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      Red Again

      by Barbara Lehman

      Mar 2018

      Primary

      Picture Books
      In this wordless book, when a young boy discovers an abandoned book on the side of the road, it opens a window to another world just as real as his own. Full-color illustrations were done in watercolor, gouache, and ink.

      Far from the Tree

      by Robin Benway

      Mar 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      Young Adult
      In this National Book Award-winning novel about the meaning of family, adopted teen Grace seeks out her biological siblings after giving up her own baby.

      Accident!

      by Andrea Tsurumi

      Feb 2018

      Kindergarten Plus

      Picture Books
      When a clumsy armadillo named Lola knocks over a glass pitcher, she sets off a silly chain of events, encountering chaos wherever she goes.

      The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse

      by Mac Barnett

      Feb 2018

      Easy Reading

      Picture Books
      With a nod and wink to readers, this untraditional fable is about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

      Before She Was Harriet

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      Picture Books
      An evocative poem and richly colored paintings celebrate the diverse accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, as revealed by her many names.

      Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece

      by Marc Harshman

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Picture Books
      In Bear Run, Pennsylvania, a home unlike any other perches atop a waterfall.This is Fallingwater, a masterpiece equally informed by meticulous research and unbounded imagination, designed by the lauded American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

      Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs

      by Xu Bing

      Feb 2018

      Multicultural Elementary

      Picture Books
      A puzzle, a work of art, and a collection of classic American and Chinese songs, fill this innovative book by one of the world’s foremost contemporary artists.

      Silent Days, Silent Dreams

      by Allen Say

      Feb 2018

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Middle Grade
      James Castle was born two months premature. He was deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read, or use sign language.Yet, today Castle's artwork hangs in major museums throughout the world.

      Tool of War

      by Paolo Bacigalupi

      Feb 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      Young Adult
      Tool, a half-man/half-beast designed for combathas found the way to resist his genetically ingrained impulses of submission and loyalty toward his masters.

      Robinson

      by Peter Sís

      Jan 2018

      Primary

      Picture Books
      Peter Sís blends a true story from his childhood with the fictional adventure of Robinson Crusoe to create a magical picture book filled with heart and imagination that readers will want to return to again and again.

      The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

      by Mark Twain

      Jan 2018

      Intermediate Readers

      Middle Grade
      A never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children's story is brought to life by Caldecott Medal winners Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead.

      Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon

      by Jan Greenberg

      Jan 2018

      Biography Middle Plus

      Middle Grade
      Looking at the life of legendary photographer Cindy Sherman, the authors have created an unconventional biography, that much like Sherman's famous photographs, has something a little more meaningful under the surface.
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