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1601_Stars-CVs1Picture Books

Bagley, Jessixa. Before I Leave. illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Feb. 2016. p. 66.

Barton, Byron. My House. illus. by author. Harper Collins/Greenwillow. Apr. 2016. p. 64.

BogarT, Jo Ellen. The White Cat and the Monk. illus. by Sydney Smith. Groundwood. Mar. 2016. p. 66.

Cronin, Doreen. Bloom. illus. by David Small. S. & S./Atheneum. Feb. 2016. p. 70.

Dyckman, Ame. Horrible Bear! illus. by Zachariah OHora. Little, Brown. Apr. 2016. p. 70.

Hunter, Anne. Cricket Song. illus. by author. HMH. Mar. 2016. p. 72.

Levis, Caron. Ida, Always. illus. by Charles Santoso. S. & S./Atheneum. Feb. 2016. p. 74.

ISADORA, Rachel. I Hear a Pickle: (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!). illus. by author. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Jan. 2016. p. 65.

Light, Steve. Swap! illus. by author. Candlewick. Feb. 2016. p. 74.

Stead, Philip C. Ideas Are All Around. illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Mar. 2016. p. 78.

Chapter Books

Pennypacker, Sara. Waylon! One Awesome Thing. illus. by Marla Frazee. Disney-Hyperion. Apr. 2016. p. 83.

Vernon, Ursula. Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic. illus. by author. Dial. Mar. 2016. p. 83.

Zemke, Deborah. My Life in Pictures. illus. by author. Dial. Mar. 2016. p. 83.

Middle Grade

APPELT, Kathi & Alison McGhee. Maybe a Fox. S. & S./Atheneum. Mar. 2016. p. 84.

Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot. illus. by author. Little, Brown. Apr. 2016. p. 85.

Busby, Cylin. The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs. illus. by Gerald Kelly. Knopf. Feb. 2016. p. 85.

del Rio, Tania. Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye. illus. by Will Staehle. Quirk. 2015. p. 88.

Maschari, Jennifer. The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Feb. 2016. p. 90


Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. S. & S. Mar. 2016. p. 104.

Johnston, E.K. Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Dutton. Mar. 2016. p. 106.

Neumeier, Rachel. The Keeper of the Mist. Knopf. Mar. 2016. p. 100.

Parker, S.M. The Girl Who Fell. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Mar. 2016. p. 109.

Peevyhouse, Parker. Where Futures End. Penguin/Kathy Dawson Bks. Feb. 2016. p. 109.

Smith, Amber. The Way I Used to Be. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Mar. 2016. p. 110.

Sullivan, Tara. The Bitter Side of Sweet. Putnam. Feb. 2016. p. 110.

Wallach, Tommy. Thanks for the Trouble. S. & S. Feb. 2016. p. 111.

Waller, Sharon Biggs. The Forbidden Orchid. Viking. Feb. 2016. p. 102.

Winters, Cat. The Steep and Thorny Way. Abrams/Amulet. Mar. 2016. p. 111.

1601_Stars-CVs2-GNGraphic Novels & Graphic Nonfiction

Corona, Jorge. Feathers. illus. by author. Archaia. 2015. p. 97.

O’Connor, George. Apollo: The Brilliant One. illus. by a­­­­­uthor. First Second. Jan. 2016. p. 126.


Drummond, Allan. Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future. illus. by author. Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. Mar. 2016. p. 117.

Goodman, Susan E. The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial. illus. by E.B. Lewis. Bloomsbury. Jan. 2016. p. 117.

London, Jonathan. Otters Love to Play. illus. by Meilo So. Candlewick. Mar. 2016. p. 120.

Mann, Charles C. 1493 for Young People: From Columbus’s Voyage to Globalization. adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. Seven Stories. Jan. 2016. p. 124.

Singer, Marilyn. Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths. illus. by Josée Masse. Dial. Feb. 2016. p. 120.

Winter, Jonah. You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! illus. by Barry Blitt. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Mar. 2016. p. 121.

Professional Reading

Lambert, Megan Dowd. Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See. Charlesbridge. 2015. p. 127.


Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Dist. by Weston Woods. 2015. p. 49

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story. Dist. by Tugg. Edu.tugg.com. 2015. p. 50

14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez. Dist. by Graham Street Productions. 14themovie.com. 2014. p. 50

Lunch Love Community. Dist. by Bullfrog Films. 2015. p. 51


GRIMES, Nikki. Poems in the Attic. Recorded Books. 2015. p. 52.

CUEVAS, Michelle. Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier. Listening Library. 2015. p.53.

Bow, Erin. The Scorpion Rules. S. & S. Audio. 2015. p. 56.

Gratz, Alan. Code of Honor. Scholastic Audiobooks. 2015. p. 56.

Rowell, Rainbow. Carry On. Macmillan Audio. 2015. p. 57.

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