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Meow The Truth about Cats

Meow! The Truth about Cats 

I believe this book con­tains every­thing we’ve ever want­ed to know about cats, as well as things I did­n’t know we want­ed to know. And the visu­als! Wow.

Finding Family

Finding Family: The Duckling Raised by Loons 

The Loon Project, based in Min­neso­ta and Wis­con­sin, dis­cov­ered a loon fam­i­ly car­ing for a mal­lard duck­ling. Find­ing Fam­i­ly relates that story …

Walking Grandma Home

Two Books about Grief 

Take these books to heart: two books that will help adults and chil­dren find paths into dis­cus­sions about this part of life, Sit­ting Shi­va and Walk­ing Grand­ma Home. 

Library Girl

Library Girl 

I eager­ly wait­ed for this book. I wasn’t pre­pared to fall in love, which I most def­i­nite­ly have.

Maizy Chen's Last Chance

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance 

This book has every­thing going for it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wind up car­ing about the char­ac­ters, and you’ll want to eat at the Gold­en Palace in Last Chance, Minnesota.

One Winter Up North

One Winter Up North 

The Bound­ary Waters Canoe Area Wilder­ness in Min­neso­ta, stretch­ing for 150 miles along the Cana­di­an bor­der, is the set­ting for John Owens’ newest word­less pic­ture book.

The Voice of My Heart

The Voice of My Heart 

It works well to read poems here and there from The Voice of My Heart … but I often find myself caught up in the expres­sions of love and long­ing, mov­ing from one poem to the next, con­tem­plat­ing, learn­ing, feeling.

Garvey in the Dark

Garvey in the Dark 

With her usu­al pos­i­tive and hope­ful sto­ry­telling, Nik­ki Grimes reminds us that lives changed dur­ing the Covid pan­dem­ic, affect­ing many peo­ple in many dif­fer­ent ways. Gar­vey’s sto­ry will res­onate deeply with read­ers of all ages.

We Belong

We Belong 

I’ve seen many ques­tions on social media, ask­ing which books teach­ers will read aloud to their class­room dur­ing the first week of school. I don’t teach in a class­room but I’ve thought about this ques­tion anyway.

The Genius Under the Table

The Genius Under the Table 

Eugene Yelchin grew up in Stal­in­ist Rus­sia, the Cold War Sovi­et Union. We grow to love his par­ents, his grand­moth­er, his broth­er Vic­tor, but most espe­cial­ly Eugene. His mem­o­ries are at once sad and humorous.

Samira Surfs

Samira Surfs 

 I don’t think I’ve ever read a nov­el about surf­ing before Sami­ra Surfs. I was fas­ci­nat­ed by the set­ting, the sport, and the cul­ture, dif­fer­ent than my own.

Finding Junie Kim

Finding Junie Kim 

The author unfolds the sto­ry in a way that young read­ers will find mes­mer­iz­ing, imag­in­ing her char­ac­ters in real life, turn­ing the page again and again to learn what will hap­pen next, both in mid-cen­­tu­ry Korea and in the Unit­ed States today.

Good Luck Gold & More

Good Luck Gold & more 

This book will make you feel, many dif­fer­ent feel­ings. It is filled with poet­ry and a short essay about the poem on the fac­ing page. There are two or three ques­tions at the bot­tom of each essay that encour­age dig­ging deep­er … into your own experience.

Girls Solve Everything

Girls Solve Everything 

Read­ing this book, I jumped up and down with excite­ment. I kept turn­ing the pages until I had read every one of the true sto­ries. My brain revved into high speed as I learned about girls and women, prob­lem solv­ing and innovating.



Leave it to Avi to find a way to help me look at the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War from a new per­spec­tive. Make that two. Young Noah is the son of a Loy­al­ist and min­is­ter, pledged to the King. When local rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies tar and feath­er his father, the fam­i­ly flees to Boston. Need­ing work, Noah finds a job as a British spy

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