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Ninjas and samurai

Ninjas and samurai

by Mary Pope Osborne
Ages 7 - 10
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What did it mean to be a ninja or a samurai? Did they really have special abilities? What was life like for them in ancient Japan? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts behind some of history's most intriguing and secretive figures.

more like this: [ninjas] [samurai] [japan] [great nonfiction]

Lunch will never be the same!

Lunch will never be the same!

by Veera Hiranandani
Ages 9 - 12
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When Camille, a tall French girl, arrives at school with unusual lunches, third-grader Phoebe neglects her best friend Sage to get invited to Camille's house for dinner to see what other mysterious food Camille eats.

more like this: [friends] [food]

Flora and the penguin

Flora and the penguin

by Molly Idle
Ages 4 - 8
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In this wordless, lift-the-flap picture book, Flora and her new friend, the penguin, dance on the ice together and learn to treat each other with respect and kindness.

more like this: [activities] [penguins] [dance] [friends] [ice skating] [stories without words] [winter]

Pathfinder

Pathfinder

by Angie Sage
Ages 9 - 12
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13-year-old Alice TodHunter Moon goes in search of her friend Ferdie, who has been kidnapped by the malevolent Lady, encountering Septimus Heap, ExtraOrdinary Wizard, and awakening her own Magykal potential.

more like this: [magic] [online books] [septimus heap] [todhunter moon] [wizards]

Danger down the Nile

Danger down the Nile

by James Patterson
Ages 9 - 12
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Twelve-year-old twins Bickford and Rebecca Kidd and their two older siblings travel to Africa to track down priceless artifacts that will keep the family's treasure hunting business afloat long enough to rescue their kidnapped mother--and possibly find their missing father.

more like this: [adventures] [africa] [treasure] [twins] [treasure hunters series]

Dinosaur parade

Dinosaur parade

by Shari Halpern
Ages 4 - 8
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Some dinosaurs are tall. Some dinosaurs are very small. Some dinosaurs walk on two legs, others on four. And some dinosaurs look sweet while others look scary.

more like this: [animals] [dinosaurs] [parades] [stories in rhyme]

Half a world away

Half a world away

by Cynthia Kadohata
Ages 9 - 12
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Twelve-year-old Jaden, an emotionally damaged adopted boy fascinated by electricity, feels a connection to a small, weak toddler with special needs in Kazakhstan, where Jaden's family is trying to adopt a "normal" baby.

more like this: [adoption] [real life] [family]

Big and Small

Big and Small

by Elizabeth Bennett
Ages 4 - 8
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A bear named Big and a mouse named Small head out to play. They climb a hill and cross a stream, but with each new adventure, Small finds himself in trouble. "A little help, please!" Small says to Big each time. When they return home, it's Big who needs Small's help for something very important!

more like this: [size] [animals] [bears] [mice] [friends] [bedtime]

Oh so brave dragon

Oh so brave dragon

by David Kirk
Ages 4 - 8
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Dragon knows he is supposed to be brave, because that's what dragons do. He's so brave and valiant, he's ready to try out his fearsome roar! But when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends to find the noise, and to help him be brave.

more like this: [courage] [dragons] [growing up]

December dog

December dog

by Ron Roy
Ages 9 - 12
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After finding an unusual present--a lost puppy--on Christmas Eve, best friends Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy scramble to find its owner before morning.

more like this: [calendar mysteries] [mysteries] [dogs] [christmas]

Rex wrecks it!

Rex wrecks it!

by Ben Clanton
Ages 4 - 8
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Gizmo, Sprinkles, and Wild are fed up. Every time they build something with their blocks, Rex wrecks it! Whether it's an out-of-this-world rocket, a magical heart, or the biggest, strongest, most awesomerific castle ever, Rex sends it crashing down with a "Rawr!" (and sometimes a sheepish "Rawry!"? ). Isn't there any way to make playtime fun for everyone ?

more like this: [dinosaurs] [friends]

Step it up

Step it up

by Sheryl Berk
Ages 9 - 12
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Trouble is brewing between the Divas just before their big upcoming Dance Fusion competition. Miss Toni is mad, mad, mad--but she has an idea to fix the problem: a camping retreat, where these girls will have to learn the true meaning of teamwork or be left out in the dark.

more like this: [dance] [dance divas]

The cake

The cake

by Dorothée de Monfreid
Ages 4 - 8
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Tiger wants to bake a cake. A chocolate cake. But Rabbit has a weakness for carrot cake. Monkey wants a banana cake. Dog is licking his chops thinking about a bone cake. And little Bear really wants a fish cake. Is there a way to satisfy everyone? A bright, funny story full of twists and surprises.

more like this: [animals] [cake] [friends] [more to explore]

Madame Martine

Madame Martine

by Sarah S Brannen
Ages 4 - 8
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On a chase to retrieve her new dog, a longtime resident of Paris ascends the Eiffel Tower for the first time, discovering how much beauty she has been missing all these years and deciding to try something new each week.

more like this: [dogs] [animals] [france]

Always, Abigail

Always, Abigail

by Nancy J Cavanaugh
Ages 9 - 12
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Sixth grader Abigail, assigned a different homeroom than her two best friends and made only the alternate on the pom-pom squad, learns a lot about popularity and true friendship when paired with unpopular Gabby for a year-long "Friendly Letter Assignment."

more like this: [friends] [middle school] [popularity]

Courage for beginners

Courage for beginners

by Karen Harrington
Ages 10 and up
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Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy of Texas wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fiction, she'd know how to solve her problems at school; take care of her family when her dad has to spend time in the hospital; and deal with her family's secret: that her mother is agoraphobic and never leaves the house.

more like this: [tween reads] [middle school]

Loula and the sister recipe

Loula and the sister recipe

by Anne Villeneuve
Ages 4 - 8
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Loula's three brothers, the Rotten Pirate Triplets, don't want to play with her. "Brothers," mutters Loula, "the worst invention in the world." She decides what she really needs is a sister, one just like her.

more like this: [growing up] [sisters] [funny]

Good Dragon, Bad Dragon

Good Dragon, Bad Dragon

by Christine Nöstlinger
Ages 4 - 8
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Good Dragon and Bad Dragon are always there for Finn, and together, the three are unbeatable! They're his imaginary friends, and they have so much fun together. But when Finn's mom wants to go to the beach, the two dragons refuse

more like this: [beach] [dragons] [friends] [more to explore]

Angelina's Big City Ballet

Angelina's Big City Ballet

by Katharine Holabird
Ages 4 - 8
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For the first time ever, Angelina is visiting the most famous city in Mouseland: the Big Cheese! She can't wait to explore the city and perform her fairy ballet. But her cousin Jeanie tells Angelina that tap dancing is much better than ballet.

more like this: [popular characters] [angelina ballerina] [dance] [mice]

The time of the fireflies

The time of the fireflies

by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Ages 9 - 12
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When Larissa Renaud starts receiving eerie phone calls on a disconnected phone in her family's shop, Bayou Bridge Antiques, she finds herself directed to the river bank near her house, where a cloud of fireflies take her on a journey through time to learn the secrets of her family's past--and save their future.

more like this: [secrets] [time travel] [fireflies] [louisiana]

Small Blue and the deep dark night

Small Blue and the deep dark night

by Jon Davis
Ages 4 - 8
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Small Blue is afraid that all sorts of frightening things are lurking in the dark, but as Big Brown takes her through a dark house to warm some milk, he suggests preposterous alternatives.

more like this: [fear] [funny] [growing up]

The way to the zoo

The way to the zoo

by John Burningham
Ages 4 - 8
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Discovering a magical door in her bedroom that leads her to the zoo, a little girl is tempted to bring one little bear back to her room, and then a menagerie of smaller animals, and then a medley of big animals, until pandemonium ensues.

more like this: [zoos] [animals]

Death by toilet paper

Death by toilet paper

by Donna Gephart
Ages 9 - 12
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Contest-crazed twelve-year-old Ben uses his wits and way with words in hopes of winning a prize that will keep his family from being evicted until his mother can pass her final CPA examination.

more like this: [contests] [middle school] [real life]

Fiona's lace

Fiona's lace

by Patricia Polacco
Ages 4 - 8
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Fiona and her family moved from Ireland to Chicago to begin a new life. Yet, when the family is struck with misfortune, will Fiona's lace help save them?

more like this: [rhymes songs and tales] [lace] [immigrants]

Always

Always by Emma Dodd

by Emma Dodd
Ages 4 - 8
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In rhyming text, a baby elephant is assured of being loved unconditionally.

more like this: [love] [elephants] [growing up] [stories in rhyme]

Mr. Brown's fantastic hat

Mr. Brown's fantastic hat

by Ayano Imai
Ages 4 - 8
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"Who needs friends?" thinks Mr. Brown. "I can suit myself and wear my smart hat all day long." Try as he might, however, Mr. Brown is lonely. But when a woodpecker decides Mr. Brown needs some company, his life is transformed.

more like this: [bears] [nature and science] [friends]

This book just ate my dog!

This book just ate my dog!

by Richard Byrne
Ages 4 - 8
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When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right.

more like this: [more to explore] [funny] [books] [dogs]

Little Elliot, big city

Little Elliot, big city

by Mike Curato
Ages 4 - 8
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Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller--and hungrier.

more like this: [more to explore] [elephants] [mice] [size] [friends]

The actual & truthful adventures of Becky Thatcher

The actual & truthful adventures of Becky Thatcher

by Jessica Lawson
Ages 9 - 12
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In 1860, eleven-year-old Becky Thatcher, new to St. Petersburg, Missouri, joins the boys at school in a bet to steal from the Widow Douglas in hopes of meeting a promise to have adventures that she made her brother, Jon, before he died.

more like this: [adventures] [historical fiction] [tom sawyer]

Richard Scarry's best Lowly Worm book ever!

Richard Scarry's best Lowly Worm book ever!

by Richard Scarry
Ages 4 - 8
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During his busy day, Lowly Worm goes to school, helps Postman Pig deliver the mail, plays hide and seek, and flies his applecopter.

more like this: [worms] [animals] [concepts]

I want to be a ballerina

I want to be a ballerina

by Anna Membrino
Ages 4 - 8
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Mia's big sister teaches her that there is more to being a ballerina than just putting on the right clothes.

more like this: [activities] [ballet] [dance] [sisters]

Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor

Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor

by Jon Scieszka
Ages 9 - 12
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In his Grandpa Al's garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan.

more like this: [science fiction] [funny] [robots] [inventors]

The forever flowers

The forever flowers

by Michael J Rosen
Ages 4 - 8
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A young grouse packs a precious cargo of seeds for her migratory journey, only to find an unexpected home in another land while she awaits the coming of another spring.

more like this: [nature and science] [birds] [seasons]

Tuck-in time

Tuck-in time

by Carole Gerber
Ages baby to preschool
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At bedtime, a parent carefully checks baby's body from head to toe, encouraging gentle play.

more like this: [babies] [bedtime] [growing up]

Mr. Wayne's masterpiece

Mr. Wayne's masterpiece

by Patricia Polacco
Ages 4 - 8
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Because she is afraid to read an essay aloud in English class, young Patricia is invited to take Mr. Wayne's drama class where she paints sets, participates in fun exercises, and memorizes every part in the play the others are rehearsing.

more like this: [activities] [theater]

Gabriel's clock

Gabriel's clock

by Hilton Pashley
Ages 9 - 12
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Twelve-year-old Jonathan is half-angel, half-demon, and the only one of his kind. But he has no idea of his true identity, and now a rogue archdemon wants him for his own sinister purpose.

more like this: [fantasy]

Brothers

Brothers

by David McPhail
Ages 4 - 8
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Although two brothers are different in many ways, they are alike, too--most importantly, in their love for each other.

more like this: [brothers] [growing up]

Catch that cookie!

Catch that cookie!

by Hallie Durand
Ages 4 - 8
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Marshall refuses to believe that gingerbread men can run, even after a series of clues leads his class on a riddle-filled gingerbread cookie hunt.

more like this: [rhymes songs and tales] [cookies]

Winter moon song

Winter moon song

by Martha Brooks
Ages 4 - 8
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A little rabbit asks his mother how the shape of a rabbit came to be on the moon. She tells him the story of Great Mother Creator Rabbit, who came down to earth to see how her creatures lived.

more like this: [rhymes songs and tales] [rabbits] [moon]

Dear panda

Dear panda

by Miriam Latimer
Ages 4 - 8
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Missing her friends after moving to a new school, little Florence writes a letter to the panda at the zoo next door, asking him to be her friend before meeting another little girl who shares her love of pandas.

more like this: [growing up] [pandas] [friends] [moving]

Baking day at Grandma's

Baking day at Grandma's

by Anika Denise
Ages 4 - 8
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Children go to their grandmother's house to bake and enjoy spending time with their loving grandmother.

more like this: [activities] [grandmothers] [stories in rhyme]

Cheesie Mack is sort of freaked out

Cheesie Mack is sort of freaked out

by Steve Cotler
Ages 9 - 12
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Cheesie and his best friend, Georgie, pull off a fantastic UFO prank, but when things go wrong, the victims of the prank plan a sinister plot as payback.

more like this: [halloween] [friends] [middle school] [practical jokes]

Elmer and the Monster

Elmer and the Monster

by David McKee
Ages 4 - 8
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There is pandemonium in the jungle! A strange roar sends all the animals stampeding. Only Elmer is brave enough to investigate and discover that monsters aren't always as scary as they seem

more like this: [growing up] [elephants] [monsters]


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