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Youth Nonfiction Review: The Maine Coon's Haiku by Michael J. Rosen

In brief poems punctuated by "a-ha!" moments, The Maine Coon's Haiku pays tribute to 20 popular cat breeds. Diverse settings and a wide range of distinctly feline personalities make these haikus sing, and striking, digitally-rendered illustrations provide context. Interesting facts about each breed...

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Youth Fiction Review: Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

For long as Micah can remember, his grandfather Ephraim has been telling him spectacular stories about a magical, secret circus. At least, Micah always thought they were just stories. Grandpa Ephraim is dying now, and he has one last secret to share with Micah: Circus Mirandus is real--and its...

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Youth Fiction Review: Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt

Like a fish in a tree, Ally has always felt out of place in the classroom. She tries to hide her discomfort by acting tough, but her behavior never seems to get her anywhere but the principal's office. Her teachers think she's a troublemaker; her peers call her "dumb;" and Ally is afraid that they...

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Youth Biography Review: The Noisy Paint Box

Have you ever wondered how to discuss abstract art with a child?  This illustrated book follows Vasily Kandinsky, a pioneer of abstract art, from childhood to adulthood.  Living an upper-class life, Kandinsky is taught everything a proper boy should learn.  When his family gives him...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: Winnie by Sally M. Walker

You've every book about Winnie-the-Pooh and seen every movie set in the Hundred Acre Woods--but did you know everyone's favorite "Bear of Very Little Brain" was inspired by an actual resident of the London Zoo? In Winnie, Sally M. Walker reveals the true story of how an orphaned bear cub, a soldier...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature

Need something to do? Grab this guide and head out on a fun-filled adventure in the natural world! Gorgeous illustrations and expert advice outline 24 activities and projects to help budding young naturalists explore plants and animals in the woods, in the park, or at the beach. With a hands-on...

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Picture Book Review: The Adventures of Beekle

In this Caldecott Medal book, imaginary friends are born on a magical island.  Little by little, each creature is imagined by a child and goes to live in the real world.  Beekle waits, but no one chooses him; this moment might remind some readers of the childhood dread of being picked...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: Growing Up Pedro by Matt Tavares

Hey, baseball fans! Are you game for a good, new book? Look no further than Growing Up Pedro. Through a winning combination of richly rendered paintings and easy-to-read prose, author/illustrator Matt Tavares captures the inspirational true story of how Pedro and Ramon Martinez overcame the poverty...

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Youth Fiction Review: The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt

Penelope dreams of becoming a writer, but her overachieving mother insists on keeping the family on a strict schedule that emphasizes "keeping busy" and "being productive" and doesn't offer Penelope a free moment to explore her art. Although she tries very hard to always be on time and follow all...

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Youth Fiction Review: Listen, Slowly by Thanha Lai

School is wrapping up, and 12-year-old Mai is looking forward to spending the summer bonding with her BFF, hanging out at the beach, and maybe (finally) finding the courage to actually talk to her crush. But Mai's parents have other plans: they want Mai to accompany her aging grandmother (Ba) on a...

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