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"The Little Snowplow" by Lora Koehler

'The Little Snowplow' by Lora Koehler

Children's Book Big trucks may brag and roar, but small and steadfast wins the day in this cheerful story with timeless appeal.On the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, the trucks come in one size: BIG. That is, until the little snowplow joins the crew. None of the other trucks think that the little snowplow can handle the big storms, but he knows that he can do it—and just to be sure, he trains hard, pushing loads of gravel, pulling ...

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"The Story of Diva and Flea" by Mo Willems

'The Story of Diva and Flea' by Mo Willems

Children's Book Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France-but at no fixed address. When Flea fl neurs passed Diva's courtyard one day, their lives were forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore ...

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"The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)" by Rick Riordan

'The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)' by Rick Riordan

Children's Book Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are p ...

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"Thank You and Good Night" by Patrick McDonnell

'Thank You and Good Night' by Patrick McDonnell

★★★★ In this sleepy-time picture book, Maggie and her rabbit, Clement are getting ready for bed when Jean and his friend Alan arrive in pajamas. And of course it’s time for a wonderful, surprise pajama party complete with bed jumping, chicken dancing, funny-face contest, hide-and-seek, yoga, food and finally sleep. Maggie reads everyone bed-time stories for sweet dreams, ending with kisses and giving thanks for a good day. The star of this sw ...

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"Crenshaw" by Katherine Applegate

'Crenshaw' by Katherine Applegate

Tween Book ★★★★★ Crenshaw is a humongous, black and white cat who surfs, does tricks, takes bubble baths, speaks words of wisdom and appears when Jackson needs him most. Crenshaw is also imaginary. Jackson, who is almost in fifth grade, is beginning to see all the signs, even though his parents don’t really talk about it. Often there is no food, his parents aren’t able to pay the rent, and now they’re having a yard sale and selling almost everything ...

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"The Marvels" by Brian Selznick

'The Marvels' by Brian Selznick

Children's Book Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and takes readers on a voyage!Two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures--come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who ha ...

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"Leo: A Ghost Story" by Mac Barnett

'Leo: A Ghost Story' by Mac Barnett

Children's Book You would like being friends with Leo. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks, and most people can't even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. When a new family moves into his home and Leo's efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, a kid with a tremendous imagination and an open position for a worthy knight. That is how Leo and Jane become friends. And that is w ...

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"Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories" by R.J. Palacio

'Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories' by R.J. Palacio

Children's Book Over 2 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Readers have also been treated to three stories offering a special look at Auggie’s world through new points of view. Previously only available in ebook, now they’ll be published all together--complete with an introduction from the author on how she came to write the ...

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"The Day the Crayons Came Home" by Drew Daywalt

'The Day the Crayons Came Home' by Drew Daywalt

Children's Book The companion to the #1 blockbuster bestseller, The Day the Crayons Quit! I'm not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on h ...

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"The Fun Book of Scary Stuff" by Emily Jenkins

'The Fun Book of Scary Stuff' by Emily Jenkins

Children's Book There are lots of frightening things out there. Witches. Trolls. Sharks. The DARK!But nothing seems as scary once you turn on the light. In this hilarious picture book, a boy and his two dogs go through a list of all the things, both real and imagined, that make the hair on the backs of their necks stand on end—and come up with a clever way to face their fears. ...

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"Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina, #1)" by Robert Beatty

'Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina, #1)' by Robert  Beatty

Children's Book “Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly ...

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"Dory and the Real True Friend" by Abby Hanlon

'Dory and the Real True Friend' by Abby Hanlon

Children's Book Fans of Junie B. Jones and Ivy and Bean will love this new story about the spunky little rascal with big ideas. The star of Dory Fantasmagory is heading to school. Her older siblings, Luke and Violet, warn her to leave her imaginary friend, Mary, at home—or better yet, leave her whole imagination at home! Dory is determined to behave like a “regular old girl who never gets in trouble,” ...

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"A Handful of Stars" by Cynthia Lord

'A Handful of Stars' by Cynthia Lord

Tween Book ★★★★★ Lily’s dog, Lucky is blind, so when he slips out of his collar and runs across the blueberry barrens in Maine she’s desperately afraid he might get hurt or lost. That’s how she meets Salma Santiago, daughter of a seasonal migrant worker helping harvest blueberries, who entices Lucky with a peanut butter sandwich and some chips. They become real friends, sharing loss, love of art, a dog, and a strong belief that together anything is p ...

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"Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals" by Michael Hearst

'Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals' by Michael Hearst

Inside this book, you'll find stories of 50 extraordinary people such as:Evel Knievel, who jumped his motorcycle over 14 Greyhound busesThe Iceman, the most well-preserved human, found in the ice after 5,300 yearsSam Patch, who jumped Niagara Falls for $75Helen Thayer, who walked to the North Pole aloneRoy Sullivan, who was struck by lightning 7 timesThese intriguing facts and hundreds more await cu ...

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"Gone Crazy in Alabama (Gaither Sisters, #3)" by Rita Williams-Garcia

'Gone Crazy in Alabama (Gaither Sisters, #3)' by Rita Williams-Garcia

Children's Book Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters, who are about to learn what it's like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime.Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, M ...

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"Have You Seen My Monster?" by Steve Light

'Have You Seen My Monster?' by Steve Light

Children's Book In a follow-up to Steve Light’s highly praised Have You Seen My Dragon?, the county fair is filled with shapes—and somewhere among them a monster is waiting to be found. A little girl gallivants through a county fair, searching for her furry friend. Readers will surely spot the friendly monster as well as twenty shapes, identified here by their proper names—trapezoids, ellipses, kites, and more—hidden amo ...

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

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

Tween Book ★★★★ Just two days after the funeral of her pet human, Fluffy (a.k.a. Amelia), a young girl named Winnie bursts into mournful Miss Drakes’s secret door in the basement proclaiming that she has been sent by her great-aunt Amelia so Miss Drake won't be lonely. Almost immediately, Miss Drake, who happens to be a dragon, theorizes that this seemingly obnoxious small human is going to be an extremely difficult pet to train. An adventure together l ...

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"Roller Girl" by Victoria Jamieson

'Roller Girl' by Victoria Jamieson

★★★★★ In this graphic novel, written by a derby girl herself, twelve-year-old Astrid discovers the world of roller derby. When Astrid's mom takes her and her best friend Nicole to a match, Astrid falls in love with the crazy outfits, eccentric nicknames, and fierceness of the sport. Astrid decides to sign-up for summer derby camp, expecting Nicole to sign-up as well. When Astrid finds out Nicole signed-up for ballet camp with a new friend, Astri ...

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"National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Who" by National Geographic Kids

'National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Who' by National Geographic Kids

Introduce young readers to some of the world's most interesting and important people in this bold and lively first biography book. More than 100 colorful photos are paired with age-appropriate text featuring profiles of each person, along with fascinating facts about about their accomplishments and contributions. This book inspires kids about a world of possibilities and taps into their natural curiosity about fascinating role models from educati ...

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"Public School Superhero" by James Patterson

'Public School Superhero' by James Patterson

Children's Book Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "Grandma's Boy," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?Featuring more than ...

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"Ms. Rapscott's Girls" by Elise Primavera

'Ms. Rapscott's Girls' by Elise Primavera

Tween Book ★★★★ There are a lot of extraordinary things about the Great Rapscott School for Girls. The students arrive by air in E-Z open tab boxes, they are hand-picked from homes where the girls' parents are so busy they scarcely notice they’re gone, the school is located in a lighthouse in the middle of nowhere, and the curriculum focuses on getting lost on purpose. The new students to arrive are Mildred, Bea, Fay, Annabelle and Dahlia, "who was a sm ...

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"Echo" by Pam Muñoz Ryan

'Echo' by Pam Muñoz Ryan

★★★★★ This book is a masterpiece in its own genre—4 interconnected stories, each one masterfully told, and at alternating turns tearing at our heart and infusing us with hope. 40 years before the “war to end all wars” Otto purchases a book, stumbles into a forbidden forest and finds himself in the middle of a fairytale. He is entrusted with breaking the witch’s spell and securing the future of others to be free, to be loved and to belong ...

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"The Truth About Twinkie Pie" by Kat Yeh

'The Truth About Twinkie Pie' by Kat Yeh

Tween Book ★★★★★ 12-year–old Gigi lives with her sister Didi who is a hairstylist in a trailer park. When Didi wins one million dollars in a cooking contest she is able to help realize the big dreams she has for Gigi by moving to Long Island and enrolling her in an upscale high school. Gigi, who hates her name and asks the new kids at school to call her Leia, becomes friends with Trip, a cool, handsome guy who accepts her as she is. This is a warm, sweet ...

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"Stella by Starlight" by Sharon M. Draper

'Stella by Starlight' by Sharon M. Draper

Tween Book ★★★★ It is midnight when 11 year-old Stella Mills and her eight year-old brother Jojo witness the burning of a cross by members of the Ku Klux Klan not far from their house. It’s 1932 in Bumblebee, North Carolina and news of the active Klan so close by means their parents need to alert all their African-American neighbors. Stella is practicing to be a good writer, records local stories, and often goes outside where she can think better which ...

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