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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

by Wallmark, Laurie / Sterling Children's Books

"If you've got a good idea, and you know it's going to work, go ahead and do it."The inspiring story of Grace Hopper--the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science--is told told in an engaging picture book biography. Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader--AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Acclaimed picture book author Laurie Wallmark (Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine) once again tells the riveting story of a trailblazing woman. Grace Hopper coined the term "computer bug" and taught computers to "speak English." Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing…

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Animal Camouflage: A Search and Find Activity Book

Animal Camouflage: A Search and Find Activity Book

by Dennis, Sarah / Princeton Architectural Press

In a world where majestic creatures soar, scatter, prance, and pounce through beautiful natural habitats, astounding discoveries and fascinating facts are waiting to be discovered in this beautifully designed book, which combines intricate paper-cut art with hidden-picture fun. Sarah Dennis's incredible paper-cut illustrations bring to life seven wondrous regions of the world (Africa, Asia, Europe, Polar Regions, North America, South America, Australia) offering to young readers the opportunity to become intrepid explorers as they uncover native animals hiding in treelined jungles, still deserts, and watery depths. Each animal is described with brief facts that make Animal Camouflage…

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Smiley: A Journey of Love

Smiley: A Journey of Love

by George, Joanne / Fitzhenry & Whiteside

While working as a veterinary technician, Joanne George heard about a puppy mill not far from the clinic and embarked on a rescue mission with her co-workers. On that special day, Joanne met Smiley for the first time. He had been born without eyes and with dwarfism and because of his time in the puppy mill, Smiley was suffering from serious anxiety. While the other dogs rescued that day were found loving homes, Smiley was going to need some extra special care. Nothing happens without practice and patience and Joanne and Smiley learned both those traits together. Gradually Smiley was able to walk off-leash and started greeting Joanne at the back door. She gave Smiley a loving home and he…

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

by Harrison, Vashti / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author-illustrator Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African-American women who shaped…

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The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America: A Toon Graphic

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America: A Toon Graphic

by Hernandez, Jaime / Toon Graphics

How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf cutter ants? Famed Love and Rockets creator Jaime Hernandez asks these questions and more as he transforms beloved myths into bold, stunning, and utterly contemporary comics. Guided by the classic works of F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada, Hernandez's first book for young readers brings the sights and stories of Latin America to a new generation of graphic-novel fans around the…

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Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom

Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom

by D. G., Gigi / First Second

Now with Princess Nautilus as part of their entourage, Cucumber and Almond travel to Trebleopolis to warn Princess Piano that Noisemaster, second of the Nightmare Knight's minions, might be after her Unfortunately, they arrive just in time for Queen Cymbal's birthday and the Queen refuses to stop the festivities . . . that is until Noisemaster succeeds in capturing Princess Piano and threatens to destroy the city. Adapted from the popular webcomic series of the same name, Gigi D.G.'s Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom is the third book of a clever, adorable, and hilarious four-volume heroic adventure that is sure to make you hungry for sweets and…

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Welcome to Wonderland #3: Sandapalooza Shake-Up

Welcome to Wonderland #3: Sandapalooza Shake-Up

by Grabenstein, Chris / Random House Books for Young Readers

"Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity--five stars " --Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series Dive into summer fun with this hilarious illustrated middle-grade series by Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor with James Patterson of the I Funny and House of Robots series Life's a vacation when you live in the world's wackiest motel P.T. and his best friend, Gloria, are getting ready for St. Pete Beach's first-ever Sandapalooza The Wonderland's biggest rival, the Conch Reef Resort, is doing everything it can to win the sand sculpture contest, but P.T. has bigger problems: The Wonderland…

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Give Bees a Chance

Give Bees a Chance

by Barton, Bethany / Viking Books for Young Readers

From the author-illustrator of Children's Choice Book Award Winner I'm Trying to Love Spiders a plea to please give bees a chance Not sure whether to high-five bees or run away from them? Well, maybe you shouldn't high-five them, but you definitely don't have to run away from them. Give Bees a Chance is for anyone who doesn't quite appreciate how extra special and important bees are to the world, and even to humankind Besides making yummy honey, they help plants grow fruits and vegetables. And most bees wouldn't hurt a fly (unless it was in self-defense ). Bethany Barton's interactive cartoon-style illustrations and hilarious narrator mean this book is…

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Malala's Magic Pencil

Malala's Magic Pencil

by Yousafzai, Malala / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

In this beautifully illustrated volume, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize shares a story from her childhood in Pakistan that shows younger readers the world view that allowed her to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times. Full…

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Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

by Wallace, Sandra Neil / Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

"A visually striking, enlightening picture-book biography." --Booklist (starred review) "An absolutely indispensable illustrated biography that will remind readers of all ages that it's never too late to pursue their dreams." --School Library Journal (starred review) "A well-sourced, stirringly told account of an artist drawing inspiration from and finding beauty in the immediate surroundings of his world." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A biography with appeal for sports fans and budding artists alike, it will also beckon to any reader who appreciates a well-told, artfully illustrated story." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Discover the remarkable true story of NFL star…

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The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

by Sidman, Joyce / Houghton Mifflin

Bugs, of all kinds, were considered to be "born of mud" and to be "beasts of the devil." Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and observe them? One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly. In this visual nonfiction biography, richly illustrated throughout with full-color original paintings by Merian herself, the Newbery Honor-winning author Joyce Sidman paints her own picture of one of the first female entomologists and a woman who flouted convention in the pursuit of knowledge and her passion for…

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Confucius: The Heart of China

Confucius: The Heart of China

by Demi / Shen's Books

His sayings are repeated throughout the world. His teachings set the course of Chinese society for two and a half millennia. But Confucius (551 BCEa "479 BCE) remains merely a name to many readers, rather than the central figure of world history that he deserves to be. Now award-winning author-illustrator Demi illuminates his life and influence in this elegant biography that will appeal to readers of all ages. Confucius loved books and learning, but he grew up during a time of great suffering and warfare in China. Troubled by the chaos he saw all around him, he devoted his life to reforming his society and government, with ideas about education and leadership that still resonate today. He…

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The Way Downtown: Adventures in Public Transit

The Way Downtown: Adventures in Public Transit

by Gertsberg, Inna / Kids Can Press

This one-of-a-kind book explores the complex and fascinating world of urban public transit using five different characters' journeys through an imaginary city. Each journey is told as a story in panels, embellished with definitions, labels, and explanations of how things work on subways, buses, and more. Full…

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Snowy Owl Invasion!: Tracking an Unusual Migration

Snowy Owl Invasion!: Tracking an Unusual Migration

by Markle, Sandra / Millbrook Press

Late in 2013, snowy owls started showing up in places no one expected to find them--including Florida. What had caused so many of these majestic birds to leave their Arctic home and fly to southern Canada and the United States? Scientists quickly began working to find out. Author Sandra Markle brings together firsthand reports from the scientists involved along with stunning photographs of the owls to explain this rare event, known as an irruption. Follow along as scientists figure out why snowy owls took part in this unusual migration and discover what they learned from the unexpected opportunity to study them up…

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Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem

Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem

by Newman, Patricia / Millbrook Press

In Elkhorn Slough, an inlet on the California coast, seagrass grows healthy and strong in the shallow water. This healthy seagrass baffled marine biologist Brent Hughes. The scientist expected this estuary to be overrun with algae, causing the seagrass to die. Why was the seagrass thriving? As Brent investigated, signs pointed to an unexpected player helping to keep the seagrass healthy: sea otters What do these top predators have to do with an aquatic grass at the opposite end of the food chain? Brent's amazing discovery gave scientists insight into the delicate balance of ecosystems. Follow science in action as Brent conducts the research that led to this major…

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I Am Loved

I Am Loved

by Giovanni, Nikki / Atheneum Books

Newbery Award honoree Ashley Bryan has hand-selected a dozen of National Book Award winner Nikki Giovanni's poems to illustrate with his inimitable flourish. There is nothing more important to a child than to feel loved, and this gorgeous gathering of poems written by Nikki Giovanni celebrates exactly that. Hand-selected by Newbery honoree Ashley Bryan, he has, with his masterful flourish of color, shape, and movement, added a visual layering that drums the most impartant message of all to young, old, parent, child, grandparent, and friend alike: You are loved. You are loved. You are loved. As a bonus, one page is mirrored, so children reading the book can see exactly who is…

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Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote the Cat in the Hat

Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote the Cat in the Hat

by Sierra, Judy / Random House Books for Young Readers

This bouncy account of the early career of Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Ted Geisel) proves that sometimes limitations can be the best inspiration of all. Includes writing tips from Dr. Seuss and exclusive letters from Sierra and Hawkes detailing how they created this book. Full…

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When Jackie Saved Grand Central: The True Story of Jacqueline Kennedy's Fight for an American Icon

When Jackie Saved Grand Central: The True Story of Jacqueline Kennedy's Fight for an American Icon

by Wing, Natasha / Houghton Mifflin

Before she was an iconic First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy was a born-and-raised New Yorker. She loved everything about her city, from the natural beauty of the parks to the architectural history of the buildings. So when the owners of Grand Central wanted to build a skyscraper on top of the famous train station, Jackie knew they had to be stopped. She helped inspire thousands of people to come together and fight to protect the historic landmark. From letter-writing campaigns all the way to the Supreme Court, this little-known story celebrates winning in the face of immeasurable odds and how one person can make a big…

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