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The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee

The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee

by Leung, Julie / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Discover an inspiring picture book biography about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military. Hazel Ying Lee was born fearless--she was not afraid of anything, and the moment she took her first airplane ride, she knew where she belonged. When people scoffed at her dreams of becoming a pilot, Hazel wouldn't take no for an answer. She joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. It was a dangerous job, but Hazel flew with joy and boldness. This moving, true story about a groundbreaking figure will inspire young readers to challenge barriers and reach for the…

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More Than Just a Game: The Black Origins of Basketball

More Than Just a Game: The Black Origins of Basketball

by Moore, Madison / Albert Whitman & Company

Kirkus Best Informational Picture Books of 2021STARRED REVIEW! Moore's succinct and musical prose pairs well with Ollivierre's dynamic, movement-focused illustrations to outline a rich history of the sport's growth in popularity due to the unique circumstances of the early 20th century.--Kirkus Reviews starred reviewToday, the NBA is around 74% Black but, when basketball first started to catch on, it wasn't easy for Black people to play. They couldn't enter segregated YMCAs or attend privileged colleges. So Black Americans made their own spaces, playing in dance halls before the dancing started, and eventually forming teams called the Black Fives. More than Just a…

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The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess

The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess

by Hale, Shannon / Candlewick Press (MA)

There's trouble under the sea Can the Princess in Black and her new mermaid friend put a stop to a big blue kraken's shenanigans? The Princess in Black and her friends are enjoying a day of sun and sea on Princess Sneezewort's royal boat when a real, live mermaid princess emerges from the waves Eeeeeee Princess Posy needs their help protecting her very cute sea goats from being eaten by a very greedy kraken. But the princesses and the Goat Avenger quickly realize that fighting underwater can be tough for land dwellers, and only the mermaid Princess Posy can save the day. Can the masked heroes help her learn that being a princess means more than just being nice--it means…

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Field Trip (Mr. Wolf's Class #4)

Field Trip (Mr. Wolf's Class #4)

by Steinke, Aron Nels / Graphix

Mr. Wolf's class ventures out on an exciting field trip to the forest Mr. Wolf's students are going on a field trip Everyone gets to sleep in log cabins, come up with fun camp names, and journey through the great woods. They'll be learning about the oldest and largest trees in the forest, exploring an abandoned ghost town, and toasting s'mores over a campfire. On top of all that, there are kids from a different school to meet Meanwhile, Aziza and Randy must learn how to work through an argument, and Abdi is worried that he can't keep up with Henry and his new friends.There's much to do, see, and learn in the outdoors…

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Leonard (My Life as a Cat)

Leonard (My Life as a Cat)

by Sorosiak, Carlie / Walker Books Us

He's not a stray house cat, he's an immortal being. And now he must choose whether to return to his planet or remain with his new human friend in a humorous, heart-tugging story from the author of I, Cosmo. The cat that Olive rescues from a flood has a secret: he's not really a cat at all, but an alien who crashed to Earth on a beam of light. The cat, whom Olive names Leonard, was prepared to visit the planet as a human--but something went wrong. Now Leonard may never know what it's like to hold an umbrella, go bowling, or host a dinner party. (And his human jokes still need some work: Knock, knock. Who's there? Just Leonard. It is me.) While Olive worries about…

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Forever This Summer

Forever This Summer

by Youngblood, Leslie C. / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The second book from critically acclaimed author Leslie C. Youngblood, about family, identity, and learning to stand up for what's right -- now in paperback! Georgie has no idea what to expect when she, Mama, and Peaches are plopped down in the middle of small town USA--aka Bogalusa, Louisiana--where Mama grew up and Great Aunt Vie needs constant care. Georgie wants to help out at the once famous family diner that served celebrities like the Jackson 5 and the Supremes, but everyone is too busy to show her the ropes and Mama is treating her like a baby, not letting her leave her sight. When she finally gets permission to leave on her own, Georgie makes friends with Markie--a foster kid…

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Just Right Jillian

Just Right Jillian

by Collier, Nicole D. / Versify

In this heartfelt middle grade novel from debut author Nicole D. Collier, fifth grader Jillian must learn to speak and break free of her shell to enter her school's academic competition and keep her promise to her grandmother. Fifth grader Jillian will do just about anything to blend in, including staying quiet even when she has the right answer. After she loses a classroom competition because she won't speak up, she sets her mind on winning her school's biggest competition. But breaking out of her shell is easier said than done, and Jillian has only a month to keep her promise to her grandmother and prove to herself that she can speak up and show everyone her true self. A…

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Hilo Book 8 Gina and the Big Secret

Hilo Book 8 Gina and the Big Secret

by Winick, Judd / Random House Books for Young Readers

An action-packed page turner with heart! --Dav Pilkey, author of DOG MAN Your favorite characters are BACK and on an EPIC quest to save the world in the newest book in the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that kids and critics love! There's a NEW Earth! The world's timeline has been turned upside down, and now magical creatures are EVERYWHERE. Gina has to fix things--FAST! With DJ and HILO's help, can Gina find the key to turn the world back to what it was? Find out in Hilo 8--a laugh-out-loud, action-packed adventure filled with epic battles! True friendship! Good jokes! Bad jokes! Giant (hilarious) monsters! Spoiled royals! Prophecies! Good! Evil! And much,…

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Solimar: the Sword of the Monarchs

Solimar: the Sword of the Monarchs

by Ryan, Pam Muñoz / Disney-Hyperion

Award-winning author Ryan has masterfully crafted a story using cultural elements from Mexico with a generous sprinkling of magic. In this story of courage, determination, and ingenuity, readers will cheer on Solimar in her arduous journey to save what is near and dear to her heart. --BooklistI advise you to tell no one about the gift unless you trust them implicitly.Ever since Solimar was a little girl, she has gone to the ouamel forest bordering her kingdom to observe the monarch butterflies during their migration, but always from a safe distance. Now, on the brink of her quinceañera and her official coronation, Solimar crosses the dangerous creek to sit among the butterflies. There, a…

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Lucky Stars (Mr. Wolf's Class #3)

Lucky Stars (Mr. Wolf's Class #3)

by Steinke, Aron Nels / Graphix

Every day in Mr. Wolf's class is an adventure... even when you have to stay home from school Mr. Wolf's students are having a writer's workshop and are learning about personal narratives. Sampson doesn't think anything worth writing about has ever happened to him. But when he and Margot go for a bike ride one morning, he has an accident that gives him a new perspective, and he thanks his lucky stars that he's going to be okay. Meanwhile, Penny gives treats to the rats at school so that they'll leave gifts for her, and Stewart and Oliver try to learn how to get along at…

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Nicky&vera

Nicky&vera

by Sis, Peter / GE Lin Wen Hua

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Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

by Gottesfeld, Jeff / Candlewick Press (MA)

With every step, the Tomb Guards pay homage to America's fallen. Discover their story, and that of the unknown soldiers they honor, through resonant words and illustrations. Keeping vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery, are the sentinel guards, whose every step, every turn, honors and remembers America's fallen. They protect fellow soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, making sure they are never alone. To stand there--with absolute precision, in every type of weather, at every moment of the day, one in a line uninterrupted since midnight July 2, 1937--is the ultimate privilege and the most difficult post to earn in the army. Everything…

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Hello, Earth! Poems to Our Planet

Hello, Earth! Poems to Our Planet

by Sidman, Joyce / Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

We walk on Earth's surface every day, but how often do we wonder about the incredible planet around us? From the molten cracks below to the shimmering moon above, Hello, Earth explores the wonders of the natural world. This playful journey across our puzzle-piece continents does not hesitate to ask questions--even of the Earth itself Joyce Sidman's imaginative poems encourage boundless curiosity, and Miren Asiain Lora's stunning paintings capture the beauty of Earth's ecosystems, creatures, and powerhouse plants. The book concludes with extensive scientific material to foster further learning about how the earth works, from water cycles to plate tectonics to the origin…

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North and South: A Tale of Two Hemispheres

North and South: A Tale of Two Hemispheres

by Morris, Sandra / Candlewick Press (MA)

Get a fascinating global view of how the animal world adapts to the seasons with this simultaneous look at both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. In January in the Scottish Highlands, a mountain hare is camouflaged from predators in its white winter coat, while in New Guinea, a bright-green tree python guards her eggs. Come March, a warm Arctic spring lures polar bears out from their den, while in Australia, newly hatched crocodiles go for their first swim inside their mother's jaws. When autumn comes to the north, monarch butterflies start migrating south, just as bar-tailed godwits set off from New Zealand to their breeding grounds on the Alaskan tundra. In a remarkable exploration…

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You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

by Alphabet Rockers / Sourcebooks Explore

Exuberantly affirming and infectiously joyful. -Kirkus ReviewsEmpower kids to love themselves, stand up for what's right, and have each others' backs with this inspiring and inclusive picture bookIt can be scary to feel like you're all on your own, especially in the face of prejudice and injustice. But always remember: you are not alone! With uplifting text and colorful art, You Are Not Alone shows readers that when we step up to support one another, we can make a world where everyone knows they belong.This empowering children's book is the perfect inspirational gift for Valentine's Day, back-to-school, birthdays, or holiday stocking stuffers. Featuring a heartfelt…

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Pando: A Living Wonder of Trees

Pando: A Living Wonder of Trees

by Tran, Turine Viet / Capstone Editions

Pando is an inspiring tribute to a Utah grove of quaking Aspen trees connected by their roots to form one of the world's oldest and largest living things. Author Kate Allen Fox engages readers' senses to help convey the vastness of Pando, the challenges it faces, and how we all can be part of the solution. With lyrical poetry, Fox summarizes the science, action, and compassion needed to save this wonder of…

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The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art

The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art

by Levinson, Cynthia / Harry N. Abrams

A lyrically told, exquisitely illustrated biography of influential Jewish artist and activist Ben Shahn A 2022 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Winner A 2022 Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Picture Book "The first thing I can remember," Ben said, "I drew." As an observant child growing up in Lithuania, Ben Shahn yearns to draw everything he sees--and, after seeing his father banished by the Czar for demanding workers' rights, he develops a keen sense of justice, too. So when Ben and the rest of his family make their way to America, Ben brings both his sharp artistic eye and his desire to fight for what's right. As he grows, he speaks…

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¡mambo Mucho Mambo! the Dance That Crossed Color Lines

¡mambo Mucho Mambo! the Dance That Crossed Color Lines

by Robbins, Dean / Candlewick Press (MA)

New York City's desegregated Palladium Ballroom springs to life with a diverse 1940s cast in this jazzy picture-book tribute to the history of mambo and Latin jazz. Millie danced to jazz in her Italian neighborhood. Pedro danced to Latin songs in his Puerto Rican neighborhood. It was the 1940s in New York City, and they were forbidden to dance together . . . until first a band and then a ballroom broke the rules. Machito and His Afro-Cubans hit the scene with a brand-new sound, blending jazz trumpets and saxophones with Latin maracas and congas creating Latin jazz, music for the head, the heart, and the hips. Then the Palladium Ballroom issued a bold challenge to segregation and threw…

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From the Tops of the Trees

From the Tops of the Trees

by Yang, Kao Kalia / Carolrhoda Books (R)

Father, is all of the world a refugee camp? Young Kalia has never known life beyond the fences of the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp. The Thai camp holds many thousands of Hmong families who fled in the aftermath of the little-known Secret War in Laos that was waged during America's Vietnam War. For Kalia and her cousins, life isn't always easy, but they still find ways to play, racing with chickens and riding a beloved pet dog. Just four years old, Kalia is still figuring out her place in the world. When she asks what is beyond the fence, at first her father has no answers for her. But on the following day, he leads her to the tallest tree in the camp and, secure in her father's…

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Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua

Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua

by Amescua, Gloria / Harry N. Abrams

Award-winning illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh brings to life debut author Gloria Amescua's lyrical biography of an indigenous Nahua woman from Mexico who taught and preserved her people's culture through modeling for famous artists A 2022 Pura Belpré Award Author Honor Book She was Luz Jiménez, child of the flower-song people, the powerful Aztec, who called themselves Nahua-- who lost their land but who did not disappear. As a young Nahua girl in Mexico during the early 1900s, Luz learned how to grind corn in a metate, to twist yarn with her toes, and to weave on a loom. By the fire at night, she listened to stories of her community's joys, suffering, and survival,…

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