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Going Into 1st Grade 2020

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They Say Blue

Jillian Tamaki

Now available as a board book, the award-winning They Say Blue is a playful, poetic exploration of color and point of view In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, we follow a young girl through a year or a day as she examines th

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Small in the City

Sydney Smith

The first picture book that the award-winning Sydney Smith has both written and illustrated is a story about feeling small in the city — and finding your way home. On a snowy day in a big city, a little boy hops off a streetcar and walks through do

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Hello Summer!

Shelley Rotner

Celebrate the quintessential moments of summer with gorgeous photographs taken by a National Geographic photographer. From the last day of school to catching waves at the beach, young readers will love poring over images of kids just like them enjoyi

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Shauna LaVoy Reynolds

A shy girl celebrates winter's end by writing a poem to a tree and is surprised when the tree writes back.

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Jean Reidy

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s book of 2019 A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019 "An enchanting tale of bravery, heroism, and undying devotion." —Th

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The Old Truck

Jerome Pumphrey, Jarrett Pumphrey

"On a small family farm, an old truck falls into disrepair and lies nearly forgotten, except by the family's daughter. The truck is been part of her daydreams as she grows up and develops strength and independence. As an industrious young w

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Hey, Water!

Antoinette Portis

Splash! A spunky little girl plays a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, in this gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book. A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book An ALA Notable Children's Book Hey, water! I know you! You're all around.

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Old Rock (Is Not Boring)

Deb Pilutti

Tall Pine, Spotted Beetle, and Hummingbird are certain that being a rock is boring until Old Rock shares what he has seen and done since he first flew out of a volcano.

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Food Truck Fest!

Alexandra Penfold

A colorful, whimsical picture book about everyone's favorite kitchens-on-wheels: food trucks! Join the members of one family as they head to the Food Truck Fest! They gather their things, cross the bridge, and prepare for a fun-filled day. And a

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Our Favorite Day

Joowon Oh

Charmingly detailed illustrations help tell a touching tale of the bond between grandparent and grandchild in a quiet yet powerful debut. "Thursdays are my favorite days." "Mine, too." Every morning Papa follows his normal routine

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In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together. Today would be special. Today

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The Fisherman & the Whale

Jessica Lanan

Jessica Lanan’s dreamy and dramatic watercolor paintings bring to life a wordless story about wonder in the natural world. A fisherman takes his son for a trip out on the water. When they encounter a whale entangled at sea, they realize a connectio

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Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Early one morning, a gentle breeze tickles the ear of a small mouse, and he wakes up with a squeak!That squeakwakes up the some chipmunks, who rattle tree branches and knock pinecones into the river. Those pinecones wake the trout, who splash around

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Tomorrow Most Likely

Dave Eggers

Every night we say goodnight. But tonight we also ask, "What will tomorrow bring? An odd-sounding song? A worried-looking bug? A mysterious rock?" Most likely, all of the above. In a modern take on the classic goodnight book, rather than fo

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Hair Love

Matthew A. Cherry

"I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this." – Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmak

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Rocket Says Look Up!

Nathan Bryon

Aspiring astronaut Rocket draws her community together to see a rare appearance of the Phoenix Meteor Showers, hoping especially that her big brother, Jamal, will look up from his phone in this auspicious debut picture book. Full color.

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Hannah and Sugar

Kate Berube

"Every day after school, Hannah sees her classmate's dog, Sugar. Hannah politely declines to pet Sugar, because Hannah is afraid of dogs. But one day, Sugar goes missing, and it's Hannah who finds him"–

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Daniel's Good Day

Micha Archer

Daniel finds the poetry in the everyday activities of his own neighborhood, in this gorgeous companion to Ezra Jack Keats Award winner Daniel Finds a Poem. The people in Daniel's neighborhood always say, "Have a good day!" But what exa

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Fox & Chick: The Party

Sergio Ruzzier

A 2019 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award Honoree NPR Best Books of the Year, New York Times Notable Children's Book, Boston Globe Best Book of the Year Join the dynamic, yet opposite duo as they learn to appreciate differences among friends: Fox and C

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See Zip Zap

David Milgrim

Meet the unlucky magician Zip and his friends in the first of the Adventures of Zip Ready-to-Go! books from author-illustrator David Milgrim, who was awarded a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for his Ready-to-Read, Go, Otto, Go! This is Zip. Zip likes to

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My Weird School: Class Pet Mess!

Dan Gutman

A new series of Level Two I Can Read titles based on Dan Gutman’s My Weird School series, which has sold more than 11 million books! Mr. Cooper's class is getting a pet! Alexia hopes it is something cool, like a snake. But is she ready to take

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Jenna Lee Gleisner

Eyes introduces emergent readers to unique and different-colored animal eyes while providing them with a supportive first nonfiction reading experience. Carefully crafted text uses high-frequency words, repetitive sentence patterns, and strong visual

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Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Spring Smiles

Kallie George

Little ones will enjoy this sweet and funny story featuring a sneezing dinosaur! It's wonderful springtime, and there are so many flowers, leaves, and seeds outside. Siblings Feather, Flap, and Spike want to explore on a sunny day. But will Spik

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Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!

Cece Bell

From Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell comes an offbeat, pitch-perfect storybook for beginning readers that will have them in fits of giggles. "Maybe your foot smells good. Maybe your foot smells great. But I will not smell your foot until you say

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Hi, Jack!

Mac Barnett

Jack, a monkey, takes a purse–and some lipsticks–from a Lady and uses them and a dog, Rex, to get into mischief.

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The Arctic Fox's Journey

Wendy Pfeffer

Read and find out about the arctic fox’s quest for survival in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book. During the winter, the arctic fox begins an incredible journey. She heads north through the tundra, toward the top of the world. No

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The Frog Book

Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

Caldecott Honor-winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page explore form, color, and pattern, and capture the very unique nature of frogs in this brilliantly illustrated picture book. Perfect for fans of The Beetle Book, and young readers looking for n

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Going Into 2nd Grade 2020

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Luna and the Moon Rabbit

Camille Whitcher

A dreamy fairy tale about a rabbit who lives on the moon . . . and comes down to visit a little girl. Inspired by Asian folklore (Moon Rabbit) and the films of Studio Ghibli, this magical tale follows a young girl who befriends the "moon rabbit&

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Octopus Stew

Eric Velasquez

What do you do when an octopus captures Grandma? Put on your superhero cape and rescue her! Two stories in one from award-winning Afro-Latino artist Eric Velasquez. The octopus Grandma is cooking has grown to titanic proportions. "¡Tenga cuidad

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Crab Cake

Andrea Tsurumi

Kirkus Best Book / Publishers Weekly Best Book ★ "Readers come away with the idea that nourishing and supporting one another is the only way to change the world."–Kirkus, STARRED review ★ " [A] wholly original and moving affirmat

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Astronaut Annie

Suzanne Slade

Brightly List: Best Children's Books of March 2018 Annie's joyful exuberance and her family's whole-hearted support leave no doubt that her dream is within her grasp. This delightful story–with backmatter about women astronauts–encou

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¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market

Raúl the Third

Little Lobo, a Mexican American, and Bernabe, his dog, deliver supplies to vendors at the Mercado, a busy border town market.

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What Is Given from the Heart

Patricia C. McKissack

CORETTA SCOTT KING – JOHN STEPTOE ILLUSTRATOR AWARD FOR NEW TALENT WINNER This final, magnificent picture book from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack is a poignant and uplifting celebration of th

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Ernestine's Milky Way

Kerry Madden-Lunsford

In Maggie Valley, North Carolina, in the 1940s, Ernestine, who is five years old and a big girl, carries fresh milk to needy neighbors through thickets, down paths, and over a barbed-wire fence, despite her fears.

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Julie Flett

An American Indian Youth Literature Honor Title A Best Book of the Year in Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Horn Book A 2020 Boston Globe—Horn Book Award Honor Title “Cree-Métis author/illustrator Julie Flett's

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Magnificent Homespun Brown

Samara Cole Doyon

Kirkus Starred Review PW Starred Review School Library Journal Starred Review Told by a succession of exuberant young narrators, Magnificent Homespun Brown is a story — a song, a poem, a celebration — about feeling at home in one's own beloved

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A Piglet Named Mercy

Kate DiCamillo

Every porcine wonder was once a piglet! Celebrate the joy of a new arrival with this endearing picture-book prequel to the New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series. Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a b

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How Raven Got His Crooked Nose

Chulyen the trickster raven loses his nose one day, but he vows to get it back. Luckily he has some special powers to help him! How Raven Got His Crooked Nose is a modern retelling of a traditional Native American fable. Part picture book and part gr

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Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths

Graham Annable

Peter and Ernesto are sloths. Peter and Ernesto are friends. But Peter and Ernesto are nothing alike. Peter loves their tree and never wants to leave, while Ernesto loves the sky and wants to see it from every place on Earth. When Ernesto leaves to h

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Ashlyn's Unsurprise Party

Valerie Tripp

When Camille loses two teeth in one day, Ashlyn decides to cheer up her friend by throwing a party. The party is meant to be a secret so the other WellieWishers will be surprised too, but a rainstorm and other woes are on the horizon! Will Ashlyn acc

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Snoopy, First Beagle on the Moon!

Charles M. Schulz

Snoopy is traveling to space with NASA in this special Level 2 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for every Peanuts fan! Snoopy wants to be the first beagle on the moon, so he grabs his red scarf, a space helmet, and lots and lots of dog treats. Then it

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Cool Crosby

Shelley Swanson Sateren

Alfie Wolfe's twin sister, Alfreeda, is an annoying pain in Alfie's side, and he just can't stand it anymore! Enter Crosby,æ a very cool, laid-back German shepherd (with his own pesky puppy in tow) who checks into the Hound Hotel and

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Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble

Megan McDonald

Pee! Gee! Wee! Gee! What’s that sound? With her birthday coming up, Jessica hopes that, just maybe, her present will be a real-live potbellied pig. Jessica can hardly wait for her party with Judy Moody and all their friends. But Judy Moody is actin

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The Big Rain

Kirsten McDonald

It's been raining and raining and raining. When the sun finally peeks out from behind the clouds, Carlos and Carmen find their entire backyard is one big puddle. But the twins don't mind once they discover it's not just a puddle of wat

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Blue Ribbon Pup

Carol Kim

Fifi is a pampered show dog. Shawn and Kat are under strict orders to limit the bichon frise’s time outdoors. But Fifi proves to be a terror. Can Shawn and Kat find a way to keep Fifi under control before their family forces them to close their Dog

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Uh-Oh, Rollo!

Reed Duncan

For fans of Tiny, Biscuit, and Charlie the Ranch Dog comes an easy-to-read series about a rambunctious, mischievous, and totally lovable bulldog, Rollo! In this story designed to engage early readers, charming characters combine with simple text, liv

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Hide and Seek (The Magic School Bus: Rides Again: Scholastic Reader, Level 2)

Samantha Brooke

Hop aboard the Magic School Bus for a whole new adventure about camouflage that is out of this world.

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The Most Annoying Robots in the Universe

Russ Bolts

Meet Joe Bot and Rob Ot, the two most big-hearted, but goofily annoying robots in the entire universe in this first chapter book in a hilarious new series! Many years ago, scientists on Earth sent video satellites out to the end of the universe to se

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Warren & Dragon 100 Friends

Ariel Bernstein

With Calvin and Hobbes appeal, a boy and his "pet" dragon take on a new school and attempt to make 100 friends! Warren is a seven-year-old boy. Dragon is a 122-year-old dragon. Not that most people believe that. Most people are sure that Dr

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Amy and the Missing Puppy

Callie Barkley

Introducing The Critter Club! Amy and her friends solve a canine caper in this start to a pet-friendly illustrated chapter book series. It’s Spring Break in Santa Vista, and everyone has big plans…everyone except for Amy, that is! As her best fri

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Isabel Thomas

Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin's theory of Natural Sele

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What Do They Do with All That Poo?

Jane Kurtz

Find out what happens to all of the poo at the zoo in this funny and factual picture book! There are so many different kinds of animals at the zoo, and they each make lots and lots (and sometimes LOTS!) of poo. So what do zoos do with all of that poo

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Boom! Bellow! Bleat!

Georgia Heard

Designed to be read aloud by two or more people, this playful collection of thirteen poems for young children explores a variety of animal sounds. Includes animal facts.

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Candace Fleming

Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner Take to the sky with Apis, one honeybee, as she embarks on her journey through life! An Orbis Pictus Honor Book Selected for the Texas Bluebonnnet Master List Finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in

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Going Into 3rd Grade 2020

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The Diamond Mystery

Martin Widmark

Jerry and Maya help a local jewelry store owner investigate when several valuable diamonds go missing from his shop.

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The Boy Who Grew Dragons

Andy Shepherd

This hilarious middle-grade novel with illustrations throughout sees Tomas discover that he can grow dragons in his own garden! When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandfather's garden, he doesn't think much of it.

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Sadiq and the Desert Star

Siman Nuurali

Sadiq's father is going on a business trip, but before he goes he tells Sadiq a story of the Desert Star, which fits in perfectly with Sadiq's third grade class field trip to the planetarium, and inspires Sadiq to build a simple telescope t

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The Alien Next Door 1: The New Kid

A. I. Newton

In the first book of the brand-new early chapter book series, the Alien Next Door, an alien boy named Zeke tries to fit in and adjust to life on Earth, while a classmate, Harris, suspects that Zeke might not be quite what he claims to be. Zeke is on

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Time Dogs: Balto and the Race Against Time

Helen Moss

An exciting new illustrated chapter book series for dog-loving readers! When a pack of senior dogs find themselves transported back in time—and turned into puppies!—they must make their way back home, helping real-life historical dogs along the w

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Real Pigeons Fight Crime

Andrew McDonald

Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weird? It’s because they’re out there chasing the bad guys and saving your butts! Did you know your city is protected by a secret squad of crime-fighting pigeons? It's true! With master of disguise Rock

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My Happy Life

Rose Lagercrantz

Dani is happy to be starting school and she is even happier when she meets a girl named Ella who becomes her best friend, but something unexpected happens to Dani and Ella's friendship.

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Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue

Paula Harrison

Girl by day. Cat by night. Ready for an adventure. Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue is the first book in a chapter book series about Kitty and her superhero adventures. Meet Kitty, a charming chapter book character with catlike superpowers. With dramat

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The Mesmer Menace

Kersten Hamilton

Daring dachshund Noodles narrates as evil Mesmers bent on world domination arrive at the Amazing Automated Inn, where eleven-year-old inventor Wally Kennewickett, aided by Noodles and the inn's automatons, tries to foil their plans.

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Rumple Buttercup

Matthew Gray Gubler

Rumple Buttercup has five crooked teeth, three strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right. He and his imaginary friend made of trash learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging in this charmi

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The Cool Cat Club

Nicola Colton

Smart cat. Messy puppy. Here comes trouble… Meet Jasper and Scruff, an unlikely pair as they learn about friendship, determination, and working together. Jasper is desperate to impress the "Sophisticat" society members, and doesn't w

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The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Eoin Colfer

A warm, uplifting story about a boy, his dog, and the healing power of music marks a first-time collaboration between two former Irish Children’s Laureates, Eoin Colfer and P.J. Lynch. Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for as long as

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The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

Judd Winick

D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. Until a mysterious boy comes crashing down from the sky and nearly blows up their club house! Hilo doesn't know where he came from, or what he's doing on Earth (or why going to school in onl

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I Voted

Mark Shulman

As we approach the 2022 midterm elections, this witty, nonpartisan book will help explain the concept of voting to the youngest readers. I Voted explains the concept of choosing, individually, and as a group, from making a simple choice: "Which

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In the Middle of the Night

Laura Purdie Salas

"What happens when you fall fast asleep? The objects in and around your house wake up and play! These 26 imaginative poems reveal the secret adventures that take place around you as you dream and will make you think of your boot, your basketball

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Blooming Beneath the Sun

Christina Rossetti

Newbery Award honoree Ashley Bryan has hand-selected a collection of celebrated English poet Christina Rossetti’s poems to illustrate with his inimitable flourish. The world changes so quickly, but the joy and fun of being a child always remains. C

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Prairie Boy

Barb Rosenstock

A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People * A NSTA/CBC Best STEM Book Frank Lloyd Wright, a young boy from the prairie, becomes America's first world-famous architect in this inspirational nonfiction picture book introducing organic a

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Samuel Morse, That's Who!

Tracy Nelson Maurer

Writer Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrator El Primo Ramón present a lively picture book biography of Samuel Morse that highlights how he revolutionized modern technology. Back in the 1800s, information traveled slowly. Who would dream of instant mes

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Sparky & Spike

Barbara Lowell

This charming book is a story about a boy nicknamed Sparky and his beloved dog, Spike. Spike is the most amazing dog ever. He inspires Sparky to draw. Someday, Sparky will be an artist. Based on the childhood of Charles Schulz, creator of the world-r

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A Ride to Remember

Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan

The true story of how a 1963 ride on a carousel in Maryland made a powerful Civil Rights statement. A Ride to Remember tells how a community came together—both black and white—to make a change. When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, man

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Home Run, Touchdown, Basket, Goal!

Leo Landry

With sweet and simple rhymes, these poems celebrate a range of sports. From baseball and basketball, to karate and swimming, there's something for everyone! I've got my ball I've got my glove I'm ready for the game I love Baseball

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Eloise Greenfield

A new collection of poetry for kids from Coretta Scott King Book Award winner Eloise Greenfield! Thinker isn't just an average puppy—he's a poet. So is his owner, Jace. Together, they turn the world around them into verse. There's ju

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How High in the Rainforest?

Monika Davies

Explore the bottoms of the worlds oceans and learn about the life forms that dwell there. First-person accounts from scientists answer important questions about scavenging and parasitic creatures and how they survive.

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Ruth Daly

"An overview of Boston, touching on the city's geography, history, economy, and the people who live there."–Provided by publisher.

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The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown

Mac Barnett

An exceptional picture book biography of Margaret Wise Brown, the legendary author of Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and other beloved children’s classics, that's as groundbreaking as the icon herself was—from award-winning, bestselling

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Going Into 4th Grade 2020

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Owl's Outstanding Donuts

Robin Yardi

Warned by an owl, ten-year-old Mattie discovers that someone is secretly polluting the land near her aunt's Big Sur donut shop and sets out to stop them.

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Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet

Zanib Mian

An exciting #OwnVoices middle-grade debut starring a Muslim boy with a huge imagination. An NPR Best Book of the Year. Welcome to the imaginative brain of Omar! Omar and his family have just moved, and he is NOT excited about starting at a new school

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Wanda Seasongood and the Mostly True Secret

Susan Lurie

In this Princess Bride-style fairy tale romp, a girl strikes out on a quest to find her rightful family—because the one she's been stuck with all these years is most definitely wrong. Wanda hates her little brother, Zane. But don't judge

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Bernard Pepperlin

Cara Hoffman

“Bernard and his newfound friends—revolutionary rats, wise-cracking cats, and coffee-chugging squirrels, to name a few—will delight and inspire readers of all ages!” —Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-winning author of Hello, Universe The d

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Spy Penguins

Sam Hay

Two young adventure-loving and gadget-obsessed penguins dream of joining the FBI (Frosty Bureau of Investigation) in Sam Hay's hilarious new illustrated chapter book series, Spy Penguins. Adventure-loving penguin Jackson dreams of being a secret

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J.J. Grabenstein, Chris Grabenstein

"Inspirational, commonsensical, and a whole lot of fun." –James Patterson Everyone deserves to shine in this sparkling new book from the New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Chris Grabenstein, and

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The Hippo at the End of the Hall

Helen Cooper

"First published by David Fickling Books (Great Britain) 2017"–Title page verso.

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Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas (Book 1)

Crispin Boyer

Greek mythology meets cute talking animals in this first adventure in a hilarious new middle grade fiction series, starring Zeus the mighty … king of the gods … ruler of minions … HAMSTER, and the crazy crew of critters of the Mount Olympus Pet

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The Best of Iggy

Annie Barrows

From the New York Times bestselling author of Ivy + Bean comes a hilarious new series featuring a high-energy, lovable troublemaker–now in paperback! Meet 9-year-old Iggy Frangi. He's not a bad kid, he's really not. Okay, so he's done

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The Drone Pursuit

Victor Appleton

The Hardy Boys meets Alex Rider in this start to a brand-new series starring everyone’s favorite inventor—Tom Swift! When your dad funds the Swift Academy of Science and Technology, you’re bound to have a bunch of tech at your disposal. So no o

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The Library of Ever

Zeno Alexander

The Library of Ever is an instant classic for middle grade readers and booklovers everywhere—an adventure across time and space, as a young girl becomes a warrior for the forces of knowledge. With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bore

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Bug Boys

Laura Knetzger

Follows two bug friends, Stag-B and Rhino-B, as they explore their world and share adventures.

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John Patrick Green

John Patrick Green's goofy graphic novel series follows the super spy alligator duo the InvestiGators as they travel through the sewers and fight the forces of evil. MANGO and BRASH are the INVESTIGATORS: sewer-loving agents of S.U.I.T.* and sco

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Science Comics: Cars

Dan Zettwoch

In Dan Zettwoch's Science Comics: Cars, you'll learn where cars came from and how they work. When you pop the hood, what are you looking at? How does gasoline—or electric batteries, or even steam—make a car move? Rev up your motor and t

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Eek, You Reek!

Jane Yolen, Heidi E. Y. Stemple

Eek, you reek, You make a funk. Where you have been Things stink, stank, stunk. You've left a path, A swath of smell, And–yuk! You did it very well. Readers will be delighted by the malodorous melodies of poems calling out the different pungent

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Leave It to Abigail!

Barb Rosenstock

In this inspiring tribute, award-winning author Barb Rosenstock and New York Times bestselling artist Elizabeth Baddeley tell the true story of one of America's greatest founding mothers: Abigail Adams. Everyone knew Abigail was different. Inste

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Jim Ottaviani

In the graphic novel Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier, Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Maris Wicks capture the great humor and incredible drive of Mary Cleave, Valentina Tereshkova, and the first women in space. The U.S. may have put the first m

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Insect Superpowers

Kate Messner

Head-to-head combat! Astounding weapons! Extraordinary skills! Within the pages of this book, 18 awesomely real superheroes and supervillains come to life, each possessing powers far beyond the average insect. Meet the Malevolent Mimic, who wickedly

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The Book Rescuer

Sue Macy

Recipient of a Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers An ALA Notable Book A Bank Street Best Book of the Year “Text and illustration meld beautifully.” —The New York Times “Stunning.”​ —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Inspired.

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The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns

Sarah Laskow

From cuddly pool floats to rainbow-colored toast toppings, unicorns–the darlings of Instagram–have never been more exciting or more popular. Are unicorns real? Their popularity and enduring role in human culture certainly is. How can you win a figh

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The Human Body

Ken Jennings, Mike Lowery

Presents a collection of factual information and quizzes about the human body, from the strength of a human hair to the extensive surface area of the lungs.

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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation's oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author. In 1848, Mary Walker was

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I Am Hermes!

Mordicai Gerstein

At birth, Hermes, son of Zeus and the Nymph Maia, says his first word: "Gimme!" In this brilliant, hilarious graphic novel about the mischievous, fun-loving messenger of the gods, Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein, transports classic

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Dancing Hands

Margarita Engle

Winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael López tell the story of Teresa Carreño, a child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln. As

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Counting the Stars

Lesa Cline-Ransome

“A detail-rich picture book.” —Kirkus Reviews “Straightforward and inviting.” —School Library Journal From award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome and acclaimed illustrator Raúl Colón comes the sensitive, informative, and inspiring pict

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Superlative Birds

Leslie Bulion

Explore the fascinating world of superlative birds—from the bee hummingbird, the tiniest bird in the world, to the peregrine falcon, the fastest creature on Earth. Ever wonder which bird has the loudest voice? Which one builds the biggest nest or h

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The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander

This is for the unforgettable. The unafraid. The undefeated. From New York Times bestselling-author Kwame Alexander comes this powerful and important ode to black history: the strength and bravery of everyday people and the grit, passion, and perseve

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Going Into 5th Grade 2020

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Alien Superstar

Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver

A six-eyed teenage alien refugee becomes a Hollywood star in this hilarious series opener by the bestselling authors of the Hank Zipzer series. When thirteen-year-old Buddy Burger has to flee from his alien planet, he crash lands in an even wilder pl

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Clean Getaway

Nic Stone

"For the life of him, William "Scoob" Lamar can't seem to stay out of trouble–and now the run-ins at school have led to lockdown at home. So when G'ma, Scoob's favorite person on Earth, asks him to go on an impromptu ro

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Sunnyside Plaza

Scott Simon

Wonder meets Three Times Lucky in a story of empowerment as a young woman decides to help solve the mystery of multiple suspicious deaths in her group home — now in paperback! Sally Miyake can't read, but she learns lots of things. Like bricks

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A Wolf Called Wander

Rosanne Parry

A New York Times bestseller! “Don’t miss this dazzling tour de force.”—Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal winning author of The One and Only Ivan This gripping novel about survival and family is based on the real story of one wolf’s incredi

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Planet Earth is Blue

Nicole Panteleakos

Autistic and nearly nonverbal, twelve-year-old Nova is happy in her new foster home and school, but eagerly anticipates the 1986 Challenger launch, for which her sister, Bridget, promised to return.

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Bouncing Back

Scott Ostler

Packed with humor and thrilling sports action, this "wonderful story of friendship and the unique ability of kids to overcome a challenge" (#1 New York Times bestselling author Mitch Albom) "will get in your heart and won't get ou

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The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street

Lauren Oliver

From the bestselling author of E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book Liesl & Po comes a timely and relevant adventure story about monsters of all kinds—and a girl brave enough to save them. Cordelia Clay loves the work she and her father do togethe

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Show Me a Sign

Ann Clare LeZotte

"Deaf author Ann Clare LeZotte weaves a riveting Own Voices story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in the early 19th century. This piercing exploration of ableism, racism, and colonialism answer

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Pie in the Sky

Remy Lai

A poignant, laugh-out-loud illustrated middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old boy's immigration experience, his annoying little brother, and their cake-baking hijinks! "Pie in the Sky is like enjoying a decadent cake . . . heartwarming

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More to the Story

Hena Khan

From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes a new story inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, featuring four sisters from a modern American Muslim family living in Georgia. When Jameela Mirza is picked to

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Scary Stories for Young Foxes

Christian McKay Heidicker

A 2020 Newbery Honor Recipient! Christian McKay Heidicker, author of the Thieves of Weirdwood trilogy, draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an u

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Kate Hannigan

“Readers…will be enamored by this blend of history, mystery, and superpowered action.” —Booklist (starred review) “Has the exciting pace of a superhero adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews Hidden Figures meets Wonder Woman in this action-packed,

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Far Away

Lisa Graff

Twelve-year-old CJ believes her mom is dead and that she can only communicate with her through her aunt, who is a medium, but when CJ finds out that her mother is actually alive, she goes on a journey to find her.

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Secret Deep

Lindsay Galvin

When Aster wakes alone on a tropical island, she has no idea what has happened, why she is there, or where to find her younger sister, Poppy. Meanwhile Sam, who once met the sisters on a plane, makes links between the mystery of their disappearance a

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The Storm Keeper’s Island

Catherine Doyle

"Magical in every way." – Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl “Fans of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson can add Fionn Boyle as a generous and brave hero from the Emerald Isle.” – School Library Connection Fionn Boyle comes from a long li

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Sea Sirens

Amy Chu

Inspired by "The Sea Fairies, " L. Frank Baum's "underwater "Wizard of Oz, "" visually stunning, middle-grade graphic novel about a spunky Vietnamese American surfer girl and her cantankerous talking cat who plunge

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Can You Hear the Trees Talking?

Peter Wohlleben

A walk in the park will never be the same after kids discover this awe-inspiring book. Meet Peter Wohlleben–but you can call him Peter the Forester! With his groundbreaking, internationally bestselling book The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben

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Hooray for Women!

Discover and cheer the accomplishments of more than seventy amazing women from all over the world and throughout history. They're activists and explorers, scientists and writers and more. And they're all women: Cleopatra, Boudicca, Joan of

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Jennifer Thermes

Told in dazzling maps and informative sidebars, Manhattan explores the 400+ year history of Manhattan Island. From before its earliest settlement to the vibrant metropolis that exists today, the island of Manhattan has always been a place of struggle

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Monument Maker

Linda Booth Sweeney

When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, fifteen-year-old Dan French had no way to know that one day his tribute to the great president would transform a plot of Washington, DC marshland into America's gathering place. He did not even know

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Unseen Worlds

Hélène Rajcak, Damien Laverdunt

Offers an illustrated exploration of the microscopic and small-scale animal world, with large fold-out illustrations that depict diverse ecosystems and their tiny inhabitants to scale.

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The Superlative A. Lincoln

Eileen R. Meyer

Tallest, wisest, most studious–Lincoln was simply superlative! Get to know the personal side of Honest Abe (his LEAST FAVORITE nickname) through fresh and funny poems expressing his superlative nature. Abraham Lincoln is famous for many extremes: he

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100 Things to Know about the Planet Earth

Jerome Martin, Darran Stobbart, Alice James

What are phantom islands? How did the Black Death cause an ice age? How could graffiti save endangered tortoises? Find the answers to these questions and 97 more in this bold, graphic and exciting book, full of amazing things to know about Planet Ear

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Christopher Lloyd

"So you think you're special? Just because people have built cities, invented pop-up toasters, and put people on the Moon, that they are somehow different from (or better than) other living things? Well, it's time to think again! Human

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Stephen P. Kershaw

An illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other, Mythologica features startlingly beautiful and exquisitely otherworldly portraits of mythological characters in eye-popping color from artist Victoria Topping and authoritative text from C

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Ours to Share

Kari Jones

There are almost eight billion people alive today. Having that many people in the world puts pressure on both social and natural resources, and we have to ask ourselves difficult questions like, What is our fair share? And how do we share more equita

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The Big Book of Bling

Rose Davidson

"Information about gems, rocks, and other shiny objects on the planet, for children"–

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Liberty Arrives!

Robert Byrd

"An informative, illustrated history of the Statue of Liberty and how it came to America"–

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100 Things to Know about Food

Sam Baer, Rachel Firth, Rose Hall, Jamie Ball

This informative book is filled with 100 fascinating facts about food, from how to grow a burger in a laboratory to how many bees it takes to fill an orchard with apples. With bright, infographic-style illustrations, detailed facts on every page, a g

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