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Thunder Boy Jr. Sherman AlexieThunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky.012.68
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Do Not Bring your Dragon to the Library Julie Gassman Have you ever thought about bringing your dragon to the library? Don't do it! You might have the best intentions, but that dragon will cause nothing but trouble. Using rhyming text and a diverse cast of characters, this charming picture book will provide some important and some not so important library etiquette in a very entertaining way.010.67
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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters Barak Obama In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America's children.08.04
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Shopping with DadMatt Harvey It's Saturday, and one small girl and her Dad are heading for the supermarket while Mom is working. It's so exciting! How can she contain herself? She tries but she can't! An enormous sneeze sets in motion a small calamity, and Dad gets the blame. But when his daughter speaks up and takes responsibility for her actions, the mood changes... Fast-paced, funny with a simple, uplifting message, this playful rhyming read-aloud is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud!03.95
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Feast for 10Cathryn Falwell A counting book that features an African-American family shopping for food, preparing dinner, and sitting down to eat. Lively read-aloud text paired with bright collage illustrations.06.95
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President of the Whole Fifth Grade Sherri Wilson When Brianna Justice's hero, the famous celebrity chef Miss Delicious, speaks at her school and traces her own success back to being president of her fifth grade class, Brianna determines she must do the same. She just knows that becoming president of her class is the first step toward her own cupcake-baking empire! But when new student Jasmine Moon announces she is also running for president, Brianna learns that she may have more competition than she expected. Will Brianna be able to stick to her plan of working with her friends to win the election fairly? Or will she jump at the opportunity to steal votes from Jasmine by revealing an embarrassing secret? This hilarious, heartfelt novel will appeal to any reader with big dreams, and the determination to achieve them.04.75
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The Red Bicycle: An Extraordinary Story about an Extraordinary BicycleJude IsabellaIn this unique nonfiction picture book, the main character is a bicycle that starts its life like so many bicycles in North America, being owned and ridden by a young boy. 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.04.99
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The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown Crystal Allen Nine-year-old Mya Tibbs is boot-scootin’ excited for the best week of the whole school year—SPIRIT WEEK! She and her megapopular best friend, Naomi Jackson, even made a pinky promise to be Spirit Week partners so they can win the big prize: special VIP tickets to the Fall Festival! But when the partner picking goes horribly wrong, Mya gets paired with Mean Connie Tate—the biggest bully in school. And she can’t get out of it. Now Naomi is friend-ending mad at Mya for breaking a promise—even though Mya couldn’t help it—and everyone at school is calling Mya names. Can Mya work with Mean Connie to win the VIP tickets and get her best friend back?06.99
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Stacy the Soccer Fairy Daisy Meadows The Sports Fairies' magical items are missing, and now the Fairy Olympics are going all wrong! This is our ninth group of Rainbow Magic fairies; all seven books will be released at once. It's an exciting time in Fairyland. Everyone is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics! But Jack Frost's goblins have stolen the Sports Fairies' magic objects. Now they're threatening to take over the whole competition! Rachel's favorite soccer team is ready for the big game. But without Stacey the Soccer Fairy's magic ball, they'll never reach their goal!04.64
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Pele the King of Soccer, El Rey del Futbol Monica Brown Monica Brown and Rudy Gutierrez team up to deliver what Kirkus called, in a starred review, an “inspiring blend of art and story,” about the most famous soccer star in the world, Pelé. This bilingual picture book will inspire, teach, and amaze readers as they learn about the man who revolutionized the sport of soccer. Do you know how a poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known? This is the true story of Pelé, King of Soccer, the first man in the history of the sport to score a thousand goals and become a living legend. Rudy Gutierrez’s dynamic illustrations make award-winning author Monica Brown’s story of this remarkable sports hero come alive!06.99
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The Upsidedown Boy: El Nino de cabezaJuan Fellipe HerreraThe Upside Down Boy is award-winning poet Juan Felipe Herrera's engaging memoir of the year his migrant family settled down so that he could go to school for the first time. Juanito is bewildered by the new school, and he misses the warmth of country life. Everything he does feels upside down. He eats lunch when it's recess; he goes out to play when it's time for lunch; and his tongue feels like a rock when he tries to speak English. But a sensitive teacher and loving family help him to find his voice and make a place for himself in this new world through poetry, art, and music. Juan Felipe Herrera's playful language and the colorful, magical art of Elizabeth Gómez capture the universal experience of children entering a new school feeling like strangers in a world that seems upside down-at first.09.63
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Keep Climbing GirlsBeah RichardsThe dynamic ode to girl power was written by noted Afro-American actor, poet, and playwright Beach E. Richards. First published in 1951, her poem is given new life in this edition that includes an introduction by LisaGay Hamilton and stunning illustrations by R. Gregory Christie. With its inspirational messsage, this book will empower children with the realization that "the path of life goes up and up/not down!"07
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Gathering the SunAlma Flor AdaIn simple words and sun-drenched paintings, Alma Flor Ada and Simón Silva take us into the fields and orchards, and into the lives of the people who work them. Simple poems in Spanish and English, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet, describe the wonder of the vegetable and fruit farms. Together, the poems and the rich illustrations celebrate the glory of nature and the hearts of all who dedicate their lives to working the land.06.99
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Africa is not a CountryMargy KnightDemonstrates the diversity of the African continent by describing daily life in some of its fifty-three nations.07.21
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Drum Dream Girlmargartia Engle and Rafael Lopez
Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream. Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.07.02
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Sweetest KuluCeina KallukA lyrical lullaby imbued with traditional Inuit beliefs, this bedtime poem written by internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk describes the gifts bestowed upon a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and lovingly written, this visually stunning book is infused with the Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants. Named Best Bedtime Book of 2014 by the Huffington Post, a USBBY Outstanding International Book, and winner of the 2015 Wordcraft Circle Award. Now available in board book format.07.95
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We are all born freeAmmensty InternationalAbout the basics of human dignity as elaborated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights0$5.77
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Whoever you AreMem FoxAbout the common humanity we all share regardless of race, color, religion, nationality, gender, ability or sexual orientation0$3.46
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Can you Say Peace? Karen KatzA book about how peace looks in different countries around the world and a celebration of September 21 – the date the United Nations has declared the International Day of Peace0$6.41
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A is for Activist Innonsanto NagaraA colorful board book with an introduction to speaking up and acting for social change whether related to LGBTQ rights, racial justice, or sustainability.0$8.49
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Sepereate is Never EqualSlyvia MendezAbout the landmark 1947 case fought by a Latino family to desegregate whites-only schools in California that served as a precursor to the Brown vs. Board decision in 1954.0$14.85
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Malalal, A Brave Girl from Paksitan Jannette Winter
About two young advocates for educational rights who were both attacked in Pakistan—Malala Yousafzai and the lesser-known Iqbal Masih. While Iqbal didn’t survive the attack on him, Malala went on to advocate for the right to education for girls worldwide and win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.014.47
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The Story of Ruby BridgesRobert ColesAbout a young woman at the forefront of school desegregation in 1960 after the Brown vs. Board. The book shows her fortitude in enduring harassment from angry mobs to get a quality education.05.96
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Waiting for BilioburroMonica Brown
Inspired by the real-life story of Luis Soriano, who started a mobile library with donkeys carrying hundreds of books over long distances for children in rural areas of Colombia.014.6
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Mama's NightingaleEdwidge DanticatWritten by award-winning Haitian-American novelist, Edwidge Danticat, this book is about a family separated by the U.S. immigration system and how love transcends borders and orders of deportation.012.59
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Four feet, Two Sandals
Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra MohammedAbout two girls who share a pair of sandals in a refugee camp for Afghans on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, offering a humanizing glimpse into life in a refugee camp.014.48
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Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of SudanMary WilliamsAbout the lost boys of Sudan who walked long distances for freedom, and were resettled as refugees in the U.S.017.15
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Nelson Mandela Kadir NelsonA beautifully-illustrated book about the life of South African human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and first President of post-Apartheid South Africa, Nelson Mandela.012.39
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Ambdekar: The Fight For JusticeDurgabhai VyamAbout the life of by Bhim Rao Ambedkar, a human rights activist who came from a Dalit family (formerly called “untouchable”) and became the first Law Minister of India after independence. He drafted India’s Constitution and was a leading voice against caste discrimination.017.53
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Grandfather and Gahndi Arun Gandhi and Bethany HegedusA book about Mohandas Gandhi, leader of India’s freedom struggle against the British, told through the voice of his grandson. His nonviolent resistance to oppression inspired movements across the world, such as the U.S. civil rights movement.014.03
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If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks
Faith RingoldA book about Rosa Parks, an activist who led the boycott of the Montgomery bus system, in order to advance civil rights in the U.S.07.99
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Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from Underground RailroadEllen LevineA story about a young enslaved boy who doesn’t know his birthday and goes on a quest for freedom.013.89
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Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment CampKatie KamasakiAbout two Japanese-American boys living in an internment camp after the U.S. went to war with Japan.015.8
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Ellen's Broom Kelly Starling Lyons Ellen always knew the broom resting above the hearth was special. Before it was legal for her mother and father to officially be married, the broom was what made them a family anyway. But now all former slaves who had already been married in their hearts could register as lawful husband and wife. When Ellen and her family make the long trip to the courthouse dressed in their best, she brings the broom her parents had jumped so many years before. Even though freedom has come, Ellen knows the old traditions are important too. After Mama and Papa's names are recorded in the register, Ellen nearly bursts with pride as her parents jump the broom once again. 015.21
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One Million Men and Me Kelly Starling Lyons On October 16, 1995, Black men of all ages, religions and backgrounds gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. They were there on a mission - to mobilize and motivate, as part of what would become the largest event of its kind in U.S. history: the Million Man March. The Million Man March was a movement like no other. It brought together Black men who were committed to inspiring and empowering themselves and each other to make positive and lasting changes in their families and communities. The March was widely covered by news media across the country and the world. Now, this new picture book shares the story of the March in a new light: through the eyes of a little girl who was with her father the day Black men made history.08.95
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Ron's Big MissionNine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron?s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage?it is a young man?s fi rst courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair?s life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.012.14
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Black All AroundPatricia Hubell In this lively, poetic celebration of the colour black, a young girl experiences the wonder and joy of all the black objects she finds around her. The letters and words on the pages of a book, a limousine, a big workhorse, beetles, firefighter's boots, piano keys, and more all capture the young girl's attention in joyously illustrated spreads that combine seemingly unrelated objects in imaginative interactions.07.66
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Summer Sun Risin'W. Nikola-LisaFrom sunrise to sunset, an African American boy spends an activity-filled summer day helping his family on their farm. Feeding animals, mowing hay, picking vegetables, and eating freshly caught fish fill the hours. Set in Texas in the 1950s, Summer Sun Risin’ is Parenting Reading Magic Award winner W. Nikola-Lisa’s tribute to childhood, farm life, and family togetherness. Don Tate’s sun-drenched paintings depict the family’s daily activities and trace the sun as it travels across the sky.09.95
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Around Our Way on Neighborhoods DayTameka Fryer BrownNeighbors gather on a hot summer day for a joyful block party: Kids play double Dutch; men debate at the barber shop and play chess; mothers and aunts cook up oxtail stew, collard greens, and other delicious treats; and friends dance and sway as jazz floats through the streets. A rhythmic tale that celebrates the diversity of a close-knit community, Around Our Way on Neighbors’ Day will excite readers and prompt them to discover the magic of their own special surroundings.016.93
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Tea Cakes for ToshKelly Starling Lyons Tosh loves listening to Grandma Honey tell family stories. His favorite is about the special tea cakes that smell like vanilla and sunshine. They were great-great-great-great-grandma Ida's specialty when she was a cook in the big house of a plantation. Unlike Tosh, the slave children weren't allowed to have any of the treats, though Grandma Ida always found a way to put the sugary sweetness into their hands anyway. It was a promise and taste of freedom to come. Tosh knows this is an important story and he takes care to remember every word. And when grandma Honey begins to forget, he can return the gift of tea cakes and stories. A touching family tale, Tea Cakes for Tosh celebrates the important bond between grandchild and grandparent and the stories that make a family strong.015.21
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The Zero Degree Zombie ZonePatrik Bass Shy fourth-grader Bakari Katari Johnson is having a bad day. He's always coming up against Tariq Thomas, the most popular kid in their class, and today is no different. On top of that, Bakari has found a strange ring that appears to have magical powers--and the people from the ring's fantastical other world want it back! Can Bakari and his best friend Wardell stave off the intruders' attempts, keep the ring safe, and stand up to Tariq and his pal Keisha, all before the school bell rings? Media celebrity and Essence Magazine entertainment producer, Patrik Henry Bass delivers adventure, fun, fantasy and friendship in this illustrated action-packed adventure starring an African American boy hero and his classmates.06.99
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The Jumbies Tracey BaptisteCorinne La Mer claims she isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they? When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger at the market the very next day, she knows something extraordinary is about to happen. When this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne’s house, danger is in the air. Severine plans to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn’t know she possessed to stop Severine and to save her island home.05.59
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Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of InventionsChris BartonYou know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy. A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.014.62
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My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy MoodTameka Fryer Brown Through Jamie, young readers will learn to describe how they’re feeling in a unique way.015
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Eddies Ordeal Kelly Starling Lyons Thirteen year old Eddie Delaney loves his dad. But sometimes he wishes that he'd lighten up. His father, a lawyer who grew up during the civil rights movement expects nothing but the best from his only son. And with Eddie’s success as a starter on the basketball team, and his good grades, Mr. Delaney’s been getting it. Then Eddie brings home a D in language arts and everything changes. His parents make him quit the team. And now Eddie’s lost the one thing he knows he’s good at, the very thing that had helped bring him and his dad together. Why is his dad so hard on him? Eddie’s friends decide to find out. But when they dig into Mr. Delaney's past they uncover a secret that rocks the foundation of the already unsteady father-son relationship, and changes Eddie’s life forever.05
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Tameka's Choice Tameka JohnsonAs a central character in the book, we learn that Johnson was in love with the game of basketball at a very early age. Whether it was playing against her Uncles and Cousins, or her friends at school, she was happiest with a basketball in her hands. The story then puts Johnson in a position where as a young child, she needs to make a tough choice, one that could have a serious consequence-taking away her opportunity to play basketball. Her (Late Grandmother Jewel Johnson) is also a huge character in the story, Which shouldnt be any surprise that this book is dedicated to her memory. This book is an opportunity for Johnson to share her story with a younger generation, especially young girls that are interested in playing sports. This book also presents a unique format, that of a hybrid between a chapter and picture book. This title contains more content than a picture book, but less content and more illustrations than a typical chapter book. This format is most beneficial for a variety of later elementary school age groups, especially those students transitioning from picture to chapter books, or ELL (English language learner) readers who enjoy reading stories with illustrations.00
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Too Many Tamales Gary SotoChristmas Eve started out so perfectly for Maria. Snow had fallen and the streets glittered. Maria's favorite cousins were coming over and she got to help make the tamales for Christmas dinner. It was almost too good to be true when her mother left the kitchen for a moment and Maria got to try on her beautiful diamond ring. This is the story of a treasure thought to be lost in a batch of tamales; of a desperate adn funny attempt by Maria and her cousins to eat their way out of trouble; and the warm way a family pulls together to make it a perfect Christmas after all.07.9
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Mama Provi and the Pot of RiceSylvia Rosa- CasanovaMama Provi and her granddaughter Lucy live in the same tall apartment building - Mama Provi on the first floor, Lucy on the eighth. When Lucy has the chicken pox and can't come down to visit, Mama Provi decides to make a trip upstairs with a big pot of her tasty arroz con pollo. But on her way up the seven flights of stairs, she meets a neighbor on every floor. En un dos por tres(in Spanish this means "lickedy-split"), the chicken and rice are joined by Mrs. Landers's crusty white bread, Señor Rivera's frijoles negros, Mrs. Woo's tea, and more. . . and Mama Provi arrives at Lucy's door with a tremendous feast!016.99
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Big Mamas Donald CrewsThirteen year old Eddie Delaney loves his dad. But sometimes he wishes that he'd lighten up. His father, a lawyer who grew up during the civil rights movement expects nothing but the best from his only son. And with Eddie’s success as a starter on the basketball team, and his good grades, Mr. Delaney’s been getting it. Then Eddie brings home a D in language arts and everything changes. His parents make him quit the team. And now Eddie’s lost the one thing he knows he’s good at, the very thing that had helped bring him and his dad together. Why is his dad so hard on him? Eddie’s friends decide to find out. But when they dig into Mr. Delaney's past they uncover a secret that rocks the foundation of the already unsteady father-son relationship, and changes Eddie’s life forever.06.99
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The Leaving Morning Angela JohnsonLeaving a place can be long when, days before, you've already said good-bye to everyone you know--your friends, the grocer, your cousins, especially your cousins. Then finally the day comes, and leaving is hard. Words and pictures catch exactly the mixture of excitement and wistfulness that good-bye can mean for young children.013.15
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Tree of CranesAllen SayAs a young Japanese boy recovers from a bad chill, his mother busily folds origami paper into delicate silver cranes in preparation for the boy's very first Christmas.06.94
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Twas NochebuenaRosanne Greenfield It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re invited to a Nochebuena celebration! Follow a family as they prepare to host a night filled with laughter, love, and Latino tradition. Make tasty tamales and hang colorful adornos (decorations) on the walls. Gather to sing festive canciones (songs) while sipping champurrado (hot chocolate). After the midnight feast has been served and the last gifts have been unwrapped, it’s time to cheer, “Feliz Navidad and to all a good night!”014.52
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What Can You Do With a Paleta?Carmen Tafolla As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children. In this bilingual paperback edition, discover the joys of a paleta—the traditional Mexican popsicle treat sold from the wagon with the tinkly bell that brings children running from every direction. Create a masterpiece, make tough choices (strawberry or coconut?), or cool off on a warm summer’s day—there’s so much to do with a paleta.07.99
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Shortcut Donald CrewsThe train tracks ran right by Bigmama's house in Cottondale, and the children were warned to stay off the tracks. But one night they were late, and the tracks were a shortcut, so they started off. And when there was no turning back, they heard the train coming.06.07
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Staying CoolNancy AntleEvery day after school, Curtis trains at his grandfather's gym for the local boxing tournament. He wants to prove to his grandfather that he won't lose control, that he can get right back in the ring after losing. But most of all, Curtis wants to make his grandfather proud in this moving story of a special bond between a boy and his grandfather.08.95
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Grace for President Kelly DuPucchioWhen Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school's mock election! Author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought--and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.1$15
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Last Stop of Market Street Matt De La Pena Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them. This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.14.65
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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanza StoryAngela MederiasIn an African village live seven brothers who make life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread or they will be turned out as beggars.16.99
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A Chair for My Mama Vera B. Williams After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy. A Chair for My Mother has sold more than a million copies and is an ideal choice for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom. "A superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family."—The Horn Book16.94
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Ganesha's Sweet Tooth Sanjay Patel & Emily HaynesThe bold, bright colors of India leap right off the page in this fresh and funny picture book retelling (with a twist) of how Ganesha came to help write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especially the traditional dessert laddoo. But when Ganesha insists on biting into a super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo, his tusk breaks off! Ganesha is terribly upset, but with the help of the wise poet Vyasa, and his friend Mr. Mouse, he learns that what seems broken can actually be quite useful after all. With vibrant, graphic illustrations, expressive characters, and offbeat humor, this is a wonderfully inventive rendition of a classic tale.112.94
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Not Norman: A Gold Fish StoryKelly BennettNorman the goldfish isn’t what this little boy had in mind. He wanted a different kind of pet — one that could run and catch, or chase string and climb trees, a soft furry pet to sleep on his bed at night. Definitely not Norman. But when he tries to trade Norman for a "good pet," things don’t go as he planned. Could it be that Norman is a better pet than he thought? With wry humor and lighthearted affection, author Kelly Bennett and illustrator Noah Z. Jones tell an unexpected — and positively fishy — tale about finding the good in something you didn’t know you wanted. 16.58
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Mama Do You Love Me?Barbara JooseThis beloved story of a child testing the limits of her independence, and a mother who reassuringly proves that a parents love is unconditional and everlasting is a perfect first book for toddlers.15.01
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The New Small PersonLauren Child Elmore Green starts life as an only child, as many children do. He has a room to himself, where he can line up his precious things and nobody will move them one inch. But one day everything changes. When the new small person comes along, it seems that everybody might like it a bit more than they like Elmore Green. And when the small person knocks over Elmore’s things and even licks his jelly-bean collection, Elmore’s parents say that he can’t be angry because the small person is only small. Elmore wants the small person to go back to wherever it came from. Then, one night, everything changes. . . . In her signature visual style, Lauren Child gets to the heart of a child’s evolving emotions about becoming a big brother or sister.112.49
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The Big Red LolipopRukhsana KhanRubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can't convince Ami that you just don't bring your younger sister to your friend's party. So both girls go, and not only does Sana demand to win every game, but after the party she steals Rubina's prized party favor, a red lollipop. What's a fed-up big sister to do?113.02
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Mango, Abeula, and MeMeg Medina Mia’s abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can’t read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English ("Dough. Masa"), and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it’s still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfectoidea for how to help them all communicate a little better. An endearing tale from an award-winning duo that speaks loud and clear about learning new things and the love that bonds family members.111.84
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Suki's KimonoChieri UegakiSuki's favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother's visit last summer. And Suki is going to wear it on her first day back to school --- no matter what anyone says. When it's Suki's turn to share with her classmates what she did during the summer, she tells them about the street festival she attended with her obachan and the circle dance that they took part in. In fact, she gets so carried away reminiscing that she's soon humming the music and dancing away, much to the delight of her entire class!
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Sweet Potato PieKathleen D. LindseySweet Potato Pie is a delicious affirmation of strong family ties and creative problem solving. This lively story will capture your heart, as well as your taste buds. Loosely based on Lindsey's memories of her great grandmother's stories, the story took shape in Lindsey's mind as she sewed a quilt called "Sweet Potato Pie."19.95
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Rainbow StewCathryn FalwellOn a rainy summer day, three children and their grandpa pick vegetables in his garden and then cook and share a delicious meal of his famous Rainbow Stew.117.95
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Dear JunoSoyung PakAlthough Juno, a Korean-American boy, cannot read the letter he receives from his grandmother in Seoul, he understands what it means from the photograph and dried flower that are enclosed and decides to send back to her a similar letter. Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winner.15.99
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Jake's 100th Day of SchoolLester L. LaminackA moving, coming-of-age story of a young white girl who overcomes family prejudice and cultural differences when she befriends a black girl in a small working-class town.18.55
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Leon and BobSimon James
Leon and his imaginary friend Bob do everything together until a new boy moves in next door.
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Lucas and His Loco Beans: A Bilingual Tale of the Mexican Jumping BeanRamona WinnerBilingual tale of the Mexican Jumping Beans. Snappy, rhyming text in both Spanish and English. Great science supplement.115.95
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Everybody Cooks RiceNorah DooleyA child is sent to find a younger brother at dinnertime and is introduced to a variety of cultures through encountering the many different ways rice is prepared at the different households visited16.95
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The Tortilla FactoryGary PaulsenIn clear and eloquent language, Gary Paulsen pays tribute to a cycle of life--from seed to plant to tortilla. Workers till the black soil, operate the clanking machinery of the factory, and drive the trucks that deliver the tortillas back into the hands that will plant the yellow seeds116
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Jackie and Me: A Very Special FriendshipTania GrossingerThirteen-year-old Tania Grossinger lives in the famous Grossinger hotel in New York's Catskill Mountains, but she doesn't feel like a real Grossinger; her cousins own the hotel, and Tania often feels like she doesn't belong. Lots of celebrities come to Grossinger's, but Tania just wants to meet one man: Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League baseball. When Jackie stays at Grossinger's on vacation, he hears that Tania is a terrific ping-pong player. Jackie invites the young girl to meet him for a game at four o-clock—but she doesn't believe he's serious and stays in her room to read. Soon the telephone rings; it's Jackie, wondering where Tania is! When she dashes downstairs to the game room, the famous Dodgers star is waiting for Tania—and this is the beginning of an unlikely but very special friendship116.95
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Running Is Totally For MeCassie CelestainThe story features a determined girl, Madi, that tries several sports in search for what truly inspires her. She calls on her friends to help her through the process, but ultimately stands firm in choosing what brings her joy. When children read “Running is Totally for Me” they will see stereotypes and gender roles being broken. They will hear encouraging words not only for the characters, but for themselves.19.99
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Mr. Sanchez and The Kick Ball ChampionLaura Appleton-SmithEach day the kids in the park play kick ball, but not Roberto, who never gets picked because he cannot kick, pitch or catch well. But with the help of his new friend, Mr. Sanchez, Roberto learns the skills necessary to become the kick ball champ.134.83
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Peeping and SleepingFran ManushkinA chorus of Peep-PEEP! Peep-PEEP! greets Barry and his father as they walk down to the pond on a warm spring night. They watch zillions of tiny frogs hopping about, puffed into bubbles, a bubble for every peep. Illustrated with jewel-like pastels, this simple, evocative story is a warm and reassuring choice for bedtime sharing.10.01
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Palampam DayDavid and Phillis GershatorOne day when the coconuts, dogs, frogs, fish, and bananas talk to him, Turo goes to ask wise old Papa Tata Wanga for advice.10.01
81
The Busy Body BookLizzy RockwellExploring all the many moves, twists, and turns a human body can do, this book is designed to encourage kids to move around, use their bodies, and learn the importance of staying actively fit.16.01
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TeammatesPeter GolenbockThis is the moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a Major League baseball team when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate.16.99
83
A Picture Book of Jesse OwensDavid Adler
A simple biography of the noted black track star who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
17.99
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Dancing in the WingsDebbie AllenSassy is a long-legged girl who always has something to say. She wants to be a ballerina more than anything, but she worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream. When a famous director comes to visit her class, Sassy does her best to get his attention with her high jumps and bright leotard. Her first attempts are definitely not appreciated, but with Sassy's persistence, she just might be able to win him over. Dancing in the Wings is loosely based on actress/choreographer Debbie Allen's own experiences as a young dancer.16.99
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Dancing with IndiansAngela Shelf MedearisA young African-American girl goes to a Seminole powwow to dance with the descendents of the tribe who rescued her grandfather from slavery and accepted him as one of their own years before.10.01
86
Hush! A Thai LullabyMinfong Ho
This book contains a lullaby which asks animals such as a lizard, monkey, and water buffalo to be quiet and not disturb the sleeping baby.
16.99
87
The Car Washing StreetDenise Lewis PatrickEvery Saturday morning, something special happens on Matthew's block. When neighbors, cars, and buckets of water all come together on the hottest day of the year, a city street is a very special place to be.10.01
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On Mardi Gras DayFatima ShaikMardi Gras in New Orleans is a festival for the whole city--and in this buoyant picture book two children experience the holiday in their own special way. Author Fatima Shaik's vivid picture of Mardi Gras in a close-knit African-American community is perfectly illustrated by Cooper's shimmering paintings, filled with the pageantry and spirit of this grand celebration.10.01
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The Empty PotDemiA test to grow a plant is given by the Chinese Emperor to determine whom he will choose as the heir to the throne, but Ping, unable to make his seed grow, submits an empty pot to the Chinese Emperor and gets surprisingly happy results17.36
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One HenKatie Smith MilwayInspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many.112.97
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Miz Fannie Mae's Fine New Easter HatMelissa MilichWhen her husband and daughter buy her a beautiful new Easter hat, which is decorated with lace, flowers, fruit, and four tiny eggs, Miz Fannie Mae proudly wears the hat to church, and everyone thinks a miracle has taken place when the eggs hatch.10.02
92
The Hunterman and the CrocodileBaba Wague DiakiteA hunterman and a crocodile take turns being captive and captor in a humorous folktale that teaches the importance of living in harmony with nature and is illustrated with ceramic-tile paintings.10.01
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FiestaGinger Fogesong GuyBilingual text describes a children's party and provides practice counting in English and Spanish.16.99
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The Seven Chinese BrothersMaragaret Mahy
Seven Chinese brothers elude execution by virtue of their extraorinary individual qualities.
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Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges and Grace MaccaroneThis is the true story of an extraordinary 6-year-old who helped shape history when she became the first African-American sent to first grade in an all white school. This moving book captures the courage of a little girl standing alone in the face of racism.1
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Granddaddy's Street SongsMonalisa DeGrossRoddy loves to bring out the old family photo album and listen to Granddaddy tell stories about his so long-ago days as an arabber, a fruit and vegetable vendor. With his horse-drawn wagon laden with the freshest produce, Granddaddy would ride down the cobblestoned streets and narrow brick alleys of Baltimore, singing out his special calls to customers. Singing along with Granddaddy makes Roddy almost feel like he's an arabber, too, as if those long-ago days have come alive....1
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In the Garden with Dr. CarverSusan GrisbyA fictionalized account of how plant scientist George Washington Carver came to an Alabama school and taught the children how to grow plants and reap the rewards of nature's bounty. Includes factual note about George Washington Carver.111.15
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Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)Elizabeth Fitzgerald HowardsSunday afternoons are special for Sarah and Susan because that's when they visit Aunt Flossie -- she has a memorable collection of hats, each with a special story.17.95
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The Story of Ruby BridgesRobert ColesThe year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert Coles' powerful narrative and dramatically illustrated by George Ford, Ruby's story of courage, faith, and hope is now available in this special 50th anniversary edition with an updated afterword!15.96
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Anansi and the Seven Yam HillsElizabeth LaneThis novel tells the story of a spider named Anansi who was very lazy and very clever. In this story a witch puts a spell on the number 7, if anyone said the number seven they would disappear. Because Anansi was lazy he used that to his advantage to steal the food of the villagers and make them disappear. This a west african folktale that teaches children not to steal from people and not to take advantage of someones kindness (when the villagers helped Anansi they disappeared because they accidentally said 7) because it will come back to hurt you.10.01
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