12 Months of Books Challenge: Bringing Books to Kids All Year Long

If you're looking for children's books by age, gift ideas for kids and teens, or upcoming book releases in 2021, this is the children's book list for you!



I am so honored to share these amazing books with you, especially during a time when we want to connect more than ever with the people we love, and children are in need of books in their homes, since that's where they are spending so much of their time!


So what is the 12 Months of Books Challenge? It's me challenging you to PREORDER 12 books for a child (or someone else) in your life in the year 2021. That is the official challenge. Here are the specific "rules":


1) Review the list below of amazing books for children ages 0-18! Then choose one or both of the options below to earn entries in the challenge!


2) OPTION 1: Using the PREORDER links, preorder (which means to order a book before its release date) any books of your choice to be mailed to a child you love! Or children you love! Or a library you love! Or a preschool you love! You get the point - spread the love! (Keep your receipt in case you win the prize!)


3) OPTION 2: Contact a public library and request that they order titles from the list! This can be your local public library or the library closest to where the kiddos in your life live! Then, you (or they) can borrow the books when they arrive! (Keep your communications from the library in case you win the prize!)


4) Complete the Google form at this link after the preorder is complete. (Your email address will not be shared. I ask for it, so I can contact you if you win!)


4) Repeat the steps above for the next month on the list!


That's it! Easy Peasy!


Here are a few other details that might be helpful to you. At the end of 2021, I will randomly select one person from the Google spreadsheet to win a $100 gift card! The winner:

1) will be required to present a receipt from their preorder purchase or a copy of their library

request, and

2) must also be subscribed to www.tamaragirardi.com!


Some books later in the year do not currently have cover art or preorder links, so be sure to subscribe to www.tamaragirardi.com on the right side of the page to receive updates throughout the year (and of course, if you are selected as the winner, you must be subscribed to claim your prize).


Also, in addition to buying books for the kids in your life, please feel free to purchase books for yourself, your library, your local schools!


FINALLY, SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! It has been said that a rising tide in the book industry lifts all boats, so to speak. So let's boost that tide in 2021. We could all use a good year, don't you think?


Need some convincing? No problem. Here is a list of reasons you should participate! (If you are already on board and don't need convincing, feel free to skip ahead to the CHALLENGE BOOK LIST below!).


12 REASONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE

12 MONTHS OF BOOKS CHALLENGE!


1) Kids love getting mail. I mean LOVE!


2) Kids love getting new books.


3) (You see where I'm going with this). KIDS LOVE GETTING NEW BOOKS IN THE MAIL!


4) Preordering is one of the best ways to support your favorite creators! Did you know sales in the first week a book is released are crucial for authors and illustrators? Preorders count toward first week sales, so preorder books often!


5) The challenge keeps you connected with the kids you love, even if we have to social distance from them! Make it a tradition that when the new book arrives, you hop on video chat and read it together!


6) This is like a built-in gift for every holiday and birthday all year long. #Easy #Awesome


7) Now, for the serious stuff: reading regularly is a major indicator of future academic success.


8) Reading helps make kids more empathetic and understanding of others, and we could use a LOT more of that in our world!


9) Kids are limited in their school and some local libraries because of the pandemic. Having books at home right now is CRUCIAL.


10) The kids in your life will love you more, and, I mean, come on - #WINNING!


11) The challenge is yours to change however you see fit. Send a book once a month, once a quarter, or even once a year. Send 12 books to 1 child or 1 book each to 12 children. Do what works for you!


12) The publishing industry, like so many others, is facing many challenges right now. Your participation helps ensure creators on this list and even those not on this list can continue bringing wonderful books to children all around the world. THANK YOU!


*Creators, if you're just learning about the challenge now and would like to be included,

please complete the form here! THANK YOU!

THE CHALLENGE BOOK LIST FOR 2021


The list below is organized by month with all the details you need to fall in love with each selection - cover art, links to learn more about the creators, blurbs about the books, and of course, PREORDER LINKS!


Dive in.


Enjoy.


And give these creators some love by preordering their amazing books!


Coloring credit Gabriella, age 5

A FATHER'S LOVE

By Hannah Holt, Illustrated by Yee Von Chan

Board Book (ages 0-4), Philomel

This heartwarming book celebrates the love that fathers and children share in the animal kingdom, while also teaching young readers about colors. Perfect for new babies, new fathers, baby shower gifts, Father's Day gifts, and for kids who love their dads on any old day.

PREORDER IndieBound! Amazon!


DON'T HUG DOUG

By Carrie Finison, Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman

Picture Book (ages 3-7), G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Meet Doug, an ordinary kid who doesn't like hugs, in this fun and exuberant story which aims to spark discussions about bodily autonomy and consent. Doug doesn't like hugs. He thinks hugs are too squeezy, too squashy, too squooshy, too smooshy. He doesn't like hello hugs or goodbye hugs, game-winning home run hugs or dropped ice cream cone hugs, and he definitely doesn't like birthday hugs. He'd much rather give a high five--or a low five, a side five, a double five, or a spinny five. Yup, some people love hugs; other people don't. So how can you tell if someone likes hugs or not? There's only one way to find out: Ask! Because everybody gets to decide for themselves whether they want a hug or not.

PREORDER Bookshop!


EYES THAT KISS IN THE CORNERS

By Joanna Ho

Picture Book (ages 3-7), HarperCollins

EYES THAT KISS IN THE CORNERS: a young Taiwanese American girl wishes for bigger eyes but through loving relationships with female family members, realizes her eyes are beautiful.

PREORDER Bookshop!


FIRST DAY OF UNICORN SCHOOL

By Jess Hernandez, Illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum

Picture Book (ages 4-7), Capstone

Milly, a donkey with dreams of attending the prestigious unicorn school. With a few creative photos in her application, she’s accepted and must make it through the school without anyone realizing what she really is: a donkey in a party hat.

PREORDER Barnes & Noble! Indiebound! Amazon!




SEASIDE STROLL

By Charles Trevino, Illustrated by Maribel Lechuga

Picture Book (ages 4-7), Charlesbridge

A mom, daughter and doll take a wintertime trip to the beach. Scruffy shoes, socks, sweater... scratchy, silly scarf. Step, Step, Sidestep... snow.

PREORDER Amazon!


OPENING THE ROAD: VICTOR HUGO GREEN AND HIS GREEN BOOK

By Keila V. Dawson, Illustrated by Alleanna Harris

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Beaming Books

Victor Hugo Green opened the road for African Americans during segregation so they could enjoy vacations and travel when it was not easy or safe for them.

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TEN BEAUTIFUL THINGS

By Molly Beth Griffin, Illustrated by Maribel Lechuga

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Charlesbridge

Lily and her grandmother search for ten beautiful things as they take a long car ride to Iowa and Lily’s new home with Gram. At first, Lily sees nothing beautiful in the April slush and cloudy sky. Soon though, Lily can see beauty in unexpected places, from the smell of spring mud to a cloud shaped like a swan to a dilapitated barn. A furious rainstorm mirrors Lily’s anxiety, but as it clears Lily discovers the tenth beautiful thing: Lily and Gram and their love for each other. Ten Beautiful Things leaves the exact cause of Lily’s move ambiguous, making it perfect for anyone helping a child navigate change, whether it be the loss of a parent, entering or leaving a foster home, or moving.

PREORDER Penguin Random House!


KEEP DANCING

By Cristina Oxtra, Illustrated by Seb Burnett

Chapter Book, (ages 5-8), Capstone

Lito is proud of his Filipino heritage, and he's one of the best dancers in his folk dance group. He and his sister, Nenita, plan to perform at their school's spring festival. When snickering classmates threaten to derail Lito's confidence, he needs to dig deep and keep dancing.

PREORDER Amazon!





TAKE BACK THE BLOCK

By Chrystal D. Giles

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), Random House Children's

Eleven-year-old Wes makes activism personal when his neighborhood is targeted by a powerful developer. Readers will follow Wes on a journey of trying to save his home and navigate his changing friendships.

PREORDER Bookshop!






ALONE

By Megan E. Freeman

Middle Grade (ages 10+), Simon & Schuster/Aladdin

Perfect for fans of Hatchet and the I Survived series, this harrowing middle grade debut novel-in-verse from a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet tells the story of a young girl who wakes up one day to find herself utterly alone in her small Colorado town.

 When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She’s alone—left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned.

With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own. Her only companions are a Rottweiler named George and all the books she can read. After a rough start, Maddie learns to trust her own ingenuity and invents clever ways to survive in a place that has been deserted and forgotten. 

As months pass, she escapes natural disasters, looters, and wild animals. But Maddie’s most formidable enemy is the crushing loneliness she faces every day. Can Maddie’s stubborn will to survive carry her through the most frightening experience of her life?

PREORDER Simon & Schuster!

GLIMPSED

By G.F. Miller

Young Adult (ages 12+), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Charity is a Fairy Godmother. She doesn’t wear a poofy dress or go around waving a wand, but she does make sure the deepest desires of the student population at Jack London High School come true. And she knows what they want even better than they do because she can glimpse their perfect futures. But when Charity fulfills a glimpse that gets Vindhya crowned homecoming queen, it ends in disaster. Suddenly, every wish Charity has ever granted is called into question. Has she really been helping people? Where do these glimpses come from, anyway? What if she's not getting the whole picture? Making this existential crisis way worse, there's Noah—the adorkable and (in Charity's opinion) diabolical ex of one of her past clients—who blames her for sabotaging his Prom plans and claims her interventions are doing more harm than good. He demands that she stop granting wishes and help him get his girl back. At first, Charity has no choice but to play along. But soon, Noah becomes an unexpected ally in getting to the bottom of the glimpses. Before long, Charity dares to call him her friend…and even starts to wish he were something more. But can the Fairy Godmother ever get the Happily Ever After?

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GIRL ON THE LINE

By Faith Gardner

Young Adult (ages 13+), HarperTeen

A story that begins where too many others end, this stunningly written and unflinchingly authentic #ownvoices tale of love, loss, and hope will touch fans of All the Bright Places and Girl in Pieces. Life’s tough when you didn’t expect to be living it. But now that Journey has a future, she apparently also has to figure out what that future’s supposed to look like. Some days the pain feels as fresh as that day: the day she attempted suicide. Her parents don’t know how to speak to her. Her best friend cracks all the wrong jokes. Her bipolar II disorder feels like it swallows her completely. But other days—they feel like revelations. Like meeting the dazzling Etta, a city college student who is a world unto herself. Or walking into the office of the volunteer hotline, and discovering a community as simultaneously strong and broken as she is. Or uncovering the light within herself that she didn’t know existed.

PREORDER Harper Collins!

Coloring Credit: Gabriella, age 5

I MISS YOUR SUNNY SMILE

By Deb Adamson

Board Book (ages 0-3), Blue Manatee Press

"I miss your sunny smile. How'd you lose it? Where'd it go? Let's go searching for a while." Having a bad day is never fun, but it can be especially difficult for young children to understand that sad feelings are temporary. Through gentle rhymes and warm illustrations, we see a mother helping her son find his smile again.

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SQUISH SQUASH SQUISHED

By Rebecca Kraft Rector, Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte

Picture Book (ages 2-7), Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House

A pair of kids learn what it is really like to be squished together during one hilarious and eventful car ride! When Max and Molly can’t stop complaining about being squished in the back seat of the car, their clever mom knows exactly what to do–offer rides to their animal friends, who are happy to pile in and come along! As the back seat fills up with a wiggly piglet, two flitting ducklings, and three woofing puppies, soon Max and Molly are not only squished–they’re SQUISH SQUASH SQUISHED! So when they notice Mom slowing down to wave at Scooter Mooter and his calves, Max and Molly don’t say a word–they hush-mush. Thankfully, Mom keeps driving–and after everyone’s dropped off and it’s time to hustle-bustle home, Max and Molly are happy to stretch out in the back seat of their suddenly gracious-spacious automobile.

PREORDER Indiebound! Penguin Random House! Amazon! Barnes & Noble!


A GIRL'S BILL OF RIGHTS

By Amy B. Mucha, Illustrated by Addy Rivera Sonda

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Beaming Books

"I have the right to be bold, and mighty, and LOUD!" In a world where little girls must learn to stand tall, A Girl's Bill of Rights boldly declares the rights of every woman and girl: power, confidence, freedom, and consent. Author Amy B. Mucha and illustrator Addy Rivera Sonda present a diverse cast of characters standing up for themselves and proudly celebrating the joy and power of being a girl.

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HOME FOR A WHILE

By Lauren H. Kerstein, Illustrated by Natalia Moore

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Magination Press

Calvin is in foster care, and he wants to trust someone, anyone, but is afraid to open his heart. He has lived in a lot of houses, but he still hasn’t found his home. When he moves in with Maggie, she shows him respect, offers him kindness, and makes him see things in himself that he’s never noticed before. Maybe this isn’t just another house, maybe this is a place Calvin can call home, for a while.

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IT WILL BE OK

By Lisa Katzenberger, Illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Sourcebooks Kids

It Will Be OK is about an anxious, overwhelmed giraffe and his loyal zebra friend, whose patience and presence help him face his greatest fear head-on.

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JAYDEN'S IMPOSSIBLE GARDEN

By Mélina Mangal, Illustrated by Ken Daley

Picture Book (ages 4-9), Free Spirit

Jayden sees nature everywhere, but Mama doesn’t believe there’s nature in the city. With the help of his friend, Mr. Curtis, Jayden sets out to help Mama see what he sees.

PREORDER Free Spirit! Bookshop! Amazon!




HEADSTRONG HALLIE - THE STORY OF HALLIE MORSE DAGGETT, THE FIRST FEMALE "FIRE GUARD"

By Aimée M. Bissonette, Illustrated by David Hohn

Picture Book (ages 6-9), Sleeping Bear Press

Hallie Morse Daggett loved spending time outdoors, hiking among the tall trees of the forests in California's Siskiyou Mountains. She wasn't afraid of the bears, coyotes, and wildcats. But Hallie was afraid of fire and understood the threat it posed to the forests, wildlife, and people. And more than anything, she wanted to devote her life to protecting her beloved outdoors; she decided she would work for the US Forest Service. But in the 1880s the Forest Service didn't hire women, thinking they couldn't handle the physical challenges of the work or the isolation. But the Forest Service didn't know Hallie or how determined she could be. This picture-book biography tells the story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the first woman "fire guard" hired by the US Forest Service, whose hard work and dedication led the way for other women to join the Forest Service.

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JUST BEING DALI: THE STORY OF ARTIST SALVADOR DALI

By Amy Guglielmo, Illustrated by Brett Helquist

Picture Book (ages 5-10), Putnam

This kid-friendly picture book biography celebrates the irrepressible individuality of Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dalí just couldn't help being himself. When he was little, he wasn't like the other children; he was a daydreamer who liked to play pretend. When he grew up, he became an artist, but he didn't want to make art that looked like everyone else's. He became the most famous painter of his time after he made a picture of melting clocks. Here's the true story of the one and only Salvador Dalí, an artist who never stopped being himself.

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BARTALI'S BICYLCE

By Megan Hoyt, Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Picture Book (ages 6-10), Harper Collins' Quill Tree Press

To the entire world, Gino Bartali was merely a champion cyclist. But Gino’s greatest achievement was something he never told a soul—that he secretly worked with the Italian resistance to save hundreds of Jewish men, women, and children, and others, from certain death, using the one thing no authority would question: his bicycle.

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A PLACE TO HANG THE MOON

By Kate Albus

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), Margaret Ferguson Books at Holiday House

Anna, Edmund, and William aren’t terribly upset by the death of their not-so-grandmotherly grandmother. But the children do need a guardian, and in the dark days of WWII London, those are in rather short supply. Could the mass wartime evacuation be the answer? It’s a preposterous plan, but off they go, keeping their predicament a secret, hoping to be placed in a temporary home that ends up being more… forever-ish. Moving from billet to billet, the children suffer cruel foster brothers, outdoor toilets, and empty tummies. They seek comfort in the village library, whose kind librarian, Nora Muller, would make an excellent guardian, except that the whereabouts of her German husband are currently unknown. But Nora’s cottage is a place of bedtime stories, fireplaces, and tea. Most important, it’s a place where someone thinks they all three hung the moon. Which is really all that matters.

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RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE

By Rajani LaRocca

Middle Grade (ages 8-13), HarperCollins Quill Tree Books

A heartbreakingly hopeful #ownvoices novel in verse about an Indian American girl whose life is turned upside down when her mother is diagnosed with leukemia. Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she’s the only Indian American student, and home, with her family’s traditions and holidays. But Reha’s parents don’t understand why she’s conflicted—they only notice when Reha doesn’t meet their strict expectations. Reha feels disconnected from her mother, or Amma, although their names are linked—Reha means “star” and Punam means “moon”—but they are a universe apart. Then Reha finds out that her Amma is sick. Really sick. Reha, who dreams of becoming a doctor even though she can’t stomach the sight of blood, is determined to make her Amma well again. She’ll be the perfect daughter, if it means saving her Amma’s life. From Indies Introduce author Rajani LaRocca comes a radiant story about the ties that bind and how to go on in the face of unthinkable loss. This is the perfect next read for fans of Jasmine Warga and Thanhhà Lại.

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THE AFTERLIFE OF THE PARTY

By Marlene Perez

Young Adult (ages 13+), Entangled Teen

I didn’t even want to go to the party. Seriously, I’d rather have stayed home with my librarian-witch grandmother and her mystical book club than go. But my best friend Skyler begged me. So I went. And it was the worst party of my life. Actually, it was the last party of my life. Not only was there something very strange about the band, but the lead singer bit me afterwards. And then took off with Skyler. Now I’m chasing down a band of dangerous vamps with my best guy friend Vaughn―the boy I’ve been secretly crushing on forever. But anything can happen on the road. I thought all I wanted was for things to change with Vaughn. For him to finally see the real me. But this wasn’t what I had in mind… Let the afterlife begin.

PREORDER Mystery Galaxy Bookstore. Bookshop. Amazon. Barnes & Noble. Target.


FAT CHANCE, CHARLIE VEGA

By Crystal Maldonado

Young Adult (ages 13+), Holiday House

A sensitive, funny, and painful coming-of-age story with a wry voice and tons of chisme, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega tackles our relationships to our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.

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HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND

By Kristy Boyce

Young Adult (ages 13-17), HarperTeen

Hot British Boyfriend centers on Ellie, a teen who is publicly rejected by her crush and joins a semester-long study abroad trip to England to escape the viral shame. Once there, she meets Willoughby, a gorgeous and charming British boy out of her dreams. But Ellie worries that she’s not interesting enough to keep his attention. As she devises new ways to connect with him, she has to decide whether she’s willing she lose herself to keep her new boyfriend.

PREORDER Amazon! Barnes & Noble!



WE ARE THE FIRE

By Sam Taylor

Young Adult (ages 13-18), Macmillan/Swoon Reads

Oksana and Pran weren't born fire-breathing demons... But then they were kidnapped, transformed to have power over flames, and forced to fight for the empire that conquered their homelands. Trapped in the heartless army, they have only each other to hold onto. Both yearn to reclaim their lives, but both have drastically different visions of what freedom looks like and what lines they will cross to obtain it. Worse, they discover that the only way to defeat the monsters who subjugated them may be to become monsters themselves. Perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes, We Are the Fire features fire magic, twisted alchemy, and ash-gray morals. Emily A. Duncan, the New York Times Bestselling author of Wicked Saints, calls it "bold and immersive... a strong new addition to the YA fantasy cannon."

PREORDER River Bend Bookshop! Indiebound! Barnes & Noble! Amazon!


CALCULATED

By Nova McBee

Young Adult (ages 15-18+), Wise Wolf Books

She has many names – Octavia, Double 8, Phoenix, Josephine. She’s a math prodigy, a calculating genius and everyone wants her. In seventeen-year-old Jo River’s complicated world of numbers, there’s no such thing as coincidence. When she is betrayed by someone she loves, kidnapped by the world’s most wanted smuggler, and forced to use her talent to shore up a criminal empire, Jo deems her gift a curse—until she meets Red. Fellow captive and unlikely sage, Red teaches Jo to harness her true potential, so she can do more than just escape. Before he dies, Red reveals a secret about her enemies and makes her vow to right his wrongs. But Jo has a vow of her own. With help from Chan, a bitter billionaire, and Kai, his off-limits son, Jo rises into a new role, ready to take down those who ruined her life. Until a mathematical error comes back to haunt her with a threat much more dangerous than the criminals on the loose. To beat the odds, Jo must decide who she really is and if risking everything is worth it. After all, history is not made—it’s calculated.

PREORDER Amazon!

Coloring credit: Clara, age 7

EVERYONE'S SLEEPY BUT THE BABY

By Tracy Gold, Illustrated by Adele Dafflon

Board Book (ages 0-3), Familius

Sleepy Daddy,

Sleepy little dog.

Everyone’s sleepy

But the baby,

Yawn, yawn, yawn.

After a long day, the whole family is ready to hit the hay . . . except for the baby. Why is it so hard to get the baby to sleep? With hilarious illustrations that might hit a little too close to home for new parents, Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby is the perfect, true-to-life bedtime story that will help even the most reluctant sleeper wind down for bed.

PREORDER Indiebound! The Ivy Bookshop! Amazon! Barnes & Noble! Workman!


COW SAYS MEOW

By Kirsti Call, Illustrated by Brandon James Scott

Novelty Picture Book (ages 2-8), HMH

Cow says . . .

Meow! Cat says . . .

Neigh! . . . or does it?

With bold graphic art and a punny narrator, this zany picture book is full of outrageously mixed-up animal sounds. Puns and wordplay will leave readers giggling through the roller-coaster of sounds all the way to the final pages featuring the correct animal noises. Cow Says Meow is a perfect read aloud for home, the classroom, or anywhere else, and will delight fans of Cece Bell’s I Yam a Donkey and David Ezra Stein's

Interrupting Chicken.

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I'M A HARE, SO THERE!

By Julie Rowan-Zoch

Picture Book (ages 3-8), HMHKids

When a chipmunk mistakes Hare for a rabbit, Hare puts him in his place. But actually, the chipmunk is a SQUIRREL. Or so he says. Ever wondered about the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Or a sheep and goat? So have Rabbit and Chipmunk—er, I mean, Hare and Squirrel! This hilarious look at dynamic duos in the animal kingdom pokes fun at the lookalike animals we all love, while delivering a gentle lesson on appreciating differences and standing up for what you know to be true about yourself.

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UNICORN AND YETI: FAIR AND SQUARE

By Heather Ayris Burnell, Illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla

Early Reader Graphic Novel (ages 4-6), Scholastic Acorn

Yeti thinks triangles are the best shape. But which shape is Unicorn's favorite? Unicorn paints a beautiful picture. Yeti worries his painting isn't as nice. Yeti baked a pie to share with his friend. What is the most-fair way to split the pie? Best friends Unicorn and Yeti have lots of fun in these three laugh-out-loud stories. With full-color artwork and easy-to-read text throughout, this adorable book is perfect for new readers!

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THE BIG BEACH CLEANUP

By Charlotte Offsay, Illustrated by Katie Rewse

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Albert Whitman

Cora plans to be a sandcastle-building champion, but when the contest is canceled due to litter at the beach, her plans come to a halt. Cora and Mama pull on gloves and get to work, but soon Cora realizes it will take more than two pairs of hands to solve a big problem. In a hopeful and relevant story, THE BIG BEACH CLEANUP introduces young readers to the impact of human trash on the environment. With practical solutions for tackling the plastic problem, this heartfelt story demonstrates that a person is never too young or too small to inspire big change.

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NOT SO FAST, MAX: A ROSH HASHANAH VISIT WITH GRANDMA

By Annette Schottenfeld, Illustrated by Jennifer Kirkham

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Kalaniot Books - Endless Mountains Publishing

When Max and Emily's spunky Savta comes from Israel for a Rosh Hashanah visit, she's got some surprises up her sleeve. Max just wants to hurry up and get started, but he learns that sometimes new traditions can be worth the wait. Start your own Rosh Hashanah tradition using the delicious recipes included in the book.

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WATERCRESS

By Andrea Wang, Illustrated by Jason Chin

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Neal Porter Books/Holiday House

Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family's Chinese heritage.

PREORDER Bookshop! Indiebound! Tattered Cover! Amazon! Barnes & Noble!




CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER: HOW ELIZEBETH FRIEDMAN CHANGED THE COURSE OF TWO WORLD WARS

By Laurie Wallmark, Illustrated by Brooke Smart

Picture Book (ages 6-12), Abrams Kids

In this picture book biography, young readers will learn all about Elizebeth Friedman, a brilliant American code breaker who smashed Nazi spy rings, took down gangsters, and created the CIA's first cryptology unit. Her story came to light when her secret papers were finally declassified in 2015. From thwarting notorious rumrunners with only paper and pencil to counter-spying into the minds and activities of Nazis, Elizebeth held a pivotal role in the early days of US cryptology. No code was too challenging for her to crack, and Elizebeth's work undoubtedly saved thousands of lives. Extensive back matter includes explanations of codes and ciphers, further information on cryptology, a bibliography, a timeline of Elizebeth's life, plus secret messages for young readers to decode.

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A PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE: NELSON MANDELA'S HOPE FOR HIS NATION

By Lindsey McDivitt, Illustrated by Charly Palmer

Picture Book (ages 7+), Eerdman's Books for Young Readers

This stirring picture book biography explores Nelson Mandela’s long fight for equality in apartheid-era South Africa as a rallying force against injustice. His courage and determination propelled him through 27 years in prison and decades of struggle. Despite South Africa’s oppression of its non-white citizens, Mandela had hope—hope for a nation that belonged to everyone who lived in it.

PREORDER Eerdman's! Bookshop! Barnes & Noble! Amazon!



PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY

By Christine Evans, Illustrated by Patrick Corrigan

Chapter Books (ages 7-10), Albert Whitman

When Raven leaves for vacation, Luca finds himself on his own again. As the new kid at Lincoln Elementary, he’s tired of getting told what to do by everyone around him. So despite his best friend’s warnings, Luca visits the Wish Library and asks to be the one in charge. But even rule makers need to compromise sometimes.

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SNOW DAY IN MAY

By Christine Evans, Illustrated by Patrick Corrigan

Chapter Books (ages 7-10), Albert Whitman

Raven is having the worst week ever. Her best friend Belle has just moved away, and tomorrow is Voices of History Day. Raven and Belle were working on their project together, and now Raven has to present alone―in front of the whole class. But when Raven stumbles upon the Wish Library and asks for school to be canceled, she faces a whole new challenge―and finds that just maybe she had the bravery she needed all along.

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ACROSS THE POND

By Joy McCullough

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), Simon & Schuster/Atheneum

Callie can't wait for her new life to start. After a major friendship breakup in San Diego, moving overseas to Scotland gives her the perfect chance to reinvent herself. On top of that, she's going to live in a real-life castle! But as romantic as life in a castle sounds, the reality is a little less comfortable: it's run-down, freezing, and crawling with critters. Plus, starting off on the wrong foot with the gardener's granddaughter doesn't help her nerves about making new friends. So she comes up with the perfect solution: she'll be homeschooled. Her parents agree, on one condition: she has to participate in a social activity. Inspired by a journal that she finds hidden in her bedroom, Callie decides to join a birding club. Sure, it sounds unusual, but at least it's not sports or performing. But when she clashes with the club leader, she risks losing a set of friends all over again. Will she ever be able to find her flock and make this strange new place feel like home?

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SING ME FORGOTTEN

By Jessica S. Olson

Young Adult (ages 14+), Inkyard Press

A dark fantasy YA genderswapped retelling of Phantom of the Opera full of magic, betrayal, romance, and revenge.

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Coloring credit: Frank, age 9

EAT UP, BEAR!

By Terry Pierce, Illustrated by Nadja Sarell

Board Book (ages 0-3), The Yosemite Conservancy

A board book for the littlest campers about those curious, hungry bears. Black bears just want to eat! Juicy berries, crunchy nuts, tender grubs, and sticky honey―that’s good bear food. But if park visitors don’t watch out, their food will be bear food, too! Bouncy rhyming text and vibrant pictures share how families can do their part to keep bears safe and thriving.

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A HOME AGAIN

By Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Illustrated by Valeria DoCampo

Picture Book (ages 2-8), Two Lions

A Home Again, a picture book about a house that is devastated when its beloved family leaves and wonders if it can become a home once more.

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BRACELETS FOR BINA'S BROTHERS

By Rajani LaRocca, Illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat

Picture Book (ages 3-6), Charlesbridge

Celebrate diversity, math, and the power of storytelling! For the Hindu holiday of Raksha Bandhan, Bina is determined to make beaded bracelets for her brothers all by herself. She finds out which colors her brothers like and dislike and sets to work. Working with her every-other-one beading pattern causes Bina to discover something new about patterns--and her brothers. Storytelling Math celebrates children using math in their daily adventures as they play, build, and discover the world around them. Joyful stories and hands-on activities make it easy for kids and their grown-ups to explore everyday math together. Developed in collaboration with math experts at STEM education non-profit TERC, under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.

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JET THE CAT (IS NOT A CAT)

By Phaea Crede, Illustrated by Terry Runyan

Picture Book (ages 3-8), Barefoot Books

Jet the cat likes to swim. When the other animals tell her that cats actually hate water, she goes in search of her true identity. After failing to fit the description of a variety of animals, Jet finally learns to embrace her unique brand of catness. A timely tale that humorously challenges labels and celebrates defining one’s own unique identity.

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THE STARS BECKONED: EDWARD WHITE'S AMAZING WALK IN SPACE

By Candy Wellins, Illustrated by Courtney Dawson

Picture Book (ages 3-8), Philomel

A lyrical biography of the first American to walk in space. Edward White’s early love of the night sky led to a career at NASA and an opportunity to walk amongst the stars he loved. The stars beckoned him to space, but the love of his family is what brought him back to earth.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF UNDERPANTS

By Christine Van Zandt, Illustrated by Harry Briggs

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Quarto Kids

From bloomers to boxers, everyone wears underwear! One part humor, one part history, A Brief History of Underpants explores the evolution of fashion's most unmentionable garment.

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DANCING IN THATHA'S FOOTSTEPS

By Srividhya Venkat

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Yali Books

Varun wants to learn Bharatanatyam, a classical dance from India. He's in a dilemma because, well, boys don't dance, do they? His grandfather, who was once a dancer, thinks otherwise. Does Varun sign up for dance lessons and follow in Thatha's footsteps?

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SING WITH ME: THE STORY OF SELENA QUINTANILLA

By Diana Lopez, Illustrated by Teresa Martinez

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Penguin Random House

An exuberant picture book celebrating the life and legacy of Selena Quintanilla, beloved Queen of Tejano music.

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THE STAR FESTIVAL

By Moni Ritchie Hadley, llustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Albert Whitman

Every summer in Japan, the Tanabata Matsuri celebrates the reunion of two stars, Orihime and Hikoboshi. This setting is the backdrop for Moni Ritchie Hadley's debut picture book, The Star Festival, where Keiko, a young girl helps mama find a lost Oba, Keiko's grandma.

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YOUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT

By Corey Finkle, Illustrated by Shelley Couvillion

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Henry Holt and Co.

Today is a triumph! It’s awesome! You’re great!

The things you’ve accomplished are truly first rate.

Your efforts have made you stand out from the crowd,

So, puff out your chest―you deserve to feel proud.

Follow a group of children as they dream about what the future might hold. As they spin their passions into opportunities, they learn that adventure awaits any and all who put their hearts and minds into something.

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BUCKINGHAM GETS A NEW SHELL

By Michele McAvoy, Illustrated by Pauline Reeves

Picture Book (ages 4-9), Pigman Books

Buckingham, the hermit crab, gets a new shell, which leads to a new home, which leads to a new friend, Princess the cat, which leads to a a a ACHOO! A new problem. Buckingham is allergic to cats. Who knew? Buckingham Gets a New Shell is a story about new beginnings, new friendships and overcoming adversity. Buckingham Gets a New Shell, will undoubtedly make little one's (and big one's) laugh out loud. Available everywhere books are sold.

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HOW TO BUILD AN INSECT

By Roberta Gibson, Illustrated by Anne Lambelet

Picture Book (ages 5-9), Millbrook Press

Let’s build an insect! In the pages of this book, you’ll find a workshop filled with everything you need, including a head, a thorax, an abdomen, and much more. Written by entomologist Roberta Gibson and accompanied by delightfully detailed illustrations by Anne Lambelet, this wonderfully original take on insect anatomy will spark curiosity and engage even those who didn’t think they liked creepy, crawly things!

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LUCY'S BLOOMS

By Dawn Babb Prochovnic, Illustrated by Alice Brereton

Picture Book (ages 6-9), West Margin Press

A multigenerational story about a young girl who learns from her grandmother about the enduring nature of love, the strength in rejecting labels, and the wisdom in standing with those who are different. The town’s annual flower contest is coming soon, and a young girl puts her heart into growing a lively bunch of flowers she finds in a meadow. As her grandmother guides her in nurturing a garden, the girl learns that winning isn’t the true reward—it’s the special love found in caring for something or someone. Lucy’s Blooms celebrates the joy and happiness that the world has to offer, through the beauty of nature, the kindness and love of family, and the unique specialness in the most unexpected places.

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SEA OF KINGS

By Melissa Hope

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), Jolly Fish Press

When their island kingdom falls under siege, royal brothers Noa and Dagan must follow a magical map and confront the legendary one-eyed pirate before evil takes over their world.

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SUGAR AND SPITE

By Gail D. Villanueva

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), Scholastic

Set in a fictional island in the Philippines, an 11-year-old Filipina uses a love potion to seek retribution against her bully despite the magic’s dire consequences. Sugar And Spite is inspired by Filipino folk Catholicism and explores consent, socioeconomic privilege, and love in different forms.

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Coloring credit: Clara, age 7

LITTLE MEDUSA'S HAIR DO-LEMMA

By Jennifer Buchet, Illustrated by Cassie Chancy

Picture Book (ages 3-6) , Clear Fork Publishing/Spork

Little Medusa comes from a long line of snake-loving, serpentine-wearing Gorgons. When she receives her very first snake, Little Medusa discovers that having a snake slither and slide through her hair isn’t so great after all. And to make matters more difficult, she begins questioning if she really wants to scare her friends to stone with her new forever friend. Using her imagination and heart, Little Medusa tries her best to please her family, her best-pet snake, and herself. Based on Greek Mythology, Little Medusa features Common Core Connections and explores the universal themes of following family tradition and staying true to oneself.

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PIGLETTE'S PERFECT SURPRISE

By Katelyn Aronson, Illustrated by Eva Byrne

Picture Book (ages 3-6), Penguin Random House

Ever in pursuit of perfection, Piglette sets out to make the most impressive cake Paris has ever seen, in honor of Madame Paradee’s birthday. But she may have bitten off more than she can chew...

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SLOTH & SQUIRREL IN A PICKLE

By Cathy Ballou Mealey, Illustrated by Kelly Collier

Picture Book (ages 3-7), Kids Can Press

A speedy squirrel and a sleepy sloth are unlikely friends who want to buy a snazzy tandem bicycle. But bikes are expensive! Will getting jobs at the pickle packing plant earn them the money they need to make their pedaling passion come true?

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30,000 STITCHES: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE NATIONAL 9/11 FLAG

By Amanda Davis, Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Worthy Kids/Hachette Book Group

Discover the inspiring story of the American flag that flew over Ground Zero, traveled across all fifty states as it was repaired, and returned to New York, a restored symbol of unity.

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BRANCHES OF HOPE: THE 9/11 SURVIVOR TREE

By Ann Magee, Illustrated by Nicole Wong

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Charlesbridge

Intertwined stories--one in words and one in pictures--show how the Survivor's Tree's strength echoed the hope of a nation after harrowing events in New York City in 2001.

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FREAKY, FUNKY FISH

By Debra Kempf Shumaker, Illustrated by Claire Powell

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Running Press Kids

From zapping, stinging, even singing, to playing dead and a see-through head, discover the funky, even freaky ways fish look or act to survive in the rivers, lakes, and oceans they live in.

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RUN LITTLE CHASKI!: AN INKA TRAIL ADVENTURE

By Mariana Llanos, Illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Barefoot Books

In this tale set in the ancient Inka empire, Little Chaski has a big job: he is the Inka King's newest royal messenger. But on his first day things quickly start to go awry. Will Little Chaski be able to deliver the royal message on time?

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SECRET, SECRET AGENT GUY

By Kira Bigwood, Illustrated by Celia Krampien

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Atheneum/Simon & Schuster

SECRET, SECRET AGENT GUY is a lullaby for little spies--a 007-twist on the classic, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

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WHEN WATER MAKES MUD,: A STORY OF REFUGEE CHILDREN

By Janie Reinart, Illustrated by Morgan Taylor

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Blue Whale Press

When Water Makes Mud: A Story of Refugee Children is dedicated to the refugee children in Uganda and celebrates their ingenuity in creating toys from found items.

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REA AND THE BLOOD OF THE NECTAR

By Payal Doshi

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), Mango and Marigold Press

It all begins on the night Rea turns twelve. After a big fight with her twin brother Rohan on their birthday, Rea's life in the small village of Darjeeling, India, gets turned on its head. It’s four in the morning and Rohan is nowhere to be found. It hasn’t even been a day and Amma acts like Rohan's gone forever. Her grandmother, too, is behaving strangely. Unwilling to give up on her brother, Rea and her friend Leela meet Mishti Daadi, a wrinkly old fortune-teller whose powers of divination set them off on a thrilling and secret quest. In the shade of night, they portal into an otherworldly realm and travel to Astranthia, a land full of magic and whimsy. There with the help of Xeranther, an Astranthian barrow boy, and Flula, a pari, Rea battles serpent-lilies and blood-sucking banshees, encounters a butterfly-faced woman and blue lizard-men, and learns that Rohan has been captured. Rea also discovers that she is a princess with magic. Only she has no idea how to use it. Struggling with the truth her Amma has kept hidden from her, Rea must solve clues that lead to Rohan, find a way to rescue him and save Astranthia from a potentially deadly fate. But the clock is ticking. Can she rescue Rohan, save Astranthia, and live to see it all? An #ownvoices middle-grade fantasy debut about understanding complex family dynamics, fighting for what is writing, discovering oneself, and learning to make friends. Perfect for fans of the Aru Shah books and The Chronicles of Narnia.

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AN OCCASIONALLY HAPPY FAMILY

By Cliff Burke

Middle Grade (ages 8-13), HMH Books for Young Readers

Gordon Korman meets The Great Outdoors in this funny and moving debut about a boy who goes on a disastrous family vacation (sweltering heat! bear chases!) that ends with a terrible surprise: his dad's new girlfriend.

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HOW TO BECOME A PLANET

By Nicole Melleby

Middle Grade (ages 9-12), Algonquin Young Readers

For Pluto, summer has always started with a trip to the planetarium. It’s the launch to her favorite season, which also includes visits to the boardwalk arcade, working in her mom’s pizzeria, and her best friend Meredith’s birthday party. But this summer, none of that feels possible. A month before the end of the school year, Pluto’s frightened mom broke down Pluto’s bedroom door. What came next were doctor’s appointments, a diagnosis of depression, and a big black hole that still sits on Pluto’s chest, making it too hard to do anything. Pluto can’t explain to her mom why she can’t do the things she used to love. And it isn’t until Pluto’s dad threatens to make her move with him to the city—where he believes his money, in particular, could help—that Pluto becomes desperate enough to do whatever it takes to be the old Pluto again. She develops a plan and a checklist: If she takes her medication, if she goes to the planetarium with her mom for her birthday, if she successfully finishes her summer school work with her tutor, if she goes to Meredith’s birthday party . . . if she does all the things that “normal” Pluto would do, she can stay with her mom in Jersey. But it takes a new therapist, a new tutor, and a new (and cute) friend with a checklist and plan of her own for Pluto to learn that there is no old and new Pluto. There’s just her.

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SUNNY G'S SERIES OF RASH DECISIONS

By Navdeep Singh Dhillon

Young Adult (ages 12+), Dial/Penguin Teen

For fans of Sandhya Menon and Adam Silvera, a prom-night romantic-comedy romp about a Sikh teen’s search for love and identity.

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WORDS COMPOSED OF SEA AND SKY

By Erica George

Young Adult (ages 13-17), Running Press Kids/Hachette

Michaela Dunn, living on present day Cape Cod, dreams of getting into an art school, something her family just doesn't understand. When her stepfather refuses to fund a trip for a poetry workshop, Michaela finds the answer in a local contest searching for a poet to write the dedication plaque for a statue honoring Captain Benjamin Churchill, a whaler who died at sea 100 years ago. She struggles to understand why her town venerates Churchill, an almost mythical figure whose name adorns the school team and various tourist traps. When she discovers the 1862 diary of Leta Townsend, however, she gets a glimpse of Churchill that she didn't quite anticipate. In 1862, Leta Townsend writes poetry under the name Benjamin Churchill, a boy who left for sea to hunt whales. Leta is astonished when Captain Churchill returns after his rumored death. She quickly falls for him. But is she falling for the actual captain or the boy she constructed in her imagination?

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THIS IS FOR TONIGHT

By Jessica Patrick

Young Adult (ages 14-18), Macmillian - Swoon Reads

When Andi attends a music festival with one goal in mind - capture an interview with a famous band so she can pay for college - she gets more than she bargained for in this YA novel about family ties and finding your own way.

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LUCKY GIRL

By Jamie Pacton

Upper Young Adult (ages 17-19), Page Street

A hilarious and poignant reflection on what money can and cannot fix 58,643,129. That’s how many dollars seventeen-year-old Fortuna Jane Belleweather just won in the lotto jackpot. It’s also about how many reasons she has for not coming forward to claim her prize. Problem #1: Jane is still a minor, and if anyone discovers she bought the ticket underage, she’ll either have to forfeit the ticket, or worse… Problem #2: Let her hoarder mother cash it. The last thing Jane’s mom needs is millions of dollars to buy more junk. Then… Problem #3: Jane’s best friend, aspiring journalist Brandon Kim, declares on the news that he’s going to find the lucky winner. It’s one thing to keep her secret from the town, it’s another thing entirely to lie to her best friend. Especially when… Problem #4: Jane’s ex-boyfriend, Holden, is suddenly back in her life, and he has big ideas about what he’d do with the prize money. As suspicion and jealousy turn neighbor against neighbor, and no good options for cashing the ticket come forward, Jane begins to wonder: Could this much money actually be a bad thing?

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ISOBEL ADDS IT UP

By Kristy Everington, Illustrated by A.G. Ford

Picture Book (ages 3-7), Random House Studio

Isobel is a problem solver . . . addition, subtraction, multiplication, division! But trying to figure out who is causing all the noise next door is one problem she can't quite work out. Is it a marching band? A basketball team in the middle of a practice? Could it be a family of elephants?

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OBI'S MUD BATH

By Annette Schottenfeld, Illustrated by Folasade Adeshida

Picture Book (ages 3-8), Spork Imprint - Clear Fork Publishing

Zimbabwe is having a drought, and it's too hot for Obi, a little rhino. On the hunt for a cool, oooey. gooey mud bath, he gets his snout stuck in one mess after another. Finally, Obi realizes that teamwork and some fancy moves with his new friends - an ostrich, giraffe, and elephant - might just help beat the heat. This story is based on an actual event.

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T. REXES CAN'T TIE THEIR SHOES

By Anna Lazowski, Illustrated by Steph Laberis

Picture Book (ages 3-8), Random House

Follow a hilarious alphabet of animals, and see all the things they can't do but kids can--from doing gymnastics to flipping pancakes to playing a xylophone. Along the way, young readers will learn that it's okay if they can't do everything; they can still have a LOT of fun trying.

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HOW TO WEAR A SARI

By Darshana Khiani, Illustrated by Joanne-Lew Vriethoff

Picture Book (ages 4-7), HMH Books/Versify

Being a little kid isn’t always fun and games. Sometimes, it’s downright annoying. When a little girl tires of being treated like she’s too little, she sets out to prove to her family that she can do ANYTHING she puts her mind to . . . including putting on a colorful twinkly sari. Sure, they’re long and unwieldy—but that only means her family will be even more impressed when she puts it on all by herself. This delightful story is sure to capture any kid’s obsession with growing up, dressing up, and learning new things – even if it means making a couple of mistakes along the way.

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LISTEN

By Gabi Snyder, Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

In the tradition of Tomie dePaola’s Quiet and Scott Magoon’s Breathe comes this lyrical, meditative picture book about listening and mindfulness.

BEEP! WOOF! VROOM!

Isn’t the world a noisy place?

But what if you stop,

close your eyes,

and LISTEN?

Can you hear each sound?

Can you listen past the noise

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CUPCAKE FIX

By Vicky Fang

Chapter Book (ages 5-8), Scholastic

Blossom Valley is opening a new community center! But they need to generate buzz for the grand opening. Layla and the Bots know how to help: they will build a cupcake machine for the party! But will their invention be a piece of cake... or a recipe for disaster? With full-color artwork on every page, speech bubbles throughout, and a fun DIY activity that readers can try at home, this early chapter book series brings kid-friendly STEAM topics to young readers!

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FRIENDBOTS

By Vicky Fang

Early Graphic Novel (ages 5-8), HarperAlley

In this new early graphic novel from the I Can Read Comics line, robots Blink and Block join forces to find treasure, and discover a friendship along the way.

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THE SHIP OF STOLEN WORDS

By Fran Wilde

Middle Grade (ages 6-10), Abrams

A group of goblins steal a boy’s ability to apologize in this lively middle-grade fantasy from Nebula Award-winning author Fran Wilde No matter how much trouble Sam gets in, he knows that he can always rely on his magic word, “sorry,” to get him out of a pinch. Teasing his little sister too much? Sorry! Hurt someone’s feelings in class? Sorry! Forgot to do his chores? So sorry! But when goblins come and steal his “sorry,” he can’t apologize for anything anymore. To get his “sorry” back and stop the goblins from stealing anyone else’s words, Sam will have to enter the goblins’ world and try and find the depository of stolen words. There, he meets Tolver, a young goblin who’s always dreamed of adventure. Tolver longs to use the goblin technology—which can turn words into fuel to power ships—to set off and explore, but his grandma warns him that the goblin prospectors will only bring trouble. Together, Tolver and Sam will have to outsmart the cruel prospectors and save the day before Sam’s parents ground him forever!

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BOTH CAN BE TRUE

By Jules Machias, Illustrated by Teo DuVall

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), HarperCollins

Ash struggles to fit a fluid gender into a society that loves binaries. Daniel has a hard time keeping his huge emotions in check in a world that says boys should never cry. Together, they risk everything to save Chewbarka, an ancient Pomeranian who leaks pee and has a permanent blep and sneezes when she’s excited.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT BASEBALL

By Rajani LaRocca

Middle Grade (ages 8-13), Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books

In this companion novel to Midsummer’s Mayhem, math and baseball combine with savory snacks to cause confusion and calamity in the town of Comity. Trish moves to the town of Comity, MA and finds herself on the same summer baseball team as her math competition rival, Ben. The two 12-year-olds have to set aside their dislike for each other in order to help their team win, but the team is terrible. When a booklet of math puzzles claiming to reveal the “ultimate answer” arrives, Trish and Ben start solving them, and the team’s luck seems to turn around…or is that because of the unusual snacks they’re getting from the new snack shop in town, the Salt Shaker? When excitement then leads to tragedy, can Trish and Ben find the answer to the ultimate puzzle, or will they strike out when it counts the most?

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SISTERS OF THE SNAKE

By Sarena Nanua and Sasha Nanua

Young Adult, (ages 13+), Harper Collins

A lost princess. A dark puppet master. And a race against time—before all is lost. Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive. When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical. A deal is struck to switch places—but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin. Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies: Sisters of the Snake is an action-packed, immersive fantasy that will thrill fans of The Crown’s Game and The Tiger at Midnight.

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ANIMALS GO VROOM!

By Abi Cushman

Picture Book (ages 2-5), Viking/Penguin Random House

Hiss! Screech! Roar! It’s a noisy day in Bumperville! But are the sounds what you think they are? That Honk! must surely be a goose. But turn the page and it’s the taxi that a goose is driving! Using cleverly placed die-cuts, this inventive book hints at what is making the sound, but with each turn of the page, it’s an eye-opening surprise and part of an unfolding story that is part guessing game and part giggle-inducing caper.

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BELLA'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

By Ana Siqueira, Illustrated by Geraldine Rodriguez

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Beaming Books

Bella wants to find out what she's good at. But she quits everything she (barely) tries because she's a desastre. Her somersaults are like jirafas rolling downhill, her piano playing like elephant feet. When she decides to learn how to bake with her abuela, her first attempt at dulce de leche frosting looks like cocodrilo skin. She must learn it's okay to try again or she won't be good at anything. #growthmindset

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ISABEL AND HER COLORES GO TO SCHOOL

By Alexandra Alessandri, Illustrated by Courtney Dawson

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Sleeping Bear Press

About a girl doesn't speak much English, preferring the colors and comfort of Spanish, yet she still finds creative ways to communicate when words won't work.

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MIMIC MAKERS: BIOMIMICRY INVENTORS INSPIRED BY NATURE

By Kristen Nordstrom, Illustrated by Paul Boston

Picture Book (ages 6-9 years), Charlesbridge

How did a bird help one of the fastest trains on the planet “fly” faster and quieter? How did a beetle that lives in the desert, teach humans how to collect water from the morning mist? Meet ten inventors from around the globe who have studied nature, made discoveries, and invented something useful that helps humans and our planet.

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MARVIN'S MONSTER DIARY 4: NEIGHBORHOOD BULLY (BUT WE STAND UP, BIG TIME)

By Dr. Raun Melmed and Caroline Bliss Larsen, Illustrated by Arief Kriembonga

Chapter Book (ages 7-11), Familius

It’s the clawsomest time of year: summer vacation! All Marvin and his friends want is to enjoy their turf—the park across the street—and play superheroes to their hearts’ content. But when bullies arise, so does conflict. Suddenly a power struggle erupts over playground dibs. It’s Marvin and his band of Super Scarers versus Drake the Dreadful and his too-cool-for-school henchmen! But the monsters discover that bullying isn’t always black and white, good guys and bad guys. By using tools such as ST4 and a circular role-playing game, Marvin and his friends discover that defeating bullying doesn’t always mean defeating bullies. In fact, with a little help from your friends, anyone can rise to the occasion. Marvin's hilarious doodles and diary entries chronicle his delightful adventures, misadventures, and eventual triumph in a funny, relatable way. It's the one series on ADHD and associated issues that kids will actually want to read!

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THE VERDIGRIS PAWN

By Alysa Wishingrad

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), HarperCollins

A Boy Who Doesn't Know His Power . . .

A Girl With A Gift Long Thought Lost . . .

A Land Ready For Revolution. . .

The heir to the Land should be strong. Fierce. Ruthless. Everything Beau is not, according to his father. Beau has spent his whole life locked away, useless, just another pawn in his father’s quest for ultimate power. Until Beau meets a girl who shows him the secrets his father has kept hidden and reveals just how brutal and merciless his reign has been. For the first time ever, Beau begins to question everything he’s been told and sets off in search of a rebel who might hold the answer to making things right. All the while, sinister forces are lurking in the shadows, and the future of the Land and its people hangs perilously in the balance. Beau soon realizes that the key may be within himself—but only if he can find the power to go from pawn to player and save the Land before it’s torn apart. Debut author Alysa Wishingrad weaves a poignant tale about how appearances aren’t always what they seem and how real power can come from the most unlikely places.

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BFF OR NRF (NOT REALLY FRIENDS)? A GIRLS GUIDE TO HAPPY FRIENDSHIPS

By Jessica Speer

Middle Grade (ages 8-13), Familius

Friendships can be challenging! "BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)" tackles friendship struggles head-on, leaving readers (ages 8-13) informed and empowered as they navigate the tricky world of friendship. Through fun activities, quizzes, and real stories, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends) helps girls decipher healthy vs. unhealthy relationship skills and how to navigate struggles. But more importantly, this book gives girls a new perspective on friendship and the role they play in creating positive change.

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JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA

By Shakirah Bourne

Middle Grade (ages 9-13), Scholastic

Meet Josephine, the most loveable mischief-maker in Barbados, in a magical, heartfelt adventure inspired by Caribbean mythology. Eleven-year-old Josephine knows that no one is good enough for her daddy. That's why she makes a habit of scaring his new girlfriends away. She's desperate to make it onto her school's cricket team because she'll get to play her favorite sport AND use the cricket matches to distract Daddy from dating. But when Coach Broomes announces that girls can't try out for the team, the frustrated Josephine cuts into a powerful silk cotton tree and accidentally summons a bigger problem into her life . . . The next day, Daddy brings home a new catch, a beautiful woman named Mariss. And unlike the other girlfriends, this one doesn't scare easily. Josephine knows there's something fishy about Mariss but she never expected her to be a vengeful sea spirit eager to take her place as her father's first love! Can Josephine convince her friends to help her and use her cricket skills to save Daddy from Mariss's clutches before it's too late?

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THE RIVER HAS TEETH

By Erica Waters

Young Adult (13+), HarperTeen

When her sister goes missing in a nature park, Natasha turns to Della, a local girl rumored to be a witch, for help finding her. But Della is hiding a secret: she believes her mother, who was turned into a monster by a spell gone wrong, is responsible for the girl's disappearance.

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YOU AND ME AT THE END OF THE WORLD

By Brianna Bourne

Young Adult (13+), Scholastic US

"An addictive, smart, and swoony YA love story - perfect for fans of Gayle Forman and Adam Silvera.” Hannah Ashton wakes up to silence. The city is empty, except for one other person: the infuriatingly charming Leo Sterling. Stuck with only each other, Hannah and Leo have to adjust to a world with no friends, no parents, and no school. They start to change each other in ways they never expected: 80’s-rock-obsessed Leo is a burst of honesty and fun who draws Hannah out, and perfect, obedient ballerina Hannah’s got Leo thinking about someone other than himself for the first time. Together, they search for answers amid crushing isolation. At first, their empty world appears harmless . . . but it’s not. Because nothing in the city is quite as it seems, and if Hannah and Leo don’t figure out what’s going on, they could be torn apart forever.

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Coloring credit: Mommy, age remains a mystery

USHA AND THE BIG DIPPER

By Amitha Jagannath Knight, Illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat

Picture Book (ages 3-6), Charlesbridge

When sisters Usha and Aarti look up at the stars, they see different things. Aarti sees the Big Dipper, but Usha sees the Big DIGGER. And cousin Gloria sees the Big Kite! Could they all be right? A playful introduction to geometry and spatial relationships, featuring Indian American characters and a note about cultures and constellations.

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DUMPLING DAY

By Meera Sriram, Illustrated by Inés de Anuñano

Picture Book (ages 3-8), Barefoot Books

A multicultural counting book in which ten different families prepare different dumplings for a neighborhood potluck.

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GOODNIGHT GANESHA

By Nadia Salomon, Illustrated by Poonam Mistry

Picture Book (ages 3-8), Philomel

GOODNIGHT GANESHA is a bedtime book set in India that follows two Indian-American kids and their grandparents' nighttime routine.

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WHERE THREE OCEANS MEET

By Rajani LaRocca, Illustrated by Archana Screenivasan

Picture Book (ages 3-8), Abrams

A picture book about a girl who travels with her mother and grandmother to the tip of India and learns about the strength and love that women pass down to their daughters across borders and oceans.

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CLOVIS KEEPS HIS COOL

By Katelyn Aronson, Illustrated by Eve Farb

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Page Street Kids

Clovis is a bull, not a bully. But when some old rivals re-enter his life and begin to heckle him incessantly, can he keep from losing his temper?

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THE GREAT STINK: HOW JOSEPH BAZALGETTE SOLVED LONDON'S POOP POLLUTION PROBLEM

By Colleen Paeff, Illustrated Nancy Carpenter

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Margaret K. McElderfy Book/Simon & Schuster

In the summer of 1858, London's River Thames STINKS. What is creating this revolting smell? The answer is gross: the river is full of poop. But the smell isn't the worst problem. Every few years, cholera breaks out, and thousands of people die. Could there be a connection between the foul water and the deadly disease? One engineer dreams of making London a cleaner, healthier place. His name is Joseph Bazalgette. His grand plan to create a new sewer system to clean the river is an engineering marvel. And his sewers will save lives. Nothing stinky about that. With tips for how to prevent pollution today, this fascinating look at science, history, and what one person can do to create change will impress and astound readers who want to help make their planet a cleaner, happier place to live.

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MOOSE AND GOOSE ON A BUS

By Grace Diane

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Friesen Press

A sarcastic Goose loves spring and defends all that goes with it. Bruce, the bus driver hates spring, and Moose just wants to make his friends happy. Moose and Goose On A Bus will be enjoyed by all ages and contains undercurrents of humour that will grab anyone.

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TRICK OR TREAT, BUGS TO EAT

By Tracy Gold, Illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Sourcebooks Explore

An adorable rhyming Halloween book with educational nonfiction elements woven in, perfect for classrooms and libraries! Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me lots of BUGS to eat! Follow along as a young bat takes flight on Halloween night and eats lots of delicious bugs along the way! Includes educational backmatter with lots of fun facts about bats and their favorite insects.

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BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: THE ART & LIFE OF AMRITA SHER-GIL

By Meera Sriram, Illustrated by Ruchi Bakshi Sharma

Picture Book (ages 6-10), Penny Candy Books

A picture book biography of Amrita Sher-Gil, an Indian-Hungarian artist who broke several barriers at a time of few women artists to become a pioneer of modern Indian art.

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PENCILVANIA

By Stephanie Watson, Illustrated by Sofia Moore

Middle Grade (ages 7-12), Sourcebooks

In this illustrated, modern take on The Phantom Tollbooth meets Harold and the Purple Crayon, a 12-year-old artist named Zora finds herself transported to Pencilvania, a magical world where everything she's ever drawn has come to life. It's a strange, funny, and dangerous place!

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BIG APPLE DIARIES

By Alyssa Bermudez

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), Roaring Brook Press

In Big Apple Diaries, a heartfelt diary-style graphic memoir by Alyssa Bermudez, a young New Yorker doodles her way through middle school—until the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack leaves her wondering if she can ever be a kid again.

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CARRY ME HOME

By Janet Fox

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Two sisters struggle to keep their father’s disappearance a secret in this tender middle grade novel that’s perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate and Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Twelve-year-old Lulu and her younger sister, Serena, have a secret. As Daddy always says, “it’s best if we keep it to ourselves,” and so they have. But hiding your past is one thing. Hiding where you live—and that your Daddy has gone missing—is harder. At first Lulu isn’t worried. Daddy has gone away once before and he came back. But as the days add up, with no sign of Daddy, Lulu struggles to take care of all the responsibilities they used to manage as a family. Lulu knows that all it takes is one slip-up for their secret to come spilling out, for Lulu and Serena to be separated, and for all the good things that have been happening in school to be lost. But family is all around us, and Lulu must learn to trust her new friends and community to save those she loves and to finally find her true home.

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KINGDOM OF SECRETS

By Christyne Morrell

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), Delacorte Press

In the kingdom of Oren, Prismena longs to fly hot-air balloons, but her father insists she keep her feet on the ground. When he's arrested for a crime he didn't commit--and one that Prismena did--she must decide between following the rules and following her heart. Her decision will catapult her on an adventure that challenges everything she knows about her identity, her kingdom, and even her beloved balloons.

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HIDE AND DON'T SEEK: AND OTHER VERY SCARY STORIES

By Anica Mrose Rissi, Illustrated by Carolina Godina

Middle Grade (ages 8-13), HarperCollins/Quill Tree

If you're feeling brave, turn the page. A game of hide-and-seek goes on far too long... A look-alike doll makes itself right at home… A school talent show act leaves the audience aghast… And a summer at camp takes a turn for the braaaains… This collection of all-new spooky stories is sure to keep readers up past their bedtimes, laughing, gasping, and looking over their shoulders to see what goes bump in the night.

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YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED

By Michelle I. Mason

Young Adult (12+), Bloomsbury YA

When Jenny Waters boards her flight back from New York in 1995, the biggest things on her mind are applying to Columbia and reuniting with her new boyfriend. But when she and the other passengers disembark in St. Louis, they’re told that their plane disappeared — twenty-five years ago.

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A DRAGONBIRD IN THE FERN

By Laura Rueckert

Young Adult (ages 14-18), Flux

When an assassin kills Princess Jiara's older sister Scilla, her vengeful ghost torments their loved ones, and the violence won’t stop until the killer is brought to justice. For political reasons, a young, foreign king requests that Jiara take her sister's place as his betrothed. Jiara’s terrified: due to dyslexia and years of scholarly struggles, she believes her chances of learning a new language are slim. But then she discovers evidence that her sister's assassin came from the king's country. Marrying him would allow Jiara to hunt the murderer and save her family from Scilla's bloodthirsty spirit. But it will also make Jiara the killer’s next target.

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Coloring credit: Frank, age 9

10 LITTLE TRACTORS

By Annie Bailey, Illustrated by Jeff Harter

Board Book (ages 0-4), Doubleday Books for Young Readers

Ten busy little tractors go about their day, counting down from ten to one as each vehicle peels off and leaves the pack.

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THE SECRET CODE INSIDE YOU

By Rajani LaRocca, Illustrated by Steven Sarlerno

Picture Book (ages 3-6), Little Bee Books

A rhyming picture book introduction to DNA that explains the idea of genetics, but also touches on the limits of genes and how our choices also determine who we become.

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CHICKEN FRANK, DINOSAUR!

By S.K. Wenger, Illustrated by Jojo Ensslin

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Albert Whitman

In this quirky tale with a STEM foundation, Chicken Frank wants to convince his doubting barnyard friends that he is a dinosaur. Cluckity-roar! But when results of a DNA test inspire Frank to hold a reunion with alligators, will Frank become a tasty chicken nugget?

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FOR EVERY LITTLE THING

By June Cotner and Nancy Tupper Ling, Illustrated by Helen Cann

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Eerdmans Publishers

Arranged from waking up to falling asleep, For Every Little Thing is a warm exploration of the day and its delights. This inspirational anthology gathers classic selections, modern prayers, and new poems from multiple cultures and faiths. From Emily Dickinson to Amma, from Ken Nesbitt to Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro, fifty-one voices encourage children to be present and thankful at all hours. With accessible language and richly detailed illustrations, this book will awaken a sense of gratitude in readers of all ages.

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GOOD NIGHT, OPPY!

By James McGowan, Illustrated by Graham Carter

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Boyds Mills & Kane

Learn all about the Mars Opportunity Rover “Oppy” in this fictionalized account of the space exploration robot’s time on the red planet. Mixing humor with solid space and rover facts, this picture book gives an inside look into the Opportunity’s time spent on Mars. An interplanetary detective, Oppy spent 15 years on the red planet taking thousands of pictures and making groundbreaking discoveries that she transmitted to scientists and engineers back on Earth. From joyriding on Olympus Mons, to racing away from a treacherous dust storm, Oppy’s adventure in space–combined with her grit and perseverance — will inspire and educate young readers of all ages.

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LITTLE LOON FINDS HIS VOICE

By Yvonne Pearson, Illustrated by Regina Shklovsky

Picture Book (ages 4-8), The Collective Book Studio

Ooo aaa woo woo! Papa Loon’s voice calls out long and strong across the water. He warns of danger. He defends his family’s home. He even wards off predators. But Peep! Eep! Squeak! Little Loon’s voice is nothing like his Papa’s. When an eagle attacks, will Little Loon find his voice in time? A water bird found throughout much of North America, loons are famous for their echoing calls. Little Loon Finds His Voice is the endearing, coming-of-age tale of one little loon finding his voice, and with it, his place in the world. Breathtaking illustrations transport readers to misty lakes and towering pines, and informative loon facts at the end detail the life and habits of these enchanting birds.

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SOUL FOOD SUNDAY

By Winsome Bingham, Illustrated by C.G. Esperanza

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Abrams Kids

A young boy’s first time helping prepare food for his family’s weekly gathering.

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WHEN LANGSTON DANCES

By Kaija Langley, Illustrated by Keith Mallett

Picture Book (ages 5-8), Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Young Readers Imprint

Langston likes basketball, but he loves ballet more! Langston navigates his first day of ballet class and cherishes the opportunity to dance.

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THE SECOND LIFE OF TREES

By Aimée M. Bissonette, Illustrated by Nic Jones

Picture Book (ages 5-9), Albert Whitman

This book explores the “second life” of trees – what happens to them after they die, snap off, or are uprooted. Not everyone understands that trees do so much for forest flora and fauna after they die. They provide homes, food, and shelter for animals. They provide nutrients for the soil. Fallen logs are hotspots for all sorts of forest activity!

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DEAR MR. DICKENS

By Nancy Churnin, Illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe

Picture Book (ages 5-10), Albert Whitman

The true story of Eliza Davis, a Jewish woman who wrote to Charles Dickens, criticizing his portrayal of Fagin in Oliver Twist and asking him to fight anti-Semitism by creating sympathetic Jewish characters.

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A QUEEN TO THE RESCUE, THE STORY OF HENRIETTA SZOLD

By Nancy Churnin, Illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg

Picture Book (ages 5-10), Creston/Lerner Books

The true story of the determined woman who created a solution for every social problem; Henrietta Szold founded the first night school in America, the first charity founded and run by women (Hadassah) and, in her 80s, rescued thousands of children from the Holocaust.

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FAIRY TALE SCIENCE

By Sarah Albee, Illustrated by Bill Robinson

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), OddDot/Macmillan

Can a pair of glass slippers survive a night of ballroom dancing? Could Rapunzel's hair support the weight of a prince? Can straw really be turned to gold? The book includes 25 chapters that feature a fairy tale and that ask a scientific question about the tale, followed by fun, hands-on experiments kids can perform at home.

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RECIPE FOR DISASTER

By Aimee Lucido

Middle Grade (ages 8-14), Houghton Mifflin/Versify

RECIPE FOR DISASTER is a hybrid of prose, verse, and recipes about a 12-year-old girl whose best friend's Bat Mitzvah inspires her to plan one for herself. But when she finds out that her Jewish and non-Jewish family is split on whether she is "Jewish enough" for one, she takes matters into her own hands to plan the rite of passage she craves, discovering her own Jewish identity along the way.

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THE CIRCUS AT THE END OF THE SEA

By Lori R. Snyder

Middle Grade (ages 10-14), Harper Collins

Amidst murals that come to life and trampolines made of starlight, Madeline Adriana knows that she’s finally found the source of the magic she's seen her whole life. And once she meets Skeeter Chen (the Fastest Boy on Wheels) and Ophelia the mimic octopus...well, maybe she's even found a place where, for the first time ever, she can truly belong. So when she learns that Il Circo delle Strade, the street circus that houses the magic, is ill, of course she offers to help. The journey will take her to the end of the sea and back. Along the way, Maddy must find a way to face the frightening side of magic as well as her own deepest fears if she is to save the place she hopes to finally call home. Part love letter to Venice Beach, part an ode to the ocean, and part fantastical adventure, The Circus at the End of the Sea is perfect for anyone who loves a blend of grit and glitter.

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THE WOLF'S CURSE

By Jessica Vitalis

Middle Grade (ages 10-14), Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Twelve-year-old Gauge’s life has been cursed since the day he witnessed an invisible Great White Wolf steal his grandpapá’s soul, preventing it from reaching the Sea-in-the-Sky and sailing into eternity. When the superstitious residents of Bouge-by-the-Sea accuse the boy of crying wolf, he joins forces with another orphan to prove his innocence while navigating their shared grief in a journey that ultimately reveals life-changing truths about the wolf––and death. Narrated in a voice reminiscent of The Book Thief, this story is perfect for fans of Orphan Island and The Book of Boy.

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Coloring credit: Mommy, age - you guessed it - a mystery!

MEENA'S MINDFUL MOMENT

By Tina Athaide

Picture Book (ages 2-7), Page Street Books

A picture book that follows a young girl whose endless energy helps her have fun...until her inability to sit still gets her in trouble. When her grandfather reveals he has his own "hurly-burly hullabaloo" too, they work together to help Sita slow down and find her balance.

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COLD TURKEY

By Kirsti Call and Corey Rosen Schwartz, Illustrated by Chad Otis

Picture Book (ages 2-8), Little, Brown

Turkey woke up c-c-cold. He wheezed, “It’s ten degrees!” I need to b-b-bundle up, before I f-f-freeze!” Sheep is shivering, Chicken is chilly, and Cow is quivering! Lucky for them, bundled-up Turkey is generous and shares his warm clothes with each of his barnyard friends. But once he’s down to just his birthday suit, what’s a cold turkey to do? With rollicking rhythm and giggle-inducing illustrations, this heartwarming story of kindness is sure to be a hit with young readers at Thanksgiving, through snowy winter months, and all year-round!

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LOVE MADE ME MORE

By Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Illustrated by Sonia Sanchez

Picture Book (ages 2-8), Two Lions

This picture book follows the relationship of a boy and a paper crane over time.

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KING SEJONG INVENTS AN ALPHABET

By Carol Kim, Illustrated by Cindy Kang

Picture Book (ages 4-8), Albert Whitman

In 1443, King Sejong is determined to invent a Korean alphabet to achieve his dream of bringing literacy to all Koreans. The long-held practice of using Chinese characters restricts reading and writing to only the educated elite. His ambitious plan tests his health and arouses fierce resistance from the upper classes. Learn how this compassionate king defies the odds in his quest to empower all of his subjects.

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A VOTE FOR SUSANNA - THE FIRST FEMALE MAYOR

By Karen M. Greenwald, Illustrated Sian James

Picture Book (ages 5-9), Albert Whitman

A Vote for Susanna: The First Woman Mayor is about what happened in 1887 when a group of men in Kansas put a woman's name on their city's ballot as a joke to discourage women from voting--as told to a boy by his grandmother who remembered the incident.

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PIGHEARTED

By Alex Perry

Middle Grade (ages 8-13), Little Brown for Young Readers

After his heart attack, Jeremiah wants a heart transplant for his twelfth birthday. Instead, he gets a pig named J6. J6's siblings died in lab, and he hopes that Jeremiah can be his new brother. Neither of them know the real reason they were brought together, but when the secret comes out they'll protect each other at all costs. Their lives depend on it.

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JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE ABYSS

By London Shah

Young Adult (ages 12+), Little, Brown for Young Readers

After breaking her innocent father out of the wretched prison the authorities had thrown him in, Leyla and Hashem McQueen are finally reunited—but at a terrible cost. Now separated from the boy who has her heart, and labeled the nation’s number one enemy, Leyla and her father must risk illegal travel through unchartered waters in their quest for answers. Across Britain, the fallout of Hashem McQueen’s escape has escalated tensions between Anthropoid and non-Anthropoid communities, bringing them to an all-time high. As Leyla and her friends fight to uncover the startling truths about their world, she discovers her own shocking past—and the real reason behind her father's abduction and arrest. But just as these long-buried truths finally see the light, the authorities' terrible future plans are also revealed. And if Leyla and the others fail to stop them in time, the abyss could stay in the dark forever.

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Coloring credit: Domenick, age 2

LOVE, VIOLET

By Charlotte Sullivan Wild, Illustrated by Charlene Chua

Picture Book (ages 5-9), Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Of all the kids in her class, only Mira makes Violet's heart skip. If only they could adventure together! But every time Mira comes near, Violet goes shy. As Valentine's Day approaches Violet is determined to show Mira just how special she is. Charlene Chua's warm, luminous watercolors bring to life this sweet and gentle #ownvoices picture book about friendship, love, and the courage it takes to share your heart. PREORDER TBA


A TRUE WONDER: THE COMIC BOOK HERO WHO CHANGED EVERYTHING

By Kirsten W. Larson, Illustrated by Katy Wu

Picture Book (ages 7+), HMH/Clarion

Wonder Woman became an instant hit when she started fighting crime eighty years ago. But where did she come from? And how did she become a such a powerful symbol for strong women and girls everywhere? Discover Wonder Woman’s fascinating, behind-the-scenes story and uncover the little-known facts about her role in the real fight for equality and justice in this exciting and gorgeously illustrated book about the creation and evolution of one of first and most beloved female comic book heroes.

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THE ART OF RUNNING AWAY

By Sabrina Kleckner

Middle Grade (ages 8-12), Jolly Fish Press

The Art of Running Away is a family drama pitched as From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler set in London. When Maisie reconnects with her estranged 22-year-old brother abroad while trying to save her family's portrait studio from bankruptcy, she uncovers a truth about her parents that changes everything.

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Coloring credit: Gabriella, age 5

MIND LIKE A DIAMOND

By Amanda Pavlov

Young Adult (ages 13+), Sword & Silk Books

A skeptical gymnast teetering on the brink of eviction enters a cursed competition to save her beloved French Quarter apartment. Only, you don’t have to believe in Magic for it to kill you.

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