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Going Into 1st Grade 2019

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They Came

Mark Tatulli

Mark Tatulli, a comic artist and the creator of Lio and Heart of the City, uses bold colors and modern art in They Came, a charming tale about acceptance, sharing, and speaking up for what is right. When a spaceship lands on Earth, a small town launc

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Thank You, Earth

April Pulley Sayre

Acclaimed children's book author and photographer April Pulley Sayre's love letter to Earth is a stunning exploration of the beauty and complexity of the world around us. Remarkable photographs and a rich, layered text introduce concepts of

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The Field

Baptiste Paul

Now in paperback! Soccer fan or not, the call of The Field is irresistible. A Junior Library Guild Selection Winner of the Sonia Lynn Sadler Award « “Irresistible fun.”— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review? « “A wonderful depiction of a joyful p

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Neck & Neck

Elise Parsley

In this crowd-pleasing read-aloud from the creator of the bestselling If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!, a giraffe's self-esteem is tested during a hilarious confrontation between unlikely look-alikes! Everybody loves

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Niblet & Ralph

Zachariah OHora

Two pet cats switch places in this comically sweet story of mistaken identity, from beloved author-illustrator Zachariah OHora. Niblet and Ralph may look a lot alike, but they are very different. Niblet loves noshing on crunchy potato chips. Ralph lo

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Yuyi Morales

We are resilience. We are hope. We are dreamers. Yuyi Morales brought her hopes, her passion, her strength, and her stories with her, when she came to the United States in 1994 with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she

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Thank You, Omu!

Oge Mora

In this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street and Extra Yarn, a generous woman is rewarded by her community. Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by

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Be Kind

Pat Zietlow Miller

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story e

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Alma and How She Got Her Name

Juana Martinez-Neal

"A beautifully illustrated, tender story to be shared with all children, sure to evoke conversations about their names." –School Library Journal (starred review) If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many name

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Julián Is a Mermaid

Jessica Love

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. T

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The Book that Jake Borrowed

Susan Holt Kralovansky

Jake borrows a library book, drips jelly on it, and must face the consequences, as told in a rhythm reminiscent of The house that Jack built.

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Under My Hijab

Hena Khan, Ariana Delawari

Grandma wears it clasped under her chin. Aunty pins hers up with a beautiful brooch. Jenna puts it under a sun hat when she hikes. Zara styles hers to match her outfit. As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the h

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The Very Last Castle

Travis Jonker

A curious little girl watches the man who guards the last castle in town. Every time she passes by him, she tries to catch his eye. While the other townspeople fear what may be locked up inside the mysterious castle, the girl finally gets up the cour

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How Tickles Saved Pickles

Maddie Johnson

Esther the Wonder Pig meets Little Book of Sloth in this charming true story about the adorable Instagram stars, Pickles the pig and his friend—the hog-turned-hero—Tickles. Pickles the Pig (@LivingwithPickles) has been featured on The Dodo, Insid

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The Steves

Morag Hood

A brilliantly funny and brightly colourful story perfect for Steves everywhere. When Steve meets Steve, neither can believe it. Surely one of them must be the first Steve, the best Steve, the Stevest Steve . . . The claims of each puffin become silli

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We Don't Eat Our Classmates

Ryan T. Higgins

It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she m

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The Honeybee

Kirsten Hall

Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this gorgeous Classic Board Book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault! Bzzz… What’s that? Do you hear it? You’re near it. It’s close

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When's My Birthday?

Julie Fogliano

Children excitedly discuss the details of their upcoming birthdays.

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The Patchwork Bike

Maxine Beneba Clarke

“The words and images in this snapshot story pulse with resourceful ingenuity, joyful exuberance, and layered meanings.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) When you live in a village at the edge of the no-go desert, you need to make your own f

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Mae Among the Stars

Roda Ahmed

A beautiful picture book for sharing and marking special occasions such as graduation, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. An Amazon Best Book of the Month! A great classroom and bedtime read-alou

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Fox the Tiger

Corey R. Tabor

Winner of the 2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Fun-loving, mischievous Fox wishes he were a tiger. Tigers are big and fast and sneaky. So he decides to become one! Soon Turtle and Rabbit are joining in the fun. But will Fox want to be a tiger forever?

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The Itchy Book! (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!)

Mo Willems, LeUyen Pham

Triceratops has an itch. . . so does Pterodactyl. . . and Brontosaurus. . . and T-Rex! But DINOSAURS DO NOT SCRATCH. There is a rule written in stone. What is an itchy dinosaur to do?!

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Rocket the Brave!

Tad Hills

Kids are learning to read with Rocket! Tad Hills the #1 New York Times bestselling author is back with another Level 1 Step into Reading story about the beloved dog Rocket, this time about overcoming fear and being brave. Rocket, the star of the New

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Bark in the Park!: Poems for Dog Lovers

Avery Corman

Go on a walk to the park with all different kinds of dogs and their owners in this funny and charming poetry picture book. Enjoy Avery Corman's canine poetry for an Afghan hound, basset hound, beagle, bloodhound, Daschshund, boxer, greyhound, an

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Going Into 2nd Grade 2019

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Hansel and Gretel

Bethan Woollvin

From the award-winning Bethan Woollvin, creator of the iconic Little Red and Rapunzel comes Hansel and Gretel, a very funny twist on the classic fairy tale printed in vibrant pantone inks. 'A witty picture book for clever, fearless children&#039

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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

Traci Sorell

This authentic, loving celebration of gratitude & community—written by a citizen of the Cherokee nation—follows celebrations and experiences through the seasons of a year, underscoring the traditions and ways of Cherokee life.

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A Gift from Abuela

Cecilia Ruiz

In her first book for children, Ruiz ("The Book of Memory Gaps") draws from her own history to share a deeply personal tale about remembering what's most important when life starts to get in the way. Full color.

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That Bear Can't Babysit

Ruth Quayle

In need of a babysitter, Mr. and Mrs. Burrow turn to Bear who happily takes on the task of caring for seven mischievous bunnies.

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Engebretsen Moe

The three billy goats outsmart the hungry troll who lives under the bridge.

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Sea Bear

Lindsay Moore

Lindsay Moore's remarkable and beautifully illustrated picture book follows a lone polar bear as she makes her way across sea ice in the Arctic. Sea Bear is a deeply moving and informative story about perseverance, family, nature, and climate ch

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The Dinosaur Expert

Margaret McNamara

Join Mr. Tiffin and his students on a trip to a natural history museum and learn all about dinosaurs and the scientists who discovered them! Mr. Tiffin and his students are back in another picture book, and this time the focus is on dinosaur-loving K

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The Rough Patch

Brian Lies

A Caldecott Honor Book An ALA Notable Book A breathtakingly beautiful and luminescent book that is pitch-perfect for anyone of any age who has experienced any type of loss or disappointment, from New York Times–bestselling picture book creator Bria

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Giraffe Problems

Jory John

The bestselling creators of the hilarious Penguin Problems, Jory John and Lane Smith, turn a giraffe's problematic long neck into an enviable advantage in this fun board book. Edward the giraffe can't understand why his neck is as long and

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Mapping Sam

Joyce Hesselberth

An adventurous cat named Sam explores her neighborhood at night in this gorgeously illustrated book. Informational, beautiful, and deeply moving, Mapping Sam is both a book about how maps work and an engaging, character-driven story. This picture boo

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Night Job

Karen Hesse

With lyrical narration and elegant, evocative artwork, Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse and illustrator G. Brian Karas share the nighttime experience of a father and child. When the sun sets, Dad’s job as a school custodian is just beginning. What is i

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The Rabbit Listened

Cori Doerrfeld

A moving and universal picture book about empathy and kindness, sure to soothe heartaches big and small—now a New York Times bestseller and a perfect gift for any special occasion When something sad happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn.

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Carmela Full of Wishes

Matt de la Peña

An Instant New York Times Bestseller! In their first collaboration since the Newbery Medal- and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson deliver a poignant and timely new picture book that's sur

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King Alice

Matthew Cordell

Caldecott Medalist Cordell celebrates books and reading in this picture book about a girl and her father who make up an epic adventure in which she is king. Full color.

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I Lost My Tooth! (An Unlimited Squirrels Book)

Mo Willems

Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, is back with another breakout beginning-reader series. An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza. Each

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Tiger Vs. Nightmare

Emily Tetri

Tiger always has been protected from nightmares by her friend, the monster under her bed, but some nightmares are so big they require teamwork.

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Escape from Haunted Treasure Island

Michael Anthony Steele

The Nearly Fearless Monkey Pirates sail to a secret treasure island where they come face to face with pirate ghosts Will they escape or will they walk the haunted plank? See a video interview with the author and discover more titles in the series whe

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This Little Piggy

Cyndi Marko

Wanting a pet pig more than anything, two siblings finally convince their mother that they are ready for the responsibility before tackling the realities of pet care that prove to be more than they bargained for.

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Horse Meets Dog

Elliott Kalan

“A wonderful read! You’ll never look at horses or dogs the same way again!” —Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show Horse is just an oversize dog with funny paws…according to Dog. And Dog? Just a tiny baby horse with a weird tail. That

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Yasmin the Builder

Saadia Faruqi

Includes discussion questions, a glossary, fun facts and an activity.

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Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers

Melissa Stewart

Underdogs, unite! Celebrated nonfiction author Melissa Stewart offers young readers a funny, informative look at some animal "underdogs" that have amazing means of survival. Pee-ew! Should the stinky, skunklike zorilla take a bath? And shou

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Spring After Spring

Stephanie Roth Sisson

From the creator of Star Stuff comes a picture book biography of Rachel Carson, the iconic environmentalist who fought to keep the sounds of nature from going silent.

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Dream Big

Dave McGillivray, Nancy Feehrer

Have you ever had a dream? How did you make that dream come true? Dave McGillivray is a world-renowned athlete, entrepreneur, captivating motivational speaker, and philanthropist. He’s also the director of the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest

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Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years

Stacy McAnulty

A lighthearted nonfiction picture book about the formation and history of the Earth–told from the perspective of the Earth itself! "Hi, I’m Earth! But you can call me Planet Awesome." Prepare to learn all about Earth from the point-of-vi

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Lovely Beasts

Kate Gardner

A stunning debut picture book that encourages kids to look beyond first impressions by sharing unexpected details about seemingly scary wild animals like gorillas, rhinoceroses, and more. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share d

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Friends and Foes

Douglas Florian

In the tradition of Shel Silverstein, celebrated picture book poet Douglas Florian offers an honest, touching, and often humorous collection of twenty-three poems about relationships—both good and bad! There are all kinds of friends—good friends,

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Going Into 3rd Grade 2019

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Water Rolls, Water Rises / El Agua Rueda, El Agua Sube

Pat Mora

Now in paperback: In a series of poetic verses in both English and Spanish, readers learn about the movement and moods of water around the world and the ways in which water affects different landscapes and cultures. Water rolls/El agua rueda onto the

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The Mysterious Moonstone

Eric Luper

In this thrilling adventure, two friends are trapped in a detective novel and must catch a crook. Cleo and Evan have a secret. A collection of books so dangerous they are locked up tight. A friend has vanished inside the pages of one of them. It’s

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Rescue and Jessica

Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes

A 2019 Schneider Family Book Award Winner Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire. Rescue thought he’d grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog — it’s

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Anna Humphrey

A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader. Daniel Misumi has just moved to a new house. It's big and old and far away from his friends and his life before.

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Buddy and Earl Meet the Neighbors

Maureen Fergus

Wonder Buddy and Super Earl come to the rescue when their new neighbors need help! The fifth installment of a charming and critically acclaimed series. When Wonder Buddy and Super Earl learn that the Evil Doctor Stinker is planning to shut down the o

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Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School (Two Dogs in a Trench Coat #1)

Julie Falatko

Sassy and Waldo need to save their boy from being bored all day in class, but the school won't let two dogs inside. Good thing they found that trench coat! Sassy and Waldo are good dogs.Sassy and Waldo spend their day keeping the house safe. Has

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Ada Lace, on the Case

Emily Calandrelli

From Emily Calandrelli—host of Xploration Outer Space, correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World, and graduate of MIT—comes the first novel in a brand-new chapter book series about an eight-year-old girl with a knack for science, math, and solvin

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The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick

Drew Daywalt

* "A surefire read-aloud for any wannabe hero." –Booklist (starred review) From Drew Daywalt, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit, comes a hilarious buddy-comedy picture book starring a grouchy stuffed bunn

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Ghoulia (Book 1)

Barbara Cantini

Ghoulia lives in Crumbling Manor with her Auntie Departed and spends most of her time playing with Tragedy, her beloved albino greyhound. But things aren’t as easy as they seem for this little zombie girl—all she wants is a real friend. She tries

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The Bad Guys: Episode 1

Aaron Blabey

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys… and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that ‹ whether you want them to or not! For the Bad Guys' first good

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The Bookshop Girl

Sylvia Bishop

Despite growing up in the bookstore she was abandoned in, eleven-year-old Property Jones cannot read…and she's been keeping that hidden for years. Little does Property know the skills she's developed in place of reading could save her ado

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A Boy Called Bat

Elana K. Arnold

The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum. For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so

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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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New Shoes

Sara Varon

From Sara Varon (Robot Dreams, Bake Sale) comes New Shoes, a heartwarming graphic novel about a donkey on a quest to make the perfect pair of shoes. Francis the donkey is the best shoemaker in the village. He uses only the finest materials: coconut w

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The Hen Who Sailed Around the World

Guirec Soudée

Meet Monique! In this true story, online phenomenon Guirec Soudée shares his adventures both unbelievable and heartwarming, sailing around the world with his brave, affectionate red hen, Monique. Monique is a highly accomplished chicken: she surfs,

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The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal

Nick Seluk

A hilarious nonfiction picture book from the New York Times bestselling author and creator of Awkward Yeti. Oh hey, guess what? The Sun never stops working to keep things on Earth running smoothly. (That's why it's been Employee of the Mont

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Otis and Will Discover the Deep

Barb Rosenstock

The suspenseful, little-known true story of two determined pioneers who made the first dive into the deep ocean. On June 6, 1930, engineer Otis Barton and explorer Will Beebe dove into the ocean inside a hollow metal ball of their own invention calle

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The Brilliant Deep

Kate Messner

The Brilliant Deep is the proud recipient of the ALA Notable Children's Books Award, the NSTA-CBC Best STEM Trade Books Award, the Junior Library Guild Selection and the ILA Teacher's Choices. All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start

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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Kyo Maclear

A dazzling picture book biography of one of the world's most influential designers, Elsa Schiaparelli. Elsa dared to be different, and her story will not only dazzle, it will inspire the artist and fashionista in everyone who reads it. By the 19

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Stories of Thor

Alex Frith

Three dramatically illustrated stories about Thor, the Norse god of thunder, specially written for readers who are growing in confidence. Thor never backs down from a fight, and can't resist a challenge. Here he wrestles a huge sea serpent, face

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Just Like Rube Goldberg

Sarah Aronson

Discover how Rube Goldberg followed his dreams to become an award-winning cartoonist, inventor, and even an adjective in the dictionary in this inspiring and funny biographical picture book. Want to become an award-winning cartoonist and inventor? Fo

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With My Hands

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

“From birdhouses to shadow puppets, the variety of projects included are delightful . . . An effective medley of concept, poetry, and artwork.”—School Library Journal For young makers and artists, brief, lively poems illustrated by a New York T

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Go Show the World

Wab Kinew

"We are a people who matter." Inspired by President Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing, Go Show the World is a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as Tecumseh, Sacagawea and former NASA ast

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A First Book of the Sea

Nicola Davies

"Spectacular … you can almost smell the surf between the pages." The Times "Five stars – if you take only one picture book away this summer, make it this." The TelegraphFrom Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, the multi award-winnin

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Voyage of the Dogs

Greg van Eekhout

Dogs in space! Share this book with middle graders who enjoy stories about dogs, space adventures, or action adventure stories—or all three! Perfect for fans of Homeward Bound and Woof. Lopside is a Barkonaut, a specially trained dog who assists hu

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Flor and Miranda Steal the Show

Jennifer Torres

Enjoy carnival rides and deep fried pickles in this warm, funny middle-grade novel about family and friendship. Miranda is the lead singer in her family's musical band, Miranda y Los Reyes. Her family has worked hard performing at festivals and

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Curse of the Werewolf Boy

Chris Priestley

Mildew and Sponge don't think much of Maudlin Towers, the blackened, gloom-laden, gargoyle-infested monstrosity that is their school. But when somebody steals the School Spoon and the teachers threaten to cancel their holiday break until the cul

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Knights vs. Dinosaurs

Matt Phelan

An ALA Notable Title “Absurdly entertaining. Victorious on all fronts.”—Booklist (starred review) Renowned for their courage, their chivalry, and their ability to fight mythical creatures, the Knights of the Round Table must face their most dan

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The Royal Rabbits of London

Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH meets Warriors in this “humorous, fast-paced adventure” (Kirkus Reviews) that proves that even the smallest rabbit can be the biggest hero from publishing power couple Santa and Simon Sebag Montefiore. Life is an

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Winnie's Great War

Lindsay Mattick, Josh Greenhut

From the creative team behind the bestselling, Caldecott Medal–winning Finding Winnie comes an extraordinary wartime adventure seen through the eyes of the world's most beloved bear. Here is a heartwarming imagining of the real journey undertak

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Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead

It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house. It turns out she’s right. Bob, a

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Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond

Sam Hearn

Read the book School Library Journal calls "perfect for young graphic novel fans and mystery aficionados alike!" Sherlock Holmes is on the case!John Watson has barely settled into his new school, Baker Street Academy, when his teacher annou

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Saving Winslow

Sharon Creech

Indie Next List Pick · ALA Notable Children’s Book · Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner “A winning tale of love.” —Kirkus (starred review) Perfect for fans of Charlotte’s Web and The One and Only Ivan, Saving Winslow is an uplifting modern cla

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Finding Langston

Lesa Cline-Ransome

A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction When eleven-year-old Langston's father moves them from their home in Alabama to Chicago's Bronzeville district, it feels like he's givi

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One-Third Nerd

Gennifer Choldenko

A funny story about a lovable family and the best dog ever from the Newbery Honor-winning author of Al Capone Does My Shirts and the Tales from Alcatraz series. Fifth grade is not for amateurs, according to Liam. Luckily, he knows that being more tha

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Freya and Zoose

Emily Butler

Freya, a penguin, and Zoose, a mouse, become friends while stowaways on Salomon August AndrZe's 1897 hot air balloon expedition to the North Pole in this debut novel–a timeless tale about a magnificent adventure to the North Pole and the even m

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Aquicorn Cove

K. O'Neill

"Enchanting." – KIRKUS Unable to rely on the adults in her storm-ravaged seaside town, a young girl must protect a colony of magical seahorse-like creatures she discovers in the coral reef. From the Eisner Award-winning author of The Tea Dr

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Monster Mayhem

Christopher Eliopoulos

From the creator of Cosmic Commandos comes a funny, action-packed graphic novel adventure—when a science-obsessed girl finds herself in the middle of one of her favorite monster movies, can she invent her way out of disaster while also saving the m

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Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art

Hudson Talbott

This fascinating look at artist Thomas Cole's life takes readers from his humble beginnings to his development of a new painting style that became America's first formal art movement: the Hudson River school of painting. Thomas Cole was alw

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Every Month is a New Year

Marilyn Singer

Happy New Year … in July! This versatile collection of engaging original poems showcases New Year celebrations throughout the year and around the world.

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Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

Markus Motum

In his debut picture book, Motum brings the story of NASA's beloved Mars rover Curiosity to life in vivid color. Full of eye-catching retro illustrations, this book is sure to fascinate budding space explorers and set inquisitive minds soaring.

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Science Comics: Solar System

Rosemary Mosco

With Science Comics, you can explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. In this volume, get up close and pe

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Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Pat Mora

An inspiring collection of Pat Mora's own glorious poems celebrating a love of words and all the ways we use and interact with them: reading, speaking, writing, and singing.

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The golden thread: a song for Pete Seeger

Colin Meloy

With dazzling, lyrical verse in the folk revival style and stunning cut-paper illustrations, Colin Meloy and Nikki McClure pay tribute to Pete Seeger, a visionary who changed the world with song. Pete Seeger once sang that if he had a golden thread,

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Everything & Everywhere

Marc Martin

From Hong Kong to Reykjavík, Ulaanbaatar to New York City, enjoy a lush and unexpected journey around the world to discover what makes each place unique. Sleepy sloths, colorful cows, staggering skylines, terrible traffic—countless surprises await

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The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America

Jaime Hernandez

How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf cutter ants? Famed Love and Rockets creator Jaime Hernandez asks these questions and more as h

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In the Past

David Elliott

Chronologically organized by epoch, this poetic introduction to the dinosaur world illuminates a host of creatures both novel and familiar, ranging from the mysterious trilobite to the famed Tyrannosaurus rex. Includes dinosaur facts.

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Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Anika Aldamuy Denise

RECIPIENT OF THE PURA BELPRÉ HONOR * A Today Show's Best Kids' Books of 2019 * Indie Next List Pick * Junior Library Guild Selection * “An appealing tribute and successful remedy to the lack of titles about the groundbreaking librarian..

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What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?

Chris Barton

“When Barbara Jordan talked, we listened.” —Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice—and she knew how to use it! Learn all about her amazing career in this illuminating

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Nothing Stopped Sophie

Cheryl Bardoe

The true story of eighteenth-century mathematician Sophie Germain, who solved the unsolvable to achieve her dream. When her parents took away her candles to keep their young daughter from studying math…nothing stopped Sophie. When a professor disco

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Front Desk

Kelly Yang

Inside Out and Back Again meets Millicent Min, Girl Genius in this timely, hopeful middle-grade novel with a contemporary Chinese twist. Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!* "Many readers will recognize t

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J. A. White

A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling. Alex

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The Language of Spells

Garret Weyr

A forgotten dragon and a magical girl set out to find Vienna’s missing dragons in this YA fantasy novel: “Extraordinary—not to be missed” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Grisha is a dragon in a world that’s forgotten how to see him. Maggi

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The Someday Birds

Sally J. Pla

Winner of the 2018 Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award * Two starred reviews * A New York Public Library Best Kids Book of 2017 * A Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2017 * Wisconsin Library Association CBA Outstanding Books of the Yea

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Max and the Midknights

Lincoln Peirce

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES • Join Max's quest to become a knight in this laugh-filled, New York Times bestselling adventure from the author of the Big Nate series! "Max is epic fun!" –JEFF KINNEY, New York Times bestselling a

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Kenneth Oppel

"Astonishing"—The New York Times Book Review A brilliantly funny, highly illustrated story about how a little ink splot changes a family forever. Perfect for those who love Hoot, Holes, or Frindle! The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Meg Medina

Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina. Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be differ

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Straw into Gold

Hilary McKay

Rumpelstiltskin – all my life I have been troubled by the injustice with which he was treated . . . Straw into Gold is an imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this sh

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The Season of Styx Malone

Kekla Magoon

A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR BOOK AND THE WINNER OF THE BOSTON GLOBE HORN BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION! "Extraordinary friendships . . . extraordinary storytelling." –Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-Winning author

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Space Runners #1: The Moon Platoon

Jeramey Kraatz

Star Wars meets Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers in this high-stakes intergalactic adventure! The Moon Platoon is the first book in an action-packed series for tweens that’s perfect for fans of Eoin Colfer and Lisa McMann. In the year 2085, Benny

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Out of Left Field

Ellen Klages

A story about the fight for equal rights in America's favorite arena: the baseball field! Every boy in the neighborhood knows Katy Gordon is their best pitcher, even though she's a girl. But when she tries out for Little League, it's a

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How I Became a Spy

Deborah Hopkinson

From the award-winning author of The Great Trouble comes a story of espionage, survival, and friendship during World War II. Bertie Bradshaw never set out to become a spy. He never imagined traipsing around war-torn London, solving ciphers, practicin

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Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

Jo Watson Hackl

11 days. 13 clues. And one kid who won't give up. Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe is "part treasure hunt, part wilderness adventure, and all heart" (Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee). How far would you go to fi

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The Cardboard Kingdom

Chad Sell

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Awkward, and All's Faire in Middle School, this graphic novel follows a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary cardboard into fantastical homemade costumes as they explore conflicts with friends, family

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Neill Cameron

London! The future! Alex and Freddy are just like any other brothers. They squabble. They drive their parents crazy. There's only one difference… They're the most powerful robots on Earth! But Alex and Freddy will soon discover that they&

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The Day the Universe Exploded My Head

Allan Wolf

Hang on tight for a raucous bounce through the solar system and back — propelled by funny, fanciful, factually sound poems and exuberant illustrations. The universe poured into me. My brain was overloaded. It smoked and glowed red-hot. And then it

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A Ray of Light

Walter Wick

Nonfiction picture book explains the scientific properties of light, touching on subjects ranging from incandescence and iridescence to light waves and the color spectrum.

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The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

Dylan Thuras, Rosemary Mosco

New York Times bestseller! The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid is a thrilling expedition to 100 of the most surprising, mysterious, and weird-but-true places on earth. For curious kids, this is the chance to em

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Anita Sanchez

Everybody gets itchy, and every kid will love this title that scratches the itch to know more and about the history, anatomy, botany, biology behind it. Perfect for fans of Grossology books looking for something more substantive and dynamic. You can

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The Bee Book

Charlotte Milner

Discover more about our fuzzy little insect friends with award-winning author and illustrator Charlotte Milner. The perfect introduction to bee conservation for little ones. Learn all about the beautiful world of bees and their adventure from flower

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Women Athletes Who Rule!

The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

Inspirational and aspirational. Fearless and phenomenal. The 101 women athletes every fan needs to know! The fifth book in the Big Book of Who series from Sports Illustrated Kids profiles extraordinary athletes who shaped the narratives of their spor

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A Bunch of Punctuation

Lee Bennett Hopkins

Selected by noted anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins, this collection of all-new poems is written from the points of view of personality-filled punctuation marks, and is a memorable introduction to grammar for kids (adults, too!) In this land of punctua

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Wild Buildings and Bridges

Etta Kaner

The surprising ways nature has influenced architecture. It may come as a surprise to learn that architects have found solutions to all kinds of design challenges in nature! Some have looked to nature to solve a structural problem, like creating an ea

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Sangma Francis

Geology and ecology of Mount Everest.

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Coming Up Clutch

Matt Doeden

The sports world is full of epic comebacks, upsets, chokes, and clutch performances. The most memorable buzzer-beating baskets, double-digit comebacks, and unexpected meltdowns are all here alongside vivid photos and lively writing from award-winning

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The Secrets of Tutankhamun

Patricia Cleveland-Peck

Tutankhamun was born in a time of change. His father, Atakhenaten, instituted broad political and religious reform to Egypt, and his laws were controversial. By the time Tut turned nine, his whole family had died and he was named the youngest king Eg

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Plant, Cook, Eat!

Joe Archer, Caroline Craig

For beginners and green-thumbed foodies, this unusually all-inclusive garden-to-kitchen cookbook is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes. With vibrant photo-illustrations and clearly organized secti

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