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SOMEONE LIKE ME by Patricia MacLachlan and Chris Sheban, ill., Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, July 2017, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-334-4
ALICE PAUL AND THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS: FROM THE VOTE TO THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT by Deborah Kops, Calkins Creek, February 2017, 216p., ISBN: 978-1-62979-323-8
LIFE by Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel, ill., Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books, June 2017, 48p., ISBN; 978-1-4814-5162-8
WET by Carey Sookocheff, Henry Holt, June 2017, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-62779-775-7
CLAYTON BYRD GOES UNDERGROUND by Rita Williams-Garcia, HarperCollins/Amistad, May 2017, 176p., ISBN: 978-0-06-221591-8
WILD BIRD by Wendelin Van Draanen, Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, September 2017, 320p., ISBN: 978-1-101-94044-0

CROSSING EBENEZER CREEK by Tonya Bolden, Bloomsbury, May 2017. 240p., ISBN: 978-1- 59990-319-4 

IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN by Anne Sibley O’Brien, Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, June 2017, 338p., ISBN: 978-0-545-90574-9
KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM: CLASSIC POEMS AND PLAYFUL PARODIES written and selected by J. Patrick Lewis and Johanna Wright, ill., Wordsong, March 2017, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-59078-921-6
THE STARRY GIRAFFE by Andy Bergmann, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, June 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-9100-6
VINCENT AND THEO: THE VAN GOGH BROTHERS by Deborah Heiligman, Henry Holt, April 2017, 464p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9339-1
SAY ZOOP! by Hervé Tullet, Chronicle, August 2017, 64p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-6473-1
JOHN DEERE, THAT’S WHO! by Tracy Nelson Maurer and Tim Zeltner, ill., Henry Holt, March 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-62779-129-8
WHERE ARE YOU? by Sarah Williamson, Knopf, June 2017, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5247-0063-8 
BLOOD BROTHER: JONATHAN DANIELS AND HIS SACRIFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace, Calkins Creek, September 2016, 352p., ISBN: 978-1-62979-094-7
SATURDAYS WITH HITCHCOCK by Ellen Wittlinger, Charlesbridge, October 2017, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-58089-775-4 
THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA by Pablo Cartaya, Viking, May 2017, 256p., ISBN: 978-1-101-99723-9
ALL EARS, ALL EYES by Richard Jackson and Katherine Tillotson, ill., Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, March 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-1571-2
ALEXANDER HAMILTON: THE MAKING OF AMERICA by Teri Kanefield, Amulet, March 2017, 176p., ISBN: 978-1-4197-2578-4
THE SECRET PROJECT by Jonah Winter and Jeanette Winter, Beach Lane/Simon and Schuster, February 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-6913-5

NOPE! by Drew Sheneman, Viking, January 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-101-99731-4 

BABY LOVES QUARKS! by Ruth Spiro and Irene Chan, ill., Charlesbridge, October 2016, 20p., ISBN: 978-1-58089-540-8
GARVEY’S CHOICE by Nikki Grimes, Wordsong, October 2016, 120p., ISBN: 978-1-62979740-3 
SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson, ill., Roaring Brook, June 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-964-1 
UPROOTED: THE JAPANESE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE DURING WORLD WAR II by Albert Marrin, Knopf, October 2016, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-553-50936-6 
PRESENTING BUFFALO BILL: THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE WILD WEST by Candace Fleming, Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, September 2016, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-763-0
JAZZ DAY: THE MAKING OF A FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH by Roxane Orgill and Francis Vallejo, ill., Candlewick, March 2016, 66p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6954-6 
BEFORE MORNING by Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes, ill., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2016, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-547-97917-5
OLD DOG BABY BABY by Julie Fogliano and Chris Raschka, ill., Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, October 2016, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-853-8 
DEATH ON THE RIVER OF DOUBT: THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S AMAZON ADVENTURE by Samantha Seiple, Scholastic Press, January 2017, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-545-70916-3
A POEM FOR PETER: THE STORY OF EZRA JACK KEATS AND THE CREATION OF THE SNOWY DAY by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson, ills., Viking, November 2016, 60p., ISBN: 978-0-425-28768-2 
MY NAME IS JAMES MADISON HEMINGS by Jonah Winter and Terry Widener, ill., Schwartz and Wade Books, October 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-385-38342-4
THE ALLIGATOR’S SMILE AND OTHER POEMS by Jane Yolen and Jason Stemple, photographer, Millbrook Press, September 2016, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-4677-5575-7
RAIN FISH by Lois Ehlert, Beach Lane Books/Simon and Schuster, April 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-6152-8 
GHOST by Jason Reynolds, Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, August 2016, 192p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-5015-7
I DISSENT: RUTH BADER GINSBURG MAKES HER MARK by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Badderley, ill., Simon and Schuster BFYR, September 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-6559-5
PREACHING TO THE CHICKENS: THE STORY OF YOUNG JOHN LEWIS by Jabari Asim and E.B. Lewis, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, October 2016, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-16856-7
LOVING VS. VIRGINIA: A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS CASE by Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland, ill., Chronicle, February 2017, 260p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-2590-9
DOG RULES by Jef Czekaj, Balzer + Bray, September 2016, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-06-228018-3
THE PLOT TO KILL HITLER: DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, SPY, UNLIKELY HERO by Patricia McCormick, Balzer & Bray, September 2016, 192p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241108-2
FULL OF BEANS by Jennifer L. Holm, Random House, August 2016, 208p., ISBN: 978-0-553-51036-2
CIRCLE by Jeannie Baker, Candlewick, May 2016, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7966-8 
OWL SEES OWL by Laura Godwin and Rob Dunlavey, ill., Schwartz & Wade, September 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-553-49782-3
WATCHED by Marina Budhos, Wendy Lamb Books, September 2016, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-553-53418-4 
WONDERFALL by Michael Hall, Greenwillow, September 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-238298-6



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