Pre-K through grade 3
"Harold and the Hog: Pretend for Real" by Dan Santat and Moe Willems — Harold and Hog are best friends. But can Harold and Hog's friendship survive a game by pretending to be Elephant & Piggie?
"High Five" by Adam Rubin — Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high-five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next.
"I Am a Wolf" by Kelly Leigh Miller — A dog who insists she's a wolf finds the perfect home with a young girl who sees past her prickly personality in this pet adoption story that's as laugh-out-loud funny as it is heart-tugging.
"Lambslide" by Ann Patchett — A pack of overconfident lambs mistakenly hear lambslide and can't believe there's a slide made just for them. But when they can't find one on the farm, there's only one thing left to do: take a vote!
"Vamos: Let's Go to the Market" by Raul the Third III — Bilingual in a new way, this paper-over-board book teaches readers simple words in Spanish as they experience the bustling life of a border town.
"Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug" by Jonathan Stutzman — Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible?
"Spy School British Invasion" by Stuart Gibbs— Stranded in Mexico after nearly capturing the leaders of SPYDER, 13 year old Ben Ripley desperately needs to take a shower. But even more so, he and his spy school friends need to come up with a new plan to defeat their enemies, their only clue a key that opens...something.
"Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts" by Kevin and Katie Tsang — Don't call him scaredy-cat Sam, because Sam Wu IS NOT AFRAID of ghosts! Except . . . he totally is. Can he conquer his fear by facing the ghost that lives in the walls of his house?
"Katt vs. Dogd" by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein — For anyone who loves cats, dogs (or both!), James Patterson's most pawsome story ever is set in a society defined by the oldest rivalry in the world: katts versus doggs!
"PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World" by PopularMMOs — Minecraft-inspired YouTube star PopularMMOs brings everyone's favorite characters to life in a thrilling adventure to save their friend, battle the undead, and escape the "hole" new world they've crashed into with one unfortunate misstep.
"Barely Missing Everything" by Matt Mendez — Juan plans to get out of El Paso, Texas, with a basketball scholarship and the goal of becoming more than someone living in a lame apartment with his mom and her string of loser boyfriends, after his father's death. His friend JD is going to be a filmmaker. But after Juan has a run-in with the police, sprains his ankle, and looks as though he's going to fail math, that scholarship seems way less likely. JD's family implodes. And then the letters arrive, from a man named Mando on death row — and he just might be the father that Juan's mother told him was dead. Juan and JD embark on a road trip to visit Mando to find closure for Juan and a new documentary subject for JD in this difficult but powerful novel.
"If You're Out There" by Katy Loutzenhiser— When Zan's best friend, Priya, moves to California, she's baffled and crushed because Priya ghosts her — no contact, no texts, e-mails, or phone calls. Worse yet, Priya's Instagram account is full of vapid pictures and ungrammatical posts that don't seem like her at all. Everyone tells Zan that she's overreacting and to just let Priya reinvent herself in California if that's what she wants — except Logan, the cute new guy in her Spanish class, who is willing to help Zan throw herself into this crazy investigation. And when a clue turns up in one of Priya's selfies, Zan suddenly is worried that maybe Priya isn't just NOT answering Zan's e-mails... but maybe she CAN'T. A supremely readable contemporary mystery with a strong female friendship at its center.
"Field Notes on Love" by Jennifer E. Smith — Hugo had planned out his dream train trip across the United States. Just he and his girlfriend, Margaret Campbell, touring the country before they head off to college and the real world. Margaret made the reservations, so everything is under her name — non-transferrable and non-refundable. After they break up, Hugo needs a replacement Margaret Campbell in order to make the trip. When Mae, an aspiring filmmaker recently rejected by USC, sees his advertisement, she decides this is the perfect opportunity to find some inspiration for her next project. Naturally the two feel a connection with each other in this sweet contemporary romance.
"Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee" by Jeff Zentner — Delia and Josie, better known as Delilah Darkwood and Rayne Ravenscroft, are co-hosts of a campy local cable show, but they're faced with some tough decisions in their senior year of high school. Delia was abandoned by her father years ago, and now she's scared that Josie will be leaving her, too. Josie is trying to decide if she should leave for college and chase her dream of a career in mainstream TV, or stay close to home to keep working on the show with Delia. Growing up and growing apart is scarier than any of the old horror movies they feature on their show in this charmingly funny novel.
"Opposite of Always" by Justin A. Reynolds — Jack Ellison King almost made valedictorian. He almost made varsity. And he almost got the girl ... but then she dies. And that should be the end of the story. Instead, Jack is set back to the beginning, where he gets to meet Kate all over again — beautiful, radiant, healthy, happy Kate. Jack is ecstatic that he has a chance to prevent her death — but decisions have consequences, and when his choices turn deadly for those close to him, he has to decide what is worth saving in this quirky novel about love, loss, and time travel.
"Heroine" by Mindy McGinnis — Mickey Catalan is a star catcher for a softball team that's expected to make a historic tournament run. When she is sidelined just before the season starts due to a car crash, she's desperate to find a way to keep her place on the team. Painkillers not only help her handle the pain, they also make her feel good and loosen her tongue, making it easier to make friends. As the pressure on Mickey builds and her use of the pills becomes less about pain and more about want, her life spirals out of control in this powerful exploration of the opioid crisis sweeping across America.
"Winning with ADHD: A Playbook for Teens and Young Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" by Grace Friedman and Sarah Cheyette — Co-written by an actual college student with ADHD (Grace Friedman) and a pediatric neurologist (Sarah Cheyette), this book offers helpful tips and tricks for those facing the challenges of ADHD. With information on managing both academic and social success, this isn't just a reference book to flip through and put on a shelf, but a workbook with practical exercises to build the skills necessary to live up to your true potential.
"The Dreamers" by Karen Thompson Walker — A strange illness is spreading through an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California: people are falling asleep and not waking up, even though their brain activity is unusually high. Clearly they're dreaming ... but what are they dreaming about? Mei, an outsider in the cliquish hierarchy of her dorm, is caught in the chaos as panic spreads through the town and the National Guard establishes a quarantine in this book full of dream-like prose and strange vignettes.
"Late in the Day" by Tessa Hadley — Alexandr and Christine have been friends with Zachary and Lydia since they met in their 20s. The couples have a close-knit friendship that has lasted for some 30 years, until Lydia calls Alex and Christine, distraught: she is at the hospital, and Zach is dead. Zach was the one with a generous spirit that held them all together, and in the wake of their grief, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. Lydia is looking to heal, but instead, she finds her relationships with Alex and Christine souring, as problems from the past rise again, and love and sorrow turn into anger and bitterness in this examination of grief, friendship and family.
"No Exit" by Taylor Adams — College student Darby Thorne is caught in a blizzard in the mountains of Colorado while on her way to Utah to visit her dying mother. Waiting out the storm at a remote rest stop, she's desperate to find a cellphone signal so she can call home. She ventures outside and discovers a little girl locked in an animal crate in the back of the van parked next to her car. Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And most importantly ... which of her fellow travelers is the kidnapper?
"Golden State" by Ben H. Winters — The Golden State, a nation resembling California, was the result after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made governance increasingly difficult. In the Golden State, the truth is held to the highest standard, and spreading lies or knowingly contradicting the truth is the greatest crime of all. But monitoring, verifying, and enforcing the truth requires an incredible amount of surveillance, recording and record-keeping. And when those who control the truth twist it for nefarious means, the Speculative Service, law enforcement agents permitted to harbor untruths or speculations in their quest to find out what happened during crimes, may be the only ones who are capable of fighting back.
"The Witches of St. Petersburg" by Imogen Edwards-Jones — Militza and Stana are daughters of the impoverished King of Montenegro, married into senior positions in the Romanov court to help secure the future of their native country. They befriend the Tsarina Alexandra, who is also an outsider to the haughty Russian nobility. Desperate after numerous failed attempts to birth a son and heir, the Tsarina places her faith in the sisters' expertise with black magic. When the sisters introduce the Tsarina to a spiritual shaman who goes by the name of Rasputin, the fate of the court is sealed in this lavish work of historical fiction (which does include black magic, sex, and some liberties with historical facts).
"I Owe You One" by Sophie Kinsella — Fixie has always put her family first, but is increasingly frustrated with her life after her father's death, since she feels like she is always picking up her siblings' slack. When she saves the laptop of a handsome stranger in a coffee shop from a deluge of water, the grateful man scribbles out an IOU on a coffee sleeve for her in return. When Fixie's old crush, Ryan, moves back to town and is desperate for a job, Fixie wants to help, so she cashes in her IOU — for Ryan, not herself. The resulting series of IOUs between Sebastian, the investment manager, who gives Ryan a job, and Fixie, finally pushes Fixie to work for the life she really wants instead of the one she found herself in due to life's circumstances.
"When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon" by Joshua D. Mezrich — Transplantation is a modern medical miracle, and Dr. Joshua Mezrich traces its fascinating history in this profoundly moving work that traces the history of organ transplants. Part medical nonfiction and part memoir, this book is not afraid to focus on some of the ethical and philosophical debates about transplants, including whether an alcoholic patient should receive a healthy liver, and even the definition of "death" — and how organ transplants helped define the concept.
"Cali'flour Kitchen: 125 Cauliflower-Based Recipes for the Carbs You Crave" by Amy Lacey — Bursting with 125 recipes that use cauliflower to replace carb-heavy crusts, rice, crisps, wraps, and noodles, this cookbook offers options for all diets, including vegan, dairy-free, keto, paleo, and plant-based. Recipes include pancakes, sandwiches, soups, burritos, lasagnas, hummus, pizzas, and even cookies, and most include a full serving of vegetables, cleverly flavored so eating your vegetables doesn't feel like a chore.
"Notes on a Nervous Planet" by Matt Haig — Matt Haig, author of the bestselling memoir "Reasons to Stay Alive," is back with this broader look at modern life and technology and how they can actually hinder our happiness. Things like social media can negatively impact our mental health, bombarding us with information overload and making us feel alone even as they theoretically connect us with the world at large. Written in short, easily-digestible chapters, it offers the reader much to contemplate, and refrains from feeling smug or superior with the inclusion of many of Haig's personal experiences.
"Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him: The Secret History Behind the Tudor Throne" by Tracy Borman — Henry VIII is most famous for the women in his life — more specifically, his relationships with his six wives. But there were many influential men in his life as well, and they reveal a different side of his character. Focusing on figures that are often neglected in biographies of Henry VIII, Borman discusses Henry's father, his older brother Arthur who was raised to be the heir that passed away, as well as a number of advisors, councilors and friends that all had a hand in shaping Henry's decisions and personality.
"El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America" by Carrie Gibson — Much of American history is focused on Anglo heritage: the Mayflower and the rebellion of the British colonies are excellent examples, and are frequently examined when discussing the history of early America. But the country also has much older Spanish roots, with the Hispanic past of the United States predating the arrival of the Pilgrims by a century. This book examines that history, from Ponce de Leon's landing in modern-day Florida in 1513, to the Mexican-American War in 1846, to current border issues with Mexico and post-hurricane Puerto Rico. A strong overview of the complicated history of Hispanic North America, with an extensive bibliography for readers interested in learning more.
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