Laura G's Kids Book Recommendations

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The Size of the Truth (Sam Abernathy Books) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534419568
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

It's a classic tale: boy gets stuck down a well, a talking armadillo becomes his spirit guide, chaos ensues! Funny, clever, and ultimately heartwarming, you won't want to miss this!


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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780823445738
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - April 7th, 2020

This is the rag-tag, cross-country adventure you've been waiting for! Featuring a menagerie of animals, a dastardly thief, and a girl who just can't be stopped - The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle is sure to be a favorite!


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Other Words for Home Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062747815
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 6th, 2021

With rising tensions about to break, Jude must leave her home in Syria to start over in America. A lyrical and moving novel told in verse, Other Words for Home is a coming of age story for increasingly difficult times.


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Midsummer's Mayhem Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781499810646
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Published: Yellow Jacket - May 4th, 2021

Can Mimi undo the mayhem caused by her baking in this retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream? LaRocca's novel is bursting with magic and mystery! If you loved Anna Meriano's Love Sugar Magic series, you'll love this!


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Maximillian Fly Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062571175
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 2nd, 2020

Maximillin Fly is the middle-grade Metamorphosis mash up that you didn't know you needed! The Lemony-Snicket-esque prose work perfectly to tell the strange and fascinating tale of Maximillian, a human with the features of a cockroach, whose story becomes entangled with two fugitives of an oppressive government. Wacky, fun, and so satisfying, Maximillian will steal your heart!


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The Spinner of Dreams Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062673954
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Published: HarperCollins - August 27th, 2019

Annalise Meriwether has been cursed from the moment she was born with a too-large hand and mysterious black mark. Shunned by the superstitious townsfolk, even Annalise's loving parents can't shelter her forever. When her hand starts acting up, there's only one thing to do: journey through the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams and face off against the cunning, devious Fate Spinner. Reynolds' latest book is a love letter to isolated young girls everywhere. With her trademark spark of magic, mystery, and lyrical prose, Reynolds proves that young girls can face their demons - and they can win!


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Lalani of the Distant Sea Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062747280
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 15th, 2020

Erin Entrada Kelly's fantasy debut is a lyrical and lush tale of one girl's quest to save her island. Drawing from Filipino folklore, this book weaves an unforgettable, magical tale.


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Bernard Pepperlin Cover Image
By Cara Hoffman, Olga Demidova (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062865458
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Published: HarperCollins - October 6th, 2020

Bernard Pepperlin is the quirky, adorable story you've been waiting for! Join the Doormouse from Alice In Wonderland as he journeys to Manhattan - and tries to stay awake long enough to have an adventure!


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Rat Rule 79: An Adventure Cover Image
By Rivka Galchen, Elena Megalos (Illustrator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781632061027
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yonder - August 10th, 2021

Rat Rule 79 is a labyrinth of beauty, curiosity, and all things strange. When Fred follows her mom through a paper lantern she winds up in the Land of Impossibility, where time is outlawed and her only allies are a depressed elephant and fiercely maternal mongoose. Fred and her cohorts must journey through this strange and twisting land if they're ever to find Fred's mom and bring her home! Galchen effortlessly captures the chaos of being a thirteen-year-old girl; Fred is wild, half feral, both lost and found. I needed this book at thirteen. I need this book now. I will need this book when I am one hundred and thirteen.


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A Girl, a Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon: (Juvenile Fiction, Mystery, Young Reader Detective Story, Light Fantasy for Kids) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452169521
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Published: Chronicle Books - January 7th, 2020

It's time to save the library - with the help of literate raccoons, of course! This story is a charming, heist-filled romp perfect for fans of Matilda or From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.


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When You Trap a Tiger: (Winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524715700
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2020

Get lost in this modern take on a Korean legend, complete with magical tigers, impossible wishes, and unlikely friendships. Lily is one of my new favorite characters - clever, loving, and brave.


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Coo Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062955982
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 2nd, 2021

This is an exceptional debut about a girl working to save the only family she knows: a flock of pigeons! Coo is heartwarming, zany, and completely unique. This is an unforgettable story with power and heart - an absolute must-read!


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The Girl Who Speaks Bear Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338580839
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

Sophie Anderson is back with another highly original masterpiece for middle grade readers. Join 12 year old Yanka and her pet weasel, Mousetrap, as they search for answers. Why was she found in a bear cave? Why is she now turning into a bear? Anderson's latest story has the ring of a modern folk or fairy tale, completely engrossing.


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Ghost Squad Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338280135
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 28th, 2021

Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy! When Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits they must join forces with Syd's witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to reverse the curse to save the town! Ghost Squad is a delightfully sweet and wonderfully spooky debut!


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The Water Bears Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984852205
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 21st, 2020

A quirky tale of one boy's recovery from a bear attack and struggles with family and identity. The Water Bears is enchanting, filled with maybe-magical bears and warm, loving families. Baker's latest is a joy to read.


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The Amelia Six: An Amelia Earhart Mystery Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534418868
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - June 1st, 2021

Girl power soars in this fun, adventure-filled mystery! Millie and her friends must race against the clock to recover Amelia Earhart's famous aviator goggles, aided only by vague clues about Earhart's life. This is the adventure you've been waiting for: clever, exciting, and utterly phenomenal!


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The Girl and the Ghost Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062940957
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: HarperCollins - August 4th, 2020

Alkaf brings Malaysian folklore to life in her story about a young girl and her pelesit, or, ghost. But Suraya doesn't know that pelesits have a dark side, and Pink's shadow might just devour them both.


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Land of the Cranes Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338343809
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

Lyrical, lovely, and luminous, Aida Salazar returns with another novel in verse about the power of family and finding your home. Reminiscent of Esperanza Rising and Efrén Divided, nine-year-old Betita's story is one of hope and love. When her family is separated and detained by ICE, Betita must find a way to hold on to hope. Salazar calls on the rich culture and ancestry of Latinx peoples to anchor this timely and heart-wrenching middle grade novel.


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The Way Past Winter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452181554
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 6th, 2020

Kiran Millwood Hargrave returns with a Nordic inspired tale of eternal winter! The Way Past Winter balances thrilling adventure with glittering fairy tale, all centered around one girl and her unstoppable love for her family and home. This atmospheric tale is one of my favorites in Middle Grade fantasy to date!


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When Life Gives You Mangos Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593173978
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Published: Delacorte Press - October 20th, 2020

Getten's joyous voice brings Clara's story to life as she searches to uncover her lost memories after last summer's hurricane. Filled with hope, heart, and mystery, this is a tale of finding yourself perfect for fans of Song for a Whale or Merci Suarez Changes Gears.


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A Wolf for a Spell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593121658
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - December 1st, 2020

Perfect for fans of A Wolf Called Wander or The Girl Who Drank the Moon, A Wolf for a Spell is atmospheric and filled with magic. It is the tale of three characters who love their forest dearly but fear each other. Can they learn to trust each other work together to save their home from a wicked tsar? Sutton's tale is brought to life by Paulina Hannuniemi's richly detailed chiaroscuro illustrations, a beautiful addition that adds vibrancy and wonder to this magical story.


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Da Vinci's Cat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063015258
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 25th, 2021

One boy a political prisoner in Renaissance Italy, one girl a misfit in modern day New Jersey, and one mysterious cat that will bring them together across time and space! Follow Federico and Bee as they work to solve a mystery that spans centuries with the aid of a mysterious cat and a magical wardrobe created by Leonardo Da Vinci. If you're a fan of history, time travel, or felines, this is the book for you!


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Once Upon a Camel Cover Image
By Kathi Appelt, Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534406438
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 7th, 2021

Middle Grade favorite Kathi Appelt returns with the triumphant tale of one determined camel, two pint-sized kestrel birds, and their Texas-sized adventure! Perfect for fans of A Wolf Called Wander, Zada's tale is one of perseverance as she navigates the deserts of Texas in search of her charges' parents. This classic-in-the-making also includes illustrations from Caldecott winner Eric Rohmann, making it a must-have in anyone's library!


GRAPHIC NOVELS


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Yorick and Bones Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062854315
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperAlley - May 19th, 2020

The first book in a rib-tickling and heartfelt young graphic novel series about the unlikely friendship between an Elizabethan-era skeleton and the dog who digs him up. Yorick is a hilarious and thoughtful protagonist. Tankard’s newspaper cartoon-style drawings are a delightful addition to such a fun and funny story!


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Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian Cover Image
By Tim Probert, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062990464
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

Immerse yourself in the rich, enchanting world of Irba as we follow Bea and Cad on a quest to find the Pig Wizard! Each page is filled with wonder and beauty, turning a simple graphic novel into a work of art in its own right. The worldbuilding will speak to fans of the Amulet series and the characters and friendships will remain with the reader long after the last page. Lightfall was an absolute joy to read, filled with quirky humor and quiet lessons about the power of facing our fears and finding our path.


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Sprite and the Gardener Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781620109069
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oni Press - May 11th, 2021

Perfect for fans of The Tea Dragon Society, this whimsical tale follows Wisteria, a young garden sprite who’s unearthing a magical talent for gardening. Celebrate community and harmony with Whitt’s gentle fantasy and beautifully warm artwork and sink into this wonderfully magical tale!

 


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Treasure in the Lake Cover Image
By Jason Pamment, Jason Pamment (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063065178
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperAlley - September 7th, 2021

Told through gorgeous, immersive illustrations (perfect for fans of Joe Todd Stanton or Tim Probert), Jason Pamment's debut middle grade graphic novel is completely charming! When Iris and Sam accidentally discover a hidden city, will it bring the two friends together or tear them apart? Reminiscent of Miyazaki's films, Treasure in the Lake is an adventure, coming of age tale, and friendship story all rolled into one! 

 


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Garlic and the Vampire Cover Image
By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062995087
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - September 28th, 2021

You've got to love an unassuming heroine - and Garlic is the most unassuming of them all! When a vampire threatens her vegetable village, Garlic is the logical choice to save them (after all, garlic is famously repellent to vampires). But will she be brave enough? This is a cozy graphic novel adventure perfect for fans of Yorick and Bones and Be Prepared!


EARLY READER


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A Bear Named Bjorn Cover Image
By Delphine Perret, Delphine Perret (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781776572694
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gecko Press - March 3rd, 2020

Bjorn the bear lives in the forest with all his animal friends. Some days they just sit, watching the leaves, and some nights they borrow clothes hanging on the camping ground line—and return everything carefully in the morning, only a little bit used. Bjorn’s thoughtful bear logic and small eccentricities are the heart of these mischievous chapters that are by turns contemplative and comical, odes to both nature and “human” nature.


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Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure Cover Image
By Alex T. Smith, Alex T. Smith (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781682631706
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2020

Get ready for an adventuring penguin! He has a dashing hat! He has a battered satchel! He has a packed lunch of fish finger sandwiches! Now he just needs an adventure! The two-tone, comical illustrations throughout are perfect for fans of Dogman. Mr. Penguin is sure to delight young readers with his wacky hijinks and love of fish!


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The Ruby Princess Runs Away (Jewel Kingdom #1) Cover Image
By Jahnna N. Malcolm, Janee Trasler (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781338565676
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Enjoy these spaarkly re-editions of my childhood favorite (complete with stickers!). Join the Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, and Diaamond Princesses as they learn to rule their magical kingdoms!


PICTURE BOOKS


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My Heart Is a Compass Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316561761
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

This is a beautiful, heartwarming story for your own little adventurer. With whimsical maps and illustrations, this book is a source of inspiration for anyone with an imagination!


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Maria the Matador Cover Image
By Anne Lambelet, Anne Lambelet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781624146565
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Page Street Kids - February 5th, 2019

Anne Lambelet is one of my favorite illustrators in the game right now! Maria is an adorable little girl obsessed with churros, but how can she win a matador competition for a lifetime supply of the sugary snacks when she's not big, or fast, or brave? Maria the Matador is a celebration of out-of-the-box thinking, unlikely friendships, and tasty treats!


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Bear Came Along Cover Image
By Richard T. Morris, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316464475
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

This delightful story is filled with cheeky characters, onomatopoeia, and a love of adventure! You won't want to miss it!


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Llama Destroys the World (A Llama Book #1) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250303172
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 7th, 2019

We’ve all eaten just a little too much cake at some point in our lives - but none of us have gone on to accidentally tear a hole in the space-time continuum! This fun and silly picture book is full of laughs and lessons on the potential problems of too much cake!


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Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse (A Llama Book #2) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250222855
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 5th, 2020

Our favorite dancing, dessert-loving Llama is back in an all new, laugh-out-loud follow up to Llama Destroys the World! When Llama makes a mess there’s only one animal to call: the ever-cleanly Alpaca! But what happens when a cloning machine goes wrong? Will the world survive? 


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Duckworth, the Difficult Child Cover Image
By Michael Sussman, Júlia Sardà (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534405127
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 18th, 2019

Duckworth, the Difficult Child is a clever, fun story in the vein of Roald Dahl or Lemony Snicket. Perfect for fans of Anne Lambelet's artwork, Sardà's illustrations absolutely capture the imagination!


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The Little Rabbit (My Little Animal Friend) Cover Image
By Nicola Killen, Nicola Killen (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781534438286
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 5th, 2019

When Ollie's stuffed rabbit is touched on the nose by a magical petal he turns into a real rabbit! Off he goes, taking Ollie on a sweet adventure! The tri-chromatic illustrations are beautifully rendered, and the di-cut pages elevate it to the perfect gift book!


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Alma and the Beast Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735263963
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Published: Tundra Books - September 3rd, 2019

What is Alma to do when she encounters a hairless, button-nosed beast who is not like her at all? This visually stunning book (reminiscent of Katie Harnett's work) is a must-have story of an unlikely friendship.


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Carol and the Pickle-Toad Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735263987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tundra Books - May 11th, 2021

Esmé Shapiro returns with a clever tale of a girl and the loud mouthed toad that lives on her head. Carol is an inspiration as she overcomes her bossy toad hat, much like we all must overcome opinionated family and friends to find our own voice. Filled with Shapiro's signature gouache and watercolor illustrations, Carol and the Pickle Toad is a whimsical parable and an absolute delight!


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The Girl and the Dinosaur Cover Image
By Hollie Hughes, Sarah Massini (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547603220
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 14th, 2020

There's a town beside the sea, not so very far from here, with golden sands and rock pools and a tattered, battered pier. Here is where we meet our charming red-headed heroine, Marianne, who is digging for dinosaur bones. Marianne is full of heart and imagination, two very important things to have if she's going to bring a dinosaur to life! Hughes' gorgeous, rhyming prose make this book perfect for story time and Massini's illustrations add touches of whimsy and fun.


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Jonas Hanway's Scurrilous, Scandalous, Shockingly Sensational Umbrella Cover Image
By Josh Crute, Eileen Ryan Ewan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781624148859
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Published: Page Street Kids - May 12th, 2020

Enjoy the entirely true, never-before-told story of Jonas Hanway, the man who popularized the umbrella in the Western world! When Jonas travels the world to find a place with no rain he learns about a wonderful and ancient invention! With beautiful illustrations and a funny narrative, this book is sure to please!


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Once Upon a Unicorn's Horn Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358229261
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Published: Clarion Books - May 5th, 2020

Once Upon a Unicorn's Horn is filled with the possibility of magic! Blue's brightly colored illustrations (reminiscent of Joe Todd-Stanton) add a touch of whimsy to a wonderful story about kindness and friendship. June is an unstoppable heroine - empowered, adventurous, and full of imagination!


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The Unicorn Came to Dinner Cover Image
By Lauren DeStefano, Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250310408
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 11th, 2020

In a world saturated with unicorn books, The Unicorn Came to Dinner is a breath of fresh air. With clever prose and hilarious antics, DeStefano helps readers explore worry and anxiety through a silly story about a poorly-mannered (but very well-meaning) unicorn. Gaia Cornwall's gorgeous pastel illustrations add a touch of whimsy that will delight young readers and parents alike. This is a truly unique tale about having the courage (and patience!) to face your fears.


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Buttercup the Bigfoot Cover Image
By Douglas Rees, Isabel Munoz (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250209344
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 18th, 2020

Willa Cathcart Wilmerding is the bravest girl in the world, but even the bravest girl in the world needs a friend. Told with playful prose and illustrated in charming, bright hues, Buttercup the Bigfoot makes for the perfect story time book! Readers will love Willa's outrageous antics and Buttercup's gentle support of her new best friend, and of course everyone will want to join them and howl at the moon! Aaa-oo-eee-oo-yaaah!


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Song of the Old City Cover Image
By Anna Pellicioli, Merve Atilgan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524741044
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - November 17th, 2020

Follow one little girl through the city of Istanbul as she encounters strangers and friends alike. Anna Pelliocioli's words are lyrical and filled with whimsy while Merve Atilgan's illustrations delight at every turn. This gentle tale brings us to the crossroads of the world where kindness and generosity abound!


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The Capybaras Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771647823
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greystone Kids - April 13th, 2021

The hens and chicks are safe in their coops - until the Capybaras come! The Capybaras are too wet, too hairy, and they don’t follow the hens’ rules. Will they be allowed to stay? Soderguilt’s sparse text works beautifully with his Edward Gorey-esque illustrations to create a charming tale of community - with a twist ending that’s sure to delight!


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Wishes Cover Image
By Muon Thi Van, Victo Ngai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338305890
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Published: Orchard Books - May 4th, 2021

Wishes turns a heart-wrenching tale into a beautiful story of hope and perseverance. Muon Thi Van uses his signature lyrical style to narrate one Vietnamese family's immigration story as they search for a new home. When accompanied by Victo Ngai's gorgeous artwork, this tale becomes a treasure for the home and library.


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Pablo Cover Image
By Rascal, Rascal (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781776573240
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gecko Press - May 4th, 2021

Pablo is a little bit scared and a little bit curious - after all, it is his last night in his shell! With stark black and white images, Belgian illustrator Rascal immerses readers in a world of shapes, noises, and smells! Pablo is sweet, charming, and perfect for younger readers!


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The Chickentown Mystery Cover Image
By Albert Arrayás, Albert Arrayás (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9782898022746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crackboom! Books - May 4th, 2021

In Chickentown, hens are beloved members of every family. But when it comes time to crown the Chicken of the Year - they vanish! Can you spot the clues scattered about the pages? Can you solve this whodunit? Arrayás has created a mystery you’ll want to read again and again!


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Never, Not Ever! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063076495
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - July 13th, 2021

Beatrice Alemagna's gorgeous illustrations paired with sweet story telling have always created the perfect picture books! Her latest, Never Not Ever, does not disappoint! Pascaline is a charming young bat who, in an effort not to go to school, accidentally shrinks her parents! This tale is silly and charming in turns, sure to help any child with anxiety over new experiences like their first day of school.


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Vampenguin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534466982
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 20th, 2021

A vampire-penguin switcheroo -- what's not to love? Lucy Ruth Cummin's sweet illustrations paired with her sly prose make for a charming tale filled with delightful shenanigans. Will the Draculas realize they've picked up a penguin? Will the zookeepers notice the extra in their enclosure? Readers will be on the edge of their seats to find out!


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Clovis Keeps His Cool Cover Image
By Katelyn Aronson, Eve Farb (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781645672135
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Page Street Kids - August 17th, 2021

A bull in a china shop - what could go wrong? Well, when hecklers from Clovis' football days arrive the answer is plenty! But Clovis is determined to keep his temper in check through any means necessary. In the vein of Ferdinand the bull, Clovis' gentle heart leads him to inner peace and friendship. When combined with Farb's beautiful watercolor illustrations, this story will charm readers as they navigate their own personal china shops of life!A bull in a china shop - what could go wrong? Well, when hecklers from Clovis' football days arrive the answer is plenty! But Clovis is determined to keep his temper in check through any means necessary. In the vein of Ferdinand the bull, Clovis' gentle heart leads him to inner peace and friendship. When combined with Aronson's beautiful watercolor illustrations, this story will charm readers as they navigate their own personal china shops of life!


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Chez Bob Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316483117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

Comedic genius Bob Shea brings us an all new and wholly satisfying tale of one alligator's devious plot for a free dinner. Hilarious on every page and perfect for story time, young readers will be thrilled as the dastardly Bob tries to trick his prey -- and gets tricked into friendship instead! Illustrated in bright and exciting colors, Shea's latest is sure to be loved by all!