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I Talk Like a River
When a child has a “bad speech day” at school, his father gives him a new perspective on his stuttering.
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Comet the Unstoppable Reindeer
Dear Dumb Diary best-selling author and illustrator Jim Benton explores the story of how a compromised Comet saves the day when Santa mistakenly leaves some gifts behind.
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Take Me to Museums, Take Me Home, Take Me on Vacation
Agnes & Aubrey
These guided activity books are perfect for independent learners and armchair travelers in these challenging times. Author/illustrator Mary Richards packs in the facts while leaving room for adventure and discovery.
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This Raindrop Has a Billion Stories to Tell
Both lyrical and informative, Peace Dragon author Linda Ragsdale takes the reader on a journey through time and around the world, all with a single raindrop.
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Khalil and Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures
Two neighbors find common ground in the joys of a shared backyard in this intergenerational story of an unlikely friendship.
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James Otis Smith
Black Heroes of the Wild West
“This lively collection introduces readers to three figures frequently overlooked in the history books.”—Booklist, starred review
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Jason Adam Katzenstein
Reluctant Skye is accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp. Not wanting to please her “step monster,” Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. That won’t be a problem, as everyone at Camp Midnight-with the exception of fellow camper and fast-friend Mia-is a full-fledged monster!
Nonfiction for Younger Readers
Nonfiction for Older Readers
Books About Kindness
Noodlehead’s Lucky Day
By Ted Arnold, Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss
Based on traditional world folktales and stories of fools, the Noodleheads also encourage critical thinking, inviting kids to use their noodles- spotting the holes in the brothers’ grand plans, and anticipating how things will go awry.
Field Trip to the Ocean Deep
By John Hare
Download a digital advanced reading copy of this seaworthy sequel to Field Trip to the Moon. John Hare’s rich, atmospheric art in this wordless picture book invites all children to imagine themselves in the story- a tale full of mysteries, surprises, and adorable aquatic friends.
By Beth Bacon
John F. Blair
Here’s a book that provides children honest yet positive information about Coronavirus (Covid-19). COVID-19 Helpers gives kids the facts of the pandemic, but also offers hope. Mr. Rogers said that when things get scary, “Look for the helpers.” Likewise, this story reassures children and parents that many people from all walks of life–including kids themselves–are helping to fight the virus.
The ABCs of Black History
By Rio Cortez and illustrated by Lauren Semmer
A beautiful alphabet picture book that presents key names, moments, and places in Black history with text lyrically written by poet Rio Cortez. This is an opportunity for children to learn their ABCs to the sound of words beyond apple, boy, and cat, and an opportunity for young thinkers to prepare for big ideas.
By Elizabeth C. Bunce
Algonquin Young Readers
Introducing Myrtle Hardcastle, your favorite new amateur detective: a wickedly smart 12-year-old with a keen interest in the new tools of criminology and a nose for murder in the Victorian English village where her father is the local prosecutor.
By Pascal Jousselin
“Need ice? Cat up a tree? Giant robot on the attack? There’s no job too large or too small for “the one and only true comic book superhero!” Masked, caped, chubby, and imperturbable, Mister Invincible earns his moniker here in dozens of mind- and narrative-bending graphic mini-adventures thanks to his unique power to reach or chuck things into neighboring panels above or below… Chock-full of inventive narrative tweaks.”—Kirkus, starred review
Anne of Green Gables
Experience Anne’s story with most of the original dialog preserved in the new Manga Classics edition of this beloved story. The only manga adaptation approved by the L.M. Montgomery estate, readers will fall for the irrepressible Anne and her exploits as if they are her kindred spirits. And they probably are.
The Candy Mafia
By Lavie Tidhar, illustrated by Daniel Duncan
Growing up in a city where candy is illegal and sugar is scandalous, 12-year-old detective Nelle Faulker takes the case of a candy gangster’s missing teddy bear before her client’s own disappearance leads Nelle to a shady underworld of sweets smuggling, back-alley deals and storefront firebombs.
Grades 5 & Up
Charlie Thorne and the Lost City
By Stuart Gibbs
Simon & Schuster
In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation–which #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein called “a real page-burner”–Charlie searches for Charles Darwin’s hidden treasure in South America.
When We Were Infinite
By Kelly Loi Gilbert
Simon & Schuster
All Beth wants is for her tight-knit circle of friends–Grace Nakamura, Brandon Lin, Sunny Chen, and Jason Tsou–to stay together. With her family splintered and her future a question mark, these friends are all she has–even if she sometimes wonders if she truly fits in with them. Then Beth witnesses a private act of violence in Jason’s home, and the whole group is shaken. Beth and her friends make a pact to do whatever it takes to protect Jason, no matter the sacrifice.
The Thing About Bees
By Shabazz Larkin
Readers to Eaters/Audiobook published by Live Oak Media
Part guide to bees, part love letter to the author’s sons, all joy! Teacher guides, trailer, audio, author interview, and lesson plans on teachingbooks.net.
William Still and His Freedom Stories
By Don Tate
Peachtree Publishing Company
The first-ever picture book biography of the Father of the Underground Railroad. Teacher guide, lesson plans, author interview, author guest post on teachingbooks.net.
How To Build a Story…Or, the Big What If
By Frances O’Rourke Dowell
Fun nonfiction breaks down writing process, based on author’s experiences doing writing workshops with kids. Share instant professional development with the five- part youtube video series where the author talks kids through exercises and activities. Find out more.
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By Christopher Lloyd. Narrated by the author.
What on Earth Books
From the Neanderthals to the Wright Brothers, from the Silk Trade to the Industrial Revolution, from dinosaurs to plastic, embark on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents.
A Conversation with Grammy-and Odyssey-winning
Audiobook Producer Arnie Cardillo
Listen in as Arnie Cardillo and Francisca Goldsmith of the Audio Publishers Association’s Sound Learning initiative discuss how audiobooks build confidence and fluency in young readers. They’re fun, too.
Find audiobook reviews, resources, and much more at Audiofile Magazine.
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◆ Agnes & Aubrey ◆ Algonquin Young Readers ◆ John F. Blair ◆ Brilliance Publishing ◆ Britannica Books ◆ Candlewick ◆ Cicada Books ◆ Diamond Book Distributors ◆ Disney Publishing ◆ Flowerpot Press ◆ Holiday House ◆ Live Oak Media ◆ Manga Classics ◆ Pajama Press ◆ Peachtree Publishing Company ◆ Readers to Eaters ◆ Storey Publishing ◆ Tiger Tales ◆ Tilbury House ◆ Tiny Owl Books ◆ Toon Books ◆ Two Lions ◆ What on Earth Publishing ◆ Workman Publishing
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I Talk Like a River
by Jordan Scott; illustrated by Sydney Smith
Neal Porter Books
Poet Jordan Scott captures the struggle and determination of a child who stutters and the father who helps him navigate his way. Luminous paintings from Sydney Smith make this another masterpiece for this celebrated illustrator whose gift for capturing the essence of moving water is matched by Scott’s spare and revelatory text. (Grades K-2)
The Voting Booth
By Brandy Colbert
Brandy Colbert (The Only Black Girls in Town) seizes the moment in this YA novel about a rite of passage that should be easy—voting for the first time. A passionate young activist throws herself into the fray when a young man is turned away at the polls. Told from alternating perspectives, the momentum of the story and the urgency of the day make this a page turner that truly feels like it’s happening right in front of you. And maybe it is. (Grades 9-12)
Yo quiero mi sombrero
By Jon Klassen
As a longtime fan of author, illustrator, and animator Jon Klassen, who has won both the Caldecott Medal AND the Kate Greenaway Medal, I’m delighted to see him now publishing with Spain’s NubeOcho. And This Is Not My Hat is here in both English AND Spanish editions (Yo Quiero Mi Sombrero). Hats off to that! (Grades PreK-3)
Music for Tigers
By Michelle Kadarusman
I love stories that can transform me into another culture, have an interesting and engaging story while teaching me something at the same time. Music for Tigers is a story of a young girl who spends a summer on the island of Tasmania and discovers her mother’s family has secretly been running a sanctuary for the believed extinct Tasmanian Tiger. She befriends an autistic boy who helps her. The book covers topics such as conservation, neurodiversity, bullying, friendship, and being your best self. I highly recommend for middle grade. (Grades 3-6)
Last: The Story of a White Rhino
By Nicola Davies
This is the kind of book that deeply touches everyone who reads it. Based on the true story of a rhino who is taken from Africa to the Czech Republic–making him the only rhino in his new home–this tale would be a great launching pad for discussing topics like endangered animals, environmental conservation, and poaching, especially considering the included informational backmatter. Knowing Davies’s watercolor illustrations use translated environmental speeches and advertising slogans throughout the spreads makes this title even more special. (Grades 1-6)
Each of Us A Desert
By Mark Oshiro
The wonderful Mark Oshiro is back with a brand-new young adult novel sure to thrill YA fantasy fans and LGBTQ+ readers. Oshiro’s award-winning debut, Anger is a Gift, was one of my favorite novels of 2019, and I’m beyond thrilled that he has written a fantasy novel. In Each of Us a Desert, Xochital is destined to wander the desert alone and all she wants is kindred spirit. This story is one that will break you while also making you believe in love. (Grades 9-12)
The Legend of the First Unicorn
By Lari Don and illustrated by Natasa Ilincic
Scotland is full of magic and mystery…and unicorns? In this delightful new story from Floris Books, The Legend of the First Unicorn by writer Lari Don and illustrator Natasa Illinic create a unique origin story for one of the world’s favorite mythical creatures and Scotland’s national animal. This is one of my favorite books this season because it truly captures the magic of Scotland with an adventure story that is all about kindness and friendship. (Grades 3-7)
by Britta Teckentrup
This story is a beautiful reminder that being a kind, good person can truly make the world a better place for mankind. Heartwarming illustrations and die-cuts depict the growth of kindness, but also the unseen cracks that form in our relationships when we utter mean words or act selfishly. It sends a message that by reaching out to people and spreading the seed of friendship, everyone is capable of chasing their dreams. A saying that my grandmother instilled in me throughout childhood is powerfully captured in this book: “Always kill ‘em with kindness.” (Grades K-2)
Immigrant Architect: Rafael Guastavino and the American Dream
By Berta de Miguel, Kent Diebolt, and Virginia Lorente
Illustrated by Virginia Lorente
I’m intrigued by the stories about unknown people brave enough to leave behind everything they know to come to the United States. This book about a father and son leaving their family behind to live their dream of building beautiful and functional buildings that would be fire resistant was fascinating to read. The list of places they are responsible for building has me ready for a field trip. (Grades 3-6)
Humanimal: Incredible Ways Animals Are Just Like Us!
By Christopher Lloyd and illustrated by Mark Ruffle
What on Earth Books
Once upon a time scientists separated humans from animals with the simple definition of ‘Humans are Tool Makers.’ In this illustrated showcase of the commonalities between humans and animals we find that this definition is no longer true. Instead we find that animals make and use tools as well. Plus, community, feelings, and intelligence in the animal world abound. The simple biographies of the animal scientists at the end will prompt further research. (Grades 3-7)
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