Nominally for young readers

Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks at Last

Nine years, five older siblings, a few beloved dogs, and an endless array of adventures--these are the things that have shaped Lydia's journey since readers first met her in The Penderwicks in Spring.

Now it's summertime, and eleven-year-old Lydia is dancing at the bus stop, waiting for big sister Batty to get home from college.

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ISBN: 9780385755665
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

Aaron Becker, A Stone for Sascha

This year's summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk along the beach to gather cool, polished stones becomes a brilliant turning point in the girl's grief. There, at the edge of a vast ocean beneath an infinite sky, she uncovers, alongside the reader, a profound and joyous truth.

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By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665968
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 8th, 2018

Matt Forrest Esenwine, Deborah Bruss, & Holly Thompson

Written in a masterfully-executed rhyme, the book presents a cavalcade of lesser-known dinos and pairs their odd characteristics with little tasks that are hilariously impossible because of those features. "Don't ask Deinocheirus to set the forks and spoons," because his hands were enormous, "Therizinosaurus cannot blow up balloons," because he had very long claws. In the end they find the one thing everyone can help do is to blow out the candles on the cake...but will it create yet another mess?

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ISBN: 9781576878415
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Published: POW! - April 17th, 2018

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By Holly Thompson, Ashley Crowley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807561126
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - April 3rd, 2018

Sarah Lynne Reul, The Breaking News

When devastating news rattles a young girl's community, her normally attentive parents and neighbors are suddenly exhausted and distracted. At school, her teacher tells the class to look for the helpers--the good people working to make things better in big and small ways. She wants more than anything to help in a BIG way, but maybe she can start with one small act of kindness instead . . .

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ISBN: 9781250153562
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 10th, 2018

Sarah Albee, Dog Days of History

Kids will be swept across world history as they learn the hilarious, fascinating, and complete story of man's best friend, from the first domesticated dogs, to the massive mastiffs that came over with Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the New World, to the pampered pooches of kings and queens, to hero dogs like Sergeant Stubby.

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ISBN: 9781426329715
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Published: National Geographic Society - March 27th, 2018

Tami Charles, Like Vanessa

In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence.

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ISBN: 9781580897778
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - March 13th, 2018

Holly Thompson and Jen Betton, Twilight Chant

Join the author and illustrator of a new picture book.

As day slips softly into night, sharp eyes catch glimpses of the special creatures who thrive at dusk. Melodic text captures the richness of the animal life that emerges in the low light. A picture book that will inspire budding naturalists and anyone who has ever chased a firefly in the twilight. 

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By Holly Thompson, Jen Betton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544586482
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Published: Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 20th, 2018


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