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Honeybees and Frenemies book
#397
Honeybees and Frenemies
Written and illustrated by Kristi Wientge
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey. It’s the summer before eighth grade and Flor is stuck at home and working at her family’s mattress store, while her best friend goes off to band camp (probably to make new friends). It becomes even worse when she’s asked to compete in the local honey pageant. This means Flor has to spend the summer practicing her talent (recorder) and volunteering (helping a recluse bee-keeper) with Candice, her former friend who’s still bitter about losing the pageant crown to Flor when they were in second grade. And she can’t say no. Then there’s the possibility that Flor and her family are leaving to move in with her mom’s family in New Jersey. And with how much her mom and dad have been fighting lately, is it possible that her dad may not join them? Flor can’t let that happen. She has a lot of work to do.

Deep in the Ocean book
#398
Deep in the Ocean
Written and illustrated by Lucie Brunellière
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A scientific team has boarded the submarine Oceanos to explore the ocean's depths. Suddenly, it gets caught in a violent storm, causing it to drift thousands of miles off-course. From the glittering surface of the sea to the darkness of the abyss, Deep in the Ocean takes readers on a bewitching journey through fascinating waters--some warm, colorful, and crowded with sea creatures, others mysterious and turbulent. Six colors of ink (including neon pink and metallic silver) are used throughout, and a free downloadable soundtrack allows readers to feel even more fully immersed in this beautiful underwater world. Find it at abramsbooks.com/DeepInTheOceanSoundtrack.

This Is MY Room! book
#399
This Is MY Room!
Written by Jennifer Richard Jacobson and illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Jojo’s ready for her first night all alone in her very own room, but a menagerie of animals have other ideas in this charming and fun picture book. Jojo can’t wait to spend the night in her very own bed in her very own room. She doesn’t care what her big sister Margaret says, she’s NOT afraid and she WON’T be back to the bedroom they used to share. There’s just one problem though—there are intruders in her new room! A lion, a bear, and a very persistent tiger seem to think this is THEIR room, not Jojo’s. Is Margaret right? Is Jojo not quite ready to spend the night on her own? Or can Jojo find a way to show that trespassing tiger just who’s boss in HER room?

When Pencil Met Eraser book
#400
When Pencil Met Eraser
Written by Karen Kilpatrick, Luis O. Ramos, Jr. and illustrated by German Blanco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Ever wonder why there’s a little pink eraser on every pencil? Find out in this funny, clever picture book that tells the true story of how Pencil and Eraser became the best of friends. When Pencil draws on the pages of this book, Eraser erases parts of Pencil’s work, and the book itself becomes a canvas for their different takes on creativity—until the two discover their artwork is even better when they work together. From Karen Kilpatrick, Luis O. Ramos, and illustrator Germán Blanco, When Pencil Met Eraser brings to life something kids use every day at school and at home. Engaging art, adorable characters, and a clever ending create a memorable message about friendship and creativity.

Other Words for Home book
#401
Other Words for Home
Written by Jasmine Warga
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed. Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is. This lyrical, life-affirming story is about losing and finding home and, most importantly, finding yourself.

The Doll's Eye book
#402
The Doll's Eye
Written and illustrated by Marina Cohen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

A beautiful and haunting tale for independent readers from the author of The Inn Between All Hadley wants is for everything to go back to the way it used to be—back when she didn’t have to share her mother with her stepfather and stepbrother. Back when she wasn't forced to live in a musty, decomposing house. Back when she had a life in the city with her friends. As Hadley whiles away what’s left of her summer, exploring the nearby woods and splitting her time between her strange, bug-obsessed neighbor Gabe and the nice old lady that lives above the garage, she begins to notice the house isn’t just old and creaky. It’s full of secrets, just like appearance of a mysterious dollhouse and the family of perfect dolls she finds. Oh, how she wishes her family were more like those lovely dolls! Then one day, Hadley discovers a lone glass eye rolling around the floor of the attic. Holding it close one night, she makes a wish that just might change her world forever. The Doll's Eye bears Marina Cohen's trademark eerie style and beautiful writing.

The Secret Janara book
#403
The Secret Janara
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The exciting adventures of the Benevento cousins continue, as Primo discovers the identity of the secret Janara. Primo has been given a tantalizing clue about the secret Janara: the Janara lives with him! How can he discover who it is? Only that success will console him for his humiliating defeat at the boar hunt, where Rosa was the winner. Rosa!! Girls are not even supposed to compete. One night Primo finds a clue. Behind the head of the goddess Diana, the ancient statue in his kitchen, he discovers a bottle of the oil that a Janara needs to transform him or herself before flying off for a night of mischiefs. If he can stay awake one night, surely the Janara will be revealed. But what will he do with the knowledge? The Benevento children continue to encounter and outwit witches in the sixth and most suspenseful adventure yet of the Witches of Benevento series.

First Words book
#404
First Words
Written by Hannah + Holly
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce little ones to their first words in this bold board book by the wonderfully talented illustrator team Hannah + Holly. In this striking board book, children will be introduced to Hannah + Holly's classic and distinctive images accompanied by related words in groupings such as food, animals, school, clothes, home, and weather. Embossed throughout, children will love tracing their fingers over the raised surfaces as they learn to identify familiar objects.

I Am a Wolf book
#405
I Am a Wolf
Written and illustrated by Kelly Leigh Miller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A dog who insists she's a wolf finds the perfect home with a young girl who sees past her prickly personality in this pet adoption story that's as laugh-out-loud funny as it is heart-tugging. When a particularly growly pup finds herself in an animal shelter, she insists that she is a wolf--a lone wolf. After all, she's not sweet, she's not cute, and she is just fine on her own! Luckily, there's one little girl at the shelter who knows that sometimes, good dogs act bad when they feel afraid and that extending a little kindness can help even the most wolfish pup at the pound let down her guard.

Leyla book
#406
Leyla
Written and illustrated by Galia Bernstein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Leyla is sick of her big, loud, overbearing family. They are always chatting, snuggling, and grooming each other (ew!), and—for Leyla—there’s no escape from their attention. So, she decides to run away until she can’t hear (or smell) her baboon troop anymore. In the middle of her desert habitat, she finds a lizard sunning himself. Unlike her family, the lizard loves to sit alone, be quiet, and do absolutely nothing at all. Leyla joins the lizard, and after soaking up some quiet time, she feels recharged and ready to return home to her large, ever-doting family. Now that she knows where she can always find a little peace, Leyla can embrace the chaos and the kisses with open arms. From the celebrated author-illustrator of I Am a Cat, Leyla shows kids how to appreciate both the wild and the mild.

Stubby the Fearless Squid book
#407
Stubby the Fearless Squid
Written by Barbara Davis-Pyles and illustrated by Carolyn Conahan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

A sweet and fun and clever story about accepting yourself for who you are and being brave. A great read-aloud picture book about a scaredy squid named Stubby (a stubby squid, rossia pacifica) who makes a BIG MISTAKE . . . getting a pen pal. Intimidated by his new pen pal's name--Razor Clam--and the extraordinary stories Razor writes about his exploits, Stubby gets carried away making up fantastic stories of his own bravery that end up putting him in hot water when something real and scary happens. But perhaps all his brave imaginings have made him brave enough to find a happy ending?

My Name Isn't Oof! book
#408
My Name Isn't Oof!
Written by Michael Galligan and illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The first time Warren, a fledgling bird, leaves the nest he falls straight to the ground, but his fellow forest-dwellers all have advice to share. Includes facts about Townsend Warblers and about baby birds.

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