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IN MY LIFE by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, illustrated by Genevieve Santos, Simon & Schuster/Little Simon, February 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6585-5
HOW TO MAKE A BIRD by Meg McKinlay and Matt Ottley, Candlewick, April 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1526-7
ZEE GROWS A TREE by Elizabeth Rusch and Will Hillenbrand, ill., Candlewick, March 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-9754-9

CLUES TO THE UNIVERSE by Christina Li, HarperCollins/Quill Tree, January 2021, 304p., ISBN; 978-0-06-300888-5

A POLAR BEAR IN THE SNOW by Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris, ill., Candlewick, October 2020, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-0396-7
TRILLIONS OF TREES: A COUNTING AND PLANTING BOOK by Kurt Cyrus, Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano, March 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-250-22907-6
MY DAY WITH THE PANYE by Tami Charles and Sara Palacios, ill, Candlewick, March 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-9749-5
THE BUG IN THE BOG by Jonathan Fenske, Simon Spotlight, December 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-7724-7
FRONT DESK by Kelly Yang, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, May 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-1-338-157796
SOMETHING’S WRONG!: A BEAR, A HARE, AND SOME UNDERWEAR by Jory John and Erin Kraan, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, March 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-374-31388-1
THE SHAPE OF THUNDER by Jasmine Warga, HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, May 2021, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-06-295667-5
OUTSIDE, INSIDE by LeUyen Pham, Roaring Brook, January 2021, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-250-79835-0

GONE TO THE WOODS: SURVIVING A LOST CHILDHOOD by Gary Paulsen, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, January 2021, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-374-31415-6 

UNSPEAKABLE: THE TULSA RACE MASSACRE by Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper, ill., Lerner/Carolrhoda, February 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978- 1-5415-8120-3
ALONE by Megan E. Freeman, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, January 2021, 416p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6756-9
JUST LIKE THAT by Gary D. Schmidt, Clarion, January 2021, 400p., ISBN: 978-0-544-08477-3
THE BOY WHO FAILED SHOW AND TELL by Jordan Sonnenbick, Scholastic Press, February 2021, 224p., ISBN: 978-1-338-64723-5
TRY IT! HOW FRIEDA CAPLAN CHANGED THE WAY WE EAT by Mara Rockliff and Giselle Potter, Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, January 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6007-2
CHICKENOLOGY: THE ULTIMATE ENCYCLOPEDIA by Barbara Sandri, Francesco Giubbilini, and Camilla Pintonato, ill., Princeton Architectural Press, February 2021, 80p., ISBN: 978-1-61689-908-0
BEST DAY EVER! by Marilyn Singer and Leah Nixon, ill., Clarion, May 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-328-98783-9
GROUND ZERO by Alan Gratz, Scholastic Press, February 2021, 336p.,ISBN: 978-1-338-24575-2
CONSPIRACY: NIXON, WATERGATE, AND DEMOCRACY’S DEFENDERS by P. O’Connell Pearson, Simon & Schuster, October 2020, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-8003-2
THE BLACK KIDS by Christina Hammonds Reed, Simon & Schuster, August 2020, 368p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6272-4
ALL THIRTEEN: THE INCREDIBLE CAVE RESCUE OF THE THAI BOYS’ SOCCER TEAM by Christina Soontornvat, Candlewick, October 2020, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-0945-7

THE GREAT GATSBY: A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION by K. Woodman-Maynard, Candlewick, January 2021, 240p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1676-9 

ECHO MOUNTAIN by Lauren Wolk, Dutton, April 2020, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-525-55556-8
GET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN! by Sarah Kapit, Dial, February 2020, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-5255-5418-9
THE PARKER INHERITANCE by Varian Johnson, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, March 2018,  352p., ISBN: 978-0-545-94617-9
I WILL DANCE by Nancy Bo Flood and Julianna Swaney, ill., Atheneum, May 2020, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-3061-7
A SITTING IN ST. JAMES by Rita Williams-Garcia, HarperCollins/Quill Tree, May 2021, 480p., ISBN: 978-0-06-236729-7
13 WAYS TO EAT A FLY by Sue Heavenrich and David Clark, ill., Charlesbridge, February 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-58089-890-4
WHO WAS MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.? (Board Book) by Lisbeth Kaiser and Stanley Chow, ill., Penguin, December 2020, 24p., ISBN: 978-0-593-22273-7

THE TEACHERS MARCH! HOW SELMA’S TEACHERS CHANGED HISTORY by Sandra Neil Wallace, Rich Wallace, and illustrator Charly Palmer. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek, September 2020, 44p., ISBN: 978- 0-06-288276-9

EVERYTHING COMES NEXT: COLLECTED & NEW POEMS by Naomi Shihab Nye, Greenwillow, September 2020, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-06-301345-2
CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo, HarperTeen, May 2020, 432p., ISBN: 978-0-06-288276-9
THE GIRL WHO SPEAKS BEAR by Sophie Anderson, Scholastic Press,  March 2020, 350p., ISBN: 978-1-338-56083-9
SHARING by Yusuke Yonezu, minedition, September 2020, 20p., ISBN: 978-1-6626-5000-0
SEE THE CAT: THREE STORIES ABOUT A DOG by David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka, ill., Candlewick, September 2020, 64p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-0427-8
ADDY’S CUP OF SUGAR by Jon J. Muth, Scholastic Press, October 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-439-63428-1
HERE IN THE REAL WORLD by Sara Pennypacker, HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray, February 2020, 320 p., ISBN: 978-0-06-269895-7
CROSSINGS: EXTRAORDINARY STRUCTURES FOR EXTRAORDINARY ANIMALS by Katy S. Duffield and Mike Orodan, ill., Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books, October 2020, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6579-4
MARJORY SAVES THE EVERGLADES: THE STORY OF MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rebecca Gibbon, ill., Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, September 2020, 56p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-3154-6
AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS by B.B. Alston, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, January 2021, 416p., ISBN: 978-0-06-297516-4
FEEL THE FOG by April Pulley Sayre, Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, September 2020, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-3760-9
CHANCE: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLOCAUST by Uri Shulevitz, Farrar, Straus Giroux, October 2020, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-374-31371-5
ONE LITTLE BAG: AN AMAZING JOURNEY by Henry Cole, Scholastic Press, April, 2020, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-338-35997-8
THINGS YOU CAN’T SAY by Jenn Bishop, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, March 2020, 336p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-4097-5
THE BOY AND THE GORILLA by Jackie Azua Kramer and Cindy Derby, ill. Candlewick, October 2020, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-9832-4
ARLO & PIPS: KING OF THE BIRDS by Elise Gravel, Harper Alley, October 2020, 64p., ISBN: 978-0-06-298221-6
GROW: SECRETS OF OUR DNA by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, ill., Candlewick, September 2020, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1272-3
RAIN BEFORE RAINBOWS by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and David Litchfield, ill., Candlewick, October 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1283-9
PLAY WITH PAINT! (board book) by Jenny Pinkerton, Penguin Workshop, September 2020, 20p., ISBN: 978-0-593-09443-3
GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE by Amy Novesky and Julie Morstad, ill., Viking, September 2020, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-593-11629-6
THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE by Rebecca Stead, Random House/Wendy Lamb, April, 2020, 224p., ISBN: 978-1-101-93809-6
EVELYN DEL REY IS MOVING AWAY by Meg Medina and Sonia Sanchez, ill, Candlewick, September 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-0704-0
BEFORE THE EVER AFTER by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, September 2020, 176p., ISBN: 978-0-399-54543-6

TUNE IT OUT by Jamie Sumner, Atheneum, September 2020, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-5700-3 

FLYING OVER WATER by Shannon Hitchcock and N.H. Senzai, Scholastic Press, October 2020, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-338-61766-5
ILLEGAL by Francisco X. Stork, Scholastic Press, August 2020, 304p., ISBN: 978-1-338-31055-9
FLOODED: A REQUIEM FOR JOHNSTOWN by Ann E. Burg, Scholastic Press, October 2020, 352p., ISBN: 978-1-338-54069-7
KHALIL AND MR. HAGERTY AND THE BACKYARD TREASURES by Tricia Springstubb and Elaheh Taherian, ill., Candlewick, May 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-0306-6 
ANIMORPHS GRAPHIC NOVEL #1: THE INVASION by K.A. Applegate and Michael Grant and Chris Grine, ill., Scholastic Graphix, October 2020, 240p., ISBN: 978-1-3382-22648-5
THE PIRATES ARE COMING! by John Condon and Matt Hunt, ill., Candlewick/Nosy Crow, July 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1216-7
TWO LITTLE TRAINS by Margaret Wise Brown and Greg Pizzoli, Harper, March 2020, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-267651-1
STAMPED: RACISM, ANTIRACISM, AND YOU by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, Little Brown, March 2020, 320p., ISBN: 978-0-316-45369-1
SOMETHING TO SAY by Lisa Moore Ramée, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, July 2020, 384p., ISBN: 978-0-06-283671-7
BEAUTY MARK: A VERSE NOVEL OF MARILYN MONROE by Carole Boston Weatherford, Candlewick, September 2020, 192p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-0629-6
WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED by Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, and Iman Geddy, Dial, April 2020, 264p., ISBN: 978-0-525-55391-5
RICK by Alex Gino, Scholastic Press, April 2020, 240p., ISBN: 978-1-338-04810-0
JUNK BOY by Tony Abbott, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, October 2020, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-06-249125-1
HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY by Ali Standish, Harper, April 2020, 384p., ISBN: 978-0-06-289328-4
A THOUSAND QUESTIONS by Saadia Faruqi, HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books, September 2020, 320p., ISBN: 978-0-06-294320-0
DON’T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB by Chris Haughton, Candlewick, April 2020, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1119-1
MOM’S SWEATER by Jayde Perkin, Eerdmans, April 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-8028-5544-2 
ME AND MY SISTER by Rose Robbins, Eerdmans, April 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-8028-5542-8
SEAGULLS SOAR by April Pulley Sayre and Kasia Bogdańska, ill, Boyds Mills, April 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-68437-197-6
THIS IS MY AMERICA by Kim Johnson, Random House, July 2020, 416 p., 978-0-593-11876-4
DOWN UNDER THE PIER by Nell Cross Beckerman and Rachell Sumpter, ill., Cameron Kids, April 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-944903-86-2
A HATFUL OF DRAGONS: AND MORE THAN 13.8 BILLION OTHER FUNNY POEMS by Vikram Madan, Wordsong, April 2020, 64p., ISBN: 978-1-68437-999-6
UNSTOPPABLE by Adam Rex and Laura Park, ill., Chronicle, May 2020, 56p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-6504-2
SANTIAGO’S ROAD HOME by Alexandra Diaz, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, May 2020, 336p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-4623-6
WHAT SOUND IS MORNING? by Grant Snider, Chronicle, May 2020, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-7993-3
FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Dial Books for Young Readers, August 2020, 256p., ISBN: 978-1-9848-1568-2
WE DREAM OF SPACE by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, May 2020, 400p., ISBN: 978-0-06-27430-3

resources: fish in the sea; trees in the forests; coal and petroleum deposits; and fresh water. In a succinct picture book text, she shows how decisions made today regarding these essential resources will significantly impact the quality of life in the present time as well as the condition of the planet that we will leave for future generations.

COMMON GROUND has been around for 23 years, and I still haven't found a book that does a better job of explaining so clearly what is at stake. 

The author concludes by pointing out that, unlike the long-ago villagers who could just move on, “Now we don’t have anyplace else to go.”

Richie Partington, MLIS

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