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Honey by David Ezra Stein

David Ezra Stein has a beautiful sense of comic timing (Pouch, Interrupting Chicken) that has not deserted him in his new picture book, in which a bear waking from hibernation—“It was his second year. ‘I’m back!’ he said.”—remembers the terrific taste of honey. Warm and whimsical for the toddler set. Ages 2–5. - Ga

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781524737863
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 27th, 2018

Carmela Full of Wishes written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Life sparkles in Carmela’s world. It’s her birthday, and she lives in a world full of wishes. Her biggest wish is to finally accompany her brother as he does family chores in the neighborhood. As we follow Carmela’s journey, both in her imagination and on her scooter, we see the reality and cultural richness of her family and neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood where “old women wave smiles” and men “stand around weekend mornings, waiting for work” like her father used to do. Matt de la Peña’s sensitivity to Carmela’s world, and Christian Robinson’s paintings and cutouts of papel picado, make this book one I will read over and over. Ages 3–7. - Noreen

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ISBN: 9780399549045
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales relates her own immigrant story in this love song to her child, who came with her on the journey to America. We feel the young mother’s wistfulness for the familiar she has left behind, her fearful steps into a brand-new place, the longing that she might be able to belong here too. Morales’s colorful and passionate multimedia art imbues this picture book with the tentative hope of the immigrant. A gorgeous tribute to the bravery of those who cross borders. Ages 3–7. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780823440559
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson illustrated by Rafael López

“There will be times when you walk into a room / and no one there is quite like you.” Any child—any adult—can feel the ache and the yearning to belong in this picture book. A deeply humanistic story that teaches the gentlest of lessons about treating each other with care, no matter our differences. Ages 4–8. - Tera

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By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Every kid has a story, and the students in classroom 501 have nothing to do but talk. A clever teacher has corralled some of the “left behind” kids into a room and banished their phones. It takes a while, but when their words break open, each kid begins to truly see the other. A snappy, compelling story about compassion and empathy. Grades 5–8. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780399252525
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Most readers will find Amal’s world utterly different from their own, and I think this is a good thing. Growing up in Pakistan, Amal is not unhappy with her life. She fights to get schooling when family tradition dictates that the eldest daughter stay home and take care of her siblings. But when she crosses the all-powerful landlord of her village, Amal’s destiny becomes both smaller and larger. Will she find a crack in the walls that keep her trapped? Will she become a teacher, as she dreams of? Eye-opening and uplifting, this story continued to resonate long after I read it. Grades 5–8. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780399544682
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 8th, 2018

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Fractionally Persian, Darius has his spirit crushed on a daily basis by the Soulless Minions of Orthodoxy at Chapel Hill High School. When he’s dragged to Iran to be with his sick grandfather, he expects to be a misfit in a whole other culture. And he is—but at the same time he isn’t. Darius is so painfully lovable that I couldn’t wait for the other characters in this story to discover his lovableness too. When a genuine breakthrough comes, it is undeniably earned, and it gave me an afterglow of warmth for all humans. Ages 13 and up. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780525552963
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Published: Dial Books - August 28th, 2018

A Year of Embroidery by Yumiko Higuchi

This sweet collection of 30 embroidery motifs is focused on showing how to stitch charming things for the sole purpose of making life a little more beautiful. Yumiko stays true to the aesthetic of her previous books by way of zakka, a Japanese word meaning “miscellaneous things,” usually used to describe anything that improves your home or life. Add a little swimmer or a dandelion crest to your favorite bag or jacket and work your way to a more beautiful life. - Megan

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ISBN: 9781611804720
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Published: Roost Books - September 4th, 2018

My Own Devices by Dessa

A virtuoso indie rapper who wields a philosophy degree and a reputation for unrequitable romance, Dessa is especially known for her Hamilton Mixtape track “Congratulations.” This exceptional memoir showcases the artist herself boldly acting out the poetic metaphors that make her music so powerful. In My Own Devices, Dessa works with neuroscientists to overcome the feeling of lost love. The autobiographical snapshots are anarchistic, beautiful, measured, anxious, eloquent, and brave. I loved it. - a.c.

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By Dessa
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524742294
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Published: Dutton - September 18th, 2018

Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy—best known as the frontman for the bands Wilco and Uncle Tupelo—has had a long and storied career in the Chicago alternative rock scene. Let’s Go covers Tweedy’s life, from his childhood in Belleville, Illinois, to his musical start in St. Louis, to his move to Chicago and becoming part of Wilco. A must-read for any Wilco fan! -Stuart

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781101985267
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Published: Dutton - November 13th, 2018

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