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What About Worms!? (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!) by Ryan T. Higgins and Mo Willems

What in the world could be worse than worms? Worrying about worms! When is the worry worthwhile? Any time it’s wrapped up in a new addition to the Elephant & Piggie canon. Fans of Mo Willems’s original early reader series will get a big kick out of Tiger and his wormy escapades along with the delightful wordplay from Elephant & Piggie themselves in the opening and closing pages.

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ISBN: 9781368045735
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 19th, 2020

King & Kayla and the Case of the Unhappy Neighbor Written by Dori Hillestad Butler Illustrated by Nancy Meyers

Amateur detectives King (a big friendly dog) and Kayla (his girl) are back, serving up clue after clue as they get to the root of a recent neighborhood mystery. Kayla and her friend Jillian make keen observations, carry out experiments, and analyze data, but they’re always a paw-step behind our intrepid narrator King and his dog buddies. For fans of Nate the Great and Cam Jansen, this early chapter book gives a delightful taste of both kid and dog reasoning.

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ISBN: 9781682630563
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2020

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

This story layers themes of Korean culture, family, and fantasy and highlights the importance of family history and our connections to our loved ones who are no longer with us. I related to Lily’s connection to her family through the stories and recipes passed down to her. This will be an interesting read for fans of folktales, myths, or Korean culture and will be helpful to anyone going through a big change or processing grief. —CELESTE



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ISBN: 9781524715700
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2020

Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar

Reading this new Wayside School book is like stepping back into the classroom after a very long summer break: the awkward familiarity of a welcoming embrace. Full of recognizable faces and adventures, these stories will appeal to a wide variety of readers (who can’t relate to a lost umbrella or collecting toenails as homework?). It’s incredibly fun to read out loud as well, and I hope we don’t have to wait another 25 years for the next one!

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By Louis Sachar, Tim Heitz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062965387
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Published: HarperCollins - March 3rd, 2020

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

Yumi yearns (and fears) to be heard for who she is by her parents. She wants to be a standup comedian while her parents want her to pursue academic excellence. After an incidence of mistaken identity, Yumi is secretly following her dream, but it can come crashing down at any moment. I wanted nothing more than for Yumi to find her voice, and her worries became my own. Fans of The First Rule of Punk will love this book!

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ISBN: 9780525554974
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Published: Kokila - March 17th, 2020

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

What an intriguing book! Deaf and hearing readers alike will love meeting Mary, a 12-year-old deaf girl who lives on Martha’s Vineyard in 1805. The author, herself a deaf librarian, takes us back in history and opens our eyes to the world of the hearing impaired. I’m impressed with the author’s ability to weave themes of cultural pride, intolerance, racism into the story. A great read for the history buff with a growing, compassionate heart.

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ISBN: 9781338255812
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Nizhoni Begay can see monsters no one else can see. So when her father’s kidnapped by his new monster boss, it’s up to her—with the help of her brother Mac and best friend Davery—to travel to the land of the Dinétah to save him. This story’s filled with action, humor, and adventure, with a focus on family and respecting the environment. Fans of Percy Jackson are sure to enjoy this newest addition to Rick Riordan Presents based in Navajo belief.

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ISBN: 9781368024662
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 14th, 2020

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park deftly evokes a historical setting familiar to many of us, while imbuing it with sorely needed—and historically accurate—diverse and representative perspective, giving us a new hero to follow over the prairie. A book perfect for any kid (or adult) who hungers for tangible historical fiction, celebrates friendship triumphing over adversity, and yearns for heroes who don’t shy away from confronting challenges both practical and cultural to survive and thrive.

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ISBN: 9781328781505
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Published: Clarion Books - March 3rd, 2020

Martin McLean, Middle School Queen by Alyssa Zaczek

Mathlete, amateur astronomer, and… drag queen? Martin McLean is a quiet kid dealing with middle school by making the least amount of noise possible; that is, until his Tío Billy introduces him to the world of drag, and he finds a new way to express himself. Lose yourself in this tender story about self-discovery and the power of community. 


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ISBN: 9781454935704
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Rebecca Stead really knows young people and what they think about. Bea, age ten, has lots of things on her mind like her parents’ divorce, bothersome eczema, difficult classmates, the desire for a sister, and her father’s upcoming marriage to a wonderful man named Jesse. Fortunately, Miriam, her therapist, can help. Any young reader will identify with Bea, who learns that “….life is a trip. A very long one. And what matters most is the people you travel with.”


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ISBN: 9781101938096
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 7th, 2020


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