Staff Pick

A soccer superstar: that’s what ten-year-old Maya plans to be. So what if she has never dribbled a ball? Who cares if her classmates call soccer a “boy’s sport” and her grandmother pleads with her to just be “a good Indian girl”? Set in a conservative Malaysian town in the 1980s, Ten: A Soccer Story (Clarion, $16.99) details Maya’s determination to form a soccer team, deal with her parents’ divorce, and come to terms with her own sense of being out of place. Certain to charm readers, Shamini Flint’s fast-paced coming-of-age story goes deep and encourages big dreams. Ages 11-13.

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ISBN: 9780544850019
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Clarion Books - June 20th, 2017

Staff Pick

What happens when shapes reshape? A stacked collection of various rectangles morphs into snakes, “sneakily slithering,” or “pinchy” crabs, “nip-your-nose nipping.” Though ostensibly a counting book, decreasing from ten to one, Silvia Borando’s clever Shapes, Reshape! (Candlewick, $14) features wordplay as rich and playful as its rectangular rearrangements. Young readers will adore contributing the repeated phrase “what could they be?” and predicting what animal appears next based on clues like “clucky” and “roary.” This nimble picture book works well as a read-aloud in early-childhood classrooms as well as at home, offering infinite possibilities to the geometrically, linguistically, and artistically inclined. Ages 3-5.

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By Silvia Borando, Silvia Borando (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763690397
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - August 2nd, 2016

Staff Pick

When a teacher asks a diverse group of schoolchildren to describe what makes their families special, one child blushes and tucks her arms beneath her desk, fearful that her family is unlike anyone else’s. But as she listens to classmates describe their families—new babies, grandparents, single parents, blended families, two moms, and even a bunch of “terrible singers”— she comes to realize that A Family Is a Family Is a Family (Groundwood, $17.95), simultaneously unique and similar in love. Sara O’Leary’s warm, humorous dialogue couples seamlessly with Qin Leng’s lively illustrations to create a big-hearted, highly affecting look at families. Ages 3-8.

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By Sara O'Leary, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554987948
Availability: Backordered
Published: Groundwood Books - September 13th, 2016