1. A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities
    by Mady G.
    Limerence Press
    Apr 23, 2019
    YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / LGBT
    Paperback
    A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities
    by Mady G.
    Limerence Press
    Apr 23, 2019
    YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / LGBT
    Paperback
    A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!

    In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!

    And don't miss A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson!
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  2. Most Marshmallows
    by Rowboat Watkins
    Chronicle Books
    Apr 30, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
    Hardcover
    Most Marshmallows
    by Rowboat Watkins
    Chronicle Books
    Apr 30, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
    Hardcover
    Most marshmallows are born into marshmallow families, play with marshmallow friends, and go to marshmallow school where they learn to be squishy. Most marshmallows read a book before bed and then fall asleep to dream ordinary marshmallow dreams.
    But, this book isn't about most marshamallows, is it? No. That's because author Rowboat Watkins knows that, just like you, some marshmallows have big dreams, and just like you, these marshmallows can do anything they set their minds to. This sweet and silly book is an inspiring reminder to everyone that by being true to ourselves, each of us has the power to be extraordinary. Whether for a new parent or a recent graduate, the message here will fit the bill.

    Another slightly off kilter book from rising picture book-maker Rowboat Watkins. The art (and subversive humor) has nods to Maurice Sendak (with whom Watkins studied), but is unlike anything else out there.

    If you and your child are a fan ofRude Cakes, Pete With No Pants, andThe Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, you will love this book.

    This book is ideal for:
    • Read Aloud Book for preschoolers
    • Early Reading book for toddlers
    • Parents & Grandparents
    • Recent high school and college graduate gifts
    • Anyone looking for an empowering story
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  3. The Tallest Tree House
    by Elly MacKay
    Running Press Kids
    Apr 23, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
    Hardcover
    The Tallest Tree House
    by Elly MacKay
    Running Press Kids
    Apr 23, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
    Hardcover
    From esteemed author-illustrator Elly MacKay comes a magical fantasy tale about the importance of working as a team and being a good friend.

    Mip and Pip are two fairies who live in a beautiful forest near a waterfall. One day, Mip has a brilliant idea to build a tree house and decides to make it into a contest: whoever can build the tallest tree house the fastest wins! Pip, who is much more thoughtful and a planner, reads about architecture and sketches out blueprints while Mip, the speedster, is already halfway done constructing her house. But when a powerful gust of wind threatens Mip's tree house and Pip's safety, the two friends must learn to appreciate each other's talents to save the day-and to build the tallest tree house in the forest.
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  4. Hot Dog Girl
    by Jennifer Dugan
    G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
    Apr 30, 2019
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / LGBT
    Lexile measure 780L
    Hardcover
    Hot Dog Girl
    by Jennifer Dugan
    G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
    Apr 30, 2019
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / LGBT
    Lexile measure 780L
    Hardcover
    A fresh and funny contemporary YA rom-com about teens working as costumed characters in a local amusement part.

    "I'm wrecked with love for this funny, joyful, bighearted book." --Becky Albertalli, bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way:

    • She's landed a job at Magic Castle Playland . . . as a giant dancing hot dog.
    • Her crush, the dreamy diving pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the princess of the park. But Lou's never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her own happily ever after.
    • Her best friend, Seeley, the carousel operator, has always been up for anything, but she's decidedly not on board when it comes to Lou's quest to set her up with the perfect girl or Lou's scheme to get close to Nick.
    • And it turns out that this will be their last summer at Magic Castle Playland--ever--unless she can find a way to stop it from closing.

    Jennifer Dugan's sparkling debut coming-of-age queer romance stars a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator who find love--and themselves--in unexpected people and unforgettable places.

    "Both classic and new, hysterical and heartfelt, and packed with all the awesomeness and awkwardness of first love, first job, and the painful thrill of growing up." --Mackenzi Lee, bestselling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
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  5. Papergirl
    by Melinda McCracken 'Canada'
    Roseway Publishing
    Apr 15, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Canada / Post-Confederation
    Paperback
    Papergirl
    by Melinda McCracken 'Canada'
    Roseway Publishing
    Apr 15, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Canada / Post-Confederation
    Paperback

    Ten-year-old Cassie lives with her working-class family in 1919 Winnipeg. The Great War and Spanish Influenza have taken their toll, and workers in the city are frustrated with low wages and long hours. When they orchestrate a general strike, Cassie — bright, determined and very bored at school — desperately wants to help.

    She begins volunteering for the strike committee as a papergirl, distributing the strike bulletin at Portage and Main, and from her corner, she sees the strike take shape. Threatened and taunted by upper-class kids, and getting hungrier by the day, Cassie soon realizes that the strike isn’t just a lark — it’s a risky and brave movement.

    With her impoverished best friend, Mary, volunteering in the nearby Labour Café, and Cassie’s police officer brother in the strike committee’s inner circle, Cassie becomes increasingly furious about the conditions that led workers to strike.

    When an enormous but peaceful demonstration turns into a violent assault on Bloody Saturday, Cassie is changed forever.

    Lively and engaging, this novel is a celebration of solidarity, justice and one brave papergirl.

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  6. When You're Scared
    by Andrée Poulin 'Canada'
    Owlkids
    Mar 15, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
    Hardcover
    When You're Scared
    by Andrée Poulin 'Canada'
    Owlkids
    Mar 15, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
    Hardcover
    It’s a bright and beautiful day at the lake where a boy and his mother are camping. The boy is just a little scared of jumping into the water. At the same time, not too far away, a hungry bear cub is a little scared of diving deep into a dumpster, where tasty snacks await.

    Later, when the boy encounters a distraught mama bear sniffing around the dumpster, he’s very scared. But so is her bear cub, who is trapped inside! Bold, graphic artwork moves the narrative along in this mostly-wordless book full of sound effects and simple variations on a single phrase full of so many meanings (“He was scared”). Parallel stories of the mother and son, and mama and cub, come together when the campers, despite being scared, help rescue the cub from the dumpster.

    This simple, moving story invites readers to observe expressions, body language, and details hidden in the illustrations to follow the narrative. It’s a sweet summer read that normalizes fear and encourages acting with courage and compassion—even when you’re scared.
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  7. Pilu of the Woods
    by Mai K. Nguyen
    Oni Press
    Apr 16, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Mythology
    Paperback
    Pilu of the Woods
    by Mai K. Nguyen
    Oni Press
    Apr 16, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Mythology
    Paperback
    "Pilu of the Woods is a heartwarming tale full of natural wonder, with wise and lovely messages about coping with grief, facing your feelings, and learning to forgive yourself." - KATIE O'NEILL (Eisner Award-winning author of The Tea Dragon Society)


    For fans of Hilda and the Troll comes PILU OF THE WOODS, a heartwarming and bittersweet story of friendship, loss, exploring complex emotions and finding your way home from debut creator Mai K. Nguyen.

    Willow loves the woods near her house. They’re calm and quiet, so different from her own turbulent emotions, which she keeps locked away. When her emotions get the better of her one day, she decides to run away into the woods. There, she meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit who can’t find her way back home—which turns out to be the magnolia grove Willow’s mom used to take her to. Willow offers to help Pilu, and the two quickly become friends.

    But the journey is long, and Pilu isn’t sure she’s ready to return home yet—which infuriates Willow, who’s determined to make up for her own mistakes by getting Pilu back safely. As a storm rages and Willow’s emotions bubble to the surface, they suddenly take on a physical form, putting both girls in danger… and forcing Willow to confront her inner feelings once and for all.

    BONUS CONTENT: This edition includes blank journal pages in the back to encourage readers to keep their own notes about nature and their feelings.
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  8. I Will Be Fierce
    by Bea Birdsong
    Roaring Brook Press
    Apr 23, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
    Hardcover
    I Will Be Fierce
    by Bea Birdsong
    Roaring Brook Press
    Apr 23, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
    Hardcover

    Written by Bea Birdsong and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani,I Will Be Fierceis a powerful picture book about courage, confidence, kindness, and finding the extraordinary in everyday moments.

    Today, I will be fierce!

    It's a brand new day, and a young girl decides to take on the world like a brave explorer heading off on an epic fairytale quest. From home to school and back again, our hero conquers the Mountain of Knowledge (the library), forges new bridges (friendships), and leads the victorious charge home on her steed (the school bus).

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  9. Carl and the Meaning of Life
    by Deborah Freedman
    Viking Books for Young Readers
    Apr 02, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
    Lexile measure 210L
    Hardcover
    Carl and the Meaning of Life
    by Deborah Freedman
    Viking Books for Young Readers
    Apr 02, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
    Lexile measure 210L
    Hardcover
    From the often Caldecott-buzzed Deborah Freedman, a sweet and funny story about finding your place in the world.

    Carl is an earthworm. He spends his days happily tunneling in the soil until a field mouse asks him a simple question that stops him short: "Why?" Carl's quest takes him on an adventure to meet all the animals of the forest, each of whom seems to know exactly what they were put on this earth to do, unlike the curious Carl. But it's not until the world around him has changed that Carl begins to realize everyone, no matter how small, makes a big difference just by being themselves.
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  10. Mya's Strategy to Save the World
    by Tanya Lloyd Kyi 'Canada'
    Puffin Canada
    Apr 30, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure
    Lexile measure 780L
    Hardcover
    Mya's Strategy to Save the World
    by Tanya Lloyd Kyi 'Canada'
    Puffin Canada
    Apr 30, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure
    Lexile measure 780L
    Hardcover
    Twelve-year-old Mya Parsons could save the world and organize her family, if only she had her own cell phone. A Dork Diaries for today's socially conscious young readers.

    Mya Parsons runs her school's social justice club with her best friend, Cleo. Her lifelong desire is to work for the United Nations and change the world, and then bask in all the ensuing adulation. Her more immediate desire is to get a phone, preferably one like Cleo's, with a leopard-print case to match. When her distracted dad and her long-distance mom (temporarily in Myanmar taking care of Mya's grandmother) both say no, no way, and possibly never, Mya launches a campaign to prove herself reliable and deserving. She advertises her babysitting services, takes on more responsibility around the house, and attempts to supervise her sister's skateboarding lessons. Her efforts leave her ego bruised and the kitchen slightly scorched. She's no closer to touch-screen victory, let alone the Nobel Peace Prize she deserves. But all that changes after an accident leaves Mya to take charge--an experience which helps her realize how much she's grown, with or without access to proper communications.
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