Books for Young Readers

Book recommendations from the BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers

Spotlight on New Books - July 2017

Selected by:
Nathan Spofford, Tina Peterson, April Moody, and Gene Nelson

Nathan Spofford

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The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! Deedy, Carmen Agra Scholastic Press 01/17 978-0545722889 PreK - 3 $17.99
This Mexican village is downright noisy until a new mayor is elected, one who gradually enacts new laws eventually requiring absolute silence. That is, until a rooster, equal parts happy and noisy, refuses to stop singing, no matter what the new mayor tries. Perky, colorful art illuminates and intensifies the storyline.
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Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing Schubert, Leda Roaring Brook Press 06/17 978-1626722507 K - 3 $17.99
As much as The Rooster is metaphor, Pete Seeger is literal. Pete sang with anybody and everybody. He sang out about human rights, polluted rivers, and plain folks struggling to make ends meet. And he suffered oppressive blacklisting under McCarthyism. Through it all, he taught the country to sing and rejoice, work together and make a difference. Colon’s lavish illustrations round out this biography perfectly.
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Three Billy Goats Gruff Pinkney, Jerry Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 05/17 978-0316341578 Pre - 3 $17.99
Striking illustrations and crisp, vivid text combine to make an extraordinary, yet updated, retelling of the famous goats. Detailed endpapers give the before and after, and story trip-traps along to a new, unexpected, but fully satisfying conclusion.
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A Family is a Family is a Family O'Leary, Sara Groundwood Books 09/16 978-1554987948 Pre - 2 $17.95
A new girl at school is afraid classmates will find her strange for living in a foster home. Little does she know her peers have families that are every bit as unusual and wonderful as hers. The clincher for this book is when the foster mother is asked which ones are her “real” children. “Oh, I don’t have any imaginary children,” Mom says. “All my children are real.”
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Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling Ering, Timothy Basil Candlewick 01/17 978-0763664329 Pre - K $15.99
A tender metaphor for the power of love, Alfred Fiddleduckling unwittingly enters a lost and confused world. But mystery and fear are no match for his singular courage and unflagging hope. Not to mention he is one heck of a fiddle player!
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Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs Murray, Carol Henry Holt and Co. 05/17 978-0805098181 1 - 5 $17.99
Clever poetry paired with Sweet’s signature illustrations are served up with a factoid on the side. Mosquito bites are bad enough “with itching and scratching from morning ‘til night!” but thinking about the terrible gallinipper, a mosquito that can “…grow as big as a quarter.” is just chilling!
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Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers Heiligman, Deborah Henry Holt and Co. 04/17 978-0805093391 YA $19.99
From the time Vincent left home for school in 1864, until his death with Theo at his side, Vincent exchanged letters with Theo, sometimes several in a single day. Heiligman’s genius here is taking those letters and creating the warp and weft of a life lived on the very edge. Keeping readers captivated for 464 pages, here is a biography full of life, insight, compassion, and awe. Not to be missed!
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Some Writer: The Story of E. B. White Sweet, Melissa HMH Books for Young Readers 10/16 978-0544319592 2 - 5 $18.99
A brilliant life, brilliantly portrayed from primary source documents and photographs, lavishly coalesced by Melissa Sweet’s colorful, detailed, scrapbook-style art. Choosing to do a biography on an iconic and beloved writer is risky business. It has to be just right, a carefully balanced nuance of research and wonder. And this work is indeed just right!
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Giant Squid Fleming, Candace Roaring Brook Press 09/16 978-1596435995 1 - 5 $18.99
Like an eerie horror movie, Fleming’s first pages pull the reader “Down, down in the depths of the sunless sea, deep, deep in the cold…” Scientists don’t know a great deal about squids, but that does not suspend the intrigue and wonder of the mysterious world deep under the sea.
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Best in Snow Sayre, April Pulley Beach Lane Books 10/16 978-1481459167 Pre - 3 $17.99
Sharp, crisp text set on sumptuous photographs of a forest cloaked in winter snow. On a duck, snow “dusts wings.” On the ground, snow “crystals feather.” The sun shines briefly, only to be obscured by clouds, “And another snowflake lands…on a squirrel’s nose.” A delightful, poetic readaloud for a dreaded “in day” at school.
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Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing Haring, Kay Dial Books 02/17 978-0525428190 K - 3 $16.99
From the time he could hold a pencil or crayon, Keith Haring drew. It seemed that he never stopped. The short life of an enormously creative talent is told by Keith’s sister, Kay. The text reads like an eyewitness account, which, of course, it is. There are even telling photographs of the Haring kids from the 1970s. While it is true that Keith’s life was cut short by a tragic death, but the focus here is the inspiring story of a boy who lived his life, and dreams, to the very fullest.
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The Poet's Dog MacLachlan, Patricia Katherine Tegen Books 09/16 978-0062292629 1 - 5 $14.99
Don’t be fooled by this book’s size; it may be little, but it is fierce. In the hands of another writer, this story might have become trite and foolish. With MacLachlan at the helm, it is deep, thoughtful, and poignant. Teddy, an Irish Wolfhound, uses flashbacks to tell the story of losing his dear poet, Sylvan, while rescuing two children lost in a snowstorm—children who turn out to be real jewels!
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Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books, Markel, Michelle Chronicle Books 04/17 978-0811879224 K - 3 $17.99
Life in 1726 was anything but easy, but beyond the hardships people had stories. But books were for adults, leaving children to read “…preach poems and fables.” Poor things. But then John Newbery came to London, and wondered “Why shouldn’t children have delightful books of their own?” John published books for children, and they “…gobbled them up like plum cakes!” Sepia tone illustrations and a variety of typestyles tell the story of “John Newbery, the father of children’s literature.”
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Blue Ethel Reinhardt, Jennifer Black Farrar, Straus and Giroux 05/17 978-0374303822 Pre - 3 $17.99
Ethel is a silly, old, fat, black-and-white cat. A great puddle of inactivity. One day she rolls and rolls on the sidewalk. She is still old, fat, and black, but blue sidewalk chalk has rendered her no longer white. She moves through her blue period with all the grace and style of a garden slug, but with firm resolve, moves from black and white to colorful. Delightfully droll illustrations enhance the comic story of the world that is Ethel.
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Lexie the Word Wrangler Van Slyke, Rebecca Nancy Paulsen Books 04/17 978-0399169571 K - 3 $17.99
This is a word lovers delight! Lexie wrangles words every which way, from rhymes to anagrams and back again. The twinkling s-t-a-r in the sky turns to r-a-t-s and Lexie knows “…we got us a word rustler.” Lexie has what it takes to ferret out the outlaw, and soon makes things right. Filled with wordplay and a cockeyed view of what words can become, this is rich food for the budding writer or poet.
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Moo: A Novel Creech, Sharon HarperCollins 08/16 978-0062415240 3 - 7 $16.99
Most all of us have sat in traffic and wished we could escape. In Moo, Reena’s family does just that. To the coast of Maine, no less. Reena and her brother are sent by their parents to help Mrs. Falala, a neighbor lady, with her animals. And among the animals is Zora, a selfish, dirty, obnoxious cow. As it turns out, there is fun to be had, and plenty to learn. An entire summer’s worth.
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The Sun is Also a Star Yoon, Nicola Delacorte Press 11/16 978-0553496680 YA $18.99
What an unlikely pair: a Korean-American boy and a Jamaican girl about to be deported. It’s not easy to find love, especially when you have an obnoxious brother, a father you can’t understand, and less than twenty-four hours. But Natasha and Daniel do find love in this brutally honest, emotionally intense series of seemingly magical moments. The magic of love is delicately chronicled into a story of immense power and raw emotion, hurtling forward at hurricane speed.

Tina Peterson

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Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea Clanton, Ben Tundra Books 10/16 978-1101918715 1 - 4 $12.99
Narwhal is pretty awesome with his tusk-like, toothy horn, but when he meets Jelly the level of awesome soars as these two new friends imagine their way through three fun adventures.
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Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt Clanton, Ben Tundra Books 05/17 978-1101918296 1 - 4 $12.99
The fun continues as Narwhal and Jelly superfy their friendship. Jelly Jolt has a superpower, but what is Narwhal’s superpower? Come find out as these two friends adventure their way across the ocean, superfying other sea creatures along the way.
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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Daywalt, Drew Balzer + Bray 04/17 978-0062438898 Pre - 3 $17.99
You’ve all played the game. This fantastically hilarious story explains how rock, paper, scissors first came to be. Are you wearing your battle pants?
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Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness Bowman, Donna Janell Lee & Low Books 10/16 978-1620141489 2 - 8 $19.95
A beautifully illustrated true story of a former slave, turned doctor/veterinarian. William “Doc” Key was well known in his community for providing remedies to both humans and animals. While the biography shares general information about Doc’s life, its focus is on how Doc Key healed a sickly foal named Jim and then taught the horse to read, spell, and even do math problems. Doc and Jim toured the United States amazing audiences and promoting kindness to animals. This is an amazing story of how one man, and one horse, profoundly changed the ideas of a nation through something as simple as kindness. More extensive information about Doc’s life as well as archival photos are included in the back of the book.
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One Proud Penny Siegel, Randy Roaring Brook Press 01/17 978-1626722354 Pre - 3 $17.99
Have you ever wondered where that penny traveled before it came to you? Or perhaps you have wondered where pennies are made, or how many pennies are actually out there? After reading this story about one penny’s travels, you just might have all the answers, plus some other interesting facts all about pennies!
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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman Edwards, Michelle Schwartz & Wade 10/16 978-0553497106 Pre - 3 $17.99
Sophia’s kind neighbor, Mrs. Goldman, takes care of everyone in the neighborhood by knitting hats and sweaters. But now winter has come and Mrs. Goldman is still so busy knitting for everyone else that she doesn’t have a warm hat for herself. Sophia decides to brave her shaky knitting skills to solve the problem, but no matter how hard she tries, her hat does not come out right… until she comes up with a brilliant plan that will be perfect for Mrs. Goldman.
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Lion Lessons Agee, Jon Dial Books 07/16 978-0803739086 Pre - 3 $17.99
A comically charming story about a boy who decides to take Lion Lessons to earn his Lion Diploma, but can he really be a lion? His pro teacher, a real lion, isn’t so sure …until the last lesson of all – looking out for your friends.
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King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats Butler, Dori Hillestad Peachtree Publishers 03/17 978-1561458776 Pre - 3 $14.95
Kayla made peanut butter treats for Jillian’s new puppy. King loves peanut butter treats! When three go missing, King is the prime suspect. Lucky for him, Kayla is a pretty good detective and adds together enough clues to figure out it wasn’t King. King also has a clue – there is an intruder in the house – but Kayla doesn’t understand what he tells her. Can King help Kayla solve the mystery?
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They all Saw a Cat Wenzel, Brendan Chronicle Books 08/16 978-1452150130 Pre - K $16.99
“The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws…” seeing and being seen by many different creatures. “They all saw a cat,” but what a different cat each of them witnesses. Science and art masterfully blend in a simple book about perception.
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Hank's Big Day: the Story of a Bug Kuhlman, Evan Schwartz & Wade 09/16 978-0553511505 Pre - 2 $16.99
Hank is a pill bug whose life is full of interesting daily encounters with scary grasshoppers, an occasional skateboard, and many insect friends. The real fun starts, though, when he teams up with Amelia, a human girl who takes him on a flying adventure that demonstrates size is just a matter of perspective. It truly is a big day for Hank!
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Old Dog Baby Baby Fogliano, Julie Roaring Brook Press 10/16 978-1596438538 Pre - K $17.99
With simple and lyrical rhyming, this story is about a baby and the old family dog who meet and explore the world under the kitchen table. At the end of the day, a new friendship is solidified as both buddies snuggle together, sound asleep.
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Leave Me Alone Brosgol, Vera Roaring Brook Press 09/16 978-1626724419 Pre - 2 $17.99
The humorous story of an old woman who is frustrated by all the interruptions she encounters while trying to knit 30 little sweaters for her grandchildren. But solitude can be hard to find, no matter how high you climb. Who knew that knitting could be so entertaining?
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Owl Sees Owl Godwin, Laura Schwartz & Wade 09/16 978-0553497823 Pre - 2 $17.99
A simple book based on reverso poetry that tells the story of a small owl’s exciting nighttime adventure away from the safety of his nest… As owl sees his own startled reflection in a pool of water, the words reverse to help owl travel back home to safety. Clever yet simple.
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Teacup Young, Rebecca Dial Books 10/16 978-0735227774 Pre - 3 $17.99
Breathtaking illustrations partnered with a simple text tell the allegorical story of a boy who needs to leave his home and find a new one. He carries with him a book, a bottle, and a teacup full of earth from his home. After a tree grows from the cup and he is safely rooted in his new home, a girl arrives with a broken eggshell cup... A book deliciously filled with many possible meanings.
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Henry & Leo Zagarenski, Pamela HMH Books for Young Readers 10/16 978-0544648111 Pre - 3 $17.99
Leo has been Henry’s best friend since he was a baby. When Leo gets lost on a walk through the woods, Henry’s family unsuccessfully tries to find Leo and comfort Henry. It’s a long night without Leo, but it is also a night when best friend magic works to bring the two friends together again.

April Moody

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The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles Cuevas, Michelle Dial Books 08/16 978-0803738683 Pre - 3 $17.99
The uncorker of ocean bottles has the job to open any bottle found washed up on shore and make sure the message is delivered to the right person. When a message washes up with no name attached, he tries to find who it belongs to and in the end finds what he most desires. A beautifully illustrated picture book.
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Egg Henkes, Kevin Greenwillow Books 01/17 978-0062408723 Pre - 3 $17.99
This story is a picture book about 4 eggs. The blue, pink and yellow egg all hatch reveling 3 baby birds that fly away. The green egg does not hatch right away. When the birds return to check on the egg they find a big surprise and develop an unlikely friendship.
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Pandora Turnbull, Victoria Clarion Books 04/17 978-0544947337 Pre - 3 $16.99
Pandora lives in a world where everything is broken. She collects many of the broken things and makes herself a beautiful home with them. Unfortunately, she has no one to share it with until a bird with a broken wing arrives. As the bird begins to fly it returns bringing seeds and other things- until one day it doesn't come back. Though she is heartbroken she gradually sees that things are growing all around her and that the seeds of friendship continue. A beautifully illustrated story about friendship, growth and renewal.
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Triangle Barnett, Mac Candlewick 03/17 978-0763696030 K - 4 $15.99
A humorous story about triangle and square who like to play tricks on each other. A pair of practical jokes will leave readers wondering who started it. The tongue and cheek text and trademark illustrations make this a funny read aloud.
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Charlie & Mouse Snyder, Laurel Chronicle Books 04/17 978-1452131535 Pre - 3 $14.99
A delightful early reader about two brothers and their antics. The book is divided into 4 small chapters: Lumps, The Party, Rocks and Bedtime Banana. The story has a timeless Frog and Toad/Maurice Sendak feel with a sequel coming out this Fall.
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John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien McAlister, Caroline Roaring Brook Press 03/17 978-1626720923 Pre - 3 $18.99
A picture book biography of a boy who imagine a world full of dragons then grew up to be beloved author J.R.R Tolkien. This story was beautifully illustrated with enough information for young fans to understand the man behind the books.
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Thunder Underground Yolen, Jane WordSong 03/17 978-1590789360 K - 5 $17.95
A fun collection of poems that all take place underground in places like the subway, the garden, the basement, and buried treasure. This would be a fun addition to any children’s poetry collection.
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Beyond the Bright Sea Wolk, Lauren Dutton Books for Young Readers 05/17 978-1101994856 5+ $16.99
Strapped inside a small boat, a new born baby girl washed up on the shore of one of the Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts in 1925. She is taken in by a man she later calls Osh who promptly named her Crow. He and Miss Maggie from the nearby Island Chuttyhunk care for her and love her deeply.
Most of the people living in Chuttyhunk are kind, yet keep their distance because they fear that Crow was cast adrift from Penikese Island which used to be a Leper colony.
Though Crow loves Osh and Maggie dearly, she yearns to find out where she came from. Her discoveries take her on an unexpected journey that ends up being more than she bargained for. Crow learns sweet lessons about love and what it means to be a family.
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The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming Coats, J. Anderson Atheneum Books for Young Readers 02/17 978-1481464963 5+ $16.99
Jane's father passed away in the battles of the Civil War. Her step mother is determined that she will find a new husband and a better life in the Washington Territory. They join an expedition bringing unmarried girls and civil war widows out west. They travel from New York City- around South America- then up to the Washington territory.
Seattle doesn’t turn out to be quite as advertised. In this rough-and-tumble frontier town, Jane is going to need every bit of that broad mind and sturdy constitution—not to mention a good sense of humor and a stubborn streak a mile wide. Jane learns how to live in the territory, to love a new family and to find creative ways to continue her education.
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Hello Universe Kelly, Erin Entrada Greenwillow Books 03/17 978-0062414151 3 - 7 $16.99
In just one day four lives intertwine in very unexpected ways. Virgil is shy and often feels out of place. Valencia is deaf, smart and sometimes lonely, Kaori is a self named psychic who has a tag a long little sister, and Chet Bullens is a bully. The children aren’t friends until Chet pulls a prank that ends with Virgil and his pet guinea pig being trapped in the bottom of a well. As a rescue mission begins, friendships also begin to blossom and a bully is put in his place.
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The Warden's Daughter Spinelli, Jerry Knopf Books for Young Readers 01/17 978-0375831997 4 - 7 $16.99
Set in the 1950’s, 12 year old Cammie lives with her dad in a prison apartment where he works as the warden. When she was a baby she and her mother were in a tragic accident. Though she survives, her mother does not. Cammie does not realize she is in her own prison of grief as she longs to have a mother to take care of her. Cammie has a trustee/housekeeper inmate who keeps track of her and the house. Cammie longs for more and tries everything she can to get the trustee to be her mother. I loved the ending of this book. Cammie learns lessons about dealing with grief, seeing people for who they are and growing up.
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The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre Levine, Gail Carson HarperCollins 05/17 978-0062074669 3 - 7 $16.99
Lady Perengrine (Perry) is a Lakti who has been taught that the Bamarre people are inferior. Perry soon learns secrets from the fairy Halina that make her doubt all she has been taught. Still, she accompanies her father on a military expedition armed with several magical items given to her by her mother. Perry is captured but her fate is not what she expected. She finds herself learning who she really is and that the fate of the Bamarre may rest with her. A delightful fantasy that references Rapunzel, the Seven-League Boots and the Good Table cloth is a delightful way. Fans of Levine will not be disappointed!
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Scar Island Gemeinhart, Dan Scholastic Press 01/17 978-1338053845 3 - 7 $16.99
Jonathan Grisby is a new arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Trouble Boys. The school is in an old crumbling fortress on an island that is slowly eroding. Riddle with guilt for his mistakes, Jonathan feels he deserves to be in this place. Just as Jonathan is getting used to the cruel punishments of the “admiral”, a freak accident leaves all of the boys without any adult supervision. The boys have newfound freedom but don’t expect the dangers that come with it. This story was an intense page turner while also being insightful about the prisons we create for ourselves. This was a “Lord of the Flies” best for older middle readers.
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The Reader Chee, Traci G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 09/16 978-0399176777 7+ $19.99
Sefia’s mother is dead. After her father is also viciously murdered, she follows instructions her parents gave her should anything ever happen to them. She flees to the forest with her aunt Nin and a strange object she later learns is a book. Nin and her aunt spend years hiding and traveling, but when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia vows to find her, learn how to use the book and get revenge. She and her new friend Archer, who she rescues from a life of slavery, embark on a swashbuckling adventure. As Sefia learns to read she slowly begins to unravel secrets about her world, her place in it, and the power of stories. A great YA page turner with a sequel expected this November.
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Thick as Thieves Turner, Megan Whalen Greenwillow Books 05/17 978-0062568243 YA $17.99
This story is set in the same world as Turner’s “Queen’s Thief Series,” though it isn’t necessary to read them to fully understand this one. Kamet, a slave, minds his own business keeping track of the accounts for his cruel master. When he is told his master has been killed, a soldier in the shadows offers escape. They are pursued across rivers, mountains and deserts and Kamet is determined to protect his own future at all costs. Similar to “The Thief,” this story has a long journey, storytelling, plot twists and multilayered characters you grow to love.

Gene Nelson

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Wolf in the Snow Cordell, Matthew Feiwel & Friends 01/17 978-1250076366 Pre - 1 $17.99
girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?
Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.
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Cow Who Climbed a Tree Merino, Gemma Albert Whitman & Company 03/16 978-0807512982 Pre - 3 $16.99
Tina isn't like the other cows. She believes that the sky is the limit and that everything is possible. But her sisters aren't convinced—and when Tina tells them she has climbed a tree and met a dragon, they decide that her nonsense has gone too far. Off they go into the woods to find her…and soon discover a world of surprises!
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Dad and the Dinosaur Santat, Dan G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 03/17 978-0399243530 K - 3 $17.99
A heartwarming father-son story about bravery and facing fears. Nicholas was afraid of the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs live, and the underside of manhole covers. His dad was not afraid of anything.
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Escargot Slater, Dashka Farrar, Straus and Giroux 04/17 978-0374302818 Pre - 1 $16.99
Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:
1. To be your favorite animal.
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.
But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there's a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one―with a little help from you!―he discovers that it's not so bad after all.
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A Perfect Day Smith, Lane Roaring Brook Press 02/17 978-1626725362 Pre - 3 $17.99
Today is a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel.
Cat is lounging among the daffodils. Dog is sitting in the wading pool, deep in the cool water. Chickadee is eating fresh seed from the birdfeeder. Squirrel is munching on his very own corncob. Today is a perfect day in Bert's backyard. Until Bear comes along, that is. Bear crushes the daffodils, drinks the pool water, and happily gobbles up the birdseed and corncob. Today was a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel. Now, it's just a perfect day for Bear. Lane Smith uses perfect pacing and vibrant illustrations to emphasize the power of perspective in this hilarious picture book about the goings-on in Bert's backyard.
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Life on Mars Agee, Jon Dial Books 02/17 978-0399538520 Pre - 3 $17.99
In this sneaky, silly picture book for fans of Oliver Jeffers and Jon Klassen, an intrepid—but not so clever—space explorer is certain he’s found the only living thing on Mars.
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Last Day on Mars Emerson, Kevin Walden Pond Press 02/17 978-0062306715 3 - 7 $16.99
It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we have prepared for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.
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Picture This: How Pictures Work Bang, Molly Chronicle Books 08/16 978-1452151991   $22.99
Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas—about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story—remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius.
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Noodleheads See the Future Arnold, Tedd Holiday House 01/17 978-0823436736 1-5 $15.95
Tedd Arnold, the guy who does Fly Guy, and renowned storytellers, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, have done it again: the wacky Noodlehead brothers, who first appeared in Noodlehead Nightmares, are back for a second adventure that brings folktale tomfoolery into the 21st century!
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Yvain: The Knight of the Lion Anderson, M.T. Candlewick 03/17 978-0763659394 7+ $19.99
Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur’s court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women: Lady Laudine, the beautiful widow of the fallen lord, and her sly maid Lunette. In a stunning visual interpretation of a 12th century epic poem by Chrétien de Troyes, readers are — at first glance — transported into a classic Arthurian romance complete with errant knights, plundering giants, and fire-breathing dragons. A closer look, however, reveals a world rich with unspoken emotion. Striking, evocative art by Andrea Offermann sheds light upon the inner lives of medieval women and the consequences Yvain’s oblivious actions have upon Laudine and Lunette. Renowned author M. T. Anderson embraces a new form with a sophisticated graphic novel that challenges Yvain’s role as hero, delves into the honesty and anguish of love, and asks just how fundamentally the true self can really change.
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The Secret Project Winter, Jonah Beach Lane Books 02/17 978-1481469135 K - 3 $17.99
Mother-son team Jonah and Jeanette Winter bring to life one of the most secretive scientific projects in history—the creation of the atomic bomb—in this powerful and moving picture book.
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A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy's Big Speech Corey, Shana NorthSouth Books 04/17 978-0735842755 3+ $18.95
This is the story of JFK—from his childhood to the events that led to his game-changing speech and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Corey and Christie offer a deeply human look at our country’s thirty-fifth president, underscoring how each one of us, no matter who we are, have the power to make a difference.

With quotes from JFK’s speeches, detailed back matter, and a thought-provoking author’s note, this biography—in time for what would be JFK's 100th birthday—offers a sensitive look at a tumultuous time in history and compelling questions about effecting positive change today.
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Flowers for Sarajevo McCutcheon, John Peachtree Publishers 04/17 978-1561459438 Pre - 3 $19.95
The moving story of a young boy who discovers the power of beauty and kindness during a time of war. Drasko helps his father sell flowers in Sarajevo, but when war threatens and his father is called to the battlefront, Drasko must take over the flower stall. One morning the boy's familiar routine is shattered when a mortar shell hits the bakery, killing twenty-two people. The next day, a cellist from the Sarajevo Opera Orchestra goes to the crater and plays the most beautiful music that Drasko can imagine. Inspired, he looks for ways to ease the sorrow of those around him. Based on real events of the Bosnian War, award-winning songwriter and storyteller John McCutcheon tells the uplifting story of the power of beauty in the face of violence and suffering. The story comes to life with the included CD in which cellist Vedrun Smailovic accompanies McCutcheon and performs the melody that he played in 1992 to honor those who died in the Sarajevo mortar blast.
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Princess Cora and the Crocodile Schlitz, Laura Candlewick 03/17 978-0763648220 Pre - 3 $16.99
Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She’s sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She’s sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won’t let her have a dog. But when she writes to her fairy godmother for help, she doesn’t expect that help to come in the form of a crocodile—a crocodile who does not behave properly. With perfectly paced dry comedy, children’s book luminaries Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca send Princess Cora on a delightful outdoor adventure.
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Short Sloan, Holly Dial Books 01/17 978-0399186219 3 - 7 $16.99
In this heartwarming, funny middle-grade novel by the bestselling author of Counting by 7s, Julia grows into herself while playing a Munchkin in a production of The Wizard of Oz.
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Frogkisser! Nix, Garth Scholastic Press 02/17 978-1338052084 7+ $18.99
Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother's new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own. Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on a Quest that, if she plays it right, will ultimately free her land -- and teach her a thing or two about the use of power, the effectiveness of a well-placed pucker, and the finding of friends in places both high and low.
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A Face Like Glass Hardinge, Frances Harry N. Abrams 05/17 978-1419724848 YA $19.95
In the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare—wines that remove memories, cheeses that make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. On the surface, the people of Caverna seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to express (or fake) joy, despair, or fear—at a steep price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. Neverfell's expressions are as varied and dynamic as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, except hers are entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed . . .
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Strange the Dreamer Taylor, Laini Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 03/17 978-0316341684 YA $18.99
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around--and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

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