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I Am Every Good Thing

I Am Every Good Thing

by Barnes, Derrick / Nancy Paulsen Books

An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut I ama nonstop ball of energy.Powerful and full of light.I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader. The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt he'll see them through--as he's creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he's afraid, because he's so often misunderstood and called what he is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you--and shows you--who they are.…

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Flubby Is Not a Good Pet!

Flubby Is Not a Good Pet!

by Morris, J. E. / Penguin Workshop

A 2020 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Meet Flubby--the lovably lazy feline who prefers a purr-fectly laid-back lifestyle Flubby is a large, sleepy cat who refuses to do the things that other pets do. He won't sing, catch, or even jump But when a scary situation brings Flubby and his owner together, they realize they really do need each other--and that makes Flubby a good pet after all. The charming illustrations, simple text, and comic-like panels by J. E. Morris, author-illustrator of the Maud the Koala books, make this a unique format with a narrative style perfect for storytime and progressing…

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Happy Cat

Happy Cat

by Henry, Steve / Holiday House

The joys of giving and receiving are celebrated in this easy-to-read Level B story. On a cold day, a shivering cat jumps through the basement window of a small apartment building. Inside he meets Rat, who shows him upstairs. Along the way, Cat meets everyone in the building--and each of his new, welcoming neighbors has a gift to share. When he reaches the top, Cat finds a place of his own. Cat is happy Cutaway illustrations of the apartment building, filled with the characters' cozy homes, give young readers plenty of details to pore over, and the spare text is simple enough for beginners to read on their own. The award-winning I Like to Read(R) series focuses on guided reading…

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Fast-Forward to the Future!: A Branches Book (Time Jumpers #3)

Fast-Forward to the Future!: A Branches Book (Time Jumpers #3)

by Mass, Wendy / Branches

The Time Jumpers are heading to the future in the third book in this action-packed series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mass Pick a book. Grow a Reader This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow Chase and Ava are ready for their next adventure When they touch a glowing cube in their magic suitcase, they jump forward in time In the future, they find awesome flying cars and tons of robots. But they don't have much time…

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Freedom Soup

Freedom Soup

by Charles, Tami / Candlewick Press (MA)

Join the celebration in the kitchen as a family makes their traditional New Year's soup -- and shares the story of how Haitian independence came to be. The shake-shake of maracas vibrates down to my toes.Ti Gran's feet tap-tap to the rhythm. Every year, Haitians all over the world ring in the new year by eating a special soup, a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Ti Gran is teaching Belle how to make the soup -- Freedom Soup -- just like she was taught when she was a little girl. Together, they dance and clap as they prepare the holiday feast, and Ti Gran tells Belle about the history of the soup, the history of Belle's family, and the history of…

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The Second Sky

The Second Sky

by Bentley, Jonathan / Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

An inspiring story about finding your true elementEver since he first hatched, Gilbert has wanted to fly. But with his big, clumsy feet and small, fluffy wings, learning to fly is a bigger challenge than Gilbert anticipated. His fellow penguins tell him to give up, but Gilbert is sure that if he keeps trying, he'll be able to soar...Young readers will fall in love with this sweet, motivating story about overcoming obstacles and discovering your hidden…

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Bowwow Powwow

Bowwow Powwow

by Child, Brenda J. / Minnesota Historical Society Press

Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself-about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything. When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers in their jingle dresses and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Now Uncle's stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical…

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My Grandma and Me

My Grandma and Me

by Javaherbin, Mina / Candlewick Press (MA)

In a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories. In this big universe full of many moons, I have traveled and seen many wonders, but I have never loved anything or anyone the way I love my grandma. While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Mina Javaherbin's words make up a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that…

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The Boring Book

The Boring Book

by Yoshitake, Shinsuke / Chronicle Books

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2019 Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year The Boring Book is a humorous picture book that follows the story of one particularly bored boy. As the story progresses, our protagonist discovers there's actually more to boredom than what meets the eye--more questions, more theories, and heaps of humor. This exploration of boredom from acclaimed author-illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake playfully--and hilariously--unpacks the ways in which a seemingly stagnant state is actually a portal into a dynamic, life-enriching experience. - Embraces the topic of boredom--an ever-so-popular kid complaint--and runs with it- The unique comic format, fast pace, smart…

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Noodlephant

Noodlephant

by Kramer, Jacob / Enchanted Lion Books

"I love Noodlephant--brilliant & necessary, and the parable we need now." --Dave Eggers, Best-Selling Author, Editor, Publisher, and Co-Founder of 826 National Famous for her pasta parties, Noodlephant is shocked when the law-loving kangaroos decide noodles are only for them Noodlephant won't let this stand--Noodlephants can't survive on sticks and branches, after all. Determined to do something to push back against an unjust law, she and her friends invent a machine that transforms pens into penne, pillows into ravioli, and radiators into radiatori. With that, the pasta parties are back But that very night, the kangaroos come bounding through the door... ready to enforce…

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Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together

Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together

by Tsurumi, Andrea / Houghton Mifflin

Kirkus Best Book / Publishers Weekly Best Book ★ "Readers come away with the idea that nourishing and supporting one another is the only way to change the world."-Kirkus, STARRED review ★ " A] wholly original and moving affirmation of one crab's power to bring a community together."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED review Crab follows his heart in the wake of a disaster and discovers that everyone' talents have value when applied with generosity. Feed your craving for a hilarious, heart-warming story with Crab Cake. Humorous, intricate illustrations are perfect to engage readers aged 3-7 while teaching gentle lessons of civic engagement and rallying together as a community.…

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Treasure

Treasure

by Messier, Mireille / Orca Book Publishers

When two siblings go on a treasure hunt, they aren't sure exactly what kind of treasure they are looking for. What they do know is that treasures are shiny, mysterious and precious. And that all the really good treasures are hidden As they explore the forest, their curiosity pays off when they find the biggest, shiniest, most mysterious and precious treasure hidden just over a hill. Told exclusively in dialogue, this beautifully illustrated picture book exudes a sense of wonder at the natural world and emphasizes the magical qualities of looking through a child's eye. Also available in French as Tr sor, translated by the author, Mireille…

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You Are New

You Are New

by Knisley, Lucy / Chronicle Books

"A delightfully assured debut picture book . . . a true standout." -- The New York Times Book celebrates the joys of having -- and being -- a baby: A world of being new is waiting for little ones and the grown-ups who love them in this warm and funny book. From napping to crying to cuddling to playing, this book introduces the world to newborns (and new parents) with humor, honesty, and unmitigated sweetness. You are New is a timeless celebration of new beginnings and the transformative power of love. - With rhyming text and sweet, inclusive illustrations- Perfect for baby showers, to read to a new baby, and to prepare a sibling for a new arrival- Lucy Knisley is a critically acclaimed…

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