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Graphic Novel Review: Howtoons

Tucker and Celine are just doing what they do best--stirring up a little mischief--when their desperate mom challenges them to "make something other than trouble." Vivid comic panels relay easy-to-follow instructions that whisk Tucker and Celine (and the reader) away on an adventure in repurposing...

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Picture Book Review: One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl

When two brown bears refuse to share, one bear lucks out--and the other thinks that isn't fair. Rollicking, tongue-twisting rhymes take the reader through similar scenarios that count up the number line from two brown bears to "ten tall, twisty playground slides," with one lonely animal missing out...

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Explore the World with National Geographic Kids

National Geographic for Kids shows the world in a way you've never see it before. Explore science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space through amazing videos and pictures. Keep learning with their in-depth books, magazines, and maps. Use National Geographic for Kids inside the Library, or use...

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Picture Book Review: A Wonderful Year by Nick Bruel

Four interrelated stories follow an imaginative young girl, a purple hippo, and a very brave tree through a fun-filled year marked by winter snow, spring splendor, summer heat, and autumn gratitude. Told primarily through comic-style panels, A Wonderful Year strikes a balance between moments of...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Would you dare to fight for what you believe in, even if the whole world seemed to be against you? This is the true story of one brave young girl and her family who do exactly that, and make the world a better place in the process. In 1944, the Mendez family moved from the city of Santa Ana,...

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Picture Book Review: Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Looking to add a new book to your bedtime story repertoire? Let the kids giggle themselves to sleep with this debut picture book that brims with cartoony illustrations and silly dialogue. When a well-meaning octopus helps his friend get ready for bed, hilarity ensues. Simple, but memorably warm and...

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Youth Fiction Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

After leaving Ireland in the hope of finding a better life in England, Molly and Kip are hired by the Windsor family to work as servants at their secluded mansion. But as Molly and Kip get to know the dilapidated Windsor estate and the Windsors themselves, it becomes evident that nothing is as it...

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Picture Book Review: Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

Elliot is a little elephant in a very big city. While Elliot loves living amid all the hustle and bustle, sometimes being small is lonely and frustrating. Doorknobs always seem to be just a bit beyond Elliot's reach, and even brushing his teeth is impossible without a large box to stand on. But...

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Youth Fiction Review: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rose is different from her fellow 5th graders, and she knows it. Nobody else in her class keeps a list of homonyms. Nobody else likes to think about prime numbers. Nobody else is quite so rigidly devoted to following routines and obeying rules. And nobody else shares Rose's official diagnosis of "...

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Youth Graphic Nonfiction Review: El Deafo by Cece Bell

Starting a new school is never easy, but it's especially challenging for Cece, who is "severely to profoundly" deaf after a bout of meningitis. Because her new school doesn't offer special classes for children with hearing loss, Cece learns to read lips and is fitted with a bulky but powerful new...

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