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"All American Boys" by Jason Reynolds

'All American Boys' by Jason Reynolds

Children's Book Rashad is absent again today.That’s the sidewalk graffiti that started it all…Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art ...

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"Hoodoo" by Ronald L. Smith

'Hoodoo' by Ronald L.  Smith

Children's Book Twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher was born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic: hoodoo, as most people call it. But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can't seem to cast a simple spell.        Then a mysterious man called the Stranger comes to town, and Hoodoo starts dreaming of the dead rising from their graves. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy. Not just any boy. A boy named Hoodoo. The enti ...

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"Waiting" by Kevin Henkes

'Waiting' by Kevin Henkes

Children's Book Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor BookWhat are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig—all toys arranged on a child’s windowsill—wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by the New York Times–bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the ...

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"Mango, Abuela, and Me" by Meg Medina

'Mango, Abuela, and Me' by Meg Medina

Children's Book When a little girl’s far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg 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 wh ...

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"Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras" by Duncan Tonatiuh

'Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras' by Duncan Tonatiuh

Children's Book A 2016 Sibert Award Winner, Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Honor Book, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015.  Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras—skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities—came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852–1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew polit ...

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"A Pig, a Fox, and a Box" by Jonathan Fenske

'A Pig, a Fox, and a Box' by Jonathan Fenske

Children's Book In the style of Mo Willems, Jonathan Fenske tells three humorous stories of two friends, Pig and Fox, and their shenanigans with a cardboard box (all of which involved Pig accidentally crushing Fox in the box). With comic art and simple language, this Level 2 reader is sure to have kids rolling with laughter. ...

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"Don't Throw It to Mo!" by David A. Adler

'Don't Throw It to Mo!' by David A. Adler

Children's Book Winner of the 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel AwardMo Jackson is a little boy with a big passion for sports. He may not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest player, but he won't let that stop him from playing!Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins, his football team. His classmates don’t mind, but the kids on their rival team tease him for being a "butterfingers" who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a p ...

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"Gone Crazy in Alabama (Gaither Sisters, #3)" by Rita Williams-Garcia

'Gone Crazy in Alabama (Gaither Sisters, #3)' by Rita Williams-Garcia

Children's Book Coretta Scott King Award winner * ALA Notable Book * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year * ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice * Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year * Washington Post Best Books of the Year * The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book * Three starred reviews * CCBC Choice * N ...

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"My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata" by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

'My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata' by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

Children's Book "This charming little book will introduce young readers to safe and effective natural remedies from the native traditions of the American Southwest. A good way to learn about the healing power of plants."—Andrew Weil, MDAaron has asked his grandfather Tata to teach him about the healing remedies he uses. Tata is a neighbor and family elder. People come to him all the time for his soothing solutions and for his compassionate touch and ge ...

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"Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music" by Margarita Engle

'Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music' by Margarita Engle

Children's Book 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.      ...

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"The Smoking Mirror" by David Bowles

'The Smoking Mirror' by David  Bowles

Children's Book Carol and Johnny Garza are 12-year-old twins whose lives in a small Texas town are forever changed by their mother’s unexplained disappearance. Shipped off to relatives in Mexico by their grieving father, the twins soon learn that their mother is a nagual, a shapeshifter, and that they have inherited her powers. In order to rescue her, they will have to descend into the Aztec underworld and face the dangers that await them. ...

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"Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer" by Carole Boston Weatherford

'Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer' by Carole Boston Weatherford

Children's Book A stirring collection of poems and spirituals, accompanied by stunning collage illustrations, recollects the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights."I am sick and tired of being sick and tired."Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Integral to the Freedom Summe ...

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"The War that Saved My Life" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

'The War that Saved My Life' by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Children's Book ★★★★★ 10-year-old Ada lives with her brother Jamie and mother in a filthy, rat infested one-room flat in London. She is often abused by her mother who does not allow her to go outside because her mother is ashamed of her clubfoot. When Jamie is being shipped off with other children to the country to avoid injury from bombings during the war, Ada escapes to join him. When Susan Smith, a women still grieving a recent death is forced to take them i ...

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"Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Pena

'Last Stop on Market Street' by Matt de la Pena

Children's Book Winner of the 2016 Newbery MedalA 2016 Caldecott Honor BookA 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor BookA New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like ...

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"The Boy in the Black Suit" by Jason Reynolds

'The Boy in the Black Suit' by Jason Reynolds

Children's Book Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this wry, gritty novel from the author of When I Was the Greatest.Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his ...

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"X" by Ilyasah Shabazz

'X' by Ilyasah Shabazz

Children's Book Cowritten by Malcolm X’s daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.I am Malcolm. I am my father’s son. But to be my father’s son means that they will always come for me. They will always come for me, and I will always succumb.Malcolm Little’s parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, ...

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"Supertruck" by Stephen Savage

'Supertruck' by Stephen  Savage

Children's Book When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?Find out in this snowy tale about a little truck with a very big job, the second of Stephen Savage's vehicle-based picture books. ...

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"The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore" by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

'The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore' by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Children's Book Lewis's dad said he had an itch he needed to scratch - a book itch. How to scratch it? He started the National Memorial African Bookstore. It became a center of black culture and a home to activists like Malcolm X. ...

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"Sam and Dave Dig a Hole" by Mac Barnett

'Sam and Dave Dig a Hole' by Mac Barnett

Children's Book ★★★★★ Sam and Dave are determined to dig a hole until they find something spectacular. What unfolds in this story is a wonderful mix of what is happening in the story and what is happening in the illustrations. This book is a 2015 Caldecott Honor Book for a good reason. The book as a whole, the writing and the illustrations, play off of each other so well that this book tells a story beyond the words on the page. There is such a sense of adventu ...

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"The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend" by Dan Santat

'The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend' by Dan Santat

Children's Book ★★★★★ On an island far away, imaginary friends are born. Beekle is one of them, waiting to be chosen by a child and transported to the real world. Rather than waiting, Beekle does the unimaginable and sets sail to the real world. He finds that the real world is strange and uncomfortable, until he meets his perfect friend. Then the world is colorful , fun, and not so strange. This is a fantastic book about finding your place in the big, bustling, ...

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"The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander

'The Crossover' by Kwame Alexander

Children's Book "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood. Josh and ...

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"Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson

'Brown Girl Dreaming' by Jacqueline Woodson

Children's Book National Book Award WinnerJacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Ri ...

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"Ninja Boy Goes to School" by N.D. Wilson

'Ninja Boy Goes to School' by N.D. Wilson

Children's Book From N. D. Wilson, bestselling author of the 100 Cupboards series, comes this funny and adventurous picture-book debut. It’s time for kindergarten, and a young boy is prepared for the task, thanks to his unflinching ninja skills. The challenges of school are no match for a ninja, with his quick reflexes and immense patience. Featuring colorful and dynamic illustrations by J. J. Harrison, Ninja Boy Goes to School will have all little ni ...

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"Mr. Wuffles!" by David Wiesner

'Mr. Wuffles!' by David Wiesner

Children's Book A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn't care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens—but the ship wasn't designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble.When the space ...

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"The Year of Billy Miller" by Kevin Henkes

'The Year of Billy Miller' by Kevin Henkes

Children's Book Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books; Frindle, by Andrew Clements; and the Clementine series.The New York Times declared: "Henkes's delightful story is restra ...

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