Inspired by the childhood of Edna Lewis (the cook and writer credited by many with starting the slow food movement), this picture book for 4- to 8-year-olds, celebrates the pleasures and poetry of growing, harvesting, cooking, and sharing food with family and friends. From the author’s note: “Edna Lewis was born in 1916 in Freetown, Virginia, a community founded by her grandfather and two other emancipated slaves. The people of Freetown were farmers, and they lived by the seasons, growing and harvesting their own cops, gathering nature’s wild bounty.”  --Ga

ISBN: 9780618158362
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Published: Clarion Books - January 19th, 2009

Did you know that when an elephant wanders away from its herd, putting itself in danger of encounters with lions, it is a protective big sister who usually guides the elephant back to safety? Or that wild turkey brothers stay together for life, and even help attract mates and chase off rival males for each other? These revelations, along with more stories about sibling relationships—from Nile crocodiles to black widow spiders—make the new book Sisters & Brothers both informative and fun. Which animal species is most like your family? The Naked Mole Rats who lay down in tunnels for others to walk on depending upon age status, or the beavers who work together with their siblings to gather bark to feed on during winter? Filled with science, animal facts, and great illustrations, this book is a fun exploration for the whole family.  —Casey

ISBN: 9780547727387
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 20th, 2012

From the author of Wicked Plants and The Drunken Botanist comes the fictionalized story of how the first female sheriff’s deputy got the job. This clever book has it all—action, eccentric characters, a historical setting, carrier pigeons, and more. This is Amy Stewart’s first work of fiction, and it’s infused with her drily-witty sense of humor and warm storytelling. I adored the Kopp sisters, and hope to read of their further adventures.  --Flannery

ISBN: 9780544409910
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 1st, 2015

If you have a child who wants to understand why the leaves change color so gloriously, this is the perfect book. In simple terms, it explains how the process works, and its beautiful illustrations make Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf as pleasant to look at as it is educational. Ages 4+


ISBN: 9780152661977
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - September 15th, 1991

If you aren’t familiar, Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday honoring the departed. Celebrations include building altars and visiting the graves of the deceased and leaving gifts or favorite foods. This bright little book follows a family in a small Mexican town as they make preparations for the night’s graveyard walk. Not only is this book beautiful, but it’s a great introduction to a fantastic holiday! Ages 4+


By Tony Johnston, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152024468
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - September 2000

Ruth Galloway is comfortable in her life living on a remote salt marsh and working as an archeologist, but when a child’s bones are found buried in the moor, she’s pulled into the world of crime and murder. Ruth is a sharp-tongued, intelligent character, and I love her acerbic wit and wry observations, as well as her archeological point of view. I’ve read every book in this series and enjoyed them all.  —Flannery

ISBN: 9780547386065
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Published: Mariner Books - September 28th, 2010

There’s nothing more magical on a hot day than the perfectly crafted margarita. Now try 72 of them! The Tippling Bros. have compiled the ultimate no-nonsense guide to exploring everything to do with tequila, limes, and a shaker. My personal obsession is the Blood Orange Margarita (with cinnamon simple syrup)—but with step-by-step instructions and tips from more than 30 years in the cocktail industry, there’s something for everyone.

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ISBN: 9780544302327
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 21st, 2015

This sweet novel is simultaneously commonplace and complex, poignant, and oh-so-gently funny, like life, like death—like love, which is the center of everything. Grades 4–6.

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ISBN: 9780544340695
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - February 3rd, 2015

Simply put, this is the very best book (among many strong contenders) about the American experience in Vietnam. It’s part autobiography, part history, part novel and all masterpiece. O’Brien’s experience as a soldier clearly haunted him and the book is a kind of sentence-by-sentence exorcism that, in turn, haunts you, the reader.

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ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

In a world obscured by an abundance of data, infographics are the eyeglasses that bring everything into focus. With an introduction by reigning king-of-data Nate Silver (The Signal and the Noise), this mind-blowing collection is educational, entertaining, and journalistic. And seriously, laugh-out-loud hilarious. With graphic representations of “How to be Happy,” “The Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Bay,” and “Beiber, Then and Now,” how could anyone resist?
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By Gareth Cook (Editor), Nate Silver (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780547974514
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 14th, 2014



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