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Love is Loud: How Diane Nash Led the Civil Rights Movement
by Sandra Neil Wallace
A picture book biography of Diane Nash, a Civil Rights Movement leader at the side of Martin Luther King and John Lewis. Born in the 1940s in Chicago, Diane went on to take command of the Nashville Movement, leading lunch counter sit-ins and peaceful marches. Diane decides to fight not with anger or violence, but with love. With her strong words of truth and actions, she works to stop segregation
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Blue: A History of the Color As Deep As the Sea and As Wide As the Sky
by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
This picture book follows one color’s journey throughout history — from ancient Afghan painters to 1905, when a chemical blue dye was created — and around the world, as it becomes the blue we know today.
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Pluto!: Not a Planet? Not a Problem!
by Stacy McAnulty
Hot diggity dog! Meet Pluto! The runt of a litter of eight planets. Pluto may not be the biggest or fastest planet to revolve around the Sun, but it has a unique story to tell. From the tale of how it was found by humans to its naming as a dwarf planet, it’s Pluto’s turn to take the spotlight and properly re-introduce itself.
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Love Your Amazing Self: Joyful Verses for Young Voices
by Ofosu Jones-Quartey
A collection of poems that encourages kids to affirm the positive in themselves and their lives
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Amazing Asian americans and pacific islanders who inspire us all.
by Maia Shibutani
From Olympic ice dancing medalists Alex and Maia Shibutani, this beautifully illustrated picture book highlights the achievements of many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have made invaluable contributions to the world. Inclusivity sets this beautifully illustrated picture book apart in its exploration of thirty-six inspirational Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, such as disabled hero Daniel Inouye, immigrant astronaut Kalpana Chawla, and biracial entertainer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Olympic medalist siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani felt compelled to create a book showing the undeniably positive impacts that Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans have made in this country and around the world. Thanks to quick and accessible biographies written with journalist Dane Liu, readers will learn about important figures who have shaped life-altering policy, made indelible marks on pop culture, and achieved their greatest dreams—paving the way for future generations to make lasting change.
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We Go Way Back
by Idan Ben-Barak
What is life? How did it start? Long, long ago, no one knows exactly where or when, a tiny bubble formed that was a Little Bit Different. It was the first living cell. Everyone’s ancestor. And so the story of life begins.
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The Science of Light: Things that Shine, Flash, and Glow
by Margaret Peot
Dramatic paintings of lightning, fire, fireworks and more introduces the sources of light—both natural and manmade—and encourage children to look around and observe.
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Hidden Creature Features
by Jane Park
A penguin’s sharp beak hides a textured tongue that helps it grip fish. A red-eyed tree frog has a holden eyelid that covers its eyes so it can see predators while it sleeps. Rhyming text and eye-catching photos offer an up-close look at lots of fascinating hidden creature features!
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Baba’s Gift: A Persian Father’s Love of Family
by Ariana Shaheen Amini
Baba enchants his six daughters with his stories, transporting them to his childhood in Iran as they play on the flowering vines of the Persian carpet in California. He tells the story of a determined young man who comes to the United States, the challenges of leaving his Persian family, and the unfolding of his new American life.
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Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport
by Caren Stelson
The powerful and sensitively told true story of the Czech Kindertransport, which rescued 669 children from Nazi persecution on the eve of World War II.
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An American Story
by Kwame Alexander
A picture book in verse that threads together past and present to explore the legacy of slavery during a classroom lesson.
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Pizza!: A Slice of History
by Greg Pizzoli
Bursting with color and fun facts, this delightful history of pizza takes readers through time and around the globe to serve up the real story of the world’s favorite food.
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A Seed Grows
by Antoinette Portis
An educational picture book about the life cycle of a sunflower.
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Where I live: Poems About My Home, My Street, and My Town
This diverse selection of 34 poems, paired with bright illustrations that capture daily life, celebrates the places where we live: our homes, our streets, our towns.
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Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon: The Graphic Novel
by Steve Sheinkin
Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.
What’s Your Favorite Color
by Eric Carle
Fifteen children’s book artists share their favorite colors and explain why they love them.
Shapes with Little Fish
by Lucy Cousins
Take your finger and trace! Little Fish invites little fans to get a feel for shapes in an adorable early concept book.
The Crayons’ Book of Feelings
by Drew Daywalt
Everyone knows the crayons love to color, but did you know that crayons have feelings too? Sometimes they are happy and sometimes they feel downright blue. From the creative minds behind the The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home , comes a fun board book to help young readers understand and express their feelings.
Time for Bed, Pete the Kitty
by James Dean
In this book with textured pages for the reader to touch and feel, Mom tries to get Pete the Kitty ready for bed, but Pete is not ready to go to sleep yet.
by Angela DiTerlizzi
From butterflies and moths to crickets and cicadas, a rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior.
I Don’t Want to be a Frog
by Dev Petty
A frog who yearns to be any animal that is cute and warm discovers that being wet, slimy, and full of bugs has its advantages.
by Kate Riggs
Detailed illustrations and simple text are paired within a board book format to introduce young readers to bulldozers, cranes, dump trucks, and three other common construction machines.
Elmo & Tango
Meet Elmo’s puppy, Tango. Come play along with these furry friends!
by Elizabeth Verdick
Every parent, caregiver-and toddler-knows the misery that comes with meltdowns and temper tantrums. Through rhythmic text and warm illustrations, this gentle, reassuring book offers toddlers simple tools to release strong feelings, express them, and calm themselves down. Children learn to use their calm-down place-a quiet space where they can cry, ask for a hug, sing to themselves, be rocked in a grown-up’s arms, talk about feelings, and breathe: “One, two, three… I’m calm as can be. I’m taking care of me.” After a break, toddlers will feel like new-and adults will, too. Books include tips for parents and caregivers.
Who Sleeps, Cat the Cat?
by Mo Willems
An exuberant cat and her friends get ready for bed.
Giraffes Can’t Dance
by Giles Andreae
Duck has the last quack in this hilarious romp from the team that brought us Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Farmer Brown goes on vacation, leaving his brother Bob in charge. Little does Bob know that Duck has gone around and changed all of Farmer Brown’s instructions on how to take care of the animals.
No Jumping on the Bed!
by Tedd Arnold
Walter lives near the top floor of a tall apartment building, where one night his habit of jumping on his bed leads to a tumultous fall through floor after floor, collecting occupants all the way down.
Big Tune: Rise of the Dancehall Prince
by Alliah L. Agostini
It’s the weekend, first in June; speaker’s blasting out big tune! Cousins, aunties, uncles, friends pack the house, and fun begins. Shane is shy but loves to dance–and all year long, he’s picked up cans to earn some money toward his goal: high-tops with a pump-up sole. But then the speaker blows–it’s done! Will this stop his family’s fun? Can Shane come through to save the day and bring back Big Tune Saturday? Set within a vibrant Caribbean American neighborhood and told to a rhythmic beat, Big Tune is a story of Black boy joy that touches on determination, confidence to express who you are, selflessness, and community gratitude.
Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea
by Meena Harris
INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY FROM THE CHILDHOOD OF VICE PRESIDENT–ELECT KAMALA HARRIS! A beautiful, empowering picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of the author’s aunt, Kamala Harris, and mother, lawyer and policy expert Maya Harris. “A must read for little girls around the world.” —Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts “An inspiring tale.” —Stacey Abrams, Former Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives; Founder and Chair, Fair Fight Action “I love this book.” —Megan Rapinoe, Co-Captain, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team One day, Kamala and Maya had an idea. A big idea: They would turn their empty apartment courtyard into a playground! This is the uplifting tale of how the author’s aunt and mother first learned to persevere in the face of disappointment and turned a dream into reality. This is a story of children’s ability to make a difference and of a community coming together to transform their neighborhood. A New York Times bestseller!
Peppa Pig and the Backyard Circus
Thinking that the big tent that has been raised for a garden party in Granny Pig’s backyard looks like a circus tent, Peppa declares herself a ringmaster and organizes circus performances with her friends.
I Am a Kindness Hero
by Jennifer Adams
Children will learn the importance of treating others with love, kindness, and respect. Follow the adventures of a young boy as he practices kindness throughout his day, from rescuing a puppy to standing up to bullies to helping his young sister tie her shoe. I Am a Kindness Hero celebrates gentleness and vulnerability in boys, and shows that true strength and leadership comes from treating those around you with love and respect. I Am a Kindness Hero provides parents, teachers, and childcare providers with a beautiful picture book that offers a new kind of role model for young boys. A standalone title, it also serves as a companion to I Am a Warrior Goddess, by the same author and illustrator, which inspires strength, leadership, and empowerment in young girls.
The Bad Seed
by Jory John
Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus
by Mo Willems
No matter how hard he pleads and begs, the pigeon is not supposed to drive the bus while the driver is away, but pigeon tries every persuasive trick a young child knows to get you to say, “Yes.”
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
by Julia Sarcone-Roach
“When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit.
Little Blue Truck
by Alice Schertle
A small blue truck finds his way out of a jam, with a little help from his friends.
The Smart Cookie
by Jory John
Be a smart cookie—and don’t miss the fifth picture book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Food Group series from creators Jory John and Pete Oswald! This cookie has never felt like a smart cookie no matter how hard she tries, especially in comparison to all the clever cupcakes and brilliant rolls in the bakery. Will a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of confidence be enough to help her learn that perfect scores and having all the answers aren’t the only ingredients for intelligence?
The Day You Begin
by Jacqueline Woodson
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
Bluey. At Home with the Heelers
Meet the Heelers – there’s Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli! Learn all about the family, explore their home and discover the games they like to play.
Tomatoes for Neela
by Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi, bestselling author and host of Bravo’s Top Chef and Hulu’s Taste the Nation, presents a celebration of food and family. “Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of cooking with the women in my family. It is the foundation for all I have spent my life working on.” –Padma Lakshmi Neela loves cooking with her amma and writing down the recipes in her notebook. It makes her feel closer to her paati who lives far away in India. On Saturdays, Neela and Amma go to the green market and today they are buying tomatoes to make Paati’s famous sauce. But first, Neela needs to learn about all the different kinds of tomatoes they can pick from. And as Neela and Amma cook together, they find a way for Paati to share in both the love and the flavors of the day. Bestselling author and host of Bravo’s Top Chef and Hulu’s Taste the Nation Padma Lakshmi takes young readers on an intergenerational journey full of delicious flavors and fun food facts that celebrates a family’s treasured recipes. Tomatoes for Neela lovingly affirms how we can connect to other cultures, as well as to our own, through food.
Big Bub, Small Tub
by Alastair Heim
A monster who is too big for his bathtub tries to get clean in this adorable and hilarious Ready-to-Go! Ready-to-Read. Big Bub the monster needs a bath, but his bathtub is too small. What will he do? He will try everything! Perfect for kids at the beginning of their reading journeys, Big Bub, Small Tub was written for children who have learned the alphabet and are ready to start reading! And what better way to get kids excited than with a hilarious story with words they can read on their own? Each Ready-to-Go! Ready-to-Read includes a note to parents explaining what their child can expect, a guide at the beginning for readers to become familiar with the words they will encounter in the story, and reading comprehension questions at the end. Each Ready-to-Go! story contains about 100 words and features sight words, rhyming words, and repetition to help children reinforce their new reading skills. In this book, readers will learn nineteen sight words and twelve words from five word families. So come on and get reading!
How to Go Hiking
by Jean Reagan
New hiking boots call for a hiking adventure! Pack your backpack with snacks, water, and a map, and join an uncle and his nephew as they head out for their trip, but this time, the kids lead the way!
Grumpy Monkey the Egg Sitter
by Suzanne Lang
Jim has been asked to egg-sit, but he wants to have fun with his friends. Is there a way he can do both?
Fish and Worm
by Sergio Ruzzier
Let’s read comics! I Can Read Comics is an early reader line that familiarizes children with the world of graphic novel storytelling and encourages visual literacy in emerging readers. It’s time for dinner, but when Fish finds a new friend instead, who knows what games are in store? Fish and Worm by Sergio Ruzzier is a playful story about unlikely friendship and changing the status quo. Fish and Worm is a Level One I Can Read Comic, a simple story for shared reading. Praise for Fish and Sun Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Kirkus Best Book of the Year Junior Library Guild Selection 4 starred reviews (from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book)
Reina Ramos Meets a Big Puppy
by Emma Otheguy
Reina and her friend, Lila, practice gymnastics on Saturdays. It’s Reina’s favorite part of the week. But when Lila gets a puppy, Reina has to practice gymnastics by herself. Also, Lila’s dog is HUGE and Reina is afraid to admit to her friend that she is scared. What can Reina do?
Sabrina Sue Loves the Sky
by Priscilla Burris
Sabrina Sue wants to fly like all the other birds she sees in the sky. Will her flying machine invention be what she needs, or will she find another way to soar?
by Heidi E. Y. Stemple
On Chicken karaoke night, duck wants to shine in the spotlight, but she must overcome her stage fright.
It Is Time : The Life of a Caterpillar
by Lizzy Rockwell
A caterpillar hatches out of an egg and grows into a butterfly through its life cycle.
by Candice Ransom
Raymond prepares for his graduation day using all of the skills he has learned throughout the year.
by Juana Medina
Beginning readers—and beginning riders—will be drawn to this bright, buoyant story of a determined elephant and her loyal sidekick, from the award-winning creator of Juana & Lucas . Elena wants to ride her bike. She steadies, she readies. She wobbles, she bobbles . . . KA-BANG! Learning to ride a bike is hard. But Elena can do it. She just has to try, try again. With this reassuring story of childlike persistence, Juana Medina, creator of the acclaimed Juana & Lucas series, introduces Elena, a plucky elephant, and the little red bird who is Elena’s faithful cheerleader. Simple, energetic text and bold, brilliant artwork convey a relatable tale of the ups and downs of learning something new (not without protest or tears) and the final thrill of mastery that will have children rooting for Elena and ready for her next adventure.
I See A Bat
by Paul Meisel
A dog stays up all night, watching the moon and some bats, and looks forward to the morning when his boy will wake up and feed him breakfast.
by Margaret McNamara
In the latest beginning reader from the bestselling, classroom based Robin Hill School series the class celebrates Earth Day! The kids in Mrs. Connor’s class are celebrating Earth Day, and everyone has lots of ideas on how to save the Earth…except Emma. Emma is worried that her ideas are not good enough. With the help of her dad and Mrs. Connor, Emma learns that her small ideas can have big results!
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El Toro & Friends. Tacos Today
by Raul the Third
It’s lunchtime for young El Toro and his friends–and each one is looking forward to a different kind of taco, their favorite! The luchadores take a break from their training and head into town to eat. When they count their lunch money and discover they don’t have enough for tacos, they will have to work together on a creative, fun solution to earn plenty of dinero for a delicious all-you-can-eat spectacular! Flavored with Spanish phrases and topped with plenty of humor, this early reader graphic novel is essential for those who want an action-packed story and lots of laughs.
I am Born to be Awesome!
by Mechal Renee Roe
Beautiful Black and Brown boys are the stars in this level 1 Step Into Reading book from the Happy Hair series. It’s a bright, joyful easy reader that will have boys everywhere saying “I am born to be awesome!” Kids will love seeing strong, happy reflections of themselves in this vibrant, rhyming, level 1 reader about the joy of being a boy—listening to music, swimming, exploring nature, being on a sports team, baking, doing math, and more. Full of easy-to-read fun on each page, this easy reader promotes boys’ self-esteem, smarts, and strength. Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.
Nat the Cat Takes A Bath
by Jarrett Lerner
Nat the Cat must take a bath. But first, he wants his toys. Then he won’t get in the tub without bubbles. And of course, he’ll need a towel. As Nat the Cat keeps coming up with excuses to not get in the bath, the narrator can’t help but wonder if he’s hiding something–like a fear of water.
[Tweens] J Bowling
by Dusti Bowling
When a boy with a terrible secret moves to town there is a sudden increase in dust storms, and asthmatic Avalyn theorizes the storms are linked to his emotions and tries to help as she struggles to breathe.
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by Robin Gow
After the death of his best friend and the only other trans boy at school, Noah starts writing letters expressing his feelings to the humanoid creature Mothman and risks everything when he treks into the woods to prove Mothman’s existence
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by Anica Mrose Rissi
“A moving middle grade story…about the enduring bond between twins: Anders, who has recently died, and Lily, who has to balance her grief and confusion with a brother who isn’t quite gone—and how to navigate a world that is moving forward without him”
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The Braid Girls
by Sherri Winston
Maggie’s world is turned upside down when she learns that her father, whom she admires, has a second daughter, Callie, whom no one knew existed. But she won’t let a new family member get in the way of her summer plans with her best friend, Daija. They’re determined to make tons of money braiding hair for kids around the neighborhood. Daija’s always felt like she had a sister in Maggie. So she can’t let Maggie’s new half-sister, Callie, take her place! And she can’t let her interfere with their new Braid Girls business either. She needs the money to pay for extra ballet lessons so she can go en pointe and earn a spot in the fall dance showcase, making her distant father proud at last—if she pulls this off, he’ll have to pay attention to her. Callie’s still grieving her late mom. Now she’s leaving her old home in the Bahamas behind, including her old school and friends to move in with the father she’s never met, plus his family. When she hears of Maggie’s and Daija’s business, she sees a chance to prove her skills and a way to be accepted. With three very different girls on board, the Braid Girls arrive to a summer camp full of kids with locs begging to be braided. Business is booming, until rival Angela shows up with her friends and starts a new braiding business—the Sistahs Who Braid. With competition heating up, the Braid Girls are sure to have an unforgettable summer
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Merci Suárez Changes Gears
by Meg Medina
Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren’t going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what’s going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school.
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The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
by Dan Gemeinhart
Five years. That’s how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation. It’s also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash. Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished—the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box—she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days…without him realizing it. Along the way, they’ll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. And then there’s Gladys… Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all…but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after.”
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Song for a Whale
by Lynne Kelly
In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl’s connection to a whale whose song can’t be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him. From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she’s the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she’s not very smart. If you’ve ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be. When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to “sing” to him! But he’s three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him? Full of heart and poignancy, this affecting story by sign language interpreter Lynne Kelly shows how a little determination can make big waves.
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by Brandon Hobson
Ziggy’s mother disappeared ten years ago, one of the many Native women who have mysteriously gone missing, and Ziggy believes a secret cave may hold the key–so with his sister, Moon, and friends Alice and Corso, he sets out to find the cave and solve the mystery of his family’s origins.
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Those Kids from Fawn Creek
by Erin Entrada Kelly
Every day in Fawn Creek, Louisiana, is exactly the same—until Orchid Mason arrives. From Erin Entrada Kelly, the winner of the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe and a Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space, this contemporary school story set in small-town Louisiana is about friendship, family, deception, and being true to yourself and your dreams. There are twelve kids in the seventh grade at Fawn Creek Middle School. They’ve been together all their lives. And in this small factory town where everyone knows everything about everyone, that’s not necessarily a great thing. There are thirteen desks in the seventh-grade classroom. That’s because Renni Dean’s father got a promotion, and the family moved to Grand Saintlodge, the nearest big town. Renni’s desk is empty, but Renni still knows their secrets; is still pulling their strings. When Orchid Mason arrives and slips gracefully into Renni’s chair, the other seventh graders don’t know what to think. Orchid—who was born in New York City but just moved to Fawn Creek from Paris—seems to float. Her dress skims the floor. She’s wearing a flower behind her ear. Fawn Creek Middle might be small, but it has its tightly knit groups—the self-proclaimed “God Squad,” the jocks, the outsiders—just like anyplace else. Who will claim Orchid Mason? Who will save Orchid Mason? Or will Orchid Mason save them? Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor winner Erin Entrada Kelly explores complex themes centered on family, friendships, and staying true to yourself.
[Tweens] J Kelly
We Dream of Space
by Erin Entrada Kelly
Seventh-grade siblings Cash, Fitch, and Bird Nelson Thomas, each dealing differently with their tense and unpredictable household, are changed and united in unexpected ways by the fateful launch of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986.
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When You Trap a Tiger
by Tae Keller
Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother. Some stories refuse to stay bottled up… When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni’s Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now they want it back. And when one of the tigers approaches Lily with a deal—return what her grandmother stole in exchange for Halmoni’s health—Lily is tempted to agree. But deals with tigers are never what they seem! With the help of her sister and her new friend Ricky, Lily must find her voice…and the courage to face a tiger. Tae Keller, the award-winning author of The Science of Breakable Things, shares a sparkling tale about the power of stories and the magic of family.
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Pug’s New Puppy
by Kyla May
Bub the pug and his human, Bella, cannot wait to teach Nana’s new pup, Harlow, some new tricks, but they soon realize training a puppy is not as easy as they thought.
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I am Curious
by Kelly Greenawalt
In rhyming text, Princess Truly visits the science museum with her brother, solves the mystery of her missing snack, and uses her magic curls to take a trip to outer space with her pug, Sir Noodles.
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Doggo and Pupper Search for Cozy
by Katherine Applegate
In Doggo and Pupper Search for Cozy — the conclusion to the Doggo and Pupper early readers trilogy by New York Times -bestselling author Katherine Applegate with a brightly colored palette from Charlie Alder — the canines help Cat adjust to a big change: A new bed! When Cat announces that the Humans have given her a surprise present, Doggo and Pupper are all ears. But when they find out that Cat has a new bed and misses her old one, they set out to help her search for cozy. Change is difficult, and Katherine Applegate understands how it feels to miss a beloved source of security. Very young readers will relate to Doggo, Pupper, and Cat, and appreciate their friendship and empathy.
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Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus
During the dry, dusty winter season in Nigeria, Anna Hibiscus prepares to visit her grandmother in Canada, where she will see snow for the first time but will be sad to leave the big family she loves behind.
[Bridge] J Messner
Fergus and Zeke For President
by Kate Messner
Fergus and Zeke love being the class pets in Miss Maxwell’s room, and they do everything the students do. So when Miss Maxwell informs the class that Presidents’ Day is approaching and they’ll all be creating projects about the presidents, Fergus and Zeke get to work, too. Zeke transforms into George Mousington and nominates himself president of their cage. But when Zeke seems more interested in being in charge than in working on their project, Fergus gets frustrated. Will these two mice be able to agree on what makes a good president — and a good friend — in time to present their project with the rest of the class?
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by Brandon Todd
Meet Clarke and Miguel! They are new friends. They love going on adventures! Together, they make a map of their town. And they find a sweet treasure!
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All You Need is Mud
by Cam Higgins
In this charming tenth book of the Good Dog series, Bo plays in the mud with his pig friend! Bo and his pig pal Zonks always have fun with each other. They can talk and roll in the mud all day long! Bo and Zonks agree they have a special connection. But does that mean they’ve got to be each other’s best friend? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Good Dog chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.
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Starla Jean Cracks the Case
Elana K. Arnold
Have you ever walked a chicken on a leash? Well, chicken expert Starla Jean will let you know first hand, it’s not easy. But that doesn’t stop Starla from taking her pet chicken, Opal Egg, and her baby sister, Willa, out on a stroll through the neighborhood. On their walk, they stumble upon a mysterious bead. And then another! Before they know it, there’s a conundrum on their hands, and it’s up to Starla and her friends to figure out just who exactly is losing these beads!
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Izzy Azumi, F.D.O. (future dog owner)
by Megan McDonald
Izzy Azumi has dogs on the brain! She already has a goldfish, a South American pink-toe tarantula, and two human best friends. But fish can’t learn tricks, spiders can’t cuddle, and Stink and Judy just aren’t fuzzy enough. Will Izzy Azumi ever see her wish come true? All bets are off…until Izzy’s father invites a certain sibling pair to help stage a surprise for their friend.
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Under the Weather
by Poppy Green
When Sophie Mouse’s brother, Winston, gets sick, she starts to envy all the attention he is getting, but when she gets sick herself, she regrets ever wishing this on herself.
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Wednesday Wilson Connects the Dots
by Bree Galbraith
When they get an unexpected day off from school, Wednesday Wilson and her best friend Charlie plan to work on a new business idea. But the day takes a sudden turn when they’re forced to spend it with Ruby Beautiful — their former best friend and now frenemie. After Charlie is teased about his freckles at the park, Wednesday gets her next great business idea: Freckacular! A freckle business is sure to take off since Ruby’s cool older brother, Raj, has just told them everyone wants semi-permanent freckles these days. Plus, there’s no competition in sight … or is there? The third book in the critically acclaimed Wednesday Wilson series provides readers with answers to questions that have loomed since book one: Why did Ruby Beautiful stop being friends with Wednesday? And why did she become BFFs with the Emmas instead? With charming illustrations and themes of entrepreneurship, the book is sure to appeal to fans of Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur and The Startup Squad.
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Marya Khan and the Fabulous Henna Party
by Saadia Faruqi
When Marya’s third-grade class participates in taking care of the school’s new garden, Marya wants to be the student leader in charge, but every time she tries to prove she has what it takes to be a leader things get messy.
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Welcome to the Island
by Dela Costa
Eight-year-old Isla Verde loves living on the ever-adventurous island of Sol with her best friend, a gecko named Fitz, but when a new girl moves next door, Isla has a hard time keeping her big secret–that she can talk to animals!
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King and Kayla and the Case of the Cat Hunt
by Dori Hillestad Butler
Dog-and-human detective duo, King and Kayla, must try to figure out how Raj’s cat escaped from a locked house.
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Aven Green Soccer Machine
by Dusti Bowling
Aven Green, the remarkable heroine of Dusti Bowling’s Life of a Cactus series, marches to her own beat in this hilarious, upbeat, and unforgettable chapter book. Third-grader Aven Green is an expert soccer player. She even has her own top secret moves! But when her friend Sujata joins the team, Aven has a hard time learning to help the new player shine. When the time comes to choose a new team captain, will Aven learn to share the spotlight and understand what it means to be a team player?
Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?
by Leslie Connor
A big-hearted, beautiful, and funny novel told from multiple viewpoints about neurodiversity, friendship, and community from the award-winning author of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, Leslie Connor. Eleven-year-old Aurora Petrequin’s best friend has never spoken a word to her. In fact, Frenchie Livernois doesn’t talk. Aurora is bouncy, loud and impulsive—”a big old blurter.” Making friends has never come easily. When Frenchie, who is autistic, silently chose Aurora as his person back in third grade, she chose him back. They make a good team, sharing their love of the natural world in coastal Maine. In the woods, Aurora and Frenchie encounter a piebald deer, a rare creature with a coat like a patchwork quilt. Whenever it appears, Aurora feels compelled to follow. At school, Aurora looks out for Frenchie, who has been her classmate until this year. One morning, Frenchie doesn’t make it to his classroom. Aurora feels she’s to blame. The entire town begins to search, and everyone wonders: how is it possible that nobody has seen Frenchie? At the heart of this story is the friendship between hyper-talkative Aurora and nonvocal Frenchie. Conflict arises when Aurora is better able to expand her social abilities and finds new friends. When Frenchie goes missing, Aurora must figure out how to use her voice to help find him, and lift him up when he is found. Featuring a compelling mystery and a memorable voice, this is a natural next-read after Leslie Connor’s The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle.
Back to the Bright Before
by Katherin Nolte
A magical adventure about two brave siblings determined to find a treasure that could save their family. When eleven-year-old Pet Martin’s dad falls from a ladder on their family farm, it isn’t just his body that crashes to the ground. So does every hope her family had for the future. Money is scarce, and Pet’s mom is bone-tired from waiting tables at the local diner, and even with the extra hours, it’s not enough for a third surgery for Pet’s dad. Her five-year-old brother, Simon, now refuses to say anything except the word “cheese.” Worst of all? The ladder accident was Pet’s fault. She’s determined to fix things—but how? Good old-fashioned grit…and maybe a little bit of magic. When a neighbor recites a poem about an ancient coin hidden somewhere on the grounds of the local abbey, Pet forms a plan. With her brother, a borrowed chicken, and a stolen pony, Pet runs away from home. If she can find the coin, Daddy can have his surgery, Momma can stop her constant working, and Simon might speak again. But Pet isn’t the only one who wants the coin…which means searching for it is more dangerous than she ever imagined. This dazzling debut novel filled with magic, family, and adventure is sure to be an instant classic.
Consider the Octopus
by Nora Raleigh Baskin
When chance, or fate, throws two twelve-year-olds together on board a scientific research ship at the edge of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it’s not all smooth sailing! Jeremy “JB” Barnes is looking forward to spending the summer before seventh grade hanging on the beach. But his mother, a scientist, has called for him to join her aboard a research ship where, instead, he’ll spend his summer seasick and bored as he stares out at the endless plastic, microbeads, and other floating debris, both visible and not, that make up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Miles and miles away, twelve-year-old Sidney Miller is trying to come up with an alternate activity worthy of convincing her overprotective parents that she can skip summer camp. When Jeremy is asked to find the contact information for a list of important international scientists and invite them to attend a last-minute Emergency Global Summit, he’s excited to have a chance to actually do something that matters to the mission. How could he know that the Sidney Miller he messages is not the famous marine biologist he has been tasked with contacting, but rather a girl making podcasts from her bedroom—let alone that she would want to sneak aboard the ship? Consider the Octopus is a comedy of errors, mistaken identity, and synchronicity. Above all, it is a heartfelt story about friendship and an empowering call to environmental protection, especially to our young people who are already stepping up to help save our oceans and our Earth.
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by Elise Broach
A musically gifted bird, a piano-playing boy, and a real-life mystery involving three artistic geniuses Welcome to the world of Mirabelle, a young goldfinch who loves to sing and dreams of becoming a musical star. She lives with her family in the backyard of a piano teacher, and she is quickly intrigued by Mr. Starek’s newest pupil. Michael Jin is an eleven-year-old keyboard sensation, but lesson after lesson, he refuses to play. With the prestigious Chopin Festival looming at summer’s end, how will he be ready in time? Mirabelle is responsible for Michael’s breakthrough—to her own astonishment, she sings the Chopin piece he is beginning to play at the piano. It is their first duet. Thus begins a secret adventure that will take Mirabelle and Michael further than they ever imagined—in music, in friendship, and in solving the mystery of a lost piano that could be worth millions. A house full of treasures holds the clues. There, Mirabelle, Michael, and their friend Emily will make an important discovery that links the great composer Frederic Chopin, the trailblazing author George Sand, and the French Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix. A fast-paced, history-rich mystery will have young readers hooked as they root for boy and bird in this beautifully told novel, full of emotion and suspense.
The Firefly Summer
by Morgan Matson
The Penderwicks meets The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street in New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson’s middle grade debut about a young girl who gets to know her mom’s side of the family and hunts for hidden treasure over the course of one chaotic summer. For as long as Ryanna Stuart can remember, her summers have been spent with her father and his new wife. Just the three of them, structured, planned, and quiet. But this summer is different. This summer, she’s received a letter from her grandparents—grandparents neither she nor her dad have spoken to since her mom’s death—inviting her to stay with them at an old summer camp in the Poconos. Ryanna accepts. She wants to learn about her mom. She wants to uncover the mystery of why her father hasn’t spoken to her grandparents all these years. She’s even looking forward to a quiet summer by the lake. But what she finds are relatives… so many relatives! Aunts and uncles and cousins upon cousins—a motley, rambunctious crew of kids and eccentric, unconventional adults. People who have memories of her mom from when she was Ryanna’s age, clues to her past like a treasure map. Ryanna even finds an actual, real-life treasure map! Over the course of one unforgettable summer—filled with s’mores and swimming, adventure and fun, and even a decades-old mystery to solve—Ryanna discovers a whole new side of herself and that, sometimes, the last place you expected to be is the place where you really belong.
The Last Cuentista
by Donna Barba Higuera
There lived a girl named Petra Peña, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra’s world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children – among them Petra and her family – have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet – and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity’s past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard – or purged them altogether. Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again? Pura Belpré Honor-winning author Donna Barba Higuera presents us with a brilliant journey through the stars, to the very heart of what makes us human.
The Last Mapmaker
by Christina Soontornvat
From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of two 2021 Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world. In a fantasy adventure, every bit as compelling and confident in its world-building as her Newbery Honor Book A Wish in the Dark, Christina Soontornvat explores a young woman’s struggle to unburden herself of the past and chart her own destiny in a world of secrets. “Sura Siu captivates as she narrates this breathtaking seafaring adventure.” — Audiofile Magazine “[A] tale full of both excitement and heart.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) As assistant to Mangkon’s most celebrated mapmaker, twelve-year-old Sai plays the part of a well-bred young lady with a glittering future. In reality, her father is a conman—and in a kingdom where the status of one’s ancestors dictates their social position, the truth could ruin her. Sai seizes the chance to join an expedition to chart the southern seas, but she isn’t the only one aboard with secrets. When Sai learns that the ship might be heading for the fabled Sunderlands—a land of dragons, dangers, and riches beyond imagining—she must weigh the cost of her dreams. Vivid, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, this tale of identity and integrity is as beautiful and intricate as the maps of old.
Lei and the Fire Goddess
by Malia Maunakea
12-year-old Lei is forced to spend summers in Hawaiʻi with her grandma who is determined to make sure she knows all her family’s moʻolelo—stories the kids back home donʻt care about or believe. But after insulting Pele, the Goddess of Fire, she learns just how real these legends are when the goddess takes her best friend and places a curse on her family—one that only Lei can lift.
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The Lion of Mars
by Jennifer L. Holm
Bell has spent his whole lif—all eleven years of it—on Mars. But he’s still just a regular kid-he loves cats, any kind of cake, and is curious about the secrets the adults in the US colony are keeping. Like, why don’t we have contact with anyone on the other Mars colonies? Why are they so isolated? When a virus breaks out and the grown-ups all fall ill, Bell and the other children are the only ones who can help. It’s up to Bell—a regular kid in a very different world—to uncover the truth and save his family…and possibly unite an entire planet. Mars may be a world far, far away, but in the hands of Jennifer L. Holm, beloved and bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, can’t help but feel like home.
The Many Masks of Andy Zhou
by Jack Cheng
Creative and brave sixth grader Andy Zhou faces big changes at school and at home in this new novel by the award-winning author of See You in the Cosmos , for fans of When You Trap a Tiger and The Stars Beneath Our Feet. Andy Zhou is used to being what people need him to be: the good kid for his parents and now grandparents visiting from Shanghai, or the helpful sidekick to his best friend Cindy’s rebellious plans and schemes. So when Cindy decides they should try out for Movement at school on the first day of sixth grade, how can Andy say no? But between feeling out of place with the dancers, being hassled by his new science partner Jameel, and sensing tension between his dad and grandfather, Andy feels all kinds of weird. Then, over anime, Hi-Chews, and Andy’s lizard-inspired artwork, things shift between him and Jameel, opening up new doors—and also new complications. No matter how much Andy cares about his friends and family, it’s hard not to feel pulled between all the ways he’s meant to be, all the different faces he wears, and harder still to figure out if any of these masks is the real him.
Odder spends her days off the coast of central California, practicing her underwater acrobatics and spinning the quirky stories for which she’s known. She’s a fearless daredevil, curious to a fault. But when Odder comes face-to-face with a hungry great white shark, her life takes a dramatic turn, one that will challenge everything she believes about herself—and about the humans who hope to save her.
Once There Was
by Kiyash Monsef
A New York Times bestseller! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them meets Neil Gaiman in this thrilling novel about an Iranian American girl who discovers that her father was secretly a veterinarian to mythical creatures—and that she must take up his mantle, despite the many dangers. Once was, once wasn’t. So began the stories Marjan’s father told her as a little girl—fables like the story of the girl who sprung a unicorn from a hunter’s snare, or the nomad boy who rescued a baby shirdal. Tales of extraordinary beasts that filled her with curiosity and wonder. But Marjan’s not a little girl anymore. In the wake of her father’s sudden death, she is trying to hold it all together: her schoolwork, friendships, and keeping her dad’s shoestring veterinary practice from going under. Then, one day, she receives a visitor who reveals something stunning: Marjan’s father was no ordinary veterinarian. The creatures out of the stories he told her were real—and he traveled the world to care for them. And now that he’s gone, she must take his place. Marjan steps into a secret world hidden in plain sight, where mythical creatures are bought and sold, treasured and trapped. She finds friends she never knew she needed—a charming British boy who grew up with a griffon, a runaway witch seeking magic and home—while trying to hide her double life from her old friends and classmates. The deeper Marjan gets into treating these animals, the closer she comes to finding who killed her father—and to a shocking truth that will reawaken her sense of wonder and put humans and beasts in the gravest of danger.
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by Samantha San Miguel
This exciting middle-grade adventure is Hoot for the Gilded Age—with scientific discoveries, secret plots, and surprisingly enormous fauna. When his asthma lands him at a health resort in the wilds of Gilded Age South Florida, twelve-year-old Algie Emsworth is over the moon. The scientific treasure trove of unexplored swamps may launch his dream career as a naturalist. But even Algie is startled when he happens upon a brand-new species and her brood in the karst springs surrounding the resort. Algie quickly realizes he must keep his discovery a secret: a famous collector of exotic animals is also staying at the hotel, and the new species is threatened by his very presence. An apparent curse has also descended upon the hotel, bringing with it a deadly red tide. But when the pool starts filling with ink and guests start getting mysterious, sucker-shaped wounds, Algie must pluck up his courage to find the truth about the goings-on at the Grand Hotel—and save the new species from destruction.
Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Middle-grade fans of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Esperanza Rising, will find a new Mexican heroine to love in Solimar and a fresh, magical story! On the brink of her Quinceañera, and her official coronation, Solimar visits the oyamel forest to sit among the monarch butterflies. There, the sun pierces through a sword-shaped crevice in a boulder, which shines on her and sends the butterflies humming and swirling around her. After the magical frenzy, she realizes she’s been given a gift—and a burden: she can predict the near future! She has also become a protector of the young and weak butterflies. This alone would be a huge responsibility, but tragedy strikes when a neighboring king invades while her father and brother and many others are away. The remaining villagers are taken hostage—all except Solimar. Can this princess-to-be save her family, the kingdom, and the future of the monarch butterflies from a greedy and dangerous king? Written for ages 8 to 12 by the Newbery Honor Medal winner of the highly acclaimed novel Echo.
by Lisa Fipps
Ellie is tired of being fat-shamed and does something about it in this poignant debut novel-in-verse. Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she’s been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules—like “no making waves,” “avoid eating in public,” and “don’t move so fast that your body jiggles.” And she’s found her safe space—her swimming pool—where she feels weightless in a fat-obsessed world. In the water, she can stretch herself out like a starfish and take up all the room she wants. It’s also where she can get away from her pushy mom, who thinks criticizing Ellie’s weight will motivate her to diet. Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and starfish in real life—by unapologetically being her own fabulous self.
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe
Carlos Alberto Hernandez
In order to heal after his mother’s death, Sal learned how to meditate. But no one expected him to be able to take it further and ‘relax’ things into existence. Turns out he can reach into time and space to retrieve things from other universes.