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A Different Pond

By Bao Phi

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"A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls "a must-read for our times," A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event - a long-ago fishing trip. Graphic novelist Thi Bui and acclaimed poet Bao Phi deliver a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son - and between cultures, old and new. As a young boy, Bao and his father awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. Thi Bui's striking, evocative art paired with Phi's expertly crafted prose has earned this powerful picture books six starred reviews and numerous awards."

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Posted 2018-11-17
Very Rich

By Polly Horvath

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"Ten-year-old Rupert, from a very large, very poor family, accidently becomes part of an eccentric rich family's life beginning at Christmas, and soon sees that wealth is not everything. "

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Posted 2018-11-17
Charlie & Mouse

By Laurel Snyder

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"Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks. "

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Posted 2018-11-17
The Power of Harmony

By Jan L. Coates

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"Jennifer's dream is to become a famous singer—except she's terrified of singing in public. Since her best friend moved away, Jenn has become the target of the bullies at school. But when a Native girl, Melody, joins the class, the bullies have a new victim. Jenn's heard what people, including her own grandmother, say about "those people." But, as she gets to know her new classmate, she discovers that, like her, Melody enjoys books and reading. She also finds that both of them love music. Set in Springhill, Nova Scotia during the late 1960s, this story of peer cruelty, faith, mortality, racism, and friendship perfectly captures time and place as its young narrator, Jennifer, struggles to find her voice and ultimately discovers the power of harmony."

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Posted 2018-11-17
The Princess & the Fog

By Lloyd Jones

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" Explains what depression is and how it affects people through a story about a princess and a fog around her that she cannot get rid of on her own. Target Audience Note: Age 5-7. "

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Posted 2018-11-10
The Elephant Secret

By Eric Walters

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"Thirteen-year-old Sam and her father scrape by caring for rescued elephants until an offer comes through that may not only save the sanctuary, it may also restore an extinct species. Includes facts about woolly mammoths and cloning"

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Posted 2018-11-10
Wolf in the Snow

By Matthew Cordell

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"When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm they must find their way home. "

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Posted 2018-11-10
Mega Bat

By Anna Humphrey

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"Daniel Misumi has just moved to a new house. It's big and old and far away from his friends and his life before. And it's haunted--or is it? Megabat was just napping on a papaya one day when he was stuffed in a box and shipped halfway across the world. Now he's living in an old house far from home, feeling sorry for himself and accidentally scaring the people who live there. Daniel realizes it's not a ghost in his new house. It's a bat. And he can talk. And he's actually kind of cute. Megabat realizes that not every human wants to whack him with a broom. This one shares his smooshfruit. Add some buttermelon, juice boxes, a light saber and a common enemy and you've got a new friendship in the making!"

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Posted 2018-11-10
Trash Revolution

By Erica Fyvie

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"All the stuff that surrounds us has a life cycle: materials are harvested, the stuff is made and distributed, it's consumed and then it gets trashed or recycled. Using the typical contents of a child's school backpack (defined as water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals, electronics), this book explores those stages in detail, including lots of ways to reduce, reuse or recycle waste along the way. Children will gain new insight into the routine decisions they make about their own consuming and trashing or recycling practices. For example: How long does it take for a cotton T-shirt to decompose in a landfill? Can a bike helmet be made from recyclable materials? Which is better for the Earth, wrapping a sandwich in aluminum foil or plastic? By learning to use critical thinking skills to make informed choices, children will feel empowered by the important, constructive role they can play in the future health of the planet. Author Erica Fyvie has found a way to use everyday objects to speak directly to children's curiosity and their desire to make a difference. With infographics, short subsections, sidebars and charts, the information presented is engaging and accessible. Playful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin help make complex subjects easier to understand, while keeping the tone friendly. From energy to climate, innovations to sustainability, this all-encompassing look at a timely topic is the perfect go-to resource for elementary science and social studies classrooms. Includes a glossary, resources, bibliography and index."

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Posted 2018-09-22
See How We Move

By Scot Ritchie

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"This gentle and engaging introduction to physical and health education will help children to understand how keeping their bodies and minds healthy can enhance their lives. In this fifth book in the series, the five friends are members of their school's swim team and are training for an upcoming meet. Along the way, they learn about: the benefits of physical fitness, setting goals, teamwork, safety, coping skills, respect for others, nutrition as fuel for their bodies, how the body and mind work together, and much more! The book concludes with fun ideas for how kids can get their bodies moving, an index and a glossary of terms."

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Posted 2018-09-10
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk & the Rainbow Flag

By Rob Sanders

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"Celebrate the 40th anniversary ofthe Rainbow Pride Flag with the very first picture book to tell its remarkableand inspiring history!In this deeply moving and empowering true story, youngreaders will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning ofthe globe and its role in today’s world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders’sstirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno’s evocative images,combine to tell this remarkable – and undertold – story. A story of love, hope,equality, and pride”."

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Posted 2018-09-10
Nanuk: The Ice Bear

By Jeanette Winter

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"At the top of the world, a polar bear hunts, swims, courts, raises cubs, and worries as they go off on their own."

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Posted 2018-09-01
Best Frints at Skrool

By Antoinette Portis

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"Yelfred and Omek are back and this time they're going to skrool in Best Frints at Skrool, the hilarious sequel to Best Frints in the Whole Universe by award-winning writer/artist Antoinette Portis. "

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Posted 2018-09-01
The Space Adventurer's Guide

By Peter McMahon

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"If you've ever wondered what it's like to eat a hot dog while floating in zero gravity, or climb the tallest volcano in the solar system, or snowboard on the moon, then a trip into space might be the perfect vacation for you! Based on the latest science and featuring exclusive first-person accounts from experts in the field, The Space Adventurer's Guide takes you on an up-close-and-personal tour of the coolest things to see and do in the universe."

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Posted 2018-08-18
Palace of Dreams

By Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

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"Aldwyn, Skylar, and Gilbert must embark on a journey to clear their names and save a Vastia after a necklace they give to Queen Loranella puts her under a dangerous curse."

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Posted 2018-08-18
S is for Salmon

By Hannah Viano

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"In this beautiful ABC book, C is for Crab; D is for Douglas fir; and E is for Eagle. Based on Pacific Northwest artist Hannah Viano’s regionally themed paper-cut art, this lovely children’s book sheds a new light on the ABCs that will appeal to young and old alike. Fans of Nikki McClure and Kate Endle will appreciate the beautiful handmade appeal of this book."

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Posted 2018-08-10
Waiting for Sophie

By Sarah Ellis

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"Waiting is hard. Liam waited through half of kindergarten for his baby sister to be born. Then, when little Sophie finally comes home, he discovers she won't be ready to play with him for a long, long time. As the months pass, everyone says that Liam is Sophie's favourite. He is the best at making her laugh and burp, but laughing and burping are not enough for Liam. With the help of Nana-Downstairs, he designs and builds a Get Older Faster Machine. It doesn't seem to work on Sophie, but maybe Sophie is not the only one doing some growing up."

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Posted 2018-08-10
The Show to End All Shows

By Cary Fagan

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"With their families ever closer, Sullivan, Frederick, Esmeralda and Clarence band together to solve the mystery of who the Melvilles really are and just what they are looking for. Sullivan is still trapped with the Melvilles Medicine Show, along with Frederick, Esmeralda and Clarence, travelling around the country. But his family has not given up hope. His parents got in touch with the parents of the other children, and his sister, Jinny, is determined to get back on the road with Manny in order to pick up the trail of the mysterious medicine show."

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Posted 2018-08-10
The Doldrums

By Nicholas Gannon

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"An eccentric like all Helmsleys, eleven-year-old Archer escapes his overprotective mother and recruits two friends, Oliver and Adelaide, to help him plan a rescue of his long-lost grandparents, world-famous explorers who disappeared atop an iceberg in the Antarctic."

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Posted 2018-07-27
The Sockeye Mother

By Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Bret David Hudson)

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"To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the sockeye salmon is more than just a source of food. Over its life cycle, it nourishes the very land and forests that the Skeena River runs through and where the Gitxsan make their home. The Sockeye Mother explores how the animals, water, soil, and seasons are all intertwined."

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Posted 2018-07-27
Throne of Glass

By Lindsay Eagar

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"At first, twelve-year-old Carol is not happy to be spending the summer helping her parents move her grandfather to an assisted living home, but as the summer wears on, she finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by his amazing stories."

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Posted 2018-07-27
Do You Really Want to Visit A Prairie

By Bridget Heos

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"A child goes on an adventure to the tall grass prairie of the Kansas Flint Hills, encountering bad weather and harsh climates, as well as encountering the animals and plants that live in this biome. Includes world map of prairies and glossary."

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Posted 2018-07-20
A True Home

By Kallie George

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"Downton Abbey meets The Tale of Peter Rabbit in this heartwarming chapter book about a mouse discovering where she belongs. When Mona the mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes the staff will let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury and comfort. But it’s not all acorn soufflé and soft, moss-lined beds. Danger lurks nearby, and as it approaches, Mona has to use all her wits to protect the place she’s come to love. Because this hotel is more than a warm shelter for the night. It might also be a home. This delightfully enticing story of friendship, courage and community, sweetly illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, kicks off a new chapter-book series by the author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency books."

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Posted 2018-07-20
Is This Panama

By Jan Thornhill

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"A young Wilson's warbler misses his flock when it sets out from their Arctic summer home to migrate to Panama and takes a much longer route on which he meets many other animals that migrate. Fly along with Sammy, a young Wilson's warbler, as he embarks on his first migratory journey south to Panama."

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Posted 2018-07-06
Dragonfly Kites

By Tomson Highway

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"Dragonfly Kites is the second book in Tomson Highway's magical Songs of the North Wind trilogy. Like Caribou Song, it has a bilingual text, written in English and Cree. And Highway once again brilliantly evokes the very essence of childhood as he weaves a deceptively simple story about the power of the imagination. Joe and Cody, two young Cree brothers, along with their parents and their little dog Ootsie, are spending the summer by one of the hundreds of lakes in northern Manitoba. Summer means a chance to explore the world and make friends with an array of creatures. But what Joe and Cody like doing best of all is flying dragonfly kites. They catch dragonflies and gently tie a length of thread around the middle of each dragonfly before letting it go. Off soar the dragonflies into the summer sky and off race the brothers and Ootsie too, chasing after their dragonfly kites through trees and meadows and down to the beach before watching them disappear into the night sky. But in their dreams, Joe and Cody soar through the skies with their kites until it's time to wake up. "

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Posted 2018-07-06
Their Great Gift

By John Coy

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"Explores the experience of immigrants who came to America in the twenty-first century, celebrating the diversity of the country and hope for the future."

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Posted 2018-07-06
Hello Universe

By Erin Entrada Kelly

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"Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him. "

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Posted 2018-07-06
Little One

By Jo Weaver

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"Follows a new bear cub and his mother as they discover the world together, through every season."

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Posted 2018-06-29
Horrible Bear

By Ame Dyckman

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"When Bear breaks a little girl's kite, she thinks he is a "HORRIBLE BEAR!"--until she makes a mistake of her own and learns the power of saying "I'm sorry." "

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Posted 2018-06-29
Rise of the Earth Dragon

By Tracey West

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"Eight-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King's soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori, and Bo -- and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers."

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Posted 2018-06-29
What Makes Us Unique

By Jillian Roberts

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"When it comes to explaining physical, cultural and religious differences to children, it can be difficult to know where to begin. What Makes Us Unique? provides an accessible introduction to the concept of diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people's differences and that ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different. Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion."

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Posted 2018-06-22