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Bookjacket for  Alphabet city

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Alphabet city Alphabet city / Stephen T. Johnson
Photographs of objects in an urban setting present the letters of the alphabet.

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Beautiful hands Beautiful hands / text by Kathryn Otoshi & Bret Baumgarten ; illustrations by Kathryn Otoshi

Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; lift spirits; stretch imaginations. This colorful concept book rouses childrens to use their hands for the good and reach for their dreams --Publisher.


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The Boy who harnessed the wind The Boy who harnessed the wind / William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer ; pictures by Elizabeth Zunon

"When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. Everyone thought he was crazy but William persevered and managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps. Several years later he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes"--


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Bridges and tunnels Bridges and tunnels / Donna Latham ; illustrated by Jen Vaughn

"Exploring the innovation and physical science behind bridges and tunnels, the activities and projects in this book encourage children to learn about the design and construction of these amazing passageways. This fun and educational reference uses hands-on projects to explain complex concepts, such as Newton's Third Law of Motion, while trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements. The activities engage kids in the important skills involved in engineering,including designing, building, and modeling and teach the value of trial and error as they create several bridge models"--Amazon.


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Brown girl dreaming Brown girl dreaming / Jacqueline Woodson

"The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South"--


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Bunny dreams Bunny dreams / Peter McCarty

"In bunny dreams, anything can happen. A bunny might know the ABCs, or count by 1-2-3s. A bunny might find the perfect carrot. A bunny might hop, hop, hop. or even fly! But every bunny needs a cozy place to rest"--


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The Day-Glo brothers The Day-Glo brothers / Chris Barton ; illustrated by Tony Persiani

The story of Joe and Bob Switzer who experimented with ultraviolet lights and flourescent paints and invented a new kind of color called Day-Glo.


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Drizzle Drizzle / Kathleen Van Cleve
When a drought threatens her family's magical rhubarb farm, eleven-year-old Polly tries to find a way to make it rain again.

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The EARTH book The EARTH book / Todd Parr
Simple text and illustrations show how children can help protect the Earth.

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Esperanza rising Esperanza rising / Pam Muñoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Bookjacket for  Everything castles

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Everything castles Everything castles / Crispin Boyer
Examines the evolution of castles, explores the daily life of the people living there, and shares stories of sieges.

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First big book of why First big book of why / Amy Shields
Using an interactive question-and-answer format and content grounded in a child's immediate world, "Big Book of Why?" delivers lively information, hands-on games, simple recipes, crafts, and more. It helps prepare preschoolers for school in an interactive way. Full color.

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The First telephone The First telephone / Catherine Chambers
"Experience the drama of scientific discovery! Alexander Graham Bell was determined to be the first to invent a transmitter that would carry a spoken message. With the help of Thomas Watson, Bell is about to transform we all communicate.The race is on, because Elisha Gray and other inventors are submitting patents, too"--

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Flying lessons & other stories Flying lessons & other stories / edited by Ellen Oh

From basketball dreams and family fiascos to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this anthology, written by award-winning children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.


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Gaby, lost and found Gaby, lost and found / Angela Cervantes

Gaby Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. Her mother has been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She's confident that her mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby's favorite shelter cat together. But Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.


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The Giver The Giver / Lois Lowry

Living in a "perfect" world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man known as the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian facade.


Bookjacket for  How far do you love me?

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How far do you love me? How far do you love me? / Lulu Delacre ; text translated from Spanish by Verónica Betancourt
"Messages of love between children and adults are framed in the language of the natural world spanning different cultures and all seven continents. Includes map and Author's Note"--

Bookjacket for  How to code in 10 easy lessons

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How to code in 10 easy lessons How to code in 10 easy lessons / Sean McManus

"From writing simple coding instructions using Scratch software, to learning the coding skills to create your own computer game and even design your own website, this book leads the way. By breaking this daunting subject down into the 10 "super skills" needed, young readers can get familiar with computer coding and build on their skills as they progress through the book."--Provided by publisher.


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I don't know how the story ends I don't know how the story ends / J. B. Cheaney

Twelve-year-old Isobel is unhappy about spending the summer of 1918 at her aunt's home in Hollywood with her mother and sister until her cousin, Ranger, involves the girls in creating the perfect film and, when her father returns from the war, his serious injury becomes their inspiration.


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If I had a little dream If I had a little dream / Nina Laden ; illustrated by Melissa Castrillon
"As a child dreams of all the things in her world that make her happy, she realizes how fortunate she is to live in the world she does"--

Bookjacket for  If you lived here

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If you lived here If you lived here / Giles Laroche

Features detailed, bas-relief collage spreads of dwellings in other world regions and historical times to explain how different people live and have lived, from a village house in South Africa to a floating green house in the Netherlands.


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Iggy Peck, architect Iggy Peck, architect / Andrea Beaty ; illustrated by David Roberts
Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.

Bookjacket for  It's your world

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It's your world It's your world / Chelsea Clinton

Combining facts, charts, photographs, and stories, describes how readers can enact change in the world around them and find solutions for such global problems as climate change, poverty, gender inequality, and homelessness.


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The Key to extraordinary The Key to extraordinary / Natalie Lloyd

Twelve-year old orphan Emma Casey lives by a haunted graveyard in her Tennessee town, giving tours, and helping her brother and Granny Blue with the family bakery, and waiting for the destiny dream of her ancestors--but when it comes it shows her only a key, and she finds that she must solve a ghostly mystery that has haunted her town for generations.


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The Lorax, The Lorax, / Dr. Seuss
The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.

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Madame Eiffel Madame Eiffel / Alice Brière-Haquet and Csil ; translated by Noelia Hobeika
"The moving, fictional tale behind the construction of the Eiffel Tower, Madam Eiffel is an enchanting story about overcoming hardship with clever invention and the power of the heart" -- Page [4] of cover.

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Mousetropolis Mousetropolis / R. Gregory Christie
In this update of the classic fable, City Mouse and his cousin, Country Mouse, exchange visits and, although they find many things to like in each other's homes, they quickly learn that each prefers his own.

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Music everywhere! Music everywhere! / Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, Cynthia Pon

Photographs from around the world celebrate the universal joy that kids get from making music, whether they are playing instruments, clapping their hands, stomping their feet or singing.


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Not a stick Not a stick / Antoinette Portis

An imaginative young pig shows some of the many things that a stick can be.


Bookjacket for  Out of my mind

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Out of my mind Out of my mind / Sharon M. Draper
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Bookjacket for  Rapunzel

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Rapunzel Rapunzel / written by the Brothers Grimm ; retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora
Recasts in an African setting the familiar fairy tale in which a beautiful girl with extraordinarily long hair is imprisoned in a lonely tower by a witch.

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Rapunzel's revenge Rapunzel's revenge / Shannon Hale and Dean Hale ; illustrated by Nathan Hale

Rapunzel is raised in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls. Rapunzel dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the woman she calls Mother. She climbs over the wall and finds out the truth. Her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel's gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws--including Gothel.


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The Red bicycle The Red bicycle / written by Jude Isabella ; illustrated by Simone Shin
The boy, Leo, treasures his bicycle so much he gives it a name--Big Red. But eventually Leo outgrows Big Red, and this is where the bicycle's story takes a turn from the everyday, because Leo decides to donate it to an organization that ships bicycles to Africa. Big Red is sent to Burkina Faso, in West Africa, where it finds a home with Alisetta, who uses it to gain quicker access to her family's sorghum field and to the market. Then, over time, it finds its way to a young woman named Haridata, who has a new purpose for the bicycle--renamed Le Grand Rouge--delivering medications and bringing sick people to the hospital.

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Sewing stories Sewing stories / Barbara Herkert ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Harriet Powers learned to sew and quilt as a young slave girl on a Georgia plantation. She lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and eventually owned a cotton farm with her family, all the while relying on her skills with the needle to clothe and feed her children. Later she began making pictorial quilts, using each square to illustrate Bible stories and local legends. She exhibited her quilts at local cotton fairs, and though she never traveled outside of Georgia, her quilts are now priceless examples of African American folk art.

Bookjacket for  Stephen Biesty's castles

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Stephen Biesty's castles Stephen Biesty's castles / written by Meredith Hooper
"This a book about ten real castles. Each castle is illustrated by a fabulous cross-section that reveals its interior, and is described by a lively text on an important day in its history"--Front jkt. flap. Best-selling author, Stephen Biesty, famous for his "Incredible Cross-Sections" books, has now turned his attention to ten actual castles, as they were on ten historic dates (his 1994 book "Castle" focused on a single, imaginary castle). In his new, never-before-published book, Castles, he presents ten real castles each at a singular historic moment, from the 12th to the 19th century, in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. A partial list includes, Chateau Gaillard, France, 1198; Krak des Chevaliers, Syria, 1271; Windsor Castle, England, 1344; Castel Sant' Angelo, Italy, 1527; Osaka Castle, Japan, 1614. Each castle is illustrated with fascinating precision over a double-page spread, followed by a lively and informative two-page account of the history of the castle in its time. The combination of illustration and text brings both history and architecture to life. This may be the best-ever book about castles.

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The Story of buildings The Story of buildings / written by Patrick Dillon ; illustrated by Stephen Biesty
We spend most of our lives in buildings. We make our homes in them. We go to school in them. We work in them. But why and how did people start making buildings? How did they learn to make them stronger, bigger, and more comfortable? Why did they start to decorate them in different ways? From the pyramid erected so that an Egyptian pharaoh would last forever to the dramatic, machine-like Pompidou Center designed by two young architects, Patrick Dillon's stories of remarkable buildings--and the remarkable people who made them--celebrates the ingenuity of human creation. Stephen Biesty's extraordinarily detailed illustrations take us inside famous buildings throughout history and demonstrate just how these marvelous structures fit together.

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This bridge will not be gray This bridge will not be gray / story by Dave Eggers ; art by Tucker Nichols
"The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous bridge in the world. It is also, not entirely coincidentally, the world's only bright-orange bridge. But it wasn't supposed to be that way. In this book, fellow bridge-lovers Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols tell the story of how it happened - how a bridge that some people wanted to be red and white, and some people wanted to be yellow and black, and most people wanted simply to be gray, instead became, thanks to the vision and stick-to-itiveness of a few peculiar architects, one of the most memorable man-made objects ever created."--provided by Amazon.com.

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The Three little wolves and the big bad pig The Three little wolves and the big bad pig / Eugene Trivizas ; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf--with a surprise ending.

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The Town mouse and the country mouse The Town mouse and the country mouse / an Aesop fable retold & illustrated by Helen Ward
A retelling of Aesop's well-known fable in which a country mouse visits a town mouse and they find they prefer very different ways of life. Set in 1930s New York at Christmas.

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What can you do with a paleta What can you do with a paleta / Carmen Tafolla ; illustrations by Magaly Morales
A young Mexican American girl celebrates the paleta, an icy fruit popsicle, and the many roles it plays in her lively barrio.

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Why'd they wear that? Why'd they wear that? / Sarah Albee ; foreword by Timothy Gunn
Learn about outrageous, politically-perilous, funky, disgusting, regrettable, and life-threatening creations people have worn throughout the course of human history, all the way up to the present day. From spats and togas to hoop skirts and hair shirts, why people wore what they did is an illuminating way to look at the social, economic, political, and moral climates throughout history.

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Wish Wish / Barbara O'Connor
"A story about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers that family doesn't always have to be related--they are simply people who love you for who you are"--

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Wonder Wonder / R.J. Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.


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The World's most amazing bridges The World's most amazing bridges / Michael Hurley
Profiles ten of the world's most distinctive bridges.

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Yard sale Yard sale / Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Lauren Castillo
Selling most of her personal possessions when her family is forced to move from their house into a small apartment, Callie struggles while watching other people buy her things before coming to realize what truly makes a home.
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