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Julián Is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

Julian is a mermaid - of this there is no doubt. But how will this identity expression be met by his family? This is a question we get to explore through this book's resplendent watercolor illustrations and streamlined story. It's about the transformative power of loving acceptance during pivotal moments of self-doubt. For the mermaid in all of us. 


Review by Dean

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El Chupacabras Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Crash Mccreery (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399539299
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dial Books - March 27th, 2018

From master of mirth Adam Rubin (Dragons Love Tacos) comes a positively riotous tale of fractured folklore. This patchwork quilt of Spanglish will slow down storytelling so the reader can best appreciate the hilariously detailed illustrations by Crash McCreery. If you liked Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairyly Stupid Tales, this funny story is guaranteed hit. Share aloud for best effect! 


Review by Niki

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They Say Blue Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419728518
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2018

With bold brush strokes an precise black linework, Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer) brings readers on a journey through color and perspective. Moods influence the narrator's perceptions of the surrounding world as together we navigate grey winter clouds golden grasses and the warmth of new summer. Stunning verbal and visual metaphors dance inextricably in this wise and contemplative picturebook. 


Review by Niki

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Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone Cover Image
By Alice Briere-Haquet, Bruno Liance (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580898270
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Charlesbridge - November 28th, 2017

The artwork in this book is SUBLIME! I was so entranced by the soft, graphite drawings that transition from page to page and add emotional depth to Nina's story. However, the text is sparse and best serves as an introduction to her accomplishments. But hopefully this beautiful book sparks an interest to learn more of the life of this legendary singer. 


Review by Nicole

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Bertolt Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781592702299
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - March 14th, 2017

A story of an act of kindness from a little boy to his beloved tree. The expressive illustrations will sweep you into this book and melt your heart.


Review by Nicole

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The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Women to Run the Boston Marathon Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943200474
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - June 15th, 2017

Stunning illustrations complement the triumphant true story of Bobbi Gibbs, the first woman to ever complete the Boston Marathon.


Review by Nicole

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Jabari Jumps Cover Image
By Gaia Cornwall, Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763678388
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - May 9th, 2017

Jabari overcomes the discomfort and fear of trying something new with gentle encouragement from his father.


Review by Nicole

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Baby Goes to Market Cover Image
By Atinuke, Angela Brooksbank (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763695705
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - September 5th, 2017

Atinuke, the Nigerian storyteller, has created a colorful and playful counting story as Mama goes to market with curious Baby strapped to her back. Baby ends up discovering extra treats along the way and adds them to the basket on Mama's head as she shops.


Review by Nicole

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La Princesa and the Pea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399251566
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

A clever rhyme with a sprinkling of Spanish words make this re-imagined fairy tale a fun read aloud. The twist at the end will amuse parents familiar with the original. And the Peruvian setting fleshed out with accurate portrayals of dress and textiles give the Princess and the Pea a welcome makeover!


Review by Nicole

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The Secret Of Black Rock Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781911171256
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Flying Eye Books - June 13th, 2017

This is a beautifully illustrated adventure story of a young girl as she seeks out the secret of a dreaded and deadly island that destroys ships, seemingly out of nowhere!


Review by Nicole

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