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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes

By: Peggy Gifford
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Level: 10-11

IT ISN’T AS though Moxy isn’t grateful for her Christmas presents. She is. She’s just not thrilled that she has to write a thank-you note for each one by tomorrow . . . or she will not be allowed to fly to Hollywood to attend a starstudded Hollywood bash with the father she hasn’t seen in three years. And writing thank-you notes is not something that a world-class Creative Type relishes doing. But it is more than writing thank-you notes that finally prevents Moxy from taking her trip. When her …

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Mostly Monty

Mostly Monty

By: Johanna Hurwitz
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Level: 8-9

A shy boy with asthma starts first grade — and comes into his own — in this appealing story for early chapter book readers. Six-year-old Monty doesn’t have a brother, a sister, or a pet. What he does have is asthma, which sometimes makes it hard to breathe and often makes him feel like he’d rather be somebody else. And now that he’s starting first grade, he’s very nervous about being with all those kids he won’t know. Luckily, he loves to read — even really hard books — and …

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Barack

Barack

By: Jonah Winter
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

This is a journey that began in many places. It began in Kansas, home of Barack’s mother. It began in Africa, home of Barack’s father. It began in Hawaii one moonlit night, the night that Barack was born. Sometimes it was a lonely journey. Sometimes it was an enchanted journey. But throughout this most unusual ride, this boy often wondered: Who am I? Where do I belong?

Jonah Winter and AG Ford re-create the extraordinary story behind the rise of the inspirational icon Barack Obama in this stunning picture book. …

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Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama

Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama

By: Garen Thomas
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Level: 12-13

In third grade, Barack Obama wrote an essay titled, “I Want to Become President”—and he is, to this day, determined to show the world that, yes, he can. Born in the U.S.A., the son of an African father and an American mother, a boy who spent his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii, Barack Obama is truly a citizen of the world. His campaign for the presidency is powered by a fierce optimism, an exuberant sense of purpose and determination, and, above all, a belief that change can happen.

Garen Thomas takes …

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The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5)

The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5)

By: Jeff Kinney
Publisher: Amulet Books
Level: 10-11

Getting older and al the  changes and responsibilities that come with it.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Last Straw (Book #3)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Last Straw (Book #3)

By: Jeff Kinney
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N Inc
Level: 12-13

The highly anticipated third book in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series takes the art of being wimpy to a whole new level. Let’s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s father. You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other “manly” endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him …

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The Red Lemon

The Red Lemon

By: Bob Staake
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Level: 6-7

In this thought-provoking tale reminiscent of Seuss, Farmer McPhee finds a red lemon in his orchard and cries, “It’s red as a stop sign! It’s red as a rose! I can’t have red lemons where yellow fruit grows! Imagine a world where lemonade’s red? Where once-yellow cupcakes are crimson instead?” As he tosses the red lemon across the water, he can’t imagine that it will land on a small island, sprout a seed, and someday bring forth an orchard of lemon trees…where people will travel to from all over, to …

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ABC3D

ABC3D

By: Marion Bataille
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Level: 0-5

Prepare to be amazed. From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there’s U…Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers …

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How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U. S. A

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U. S. A

By: Marjorie Priceman
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Level: 6-7

IN THIS EXUBERANT companion story to How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, our young baker sets her sights on a cherry pie. She heads off on a round-the-U.S.A. journey to find all the materials she needs to stock her kitchen: New Mexico for clay (mixing bowl), Washington for wood (rolling pin), Hawaii for sand (sand? to make the glass for her measuring cup, of course). In joyful art filled with small vignettes and sly humor, two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marjorie Priceman takes us on a cross …

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Grandfather’s Journey

Grandfather’s Journey

By: Allen Say
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Level: 6-7

This autobiographical reminiscence describes the wanderlust of the author’s grandfather, who is torn between love for his native Japan and for California. Missing one place while in the other, the grandfather is always longing to be where he isn’t. The grandson inherits his grandfather’s love of travel, and like him, longs to be in both places at the same time. Soft-hued paintings decorate this quiet testament of love for both family and place.

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