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Measuring Up
When Cici and her family emigrate from Taiwan to Seattle, Cici misses her grandmother, A-má, more than anything. Determined to buy A-má a plane ticket to visit for her birthday, Cici signs up for a six-week cooking competition. She must decide whether she should cook the delicious Taiwanese dishes A-má taught her, or learn new recipes to please the American judges. Readers… Continue
Katie the Catsitter
Katie takes a summer job as a catsitter to raise money for camp, but these aren't normal cats. There are 217 of them and each one has a special skill, like Jolie the computer hacker and Gracie the language expert who can meow in 82 languages. Their owner might not be normal either. In fact, Katie starts to suspect that she might be a notorious supervillain that has been prowling New York City.… Continue
Too Bright To See
Ever since Uncle Roderick passed away, Bug's house in rural Vermont has been creepier than usual. Bug has always heard strange noises and felt gusts of cold air, but now, sometimes, Bug sees another kid's face in the mirror. Meanwhile, the start of middle school is around the corner and Bug's best friend Moira wants to practice makeovers, which makes Bug uncomfortable for reasons that are hard to… Continue
Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott
In this picture book biography, Joyce Scott tells the story of her twin sister Judy, a remarkable fiber artist with Down syndrome. Born at a time when people with disabilities were largely misunderstood, Judy was sent to live at an institution for over 30 years. When Joyce and Judy can finally live together as adults, Judy thrives at the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California, where… Continue
Treasury of Magical Tales from Around the World
Have you ever read a story about the moon that has its roots in the Russian Arctic? How about a magic frog from Sri Lanka? Or a magic bowl in Palestine? Donna Jo Napoli has collected and adapted these oral stories and others from around the world. The stories are all connected by the “thread of magic” and illustrated beautifully by Christina Balit (who also illustrated Napoli’s… Continue
My Two Border Towns
A picture book debut by an award-winning author about a boy's life on the U.S./Mexico border, visiting his favorite places on The Other Side with his father, spending time with family and friends and sharing in the responsibility of community care. My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, with stunning watercolor illustrations by Erika Meza, is the loving story of a father and son's weekend ritual, a… Continue