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The Book Thief

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Other Descriptors: Awards, Europe, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult (ages 14-18) » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

When I Am Happiest

A standalone follow-up to the acclaimed and beloved chapter books My Happy Life and My Heart is Laughing. Dani is very happyits the last day of school, and summer is about to start. But then theres a knock on the classroom door, and Dani is told her father has been in an accident. Hes in […]

Other Descriptors: Fiction, Nordic, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

Prairie Dog Song

Cumulative text based on an old folksong alternating with additional scientific information explores the role of prairie dogs, a keystone species in North America’s grasslands, and conservation efforts to restore the balance of plants and animals of the Janos, Mexico, prairie dog complex. Backmatter includes timeline, photographs, music, prairie dog facts, glossary, and authors’ sources.

Other Descriptors: Mexico, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , » Leave a comment


This new edition to the Nature Storybooks series is about one of Australia’s most puzzling and unique animals – the platypus. Platypus leaves his burrow in the riverbank and dives into the cool green pool. It is dusk and he is hungry. Platypus is always busy, always moving, looking for his next meal. Follow platypus […]

Other Descriptors: Oceania, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , » Leave a comment

Where My Feet Go

A young panda uses his feet as a way to explore his imagination.

Other Descriptors: Nordic, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

Rose And The Wish Thing

Rose is a lonely face in a new town, but when she makes a wish to find a friend, the Wish Thing starts a journey toward her from somewhere very far away.

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Oceania, Picture Book » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

Dare To Disappoint

As a child in Izmir, Turkey in the 1980 and 90s, Ozge Samanci watched as her country struggled between its traditional religious heritage and the new secular westernized world of brand-name products and television stars. In Ozge’s own family, she struggled to figure out the place where she belonged, too. Her older sister was a […]

Other Descriptors: Graphic Novel, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Turkey » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

Friend or Foe?

Each night the mouse gazes up at the cat in the palace tower. Is the cat my friend? he wonders. Determined to find out, he bravely makes his way into the palace through a tiny hole and climbs all the way up to the tower, where the cat sits on the windowsill

Other Descriptors: Canada, Early Years (ages 2-6), Picture Book » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk

For hundreds of thousands of years Great Auks thrived in the icy seas of the North Atlantic, bobbing on the waves, diving for fish and struggling up onto rocky shores to mate and hatch their fluffy chicks. But by 1844, not a single one of these magnificent birds was alive.

Other Descriptors: Canada, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Picture Book » Themes: , » Leave a comment

A Morning With Grandpa

Curious and energetic Mei Mei attempts some t’ai chi forms as her grandfather demonstrates them, then tries to teach him basic yoga poses. Includes introductions to t’ai chi and yoga, as well as instructions for the exercises described in the text.

Other Descriptors: China, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , » Leave a comment
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