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The Best Worst Thing

Best Worst ThingThe Best Worst Thing

By Kathleen Lane

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Family Life: Parents/Siblings/Babies, Family Life: Neighbors/Neighborhoods

Grades: 3rd-7th

 

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Front door locked,
kitchen door locked,
living room windows closed.
Nobody in the closet,
nobody under the beds.

 

Still, Maggie is worried. Ever since she started middle school, she sees injustice and danger everywhere—on the news, in her textbooks, in her own neighborhood. Even her best friend seems to be changing.

 

Maggie believes it is up to her, and only her, to make everything all right. Can she come up with a plan to keep everyone safe?

 

The Best Worst Thing is a perceptive novel about learning the limits of what you can control, and the good—sometimes even best—things that can come of finally letting go.

 

PRAISE

★ “Though there are no tidy beginnings or endings in Maggie’s swirling first-person narrative, Lane crafts a powerful portrait of a girl wrangling with deeply relatable concerns, which will easily resonate with readers confronting a complex and uncertain world.” —Publishers Weekly

 

★ “The protagonist is able to use the strength she finds in a budding friendship to foster a positive change in her perspective of the world. Not only can this book serve as bibliotherapy for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder and high anxiety, but readers of all kinds will also find much here to ponder and discuss. VERDICT Thoughtful characterization and relatable themes make this a strong purchase.” —School Library Journal

Teachers Rock!

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By Todd Parr

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Family Life: School

Grades: Pre-K-1st
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Teachers are amazing! They teach you new things, make you laugh, and help you meet new friends. They always encourage you to do your best. They make the classroom a great place to be!

 

From admiring the way teachers foster creativity in the classroom to how they ensure all children’s needs are met, Todd Parr offers an ode to everything teachers contribute to the world. Bursting with positivity about school and the people who make it special, this book is sure to become a classroom and at-home favorite.

 

PRAISE

★ “A paean to educators. Using simple language, he enumerates the many fine qualities of teachers: they foster a love of learning, encourage creativity, read to you, make you laugh, allow you to share your favorite things, take you on field trips, and love to see you succeed. An appended author’s note encourages children to thank their teachers for all they do. As in his earlier books, Parr’s signature illustration style—cheerful, cartoonish figures outlined in heavy black line and digitally tinted with vivid color—is sure to attract browsers, who will then be intrigued by the often humorous details.” —Booklist

 

“Parr turns his bold, vibrant colors and simple declarative sentences to teachers, looking at what they do and who they are…  The teachers are a nice mix of male and female, one is in a wheelchair, and several are in ethnic dress. And Parr addresses that age-old question of where teachers live: ‘Teachers can be just like you and me’ is illustrated with four teachers variously eating, brushing teeth, picking out underwear, and sleeping in a bed with a dog and a cat. Sure to reassure readers nervous about their own teachers-to-be.” —Kirkus

 

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Seven Days of You

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By Cecilia Vinesse

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Love & Romance; Social Issue: Friendship

Grades: 10 & up

 

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Seventeen-year-old Sophia has seven days left as a student at the international school in Tokyo, Japan, before she moves back to the States with her family. One week to say good-bye to her friends, school, and–after a lifetime of moving around the globe–the closest thing to home she’s ever known. Sophia intends to make the most of every karaoke- and konbini-filled second. Until Jamie Foster-Collins reappears after three years away and ruins everything.

 

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak; one that Sophia thought was far behind her. She just wants to spend her remaining time with her wild best friend Mika and her eternal crush David. But as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were so stable begin to crash around her, and Sophia and Jamie forge a last-minute connection neither of them anticipated. When Sophia’s with Jamie, it’s as though she is seeing Tokyo again for the first time. Can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

 

Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han, this debut novel from Cecilia Vinesse is a smart, swoony, funny, and believably complicated story of family, friends, and first loves.

Are We There Yet?

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By Dan Santat

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Science Fiction, Family Life: Transportation and Travel

Grades: PreK-1

 

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“Are we there yet?”

 

Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride—and after reading this astonishingly inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you’ll never look at being bored the same way again.

 

Let’s face it: everyone knows that car rides can be boring. And when things get boring, time slows down. In this book, a boy feels time slowing down so much that it starts going backward—into the time of pirates! Of princesses! Of dinosaurs! The boy was just trying to get to his grandmother’s birthday party, but instead he’s traveling through Ancient Egypt and rubbing shoulders with Ben Franklin. When time flies, who knows where—or when—he’ll end up.

 

PRAISE

 

★ “A car trip to visit Grandma on her birthday feels like “an eternity.” What happens when you just get too bored? Most parents on a car trip have heard the titular question, but in Caldecott medalist Santat’s hands, the familiar trip becomes an unforgettable romp through time and space…  Employing both comic-book-style panels and full-bleed spreads, the mixed-media illustrations are full of humor, and the changes in point of view keep the telling dynamic and engaging…  A multilayered, modern-day parable reminding readers there’s no greater gift than the present. ” — Kirkus

 

★ “’Be patient,’ writes Caldecott Medalist Santat (The Adventures of Beekle), dedicating the book to his son. ‘We have all the time in the world.’ His own patience is what harnesses the energy of his riotous story and gives it a laser focus. It’s a remarkable feat—a turbocharged adventure that’s also a meditation on the relative nature of time.” — Publishers Weekly

 

★ “Let the interactive reading begin! The words begin to spiral around a spread featuring the boy’s glazed expression, forcing the book to be rotated and read upside down. Suddenly the slow-moving time transports the car back in history, placing it alongside a steam locomotive, a pirate ship, a jousting knight, and the newly build Sphinx in Cairo…  The gambit to get kids involved in the story works, and Santat’s rich illustrations—ranging from double-page spreads to comic-style panels—carry it home.” — School Library Journal

 

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Wolfie the Bunny

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By Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Animals, Folk Tales/Fairy Tales/Classics: Humor, Family Life: Adoption/Multiple Births

Grades: PreK-1

 

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Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love…and veggies!

 

The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can–and might–eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it’s Wolfie who’s threatened, can Dot save the day?

 

PRAISE

★ “This gets all the elements of the successful picture book just right: a familiar scenario (sibling rivalry), a scary adversary, a display of courage, and a happy ending. And then there’s the art!…A crowd-pleaser for crowds big and small.” — Booklist

 

★ “Interspecies adoption puts a fresh spin on the new-baby theme…A treat of a picture book.” —The Horn Book

 

★ “More laughs come from the irresistible contrast between Dot’s sweet bunny countenance and her furious glares of rage… Wolfie proves he’s not only trustworthy but full of love.” —Kirkus Review

 

★ “The text is seamlessly integrated with the illustrations and uses various fonts to good effect. OHora’s acrylic paintings are the heart of this tale. They clearly show everyone’s feelings from fear to sadness to joy to anger to love and everything in between, and there are brilliant bits of humor and whimsy added to the mix. VERDICT: A great book for one-on-one sharing that’s also sure to be a storytime hit.” —School Library Journal

 

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Horrible Bear

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By Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Humor: General, Personal Development: Conflict Resolution, Personal Development: Manners

Grades: PreK-1st

 

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The New York Times-bestselling duo behind Wolfie the Bunny presents a hilarious new book about accidents, outbursts, manners…and the power of saying “I’m sorry.”

 

Bear didn’t mean to break a little girl’s kite, but she’s upset anyway–upset enough to shout “HORRIBLE BEAR!” Bear is indignant. He doesn’t think he’s horrible! Then Bear gets a truly Horrible Bear idea. What will he do next? As Bear prepares to live up to his formerly undeserved reputation, the girl makes a mistake of her own, and realizes that maybe—just maybe—Bear isn’t as horrible as she had thought.

 

PRAISE

★ “The creators of Wolfie the Bunny explore the common childhood experiences of accidents and misunderstandings with sensitivity and humor. Like many preschoolers, the little girl explodes in an instant when her kite gets broken, but she also calms herself quickly once she understands Bear’s perspective. OHora makes good use of bright acrylics, boldly styled characters, and limited backgrounds to keep young listeners focused on the story…  A perfectly over-the-top look at tantrums, friendship, and forgiveness that is sure to resonate with preschoolers and parents alike.” — Booklist

 

★ “With wit and tenderness, Dyckman and OHora, the duo behind Wolfie the Bunny, introduce two creatures who are absolutely furious with each other…  OHora works his goofy magic everywhere, observing the way anger causes ridiculous mishaps (the bear stomps through the girl’s laundry and arrives festooned with clothespins) and affects innocent bystanders (a puzzled, picnicking goat). Dyckman and OHora portray genuine forgiveness without a hint of moralizing.” — Publishers Weekly

 

★ “In the mind of a child, mistakes are often misinterpreted as malfeasance, and the resultant anger can be contagious. Dyckman writes a simple story about just such a mistake…  Molly Bang’s Sophie finally has a worthy shelf-mate for absolutely spot-on characterizations of mood.” — School Library Journal

 

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Dinotrux Go To School

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by Chris Gall

Format: Chapter Book

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Animals; Adventure: Monsters; Humor

Grade: PreK-3rd

 

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In this beginning reader, today is the first day of school. The Dinotrux are nervous! What will they eat for lunch? Will their teacher be nice? But the Dinotrux don’t need to worry. They can help each other. And school isn’t scary. It’s fun, especially when you are part dinosaur and part truck!

Meet the Dinotrux

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by Chris Gall

Format: Chapter Book

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Animals; Adventure: Monsters

Grade: PreK-3rd

 

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In this beginning reader, Dozeratops wants to meet new Dinotrux. But they are on the other side of the river. Can the mighty monsters work together to build a bridge? Find out in this friendship adventure, where you will learn about ten of these part-dinosaur, part-truck beasts!

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!

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By Elise Parsley

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Animals, Family Life: School, Personal Development: Individuality

Grades: Pre-K-1st

 

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This unforgettable introduction to a charismatic kid heroine also marks the dazzling debut of an extraordinary new artistic talent!

 

Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who’s determined to have the best show-and-tell of all–until her reptilian rapscallion starts getting her into some major trouble. Now it’s up to Magnolia to find a way to send this troublemaker home–but what could possibly scare an alligator away?

 

PRAISE

“Parsley’s digitally created illustrations brim with energy and just-edgy-enough humor… and the well-chosen school-day details in both the artwork and text… deliver a steady stream of laughs.” — Publishers Weekly

 

“This is an engaging debut picture book [that] will appeal to a wide age range. Here’s hoping for more adventures with Magnolia!” — School Library Journal

 

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Kissing Ted Callahan


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Kissing Ted Callahan

(And Other Guys)

By Amy Spalding

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality, Personal Development: Friendship, Personal Development: Character Development

Grades: 10-12

 

Sneak out. Make out. Rock out.

 

Riley and her best guy friend, Reid, have made a pact: they’ll help each other pursue their respective crushes, make something happen, and document the details in a shared notebook.

 

While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over a girl’s heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, the guy she’s been obsessed with forever. His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But between a chance meeting with a fellow musician in a record store and a brief tryst with a science-geek-turned-stud–not to mention Ted’s own tentative attentions–cute guys are suddenly popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! As their love lives go from zero to sixty in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid’s pact may prove to be more than they bargained for.

 

Filled with cute dogs, cute boys, and a few awkward hookups, this hilarious tale from Amy Spalding chronicles the soaring highs and embarrassing lows of dating in high school.

 

PRAISE

“It’s refreshing to see a boy-girl friendship built on mutual support that doesn’t drift into romance…  [I]rreverent and funny.” —Publishers Weekly

 

“Recommended for teens looking for realistic stories without a hefty amount of drama.”—School Library Journal

 

“Riley and Reid are witty and believable, and Spalding’s story has tons of teen appeal.”—Voices of Youth Advocates

 

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