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  • Federico and the Wolf

    Federico and the Wolf

    Rebecca J. Gomez
    Elisa Chavarri
    2020
    Clever Federico outsmarts el lobo in this fresh and funny Mexican-American take on Little Red Riding Hood. With his red hoodie on and his bicycle basket full of food, Federico is ready to visit Abuelo. But on the way, he meets a hungry wolf. And now his grandfather bears a striking resemblance to el lobo. Fortunately, Federico is quick and cleve r& and just happens to be carrying a spicy surprise!

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  • Hair Love

    Hair Love

    Matthew A. Cherry
    Vashti Harrison
    2019
    It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her -- and her hair -- happy.

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  • Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

    Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

    Candace Fleming
    Eric Rohmann
    2020
    Take to the sky with Apis, one honeybee, as she embarks on her journey through life!A tiny honeybee emerges through the wax cap of her cell. Driven to protect and take care of her hive, she cleans the nursery and feeds the larvae and the queen. But is she strong enough to fly? Not yet! Apis builds wax comb to store honey, and transfers pollen from other bees into the storage. She defends the hive from invaders. And finally, she begins her new life as an adventurer. The confining walls of the hive fall away as Apis takes to the air, finally free, in a brilliant double-gatefold illustration where the clear blue sky is full of promise-- and the wings of dozens of honeybees, heading out in search of nectar to bring back to the hive.

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  • I am Every Good Thing

    I am Every Good Thing

    Derrick D. Barnes
    James C. Gordon
    2020

    The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt he'll see them through--as he's creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he's afraid, because he's so often misunderstood and called what he is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you--and shows you--who they are. There are superheroes in our midst!

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  • Peter and Ernesto : A Tale of Two Sloths

    Peter and Ernesto : A Tale of Two Sloths

    Graham Annable
    2018

    Peter and Ernesto are sloths. Peter and Ernesto are friends. But Peter and Ernesto are nothing alike. Peter loves their tree and never wants to leave, while Ernesto loves the sky and wants to see it from every place on Earth. When Ernesto leaves to have a grand adventure, Peter stays behind and frets. The two friends grow even closer in separation, as Peter the homebody expands his horizons and Ernesto the wanderer learns the value of home. With ridiculously cute art and simple, funny text, their reunion is even more adorable than you are imagining.

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  • Potato Pants!

    Potato Pants!

    Laurie Keller
    2018
    Potato is excited because today—for one day only— Lance Vance’s Fancy Pants Store is selling . . .POTATO PANTS!

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  • SumoKitty

    SumoKitty

    David Biedrzycki
    2019
    A stray kitty gets a job in a sumo stable, chasing mice in exchange for food. But when eating like a sumo wrestler slows our feline hero down, he realizes he must train like a wrestler, too. Through hard work and perseverance--and with a little help from a big buddy--SumoKitty is born!

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  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar

    The Very Impatient Caterpillar

    Ross Burach
    2019
    HEY! What are you guys doing?
    We're going to metamorphosize.
    Meta-WHAT-now?
    Transform into butterflies.
    Right. Right. I knew that...
    WAIT?! You're telling me I can become a BUTTERFLY?
    Yes.
    With wings?
    Yes.
    Wait for ME!!

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  • This Way, Charlie

    This Way, Charlie

    Caron Levis
    Charles Santoso
    2020
    All the animals at the Open Bud Ranch can see that Jack likes keeping his space to himself. But when Charlie arrives, he doesn’t see Jack at all. He’s still getting used to seeing out of only one of his eyes.
    The two get off to a bumpy start. At first, Jack is anxious and distrustful. But one day, he summons his courage and guides Charlie to his favorite sunlit field: this way, Charlie. And so begins a powerful friendship that will be tested by life’s storms—but will ultimately change each life for the better.

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  • When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree

    When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree

    Jamie L.N. Deenihan
    Lorraine Rocha
    2020
    “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In this imaginative take on that popular saying, a child is surprised (and disappointed) to receive a lemon tree from Grandma for her birthday. After all, she DID ask for a new gadget! But when she follows the narrator’s careful—and funny—instructions, she discovers that the tree might be exactly what she wanted after all.

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  • Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story From the Border

    Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story From the Border

    Mitali Perkins
    Sara Paliacios
    2019
    It's almost time for Christmas, and Maria is traveling with her mother and younger brother, Juan, to visit their grandmother on the border of California and Mexico. For the few minutes they can share together along the fence, Maria and her brother plan to exchange stories and Christmas gifts with the grandmother they haven't seen in years. But when Juan's gift is too big to fit through the slats in the fence, Maria has a brilliant idea.

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  • Fry Bread

    Fry Bread

    Kevin Noble Maillard
    Juana Martinez-Neal
    2020
    Fry bread is food.It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.Fry bread is time.It brings families together for meals and new memories.Fry bread is nation.It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.Fry bread is us.It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.

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  • Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be you

    Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be you

    Sonia Sotomayor
    Rafael Lopez
    2020
    Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful.

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  • Lubna and Pebble

    Lubna and Pebble

    Wendy Meddour
    Daniel Egene
    2019
    Lubna's best friend is a pebble. Pebble always listens to her stories. Pebble always smiles when she feels scared. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna realizes that he needs Pebble even more than she does.

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  • Magic Ramen

    Magic Ramen

    Andrea Wang
    Kana Urbanowicz
    2019
    Every day, Momofuku Ando would retire to his lab—a little shed in his backyard. For years, he'd dreamed about making a new kind of ramen noodle soup that was quick, convenient, and tasty for the hungry people he'd seen in line for a bowl on the black market following World War II. Peace follows from a full stomach, he believed.

    Day after day, Ando experimented. Night after night, he failed. But Ando kept experimenting.

    With persistence, creativity, and a little inspiration, Ando succeeded. This is the true story behind one of the world's most popular foods.

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  • Mia Mayhem is a Superhero

    Mia Mayhem is a Superhero

    Kara West
    Leeza Hernandez
    2018
    Mia Macarooney is a regular eight-year-old girl who finds out that she’s A SUPERHERO! Her life literally goes from totally ordinary to totally super when she’s invited to attend the afterschool Program for In-Training Superheroes a.k.a. THE PITS! And the crazy thing is, in a weird meant-to-be sort of way, all of this news somehow feels super right. Because all her life, Mia thought she was just super klutz...but it turns out, she’s just SUPER! So now, it’s up to Mia to balance her regular everyday life and maintain her secret identity as she learns how to be the world’s newest superhero!

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  • Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

    Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

    Rob Sanders
    Steven Salerno
    2018
    In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world.

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  • The Camping Trip

    The Camping Trip

    Jennifer K. Mann
    2020
    Ernestine is beyond excited to go camping. She follows the packing list carefully (new sleeping bag! new flashlight! special trail mix made with Dad!) so she knows she is ready when the weekend arrives. But she quickly realizes that nothing could have prepared her for how hard it is to set up a tent, never mind fall asleep in it, or that swimming in a lake means that there will be fish — eep! Will Ernestine be able to enjoy the wilderness, or will it prove to be a bit too far out of her comfort zone?

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  • The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

    The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

    Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali
    Hatem Aly
    2019
    With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

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  • We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

    We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

    Traci Sorell
    Frane Lessac
    2020
    The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences.

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