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Alone

- Megan E Freeman

Children's paperback $11.99
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A New York Times bestseller!

Perfect for fans of Hatchet and the I Survived series, this harrowing middle grade debut novel-in-verse from a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet tells the story of a young girl who wakes up one day to find herself utterly alone in her small Colorado town.

When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She's alone--left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned.

With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own. Her only companions are a Rottweiler named George and all the books she can read. After a rough start, Maddie learns to trust her own ingenuity and invents clever ways to survive in a place that has been deserted and forgotten.

As months pass, she escapes natural disasters, looters, and wild animals. But Maddie's most formidable enemy is the crushing loneliness she faces every day. Can Maddie's stubborn will to survive carry her through the most frightening experience of her life?

Deep Water

- Jamie Sumner

Children's hardcover $23.99
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"Readers will feel every wave of Tully's emotions as she risks everything to try to get her mom's attention. A powerful novel in verse." --Lisa Fipps, author of Printz Honor book Starfish

A middle grade novel in verse that "packs a powerful punch" (Kirkus Reviews) from acclaimed author Jamie Sumner that spans one girl's marathon swim over twelve miles and six hours, calling her mom back home with every stroke.

Six hours.
One marathon swim.

That's all Tully Birch needs to get her life straightened out. With the help of her best friend, Arch, Tully braves the waters of Lake Tahoe to break the record for the youngest person ever to complete the famous "Godfather swim." She wants to achieve something no one in the world has done, because if she does, maybe, just maybe, her mom will come back.

The swim starts off well--heart steady, body loose, Arch in charge of snacks as needed. But for Tully, all that time alone with her thoughts allows memories to surface. And in the silence of deep waters, sadness can sink you. When the swim turns dangerous, Tully fights for her survival. Does she keep going and risk her own safety and Arch's? Or does she quit to save them both, even if it means giving up hope that her mother will return?

Golden Girl

- Reem Faruqi

Children's paperback $12.50
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From the award-winning, ALA Notable author of Unsettled and Lailah's Lunchbox, this is a captivating coming-of-age middle grade novel in verse about seventh grader Aafiyah Qamar, a Pakistani American girl who hatches a special plan to help her family but finds that doing what's right isn't always easy.

For fans of The Thing About Jellyfish and Clean Getaway, this is a heartfelt, soul-searching story with laughter, hope, and lessons learned.

Seventh grader Aafiyah loves playing tennis, reading Weird but True facts, and hanging out with her best friend, Zaina. However, Aafiyah has a bad habit that troubles her--she's drawn to pretty things and can't help but occasionally "borrow" them.

But when her father is falsely accused of a crime he hasn't committed and gets taken in by authorities, Aafiyah knows she needs to do something to help. When she brainstorms a way to bring her father back, she turns to her Weird but True facts and devises the perfect plan.

But what if her plan means giving in to her bad habit, the one she's been trying to stop? Aafiyah wants to reunite her family but finds that maybe her plan isn't so perfect after all. . .

A Bank Street Books Best Children's Book of the Year for ages 12-14 in Family/School/Community Fiction (2023)

I Love You Like Yellow

- Andrea Beaty, Vashti Harrison

Board Book $12.99
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From the New York Times bestselling creators author Andrea Beaty and illustrator Vashti Harrison, a sweet and playful bedtime book that reminds young readers just how loved they are
 
I love you like yellow.
I love you like green.
Like flowery orchid
and sweet tangerine . . .
 
Love comes in many forms. It can feel tart as lemonade, or sweet as sugar cookies. Slow as a lazy morning, or fast as a relay race. Love is there through it all: the large and small moments, the good times and bad. And at the end of the day, love settles us down to bed with a hug and kiss goodnight.
 
With charming, rhyming text from bestselling author Andrea Beaty and lush, heartwarming illustrations by bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison, I Love You Like Yellow celebrates the unconditional love that pulses through life's profound and everyday moments--and the people who make them so special.
 
"This bear-hug of a picture book features . . . a true diversity of characters. Harrison brings a vibrant palette, loving care, and a tight focus to these tableaux; viewers are right there with the families, witnessing their moments together." --The Horn Book Magazine

If You Want to Be a Butterfly

- Muon Thi Van, Andrea Armstrong

Children's hardcover $23.99
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From acclaimed author Muon Thi Van comes an innovative exploration of a butterfly's life cycle --- in reverse. "If you want to be a butterfly, then arise, unfurl and welcome the waiting world," the narrator of this playful book begins. Readers will flit from flower to flower with an adorable butterfly ... hold on tight with a chrysalis through all sorts of weather ... munch away with a greedy little caterpillar ... sit very, very still and dream big with a teeny tiny egg. It's a magical journey back in time, ending up ... at the beginning! Award-winning author Muon Thi Van's lyrical language and use of the second person make this delightful picture book a perfect choice for interactive read-alouds, sure to spark the imagination and free the butterfly in every child. Lively and engaging, it promotes curiosity, observation, interpretation and discussion. Charming illustrations by Andrea Armstrong add personality to the butterfly that befits each stage of its development. This is a unique and captivating introduction to a key life science curriculum topic. The book ends with a full description with illustrations of the butterfly's life cycle that highlights the important role butterflies play in ecosystems.

My Thoughts Have Wings

- Maggie Smith, Leanne Hatch

Children's hardcover $24.99
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Maggie Smith, bestselling author of the viral poem "Good Bones" and the memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful, delivers a lyrical and reassuring picture book perfect for calming active minds at bedtime (or anytime).

A Today Show Spring Pick!

At bedtime, when lights go out...sometimes thoughts stay on.

Scary things and worries flutter and flap around. It's so hard to sleep!

But a little imagination (and a lot of love) can create a cozy nest for happy thoughts--and sweet dreams for little ones.

Pigs Can't Fly

- Wallace Edwards

Children's hardcover $21.99
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Wallace Edwards' final book is a beautiful and inspiring invitation to reimagine the limits of possibility.

I've heard it said that pigs can't fly,They never leave the ground.But I have gazed up at the skyAnd watched the flying pigs go by.

They never made a sound.

Wallace Edwards' work has delighted children and their adults for decades with its wholly original combination of stunning artwork and witty, absorbing observations. Here, flying pigs, a bagpipe-playing frog, a juggling mouse, a penguin on a bike and more join together in a whimsical collection of rhymes and exquisite art that will open minds and tickle the reader's imagination.

Brimming with humour and joy, Pigs Can't Fly is a gift of a book from a brilliant mind, and an open-ended invitation to make the impossible possible!

Poetry Comics

- Grant Snider

Children's hardcover $28.99
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"A poetry-filled graphic novel that is powerful in its simplicity." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
 
"Personal but personable, too, with glints of quiet humor." -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
 
"Poetry Comics is . . . a sensorial experience that taps into what it means to be human and leaves you inspired to explore, discover, create, and connect." --Aron Nels Steinke, Eisner Award-winning cartoonist
 
From the creator of Incidental Comics, Grant Snider, comes a fun and imaginative book that combines poetry and comics in a whole new way. Perfect for poetry lovers and reluctant readers alike.

From the cloud-gazing hours of early spring to the lost bicycles of late autumn, Grant Snider's brilliantly illustrated Poetry Comics will take you climbing, floating, swimming, and tumbling through all the year's ups, downs, and in-betweens. He proves that absolutely everything, momentous or minuscule, is worthy of attention, whether snail shells, building blocks, the lamented late bus, or the rare joy of unscuffed shoes. These poems explore everything you never thought to write a poem about, and they're so fun to read you'll want to write one yourself. Not to worry, there's a poem for that, too!

FOR COMIC BOOK FANS: These poems for kids are brightly illustrated in graphic novel-style panels, adding a delightful new element to approaching poetry. Perfect for visually oriented readers and young people who already love comics, cartoons, and graphic novels.

EXCITING NEW APPROACH TO POETRY: Funny, instructive, and thoroughly engaging, this poem book is a perfect addition to classroom libraries and poetry curricula. 

POEMS FOR EVERY SEASON: With sections for winter, spring, summer, and fall, this poetry book offers teachers and kids lots to enjoy and share all year round. 

SPARK A LOVE OF POETRY AND ART: Perfect for classroom writing and drawing prompts, this book will inspire readers of all ages to make and share poetry comics of their own!

Perfect for: Young readers of comics and graphic novels Aspiring poets, writers, and cartoonists Parents and educators seeking a fun and engaging way to introduce kids to poetry Reading and sharing during Poetry Month Readers looking for contemporary additions to classic children's poetry like Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends, Falling Up, and A Light in the Attic Fans of Mary Oliver looking to share an equally contemplative, nature-loving poet with kids Fans of Grant Snider books, including Nothing Ever Happens on a Gray DayWhat Color Is Night?, What Sound Is Morning?, One Boy Watching, and There Is a Rainbow

Welcome to the Wonder House

- Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Georgia Heard, Deborah Freedman

Children's hardcover $24.99
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This collection of poems, creatively presented in the format of an allegorical house, will engage anyone who has ever wondered "why?" as it shows young readers that wonder is everywhere--in yourself and in the world around you.

Welcome to the Wonder House, a place to explore the cornerstone of every great thinker--a sense of wonder. This Wonder House has many rooms--one for nature, one for quiet, and one for mystery, among others. Each room is filled with poems and objects covering a wide variety of STEAM topics, including geology, paleontology, physics, astronomy, creative writing, and drawing, that will inspire curiosity in young readers.

This enchanting book written by award-winning poets Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard both sparks wonder and shows readers how to kindle it in themselves.

What You Need to Be Warm

- Neil Gaiman, Yuliya Gwilym, Nadine Kaadan

Children's hardcover $23.99
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A New York Times bestseller!

When Clouds Touch Us

- Thanhh Lai

Children's hardcover $23.99
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A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award finalist!

Inspired by the author's own childhood, this stunning novel in verse, the sequel to the award-winning #1 bestseller Inside Out and Back Again, picks up two years after Hà and her family arrive in Alabama as refugees from the Viet Nam War.

Hà and her family have worked hard to make a life for themselves in the US, but it hasn't come easy. Hà has only just started to feel settled when Mother decides that the family will move to Texas for a new job.

Hà knows how hard starting over is and doesn't want to have to do it again. But sometimes even an unwanted change can bring opportunity, new friends, and a place to call home.

This lyrical and compelling sequel to the National Book Award Medalist and Newbery Honor winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novel Inside Out and Back Again follows Hà and her family through another year of upheaval, growth, and love.

You Are a Story

- Bob Raczka, Kristen Howdeshell, Kevin Howdeshell

Children's hardcover $25.99
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An empowering reflection on the many things we are and the ways we relate to the world.

Poet Bob Raczka's You are a Story highlights all of the nuance and potential of a growing person's identity, delighting in the things that make us special and connect us to others. Text and illustrations replete with inventive imagery and appealing metaphors show how we all live as individuals and citizens of the world.

You are a living thing.
You breathe. You eat. You Sleep.
You work and play.
You have dreams and fears.
You have thoughts and memories.
You are.

What makes you you? So much goes into who you are, and you are so many different things: A child, an animal, a body of water, a friend, a mystery, one-of-a-kind, a miracle. You are and could be so many things, but whatever you choose to do, it's your life to write, you are a story.

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems

- Shel Silverstein

Children's hardcover $28.50
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Including 12 New Poems!If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer,
A wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er,
A magic bean buyer . . .


Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. You'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound.

Alligator Pie and Other Poems

- Dennis Lee , Frank Newfeld, Juan Wijngaard

Children's hardcover $24.99
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Three classic Dennis Lee titles in one beautiful book

This giftable and shareable volume brings together three of Dennis Lee's best-loved collections of poetry--Alligator Pie, Jelly Belly and The Ice Cream Store--spanning three decades of his warm and whimsical rhymes.

"You can almost hear the skipping rope slapping the sidewalk," wrote Margaret Laurence of Dennis Lee's timeless poetry collection Alligator Pie. One of the first published illustrated books about Canadian children, and featuring Frank Newfeld's instantly recognizable original illustrations, Alligator Pie has sold more than half a million copies since its publication in 1974.

Originally published in 1983, Jelly Belly tickles readers with a mix of humour and traditional Mother Goose charm. The vivid illustrations by Juan Wijngaard (winner of the 1981 Mother Goose Award) reveal wonders as readers follow the characters throughout the book and stumble upon new and fascinating visual treasures.

In the kid-pleasing collection The Ice Cream Store, originally published in 1991, Dennis Lee delves into the special and imaginative world of children. David McPhail's gorgeous and appealing watercolour paintings of children and animals portray both the familiar and the fantastic, extending the meaning of the poems and providing a colourful feast for the eye.

The Big Amazing Poetry Book

- Gaby Morgan, Chris Riddell, Roger McGough

Children's hardcover $37.99
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Enjoy 52 weeks of poetry from 52 fantastic poets in this illustrated hardcover gift book.

Illustrated by the award-winning Chris Riddell and introduced by Roger McGough, The Big Amazing Poetry Book is a brilliant introduction to poetry for children. This warm, funny collection celebrates poetry in all its different forms, from ballads, riddles, and tongue-twisters to shape poems, haikus, sonnets, and raps.

Each section contains the poet's biography as well as seven poems showcasing their work, with line artwork on every page. With poems on a wide variety of subjects, such as seasons, festivals, animals, birds, love, war, food, fish and much more, there is something for every reader.

This collection contains poetry from: John Agard, Ruth Awolola, Gerard Benson, James Berry, Clare Bevan, Brian Bilston, Valerie Bloom, Liz Brownlee, Steven Camden, Lewis Carroll, James Carter, Charles Causley, Mandy Coe, Joseph Coelho, Dom Conlon, Paul Cookson, Pie Corbett, Shauna Darling Robertson, Jan Dean, Peter Dixon, Julia Donaldson, Carol Ann Duffy, Eleanor Farjeon, John Foster, Nikita Gill, Chrissie Gittins, Martin Glynn, Matt Goodfellow, Sue Hardy-Dawson, David Harmer, A. F. Harrold, Jenny Joseph, Jackie Kay, Ian McMillan, Wes Magee, Roger McGough, Michaela Morgan, Brian Moses, Laura Mucha, Grace Nichols, David Orme, Gareth Owen, Brian Patten, Rachel Piercey, John Rice, Coral Rumble, Roger Stevens, Nick Toczek, Kate Wakeling, Zaro Weil, Colin West and Kit Wright.

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