Santa Cruz Education Foundation, on behalf of Santa Cruz City Schools:

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Santa Cruz Education Foundation: Wish List for Elementary Schools

These books have been selected for Westlake, DeLaveaga, Bay View, and Gault elementary schools and will be distributed by the Santa Cruz Education Foundation. Hardbacks are preferred whenever possible, and four copies of each title are requested. Not all books on the wish list are listed online. Ask to see the full list at our information desk.

Boot & Shoe (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442422476
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beach Lane Books, 10/2012
6 copies requested

Each Kindness (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399246524
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 10/2012

WINNER OF A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR!

Each kindness makes the world a little better

This unforgettable book is written and illustrated by the award-winning team that created The Other Side and the Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon. With its powerful anti-bullying message and striking art, it will resonate with readers long after they've put it down.

Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. When C...more


$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780545273220
Availability: Usually ships from warehouse in 1 - 5 days
Published: The Blue Sky Press, 5/2012

Acclaimed Caldecott artist Molly Bang paints a stunning, sweeping view of our ever-changing oceans.

In this timely book, award-winner Molly Bang uses her signature poetic language and dazzling illustrations to introduce the oceanic world. From tiny aquatic plants to the biggest whale or fish, Bang presents a moving, living picture of the miraculous balance sustaining each life cycle and food chain deep within our wondrous oceans.

On land or in the deep blue sea, we are all connected--and we are all a part of a grand living landscape. Packed with clear, simple science, ...more


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781596437166
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press, 9/2012

Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on earth. How did they come to inhabit the island? How long will they remain?  Thoroughly researched and filled with intricate and beautiful paintings, this extraordinary book by Award-winning author and artist Jason Chin is an epic saga of the life of an island—born of fire, rising to greatness, its decline, and finally the emergence of life on new islands. Island is one of Kirkus Reviews' <...more


The Golden Door (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780545429900
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Published: Scholastic Press, 10/2012

The start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from Emily Rodda, the internationally bestselling author of Dragons of Deltora!

The walled city of Weld is under attck from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is oficially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost and he must find them. What terrors await him beyond the Wall?

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$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780316125956
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 10/2012

The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems-where has the innkeeper's son gone? Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying sound Rendi keeps hearing? And how can crazy, old Mr. Shan not know if his pet is a toad or a rabbit?
But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villager...more


$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780316123082
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 10/2012

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.

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Chickadee (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780060577902
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Published: HarperCollins, 8/2012

Twin brothers Chickadee and Makoons have spent every day side by side and have done everything together since they were born—until the day the unthinkable happens and the brothers are separated.

Desperate to reunite, Chickadee and his family must travel across new territories, forge unlikely friendships, and experience both unexpected moments of unbearable heartache as well as pure happiness. And through it all, Chickadee has the strength of his namesake, the chickadee, to carry him on.

I am only the Chickadee
Yet small things have great power
I speak ...more


Z Is for Moose (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780060799847
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books, 2/2012

Z is for Zebra.

Zebra is absolutely certain he’ll be able to direct everyone to appear on the correct page, at the appropriate time, without any mishaps, unnecessary drama, or hurt feelings. It’s the ABCs, for goodness’ sake. How difficult can it be?

Oh, dear.

Zebra forgot about moose.

...more

Little Bird (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781592701186
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Enchanted Lion Books, 4/2012

Winner of the 2011 Prix Sorcieres, Little Bird is a quietly explosive meditation on generosity and freedom.

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$8.99
ISBN-13: 9780062200426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins, 9/2012

Based on the inspirational true story of surfing icon Jay Moriarity, Chasing Mavericks tells the story of a young man's quest to surf Northern California's most dangerous waves, and the local legend who takes him under his wing. What begins as a mentorship turns into a unique bond, as the two unlikely friends discover that there is nothing more powerful than pushing your limits and chasing a nearly impossible dream.

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$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780142419670
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin, 8/2011

Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.

"Unlike any children's book I've ever read. [It] holds up to multiple rereadings, like the classic...more


In a Glass Grimmly (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780525425816
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 9/2012

More Grimm tales await in the harrowing, hilarious companion to a beloved new classic

Take caution ahead--
Oversize plant life, eerie amphibious royalty, and fear-inducing creatures abound.

Lest you enter with dread.
Follow Jack and Jill as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true.

Step lively, dear reader . . .
Happily ever after isn't cutting it anymore.

In this companion novel to Adam Gidwitz's widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale ...more


This Is Not My Hat (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780763655990
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2012

WINNER OF THE 2013 CALDECOTT MEDAL!

From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale.


When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another...more


Liar & Spy (Hardcover)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780385737432
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wendy Lamb Books, 8/2012

The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the Newbery Medal book When You Reach Me: a story about spies, games, and friendship. Seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: what is a lie, and what is a game? How far is too far to go for your only friend? Like the dazzling When You Reach Me, Liar &...more


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545284134
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Published: Scholastic Press, 4/2012

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point...more


The Schwa was Here (Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780142405772
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin, 3/2006

They say his clothes blend into the background, no matter where he stands. They say a lot of things about the Schwa, but one thing’s for sure: no one ever noticed him. Except me. My name is Antsy Bonano, and I was the one who realized the Schwa was “functionally invisible” and used him to make some big bucks. But I was also the one who caused him more grief than a friend should. So if you all just shut up and listen, I’ll tell you everything there is to know about the Schwa, from how he got his name, to what really happened with his mom. I’ll spill everything. U...more


$6.99
ISBN-13: 9781416978169
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9/2010

Seventh-grader Steve Brixton is an avid reader of the Bailey Brothers series, and he’s about to get a chance to put the detective tactics he’s read so much about into practice. He’s out to solve a mystery being investigated by America’s most secret crime solving agency: the United States Department of Library Sciences. It will take all of Steve’s skills to navigate this story of intrigue and crime as he tracks down the missing quilt (yes, quilt) containing all of America’s secrets.

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Wonder (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780375869020
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2/2012

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has captivated over 1 million readers.

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on t...more


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780803735118
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial, 1/2012

When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind.

Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how - even in the worst of times - a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the worl...more


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