All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon. Illus. by Marla Frazee.
The myriad joys of the world are reflected with warmth and affection in this look at a day in a small community near the ocean. ( j Scanlon)
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes.
Siblings Benny and Penny encounter trouble when curiosity about a mysterious neighbor leads them into unexpected adventures. (E Hayes)
Big Wolf and Little Wolf by Nadine Brun-Cosme. Illus. by Olivier
Big Wolf lives alone until Little Wolf appears. Bit by bit, Big Wolf allows Little Wolf to join him in daily activities. Only when Little Wolf goes away does Big Wolf realize how much he cares for his new friend. ( j Brun-Cosme)
by Kevin Henkes. Illus. by Laura Dronzek.
An young unseen narrator explores colors, shapes, and sizes as she watches red, blue, yellow and green birds outside her window. Perfect for the youngest. ( j Henkes)
by Mordicai Gerstein
Part of a family who live inside a book, a young girl travels through fairy tales, mysteries, adventure yarns, and historical novels in search of a story of her own. ( j Gerstein)
Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book
Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día
de los libros by Pat Mora.
Illus. by Rafael López.
Latino children invite children of other cultures into their book fiesta, leading the reader on a visual journey that shows how reading sparks the imagination and unites us all. (Spanish j Mora)
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown.
Liam discovers a patch of lonely plants in an elevated train track and encourages them to grow into a magnificent garden that spreads throughout the drab city. ( j Brown)
by Pat Mora. Illus. by John Parra.
Small pleasures of Latino family life and experiences are captured in nostalgic folk art illustrations. (Spanish j Mora)
Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli.
With Dad pushing her higher and higher in the swing, a little girl soars into the realm of fun and fantasy. ( j Patricelli)
I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold.
A disastrous ending to a game of hide and seek finds Fly Guy hauled away to the local dump in this new take on a lost pet. (E Arnold)
Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith.
Little Mouse narrates this story with humor and excitement as he dons clothes and dreams of adventures to come. (E Smith)
Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg
and Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson. Collages by Susan L. Roth.
Children of Korphe, Pakistan describe their world and how they worked with an American to build a school for their village. Stunning collages enhance the story. (j370.95491 Mortenson)
Mommy, Mama and Me by Lesléa Newman. Illus. by Carol Thompson.
In this gentle board book two loving mothers share daily activities with their baby. ( j Newman)
Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends by Wong Herbert Yee.
Artistic Mole and poetic Mouse join forces to hatch a clever plan for watching skittish birds and create their own book of paintings and poems celebrating their bird-watching adventures (E Yee)
My Abuelita by Tony Johnston. Illus. by Yuyi Morales.
As a grandmother flows through the book pages in her robes as flamboyant as the stories she loves to tell, she inspires her grandson to want to be just like her when he grows old. ( j Johnson)
Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day by Kate McMullan. Illus. by R. W. Alley.
Friends Pearl and Wagner experience the hijinks and pranks of April Fools Day. (E McMullan)
by Linda Newbery. Illus. by Catherine Rayner.
Posy the kitten scampers through a busy day tangling yarn and catching spiders. Her antics are described with minalist art and playful rhyming text perfect for the youngest reader. ( j Newbery)
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman. Illus. by Pamela Zagarenski.
Evocative poems celebrate color and enliven the senses as readers follow a woman and her dog surrounded by myriad intricately costumed and stylized figures through the seasons. ( j Sidman)
Thunder-Boomer! by Shutta Crum. Illus. by Carol Thompson.
A family runs for cover on their farm as a hot day brings a frightening storm, then delivers a soaked and shivery surprise. ( j Crum)
Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser.
First squirrel, then hedgehog, and finally bear wait anxiously for winter to appear as they mistake several white and wet and cold and soft objects for snow. ( j Meschenmoser)
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins.
Bright illustrations in primary colors accompany bold retellings of eight familiar folktales. Young listeners will gobble these up! (j398.2 Cousins)
Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm.
The Magic Cartooning Elf mesmorizes readers with the story of a knight and a princess that also provides step-by-step instruction for creating cartoons. (j741.5 Sturm)
An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers by Natasha Wing. Illus. by Julia Breckenreid.
In a picture book format, Wing offers simple explanations of the unusual ways that artist Josef Albers used color and shape to open the eyes of the world. (j709.2 Wing)
Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures
from the archives of The Anne Frank House by Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der Rol.
A visual companion to other accounts of Anne Franks life is told chiefly through photographs, many published nowhere else, and handwritten excerpts from her actual diary in a well-researched and powerful and compact package. (j940.5318 Metselaar)
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life
of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illus. by R. Gregory
Former slave Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. Marshall, staunchly defended territorial law in the American West through many remarkable deeds. (j921 R259n)
by Lois Lowry. Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. Scholastic, $16.99
Reunited after serving in the war, a father and youngest daughter begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting shirt, cherry pie, tender conversation, and a crow call. ( j Lowry)
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of
Bob and Joe Switzers Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors by Chris Barton. Illus. by Tony Persiani.
This glowing biography tells of two inventive brothers who worked together from a startling discovery in their basement to a lifetime creating fluorescent colors. (j921 Sw68b)
Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Illus. by
A series of chronological poems delve into the life of artist Diego Rivera, enlivened by bold, bigger than life images. (j759.972 Bernier-Grand)
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom
of the Sea by Steve Jenkins.
This irresistable underwater exploration reveals the mysteries of the sea by going deeper and deeper and deeper from top to bottom,viewing little known creatures and encoutering spaces where few have ever been. (j591.92 Jenkins)
by Bodil Bredsdorff. Trans. by Kathryn Mahaffy.
Feeling displaced by the birth of her half-brother, Eidi leaves her beloved family in Crow Cove and sets out on a journey to discover her independence and talents. (Juv Fic Bredsdorff)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.
Eleven-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate and her curmudgeony old grandfather bond over their interest in the evolution of the species on a Texas plantation at the turn of the last century. (Juv Fic Kelly)
A Faraway Island by Annika Thor.
Two Jewish sisters from Vienna, Austria, are sent by their parents to Sweden to escape the Nazis. (Juv Fic Thor)
Federico García Lorca by Georgina Lázaro. Illus. by
Enrique S. Moreiro.
Lázaros lyrical poetry, written in Spanish, evokes the spirit and style of 20th-century poet and playwright, Federico García Lorca (Spanish j921 G165l)
The Frog Scientist by Pamela S.Turner. Photographs by Andy Comins.
Tyrone Hayes and his students work to understand frogs so they can save these amphibians from the pesticides that are slowly killing off creatures older than dinosaurs. (j597.8 Turner)
THE GRAND MOSQUE OF PARIS: A STORY
OF HOW MUSLIMS RESCUED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. by Karen Gray
Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix.
Powerful illustrations illuminate a little known aspect of WWII resistance: the heroic Muslim effort to orchestrate the escape of Jews who were aggressively pursued by Nazis during the four year occupation of Paris.
How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills. Illus. by Heather Maione.
A third-grade science project gives Oliver the confidence to break free from his overprotective parents in this humorous, realistic school story. (Juv Fic Mills)
IN THE BELLY OF AN OX: THE UNEXPECTED
PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVENTURES OF RICHARD AND CHERRY KEARTON by Rebecca
Establishing a new era in nature photography, two brothers spend many weekends finding ingenious ways to photograph bird nests in the nineteenth century English countryside.
The Magicians Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. Illus. by Yoko Tanaka.
A fortune teller's strange prediction and a magicians startling trick lead Peter on an extraordinary journey to find his sister in the kingdom of Baltese. (Juv Fic DiCamillo)
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P.
Figg by Rodman Philbrick.
Homer, an admitted liar and teller of tales, must rescue his brother Harold after Uncle Squinton Leach sells him to the Union Army. (Juv Fic Philbrick)
Pharaoh's Boat by David L. Weitzman.
Meticulously created, hieroglyphic-like illustrations along with a detailed text reveal the riddle of reconstructing a regal boat commissioned by Cheops, the Pharaoh, to journey into the afterlife. (j923.012 Wietzman)
RIVER OF DREAMS: THE STORY OF
THE HUDSON RIVER by Hudson Talbott.
With illustrations that flow along with the text, this book celebrates the river that has played a key role in the settling of the New World, the outcome of the Revolutionary War, and the history of a state and a country.
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara OConnor.
Popeye grabs at a chance for adventure and friendship when a boy his age named Elvis rolls into the sleepy town of Fayette. (Juv Fic O'Connor)
The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan.
At the stark, dry height of the 1937 Kansas dust bowl, 11-year-old Jack tries to bring back the rain when he challenges a mythical figure in this stirring graphic novel. (j741.5 Phelan)
by Kimiko Kajikawa. Illus. by Ed Young.
Through deep personal sacrifice, Ojiisan, known as grandfather, saves his village from a tsunami. The tension in this Japanese folktale is heightened by the rich texture of the mixed media illustrations. ( j Kajikawa)
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.
Twelve-year-old Miranda must unravel a puzzle involving increasingly strange notes warning that someone she knows may die. (Juv Fic SF Stead)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.
A young Chinese girl, long a believer in her fathers fantastic stories, goes on a quest to find the legendary Old Man of the Moon in the hope of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain. (Juv Fic SF Lin)
A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk: A Forest
of Poems by Deborah Ruddell
Illus. by Joan Rankin.
Clever rhyming verse showcases a variety of forest animals throughout the seasons. (j811.54 Ruddell)
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter. Illus. by André
Sandy Koufax's achievements as a great left-handed pitcher come to life in dramatic and dynamic illustrations coupled with smitherings of alluring facts and figures. (j796.357 Winter)
Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin.
Jason, a 12-year-old with autism spectrum disorder, finds life in a neurotypical world daunting but achieves success through his creative writing online. (Juv Fic Baskin)
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared
to Dream by Tanya Lee
Stone. Candlewick, $24.99 (9780763636111).
In the early 1960s, 13 women endured rigorous testing and training for the space program, as well as prejudice. Numerous photographs and a revealing text chronicle their difficulties and achievements. (j629.45 Stone)
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose.
Nine months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, a 15-year-old girl was arrested for defying the same Montgomery, Alabama bus laws. This is her long-neglected story. (j921 C725h)
The Giant-Slayer by Iain Lawrence.
An epic narrative spun for the residents of a polio ward in 1955 becomes personal for the young storyteller Laurie Valentine. (Juv Fic Lawrence)
The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous,
Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum by Candace Fleming.
This sweeping biography of a famous, sometimes infamous, trickster and businessman who left no stone unturned to bring the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus to an eager 19th century audience. (j921 B2677f)
by Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Keith Thompson.
A hunted young Prince Aleksander Ferdinand and a girl disguised as a boy must form an unlikely alliance to survive in this steampunk version of WWI. (YA Fic SF Westerfeld)
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge.
A complex political puzzle filled with subterfuge and intrigue is at the center of this enticing fantasy set on a remote tropical island about two sisters who must grapple with an unknown evil. (YA Fic SF Hardinge)
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children,
and Dont You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge.
Haunting illustrations and moving text tell the story of children leading the way on freedom marches, through voter registration drives, and even to jail during the quest for civil rights. (j323.1 Partridge)
Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness by Nahoko Uehashi. Illus. by Yuko Shimizu.
Bodyguard-for-hire Balsa returns in this tale of redemption and political intrigue set in a fantasy world reminiscent of medieval Japan. (YA Fic SF Uehashi)
MOTHER POEMS by Hope Anita Smith.
This touching collection of free verse poems explores a childs view of her mother and their life together, then expresses raw emotions after her mothers death.
Mr. Lincolns High-Tech War: How
the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons,
Ironclads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War by Thomas B. Allen
Breaking new historical ground, this book explores how Lincoln came to understand, value, and use modern technology to assist the North and help win the Civil War. (j973.7 Allen)
Return to Sender. by Julia Alvarez .
When Tyler's father is unable to maintain the family farm, he hires undocumented workers, resulting in an interdependent relationship that mirrors current social and political conditions in the U.S. (Juv Fic Alvarez)
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon.
Seeing the injustice in his 1968 Chicago neighborhood after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is killed, Sam Childs knows he cant be patient like his Civil Rights leader father nor join the Black Panthers like his brother: he must struggle to be his own man. (YA Fic Magoon)
Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the
Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World by Marilyn Nelson. Illus. by Jerry Pinkney.
Unique poetry and creative illustrations bring to life the story of an integrated all-girl swing band that traveled the US in the 1940s. (j811.54 Nelson)
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan.
Fifteen radically and surrealistically illustrated tales guide readers in unexpected directions in this quirky, thoughtful, and sometimes even disturbing collection of stories and art. (YA Fic SF Tan)
TOFU QUILT by ching yeung russell.
In a patchwork quilt of free verse poems the author recounts her struggle to become a writer growing up in 1960s Hong Kong.
Trolls Eye View: A Book of Villainous
Tales Edited by Ellen
Datlow and Terri Windling.
Fifteen deeply twisted, fantastically funny, and hauntingly human fairy tales are told from the point of view of the villain in this excellent collection of very grim short stories. (YA Fic SF Troll's)
Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy.
In the middle of World War I, British and German forces quit fighting to celebrate Christmas together peacefully. First person details present the human side of this bloody war. (j940.421 Murphy)
WILD THINGS by Clay Carmichael.
Spunky eleven-year-old Zoe comes to live with Uncle Henry who is a metal sculptor and learns that a safe home and acceptance are possible, even for wild things like her.
Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown
and Colonial Maryland
by Sally M. Walker.
Crime Scene Investigation meets early American Historyexposing ancient crimes and describing patterns of everyday life as told and written on the bones of the early Jamestown settlers. (j975.5 Walker)
Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl by Albert Marrin.
This ecological disaster created by human misdeed forces a grim choice upon the people of the plains during the depths of the Great Depression. (j978.032 Marrin)
Ashley Bryan: Words To My Life's Song by Ashley Bryan. Photographs by Bill McGuinness.
Numerous photographs and illustrations from the authors books accompany this joyful autobiography in which Bryan, author, storyteller, and artist, talks about growing up, school, art, and life. (j741.642 Bryan)
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illus. by Tom Lichtenheld.
Is it a duck? Is it a rabbit? Simple words and bold illustrations, challenge children with this optical illusion. ( j Rosenthal)
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney.
Pictures are worth thousands of words in this rendition of a classic fable, illustrated with striking watercolors. ( j Pinkney)
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca.
Forty years after the first and last humans (for now) stepped on the moons surface, a handsome, largely visual chronicle of that historic journey brings its majesty and mystery to young readers. (j629.454 Floca)
by Langston Hughes. Photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Warm photographic portraits celebrating the diversity of African-American faces illustrate Langston Hughes 1923 classic poem. ( j Hughes)
by Jason Chin.
Jason imaginatively steps into his book about redwoods and embarks on an adventurous exploration climbing through the canopy of these giants. (j585.2 Chin)
Shades of People by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly.
Images of happy children with many shades and colors of skin show the beauty of all people inside and out. ( j Rotner)
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