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Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone Cover Image
By Alice Bri're-Haquet, Bruno Liance (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580898270
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - November 28th, 2017

The artwork in this book is SUBLIME! I was so entranced by the soft, graphite drawings that transition from page to page and add emotional depth to Nina's story. However, the text is sparse and best serves as an introduction to her accomplishments. But hopefully this beautiful book sparks an interest to learn more of the life of this legendary singer. 


Review by Nicole

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Bertolt Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781592702299
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - March 14th, 2017

A story of an act of kindness from a little boy to his beloved tree. The expressive illustrations will sweep you into this book and melt your heart.


Review by Nicole

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The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Women to Run the Boston Marathon Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943200474
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Compendium Books - June 15th, 2017

Stunning illustrations complement the triumphant true story of Bobbi Gibbs, the first woman to ever complete the Boston Marathon.


Review by Nicole

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Jabari Jumps Cover Image
By Gaia Cornwall, Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763678388
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 9th, 2017

Jabari overcomes the discomfort and fear of trying something new with gentle encouragement from his father.


Review by Nicole

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Baby Goes to Market Cover Image
By Atinuke, Angela Brooksbank (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763695705
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 5th, 2017

Atinuke, the Nigerian storyteller, has created a colorful and playful counting story as Mama goes to market with curious Baby strapped to her back. Baby ends up discovering extra treats along the way and adds them to the basket on Mama's head as she shops.


Review by Nicole

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La Princesa and the Pea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399251566
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

A clever rhyme with a sprinkling of Spanish words make this re-imagined fairy tale a fun read aloud. The twist at the end will amuse parents familiar with the original. And the Peruvian setting fleshed out with accurate portrayals of dress and textiles give the Princess and the Pea a welcome makeover!


Review by Nicole

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The Secret of Black Rock Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781911171256
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Nobrow Press - June 13th, 2017

This is a beautifully illustrated adventure story of a young girl as she seeks out the secret of a dreaded and deadly island that destroys ships, seemingly out of nowhere!


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Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship Cover Image
By David Elliott, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763660741
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 12th, 2017

If the subtitle, 'a tale of literacy, dental hygiene, and friendship' doesn't hook you, then maybe I'll just plead that you give these two hilarious sheep as they set out for an adventure a chance. Think of this as a story of a fuzzier but just as absurd Lucy-and-Ethel-type duo with a dangerous wolf thrown in for good measure.


Review by Nicole

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Chirri & Chirra, the Snowy Day Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781592702039
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 7th, 2017

Enter the enchanted wintery world of Chirri and Chirra as they bicycle through frozen forests, drink punch in giant ice castles, and drift to sleep in igloos underneath shooting stars. Doi's artwork is so cozy you will want to stay in this wonderland forever.


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Raymond Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763689506
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 9th, 2017

A hilarious story of a family dog who enters the corporate world to discover the struggles of being over-worked, pressed for deadlines, under-vacationed, and missing out on quality human time. Adults will appreciate the attention to detail in the illustrations while kids will enjoy the story of the talented Raymond, the dog who's trying to have it all and learns what really matters most along the way.


Review by Nicole

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