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Mousie, I Will Read to You

The calming cadences and loving domestic scenes will please listeners, and adults will be gently guided in methods of inspiring lifelong learning.

ABCs of What I Can Be

Libraries and schools looking for distinct alphabet books, or ways to introduce various occupations will find this a pleasant addition.

All You Need Is Love

A cultural must-have for all well-rounded library collections.

I Can Fly

With beautiful, cool blue illustrations and simple text, this book is a welcome addition to any library; great for lapsits or storytimes with a "never give up" theme.

Chilly da Vinci

A lively addition to makerspace collections that's sure to inspire and nurture a spirit of invention.

Squirrel's Family Tree

Offering stimulating information on the valuable connection between squirrels and oaks, this book is a useful introduction to early environmental lessons.

Growing Up on the Playground/Nuestro patio de recreo

A feel-good picture book that will appeal to older readers who are interested in Spanish or bilingual stories.

Bird Watch

A peaceful look at nature for little ones.

Unnatural Disasters

Purchase where Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is popular.

Maya Papaya and Her Amigos Play Dress-Up

A great addition to early childhood classrooms and most library collections.

Come Find Me

A solid addition to any teen collection.

The Moon Within

An excellent addition for upper middle grade and middle school readers, especially for maturing tweens in the midst of puberty.

Watch Us Rise

A timely and must-have collaboration for all YA collections

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

An additional purchase.


Tan fans and others willing to take a deep dive into the many layers of this fascinating book will find much to appreciate. Those who take a shallow dip may end up feeling unsettled and bewildered.

Super Potato's Galactic Breakout

A whimsical tale for fans of the series, newcomers, and anyone who loves adventure.


Consider for sports fans who like their action with a sci-fi twist.

Archibald Finch and the Lost Witches

This page-turner is sure to capture the attention of readers who enjoy magical fantasy adventures.

Hush Hush, Forest

A lovely choice for one-on-one and small group sharing.


This compelling continuation to a fabulous middle grade graphic series also stands on its own and is every bit as strong as the first two books. For all collections.

Prosper Redding: The Last Life of Prince Alastor

Fans of comedic horror, mystery, fantasy, and adventure who have read the first one will enjoy this sequel. Recommended where the first installment is popular.

The Lady Is a Spy: Virginia Hall, World War II Hero of the French Resistance

A well-researched, organized, and compelling nonfiction read for middle schoolers.

Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass

Purchase where "Lumberjanes" comics and novels are popular.

Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks

A definite purchase for any library collection.

The Ice Garden

This feel-good, modern fairy tale is ideal for elementary libraries and all middle grade collections.

Lizzie Flying Solo

A valuable addition where horse and family-driven stories are needed.

Wings of Olympus

A high-flying adventure to supplement middle grade fiction collections.

A Danger to Herself and Others

A thrilling page-turner and worthy choice for high school libraries.

Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins

This book radiates with the joy of dance. A first purchase for most collections.

Bear Moves

Recommended for public library collections or for preschool dance parties.

Barking with the Big Dogs: On Writing and Reading Books for Children

Librarians, educators, and anyone interested in materials for young people will appreciate this candid, sharp volume full of discerning perspectives on enduring subjects related to children's literature and the human experience.

The Lost Girl

A beautiful, timeless tale of love conquering darkness in the midst of mystery and the angst of change. A must-have for any middle grade collection.

There Are No Bears in This Bakery

This is not only a winning read-aloud, but also an excellent choice to introduce a mystery unit or a mini-lesson on onomatopoeia or simile. Another hit from the creator of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.

Peep and Ducky: It's Snowing!

This simply told tale of the very best of friends will be understood and enjoyed by the toddler set. A good choice where this series is popular.

Fox Explores the Night: A First Science Storybook

A worthy informational consideration for preschool units on light sources, nighttime, and urban foxes.

The Cold Is in Her Bones

A good selection for those who enjoy fairy tales and to spark discussion about gender roles and feminism.

Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning

K-12 administrators or professional development coordinators looking to incorporate video-based professional learning into their schools or districts will find plenty of material here. A solid purchase for school libraries with professional development collections.

An Affair of Poisons

This fast-paced and refreshing page-turner is recommended as a first purchase for all libraries serving teens.

Watch Hollow

A well-crafted story that should be a hit with readers who enjoy a a good scare.

No One Here Is Lonely

Fans of Gayle Forman and Nina LaCour will appreciate Everett's emotional roller-coaster of a story.

29 Dates

This novel will please teens looking for a light read. Give to fans of Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi and Jenny Han's books.

Pandora's Legacy

An additional purchase for collections in need of graphic novels.

Lucía the Luchadora and the Million Masks

Abu's words ring true: "Remember, the best adventures are shared." Another storytime hit.

Fire & Heist

A good purchase for middle and high school fantasy shelves.

The Antidote

Not recommended. For magical fantasy during a plague, direct readers to Beth Revis's Give the Dark My Love.

How To Properly Dispose of Planet Earth

A confusing, not terribly interesting sequel. Purchase only where the first in the series is very popular.

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

An appealing tribute and successful remedy to the lack of titles about the groundbreaking librarian. This book pairs nicely with Lucia Gonzalez's The Storyteller's Candle, and is a must-have for all libraries.

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

Recommend this richly detailed work of nonfiction to fans of Monica Hesse and Wein's historical fiction.

The Incredible True Story of the Making of the Eve of Destruction

Given that nuclear war is still a hot topic, this snarky and insightful historical novel will ring true with many young adults. A strong pick for YA shelves.

Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story

Pair this with Patricia Polacco's The Keeping Quilt for an historical look at early immigration.

Hats Off to Mr. Pockles!

Purchase this attractive work where anthropomorphic animal tales are enjoyed.

Carter Reads the Newspaper

A charmingly illustrated picture book biography for elementary schoolers.

Biddy Mason Speaks Up

A first purchase for biography, history, and general nonfiction collections alike.

Yogi: The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra

A solid purchase where the Yankees and baseball history are popular, secondary purchase elsewhere.


From its dramatic opening to its satisfying conclusion, this is an absorbing, multi-layered novel; an excellent choice for all middle school collections


A good fit for large middle grade collections, particularly where books about racing are in high demand.

Bloom Boom!

A lovely, useful work to help acquaint children with the natural world, and an enriching selection for storytime.

I Spy the Illuminati Eye: What's the Big Secret?

Recommended for purchase in larger libraries where students casually read nonfiction or where librarians have success hand-selling titles.

Freya & Zoose

A first purchase for all public and elementary school libraries.

To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel

The work's examination of topics such as the failure of the justice system will resonate with readers, especially those studying the source material.

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Grown-up fans, pop culture enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the history of educational television and child development will be inspired. An excellent and timely addition to most collections.–Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

The Wild Cat

A solid choice for those who are ready for a graphic novel–type picture book but not quite ready for Dav Pilkey's Dogman.

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

With an up-close depiction of the intersection of the LGBTQIA+ community with Bengali culture, this hard-hitting and hopeful story is a must-purchase for any YA collection.

The Light Between Worlds

A powerful, magical debut for all YA fantasy shelves. Hand this to anyone who ever wondered what may have happened to the Pevensie children after Narnia.

White Stag

Not recommended.

Summer of a Thousand Pies

Realistic fiction with substance. This would be a fine purchase for mid to large collections.

Match Me If You Can

While not a necessary addition, this may still find readers in fans of Kasie West and Shannon Klare. Readers who prefer more socially aware and complex characterizations, however, will want to skip this one.

Animal Babies Like To Play

Other than the illustrations, there is little else to recommend this book. With so many alphabet books on the market, this one can be passed over.

When Sadness Is at Your Door

This quiet book is both constructive and reassuring and recommended for any collection with a bibliotherapy section.

The Storyteller of Damascus

An intriguing and discussable exploration of storytelling for slightly older readers.

The Black Coats

This timely page-turner has a strong hook and will not sit on shelves for long. Recommended for all libraries.

Strange Days

Purchase where there are fans of Scott Reintgen's "Nyxia" books.


Even readers who relate to Alden or empathize for his loss might struggle to connect with his compulsion to follow people. An additional purchase.

Gwen the Rescue Hen

A gentle first entry into animal rights that will inspire young readers to think critically about the meat we consume and how farm animals are treated.

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