Reviews written by Beth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer

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May 06, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
Finding One's Worth

‘Layla, the Last Black Unicorn’ by Tiffany Haddish, co-written by Jerdine Nolen, and illustrated by Jessica Gibson, is an endearing story about the power of being true to oneself and realizing one’s own worth despite any hardships that may get in the way of achieving one’s own sense of peace....

May 06, 2022
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4.5
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
Being True to Oneself

‘Book Buddies: Marco Polo Brave Explorer’ by Cynthia Lord, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, tells the story of Marco Polo, a retired Christmas ornament with dreams of being a great explorer. The problem is that he’s very tiny, and when it is decided that he will no longer be an ornament,...

April 26, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Learning About Animals

‘Little Kids First Big Book of Baby Animals’ by Maya Myers, a National Geographic Kids book, contains six chapters, plus an animal map, parent tips, a glossary, and more. The images are vivid and colorful, with a fact chart for the animals to help better understand them in quick fashion....

April 26, 2022 (Updated: April 26, 2022)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Fascinating Creatures

‘Mythical Beasts: 100 Fun Facts about Real Animals and the Myths They Inspire,’ a National Geographic Kids book by Stephanie Warren Drimmer, has so many tales about creatures, both mythical and real. There are lots of real animals that seem to come from myths and legends, including a bird much...

April 26, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Mesmerizing Rocks

‘Bling! 100 Fun Facts about Rocks and Gems,’ a National Geographic Kids book by Emma Carlson Berne, is a Level 3 Fact Reader, sharing so much information about rocks, gems, and more. There are lots of quick trivia points placed throughout the pages of the book, along with paragraphs that...

April 26, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Enduring Romance

‘Finding Her Edge’ by Jennifer Iacopelli is a light-hearted, sweet young adult story with a mix of themes, including dedication, motivation, self-worth, endurance, and, of course, romance. Adriana has always felt like she’s in her sister Elisa’s shadow. While Elisa is preparing for Olympic stardom,...

April 26, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Middle Grade Fiction
New Opportunities

‘The Turtle of Michigan’ by Naomi Shihab Nye is a wonderfully engaging read about a young boy named Aref (pronounced “R-F”) and the journey he takes with his parents to move across the world from Oman to Michigan. It is an entirely different world, and even though Aref finds it...

April 10, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Indie
Sharing Her Truth

‘The Girl with No Sol’ by Karen Vega follows main character Kalamiti Sol as she navigates her life on the streets, in high school, and with her friends and family. She learns that bad decisions don’t necessarily have to equate to bad outcomes. Having a support system and trying to...

March 28, 2022
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4.3
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4.0
Characters
 
4.0
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4.0
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5.0
Daring Nature

‘Gugulu: The Little Bear Dares,’ written by Srividhya Lakshmanan and illustrated by Akansha Krishnan, tells the story of Gugulu, a sloth bear who just wants to go to school all by himself, but his mom and dad want to keep him safe by traveling with him. When he dares to...

March 25, 2022
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4.3
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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Middle Grade Fiction
A New Life

‘The Zee Files’ by Tina Wells tells the story of Mackenzie Carmichael—better known as Zee—and her transition from living in California to living in London, while spending her school year at boarding school. Once there, she deals with typical ninth grade troubles, such as staying in touch with her friends....

March 25, 2022
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4.5
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4.0
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5.0
Bok and Neil Armstrong

‘Bok’s Giant Leap’ by Neil Armstrong, illustrated by Grahame Baker Smith, shares how it’s not just humans who have memories, but rocks as well. Named by Neil Armstrong himself, Bok is a rock that came from the moon, and has witnessed volcanic eruptions, the forming of oceans, along with life—and...

March 25, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Hope Rings Eternal

‘Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music’ by Willie Nelson & Bobbie Nelson, co-written by Chris Barton, and illustrated by Kyung Eun Han, is an inspiring story of family, music, and determination to see one’s passion through. The story is told from two different perspectives, as...

March 25, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Kids Fiction
Getting to Know You

‘Meet Donkey Hodie!’ by Patty Michaels, a book from the Donkey Hodie collection, part of Fred Rogers Productions, introduces the characters from the PBS Kids TV show, Donkey Hodie. They all live in Someplace Else, where everyone goes to live in order to follow big dreams they may have. ...

March 25, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Kids Fiction
Working Toward a Common Goal

‘Flying Flapjacks!’ adapted by Ximena Hastings, based on the screenplay, ‘Flying Flapjacks,’ written by Joey Mazzarino, is a cute, pull-tab, board book about Donkey Hodie’s desire to try to prepare a special surprise. Her goal is to make flying flapjacks, but she needs to know how to do it. ...

March 01, 2022
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5.0
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Kids Fiction
Love of School

‘I Love School!’ by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Shari Halpern, is a simple, but engaging story about a typical school day. From taking the bus to talking with friends, on to play time, creative time, recess, counting, reciting the alphabet, feeding the class pet, eating lunch, and reading time, there...

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