New & Notable Children's

'Twas the night before Pride

McClintick Joanna.
2022

"This joyful picture-book homage to a day of community and inclusion--and to the joys of anticipation--is also a comprehensive history. With bright, buoyant illustrations and lyrical, age-appropriate rhyme modeled on "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," it tackles difficult content such as the Stonewall Riots and the AIDS marches. On the night before Pride, families everywhere are preparing to partake. As one family packs snacks and makes signs, an older sibling shares the importance of the march with the newest member of the family. Reflecting on the day, the siblings agree that the best thing about Pride is getting to be yourself"-- Provided by publisher.

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Alice Austen lived here

Alice Austen lived here

Gino, Alex.
2022

Middle school student Sam is comfortable with their nonbinary identity, and their family has accepted it too (as long as they do their homework and chores), so when their history teacher assigns as a project coming up with a proposal for the new statue honoring a historical Staten Islander (there is a contest involved) they and their friend TJ decide to focus on Alice Austen, a lesbian photographer, whose house on Staten Island is a museum--but they have to overcome the presumption on the part of their teacher that only straight males are eligible.

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Alone like me

Alone like me

Evans, Rebecca, author, illustrator.
2022

When Liling moves from her home in the mountains of China to the big city, her parents cannot afford to send her to school, and she spends her days with her mother, wishing she had a friend--until she sees a girl in a yellow coat, who lives in the next building, comes from a different mountain, and is happy to be Liling's friend.

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Big truck little island

Big truck little island

Van Dusen, Chris, author, illustrator
2022

When a big truck and its big load get stuck on a narrow road, traffic on the little island comes to a halt. Some cars need to go south and some have to travel north. How will Meg get to her swim meet? What about Barry's ballet class? Luckily, the kids come up with an ingenious solution: why not just swap cars?

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Blips on a screen : how Ralph Baer invented TV video gaming and launched a worldwide obsession

Blips on a screen : how Ralph Baer invented TV video gaming and launched a worldwide obsession

Hannigan, Kate, author.
2022

"A picture book biography of Jewish refugee, Ralph Baer, the pioneering inventor of home video gaming"-- Provided by publisher.

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Book of curious birds

Book of curious birds

Cossins, Jennifer.
2021

Birds are curious creatures. From their unusual appearance to their unique behaviour, they really are one of the most fascinating species in the animal kingdom. In this book you'll find colourful feathers alongside peculiar beaks, beady eyes and funny-coloured feet. You'll read of dangerous birds, clever birds, fast birds, awkward birds, silly birds, massive birds and tiny birds. You'll laugh at their odd hairdos, marvel at their remarkable hunting skills and admire their wild mating dances. Most of all, you'll learn that birds are awesome and deserve our love, care and respect.

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Can't get enough shark stuff : fun facts, awesome info, cool games, silly jokes, and more!

Can't get enough shark stuff : fun facts, awesome info, cool games, silly jokes, and more!

Hargrave, Kelly, author
2022

"This book covers the subject of sharks, featuring information about the latest info on prehistoric sharks, studying sharks in the wild, and surprising discoveries about shark behavior. It includes fun facts, games, hands-on activities, shark jokes, and stories from shark experts"-- Provided by publisher.

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Cat eyes and dog whistles : the seven senses of humans and other animals

Cat eyes and dog whistles : the seven senses of humans and other animals

Evans, Cathy.
2021

They say that seeing is believing- and there's some truth in that. Highly sensitive receptor cells in our eyes, ears, noses, tongues and skin relay messages to the brain and allow us to interpret the things going on around us, creating our sense of reality. But how do our senses work? And how do they differ from the senses of other animals? This book takes young readers step by step through the biology of each of the senses. Clear texts are peppered with fascinating facts. Did you know that, unlike the other senses, smells are delivered directly to the parts of our brain that are responsible for memory and emotion, meaning that smells can trigger feelings in a way that sight or sound can't? Did you know that a cow has about 250,000 tastebuds, compared to 5,000 of a human, and a mere 30 of a chicken? Or that earwax is 80% dead skin? With bold, bright illustrations by award winning illustrator, Becky Thorne, this is a marvellous science/biology book that will get kids thinking about how they interact with the world around them.

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Chasing jaguars

Chasing jaguars

Márquez, Melissa Cristina, author
2022

Twelve-year-old Adrianna Villalobos and her older brother Feye travel the globe with their parents, the hosts of a suspenseful nature show called 'Wild Survival!' The show features daring animal rescues and the work the family does at their animal sanctuary. Their latest adventure takes them to Mexico. There they are tracking an injured and endangered jaguar.

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Cinderelliot : a scrumptious fairytale

Cinderelliot : a scrumptious fairytale

Ceilley, Mark, author.
2022

In this retelling of Cinderella, Cinderelliot enters a royal baking competition, hoping to win the heart of the prince.

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Daddy-daughter day

Daddy-daughter day

Freelon, Pierce, author
2022

In rhyming text, a father and daughter spend a day doing all kinds of things together.

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Donut : the unicorn who wants to fly

Donut : the unicorn who wants to fly

Gehl, Laura, author
2022

Donut is a unicorn with a problem: she cannot fly--so she works with all the other creatures in the field and finally accomplishes her goal.

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In the blue

In the blue

Hourigan, Erin, author
2022

A little girl whose father's world goes from bright and yellow to dark and blue gets frustrated when she is unable to help him, but knows that together, they can do anything.

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In the key of us

In the key of us

Lockington, Mariama.
2022

While thirteen-year-old Andi has suffered from anxiety attacks ever since her mother died ten months ago, Zora starting hurting herself whenever she feels out of control; they are both at Camp Harmony, an elite summer music camp, trying to deal with their problems and also the stress of competition--but as the summer passes they find themselves increasingly drawn to each other, and maybe not just as friends.

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Let's build a house

Let's build a house

Lucas, Mike, author
2021

Let's build a house! But what comes first? A step-by-step look at how a house is constructed by real-life engineer Mike Lucas and gorgeously illustrated by Daron Parton.

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Little animal hugs

Little animal hugs

Wilhelm, Hans, 1945- author.
2022

In this interactive board book with die-cut pages, baby animals offer hugs to each other and the reader.

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Mapmakers and the lost magic. 1

Mapmakers and the lost magic. 1

Chittock, Cameron, author.
2022

Determined to run away from her home in the Valley, an area controlled by the tyrannical Night Coats, Alidade stumbles upon a magical hideaway that belongs to the long-lost peacekeepers known as the Mapmakers, and accidentally brings to life a magical creature who is meant to protect the Valley.

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Most perfect you

Most perfect you

Simon, Jazmyn, 1980- author
2022

A little girl learns to love each part of herself, from her spectacular hair to her big heart.

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Music is a rainbow

Music is a rainbow

Collier, Bryan.
2022

After a tragedy a young boy discovers a connection between music and colors that helps guide him and gives him comfort in times of darkness.

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Papa loves you, Tiny Blue

Papa loves you, Tiny Blue

Empson, Jo, author
2022

As they explore their watery world together, Papa patiently answers all of Tiny Blue's questions, including the biggest question of all: what is love?

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We will remember them : the story of Remembrance

We will remember them : the story of Remembrance

Williams, S., author
2021

Produced in partnership with the Royal British Legion, this beautifully illustrated book explains to children why it's important to remember the service and sacrifice of so many men and women from every background, who ensured our freedoms and way of life. The sensitively written text tells of the world wars as well as other wars that are remembered at this time. It explains the history behind poppies, why we hold 1- or 2-minute silences and what happens in commemorative parades around the world. The book includes poems and quotes from veterans across different conflicts, and who served and sacrificed in different ways.

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Where the wee ones go : a bedtime wish for endangered animals

Where the wee ones go : a bedtime wish for endangered animals

Jameson, Karen.
2022

In rhyming text, every baby animal has a warm, safe place to fall asleep when bedtime comes.

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Wonderful you : with the Grouchy Ladybug.

Wonderful you : with the Grouchy Ladybug.

2022

"Celebrate exactly what makes you YOU in this new book that champions self-expression and self-love. Whether silly, curious, sad, or glad, Wonderful You! reminds kids to be proud to be themselves, and to embrace the many faces of YOU. With beautiful artwork featuring an array of kids and lovely text, this book will encourage the youngest of readers to celebrate what makes them unique every single day"-- Provided by publisher.

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The youngest sister

The youngest sister

Moreno, Suniyay, author.
2022

Picu's family is very poor. In the dry foothills, her mother must feed fourteen people--her kids, her relatives' kids, and the hired hand's kids--every day. One morning Picu, the youngest sister, is sent to get a marrow bone from a faraway neighbor. The bone will add flavor, and nutrition, to the lunchtime soup for all the hungry mouths. Her mother warns her not to dawdle on the two-hour walk, each way, through the wild landscape. But Picu can't help looking at butterflies, sampling cactus fruit, and exploring other delights.

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