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Illustrated by: Ana Gomez
Union Square Kids

Ever been stuck with a friend who’s totally uncool—and worried that it will rub off on you?

Welcome to Camp Wildwood! It’s Dragon’s first day, and his buddy would LIKE to show him a good time. But Dragon doesn’t seem to fit in with the boys and girls. He overturns the boat, ruins the puppet show, and even sets the tent on fire. Then, just as his buddy is about to give up, Dragon comes through in a pinch. This sweet, funny picture book teaches an important lesson in the true meaning of friendship—and in accepting the strengths and weaknesses of others.



Illustrated by: Florence Weiser
Union Square Kids

You can’t take the perfect selfie if you’re all by yourself.

Sebastian is one handsome fox—and he really, really loves to take selfies. But somehow, no matter how camera-ready he is, his pictures always lack a certain something. And he can’t put his paw on exactly what. So Sebastian sets off on an elaborate quest to take the perfect selfie, dashing from a glamorous red carpet in Hollywood to the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon. He even zooms to the Moon! Still, none of Sebastian’s photos make him happy. Could it be that the secret to his special selfie is right where he started . . . at home, with his friends?



Illustrated by: Stephanie Fizer Coleman
Clarion (Houghton Mifflin)
AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF 2019! Chickadee Award Winner 2021!

Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Siera Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.

The heart-tugging true story of how YouTube star Ninita – a deaf, orphaned pygmy marmoset (the smallest type of monkey) – found family, friendship, and a forever home! Illustrated in full color.

Ninita is the only known deaf pygmy marmoset in the world, but that doesn’t stop her from making friends and chasing her next adventure! Abandoned by her parents and rescued by the RSCF, this tiny, curious monkey loves exploring her habitat. And when she meets Mr. Big – another pygmy marmoset – she has finally found a friend who likes to eat, climb, and play as much as she does. A YouTube celebrity, Ninita’s videos have been viewed nearly 2 million times!

Published in partnership with the RSCF, this charming true story of how one little orphaned monkey got a second chance to have a family gently introduces kids to disability, biodiversity, and wildlife conservation.



Illustrated by: Filippo Vanzo
Albert Whitman

Maria Sibylla Merian was fascinated with insects. But when Maria was a girl in the mid-1600s, superstitions about bugs prevented most people from taking a close look. People thought bugs were evil—and anyone interested in such creatures was surely evil too. That didn’t stop Maria. Filled with curiosity, she began to study and paint them. She even witnessed silkworms form cocoons and transform into moths—discovering metamorphosis! Painting and drawing as she studied, Maria pushed the boundaries of what girls were expected to do, eventually gaining recognition as one of the first entomologists and scientific illustrators.

This gorgeously illustrated biography celebrates a fascinating female pioneer who broke boundaries in both the arts and sciences.



Illustrated by: Gilbert Ford
Holt (Macmillan)

A nonfiction picture book account of maverick Alice Ramsey, the first woman to drive a car across American in 1909.

When Alice Ramsey was little, she loved to ride horses. As she grew up, more people were driving cars. From the moment Alice slid behind the wheel, she was crazy about cars. So when the Maxwell-Briscoe Company challenged her to drive one of their new cars across the country as a promotional ploy to prove that even a lady could do it, Alice daringly accepted. With several women by her side, these brazen drivers sustained many hardships over the course of a remarkable two-month journey and far surpassed all expectations.

With a clever blend of women’s history, technological history, and American roading geography, this is a celebration of unstoppable women making strides in twentieth-century America.



Illustrated by: Sarah Green
Abrams Kids Books

The thrilling true story of the female spy who helped save the American Revolution!

Anna Smith Strong (1790–1812) was a fearless woman who acted as a spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Recruited by Washington’s spymaster, Major Benjamin Tallmadge, she joined the Culper Ring, a group of American spies. General Washington placed a huge amount of trust in his spies, and Anna helped pass him important messages at a great risk to herself and her family. One of her cleverer devices was to hang laundry on the line in a planned fashion so that other spies could read the “message.” Had she been discovered by the British, she would have faced jail or execution. Thrilling and dramatic, Anna Strong tells the story of how one brave woman helped change the course of American history. The book includes an author’s note, a bibliography, an index, and a spy code so kids can get involved in the action.



Illustrated by: Maria Luisa Di Gravio
Albert Whitman

Maddie was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She’s nervous about managing her disease and telling others. But as she goes back to school, plays soccer, and spends time with her friends, she becomes more comfortable and confident talking about her health. A sensitive story that’s a great introduction to understanding diabetes for anyone who has the disease or knows someone who does.

You can find more resources and support at JDRF as well as donate towards a world without T1D!



Illustrated by: Maris Wicks
Roaring Brook (Macmillan)
Junior Library Guild Selection!

At home in her seaside town in England, little Mary Anning stared out her window. Unlike other children, Mary couldn’t wait for a rainy day. Because when it rained… the bones were revealed.

With her father and brother, Mary would go out searching the damp soil after a storm, with the hopes of finding something nobody had seen before: a dinosaur.

After her father dies, Mary must continue her search, picking up his tools and venturing out alone. In her life, she discovered several creatures, but was never given credit…until recently.

This eye-opening biography of the legendary Mary Anning, illustrated by Maris Wicks, shatters expectations and brings together two creators who are as passionate about their subject as they are about their art. Inspiring, this true adventure begs for re-reads.



Illustrated by: Ishaa Lobo
Viking Books for Young Readers

A heart-warming Valentine’s mystery

Pippa’s teacher tells her students to make a love list–a list of all the things that take up room in their hearts. Pippa makes her list, but when she finds someone else’s and sees that her own name has been written down, along with all of her favorite things, she discovers she has a secret admirer! Maybe the best friend she’s always hoped for is right in her classroom, if only she can crack the case. Good thing there’s nothing Pippa loves more than a good detective story. Will she solve the mystery of the love list and find a new friend?


Illustrated by: Tiffany Rose
Running Press Kids

Welcome to a world of infinite colors!

When Ellie and her class take a field trip to the Crayola Factory to learn how crayons are made, they are greeted by rooms full of color and bustling with activity. From mixing pigments to wrapping and sorting, there are machines and people hard at work at every turn. There are even magical creatures called color catchers who travel the world in search of Pacific Blue, Wild Watermelon, and Sunglow who really steal the show. But it isn’t until Ellie accidentally knocks into some equipment that she and her friends learn just how limitless the world of color possibilities can be.


Bigfoot’s Big Heart

Illustrated by: Ishaa Lobo
Viking Books for Young Readers

December 17, 2024


When Bigfoot loses the valentines he meant to send to his fellow monsters in hiding, scouts from all over the world come together to deliver the letters.

It’s lonely being a monster. But having other mythical pen pals helps. When Bigfoot loses the Valentine’s Day cards he so tenderly made for his friends around the world, a troop of scouts offers to help. But they will have to get creative to find every mythical creature in time! Sarah Glenn Marsh and Ishaa Lobo team up again for a sweet Valentine’s Day tale about the value of friends, both new and old.


COMING SOON?? Watch this space…



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