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Bear Came Along

Richard T. Morris · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A cheerful and action-packed adventure about the importance of friendship and community from a successful author and illustrator duo!
Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn't know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren't...
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Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Harold & Hog Pretend For Real!

Dan Santat · Hyperion Books for Children
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover


Hog is careful. Harold is not.Harold cannot help smiling. Hog can.Hog worries so that Harold does not have to.
Harold and Hog are best friends. But can Harold and Hog's friendship survive a game of pretending to be Elephant & Piggie?
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Jasper & Ollie

Alex Willan · Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Two funny, unlikely friends - a thoughtful, deliberate sloth and an impulsive, impatient fox - make their big debut in this hilarious new picture book celebrating friendship and the wonderful ways in which we're all different.

Best friends Jasper and Ollie decide to go to the pool....
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The Neighbors

Einat Tsarfati · Harry N. Abrams
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

As a young girl climbs the seven stories to her own (very boring!) apartment, she imagines what's behind each of the doors she passes. Does the door with all the locks belong to a family of thieves? Might the doorway with muddy footprints conceal a pet tiger? Each spread reveals - in lush...
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Oliver: The Second-Largest Living Thing on Earth

Josh Crute · Page Street Kids
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

This story tackles the familiar feeling of being in someone's shadow -- in a hilarious and endearing way. Readers will be able to relate to Oliver as he stretches his limbs in winter, lifts logs in spring, soaks up the sun in summer, and munches on mulch in autumn, trying to grow big enough...
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Sign Off

Stephen Savage · Beach Lane Books
Pages: 56
Format: Hardcover

From award-winning author-illustrator Stephen Savage comes a playful wordless picture book about what the figures on road signs do when no one is around!

What do the figures on signs do when no one is watching? Under cover of night, they leave their signs to play and collaborate...
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Skulls!

Blair Thornburgh · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Debut picture book author Blair Thornburgh and award-winning illustrator Scott Campbell put their heads together to celebrate one of the most important bones in your body: the skull!

You probably don't think much about skulls.
So what's the big deal about them?

Well,...
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SumoKitty

David Biedrzycki · Charlesbridge
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Watch out, mice! This cat is a sumo champion!

A stray kitty gets a job in a sumo stable, chasing mice in exchange for food. But when eating like a sumo wrestler slows our feline hero down, he realizes he must train like a wrestler, too. Through hard work and perseverance--and with...
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The Very Impatient Caterpillar

Ross Burach · Scholastic Press
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

This clever send-up of every child's biggest challenge --being patient!--is a STEM-friendly, laugh-out-loud comedy about metamorphosis.

HEY! What are you guys doing?

We're going to metamorphosize.

Meta-WHAT-now?

Transform into butterflies.

Right....
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The Wall in the Middle of the Book

Jon Agee · Dial Books
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

A foolish knight is certain that his side of the wall is the safe side in this clever, amusingly meta picture book by the acclaimed creator of It's Only Stanley

There's a wall in the middle of the book, and our hero--a young knight--is sure that the wall protects his side...
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Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories: An Acorn Book

Max Brallier · Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 64
Format: Library Binding

New York Times bestselling author Max Brallier's easy-to-read scary stories are perfect for beginning readers!Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story...
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Dragons in a Bag

Zetta Elliott · Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

The dragon's out of the bag in this diverse, young urban fantasy from an award-winning author!

When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she's not his grandmother--but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby...
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Inkling

KENNETH OPPEL · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

From the acclaimed author of The Nest, The Boundless, and Airborn comes a brilliantly funny, breakout book about a boy who discovers an ink blot that's come to life! Perfect for those who love Hoot and Frindle and sure to be a hit with kids everywhere!

The...
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Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1

Alex T Smith · Hachette Children's Group
Pages: 203
Format: Hardcover

Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin's silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. The quest finds them solving secret codes, fighting ferocious beasts, eating fish finger sandwiches and travelling deep...
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Other Words for Home

Jasmine Warga · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed.

Jude never thought she'd be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across...

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Over the Moon

Natalie Lloyd · Scholastic Press
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

"Strong themes of friendship and loyalty drive Lloyd's story, which soars under Mallie's heroic lead [whose] physical disability never holds her back. Rather, she bravely proves that questions have power and one's story can be reshaped." -BOOKLIST , starred review

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Shouting at the Rain

Lynda Mullaly Hunt · Nancy Paulsen Books
Format: Hardcover

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree comes a compelling story about perspective and learning to love the family you have.

Delsie loves tracking the weather--lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She's always lived with...
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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

JONATHAN AUXIER · Amulet Books
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on "climbing boys" - orphans owned by chimney sweeps - to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless, and brutally dangerous. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived...
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The Unteachables

Gordon Korman · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and bestselling author Gordan Korman about what happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher - perfect for fans of Ms. Bixby's Last Day.

The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents,...

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A Wolf Called Wander

Rosanne Parry · Greenwillow Books
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

"Don't miss this dazzling tour de force." - Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal winning author of The One and Only IvanThis gripping novel about survival and family is based on the real story of one wolf's incredible journey to find a safe place to call home. Illustrated...
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Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits

Cynthia Lord · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord likes fostering rabbits -- or, as she fondly calls it, "borrowing bunnies." This is the heartwarming true story of the author's own journey with two very special rabbits.

In the spring of 2016, Peggotty and Benjamin were saved by Maine's...

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The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons

Natascha Biebow · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Celebrating the inventor of the Crayola crayon! This gloriously illustrated picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Edwin Binney, the inventor of one of the world's most beloved toys. A perfect fit among favorites like The Day the Crayons Quit and Balloons Over Broadway.

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Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate

Sara C. Levine · Millbrook Press TM
Pages: 32
Format: Library Binding

This new book from Sara Levine features a cantankerous talking cactus as a narrator, revealing to readers the significance of different colors of flowers in terms of which pollinators (bees, bats, birds, etc.) different colors "talk" to. A fun nonfiction...

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I'm Trying to Love Math

Bethany Barton · Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Children's Choice Award winner Bethany Barton applies her signature humor to the scariest subject of all: math!Do multiplication tables give you hives? Do you break out in a sweat when you see more than a few numbers hanging out together? Then I'm Trying to Love Math is for you!...
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Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You

Sonia Sotomayor · Philomel Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique.

Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden...
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Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary

Vicki Conrad · Little Bigfoot
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Just Like Beverly follows the life of beloved children's author Beverly Cleary from her early years in Oregon to her career as a successful writer who wrote stories, including the wildly popular Ramona and Henry Huggins series, for kids just like her.

As a young girl, Beverly...
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Volcano Dreams: A Story of Yellowstone

JANET FOX · Web of Life Children's Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

VOLCANO DREAMS leads readers on a tour of Yellowstone National Park, from the wolves, elk, bears, and mountain goats that live there today to the supervolcano that exploded thousands of years ago.
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Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature

Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Format: Book

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When Sparks Fly: The True Story of Robert Goddard, the Father of US Rocketry

KRISTEN FULTON · Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Blast off with this bright, energetic nonfiction picture book from Kristen Fulton and Diego Funck all about Robert Goddard, the inventor of US rocket science!Robert Goddard may be known as the father of US rocketry, but back in the 1880s, he was just a kid in Worcester, Massachusetts. Even...
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The Wonders of Nature

Ben Hoare · DK Children
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

Unearth the stories behind the natural world

This collection of amazing animals, plants, rocks and minerals, and microorganisms will wow children and adults alike. With 100 remarkable items from the natural world, from orchids to opals and lichens to lizards, everyone will...
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Aurora Rising

Amie Kaufman · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of the Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic . . .

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit...
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Call It What You Want

Brigid Kemmerer · Bloomsbury YA
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer pens a new emotionally compelling story about two teens struggling in the space between right and wrong.

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah....

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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Kiersten White · Delacorte Press
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

The Frankenstein legend as you've never seen it before, as told by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White! You will not be able to put down this stunning and dark reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic told from the point of view of Elizabeth, Victor Frankenstein's adopted...
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Illegal

Eoin Colfer · Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

A powerfully moving graphic novel by New York Times bestselling author Eoin Colfer and the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels that explores the current plight of undocumented immigrants.

Ebo is alone.His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt...

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Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Zentner, Jeff · EMBER
Format: Book

"Anyone can break your heart--Jeff Zentner can also make you laugh out loud " --RAINBOW ROWELL, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carry On and Eleanor & Park From the Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King comes a contemporary novel about two best friends...

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Resistance

Jennifer A Nielsen · Scholastic Press
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference....
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The Rest of the Story

Sarah Dessen · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen comes a big-hearted, sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn't seen since she was a little girl - and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer.

Emma Saylor doesn't...

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Skyward

Brandon Sanderson · Delacorte Press
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally bestselling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's...
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A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Tahereh Mafi · HarperCollins
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature!From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series comes a powerful, heartrending contemporary novel about fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice.It's 2002, a year...
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We Walked the Sky

Lisa Fiedler · Razorbill
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

A stunning, multigenerational story about two teenagers: Victoria, who joins the circus in 1965, and her granddaughter, Callie, who leaves the circus fifty years later. Perfect for fans of This is Us.

In 1965 seventeen-year-old Victoria, having just escaped an unstable home,...
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The Cardboard Kingdom

Chad Sell · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Awkward, and All's Faire in Middle School, this graphic novel follows a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary cardboard into fantastical homemade costumes as they explore conflicts with friends, family, and their own identity.

"A...
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Click

Kayla Miller · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback

For fans of Smile and Real Friends comes a debut graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in middle school.

Olive wants to get in on the act . . .
. . . Any act!

Olive "clicks" with everyone in the fifth grade - until...
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Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths

GRAHAM ANNABLE · First Second
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover

Peter and Ernesto are sloths. Peter and Ernesto are friends. But Peter and Ernesto are nothing alike. Peter loves their tree and never wants to leave, while Ernesto loves the sky and wants to see it from every place on Earth. When Ernesto leaves to have a grand adventure, Peter stays...

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Tiger vs. Nightmare

EMILY TETRI · First Second
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover

Tiger is a very lucky kid: she has a monster living under her bed. Every night, Tiger and Monster play games until it's time for lights out. Of course, Monster would never try to scare Tiger -- that's not what best friends do.

But Monster needs to scare someone ... it's a monster,...

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Urban Legendz

Paul Downs · BiG
Pages: 112
Format: Hardcover

A group of young vigilantes dedicates themselves to solving a series of supernatural crimes in Brooklyn. After his mother's death, Dwayne is forced to uproot himself and move into the home where his mother grew up: a shabby apartment in Brooklyn. When your dad is a police officer, and your...
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The Bell Rang

James Ransome · Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and hopefulness of her family and their plantation community when her brother escapes for freedom in this brilliantly conceived picture book by Coretta Scott King Award winner James E. Ransome.

Every single morning, the overseer of the plantation...
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Birdie

Eileen Spinelli · Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

A relatable novel-in-verse about loss ... and what happens afterwardsTwelve-year-old Birdie Briggs loves birds. They bring her comfort when she thinks about her dad, a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty. Life without her dad isn't easy, but at least Birdie still has Mom and Maymee,...
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Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons

Laura Purdie Salas · Millbrook Pr
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

you gasp as I roar,my mane exploding, sizzling—lion of the sky!Haiku meet riddles in this wonderful collection from Laura Purdie Salas. The poems celebrate the seasons and describe everything from an earthworm to a baseball to an apple to snow angels, alongside full-color illustrations.
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Predator and Prey: A Conversation in Verse

Susannah Buhrman-Deever · Candlewick Studio
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Who is the predator, and who is the prey? Illuminating poetry and vivid artwork capture the awe-inspiring ways that creatures use their resources to stay alive.Who wins, the assassin bug or the spider? The bat or the frog? The ant or the honey bee? The male firefly . . . or the female?...
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Sometimes You Fly

Katherine Applegate · Clarion Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

From Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Katherine Applegate, a sweet book of encouragement, filled with humor and insight into the effort behind any meaningful accomplishment in life. A perfect gift for baby shower, birthday, or graduation.
This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect...
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