BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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By Boni Ashburn, Kimberly Gee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442422483
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Published: Beach Lane Books - July 5th, 2016

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On the first day of school, children across town greet the morning in different ways: “Four are eager, up since dawn./ Three just sit and yawn and yawn./ Some are grumpy./ Some keep sleeping./ They don’t hear the clock beep-beep-ing!” Boni Ashburn’s lighthearted rhymes follow the children’s preparations, from getting dressed to riding the school bus, on a day that looms large in children’s imaginations as well as in adults’ memories. Ashburn addresses the range of emotions that children may feel on this occasion with a deft touch, while Kimberly Gee’s playful illustrations show how a group of individual children unite to become The Class (Beach Lane, $17.99).

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781596439641
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 28th, 2016

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One summer, a new school is built in a big field. He happily envisions a quiet life with only his new friend, “a man named Janitor,” living within his walls. When the school discovers that he is about to be filled with children, he is not so sure how he feels about that. On opening day, students go back and forth in an overwhelming hubbub. When some bored older kids declare that they hate school, he sags with sadness. Things begin to look up, though, when the school learns about shapes in one classroom and gets his portrait drawn. When Janitor returns, the school tells him that School’s First Day of School (Roaring Brook, $17.99) wasn’t so bad after all. Author Adam Rex and illustrator Christian Robinson have created a unique book that addresses common anxieties about starting school with kindness and gentle humor. Ages 4-6. Janet Minichiello

The Great White Shark Scientist Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Keith Ellenbogen (Photographer)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544352988
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Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2016

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Imagine spending your days aboard a boat specially modified for studying great white sharks. You can stand or even lie on your belly just feet above a shark to record a video of it or attach a telemetry tag to its dorsal fin. Imagine using the data you collect to learn about individuals’ characteristics and to track larger migration patterns and trends. This is the life of Dr. Greg Skomal, The Great White Shark Scientist (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99). Join award-winning science writer Sy Montgomery and photographer Keith Ellenbogen as they ride the Aleutian Dream with Greg and his team just off the coast of Cape Cod, then enter a shark cage to descend into the waters off Guadalupe Island. The most recent title in the remarkable and highly regarded series Scientists in the Field is a fantastic way to celebrate Shark Week and learn more about these mysterious animals, whose populations are dwindling worldwide. Ages 11-15. Heidi Powell

Picture Books

Early Readers & Chapter Books

Elementary & Middle Grade Fiction 

Teen Fiction 

Graphic Novels 

Poetry 

The Arts 

Science 

Sports 

Biography & History 

Follow the mischievous Skunk on a String (Owl Kids, $16.95) through the pages of Thao Lam’s delightful wordless picture book. Somehow, though we’re never sure why, skunk is stuck to a floating balloon in a small parade of children and elaborate balloons. See the shocked and worried faces of apartment dwellers as he floats right by, perhaps odiferously. He passes through the zoo, surprising all of the animals and latching on, briefly, to an elephant’s trunk. The bright and cheerful illustrations will keep you eagerly turning the pages until the surprising end. Ages 3-6.

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By Thao Lam, Thao Lam (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771471312
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Published: Owlkids - March 15th, 2016

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King Jack and the Dragon (2011) introduced us to the charming young Jack and his comrades. Now they are back for a second adventure, this time as Captain Jack and the Pirates (Dial, $17.99). “Jack, Zack and Caspar, brave mariners three, were building a galleon down by the sea”: Thus starts the fanciful, rhyming story that begs to be read out loud to young ones. Join the three young buccaneers on their imaginative voyage, which includes cannons, enemy pirates, and—of course— treasure. Renowned children’s illustrator Helen Oxenbury delights with her trademark watercolors that harmonize beautifully with Peter Bently’s lively text. Ages 3-6.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780525429500
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Published: Dial Books - March 29th, 2016

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Penguin isn’t feeling particularly happy. He’s in a bit of a foul mood on his walk home, and “he [doesn’t] know why and he [doesn’t] care.” Upon his arrival, he removes his rain boots, his socks, and even his Grumpy Pants (Albert Whitman, $16.99), hoping to cast off his surliness as well. But alas, it is to no avail, and he is still cranky. However, Penguin knows that sometimes you just have to hope that tomorrow will be a better day and find comfort in the little things around you. Debut author/illustrator Claire Messer finds the perfect artistic combination of somber blues and grays with bright additions to perfectly complement Penguin’s mood. Ages 3-6.

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By Claire Messer, Claire Messer (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807530757
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - May 2016

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So you think you know the story about the little girl in a red cape who visits her grandmother? Well, you haven’t met this Little Red (Peachtree, $16.95)! Bethan Woollvin presents a plucky girl who is not afraid of the wolf she meets on her journey to Grandma’s house, not even when she finds him badly disguised in Grandma’s bed. Astute children will recognize the sly humor in this cunning retelling. The repeated reminder that this girl is different is enhanced by illustrations with bold lines in black and gray on white pages punctuated, of course, by equally bold and brash red. Ages 3-6.

Little Red Cover Image
By Bethan Woollvin, Bethan Woollvin (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561459179
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - April 1st, 2016

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A bucolic farm transforms into a lively construction site in Old MacDonald Had a Truck (Chronicle, $16.99), author Steve Goetz’s playful take on the traditional children’s song. The book jubilantly introduces young building aficionados to excavators, bulldozers, and graders, pairing machinery with lively language that invites children to participate in the telling. As Old MacDonald directs the construction, Mrs. MacDonald labors on a separate project: transforming an old farm pickup into a gleaming monster truck. Perfectly accompanied by Eda Kaban’s exuberant illustrations, this celebration of all things construction is sure to inspire young engineers! Ages 2-5.

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By Steve Goetz, Eda Kaban, Eda Kaban (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452132600
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 1st, 2016

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Kevin McCloskey’s latest graphic novel for early readers begins with two strangers sitting on a bench. When a pair of pigeons gets a little too close, the man exclaims that he hates these “rats with wings.” Suddenly, a group of people dressed in mascot-like pigeon suits descends upon him to give him The Real Poop on Pigeons! (Toon, $12.95). These oft-maligned birds are actually rather fascinating and helpful creatures: they delivered airmail before planes existed; they belong to the same family as the dodo bird; and they even make milk in their crops in order to feed their young. This lighthearted ode will have you thinking about our avian neighbors in a whole new way. Ages 5-7.

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By Kevin McCloskey (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179931
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Published: Toon Books - April 19th, 2016

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How do penguins know when it’s springtime? “When everything melts,” of course! And do penguins prefer baths to showers? With A Goofy Guide to Penguins (Toon, $12.95), readers will giggle over silly “truths” and discover fascinating details in each image. With two-panel pages, author Jean-Luc Coudray and illustrator Phillippe Coudray create the perfect balance of absurdity and delight. This charming book is perfect for any jokester in your life.  Ages 4-7.

A Goofy Guide to Penguins: Toon Level 1 Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179962
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Published: Toon Books - May 10th, 2016

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What happens when a tapir from the Malaysian jungle accidentally lands in the big city? The unexpected! Mango Allsorts, a multi-talented young girl, rescues the frightened creature from the black-and-white striped crosswalk where he’s camouflaged himself. Although the terrified crowd thinks he’s a mutant sewer pig, Mango takes him home for banana pancakes with syrup and whipped cream. And so begin the adventures of Mango & Bambang, the Not-a-Pig (Candlewick, $14.99). Polly Faber’s delightful story of an unusual friendship is humorous and touching, while Clara Vulliamy’s expressive black-and-white-and-purple illustrations perfectly capture each funny and surprising moment. This is not your typical tapir-in-the-big-city trope. Ages 6-9.

Mango & Bambang: The Not-A-Pig (Book One) Cover Image
By Polly Faber, Clara Vulliamy (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763682262
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - June 28th, 2016

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A cry for help interrupts what begins as a peaceful summer day and sends the Lighthouse Family into action to rescue The Otter (Beach Lane, $15.99) they find trapped in a sailor’s net. Quick thinking and teamwork are the keys to success, but not before an anxious moment as daylight fades and the sea darkens. Cynthia Rylant highlights everyone’s individual talents without losing the focus on teamwork, including messages of friendship and gratitude. Preston McDaniels’s illustrations set the stage at the beginning of each chapter in this delightful adventure story for younger readers, the sixth book in the Lighthouse Family series. Ages 5-9.

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By Cynthia Rylant, Preston McDaniels (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781481460453
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Published: Beach Lane Books - March 15th, 2016

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Inspired by the Japanese art of kamishibai, or “paper theater,” James Sturm’s wordless story is meant to be the inspiration for a performance. A boy and girl are cruelly teasing animals in a forest when a frightened bird takes flight. The children give chase up a mountainside and find themselves confronted with a mystical man who has feathers emerging from his clothing. With a flash like lightning, the children are transformed—into monkeys. Eventually captured by humans and put into a carnival show, they receive some of the cruel treatment they had earlier perpetrated themselves. In keeping with kamishibai tradition, Birdsong (Toon, $12.95) contains a lesson for young readers to discover as they turn the pages. Ages 5-8.

Birdsong: A Story in Pictures: Toon Level 1 Cover Image
By James Sturm (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179948
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Published: Toon Books - April 5th, 2016

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Raymie Clarke just wants her father to come back home. Luckily, she has the perfect plan to accomplish her goal: win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire pageant and get her picture in the paper. First, however, she must learn how to twirl a baton and do some “good deeds” to list on the application. Desperately trying to make sense of a confusing world, Raymie seeks comfort and answers in any way that she can. Alongside her outlandish companions Louisiana and Beverly, Raymie learns some hard truths and discovers the power of friendship. Beloved author Kate DiCamillo creates yet another memorable story with characters full of heart in Raymie Nightingale (Candlewick, $16.99). Ages 9-12.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780763681173
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 12th, 2016

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For eleven-year-old Genie and his older brother, Ernie, spending a month of summer in rural Virginia with their grandparents is a world away from life in Brooklyn. Constantly curious Genie has a lot questions— especially about his grandfather. Through spending time with Grandpop, he learns family secrets and how the residual effects of Jim Crow have taken their toll. Filled with joy, pain, and an abundance of humor, As Brave as You (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $16.99) is Coretta Scott King and Walter Award winner Jason Reynolds’s debut middle-grade novel. Beautifully written with a sense of place and rich characterization, this is an epic to be savored long after the last days of summer. Ages 10-13.

As Brave as You Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481415903
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 3rd, 2016

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The past is never really gone, although it may be hidden— especially from young people. When Déja Barnes begins the fifth grade in her new Brooklyn school, she begins a journey of discovery and friendship. Déja’s authentic voice reveals how she and her family became homeless, and how she is only now learning of the tangible impact of 9/11 on her family, as she slowly accepts the friendships of classmates who have very different backgrounds. Jewell Parker Rhodes brings a difficult history and its continued influence into focus in Towers Falling (Little Brown, $16.99), an important journey for young people who were not yet born in 2001. Ages 9-12.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316262224
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 12th, 2016

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A testament to a child’s ability to find joy and enchantment even in the midst of grief, When Mischief Came to Town (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99) is a modern-day classic. Ten-year-old Inge, recently orphaned, goes to live with her grandmother in a tiny island village far from her Copenhagen home. Grandmother Dizzy, alas, is a strict and stoic rule-enforcer; Inge has a dear heart, but her hands and emotions continue to cause her mischief. Maybe, though—just maybe—mischief is exactly what this village needs. Katrina Nannestad has woven a touching tale of what happens when we open our hearts to those around us. Ages 8-11.

When Mischief Came to Town Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544534322
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Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2016

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Annabelle’s quiet life in 1943 rural Pennsylvania takes a sudden turn when Betty Glengarry arrives. Betty was sent to Wolf Hollow (Dutton, $16.99) to live with her grandparents because she is “incorrigible.” Cruel and manipulative, she bullies Annabelle and most of the other children. When Betty suddenly disappears, the town suspects Toby, Wolf Hollow’s itinerant World War I veteran. Although Toby may be quiet and strange, eleven-year-old Annabelle knows that he is also gentle and kind, and she determines to defend him. Author Lauren Wolk examines the unexpected consequences of telling the truth and telling lies, how appearances can be deceiving, and how difficult it can be to stand up for what’s right. Wolk’s beautiful and evocative writing conjures a past time and place, but the themes of courage and justice have timeless relevance. Ages 10-12.

Wolf Hollow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101994825
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

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It’s hot, it’s sticky, it’s New York City in the ‘70s, and it’s the Summer of Sam. Nora Lopez’s confusing teenage life in Queens is now even more so thanks to this period of serious unrest. Nora is bright and brave in the face of a disturbed and violent brother, an absent father, a pervasive fear of being out on the streets, and the usual ups and downs of adolescence. Meg Medina’s enthralling novel Burn Baby Burn (Candlewick, $17.99) is page-turning historical fiction that immerses you in Nora’s world, from her darkest fears to the friendships (and romance!) that keep her going. Ages 13-17.

Burn Baby Burn Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763674670
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

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Parker Santé has seen “perfect sadness.” When his father died five years ago, Parker became mute. He is now drifting through life, spending time in hotels stealing from the rich rather than focusing on his future. Events take a dramatic turn when he meets the latest victim of his thievery, the beautiful, enigmatic Zelda, who claims to have been born in 1770. New York Times best-selling author Tommy Wallach, we’d like to say Thanks for the Trouble (Simon & Schuster, $17.99) and for this finely crafted, sardonic, but romantic tale that speaks to loss and the beauty of human connections. Ages 14-18.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481418805
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2016

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Henry Denton’s got problems. The entire school calls him Space Boy. Aliens have been abducting him regularly since he was thirteen. He is bullied. Last year his boyfriend, the love of his life, committed suicide. His father left the family and his mother is struggling to keep it together. His college-dropout brother has gotten his girlfriend pregnant and his Nana’s memories are slowly slipping away. If you were Henry and given the chance to save the world, would you even bother? Author Shaun David Hutchinson offers a darkly humorous yet heartfelt examination of what, if anything, makes life worthwhile in We Are the Ants (Simon Pulse, $17.99). It all boils down to one question: before Henry can save the world, will he be able to save himself? Ages 14-18.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481449632
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Published: Simon Pulse - January 19th, 2016

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Who really knows you, and how can you tell? Mark and Kate may have sat next to each other all year in calculus, but they don’t really know each other, until a chance meeting on the first night of Pride begins a friendship that will become invaluable to them both. Kate has just blown her chance with the girl she loves from afar, and Mark may or may not have something brewing between him and his best friend. Told in alternating perspectives written by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well (St. Martin’s Griffin, $18.99) is a testament to how the person who knows you best might be the last one you’d expect. Ages 15-18.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250098641
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 7th, 2016

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In a small Alaskan fishing village in 1970, the lives of four teenagers cross paths in strange and unexpected ways. Each comes from a different place, and each is running away from something. But as their destinies intertwine, we realize that, despite their differences, they all might find what they’re looking for once they get to know The Smell of Other People’s Houses (Wendy Lamb, $17.99). In her debut novel, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock writes with a sense of gritty realism tempered with hope that makes the story and characters tangible and knowable in this unique setting. Ages 14-18.

The Smell of Other People's Houses Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553497786
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - February 23rd, 2016

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When brothers Tucker and Hudson are given scarves and umbrellas from a neighbor’s yard sale, their sleepy final day of summer morphs into a thrilling adventure as they discover that the secondhand items possess superpowers. Tuck convinces Hudson to seize the day and, with the help of a surfer-lingo-speaking squirrel and a time-traveling trunk, they battle cat burglars, aid medieval villagers, train with a dragon, and confront a nemesis corrupted by the temptation of power. Brothers Unite (Dial, $10.99), the first in the Secondhand Heroes graphic novel trilogy by Justin LaRocca Hansen, will appeal to anyone who daydreams about doing heroic deeds. Ages 8-12.

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780803740945
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Published: Dial Books - July 5th, 2016

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Hopper knows her new school is weird from the moment she sets eyes on it: the building looks like a haunted mansion. Her principal is scary, her Mandarin teacher seems to hate her, and the number nine is painted all over the school. When Eni and Hopper both notice that patterns in their school’s weirdness are linked to binary languages, they become friends and Secret Coders (First Second, $17.99 HB/ $9.99 PB). Gene Luen Yang combines fun puzzles with an entertaining story about a girl discovering who she is and finding her place in a new school. Mike Holmes uses a simple color palette to great effect in his illustrations for this first installment of a promising new series. Ages 8-12

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By Gene Luen Yang, Mike Holmes (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781626720756
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Published: First Second - September 29th, 2015

Secret Coders Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Mike Holmes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722767
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Published: First Second - September 29th, 2015

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Fifteen-year-old Maggie Thrash is once again whiling away her summer at Camp Bellflower, a bucolic Kentucky sleepaway camp where “girls can be totally innocent and free, maybe for the last time.” Her days are a routine parade of working towards her NRA sharpshooting certification, navigating the annual ebbs and flows of drama and friendships, and participating in timeworn camp rituals and routines. Things seem to be unfolding the way they do every year until Maggie unexpectedly finds herself falling in love with Erin, an older female counselor. In Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir (Candlewick, $19.99), every watercolor-penciled panel is saturated with both the humid haze of summer and the feelings of heartache and humor one juggles on the slow march to maturity and self-realization. Ages 14-18

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By Maggie Thrash, Maggie Thrash (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763673826
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 8th, 2015

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One day, a young girl exploring the junkyard near her trailer happens upon a robot as diminutive as she is. After using her mechanical skills to help bring it back to life, she sets out to teach the Little Robot (First Second, $16.99) about everything in her world, from cats to flowers. When an enormous automaton comes to take her new friend back to the factory from whence it came, the girl must save it—and herself—from their enemy’s jaws. Ben Hatke’s nearly wordless adventure is as charming as it is unique, and will be sure to attract fans of graphic novels as well as newcomers to the format. Ages 6-9

Little Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626720800
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Published: First Second - September 1st, 2015

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When Nimona (Harper Teen, $17.99 HB/$12.99 PB) offers to be a sidekick for the villain Ballister Blackheart, he’s less than enthused—but that’s before she reveals that she’s a gifted shapeshifter. Nimona also has some creative ideas for how to increase the scope of Blackheart’s evil doings (two words: more fires), and in turn Blackheart proves to be a valuable mentor. Noelle Stevenson’s quirky graphics add humor to a story that’s full of heart. While some of her tropes will be familiar to fantasy fans, Stevenson ultimately creates a complex tale in which the lines between good and evil aren’t as clear-cut as they first appear. Ages 13-17

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780062278227
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Published: Harper Teen - May 12th, 2015

Nimona Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062278234
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Published: Harper Teen - May 12th, 2015

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How do two fireflies find each other Among a Thousand Fireflies (Candlewick, $15.99)? Poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder illuminate young readers in their most recent collaboration. After taking the reader to “…a summer meadow near the river, /as night’s first stars blink on…” Frost wonders—and then reveals—how a single firefly finds her mate.  Lieder’s captivating close-up and time-lapse photographs depict the magical insects alighting on flowers and streaking through the night sky.  Learn more interesting facts about fireflies in the author’s note at the end of the book.  Ages 4-8.

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By Helen Frost, Rick Lieder (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763676421
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

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“What is poetry?” wonders young Daniel upon encountering a sign announcing “poetry in the park.” When he asks the animals he knows best, they respond with metaphors highlighting the poetry in nature. Poetry is the crisp crunch of leaves, the sun-kissed sand, and the glistening of the morning dew. Sure enough, Daniel Finds a Poem (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99) to share on Sunday in the park, one that describes all the natural beauty he finds in the middle of a metropolis. Author/illustrator Micha Archer’s glowing collage illustrations emphasize this theme, highlighting Spider’s web and Chipmunk’s acorns against a soft, inviting urban backdrop. With bits of alliteration and loads of sound play, the book is a warm introduction to the beauty of poetry. Ages 3-7.

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By Micha Archer (Illustrator), Micha Archer
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399169137
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 16th, 2016

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In her newest book of her signature reverso poems, each of which contains two poems—one read forwards and the other backwards— Marilyn Singer tackles Greek myths. Echo Echo (Dial, $16.99) tells many of these classic stories first in poetic yet familiar form, then reverses them to reveal an entirely new perspective or alternative to the traditional narrative. The two poems are in conversation with each other and together create a beautiful and unique interpretation of mythology. As with Singer’s previous collections, Josee Masse’s colorful illustrations add to the vibrant package. Ages 7-10.

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By Marilyn Singer, Josee Masse (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803739925
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Published: Dial Books - February 16th, 2016

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Celebrate poetry all year long with Julie Fogliano’s wondrous When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons (Neal Porter, $18.99). Tomato-red endpapers trumpet the arrival of thoughtful and playful poems that are sprinkled with touches of humor and are accompanied by Julie Morstad’s gently resonating gouache-and-pencil-crayon images. As the seasons unfold, double-page spreads invite the eye to follow along bands of color representing everything from a dock extending into the water to an endless stretch of sea. “Taste the sunshine” of a spring day, escape a “day that drips hot and thick like honey,” and anticipate “waiting for sweaters” and “winter’s white furry hat” with this very special collection. Ages 5-8.

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By Julie Fogliano, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596438521
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 1st, 2016

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If you have ever yearned to celebrate a sunrise, praise a prairie, or marvel at a mountaintop by reciting the perfect line of poetry, the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic, $24.99) is for you. Selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, these 200-plus pieces offer a range of tone, form, and origin as varied as the environments and creatures they exalt. From reverential odes to snappy couplets and haikus, this collection shows the many ways in which poets throughout the ages, from Langston Hughes to Joyce Sidman, have been awed and amused by the natural world. Every poem is set beside full-color photographs designed to captivate and inspire young listeners, bards, and botanists alike. Ages 4 and up

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More Than 200 Poems with Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom! Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781426320941
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Published: National Geographic Society - October 13th, 2015

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Cloth Lullaby (Abrams, $18.95) is a perfect, poetic tribute to the artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). Amy Novesky describes the young Louise, who bonded deeply with her mother (later immortalized in Bourgeois’s many spider sculptures) and grew up working in her family’s tapestry-repair workshop. Bourgeois’s lifelong love of textiles and patterns and her constant metaphorical re-imagining of childhood are lovingly evoked. Striking, mood-setting illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault in colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, and bright brushwork are often reminiscent of Louise’s own paintings. After reading this stunning book, you will be inspired to visit Bourgeois’s giant spider that lives in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Ages 6-10.

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By Amy Novesky, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419718816
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 2016

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A wonderful tribute to the iconic American jazz musician, Just a Lucky So and So (Holiday House, $16.95) offers a glimpse into the childhood of Louis Armstrong. Nicknamed Satchelmouth, Armstrong grew up in a section of New Orleans called The Battlefield. Though poor, he was surrounded by a loving family and local musicians whom he idolized. When a series of scrapes with police landed him in a boys’ home, Armstrong overcame the separation, devoted himself to music, and returned to his neighborhood as a musical dynamo. Lesa Cline-Ransome’s lilting, musical text is accompanied by James Ransome’s magnificent watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. Ages 5-8.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780823434282
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Published: Holiday House - February 27th, 2016

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In Ada’s Violin (Simon and Schuster, $17.99), Susan Hood tells the powerful story of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, Paraguay. Cateura is a trash dump, with thousands of adults and children working as trash-pickers and “recyclers.” It was there that Favio Chávez, an environmental engineer, started a music program for kids and enlisted a recycling crew to create instruments out of scraps of all sorts. See Ada Ríos, one of the first children to join the program, and the Orchestra achieve success with tours, YouTube videos, a 60 Minutes feature, and a documentary. Sally Wern Comport uses pencil and acrylic for her two-page narrative illustrations, also collaging scraps of trash to symbolize Ada’s surroundings. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Orchestra. Ages 4-8.

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By Susan Hood, Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481430951
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

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One day, a young artist named Mira meets a muralist, and alongside their neighbors they transform the “heart of a grey city” into Maybe Something Beautiful (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99). It just so happens that Rafael López, the illustrator of this true story about San Diego’s Urban Art Trail, is the very same muralist whose bright and colorful work inspired this book. F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell tell the story of a neighborhood transformed by joyous collaboration. López uses vibrant acrylics with collaged patterning to create both the cityscape and characters with plenty of personality. After the magical conclusion, the endnotes describe in more detail the true story that inspired this amazing book. Ages 4-8.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780544357693
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Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

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When graphic designer Art Kane assembled 57 notable jazz musicians in front of a Harlem brownstone in the summer of 1958 for a magazine photo, he probably did not realize how iconic that image would become. Roxane Orgill’s free verse poetry takes the minutiae of those hours and turns it into a descriptive, entertaining, and engaging narrative. Debut illustrator Francis Vallejo’s acrylic and pastel images are vibrant, beautiful, and perfectly evocative of the era. The book is a refreshingly original work of art that tells the story of an extraordinary Jazz Day (Candlewick, $18.99). Ages 9-13.

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By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763669546
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

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Did you know that baby swans sometimes catch a ride on the backs of their moms or dads? That ruby ladybugs can eat more than 50 aphids in just one day? Ever played a game of conkers? When’s the best time to pick a pear or plum? Spend a year with Nature’s Day (Wide Eyed, $24.99), revisiting eight locations through all four seasons, and discover the world through the wildlife that surrounds you. Author Kay Maguire and illustrator Danielle Kroll have created a storybook, nature journal, and wildlife encyclopedia all wrapped into one, providing something for everyone and enticing readers to spend just a little more time outdoors. Ages 5-10.

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By Kay Maguire, Danielle Kroll (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781847807076
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - March 2016

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An animal that waddles like a reptile, has a beaver-like tail, and boasts venomous spurs on its hind legs may sound like an imaginary mash-up of a creature, but it’s actually a Platypus (Candlewick, $16.99)! This fascinating nocturnal animal is one of only two egg-laying mammals in the world. Tag along with one particular platypus as he emerges from his burrow, hunts incessantly for food, relaxes briefly in the water, hides from predators, and finally settles down for a well-earned rest. Sue Whiting’s night-in-the-life narrative, presented alongside all the outlandish facts that make platypuses such unusual creatures, perfectly complement Mark Jackson’s mixed-media illustrations, which emphasize the platypus’s ability to blend in with his surroundings. Ages 5-9.

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By Sue Whiting, Mark Jackson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763680985
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 23rd, 2016

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How many times have you heard that pink is for girls? Zoologist Jess Keating puts that claim to the test, declaring instead that Pink Is for Blobfish (Knopf, $16.99)— and many other “perfectly pink” animals that she introduces to young scientists in this fact- and fun-filled installment of the World of Weird Animals series. Once you learn about the pinktoe tarantula’s ability to rub its abdomen hair into the eyes of its predators, you’ll never think of pink the same way again. From the titular blobfish to the Amazon river dolphin and orchid mantis, there’s something to please every animal lover in this offbeat compendium. David DeGrand’s cartoon-like illustrations add character to the full-page photographs of each wonderfully pigmented creature. Ages 7-10.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780553512274
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2016

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Author and photographer Shelley Rotner takes readers on a scientific voyage of discovery of our fellow creatures and ourselves— based solely on eyes! In Whose Eye Am I? (Holiday House, $16.95), readers are challenged to identify animals using only a close-up photo of their eyes. Once an animal’s identity is revealed— be it a mammal, bird, fish, insect, or something else entirely— Rotner provides a plethora of fun facts about each creature’s visual abilities that will intrigue and delight budding zoologists. A description of how humans see, and an accompanying diagram of a human eye, ensure that we aren’t left out of this ophthalmic adventure. Ages 5-9.

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By Shelley Rotner, Shelley Rotner (Photographer)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823435586
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Published: Holiday House - January 30th, 2016

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Look to the sky: birdwatching’s back in season! Learn about the avian inhabitants of North America with two delightful new books: My Book of Birds (Groundwood, $24.95) by Geraldo Valério and Bird Brainiacs: Activity Journal and Log Book for Young Readers (Cornell Lab Publishing Group, $14.95) by Stacy Torino. Valério pairs beautiful and bold paper cutout illustrations with quirky facts to make each species memorable and easy to identify. Torino’s journal is highly interactive, encouraging readers to write and think about birds with a variety of fun activities. Using different methods, both books will encourage young bird lovers to get outside and search for nature’s feathered friends. Ages 5-13 (ages vary by book).

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781554988006
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Published: Groundwood Books - April 12th, 2016

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781943645053
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Published: Cornell Lab Publishing Group - May 10th, 2016

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So you throw like a girl? That’s great, especially if you throw like Edith Houghton! Author Audrey Vernick tells this inspiring athlete’s story in The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton (Clarion, $17.99). The youngest of ten children, Edith grew up playing baseball on the streets of Philadelphia. At the tender age of ten, Edith was the starting shortstop for a professional women’s team and had the experience of a lifetime when they traveled to baseball-crazy Japan to compete against various men’s teams. Steven Salerno brings this inspirational story to life with his colorful retro illustrations. Play ball, girls! Ages 4-8.

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By Audrey Vernick, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544611634
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Published: Clarion Books - March 29th, 2016

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Usually, saying a child can’t sit still isn’t meant as a compliment. In the case of Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99), however, the boundless energy that got Nadia Comaneci into scrapes as a small child also powered her rise to fame as a gymnast. In 1976, not only did she win five Olympic medals; she also received seven perfect scores. Karlin Gray chronicles the often bumpy, but never boring path that let Nadia from her childhood in a small Romanian village to the cover of TIME, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated (all in the same week!). Christine Davenier’s illustrations embody the movement at the heart of this inspiring story, one that will delight anyone who’s ever been asked, “Why can’t you just sit still?” Ages 6-9.

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By Karlin Gray, Christine Davenier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544319608
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Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2016

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Today, the Olympic marathon is a painstakingly organized contest of endurance among well-trained international athletes. This was not the case in The Wildest Race Ever (Simon & Schuster, $17.99), better known as the Olympic marathon of 1904. The rag-tag group of contenders seemed a bit out of shape and employed some dubious race strategies (strychnine cocktail, anyone?); one questionable character even took an illegal lift in an automobile. American Thomas Hicks, the eventual champion, collapsed over the finish line with an unimpressive time. Author/illustrator Meghan McCarthy’s expressive acrylic paintings will certainly appeal to young readers and future competitors. Ages 4-8.

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By Meghan McCarthy, Meghan McCarthy (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481406390
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - March 1st, 2016

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Mary Garber was a pioneer in the pantheon of women sportswriters. With clear and concise, yet thoroughly engaging prose, author Sue Macy chronicles Garber’s life and career, from playing tackle football as a child in the 1920s to becoming an acclaimed sports journalist for the Twin City Sentinel. C.F. Payne’s illustrations, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, are profoundly expressive and further enhance Macy’s text. In the face of chauvinism and discrimination in both the press box and the locker room, we see Miss Mary Reporting (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $17.99) and breaking down barriers like a running back sheds tacklers. Ages 5-9.

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By Sue Macy, C. F. Payne (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481401203
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 16th, 2016

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In the late 1800s, William Hoy was a good baseball player with a major-league problem: he was deaf. His family was supportive, but didn’t think he could make his dreams come true. In author Nancy Churnin’s account of the The William Hoy Story (Albert Whitman, $16.99), she describes how this talented athlete overcame the challenges of living in a society biased in favor of the hearing to become one of baseball’s greats and change the game forever. Jez Tuya’s playful illustrations will appeal to young readers and adults alike. Chernin includes relevant additional information and a timeline to round out Hoy’s uplifting story. Ages 5-8.

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By Nancy Churnin, Jez Tuya (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807591925
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 2016

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Although he designed an open-heart surgical procedure for infants and children, Vivien Thomas had to instruct Dr. Alfred Blalock from a stool as Blalock performed the operation. Thomas had dreamed of becoming a doctor, but it was 1944 and he was African American. Instead, Thomas worked as Blalock’s research technician. After their move to Johns Hopkins, Blalock asked Thomas to investigate how to save “blue babies,” infants who were born with a fatal heart defect that made their skin look bluish. In addition to adapting a procedure that he and Blalock had perfected, Thomas created a needle short enough to perform the delicate surgery requiring Tiny Stitches (Lee and Low, $17.95). Author Gwendolyn Hooks and illustrator Colin Bootman relate the inspiring true story of a medical pioneer who faced racism head-on to save thousands of lives. Ages 7-10.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781620141564
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 15th, 2016

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In her latest collection of poems, Carole Boston Weatherford relates the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama during World War II, these men became the United States’ first black military airmen and went on to serve with distinction abroad. They had to fight racism at home as well as in Europe, facing the reality that they were risking their lives for a country that did not treat them as equals. Weatherford addresses their bravery as well as the historical context of their story, including an account of the first black women to serve in the Army Nurse Corps. Jeffery Boston Weatherford’s scratchboard illustrations are searing in their black-and-white boldness, emphasizing the impact of the message that the Tuskegee Airmen spread to all black Americans: You Can Fly (Atheneum, $16.99). Ages 9-12.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781481449380
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

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Polio prevented her from walking easily. She was teased about her “limpy” leg, so she pretended to be invisible. Although she suffered physically and from poverty, however, there was nothing wrong with her vision. In fact, Dorothea’s Eyes (Calkins Creek, $16.95) allowed her to see people with both her eyes and her heart. Barb Rosenstock’s brief biography evokes the era and the obstacles facing Dorothea Lange, whose photography documented the devastating impact of the Great Depression. The muted palette of Gérard DuBois’s illustrations augments the feel of the time period in which Lange lived and worked. Additional information, resources, and a timeline conclude this fascinating picture-book biography. Ages 6-9.

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By Barb Rosenstock, Gerard DuBois (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781629792088
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Published: Calkins Creek Books - March 2016

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You might want to get warm and cozy before reading Helen Thayer’s Arctic Adventure: A Woman and a Dog Walk to the North Pole (Capstone Young Readers, $14.95) by Sally Isaacs. The courageous Thayer was determined to be the first female to walk to the North Pole, a 364-mile trip. Initially she wanted to make this trip alone, but decided at the last moment to bring along an Inuit husky named Charlie. The two became fast friends on this perilous trip, encountering a ferocious polar bear and life-threatening snow storms. Iva Sasheva’s illustrations and chilly palette realistically portray the adventurers and the harsh but beautiful environment. Ages 9-11.

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By Sally Isaacs, Iva Sasheva (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781623706074
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - March 2016

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A novel twist on the classic alphabet book, Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes (Phaidon, $19.95) not only gives young readers a way to practice their letters, but several new ways to communicate them— in code! Sara Gillingham introduces us to the International Code of Signals, which pairs each letter with a boldly patterned flag so that sailors around the world can communicate across long stretches of ocean. Semaphore and Morse code are also included. Bright, clear illustrations make this a great way to hook kids on the alphabet, from Alpha to Zulu. Ages 5-7.

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$19.95
ISBN: 9780714871431
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Published: Phaidon Press - May 23rd, 2016

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