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Finding Things Written by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Laura Dronzek

The simplicity of Kevin Henkes’s books wins our hearts again. When a red ball is found in the grass or a little kitten in the bushes, the story has just begun. As in his earlier books Waiting and A House, readers are invited to see, imagine, and feel the wonder of simple things through gentle illustrations in bold colors. A great book for emergent readers but also a captivating read-aloud. —Noreen

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By Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063245662
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 14th, 2024

Ferris by Kate DiCamillo

Ferris Phineas Wilkey, born under a Ferris wheel, is a rising fifth grader with a very special family. Her little sister is determined to be an outlaw, her uncle is painting the history of the world down in the basement, her best friend has music singing in his head all the time, and her grandmother enjoys the company of a very special ghost. Hugs to Kate DeCamillo for giving us another compelling tale to delight in.

—Noreen

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781536231052
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Published: Candlewick - March 5th, 2024

The Last Stand Written by Antwan Eady Illustrated by Jarrett & Jerome Pumphrey

A young Black boy tells the story of his grandfather’s farm stand. Every year he helps Papa harvest and sell the pumpkins, pears, and plums. There used to be five stands, then two, and now Papa has the last one. This intergenerational story, colorfully illustrated, demonstrates how a family and community depend upon and take care of one another. It’s an ode and a eulogy to Black American farms.

—Noreen

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By Antwan Eady, Jerome Pumphrey (Illustrator), Jarrett Pumphrey (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593480571
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 30th, 2024

Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson

Twelve-year-old Sage dreams of becoming a 6-foot-tall NBA player, and the local guys are amazed by her ability on the court. Houses in the Bushwick neighborhood are burning down, and Freddy, new to the neighborhood, helps Sage keep her dream alive as they shoot baskets and share what it means to miss things and people that get left behind. Another great story from Jacqueline Woodson about memories, dreams, and knowing who you are.  

—Noreen

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ISBN: 9780399545467
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 10th, 2023

Mexikid by Pedro Martín

When a Mexikid (a kid born in the US to Mexican parents) goes on a family trip to Mexico in the 1970s to bring his abuelito back home to Watsonville, California, hilarity ensues. This fun but sensitive journey for a very large, close-knit family is full of border crossings, fireworks, chilaquiles, primos, mariachis, and stories of the Mexican Revolution. Pedro Martin’s graphic memoir is about family history, identity, and “finding your grito.”—Noreen

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Mexikid: (Newbery Honor Award Winner) By Pedro Martín, Pedro Martín (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Pedro Martín, Pedro Martín (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780593462294
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Published: Dial Books - August 1st, 2023

Masala Chai, Fast and Slow Written by Rajani LaRocca, Illustrated by Neha Rawat

Thatha shuffles, saunters, and strolls. Aarav runs, rushes, and races. What do they have in common? Masala Chai! Aarav’s grandfather Thatha makes the best chai every day at five, and he says it can’t be rushed. One day when Thatha hurts his foot, Aarav steps in to make the chai. He has the milk, tea leaves, spices, and sugar. What’s missing? A simple story sweetly told, with a recipe to try it yourself.—Noreen

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By Rajani LaRocca, Neha Rawat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536219401
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Published: Candlewick - September 5th, 2023

April & Esme Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham

April and Esme are two little tooth fairy sisters ready for their first solo assignment without Mom and Dad. Daniel's lost a tooth and his grandma calls April and Esme on their cell phone. Can they do the job? Whimsically told. — Noreen

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By Bob Graham, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763663476
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Published: Candlewick - April 9th, 2013

Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

Allen Say tells his grandfather's story of leaving Japan to explore North America. The author uses expressive watercolor illustrations to connect his grandfather's personal story to his own. (Caldecott Medal 1993) — Noreen

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Grandfather's Journey: A Caldecott Award Winner By Allen Say, Allen Say (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Allen Say, Allen Say (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780547076805
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Published: Clarion Books - October 27th, 2008

Seedfolks written by Paul Fleischman

Thirteen different voices tell the story about a garden that creates a neighborhood. It's a perfectly told tale of how to make a community. Sometimes the shortest stories reveal the deepest truths about human nature. — Noreen

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By Paul Fleischman, Judy Pedersen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780064472074
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Published: HarperTeen - December 14th, 2004

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

This first of three volumes introduces us to the Raymie, Beverly and Louisiana who have each suffered deep losses early in their lives. Middle school readers accustomed to real-life novels will appreciate the way each girl finds a way to develop trust again as well as the courage to move on in life. Sensitive readers will appreciate how these stories mirror their own. — Noreen

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ISBN: 9780763696917
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Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

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