GROWING SEASON, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Sterling Children’s Books

El and Jo are the shortest kids in class, and they’re inseparable. But what happens when Jo starts to grow? This sweet picture book explores the joys and challenges of friendship and growing up. “A sweet story with emotional depth.” —Kirkus El and Jo are the smallest students in their class—and best friends, too, like … Continue reading GROWING SEASON, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Sterling Children’s Books

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WHEN GRANDMA GIVES YOU A LEMON TREE, by Jamie L.B. Deenihan, Illustrated by Lorraine Rocha, Sterling Children’s Books

When Grandma gives you a lemon tree, definitely don’t make a face! Care for the tree, and you might be surprised at how new things, and new ideas, bloom. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In this imaginative take on that popular saying, a child is surprised (and disappointed) to receive a lemon tree … Continue reading WHEN GRANDMA GIVES YOU A LEMON TREE, by Jamie L.B. Deenihan, Illustrated by Lorraine Rocha, Sterling Children’s Books

HOLY SQUAWKAMOLE! LITTLE RED HEN MAKES GUACAMOLE, Retold by Susan Wood, Illustrated by Laura Gonzalez, Sterling Children’s Books

This tasty take on the classic Little Red Hen story has a deliciously spicy twist! Yum, guacamole! That’s what Little Red Hen craves, and she could use some help gathering and mashing the ingredients. So she asks her friends, including an armadillo, snake, and an iguana, to lend a hand. Everyone just says “no.” But … Continue reading HOLY SQUAWKAMOLE! LITTLE RED HEN MAKES GUACAMOLE, Retold by Susan Wood, Illustrated by Laura Gonzalez, Sterling Children’s Books

HELLO, I’M HERE, by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder, Candlewick Press

A poetic text and wonderfully intimate photographs follow a newborn sandhill crane as it takes its first steps into the world. Will my legs hold me? What if I fall? Peek in as a sandhill crane hatchling makes its first wobbly stand and takes its first steps alongside its brother. With their parents close by, … Continue reading HELLO, I’M HERE, by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder, Candlewick Press

JUST READ, by Lori Degman, Illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov, Sterling Publishing

These kids all love to read—alone or together, on a bus or in a parade. And every time they open a book, they open up a whole new world, too! “A delightful tribute to reading anything and everything all the time. . . . There’s something for everyone.” —Booklist “A chipper, colorful celebration of the … Continue reading JUST READ, by Lori Degman, Illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov, Sterling Publishing

A PIGLET NAMED MERCY, by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, Candlewick Press

Every porcine wonder was once a piglet! Celebrate the joy of a new arrival with this endearing picture-book prequel to the New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series. Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it … Continue reading A PIGLET NAMED MERCY, by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, Candlewick Press

THE MUTTS SUMMER DIARIES, by Patrick McDonnell, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Put on your swim trunks and hit the beach with Earl and Mooch—the dog (and cat) days of summer are here! It’s summertime, and the living is easy, the ice cream is cold, and the temperature is so hot your brains will melt right out of your head. Mooch and Earl are eager to make … Continue reading THE MUTTS SUMMER DIARIES, by Patrick McDonnell, Andrews McMeel Publishing

DIGGING DEEP, HOW SCIENCE UNEARTHS PUZZLES FROM THE PAST, by Laura Scandiffio, Annick Press

Poisons, ice men, and graves, oh my! Every archeological find adds to our understanding of the world, but sometimes a discovery is made that is so startling and different that it changes the way we view history. Digging Deep showcases the most exciting examples of these lost puzzle pieces and how recent advances in science … Continue reading DIGGING DEEP, HOW SCIENCE UNEARTHS PUZZLES FROM THE PAST, by Laura Scandiffio, Annick Press

FINDING HOPE AT HILLSIDE FARM, by Rachael Lucas, Panmacmillan, PGC, Raincoast

Finding Hope at Hillside Farm is a heartwarming tale of loss, love and new beginnings by Rachael Lucas. Hillside Farm, nestled in the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside, is a safe haven for Ella. Working with her aunt Bron, she runs her own business, sharing her love of horses to help those in emotional … Continue reading FINDING HOPE AT HILLSIDE FARM, by Rachael Lucas, Panmacmillan, PGC, Raincoast

WE RULE THE NIGHT, by Claire Eliza Bartlett, Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group

Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity. Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. … Continue reading WE RULE THE NIGHT, by Claire Eliza Bartlett, Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group