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Real Cowboys Written by Kate Hoefler Illustrated by Jonathan Bean

Probably the most heartfelt book about cowboys that will ever exist, this lovely paean to life on the range celebrates loyalty, endurance, diversity, and the occasional good cry. I fell in love with the ephemeral, soulful art of Jonathan Bean, and with the unexpected sincerity of Kate Hoefler’s mesmerizing, poetic text. This is fast becoming my favorite book of the year. Each time I read it, I fall harder. Ages 5–8. —TERA


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By Kate Hoefler, Jonathan Bean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544148925
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

Thunder Boy Jr. Written by Sherman Alexie Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

A young boy feels overwhelmed by his unusual name, which he shares with his boisterous, strong, and loving father. Thunder Boy Jr. is eager to find a name that’s truly his own, and it is eventually granted to him by his thoughtful father: Now he’s “Lightning.” “Together my dad and I will become amazing weather.” Written by the brilliant Sherman Alexie (in his first foray into picture books), this story is illustrated by the multi-award–winning artist Yuyi Morales. Her art sparkles and crashes and bursts with emotion, while the textures of her bold, multimedia collages are taken from the clay bricks and wood of a crumbling, antique house in Mexico, near where she has her studio. Ages 4 & up.  —TERA


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By Sherman Alexie, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316013727
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2016

The Storyteller by Evan Turk

A series of overlapping stories circle, mesmerize, and change lives and the course of history in this cleverly framed tale by Evan Turk. With the power of story and a dash of mischief and cunning, a small boy just might have the key to defeating a terrifying djinn of the desert. Based on Moroccan traditional storytelling, this folktale bedazzles the mind, while its energetic, whirling art captures an entire world of desert and magic. Highly recommended. Ages 5–9.  —TERA


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By Evan Turk, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481435185
Availability: Backordered
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 28th, 2016

Cloth Lullaby The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois Written by Amy Novesky Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Everything about this picture book is stunning, from the profound and tender story of renowned artist Louise Bourgeois, to the whimsical visual imaginings of illustrator Isabelle Arsenault that riff off Bourgeois’ art. Best known for her massive and enigmatic sculptures of spiders, Bourgeois’ life was heavily influenced by the threads of comfort and love and loss between her mother and her and by the textures of her childhood, which resulted in the experimental fabric art of her later years. A first-rate introduction for children and a treat for adults. Grades 2 & up. —TERA


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By Amy Novesky, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419718816
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2016

Before Morning Written by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beth Krommes

Snow days in Santa Cruz are few and far between (okay, I’ve never experienced one). Yet even one day of snuggling back in under the covers because school is cancelled can be a treasure chest of nostalgia. This book captures that feeling and adds the longing of a young child for her mother to curl up next to her, just this once, staying home from work too. Caldecott Award–winner Beth Krommes’ distinctive wood-engraving illustrations create the magically charged atmosphere of the winter holidays. This is a gorgeous book, sure to enchant every age. Ages 4–7.  —TERA


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By Joyce Sidman, Beth Krommes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547979175
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Jefferson Kidd is a Civil War veteran who carves out a living by reading the newspaper to people in isolated towns in Texas. Ten-year-old Johanna has been abandoned by her adoptive Kiowa parents and is left with no one to take care of her. When the townspeople pressure Kidd into taking Johanna home to long-lost relatives, the two subtly and relentlessly become as important to each other as father and daughter. A touching and slender masterpiece.  —Tera

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ISBN: 9780062409201
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Published: William Morrow - October 4th, 2016

Life in the Boreal Forest by Brenda Z. Guiberson Illustrated by Gennady Spirin

A beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book, now in paperback. . Life in the Boreal Forest chronicles the crackling, screeching, buzzing life of the world’s largest northern forest. Grades 1–4.  —Tera


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ISBN: 9781250073235
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Square Fish - February 23rd, 2016

Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins Illustrated by Vicky White

A beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book, now in paperback. Can We Save the Tiger? is a stunning visual plea to preserve endangered species like the Asian elephant, the kakapo, and the sloth bear. Grades 1–4.  —Tera


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By Martin Jenkins, Vicky White (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763673789
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Published: Candlewick - September 9th, 2014

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

As fresh as a toddler’s first experience of rain, Raindrops Roll is our favorite infant book of the year. With stunning photography magnifying beads of water on a leaf, dripping branches, and insects taking cover, it pulls you into the intimate world of a raindrop. The humorous, perfectly crafted rhyme reminds us, playfully, of the web of life. An utterly satisfying lesson in wonder.  —Tera

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By April Pulley Sayre, April Pulley Sayre (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781481420648
Availability: Backordered
Published: Beach Lane Books - January 6th, 2015

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

An unseen (at first) narrator tells the story in The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, and he has a whole lot to say: “By now you probably know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened.” This humor-packed romp set in San Francisco builds and builds to a hilarious (and tricky) conclusion, while the vivid acrylic art is a feast for the eyes. (The endpapers decorated with delicious treats literally make me salivate.) Thoroughly kid friendly and just right for the Mo Willems crowd.  —Tera

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ISBN: 9780375858604
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015


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