Staff Recommendations - Children



Shorty & Clem by Michael Slack

Shorty & Clem by Michael Slack

Shorty, a shortysaurus, notices a package that has been delivered for his friend, Clem, who is a quail. Shorty is a curious dinosaur, and wonders what is in the fabulously-wrapped package. His imagination goes wild. Is it a robot? A trampoline? Bongos? Shorty knows he shouldn't open it, but his imagination runs away with the possibilities. In his excitement, he opens the package. He realizes his mistake and when Clem comes back, Shorty tries to hide. When Clem discovers him and Shorty apologizes, Clem has only one thing to tell his friend.
A great story about how imagination can run away with a person or dinosaur, and how curiosity almost got the dinosaur. For ages 3-8. (Anne)

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Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Time is running out for Liam and his family as they prepare to leave Mars before it is destroyed by the sun as the earth was. His parents are scientists finalizing techniques for sustaining human life on a new planet when an explosion buries their underground lab. Moments before, Liam and his friend Phoebe make a disturbing discovery that may key in determining whether the human race will survive. Will they rescue the adults and reach the starliner in time to leave Mars? A compelling space adventure for kids ages 9-12. (Barb)

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Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard

Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard

Thirteen-year-old Trav has always wondered about his dead-before-he-was-born dad. But when he heads from California to his grandmother's house in rural Minnesota, hoping to learn about his past, he gets more than he bargained for. It turns out his dad was involved in a bank robbery right before he mysteriously disappeared, and the loot from the take is still missing. Along with his new friends, Trav embarks on a search for the cash. But the trio’s adventure quickly turns dangerous when it becomes clear that someone else is looking for the money—someone who won’t give up without a fight! This is also a 2017-18 Maud Hart Lovelace pick. Grades 4-7. (Cathy M.)

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Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan

8 ½ year old Cilla’s family is expecting a new baby, who Cilla is less than thrilled about it and calls it “The Blob.” To keep herself in the family spotlight, Cilla decides to write a bestselling book before her sister is born. She shares the indignities of being bald until she was 5, her ups and downs with her best friend Colleen and the new boy in school “Alien-Face” McGee, and her hopes to unite both her Chinese and Caucasian grandparents in a closer knit family. Cilla is a feisty heroine in the Junie B. Jones tradition who will best please readers from 3rd to 5th grade. (Donell)

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Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Mattie begins the autumn of 8th grade with a crush on Elijah, a boy who doesn’t seem to know that she is alive. Her best friends Lucy and Tessa egg her on, encouraging her to go to a Halloween party in costume and find out how he really acts when she’s not around. Dressed as Darth Vader, Mattie meets the popular, British and fabulous Gemma and things begin to change. When their class mounts a production of Romeo and Juliet and Gemma lands the starring role, Mattie realizes she has a new crush- on Gemma. Grades 5-8. (Donell)

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Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

This autobiographical graphic novel describes Shannon Hale’s childhood struggle to find friendship and fit in at school, something that anyone will be able to relate to! When she goes into third grade, Adrienne, her best friend since kindergarten, gets in with a popular group of girls led by queen bee Jen. Shannon hovers uncertainly on the edges of the group and endures the jealousy of second in command Jenny. Shannon uses her great imagination and sense of humor to win Jen’s friendship, but is she a match for the group and its rules? (Donell)

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Edgeland by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski.

Edgeland by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski.

This is an epic fantasy aimed at middle school readers. The story is set in a world completely unlike our own. The days are 72 hours long and there is a massive whirlpool over 100 miles wide and at least 30 miles deep. People in this world believe that the whirlpool is the entrance to their afterlife and regularly send ships full of the bodies of the dead over the edge. The main characters, Alec and Wren are on one of these ships of the dead. They’re not supposed to be there and they’re definitely not supposed to see what they do. You’ll have to read the book to discover what they find at the bottom of the whirlpool and whether they are ever able to escape. This book is a good fit for readers who enjoyed the Maze Runner series and the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. (Tami)

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Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Kwame Alexander with photographs by Joel Sartore

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Kwame Alexander with photographs by Joel Sartore

From tremendous tigers to bitty beetles, this book is a celebration of Earth’s wide array of wildlife. Stunning, sharp photographs of animals along with smart, simple haikus inspire both budding naturalists and poets alike. A wonderful pick for elementary students who love both arts and sciences! (Melissa)

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When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson and pictures by Julie Flett

When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson and pictures by Julie Flett

When a child gets to spend time with her grandmother, the young one asks her kókum why she does things a certain way and the answers reveal a connection to the grandmother’s time in a boarding school. This is a gentle introduction for children to the legacy of U.S. and Canadian Indian boarding schools that intended to assimilate the First Peoples and a touching story of Indigenous resilience. For elementary school-aged children. (Melissa)

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Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare

Refugees who take to water to flee dangerous and deadly conditions in their homeland are not a modern phenomenon. The plight of refugees by water (and, often, in not-so-seaworthy vessels) to escape war, famine, pestilence, oppression, and death has been happening, worldwide, for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Through a collage of historical artifacts, photographs, and art, the stories of modern refugees from World War II to present day are highlighted. A good introduction to the topic for upper elementary and middle grade readers. (Melissa)

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My World: A Book of First Words by Frann Preston–Gannon

My World: A Book of First Words by Frann Preston–Gannon

This picture book is a wonderful way to introduce vocabulary and begin new conversations with your child. The author uses words and their corresponding illustrations to highlight a topic or subject. There are a variety of topics presented, such as: Things that Go, Plants, Musical Instruments, and much more. Have fun pointing to each picture and word as you discuss them. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. (Sarah)

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1 Cookie, 2 Chairs, 3 Pears: Numbers Everywhere by Jane Brocket

1 Cookie, 2 Chairs, 3 Pears: Numbers Everywhere by Jane Brocket

Numbers! Numbers! We love numbers! This picture book is a new title in Brocket’s Clever Concepts series. The author uses simple text and bright photographs to help the reader count all the way from one to twenty. Throughout the book, we count flowers, socks, apples, and much more. Kids and caregivers can pause on each page to count and then continue to the next number. The colorful pictures will encourage great conversations. Just think of all the things you can count at your house! Recommended for ages 3 to 6. (Sarah)

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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

This simple story tells about Ferdinand the bull who is quite content to just sit quietly and smell the flowers. Ferdinand grows big and strong, but he maintains the same mellow temperament, except one day when he didn’t. The story closes with the happiest of endings, perfect for bedtime to drift off to sleep dreaming of just sitting and smelling the flowers. For ages 3 to 5 years old. Martha

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The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers

The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers

The Voyage to Magical North tells the story of 12-year-old Brine Seabourne – so, named when she was rescued from a rowboat covered in sea salt and having no memory of where she came from. In the years since, she has worked as a servant for an ill-tempered magician and his reluctant apprentice, Peter. When circumstances become desperate, Brine and Peter work together to escape – and quickly realize things have gone from bad to very dangerous. Come along on this adventure, as our main characters meet pirates, invisible bears, and a truly evil magician as they travel to a mysterious place called Magical North. The second book in this new series will be released in May. Recommended for ages 8 and up. (Sarah)

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Creekfinding: A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs

Creekfinding: A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs

This is a true story about a man named Mike who bought several acres of farmland with the hopes of restoring it to its original state of wild prairie and grassland by reintroducing native plants and trees. One day his neighbor mentions that he used to catch brook trout in a creek flowing through the land. Mike launches into a search for the lost creek, and uncovers it with the help of big earth-moving machines. This is an inspiring tale of restoring the ecosystem and shows the many wonders of nature as depicted by gorgeous scratchboard illustrations. Recommended for those interested in Nature, Ecology. Perfect for ages 4-9. (Christy)

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The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

In this extremely large family, there is just enough room for everyone; Two Moms, two Dads, biological and adopted children and a whole bunch of pets, living and learning together in an idyllic, sprawling home. But when a disapproving grandad moves in, the family finds that maybe there isn’t enough room for everybody. Twelve year old Sumac starts the search to find the home where “Grumps” belongs. Ages 8-12. Martha

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The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRRR! by Rob Biddulph.

The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRRR! by Rob Biddulph.

Fred has won The Best Bear in the Wood contest for several years. He excels at everything, especially his GRRRRR! He considers his trophies to be his friends. This year, when he wakes up the morning of the contest, his GRRRRR is missing. What is a bear to do? He searches with the help of others to find it, Not only does he find it, he makes some fantastic friends in the process. Anne

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As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

Genie and his brother Ernie are spending the summer with their grandparents in Virginia. Lots of things are different at Grandma and Grandpop’s house, but no one told Genie that Grandpop was BLIND. How does he manage to do everything that Genie just takes for granted? And why does he have an inside-outside room that’s full of birds and plants? This summer might turn out to be a lot more interesting that Genie thought it was going to be! (Katie)

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The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

Leo is not your average knight. He much prefers to read rather than fight anything. His parents decide he needs to tame a dragon, and sends him out to do so. On the way, he wins over all enemies he faces, by reading them stories rather than fighting. Until he meets up with the dragon who has destroyed a town. What will he do? Anne

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The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan with Magician Mike Lane

The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan with Magician Mike Lane

The first in a magical new series, fourth grader Mike wants to start the school year out right, but lands right back in the principal’s office where he ended the last year. Mike has trouble sitting still, and is convinced he’s not good at anything until he and his friend Nora stumble into the White Rabbit Magic Shop. This story will resonate with those kids that like to fidget. Anyone can learn the magic tricks that are illustrated in the book! For grades 2-4. Martha

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Egg by Kevin Henkes.

Egg by Kevin Henkes.

A simple, springtime story of hatching eggs and baby birds. There is one egg left to hatch. How can they help? When it does hatch, it holds a complete surprise! An almost wordless story for ages 2 and older. (Anne)

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What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani.

What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani.

A wonderful planting story, describing seeds and conditions where it will grow. A few flaps to lift to find out what will grow. Delightful story for vocabulary and conversation between the reader and child. For ages 2 and older. (Anne)

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Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson.

Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson.

All about planting and growing zinnias in very simple, concise text with wonderful illustrations. Very interactive, asking the reader or listener to do specific things on the page. For ages 2 and older. (Anne)

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Lucy by Randy Cecil

Lucy by Randy Cecil

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Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land by John Coy with photographs by Wing Young Huie

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land by John Coy with photographs by Wing Young Huie

The story of immigrants and refugees, who find home in Minnesota, past and present, is told through simple, moving text accompanied by beautiful, vibrant pictures of family, friends, and neighbors. A celebration of our common American spirit across diverse cultures, this is a great patriotic read. (Melissa)

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Your Alien by Tammi Sauer

Your Alien by Tammi Sauer

An observant little boy sees something wonderful fall to earth and discovers a new friend. The little boy decides to “keep” his new alien, and they have lots of fun together. But at bedtime, the little alien is sad and missing his family. Will they ever be reunited? Reminiscent of Edward Marshall’s Space Case. Ages 3-6 (Cynthia)

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Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist written by Susan Wood, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist written by Susan Wood, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up with mariachi music. He taught himself to play and became an innovative composer and band leader, famous for lounge music in the 1950s and 60s. This picture book biography mixes Mixtec codex-inspired illustrations with the sound effects that are inventively employed in Esquivel’s music. For music and creativity fans in grades 1-5. (Julia)

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Creekfinding, A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Creekfinding, A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

An entire ecosystem gets restored around a creek that was buried under a cornfield in Northeastern Iowa. This would be an excellent read aloud with lyrical, repeating phrases and bold illustrations of the process of digging up the field to restore the creek. Ages 5 to 8 (Gladys)

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Little Home Bird by Jo Empson

Little Home Bird by Jo Empson

Little Bird loves many things. His favorite tree branch, his favorite food, and his favorite music all create his wonderful home. What will he do when he has to leave home for a long journey? Can he take his home with him? This picture book is a great way to talk about the meaning of home and possibly help prepare young children for traveling. Recommended for ages 2 - 6. (Sarah)

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Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac

Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac

Interesting children’s story about the difficulties the Cherokee Indians had in creating a written language for their traditional spoken language. Ages 10-13 (Martha)

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Guinness World Records:  Fun with Food by Christy Webster

Guinness World Records: Fun with Food by Christy Webster

This is an easy-to-read collection of records from across the world, all relating to food. The largest pizza base was even spun by someone from Minnesota! Amazing records, all mind-boggling and lots of fun to read. (Anne F.)

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The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau

The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau

In 1950s Oaxaca, Mexico, Teo lives on the Hill of Dust with his beloved grandfather and his extended family. Things have been hard since the death of his twin sister, but one day the Romani gypsies arrive, bringing movies, telling fortunes and a spunky young girl, Esma, who calls herself the Queen of Lightning. Translators for their people, she and Teo learn that they are destined to be friends for life and able to save each other when no one else can. This seems unlikely, as Teo is a Mixteco Indian whose people stay put and Esma’s family is always on the move. The story crosses generations when their American grandchildren work to make the fortune come true. Grades 3-6. (Donell)

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Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

Ellen Oh, cofounder of We Need Diverse books, has put together this collection of ten short stories by popular authors such as Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson and Kwame Alexander. Readers will love running away with Lingsi and the Red Flag Fleet pirates, hearing Uncle Kenneth’s tale of the Choctaw Bigfoot, and going to the beach with Santosh and his glamorous grandma, among other adventures! Grades 4-6. (Donell)

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Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes

Dyamonde Daniel is smart, thoughtful, self-aware, not overly concerned with what others think of her, and interested in what makes those around her tick. In Make Way, Dyamonde, a "new kid" at her elementary school, watches another new kid scowl and stomp and mope for a week. Everyone else avoids Free, but Dyamonde knows there's got to be more to his story. She finally decides to straight-up ask him: "Why are you so mad?", and a new friendship slowly begins. Grimes's writing has perfect pitch ("One Tuesday--it was chicken nugget day, to be exact--") and R. Gregory Christie's illustrations are wonderful. The first in an excellent early chapter book series with an African-American girl for a protagonist. Looking for others? Try the Lulu books by Hilary McKay. Ages 7-9 (Emily)

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It Is Not Time for Sleeping (A Bedtime Story) by Lisa Graff and pictures by Lauren Castillo

It Is Not Time for Sleeping (A Bedtime Story) by Lisa Graff and pictures by Lauren Castillo

Over the course of an evening, it’s time for dinner, it’s time for a bath, it’s time for pajamas, it’s time for brushing teeth, but it’s not time for sleeping. A very sweet story about evening rituals, this is a lovely, snuggly bedtime story for children ages 5+. (Melissa)

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This Book is Out of Control! by Richard Byrne

This Book is Out of Control! by Richard Byrne

Ben and Bella (and Bella’s dog) return in this third interactive picture book by Richard Byrne. Ben is very excited to show Bella his new remote controlled fire truck toy. Unfortunately, nothing seems to happen to the toy when Ben presses UP, SPIN, or TURN on the remote. Ben and Bella quickly realize that the remote is controlling Bella’s dog! Readers are asked to help the trio with some silly situations and get the book under control. Fans of Byrne’s previous titles and Tullet’s Press Here will enjoy this title. (Sarah I)

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Ocean Animals:  Who’s Who in the Deep Blue by Johnna Rizzo

Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue by Johnna Rizzo

This book is perfect for the ocean explorer! Have fun traveling to coral reefs, meeting sharks and rays, and learning all about our world’s oceans. Amazing underwater photography will fascinate and excite on each page. Recommended for ages 8 to 12, but caregivers can also share the title with younger kids by highlighting certain pages and fun facts. Let your child’s interest direct you! (Sarah I.)

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5 Little Ducks by Denise Fleming

5 Little Ducks by Denise Fleming

Meet Papa Duck and his 5 little ducks in this picture book version of the popular children’s song. Readers will truly enjoy Fleming’s illustrations of the little ducks on their adventures through the woods, over the hills, and more. Have fun quacking with Papa Duck as he searches for his missing ducklings and flap your wings when the flock is reunited. (Sarah I.)

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Edible Numbers by Jennifer Vogel Bass

Edible Numbers by Jennifer Vogel Bass

Counting is as easy as 1 cucumber, 2 pea pods, and 3 apples! This picture book uses photographs of fruits and vegetables to help children practice numbers and counting. The unique twist is how author Bass organizes the book and what types of fruits and veggies she uses on each page. Children might recognize a green pepper, but not know about the 7 other types of peppers such as yellow, red, and orange. Caregivers can use this title to introduce children to names and pictures of some both common and uncommon fruits and vegetables. Did you know potatoes can be purple? Extend your book sharing by going on a scavenger hunt next time you visit the grocery store. Have fun talking about colors and numbers! (Sarah I.)

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The Big Book of Trains by DK Publishing

The Big Book of Trains by DK Publishing

All aboard! This oversized book is a great way to introduce children to the history of trains and railroads. Learn about steam locomotives, freight trains, and passenger trains from all over the world. Big photographs are paired with fun facts and brief paragraphs of text. Recommended for ages 7 to 9, but caregivers will also enjoy sharing this title with younger kids. (Sarah I.)

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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the First by Lemony Snickett.

The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the First by Lemony Snickett.

Before binge-watching Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (set to be released January, 2017), re-read this, the first volume, and the subsequent volumes, of the delightful series by Lemony Snickett (pen name of Daniel Handler), which has all the morbid, wry wit and charm of The Addams Family, Edward Gorey cartoons, and Tim Burton’s early films. With its fantastic subtle vocabulary building and its smart, resilient, persevering main characters, this is a great read-aloud together choice for middle schoolers and their parents. (Melissa)

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Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau, illustrated by David Walker.

Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau, illustrated by David Walker.

Meet the four small bears and their friend Big Brown Bear. On a cold winter day, they are getting ready to have some fun on a bright red sled. After they put on hats, mittens, and boots – they start the climb up the hill. They quickly realize their bright red sled is very, very small. What to do? Readers will delight in the rhyming text, the lovely illustrations, and what Big Brown Bear does to make sure everyone has fun sledding. This picture book is a great way to talk about taking turns, sharing, and creativity. Kids and caregivers can continue the story by talking about their own experiences sledding during the winter. Ages 2-5. (Review by Sarah I)

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Can You Yawn Like a Fawn? by Monica Sweeney.

Can You Yawn Like a Fawn? by Monica Sweeney.

This gentle, soothing bedtime story was intentionally designed to help ease young children towards sleep: the author worked with a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant during the writing process. In its pages, as baby animals go to sleep all around the world, the listener is invited to yawn like each of them (“Can you yawn like a penguin? Can you yawn like a hippo?”) The descriptions of how each baby animal gets ready for sleep include calming words like snuggles, burrowed, droops, relaxes, and nestles. It made me sleepy at 10:00 am! If you have a little one in your life who struggles to fall asleep, give this book a try. PreK- to grade1. (Emily)

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Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant and pictures by Christian Robinson.

Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant and pictures by Christian Robinson.

Five penguins explore and play in the fresh snow. With sparse, simple text and with bold, endearing illustrations, this is a wonderful wintertime read-together book for a quiet time with hot cocoa and cookies and for bedtime reading after a snow day. A lovely choice for winter adventurers ages 4 and up. (Melissa)

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Lost Cat by Roger Mader.

Lost Cat by Roger Mader.

When Mrs. Fuzzy Slippers goes to live with her daughter, Slipper the cat gets left behind and must go in search of a new home. Mader’s illustrations show us the world from the cat’s point of view, where people are referred to by the shoes they wear. For ages 4 to 7. (Cynthia)

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Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge.

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge.

The first time Joanne Blackmon was arrested, she was just ten years old." So begins this electrifying account of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights for African-Americans. Heavily illustrated with eye-opening photos from the march and actions leading up to it, Marching for Freedom focuses on the kids and teens who endured billy clubs, tear gas, and jail time in the fight for civil rights. It fills in the behind-the-scenes details and untold stories of an event whose telling is often limited to covering key adult figures like Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. The result is an immediate, un-sanitized account that grips the reader and won't let go. A great nonfiction choice for kids, Marching for Freedom also makes an excellent classroom read-aloud. 5th grade and up. (Emily)

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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Words and pictures by Javaka Steptoe.

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Words and pictures by Javaka Steptoe.

This story honors and celebrates the childhood and inspiration of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who saw beauty in everything and everywhere -- in his Brooklyn surroundings and in his imaginative, inquisitive mind -- and who used art to cope with tragic events, difficult emotions, and mental illness. This is a wonderful story for all the artists who are bold enough and brave enough to color outside of the lines, especially children ages 10 and up. (Melissa)

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Show Me How: I Can Do Science: Fun-to-Do Experiments for Kids, Shown Step by Step by Steve and Jane Parker.

Show Me How: I Can Do Science: Fun-to-Do Experiments for Kids, Shown Step by Step by Steve and Jane Parker.

This book is a great way to introduce kids ages 3 to 7 to simple ideas in science. Kids can learn about eighteen projects that help them understand about physics, chemistry, and biology. The step-by-step experiments provide caregivers with easy to follow directions and lists of household items that are needed for each project. Have fun playing with mirrors, making a mobile, playing with shadows, and so much more. Recommended for kids and caregivers interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics. (Review by Sarah I)

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Underground Abductor: An Abolitionist Tale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales) by Nathan Hale.

Underground Abductor: An Abolitionist Tale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales) by Nathan Hale.

What a gripping book! In graphic novel format, author-illustrator Nathan Hale tells the story of Harriet Tubman in a way that will enthrall both history-buffs and reluctant readers alike. The selfless, dangerous trips Tubman made again and again to bring other slaves north to freedom pulse with suspense. The pain of seeing one's family members sold to other masters is palpable. Readers will emerge with a new level of knowledge about the Underground Railroad; the slave trade; and Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, and John Brown in addition to Tubman--all of it acquired while being entertained. Hale's brilliant illustrations bring an extra immediacy to history-telling, and his other Hazardous Tales--including stories about WWI, the Monitor and the Merrimac, and the spy who shares his name--are well worth checking out, too. Grades 4 to 7. (Emily)

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The Word Bird by Nicola Davies.

The Word Bird by Nicola Davies.

Great pictures and words describe birds of many types, while finding words to describe them all. It’s fantastic for expanding vocabulary and print awareness. There’s even a puzzle at the end to match each bird to its nest. For ages 3 to 5. (Anne)

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The Best Man by Richard Peck

The Best Man by Richard Peck

Archer’s first experience of being in a wedding was awful – it involved velvet shorts that tore open when he moved – so embarrassing. Let’s hope his second experience goes much better. Grades 3-6. (Carol)

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Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea by Lucy Bellwood

Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea by Lucy Bellwood

Have you ever wanted to sail the seven seas in a tall-masted ship? You will after you read this graphic novel. 4th-6th grade (Carol)

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The Story Book Knight by Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty

The Story Book Knight by Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty

Sometimes a book is a better weapon for a knight than a sword or a lance! 4-8 years old. (Carol)

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Threads by Ami Polansky

Threads by Ami Polansky

Looking at purses while at the shopping mall, Clara finds a letter and photograph from a girl named Yuming, being held captive in a sewing factory in China. Because Clara’s sister, who has died recently, was from China, all Clara can think from then on is, “How can I save Yuming?” Grade 4-7 (Carol)

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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards, pictures by G. Brian Karas

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards, pictures by G. Brian Karas

Sophie’s neighbor Mrs. Goldman is a knitter who taught Sophie how to make pompoms and who makes things, especially beautiful hats, for others, but Mrs. Goldman doesn’t have anyone to make a hat for her. Sophie decides to learn to knit herself but finds out that knitting is a lot harder than making pompoms. A lovely story of cross-generational friendship and a great pick for knitters and pompom-makers, young and old. Ages 4-8. (Melissa)

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Cat Knit by Jacob Grant

Cat Knit by Jacob Grant

Girl lives with Cat. Girl brings home Yarn. Cat becomes smitten with Yarn. Yarn undergoes some major changes, affecting Cat’s feelings for Yarn. What ensues is a sweet story about a changing relationship and budding acceptance. A fun and short read for kids who have cat friends and kids who are learning to knit, ages 5 and up! (Melissa)

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The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

At Briar Hill hospital, Emmaline May is the only one who sees the winged horses in its mirrors, and she is the one who finds Foxfire with her broken wing in the sundial garden. This lovely historical fantasy set during World War II is a great pick for readers who liked Kate Dicamillo’s The Magician’s Elephant and Sara Pennypacker’s Pax. Grades 4-7 (Melissa)

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A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney, pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney, pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson

Through beautiful poetry and exquisite collage illustrations, this book shares the creation of the joyous winter story The Snowy Day, the amazing life of its creator Jacob “Jack” Ezra Katz (whose name morphed in response to an anti-Semitic society), and the inspiration for one of the most universally loved characters in children’s literature, Peter. A wonderful and inspiring biography of creator and creation, and a great pick for artists and writers ages 8 and up. (Melissa)

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Hooray for Today! By Brian Won

Hooray for Today! By Brian Won

Owl wakes up and is ready to play, but all his friends are sleeping. Owl believes she is having a bad day, when she walks home and all her friends are waiting for her. She needs a nap, but all is great after! A great book for a read-aloud, Brian Won is also the author of Hooray for Hat! Ages 4-7. (Anne)

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What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein

What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein

Baby Nanda was found abandoned in the jungles of Nepal, surrounded by dholes (wild dogs). He was taken in by the chief elephant keeper in the Royal Stables. As he grows, his life’s ambition is to be a mahout (an elephant driver). When he is 12, his father sends him away to school where he meets a man who will change his life. Grades 3-6. (Carol)

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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead.

Bridge Barsamian was in a horrible accident when she was 8. Since then, she’s been wondering why she survived. She has two best friends, and they have an agreement: No fighting. Ever. Will they survive seventh grade? For 5th to 7th graders.

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The Cottage in the Woods by Katherine Coville.  (Yes, she's the wife of Bruce Coville.)

The Cottage in the Woods by Katherine Coville. (Yes, she's the wife of Bruce Coville.)

Ursula Brown, a she-bear, finds herself as a governess to Teddy Vaughn, who lives with his mother and father. Yes, THAT Cottage in the Woods. But it isn’t like you would believe, nor is the story we’ve heard most of our lives about a certain someone and the three bears. A wonderfully woven story of many fairy tales we all know with some twists. Very challenging vocabulary. Recommended for 5th to 7th graders who like a good fairy tale.

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Swallow the Leader a Counting Book by Danna Smith, illustrated by Kevin Sherry

Swallow the Leader a Counting Book by Danna Smith, illustrated by Kevin Sherry

Fish play follow the leader in the ocean. Count the fish from one to ten, and then back to one when the leader swallows a sea spider that sets off an unfortunate chain reaction of a new game of “swallow the leader.” For ages 2-4.

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Foxheart by Claire Legrand

Foxheart by Claire Legrand

When Girl (she won’t tell anyone her real name) runs away from the convent, she decides to live as a thief, taking on the name Quicksilver. With her faithful dog Fox and Sly Boots, a shy and clumsy boy who lets her sleep in his attic, Quicksilver leads a lonely life but she is content. One day she meets an old (really old!) woman, a stranger who looks oddly familiar, who tells Quicksilver that she is a witch and she must battle the Wolf King and defeat him. Magic is not legal (thanks to the Wolf King) so how can Quicksilver have magical powers and how can she ever defeat the Wolf King? (4th grade and older; Carol)

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Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea! By Ben Clanton

Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea! By Ben Clanton

Narwhal isn’t sure what a jellyfish is and Jellyfish isn’t sure what a narwhal is but they’re both sure they can be good friends. (graphic novel; 1st-3rd grades; Carol)

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This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers (nonfiction)

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers (nonfiction)

The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous bridge in the world and it’s the only one that’s bright orange. Find out how it came to be that way through whimsical paper cut-out illustrations by Tucker Nichols and the real story of the people who fought for the bridge to be orange, not grey or striped. Ages 3 and up. Julia

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The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh

The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh

The tragic and legendary love story surrounding two of Mexico’s most famous volcanic formations – Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl – gorgeously retold with incorporation of traditional Aztec style-inspired illustrations and inclusion of indigenous Nahuatl words still spoken in Mexican Spanish. Adults may recognize similarities to the stories of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha! A lovely pick for readers ages 6+ who love knowing the connections between places and their stories.

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Moldylocks and the Three Beards (Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe Book 1) by Noah Z. Jones

Moldylocks and the Three Beards (Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe Book 1) by Noah Z. Jones

Princess Pink isn’t a princess and doesn’t like the color pink: Princess simply happens to be her first name, and Pink her last. What Princess DOES like is adventure, and that’s what she finds when she opens the refrigerator door for a midnight snack and tumbles into the Land of Fake-Believe. From a house owned by three talking beards to a tunacorn (a unicorn with a tuna on his head instead of a horn), everything here is a little bit familiar and a lot all mixed up. When her new friend Moldylocks gets captured by beards and thrown in a pot of chili, it’s up to Princess to save the day. This fast-paced and funny read is the first in a series and perfect for kids who are just taking their first steps into chapter books. The text pops against bright and plentiful illustrations that give the book a friendly, unintimidating feel. I was happy to see author-illustrator Jones choose to illustrate the Pink family as people of color, and to meet a strong, stereotype-resisting female character in Princess. For Grades 1-2. (Emily)

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They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

This smart picture book is my number-one pick for a Caldecott Medal this year (awards are announced in January!). As a cat goes for a walk, it passes an assortment of creatures: a dog, a fish, a bird, a bee, a snake, and more. All, of course, see the cat from very different perspectives (is it a playmate? a predator?) and what they see is additionally affected by the scope of their vision (is it a full-color cat? A black and white cat? A cat-shaped swarm of dots?). Whether shared one-on-one with a child or with a classroom full of children, They All Saw a Cat will inspire questions and conversations about art, science, and perspective. (Emily)

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver is a futuristic tale of a society seemingly without any problems, but with a past that is dark and flawed. Twelve-year-old Jonas is tasked with the immense responsibility of being the new memory keeper, a burden he must learn to bare as “The Giver” bestows upon him all of the memories and experiences from the past. A fast-paced plot with relatable characters and universal themes, this Newbery Medal winning book is a gripping and heartfelt read. For 4th grade and up. (Emily)

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Moo by Sharon Creech

Moo by Sharon Creech

Reena and her family have moved from the city to the country, a small town in Maine. Reena is fascinated by the cows being raised on a nearby farm, volunteering to help with their care. Then her mother tells their grumpy neighbor, Mrs. Falala (great name, right?) that Reena and her little brother will work for her, helping out around her house and yard. Reena is not happy, especially when she meets Mrs. Falala's grumpy (like her owner?) cow, Zora. (3rd-6th grade; Carol)

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The Thing About Leftovers by C.C. Payne

The Thing About Leftovers by C.C. Payne

Fizzy, short for Elizabeth, has to deal with a lot of changes in her life: her parents’ divorce, her dad's new wife and her mother's boyfriend (she does not like him at all); a new school with new rules that she does not understand; no friends. Her only real happiness is cooking and she is determined to win the Southern Living magazine cook-off contest. Can a 12-year-old cook win the contest? Can she make friends at school? Can she learn to like her dad's wife and her mom's boyfriend? (5th grade and older; Carol)

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The Inquisitor's Tale, or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz

The Inquisitor's Tale, or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz

In France in 1242, people are talking about three children - tall and strong William, priest in training, of African descent; Jeanne, a peasant girl who can see the future; Jacob, young, freckle-faced and Jewish - and a dog who has been raised from the dead. The three are performing miracles at every turn. One night, in a roadside tavern, a group of strangers spend a night drinking and telling stories about the children - stories of mystery and adventure. (5th grade and older; Carol)

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Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

When Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, he said, “That’s one small step for man, on giant leap for mankind.” Mankind, ha! A mouse was the first Earth creature to walk on the moon. As a matter of fact, NASA used a lot of the mouse’s designs and ideas to build Apollo 11. Honest! (Grades 2-6; Carol)

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Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus

Espen, a 14 year old Norwegian boy, is swept up in the Norwegian resistance movement after Nazi Germany invades and occupies his country during World War II. Espen starts delivering illegal newspapers, than becomes a courier, and finally a spy dodging the Gestapo along the way until he makes a mistake and sets out on a daring escape on skis across the mountains to safety in Sweden. Based on the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten. (Grade 4-8; Christy)

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Snow White: a Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

Snow White: a Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

So you know the fairytale of Snow White? You say there’s a wicked stepmother with a magic mirror, and seven dwarves and a handsome prince? And the story takes place in a far-away kingdom? Well, not in this graphic novel. This Snow White lives in New York City in 1928. Yes, her stepmom is bad, but she’s also a glamorous but selfish showgirl. Snow, aka Samantha, has seven friends who help her but they aren’t little men and her suitor is a … detective. Pick up this book and get another look at Snow and her story! (Grades 4-8; Donell)

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Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

It’s 1969 and the three Gaither sisters are leaving Brooklyn again, this time to visit their grandmother Big Ma down south. As usual, oldest sister Delphine has her hands full keeping Vonetta and Fern in line. But, the girls also walk into a feud between their dramatic great-grandmother Ma Charles and her half-sister Miss Trotter. Will everyone survive the bossing and sniping of all the siblings? Check out the Gaithers’ other adventures in One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven. (Grades 4-6; Donell)

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Tru and Nelle by G. Neri

Tru and Nelle by G. Neri

Tru has just moved to Monroeville, Alabama and he becomes fascinated by his neighbor, the feisty Nelle. They team up for adventures and mystery solving in this heartwarming and funny book inspired by the real-life childhood friendship between authors Truman Capote and Harper Lee. Grades 4-7. (Julia)

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

This is an original and epic fantasy novel intended for middle grades but which can be enjoyed by anyone. The main character – the girl who drank the moon – lives with her grandmother, a swamp monster and a dragon. In another part of the bog, there is a village with a corrupt government that sacrifices infants each year to supposedly appease an evil witch. A kind hearted carpenter sets out to right this wrong and his story collides with that of the girl who drank the moon. But everything is not as it seems and the actual villain is someone unexpected. The girl needs to figure out a way to unlock the magic deep inside of herself to save the people she loves. The story is fast-paced and lyrical. I would recommend it to readers who’ve enjoyed books by Robin McKinley, Shannon Hale and Grace Lin. (Tami)

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim KayHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay

Harry Potter doesn’t really need an introduction (or a recommendation), but you can now explore 4 Privet Drive, Hogwarts and everything Harry Potter with beautifully illustrated new editions with pictures by Jim Kay. Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets are available now and future volumes will be coming out over the next few years. (Julia)

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden

Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden

Denizen has no family and lives in an orphanage where his only friend is Simon. Unexpectedly, he gets a message from his aunt who wants him to live with her. His new life is full of surprises: knights, monsters of darkness, weapons training and more. Now Denizen must make a choice -- return to the orphanage and his only friend or his new life as a knight battling the powers of darkness. Grade 5 and older. Carol

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Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin

Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin

If you and your child loved the first few Pete the Cat books but feel they’ve gone downhill, you’re probably missing the genius touch of their original author, Eric Litwin. While Litwin no longer writes for the Pete the Cat series, he’s got a new storytime winner in the form of Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs. Groovy Joe, a dog and our hero, is thrilled to be digging into a fresh tub of ice cream--until he’s suddenly interrupted by an enormous ROAR! A dinosaur has stomped in, and this dino looks crabby. What should Joe do? Vivid illustrations, rhyming text, a refrain you and your child can sing together, and plenty of opportunities to ROAR make for an engaging experience to share with your child. Emily

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A Dark, Dark Cave by Eric Hoffman.

A Dark, Dark Cave by Eric Hoffman.

“The pale moon glows as a cold wind blows through a dark, dark cave…Bats in flight disappear from sight in a dark, dark cave.” This new picture book is the perfect “not-so-scary” scary story. The mysterious tone of both the text and the illustrations and the repetition of “dark, dark cave” build suspense to a fever pitch as we encounter shining eyes, wild beasts howling, and more in the “cave.” A surprise ending celebrates the power of imaginative play (and of building blanket forts). Emily

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Amazon: You Decide How To Survive! By David Borgenicht and Hena Khan

Amazon: You Decide How To Survive! By David Borgenicht and Hena Khan

In this Worst-Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure series entry, you will travel the length of the Amazon River from the Andes of Peru to the coast of Brazil. En route you will face dangers and decisions that will determine your fate in the jungle including piranhas, jaguars, electric eels and everything else imaginable on this epic trek. Will you survive unscathed to tell your amazing travel tales? For adventurous readers in grades 3 – 6. Jenifer

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Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Before George and Harold unleashed the Captain Underpants on the world, they drew Dog Man comics, now they have returned to their roots with a graphic novel in full color featuring their original hero created after a dire accident led to the death of a police officer’s head and his police dogs body and in a first-of-its-kind surgery the dog’s head was sewn onto the police officer! Laugh your way through this volume complete with flip-o-rama cheesy animation (and a few underwear jokes). Fun for readers in grades 2 – 5. Jenifer

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One North Star: A Counting Book by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Beckie Prange & Betsy Bowen

One North Star: A Counting Book by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Beckie Prange & Betsy Bowen

Count your way through the great outdoors as you meet the North Star State’s wild denizens of river, marsh, lake, bog, woods and prairie. Dozens of creatures play hide-and-seek on these pages, their movements and sounds brought beautifully to life in the lilting text. Ages 3 – 7. Jenifer

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The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots by Beatrix Potter, illustrated by Quentin Blake

The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots by Beatrix Potter, illustrated by Quentin Blake

In print for the first time more than one hundred years after it was written is this new tale of a mischievous cat who leads a double life. Only the text was found after the author’s death and it now beautifully entertains us through the artistry of Quentin Blake. A lovely book for families to share. Best for ages 3 – 8. Jenifer

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The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird

The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird

Travel to Ethiopia to meet Solomon, an eleven-year-old boy journeying to the city of Addis Ababa with his Grandfather. As they walk the twenty-three miles to reach the city, the boy wonders why they must go. All he wants to do is run, not walk along slowly with an old man. In the bustling city Solomon discovers his Grandfather’s secret past. Then his Grandfather falls ill and it is up to Solomon to find a way to reach his family with the news. Read on to discover how he earns the reputation as the fastest boy in the world. Ages 8 to 12. Jenifer

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Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Quirky characters that balance of humor and serious issues. Three 10 year old girls form an unlikely friendship, each with their own dilemma to deal with. Beautiful writing that allows you to know their confusion, hope, courage and resilience. For ages 8 to 12. Martha

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Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts

Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts

This historical fiction novel tells the story of integration in a small town and how a young girl sees things. Using a series of letters, and journal entries to her teacher, Kizzy Ann Stamps draws readers into the world of segregation in 1963 Virginia. Recommended for readers in grades 3-5 that enjoy historical stories or stories about young girls overcoming difficult situations. Martha

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The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 1) by Jacqueline West

Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts

A creative, creepy, and well done middle grade mystery/fantasy is first in a series. One night after Olive moves into an old house that is mysterious and scary she steps inside a painting in the hallway and meets a boy named Morton and three cats named Horatio, Harvey and Leopold. Suspenseful, a bit spooky and lots of last minute escapes, with more escapades to come in the series. Best for readers who like a little spookiness, grades 3-5. Martha

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Flying Frogs and Walking Fish by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Flying Frogs and Walking Fish by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

How many ways can an animal move? A sea butterfly swims, a goat climbs trees, a Moroccan desert spider does somersaults, a hedgehog rolls, a scallop squirts out water. For 1st grade and older (Carol)

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Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman

Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman

Grayling’s mother is a magic maker, making potions and casting spells for the people in her village. When she one day takes root and starts to turn into a tree, it is up to quiet, shy, magic-free Grayling to save her. Along the way, she meets a talking mouse, a weather witch and her pouty niece, an enchanter and the a confused old wizard—good (sometimes!) company but not much help in solving Grayling’s problem. Grayling must find her hidden strengths to free her mother. For 4th grade and up. (Carol)

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Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

Elyse is in 6th grade and her big hope is that she will be chosen as Explorer Leader for her class trip to Minnesota. A couple of problems stand in her way – CAV, a condition where that words that are said about her appear as an itchy (bad words) or soothing (good words) rash on her body, and Jeg, her forever friend, is suddenly hanging out with the popular crowd. Somehow, Elyse has to take charge of her life to make things happen, good things. For 4th through 6th grade (Carol)

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Gryphons Aren’t So Great by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost

Gryphons Aren’t So Great by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost

Horses and knights can’t fly but Edward the horse feels left out when flying with a gryphon takes his knight away from him. Is this the end of a beautiful friendship? Can horse save his friend and regain his noble sidekick? Find out in this high flying graphic adventures for ages 6 – 8. (Jenifer)

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The Ultimate Guide to Being a Superhero by Barbara Beery

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Superhero by Barbara Beery

You’ve read the books and comics, seen the movies and cartoons, and now you’re ready to take the next step and become a superhero yourself. In this detailed manual you will discover everything you need to know and do to create a secret identity, acquire specialized gear, learn moves and maneuvers, survive encounters with villains, and BE a superhero. Ages 8 – 12. (Jenifer)

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Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

When Cole’s Mother reaches the end of her patience with her out-of-control teen-age son, she packs his belongings, loads him in the car and drives all night from Detroit to Philadelphia to pass the responsibility for his upbringing to her ex-husband and Cole’s father. Dropped into an unknown community with a man he doesn’t remember, Cole finds himself caught up with a crazy group of adults and teens and the horses they care for in a ramshackle stable. Inspired by the real-life urban bloack horsemen of North Philadelphia, this story abounds with unusual characters and amazing horses. Ages 9 – 12. (Jenifer)

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Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson

Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson

A cute counting book that rhymes, too. Count the pigs as they go into a very crowded bath, and backwards as they climb out to a surprise ending. Preschool children will giggle. (Martha)

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The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

A young Dao warrior-in-training befriends one of the people of the Nameless City, an imagined place precariously balanced in between nations wanting to claim the city, which has been conquered in different waves over decades. A wonderful mixture of reimagined ancient histories and fantastic adventure, great for those in grades 4-8. (Melissa)

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Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng and pictures by Yuyi Morales

Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng and pictures by Yuyi Morales

A girl visits and flies with her deceased grandmother above the world, where they visit different places with people who experience hurt and suffering and help one another. The author Maya Soetoro-Ng, who is President Obama’s sister, based the grandmother character on their beloved mother, and her words read like a lullaby, while Yuyi Morales’ illustrations feel like a dream. A lovely story that would make a very special intergenerational bedtime or quiet time read to share between children ages 4-8 and their parents and grandparents. (Melissa)

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Summerlost by Ally Condie

Summerlost by Ally Condie

Cedar’s family spends the summer in her mother’s hometown of Iron Creek as they try to put their lives together after the accidental death of her father and special needs brother. Iron Creek has a renowned summer theater festival and a famous star who met a tragic and mysterious end some years ago. These plot lines all come together when Cedar meets a neighbor who is one of the worker’s at the festival and he helps get her a job at the festival. Touching middle grade read that explores the power and love of family and friendships as these great characters learn to face the tragedies in their lives. Grades 4-6 (Annemarie)

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Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to school together since they were little. But when bully Chad Hilligas starts picking on Marshall and challenging him to a fight, Tamaya and Marshall take a short-cut through the woods. There, Chad catches up, challenges them, and encounters this fuzzy mud. What follows involves a Senate Inquiry into SunRay farm, a goofy scientist who can’t understand what went wrong with his fuel alternative, the authorities including the National Guard and medical personnel from around the country. Available in CD Audiobook and ebook from Cloud Library. (Anne)

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A Beetle is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston

A Beetle is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston

There are many stages and many changes over the life of a beetle. There are many kinds of beetles in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some are scary, some are beautiful, all of them are interesting. Beautiful, colorful illustrations. (K-3rd grade; Carol)

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Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire by Sundee T. Frazier

Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire by Sundee T. Frazier

10-year-old Cleo (short of Cleopatra) wants to be just like TV star and business woman Fortune T. Davies -- a millionaire. She has oodles of ideas for making money and some of them get her in a lot of trouble with her mom, her best friend, at school. Her latest idea is crazy brilliant -- can she make it work? (3rd-6th grade; Carol)

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Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt

Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt

Meet Zoey, an adventure-seeking chicken who has BIG dreams. She is determined to travel to outer space. Her best friend, Sam the pig, will surely join her on this amazing quest. The other animals on the farm have lots of advice about such a trip. Isn't this dangerous? What about your spaceship? She answers all of these questions with excitement and creativity. The readers of Lehrhaupt's book, will delight in Zoey's spaceship made of balloons and a basket -- and the imagination that occurs on the flight. Asteroids, comets, and aliens?! This picture book will appeal to fans of silly stories and is a great way to discuss optimism and determination. (Sarah I)

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 Too Many Carrots!  by Katy Hudson

Too Many Carrots! by Katy Hudson

Meet Rabbit. He loves carrots. He is certain that he can never have too many carrots. One day Rabbit realizes that his burrow is overflowing with carrots -- so many that he actually can't fit inside! As his friends offer their help, Rabbit's love of carrots begins to create more and more trouble. Readers will delight in Hudson's illustrations of Rabbit, his friends, and all those carrots. This picture book is a great way to talk about moderation, the importance of friendship, and sharing. (Sarah I)

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The Zodiac Legacy. Convergence by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore

The Zodiac Legacy. Convergence by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore

Young Steven stumbles on a plot by the villainous Maxwell to steal the powers of the Chinese Zodiac, and ends up receiving the power of the Tiger. Helping gather together a team of other youths imbued by zodiac powers, he joins the struggle to stop Maxwell and his zodiac-powered Vanguard operatives. Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame co-wrote this action-packed series opener. Fans of superhero comics, Anthony Horowitz’s spy thrillers, and action movies will enjoy this liberally-illustrated middle grade book. (Andrew)

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Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers by M.K. Reed and Joe Flood

Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers by M.K. Reed and Joe Flood

Graphic non-fiction introduction to the world of dinosaurs in their natural habitats and how paleontologists have unlocked the mystery of how these ancient beasts lived. This volume from the Science Comics series is sure to fascinate ages 7 – 10. (Jenifer)

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My Weird School Fast Facts Sports by Dan Gutman

My Weird School Fast Facts Sports by Dan Gutman

Jam-packed with silly and obscure sports trivia, this book reads like a bickering conversation between sports-crazy A.J. and equally sports-crazy Andrea. Laugh out loud nonfiction for grades 3 – 5. (Jenifer)

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Aw Yeah Comics! And … Action! by Art Baltazar & Franco

Aw Yeah Comics! And … Action! by Art Baltazar & Franco

Meet comic book store employees Cornelius and Alowicious who become Action Cat and Adventure Bug whenever disaster strikes. Action packed adventures fill the chapters as they face off against Evil Cat and his fiendish friends in this graphic novel. Ages 7 – 10. (Jenifer)

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Back to Dog-Gone School by Amy Schmidt

Back to Dog-Gone School by Amy Schmidt

The world of back-to-school for a class of dogs. Funny photographs of real dogs acting out the oddball action are sure to make all readers laugh. A beginning reader book for Kindergarten through grade 2. (Jenifer)

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A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord.

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord.

Lily has lived in a small town in Maine with her grandparents since she was 2 with Lucky, her Labrador Retriever. When Lucky, whose eyesight is failing, takes off on Lily, the only thing that stops him is Salma Santiago and her peanut butter sandwich and chips. Salma and Lily become fast friends and want to help Lucky by decorating and selling homes for Mason Bees, which are blue, just like the blueberries Salma and her family picks! When Salma enters the Downeast Blueberry Queen pageant and gets Lily and her friend Hannah who won last year to help her get ready, who will come out ahead? Lucky? Salma? Or maybe Lily? Available in CD audiobook, downloadable audiobook, and Cloud Library ebook. (Ann)

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Oddly Normal.  Book 1 by Otis Frampton

Oddly Normal. Book 1 by Otis Frampton

Oddly Normal—yes, that’s her name, is the daughter of a witch and a human. Her hair is green, her ears are pointed, she lives in spooky house and she’s trying to survive the ridicule from her classmates. On her 10th birthday, when no one accepts her invitation and her parents just don’t understand, she wishes they would JUST DISAPPEAR! And they do. Completely. Everything: the family, the house—gone! Her Auntie arrives, just a little late, and realizes she must take Oddly to Fignation. Oddly is not the odd-one-out there! However, she finds being picked on may be worse than she fears. And where are her parents?! Graphic novel, start of a series. (Ann)

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Detective Gordon:  The First Case by Ulf Nilsson

Detective Gordon: The First Case by Ulf Nilsson

Someone has stolen the 15,704 nuts Squirrel hid in the hole of a tree (they get counted every Sunday). Detective Gordon, a chubby toad and the only police officer in the forest, is on the case…even though he’d rather be eating cake and drinking tea. If only he had an assistant…. For 1st-3rd grade (Carol)

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The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Robots are emotionless machines. When Roz the robot is marooned on a lonely island, she realizes that she must change her behavior in order to survive. A baby goose, a cottage (called “the nest”) and a garden are part of her plan. For 4th – 6th grade (Carol)

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Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier

Sophie loves books devotedly and passionately and she is a bookmender. When the people of her town turn against books and magic and nonsense of every kind, Sophie finds out that she is the storyguard and it is her job to save the world. How can a 12-year-old bookmender save the world? With a magic book, an enchanted knight and a thief with fantastic eyes, of course! For 4th grade and up. (Carol)

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The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

Everyone in the Monarchy is happy, contented, successful. Everyone except Aon the glassblower and Queen Ascendant Jeniah (she will be queen when her mother dies, which will be soon). In the center of the Monarchy lies the gloomy and desolate Dreadwillow Carse. If the ruler of the Monarchy goes into the carse, the monarchy will fall. Since Jeniah cannot go, Aon volunteers to find the secret of Dreadwillow Carse. For 3rd-6th grade. (Carol)

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Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi,  illustrated by Lea Lyon

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi, illustrated by Lea Lyon

Lailah is fasting for her first time during her family’s celebration of Ramadan, but she’s nervous to tell her teacher and fellow students, because Lailah’s not sure how they will react. This book is a lovely celebration of Ramadan and of cross-cultural understanding. Even though this year’s Ramadan ends on Tuesday, July 5, this book is a great way year-round to help non-Muslims understand some of the traditions and practices surrounding the Islamic observance. A great book for a conversation about holidays and inclusiveness, especially for the K-5 crowd. (Melissa)

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Moone Boy: The Blunder Years by Chris O’Dowd & Nick V. Murphy

Moone Boy: The Blunder Years by Chris O’Dowd & Nick V. Murphy

Martin Moone’s sisters make his life a misery, so Martin’s friend Padraic suggests Martin order an IF (invisible friend). Excessively wacky imaginary clown Loopy Lou shows up, and Martin wonders if he hasn’t made a terrible mistake and tries to replace Lou with imaginary bureaucrat Sean Murphy. That’s when Martin proceeds to make many more mistakes. Lots of fun illustrations and hilarious footnotes about Irish slang make this charmer a great pick for readers who like Stephan Pastis’ Timmy Failure series. A particular delight for the grades 3-5 crowd. (Parents who love the Moone Boy television show will want to check this out, too!) (Melissa)

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Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection edited by Matt Dembicki

Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection edited by Matt Dembicki

Looking for some fantastic, fast summer reading? Perfect for sunny days, rainy days, road trips, or even being stuck at home, Trickster is twenty-one legends from different indigenous cultures across America as told by storytellers from those cultures and collaboratively illustrated by a number of talented graphic artists. Great all-age appeal, but especially for grades 3 on up. (Melissa)

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The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrations by Sydney Smith

The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrations by Sydney Smith

Adapted from the 9th century Irish poem “Pangur Bán,” this book is a lovely read aloud that compares, contrasts, and celebrates the work of two very different creatures – a cat and a scholar – under the same roof. The illustrations are subtle and clearly inspired by illuminated manuscripts. A lovely choice for reading before or after watching the 2009 award-winning animated film, The Secret of Kells, which features its own Pangur cat. Ages 4-8. (Melissa)

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Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Lou (short for Louise) Mayhew’s house has been in her family for generations. It has secret hiding places. Is one of them secret enough to hide the gold local history says is hidden there? Lou hopes so because her family may lose their home so a new development can be built on the land. (4th grade and older; Carol)

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The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew Chilton

The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew Chilton

An escaped slave with no name saves a goblin from imprisonment, earning a vow from the goblin. Plain Alice is kidnapped by Ludwig the dragon because he thinks she’s Princess Alice who he was told to kidnap by his evil sorcerer master. King Julian is broke and hopes for a rich prince to rescue Princess Alice when she is also kidnapped by Ludwig. Confused? It gets worse…and much more fun! (4th grade and older; Carol)

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Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

Moving from California to Vermont is hard enough but being half Japanese and half Black makes Mimi wonder if she will ever fit in. It is 1969 and the first astronauts will soon land on the moon – Mimi’s biggest dream is to be an astronaut. Being different and being smart are two big challenges for a twelve-year-old. (4th grade and older; Carol)

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Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler

Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler

An orphan, a runaway and hungry, Bee is caught stealing a bun from a baker. Surprisingly, the baker takes her on as an apprentice and Bee finds she loves to bake…and that the things she bakes make people feel and act differently. When she meets a princess held captive by an evil magician, her baking skills are put to the test. (3rd grade and older; Carol)

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Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker

Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker

Waylon and his sister Charlotte like to play OAT: One Awesome Thing where they talk about the good things that happen each day. But Waylon’s life isn’t very awesome – he’s not asked to be on the best team at school, Charlotte now calls herself Neon and is just plain weird and the awful Baxter Boylen has come back to school. Something has to change…soon. (2nd-4th grade; Carol)

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Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron

Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron

Spunky Tells All is a delightfully funny and sweet family story told from the perspective of the family's dog. It's a not-too-challenging chapter book for 2nd-3rd grade readers and also wonderful as a family read-aloud: Spunky's voice will appeal to all ages, including adults. Spunky loves Hot Tamale Sauce Flavored Tortilla Chips, getting to know his humans by smelling and feasting on their dirty socks. But trouble has moved into his household: Fiona, the family's new cat. Spunky, whose motto is "The deep meaning of life comes from smells," takes one whiff of Fiona and smells nothing but Foolishness. She puts his Nibbles in his water bowl. She drinks from the White Pond [toilet]. Will he ever get used to--and maybe even learn to love--this foolish cat? Check out Spunky Tells All to find out and get a good peek into what it's like to be a dog. 2nd-3rd grade level; all will enjoy. Emily

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The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottesfeld illustrated by Peter McCarty

The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottesfeld illustrated by Peter McCarty

Introduction to the Holocaust and the story of Anne Frank and her family told from the point-of-view of the Chestnut tree outside the annex where the family hid during World War II. McCarty’s detailed drawings bring the text to life with vivid, captivating images. Best for Ages 7 – 10. Jenifer

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The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour

The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour

Eleven year-old Wadjda desperately wants a bike to beat her buddy Abdullah in a race, despite girls being discouraged to pursue such things in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With the hope of a green bicycle spurring her on, Wadjda cleverly finds ways to scrounge money for her dream bike, but some struggles are harder than saving for a green bike. A delightful, inspiring story for anyone who has ever wished and worked hard for something, especially upper elementary and middle school students. Melissa

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Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

Pet Club Day is an exciting day. It is a day filled with dogs, cats, birds, goldfish, and maybe a hamster or two. The little boy in this story is very happy to attend and can’t wait to introduce his pet to all the other kids. Unfortunately, there is one big problem – the boy arrives to discover that his pet, a tiny elephant, is not allowed – a big sign on the door reads “strictly no elephants.” He quickly realizes there are other kids with skunks, hedgehogs, penguins, or giraffes as their animal friends who weren’t allowed to visit Pet Club with their unique pets either. Readers will enjoy the colorful illustrations and the solution that the kids find at the end of the story. This picture book is also a great conversation starter on talking to children about inclusiveness, tolerance, and friendship. Fans of Steve Antony’s Please, Mr. Panda will also enjoy this book. (Sarah)

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Fortune Falls by Jenny Goebel

Fortune Falls by Jenny Goebel

In the town of Fortune Falls where superstitions aren’t just stories and where your luck is literally tested after your twelfth birthday, Sadie (still as yet Undetermined) is worried she will be sent away from her family, friends, and home with the Unluckies. Between a Lucky best friend, a broken mirror curse, and a mysterious black cat crossing her path, Sadie’s got a lot of work to fight fate! A fortunate find for readers ages 10-13, no matter what their luck! Melissa

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Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita by Angela Dominguez

Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita by Angela Dominguez

The 1800s Americana song-turned-nursery rhyme “Mary Has a Little Lamb” gets a contemporary makeover, complete with a bilingual English-Español retelling and Peruvian-inspired illustrations. A great choice for early language-learners and readers in preschool to grade 2. (Melissa)

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The Only Child by Guojing

The Only Child by Guojing

Like Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and JiHyeon Lee’s The Pool, this is a wordless story of a child who goes on a magical adventure far away from the familiar. The illustrations are subtle and superbly wrought, and Guojing’s characters and scenery are filled with life and emotion. A wonderful read that transcends language, culture, and time. For ages three and up and for anyone who enjoys a good story. (Melissa)

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The King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch

The King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch

In this lovely, thoughtful book that is often compared to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic The Little Prince, a king gets lessons on leadership and life from the world around him. A wonderful book for budding philosophers, ages 4 and up. (Melissa)

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Science Stunts: Fun Feats of Physics by Jordan D. Brown illustrated by Anthony Owsley

Science Stunts: Fun Feats of Physics by Jordan D. Brown illustrated by Anthony Owsley

Twenty-five experiments to amaze your family and friends are included in this fascinating introduction to physical science concepts including gravity, motion, magnetism, sound, light and electricity. Learn the science behind these fun illusions using common household objects. Best for grades 4 – 7. (Jenifer)

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The Impossible Voyage of Kon-Tiki by Deborah Kogan Ray

The Impossible Voyage of Kon-Tiki by Deborah Kogan Ray

Thor Heyerdahl believed that ancient Incans voyaged to South Pacific islands by raft. Nobody believed him! So in 1947 he and a crew built a wooden raft like the Incans would have had and embarked on a 101 day voyage covering 4,300 miles. Based on Heyerdahl’s journal, this lushly illustrated volume will whet the appetite of adventurers ages 7 – 10. (Jenifer)

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The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin illustrated by Jez Tuya

The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin illustrated by Jez Tuya

William Hoy, born in Ohio in 1862 was the first deaf player in Major League Baseball. He set records in both the National and American Leagues during his career with the Washington Nationals, Buffalo Bisons, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Cincinnati Reds, Louisville Colonels and Chicago White Stockings. Among his long-lasting contributions to improving the game was the addition of arm signals used by umpires when making calls. This not only enables deaf players participation but also makes it much easier for fans seated far from the field to follow the pitches and other action. A little-known slice of history for ages 5 – 10. (Jenifer)

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On Those Runaway Days by Alison Feigh

On Those Runaway Days by Alison Feigh

If you have a child with anger issues in your life, this non-fiction picture book is a wonderful and practical one to check out. In it, the child protagonist identifies his feelings and goes through specific steps to get ready to talk about them. It avoids a “preachy” tone and models for readers the soothing and calming process naturally and in a non-stilted way. (Emily)

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The Tortoise and the Soldier:  A Story of Courage and Friendship in World War I by Michael Foreman

The Tortoise and the Soldier: A Story of Courage and Friendship in World War I by Michael Foreman

Most soldiers bring back souvenirs – postcards, t-shirts, hats – from their tours of duty around the world. Henry Friston brings back a tortoise named Ali Pasha! A true story! For readers in 3rd through 5th grade. (Carol)

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Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea:  Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh

Growing up as a mapmaker’s daughter, Marie loved maps. As an adult, Marie loved science. She combined her interests by drawing a map of the ocean floor. In the process, she discovered something that changed the way scientists look at how the Earth is made. For grades 2-4. (Carol)

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Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson

Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson

Orphaned Audacity (known as Audie) takes care of everyone and everything at Miss Maisie’s School for Wayward Girls. When the chance for adventure comes her way, Audie is off to Washington DC. Little does she know her adventure will involve President Taft, turtle soup, a tiger-striped cat (maybe magical) and a boy named Juice. For 3rd grade and older. (Carol)

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The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

In the early 1900’s in Imperial Russia, wolves are not just status symbols, but also good luck charms; conversely, it's considered bad luck to kill a wolf. Feo and her mother take in wolves that were kidnapped as pups, sold as pets, and subsequently - unsurprisingly - become "dangerous" or "nuisance" animals as they age. When the evil General Rakov, burns down their home, and arrests her mother, Feo's sets off into the woods with her three wolf companions, a newborn wolf pup and a ragtag band of new-found friends to outrun the General and his men, survive brutal winter conditions, figure out a way to liberate Feo's imprisoned mother, and along the way start a revolution. The Wolf Wilder has elements of a classic folk tale for grades 5 and up. (Martha)

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You Look Yummy! by Tatsuya Miyanishi

You Look Yummy! by Tatsuya Miyanishi

Like Miyanishi’s Mr. Reaper (2012), this is a strange and endearing picture book that is just as much for grownups as it is for children. A baby ankylosaur (who happens to be a plant-eater) mistakenly adopts a tyrannosaurus (who happens to be an ankylosaur-eater) as its parent; what ensues is an unpredictable story of what family means. Great for the preK-2 crowd and for their parents, whether chosen accidentally or not.

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A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou

Kai is in Texas visiting her aunt in Texas while Leila is visiting her aunt in Pakistan. Both girls find a book called “The Exquisite Corpse”, a blank book. When the girls write in their books, they can see each other’s messages and a story appears that both girls can read. What is the book trying to tell them? 4th grade and older (Carol)

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A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova

A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha lives in an apartment with her mother and her grandparents. When Dasha is 12, her mother goes to the U.S. to attend college. While missing her mom, Dasha falls in love, has trouble with her best friends and tries to transfer to a different school. 5th grade and older (Carol)

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The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh

The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh

After losing her mother and brother in a fire and getting caught while escaping from the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies, 12-year-old Mary is adopted by the mysterious Madame Z who is from somewhere near Russia. Now she has everything she wants – a home, good food, new clothes, a friend – except a way to open the door under the staircase (the lock bit her when she tried to open it!). She has to find out what is behind that door, but how? 4th grade and older (Carol)

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The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman

The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman

Rosemary and her friends Adam and Shelby do almost everything together. One day, as they are talking, Shelby disappears into thin air. Rosie and Adam have a short time, until the new moon, to get her back but they keep forgetting her. Can they remember her long enough to rescue her? 4th grade and older (Carol)

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A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder

Discover the enchanted world of water sprites where sisters Luna and Willow live in their home on stilts in the dank swampland. Stories tell of the change brought over the land with the flooding and the wasting disease without cure that snares it’s victims in exactly three weeks. When her little sister, Willow, falls ill, Luna is determined to find a cure. But can she unravel the mysteries of the swamps and end the enchantment? Magical realism for ages 9 – 12. (Jenifer)

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Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football by Howard Bryant

Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football by Howard Bryant

This is the perfect book for every football fanatic including classic super bowls, amazing playmakers, historic dynasties and more. Experience the victory and defeat through game details, photos and a football timeline. For ages 9-12. (Jenifer)

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Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler by Kate Klimo, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler by Kate Klimo, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Discover how Ted Geisel, a kid from Springfield, Massachusetts, turned his childhood doodling and drawing into a career as the beloved author Dr. Seuss. A beginning biography for ages 6 – 8. (Jenifer)

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Peter has had Pax, his pet fox, since her was a kit. When war threatens, Peter’s father says Pax must be left behind, set free in the woods. All Peter can think of is going back to rescue Pax and nothing is going to stop him. But a fox living in the wild can change a lot…will Pax want to be saved? 4th grade and older (Carol)

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Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Moving to a new school is really hard especially when you run into (knock over, actually) the school nerd on the first day. Penelope is worried about making everyone (including herself) forget about what she did and what she can do to fit in. Graphic novel for 4th grade and up. (Carol)

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The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels

With a tablecloth (for flying, of course) and her 16 cats (yes, 16 cats), Miss Petitfour is always ready for adventure, wherever the wind carries her. For grade 2-4 (Carol)

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How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

Wonderfully-drawn and brilliantly-written, How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum is a great read-aloud any time, but especially before visiting a natural history museum. It anticipates and satisfies kids' curiosity, and introduces not just the most well-known dino-related occupation (paleontologist), but all the others that contribute to the process of getting a dinosaur's bones to a museum, and reassembled and exhibited there (preparators, welders, curators, excavators, riggers, exhibits team, cleaners, and more). It's chock-full of great vocabulary words (stabilizes, restored, authenticated, acquisition) and Hartland's bright, colorful illustrations will keep even audiences who aren't particularly into dinosaurs engaged where actual realistic photos might not. See also Hartland’s How the Meteorite Got to the Museum and How the Sphinx Got to the Museum. For K-3. (Emily)

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Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal’s Mustang Cliffs by Sandra K. Athans

Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal’s Mustang Cliffs by Sandra K. Athans

Travel with mountaineer Pet Athans to the ancient kingdom of Mustang in Nepal to explore caves built high in steep cliffs. Join archeologists as they excavate these cave communities and discover and interpret artifacts, mummies, and manuscripts—some 2000 years old. Fascinating modern day scientific exploration and research for grades 4 – 7. (Jenifer)

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A Recipe for Bedtime by Peter Bently

A Recipe for Bedtime by Peter Bently

A gentle, rhyming, ready-for-bed book, perfect for every baby and toddler. Enjoy the imaginative illustrations as toys (bear, monkey, elephant and mouse) prepare a baby for bed and take care of tucking in and going off to dreamland. (Jenifer)

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Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert

Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert

A sweet story of the undying love of a mummified cat for his person, who just happens to be a reimagined version of the real-life, pyramid-entombed Queen Hatshepsut. Told through rhyme and hieroglyphs, a great book for budding Egyptologists and a fantastic tale for cat lovers, especially those in grades K-3! (Melissa)

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My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec

My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec

A neighborhood’s very independent tuxedo cat finds himself considering a newly moved-in girl as his pet human. This beginning chapter book would be a great choice for kids who’ve experienced a recent move or who are owned by a cat, especially kids ages 6-10. Look for the second volume due out later this year! (Melissa)

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Mother Goose Bruce by Ryan T. Higgin

Mother Goose Bruce by Ryan T. Higgin

Bruce the bear is a grump. He does not like many things, but he does like eggs; scrambled, on toast, hard-boiled. There are so many delicious ways to eat eggs. One morning on his shopping trip through the forest, he collects some eggs from Mrs. Goose. Before Bruce has a chance to make a new egg recipe, he finds the eggs have hatched! Suddenly, he is confronted with four goslings who are convinced he is mama goose. Readers will be delighted at the illustrations of Bruce trying to fix this case of mistaken identity! He soon learns that raising four goslings is a big job and he will need to get very creative. Picture book lovers of all ages will enjoy this adorable story about an unlikely family. (Sarah)

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Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony

Mr. Panda has a tray of colorful doughnuts to share with his animal friends. Unfortunately, he discovers that his friends are missing something very important – manners! One by one the animals are impolite and demanding of Mr. Panda's generous offer of doughnuts. The simple illustrations are mostly black and white, with the exception of those delicious-looking doughnuts! This picture book is a great conversation starter on talking to children about manners and politeness - and of course, the importance of the words please and thank you. Open this book to find out what happens to Mr. Panda's doughnuts! (Sarah)

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The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce

When Rory Rooney, the smallest boy in his class and sadly the target of bullies suddenly turns as green as broccoli on a class trip, he is whisked away by helicopter to a London hospital. In a wild and crazy adventure with two and then three children who have also changed color, Rory discovers his own super powers, learns what makes a true friend and realizes that heroes come in every shape, size and color. Laugh-out-loud exploits for grades 3 to 5. (Martha)

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The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

Archer's world explorer grandparents have just disappeared on an iceberg near the Antarctic. Everyone believes they are dead. Everyone except Archer, who is determined to find them. The problem is, how will be do that? 3rd grade and older. (Carol)

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Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman

Picture book version of how composer Moshe Cotel’s cat Ketzel won a special mention in the Paris New Music Review One-Minute Competition and the premier of “Piece for Piano: Four Paws” at the Peabody Conservatory in 1998. An amazing story of a stray cat and her musical talent. For ages 4 – 8. (Jenifer)

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Book: My Autobiography by John Agard

Book: My Autobiography by John Agard

The history of printing and books told from the point-of-view of a book. The book narrator gives a very brief, readable, fun account of the developments that led to the books we use throughout the world today. The black and white illustrations by Neil Packer enhance most pages. So sit back, relax, and, in the words of book, “My name is Book and I’ll tell you the story of my life.” For grades 4 – 6. (Jenifer)

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The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams, illustrated by William Nicholson

The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams, illustrated by William Nicholson

Being one of the greatest read-aloud stories ever, this edition with illustrations by William Nicholson is my favorite. This is a timeless tale of a child’s imagination, thinking with the perspective of others (it is written from the perspective of the stuffed rabbit) and how children grow and change. Read the first sentence, “There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid.” – and let this story take you away. Ages: All (Kathy)

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Princess Pig by Molly Coxe

Princess Pig by Molly Coxe

A terrific new series of Easy Readers have arrived at the library! The series, “Brave Mouse Readers”, uses hilarious and fascinating photographs to help tell lovable stories perfect for beginning readers. In this particular title of the series, Pig and Twig play “princess”. Princess Pig makes silly wishes and Twig grants each one with a “Swish. Wish.” But is there no limit to how many wishes Princess Pig will make? Ages: 5-7 Kathy

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Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson is a master of words and has written one of the greatest stories ever told. It is the story of David, an orphaned boy in poverty who sets out to find his inheritance taken by his dangerous Uncle Ebenezer. Soon he is kidnapped and stowed on a slave ship. David’s adventures, wild-eyed experiences and endless courage make this a terrific reading experience on your own or as a family read-aloud. (If you liked “The Series of Unfortunate Events”, you will love this book.) Ages: 10 and up. (Kathy)

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The Girl with the Glass Bird: A Knight's Haddon Boarding School Mystery by Esme Kerr

The Girl with the Glass Bird: A Knight's Haddon Boarding School Mystery by Esme Kerr

Edie Wilson is a lonely, miserable orphan who suffers ill-treatment at the hands of her insensitive aunt and cousins. One day her aunt’s husband proposes that someone he knows will pay for Edie to attend a very posh and proper boarding school if she is willing to spy on a Russian princess, Anastasia, who attends the school, and whose parents are concerned about her and some of her possessions (including a valuable glass bird), which have gone missing. Warned that she must remain emotionally distant from Anastasia, the two girls instead become close friends and allies in uncovering an unsavory plot involving the princess. Grades 4-6. (Marsha)

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Baba Yaga’s by Marika McCoola, illustrated by Emily Carroll

Baba Yaga’s by Marika McCoola, illustrated by Emily Carroll

Masha's father has just introduced her to his new girlfriend and her daughter--both too terrible to even think about. Masha needs a big change, maybe a new job. Baba Yaga, the witch of the forest, is looking for an assistant...would Masha dare? Graphic novel. 4th grade and older. (Carol)

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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López

The author imagines the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, an African-Chinese Cuban girl growing up amid the rhythms of the island and being the first to break the gender barrier in playing drums. If the empowering, encouraging story weren’t enough, the illustrations are among the most beautiful published this year – bright and bold with richly-layered colors and textures. A stellar book for young percussionists and dreamers, especially for ages 3-8. (Melissa)

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A Rock Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija

A Rock Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija

Intricate illustrations and thoughtful rhyming text teach about rocks, how they appear in nature and society, and how they are used by people and animals. Another fantastic volume in Salas and Dabija’s many Minnesota Book Award-nominated “Can Be…” series. For rock enthusiasts, especially those ages 3-8. (Melissa)

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Mad About Monkeys by Owen Davey

Mad About Monkeys by Owen Davey

Humans’ fellow primates, the monkeys, are fascinating creatures! Did you know monkeys like to hold hands and snuggle? Did you know a howler monkey’s call can be heard three miles away? Did you know female bearded emperor tamarins have mustaches? 3rd grade and up. Carol

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Counting Lions by Katie Cotton with illustrations by Stephen Walton

Counting Lions by Katie Cotton with illustrations by Stephen Walton

Sadly, animal species are disappearing from the Earth each year. Meet ten different animals that we need to help so they will stay on Earth to study and enjoy. (Check out the drawing of the lion’s mane on the last page – wow!) Kindergarten and older. Carol

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The Great Monkey Rescue:  Saving the Golden Lion Tamarins by Sandra Markle

The Great Monkey Rescue: Saving the Golden Lion Tamarins by Sandra Markle

Only a small patch of forest remained in Brazil, the only place in the world for Golden Lion Tamarins to live. As their numbers dwindled, zoo, government officials and ordinary people did everything they could to save the tamarins – even planting a new forest! 2nd grade and older. Carol

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Jumping Off Library Shelves:  A Book of Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Jumping Off Library Shelves: A Book of Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Authors love word, using them to take readers to places unknown, to give us friends to last a lifetime, to make a palace filled with precious gems…a library where all are welcome. 1st grade and older. Carol

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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

At age 10, Harriet the Hamster learns that she is cursed to prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep (that can only be awakened with a prince's kiss) at age 12. This is GREAT news to Harriet! It means she can finally do the forbidden daredevil things she's always longed to, because a guarantee that you'll live until 12 is a guarantee that you won't die before then. She spends the next two years cliff-diving, dragon-slaying, jousting, and having a blast. Then her twelfth birthday arrives…and the curse takes effect, but with a huge plot twist. Hamster Princess is wickedly clever and funny, with a lot of illustrations to go with the text. While the cover is pink and purple and glittery, don’t be fooled—this princess is all about defying stereotypes, and kids of all genders will enjoy her adventure. Grades 3-5. Emily

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A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying by Jim and Jamie Dutcher.

A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying by Jim and Jamie Dutcher.

Stunning photographs of an Idaho wolf pack combine with the gentle story of a gentle wolf as observed over a six-year period by the authors’ research team. Learn about wolf behavior and dynamics in this intriguing book. Nonfiction for ages 5 – 9. Jenifer

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Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

A boy asks for a bedtime story about a real bear and his mother responds with this fascinating tale of the live bear mascot of a Canadian mounted unit during World War I who traveled to England with the unit. The bear went to live in the London Zoo and was befriended by young Christopher Robin Milne. His father, A. A. Milne, converted his son’s stories of adventures with the bear into the Winnie-the-Pooh stories enjoyed today. For ages 4 – 8. Jenifer

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Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead

Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead

This is the beautifully illustrated story of a boy named Peter who moves to a house near the dark woods. He is an only child and he’s afraid of those dark woods but he does have a dog and a fine imagination. He is able to create friends and protectors, have fun and meet a new, real friend. This is a great choice for kids dealing with fears and children with single parent families. Ages 4-8. Kathy

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Thank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell

Thank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell

Looking for a new hit to read at bedtime? Enjoy the antics of a little elephant, a little bear and a rabbit as they have a pajama party. The story ends with a lovely poem giving thanks before sleep, something you won’t mind reading over and over and over. Ages 2-6. Kathy

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Two White Rabbits byJairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng

Two White Rabbits byJairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng

This powerful picture book tells the story of a little girl and her father who are migrating from their home. The girl counts, finds shapes in clouds, and finds comfort in friendships, including with two white rabbits. This book might help to introduce readers, young and old, to the challenges faced by those who make the difficult decision to leave their homes, whether they are migrants because of natural disasters, war, social upheaval, or economic hardship. Kindergarten to grade 3. Melissa

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The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey

The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey

Uncle Morton has asked Eddie to take care of his dragon while he goes on vacation. The dragon is not a good houseguest, destroying carpeting curtains and the refrigerator. Help! First in a series; 2nd grade and up. Carol

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Genuine Sweet by Faith Harkey

Genuine Sweet by Faith Harkey

Like all of the women in her family, Genuine Beauty Sweet (that is really her name!) is a wish fetcher – she can harness the power of the stars to grant people’s wishes. And it is amazing how many people in this world have a wish that needs to be fulfilled…now. Genuine is plum worn-out with trying to please everyone, everyone but her beloved Gram. 4th grade and older. Carol

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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier by Michelle Cuevas

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier by Michelle Cuevas

Jacques has led a happy life with his sister Fleur even though his parents seem to favor her and François the dog hates him (and Jacques hates the dog right back). One day, a friend tells Jacques a secret so shocking it changes his life forever! 2nd – 4th grade. Carol

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The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P. J. Lynch

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P. J. Lynch

Biography of John Howland, who travelled to the new world aboard the Mayflower as an indentured servant, and survived to spend more than fifty years helping to build up the new colony in Massachusetts. This fascinating biography is written as if John Howland, himself, is telling the story and every page of text is accompanied by detailed color paintings by the author. A fascinating slice of history for the Thanksgiving season for grades 2 – 4. Jenifer

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The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

In thirteen very short chapters we meet Diva, a nervous French dog, and Flea, a cat-about-Paris as they conquer their fears and find friendship and a home together. A great book for people who love the Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo. For ages 6 – 8. Jenifer

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Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson (2015)

Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson (2015)

Much like the first book, Steelheart, David and the Reckoners face off against a host of violent Epics, people who have been granted superpowers after the emergence of Calamity. This time they travel to Babilar (what used to be NYC) to stop Regalia, a woman who can manipulate water and who has been sending other Epics to wreak havoc in Newcago. However, after killing a growing list of Epics, David sees the humanity and fear behind them and it changes his mission. Zippy dialogue, non-stop action and a great, unexpected story arc makes this feel like you’re reading an action movie. For grade 7 and up. Julie

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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

This is the timeless story of Wanda Petronski. She is an immigrant from Poland and friended by no one at her small school. Other students ridicule her for talking about her “hundred dresses” when Wanda wears the same dress to school every day. This is the classic story of truth, lying and how we experience those who are different from ourselves. Few who read The Hundred Dresses ever forget it. For ages 6 and up. Kathy

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Home by Carson Ellis

Home by Carson Ellis

This beautiful picture book takes a new, creative look at homes. Page by page, homes are considered in various cultures, biospheres, and, of course, architectural styles. There are even homes on the moon and from mythology to see. This is a great book for talking and imagining. For all ages. Kathy

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Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

A dark, magical adventure story set in 1930s’ rural Sardis, Alabama, Hoodoo is a young boy who comes from a Christian family of traditional folk magic practitioners, but Hoodoo doesn’t seem to have a touch of magic until a mysterious stranger comes to town and family secrets begin to reveal themselves. A thrilling and delightful read for fans of Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Bayou Magic and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Melissa

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Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt

Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt

A housefly gets sucked up into a vacuum along with Napoleon the dog’s favorite toy, and what ensues is a funny, brilliant, sweet parallel exploration of the Kübler-Ross model and its five emotional stages of dealing with unexpected change and loss. A great book for kids of all ages dealing with everything from life-changing moves to lost loved ones. Melissa

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 The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne

The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne

Twelve-year-old Thomas and his father rob graves to earn a living. Imagine Thomas’s surprise and confusion when they open up a grave and, looking at the body lying in it, Thomas sees himself! For 4th grade and older. Carol

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Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens

Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens

Hazel Wong has come all the way from Hong Kong to attend a post girls school in England. Her best friend is Daisy and together they form a detective’s club to solve the little mysteries in the lives of their friends. They find a much bigger mystery when Hazel discovers the crumpled body of their science teacher on the gym floor. 4th grade and older. Carol

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The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt

Next time you think about picking your nose, reconsider: when Mabel Jones picked her nose, she ended up being kidnapped by pirates, fearsome and beastly pirates. First of a series for 3rd grade and older. Carol

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How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

A good basic how-to guide to everyday essentials such as trapping fish like a whale, cracking a nut like a crow, catching a meal like a crocodile and much, much more. 2nd grade and up. Carol

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This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad

This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad

The story of Sadie is not to be missed! This terrific book shows you Sadie’s world of imagination and play and the power of reading in her life. Once you read Sadie’s story, will you want to write your own? All ages. Kathy

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Pete the Cat’s Train Trip by James Dean

Pete the Cat’s Train Trip by James Dean

The newest easy reader in the Pete the Cat series is here. Join Pete on a train ride with his family as they travel to see his grandmother. He learns about the train, sees a lot and meets people. What a “groovy ride”. Read the all of the Pete the Cat series. For ages 5-8 years. Kathy

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George by Alex Gino

George by Alex Gino

George is a fourth-grader who loves Charlotte the wise spider from Charlotte’s Web and wants to be her in the school play. Charlotte is supposed to be played by a girl, and, unfortunately, no one – not even George’s best friend Kelly – knows George is a girl. This is the story of how George, despite bullies and negativity and her own fears, shows the world who she is. A sweet, thoughtful, life-affirming story that will open up a lot of discussions, George is a good book for both transgender and cisgender children of all ages to read. Melissa

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Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson

Leo is the saddest, sweetest ghost you could ever hope to meet; all he wants is a friend, but no one even notices him. Until Jane. Fans of Dan Santat’s The Adventures of Beekle will love this wonderful book about the challenge and reward of finding a new friend, and this perfect gentle ghostly friendship story will put everyone in good spirits, Halloween and year-round. For ages 3-5. Melissa

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Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust by Jennifer Roy

Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust by Jennifer Roy

True story of how one courageous, young social worker in Warsaw, Poland worked with a network of resistance workers to smuggle Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto and save them from the Nazi holocaust. For ages 8 – 12. Jenifer

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Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins

Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins

A tiger cub has escaped from the sanctuary on the Sunderban Islands in India. Neel is determined to find her before people who plan to harm her do. Can he do it? For 3rd grade and up. Carol

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A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Huts Aston

A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Huts Aston

Whether made from swiftlet spit or twigs and branches, 36 feet in diameter (a dusky scrubfowl) or the size of a golf ball (a bee hummingbird), a nest is the first home of many interesting (and varied) animals. Good non-fiction for 2nd grade and older. Carol

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Octopuses! Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle

Octopuses! Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle

The smallest is barely 1” long (California Lilliput octopus). To flee an enemy, an octopus will push through any opening that its inflexible beak will go through…an octopus in a keyhole? Changing color as well as the texture of its skin allows an octopus to escape/fool its enemies. An octopus is one cool animal. Good non-fiction for 2nd grade and older. Carol

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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul

When Isatou saw the roads around her village littered with plastic bags, she tried to find a way to get rid of them. Part of the solution: she learned to crochet! Non-fiction for grades 1-4. Carol

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Diary of a Waitress:  The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl by Carolyn Meyer

Diary of a Waitress: The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl by Carolyn Meyer

It is 1926 and Kitty wants to go to college but her father says there is not money to pay the fees. So Kitty gets a job as a Harvey Girl, one of the waitresses working in railroad station restaurants. She meets railroaders, ranch hands, a flapper, a newspaper editor and, wow, her life is completely different (and much more fun). 4th grade and older. Carol

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A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep

When her great-aunt Amelia dies, she leaves her pet dragon, Miss Drake, to Winnie. Miss Drake, however, thinks her beloved Fluffy (her name for Amelia) has left a pet to her and it is Winnie. Chaos is just around the corner, of course. 3rd grade and older. Carol

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If…A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith

If…A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith

Some things are so huge that we can’t understand just how big they are. Using clocks, rulers, balls and other everyday objects, this book helps us understand the vastness of time and space. Have you ever thought of Earth as a grain of salt? Non-fiction for 3rd grade and older. Carol

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Crankenstein by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat

There is a terror walking all around us every day – the dreaded Crankenstein who glowers, groans, growls, and grunts at the least little annoyance. This is a perfect book for every one of us who knows (and has been known to be, even if only at times) a bit of a monster. For ages 3 to 6. Melissa

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What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virjan

What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virjan

Beginning readers will enjoy this sweet, rhyming story of animals boarding a boat until there’s too many. What then? The bright illustrations and big-hearted conclusion will leave you smiling. For ages: 4-6. Kathy

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Out of the Woods: a True Story of an Unforgettable Event by Rebecca Bond

Out of the Woods: a True Story of an Unforgettable Event by Rebecca Bond

A fascinating story of a 1914 wildfire in Ontario, Canada, when both people and wild animals took refuge from the flames in a nearby lake. Told from the point-of-view of the author’s grandfather as a five-year-old boy, the text and stories meld perfectly to tell this true adventure story. Non-fiction for ages: 5 -8. Jenifer

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Guess Again! by Mac Barnett

Guess Again! by Mac Barnett

This picture book is a rhyming guessing game where nothing is quite as it seems. It will have both the kids and adults in your family giggling helplessly all the way to the end. There are lots of great silly picture books out there, but this one gets my vote for the silliest. Pre-K-1st grade (but older kids will find this one funny too). Emily

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The Right Word:  Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant

Peter Roget was a loner and very smart (he started medical school when he was 14 years old!) and he loved making lists. He thought people should always be able to find exactly the word they needed so he started making a list. Non-fiction, 2nd grade and older. Carol

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Weird & Wild Animal Facts by Jessica Loy

Weird & Wild Animal Facts by Jessica Loy

Full of cool facts about the strength of a giraffe's kick, the toilet habits of naked mole rats and the suction cups of an octopus. Do you want to know the facts? Check out the book! Non-fiction, 5 years and up. Carol

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Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

This is a very clever “alphabet” book by the great Oliver Jeffers who has written a teeny tiny story (with beginning, middle and end) for each letter of the alphabet. Some are funny. Some will make you go, “Hmmm.” It may inspire older readers to write their own version. For all ages. Kathy

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Ms. Rapscott’s Girls by Elise Primavera

Ms. Rapscott’s Girls by Elise Primavera

Five little girls who have the world’s busiest parents are magically shipped in boxes to a school just for them. As each girl is “unboxed” her distinct personality is revealed along with what each girl needs from the loving Ms. Rapscott and the dogs that assist her. Enjoy their experiences learning how “life is like trying to bake your own birthday cake without a recipe.” For ages 9-12. Kathy

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There is a Carrot in My Ear and Other Noodle Tales, Retold by Alvin Schwartz

There is a Carrot in My Ear and Other Noodle Tales, Retold by Alvin Schwartz

As the book explains, “A noodle is a silly person. This book is about a family of noodles and the silly things they say and do.” This makes for a laugh-out-loud book for kids just beginning to read. For ages 6-8. Kathy

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In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van

In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van

Gorgeous illustrations depict the love of family, the beauty of the sea, the web of life and the possibilities of the imagination. This is among the very best new picture books and will make readers old and young smile. For ages 4-10. Kathy

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Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison

Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison

This book tells the story of a little cat (Bernice) feeling left out and less important than others due to a series of sleights and small unfortunate incidents at a party. Being then in a bad mood, Bernice grabs all the balloons that send her on a journey where she learns the lessons of giving and sharing. This is an especially beautiful book and an excellent exploration of feelings and friendship. All ages. Kathy

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Told entirely through letters and illustrations, this is the entirely enchanting story of twelve-year-old Sophie who inherits magical chickens. Lots of really good extra subplots and details, including dealing with grief after the death of beloved grandparent, dealing with family difficulties (unemployment and financial stresses), loving but strict parents, Latin culture (including a recipe for migas -- yum!), chicken and chicken-keeping information, and learning to face fears. Fun, sweet, smart, and perfect for aspiring chicken keepers, urban chicken farmers, 4-H chicken showers, and, especially, middle school readers. Don’t bawk and chicken out from adding this to your reading list! Melissa

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The Death of the Hat:  A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects

The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects

Poets have been writing poems for hundreds of years. They're written poems to a bookworm, the moon, cobwebs and flash cards. Which poem will you like best? For 3rd grade and older. Carol

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Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Stella and her brother Jojo wake up one night and see a burning cross near the pond – the Ku Klux Klan! Everyone in their tightknit African-American community goes on guard, worried about what the Klan will do next. It’s hard to grow up when you are always afraid. 4th grade and older. Carol

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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid and Nicole have been friends and done everything together forever. The summer before 7th grade, everything changes. Nicole goes to dance camp and likes to talk about boys and make-up. Astrid is lost without her until she discovers Roller Derby. A graphic novel. (Carol)

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Ballet Spectacular: A Young Ballet Lover’s Guide and an Insight into a Magical World by Lisa Miles

Ballet Spectacular: A Young Ballet Lover’s Guide and an Insight into a Magical World by Lisa Miles

From toe shoes and tutus to music and choreography, the glorious world of ballet…and lots of beautiful pictures, too. (4th grade and older; Carol)

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Flight of the Phoenix (first in Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series) by R.L. LaFevers.

Flight of the Phoenix (first in Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series) by R.L. LaFevers.

If you’ve read and loved the Magic Tree House books and are ready for something a little more challenging but with the same spirit, try the Beastologist series. Like Magic Tree House, it features travel, adventure, a bit of danger, and time-sensitive missions—the first is to protect the world’s only phoenix egg long enough for it to safely hatch. 10-yr-old Nathaniel Fludd, whose parents have just been declared lost at sea, is sent to live with an aunt he’s never met. Nathan finds out that the whole Fludd family, back for generations—are beastologists: people that protect creatures most people think only exist in myths, and his training in the family profession begins almost immediately, as an urgent mission awaits them both… (2nd-4th grade) (Emily)

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Flight of the Phoenix (first in Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series) by R.L. LaFevers.

Flight of the Phoenix (first in Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series) by R.L. LaFevers.

If you’ve read and loved the Magic Tree House books and are ready for something a little more challenging but with the same spirit, try the Beastologist series. Like Magic Tree House, it features travel, adventure, a bit of danger, and time-sensitive missions—the first is to protect the world’s only phoenix egg long enough for it to safely hatch. 10-yr-old Nathaniel Fludd, whose parents have just been declared lost at sea, is sent to live with an aunt he’s never met. Nathan finds out that the whole Fludd family, back for generations—are beastologists: people that protect creatures most people think only exist in myths, and his training in the family profession begins almost immediately, as an urgent mission awaits them both… (2nd-4th grade) (Emily)

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This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain

A fascinating look at the life of the founder of modern ornithology details his travels, discoveries, and financial difficulties during the more than thirty years he devoted to studying and painting nearly 500 birds for his masterpiece, The Birds of America. Includes color reproductions of thirty of his magnificent paintings. For budding naturalists in grades 4 and above. (Jenifer)

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Timmy Failure:  Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

Follow the hilarious escapades of Timmy Failure, “international detective” and his friend, Total, a polar bear. The laughs never stop as Timmy continually makes the wrong assumptions, overlooks the most obvious clues and conjures up ridiculous theories to explain all the daily events in his life and school. Excellent choice for 3rd to 5th graders looking for humorous fiction or Wimpy Kid read-alikes. First title in a series. (Kathy)

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Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

In each short chapter the reader slowly learns about young Albie’s life in New York City. He is both unique and typical in many ways – the talented creator of a cartoon character, Donut Man, and also thoughtless toward his friends. Of most interest is how the author carefully addresses the very realistic mistakes and shortcomings of the adults in Albie’s life. Excellent choice for realistic fiction lovers. (Kathy)

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The Brixen Witch by Stacy DeKeyser

The Brixen Witch by Stacy DeKeyser

The lovely village of Brixen is filled with caring, interesting people – all neighbors and friends to Rudi, age 12. It also has its own witch. One day, Rudi stumbles upon a gold coin that leads him to the amazing story of the Brixen Witch and the wicked antics of the Witch’s servant. This is an exceptionally well-written book that young writers might appreciate. For grades 3-5. (Kathy)

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The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

Sometimes, being a princess isn’t all pink frilly dresses, high tea and unicorns named Frimplepants. Sometimes, princesses are dressed in stealthy black, going on adventures, fighting monsters, and saving the day on a mighty steed. But Princess Magnolia can’t let Duchess Wigtower know a princess’s secret life! A delightful tale that is empowering and enchanting for princesses and goat boys alike and great for readers who are beyond picture books and just starting chapter books. Get ready for the sequel, The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party! (Melissa)

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Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi

Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi

A delightful story exploring backyard bugs with a fantastic stylized bug identification page. With its bright and detailed colorful pictures and simple text, this is a lovely summer day picture book to read aloud together while lounging on a blanket outside and to inspire bug-spotting adventures for budding entomologists of all ages. (Melissa)

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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtiss

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtiss

In 1860, Elijah Freeman has never known life outside quiet Buxton, Ontario (a free settlement of former slaves). Elijah lives with his parents, fishes, tends horses, goes to school, and is known for being the first child born in Buxton and for having thrown up on abolitionist Frederick Douglass when he was a baby. The sensitive, innocent Elijah finds himself getting into adventures (and trouble!) he never thought possible, with a memorable cast of townsfolk including a mischievous best friend, a sly preacher, and a man willing to risk everything to save his family still in slavery. The audiobook, read by actor Mirron Willis, captures the dialect, emotion, and humor flawlessly. Perfect for summer reading and family roadtrips. (Melissa)

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Sometimes You Barf  by Nancy Carlson

Sometimes You Barf by Nancy Carlson

Vomiting can be a very scary experience, and throwing up at school can be even more terrifying. This is a good book to help address some of the anxiety and uncomfortableness that comes with getting sick and dealing with those unpleasant physical and emotional feelings. Reassuring, funny, and great for all kids, especially those who are shy and easily embarrassed. For anyone who has ever had a bodily malfunction in public. (Melissa)

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It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee

It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee

You will be laughing as an entire family is repeatedly awoken because of their dear dog's silly imagination. Ages 4-8. Kathy

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Earwig and the Witch by Dianne Wynn Jones

Earwig and the Witch by Dianne Wynn Jones

The very clever orphan, Earwig, lives a winning life until she is suddenly adopted by a witch and a warlock. Her life becomes surrounded and controlled by magic and her escape depends on Earwig finding her own magic. Perhaps with the help of a peculiar cat? Kathy

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Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Roan, hoping to go to Pilot Academy for middle school like his older brother, is disappointed when he's assigned to Jedi Academy. Worse, when he gets there, he finds he's last in his class at mastering The Force. While there are lots of Star Wars details for fans to love (including a Wookiee P.E. Teacher), many of the issues that rise during Roan's first year would apply to any middle school: coping with bullies and crushes, struggling at some things and rocking at others, having complicated friendships, enduring embarrassment, and finding your niche. Often funny in a Diary of a Wimpy Kid-like way and told in graphic novel format, Jedi Academy is a great read for those who loved that series, and a fun one for casual Star Wars fans. (Emily)

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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

First person fictional story of a disabled ten-year-old girl and her younger brother who are evacuated from London in advance of the start of World War II bombing raids. The change brings them to the home of a woman who “doesn’t want them” yet treats them far better than their abusive, neglectful mother. Plenty of food, new “used” clothes, the great outdoors and a horse seem almost too idyllic—then the bombing begins and their mother decides she wants them back. Can they survive another upheaval? Gripping, gut-wrenching historical fiction for ages 10 and up. (Jenifer)

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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

Frank Einstein intends to win first prize at the Midville Science Fair – too bad his attempt to build a robot is a complete failure. But one dark and stormy night, something strange happens in Frank’s garage, er, laboratory. This is the first in a series. For grades 3 – 5 (Carol)

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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

Ellie likes things to stay the same. When her mother brings home a teenage boy to live with them, nothing stays the same. There’s something awfully familiar about the boy – oh my gosh, it’s her gr…! Ages 10 and older. (Carol)

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Skyscrapers:  An Introduction to Skyscrapers and Their Architects by Didier Cornille

Skyscrapers: An Introduction to Skyscrapers and Their Architects by Didier Cornille

One of the first skyscrapers was 167 feet tall (Prudential Building in Buffalo, New York). With experience, better technology and new materials, the Burj Khalifa (in Dubai) is 2,717 feet tall! Is the sky really the limit for future skyscrapers? For grades 2-6. (Carol)

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The Founding Fathers: Those Horse-ridin’, Fiddle-playin’, Book-readin’, Gun-totin’ Gentleman Who Started America by Jonah Winter

The Founding Fathers: Those Horse-ridin’, Fiddle-playin’, Book-readin’, Gun-totin’ Gentleman Who Started America by Jonah Winter

Those Founding Fathers (they would hate that title) were an interesting (and smart and well-educated) bunch: Gouverneur Morris (of New York) had a wooden leg but was an excellent dancer; John Adams’ nickname was His Rotundity; George Washington disliked bad manners and loud arguments. For grades 2-5. (Carol)

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Chukfi Rabbit’s Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale by Greg Rodgers, illustrated by Leslie Stall Widener (2014)

Chukfi Rabbit’s Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale by Greg Rodgers, illustrated by Leslie Stall Widener (2014)

Chukfi Rabbit is a lazy, scheming guy who is always on the lookout for how to get out of work and where to get his next meal. This is a perfect read-aloud book with lots of laugh-out-loud moments, great for an early elementary-aged crowd (and maybe even older kids, too). As a bonus, the late, great Oklahoman storyteller even teaches us some Choctaw vocabulary! (Melissa)

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King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Christiane Krömer (2013)

King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Christiane Krömer (2013)

Basant is a kite-flying festival that has traditionally been celebrated in Punjab region of India and Pakistan, often taking place to welcome springtime. This story is set in Lahore, Pakistan, and follows the adventures of young kite-warrior Malik who seeks to be the champion of designing, flying, and fighting kites during Basant. The illustrations are as bright, colorful, and exciting as the story itself of Malik and his siblings and neighbors contesting with their kites. A fun read and a great way to know more about our world. (Melissa)

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When Gorilla Goes Walking by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Shane Evans (2007)

When Gorilla Goes Walking by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Shane Evans (2007)

This picture book contains bold, colorful illustrations and a collection of short, sweet, funny, related poems about Gorilla, a big gray cat with jewel green eyes, as told by Gorilla’s person, the adorable Cecilia. A fabulous read-aloud and read-together book for kids owned by kitties! Great for early elementary school aged youths and cat-lovers of all ages. (Melissa)

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My Pen by Christopher Myers (2015)

My Pen by Christopher Myers (2015)

The illustrations are stunningly beautiful and likely to fill any reader with the inspiration to write or draw. This is one of those books that can be enjoyed by everyone (Kathy)

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Tricky Vic: the Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli (2015)

Tricky Vic: the Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli (2015)

A Fascinating story of an inventive and successful conman who swindled people throughout Europe and the United States in the early twentieth century. Discover how he hoodwinked Al Capone, escaped from prison, and convinced many greedy souls that he had a magic box that could make perfect copies of $100 bills. A short biography for grades 3 – 5. (Jenifer)

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The Chimpanzee Children of Gombe by Jane Goodall (2014)

The Chimpanzee Children of Gombe by Jane Goodall (2014)

Follow an extended family of chimpanzees through one day at the Gombe research station and preserve in Tanzania, Africa. Learn about the work of Jane Goodall and other researchers who have documented the lives of these chimpanzees since 1960. Includes dozens of color photographs. For budding naturalists in preschool through grade 3. (Jenifer)

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Red: a Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall (2015)

Red: a Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall (2015)

“He was red…but he wasn’t very good at it.” So begins this wonderful, moving picture book about a blue crayon that’s been labeled “red” due to a factory mistake. Unable to see beyond his red label, the other crayons and art supplies keep expecting and demanding certain things of him, but no matter how hard he tries to match the label assigned him, the crayon simply can’t be—and isn’t, and never will be—red. Then a new crayon friend comes along that sees, accepts, and appreciates the crayon’s blueness, and the crayon finally understands who he is and embraces it, declaring “I’m blue!” A book about labels, difference, others’ expectations, and realizing one’s gifts. I’d put this on every kid’s bookshelf. (Emily)

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Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (2014)

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (2014)

Little sister Dory, better known as Rascal, is driving her older brother and sister CRAZY!!! To calm her down, they invent Mrs. Gobble Grackle, a witch who takes little girls. Little girls like Dory. For grades 1 – 3. (Carol)

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Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Most creatures start life as an egg. Cowbirds sneak their eggs into a bluebird’s nest. Spider wasps lay a single egg on a spider—the new wasp will have plenty to eat when it hatches. A fish tapeworm produces 1 million eggs each day—more than 7 billion in a lifetime! A non-fiction book for grades K-3. (Carol)

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Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Ally Nickerson is a wonderful artist and great at math but when she reads, the letter move around on the page and sometimes, words fly out of her mouth without warning. Everyone thinks she is just plain weird. When a new teacher takes over her class, Ally finds it harder and harder to keep her secret: she cannot read. For 3rd grade and older (Carol)

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Tastes Like Music: 17 Quirks of the Brain and Body by Maria Birmingham

Tastes Like Music: 17 Quirks of the Brain and Body by Maria Birmingham

Humans have a lot in common: a brain, hands, feet, teeth (not always our own!), five senses but a few people have a little extra something. For example, people with amusia hate the sound of music and people with prosopagnosia never recognize a face…even their own! For 4th grade and up. (Carol)

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Nocturne:  Creatures of the Night by Traer Scott

Nocturne: Creatures of the Night by Traer Scott

While we are quietly sleeping, the world is alive with interesting, funny, beautiful and fabulous creatures. Creatures that fly, creep, slither and more. Glorious pictures. For 4th grade and up. (Carol)

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Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Discover the humor and gentle wisdom of martial arts master Bunjitsu Bunny in these twelve short stories then read the Bunjitsu code and pledge to become a master yourself. Hard hitting, high kicking fun for grades K – 2. (Jenifer)

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Big Red Kangaroo by Claire Saxby

Big Red Kangaroo by Claire Saxby

Discover the lives of red kangaroos as you follow one mob (clan) through one hot day in Australia. Though the biggest of the sixty species of kangaroos, even red kangaroos must stay alert and work together to survive. For grades K – 3. (Jenifer)

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Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti

Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti

Haunting, dark illustrations by Mattotti and a text which truly puts the grim back in Grimms’ tale by Gaiman bring this classic fairy tale to life for a middle elementary school audience. Though this version of the familiar story is not for the faint of heart, it is true to the original and is a great reminder of why these stories were not originally meant as young children’s bedtime entertainment. A chilling read for grade 4 and older. (Jenifer)

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Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Welcome to Serenity, NM and meet the kids who live in this tiny town that seems perfect. Slowly the town's kids start piecing facts together and discover small and big lies that quickly reveal that nothing is what it seems. Why have all the adults, even their own parents, been lying? If Serenity is not a real town, what is it? This is a page-turner and the first in a new series. Ages 10-12. (Kathy)

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3-2-1 Go! by Emily Arnold McCully

3-2-1 Go! by Emily Arnold McCully

Little Min the elephant gets shunned by her friends who are playing school. Using her knowledge of both science and words, she finds a way to be included. Ages 5-7. (Kathy)

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The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

The most arrogant prince you'll ever meet uses a servant boy to endure whippings that are supposed to be his punishment. As coddled as he is, the young prince is very unhappy and runs away with his servant, the whipping boy, to experience the world beyond the castle walls and eventually realizes that what he does and says really matters. Ages 8-12. (Kathy)

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson

Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson

This web-comic-series-turned-graphic-novel has been favorably compared to Bill Watterson’s classic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes and for good reason: it’s imaginative, a little irreverent, and a lot smart. Heavenly Nostrils is a vain unicorn who imposes her best-friendship upon young Phoebe, who isn’t the most popular kid in her school. A great choice for kids who are more visual learners or maybe reluctant chapter book readers, who like lots of humor, and who may or may not love unicorns. Fans of Calvin and Hobbes, the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, or Stephan Pastis’ Timmy Failure series may want to check this one out. (Melissa)

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Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz

Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz

Captain Hook has long since been swallowed by the crocodile but his daughter Jocelyn hopes to be a fearsome a pirate as he was. Unfortunately, her grandmother has other plans for her, involving dancing lessons, finishing school and pink ribbons. ARGH! This is the first book in a newseries. For ages 8 – 12 years. (Carol)

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The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones

The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones

Everyone in Aileen’s family is magical except her. When sent on a secret mission by the king, Aileen’s aunt loses her power when a witch’s curse goes terribly wrong. Now it is up to Aileen to save the day. Can she summon enough magic to save the kingdom? For ages 10 and older. (Carol)

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Digging a Hole to Heaven: Coal Miner Boys by S. D. Nelson

Digging a Hole to Heaven: Coal Miner Boys by S. D. Nelson

Follow the fictional story of 12-year-old Conall, a mule driver in an underground coal mine around 1900. Learn about hard work and danger as you follow the story of children laboring to help support their families 800 feet underground. A fascinating blend of fictional story, historical notes, and vintage photographs bring child labor conditions of the past to life. For grades 3 – 5. (Jenifer)

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Gifts from the Enemy by Trudy Ludwig

Gifts from the Enemy by Trudy Ludwig

Picture book style biography of Alter Wiener. As a teen he survived a series of Nazi prison and labor camps. In this introduction to some of the darkest episodes in World War II history, we meet an engaging character and discover how the selfless kindness of another person helped Wiener survive. For grades 3 – 5. (Jenifer)

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Murilla Gorilla and the Hammock Problem by Jennifer Lloyd

Murilla Gorilla and the Hammock Problem by Jennifer Lloyd

In five very short chapters detective Murilla Gorilla tracks down the truth behind the hole that suddenly appeared in one of Okapi’s fine hammocks. Follow the clues with Murilla and discover the culprit in this caper. For new readers in grades K – 2. (Jenifer)

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Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day by Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day by Nick Bruel

Uncle Murray rallies to the rescue and takes Puppy out for the day when Bad Kitty goes berserk. After getting tickets for no leash, no puppy pick-up bag, and no dog license, Uncle Murray and Puppy finally reach the dog park. But all is not well. The dog disappears and Uncle Murray’s search eventually takes him to the dog pound where he retrieves Puppy. But what will happen to the other dogs at the pound? Read this hilarious new book to find out for yourself. For grades 2 – 4. (Jenifer)

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Rain Reign by Ann M.

Rain Reign by Ann M.

Rose is in the fifth grade and loves homonyms and her dog Rain, whose name has three homonyms (rain, reign, and rein). Rose also has Asperger syndrome and, isn’t always well understood by her father or her classmates, but she knows Rain and her uncle understand her. Unfortunately, during a destructive hurricane, Rain goes missing. What follows is a story of courage and determination in the face of fear and tragedy. A beautiful, thoughtful adventure for kids (and kids-at-heart) to help Aspies to feel understood and to help non-Aspies better understand them. Read with a box of tissues nearby. Available in standard print format and in ebook format through 3M Cloud. (Melissa)

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Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya,  illustrated by Susan Guevara

Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Susan Guevara

A fierce, fabulous, updated retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story featuring three generations of strong Latinas, illustrated aspects of Latinand culture, a Spanish vocabulary guide with a good pronunciation guide for Spanish language learners, and, of course, a big, bad lobo. (Non-Spanish speakers, don’t be afraid to read aloud – the rhythm and rhyme make this especially fun!) A delight for early elementary school kids and English-Spanish bilingual readers. (Melissa)

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Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony

Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony

Meet Betty, a hungry baby gorilla, with a frustrating problem. What is one to do when you cannot open your lunch? A banana is causing all sorts of chaos! Betty tries using her hands, teeth, and feet -- but still no luck. Betty's next attempt involves lots of crying and kicking. This doesn't seem to open the banana either! Luckily, a friendly toucan comes to the rescue and instructs Betty how to peel her delicious lunch. This picture book will appeal to fans of silly stories -- and is a great way to discuss emotions and patience with children. (Sarah)

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Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

“Rug! Hug! Mug!” say the other dust bunnies. “LOOK OUT!” says Bob. Dust Bunny Bob seems to have a tin ear when it comes to rhyme, to the chagrin of his rhyme-loving friends. But when they're so caught up in the raptures of rhyming that they don't see a vacuum cleaner coming for them, Bob proves that he has other talents worth admiring. If you like goofy fun like this, be sure to check out other picture books by Jan Thomas. They’re all full of humor and clever twists. (Emily)

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The Doll People Set Sail

The Doll People Set Sail by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin

When the doll house families are packed for attic storage during a bedroom remodel, a box mix-up sends them to an overseas donation agency. When their box splits as the pallet is loaded onto a ship, three dolls fall out. Can the other dolls find them, rescue them, return to the box, and somehow manage to get back to their home in the United States? Toy-filled action and suspense for grades 3 – 5. Jenifer

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On the Wing by David Elliott

Meet fifteen spectacular birds in brief, amusing verses spectacularly brought to life in illustrations by Becca Stadtlander. From common sparrows, jays and hummingbirds to puffins, albatrosses and bowerbirds, this volume will spark all readers to become birders. A poetic picture book for preschool and elementary readers. Jenifer

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Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Riddle

Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

Before he disappeared, Gabriel’s father taught him a new riddle every day—Gabriel loves riddles. Ravens also love riddles—they use them to identify true ravens. Valravens (they’re the ones that eat human flesh) hate riddles and have no sense of humor—they have something to do with Gabriel’s father disappearing. Can Gabriel use riddles to find his father? 4th grade and older. Carol

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The Stratford Zoo

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue presents Hamlet by Ian Lendler with illustrations by Zack Giallongo

Have you ever wondered what happens at the zoo when the gates close at night? Maybe the animals grab some popcorn and go to the theatre! A graphic novel for ages 7 to 10 years. Carol

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy: The Hero Revealed by William Boniface

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy: The Hero Revealed by William Boniface

Ordinary Boy lives in Superopolis, a town where everyone has a superpower--except him. Not all superpowers are especially appealing, though: OB’s friend Stench can make himself stink really badly whenever he wants to; SpongeGirl’s head absorbs everything from rain to the molecules of a nearby sneeze and needs to be wrung out regularly. The Hero Revealed is a smart, funny send-up of comics and consumer culture, and a mystery/quest, too. First in a series. Grades 4-6. Emily

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Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman

Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman

Katie the dog struggles with her exuberant love for her family’s three new kittens: she wants to smell them vigorously and chase them playfully, but her lack of restraint scares them, making her sad. Finally she learns to approach them quietly and with gentleness. This is an especially good book to read to young children who might be a little “over-exuberant” in physically expressing their love for a new pet or sibling. PreK-Grade 1. Emily

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Flare

Flare by Kallie George

The little bird, Flare, always wants to be tough. With the help of the clouds, moon and sun, he learns about feelings in this beautifully illustrated early reader. Ages 5-7. Kathy

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Riff Raff Sails the High Cheese by Susan Schade

Riff Raff Sails the High Cheese by Susan Schade

Looking for laughs? Follow the adventure of the mice pirates (Colby, Cheddar, Blue and Brie) as they go in search of cheese, a search that leads them to the dreaded Cat Island. Ages 5-8. Kathy

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The Magic Beans

The Magic Beans by Margaret Hillert

This is a bright, simple telling of the classic story of Jack and the Bean Stalk. Very early readers can discover this wonderful story told in few words in this new print edition. Ages 5-7 Kathy

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Firebird

Firebird by Misty Copeland & illustrated by Christopher Myers

A young girl aspires of being a graceful, athletic ballet dancer like Misty Copeland who encourages her to work hard and to follow her dreams. A perfect picture book story for mid-to-upper-elementary students who are feeling discouraged and who need to be reminded that sustained effort and courage aren’t easy but worth it. Winner of the 2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Available in standard picture book format. Melissa

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Greenglass House

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

A very unusual house, perched on a mountain top, begins receiving a strange variety of guests. 12-year old Milo and his friend Meddy begin finding clues to learn who these people are and why they have come. This is a very smart mystery full of puzzling clues that unwind a surprising story. For grades 4-6. Kathy

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My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

A story loved by generations in which a boy's father takes a journey to save a baby dragon with the help of a cat. This is an excellent read aloud with the perfect amount of suspense for young readers. For grades K-2. Kathy

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Children’s Book of Magic by Anne Hildyard et al.

In this Dorling Kindersley volume you will meet five famous magicians, learn the history of magic throughout the world and discover the hidden skills every good magician needs to succeed. Also included are the secrets of twenty magic tricks for you to try at home. An “I can’t wait to try these!” title for grades 3 – 6. Jenifer

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Eureka

Eureka! The Most Amazing Scientific Discoveries of All Time by Dr. Mike Goldsmith

Fascinating introduction to the amazing expansion of world knowledge that grew from the experiments and discoveries of nineteen scientists working in medicine, human body, matter and energy, planet earth, and the universe. Among those profiled are Alexander Fleming (penicillin), Marie Curie (radioactivity), Dmitri Mendeleev (the periodic table), Richard Owen (dinosaurs), and Georges Lemaitre (the big bang). These four to six page profiles will entrance budding scientists in grades 4 – 6. Jenifer

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The Mystery of 

Meerkat Hill

The Mystery of Meerkat Hill by Alexander McCall Smith

In the southern African country of Botswana, young Precious Ramotswe meets two new friends and their pet meerkat. Before long, Precious and the meerkat are instrumental in finding a missing cow and saving a family’s livelihood. This book combines an enticing mystery and an exotic locale in a short, satisfying package for grades 2 – 4. Jenifer

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Close to Famous

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don't know what to expect. But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody's business. Soon Foster lands a job baking for the local coffee shop, and gets some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge - learning to read. Just when they start to feel at ease, their past catches up to them. Thanks to the folks in Culpepper, Foster and her mama find the strength to put their troubles behind them for good. For grades 5-8. Martha

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The Klipfish Code

The Klipfish Code by Mary Casanova

In 1942 when Norway is under Nazi occupation, twelve-year-old Marit decides to take action despite her grandfather’s warnings. This is the story of the Norwegians’ resistance against the occupation and propaganda of the Nazi regime. Set on an island of fishing trawlers, this novel is about risks taken, secrets kept, and questions about whom to trust. For grades 4-7. Martha

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Salt: A Story of 

Friendship in a Time of War

Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost

Set in 1812 in the Indiana territory around Fort Wayne, two boys from two different worlds have a thriving friendship. James, the son of a family of settlers who run a trading post outside of the fort, and Anikwa, a young boy from the Miami tribe, have lived on the land for hundreds of years. When the British and American armies prepare to meet at Fort Wayne for a crucial battle, James and Anikwa, like everyone around them, must decide where their loyalties lie. This novel told in verse is for grades 4-7. Martha

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Belly Up

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

Teddy is a 12 year old boy whose curiosity and care for animals almost gets him killed. When Henry the Hippo, the zoo's mascot, is found dead in his tank, Teddy suspects murder and starts to investigate. When he enlists the help of his new friend Summer, the zoo owner's daughter, Teddy ends up with more trouble than he thought. For grades 3-5. Martha

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Waiting for 

the magic

Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan

William’s Mom fills the empty spot in the house with 4 dogs and a cat from the animal shelter when his father leaves. William turns to the animals to help cope with his father absence. But, when his father returns, William realizes that the magic he was looking for is right there in his family, in the people he loves. Great family read aloud or for children in grades 3-5. Martha

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Revolution

Revolution by Deborah Wiles (Book 2 of the Sixties trilogy)

Revolution is the story of Sunny and Raymond in the little town of Greenwood, Mississippi. In the summer of 1964 thousands of college students, called freedom workers, come to town to get black people registered to vote. Everyone in town is choosing sides including Sunny and Raymond. Everyone needs to figure out how to stand up for themselves and to fight for what’s right. For grades 4-7. Martha

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Turtle in Paradise

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Eleven year-old Turtle is smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending to her life. In 1935 jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce, so when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida to live with relatives she's never met. Before she knows what's happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she's spent her life building, and, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. Filled with adventure, humor and heart for grades 4-7. Martha

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Out of my mind

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom that dismiss her as mentally challenged. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow. In this story, you will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how you look at anyone with a disability. For grades 5-9. Martha

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Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School and there are a lot of different personalities in one classroom. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone. For grades 3-5. Martha

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Cinderella Smith

Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden

Cinderella Smith has problems with a capital P. Her new teacher laughs at her name, she has to sit at the smart-boys table, and her old best friend is ignoring her. Now the new girl, Erin, has asked for her advice on wicked stepsisters. But Cinderella doesn't have any stepsisters, wicked or otherwise! And to make things worse, her ruby red tap shoes are missing! For grades 3-5. Martha

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The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Hot Air Baboons by Maxwell Eaton III

All set for skiing, the Flying Beaver Brothers are amazed as the snow melts from beneath them, a new river appears and the water backs up behind a new dam. These “improvements” to Beaver Island are compliments of a trio of Baboons. With the help of Captain Jo Jo the mole, the Flying Beaver Brothers discover the truth and save Beaver Island once again. A fun-filled graphic novel for grades 2 – 4. Jenifer

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The Iridescence of Birds

The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan

Lyrical, colorful, picture-book-style biography introduces the painter through his childhood and the inspiration drawn from it for his life’s work. Ideal for grades K – 2. Jenifer

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Night Sky Dragons by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham

A boy who lives and breathes kites and practical jokes disappoints his father who rules a han, a fortified stopover on the ancient Chinese silk route. When bandits attack the han and lay siege, the boy redeems himself when he dreams that dragon kites (and a practical joke) can drive the bandits away. Exciting historical fiction for grades 1 – 4. Jenifer

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Baking Day at Grandmas by Anika Denise

A bouncy, rhyming text is accompanied by vivid illustrations in this picture book that traces the joy of intergenerational cooking fun. Three little bears have a day of fun at Grandma’s and leave with the riches they made to share as gifts for other loved ones. This book begs to be read again and again. Jenifer

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My Heart is Laughing

My Heart is Laughing by Rose Lagercrantz

Dani is always happy. Always. She doesn’t count the other times. Even though her best friend has moved far away and classmates bully her and she accidentally squirts the nice teacher with sauce and breaks a vase at home. Though she cries and runs home, she still says she is happy by the end of the day. Fourteen very short chapters continue the story of this exuberant girl. Ideal for grades 2 – 3. Jenifer

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