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Going Into 1st Grade 2023


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Gold

Jed Alexander

Gold tests our assumptions of what makes up a family by recasting Goldlilocks as a fractured fairy tale in this ingenious wordless picture book

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Only Ants for Andy

Jashar Awan

This funny, satisfying picture book from the author of What a Lucky Day! gives a fresh spin to a familiar childhood theme: trying new things. I’m Andy And I like what I like! Andy is a very particular anteater. He has his favorite toys, his favorit

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Zack and Ike Are Exactly Alike

Suzanne Bloom

Zack and Ike are best friends who like to think they're exactly alike. They have the same backpack, the same bike, and the same kind hearts. But what happens when these best friends disagree? And what happens when they meet a new friend who is e

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Goodnight, Butterfly (A Very Impatient Caterpillar Book)

Ross Burach

“Everyone’s favorite frantic insect is back . . . this time trying to sleep.” — Kirkus Reviews This laugh-out-loud companion to The Very Impatient Caterpillar and The Little Butterfly That Could is perfect for bedtime—or any time! A delight

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The Crow and the Peacock

Johanna Fernihough

Crow is on a journey to find happiness-meeting an elegant swan, a gentle dove, and a famous cockerel. His journey soon leads him to a magnificent peacock locked in a cage, this is when Crow realizes that happiness may not come from how you look, but

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Scaredy Bath

Zoe Foster Blake

While the family all looks forward to bath time, Scaredy Bath dreads the piping hot water, loud kids, and gooey soap, but when the family goes away, he feels bored and sad and realizes that being a bathtub is fun–most of the time.

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Witch Hazel

Molly Idle

"A girl is transformed by the magical power of stories through the shared memories of her grandmother Hazel"–

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The Polar Bear in the Garden

Richard Jones

A gentle story of learning to say goodbye to a loved one One day, a child finds a polar bear in their garden. But this is no ordinary polar bear; it can fit in the palm of the child’s hand! As the days of the week go by from Monday to Sunday, the p

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Black Boy, Black Boy

Ali Kamanda, Jorge Redmond

Inspire Black boys to imagine all the great things they can do while celebrating remarkable moments from Black history! Dear boy, Black boy, I believe in you so. Let's start your story—ready, set, go. From athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick

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A Crown for Corina

Laekan Zea Kemp

Corina's Abuela helps her select flowers that mean something to Corina from the garden for her Mexican flower crown that she will wear on her birthday, and explains the symbolic meaning of a birthday crown.

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One Sun and Countless Stars

Hena Khan

Counting and culture come together in this stunning companion to Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. From one sun to countless stars, this gentle introduction to numbers also celebrates the many diverse traditions of the Muslim world, encouraging reade

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Atticus Caticus

Sarah Maizes

A rhythmic read-aloud tale for cool cats of any species depicts a young boy and his relatably mischievous feline, whose days are marked by clawed furniture, sun patches, and stolen sips of water, before the cat curls up on the boy's head to slee

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Wild Horses

Melissa Marr

Gorgeous photographs and an evocative text sing the praises of a real-life herd of wild horses running free in Arizona, in this ode to the beauty of these glorious creatures. Between one breath and the next, / the Wild Horses appear. Gliding through

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Tisha and the Blossoms

Wendy Meddour

Tisha and Mommy are always having to hurry up. What would happen if they slowed down? A gentle, gorgeously illustrated story of mindfulness–and sharing the small moments.

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Arlo Draws an Octopus

Lori Mortensen

Arlo likes octopuses but when he tries to draw one his picture does not turn out well at all–or does it?

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Words to Make a Friend

Donna Jo Napoli

A clever and innovative bilingual English/Japanese picture book about a Japanese girl and an American girl who prove you don't need to speak the same language to understand each other. When a young Japanese girl moves into her new house, she is

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Not That Pet!

Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Some are too scary, some are too smelly, some are too wiggly, and some are too giggly. Can Mabel find the perfect pet for her family? Not noisy or scary or covered in spikes. She’d choose something friendly that EVERYONE likes. Mabel’s family is

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A Seed Grows

Antoinette Portis

From tiny seed to a huge, fold-out bloom, the transformative life cycle of a sunflower plays out in this bold read-aloud. A Sibert Honor Book! A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book! To understand how a seed becomes a sunflower, you have to peek beneath t

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I Did It!

Michael Emberley

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner! Learning to ride a bike is hard. Can I do it? Yes, I can! A fun comic that kindergarteners and first graders can read on their own. Can I do it? I can’t do it. I want to do it. I did it! Simple text that new reade

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Gigi and Ojiji

Melissa Iwai

"Gigi crafts her Japanese American identity in this enchanting early reader. The cuteness, inclusivity, and cross-cultural problem-solving represented will have young readers coming back again and again. A must-buy." —School Library Journ

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Owl and Penguin

Vikram Madan

Two feathered friends are Frog and Toad for the emoji generation in this delightful graphic novel for emerging readers. A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book! Owl likes peace and quiet. Penguin likes to SING OUT LOUD. But best friends don’t need to be

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Reina Ramos Works It Out

Emma Otheguy

Reina Ramos is excited about dressing up as Frida Kahlo for the class wax museum. Frida was a strong person like her mami and abuela-plus Reina has the perfect headband for the costume! But when her best friend Nora picks Frida first, Reina doesn&#03

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I Am Born to Be Awesome!

Mechal Renee Roe

Beautiful Black and Brown boys are the stars in this level 1 Step Into Reading book from the Happy Hair series. It's a bright, joyful easy reader that will have boys everywhere saying "I am born to be awesome!" Kids will love seeing st

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Hairy, Hairy Poodle

Marilyn Singer

Poodle's hair just grows and grows until it is so long it overflows.

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Best Brother Ever!

Janee Trasler

Figgy says Boone is the best brother ever but Boone explains he is a rat and Figgy is a mouse and everyone in Parsley's family album are cousin rodents.

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The Tide Pool Waits

Candace Fleming

Dive into the rich ecology of tide pools and watch a hidden world spring in this masterful nonfiction picture book for very young readers. Twice a day when the tide goes out, an astonishing world is revealed in the tide pools that form along the Paci

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Light the Sky, Firefly

Sheri M. Bestor

"Fireflies are some the world's most fascinating insects. And one many children can find right in their backyards! With a simple story, perfect for read-alouds, and colorful illustrations, this scientific look at a firefly's life cycle

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Going Into 2nd Grade 2023


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Big Dreams, Small Fish

Paula Cohen

In the new country, Shirley and her family all have big dreams. Take the family store: Shirley has great ideas about how to make it more modern! Prettier! More profitable! She even thinks she can sell the one specialty no one seems to want to try: Ma

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Forever Home

Henry Cole

A heart-tugging story about an abandoned dog who is looking for a forever home — and a boy who finds him! ★ “An exquisitely rendered, touching story of companionship and belonging." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review ★ "This sweet an

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Wombat Said Come In

Carmen Agra Deedy

A kindhearted wombat offers refuge to a parade of animal friends during an Australian bushfire in a delightful new picture book from New York Times best-selling creators Carmen Agra Deedy and Brian Lies. Australian bushfires roar above Wombat’s hom

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Knight Owl

Christopher Denise

A Caldecott Honor Winner and New York Times Bestseller! A determined Owl builds strength and confidence in this medieval picture book about the real mettle of a hero: wits, humor, and heart. Since the day he hatched, Owl dreamed of becoming a real kn

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Light for All

Margarita Engle

A lyrical and unifying picture book that “will inspire young readers” and “magnificently showcases the immigrant experience” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) in America from Newbery Honoree Margarita Engle and award-winning illustrator Raúl

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A Library

Nikki Giovanni

In this lyrical picture book, world-renowned poet, New York Times bestselling author, and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Nikki Giovanni and fine artist Erin Robinson craft an ode to the magic of a library as a place not only for knowledge but also f

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Berry Song

Michaela Goade

As a young Tlingit girl collects wild berries over the seasons, she sings with her Grandmother as she learns to speak to the land and listen when the land speaks back.

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Jigsaw

Bob Graham

Serendipity and positive thinking come into play as a family searches for a missing puzzle piece in Bob Graham’s enchanting story with a sweet surprise ending. “Oh, let’s do it!” say Kitty and Katy and Mom when a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle

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Tiny Cedric

Sally Lloyd-Jones

Tiny Cedric, King ME the First has banished anyone taller than him from his palace. Which is everyone, basically. The only ones left are the babies. And now they’re in charge of the Royal Duties! How will Cedric cope—especially now that he must k

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Over and Under the Waves

Kate Messner

Explore the wonders and beauties of the ocean's kelp forests in this latest addition to the acclaimed Over and Under series. Award-winning duo Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal return in this latest addition to the Over and Under picture b

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Telling Stories Wrong

Gianni Rodari

Everyone knows how "Little Red Riding Hood" goes. But Grandpa keeps getting the story all wrong, with hilarious results! "Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Little Yellow Riding Hood–" "Not yellow! It's Re

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Gibberish

Young Vo

BEST OF THE YEAR Kirkus · Parents · Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association · Chicago Public Library · Washington Post · Evanston Public Library · Los Angeles Public Library Charlotte Huck Recommended Book Common Sense Media Selection It

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Boo! Hiss!

Cyndi Marko

When a boisterous family moves into their old, old house, Ghost and Snake devise a scary and slithery plan to make the family leave until they realize having a noisy, barking, laughing family around isn't so bad.

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Geraldine Pu and Her Lunch Box, Too!

Maggie P. Chang

With encouragement from her supportive lunchbox, a young girl ignores a classmate's teasing and heartily enjoys bao buns, stinky tofu, and other tasty lunches prepared by her Taiwanese grandmother.

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Meet the Super Duper Seven

Tim Hamilton

The seven silliest superheroes you will ever meet! This comical comic is perfect for first and second graders. Meet the Super Duper 7! Electro-Elephant can charge your phone. Hip-No-Hippo can put bad guys to sleep. And Hungry Kitty and her four brave

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Kitty and Dragon

Meika Hashimoto

When Kitty looks for the perfect home, she makes an unlikely best friend–Dragon! From Epic! Originals, Kitty and Dragon is a lovable early reader series about finding true friendship when you least expect it. Book 1 of this early reader series featu

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Frank and Bean

Jamie Michalak

When the introspective Frank meets the gregarious Bean, can they find a way to make beautiful music together? Dry wit and hilarious illustrations introduce a new unlikely pair. Frank likes peace and quiet. He likes his tent, his pencil, and writing i

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I'm Trying to Love Garbage

Bethany Barton

Children's Choice Award winner Bethany Barton explores the history and future of garbage with tons of humor, fascinating information, and entertaining illustrations. Do you ever wonder where we put all of our garbage, who gets rid of it, or how

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Zoobilations!

Douglas Florian

Discover the poetry of the animal kingdom in this seriously silly picture book full of clever puns and curious illustrations by celebrated poet Douglas Florian. Come horse around and live out your ele-phant-asies in this utterly original collection o

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A Journey Under the Sea

Craig Foster, Ross Frylinck

From the creator of the Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher and his diving partner comes a best-in-class photographic picture book about the wonders of the sea. Here's an ode to the mysteries of the ocean, the animals who share our plan

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Copycat

Christy Hale

"A collection of tanka poems, illustrations, and photographs explore biomimicry and show how plants, animals, and objects in the natural world have inspired human-made inventions. Includes additional backmatter information about biomimicry, tank

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Glasses

Lori Haskins Houran

Without glasses, everything can be a blur! Here is a "biography" of glasses, an essential invention that helps people see clearly. Ever since someone first noticed that a jar of water magnified what was behind it, people have worked to impr

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Marcel's Masterpiece

Jeff Mack

An engaging, kid-friendly introduction to artist Marcel Duchamp and how he turned a toilet into a famous work of art. This is the story of Marcel Duchamp and how the Dada art movement changed the way people thought about what art could be, and what c

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Butterflies Are Pretty … Gross!

Rosemary Mosco

Warning — this book contains top-secret information about butterflies! Prepare to be shocked and grossed out by this hilarious and totally true picture book introduction to a fascinating insect. Butterflies are beautiful and quiet and gentle and spa

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul

Carole Boston Weatherford

From a creative team with multiple Caldecott Honors comes this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin that pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves. Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musica

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The Weather's Bet

Ed Young

*"Awe-inspiring artwork as powerful as any force of nature."–Kirkus Reviews (starred review) From Caldecott Medalist Ed Young comes a picture book retelling of Aesop's fable The Wind and the Sun. Once upon the sky, there were three po

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Going Into 3rd Grade 2023


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Just Harriet

Elana K. Arnold

From the award-winning author of A Boy Called Bat comes a new young middle grade series in the tradition of Ramona and Clementine, starring an unforgettable girl named Harriet. There are a few things you should know about Harriet Wermer: She just fin

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Fenway and the Bone Thieves

Victoria J. Coe

The little dog with a GIANT personality from Fenway and Hattie is starring in his own chapter book series! There’s nothing better than a brand-new bone! And nothing worse than sneaky squirrels trying to steal it! But Fenway is smarter than those sq

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Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party (Marya Khan #1)

Saadia Faruqi

Perfect for fans of Ivy & Bean and Dory Fantasmagory, this is the start of a charming new chapter book series about a third-grader whose plans may backfire but whose persistence and heart are inspiring. Marya’s eighth birthday is coming up in a

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Hana's Hundreds of Hijabs

Razeena Omar Gutta

Hana has a humongous collection of hijabs and accessories – and her hijab is always styled superbly. But when her overflowing collection gets a little out of hand, Hana knows something needs to be done . . . and comes up with a clever plan for shar

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King of the Ice #1

Kelly Starling Lyons

From the award-winning author of the Jada Jones chapter books comes an illustrated spinoff series perfect for STEM fans! Miles Lewis loves science and sports. But when his teacher announces a class field trip to an ice skating rink to learn about phy

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The Mythics #1: Marina and the Kraken

Lauren Magaziner

From Case Closed author Lauren Magaziner and award-winning artist Mirelle Ortega comes the first book in a new highly illustrated middle grade fantasy series. Full of action, adventure, and friendship, a team of five girls must stop a powerful villai

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Wind Riders #1: Rescue on Turtle Beach

Jen Marlin

Hop aboard Wind Rider, a magical sailboat, with Max and Sofia, two kids trying to save the environment one problem at a time. Their first mission? Rescuing baby sea turtles in the beautiful waters of Hawaii. Max and Sofia are ordinary kids whose live

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Pug Blasts Off

Inc Scholastic

Eko is in trouble! The dark wizard Maldred has trapped her with a powerful spell. To free her, Drake and Rori must find the Time Dragon. But a sneaky imp sends Drake traveling back in time! Will Drake be able to save Eko or will he be stuck in the pa

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All from a Walnut

Ammi-Joan Paquette

A moving, multigenerational story about love, family roots, and the cycle of life When Emilia finds a walnut one morning, Grandpa tells her the story behind it: of his journey across the ocean to a new home, with only one small bag and a nut in his p

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Catalina Incognito

Jennifer Torres

Eight-year-old Catalina Castañeda uses Tía Abuela's sewing kit to turn ordinary clothing into a magical disguise, enabling her to uncover a thief at the local library.

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The Bear in My Family

Maya Tatsukawa

An overbearing older sibling can really be a bear, but the child in this understated, gently humorous story finds out that they can have their advantages, too. "I live with a bear," the story's young narrator declares. The bear is loud

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Agent 9: Flood-a-Geddon!

James Burks

"Funny, adorable, and action-packed!" —Kazu Kibuishi, #1 New York Times bestselling creator of the Amulet series From the creator of the Bird & Squirrel graphic novel series, comes this hilarious and action-packed new series which fol

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Terry's Crew

Terry Crews, Cory Thomas

Actor/author/athlete Terry Crews digs into his childhood in Flint, Michigan, to tell a story of fitting in and finding your place in his showstopping debut middle-grade graphic novel, the start of a series. “Terry's Crew is a true delight from

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Welcome to Feral

Mark Fearing

How many kids will go missing before this town admits it’s haunted? Find out in this freakily fun new graphic novel series! Feral has everything a small town should have: Main Street, City Hall, a population just over sixteen thousand . . . But Fer

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Expedition Backyard

Rosemary Mosco, Binglin Hu

Join two best friends—a mole and vole—on their everyday expeditions to find beautiful plants, meet new animals, and learn more about the world all around them in this nonfiction graphic novel. Each day, Mole and Vole venture out into the world

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Order of the Night Jay (Book One): The Forest Beckons

Jonathan Schnapp

Making friends can be hard for a nervous bear, even at summer camp. But Frank’s about to discover a mystery… and the camp needs him to save the day! Frank is perhaps the most un-bear-like bear Camp Jay Bird has ever seen. Actually, he's prob

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The Whale Who Swam Through Time

Alex Boersma, Nick Pyenson

This sweeping nonfiction picture book The Whale Who Swam Through Time explores the 200-year lifespan of a bowhead whale and the changing environment that surrounds her. Almost 200 years ago . . . Our journey begins with the birth of a bowhead whale,

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Passionate About Penguins

Owen Davey

Owen Davey’s popular non-fiction series continues with a lushly illustrated guide to penguins from the Antarctic to tropical climates like beaches, and coastal forests. "Stunning illustrations and clear readable text combine to make this large

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The Poem Forest: Poet W. S. Merwin and the Palm Tree Forest He Grew from Scratch

Carrie Fountain

"All his life, William Stanley searched for a wild place of his own. Growing up in the straightened-out city blocks of his childhood and finding some respite in summer trips to a cabin in the woods, William Stanley yearned for space, fragrant so

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Blips on a Screen

Kate Hannigan

An engaging picture book biography based on the incredible true story of a Jewish refugee who pioneered home video games and launched a worldwide obsession. Do you ever wonder how video gaming was invented? What came before your PlayStation or Xbox?

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Sharks (A Day in the Life)

Carlee Jackson, Neon Squid

"An attractive series for kids intrigued by animals in the wild." — Booklist Set over a 24-hour period, meet deadly tiger sharks, baby lemon sharks, and gigantic basking sharks in this kids’ nonfiction book about the coolest predators in

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Dragon World

Tamara Macfarlane

Immerse yourself in the rich, fascinating history of dragons in this illustrated gift ebook. Meet the fire-breathing beasts of mythology in this beautifully illustrated ebook brimming with scaled behemoths. Lurking in every corner of the earth, from

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The Goldilocks Zone

Drew Sheneman

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

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Bessie the Motorcycle Queen

Charles R. Smith Jr.

Hop on the bike with Bessie Stringfield, the motorcycle queen of Miami, in this powerful picture book from Coretta Scott King medalist Charles R. Smith, Jr. and debut picture book illustrator Charlot Kristensen. The folks they lined up to meet the Mo

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Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small

Jess Wade

In this STEM-ready book, an acclaimed physicist takes readers into the cutting-edge world of nanoscience where they will learn about the tiny building blocks that make up the world around us.

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Out of This World

Sally M. Walker

This companion to Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up soars into space with a perfect fusion of poetry and science, accompanied by breathtaking illustrations. one minuscule speck grows into the universe a mind-boggling birth This stunning meeting o

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Yuck, You Suck!

Jane Yolen, Heidi E. Y. Stemple

The phrase you suck is perfectly appropriate when applied to this hilarious poetry collection featuring animals that sip, slurp, and otherwise suck

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Going Into 4th Grade 2023


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Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion

K. Tempest Bradford

Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion is a backyard adventure-mystery by debut children’s author K. Tempest Bradford, perfect for fans of Clean Getaway, The Last Last Day of Summer, and Sideways School. Eleven-year-old Ruby is a Black girl who

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The Infinite Questions of Dottie Bing

Molly B. Burnham

An enchanting middle grade about navigating the odd spaces between grieving and everyday living, and learning to carry sadness in one hand, and joy in the other. Ten-year-old Dottie Bing is a problem-solver and question-asker who is never more gleefu

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Spooky Sleuths #1: The Ghost Tree

Natasha Deen

Is it science…or strange and ghostly? Asim's new town is freaking him out! There are weird noises at night, eerie lights, and now an evil tree that is growing way faster than it should. he's sure there's something supernatural going

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1-2-3 Scream!

R. U. Ginns

Get ready to scream with this collection of hillarifying—hilariously terrifying—tales, fully-illustrated and perfect for scary story lovers who are looking for a side of humor to go with their helpings of horror. Stop! Unless you want to be scare

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The Stray and the Strangers

Steven Heighton

Based on a true story, a stray dog befriends an orphan boy in a refugee camp on a Greek island.

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Haven

Megan Wagner Lloyd

When her cherished Ma Millie falls ill, a timid housecat ventures into the wild to seek help in this adventure about love, loss, and finding the truest version of ourselves. A warm, cozy lap. The toasty smell of baking bread. Tasty food served in a b

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My Life Begins!

Patricia MacLachlan

From the celebrated author of Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan, comes another humorous and poignant early middle grade novel. My Life Begins! explores how life begins for Jacob when his triplet sisters are born, and how siblings get to know

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Best Wishes (Best Wishes #1)

Sarah Mlynowski

The New York Timesbestselling series! Because you’re blue This bracelet is now for you. Speak one wish to make it true. . . So begins this enchanting new adventure from Sarah Mlynowski, the New York Times bestselling author and co-author of the Wha

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The Terribles #1: Welcome to Stubtoe Elementary

Travis Nichols

The Terribles might be monsters, but they're also kids just like you! Well, sort of. This hilarious peek into the world of vampires, mummies, swamp-things, and bigfoots is perfect for fans of the Hotel Transylvania movies. Vampires, mummies, and

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Link + Hud: Heroes by a Hair (Link + Hud)

Jarrett Pumphrey, Jerome Pumphrey

Meet Link and Hud—brothers causing chaos in the first of a new middle grade series from real-life brothers Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey. Lincoln and Hudson Dupré are brothers with what grown-ups call “active imaginations.” Link and Hud hunt for

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Graysen Foxx and the Treasure of Principal Redbeard

J. Scott Savage

A young treasure hunter must decipher clues, solve puzzles, and search his school for a long-lost chest filled with decades of confiscated toys. Ordinary Elementary is anything but ordinary. Below the classrooms are winding, abandoned, underground pa

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The Moon from Dehradun

Shirin Shamsi

In time for the 75th anniversary of the Partition of British India, this picture book is a stirring account of the harrowing journey faced by millions of migrants in the aftermath of the division of India and Pakistan. Azra knows that wherever she go

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Endlessly Ever After

Laurel Snyder

This funny, original choose-your-path picture book of fractured fairy tales will charm any young fan of the genre, putting the power of storytelling right in the reader's hands! Grab your basket and your coat. Put on some walking shoes. Turn the

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Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good

Louie Stowell

Packed with doodles and cartoons, here is the diary of Loki as he’s trapped on earth as a petulant eleven-year-old—and even worse, annoying thunder god Thor is there, too. After one prank too many, trickster god Loki has been banished to live as

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Fenris & Mott

Greg van Eekhout

A girl and her puppy face down the end of the world—which the puppy’s partly responsible for—in this middle grade story from acclaimed author Greg van Eekhout, perfect for fans of Gordon Korman and J.C. Cervantes. When Mott finds a puppy abando

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The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza

Mac Barnett

New York Times bestselling Mac Barnett and Caldecott Honor award-winning illustrator Shawn Harris turn their massively popular The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza live cartoon into an action-packed and hysterical graphic novel series—perfect for fans

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The Art of Getting Noticed #1

Chelsea M. Campbell

Introducing a hilarious and heartfelt graphic novel in which an unlikely pair of cryptids–one a Bigfoot whose failure to get himself photographed disappoints his family, and the other a Loch Ness Monster, who seems unable to escape the spotlight whe

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Ghoster Heights

Corey Lansdell, Kelly Mellings

A haunting and hopeful Middle Grade graphic novel about a girl, ghosts, and grief. For fans of Sheets, Small Spaces, and Ghosts. WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOOHOOD! Eight-year-old Ona has lost just about everything: her home, her possessions, her mother, an

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Dogs Who Work

Valeria Aloise

All the real and important jobs dogs do, in one lavishly-illustrated book of more than 50 breeds. Dogs save lives and protect property. They search for treasures and sniff out criminals. They guide people who cannot see and comfort those who are sick

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On the Corner of Chocolate Avenue

Tziporah Cohen

The story of sweet success behind the Hershey's Kiss! The invention of America's quintessential milk chocolate bar is brought to vivid, delicious life in this STEAM picture book biography perfect for fans of Mr. Ferris and His Wheel and Sno

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Anne and Her Tower of Giraffes

Karlin Gray

The remarkable true story of the world’s first giraffologist: Dr. Anne Innis Dagg. Anne was three years old when she first laid eyes on a giraffe. As her blue eyes gazed into the giraffe’s big brown eyes at the zoo, she was mesmerized. She longed

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The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems

Paul B. Janeczko

Toast a marshmallow, be a tree in winter, read braille — Paul B. Janeczko and Richard Jones invite you to enjoy an assortment of poems that inform and inspire. Today I walked outside and spied a hedgehog on the hill. When she and I met eye to eye,

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Pet That Dog!

Gideon Kidd, Rachel Braunigan

A guide for young readers to befriend and care for dogs of all shapes, sizes, and personalities from the dog-loving kid behind the viral Twitter account I've Pet That Dog! Pet That Dog! A Handbook for Making Four-Legged Friends is an illustrated

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Aliens

Joalda Morancy, Neon Squid

Do aliens exist? Are UFOs real? The race is on to discover alien life in this perfect gift for kids who love space. This book will sort myth from fact to bring you the real science behind the search for alien lifeforms. Space expert Joalda Morancy wi

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Mimic Makers

Kristen Nordstrom

“Young readers will be captivated by the contemporary inventors and inventions featured, and inspired to incorporate biomimicry into their own designs.” —Miranda Paul, author of One Plastic Bag and Water is Water Who's the best teacher for

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Parks for the People

Elizabeth Partridge

National Book Award finalist Elizabeth Partridge reveals the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park, the United States Capitol building's landscape, and more. Nobody could get Frederick Law Olmsted to sit still. He

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Battle of the Brains

Jocelyn Rish

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection! This hilarious companion to Battle of the Butts examines the way animals use their brainpower for survival in the wild and encourages readers to rank animals based on their intellectual prowess. Birdbra

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Shapes, Lines, and Light: My Grandfather's American Journey

Katie Yamasaki

Katie Yamasaki’s newest picture book celebrates the life of her grandfather, the acclaimed Japanese American architect Minoru Yamasaki. Minoru Yamasaki described the feeling he sought to create in his buildings as “serenity, surprise, and delight

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Cookies & Milk

Shawn Amos

WINNER OF THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK—YOUTH/TEENS! It's a summer of family, friendship, and fun fiascos in this acclaimed novel that's as irresistible as a fresh-baked cookie. Ellis Bailey Johnson has the summertim

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The Swag Is in the Socks

Kelly J. Baptist

Xavier Moon is not one to steal the show. He’s perfectly content to play video games and sit at his bedroom window watching the neighborhood talk outside. But for Xavier’s twelfth birthday, he receives a pair of funky socks and a challenge from h

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I Know You're Lying

Daphne Benedis-Grab

This twisty middle school thriller is One of Us is Lying meets Pretty Little Liars for young readers. There's been a theft at the middle school! Sasha's bag has been stolen from her locker. The security cameras on the school's front en

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The Year the Maps Changed

Danielle Binks

Wolf Hollow meets The Thing About Jellyfish in Danielle Binks’s debut middle grade novel set in 1999, where a twelve-year-old girl grapples with the meaning of home and family amidst a refugee crisis that has divided her town. "Timeless and be

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The Hungry Ghosts

Miguel Flores

A tale of magic, found family, and the power of being yourself—even when the world asks you to change. Witches have been banned from Arrett for years. Which is why Milly has tried to ignore the tingling light that appears in her palm anytime she co

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Those Kids from Fawn Creek

Erin Entrada Kelly

Every day in Fawn Creek, Louisiana, is exactly the same—until Orchid Mason arrives. From Erin Entrada Kelly, the winner of the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe and a Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space, this contemporary school story set in small-

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Omega Morales and the Legend of La Lechuza

Laekan Zea Kemp

Fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, and Disney's Encanto will be captivated by this fantastical novel about a girl who must learn to trust her ancestral powers when she comes face-to-face with the Mexican

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Lily and the Night Creatures

Nick Lake

Lily is chronically ill, but while her parents are welcoming a new baby she sneaks home from her grandmother's house and, aided by animal friends, combats the demons who have moved in.

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The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels

Beth Lincoln

The critically lauded, wickedly smart whodunit with a “Knives Out feel by way of Lemony Snicket,” now in paperback. On the day they are born, every Swift child is brought before the sacred Family Dictionary. They are given a name, and a definitio

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Ace Takes Flight, 1

Cory McCarthy

Welcome to 2048. Every graduate of the B.E.S.T. Program can receive a bionic enhancement as a rite of passage in this inclusive tween series. For Ace Wells, it is just the beginning of his epic augmentation journey in book one of this near-future sci

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Honestly Elliott

Gillian McDunn

Schneider Family Book Award: Best Middle Grade Honor Book! Highly-acclaimed author of Caterpillar Summer, Gillian McDunn explores boyhood in a funny, big-hearted story about a kid trying to find the best way to be his best self. Elliott isn't su

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The Supernatural Society

Rex Ogle

"Monsters have never been so much fun." –Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of the Spy School series "Frightening and fun!" –Neil Patrick Harris, New York Times bestselling author of The Magic Misfits Readers will

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Tales to Keep You Up at Night

Dan Poblocki

From the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Magic Misfits comes a spectacularly creepy novel that will keep you up way past bedtime. Perfect for fans of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! Amelia is cleaning out her grandmother&

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One Small Hop

Madelyn Rosenberg

Perfect for fans of Carl Hiaasen's classic Hoot, this humorous adventure story set in a not-so-distant future celebrates the important differences we can make with small, brave acts. When Ahab and his friends find a bullfrog in their town — a r

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Eddie Whatever

Lois Ruby

"Comic, creepy, calamitous, and . . . completely satisfying."—Claudia Mills, author of The Lost Language and Zero Tolerance Thirteen-year-old Eddie needs to do a community service project in preparation for his bar mitzvah. Against his be

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Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit

Jesse Q. Sutanto

After inheriting a grieving fox spirit, a Chinese American boy must learn to embrace his heritage to solve the mystery of his brother's death in Jesse Q Sutanto's magical, action-packed middle grade fantasy, Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit. The

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The House That Whispers

Lin Thompson

From the author of The Best Liars in Riverview comes a subtle exploration of gender identity, family, and the personal ghosts that haunt us all, perfect for fans of Kyle Lukoff and Ashley Herring Blake. Eleven-year-old Simon and his siblings, Talia a

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Bump

Matt Wallace

A moving and triumphant middle grade contemporary debut from award-winning author Matt Wallace about a heroic young girl—who dreams of becoming a pro wrestler—learning to find courage and fight for what she loves. Perfect for fans of Kelly Yang,

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Star Knights

Kay Davault

A simple frog who wants to become a legendary knight finds himself on a magical journey. From the comic artist behind Oddity Woods comes a fantasy graphic novel with a lot of heart, adventure, and hijinks! What makes a hero? Brave Star Knights are he

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Just Roll with It

Veronica Agarwal, Lee Durfey-Lavoie

Starting middle school is hard enough when you don't know anyone; it's even harder when you're shy. A contemporary middle-grade graphic novel for fans of Guts and Real Friends about how dealing with anxiety and OCD can affect everyday

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The Extincts: Quest for the Unicorn Horn (The Extincts #1)

Scott Magoon

A team of extinct animals embark on top-secret missions around the world in this new graphic novel series! Meet Scratch, Martie, Lug, and Quito, members of a secret organization called R.O.A.R., or the Rescue Ops Acquisition Rangers. When their boss,

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Voices of the People

Joseph Bruchac

Through poems that capture the essence of each person's life, acclaimed Native American writer Joseph Bruchac introduces readers to famous indigenous leaders from The Peacemaker in 1000 A.D. to modern day dancer Maria Tallchief and Cherokee chie

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What a Wonderful Phrase

Nicola Edwards, Manu Montoya

Have you ever wondered why we talkabout 'buttering someone up' or wherethe phrase 'it's raining cats and dogs'actually comes from? What does it meanto 'comb the giraffe' in France or to 'weara cat on your head&

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LGBTQ+ Icons

David Lee Csicsko

From music to movies, literature to dance – the arts have always been influenced by the work of LGBTQ people. LGBTQ+ Icons spotlights the history and contributions of 50 pioneering artists who lived and worked around the world. Bold, whimsical illust

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Everything Awesome About Space and Other Galactic Facts!

Mike Lowery

Blast off into outer space with this ultimate, 128-page book about everything you ever wanted to know about the universe, jam-packed with fun facts, jokes, comics, and more! Did you know that the surface of the sun is hot enough to make diamonds boil

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Mightier Than the Sword

Rochelle Melander

Throughout history, people have picked up their pens and wielded their words–transforming their lives, their communities, and beyond. Now it's your turn! Representing a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, Mightier Than the Sword conne

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Treasury of Magical Tales from Around the World

Donna Jo Napoli

A flower-spouting princess, gobbling prince, emerald-winged fairy, foolish giants, fearsome ogres, and talking frog and fish are just a few of the captivating characters found in this anthology of beloved stories from 29 places around the world, from

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Rewilding

David A. Steen, Neon Squid

⭐ Selected as one of the Best Nature Books of 2022 by Kirkus Reviews ⭐ ⭐ Selected as one of the Best Informational Books of 2022 for Older Readers by Chicago Public Library ⭐ "A book worth returning to multiple times. A fascinating prime

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