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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Javaka Steptoe
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe.



Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique...Read more

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Du Iz Tak?
by Carson Ellis
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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The creator of Home turns a droll eye to the natural world, with gorgeous art and a playful invented language.



Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it...Read more

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Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness
by Donna Janell Bowman
illustrated by Daniel Minter
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Saturday, October 15, 2016
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William "Doc" Key had a special way with animals. Growing up an enslaved child in Tennessee, Doc was sent to plantations around the state to care for sick and wounded animals. When the Civil War ended and Doc was freed, he began to dream of...Read more

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The Singing Bones
by Shaun Tan
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Wicked stepmothers, traitorous brothers, cunning foxes, lonely princesses: There is no mistaking the world of the Brothers Grimm and the beloved fairy tales that have captured generations of readers. Now internationally acclaimed artist Shaun Tan...Read more

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Old Dog Baby Baby
by Julie Fogliano
illustrated by Chris Raschka
This book is for: Babies and Toddlers, This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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old dog
lazy 
lazy
lying on the 
kitchen floor

here comes baby
baby
crawling through the 
kitchen door

Follow the antics of a curious baby and his silly old dog in this funny, rhythmic, and...Read more

Preaching to the Chickens
Preaching to the Chickens
by Jabari Asim
illustrated by E. B. Lewis
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Critically acclaimed author Jabari Asim and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis give readers a fascinating glimpse into the boyhood of Civil Rights leader John Lewis.
 
John wants to be a preacher when he grows up—a leader...Read more

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Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds (English and Spanish Edition)
by Jorge Argueta
illustrated by Alfonso Ruano
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6, This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them.

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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love
by Michelle Edwards
illustrated by G. Brian Karas
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Here’s a heartwarming winter picture book that’s sure to appeal to families who love knitting. 

Mrs. Goldman always knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, and Sophia, who thinks knitting is too hard, helps by making...Read more

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Rani Patel In Full Effect
by Sonia Patel
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Almost seventeen, Rani Patel appears to be a kick-ass Indian girl breaking cultural norms as a hip-hop performer in full effect. But in truth, she's a nerdy flat-chested nobody who lives with her Gujarati immigrant parents on the remote Hawaiian...Read more

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The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk
by Jan Thornhill
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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For hundreds of thousands of years Great Auks thrived in the icy seas of the North Atlantic, bobbing on the waves, diving for fish and struggling up onto rocky shores to mate and hatch their fluffy chicks. But by 1844, not a single one of these...Read more

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