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Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books

Michelle Markel

While most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, John Newbery imagined them overflowing with entertaining stories, science, and games. He believed that every book should be made for the reader's enjoyment. Newbery—for whom the prestigious Newbery Medal is named—became a celebrated author and publisher, changing the world of children's books forever. This book about his life and legacy is as full of energy and delight as any young reader could wish. Ages 5 to 8.

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Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World

Bill Nye

Twelve-year-old Jack and his genius foster siblings, Ava and Matt become caught up in a mystery when they travel to Antarctica with Dr. Hank Witherspoon for a prestigious science competition. All is not as it seems when a fellow scientist has goes missing, along with any trace of her research. Could someone be trying to use her findings to win the contest? It’s up to Jack, Ava, and Matt to find the missing scientist and discover who’s behind it all—before it’s too late. Ages 8 to 12.

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Olivia the Spy

Ian Falconer

Olivia’s birthday is days away. Plans must be made. Who makes plans? Moms! Who simply must know the plans? Olivia, who is NOT above eavesdropping. But when she not-so-accidentally-but-kinda overhears her mom talking about her not-so-squeaky-clean-and-possibly-very-bad-behavior, Olivia’s imagination runs wild…because it sounds like not only will there be no birthday, but Mom might just be sending her to military school instead. What a BAD birthday that would be! Ages 4 to 8.

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Prisoner of Ice and Snow

Ruth Lauren

When Valor is arrested, she couldn’t be happier. Demidova’s prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor’s sister Sasha is already serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family and Valor is going to help her escape...from the inside. Never mind that no one has escaped in three hundred years. Valor has a plan and resources most could only dream about. But she didn't count on having to outsmart both the guards and her fellow prisoners. If Valor’s plan is to succeed, she’ll need to make unlikely allies. And if the plan fails, she and Sasha could end up with fates worse than prison. Ages 8 to 12.

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The Ring Bearer

Floyd Cooper

Jackson’s mama is getting married, and he gets to be the ring bearer. But Jackson is worried...What if he trips? Or walks too slowly? Or drops the rings? And what about his new stepsister, Sophie? She’s supposed to be the flower girl, but Jackson’s not sure she’s taking her job as seriously as she should. In a celebration of blended families, this heartwarming story, stunningly illustrated by the award-winning Floyd Cooper, is a perfect story for any child who’s nervous to walk down the aisle at a wedding. Ages 3 to 7.

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