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Most Recent Picks

I, FLY: THE BUZZ ABOUT FLIES AND HOW AWESOME THEY ARE by Bridget Heos and Jennifer Plecas, ill., Henry Holt, March 2015, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9469-5
THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL: OR HOW TO RUIN YOUR LIFE IN SEVEN DAYS by Lisa Yee, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, March 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-545-23094-0 
ENCHANTED AIR: TWO CULTURES, TWO WINGS: A MEMOIR by Margarita Engle, Atheneum, August 2015, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-3522-2 
HAVE YOU SEEN MY MONSTER? by Steve Light, Candlewick, May 2015, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7513-4
THE NEW SMALL PERSON by Lauren Child, Candlewick, February 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7810-4

CHOCOLATE: SWEET SCIENCE AND DARK SECRETS OF THE WORLD’S FAVORITE TREAT by Kay Frydenborg, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2015, 272 p., ISBN: 978-0-544-17566-2

NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES by Bryan Bliss, Greenwillow, February 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-06-227541-7

RED BUTTERFLY by A.L. Sonnichsen, Simon & Schuster, February 2015, 400p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-1109-7

PINSTRIPE PRIDE: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES by Marty Appel, Simon & Schuster, February 2015, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-1602-3

RAINDROPS ROLL by April Pulley Sayre, Beach Lane, January 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-2064-8

WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES by Susin Nielsen, Wendy Lamb Books, May 2015, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-553-49686-4 
LITTLE BLUE TRUCK (Lapboard book edition) by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry, HMH, March 2015, 30p., ISBN: 978-0-544-05685-5
NOAH WEBSTER: MAN OF MANY WORDS by Catherine Reef, Clarion, August 2015, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-54412983-2
TALKIN’ GUITAR: A STORY OF YOUNG DOC WATSON by Robbin Gourley, Clarion, March 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-544-12988-7 
SEEDS OF FREEDOM: THE PEACEFUL INTEGRATION OF HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA by Hester Bass and E.B. Lewis, ill., Candlewick, January 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6919-5
THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, YOUNG READERS EDITION, VOLUME 1 1898-1945 by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, adapted by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Atheneum, December 2014, 400p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-2173-7

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

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

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

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

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

THE GIRL FROM THE TAR PAPER SCHOOL: BARBARA ROSE JOHNS AND THE ADVENT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT by Teri Kanefield, Abrams, January 2014, 56p., ISBN: 978-1-4197-0796-4 

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

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

 

 

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