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Owl Sees Owl
by Laura Godwin
illustrated by Rob Dunlavey
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Fans of the classic picture book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson will adore this utterly simple picture book in which a baby owl goes off on his first adventure. 
 
With just three or four words per page,...Read more

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In Plain Sight
by Richard Jackson
illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Sophie lives with Mama and Daddy and Grandpa, who spends his days by the window. Every day after school, it's Grandpa whom Sophie runs to.

"Here I am, Grandpa!"

"Ah, Sophie, how was your day?"

As Sophie and her grandpa...Read more

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Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West
by Candace Fleming
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Everyone knows the name Buffalo Bill, but few these days know what he did or, in some cases, didn't do. Was he a Pony Express rider? Did he serve Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn? Did he scalp countless Native Americans, or did he defend...Read more

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The Poet's Dog
by Patricia MacLachlan
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love.

Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he...Read more

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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
by Ashley Bryan
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could...Read more

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Ghosts
by Raina Telgemeier
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6, This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air...Read more

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A Family Is a Family Is a Family
by Sara O'Leary
illustrated by Qin Leng
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

One child is worried that her family is just...Read more

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Snow White: A Graphic Novel
by Matt Phelan
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker...Read more

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The Journey
by Francesca Sanna
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will...Read more

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The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue
by Suzanne Slade
illustrated by Stacy Innerst
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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George Gershwin heard music all the time—at home, at school, even on New York City’s busy streets. Classical, ragtime, blues, and jazz—George’s head was filled with a whole lot of razzmatazz! With rhythmic swirls of words and pictures, author...Read more

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