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  Star of the North Award 2022  

Each year, the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards announce nominees for the Star of the North picture book award. These books are read by students across the state who then vote on which book should be that year's winning title. Winners are announced each April.

You can learn more about the Star of the North picture book award at the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards website: https://myrahome.org/SOTN

Friday Night Wrestlefest

J. F. Fox · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Are you ready to WRESTLE? Don't miss Friday Night Wrestlefest, a bedtime book inspired by WWE professional wrestling that will wear kids out before they go to bed. Ladies and Gentlemen, it's Friday night, and these kids are ready to wrestle! Join Dangerous Daddoo as he dishes out some...
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I Am Every Good Thing

Derrick Barnes · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh CutI ama nonstop ball of energy.Powerful and full of light.I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything...
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Johnny's Pheasant

Cheryl Minnema · Univ Of Minnesota Press
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

An encounter with a pheasant (which may or may not be sleeping) takes a surprising turn in this sweetly serious and funny story of a Native American boy and his grandma


"Pull over, Grandma! Hurry!" Johnny says. Grandma does, and Johnny runs to show her what he spotted...
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Lift

Minh Le

When Iris's elevator button-pushing is disrupted by a new member of the family, she's pretty put out.
That is, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious new button opens up entire realms of possibility, places where she can escape and explore on her own. But when it becomes a
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The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

Ibtihaj Muhammad · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.
With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special....
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See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog

David LaRochelle · Candlewick
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover

Move over, Spot. . . . Spoofing classic primers, Max the Dog talks back to the book in a twist that will have fans of funny early readers howling.See Max. Max is not a cat - Max is a dog. But much to Max's dismay, the book keeps instructing readers to "see the cat." How can Max get through...
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Snail Crossing

Corey R. Tabor · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

In a book that is as cheerful and charming as Snail himself, Corey Tabor tells a winning tale of slow but steady Snail, whose determination and kindness bring him the best reward of all: friendship.

When Snail spies a plump, crisp cabbage across the road, nothing will stop him - not a speeding...

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Swashby and the Sea

Beth Ferry · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

From New York Times best-selling author Beth Ferry and Caldecott Honor winner Juana Martinez-Neal comes a sweet-and-salty friendship story perfect for pirate-lovers and fans of The Night Gardener. Captain Swashby loves the sea, his oldest friend. And he loves his life by the sea just as it is: salty...
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Ten Ways to Hear Snow

Cathy Camper · Kokila
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

One winter morning, Lina wakes up to silence. It's the sound of snow -- the kind that looks soft and glows bright in the winter sun. But as she walks to her grandmother's house to help make the family recipe for warak enab, she continues to listen. As Lina walks past snowmen and across...
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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

Rita Lorraine Hubbard · Schwartz & Wade
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation's oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author.

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed,...
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