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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.

Tractor Mac Teamwork book
#4
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
#5
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.

  1. Billie Jean! - 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.

  2. If Pluto Was a Pea - 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.

  3. Do You Really Want to Meet Diplodocus? - Six new titles in this popular adventure series feature various dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. Child adventurers become time travelers and make firsthand observations about the dinosaurs. Delightful illustrations and carefully crafted text help the stories come alive, making these books both educational and entertaining. A young child adventures back in time to 150 million years ago to meet a Diplodocus, learning what sounds this dinosaur made, its size, and what it ate. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

  4. Do You Really Want to Meet Spinosaurus? - Six new titles in this popular adventure series feature various dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. Child adventurers become time travelers and make firsthand observations about the dinosaurs. Delightful illustrations and carefully crafted text help the stories come alive, making these books both educational and entertaining. A young child adventures back in time to 100 million years ago to meet a Spinosaurus, learning how they looked, where it lived, andhow they hunted other dinosaurs for food. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

Do You Really Want to Meet Allosaurus? book
#10
Do You Really Want to Meet Allosaurus?
Written by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Daniele Fabbri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Six new titles in this popular adventure series feature various dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. Child adventurers become time travelers and make firsthand observations about the dinosaurs. Delightful illustrations and carefully crafted text help the stories come alive, making these books both educational and entertaining. A young child adventures back in time to 152 million years ago to meet an Allosaurus, learning what they ate, its size, and how eventhis big dinosaur sometimes got hurt. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

Do You Really Want to Meet Ankylosaurus? book
#11
Do You Really Want to Meet Ankylosaurus?
Written by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Daniele Fabbri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Six new titles in this popular adventure series feature various dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. Child adventurers become time travelers and make firsthand observations about the dinosaurs. Delightful illustrations and carefully crafted text help the stories come alive, making these books both educational and entertaining. A young child adventures back in time to 66 million years ago to meet an Ankylosaurus, learning about what this dinosaur looked like, its diet, and how it used its clubbed tail to stay safe. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

Do You Really Want to Meet Edmontosaurus? book
#12
Do You Really Want to Meet Edmontosaurus?
Written by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Daniele Fabbri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Six new titles in this popular adventure series feature various dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. Child adventurers become time travelers and make firsthand observations about the dinosaurs. Delightful illustrations and carefully crafted text help the stories come alive, making these books both educational and entertaining. A young child adventures back in time to 70 million years ago to meet an Edmontosaurus, learning about this dinosaur's babies, its diet, and how it stayed warm in its cold habitat. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

Do You Really Want to Meet Iguanodon? book
#13
Do You Really Want to Meet Iguanodon?
Written by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Daniele Fabbri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Six new titles in this popular adventure series feature various dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. Child adventurers become time travelers and make firsthand observations about the dinosaurs. Delightful illustrations and carefully crafted text help the stories come alive, making these books both educational and entertaining. A young child adventures back in time to 125 million years ago to meet an Iguanodon, learning about what this dinosaur ate, its size, and how it traveled in a herd. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a range map, glossary, and further resources.

A Bat Colony s Search for a New Home book
#14
A Bat Colony s Search for a New Home
Written by Mary Ellen Klukow and illustrated by Albert Pinilla
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Animals face scary challenges every day! These narrative nonfiction books focus on describing the changes to animals habitats that affect the animal's way of life-or even puts their species at risk of dying out! Readers will learn about the reasons for changes in habitats that affect animals and small steps they can take to help protect them. A big-eared bat colony is disturbed from hibernation and must find a new place to rest until spring. Some bats will roost with a colony infected with white-nose syndrome and others must avoid a predatory farm cat. Will the colony find a place to hibernate? This narrative nonfiction title includes a range map, notes on how to help bats, further resources, and a glossary.

  1. A Frog's Dangerous Home - Animals face scary challenges every day! These narrative nonfiction books focus on describing the changes to animals habitats that affect the animal's way of life-or even puts their species at risk of dying out! Readers will learn about the reasons for changes in habitats that affect animals and small steps they can take to help protect them. A yellow-legged mountain frog wakes from hibernation is on the hunt for a meal and a mate. Pollution, invasive fish, and a deadly fungus make hisday dangerous. Will he survive until he can find a mate? This narrative nonfiction title includes a range map, notes on how to help frogs and other amphibians, further resources, and a glossary.

  2. A Wild Cat's Shrinking Home - Animals face scary challenges every day! These narrative nonfiction books focus on describing the changes to animals habitats that affect the animal's way of life-or even puts their species at risk of dying out! Readers will learn about the reasons for changes in habitats that affect animals and small steps they can take to help protect them. A mother Canada lynx is on the hunt for snowshoe hares to feed her litter of kittens. Deforestation and construction development have pushed preyaway from this lynx's home area. How far will she have to travel to find food? This narrative nonfiction title includes a range map, notes on how to help lynxes, further resources, and a glossary.

  3. A Bee's Difficult Search for Food - Animals face scary challenges every day! These narrative nonfiction books focus on describing the changes to animals habitats that affect the animal's way of life-or even puts their species at risk of dying out! Readers will learn about the reasons for changes in habitats that affect animals and small steps they can take to help protect them. A scout bee is searching for food for the hive, but finds building development where flowers used to be. She must avoid pesticides and swatting humans. Will she find any nectar for the hive? This narrative nonfiction title includes a range map, notes on how to help bees, further resources, and a glossary.

  4. A Sparrow's Disappearing Home - Animals face scary challenges every day! These narrative nonfiction books focus on describing the changes to animals habitats that affect the animal's way of life-or even puts their species at risk of dying out! Readers will learn about the reasons for changes in habitats that affect animals and small steps they can take to help protect them. A saltmarsh sparrow is looking for a new place to live after not finding enough food in her current location. She needs to find a place with the right plants and must avoid running into glass buildings and loose pets on the beach. Will the sparrow survive and find a new home? This narrative nonfiction title includes a range map, notes on how to help songbirds, further resources, and a glossary.

A Turtle's Dangerous Journey book
#19
A Turtle's Dangerous Journey
Written by Mary Ellen Klukow and illustrated by Albert Pinilla
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Animals face scary challenges every day! These narrative nonfiction books focus on describing the changes to animals habitats that affect the animal's way of life-or even puts their species at risk of dying out! Readers will learn about the reasons for changes in habitats that affect animals and small steps they can take to help protect them. A turtle is making her way across a highway to find a nesting spot. She avoids being run over, only to find trash in the nesting grounds which will attract predators to her eggs. Will the turtle survive this dangerous journey? This narrative nonfiction title includes a range map, notes on how to help turtles, further resources, and a glossary.

Bad Kitty: Searching for Santa book
#20
Bad Kitty: Searching for Santa
Written and illustrated by Nick Bruel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Kitty's back for another Christmas tale- this time involving Santa and complete with a colorful poster! In this hilarious story, Kitty battles with Santa... and loses. Or does she? Kitty wants to write a letter. Actually, she wants to write a letter to Santa. But has Kitty been good this year? Hmmm... Kitty's not so sure. She writes the letter anyway and is soon on her way to meet Santa in real life at the mall! Will she make it in time? Will Santa give Kitty what she's asking for?

Snowmen at Halloween book
#21
Snowmen at Halloween
Written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The snowmen are getting their Halloween costumes ready for the latest picture book in this New York Times bestselling series. Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do when we're not watching? After an early snowfall, a few kids build some snowmen before going trick-or-treating. And when the kids go off to bed, the snowmen have their own Halloween festival! There's candy and apple-bobbing and costume contests and all sorts of autumn activities. When the kids wake up the next morning, the snowmen are gone... but they've left a very special message behind.

The Rhythm of the Rain book
#22
The Rhythm of the Rain
Written and illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Issac plays in his favorite pool on the mountainside. As rain starts to fall, he empties his little jar of water into the pool and races the sparkling streams as they tumble over waterfalls, rush through swollen rivers, and burst out into the vast open sea. Where will my little jar of water go now? Issac wonders. From the tiniest raindrop to the deepest ocean, this breathtaking celebration of the water cycle captures the remarkable movement of water across the earth in all its majesty

Looking for Yesterday book
#23
Looking for Yesterday
Written and illustrated by Alison Jay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

If yesterday was the best day ever, wouldn't it be great to find a way to repeat it? A whimsical tale about happiness with sure appeal for science-minded kids -- and wise grandparents -- everywhere. What could beat yesterday's perfect day at the fair? Maybe nothing, one boy thinks, and he wishes he could go back and do it again. So he puts all his scientific knowledge to work, from stars to time machines to wormholes (is it possible he could find one in his garden?). He thinks that maybe Grandad could help him. But Grandad, in sharing some memories from his own past, reminds him that every new day brings the chance of a new adventure. With quirky illustrations imparting a sense of wonder, Alison Jay takes a fanciful look at being content in the here and now.

  1. Hooray for Women! - Discover and cheer the accomplishments of more than seventy amazing women from all over the world and throughout history. They're activists and explorers, scientists and writers and more. And they're all women: Cleopatra, Boudicca, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Anne Frank, Wangari Maathai, Mae C. Jemison, Cathy Freeman, and Malala Yousafzai, to name just a few. Marcia Williams, through her lively comic-strip style and a clever combination of facts, quotes, and jokes, invites readers to peruse these extraordinary women's stories, learn about their noteworthy achievements, be inspired to greatness . . . and be thoroughly entertained.

  2. Animal Worlds of Wonder - Take a trip around the world and learn all about all types of incredible animals, from polar bears and elephant seals to great white sharks and flying lemurs. Journey to every continent on Earth and visit the world’s most amazing animals, including giant pandas, red kangaroos, gorillas, jaguars, Japanese macaques, flamingos, orcas, and emperor penguins. Learn all about these remarkable creatures, the ecosystems they live in, their ability to adapt, their preferred foods, and the neighbors who share the sea, land, and air with them. Gorgeous illustrations capture the animals and their environments on every page.

  3. Our World Is Relative - Size, speed, weight, direction, distance We think of space and time as fixed and measurable. But these measurements—our experience of space and time—they are relative. Our world is relative. With simple, engaging text and vibrant art imbued with light and movement, Our World Is Relative offers a child's-eye view of time, space, and the vast role that relativity plays in comprehending our world. It's an introduction to Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, perfect for any curious young scientist.

  4. Granddaddy's Turn - Based on the true story of one family's struggle for voting rights in the civil rights-era South, this moving tale shines an emotional spotlight on a dark facet of U.S. history. Life on the farm with Granddaddy is full of hard work, but despite all the chores, Granddaddy always makes time for play, especially fishing trips. Even when there isn't a bite to catch, he reminds young Michael that it takes patience to get what's coming to you. One morning, when Granddaddy heads into town in his fancy suit, Michael knows that something very special must be happening--and sure enough, everyone is lined up at the town hall! For the very first time, Granddaddy is allowed to vote, and he couldn't be more proud. But can Michael be patient when it seems that justice just can't come soon enough? This powerful and touching true-life story shares one boy's perspective of growing up in the segregated South, while beautiful illustrations depict the rural setting in tender detail.

Like a Girl book
#28
Like a Girl
Written by Lori Degman and illustrated by Mara Penny
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Once upon a time, "like a girl" was an insult. Not anymore! In every walk of life, girls are demonstrating their creativity, perseverance, and strength. From civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who stood up for her beliefs by staying seated, to astronaut Sally Ride, the 24 women profiled here took risks, broke barriers, and transformed the world. This tribute to girl power will inspire young women everywhere.

How to Train the Perfect Parents book
#29
How to Train the Perfect Parents
Written and illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Meet Mimi Lee: she has a three-step plan for training her parents to be PERFECT. It’s simple, even if mom and dad don’t always get the hang of it. But Mimi knows she’s succeeded when her parents FINALLY let her get the new puppy she’s wanted. Then the mischievous dog arrives, reversing the roles . . . and Mimi discovers that being trained is very hard work, indeed.

Spot & Dot book
#30
Spot & Dot
Written and illustrated by Henry Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From beloved author-illustrator Henry Cole comes the stunning follow-up to Spot, the Cat. In this beautiful wordless picture book, Spot the cat finds a dog named Dot who’s off on her own adventure through the city! In Henry Cole’s vivid wordless picture book Spot, the Cat, readers joined Spot on a journey through a city that began with him following a bird outside his window. This time, a dog named Dot draws Spot from his window. As we follow Spot and Dot on their wordless journey, we quickly realize that it’s Dot the dog who is missing this time, and Spot is trying to get her back home. We follow these two on a different journey through the city as they weave in and out of a bakery, a library, a busy park, and more. And with a surprise twist at the end, we realize that “home” for both cat and dog was never very far away. With detailed black-and-white illustrations, readers will love following Spot and Dot on their adventure and cheering for the sweet reunion at the end.

My Grandma and Me book
#31
My Grandma and Me
Written by Mina Javaherbin and illustrated by Lindsey Yankey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories. In this big universe full of many moons, I have traveled and seen many wonders, but I have never loved anything or anyone the way I love my grandma. While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Mina Javaherbin's words make up a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader. Soft, colorful, and full of intricate patterns, Lindsey Yankey's illustrations feel like a personal invitation into the coziest home, and the adoration between Mina and her grandma is evident on every page.

The Magic Flute book
#32
The Magic Flute
Written and illustrated by Chris Raschka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Chris Raschka comes a gorgeously illustrated retelling of Mozart’s classic opera, The Magic Flute. The Magic Flute is the favorite choice of many opera lovers. But ask any of them to tell you the rambunctious, mystical, and downright oddball story of the opera and no two tellers will agree. Enter Chris Raschka, an opera goer himself. His stunning version of the original plot and the otherworldly events which inspired Mozart’s glorious music showcases his interpretation from the storytelling front curtain at the start, to the radiant finale at the end. Readers will be exclaiming, Bravo!

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