Real Friends by Shannon Hale

“When I was little, I didn’t worry about friends.”

Before you start school, having friends isn’t a problem. But if you’re like Shannon, friends aren’t always easy to come by once you start your academic career. Never quite fitting in …


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Carrot & Pea by Morag Hood

“Colin isn’t at all like Lee and the other peas.” “He is much too tall and much too orange.”

Lee and Colin are so different. Lee is a pea: little, round, and green. Colin is a carrot: large, rectangular, and …


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Freedom Over Me

“I was enslaved in Central Africa. In chained coffles, I survived the long walk to the coast.”

After reading an 1828 estate appraisement listing only the names, ages, and prices of a family’s slaves, author Ashley Bryan decided to bring …


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Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

“Iz tak unk gladdenboot?” “Unk gladdenboot!”

This 2017 Caldecott Honor picture book leaves a lot to the imagination. Written entirely in seemingly nonsense words, readers follow a group of bugs discover, celebrate, and eventually abandon a flower throughout its life …


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Booked by Kwame Alexander

The stakes couldn’t be higher for Nick Hall when things get dicey with his best friend and beloved soccer team, the bullies at school won’t leave him alone, there’s a special girl he wants to impress, and his parents’ marriage …


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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

“Step by step, she has made a difference… one disagreement after another.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as the Notorious RBG, was the first Jewish woman on the United States Supreme Court and, at nearly 84 years old, she still …


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Echo Echo by Marilyn Singer

“Ancient Greece: An age of marvelous myths, gone, but not forgotten. Heroes that rise and fall. Heroes that rise and fall, gone, but not forgotten. An age of marvelous myths: Ancient Greece.”

Enter the world of Ancient Greek mythology in …


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Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White

“I would rather wait a year than publish a bad children’s book, as I have too much respect for children.”

If you’ve ever wondered how a writer becomes a writer, how a writer decides to write children’s books, or where …


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Ghost by Jason Reynolds

“‘Who you run for?’ he asked. What? Who did I run for? What kind of question was that? ‘I run for me. Who else?’ I replied.”

Castle Crenshaw has been running his whole life. First, he ran from his dad …


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Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill

“My name is Homer. I am a dog… but sometimes I am very wolfish. Often I’ve wondered what it would be like to live as a real wolf.”

Homer believes that all dogs have a bit of wolf in them, …


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Big Friends by Linda Sarah & Benji Davies

“Two cardboard boxes, big enough to sit in, hide inside.”

Birt and Etho know that all you need to have fun is this: a friend and a big cardboard box. The friends spend their days on Sudden Hill imagining grand …


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Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux

“Where’s the elephant? Where’s the parrot? Where’s the snake?”

Take a look at the big, colorful forest and do your best to find the elephant, the parrot, and the snake. With each turn of the page, the forest shrinks smaller …


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The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine

Dealing with a sister hospitalized by an event you could have prevented and mother whose temper is unpredictable and unwieldy is hard. But it’s 1953 in Downers Grove and, on top of everything else, the Cold War is heating up. …


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The Marvels by Brian Selznick

First, in pictures, learn the amazing history of a lone shipwreck survivor, taken in by a theatre family and turned into a multi-generation acting legacy. Then, in words, follow a young runaway boy find his estranged uncle who lives in …


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Firebird by Misty Copeland

“Even birds must learn to fly like me, you’ll grow steady in grace spread an arabesque of wings and climb”

Misty Copeland is the first African American female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. In her first picture …


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Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

Apple has a few problems. She wants to be a rock star like her hero, George Harrison of The Beatles, but her Filipino immigrant mother is dead set against it. Playing the guitar and not studying after school is “too …


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