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Counting Thyme
11-year-old Thyme moves all the way from California to New York City with her mom, dad, older sister and younger brother. Trying to survive the change, Thyme tells herself it is only temporary. The doctors just need to make her brother well again and then they can all go home, to her real home in California. However, over the minutes, days and weeks Thyme has been counting up, she comes to the… Continue
Bea Garcia: Tale of a Scaredy-Dog
Bea Garcia is an artist who draws anywhere and everywhere, but mostly in her own notebook. She especially loves to draw pictures of her dog, Sophie. When Bea’s teacher makes her visit the Garcias’ neighbor, Bert, Bea brings Sophie along for extra security. Things get bad when Bert’s terrible cat attacks and Sophie runs straight out the door. Bea searches the neighborhood, but… Continue
Finding Langston
Langston must move from Alabama to Chicago, Illinois with his father after his mother's death in 1946. Langston is lonely in his new surroundings, and to make things worse, he's tormented by bullies. However, one thing provides a refuge: the library that allows and celebrates all people. It also introduces him to another Langston, poet Langston Hughes. Hughes' poetry allows Langston to keep his… Continue
A Boy Called Bat
Bixby Alexander Tam (B.A.T) has good and bad days. His parents are divorced, his big sister is annoying and he doesn’t like when his mom cleans his room. Bat also has autism. One day, Bat’s mom brings home a baby skunk to care for until it is strong enough to be released into the wild. Bat quickly becomes attached and is determined to show his mom he is responsible enough to care for… Continue
The Big Umbrella
The simple text and vivid watercolors tell the story of how a single, smiling umbrella offers shelter from the rain to all those who need it. It doesn’t matter what they look like or where they come from, the umbrella gets bigger and bigger to cover everyone. This delightful but powerful story demonstrates the beauty of inclusion and the power of kindness. Recommended for children up to… Continue
Superhero Harry: The Wild Field Trip
Second-grader Harry loves science and superheroes, and he is always working on inventions that will give him superpowers. Unfortunately, they don’t always work out the way he plans. When Harry and his class head to the zoo, it should be a fun day, but Harry accidentally sets a monkey loose. Can his super swinging wristbands help Harry and his best friend Macy save the day? This early reader… Continue
New Kid
Middle school is all about trying to fit in, and being the new kid at a prestigious private school when you would rather be going to the art school of your dreams is a challenge. Jordan's new school also doesn’t have many people who look like him or live where he lives, and the teachers confuse him with other kids of color. Follow Jordan's journey as he makes friends, continues to make art… Continue
Blue
Colors evoke emotion. In this endearing story of a boy and his dog, we see just why colors are so meaningful, particularly the color blue. Baby blue, ocean blue and midnight blue are just some of the colors that Seeger links to the boy and his dog as they go through life together. Prepare for a few tears tempered with joy in this story of an enduring friendship. Recommended for reading aloud with… Continue