• Alma and How She Got Her Name

    by Juana Martinez-Neal Year Published: 2018

    If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; Jose, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all -- and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. Book Trailer

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  • Bowwow Powwow

    by Brenda J Child & Jonathan Thunder Year Published: 2018

    Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself-about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything. 

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  • Can I Be Your Dog?

    by Troy Cummings Year Published: 2018

    Arfy, an optimistic mutt who sleeps in a cardboard box in the alley, writes a series of amusing letters aimed at finding himself a new home. First, he sends notes to the family in a cheerful-looking house and to the butcher. He brags to the fire department that he knows his way around a fire hydrant. He offers to guard the junkyard. He even tries a smelly, tumbledown house. After a series of rejections, he receives an unexpected offer from the mail carrier who delivered his letters. Will he be her friend through “snow, rain, heat, or gloom of night?” Yes!  BookTrailer

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  • Crash, Splash, or Moo!

    by Bob Shea Year Published: 2018
    Mr. McMonkey hosts a game in which the reader is invited to guess whether a stunt will result in a crash, a splash, or a moo. 

     

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  • The Day You Begin

    by Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael Lopez Year Published: 2018

    There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look, talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Book Trailer

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  • Drawn Together

    by Minh Le & Dan Santat Year Published: 2018

    When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens - with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words. Dan Santat talks about illustrating the book   Book Trailer

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  • The Good For Nothing Button!

    by Cherise Mericle Harper Year Published: 2017

    Yellow Bird has a button. It does . . . nothing! It is a good for nothing button. Red Bird and Blue Bird are excited to try the button. But when they press it, they discover that the button makes them happy. Happy is something! A flabbergasted Yellow Bird insists the button does nothing. But it sure does seem to be making him mad. Mad is something! Book Trailer

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  • The Honeybee

    by Kristen Hall & Isabelle Arsenault Year Published: 2018

    Illustrations and rhyming text follow endangered honeybees through the year as they forage for pollen and nectar, communicate with others at their hive, and make honey.

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  • John Deere, That's Who!

    by Tracy Nelson Maurer & Tim Zeltner Year Published: 2017

    In 1836, John Deere—then a young, white Vermont father and blacksmith—moved to Illinois to settle debts brought on by two forge fires—and wound up inventing a superior plow. Deere was an excellent blacksmith whose plow improvement was purely pragmatic: many of his farming customers were ready to give up on Illinois, and he needed their payments to bring his family to him from Vermont. Farmers accustomed to sandy soil discovered that the Midwest’s rich, black soil stuck to their easily pitted, heavy iron plows—causing frequent pauses to scrape off what they called “gumbo.” Deere tinkered with a discarded steel blade from a sawmill, thinking that a shiny, curved, lightweight plow might “slice through gumbo.” Soon overcoming skeptics by demonstrations and giving samples to farmers, John Deere’s “singing plow” became wildly popular. By 1838 he had moved his family to his side and had established a manufacturing company still in existence. 

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  • We Don't Eat Our Classmates

    by Ryan T. Higgins Year Published: 2018

    It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .

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