• Wave

    by Suzy Lee Year Published: 2008

    JUNE 2019

    In this evocative wordless book, internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee tells the story of a little girl's day at the beach.

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  • Winifrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

    by Mem Fox Year Published: 1985

    MAY 2019

    Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge lives next door to a nursing home. When he finds out that his special friend, Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper is losing her memory he sets out to find what a memory is.

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    Exclamation Mark

    by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Year Published: 2013

    APRIL 2019 SEAR reads

    An exciting tale of self-discovery, this is the story about the exclamation mark. It's about fitting in and standing out, and with the help of others, finding your way. We all have an inner exclamation mark — the question is how to find it!


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    The Sandwich Swap

    by Tricia Tusa , Queen Rania Al-Abdullah , Kelly DiPucchio Year Published: 2010

    MARCH 2019 SEAR reads

    Salma and Lily are best friends who like jumping rope, drawing pictures, and playing on the swings together. They also eat lunch together every day, but Salma always eats hummus and Lily eats peanut butter and jelly. One day, Lily tells Salma her sandwich looks yucky, and before they know it, the girls have started a school-wide food fight. Feeling ashamed, Salma and Lily try each other's sandwiches, and find them delicious! Then, they help organize a picnic so everyone at school can try each other's food and learn about each other's culture.

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  • The Word Collector

    by Peter H. Reynolds Year Published: 2018

    FEBRUARY 2019


    "In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him — short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower. From the creator of The Dot and Happy Dreamercomes a celebration of finding your own words — and the impact you can have when you share them with the world."

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  • Red: A Crayon's Story

    by Michael Hall Year Published:

    JANUARY 2019

    Reviews for this book:

    “Red is a crayon, and children will see his problem right away: his label reads ‘red,’ but he’s blue. . . . The overly cheerful encouragement Red endures will sound familiar to any child who’s struggled to perform. . . . Unexpectedly affecting.” - Publishers Weekly

    “Funny and poignant . . . Hall’s latest picture book is all about staying true to oneself, no matter what others say. . . . Witty and heartwarming [and] sure to become a favorite for children and adults alike.” - School Library Journal

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  • This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World

    by Matt Lamothe Year Published:

    DECEMBER 2018:

    Follow one day in the real lives of seven kids from around the world—Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia!


    In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them.

    This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as mirrors reflecting our common experiences. Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamonthe transports readers across the globe and back with this luminous and thoughtful picture book. ~

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  • Jabari Jumps

    by Gaia Cornwell Year Published:

    NOVEMBER 2018:

    Jabari is a spirited little boy with a pretty big mission: after finishing his swimming lessons and passing his test, he’s ready to jump off the diving board at the community pool! Before he jumps, however, Jabari decides it would be kind if he let all the children behind him in line jump first. And it would be important to stop and plan his special jump. And prudent to stretch. Finally, Jabari admits that he might be a little…scared. Luckily, our young hero has a support system: loving encouragement from his father and baby sister (who never says a word, but smiles reassuringly). His dad helps Jabari get ready to take the plunge: “It’s okay to feel a little scared…Sometimes if I feel a little scared, I take a deep breath and tell myself I am ready. And you know what? Sometimes it stops being scary and feels a little like a surprise.” The natural-sounding dialogue between Jabari and his gentle, observant father is paired with watercolor and collage illustrations that perfectly depict a hazy summer day...

    ~Horn Book Magazine (May/June, 2017)

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  • My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

    by Patricia Polacco Year Published:

    OCTOBER 2018:

    There's nothing worse than a rotten red-headed older brother! Patricia's brother Richard can run the fastest, climb the highest, spit the farthest, and still smile his extra-rotten, greeny-toothed, weasel-eyed grin. But when little Patricia wishes on a shooting star that she could do something — anything — to show him up, she finds out just what wishes — and rotten redheaded older brothers — can really do. A lively and warmhearted tale of comic one-upsmanship and brotherly love. - SCHOLASTIC

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    Ralph Tells a Story

    by Abby Hanlon Year Published:

    SEPTEMBER 2018:

    Overview: Nothing ever happens to Ralph. So every day when it’s time to write stories, Ralph thinks really hard. He stares at his paper. He stares at the ceiling. But he has no stories! With the help of his classmates, Ralph realizes that a great story can be about something very little…and that maybe he really does have some stories to tell. Debut author/illustrator Abby Hanlon’s endearing text and charming watercolor and colored pencil illustrations prove that writing can be fun! ~ BARNES & NOBLE

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