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Be quiet! Be quiet! / written & illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

Rupert the mouse wants to star in an artistic, wordless picturebook, but his animal friends cause problems by talking too much. Hilarious!

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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Beach party surf monkey Beach party surf monkey / Chris Grabenstein ; illustrations by Brooke Allen
"P.T. and Gloria try to save the Wonderland again by getting a teen singing sensation to shoot a movie at the motel"-- (Jennifer 3/18)

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Dear Primo Dear Primo / Duncan Tonatiuh

Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.

From the Stories of Immigration booklist from the Association of Library Services to Children.

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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Dolphin SOS Dolphin SOS / Roy Miki & Slavia Miki ; illustrations by Julie Flett

Provides a fictionalized account of how local children took it upon themselves to save three dolphins trapped in the ice in Newfoundland. Based on actual events and beautiful illustrations.

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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Echo Echo / Pam Muñoz Ryan ; decorations by Dinara Mirtalipova

Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica. 

Jennifer (5/18)


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First day in grapes First day in grapes / L. King Pérez ; illustrated by Robert Casilla

When Chico starts the third grade after his migrant worker family moves to begin harvesting California grapes, he finds that self confidence and math skills help him cope with the first day of school.

From the Stories of Immigration booklist from the Association of Library Services to Children.

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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The First strawberries The First strawberries / retold by Joseph Bruchac ; pictures by Anna Vojtech
A quarrel between the first man and the first woman is reconciled when the Sun causes strawberries to grow out of the earth. (Amy 1/18)

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A Handful of stars A Handful of stars / Cynthia Lord
Grades 3-5. Blueberries were known by the Wampanoag people as "star berries". Did you know there are 6 points on the top of a blueberry? Friendship abounds in this lovely story of change and understanding. (Amy 7/18)

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I am not a number I am not a number / written by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer ; illustrated by Gillian Newland

"A picture book based on a true story about a young First Nations girl who was sent to a residential school. When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite the efforts of the nuns to force her to do otherwise. Based on the life of Jenny Kay Dupuis' own grandmother, I Am Not a Number brings a terrible part of Canada's history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to"--

Recommended by Amy 1/18)


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Julián is a mermaid Julián is a mermaid / Jessica Love
Ages 4-8. Imagine yourself as a beautiful mermaid. Follow Julián and his Abuela as they dream of mermaids. (Amy 7/18)

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Me, Frida, and the secret of the peacock ring Me, Frida, and the secret of the peacock ring / Angela Cervantes
"Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together. While in Mexico, Paloma meets Lizzie and Gael, who present her with an irresistible challenge: the siblings want her to help them find a valuable ring that once belonged to beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo"--Amazon.com. (Jennifer 4/18)

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Orangutan tongs Orangutan tongs / Jon Agee
Have you ever gotten tripped up trying to say a silly succession of similar syllables? Try out these hilarious tongue twisters for lots of fun! (Amy 5/18)

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Rabbit's snow dance Rabbit's snow dance / as told by James and Joseph Bruchac ; pictures by Jeff Newman
A long-tailed rabbit who wants a nibble of the highest, tastiest leaves uses his special snow song in the summertime, despite the protests of the other animals. (Amy 1/18)

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Replay Replay / Sharon Creech
While preparing for a role in the school play, twelve-year-old Leo finds an autobiography that his father wrote as a teenager and ponders the ways people change as they grow up. Includes the text for the play, "Rumpopo's Porch."

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Separate is never equal Separate is never equal / Duncan Tonatiuh

"Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California"--

From the Stories of Immigration booklist from the Association of Library Services to Children.

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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Short Short / Holly Goldberg Sloan
"Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz"-- (Jennifer 4/18)

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Stage fright Stage fright / Meg Cabot
Allie's theatrical hopes are crushed when, instead of being cast as the princess, she is given the role of the evil queen in the fourth-grade class play.

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The three billy goats gruff The three billy goats gruff / Jerry Pinkney

Three billy goats must outwit the big, ugly troll that lives under the bridge they have to cross on their way up the mountain. Has a twist at the end!

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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Turtle's race with Beaver Turtle's race with Beaver / as told by Joseph Bruchac & James Bruchac ; pictures by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey
When Beaver challenges Turtle to a swimming race for ownership of the pond, Turtle outsmarts Beaver, and Beaver learns to share. (Amy 1/18)

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The Van Gogh deception The Van Gogh deception / Deron R. Hicks
"When a young boy is discovered in Washington, DC's National Gallery of Art without any recollection of who he is, he must piece together the disjointed clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted"-- (Jennifer 2/18)

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What do they do with all that poo? What do they do with all that poo? / Jane Kurtz ; illustrated by Allison Black
Zoo poo shared through rhyme and scientific explanation. What do they do? It's more interesting then you might think! (Amy 7/18)

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Where the mountain meets the moon Where the mountain meets the moon / Grace Lin
Grades 4-8. A dragon with a giant pearl on his head, a talking goldfish, a girl on a journey to find the "Old Man of the Moon" and all kinds of fantastical stories makes this a wonderful and adventurous read. A Newbery Honor book. (Amy 4/18)

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The Wright 3 The Wright 3 / Blue Balliett ; illustrated by Brett Helquist
In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished. (Jennifer 7/18)

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You go first You go first / Erin Entrada Kelly
Middle school can be rough and sometimes moreso when you are see the world much differently than others. Ben and Charlotte have never met except through an online Scrabble game. They learn to help each other see their strengths amidst both personal and school challenges. Strength lies within and amongst good friends who understand! (Amy 5/18)

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Z on location Z on location / J.J. Howard

"In her second novel, Z is thrilled to be going on the road to help her mom film a documentary. She might even get to interview her vlogging idol, Winter Costello, at VidCon! Eager to share her summer adventure with her friends and vlog fans, Z keeps her phone and camera at the ready. But she finds that working on a real film set takes more focus than she expected. When her love of connecting online threatens to ruin her chances of connecting in real life with her idol and fans, Z faces the ultimate test: Can she survive off-line and learn to #liveinthemoment?"--Amazon.com.

Jennifer (6/18)

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