Keep It Simple, Rapunzel!: The Fairy-Tale Physics of Simple Machines book
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Keep It Simple, Rapunzel!: The Fairy-Tale Physics of Simple Machines
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and illustrated by Jomike Tejido
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Escaping from a tall tower using one's hair is SO fairy-tale old school. THIS STEM-smart Rapunzel uses the brain beneath her hair to educate her prince (and readers) on the ways the science of simple machines can save the day. A glossary and critical thinking questions reinforce the story's key physics concepts.

Rachel's Story book
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Rachel's Story
Written and illustrated by Andy Glynne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-9

This is the real-life story of Eurasian refugee Rachel, who was forced to flee her home country because of her mother's religion. Told in Rachel's own words, the story describes the feelings of fear and anxiety immigrant children face as they try to rebuild their lives in a new country.

Navid's Story book
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Navid's Story
Written and illustrated by Andy Glynne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-9

This is the real-life story of Kurdish Iranian refugee, Navid. Told in Navid's own words, the story describes the fear and uncertainty Navid and his mother feel after they are forced to flee Iran, as well as the long journey they endure to be reunited with Navid's father.

Juliane's Story book
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Juliane's Story
Written and illustrated by Andy Glynne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-9

This is the real-life story of 12-year-old refugee Juliane. At 3 years old, Juliane was separated from her mother due to the violence in her country of Zimbabwe. Told in Juliane's own words, the story tells of her fear and isolation growing up in an orphanage, how she was reunited with her mother, and how the two of them fled to another country to establish a new life together.

Hamid's Story book
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Hamid's Story
Written and illustrated by Andy Glynne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-9

This is the real-life story of 10-year old refugee Hamid, who flees Eritrea with his mother to escape the war and threats to his family from the government. Told in Hamid's own words, this story describes the hardship experienced by immigrants who are rebuilding their lives with little understanding of the language and culture of their new country.

Ali's Story book
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Ali's Story
Written and illustrated by Andy Glynne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-9

This is the real-life story of 10-year-old refugee Ali, who is forced to flee his home country of Afganistan with his grandmother. Told in Ali's words, this story documents the feelings of alienation, separation, and suffering war can place on immigrant children and their families. This story also shares the hope Ali and his family has to overcome their ordeals.

The Tortoise and the Hare, Narrated by the Silly But Truthful Tortoise book
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The Tortoise and the Hare, Narrated by the Silly But Truthful Tortoise
Written by Nancy Loewen and illustrated by Thomas Russell Cox
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

In this humorous retelling of the classic fable, the tortoise, Balderdash, describes how his race with Jiffy the Hare (who was actually pretty slow for a hare), launched his career as a comedian.

The Lion and the Mouse, Narrated by the Timid But Truthful Mouse book
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The Lion and the Mouse, Narrated by the Timid But Truthful Mouse
Written by Nancy Loewen and illustrated by Cristian Luis Bernardini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

She's always been the "invisible" twin, but when her sister reneges on a promise to the king of beasts, a timid mouse chews her way into the spotlight. This sweet, fractured twist on a classic Aesop's fable, told from the mouse's point of view, celebrates kindness and bravery of all sizes. Includes a condensed version of the original tale.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Narrated by the Sheepish But Truthful Wolf  book
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The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Narrated by the Sheepish But Truthful Wolf
Written by Nancy Loewen and illustrated by Juan M. Moreno
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

So who was really pulling the wool over whose eyes? The Wolf gets candid about "the boy who cried" in this fractured version of a classic Aesop's fable, delighting readers with his first-person account, while back matter questions encourage discussion about perspective. Includes a condensed version of the original tale.

The Ants and the Grasshopper, Narrated by the Fanciful But Truthful Grasshopper book
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The Ants and the Grasshopper, Narrated by the Fanciful But Truthful Grasshopper
Written by Nancy Loewen and illustrated by Carles Arbat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

In this humorous retelling of the classic fable, Harper the grasshopper is rescued from starvation by an ant, Lark, who wants to learn how to play the fiddle--and soon many of the other insects (including more ants) in the field join Harper's lessons, until he has a proper insect orchestra to put on a harvest festival.

Gabi's If/Then Garden book
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Gabi's If/Then Garden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Gabi's garden needs some help. Where to begin? Gabi and her best friend Adi use if/then statements to decide what to plant, what to water, and what to pick! These scientific thinkers find ways every day to use computer coding concepts to make work and play more fun!

Gabi's Fabulous Functions book
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Gabi's Fabulous Functions
Written by Caroline Karanja and illustrated by Ben William Whitehouse
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Computer coding in the kitchen? Yes! Best friends Gabi and Adi are baking a special birthday treat-and making a recipe is a lot like creating a function in a computer code. These scientifically minded junior programmers are always on the lookout for ways to work coding concepts into their day with Code Play!

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