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      The Octopus Escapes

      by Maile Meloy

      Jun 2021

      Primary

      From the bestselling author of The Apothecary series comes a poignant, lyrical tale about nature’s great escape artist.

      The octopus is happy in his undersea cave until one day, a diver captures him and takes him to live in an aquarium. The humans give him food and tests that look like toys. But every day is the same, and the octopus soon tires of captive life. And so, under the cover of darkness, he makes his daring escape…

      Maile Meloy and Felicita Sala bring us a story full of excitement and heart, about the thrill of hard-won freedom and the pull of home.

      City of Water

      by Andrea Curtis

      Jun 2021

      City Elementary

      The second book in the ThinkCities series explores water as a precious, finite resource, tracing its journey from source, through the city, and back again.

      Living in cities where water flows effortlessly from our taps and fountains, it’s easy to take it for granted. City of Water, the second book in the ThinkCities series, shines a light on the water system that is vital for our health and well-being. The narrative traces the journey of water from the forests, mountains, lakes, rivers and wetlands that form the watershed, through pipes and treatment facilities, into our taps, fire hydrants and toilets, then out through storm and sewer systems toward wastewater treatment plants and back into the watershed.

      Along the way we discover that some of the earliest cities with water systems date back to the Indus Valley in 2500 BC; that in 1920 only 1 percent of the US population had indoor plumbing; that if groundwater is used up too quickly, the land canactually sink; and more. The text is sprinkled with fun and surprising facts — some water fountains in Paris offer sparkling water, and scientists are working to extract microscopic particles of precious metals found in sewage.

      Readers are encouraged to think about water as a finite resource, and to take action to prevent our cities and watersheds from becoming more polluted. More than 2 billion people in the world are without access to safe, fresh water at home. As the world’s population grows, along with pollution and climate change, access to clean water is becoming an urgent issue.

      Includes practical steps that kids can take to help conserve water.

      Journey around the Sun

      by James Gladstone

      Jun 2021

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      Halley’s Comet tells its own history in this unique STEM book.

      Halley’s Comet, visible from Earth only once every 75 years, tells its own story in this unique informational picture book. With each return of the comet, the book highlights human life at that time, and how science has advanced toward a greater understanding of our universe.

      Told in minimal, poetic text paired with detailed captions for context, the book begins with sightings in ancient civilizations, where for centuries, the comet was a mystery recorded in art and writing. From Edmond Halley’s successful prediction of the comet’s return in 1758, through the advent of technologies like cameras and eventually a spacecraft that photographed its ice core, Halley’s Comet tells an inspiring and wide-reaching story of scientific advancement and cultural history.

      The book closes by inviting readers to wonder what our world might look like the next time Halley’s Comet is visible from earth, expected in 2061. What will the comet “see,” next time it passes by on its journey?

      Monarch Butterflies: Explore the Life Journey of One of the Winged Wonders of the World

      by Ann Hobbie

      Jun 2021

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Monarch Butterflies is a richly illustrated, large-format book that celebrates North America’s most recognized butterfly and educates children and families about what they can do to help protect these beloved pollinators from the impacts of habitat loss and climate change.

      Monarchs are a favorite and familiar North American butterfly, and their incredible annual migration has captured the popular imagination for generations. As populations of monarchs decline dramatically due to habitat loss and climate change, the general public’s interest in and enthusiasm for protecting these beloved pollinators has skyrocketed. Through accessible text and colorful, engaging illustrations, Monarch Butterflies presents rich, detailed information about the monarchs’ life cycle, anatomy, and the wonders of their signature migration, as well as how to raise monarchs at home and the cultural significance of monarchs in Day of the Dead celebrations. The book broaches how human behavior has harmed monarchs and offers substantive ways for kids to help make a positive difference. Solution-oriented ideas include converting lawns into native plant gardens, citizen science efforts such as tagging migrating monarchs and participating in population counts, and supporting organizations that work to conserve butterflies.

      Kiyoshi's Walk

      by Mark Karlins

      Jun 2021

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Where do poems come from? This beautiful picture book about a young aspiring poet and his grandfather shows that the answer lies all around us—if we take the time to look.

      After Kiyoshi watches his grandfather, Eto, compose his delicate haiku, he wonders out loud: "Where do poems come from?" His grandfather answers by taking him on a walk through their city, where they see a cat perched on a hill of oranges; hear the fluttering of wings; imagine what's behind a tall wall; and discuss their walk, with each incident inspiring a wonderful new haiku from Eto. As Kiyoshi discovers that poems come from the way the world outside of us meets the world within each of us, he also finds the courage to write a haiku of his own.

      This lovely book will speak to any reader who treasures poetry, city life, grandparents, or the beauty of the everyday.

      The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field

      by Scott Riley

      Jun 2021

      Multicultural Elementary

      After watching the World Cup on television, a group of Thai boys is inspired to form their own team. But on the island of Koh Panyee, in a village built on stilts, there is no open space. The boys can play only twice a month on a sandbar when the tide is low enough. Everything changes when the teens join together to build their very own floating soccer field.

      This inspiring true story by debut author Scott Riley is gorgeously illustrated by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien. Perfect for fans of stories about sports, beating seemingly impossible odds, and places and cultures not often shown in picture books.

      Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

      by Traci Sorell

      Jun 2021

      Biography Elementary Plus

      Mary Golda Ross designed classified projects for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation as the company's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work.

      The Rock from the Sky

      by Jon Klassen

      Jun 2021

      Easy Reading

      Look up! From the Caldecott Medal–winning creator of the Hat Trilogy comes a new deadpan gem.

      Turtle really likes standing in his favorite spot. He likes it so much that he asks his friend Armadillo to come over and stand in it, too. But now that Armadillo is standing in that spot, he has a bad feeling about it…

      Here comes The Rock from the Sky, a hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it. Merging broad visual suspense with wry wit, celebrated picture book creator Jon Klassen gives us a wholly original comedy for the ages.

      La selva de Zonia (Zonia's Rain Forest)

      by Juana Martinez-Neal

      Jun 2021

      Primary Spanish

      A heartfelt, visually stunning picture book from Caldecott Honor and Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Juana Martinez-Neal illuminates a young girl’s day of play and adventure in the lush rain forest of Peru.

      Zonia’s home is the Amazon rain forest, where it is always green and full of life. Every morning, the rain forest calls to Zonia, and every morning, she answers. She visits the sloth family, greets the giant anteater, and runs with the speedy jaguar. But one morning, the rain forest calls to her in a troubled voice. How will Zonia answer?

      Acclaimed author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal explores the wonders of the rain forest with Zonia, an Asháninka girl, in her joyful outdoor adventures. The engaging text emphasizes Zonia’s empowering bond with her home, while the illustrations—created on paper made from banana bark—burst with luxuriant greens and delicate details. Illuminating back matter includes a translation of the story in Asháninka, information on the Asháninka community, and resources on the Amazon rain forest and its wildlife.

      Strange Nature: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss

      by Gregory Mone

      Jun 2021

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      A highly original collection of photographs that unlocks the hidden beauty of the insect world—now adapted for young readers!

      Adapted from the adult title Microsculpture, this book for young readers is a unique photographic study of insects in mind-blowing magnification that celebrates the wonders of nature and science. Levon Biss’s photographs capture in breathtaking detail the beauty of the insect world and are printed in large-scale formats to provide an unforgettable viewing experience. The book also features an all-new, kid-friendly text from acclaimed science writer Gregory Mone, who brings the insects to life for young readers with plenty of humor and fascinating facts.

      Cars, Signs, and Porcupines: Happy County Book 3

      by Ethan Long

      Jun 2021

      Graphic Novels Early Elementary Plus

      Book 3 in the Happy County preschool picture book series featuring cars, trucks, signs, maps, and geography. Rise and shine for another bustling day in Happy County! The roads are filled with people in vehicles traveling through town. There are cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, and lots of signs to decipher on the road. This primer compendium is chock-full of lovable characters and educational content connected to maps, geography, signage, measurements, transportation vehicles—plenty of clever scenarios to keep little ones engaged. Interactive, informative, and on point for the PreK–2 audience.

      Yes & No

      by Elisha Cooper

      Jun 2021

      Pre-Kindergarten Plus

      Good morning, good morning. It's time to wake up!

      Join a cat and puppy pair through their day—the ups of being fed and romping through grass, and the downs of days that are too short and things that don't go as planned—as they realize that sometimes the very best thing that can happen is just being together.

      From Caldecott Honor author/illustrator Elisha Cooper comes a timeless tale of friendship, adjusting your perspective, and the joys (and trials) of siblinghood.
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