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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Of Muppets & Men: The Making of the Muppet Show

Of Muppets and Men

by Christopher Finch

This behind-the-scenes look at The Muppet Show details every stage of planning and production and introduces Jim Henson and his inventive crew.

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Owl At Home

Owl at Home

by Arnold Lobel

Five adventures of Owl.

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

Sugar Changed the World

by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Sugar has left a bloody trail through human history. Cane — not cotton or tobacco — drove the bloody Atlantic slave trade and took the lives of countless Africans who toiled on vast sugar plantations un...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

A House is a House for Me

A House is a House for Me

by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Betty Fraser

Lists the dwellings of various animals and things in rhyme.

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

All Fall Down

All Fall Down

by Mary Brigid Barrett; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

LeUyen Pham's adorable, vibrant illustrations bring Mary Brigid Barrett's singsong text to life in a board book for the very young. From a bright tower made of blocks to a boisterous family playing a game ...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

A Nest Is Noisy

A Nest is Noisy

by Dianna Hutts Aston; illustrated by Sylvia Long

Introduces the world of nests, revealing the variety created by the world's birds, animals, and insects.

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

The Frog Who Croaked

The Frog That Croaked

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Paired together after a veteran detective retires, Platypus Police Squad members Rick Zengo, a hotshot rookie, and Corey O'Malley, a hard-nosed old-timer, struggle with their differences while tackling their first case involving a m...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Out of My Mind

Our of My Mind

by 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.

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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Ramona and Her Father

Ramona and Her Father

by Beverly Cleary

The family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job.

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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Mossflower

Mossflower

by Brian Jacques

The clever and greedy wildcat Tsarmina becomes ruler of all Mossflower Woods and is determined to govern the peaceful woodlanders with an iron paw. The brave mouse Martin and quick-talking mouse thief Gonff meet in the depths of Kotir Cast...

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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault

Harry Potter - The Artifact Vault

by Jody Revenson

Throughout the making of the eight Harry Potter movies, designers and craftspeople were tasked with creating fabulous chocolate-fantasy feasts, flying brooms, enchanted maps, and much more, in addition to numerous magical items necessary i...

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Posted on: May 21, 2019

Blue Sky, White Stars

Blue Sky, White Stars

by Sarvinder Naberhaus; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

A stirring poetic tribute to the beauty and wonder of America's symbols, history, and landscape.

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Posted on: May 21, 2019

Sophie's Squash

Sophie's Squash

by Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

A young girl befriends a squash.

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Posted on: May 21, 2019

The Day the Babies Crawled Away

The Day the Babies Crawled Away

by Peggy Rathmann

A boy follows fives babies who crawl away from a picnic and saves the day by bringing them back.

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Posted on: May 21, 2019

The Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit Listened

by Cori Doerrfeld

When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.

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Posted on: May 21, 2019

Save Me a Seat

Save Me a Seat

by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems — but when their lives intersect in the f...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

We Are the Ship

by Kadir Nelson

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Get a Hit, Mo!

Get a Hit, Mo!

by David A. Adler; illustrated by Sam Ricks

Mo Jackson is excited for his baseball game, but Coach Marie tells him he is batting last and playing right field, again. Will Mo ever get a hit?

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Linnea in Monet's Garden

Linnea in Monet's Garden

by Christina Björk; drawings by Lena Anderson

A little girl visits the home and garden of Claude Monet at Giverny, France, and learns about the artist's paintings and his life.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Botanicum

Botanicum

by Kathy Willis; illustrated by Katie Scott

This book showcases dozens of full-color plants from around the world in a gallery format, complemented by identification information and brief descriptions.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Sticker Girl

Sticker Girl

by Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Inga Wilmink

Martina's always struggled to carve out her place at school, but she finds tremendous excitement in a treasure all her own: a sticker collection that comes to life!

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

In a Blue Room

In a Blue Room

by Jim Averbeck; illustrated by Trica Tusa

Alice wants everything in her bedroom to be blue before she falls asleep.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Quiet!

Quiet

by Kate Alizadeh

A child experiences all the sounds in her house throughout the day.

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Snow

Snow

by Uri Shulevitz

Reviewed by Mia: Among all of the picture books about winter this remains my favorite when anticipating the first snowfall of the year. Radio reports and grown-ups all over the city predict that there will not be snow, but one hopeful kids...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Her Right Foot

Her Right Foot

by Dave Eggers; art by Shawn Harris

Reviewed by Mia: A unique book examining the often-overlooked detail of the Statue of Liberty’s posture — that she is posed mid-stride — delves into both history and art. This uplifting illu...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

The Forest Feast for Kids

Forest Feast for Kids

by Erin Gleeson

Reviewed by Mia: This beautifully illustrated and photographed cookbook is a great way to empower kids in the kitchen—most recipes are more about assembling ingredients than complicated cooking, making it easy for even those chefs...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

by Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Matt Faulkner

Reviewed by Mia: Do you need a quick and lighthearted history of the movement for women to have equal rights in America but don’t know where to start? This picture book celebrates Elizabeth Cady S...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other)

Tapper Twins Go to War

by Geoff Rodkey

Reviewed by Mia: This fictional oral history, presented through emails, texts, illustrations, and dubious firsthand accounts tells the story of an epic prank war between the precocious Tapper Twins. What starts as an embarrassing incident a...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

When the Sea Turned to Silver

When the Sea Turned to Silver

by Grace Lin

Reviewed by Mia: Pinmei must travel from her secluded mountain village through a frozen landscape to face an authoritarian emperor who has kidnapped her grandmother. Can Pinmei find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night and trade it for her...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

The Left-Handed Fate

Left-Handed Fate

by Kate Milford; illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

Reviewed by Mia: This swashbuckling adventure on the high seas features a cast of brave kids racing against a mysterious sinister organization to find the parts for a magical engine, rumored to power the most f...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian

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by Michael Rex

Eastwood Elementary's new student is nothing like the other kids in 3G. Fangbone is a barbarian warrior from another world! And he's been charged with the task of keeping a deadly weapon from Skullbania's vilest villain, Venomous Drool. Can ...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

All the World

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by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee

Pictures and rhyming text celebrate a family's day spent going to the beach, shopping at the market, eating at a restaurant and spending the evening with the rest of the extended family.

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Outside Over There

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by Maurice Sendak

With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

The Red Tree

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by Shaun Tan

Awakening one day to a dark and somber mood, a little girl faces a day where everything goes very badly, and seeks hope amid her sadness.

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

What the World Eats

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by Faith D'Aluisio; photographed by Peter Menzel

A photographic collection exploring what the world eats featuring portraits of twenty-five families from twenty-one countries surrounded by a week's worth of food.

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

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by Robert C. O'Brien; illustrated by Zena Bernstein

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Greenglass House

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by Kate Milford; illustrated by Jaime Zollars

At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Mi...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

I Survived. Hurricane Katrina, 2005

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by Lauren Tarshis; illustrated by Scott Dawson

Eleven-year-old Barry Hunter and his family attempt to ride out Hurricane Katrina at home in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans when his little sister gets ill, but when the levees break, Barry gets swept awa...

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Posted on: February 1, 2017

Hooray for the Golly Sisters!

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by Betsy Byars; illustrated by Sue Truesdell

In continued adventures, May-May and Rose take their traveling road show to more audiences.

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Who Would Win: Lion Vs. Tiger

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by Jerry Pallotta; illustrated by Rob Bolster

Reviewed by Mia: This series pits fearsome creatures against each other, cleverly introducing science facts and zoology while asking kids to guess which animal is going to come out on top. Who is the real king ...

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

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by Jan Thomas

Reviewed by Mia:
This book is a quirky introduction to rhyming sounds for readers getting ready for the more complicated rhythms of Dr. Seuss. Beware the broom!

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Three Times Lucky

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by Sheila Turnage

Reviewed by Mia: A plucky heroine with a hilarious gift for storytelling and a real sense of place in a small Southern town make this mystery just the right combination of funny and suspenseful.

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