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Welcome to the Publisher Spotlight NCSS Showcase! From author interviews to digital downloads, from free guides to themed booktalks, you’ll discover a range of resources for new books sure to enlighten and engage your students.


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Get to know these authors and publishers, pick your favorite, and even request a physical copy!
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Marc Aronson
Four Streets and a Square: A History of Manhattan and the New York Idea
(Candlewick)
Marc Aronson is one of the most respected writers of nonfiction for young readers. He spent more than six years researching and writing this book and has presented a multifaceted and multimedia approach to the history of a city that is truly a microcosm.
Find the resources discussed here.

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Bruce Coville
Nothing but the Truth
(Full Cast Audio)

Avi’s Nothing But the Truth continues to be one of his most-taught and best-selling books of all time. Hear about how this full cast audio version came to be and more in this conversation with the producer/director.

Listen to a sample here.

Register here for an opportunity to win a copy of Nothing but the Truth.

Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey
The First Blade of Sweetgrass
(Tilbury House)
Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey both draw on their tribal roots and traditions in this story of a modern Wabanaki girl learning how to harvest sweetgrass for basket-making. Suzanne Greenlaw is Maliseet and a citizen of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. Gabriel Frey is Passamaquoddy and a citizen of Passamaquoddy at Sipayik.

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Kathryn Otoshi
Lunch Every Day

(KO Kids Books)

A boy takes another kid’s lunch and then unexpected kindness turns his life around. Based on a true story. (Ages 4-8)

Register here for an opportunity to win a limited edition F&G of Lunch Every Day.


Read It Now! Digital ARC's

In My NeighborhoodIn My Neighborhood
By Oscar Loubriel, illustrated by Rogero Coelho
(Tilbury House)
Ages 3-7

A search for one’s place in the world provides the storyline: The narrator, a drum, feels like an outcast because he alone–unlike his family and friends–cannot play a melody. Like all kids growing up, he must find out where he fits. Loubriel’s story of bravery and identity, infused with Latin rhythms and joy, provides a fine vehicle for Coelho’s vibrant technique and palette. Coming in audio from Live Oak Media in 2022.


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Somewhere

Somewhere
By Robie Harris
(Candlewick Press)
Ages 3-7

A young girl and her father walk through familiar streets on a brilliant, sun-drenched day. Brought to life in soft, vibrant watercolors by renowned Cuban artist Armando Mariño, this lyrical story by Robie H. Harris captures the magic of a child finding her inner strength and curiosity—and discovering somewhere new all on her own.


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Somewhere in the BayouSomewhere in the Bayou
By Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey
(Norton Young Readers)
Grades 1-3

Simple, subtle, and drolly funny, the Pumphrey brothers’ newest picture book is a layered exploration of the foolishness of making assumptions and the virtue of curiosity.

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We All PlayWe All Play
By Julie Flett
(Greystone Kids)
Ages 2-5

At the end of this joyous new book about playtime, animals and children gently fall asleep after a fun day of playing outside, making this book a great bedtime story.

This book also includes a glossary of Cree words for wild animals in the book and a pronunciation guide and link to audio pronunciation recordings.

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Nicky and VeraNicky and Vera
By Peter Sis
(Norton Young Readers)
Grades 2-5
In December 1938, a young Englishman canceled a ski vacation and went instead to Prague to help the hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Nazis who were crowded into the city. Setting up a makeshift headquarters in his hotel room, Nicholas Winton took names and photographs from parents desperate to get their children out of danger. He raised money, found foster families in England, arranged travel and visas, and, when necessary, bribed officials and forged documents. He ultimately organized the transportation of almost 700 children to safety.

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Muhammad Ali Was a ChickenWait! What? Muhammad Ali Was a Chicken?
By Dan Gutman, illustrated by Alison Steinfeld
(Norton Young Readers)
Grades 2-5
Siblings Paige and Turner have collected some of the wackiest and most surprising facts about the legendary boxer and antiwar activist, from his childhood and the spark of his boxing career through his three heavyweight championships and beyond. Narrated by the two spirited siblings and animated by Allison Steinfeld’s upbeat illustrations, Wait! What? Muhammad Ali Was a Chicken? is an authoritative, accessible, and one-of-a-kind biography infused with Dan Gutman’s signature zany sense of humor.
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A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela's Hope for his NationA Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for his Nation
By Lindsey McDivitt, illustrated by Charly Palmer
(Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
Grades 2-5

From his work with the African National Congress, to his imprisonment on Robben Island, to his extraordinary rise to the presidency, Nelson Mandela was a rallying force against injustice. This stirring biography explores Mandela’s long fight for equality and the courage that propelled him through decades of struggle. Illustrated in the bold, bright colors of South Africa, A Plan for the People captures the spirit of a leader beloved around the world.

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Who Was the Voice of the People?: Cesar Chavez: A Who HQ Graphic NovelWho Was the Voice of the People?: Cesar Chavez: A Who HQ Graphic Novel
By Terry Blas and Mar Julia
(Penguin Workshop)
Grades 3-5

Follow Cesar Chavez and the National Farm Workers Association, as they set out on a difficult 300-mile protest march in support of farm workers’ rights. A story of hope, solidarity, and perseverance, this graphic novel invites readers to immerse themselves in the life of the famous Latino American Civil Rights leader — brought to life by gripping narrative and vivid full-color illustrations that jump off the page.


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Who Sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott?: Rosa Parks: A Who HQ Graphic NovelWho Sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott?: Rosa Parks: A Who HQ Graphic Novel
By Insha Fitzpatrick, and Abelle Hayford
(Penguin Workshop)
Grades 3-5

From refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger to sparking civil rights protests across America, explore how Rosa Parks’s powerful act earned her the title Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. A story of resistance, strength, and unwavering spirit, this graphic novel invites readers to immerse themselves in the life of the American Civil Rights leader–brought to life by gripping narrative and vivid full-color illustrations that jump off the page.


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Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie’s Place, the Country’s First Shelter for WomenSanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie’s Place, the Country’s First Shelter for Women
By Christine McDonnell, illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov
(Candlewick)
Ages 1-3
When Kip Tiernan was growing up during the Great Depression, she’d help her granny feed the men who came to their door asking for help. As Kip grew older, and as she continued to serve food to hungry people, she noticed something peculiar: huddled at the back of serving lines were women dressed as men. She saw women sleeping on park benches and searching for food in trash cans. Kip decided to open the first shelter for women.
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I Witness Courage: My Story of PersecutionI Witness Courage: My Story of Persecution
By Freshta Tori Jan, series editor Dave Eggars
(Norton Young Readers)
Grades 3-5

Continuing this propulsive middle grade nonfiction series, a young woman once persecuted by the Taliban shares her journey to becoming a community activist.

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I Must Betray YouI Must Betray You
By Ruta Sepetys
(Philomel Books)
Grades 9-12
A gut-wrenching, startling window into communist Romania and the citizen spy network that devastated a nation, from the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray.

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All About Audio

5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime
5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime: 30 Amazing Stories: Featuring frozen frogs, King Tut’s beds, the world’s biggest sleepover, the phases of the moon, and more
Narrated by Joann Lumley
(Britannica Books)

“What better way to induce drowsiness in young pillow plumpers than short, fascinating introductions to the bedding-down behavior of creatures?”—Kirkus Reviews (Ages 5-8)

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We Are Still Here
We Are Still Here
By Traci Sorell, narrated by a full cast
(Live Oak Media)

From the creators of Odyssey Honor-award We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga comes this companion book of truths about the history, contemporary laws, polices and struggles, and victories of Native Americans, presented by children and adults of Cherokee, Navajo, Choctaw and Chickasaw heritages. And all with the powerful refrain: We Are Still Here!

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Sound Learning

Soundlearningapa.org has research and resources for audio literacy.
Find the latest research along with selection lists for each grade at https://www.audiopub.org/sound-learning.




Thematic Booktalks

Let us share our favorites with you in these themed booktalks!

Journeys

The history of humankind is often the story of journeys. The reasons vary widely but there is always a compelling need for movement. These illustrated books for elementary-age children look at those journeys and some of the reasons they happen.

Graphic Novels and Nonfiction

Sequential art is a powerful way to convey story. Discover new graphic works appropriate for social studies including “The Magical History Tour” series from Papercutz, Powerful legendary African heroes from Story Press Africa and a revolutionary feminist poetry/graphic anthology from A Wave Blue World.

Illustrated Biographies

Discover some of the very best picture book and illustrated biographies in this roundup featuring William Still and His Freedom Stories by Don Tate, as well as Nelson Mandela, and even the imagined stories of children missing during the Chilean revolution.

Illustrated Nonfiction

This is not the nonfiction you grew up—this crop of new nonfiction presents information in innovative and visually compelling ways, whether talking about climate change, looking at how kids live around the world or taking a closer look at Sakura, the Japanese cherry blossom festival.

Middle Grade and YA Fiction

Explore world mythology with the newest entries in Rick Riordan Presents, a devastating novel in verse about a jailed innocent, and two very different yet equally gripping novels about World War II in our fiction roundup.

Middle Grade and YA Nonfiction

Compelling nonfiction is featured in this book talk that includes a history of the Black Panthers, stories from 130 Japanese Americans interned during WWII, a landmark desegration case, an anthology about censored and banned books, and so much more.

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Resources

Astra Publishing Group/Boyds Mills Kane Press

Ambushed!: The Assassination Plot Against President GarfieldAmbushed! The Assassination Plot Against President Garfield (Medical Fiascoes)
By Gail Jarrow
Grades 5-8

This thrilling title for young readers blends science, history, and medical mysteries to tell the story of the assassination and ultimately horrible death of President James Garfield.

Download the educator’s guide.

Astra Publishing Group/Boyds Mills Kane Press

Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez
Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez
By Larry Dane Brinmer
Grades 2-5
This important yet little-known civil rights story focuses on Roberto Alvarez, a student whose 1931 court battle against racism and school segregation in Lemon Grove, California, is considered the first time an immigrant community used the courts to successfully fight injustice. A must-read for young activists, or for anyone interested in standing up for what’s right.

Download the educator’s guide.

Candlewick

 
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People
By Kekla Magoon
Grades 9-12
“An account of the origins and lasting impact of the militant organization that grew out of the oppression of Blacks in the United States…Magoon provides critical historical context, documenting the harsh, sometimes deadly efforts to control first the enslaved, then those who were freed when legal bondage ended.”–Kirkus (starred review)
Watch a video with the author.
Read a sample chapter.
Read a note from the author.

Candlewick

When We Say Black Lives MatterWhen We Say Black Lives Matter
By Maxine Beneba Clarke
Grades 1-4
In a powerful, poetic missive, award-winning author-illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke celebrates the meaning behind the words Black Lives Matter.
Watch the author video.

Candlewick

The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron CurtainThe Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
By Eugene Yelchin
Grades 5 and up
With a masterful mix of comic timing and disarming poignancy, Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin offers a memoir of growing up in Cold War Russia.
Watch an interview with the author.

Dreamscape Media/Tilbury House

The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant StoryThe Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story
Arab American Book Award 2021 winner; Children’s Africana Book Awards 2021 Honor book ; Charlotte Huck Award 2021 recommended book; SLJ Starred Review
The story of how a beautiful quilt helps a Muslim girl from Egypt find acceptance in an American school.
Download the educator’s guide.

Greystone Kids

I Hear You, Forest
I Hear You Forest
By Kallie George, illustrated by Carmen Mok
PreK-Grade 2
Kids will look forward to their next nature walk after reading this playful yet calming book about wonderful forest sounds.

Download the companion guide for teachers and parents.

HarperCollins

Educator’s Guide for Punching the Air
Punching the Air
By Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
Grades 9 and up
A powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. One of the most acclaimed YA novels of the year, this New York Times and USA Today bestseller is a must-read.

Download the educator’s guide.

HarperCollins

Educator’s Guide for Erin Entrada Kelly’s Middle Grade Novels
Erin Entrada Kelly Educator’s Guide
Grades 3-7

From the Newbery-winning Hello, Universe to the new We Dream of Space, Erin Entrada’s Kelly’s novels encourage young readers to ask the big questions.

Download the educator’s guide.

Holiday House

Bright StarBright Star
By Yuyi Morales
Grades PreK-Grade 2
With the combination of powerful, spare language and sumptuous, complex imagery characteristic of her work, Yuyi Morales weaves the tale of a fawn making her way through a landscape that is dangerous, beautiful–and full of potential. A gentle voice urges her onward, to face her fears and challenge the obstacles that seek to hold her back.
Download the event kit.
Download the educator’s guide.

Norton Young Readers

Free Lunch Free Lunch
By Rex Ogle
Grades 5-8

Instead of giving him lunch money, Rex’s mom has signed him up for free meals. As a poor kid in a wealthy school district, better-off kids crowd impatiently behind him as he tries to explain to the cashier that he’s on the free meal program. The lunch lady is hard of hearing, so Rex has to shout. Winner of the YALSA Nonfiction Award.

Download an author Q&A and discussion guide.

Norton Young Readers

Women Win the VoteWomen Win the Vote
By Nancy B. Kennedy
Grades 5-8

A bold new collection showcasing the trailblazing individuals who fought for women’s suffrage, honoring the Nineteenth Amendment’s centennial anniversary.

Download the educator’s guide.

Simon & Schuster

The Welcome ChairThe Welcome Chair
By Rosemary Wells, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Grades K-2

In this story based on true events, a treasured wooden chair is passed down from family to family, with each new owner carving the word “welcome” in a new language.

Download the educator’s guide.

Simon & Schuster

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m FromDon’t Ask Me Where I’m From
By Jennifer de Leon
Grades 9 and up

First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

Find an author video, discussion guide and more here.

Simon & Schuster

The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins and Her New Deal for AmericaThe Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins and Her New Deal for America
By Kathleen Krull
Grades PreK-3
Although Frances Perkins was a shy, quiet child, she grew up to become a bold advocate for the welfare of Americans, including the needy, the disabled, laborers, and seniors. She served as secretary of labor for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and was the force behind creating the Social Security Act of 1935.
Download the educator’s guide.

Penguin

Penguin ResourcesFind educator guides for a range of titles including Latinx Voices, Award Winners, Anti-rascist Reading and many more here.

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Staff Picks

Christina Moorehead, Publisher Liason

Christina Moorehead
Pizza in His Pocket
Pizza in His Pocket
Written by Zain Bhikha, illustrated by Natalia Scabuso
Kube Publishing
Ages 2-7
“Appreciating the good things we have and sharing what we have with others are character-nurturing concepts that can be introduced to children even as young as 3 years of age–as can the idea that these concepts are valued across many different beliefs and cultures. Pizza in His Pocket is a bright and delightfully delicious tale of an Islamic boy who loves to eat food from all over the world, but soon realizes that not everyone is as lucky as he is. This story-with-a-message is a perfect read-aloud (or sing-along with the available Youtube video by author Zain Bhikha) for young Islamic children, AND can be a gentle first-introduction to Islam story for non-Islamic children as well. But be aware: you will probably need a snack after following this food-loving tot on his edible global travels!”

Tracy Gallagher, Special Projects Librarian

Tracy Gallagher
Tad Lincoln’s Restless Wriggle
Tad Lincoln’s Restless Wriggle
Written by Beth Anderson, illustrated by S. D. Schindler
Calkins Creek
Grades K-3
“This short picture book biography focuses on one year in the life of Tad Lincoln. Through this one year we see the love that binds the very different personalities of young Tad and his father Abraham. Young children can enjoy the story and all of Tad’s adventures while those who want to learn more have plenty of resources to investigate due to the excellent backmatter.”

Rebecca Gibson, Logistics Coordinator

Rebecca Gibson
Saint Spotting Or How to Read a Church
Saint Spotting Or How to Read a Church
Written and illustrated by Chris Raschka
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grades K-4
“With two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka, a walk through a church becomes a fascinating adventure. Beautiful watercolor spreads illuminate saints and symbols for young readers as a mother and son explore a church, “saint spotting”. As a child raised in the Methodist Church, I had no idea how many Saints there were, let alone the myriad ways they were martyred. Sensitive readers may need some guidance as death is mentioned and suffering implied (obviously), but for such a weighty topic, the text and soft illustrations make the subject matter light, matter of fact, and quite interesting.”

Emma Schneider, Publisher Liaison


Magic Candies
Magic Candies
Written and illustrated by Heena Baek, translated by Sophie Bowman
Amazon Crossing Kids
Grades K–3
What would you do if you could hear people’s thoughts? For quiet, lonely Tong Tong, that’s exactly what happens! While at the store buying more marbles, instead he finds a collection magic candies. He tries the first one –– and suddenly he hears his couch telling him that the remote has been stuck in its side for a week. Mystified, he eats another… this time the dog talks. Tong Tong eventually hears his late grandmother tell him to make the most of his life and play as much as he can. This quirky, imaginative book takes a boy on a journey from loneliness to bravery as he discovers his own voice and place in the world.

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The Queen's Favorite Witch
The Queen’s Favorite Witch
By Benjamin Dickson, illustrated by Rachael Smith
(Papercutz)
Grades 3-5
What’s not to love in this middle grade graphic novel set in the Elizabethan court? Give kids an especially fun entry into the time of Shakespeare at the side of talented young witch Daisy, who hopes to be the Queen’s new witch. Impulsive and kind, with dark forces at work all around, kids will respond to the mystery and humor in this historical fantasy graphic novel.
Nicky and Vera
Nicky and Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued
By Peter Sis
(Norton Young Readers)
Grades 2-5
Who better to bring this story of courage, creativity, and cleverness to life than Peter Sis? In 1938, a young man from England engineered the escape of 700 Jewish children from Prague. What makes this truly special is the personal detail that gives the narrative an immediacy and urgency. Isn’t it time to refresh your WWII picture book shelf? Consider giving Nicky and Vera a home there.
Boardwalk Babies
Boardwalk Babies
By Marissa Moss, illustrated by April Chu
(Creston Books)
Grades 1-3
An innovative doctor with a flair for showmanship enables thousands of premature babies to be saved by putting them into a sideshow, staffed with qualified nurses. Marissa Moss has rescued another hero from history with her gorgeous and fascinating biography of Dr. Martin Courney, making one more reason why I always love it when she has another story to tell. Plus, great backmatter!


Publishers in the Spotlight

360 Degrees ◆ Albatros Media ◆ Amazon Crossing Kids/Two Lions/Brilliance Audio ◆ Astra Publishing ◆ Britannica Books ◆ Candlewick ◆ Cassava Republic ◆ Catalyst Press ◆ Charlesbridge ◆ Cicada Books ◆ Creston Books ◆ Diamond Book Distributors ◆ Disney Publishing ◆ Eerdmans Books for Young Readers ◆ Greystone Kids ◆ HarperCollins ◆ Holiday House ◆ Inhabit Media ◆ KUBE Publishing ◆ Lantana Publishing ◆ Live Oak Media ◆ NubeOcho ◆ Simon and Schuster ◆ Tilbury House ◆ WW Norton ◆ What on Earth Books

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