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Going Into 1st Grade 2022


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Dad Bakes

Katie Yamasaki

A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2021 A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2021 An Amazon Best Children's Book of 2021 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2021 Dad wakes early every morning before the sun, heading off

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Mel Fell

Corey R. Tabor

A Caldecott Honor Book and ALA Notable Book of the Year! An innovative and charming tale about a plucky little bird, from the award-winning author-illustrator of Fox the Tiger. Readers will delight in turning their book sideways and upside down to fo

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One of These is Not Like the Others

Barney Saltzberg

One of these is not like that other–and that's great! This gently subversive picture book points out– and celebrates!– the differences between subjects. Barney Saltzberg's hilarious and delightfully direct text and simple illustrations i

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Bright Star

Yuyi Morales

A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book Winner of the Tomás Rivera Mexican Children’s Book Award Inspiring, reassuring, and beautifully illustrated, this new story from the creator of the New York Times bestseller Dreamers is the perfect gift for ev

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Bathe the Cat

Alice B. McGinty

Bathe the floor? Sweep the dishes? This riotous romp of a picture book follows a frantic family as they try to get some chores done—with no help from the family cat, who keeps scrambling the list of chores with hilarious effects. Get ready for a ro

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Noah's Seal

Layn Marlow

In a picture-perfect ode to the perfect day at the beach, a young boy experiences the joys of being left alone to play and dream at the edge of a wild sea. Waiting is hard. In a gentle multigenerational story that blurs the boundaries of real and ima

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Chaiwala!

Priti Birla Maheshwari

A sensory celebration of family, food, and culture

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Little Red and the Cat Who Loved Cake

Barbara Lehman

A highly visual fractured-fairy-tale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood (and a cat who loves cake) from Caldecott Honor-winner Barbara Lehman. With simple picture bubbles and pictograms, this is perfect for budding graphic novel readers. Little Red

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From My Window

Otávio Júnior, Beatriz C. Dias

What do you see from your window? This #OwnVoices picture book from Brazil offers a firsthand view of what children growing up in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro see every day. A vibrant and diverse celebration of urban community living, brought to lif

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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

Joanna Ho

A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller · A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year · A School Library Journal Best Book of 2021 · Included in NPR’s 2021 Books We Love List · Featured in Forbes, Oprah Daily, The Cut, and Book

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Mina

Matthew Forsythe

Five starred reviews! Named Best Picture Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and Shelf Awareness “Marvelous mouse-sized mischief for all ages.” —Booklist (starred review) From the creator of the acclaimed and beloved Pokko and the Drum comes an

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Boogie Boogie, Y'all

C.G. Esperanza

Author-illustrator C. G. Esperanza delivers a celebratory ode to graffiti and the Boogie Down Bronx through an infectious read-aloud beat and colorful illustrations that leap right off the page! Perfect for fans of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut and

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The Three Billy Goats Buenos

Susan Middleton Elya

Humor abounds in this masterfully-bilingual twist on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" that dares to ask the question: why is that troll so grumpy anyway? Three little cabritos have a clever plan to get past the grumpiest troll in the land. But

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Olu and Greta

Diana Ejaita

The geographical and cultural distance between two cousins is counteracted by the universalities of childhood and the dream of uniting. Olu lives in Lagos, Nigeria; his cousin, Greta, lives in Milan, Italy. Though their lives may be different, their

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Wonder Walkers

Micha Archer

A Caldecott Honor winner! Micha Archer's gorgeous, detailed collages give readers a fresh outlook on the splendors of nature. Cover may vary. When two curious kids embark on a "wonder walk," they let their imaginations soar as they loo

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Bunny Will Not Jump!

Jason Tharp

From the endless imagination of Jason Tharp comes a hilarious and interactive Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for fans of Mo Willems and Jim Benton and for beginning readers who like to giggle! Bunny will not jump. He usually loves jumping! Bu

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A Fun Day at Fun Park

Lola M. Schaefer

Meet the deliciously sweet duo, Sprinkles and Swirls, in this first book in a new Level 1 Ready-to-Read Graphics series! Sprinkles and Swirls are two little cupcakes who go on big adventures! Today they are visiting Fun Park. Join them as they zip, z

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Fish and Sun

Sergio Ruzzier

Introducing I Can Read Comics, a new early reader line that familiarizes children with the world of graphic novel storytelling and encourages visual literacy in emerging readers. One day, a bored little fish journeys up to the surface of the ocean, w

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We Love Bubbles!

Vikram Madan

A hilarious book about best friends Bobo and Pup-Pup–a monkey and a dog with very different personalities. Perfect for fans of Elephant & Piggie! Did you ever have a friend who likes doing something that you find completely annoying? Well, Bobo

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What about Worms!?

Ryan T. Higgins

Tiger is big. Tiger is tough. And Tiger has an important note for you. Dear Reader, WATCH OUT FOR WORMS! They are everywhere! They might even be in this book! Your friend, Tiger P. S. Tiger is afraid of worms.

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Nothing Fits a Dinosaur

Jonathan Fenske

Nothing Fits a Dinosaur is a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor Book! From award-winning author and illustrator Jonathan Fenske comes a funny, rhyming Level 1 Ready-to-Read that will have everyone asking the question: so what does fit a dinosaur? It’

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Friendbots: Blink and Block Make a Wish

Vicky Fang

Introducing I Can Read Comics, a brand-new early reader line that familiarizes children with the world of graphic novel storytelling and encourages visual literacy in emerging readers. Meet the robots Blink and Block in this STEM-inspired story by de

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Sabrina Sue Loves the City

Priscilla Burris

In this third Level 1 Ready-to-Read story about a spunky chicken from the illustrator of the Heidi Heckelbeck series, Sabrina Sue sets off to the big city. Sue decides she wants to see a busy city. So she’s off on a new adventure to see tall buildi

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So You Want to Be an Owl

Jane Porter

Welcome to Owl School! Professor Olaf Owl is here to tell you everything you need to know about being an owl, from hunting to camouflage to seeing in the dark

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Dragon Bones

Sarah Glenn Marsh

At home in her seaside town in England, little Mary Anning stared out her window. Unlike other children, Mary couldn't wait for a rainy day. Because when it rained… the bones were revealed. With her father and brother, Mary would go out search

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When Cloud Became a Cloud

Rob Hodgson

Meet Cloud! Follow along as she moves, transforms, precipitates, and more in this charming and humorous portrayal of the water cycle. The lifecycle of our protagonist, Cloud, is delightfully and sparsely narrated in nine short chapters that follow th

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Joey: A Baby Koala and His Mother

Nic Bishop

It's an exciting morning for Joey the baby koala in this beautifully photographed book from award-winning author Nic Bishop. High above the ground, in the shade of a eucalyptus tree, Joey the baby koala wakes up hungry! Crawling over his sleepin

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Going Into 2nd Grade 2022


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Grandad's Camper

Harry Woodgate

A Stonewall Honor Book Best Illustrated Book — Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2022 "As warm and friendly as a kind grandparent." Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW "For the hope for new adventures, and the glimpse of intergenerati

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Except Antarctica

Todd Sturgell

"Delightful and hilarious."—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review Turtles are found on every continent EXCEPT Antarctica. But not for long! Follow along as a rogue group of determined animals embark on an adventure (and defy their flustered narr

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Chez Bob

Bob Shea

"A lazy alligator comes up with a plan to lure his prey by opening up a restaurant for birds–until he realizes that birds are even better as friends"–

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Redlocks and the Three Bears

Claudia Rueda

Goldilocks meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charming and unexpected fairytale mashup from the New York Times bestselling Illustrator of Easter Cat! KNOCK! KNOCK! When the Three Bears answer the door, it's not Goldilocks they meet, but a stra

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On the Trapline

David A. Robertson

A picture book celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions. The Governor General Award–winning team behind When We Were Alone shares a story that honors our connections to our past and our grandfathers and fathers. A boy and Moshom, his grandpa, t

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The Little Mermaid

Jerry Pinkney

"In this reinvention of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, a little mermaid trades her voice for legs and makes a new friend on land, but must return to the sea to save her family"–

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America, My Love, America, My Heart

Daria Peoples-Riley

America, do you love me? Acclaimed author-artist Daria Peoples-Riley invites readers to answer timely—and timeless—questions beating inside the hearts of children across America. Exquisitely illustrated, with a powerful, lyrical text, America, My

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Zonia's Rain Forest

Juana Martinez-Neal

A heartfelt, visually stunning picture book from Caldecott Honor and Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Juana Martinez-Neal illuminates a young girl’s day of play and adventure in the lush rain forest of Peru. Zonia’s home is the Amazon rain forest, w

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Room for Everyone

Naaz Khan

A young boy on a crowded bus discovers that, after some wiggles and giggles, there’s room for everyone in this lighthearted rhyming picture book set in Zanzibar. The dala dala rumbles and roars as Musa and Dada drive off to the shore—but the bus

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I Don't Want to Read This Book

Max Greenfield

From actor Max Greenfield (fan-favorite “Schmidt” from television’s New Girl) comes a hilarious picture book for every child who thinks they don't like to read books (and all the kids—and grownups—who do). Words, sentences, and even wo

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Change Sings

Amanda Gorman

A lyrical picture book debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long "I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest song. I don't

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Federico and the Wolf

Rebecca J. Gomez

A modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood in which Federico rides his bicycle to the market for Abuelo's groceries, then stands up to a hungry wolf. Includes a recipe for pico de gallo and glossary of Spanish terms.

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Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child

Paul Fleischman

In Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child, Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, combining many different cultural traditions to create one narrative.

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Soul Food Sunday

Winsome Bingham

Granny teaches her grandson to cook the family meal in this loving celebration of food, traditions, and gathering together at the table ​A 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Award Illustrator Honor Book On Sundays, everyone gathers at Granny’s for Soul

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The Middle Kid

Weinberg, Steven

A story about the wonderfully challenging realities of being a family's middle kid. Readers experience a day in the life of a middle kid, and all the highs and lows of a life in-between. When you're the middle kid, you're never the fir

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Im on It! (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!)

Mo Willems, Andrea Tsurumi

"When Frog and Goat turn a simple game into an all-out competition, things get out of hand…until finally, they're over it"–

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I Really Dig Pizza!

Candy James

Elephant & Piggie meets Narwhal and Jelly in this hilarious new early-reader graphic novel series about Archie & Reddie, two fox friends who have wild fun! In this first book, Archie finds a cheesy treat in the forest and tries to keep it a s

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Bat and Sloth Hang Around

Leslie Kimmelman

The hilarious adventures of two unlikely rainforest friends.

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Friends Do Not Eat Friends

Jill Esbaum

Two dinosaurs with larger-than-life personalities become unlikely friends in this silly and sweet Level 1 Ready-to-Read Graphics book, the first in a new series! Thunder is big. Cluck is small. Thunder likes to ROAR! Cluck likes to say “hello!” C

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Kraken Me Up

Jeffrey Ebbeler

Izzie and her unusual pet make a big splash at the county fair in this punny easy reader comic from a beloved children's book illustrator and comics artist. Izzie can't wait to debut her pet at the county fair. While the other children have

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Cornbread & Poppy

Matthew Cordell

Caldecott medalist Matthew Cordell debuts his first early reader series about two best friends who are as different from each other as can be. Cornbread LOVES planning. Poppy does not. Cornbread ADORES preparing. Poppy does not. Cornbread IS ready fo

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Too Small Tola

Atinuke

Three delightful tales from a renowned Nigerian storyteller introduce a chapter-book heroine who is every bit as mighty as she is small. In a trio of droll stories, award-winning author and storyteller Atinuke debuts an endearing and enduring charact

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Packs

Hannah Salyer

A full color, exquisitely illustrated celebration of animals who live in packs, herds, pods, and more. Packs shows how togetherness and teamwork help many creatures thrive.

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My Magic Wand

Pat Mora

"A collection of original poems that celebrate family, universal childhood experiences, and the pure pleasure a young girl feels as her mastery and understanding grow throughout the seasons of a year"–

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What's in Your Pocket?

Heather L. Montgomery

Charles Darwin, George Washington Carver, and Jane Goodall were once curious kids with pockets full of treasures! When you find something strange and wonderful, do you put it in your pocket? Meet nine scientists who, as kids, explored the great outdo

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What Isabella Wanted

Candace Fleming

From multiple award-winning author Candace Fleming and Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell comes the true story of a woman who always got what she wanted: Isabella Stewart Gardner. A New England Book Award Finalist For years, the indomitable Isabella

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African Proverbs for All Ages

Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Nelda LaTeef

African Proverbs for All Ages is a beautifully-illustrated, engaging picture book about the power of proverbs, how they evolve over time, and the wisdom of various cultures in Africa. It has been said that a proverb is a short sentence based on long

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Going Into 3rd Grade 2022


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Watercress

Andrea Wang

Caldecott Medal Winner Newbery Honor Book APALA Award Winner A story about the power of sharing memories—including the painful ones—and the way our heritage stays with and shapes us, even when we don’t see it. New England Book Award Winner A Ne

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Dream Street

Tricia Elam Walker

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES • FIVE STARRED REVIEWS Visit a truly special street bursting with joy, hope, and dreams. Inspired by the neighborhood where they grew up as cousins, this gorgeous picture bo

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Can we be friends? : unexpected animal friendships from around the world

Erica Sirotich

With charming, colorful illustrations, this heartwarming picture book in rhyming text asks an age-old question–can we be friends? Take a journey exploring five unexpected animal friendships! This adorable picture book, based on real-life stories, sh

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Dear Treefrog

Joyce Sidman

"With magical, concise and perceptive poems, Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman captures the life of a tree frog in an intimate and moving way. A master of the science note, her fascinating sidebars help bind the twin poems together and g

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Old Rock (is not boring)

Deb Pilutti

Quirky charm infuses this tale of Old Rock's life story, which is much more exciting than you'd expect. Old Rock has been sitting in the same spot in the pine forest for as long as anyone can remember. Spotted Beetle, Tall Pine, and Humming

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Be a Tree!

Maria Gianferrari

A lyrical, gorgeously illustrated look at the majesty of trees—and what humans can learn from them Stand tall. Stretch your branches to the sun. Be a tree! We are all like trees: our spines, trunks; our skin, bark; our hearts giving us strength and

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Survivor Tree

Marcie Colleen

The Callery pear tree standing at the base of the World Trade Center is almost destroyed on September 11, but it is pulled from the rubble, coaxed back to life, and replanted as part of the 9/11 memorial.

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My Day with the Panye

Tami Charles

A young girl in Haiti is eager to learn how to carry a basket to market in an exuberant picture book with universal appeal. “To carry the panye, we move gracefully, even under the weight of the sun and the moon.” In the hills above Port-au-Prince

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Shark and Bot

Brian Yanish

A shark and a robot are unlikely friends. But in this hilarious young graphic novel series, what makes you different makes for an EPIC friendship. Can a shark and a robot really be friends? What makes us different also makes for EPIC friendship in th

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Haylee and Comet: A Tale of Cosmic Friendship

Deborah Marcero

In the warm and wonderful tradition of emerging reader series about friendship like Frog and Toad and Elephant and Piggie, comes Deborah Marcero's Haylee and Comet, a book about a secret wish, a girl named Haylee, and a cosmic friendship. Haylee

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Puppy Problems

Paige Braddock

A goofy new puppy rocks the world of a high-strung dog and a snarky cat in this hilarious graphic novel for early readers.

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Bug Blonsky and His Swamp Scout Survival Guide

E.S. Redmond

Bug Blonsky is back, making mischief at camp, tracking Bigfoot, and entertaining readers with another madcap list: his “unofficial” Swamp Scout Survival guide. In an uproarious follow-up to Bug Blonsky and His Very Long List of Dont's, Bug t

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One Smart Sheep

Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney

It takes one smart sheep to escape from a piano movers' van and find his way home in this humorous friendship story for emerging and newly independent readers by beloved, award-winning author Gary D. Schmidt and coauthor Elizabeth Stickney. Wils

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Big Foot and Little Foot

Ellen Potter

At the Academy for Curious Squidges, Hugo learns the most important part of being a Sasquatch is staying hidden from humans. But Hugo dreams of roaming free rather than staying cooped up in caves. When he has an unexpected run-in with a human boy, Hu

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The Woodcarver's Daughter

Yona Zeldis McDonough

After a pogrom forces Batya's Russian Jewish family to leave their home and make the journey to America, Batya hopes her new life will offer her a chance to become a woodcarver like her beloved father. But while many things in America are differ

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Book Buddies: Ivy Lost and Found

Cynthia Lord

Includes an excerpt from Marco Polo brave explorer.

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Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Erin Entrada Kelly

“Utterly endearing!” —Annie Barrows, New York Times-bestselling author of the Ivy + Bean books “Hilarious and heart-melting.” —Sara Pennypacker, New York Times–bestselling author of Pax Introducing eight-year-old Marisol Rainey—an irr

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The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp

Jonathan Auxier

The first book in a magical chapter-book adventure series by the Governor General Award-winning author of Sweep. Auggie Pound is eight years old and has the greatest job of all time: he cares for all the animals in the Fabled Stables. The Fabled Stab

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The Boy Whose Head Was Full of Stars

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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Little Spacecraft That Could

J. Lapin

Age range 6+ From the author and illustrator of If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon, a new out-of-this-world account of New Horizons-the spacecraft that journeyed to Pluto and changed the way scientists study outer space.Ride along with the Ne

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With great power : the marvelous Stan Lee : an unauthorized biography

Annie Hunter Eriksen

"Every superhero has their origin story: a radioactive spider bite turns ordinary teen Peter Parker into Spider-Man, wealthy Tony Stark escapes captivity by building his Iron Man suit, scientist Bruce Banner survives gamma rays only to transform

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A Girl Named Rosita

Anika Aldamuy Denise

"The life of Puerto Rican actress, dancer, and singer Rita Moreno, from her girlhood journey to the United States to her rise as a timeless superstar"–

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We Want to Go to School!

Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Janine Leffler

A Junior Library Guild Selection February 2022 The true story of the people who helped make every public school a more inclusive place. There was a time in the United States when millions of children with disabilities weren't allowed to go to pu

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You're Invited to a Moth Ball

Loree Griffin Burns

RSVP and have a ball–a moth ball–while studying moths in your own backyard! Kids are usually asleep when moths come out at night. But discovering the diverse moth population is simple–stay up late and set up a party for moths! Nature centers and m

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Make Meatballs Sing

Matthew Burgess

Deeply influenced by the example of Christ–to stand in love with the least of us–and fired up by the social justice issues of her day, artist, designer, and educator Sister Corita Kent was a nun like no other!

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A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu, and You

Mike Barfield

Packed with comics, diagrams, and “secret diaries,” this book is a wondrous, encyclopedic glance at a dizzying host of different things—from hearts to farts to coconuts—and makes a hilarious and informative guide for curious young readers. Jo

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Going Into 4th Grade 2022


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Weird Kid

Greg van Eekhout

From the author of Cog and Voyage of the Dogs, Weird Kid is a hilarious and heartfelt homage to everyone who feels like they don’t belong. Perfect for fans of Gordon Korman and Stuart Gibbs. Jake Wind is trying to stay under the radar. Whose radar?

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The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe

Tricia Springstubb

For fans of Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly and The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss, a novel about one unadventurous girl who discovers she is anything but. Eleven-year-old Loah Londonderry is definitely a homebody. While h

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My Otter Half

Michelle Schusterman

Homeward Bound meets Finding Nemo in this heartfelt story about a brave sea otter and a rambunctious puppy who team up to find their way home. Oliver is a sea otter determined to prove that he’s not a momma otter’s boy. In an effort to show his b

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The Secret of the Magic Pearl

Elisa Sabatinelli

A boy who lives by the sea wishes to follow in his father's footsteps, become a diver and learn the secrets of the sea.

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Hide and Don't Seek

Anica Mrose Rissi

A contemporary collection of original short stories by Anica Mrose Rissi that is sure to elicit chills, laughs, and screams, even from the most devoted fans of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! A game of hide-and-seek goes on far too long… A look-

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Stuntboy, in the Meantime

Jason Reynolds

A Schneider Family Award Honor Book for Middle Grade From Newbery Medal honoree and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a hilarious, hopeful, and action-packed middle grade novel about the greatest young superhero you’ve never

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The Sheep, the Rooster, and the Duck

Matt Phelan

Wherever there is injustice, nefarious plots, or threats to society, the Sheep, the Rooster, and the Duck are there to stop them! A sly villain with a plan to cause havoc across the globe is no match for three extraordinary animals—and their two yo

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The Puffin Keeper

Michael Morpurgo

From bestselling author Michael Morpurgo comes a beautifully illustrated classic story about a lighthouse keeper, a daring rescue and puffins, for fans of War Horse and The One and Only Ivan. As a child, Allen is saved from a nautical disaster by Ben

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Strangeville School Is Totally Normal

Darcy Miller

This new highly-illustrated series is guaranteed to make you laugh so hard milk will come out of your nose! Strangeville School is the wackiest, most dangerous school you will ever attend…and you'll desperately want to come back for more! Harv

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Second Dad Summer

Benjamin Klas

Jeremiah just wants a normal summer with his dad. But his dad has moved in with his new boyfriend Michael who serves weird organic food and is constantly nagging him. Worst of all, Michael rides a bicycle decorated to look like a unicorn. This is not

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Pugnapped!

Marty Kelley

A funny, fast-paced illustrated chapter book aimed at fans of Hank Zipzer, Stink, and I Funny. Fourth-grader Stevie Blunt is a huge comic book fan–and he's just found a rare copy of the first issue of Captain Fantastic, featuring a “Top Secr

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Maya and the Robot

Eve L. Ewing

From award-winning author Eve L. Ewing comes an illustrated middle grade novel about a forgotten homemade robot who comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya needs a friend — and a science fair project. Maya's nervous about fi

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The Girl in the Lake

India Hill Brown

For fans of Small Spaces, Doll Bones, and Mary Downing Hahn, a truly chilling (and historically inspired) ghost story from the talented author of The Forgotten Girl. Celeste knows she should be excited to spend two weeks at her grandparents' lak

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The House That Wasn't There

Elana K. Arnold

"In this luminous story full of mystery and magic, Elana K. Arnold weaves a shimmering tapestry about the lovely and surprising ways we’re connected to each other. Heart-healing, hopeful, and wonderfully inventive, this beautiful novel by a ma

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Willodeen

Katherine Applegate

From #1 New York Times bestseller Katherine Applegate, a singular middle-grade novel about a girl who risks everything to help a handmade creature who comes to life. The earth is old and we are not, and that is all you must remember . . . Eleven-year

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Monster Friends

Kaeti Vandorn

Two friends: one big, one little. One old, one young. One grumpy, one cheerful. Both: MONSTERS! From the author of Crabapple Trouble comes a sweet and fun-filled chapter-book graphic novel, with a charming cast of adorable monsters. Reggie's pla

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Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear

Trang Nguyen, Jeet Zdung

* "Perfect for animal-loving fans of Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan and Rosanne Parry’s A Wolf Called Wander."—School Library Journal, starred review An ALA Top Ten and Eisner-nominated middle grade graphic novel adventur

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Otto: A Palindrama

Jon Agee

This absurdly clever and funny graphic novel, told entirely in palindromes, is created by World Palindrome Champion Jon Agee, author of Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! Otto is having a very palindramatic day. His pet, Pip, has gone missing,

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The Faith of Elijah Cummings

Carole Boston Weatherford

Congressman and civil rights advocate Elijah Cummings dedicated his life to public service. This comprehensive and visually stunning biography details his humble beginnings and unwavering faith as he waged an endless battle for truth, justice, and eq

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Nina: a story of Nina Simone

Traci N. Todd

A 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Award Honoree! This luminous, defining picture book biography illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson, tells the remarkable and inspiring story of acclaimed singer Nina Simone and her bold, defiant, and exul

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Sweet justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Mara Rockliff

An inspiring picture-book biography about the woman whose cooking helped feed and fund the Montgomery bus boycott of 1956, from an award-winning illustrator. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY New York Public Library • Chicago Public Librar

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¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance That Crossed Color Lines

Dean Robbins

New York City’s desegregated Palladium Ballroom springs to life with a diverse 1940s cast in this jazzy picture-book tribute to the history of mambo and Latin jazz. Millie danced to jazz in her Italian neighborhood. Pedro danced to Latin songs in h

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Playing at the Border

Joanna Ho

The New York Times bestselling author of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, Joanna Ho, delivers a poignant picture book biography about the musician Yo-Yo Ma, immigration, and using music to build bridges. "Everyone can benefit from Ho's messag

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The Dirt Book

David L. Harrison

Unearth the glorious mysteries that lie beneath our feet with 15 fun and fact-filled poems about soil–what it is, how it's made, and who lives in it! A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year Named to the Texas Bluebonnet Master List Spec

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Invented by Animals

Christiane Dorion

Humans think they invent everything, but the fact is, us animals have invented ways of solving problems, making unbelievable materials, ways of getting around and working out how to survive on our own for millions of years. In this book you will meet

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Rescuing Titanic

Flora Delargy

Rescuing Titanic tells with exquisite illustrations and richly detailed text the story of the Carpathia and its heroic journey rescuing passengers from the Titanic.

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Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight

Jen Bryant

A champion of equal rights who helped create a better future for all Americans, this biography of the first Asian American woman elected to Congress showed how she carved her own path to become a historic trailblazer.

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I am an American: the Wong Kim Ark story

Martha Brockenbrough, Grace Lin

"A timely and important picture book that introduces readers to Wong Kim Ark, who challenged the Supreme Court for his right to be an American citizen"–

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B Is for Broadway

John Robert Allman

“A must-have for all Broadway lovers—B Is for Broadway—a book I am actually in!!! I am buying a dozen.” —ROSIE O’DONNELL, Isabelle Stevenson Award recipient, three-time Tony Awards host, and Emmy Award winner New from the creators of A Is

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Going Into 5th Grade 2022


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Long Lost

Jacqueline West

“Perfect to be read late into the night.”—Stefan Bachmann, internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar “A spooky sisterhood mystery that is sure to be a hit with readers.”—School Library Journal (starred review) “Grab a flashligh

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Born Behind Bars

Padma Venkatraman

“Venkatraman has never met a heavy theme she did not like….Borrowing elements of fable, it's told with a recurring sense of awe by a boy whom the world, for most of his life, has existed only in stories.”—New York Times Book Review The a

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Fast Pitch

Nic Stone

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes a challenging and heartwarming coming-of-age story about a softball player looking to prove herself on and off the field. Shenice Lockwood, captain of the Fulton Firebirds, is hyper-focused wh

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How to Win a Slime War

Mae Respicio

Slime entrepreneurs face off in an epic battle to see who can sell the most slime, while navigating sticky situations with friends and family. From the award-winning author of The House That Lou Built comes another story about a creative kid with som

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Trouble in the Stars

Sarah Prineas

"A space chase that would feel right at home in the world of Star Wars. Unexpectedly out of this world." —Kirkus Reviews From acclaimed author Sarah Prineas comes an action-packed, funny, and heartwarming outer-space adventure about a tro

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Time Villains

Victor Piñeiro

"Magnificent."—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review Story Thieves meets Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library in this wacky, hilarious, and fast-paced middle-grade series starter, with the perfect combination of magic, imagination, and adve

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Northwind

Gary Paulsen

This stunning New York Times Bestseller from the survival story master, set along a rugged coastline centuries ago, does for the ocean what Hatchet does for the woods, as it relates the story of a young person’s battle to stay alive against the odd

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A Kind of Spark

Elle McNicoll

Perfect for readers of Song for a Whale and Counting by 7s, a neurodivergent girl campaigns for a memorial when she learns that her small Scottish town used to burn witches simply because they were different. "A must-read for students and adults

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The Keeper

Guadalupe García McCall

Inspired by a terrifying true story, acclaimed author Guadalupe Garcia McCall creates a twisty tale about a boy desperately trying to survive in a new town with a secret past. James always knew moving from Texas to Oregon was going to be horrible.. B

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Last Gate of the Emperor

Kwame Mbalia, Prince Joel Makonnen

From Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen comes an Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire. Sci-fi and fantasy combine in this epic journey to the stars. Yared Heywat lives an isolated life in Addis Prime — a hardscrabble cit

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Pahua and the Soul Stealer

Lori M. Lee

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Lori M. Lee's middle grade debut about a lonely Hmong girl who discovers she's a powerful shaman warrior in this fantasy inspired by Southeast Asian mythology. "I love the adventures Pahua has

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Strangeworlds Travel Agency

L. D. Lapinski

Perfect for fans of The Train to Impossible Places and Nevermoor, this “utterly delightful” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) middle grade fantasy follows a young girl who uses a travel agency’s magical suitcases to travel to different worlds. W

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Temple Alley Summer

Sachiko Kashiwaba

Winner of the 2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Award A July/August 2021 Kids' Indie Next Pick A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection From renowned Japanese children's author Sachiko Kashiwaba, Temple Alley Summer is a fantastical and myst

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Playing the Cards You're Dealt (Scholastic Gold)

Varian Johnson

“With a deft hand, Johnson shows us there's no such thing as "too young" when it comes to questioning big ideas like manhood, or even family.” –Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Look Both Ways and Stamped Liter

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Frankie & Bug

Gayle Forman

In the summer of 1987 in Venice, California, ten-year-old Bug and her new friend Frankie learn important lessons about life, family, being your true self, and how to navigate in a world that is not always just or fair.

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Cuba in My Pocket

Adrianna Cuevas

By the author of 2021 Pura Belpré Honor Book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a sweeping, emotional middle grade historical novel about a twelve-year-old boy who leaves his family in Cuba to immigrate to the U.S. by himself, based on the author&#0

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The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers: And Other Gruesome Tales

Jen Campbell

In this collection, fourteen of fairy tales from around the world are retold for young readers, restored to their original, grisly versions. Do you dare read this collection of terrifyingly gruesome tales? In this gripping volume, author Jen Campbell

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Rez Dogs

Joseph Bruchac

Renowned author Joseph Bruchac tells a powerful story of a girl who learns more about her Penacook heritage while sheltering in place with her grandparents during the coronavirus pandemic. Malian loves spending time with her grandparents at their hom

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Horse power: how horses changed the world

Jennifer Thermes

From their earliest evolution to the invention of the “horseless carriage,” this picture book captures how—for much of human history—horses powered the world! For thousands of years, horses and humans lived, worked, and played together, side

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Inside Animals

Barbara Taylor

Inside Animals journeys beneath the surface to reveal the inner workings of over 20 amazing animals in fascinating scientific detail.

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Before They Were Artists: Famous Illustrators as Kids

Elizabeth Haidle

This vibrantly illustrated graphic novel anthology brings to life the childhood experiences of beloved artists and illustrators such as Wanda Gág, Maurice Sendak, and Jerry Pinkney. Stylish illustrations paired with small vignettes and anecdotes fro

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I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau

Julie Dunlap

Horn Book Starred Review: An excellent introduction to Thoreau and the turbulent times in which he lived. School Library Journal Starred Review: An engaging and inspiring biographical title for budding scientists, artists, and environmentalists. Kirk

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It's Outta Here!

Matt Doeden

"For more than one hundred years, the home run has been the most exciting play in baseball. Read about the longest, strangest, and most important home runs in Major League Baseball history"–

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Skygazing

Anna Claybourne

Offering a cross-curricular exploration, readers can discover all about airborne wildlife, weird weather, aircraft, stars and constellations, and their mythology.

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Amazing Rivers

Julie Vosburgh Agnone

"Discover over 100 of the world's most incredible rivers in this fascinating picture book. Amazing Rivers takes readers on a tour of the world's waterways, revealing the animals that call them home, the societies that rely on them, and

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