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Are You My Mother? (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394800189
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Published: Random House Children's Books - October 31st, 2012

This is such a wonderfully simple story that perfectly represents a sense of naivete of the word. The illustrations perfectly communicate the sense of hope, eagerness and frustration in the baby birds voice.

Recommended by Matt (April 2016)

C Is for Castle: A Medieval Alphabet Cover Image
By Greg Paprocki (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423642817
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Published: Gibbs Smith - March 1st, 2016

Make way for this magnificent, motley, medieval alphabet primer! A bounteous book for the young lord or lady in your life.

Recommended by Josh (April 2016)

We Are the Ants Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481449632
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Published: Simon Pulse - January 19th, 2016

I liked this book, it was original & I think the author did a good job of showing why Henry was having trouble deciding if the world was worth saving. The aliens had given him the choice & from his point of view, because of unfortunate experiences, the world kind of really sucks. But Henry was able to take other people’s points of view into account as well. This is a good book and I suggest it!

Recommended by Aedon R.  (April 2016)

Secret Coders Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Mike Holmes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626720756
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Published: First Second - September 29th, 2015

MYSTERY, FRIENDSHIP and an intro into BINARY! What more could you ask for in a graphic novel called “Secret Coders”? Gene Luen Yang doesn’t disappoint and I am so excited to read the rest of the series.

Recommended by Ashlee (April 2016)

Pirate's Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime Cover Image
By Marcie Wessels, Tim Bowers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385385329
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2015

Bedtime’s soon arrival has sparked the fire of mutiny in young Ned. Using every known tactic he engages in the grandest and most dire struggle for his right to continue playing.

Recommended by Matt (April 2016)

Monster Cover Image
ISBN: 9780064407311
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Published: Amistad - December 14th, 2004

Jumping between hand written memoirs and a film-script format, Monster follows Steve Harmon, an African American teenager, on trial for robbery and murder. Mixed with the occasional image, I’ve never seen a book in this format that deals so well with the ideas of race, peer pressure, masculinity, identity, and truth as a teenage boy. Monster will pull you in and make you think, like any good silver screen psychological thriller!

Recommended by Cameron V.

The Great Pet Escape (Pets on the Loose!) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627791069
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 16th, 2016

Two words. Rodentia. Puns. This short story will have you laughing out loud. Now you’ll know what your classroom pets are up to when everyone goes home. This made for a fun read aloud as well and I hope to see more of our new friends!

Recommended by Ashlee (April 2016)

Love You Forever Cover Image
By Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780920668375
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Published: Firefly Books - September 1st, 1995

I’ve grown up sharing this book with my mom and hope you can do the same. This beautiful story follows a young man as he travels through childhood and into adulthood, followed by his mothers song. “I’ll love you forever. I’ll love you for always. As long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be.” The ending is touching and shows how lasting a parent’s love can be.

Recommended by Cameron V. (April 2016)

The Shadow Hero Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436978
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Published: First Second - July 15th, 2014

Gene perfectly blends in classic superhero origin with socio-cultural Asian American history, and original continuity to deliver one of the most original comics in the past decade. This story never lulls in its delivery, it is constantly transitioning from excitement to romance, from humor to tragedy to intrigue mystery. I honestly can’t recommend this enough!

Recommended by Matt

The Radiant Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525953470
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2016

Dream walking, fairy makings and a dark prophecy. Returning to her ancestral home, Clare finds that she has forgotten about its strange magic and her childhood friend – Finn – half fairy, half human. She finds that she is the defender of the fairy gate that is her home and struggles to relearn all the magic she has forgotten before. The prophecy involving the dark fairy, Balov, is fulfilled.

Recommended by Karrie (April 2016)

Sam and the Construction Site Cover Image
By Tjibbe Veldkamp, Alice Hoogstad (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781935954491
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Published: Lemniscaat USA - April 1st, 2016

Join Sam in this wild and quirky story about his journey into the construction site. When it looks like he’s about to do something bad, he saves the day!

Recommended by Nolan (April 2016)

Chester Cover Image
By Melanie Watt, Melanie Watt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554534609
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Published: Kids Can Press - August 1st, 2009

This is the best book EVER! The president LOVES this book. It received the Nobel Peace Prize 10 years in a row. This book made Chuck Norris CRYA MUST READ!

Recommended Jen Chester

To the Sea Cover Image
By Cale Atkinson, Cale Atkinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484708132
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 2nd, 2015

The greatest whale to ever whale! Tim meets Sam, a giant blue whale who can’t find his way home. Unlikely friendship ensues and a promise is made. Will Tim be able to keep his promise? Find out in this beautifully illustrated book. 

Recommended by Ashlee

Space Walk (Lift-The-Flap Adventures) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781402785245
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 6th, 2012

3-2-1-Blast Off with Salina Yoon as she guides you through the wonders of the solar system. The perfect planetary primer for the young astronaut or adventurer in your home! 5 out of 5 shooting stars!

Recommended by Josh

Love Monster and the Perfect Present Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374346485
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - October 14th, 2014

What will Love Monster do when he can’t afford a gift for his friend? This is a perfect combination of art and entertaining story telling. Your children will love the book and the story and you’ll love the message. 

Recommended by Mycah Lewis

Julia's House for Lost Creatures Cover Image
By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596438668
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Published: First Second - September 2nd, 2014

Welcome to Julia’s house, built on the back of a giant turtle, where all creatures are welcome as long as they help out with the chores! Ben Hatke’s beautiful picture book teaches the importance of hospitality and boundaries.

Recommended by Josh

Naughty Mabel Cover Image
By Nathan Lane, Devlin Elliott, Dan Krall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481430227
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2015

Mabel is possibly the naughtiest dog in the entire universe. She doesn’t mean to be, it just sort of happens. In fact, she just recently learned what the word meant! Still, her parents adore her. However, when they throw an adult-only party, will she be able to control herself, or will Naughty Mabel once again rule the Hamptons?

This is an outrageously funny story that I couldn’t help but love. It is also a fantastic read aloud, especially when you try out some fun accents!

Recommended by Jen P

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805097443
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 7th, 2015

Callie V’s adventures in the natural sciences continue … when she isn’t keeping her little brother from trying to rescue every animal in Texas. Her life becomes complicated when she learns that not only do her brothers get more allowance than she does, she also won’t be going to college. So she sets her mind to earning her own money. Juggling dissection lessons with her grandfather, regular school, her brothers’ in-fighting, and helping out the local vet (while staying on Mama’s good side), keeps Callie V nothing but busy. Just like the first book, Curious World is full of adventure, discovery, and fun. 

Recommended by Karrie

Once Upon a Line Cover Image
By Wallace Edwards, Wallace Edwards (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781927485781
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Published: Pajama Press - October 15th, 2015

Beautiful & Imaginative. Each page is a unique illustration with a beginning of the story that you get to finish. Flip through to admire the gorgeous fun, and silly pictures and let your imagination run wild! 

Recommended by Karrie

Interstellar Cinderella Cover Image
By Deborah Underwood, Meg Hunt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452125329
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 5th, 2015

What a blast! Hand this gem to anyone looking for some girl power…this time in the guise of a mechanic, space traveler named Cinderella. The easy rhyme scheme and sense of humor and empowerment make this one joy to read and read aloud. Plus, enjoy the vivid illustrations and expressive faces. 

Recommended by Danielle

The Terrible Two Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jory John (With), Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419714917
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 13th, 2015

Confidence. Mischief. Danger. Those are three things you do NOT want to see in your rival’s smile. All Miles Murphy lives and breathes are pranks. It’s what he’s a master at. When he moves to the boring town of Yawnee Valley, famous for cows-yes, COWS, he is determined to do what he does best – prank. However, there is already a master pranker in Yawnee. Someone, dare I say it, BETTER than Miles! Miles must figure out who this pranker is, and how to beat him at his game, before Miles’ pranking days are over. This will not be easy, but Miles must be the King of all pranks once again! You can see Jory John and Mac Barnett in the characters they’ve written here: hilarious, intelligent and ridiculously ridiculous. I loved it!! 

Reviewed by Jen

Denton Little's Deathdate Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553496963
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2015

Uproariously funny, Denton Little’s Deathdate is a must for anyone in the mood to smile and roll their eyes at a completely clueless but well-meaning teen boy just trying to get by on the day of his predetermined death. While the book mostly reads like realistic fiction, the sci-fi twist is that scientists have discovered a way to determine each citizen’s death date. Denton has always known his end will come on the day of his senior prom, he just doesn’t know when exactly. But before he can get around to his unfortunate demise, he has to figure out whether or not his girlfriend dumped him, why he’s in his friend’s sister’s bed the day of his funeral, and how exactly will he die – car crash, homicide, government conspiracy, purple splotch? – all while keeping his stepmom happy. Be ready to root for Denton to get through his self-eulogy and grand gestures in one piece! 

Recommended by Danielle

Goodbye Stranger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385743174
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - August 4th, 2015

This is my favorite yet from Rebecca Stead! The story unfolds from three different perspectives: Bridge, a seventh grader who is trying to find her place in middle school while her two best friends are also finding theirs; an unnamed high school student who is skipping class on Valentine’s Day; and Sherm, who writes letters to his grandfather who has recently moved out. This quiet, introspective story explores the nature of who we are now versus who we were or could be, as well as how that changes our relationships with the people we love. There is a lot to discuss in Goodbye Stranger, and it would make a perfect choice for middle school book clubs…or even best friends who all want to share a book. 

Reviewed by Danielle

The Wolf Wilder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481419420
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2015

As with Katherine Rundell’s previous books, The Wolf Wilder features an incredible heroine who is strong, empathetic and yes, a little wild. Feo and her mother are wolf wilders in snowy pre-Lenin Russia. They take wolves who have been held captive as rich people’s pets and teach them how to be wild again, an occupation that is not appreciated by the villainous General Rakor. Feo understands wolves much better than people and her relationship with them is the beautiful beating heart of this book, but we also get to experience her growing friendship with a surprising soldier. 

Recommended by Danielle

I Want My Hat Back Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

This is a hilarious picture book for all ages. Someone has stolen bear’s hat, and he is determined to find it. This leads to a quest asking all the animals about his hat and an unexpected ending.

Recommended by Dawn

All the World Cover Image
By Liz Garton Scanlon, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416985808
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 8th, 2009

All the World is one of the finest picture books I've ever read; it elevates the standards of storytelling for children to a new level.

A charming poem in the spirit of The Power of Now is lifted into the stratosphere by Marla Frazee's cinematic illustrations.

Frazee's wordless story about a family's get-together near the seashore runs parallel to the poem, and ingeniously illustrates the text. The layout and the pictures are packed with details that can be discovered, studied, and treasured by children and adults time and time again.

All the World is an excellent children's book, and many well be one of the best gift books of the 2009 Holiday Season.

Recommended by Mr. Steve


Rump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307977960
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf - April 22nd, 2014

Ever heard of Rumpelstiltskin? Well in this story, his name is Rump and he is fresh out of luck. Born with only half a name he must discover his destiny, before bad luck becomes the least of his problems. This is the true story of Rumpelstiltskin. Every question you've ever had will finally be answered. Shurtliff weaves a tale so exciting and rich that not even gold would surpass it.

Recommended by Jen