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Sometimes It's Nice to Be Alone By Amy Hest, Philip C. Stead (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Hest, Philip C. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823449477
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Published: Neal Porter Books - February 14th, 2023

Behind glasses as big and blank as Orphan Annie’s eyes, a lone little girl considers the pleasures of solitude. Casually, she decides that she could also enjoy the company of a friend.  As she ruminates, a small stuffed toy sits nearby.  Is it listening? Every child in this situation knows the answer—yes!  And when they turn the page, there is the proof!  The stuffed toy comes alive, and plays like a friend.

This picture book masquerades a predicament that is familiar to any child who longs for a playmate, and it shows that, with a good imagination, you can enjoy being alone as well. Philip Stead’s rustic, richly colored transfer prints have a gauzy effect, like looking through a veil of an imagining.  Sharp-eyed listeners will anticipate the plot, spying the benign stuffed toy that will burst onto center stage of the little girl’s fantasy. Empathetic and sweetly sly, readers and listeners will enjoy sharing time together with this story. 


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Don't Worry, Murray By David Ezra Stein, David Ezra Stein (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062845245
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 7th, 2022

As young children know, stepping out into the world is exciting—and sometimes daunting.  Murray will speak to their experience. Follow this charming little dog through his day, finding joy and pleasures, and facing unexpected challenges. Author/illustrator David Ezra Stein has been producing sweet, satisfying picture books for years, as seen in the facile, empathetic portrait of Murray.  For all brave puppies. 


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Farmhouse By Sophie Blackall Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316528948
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

This picture book speaks to my midcentury childhood in a countryside marked with deserted properties: sometimes just a soil impression and a pear tree on a grassy hillside, or a hollow, weather-washed wooden two-storey with a pile of 78 rpm records on the floor of an empty upstairs room.  From an intact one-room schoolhouse to an elder pointing to the site of a general store along Pigeon Road, the rural landscape was haunted.

The thrill and wonder stirred by a discovery on a ramble may be a lost experience, but here is a full-blown re-creation of its power.  Spurred by scraps and relics found in an abandoned farmhouse, premier illustrator Sophie Blackall re-imagines its past flourishing with life, stories and lucious living color.  How did they live?  How do you time travel?  Here is one beautiful answer.  All ages.


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How Do You Live? By Genzaburo Yoshino, Bruno Navasky (Translated by), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Genzaburo Yoshino, Bruno Navasky (Translated by), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616209773
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

In Hanao Miyazaki movies, there is often a long moment of pausing where the characters seem to become entranced by their surroundings and enter a new awareness of the world around them.  It is not surprising that this book was the childhood favorite of the renowned animation artist and is now the inspiration for his return to Studio Ghibli.


This reissued coming-of-age novel is set in Japan between the world wars and features Copper, who is nicknamed after Copernicus, and who is also discovering that he is not the center of the universe. The moniker was given to him by his uncle who attends to Copper’s experiences as he adjusts to the death of his father and becomes an active, sensitive junior high school boy.   In a journal, Copper’s uncle gently shares his nephew’s introspection and encourages him to explore how he lives his life.  Copper finds his way in his studies of science, art and philosophy, and in social dramas at school.  His experiences create a transformative pause for readers of this story, and lead to an understanding that, as his uncle notes: “If it means anything at all to live in this world, it is that you must live your life like a true human being, and feel just what you feel.”


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While I Was Away By Waka T. Brown Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780063017122
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - December 21st, 2021

Named one of New York Public Library's & Bank Street's Best Books of the Year!

The Farewell meets Erin Entrada Kelly's Blackbird Fly in this empowering middle grade memoir from debut author Waka T. Brown, who takes readers on a journey to 1980s Japan, where she was sent as a child to reconnect to her family’s roots.


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Margaret's Unicorn By Briony May Smith Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984896537
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - September 15th, 2020

A perfect gift for the unicorn lovers in your life, this lovely and utterly transporting picture book tells the story of what every little girl wishes would happen to her: a girl finds and takes care of a lost baby unicorn.


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Black Brother, Black Brother By Jewell Parker Rhodes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!

From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.   Framed. Bullied. Disliked.


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Echo Mountain By Lauren Wolk Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555568
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020

★ “Historical fiction at its finest.” –The Horn Book

“T
here has never been a better time to read about healing, of both the body and the heart. –The New York Times Book Review

Echo Mountain is an acclaimed best book of 2020! 


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The List of Things That Will Not Change By Rebecca Stead Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101938096
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 7th, 2020

EIGHT STARRED REVIEWS! The reassuring book kids and families need right now.

"An absolute original . . . a story that kids will love." --R. J. Palacio, bestselling author of Wonder


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Joy By Yasmeen Ismail, Jenni Desmond (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Yasmeen Ismail, Jenni Desmond (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536209341
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Published: Candlewick - June 9th, 2020

Oh, boy! Oh, boy! A lively kitten is full of joy until she takes a tumble. Can a little comfort from someone special help her feel happy again?


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A Wish in the Dark By Christina Soontornvat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204940
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

A 2021 Newbery Honor Book

A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice.


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All the Greys on Greene Street By Laura Tucker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451479532
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

"A dazzling debut novel about resilience, courage, home and family."--Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me


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A Map Into the World By Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541538368
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 1st, 2019

"Filled with wonder and sorrow and happiness." --Alison McGhee, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Someday

A heartfelt story of a young girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world.


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Chirri & Chirra, In the Tall Grass By Kaya Doi (Created by), Yuki Kaneko (Translated by) Cover Image
By Kaya Doi (Created by), Yuki Kaneko (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592702251
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Published: Enchanted Lion - June 20th, 2017

Chirri and Chirra go on an imaginative adventure where they discover the small overlooked mysteries of the natural world

In their second adventure to reach the US market, Chirri & Chirra become very small, and so are able to explore the magical world hidden away in a mound of tall grass.


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Creekfinding: A True Story By Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Claudia McGehee (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780816698028
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - March 7th, 2017

Once upon a time a creek burbled up and tumbled across a prairie valley. It was filled with insects and brook trout that ate them, frogs that chirruped and birds watching for bugs and fish. This is a true story about a man named Mike who went looking for that creek long after it was buried under fields of corn.


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Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White By Melissa Sweet Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544319592
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Published: Clarion Books - October 4th, 2016

6 Starred Reviews! New York Times Bestseller! A People Magazine Best Children’s Book! A Washington Post Best Book! A Publishers Weekly Best Book!


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The Most Magnificent Thing By Ashley Spires, Ashley Spires (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ashley Spires, Ashley Spires (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781554537044
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Published: Kids Can Press - August 1st, 2013

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog.

The girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time.


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Sparky! By Jenny Offill, Chris Appelhans (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jenny Offill, Chris Appelhans (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375870231
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - March 11th, 2014

The ingenious author of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore and a brilliant illustrator and production designer of the Coraline movie have created a hilarious, touching picture book perfect for young animal lovers. Like the Caldecott Medal-winning Officer Buckle and Gloria, Sparky stars a pet who has more to offer than meets the eye.


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Summer of the Gypsy Moths By Sara Pennypacker Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061964220
Availability: Backordered
Published: Balzer + Bray - April 23rd, 2013

From Clementine author Sara Pennypacker, this is a poignant middle-grade novel about two foster children who must find a way to work together in order to survive.


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Island: A Story of the Galápagos By Jason Chin, Jason Chin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Chin, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596437166
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 18th, 2012

Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on earth. How did they come to inhabit the island? How long will they remain?


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Children of the Northlights By Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780816679232
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - September 11th, 2012

From the beloved authors of D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths and other classics comes a new edition of one of Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaires’s most beguiling children’s books.


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The Dream Stealer By Sid Fleischman, Peter Sis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sid Fleischman, Peter Sis (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780061787294
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 20th, 2011

What would you do to rescue your most precious dream?


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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story By Linda Sue Park Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780547251271
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Published: Clarion Books - November 15th, 2010

Cherished by millions of readers, this #1 New York Times bestselling novel is a powerful tale of perseverance and hope. Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park interweaves the stories of two Sudanese children who overcome mortal dangers to improve their lives and the lives of others.


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Bink and Gollie By Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763632663
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Published: Candlewick - September 14th, 2010

Winner of the 2011 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award! In a brilliant collaboration, best-selling authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, along with acclaimed illustrator Tony Fucile, introduce an outrageously funny pair of friends.


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Ounce Dice Trice By Alastair Reid, Ben Shahn (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alastair Reid, Ben Shahn (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590173206
Availability: Special Order
Published: NYR Children's Collection - September 8th, 2009

What can words be, or rather, what can’t they be? Poet Alastair Reid introduces children and adults to the wondrous waywardness of words in Ounce Dice Trice, a delicious confection and a wildly unexpected exploration of sound and sense and nonsense that is like nothing else.


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Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia (Scientists in the Field) By Sy Montgomery, Nic Bishop (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Nic Bishop (Photographs by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780618916450
Availability: Backordered
Published: Clarion Books - August 17th, 2009

People call it “The Ghost of the Mountain,” for those who live among snow leopards almost never see one. Beautiful spotted coats conceal these elusive cats in their rocky, high-altitude habitat—a place where temperatures are often cold enough to freeze human tears.