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Going Into 1st Grade 2021

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How to Find a Bird

Jennifer Ward

A joyful and informative guide to birdwatching for budding young birders from an award-winning author-illustrator duo. How do you find a bird? There are so many ways! Begin by watching. And listening. And staying quiet, so quiet you can hear your own

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Mike Twohy

“The book has many laugh-inducing pages for independent readers, listeners, and viewers…” —School Library Journal “Rollicking and joyous.” —Booklist (starred review) “Silly, quirky…Make space on shelves for this one.” —Kirkus Re

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Don't Feed the Coos!

Jonathan Stutzman

The dynamic team behind Llama Destroys the World returns with a laugh-out-loud tale about the dangers…of feeding pigeons! When you see a coo, you will be tempted to give it a treat. Coos are adorable, peaceful, kind of silly. But DON'T FEED TH

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A Gift for Amma

Meera Sriram

In this book inspired by the author's hometown of Chennai, India, a girl explores the vibrant rainbow of delights in a southern Indian street market as she searches for a gift for her amma (mother). Endnotes explain all the items on sale and int

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Being Frog

April Pulley Sayre

From award-winning author and photographer April Pulley Sayre comes a stunning photographic look at the fascinating lives of frogs. A frog is a being. It is watching. It is seeing… Frogs are amazing creatures, and this book offers young readers an

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You Matter

Christian Robinson

For fans of Jon Klassen, this sensitive and impactful picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Christian Robinson is all about seeing the world from different points of view, and the perfect entry point for parents to help teach their littl

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The Blue Table

Chris Raschka

It’s time to celebrate family, community, generosity, and giving! Two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka’s stunning picture book is the perfect pick to share whenever family and friends gather together to celebrate and give thanks, no matter t

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I Really Want the Cake

Simon Philip

For fans of laugh-out-loud, mischievous storytime favorites like Pig the Pug, No, David!, and Dragons Love Tacos comes a deliciously funny story about trying to resist one of life's biggest temptations… CAKE! Everyone knows the feeling.First y

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Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

Meg Medina

From Newbery Medalist Meg Medina comes the bittersweet story of two girls who will always be each other’s número uno, even though one is moving away. A big truck with its mouth wide open is parked at the curb, ready to gobble up Evelyn’s mirror

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Boats Float!

George Ella Lyon, Benn Lyon

Set sail into the world of boats in this buoyant companion to Trucks Roll! and Planes Fly! Sails and engines paddles and oars make the trip from shore to shore. Boats float! From steamships to ghostships, to the little and big in-between ships, this

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Space Matters

Jacque Lynn

From the spaces between words in a sentence to the vast, blue sky, spaces, both large and small, add beauty and make sense of the world around us.

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I Do Not Like Stories

Andrew Larsen

A playful, multilayered tale about the power of the stories we tell ourselves

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A Girl Like Me

Angela Johnson

"Once I dreamed I swam / the ocean / and saw everything deep, cool / and was part of the waves. / I swam on by the people / onshore / hollering, / 'A girl like you needs to / stay out of the water / and be dry / like everyone else.'&qu

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Go, Girls, Go!

Frances Gilbert

Come along for a rollicking ride in this picture book celebration of vehicles that puts girls in the driver’s seat! Girls can race…and girls can fly. Girls can rocket way up high! Piloting fire trucks, trains, tractors, and more, the girls in thi

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Come out and play: a global journey

Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko

Can you come out and play? If you woke up tomorrow in Egypt with a yen for a good game of tag, you could find it. Then you could hop on your magic carpet and fly to Thailand to play Go Fish with some new friends. Later, you could seesaw until the cow

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Boys Dance! (American Ballet Theatre)

John Robert Allman

A lively and encouraging picture book celebrating boys who love to dance, from the renowned American Ballet Theatre. Boys who love to dance are center stage in this encouraging, positive, rhyming picture book about guys who love to pirouette, jeté,

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I Want to Sleep Under the Stars!

Mo Willems

The Squirrel pals get a bit overenthusiastic in their efforts to help Zoom Squirrel fulfill his dream of sleeping under the night stars.

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Pizza and Taco: Who's the Best?

Stephen Shaskan

The first in a hilarious young graphic novel series about Pizza and Taco. Two best friends, lots of toppings…but only one of them can be the BEST, right? Fans of Narwhal and Jelly will eat this book up…and be hungry for more! Best friends are the

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Penny and Clover, Follow That Ball!

Erica S. Perl

Learning to read doesn't need to be ruff with this rhyming tail about a pair of lovable pups! Penny is a small, frisky puppy. Clover is a big, careful canine. While Penny has no problem jumping over a log, Clover isn't so sure she can do it

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See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog

David LaRochelle

Winner of the 2021 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Move over, Spot. . . . Spoofing classic primers, Max the Dog talks back to the book in a twist that will have fans of funny early readers howling. See Max. Max is not a cat—Max is a dog. But much to Max

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Who Ate My Book?

Tina Kügler

Someone is taking bites out of this book! And we have a feeling a certain mischievous goat has something to do with it… A goat is on the loose and is taking bites out of everything, even pages of this book! Join the fun in this story perfect for ea

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The Best Seat in First Grade

Katharine Kenah

This heartfelt story is just right for all children getting ready for first grade and other big early steps! On the first day of first grade, Sam is excited to share his news with the class. While some kids report losing a tooth or going to soccer ca

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Pepper and Boo

Charise Mericle Harper

"Meet Pepper and Boo. They are two dogs who do not know much about cats. (Who does?) They wonder why the cat sleeps so much (in their beds!), licks itself so much, what the cat is thinking, and what makes the cat happy. Luckily, the cat can expl

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Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina

Lea Lyon, Alexandria LaFaye

Lyrical, inspiring, and affecting text paired with bright, appealing illustrations make Ready to Fly perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere who are ready to leap and to spread their wings! Ready to Fly is the true story of Sylvia Townsend, an Afr

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Here We Go Digging for Dinosaur Bones

Susan Lendroth

Read along, dig along, sing along! Young paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts are invited on a fossil dig, set to the tune of "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush." Hike the trail, scan the ground, and make a find–then discover ho

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My Bed

Rebecca Bond

Delightful rhymes and charming hand-stitched art celebrate the many ways we sleep across the world. Perfect for a baby shower gift and for fans of This Is How We Do It.

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Going Into 2nd Grade 2021

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Nana Akua Goes to School

Tricia Elam Walker

Winner of the 2021 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award! In this moving story that celebrates cultural diversity, a shy girl brings her West African grandmother–whose face bears traditional tribal markings–to meet her classmates. This is a perfect read

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The Blue House

Phoebe Wahl

In the tradition of Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House comes a heartfelt story about a father and son learning to accept the new while honoring and celebrating the old. For as long as he can remember, Leo has lived in the blue house with his

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The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom

Colleen Af Venable

"The band is assembled and the band director is ready to tell you all about the instruments, but an enthusiastic little drummer girl keeps interrupting"–

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Every Little Letter

Deborah Underwood

For fans of The Word Collector and Be Kind comes a story of words, walls, and widening your world, by New York Times bestselling author Deborah Underwood Small h has always lived with the other H's in a city surrounded by walls that keep them sa

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Sugar in Milk

Thrity Umrigar

A timely and timeless picture book about immigration that demonstrates the power of diversity, acceptance, and tolerance from a gifted storyteller. An ALSC Notable Children's Book of 2021 A Kirkus Best Books of 2020 A School Library Journal Best

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Gerda Muller

A lively twist on a classic fairy tale, full of character and fun, from the acclaimed creator of the USBBY-honored A Year in Our New Garden.

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The Camping Trip

Jennifer K. Mann

Ernestine has never been camping before, but she’s sure it will be lots of fun . . . won’t it? An endearing story about a girl’s first experience with the great outdoors. My aunt Jackie invited me to go camping with her and my cousin Samantha t

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Prairie Days

Patricia MacLachlan

A delicate, stunning account of life on the prairie from Newbery medalist Patricia MacLachlan. Cool summer mornings begin with the rose orange sun and the smell of earth, and fade into hot summer nights with a yellow moon, covered in a quilt of stars

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Minh Lê

From the award-winning and bestselling creators of Drawn Together comes the fantastic tale of a magical elevator that will lift your spirits–and press all the right buttons! Iris loves to push the elevator buttons in her apartment building, but when

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Kelly DiPucchio

This comical and heartfelt picture book is a winning celebration of invention, creativity, and friendship. With gorgeous underwater scenes and a crowd-pleasing tale, this is one little mermaid who is here to make a splash! New York Times bestselling

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One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey

Henry Cole

An evocative wordless picture book that is a loving tribute to mindful living on our precious planet. * "Beautifully effective." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Deeply profound… compelling… emotionally resonant." — School

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Overground Railroad

Lesa Cline-Ransome

A window into a child's experience of the Great Migration from the award-winning creators of Before She Was Harriet and Finding Langston. Climbing aboard the New York bound Silver Meteor train, Ruth Ellen embarks upon a journey toward a new life

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There's a Skeleton Inside You!

Idan Ben-Barak

From writer Idan Ben-Barak and illustrator Julian Frost, the creators of Do Not Lick This Book, comes a hilarious, interactive picture book that takes a look inside our bodies to show what humans are made of. Lay your hand flat out in front of you. H

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I Am Every Good Thing

Derrick Barnes

An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. A perfect gift for any special occasion! I am a nonstop ball of energy. Powerful and full of light. I am a go-getter. A differe

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David Wiesner

Robots are much more than machines in the emotionally resonant world of Robobaby, where the arrival of a new baby in a robot family is a festive occasion. Iconic picture book creator David Wiesner captures the excitement as Lugnut (father), Diode (mo

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The Chicken Who Couldn't

Jan Thomas

After falling out of Farmer’s truck, Chicken must find his own way home in this goofy, laugh-out-loud story about overcoming obstacles and believing in yourself. It has not been a good day for Chicken. He went to the fair with Farmer, but didn’t

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Snail Finds a Home

Mary Peterson

Chuckle your way through this easy-to-read illustrated chapter book about a snail who’s looking for a new place to hang his shell. Snail is a merry little mollusk in his rusty bucket filled with strawberries. Strawberries are his favorite treat, bu

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Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island

David Goodner

After finding a map in a bottle, best friends Kondo and Kezumi build a boat and set out to explore the islands near their own.

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Anne Arrives

Kallie George

The charming first book in a new early-reader series, starring the spirited — and outspoken — Anne Shirley as she first arrives at Green Gables. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert need help on their farm, so they've adopted what they hope will be a

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Cece Loves Science: Push and Pull

Kimberly Derting, Shelli R. Johannes

Cece loves science! In this STEM-themed Level 3 I Can Read! title, Cece and her friend Isaac learn about the opposite forces of push and pull, and use their new knowledge to create a treat dispenser for Cece’s dog, Einstein. Perfect for aspiring sc

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Sydney & Taylor explore the whole wide world

Jacqueline Davies

Lewis, a hedgehog, and his friend Clark, a skunk, set out from their comfortable burrow under Miss Nancy's potting shed on an expedition to see more of the "Whole Wide World."

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Rare and Blue

Constance Van Hoven

A variety of rare blue species–from the blue lobster to the blue black bear–are rare and unique for a reason. Travel across Earth to discover eight species that are blue in color and are either naturally rare, threatened, or endangered. Panoramic i

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The Beak Book

Robin Page

From Caldecott Honor illustrator Robin Page comes this striking nonfiction STEM picture book exploring the fascinating and surprising ways different kinds of birds use their unique beaks. Birds around the world have so many amazing kinds of beaks! Th

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The Elephant's New Shoe

Laurel Neme

This sweet true story stars a tiny, orphaned elephant who was given another chance. When Chhouk, an Asian elephant calf, was found, he was alone, underweight, and had a severe foot injury. Conservationist Nick Marx of Wildlife Alliance rescued the ba

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How to Write a Story

Kate Messner

Help your child explore their creativity with this ten-step guide to writing a story. Step 1: Choose an idea for your story. A good one. Step 2: Decide on a setting. Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Step 3: Create a heroine—or a hero. Now: Begin

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Night Wishes

Lee Bennett Hopkins

How would a clock, nightlight, or teddy bear say good night? In this enchanting poetry collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and thirteen other poets imagine the wishes whispering through a young girl’s bedroom as she falls asleep. The bookshelf’s stor

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A Garden in Your Belly

Masha D'yans

A Garden in Your Belly's colorful world helped me wake up…This book is as powerful as it is beautiful! Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Your belly is full of tiny creatures and they love to eat! Along the river of your gut, ti

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Katy S. Duffield

This powerful nonfiction picture book explores wildlife crossings around the world and how they are helping save thousands of animals every day. Around the world, bridges, tunnels, and highways are constantly being built to help people get from one p

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Going Into 3rd Grade 2021

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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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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian #1: The Fuzzy Apocalypse

Jonathan Messinger

Explorer Troop 301 tries to save an exploding planet from a fluffy bunny and a devious alien in the first book of this funny, highly illustrated chapter book series based on the award-winning kids’ podcast! Eight-year-old Finn is the first kid born

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We Are Water Protectors

Carole Lindstrom

Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal #1 New York Times Bestseller Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption—a bo

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Adelita, A Sea Turtle's Journey

Jenny Goebel

The remarkable true story of the first sea turtle to be tracked across the Pacific Ocean. One moonlit night, a young loggerhead sea turtle crawled into the ocean. As she swam and rode currents, she wandered far from the beach where she'd hatched

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Little Red Hoodie

Martha Freeman

It's not the big bad wolf that stops Little Red Hoodie from getting to grandma's house in this rollicking take on the fairy tale–Red can't follow directions! "Follow Magic Wand Lane to Glass Slipper Boulevard, right on Beanstalk,

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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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Monster and Boy

Hannah Barnaby

Fall in love with the friendship between Monster and Boy in this exciting new chapter book series from writer Hannah Barnaby and illustrator Anoosha Syed. When Monster (who lives under the bed) meets Boy (who sleeps in the bed), Boy starts to scream

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Hello, Earth!

Joyce Sidman

We walk on Earth’s surface every day, but how often do we wonder about the incredible planet around us? From the molten cracks below to the shimmering moon above, Hello, Earth! explores the wonders of the natural world. This playful journey across

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Catch the Sky

Robert Heidbreder

“Clever and effective for the pre- and primary school nature shelves.”—Kirkus In the vein of Jack Prelutsky and Dennis Lee comes a celebration of the sky with thirty zippy poems that will lift kids’ spirits and let their imaginations soar. Wh

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Ice! Poems About Polar Life

Douglas Florian

Funny poems paired with intriguing facts introduce young readers to the fascinating creatures that live in Earth's polar regions. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year! The remote North and South Poles– which poet Douglas Florian calls our &qu

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Quill Soup

Alan Durant

Gather round for soup fit for the king in this vibrant twist on a classic fable. With brightly colored art and engaging characters, this retelling of the well-known Stone Soup story will captivate young readers. Noko the traveling porcupine arrives i

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Alice and Gert

Helaine Becker

A creative twist on an old fable that highlights the value of art in daily life

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Cindi Alvitre

"A Tongva creation story of Catalina Island and how the black-crowned night heron came to be"–

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Pea, Bee, & Jay #1: Stuck Together

Brian "Smitty" Smith

Get ready to roll with Pea, Bee, & Jay in this brand-new early reader graphic novel series by Brian “Smitty” Smith, perfect for fans of Narwhal & Jelly, emerging readers, and comic lovers alike! Like all peas, Pea loves to roll. So when a

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Super Detectives! (Simon and Chester Book #1)

Cale Atkinson

A ghost and a kid team up to solve mysteries and kick butt! A hilarious new graphic novel series for fans of Bad Guys and Dog Man. Welcome to the world of Simon and Chester, ghost and boy duo extraordinaire. They like to kick butt and take names. The

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Teatime Around the World

Denyse Waissbluth

A celebration of diversity and deliciousness, Teatime Around the World reveals all the wonderful ways we can enjoy a cup of tea—or two! Let’s go on an adventure to discover new cultures and friends through tea! In this fun and lyrical picture boo

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Make Yourself at Home

Signe Torp

Through exquisitely detailed illustrations and two double gatefolds, young readers are invited to explore some of the most unique houses from around the world. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a tree house? Or how cozy it must

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Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct

Drew Sheneman

Award-winning author-illustrator Drew Sheneman brings budding paleontologists the truth about dinosaurs in this informative and hilarious nonfiction picture book that will teach kids everything they didn't know (and never thought to ask) about t

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You Are My Friend

Aimee Reid

A heartwarming, “beautifully crafted” picture book that celebrates the work of Mister Rogers and carries on his legacy of kindness (Booklist, starred review). Mister Rogers is one of the most beloved television personalities of our time, but befo

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Pika Country

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Marlo Garnsworthy

Gorgeous photographs, and clear text introduce readers to the effects of climate change on the pika and on other life-forms in the high mountains.

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We Wait for the Sun

Katie McCabe

A beautiful and uplifting non-fiction picture book from Katie McCabe and trailblazing civil rights lawyer and activist Dovey Johnson Roundtree, We Wait for the Sun. In the hour before dawn, Dovey Mae and Grandma Rachel step into the cool, damp night

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The Forest Man

Anne Matheson

"This is the true story of how one young boy dedicated his life to creating and cultivating an expansive forest that continues to grow to this day. In a world impacted by climate change, Jadav Payeng's inspirational story shows how one pers

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If You Take Away the Otter

Susannah Buhrman-Deever

When the sea otters disappear, why does their kelp forest habitat disappear, too? On the Pacific Coast of North America, sea otters play, dive, and hunt for sea urchins, crabs, abalone, and fish in the lush kelp forests beneath the waves. But there w

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Headstrong Hallie!: The Story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the First Female "fire Guard"

Aimee Bissonette

"In the 1880s the U.S. Forest Service didn't hire women, thinking they couldn't handle the physical challenges of the work, but Hallie Morse Daggett overcame discrimination to become the first woman "fire guard" hired by the

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Aimée M. Bissonette

Nonfiction with a direct approach, strong graphic illustrations, and rhythmic text to extend imaginations.

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B Is for Ballet: A Dance Alphabet (American Ballet Theatre)

John Robert Allman

An A to Z celebration of the world of ballet, from the renowned American Ballet Theatre. A is for arabesque, B is for Baryshnikov, and C is for Coppélia in this beautifully illustrated, rhyming, alphabetic picture book, filled with ballet stars, dan

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Going Into 4th Grade 2021

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Ways to Make Sunshine

Renée Watson

From Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson, the first book in a young middle grade series about Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit, kindness, and sunshine. Ryan Hart can be and do anything. Her name means "king

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Sleeping with the Light On

David Unger

Life in Guatemala is simple for young Davico and his older brother Felipe … until soldiers invade, and the blackouts begin. Davico lives with his family above La Casita — the Little House — in Guatemala City in the early 1950s. But it’s not j

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Skunk and Badger

Amy Timberlake

A tale of unlikely animal friendship from Amy Timberlake and award-winning Jon Klassen. An unforgettable 'Wallace and Gromit' meets 'Winnie-the-Pooh' odd couple. But Skunk is Badger's new roommate, and there's nothing Ba

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Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom

Matthew Swanson

"This is my favorite book of the year." —Lincoln Peirce, New York Times bestselling author of Big Nate series Meet Ben, a literal-minded kid with a big heart and an even bigger sweet-tooth, who cracks open a fortune cookie and discovers t

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AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet

Jon Scieszka

This laugh-out-loud, visually groundbreaking read launches a major new series by children's literature legend Jon Scieszka. Featuring full-color illustrations throughout, a spectacular gatefold, plus how-to-draw pages in the back, it's an o

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Simon B. Rhymin'

Dwayne Reed

A humorous and heartwarming bounce-to-the-beat underdog story about a young rapper whose rhymes help bring his community together, from America's favorite rapping teacher. As featured on Good Morning America! Eleven-year-old Simon Barnes dreams

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Halfway to Harmony

Barbara O'Connor

A heartfelt middle-grade novel from New York Times bestselling author Barbara O’Connor about a boy whose life is upended after the loss of his older brother—timeless, classic, and whimsical. Walter Tipple is looking for adventure. He keeps having

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Rise of ZomBert

Kara LaReau

Could Bert really be a zombie cat? Two friends put their brains together to find out in a wry new mystery series. While helping her best friend, Danny, film his latest horror flick, Mellie discovers a scraggly cat behind a dumpster outside the YummCo

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The Clockwork Crow

Catherine Fisher

Evoking the classic fantasy adventures of Joan Aiken and Eva Ibbotson, this darkly delightful new novel from New York Times best-selling author Catherine Fisher glimmers with winter magic. Orphan Seren Rhys is on her way to a new life at the remote c

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Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

Luisana Duarte Armendáriz

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets Merci Suarez in this smart young middle-grade mystery about a diamond gone missing from the Louvre and the sweet and spunky girl who cracks the case.

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JD and the Great Barber Battle

J. Dillard

Eight-year-old J.D. turns a tragic home haircut into a thriving barber business in this hilarious new illustrated chapter book series J.D. has a big problem–it's the night before the start of third grade and his mom has just given him his first

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Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Renee Treml

Prehistoric skeleton and museum detective Sherlock Bones and his stuffed-parrot sidekick, Watts, outmaneuver a sneaky raccoon to track down a missing Royal Blue Diamond.

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Jared Cullum

The gorgeous story of two friends separated by everything in the world—except love. Readers and animal lovers of every age will want to relive this journey over and over again. Katya and her Meema are spending another normal summer at their cottage

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A Thousand Glass Flowers

Evan Turk

This gorgeous and empowering picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Evan Turk paints the portrait of Marietta Barovier, the groundbreaking Renaissance artisan who helped shape the future of Venetian glassmaking. Marietta and her family li

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Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns

Duncan Tonatiuh

Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh brings an ancient Mesoamerican creation myth to life Long ago, the gods of Mesoamerica set out to create humans. They tried many times during each sun, or age. When all their attempts failed and th

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The Secret Life of Boogers

Mariona Tolosa Sisteré

A delightfully disgusting and scientific look at boogers and how they can get us out of sticky situations! Snot might seem disgusting, but it's actually (s)not! In fact, it defends our bodies and keeps us healthy by trapping viruses and bacteria

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Exquisite: the poetry and life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Suzanne Slade

A picture-book biography of celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize A 2021 Coretta Scott King Book Award Illustrator Honor Book A 2021 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book A 2021 Association of Library

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Nature at Night

Lisa Regan

Like Glow Down Deep, about luminescence in the ocean, this book also has a lenticular jacket and glow-in-the-dark illustrations. Nature at Night takes readers into the lives of some amazing glowing animal and plant organisms that use the phenomena of

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The boy whose head was filled with stars : a life of Edwin Hubble

Isabelle Marinov

A beautiful picture book about the astronomer Edwin Hubble that invites children to ponder How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? Where diid it come from?

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The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership, and Legacy

Kekla Magoon

A brilliant picture book biography about Thurgood Marshall, who fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement and served as the first Black justice on the Supreme Court, from Coretta Scott King Honor winners Kekla Magoon and Laura Freeman. Gro

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This Poem Is a Nest

Irene Latham

This beautiful poetry collection introduces readers to the art of found poetry as the poet writes a 37-line poem, "Nest," then finds 160 smaller poems within it. What can you find in a poem about a robin's nest? Irene Latham masterfull

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The Book of Brilliant Bugs

Jess French

Discover the insects of the world! Earth’s creepy crawlies may be small but they are far from boring! Learn how they contribute to life on the planet, where they live, what they eat, how their bodies work and what makes them so special. This beauti

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My wild life: adventures of a wildlife photographer

Suzi Eszterhas

A look at nature photographer Suzi Eszterhas's life behind the camera

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The Dragon Ark

Curatoria Draconis

Join the Dragon Protector on her quest to find the rarest dragon in the world With dragon numbers in rapid decline, time is running out to ensure the survival of the species. Curatoria Draconis, also known as the Dragon Protector, is on a mission to

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In the Dark

Lisa Deresti Betik

An entertaining, fact-packed introduction to the science of night. What happens when we go to sleep at night? Kids can find out in this fun exploration of the world after dark. This nonfiction book covers the surprising amount of activity going on at

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Above the Rim

Jen Bryant

The story of Elgin Baylor, basketball icon and civil rights advocate, from an all-star team Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball’s all-time-greatest players—an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the fi

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Doe Boyle

Large eyes, small eyes, eyes that see 360 degrees, eyes that work together, eyes that swivel separately from each other, and eyes that see like telescopes. Strong graphic art and lyrical text to capture imaginations.

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Going Into 5th Grade 2021

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Out of This World

Chris Wooding

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this intergalactic middle-grade adventure by Chris Wooding. If he had it his way, Jack would spend his days drawing aliens and epic space battles. But it seems Jack's day

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The Candy Mafia

Lavie Tidhar

Twelve-year-old private detective Nelle is swept up in a world of candy smuggling in this illustrated, middle grade mystery-comedy from World Fantasy Award-winner Lavie Tidhar. In a city where candy is outlawed, Nelle Faulkner is a preteen private de

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The Campaign

Leila Sales

Veep meets Parks and Recreation in this hilarious illustrated middle-grade political comedy about a 12-year-old who runs her babysitter’s campaign for mayor For 12-year-old Maddie Polansky, the only good part of school is art class. And though she

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Land of the Cranes (Scholastic Gold)

Aida Salazar

From the prolific author of The Moon Within comes the heart-wrenchingly beautiful story in verse of a young Latinx girl who learns to hold on to hope and love even in the darkest of places: a family detention center for migrants and refugees. Nine-ye

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Kingston and the Magician's Lost and Found

Rucker Moses, Theo Gangi

Magic has all but disappeared in Brooklyn, but one tenacious young magician is determined to bring it back in this exciting middle grade mystery. Twelve-year-old Kingston has just moved from the suburbs back to Echo City, Brooklyn—the last place hi

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No Place for Monsters

Kory Merritt

Cowslip Grove seems like the perfect place to raise a family until the children start disappearing. Nobody looks for the children because nobody can remember them. Nobody except Levi and Kat. Now they must figure out what terrible presence is taking

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Kate Alice Marshall

Neil Gaiman's Coraline meets Stranger Things in a dark and twisted story about a sleepy town with a dark secret–and the three kids brave enough to uncover it. Every thirteen years in the town of Eden Eld, three thirteen-year-olds disappear. Ele

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Fly on the Wall

Remy Lai

In Fly on the Wall, a moving and hilarious diary-style illustrated novel from the award-winning author of Pie in the Sky, a twelve-year-old boy goes on a (forbidden) solo adventure halfway around the world to prove his independence to his overprotect

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American as Paneer Pie

Supriya Kelkar

An Indian American girl navigates prejudice in her small town and learns the power of her own voice in this brilliant gem of a middle grade novel full of humor and heart, perfect for fans of Front Desk and Amina’s Voice. As the only Indian American

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The Explorer's Code

Allison K. Hymas

Three kids have everything they need to solve the decades-old mystery of Idlewood Manor, in this middle grade novel full of real ciphers, puzzles, riddles, and codes that Kirkus Reviews calls "a worthy call to unravel a mystery.” Idlewood Mano

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The Lion of Mars

Jennifer L. Holm

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Life on Mars is pretty standard…. until a mysterious virus hits. Don’t miss this timely and unputdownable novel from the bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish. Bell is just like any other kid. He loves cats,

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Girl Giant and the Monkey King

Van Hoang

From debut author Van Hoang comes Girl Giant and the Monkey King, a tale packed with magic, adventure, and middle-school woes—perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Roshani Chokshi. Eleven-year-old Thom Ngho is keeping a secret: she’s strong. Like

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The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

Adrianna Cuevas

2021 Pura Belpré Honor Book NYPL Best Book of 2020 2020 Evanston Public Library Great Books for Kids In this magical middle-grade debut novel from Adrianna Cuevas, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a Cuban American boy must use his secret ability t

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Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero

Kelly J. Baptist

A coming-of-age tale about a boy who proves that with superhero courage–and a few great sidekicks–you can take on even the toughest of odds. Adapted from a story that first appeared in Flying Lessons & Other Stories and perfect for fans of The

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A Place to Hang the Moon

Kate Albus

A heartwarming story about three siblings, evacuated from London to live in the countryside, looking for a permanent home–and a new meaning for family. A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year It is 1940 and William, 12, Edmund, 11, and Anna,

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Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse

Chantel Acevedo

The first in an action-packed debut middle grade fantasy duology about a Cuban American girl who discovers that she’s one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology. Perfect for fans of The Serpent’s Secret, the Aru Shah series, and the Percy Jackson a

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Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

Julie Abe

A young witch must pass a coming-of-age quest or risk losing her magic forever in this enchanting fantasy — perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service and Aru Shah and the End of Time. Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic… Eva Evergree

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City of Secrets

Victoria Ying

Read the graphic novel that Caldecott medal-winning illustrator, Dan Santat, calls, "An edge-of-your-seat thriller!" Ever Barnes is a shy orphan guarding a secret in an amazing puzzle box of a building. Most of the young women who work at t

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Allergic: A Graphic Novel

Megan Wagner Lloyd

A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl with severe allergies who just wants to find the perfect pet! At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are

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The Invasion: A Graphic Novel (Animorphs #1)

K. A. Applegate, Michael Grant

The wildly popular, bestselling sci-fi series by Katherine Applegate and Michael grant returns in a new full-color graphic novel series, adapted by Chris Grine. Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He could tell you about the night he a

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Dung for Dinner

Christine Virnig

Discover the stomach-churning truth about the animal poop, pee, vomit, and secretions that humans have eaten throughout history—and sometimes still do—in Christine Virnig's laugh-out-loud middle-grade nonfiction debut. Dung for Dinner is ill

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Chemical world: science in our daily lives

Rowena Rae

Despite people using both natural and synthetic chemicals with (mainly) good intentions, some chemicals have had unintended negative consequences. Chemical residues have contaminated ecosystems the world over and are compromising the health of many e

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The One Thing You'd Save

Linda Sue Park

If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class. Illustrated with black-and-wh

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No Voice Too Small

Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, Jeanette Bradley

Fans of We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices will love meeting fourteen young activists who have stepped up to make change in their community and the United States. Mari Copeny demanded clean water in Flint. Jazz Jennings insisted, as a transgirl,

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History Smashers: The Mayflower

Kate Messner

Myths! Lies! Secrets! Smash the stories behind famous moments in history and expose the hidden truth. Perfect for fans of I Survived and Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales. In 1620, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and made friends with Wampanoag

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Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures!

Mike Lowery

Discover the ULTIMATE, 128-paged book about all things sharks and underwater creatures, from the creative brain of Mike Lowery! Featuring fun facts, jokes, comics, maps, and more. Did you know that sharks can be as small as a banana, or bigger than a

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Let's Save Our Planet: Forests

Jess French

From scientists and conservationists helping to protect forest creatures, to tech inventions like robot tree-planters, this book helps children aged 8 and up to discover the solutions to deforestation that are being worked on around the world right n

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Who Got Game?: Baseball

Derrick D. Barnes

Celebrate the unheralded people and stories that helped shape the game of baseball! Meet unsung pioneers, like John “Bud” Fowler, William Edward White, and brothers Moses Fleetwood Walker and Weld Walker, four African Americans who integrated whi

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