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Most Recent Picks

BLACKBIRD FLY by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, March 2015, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-223861-0

TWENTY-TWO CENTS: MUHAMMAD YUNUS AND THE VILLAGE BANK by Paula Yoo and Jamel Akib, ill., Lee & Low, September 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-60060-658-8
LISTEN, SLOWLY by Thanhha Lai, Harper, February 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-06--222918-2
BLUE ON BLUE by Dianne White and Beth Krommes, ill., Beach Lane Books, December 2014, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-1267-5

THE BULLIES OF WALL STREET by Sheila Bair, Simon & Schuster, April 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-0085-5

FREEDOM RIDER DIARY: SMUGGLED NOTES FROM PARCHMAN PRISON by Carol Ruth Silver, University Press of Mississippi, April 2014, 188p., ISBN: 978-1-61703-887-7

THE HONEST TRUTH by Dan Gemeinhart, Scholastic Press, January 2015, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-545-66573-5

BECAUSE THEY MARCHED: THE PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN FOR VOTING RIGHTS THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Russell Freedman, Holiday House, August 2014, 96p., ISBN: 978-0-8234-2921-9

THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2014, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-544-10771-7 

GO, SHAPES, GO! by Denise Fleming, Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, October 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-8240-1

I KNOW A BEAR by Mariana Ruiz Johnson, Random House/Schwartz & Wade, September 2014, 28p., ISBN: 978-0-385-38614-2

HUG MACHINE by Scott Campbell, Atheneum, August 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-5935-9 

JOLTIN’ JOE DIMAGGIO by Jonah Winter and James E. Ransome, ill., Atheneum, September 2014, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-4169-4080-7

NUTS TO YOU by Lynne Rae Perkins, Greenwillow, September 2014, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-06-009275-7

TAP THE MAGIC TREE by Christie Matheson, Greenwillow, 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-227445-8

THE WAY TO THE ZOO by John Burningham, Candlewick Press, August 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7317-8 

THOMAS PAINE: CRUSADER FOR LIBERTY by Albert Marrin, Knopf, November 2014, 176p., ISBN: 978-0-385-38605-0

THE SMALLEST GIRL IN THE SMALLEST GRADE by Justin Roberts and Christian Robinson, ill., Putnam, September 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-399-25743-8

FORGET ME NOT by Nancy Van Laan and Stephanie Graegin, ill, Random House/Schwartz and Wade, August 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-449-81543-4
LITTLE POEMS FOR TINY EARS by Lin Oliver and Tomie dePaola, ill., February 2014, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-16605-X
THE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet, ill., Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, September 2014, 42p., ISBN: 978-0-8028-5385-1
GRAVITY by Jason Chin, Roaring Brook, April 2014, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-717-3
ED AND TED AND TED’S DOG FRED (My Readers, Level 2) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, ill., Square Fish/Macmillan, May 2014, 32p., 978-1-250-04448-8

THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS by Don Mitchell, Scholastic Press, April 2014, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-545-47725-3

EYES WIDE OPEN: GOING BEHIND THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEADLINES by Paul Fleischman, Candlewick, September 2014, 208p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7102-0

SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL: SYLVIA MENDEZ & HER FAMILY’S FIGHT FOR DESEGREGATION by Duncan Tonatiuh, Abrams, May 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4197-1054-4

DEATH COMING UP THE HILL by Chris Crowe, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2014, 208p., ISBN: 978-0-544-30215-0

THE FAMILY ROMANOV: MURDER, REBELLION & THE FALL OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA by Candace Fleming, Random House/Schwartz & Wade Books, July 2014, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-375-86782-8

THE SCRAPS BOOK: NOTES FROM A COLORFUL LIFE by Lois Ehlert, Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books, March, 2014,  72 p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-3571-1

ELIZABETH, QUEEN OF THE SEAS by Lynne Cox and Brian Floca, ill., Random House/Schwartz & Wade Books, May 2014, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-375-95888-5

GUILTY? CRIME, PUNISHMENT, AND THE CHANGING FACE OF JUSTICE by Teri Kanefield, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2014, 144p., ISBN: 978-0-544-14596-1

TELEPHONE by Mac Barnett and Jen Corace, ill., Chronicle, September 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-1023-9

BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2014, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-399-25251-8 

THE PORT CHICAGO 50: DISASTER, MUTINY, AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS by Steve Sheinkin, Roaring Brook, January 2014, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-796-8

FIREFLY JULY: A YEAR OF VERY SHORT POEMS selected by Paul B. Janeczko and Melissa Sweet, ill. Candlewick, March 2014, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-4842-8

A VOLCANO BENEATH THE SNOW: JOHN BROWN'S WAR AGAINST SLAVERY by Albert Marrin, Knopf, April 2014, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-307-98152-3

JOSEPHINE: THE DAZZLING LIFE OF JOSEPHINE BAKER by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson, ill., Chronicle, January 2014, 102p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-0314-3

The Best of 2013 

MY BUS by Byron Barton, Greenwillow, April 2014, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-228736-6 

IDA M. TARBELL: THE WOMAN WHO CHALLENGED BIG BUSINESS -- AND WON! by Emily Arnold McCully, Clarion, July 2014, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-547-29092-8

BIG SNOW by Jonathan Bean, Farrar Straus Giroux, September 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-374-30696-0 

THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales, Farrar Straus and Giroux, September 2013, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-374-35138-0 

A MOOSE THAT SAYS MOOOOOOOOO by Jennifer Hamburg and Sue Truesdell, ill., Farrar Straus and Giroux, October 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-374-35058-1   

BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, July 2013, 36p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-630-5 

PLANES FLY! by George Ella Lyon and Mick Wiggins, ill., Richard Jackson/Atheneum, July 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-5025-7 

THE TREE LADY: THE TRUE STORY OF HOW ONE TREE-LOVING WOMAN CHANGED A CITY FOREVER by H. Joseph Hopkins and Jill McElmurry, ill., Beach Lane/Simon and Schuster, September 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-1402-0 

LET'S GO NUTS! SEEDS WE EAT by April Pulley Sayre, Beach Lane/Simon and Schuster, August 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-6728-6 

HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY by Marilyn Nelson and Hadley Hooper, ill., Dial, January 2014, 112p., ISBN: 978-0-8037-3304-6 

OUTFOXED by Mike Twohy, Simon and Schuster, September 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-7392-4 

BOXERS AND SAINTS (two book graphic novel set) by Gene Luen Yang, First Second, October 2013, 512p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-698-3 

THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares, Delacorte, April 2014, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-385-73680-0 


SEARCHING FOR SARAH RECTOR: THE RICHEST BLACK GIRL IN AMERICA by Tonya Bolden, Abrams, January 2014, 80p., ISBN: 978-1-4197-0846-6 

WHAT THE HEART KNOWS: CHANTS, CHARMS & BLESSINGS by Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski, ill., Houghton Mifflin, October 2013, 80p., ISBN: 978-0-544-10616-1 

EAT LIKE A BEAR by April Pulley Sayre and Steve Jenkins, ill., Henry Holt, October 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9039-0

PAPA IS A POET: A STORY ABOUT ROBERT FROST by Natalie S. Bober and Rebecca Gibbon, ill., Christy Ottaviano/Holt, October 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9407-7 

DIGGER, DOZER, DUMPER by Hope Vestergaard and David Slonim, ill., Candlewick, August 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-5078-0 

BATTLE BUNNY by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett; Matthew Myers, ill., Simon & Schuster, October 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-3673-1  

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin's Griffin, February 2013, 336p., ISBN: 978-1-250-01257-9 

DAISY GETS LOST by Chris Raschka, Schwartz & Wade, October 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-449-81741-4 

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin's Griffin, September 2013, 448p., ISBN: 978-1-250-03095-5  

THE SPOOKY BOX by Mark Gonyea, Holt, July 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-8813-7 

THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson, Viking, January 2014, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-670-01209-1 

ROOFTOPPERS by Katherine Rundell, Simon and Schuster, September 2013, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-9058-1 

TRAIN by Elisha Cooper, Orchard, September 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-545-38495-7 

THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING by Robyn Schneider, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, August 2013, 352p., ISBN: 978-0-06-221713-4 

THE CAT, THE RAT, AND THE BASEBALL BAT by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, ill., Square Fish, May 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-250-02774-0  

SALT: A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP IN A TIME OF WAR by Helen Frost, Farrar Straus & Giroux, July 2013, 160p., ISBN: 978-0-374-36387-1

BUGS IN MY HAIR! by David Shannon, Blue Sky Press, August 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-545-14313-4 

THE VERY INAPPROPRIATE WORD by Jim Tobin and Dave Coverly, ill., Henry Holt, August 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9474-9 

FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal, Knopf, June 2013, 384p., ISBN: 978-0-375-84972-6 

RUN HOME, LITTLE MOUSE (die-cut board book) by Britta Teckentrup, Kids Can Press, September 2013, 36p., ISBN: 978-1-77138-033-1 

SEE WHAT A SEAL CAN DO by Chris Butterworth and Kate Nelms, ill., Candlewick, August 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6574-6 

MITCHELL GOES BOWLING by Hallie Durand and Tony Fucile, ill., Candlewick, September 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6049-9 

COALTOWN JESUS by Ron Koertge, Candlewick, October 2013, 128p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6228-3 

SCALY SPOTTED FEATHERED FRILLED: HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT DINOSAURS REALLY LOOKED LIKE? by Catherine Thimmesh, Houghton Mifflin, October 2013, 64p., ISBN: 978-0-547-99134-4 

SANTA CLAUS AND THE THREE BEARS by Maria Modugno, Jane Dyer, ill., and Brooke Dyer, ill., Harper, September 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-170023-1 

THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu, Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins, September 2013, 352p., ISBN: 978-0-06-201507-5 

MR. WUFFLES! by David Wiesner, Clarion, October 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-618-75661-2 

KENNEDY'S LAST DAYS: THE ASSASSINATION THAT DEFINED A GENERATION by Bill O'Reilly, Henry Holt, June 2013, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9802-0 

PETE THE CAT: THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by James Dean, HarperCollins, June 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-06-219871-6 

FLIGHT OF THE HONEY BEE by Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock, ill., Candlewick, September 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6760-3 

WHAT'S IN THERE? ALL ABOUT BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Robie H. Harris and Nadine Bernard Westcott, ill., Candlewick, September 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-3630-2 

THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY (SCIENTISTS IN THE FIELD) by Pamela S. Turner and Scott Tuason, photo., Houghton Mifflin, November 2013, 80p., ISBN: 978-0-547-71638-1 

IMPRISONED: THE BETRAYAL OF JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR II by Martin W. Sandler, Walker, August 2013, 176p., ISBN: 978-0-8027-2277-5 

MARCH: BOOK ONE by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, ill., Top Shelf Productions, August 2013, 128p., ISBN: 978-1-60309-300-2 

THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL by Don Brown, Houghton Mifflin, October 2013, 80p., ISBN: 978-0-547-81550-3 

COUNTING BY 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, Dial, August 2013, 384p., ISBN: 978-0-8037-3855-3 

XANDER'S PANDA PARTY by Linda Sue Park and Matt Phelan, ill., Clarion, September 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-547-55865-1  

TWERP by Mark Goldblatt, Random House, May, 2013, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-375-97142-6  

ANGEL ISLAND: GATEWAY TO GOLD MOUNTAIN by Russell Freedman, Clarion, October 2013, 96p., ISBN: 978-0-547-90378-1 



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