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I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

An age-appropriate and hopeful look at what it means to be a connected human on this planet. It can be read as a picture book with big ideas or used as a great discussion starter.
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Me, Myselfie, & I: A Cautionary Tale

A worthwhile family read.
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Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids

Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" meets "Geronimo Stilton" in this full-color hybrid, which should appeal to reluctant readers and avid readers alike.
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Garbage Island

This entertaining animal adventure stands out from similar fare because of its strong characters and an underlying message of environmental awareness.
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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

An incredible, must-have follow-up full of old characters and new, blood and guts, and a delightful barrage of sarcasm.
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Unwritten

An original take on metafictional themes. Hand to readers who enjoy Cornelia Funke's Inkheart.
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Lucy and the String

This perfect blend of words and pictures is sure to have kids chuckling and perhaps trying their own string creations. A fun addition for most libraries.
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The Red Ribbon

An additional purchase for most young adult collections.
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Dear Professor Whale

An ode to the joys of friendship and letter-writing, this is a great choice for early chapter book readers.
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The Eleventh Trade

Sami's story sheds light on the special challenges, determination, faith, resilience, and post-traumatic stress that impact and shape the lives of many refugees.
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Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings

An excellent selection for exploring deep connections to Haiti through love, family, history, and art.
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Girls on the Line

Recommended purchase, especially for YA collections serving older teens or new adults.
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Galápagos Girl/Galapagueña

Readers are presented here with an unsung and worthy heroine. Recommended for picture book and biography collections.
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Extravaganza at the Plaza

An ideal selection for readers who enjoy Junie B. Jones and Judy Moody.
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The Wind Called My Name

A much-needed and well-written addition to the slate of middle grade novels set during the Great Depression.
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Henri's Hats: Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase

A general purchase, particularly where the illustrator's works are popular or there is demand for the series.
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Uncharted

A must-have where fantastical thrillers are popular.
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A Fall Ball for All

A poetic tribute to autumn winds and woodland animals. Great for storytime or one-on-one sharing.
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The Middle-Route Run

A must for fans of the previous entry.
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Mech Cadet Yu: Vol. 1

A must-have series starter.
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When a Woman Rises

This is a wonderfully written coming-of-age novel with a great balance of anecdotes about the Chiapas culture and a central driving narrative about tragedy and the lives of women bound by culture and expectations.
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My Real Name Is Hanna

A strong choice for young adult shelves.
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Quiet Wyatt

A fantastic addition to library collections, either as a read-aloud or a one-on-one selection.
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Little Whale

Pair this great read-aloud with Sharon Kate Cooper's informative When Whales Cross the Sea: The Gray Whale Migration for a second look at these majestic creatures.
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The Flooded Earth

A timely addition to most middle grade collections.
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Unstinky

Perfect for reading aloud or independently, this book will delight young audiences and remind them that it's okay to be yourself and find your own thing. A great addition to picture book collections.
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The Beast of Kukuyo

A good choice for YA thriller/mystery collections.
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Sports Are Fantastic Fun!

This book is fantastic fun and a strong addition to any nonfiction collection.
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Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

Multiple award-winning author and illustrator Stein has created a noteworthy title for library shelves in addition to his already beloved collection of picture books. A terrific choice for one-on-one and small group sharing.
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Star Wars Lost Stars: Vol. 1

Perfect for reluctant readers and anyone who enjoys the "Star Wars" franchise.
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Joy

Cheery illustrations enhance this uplifting story about a young girl and her grandmother.
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Latchkey

Teens who enjoy reading extended fight scenes and want immersion in an extraordinary world will enjoy Kornher-Stace’s second act. A strong choice for speculative fiction shelves.
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Surprise!

Readers will enjoy this fun perspective on the mischievous and furry camp thieves. A lively choice for storytime sharing.
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Felix's New Skirt

This has a solid message about gender expression and acceptance. An essential purchase for libraries, especially those building their LGBTQIA+ children's collections, along with Leslea Newman's Sparkle Boy and 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert.
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The Flight of Mr. Finch

A heartwarming and lovely indie hit perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing.
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Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: Or, How Capitalism Works—and How It Fails

For all YA collections, and an excellent addition to social studies syllabi.
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A Day in a Forested Wetland

An easy-to-read informational picture book to complement a biodiversity science unit on wetland habitats for early elementary school classrooms.
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Hungry Bunny

This engaging title encourages listening, identification of events in the story, and interactivity. A first choice for libraries.
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Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts

Fans of Alvin Ho and Hank Zipzer will laugh out loud at Sam's zany capers.
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Crash, Splash, or Moo!

The elements of interactivity make this a great storytime read-aloud. This story is also full of classroom extension possibilities, including activities involving new stunts and outcomes. Kids will line up for a chance to play.
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The Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln

A great pick for kids who can't get enough spy stories. Purchase in libraries where history and biography are in demand.
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A Kiss for Akaraka

A sweet seasonal selection best shared one-on-one to pore over the delightful artwork.
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Impostors

A fun-filled, action-adventure, science fiction story that can either be a great introduction to the "Uglies" universe, or a welcoming return. Highly recommended.
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Leo Gets a Checkup

Recommended for purchase for the toddler shelf of any picture book collection.
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The Navigator's Touch

This companion novel elevates the captivating stories of mermaid Ersel and warrior-captain Ragna introduced in Seafarer's Kiss. Fans of mythology adventures will embrace this high-action, emotional, and gory tale.
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Good Morning, Neighbor

The text repetition and theme of neighborly cooperation make this a suggested general purchase for most libraries.
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Allie All Along

A solid addition to the canon of books helping young children address social and emotional learning.
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Life Between Panels

While there is some mature language and alcohol use, teens, particularly those interested in the arts, will enjoy this touching depiction of the painful, awkward, but ultimately enlightening journey of young adulthood.–Anna Murphy, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn
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People Kill People

Sure to be a divisive novel, both for its storytelling and themes, this offering spotlights critical social issues but misses the mark on its delivery.
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Door

A unique take on meaningful themes of open-mindedness and inclusion make this an instant classic.
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Detective Paw of the Law: The Case of the Stolen Drumsticks

Give this to mystery-loving emergent readers ready for shorter chapter books, but not quite ready for longer works like "A to Z" mysteries or "Nancy Drew."
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The Wall in the Middle of the Book

A silly read-aloud with an important message. A solid choice for storytime and one-on-one sharing.
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Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy

A first purchase; a definite yes if one is looking for a laugh-out-loud read-aloud.
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Gumballs

This candy-colored treat is an essential addition to graphic novel collections.
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The Guggenheim Mystery

A top mystery for middle grade readers.
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Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life

Readers interested in dependable information on bipolar disorder will appreciate this title. A possible option for book discussion groups.
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Dear Evan Hansen

An unpredictable and endearing take on some classic themes, this novel will especially appeal to fans of the show but will also be easily accessible to new audiences.
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Spy Penguins

This light, funny adventure series will appeal to elementary school mystery fans.
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The Spy with the Red Balloon

A fast-moving read sure to delight those who enjoy historical fiction. Purchase where the first entry is popular, as well as where there are fans of books set during this period by Markus Zusak and Elizabeth Wein.
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Baby's Firsts

This title will have an audience in public libraries because of its universal theme. Sure to be a staple in baby storytime.
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The Kaleidoscope Sisters

A unique story for teens who enjoy fantasy and tragedy. Give this to fans of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or If I Stay by Gayle Forman
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The Leading Edge of Now

An additional purchase where beach reads with weighty emotional themes and a touch of melodrama are popular.
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Pearl

Idle's appealing story is a quiet, charming pourquoi tale that will delight young readers and listeners. Perfect for bedtime or anytime sharing.
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Undocumented: A Worker's Fight

A relevant and important title for all libraries.
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The Tiger's Egg

A satisfying and humorous read-aloud for preschool groups and a good bedtime story, too.
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Ignite the Stars

A strong first book in a sure-to-be successful science fiction series.
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You Have the Right To Remain Fat

An important, no-nonsense voice for self-acceptance that will resonate with most readers, especially those grappling with body image issues.
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Grizzly Boy

Suited for one-on-one sharing, this book could be used to spark discussions about imaginative play and following rules.
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The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling: A Hardcore, High-Flying, No-Holds-Barred History of the One True Sport

An excellent addition to nonfiction graphic novel collections.
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Muse of Nightmares

Purchase where Taylor has a loyal following and where the previous title is popular.
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Louisiana's Way Home

A thoughtful and finely written story that earns its place among DiCamillo's other beloved novels.
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The Bottle Imp of Bright House

A recommended secondary purchase for medium and large middle grade collections. Fans of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach or Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories From Wayside School will appreciate Llewellyn's morbid sense of humor.
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The Perfect Secret

This sequel shines a light on topics that many young readers are aware of and eager to discuss. The author provides a space where tweens can read about the social realities that impact themselves and their peers.
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Nipper and the Lunchbox

There are a plethora of books about the faithful companionship of dogs, but this one is a worthy addition to any school and library collection.
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Star in the Jar

A suggested first purchase for all libraries, this selection holds strong appeal for young readers. A perfect choice for bedtime and small group sharing.
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A Is for Artichoke: A Foodie Alphabet from Artichoke to Zest

Foodies will love this celebration of all good things to eat. Also an excellent introduction to more complex culinary vocabulary.
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Poppy and Sam and the Leaf Thief

Highly recommended for most graphic novel collections.
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Ba-chan the Ninja Grandma: An Adventure with Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl

A wonderful family adventure; purchase where intergenerational picture books are in demand.
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So Done

A pitch-perfect look at changing adolescent relationships and resilience.
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Goodnight, Anne

An inspired choice for picture book collections, especially where there are fans of the irrepressible Anne looking to share with the little ones in their lives.
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I'm an Immigrant Too!

While immigration is certainly a major news item today, the cities and regions in Australia may be too far removed for the majority of American children to relate to. An optional purchase.
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Dragon Pearl

With ghosts, pirates, and a rollicking space adventure, there's a little something for everyone here. A recommended purchase for all middle grade collections.
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A Winter's Promise

A worthwhile purchase for all fantasy collections.
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Eduardo Guadardo, Elite Sheep

A strong plea for teamwork and assistance, Eduardo and the F.B.I. Gang will appeal to readers not yet ready for The Avengers.
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Inkling

A unique story about the creative process and the journey through grief. Recommended for fiction collections.
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The Thorn Queen

Hand this skillfully written fantasy to fans of Maile Meloy's The Apothecary, Michael Scott's The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Corneilia Funke's Inkheart, and Suzanne Collins' Gregor the Overlander.
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Our Celebración!

A lack of specificity and forced rhymes mar this celebración. Consider for collections where Elya's other books are popular.
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Winnie's Great War

A heartwarming read-aloud or a gentle independent reading escape, this is a must-have for elementary school collections.
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Kick It, Mo!

Another winning title in the popular series.
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