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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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The Boneless Mercies

An excellent choice for any YA fantasy collections.
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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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Carmela Full of Wishes

Carmela's journey of wishing, waiting, and wanting resonates on many levels; an important addition to bookshelves everywhere.
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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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Trail of Lightning

Purchase this original and thrilling spin on the postapocalyptic genre everywhere speculative fiction is popular.
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Poppy and Sam and the Leaf Thief

Highly recommended for most graphic novel collections.
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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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Quiver

A slow story about families and the difference between love and obedience. Give to thoughtful readers and purchase for medium YA collections.
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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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A Prayer for the Animals

A kind and loving message for young readers, which will encourage them to be good stewards and enjoy all living things. A sweet bedtime read for medium to large collections.
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Anne Arrives

Purchase where illustrated chapter books are popular.
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Wildcard

A necessary purchase for libraries that have Warcross; those where science fiction circulates well, should pick up both volumes in this duology.
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Bully on the Bus

A short yet poignant title on a timely topic; a valuable addition to elementary school and public library collections.
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Love Like Sky

Readers will fall in love with Georgie and her "blended-up" family as they navigate tough challenges and new family dynamics.
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Africville

This poetic ode to a place lost in time is an excellent choice for general reading and classroom sharing, and a must-purchase regionally.
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Ballet Breakdown

This sports series is one that aspiring dancers will appreciate.
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The Displaced: Refugee Writers On Refugee Lives

U.S. policy about refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants will continue to make headlines for years—this book is an essential purchase for all libraries and a must for displays on current events.
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Rosie's Glasses

This wordless picture book explores the impact positive thinking can have on one's happiness. A solid choice for most school and public libraries.
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Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story

A well-crafted picture book biography that belongs in every elementary nonfiction collection.
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A Blade So Black

This is a must-purchase where refreshing urban fantasies and retellings are in demand.
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Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster

Add this wonderful transitional book for newly independent readers to most collections.
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It's Not Easy Being Mimi

The simple silliness of Mimi's story should delight most young readers.
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Magnificent Birds

Good for browsing and learning about the versatility of birds, recommend for all collections.
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Lights! Camera! Alice!: The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker

Subtly STEM, fun, and beautiful to look at, this take on Alice Guy-Blanché's life encourages kids to engage with cutting-edge technology and to innovate in new fields. A winning addition to most collections.
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Three Grumpy Trucks

A fun addition to the crowded lot of busy vehicle books.
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The Reckless Club

A five-problem novel that entertains and provides some life lessons.
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Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

A strong selection for libraries serving teens, especially those looking for book club picks.
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What Goes Up

A quirky, fun story set in a town filled with unique and amusing characters. Recommended to fans of Carl Hiaasen.
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Spinning Silver

Recommended for teens who love fairy tales and readers who appreciate complex, character-driven narratives that build slowly to a satisfying conclusion.
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Sanity & Tallulah

Fans of fast-paced sci-fi graphic novels such as Zita the Spacegirl, as well as readers interested in humor, will be drawn to the plucky pair.
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The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Dinosaur Hunter

A humorous and informative read fitting for middle graders interested in paleontology.
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The Truth About Martians

A secondary purchase for fans of science fiction/history mash-ups.
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The Opposite of Innocent

A must-have for YA collections.
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A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A must-have for all library collections.
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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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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba; Vol. 1

This is a strong addition to manga collections, particularly as Volume 2 will be released shortly in the United States. For fans of "Fullmetal Alchemist" and "Hellsing."
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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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Surprise!

Readers will enjoy this fun perspective on the mischievous and furry camp thieves. A lively choice for storytime sharing.
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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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What If It's Us

A must-purchase. Part feel-good, part star-crossed, this seamless blend of the authors' styles will appeal to fans old and new alike.
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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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All the Stars Denied

An intense and enlightening historical fiction title that’s highly recommended for all libraries.
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Leo Gets a Checkup

Recommended for purchase for the toddler shelf of any picture book collection.
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Dreamers

This excellent memoir encapsulates the fears, hopes, and dreams that come along with immigrating to a new place and building a new life in an unfamiliar and often hostile landscape. A timely and much-needed selection.
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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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9 From the Nine Worlds

A first purchase for all collections where Riordian fans abound.
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Just Wreck It All

A heartfelt journey through the importance of self-love and forgiveness, perfect for fans of Sara Zarr and Gayle Forman.
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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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Annex

A satisfying first installment in what will be a sought-after series.
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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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