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Complicating and Celebrating Identity: Where Are You From?

The titular question of this picturebook is one that anyone who appears or sounds different in a given social community has probably heard. Though simple in its phrasing, the implications for asking and answering “Where are you from?” are anything but simple.

Greet the New School Year with Familiar Characters

To continue celebrating the new school year, treat your students with humorous twists on these familiar characters and beloved series books.

Picture Books that Spark Joy and Encourage Play

Invite students to interact with three recent books in innovative ways to spark joy and encourage play.

Beginning the Year with Because of the Rabbit

Because of the Rabbit Written by Cynthia Lord Published in 2019 by Scholastic ISBN 978-0-545-91424-6 Grades 3 – 6 Book Review It’s the start of the school year and Emma is facing more changes than the average rising fifth grader. Emma, her parents, and her older brother Owen live in northern Maine, where Emma’s father […]

Celebrating Creativity and Childhood: The Patchwork Bike

In this Boston Globe-Horn Book award-winning picturebook, a young girl celebrates one of the most simple, yet powerful, facets of childhood—creativity.

New Kid by Jerry Craft is a Middle School Must-Read

In New Kid, Jerry Craft has taken the daily dramas of middle school life (cafeteria hierarchy, social anxieties, and tween hallway banter) to an arresting and devastatingly accurate new level. Offering hope for a more socially conscious, kinder tomorrow, New Kid should be required reading for every middle schooler (and middle school teacher) before the start of every school year.

Celebrate Family, Community and the Thrill of the Ride with My Papi Has a Motorcycle

“We become a spectacular celestial thing soaring on asphalt. A comet.” With rich sensory language and colorful comic style-illustration, award-winning author illustrator team Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena celebrate Latinx culture, family, community and the thrill of a motorcycle ride in their latest picture book collaboration.

A Subtle Call to Action for Planet Earth in Debut Picture Book Sea Bear, A Journey for Survival

Told from the point of view of a female polar bear journeying across the diminishing ice from winter to summer, Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival is both poetic and gripping. In her debut picture book, author/illustrator Lindsay Moore has crafted a lyrical text complemented and extended by breathtaking watercolor and pencil illustrations.

Exploring Women’s History and Gender Perspectives through Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

Ideal for verse novel genre study, an exploration of the power of poetry, historical fiction genre study, an examination of the lives of women in medieval Europe, and more, Voices has much to offer mature tween and teen readers and their teachers.

2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book: The Parker Inheritance

Winner of a 2019 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Parker Inheritance is a part historical fiction novel, part puzzle mystery full of masterful plot twists and clever riddles. Set in three distinct and alternating time periods, Author Varian Johnson weaves a mystery across time, place, and generations that captivates with every chapter.