David Elliott and Melissa Sweet that is sure to have readers in stitches from start to finish. Baabwaa is a sheep who loves to knit. Wooliam is a sheep who loves to read

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The Rooster who Would Not be Quiet!

Carmen Agra Deedy

"The mayor of the noisy city of La Paz institutes new laws forbidding all singing, but a brave little rooster decides he must sing, despite the progressively severe punishments he receives for continuing to crow"–

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The Mermaid

Jan Brett

A New York Times bestselling striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks with bonus storytelling in the borders, as only Jan Brett could create. When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious

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Hammy and Gerbee: Mummies at the Museum

Wong Herbert Yee

When best friends Hammy and Gerbee join their class on a field trip to the science museum, they find their own fun–and trouble–along the way.

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Where's Halmoni?

Julie Kim

“. . . features two young Korean American siblings who take a trip through a magical portal into a land filled with characters from old Korean fables. . . Kim is making a statement about the loss of culture among children of immigrants while also w

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Grace for Gus

Harry Bliss

3 starred reviews! Bestselling cartoonist and master visual storyteller Harry Bliss has concocted a delightful, near wordless graphic picture book with nods to famous cartoons, cultural icons, and the secret lives that creative people make for themse

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Martí Y Sus Versos Por la Libertad

Emma Otheguy

Bilingual English/Spanish. A biography in verse of beloved Cuban poet José Martí, who fought for Cuban independence and an end to slavery.

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The World Is Not a Rectangle

Jeanette Winter

A celebrated author-illustrator presents a biography of architect Zaha Hadid, who grew up in Baghdad. As a Muslim woman, Hadid faced many obstacles, but she went on to design buildings all over the world. Full color.

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Michelle Markel

This rollicking and fascinating picture book biography chronicles the life of the first pioneer of children's books—John Newbery himself. While most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, John Newbery imagined t

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My Journey to the Stars (Step into Reading)

Scott Kelly

An easy-to-read autobiography of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, in jacketed hardcover, that takes readers on his awe-inspiring journey from childhood to his record-breaking year among the stars. A autobiography of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly! Scott wasn&

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A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider–The Story of E. B. White

Barbara Herkert

A lyrical picture book biography of the author of "Charlotte's Web" and "Stuart Little, " two beloved classics of children's literature, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Castillo. Full color.

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Shell, Beak, Tusk

Bridget Heos

We think of evolution as a tree with branches that make clear, linear sense—with one animal and its traits clearly derived from one that came before it genetically. But what about animals who share key traits but aren’t on the same family tree? T

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Hawk Mother: The Story of a Red-Tailed Hawk Who Hatched Chickens

Kara Hagedorn

When an injured hawk can no longer raise chicks of her own, she raises chickens instead. HAWK MOTHER: THE STORY OF A RED-TAILED HAWK WHO HATCHED CHICKENS is a true story of nurture over nature.

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The Street Beneath My Feet

Charlotte Guillain

Picked by the Guardian as one of '15 Modern Classics' books This double-sided foldout book takes you on a fascinating journey deep underground. One side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the city, whilst the reverse side shows the gro

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The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

Gilbert Ford

With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind toy: the Slinky! One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer.

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Dumpling Dreams

Carrie Clickard

"The story of how Joyce Chen, a girl born in Communist China, immigrated to the United States and popularized Chinese cooking."–

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Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing

Marilyn Singer

An irresistible book of poems about dancing that mimic the rhythms of social dances from cha-cha to two-step, by the acclaimed author of Mirror Mirror Marilyn Singer has crafted a vibrant collection of poems celebrating all forms of social dance from

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Cricket in the Thicket

Carol Murray

"Poetry about cool insects with accompanying facts"–

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School People

Lee Bennett Hopkins

Fifteen poems selected by acclaimed poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins celebrate all of the grown-ups that children encounter during the course of a school day. Welcome to school, a building of brick "full of soul and heart," eager fo

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Going Into 4th Grade 2018

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The Great Dictionary Caper

Judy Sierra

“Teachers will have field day with this wordplay; this caper is clever, capricious, and cunning.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Bored with sitting in a dictionary ‘day in, day out,’ the words make a break for it and organize a parade

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After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

Dan Santat

From the New York Times–bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had

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King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor

Andy Riley

"Originally published in 2016 in Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton."

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A Pup Called Trouble

Bobbie Pyron

Fans of classic animal stories like Pax and A Dog’s Way Home will howl over the heartwarming adventures of a coyote pup lost in New York City. This early middle grade novel is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for chi

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Ben's Revolution

Nathaniel Philbrick

History comes alive in this gripping account of a young boy caught up in the start of the Revolutionary War. Based on an episode in National Book Award–winning author Nathaniel Philbrick’s New York Times bestseller Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A

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The Unicorn In The Barn

Jacqueline Ogburn

For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away. One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn

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Lights, Camera, Middle School!

Jennifer L. Holm

Watch out, middle school! Babymouse graduates from graphic novels in the first of the Babymouse Tales from the Locker series–now in paperback! For Babymouse, middle school is like a monster movie. You can never be sure who’s a friend and who’s a

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Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere

Elise Gravel

A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year! Meet Olga, the amazing child scientist who LOVES animals (because they are super-cute)! Brightly put this heavily illustrated don't-miss book on their "Ultimate Summe

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Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans

Russell Ginns

Get ready for round-the-world adventure with Sam Spinner and her brother Nipper in the first book in a new hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library and classics l

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Shamini Flint

"…Flint injects humor effortlessly into her prose. Add the antics of a spunky main character and short and sweet chapters for a fast-paced, entertaining read. Universal themes of grappling with race, fitting in, and dealing with divorce help t

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Stella Díaz Has Something to Say

Angela Dominguez

Introducing Stella Díaz, a sweet new young middle-grade character who will win your heart! When a new boy named Stanley arrives in Stella's class, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes Stella accidentally speaks Spanish instead of En

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The Pudding Problem

Joe Berger

A boy must untangle the web of lies he’s created in order to prove his innocence in this humorous and cheeky illustrated middle grade novel that’s perfect for “fans of Timmy Failure and Big Nate” (Kirkus Reviews). Sam Lyttle is prone to stret

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Katherine Applegate

An oak tree and a crow help their neighbors embrace their differences in this beautiful, nuanced, New York Times-bestselling middle-grade novel from Newbery Medalist author Katherine Applegate. Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell

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A Properly Unhaunted Place

William Alexander

From National Book Award–winning author William Alexander comes a wryly humorous story about two kids who try to save their town by bringing back its ghosts. Rosa Ramona Díaz has just moved to the small, un-haunted town of Ingot—the only ghost-f

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The Little Mermaid


The Little Mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen’s most celebrated tale and is beautifully adapted here as a graphic novel by the Eisner award nominated duo Metaphrog (Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers), winners of the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awar

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Real Friends

Shannon Hale

“Fresh and funny.” —New York Times Book Review Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it's worth

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CatStronauts: Mission Moon

Drew Brockington

CatStronauts, you are needed! When the world is thrust into darkness due to a global energy shortage, the Worlds Best Scientist comes up with a bold plan to set up a solar power plant on the moon. But someone has to go up there to set it up, and that

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Grace Hopper

Laurie Wallmark

“If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” The inspiring story of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science—is told told in an engaging picture book biography. Who

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Read! Read! Read!

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Capture the joys of reading in this amazing poetry collection! From that thrilling moment when a child first learns to decipher words, to the excitement that follows in reading everything from road signs to field guides to internet articles to storie

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How to Be an Elephant

Katherine Roy

"This nonfiction picture book follows an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth."–

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The Secret Kingdom

Barb Rosenstock

The incredible story of the world’s largest visionary environment: the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, kept secret by outsider artist Nek Chand for fifteen years. After the partition of India in 1947, Nek Chand Saini settled in the city of Chandigarh, w

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The Horse's Haiku

Michael J. Rosen

Presents a collection of haiku about the beauty and nature of horses.

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Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics

Jean L. S. Patrick

Lucile “Ludy” Godbold was six feet tall and skinnier than a Carolina pine and an exceptional athlete. In her final year on the track team at Winthrop College in South Carolina, Ludy tried the shot put and she made that iron ball sail with her lo

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All That Trash

Meghan McCarthy

An ALA Notable Book “The year was 1987 and a ship full of trash was about to become famous…The narrative is immensely readable…A fresh take on a story of old garbage guaranteed to spark conversations and a desire for actions among students. Hig

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Maya Lin

Jeanne Walker Harvey

The bold story of Maya Lin, the visionary artist-architect who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. You may be familiar with the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial. But do you know about the artist-architect who created this landmark? As a child, Ma

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Her Right Foot

Dave Eggers

If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty. Have you seen her? She's in New York. She's holding a torch. And she's taking one step forward. But why? In this fascinating, fun take on

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Going Into 5th Grade 2018

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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Rita Williams-Garcia

From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel about loss, family, and love that will appeal to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander. Clayton feels most

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The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes

Wade Albert White

A thrilling debut novel where fantasy and science fiction meet, dragons aren't as innocent as they look, and nothing is quite what it seems. Anne has spent most of her thirteen years dreaming of the day she and her best friend Penelope will fina

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Let's Pretend We Never Met

Melissa Walker

“I love how this book gets the fragile ecosystem that is middle school. There’s a purity to the voice that feels very real, very Judy Blume. Loved it!”—R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder The Thing About Jellyfish meets The Kind of Friends We Use

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The Real McCoys

Matthew Swanson

Elementary school detective Moxie McCoy looks for a missing school mascot and a new best friend, with the help of her annoying little brother.

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Almost Paradise

Corabel Shofner

When twelve-year-old Ruby's mother goes to jail, Ruby finds her Aunt Eleanor, an ornery nun with some dark secrets, who Ruby hopes will help free her mother.

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Who Killed Darius Drake?

Rodman Philbrick

Whatever you've heard about Darius Drake… it's wrong. Some of the stories are lies, some are mistakes, and the rest were invented by Darius to fool his enemies. And I do mean ENEMIES. Not school bullies or mean kids. I'm talking abou

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The Last Panther

Todd Mitchell

For animal lovers and fans of The One and Only Ivan and Hoot, this is the uplifting story of a girl who discovers a family of panthers that were thought to be extinct, and her journey to save the species. Eleven-year-old Kiri has a secret: wild thing

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Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

Uma Krishnaswami

Nine-year-old Maria Singh learns to play softball just like her heroes in the All-American Girls' League, while her parents and neighbors are struggling through World War II, working for India's independence, and trying to stay on their far

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The Song from Somewhere Else

A.F. Harrold

From the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary comes a powerful story about friendship in the vein of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017 A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2017 Frank thought her summer c

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Forest World

Margarita Engle

From Young People’s Poet Laureate and award-winning author Margarita Engle comes a lively middle grade novel in verse that tells the story of a Cuban-American boy who visits his family’s village in Cuba for the first time—and meets a sister he

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The Last Gargoyle

Paul Durham

Fans of Jonathan Auxier's The Night Gardener and Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book will tremble with delight for this haunting tale about a lonely gargoyle who isn't alone at all. Penhallow is the last of his kind. The stone gargoyle–h

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The Wizards of Once

Cressida Cowell

In the first book of a new series by the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon, the warring worlds of Wizards and Warriors collide in a thrilling and enchanting adventure. Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not.

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Outside In

Jennifer Bradbury

In the jungle outside the growing city of Chandigarh, twelve-year-old street child Ram discovers a hidden rock garden, befriends its creator–a factory worked named Nek–and tries to save Nek's garden when it's threatened with destruction.

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The Big Bad Fox

Benjamin Renner

A fox steals steals some chicken eggs to raise himself for a plump, juicy chicken dinner. Unfortunately, his plan falls apart when the chicks hatch and call him Mommy.

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Time Shifters: A Graphic Novel

Chris Grine

Luke is a hero in any time and dimension! When Luke investigates an eerie blue glow in the woods behind his house, he doesn't know what he'll find there. But a scientist, a robot Abraham Lincoln riding a friendly dinosaur, and a sassy ghost

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Gods and Thunder

Carl Bowen, Michael Dahl, Louise Simonson

Previously published as four separate works.

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Julie Winterbottom

Here’s the book for kids who love scary stuff, whether it’s telling ghost stories around a campfire, discovering the origins of various vampires, monsters, and witches, or reading creepy tales under the covers with a flashlight. Combining fact, f

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Bad Princess

Kris Waldherr

From the author of Doomed Queens, an entertaining and informative look at the lives of over 30 princesses from the past and present. Welcome to Bad Princess by Kris Waldherr, where you’ll discover what really happens after “Happily Ever After.”

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The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

Joyce Sidman

In this beautiful nonfiction biography, a Robert F. Sibert Medal winner, the Newbery Honor–winning author Joyce Sidman introduces readers to one of the first female entomologists and a woman who flouted convention in the pursuit of knowledge and he

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The Man Who Knew Everything

Marilee Peters

Even the man who knew everything was wrong some of the time.

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Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!

Ammi-Joan Paquette, Laurie Ann Thompson

“Considering the fresh attention being paid to teaching a skeptical approach to information evaluation, this series opener couldn’t be better timed. A brief but savvy guide to responsible research methods adds further luster to this crowd pleaser

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Book! Book! Book!

Deborah Bruss, Tiphanie Beeke

All the animals want is a great new book to read. But the librarian just can't seem to understand their requests: Baah Baah says the goat, Neigh Neigh whinnies the horse. Only the hen knows exactly how to ask. But will she ever get her turn?

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Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond

Martin Jenkins

A history of the efforts to explore space and what future explorations might reveal.

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I'm Just No Good at Rhyming

Chris Harris

The instant New York Times bestseller featured on NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon! B. J. Novak (bestselling author of The Book With No Pictures) described this groundbreaking poetry collection as "Smart and sweet, wild and wicked, br

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The World Cup

Matt Doeden

Series statement from publisher website.

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Maria Birmingham

An informative, engaging introduction to biometrics, how it's used, and why it matters

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