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      How Is Maple Syrup Made?

      by Grace Hansen

      Dec 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Social Studies Grades K-2

      This title will take readers through the process of bottling maple syrup, starting in Canada where there are lots of maple trees. Readers will learn how maple syrup is gathered, processed, and bottled for them to buy and enjoy on their pancakes!. 

      Arrivederci, Crocodile: or See You Later, Alligator

      by Fred Marcellino

      Dec 2019

      Easy Reading

      First that dastardly Napoleon kidnapped Crocodile from his beloved Egypt, then he dragged him to Paris to be gawked at, and THEN he tried to eat him! Luckily our dear croc escaped, but while Parisian life may be glamorous, life in Paris’s sewers is not. If only Napoleon had taken Crocodile to a more aquatic reptile-friendly city. Perhaps one with an excess of canals and better food…

      “NAPOLEON TO TOUR ITALY: FIRST STOP, VENICE” Surely Napoleon wouldn’t mind if Crocodile hitched a ride out of Paris… Will our crocodile find his perfect home amongst Italian high-society? Or will he be revealed as an impasta? Pack away your pasta—Crocodile is heading to Italy in this long-awaited sequel to Fred Marcellino’s award-winning I, Crocodile.

      Note about the illustrations. Full-color watercolor illustrations.

      Spencer's New Pet

      by Jessie Sima

      Dec 2019

      Primary Plus

      When Spencer gets a new pet, he’s excited to do all the things that pets do—taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together. There’s just one hitch: Spencer’s new pet is a balloon.

      And that means No. Sharp. Objects. No drooling dogs at the park. No prickly porcupines at the vet. And absolutely no pinning tails on any donkeys!

      Spencer’s New Pet is a story of pure fun about a boy, his dog, and a friendship that endures life’s sharpest…and most unexpected twists.

      Two-color illustrations rendered in Adobe Photoshop.

      The Very, Very Far North

      by Dan Bar-el

      Dec 2019

      Intermediate Readers

      In the Very, Very Far North, past the Cold, Cold Ocean and just below the hill that looks like a baby whale, you’ll find Duane and his friends.

      Duane is a sweet and curious young bear who makes friends with everyone he meets—whether they’re bossy, like Major Puff the puffin, or a bit vain, like Handsome the musk ox, or very, very shy, like Boo the caribou. For these arctic friends, every day is a new adventure!

      Black-and-white illustrations rendered in charcoal and digital.

      Fly!

      by Mark Teague

      Dec 2019

      Kindergarten Plus

      It’s a big day up in the tree that Mama bird shares with her baby. Mama bird thinks Baby bird is finally ready to leave the nest and learn to fly so he can migrate south with the rest of their flock. But Baby bird isn’t so sure. Can’t his mother keep bringing him worms in their nest? Can’t he migrate in a hot air balloon instead? Or perhaps a car?
      This silly wordless picture book will keep young readers giggling as Baby bird figures out that he must flap his wings and learn to fly—whether he likes it or not!

      Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylics.

      Malamander

      by Thomas Taylor

      Dec 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary Plus

      It’s winter in the town of Eerie-on-Sea, where the mist is thick and the salt spray is  rattling the windows of the Grand Nautilus Hotel. Inside, young Herbert Lemon, Lost and Founder for the hotel, has an unexpected visitor. It seems that Violet Parma, a fearless girl around his age, lost her parents at the hotel when she was a baby, and she’s sure that the nervous Herbert is the only person who can help her find them. The trouble is, Violet is being pursued at that moment by a strange hook-handed man. And the town legend of the Malamander — a part-fish, part-human monster whose egg is said to make dreams come true — is rearing its scaly head. As various townspeople, some good-hearted, some nefarious, reveal themselves to be monster hunters on the sly, can Herbert and Violet elude them and discover what happened to Violet’s kin? This lighthearted, fantastical mystery, featuring black-and-white spot illustrations, kicks off a trilogy of fantasies set in the seaside town.

      Black-and-white digital illustrations.

      Mr. Scruff

      by Simon James

      Dec 2019

      Read Aloud Plus

      Everyone knows that owners and their dogs belong together in a unique way. Polly belongs to Molly, Eric belongs to Derek, Berry belongs to Terry. But poor Mr. Scruff, alone in the rescue shelter, doesn’t belong to anyone. Then a boy named Jim walks in, and they seem to get along. Jim and Mr. Scruff don’t look anything alike, and their names certainly don’t rhyme, but they may end up belonging to each other just the same. From author-illustrator Simon James comes a warm, winning story about friendship and finding a home.

      Full-color illustrations were done in ink and watercolor.

      Ancient Mesopotamia

      by Daniel R. Faust

      Dec 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      History Grades 3-5

      Located between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in modern-day Iraq, the region known as Mesopotamia, Greek for "between two rivers," is often called the "cradle of civilization." The region is known for the rise of the first cities, as well as the invention of writing. Readers will discover that the various empires of the region, like Babylon and Sumer, made many important contributions to law, politics, mathematics, and agriculture. Simple text and full-color photographs will engage struggling and reluctant readers alike. Maps and a timeline of key dates provide additional information.

      Experiments with Living Things

      by Anna Claybourne

      Dec 2019

      Series Nonfiction How-To

      Learning about living things is a key part of understanding science. With the help of this innovative book, readers can perform hands-on experiments and find out all about the science behind many different living things. Vibrant illustrations accompany concise, step-by-step instructions that clearly outline each experiment. Exciting activities help reinforce important science curricula, while informative sidebars and fact boxes provide further clarification on how and why different scientific concepts work. These high-interest projects are sure to engage both reluctant readers and science enthusiasts alike.

      When People Die

      by Jane Lacey

      Dec 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Social Studies Grades 3-5

      Death is difficult to deal with at any age, but for children who are handling it for the first time, it can be extra tough. This engaging book will help young readers learn to navigate this type of situation. Whether it is a friend, family member, or acquaintance who has passed away, readers will learn about the best ways to handle death through the help of relatable stories and colorful illustrations. Practical advice is presented in a way readers of all ages can understand and implement into their own lives.

      Javi Takes a Bow: The Club

      by Elizabeth Gordon

      Dec 2019

      Hi-Lo PG Middle/High

      Javi is painfully shy. English is his second language, and he struggles with his speech. Rather than communicating in broken English, Javi prefers not to speak at all. That is, until the Club holds auditions for Javi's favorite musical. Can Javi overcome his fear of speaking in front of people to audition for the part?

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Not Hungry

      by Kate Karyus Quinn

      Dec 2019

      Hi-Lo Mature

      June is fat. June also has an eating disorder, but no one sees. When she doesn't eat, her friends and family think they see a fat girl on a diet, not someone starving herself. When June's secret is found out by Toby, the new boy next door, she is panicked. Then she learns he also has a secret. Everyone has their own little lies.
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