Bethany Wicker, Listings Manager & Staff Reviewer

The Lodge that Beaver Built
 
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Category: Kids Nonfiction
A lush companion to The Nest That Wren Built brings to light the habits of a secretive creature with lifelike illustrations and a lyrical, informative text. Resourceful Beaver and his family work every day to build the perfect lodge in the pond, made of branches from the...
The Circles in the Sky
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
With luminous illustrations, this original folktale about the discovery of a lifeless bird offers a sympathetic exploration of grief, loss, and hope. One morning, Fox is drawn toward the forest. There, in a clearing, he sees something small and silent, perhaps forgotten. It’s a bird, lying as...
Magnolia Flower
 
4.3
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
From beloved African American folklorist Zora Neale Hurston comes a moving adaptation by National Book Award winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and Antiracist Baby, Ibram X. Kendi. Magnolia Flower follows a young Afro Indigenous girl who longs for freedom and...
The Bear and the Little Green Thing
 
3.0
 
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Category: Kids Indie
Jon Klassen meets Carson Ellis in this stunning debut shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards. When the little green thing is dropped from the mouth of a bird, it finds an unexpected home – on the back of a bear. The little...
Well Done, Mommy Penguin
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
With his vibrant, stylish art and spot-on visual storytelling, Chris Haughton turns to Antarctica for an irresistible ode to family bonds and awesome moms. “She’ll be back soon, won’t she?” “She sure will,” says Daddy Penguin. The sky may be dark over...
Mum, Me, and the Mulberry Tree
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
A tender story follows a mother-and-daughter pair enjoying a ritual to remember: a bus ride to the countryside, baskets full of berries, and a fragrant pie. As the sun starts to rise, a young girl and her mother set out on the bus, riding knee to knee...
Indigo Dreaming
 
3.5
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
A gorgeous, imagination-sparking introduction to the beauty and interconnectedness of the Black diaspora. A young girl living on the coast of South Carolina dreams of her distant relatives on the shores of Africa and beyond. Indigo Dreaming is a poetic meditation between two young girls—on different...
Granny and Bean
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
From a stellar creative team, the lyrical story of a grandmother and grandchild as they share an intimate adventure by the windy sea—and make a stop for teatime. Their laughter rose; full of joy, it spilled ’cross sand, through mist, as the curlews trilled. ...
A Life of Service: The Story of Senator Tammy Duckworth
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Nonfiction
Thai American creators portray the inspirational and barrier-breaking life of Senator Tammy Duckworth in a picture-book tribute to an extraordinary woman. Senator Tammy Duckworth has logged a long list of “firsts” during her tenure as the first Thai American woman elected to Congress, including being the first...
The World Belonged to Us
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Two children’s book superstars—#1 New York Times bestseller Jacqueline Woodson, the author of The Day You Begin, and Leo Espinosa, the illustrator of Islandborn­—join forces to celebrate the joy and freedom of summer in the city, which is gloriously captured in their rhythmic text and lively art. ...
Crossbones (Kingdom of Bones, 1)
 
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Never trust a pirate. The Blood Bell tolls, marking the death of the pirate king and the start of the Trials―a heart-stopping competition where the reward is the Bone Crown. Only one contender can claim the coveted island throne; each will gamble life and limb to win....
Aaahhh!
 
3.0
 
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Category: Kids Indie
A gigantic noise makes its way around the world, knocking the stripes off a tiger, flattening mountains, and rallying all of humanity to respond. What could it be? An alien invasion? A meteor that crashed into a foghorn factory? A saxophone extremely out of tune? Where is the noise...
House Finds A Home
 
3.8
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Reminiscent of the children’s classic The Little House comes a picture book about a house and how the world changes both outside and inside of it over generations. House has always loved the people inside. When they move out, House’s halls grow quiet, his windows dark. He...
Pina
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Shelf Awareness Starred Review: "Pina sparkles with enchantment from beginning to end." This story of Pina’s fear to venture out of his door into the wide world will resonate with timid, imaginative kids. Pina explores the haunted country of the imagination...
Lost
 
3.5
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
The third title in a new quartet of enchanting picture books in which a boy and his beloved grandad discover the wonder of the natural world. The third title in this enchanting follow-up quartet to Sam Usher's acclaimed seasonal books, featuring Boy and Grandad who now encounter...
Weird But True World 2023
 
5.0
 
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The BLOCKBUSTER kid-favorite series Weird But True! is busting out with a BIG, BOLD annual extravaganza of the wackiest, wildest, and downright weirdest wonders on planet Earth. Discover Earth’s strangest animals, natural formations, festivals, ancient wonders, news, and more in this newest addition to the wildly...
National Geographic Kids Dinosaur Atlas
 
4.8 (2)
 
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Dig into the amazing world of dinosaurs! This one-of-a-kind atlas from National Geographic is packed with eye-popping illustrations, incredible fossil finds, and fascinating maps custom made for kids by the world leaders in mapmaking and exploration. More than 250 million years ago, our planet looked and felt...
I Am A Baby
 
4.3
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
From the creator of the mega-popular Dinosaur vs.series comes a hilariously deadpan look at new parenthood—from a baby’s point of view. I am not sleepy. I am not sleepy because I am a baby. Mommy is sleepy. Mommy is sleepy because I am a baby. ...
My Poet
 
3.3
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Inspired by the life and craft of Mary Oliver, My Poet celebrates the joy of connecting perception and experience with words, with glowing artwork by Jen Hill and profound text by Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. Patricia MacLachlan has written a lyrical ode to writing,...
My Name is Not Ed Tug
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Indie
Edimorwhitimormiligimmus Tug has a very special name that is all his own. But his teacher thinks it's too long and hard to say. One day she shortens it to. . . Ed. But he loves his name just the way it is. So he comes...
Ultimate Food Atlas: Maps, Games, Recipes, and More for Hours of Delicious Fun
 
4.3
 
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Exploring the world has never been more yummy and fun! Discover how unique foods are grown, eaten, and celebrated by people all over the planet, get recipes for delicious dishes, and so much more! Pull up a chair and dig into this bold and vibrant world atlas full of...
The Mouse Who Carried a House on His Back
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Celebrated artist Isabelle Arsenault joins forces with author Jonathan Stutzman for an enchanting tale about the expansive power of generosity. Vincent was a mouse with boots on his feet, a hat on his head, and a house on his back. When an ordinary spot on...
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Exquisitely detailed drawings by Matt Tavares embody the spirit of a magical night now in a lavish, full-size gift edition marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the classic poem. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. ...
Little Good Wolf
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
From the beloved creators behind Tops and Bottoms comes a fractured fairytale about a wolf who is so good, it's bad. Will he ever fit in with his family of Big Bad Wolves? Or will he show everyone that sometimes it's best to honor who you are? ...
I Love You All Year Round: Four Classic Guess How Much I Love You Stories
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Little readers can love the Nutbrown Hares from spring to summer to fall to winter—and back—with this gorgeous, reissued collection of four sweet stories. When seeds, plants, and other creatures begin to change in the spring, Little Nutbrown Hare has lots of questions, including wondering what he...
Nutcracker Night
 
3.3
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Discover the sights, sounds and magic of a night at the ballet that will prepare even the youngest of children for their first theatrical experience Beep! Beep! go the taxis. Voof! go the velvet curtains. The Nutcracker ballet and New York City’s David H. Koch Theater...
Seoulmates
 
5.0
 
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Her ex-boyfriend wants her back. Her former best friend is in town. When did Hannah’s life become a K-drama? Hannah Cho had the next year all planned out—the perfect summer with her boyfriend, Nate, and then a fun senior year with their friends. But then...
After: After Zombie Series Book 1
 
5.0
 
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Category: Young Adult Indie
A world once overrun by zombies... Jenna grew up in the aftermath, in a broken world where people lived in fear. Now a corporation runs the country, using the Alliance soldiers to do their dirty work, under the guise of keeping the peace. ...
Told and Retold: Around the World with Aesop's Fables
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
A gorgeous new take on Aesop's Fables with stories from around the world masterfully illustrated by an award-winning print-maker. The world is connected, and so are our stories. In this picture book, stunningly illustrated with Holly Berry's hand-carved wood cuts, we're introduced to short versions of Aesop's...
Something Beautiful
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
A trio of animal pals discover the beauty in making new friends in this tender and adorable picture book from Lita Judge, the beloved author-illustrator of Red Sled and Flight School. Mouse, Elephant, and Giraffe have so much in common. They like the same games. They eat...
Something About Grandma
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
On a first solo visit to her grandmother’s home outside Mexico City, a young girl discovers what makes Grandma so special in this enchanting and personal picture book. At Grandma’s house, where Julia is staying without her parents for the first time, the breeze is sweet like...
Chasing After Knight
 
3.7
 
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From Beyond the Break author Heather Buchta comes a funny, romantic novel about a girl trying to make amends with a former best friend. The thing is: healing someone else's broken heart has its complications, especially when he's now an A-list movie star. High school senior Alexa...
Bunheads
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
nstant New York Times bestselling series opener inspired by prima ballerina and author Misty Copeland's own early experiences in ballet. From prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland comes the story of a young Misty, who discovers her love of dance through the ballet...
Accomplished: A Georgie Darcy Novel
 
4.0
 
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Georgiana Darcy gets the Pride & Prejudice retelling she deserves in Amanda Quain's Accomplished, a sparkling contemporary YA featuring a healthy dose of marching band romance, endless banter, and Charles Bingley as a ripped frat boy. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Georgiana Darcy should have...
Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (First Conversations)
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Nonfiction
Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way. Developed by experts in the fields...
The Queen in the Cave
 
3.5
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
In her debut as author-illustrator, Júlia Sardà spins an enthralling and evocative tale, rich with layers of meaning to be discovered. One night, Franca has a dream about a marvelous queen who lives in a dark cave, deep in the forest. She cannot sit still until she...
Sir Ladybug
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
From Caldecott Honoree and two-time Geisel Award–winning author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor, this is a fresh and funny young graphic novel series sure to delight readers. Perfect for fans of Catwad, Bird & Squirrel, and Narwhal & Jelly. Ladies and gentlebugs, presenting the duke of the dandelion...
Geraldine Pu and Her Cat Hat, Too!: Ready-to-Read Graphics Level 3
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Spunky, funny, and friendly Geraldine Pu gets ready for picture day in this second book in this Level 3 Ready-to-Read Graphics series! Geraldine Pu loves her cat hat, Mao Maotz. If only she felt the same way about her own hair! Then she finds out that picture...
Meet Me in the Middle
 
5.0
 
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Fans of Jennifer Dugan and Laura Taylor Namey will fall in love with this latest YA romance by Wattpad superstar Alex Light, author of The Upside of Falling. Eden had her best friend Katie—she didn’t need anyone else. But then there was Truman. ...
Waiting for Mama
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
New York Times bestselling illustrator Gianna Marino reveals the enduring importance of family in a picture book perfect for Mother's Day and Father's Day! "When everyone is sleeping, all I can hear is Papa's heart. Boom-Boom-Boom. My papa loves me." It's deep winter in the...
Piglet Comes Home: How a Deaf Blind Pink Puppy Found His Family
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Real-life Instagram sensation Piglet the Pink Puppy inspired this sweet and compassionate picture book about the deaf and blind pup finding his forever home. When the pup pack’s owner leaves to bring them a new friend, the dogs wonder who will be coming back to join their...
Beneath the Trees: A Fine Summer
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
It's summer, and the laughter of children echoes under the trees. But for some of the older animals, the frivolous abandon of childhood is far behind them. Old Mr. Owl and Mr. Toad get the crazy idea to relive some of their youth if that's even possible anymore... ...
Cat Eyes and Dog Whistles: The Five Seven Senses of Humans and Other Animals
 
5.0
 
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Find out how our amazing bodies communicate to us in this fact-packed book about sensory perception. It's time to make sense of the senses.
Atlas of Endangered Animals
 
5.0
 
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This book provides both a wake-up call and hope. If we behave responsibly toward nature, these species can still be saved. We are born, we live, we die, and we loot our planet. We pollute it, mine it, cut down...
Always Jane
 
3.0
 
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A chauffer’s daughter finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with the sons of her boss’s wealthy next-door neighbors in this delightfully romantic story from the author of Alex, Approximately, Jenn Bennett. Love—and Fen Sarafian—do not care about your summer plans. Eighteen-year-old chauffeur’s...
How to Spot a Best Friend
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Do you know how to find a best friend? Find out in this wonderful celebration of kindness and friendship! "Today, I will find a best friend!" announces a little girl to her mother as they walk to school. Her mother reminds her that it's only the first...
My Blue-Ribbon Horse: The True Story of the Eighty-Dollar Champion
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Nonfiction
November 1958: the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win...
A Rose Named Peace: How Francis Meilland Created a Flower of Hope for a World at War
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Nonfiction
Beautifully illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, an inspirational biography of the Peace rose and its creator digs deep into world history, botany, and the rewards of perseverance. From a young man’s experiments in cross-pollination to the rose that became an international symbol of hope, this gentle picture book...
Flip the Script
 
3.7
 
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In this simmering, joyous novel, I’ll Be the One author Lyla Lee delivers a tender romance set between two brave teens who decide that when the script isn’t working, it’s time to rewrite it themselves. The first rule of watching K-dramas: Never fall in love...
Atlas of Cats (Atlases of Animal Companions)
 
5.0
 
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How many cat breeds are there? Let's find out! This book belongs to all cat lovers! Did you know that some cats don’t have five fingers, but six? We’re not pulling your whiskers—it’s true! Whether you have your own pet at home or whether you just like...