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As Brave As You
As Brave as You is full of questions. Brothers Ernie and Genie travel to Virginia from Brooklyn to spend a month with their grandparents. 11-year-old Ernie has a lot of questions like, how does a house catch a tree? How do you catch topsy-turvy? How many stars are there in the sky? Over the month (with no internet!) the boys get to know their grandparents and rural southern living a whole lot… Continue
The Best At It
When Rahul Kapoor starts seventh grade, his beloved grandfather Bhai gives him some advice: find one thing you’re really good at and become the best at it. Rahul is convinced that once he figures out what he’s the best at, his anxieties will go away and his classmate Justin will notice him. With the help of his best friend Chelsea, Rahul is determined to prove himself, but what if… Continue
To Night Owl from Dogfish
12-years-olds, Avery and Bett, couldn't be more different. But when their dads fall in love and want the girls to find common ground, they are sent to the same summer camp. The girls make a vow not to speak to each other because there is no way they are going to become friends. However, things don't work out as planned. Told through email exchanges, this delightful story is lighthearted and… Continue
Dragons and Marshmallows
In this first book of the Zoey and Sassafras series, Zoey learns that her mom cares for injured magical creatures in their barn, and Zoey is very excited to help out. But when her mom is away, can Zoey, with the help of her cat Sassafras, figure out how to help a sick baby dragon? This story combines fantasy with real scientific facts, and is perfect for budding scientists and animal lovers.… Continue
My Jasper June
A year after Leah's family endures a terrible tragedy, she meets Jasper. Jasper is a girl her age who appears in the neighborhood suddenly. She seems mysterious and almost magical. But Leah will learn that Jasper also has secrets and has endured hardships of her own. Together, the two girls learn to carve out a place for themselves. Although this book deals with heavy topics, Snyder writes with a… Continue
I Want My Hat Back
Watch picture books come to life with with videos created by Weston Woods Studios! We especially like this animated version of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. This story follows a bear on a darkly funny journey through the forest as he searches for his lost hat. You can search "Weston Woods" under "Suppliers" on Kanopy Kids to find more animated versions of your favorite picture books.… Continue
Stef Soto, Taco Queen
All seventh grader Stef Soto wants is to get away from her Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. Born to overprotective immigrant parents, Stef wants a little more freedom, like the ability to walk a few blocks to meet her dad after school so she won’t get teased for being picked up in a rundown taco truck. However, when her family’s livelihood is in danger because of new laws… Continue
New Kid
7th grader Jordan loves to write comics about his life and dreams of going to art school. When his parents send him to a private academic school instead, he finds that he is one of the only kids of color in his grade and struggles to find his place. Published in 2019, New Kid was the winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature. This… Continue
A Good Kind of Trouble
Seventh-grader Shayla doesn’t like getting into trouble—it makes her palms itch and it definitely makes her parents mad. But when the new school year springs some changes on her, like having the elementary school bully, Bernard, as her lab partner, joining the track team, and following her sister’s footsteps by getting involved with Black Lives Matter, Shayla starts getting into… Continue
What Can a Citizen Do?
This book explores the many ways that one can be a good citizen using simple text that makes a bold statement. From planting a tree, to taking a stand, to joining a cause, citizens have the power to make the world a better place. After all, "a citizen’s not what you are, a citizen is what you do.” Recommended for ages 5-8.
The Miscalculations of Lighning Girl
After being struck by lightning when she was 8, Lucy’s life hasn’t been the same. From the moment lightning struck, Lucy became amazing at math. After being homeschooled for four years, she’s ready to go to college, not middle school. However, her grandmother makes her promise to try one year in school with other kids her own age and before she joins the other geniuses at… Continue
Nightbooks
Alex is on his way to destroy his nightbooks, his notebooks filled with original scary stories, when he is trapped by the witch, Natacha. Natacha loves his scary stories and listens to one each night, which is the only thing keeping Alex alive. With his nightbooks running out of stories and writer’s block preventing him from creating more, Alex will have to figure out how to escape from her… Continue
King and the Dragonflies
12-year-old King is certain his brother who unexpectedly passed away has become a dragonfly and visits King in his dreams. Life in his small Louisiana town would be easier if King could still talk with his best friend Sandy, but just days before he died, King's brother told him to end the friendship after overhearing a secret that Sandy might be gay. When Sandy goes missing, King must confront… Continue