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The Day the Rain Moved In

illustrated by Éléonore Douspis, translated by Shelley Tanaka
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: friendship, weather

In this beautiful picture book, the wondrous merges with the ordinary when it starts to rain … inside the house!

One day, it starts to rain in Pauline and Louis’s house. The whole family looks for the source of the rain, but nothing can be found! Dad tries to mop up the puddles that form on the floor, Mom holds an umbrella over her head to read, …

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The Wind and the Trees

by Todd Stewart
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 5
tagged: environment, weather, multigenerational

A gentle meditation on the cycle of life, told by two trees
One day, a tiny pine seedling strikes up a conversation with a nearby tree. As the seedling grows larger, the older pine shares what it has learned about the strong wind that blows through the forest. Wind stretches trees and dries them out, but it also scatters seeds, spreads messages a …

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Some Christmas

by Teresa Schapansky
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance

The first book in this high-low series for struggling or reluctant readers: Not at all, an everyday, typical Christmas story! A fifteenth birthday and a drug bust in the midst of a global pandemic. Pretty sure this will turn out to be, some Christmas.

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A Small History of a Disagreement

by Claudio Fuentes, translated by Elisa Amado, illustrated by Gabriela Lyon
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7
tagged: friendship, politics & government, diversity & multicultural

A lively introduction to voting, democracy, and activism for kids.

“The message of this book, which focuses on a student body’s divided opinion about an issue vital to its future, is that disagreements can lead to fruitful discussion, better understanding and great ideas.” —New York Times

Should an ancient monkey puzzle tree be cut down to ma …

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Nice Try, Charlie!

The Adventures of Garbage Picking Charlie

by Matt James
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: friendship, homelessness & poverty

A new picture book about friendship and community from Matt James, acclaimed author and illustrator of The Funeral.

With his cart full of treasures and big green hat, Charlie is a neighborhood fixture. When he finds a pie, he sets off to find the owner — and helps some friends along the way.

Poignant and funny, this story is an ode to resourcefuln …

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Level 13 (A Slacker Novel)

by Gordon Korman
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: humorous stories

 

A hilarious story about an underachiever who learns to go above and beyond.

 

 

Cameron Boxer, king of the slackers, has found something worth his time. By playing video games online in front of an audience he can find both fame AND fortune — especially with Elvis (a beaver who seems to love video games as much as Cam) at his side.

The only problem? …

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The Buddy Bench

by Patty Brozo, photographs by Mike Deas
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
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This illustrated verse captures the raucous life of a schoolyard with a welcome twist: The kids who have been feeling left out of schoolyard games lead the charge to build a buddy bench, where any child can go to meet new friends. Backmatter about the worldwide Buddy Bench movement is included.

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Sean Awesome: The Dog Next Door

The Dog Next Door

by Jiwon Hwang, illustrated by Sung Hong
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: dogs, friendship
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Sometimes I Feel Angry

French Edition

illustrated by Amiel Sandland
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 2
tagged: beginner

When her friends won’t share their toys, Snow Bunting becomes very angry! How can she deal with her anger?

Lemming is calm and patient with Snow Bunting, and lets her talk about her feelings to help her see her anger from a different perspective.

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