1. Claudia and the New Girl (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #9)
    by Ann M. Martin
    Graphix
    Feb 02, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
    Lexile measure GN360L
    Paperback
    Claudia and the New Girl (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #9)
    by Ann M. Martin
    Graphix
    Feb 02, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
    Lexile measure GN360L
    Paperback
    A brand-new Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adapted by newcomer Gabriela Epstein!

    Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class... until Ashley Wyeth comes along. Ashley's really different: She wears hippie clothes and has multiple earrings, and she's the most fantastic artist Claudia has ever met.

    Ashley says Claudia is a great artist, too, but thinks she's wasting her artistic talent with The Baby-sitters Club. When Claudia starts spending more time with Ashley and missing BSC meetings, it becomes clear that Claudia has to make a decision -- one of them has to go!

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  2. Girl Giant and the Monkey King
    by Van Hoang
    Roaring Brook Press
    Dec 01, 2020
    JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
    Hardcover
    Girl Giant and the Monkey King
    by Van Hoang
    Roaring Brook Press
    Dec 01, 2020
    JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
    Hardcover

    From debut author Van Hoang comesGirl Giant and the Monkey King, a tale packed with magic, adventure, and middle-school woes—perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Roshani Chokshi.

    Eleven-year-old Thom Ngho is keeping a secret: she’s strong. Like suuuuper strong. Freakishly strong. And it’s making it impossible for her to fit in at her new middle school.

    In a desperate bid to get rid of her super strength, Thom makes a deal with the Monkey King, a powerful deity and legendary trickster she accidentally released from his 500-year prison sentence. Thom agrees to help the Monkey King get back his magical staff if he'll take away her strength.

    Soon Thom is swept up in an ancient and fantastical world in where demons, dragons, and Jade princesses actually exist. But she quickly discovers that magic can’t cure everything, and dealing with the trickster god might be more trouble than it’s worth.

    Kirkus Best Book of 2020

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  3. Standing on Her Shoulders
    by Monica Clark-Robinson
    Orchard Books
    Feb 02, 2021
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
    Hardcover
    Standing on Her Shoulders
    by Monica Clark-Robinson
    Orchard Books
    Feb 02, 2021
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
    Hardcover
    A stunning love letter to the important women who shape us -- from our own mothers and grandmothers to the legends who paved the way for girls and women everywhere.

    Standing on Her Shoulders is a celebration of the strong women who influence us -- from our mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers to the women who fought for equality and acceptance in the United States.

    Monica Clark-Robinson's lyrical text encourages young girls to learn about the powerful and trailblazing women who laid the path for their own lives and empowers them to become role models themselves. Acclaimed illustrator Laura Freeman's remarkable art showcases a loving intergenerational family and encourages girls to find female heroes in their own lives.

    Standing on Her Shoulders will inspire girls of all ages to follow in the footsteps of these amazing women.

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  4. Home Is in Between
    by Mitali Perkins
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
    Feb 23, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
    Hardcover
    Home Is in Between
    by Mitali Perkins
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
    Feb 23, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
    Hardcover

    In the timely yet timeless picture bookHome Is in Between, critically acclaimed author Mitali Perkins and illustrator Lavanya Naidu describe the experience of navigating multiple cultures and embracing the complex but beautiful home in between.

    Shanti misses the warm monsoon rains in India. Now in America, she watches fall leaves fly past her feet.

    Still, her family’s apartment feels like a village: Mama cookingluchi, funny stories in Bangla, and Baba’s big laugh. But outside, everything is different – trick-or-treating, ballet class, and English books.

    Back and forth, Shanti trudges between her two worlds. She remembers her village and learns her new town. She watches Bollywood movies at home and Hollywood movies with her friends. She is Indian. She is also American. How should she define home?

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  5. Little Helpers Toddler Baking Cookbook
    by Barbara Lamperti
    Rockridge Press
    Feb 09, 2021
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / Cooking & Food
    Paperback
    Little Helpers Toddler Baking Cookbook
    by Barbara Lamperti
    Rockridge Press
    Feb 09, 2021
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / Cooking & Food
    Paperback

    A fun and tasty guide to baking with little chefs ages 1 to 4

    If your little one is curious about what goes on in the kitchen, this toddler cookbook is the perfect way to get them involved. The recipes are designed to be whimsical and simple, so even young kids can start learning cooking basics, fine motor skills, and the joy of tasting and sharing their own creations.

    You’ll find advice for the best ways to bake with a toddler, including how to set up the workspace ahead of time, explain kitchen safety, and create a backup plan in case things get a little too messy. Every recipe includes both “adult steps" and “toddler steps” so you can see where to give your toddler some independence and where they’ll need a grown-up to lend a hand.

    Get kids excited about baking with a toddler cookbook that offers:

    • Three difficulty levels—Choose what to cook based on your toddler’s interest and skill, and give them the chance to grow with the book, trying more advanced recipes as they improve.
    • Fun, flavorful, and healthy recipes—This toddler cookbook features a wide range of sweet and savory flavors to encourage kids to try new foods while limiting the use of refined sugar.
    • A personalized keepsake—Find space to write down when you made each recipe, what you enjoyed the most, how many stars you’d rate it, and any notes or memories you want to share.

    Explore a toddler cookbook that makes it fun, easy, and safe for your whole family to bake together.

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  6. I See You See
    by Richard Jackson
    Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
    Feb 16, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Cats
    Hardcover
    I See You See
    by Richard Jackson
    Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
    Feb 16, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Cats
    Hardcover
    When a brother and sister go for a walk, their imaginations turn the ordinary into the extraordinary in this sweet and whimsical picture book.

    Pup is pulling, Maisie is pushing, and Jonah is looking and listening as the three of them set off on their daily dog walk. But what begins as a chore becomes an unexpected celebration of imagination as their neighborhood transforms. Maisie sees butterfly; Jonah sees a popsicle garden! Maisie sees the postman; Jonah sees a sky slide! And…is that…a tree of cats?!

    Differences are what brings richness to the everyday in gorgeous homage to the wonders of the world around us—and the worlds we can create—if only we stop to look and listen.
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  7. Sharing a Smile
    by Nicki Kramar
    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Feb 23, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience
    Hardcover
    Sharing a Smile
    by Nicki Kramar
    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Feb 23, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience
    Hardcover
    In the spirit of Come With Me, this timely and charming tale about mask-wearing follows a little girl and her generous plan to find her own courage by helping those in her neighborhood find theirs.

    In a changing world, little Sophie is feeling a bit worried. She loves being outside and playing with her friends in her neighborhood. But going outside lately means wearing a mask—something Sophie is still trying to understand. It makes her nervous when she wants to be brave. And after taking a closer look outside her window, watching her neighbors adjusting to this new normal, she realizes she isn’t the only one who feels a little scared.

    Which gives Sophie an idea. With her grandpa’s help, she does something special for the people in her neighborhood. When Sophie sees her small acts of kindness spread, she realizes that with the help of friends in our communities, anyone can find their courage—and their smile.
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  8. Dear Black Girls
    by Shanice Nicole 'Canada'
    Metonymy Press
    Feb 08, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
    Hardcover
    Dear Black Girls
    by Shanice Nicole 'Canada'
    Metonymy Press
    Feb 08, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
    Hardcover

    Dear Black girls all around the world, this one is for you -- for us.

    Dear Black Girls is a letter to all Black girls. Every single day poet and educator Shanice Nicole is reminded of how special Black girls are and of how lucky she is to be one. Illustrations by Kezna Dalz support the book's message that no two Black girls are the same but they are all special--that to be a Black girl is a true gift. In this celebratory poem, Kezna and Shanice remind young readers that despite differences, they all deserve to be loved just the way they are.

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  9. The Secret Fawn
    by Kallie George 'Canada'
    Tundra Books
    Feb 02, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Deer, Moose & Caribou
    Lexile measure AD430L
    Hardcover
    The Secret Fawn
    by Kallie George 'Canada'
    Tundra Books
    Feb 02, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Deer, Moose & Caribou
    Lexile measure AD430L
    Hardcover
    Gorgeous cut-paper art illuminates this sweet, heartfelt picture book about how special being little can be. For fans of Finding Wild and Little Fox in the Forest.

    A little girl is always missing out on the wonderful things her family gets to see and do, just because she is the youngest and smallest. She misses seeing shooting stars because she goes to bed too early; she can't pick the first apple of autumn because she's too short; and, this morning, everyone else got to see a deer . . . except her. She goes into her backyard in search of the deer, a sugar cube tucked in her pocket. She sees a flick of brown in the orchard -- is that the deer? No, it's just the neighbor's friendly dog (Shhhhh, Nala!). Is that it by the pond? No, that's just a bird, playing in the water. Just when she's about to give up, she spots a fawn, beautiful, quiet and small . . . just like her.

    The Secret Fawn beautifully captures the power of nature to inspire children and shows how connecting with animals can help kids who feel left out or overlooked.
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  10. Elephants Do Not Belong in Trees
    by Russ Willms
    Orca Book Publishers
    Feb 16, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Elephants
    Guided Reading Level L, Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient L, Lexile measure AD500L
    Hardcover
    Elephants Do Not Belong in Trees
    by Russ Willms
    Orca Book Publishers
    Feb 16, 2021
    JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Elephants
    Guided Reading Level L, Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient L, Lexile measure AD500L
    Hardcover
    Elephants do not belong in trees. It’s not natural. It makes other animals uncomfortable. This is the story of Larry, an elephant who wanted to live in a tree. This is a story about being the new kid and being a little bit different (okay, A LOT different). A story about acceptance and making friends. When Larry decides he wants to live in the big bushy tree in the middle of the wide-open field, the current residents, Bird, Squirrel and Monkey, are not very welcoming. They throw nuts at him and peck at his head; they tell him to leave and are downright rude. But Larry persists—why can’t he live in the tree? When his new home is threatened by something much bigger than all the animals combined, Larry shows everyone that he cares just as much about the tree as they do.
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