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Under Threat book
#1
Under Threat
Written by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Tom Frost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Travel the world in a stunning, informative book about animals under threat of extinction. From the giant panda of China to Fiji's banded iguana, creatures all over the world are imperiled like never before in human history. Visit all inhabited continents via a series of striking graphic stamps by printmaker Tom Frost, depicting more than thirty species -- some familiar, some you may not have known existed -- all of which are in danger of not existing for much longer. Fact files from conservation biologist Martin Jenkins introduce readers to some of the threatened fauna around the globe. A timely call to arms for animal lovers young and old, this oversize nonfiction book discusses the reasons that so many species are in danger of dying out and what we can do to help them.

Poop book
#2
Poop
Written by Poppy Champigon and illustrated by Mark Hoffmann
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-7

A funny picture book about the ever-popular word poop Admit it: You love saying the word poop. It's so much fun to say, much to your polite friend's dismay. Poop. Poop. Poop. It's all fun and games until you lose your triple-chocolate ice cream scoop and discover the true meaning of the word, and suddenly, it's not so funny anymore. Or is it?

Champions of Change book
#3
Champions of Change
Written by Naomi Watkins and illustrated by Katherine Kitterman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-16

Stories of powerhouse women who pushed for justice in politics, medicine, art, music, religion, tribal leadership, and more. In fighting to pass the 19th Amendment, brave suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Emmeline B. Wells fought to end laws and take down barriers that prevented them from voting. Champions of Change introduces young readers not only to Anthony and Wells, but also to a diverse group of firsts and freedom-fighters in America's fight for equality, such as: Zitkala-Sa, co-founder of the National Council of American Indians Martha Hughes Cannon, America's first female senator Hanna Kaaepa, an advocate for Hawaiian women's rights Barbara Toomer, who was jailed 35 times for protests that led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities act and the women of the Kanab City Council, one of the first all-female city councils in the country. This timely collection of mini biographies highlights 25 champions for justice, includes colorful portraitures of each, and presents actual photos of the individuals as well as a quick reference glossary. Naomi Watkins, Ph.D. is an educational consultant, women's advocate, and community builder. A former middle school English teacher, she specializes in curriculum development and school district consulting. She has been published in international journals such as the The Reading Teacher, Journal of Children's Literature, TESOL Journal, and Middle School Journal. Katherine Kitterman is the historical director for Better Days 2020, an organization that explores stories of women who shaped Utah's history. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American History at American University in Washington, D.C., where she has worked to bring history to life at the Smithsonian Institution, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Woodrow Wilson House. Brooke Smart is an illustrator based in Sandy, Utah, with a BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University. Her illustration clients include the New York Times, Gathre, Better Days 2020, Bravery Magazine, and private commissions. Brook recently won honorable mention in the 2016 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Portfolio Showcase in New York City.

Little Naturalists Henry David Thoreau in the Woods book
#4
Little Naturalists Henry David Thoreau in the Woods
Written by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Seth Lucas
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce your baby to Henry David Thoreau, his time at Walden Pond, and how he enjoyed living in the woods. Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, historian, and philosopher. Millions of people have read his writings, and a favorite of many is Walden, the story of the year he spent gardening, whittling, and walking in the woods around his tiny house Walden Pond. Thoreau still influences people today, and is considered extremely important to the environmentalist movement. Kate Coombs' enchanting poem and Seth Lucas' adorable illustrations share Thoreau's experiences with the next generation of little nature-lovers, fostering a life-long appreciation of the world around them while learning to Be Creative, Be Brilliant, and Be Yourself. Kate Coombs is an award-winning author of original fairy tales, poems, middle-grade fantasy novels, and picture books, including the critically acclaimed Water Sings Blue, which won the Lee Benney Hopkins Poetry Award for 2012, and seven books in the bestselling BabyLit series. She lives in Bountiful, Utah. Seth Lucas is an illustrator and designer with a BFA in graphic design. He is the co-creator of Ello There Outdoors selling prints and accessories supporting the National Parks and outdoors. He lives in Indianapolis, IN, with his wife and daughter.

Zoolympics book
#5
Zoolympics
Written and illustrated by Paula Vasquez
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

See who finished first, second, third, and more in the Zoolympics while learning both cardinal and ordinal numbers. This fun board book teaches toddlers both cardinal and ordinal numbers as they find out who won what place in the Zoolympics. Giraffe won first place in the bike race, the fox took third in gymnastics, and you'll never guess who placed sixth in the high jump--it was Snake! This colorful book will help toddlers Be Brilliant! Paula Vásquez, an avowed artist from childhood, studied graphic design at the Universidad Católica de Chile, and honed her illustration skills with a post-graduate diploma from Finis Terrae University. She currently lives in Santiago de Chile writing and illustrating children's picture books.

Little Poet Walt Whitman: Miracles Everywhere book
#6
Little Poet Walt Whitman: Miracles Everywhere
Written by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Carme Lemniscates
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Inspire your little ones to see the miracles of everyday life with lines from Walt Whitman's "Miracles" in Leaves of Grass. Little Poet Walt Whitman: Miracles Everywhere shows little ones how to find the miracles of daily life with lines from Walt Whitman's "Miracles" in Leaves of Grass. Learn to spot the miracles in houses and towns, birds, bees, and butterflies, the moon and stars, and more with Whitman's famous poetry and Carme Lemniscates' adorable artwork. Inspiring little readers to Be Creative, Be Brilliant, and Be Yourself, with Walt Whitman, everything is a miracle! Kate Coombs is an award-winning author of original fairy tales, poems, middle-grade fantasy novels, and picture books, including the critically acclaimed Water Sings Blue, which won the Lee Benney Hopkins Poetry Award for 2012, and seven books in the bestselling BabyLit series. She lives in Bountiful, Utah. Carme Lemniscates is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer of children's books. In 2010 she founded Lemniscates Studio (www.lemniscates.com) in her home city of Barcelona to create her own children's book projects, which she both writes and illustrates. Carme authored and illustrated The Magic Garden, Trees, Birds, and illustrated best-selling author Jennifer Adams' I Am a Warrior Goddess.

Tractor Mac Teamwork book
#7
Tractor Mac Teamwork
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

All the vehicles and animals on Stonybrook Farm are enlisted to help build a new swimming hole for their town's residents. It is a big job, but Tractor Mac and his pals are willing to lend a hand. But a tractor named Deke thinks he can do it all by himself--and do it better than everyone else. He soon learns that a complex job is done best when each member of a team does his or her part.

Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here book
#8
Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tractor Mac and his vehicle and animal friends return in a jacketed hardcover about the seasonal changes of autumn. Fergie the calf does not like change, so when his pleasant routine on Stony Meadow Farm begins to change as summer turns to autumn. Fergie is not happy. Luckily his pals on the farm help him acclimate to, and even embrace, the change of seasons.

The Cryptid Keeper book
#9
The Cryptid Keeper
Written by Lija Fisher
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In this second book in a monstrously funny middle-grade duology, Clivo Wren continues searching for the immortal cryptid as the evil resistance gets more dangerous. Clivo Wren and the Myth Blasters are back in this concluding high-octane adventure in the Cryptids duology! The search for the immortal cryptid is still on—Clivo is determined to fulfill the mission left to him by his cryptid-catching father. But as the evil resistance grows ever more gnarly, and the creatures themselves grow more dangerous, Clivo and his crew are facing trouble at every turn. It's going to take all they have to keep the immortal cryptid from falling into the wrong hands in this exciting sequel to The Cryptid Catcher.

Billie Jean! book
#10
Billie Jean!
Written by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A fun and inspiring picture book biography of tennis legend and women's rights activist Billie Jean King. From award-winning author Mara Rockliff and New York Times-bestselling illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley comes this extraordinary picture book about one little girl who loved sports and grew up to be one of the greatest and best-known tennis players of all time. Anything Billie Jean did, she did it ALL THE WAY. When she ran, she ran fast. When she played, she played hard. As a top women's tennis player, Billie Jean fought for fairness in women's sports, and when she faced off against Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, the most famous tennis match in history, she showed the world that men and women--and boys and girls--are equal on and off the court.

The Thrifty Guide to Medieval Times book
#11
The Thrifty Guide to Medieval Times
Written by Jonathan W. Stokes and illustrated by Xavier Bonet
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The kid-friendly series that makes history approachable, engaging, and funny! From the publishing house that brought you the Who Was? books. The Thrifty Guide to Medieval Times: A Handbook for Time Travelers is a snappy, informative, illustrated travel guide with everything the sensible time traveler needs to know, like: * Where I can find the best hovel? * What are my healthcare options if I catch the Black Plague? * How can I avoid being attacked by pillaging Huns? * And most importantly, why on earth would anyone want to travel back to medieval times? This book is designed as a parody of Fodor’s guides, complete with humorous maps, reviews of places to stay and top attractions (don’t miss a jousting tournament . . . but watch out for lances!), and tips on whom to have lunch with (murderous Queen Olga of Kiev, naturally–just don’t eat or drink anything around her!). If you had a time travel machine and could take a vacation anywhere in history, this is the only guidebook series you would need.

If Pluto Was a Pea book
#12
If Pluto Was a Pea
Written by Gabrielle Prendergast and illustrated by Rebecca Gerlings
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join two curious kids as they explore their backyard, and contemplate their place within our vast universe in this adorable picture book that’s full of comparisons to help kids understand cosmic size. If Pluto was a pea… the Sun would be like a tent, Mercury would be a marble, and Earth would be a golf ball. Pluto is the smallest planet in our solar system, but how small is small? As it turns out, it only takes the contents of a lunchbox and a backyard to find out.

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