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A Mighty Girl's 2018 Books of the Year

201–300 of 361 items
  1. Thank You, Omu!

    Author/Illustrator: Oge Mora

    Omu's stew is so delicious that everyone in the neighborhood is drawn to her house by its scent — and Omu dishes out a portion to anyone who asks. But when evening comes, she realizes that she's accidentally given away all of her dinner! She doesn't go hungry for long, however; a knock at the door reveals the whole community, who have brought a potluck feast to thank Omu for her generosity. Author-illustrator Oge Mora notes that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in her parents' language, Igbo, but that it meant "Grandma" to her growing up — one of many charming touches in this story of a sharing community.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $17.09
  2. Inkmistress

    Demigod Astra can control the future with her blood, a dangerous power that she keeps secret; instead, she spends quiet days with Ina, the girl she loves. But when a threat to the village goes unchecked by the king, Ina begs Asra to help her find her manifest, the animal she will be able to change into as an adult. In secret, Asra attempts a spell — and it goes horribly wrong. Now, Ina has sworn vengeance on the king and chosen a dragon as her manifest, and Asra has to stop her, even at the cost of learning the terrible truth of her own power. Set in the same world as Of Fire and Stars, this fast-paced romantic fantasy asks which deeds are too dark to do, even for the one you love.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.70
  3. How to Build A Hug

    Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine

    Young Temple Grandin loved building and hated hugs. She wanted to be hugged, but every time she tried, it felt too overwhelming to bear. But when she saw a calf being calmed by a special machine that gently squeezed its sides, she had an idea: she would build a hug machine, one that would let her get exactly the hug she needed... and maybe help her get the hugs she wanted, too. This empowering look at a pivotal moment in the life of the groundbreaking autism advocate aptly illustrates the experience of sensory overload, helping kids of all stripes appreciate the cleverness of Grandin's invention and the power of a hug.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $10.98
  4. Amelia: My First Amelia Earhart (Little People, Big Dreams)

    Illustrator: MARIADIAMANTES

    Young Amelia Earhart dreamed of flying like a bird, so as an adult, she decided to learn how to fly a plane! Female pilots were few and far between, but Amelia wanted to prove that women could fly just as well as men. First, she set a female world record by flying at 14,000 feet; then, she flew across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; and finally, she decided to try flying all around the whole world. This board book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, which also includes a board book about Maya Angelou, will inspire and empower the littlest readers.

    Ages: 1 - 3
    Price: $5.89
  5. Broken Things

    Author: Lauren Oliver

    When they were thirteen, Mia, Brynn, and Summer were inseparable, and obsessed with a novel called The Way Into Lovelorn — one that famously ended mid-sentence. The three friends would write fanfic imagining the actual ending, until the day that Summer was murdered, and everyone decided that Mia, Brynn, and their other friend Owen must have been the killers. Five years later, Mia and Brynn are still called The Monsters of Brickhouse Lane, but now they're determined to find out what happened... no matter what they learn is the truth. Eerie and suspenseful, this psychological thriller dives into dark territory as it explores obsession and damaged friendships.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $12.01
  6. Power to the Princess

    15 Favorite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power

    Author: Vita Murrow
    Illustrator: Julia Bereciartu

    Fifteen fairytales get new reimaginings in this title that declares, "Power to the princess!" Classic stories like Snow White, Sleeping Beautiful, Thumbelina, the Little Mermaid, and more get unique twists that incorporate issues around self-image, confidence, LGBTQ identities, friendship, advocacy, and disability, making them the perfect counterpart to the shelves of cookie-cutter princesses out there. With its elegant red clothbound hard cover and metallic debossing, this is a gorgeous gift book that will delight girls for years.

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price: $12.29
  7. The Door to the Lost

    Rook is just one of a skyboat full of Voran children with magical abilities that fled their world right before an explosion severed the portal they came through, erased their memories, and destabilized the magic on their new world of Talhaven. Now, Talhaven's residents distrust these refugee children, but also want to use them for their still-functioning magical gifts. Rook hopes her ability to create magical doors can take her and her friends Drift and Fox back to Vora, but the trio may be the only people who can save their adopted world from its increasingly dangerous magic. This fast-paced fantasy novel will captivate middle grade readers with its vivid worldbuilding and timely themes about xenophobia, refugees, and hope.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $7.55
  8. Chaotic Good

    As a rising cosplay star, Cameron tries to ignore angry male commenters and focus on her goal: completing her portfolio and applying to a costume design program for college. But in her new town, the only comic shop — a key source for character references — is staffed by a gatekeeping dudebro owner who challenges every woman who walks in. Cameron borrows her twin brother's clothes and successfully masquerades as a boy, but when she starts falling for handsome Lincoln from the D&D group, will her portfolio fall by the wayside? Important themes about prejudice in fandom and cyberbullying don't overshadow the nerdy fun of this coming of age story.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $17.66
  9. The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray

    Author: E. Latimer

    Bryony Gray's work is deeply in demand in London's art community... but her life is grim. Her cruel uncle keeps her locked up, painting canvas after canvas for his clients. Then her paintings start taking on a life of their own — and her customers start going missing. When Bryony starts digging into her family history, she discovers she's accidentally unleashed a deadly family curse. If she's going to break the curse, she'll have to avoid angry mobs, her evil uncle, and perhaps most difficult of all: her own artwork. This middle grade novel inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray is full of thrilling twists and terrifying turns.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $11.89
  10. Goodnight, Anne: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables

    Author: Kallie George
    Illustrator: Genevieve Godbout

    It's bedtime for Anne — but she can't sleep until she says goodnight to everything she loves. She thinks of her wonderful new family, Matthew and Marilla; of her bosom friend Diana and her encouraging teacher, Miss Stacy; and special places like the Snow Queen tree and the Lake of Shining Waters. She even spares a thought for her annoying classmate, Gilbert, and Mrs. Lynde, the nosy neighbor. This charming bedtime story is a lovely introduction to the beloved character Anne, perfect for fans both old and new.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price: $12.59
  11. The Looking Glass

    Author: Janet McNally

    One year ago, Sylvie's older sister Julia left the National Ballet Theatre Academy and disappeared and Sylvie tried to step into her shoes. No one will admit that Julia's career-ending injury — and overdose on painkillers — are signs that she may need help. When a copy of the sisters' favorite storybook, which Julia nicknamed "Girls in Trouble," arrives on Sylvie's doorstop, she's determined to follow the clues and hints so she can rescue her sister. What she might find instead, however, are important truths about herself — including her own strength. Poetic text and a slow build of tension draw readers in to this story of sisterhood.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.79
  12. The Light Between Worlds

    Six years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell traveled to a fantastical world called the Woodlands, and lived there for years — and then returned home to their lives in post-World War II England. Adjusting to a normal life after the Woodlands has been a struggle for both: Ev desperately wants to return, while Philippa would rather forget and move on. And when Ev goes missing, Philippa confronts a painful question of whether Ev found a way back to the home she missed — or if despair destroyed her in the real world. This novel about sisterhood, healing, and finding the place you belong is both poignant and beautiful.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $9.99
  13. The Memory of Forgotten Things

    Author: Kat Zhang

    Sophie Wallace's favorite memory is when her mother made her a cake from scratch for her tenth birthday... but her mother died when she was six. The vivid "memories" convince Sophie that there is an alternate reality where her mother is still alive, and when she meets two classmates with similar questions, she becomes convinced that an upcoming solar eclipse will let her move into that alternate life. But what would she have to give up to make that reality true? Author Kat Zhang sensitively explores both the myth that there is a better life waiting somewhere else, and the challenges and rewards of recovering from grief.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $7.99
  14. Tiny Infinities

    Author: J.H. Diehl

    13-year-old Alice has been struggling to hold her family together since her mother's car accident a year ago, but now it seems she's failed: at her mother's request, her dad is moving out and her twin brothers are going to stay with their aunt. To distract herself, she focuses on her swim team goals — until she develops an unexpected connection with a little girl next door, Piper, who doesn't speak. But when Alice hears Piper say a word one night, she becomes determined to prove she's telling the truth. Both funny and thoughtful, this novel explores responsibility, family, and friendship — and how they intertwine.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $5.49
  15. The Language of Spells

    Author: Garret Weyr
    Illustrator: Katie Harnett

    Maggie thinks of herself as an ordinary girl — until she meets a dragon named Grisha in her hometown of Vienna. The world has forgotten how to see dragons like him, but Maggie and he soon strike up an unlikely friendship. But they also have a mystery to solve: at the beginning of World War II, someone — or something — imprisoned most of the dragons. Together, Grisha and Maggie must find out where the missing dragons are... and how to save them. A quiet novel that hints at everyday magic all around us (if only we know how to look), this atmospheric story explores what it means to find your place in the world.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $13.28
  16. Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party

    Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds

    Judy has discovered something exciting — her family might be royalty! Grandma Lou's genealogy shows the Moodys (AKA the Mudeyes) might be related to the Queen herself. But when further family tree exploration shows some less desirable relations, Judy finds herself trying to keep some of her family secrets from her nemesis Jessica "Fink" Finch. Longtime fans of the Judy Moody series will be delighted with Judy's latest royal adventure! To complement this new release, you can get The Judy Moody Most Mood-tastic Collection, a box set featuring the previous twelve books with bold new cover art.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $6.75
  17. Always Forever Maybe

    When Betts meets Aiden, she falls head over heels in love. It's frustrating that her best friend, Jo, doesn't see how perfect Aiden is! And with Jo insisting that Aiden is possessive and controlling, it only makes sense that Betts starts keeping a few secrets. Even her twin, Eric, doesn't seem to understand. Until one day, Aiden explodes in a way that forces Betts to see the truth... This unflinching story about an abusive teenage relationship is sympathetic to how easy it can be to get caught up in one — and how challenging it can be to leave — and highlights the power of a strong friendship to provide support when it's needed most.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $11.48
  18. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (Young Readers' Edition)

    One Teen Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

    Doaa Al-Zamel was only a teenager when the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, forcing her family to flee to Egypt. It soon became obvious that it wasn't safe for Syrians to live there, either, so Doaa and her fiance made a difficult decision: pay a smuggler to take them to Europe, where they might find both safety and opportunity. When the fishing vessel carrying them and five hundred other refugees was rammed and started to sink, though, Doaa had to fight for survival yet again. As she did in the adult readers' version of A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea, Melissa Fleming lets Doaa's compelling story speak for the millions of refugees facing the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time with determination and hope.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $6.48
  19. You Can Be

    Author/Illustrator: Elise Gravel

    There are many ways to be a kid, says author/illustrator Elise Gravel in this funny and empowering board book. Each page combines a single descriptive word (embellished and lettered to reflect its subject) and a cartoony illustration of a child demonstrating that mood, from funny to sensitive to noisy to scared. Clever asides will make kids giggle, like the reminder that kids can be smelly (sometimes!) Simple and appealing, this book reminds kids to embrace diversity in both themselves and others, and be their authentic selves wherever they go.

    Ages: 2 - 5
    Price: $8.99
  20. Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

    Author: Linda Bailey
    Illustrator: Julia Sarda

    Mary was always a dreamer — dreams and stories were the only place to escape her strict father and stepmother. As a young woman, she took up a challenge from the poet Lord Byron: create the best, eeriest ghost story. She was struggling to find an idea that she thought would win — until a dream about a monster coming to life became Mary Shelley's terrifying tale Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus — one of the most popular stories of all time. This atmospheric book is part picture book biography, part inspiration for young artists, writers, and dreamers.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $12.32
  21. Damselfly

    When Samantha Mishra and other students from her elite boarding school survive a plane crash, they land in the thick of a jungle on an apparently uninhabited island and quickly set themselves to finding ways to survive. But as the pressure mounts, the teens start turning on one another, dividing across racial lines as one girl celebrates her dark skin by arguing that the "Pales" are less suited to their new situation. Meanwhile, Sam struggles with her identity and memories of her dysfunctional family, and wonders if anyone will make it through. Thought-provoking and tense, this novel explores power dynamics and how various influences come together to determine who ends up on top.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.43
  22. For a Muse of Fire

    Author: Heidi Heilig

    Jetta's family are famous shadow players... but the truth is that Jetta has the ability to see the souls of the recent dead, and bind them to the family's puppets. It's a secret she must keep carefully, because the old magical ways have been forbidden — but if Jetta can get to perform for the emperor, she might find a cure for illness that plagues her. However, rebellion is simmering and Jetta is discovering more and more dark truths, both about her family and about the horrors of war. This lush fantasy, the opener to a trilogy set in a rich world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism, boasts vibrant settings, a diverse cast, and an intriguing heroine struggling with mental illness.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.98
  23. I Walk With Vanessa

    A Story About A Simple Act of Kindness

    Author/Illustrator: Kerascoët

    Vanessa's first day at a new school is a little lonely, but on the way home, things get worse. A boy shouts at her, and she runs home upset — and one of her classmates sees the whole thing. Both girls are heartbroken, but the bystander realizes there are ways she can help... and the next morning, she invites Vanessa to walk to school alongside her. This wordless picture book's expressive images capture the helplessness that kids can feel when they see someone being bullied, as well as the power of simple acts of kindness and the strength that comes from standing together.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $10.59
  24. No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Illustrator: Nancy Zhang

    Today, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of the most respected women in the United States, but there was a time when she had to fight the idea that women didn't measure up to men — both in her own career and in the laws of her country. Ginsburg fought discrimination herself in college, law school, and her work life, and then argued cases that showed that women's inequality was damaging to everyone. This picture book tribute to "Ruthless Ruthie" includes touching personal details and emphasizes how Ginsburg's successes changed her nation.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $10.49
  25. Streetcar to Justice

    How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York

    On her way to church in July 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was refused a seat on a streetcar, and when she sat down anyway, she was forced off the car by the conductor and a police officer, leaving her bruised and injured. She decided to take her case to court with the support of her family and her community, and legal representation by a future President of the United States! Her victory is little known today, but it was a pivotal moment in the long fight for desegregation of public transportation. Amy Hill Hearth turns a journalist's eye to telling this inspiring story, packing in facts about life in mid-1800s New York and vivid storytelling that will keep middle readers engrossed until they reach the triumphant conclusion.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $12.63
  26. Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons

    Author: Nancy Krulik
    Illustrator: Ben Balistreri

    Princess Serena (or, as she prefers to be known, Princess Pulverizer) wants to be a knight, but her father, King Alexander of Empiria, isn't sure that Serena knows how to behave valiantly. So he presents her with a challenge: if she can complete eight good deeds during a Quest of Kindness, she can go to Knight School. Princess Pulverizer has a lot to learn, but with a timid knight and a burping dragon as new friends, she's confident she can prove her mettle and win the day! This hilarious series opener full of wacky adventure and delightfully twisted fantasy tropes is perfect for fans of The Princess in Black who have advanced to the next reading level.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $4.99
  27. Mary Had A Little Lab

    Author: Sue Fliess
    Illustrator: Petros Bouloubasis

    Mary spends so much time tinkering in her lab that she doesn't have any friends... so when she's feeling lonely one day, she invents the Sheepinator! Mary's new pet sheep — and her amazing invention — catch her classmates' eyes, and she decides to maintain these new connections by bringing all the other kids sheep, too. But when her plan goes a bit sideways, her newfound friends are ready and willing to help! Author Sue Fleiss' clever reimagining of the classic poem combine beautifully with Petros Bouloubasis' wacky illustrations to create an appealing combination of science and friendship.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price: $11.19
  28. Ada Twist's Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists

    Author: Andrea Beaty
    Illustrator: David Roberts

    Fans of determined scientist Ada Twist, Scientist can explore their own scientific questions with this STEM project book based on the beloved character! As kids follow Ada through this book, they'll explore a variety of scientific fields, including chemistry, botany, astronomy, and environmental science. The projects, which use easy to acquire materials, encourage young readers to think critically about the world around them and use scientific principles to understand how things work. It's the perfect way to empowering the budding scientist in your life!

    Ages: 5 and up
    Price: $7.75
  29. That's What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women

    Author/Illustrator: Kimothy Joy

    Artist Kimothy Joy turns the derogatory joke "that's what she said" into a statement of encouragement and empowerment with this beautiful book featuring hand-lettered quotes by diverse, strong women! Each meticulously crafted quote is paired with a portrait of the woman who said it and an enlightening capsule biography that captures how that woman changed the world. Uplifting and inspiring, it's the perfect choice to sustain her through her own daring adventures as she sets forth to change the world in her own way.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $13.90
  30. Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

    Author/Illustrator: Jennifer Thermes

    Emma Gatewood had a tough life, so one day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk... and she became the first woman to through-hike the Appalachian Trail solo! She wore a pair of Keds sneakers and carried almost nothing with her, relying on her foraging skills and on the help of residents near the trail. When she finished her journey, she not only became famous across the country, she also ensured that this breathtaking trail would be preserved and protected. This inspiring story of grit and girl power will get kids imagining their own adventures! For another picture book about Gatewood, check out When Grandma Gatewood Took A Hike.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $13.38
  31. Finding Wild

    Illustrator: Abigail Halpin

    Two friends set out to discover the natural world together in this exquisite picture book. When the girl and boy get off the subway, they set out on a journey through meadows, mountains, and thick forests, finding beauty both obvious and subtle everywhere they look. But when they return home to the city, they make a remarkable discovery: wild cannot be contained, even among skyscrapers and asphalt. This lyrical story encourages everyone — even city dwellers — to see, and revel in, the wild around them.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $12.83
  32. The Hyena Scientist

    Did you know that Hyenas are one of the only mammalian societies led by the females? Zoologist Kay Holecamp has spent her life studying these misunderstood and often hated animals, proving that they are intelligent, social, and playful — a far cry from the pop culture depiction. In this volume of the critically acclaimed Scientists in the Field series, complete with vibrant photographs, kids will learn more about these fascinating creatures and celebrate the groundbreaking work of a female scientist in a predominantly male field.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $13.29
  33. Running on the Roof of the World

    As a practicing Buddhist in Tibet, Tash must follow many rules set by the occupying Chinese soldiers — but as long as she and her family hide their religion and don't mention the Dalai Lama, their lives are peaceful. But when one man protests the occupation in a dramatic fashion, the soldiers crack down, breaking into Tash's house; her parents are arrested and Tash barely escapes. To find safety, she and her best friend Sam — and their two borrowed yaks — will have to rely on one another as they travel across the mountains in hopes of reaching in the Indian border. This action-packed story celebrates courage, the will to survive, and the power of friendship to provide hope in desperate times.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $7.99
  34. Baby Loves Coding!

    Author: Ruth Spiro
    Illustrator: Irene Chan

    Baby's train isn't working — so she'll have to think like a coder to work out the bugs! Baby Loves Coding presents the concepts of sequencing, problem solving, cause and effect, and thinking step-by-step in a way that's simple enough for little kids to understand, but accurate enough to satisfy an expert! It even introduces concepts like algorithms and programming languages. Kids will love the bright illustrations and curiosity-inspiring language in this book from the Baby Loves Science series.

    Ages: 0 - 3
    Price: $7.57
  35. Hardscrabble

    Author: Sandra Dallas

    It's 1910, and Belle Martin's father has decided to take advantage of a new offer from the US government: 320 acres of free land in Colorado, as long as the family can live and farm on it for five years. The family of nine faces bad weather, locusts, illness, and tragedy as they live their hardscrabble life — but there are joys as well, including parties, holidays, and even plans for college. And a nearby neighbor, a woman living alone, shows Belle that women can be independent too. This charming story of early 1900s frontier living also celebrates the power of a strong, supportive community.

    Ages: 9 - 11
    Price: $7.40
  36. A Sky Full of Stars

    After the events of Midnight Without a Moon, 13-year-old Rose is still wrestling with whether or not to stay in Mississippi. She loves the South, but the murder of Emmett Till has shown her just how much hate lurks there — and she's torn between her friend Hallelujah's attitude, that peaceful protest is the way to victory, and another boy, Shorty, who believes violence is necessary and even right. As Rose helps her Aunt Ruthie with a new business, she'll have to decide whether the safety and ease of life in the North is worth giving up the potential she sees in the South. This look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a child will give middle grade readers plenty to think about.

    Ages: 11 and up
    Price: $7.59
  37. Just As You Are

    A Teen’s Guide to Self-Acceptance and Lasting Self-Esteem

    It's okay to want to be your best — but sometimes teens set themselves impossible standards and find themselves in a loop of constant self-criticism. In this guide from the Instant Help Solutions series, psychologist Michelle Skeen and her daughter, Kelly Skeen provide step-by-step practical advice to shut down overcritical thoughts, identify your strengths, and stop comparing yourself to others. Instead, you'll learn how to use mindfulness tools to be more aware of your thoughts and feelings so that you can figure out what really matters to you — and build a future based on what you love. Most importantly, you'll learn that you are worthwhile, just as you are.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $10.49
  38. Soof: A Novel

    Author: Sarah Weeks

    Before Aurora's parents had her, they had Heidi: Aurora's mother still says her beloved foster child's knack for good luck is why she was finally able to have a biological child at 48. But Aurora has always been different — and she's convinced that nobody, not even her mother, loves her as much as Heidi. Just before the now-grown Heidi comes for a visit, an attic fire destroys much of their house and Aurora's beloved dog goes missing. Her family believes in "soof," Heidi's mother's word for love, and with her life turned upside down, Aurora decides maybe it's time to go out and find it. This companion novel to So B. It is full of heart and hope.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.69
  39. The Deepest Roots

    Every girl in Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas is born with a special gift — that most people think of as a curse. For Rome, who can Fix anything she touches, it's particularly frustrating: her ability doesn't help her mother pay the overdue rent and can't save her friend Lux from abuse at home, or Fix her friendships with Lux and Mercy — especially when a hunt for a rumored treasure starts pulling them apart. But their hunt may show them that a talent or a curse is all in how you use it, and that friendship is the most powerful gift of all. Magical realism and compelling characters make this novel linger with readers long after its done.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.98
  40. A Big Mooncake for Little Star

    Author/Illustrator: Grace Lin

    Little Star and her Mama, both wearing black pajamas adorned with yellow stars, have baked an enormous mooncake together — and Little Star can't wait to eat it! But Mama says that the mooncake has to cool, and hangs it up in the sky. Little Star has trouble being patient though, so every night, she sneaks downstairs and has just a little nibble... Clever storytelling and glorious illustrations make this original modern myth from beloved author / illustrator Grace Lin a warm and funny imagining of the origin of the phases of the moon.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $9.59
  41. A Girl Like That

    When 16-year-old Zarin dies in a car accident in Saudi Arabia, alongside 18-year-old Porus Dumasia — a childhood friend and new boyfriend — the religious police start investigating... and people begin to realize that Zarin was far more than the rebellious troublemaker she seemed. Zarin's story slowly unfolds, revealing her sorrow at her parents' death, the abuse she received from the aunt who raised her, the bullying she suffered at school, and her decision to fight back by being anything but a "proper" girl. Eye-opening discussions about race, class, religion, and identity walk hand in hand with teenage issues of ambition and isolation in this beautiful debut novel.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $10.99
  42. The Very Last Castle

    Author: Travis Jonker
    Illustrator: Mark Pett

    Everyone in Ibb's village is sure there is something awful behind the walls of the nearby castle, but Ibb isn't sure. "Maybe it’s something terrible,” she thinks. “Or maybe it’s something else." When she can't catch the eye of the lone guardsman, she rallies her courage and knocks on the door. It turns out that he's guarding — and tending — a marvelous topiary garden, and with Ibb's help, he not only makes some friends in town, but also agrees to make the garden into a public space for all to enjoy. Ibb is an appealing and determined protagonist, and kids will love her confidence and determination.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $13.10
  43. Evangeline of the Bayou

    Author: Jan Eldredge
    Illustrator: Joseph Kuefler

    12-year-old Evangeline Clement is a haunt huntress apprentice: she's devoting herself to learning folk magic and monster hunting, just like her female ancestors before her. She's confident that her animal familiar is due to appear any time, but the council isn't quite sure that she's ready. Then Evangeline and her grandmother are sent to investigate a case in New Orleans, where she unwittingly ends up with an unwanted sidekick: Julian, the skeptical son of the woman in peril who thinks monsters are a load of bunk. Can Evangeline prove herself (and prove the truth to Julian), save the day, and finally become a full haunt huntress? Charming characters and a vibrant setting add extra fun to this story about friendship, loyalty, and trusting your gut.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $10.74
  44. One True Way

    After Allie's older brother died, she and her mother left New Jersey and moved to a conservative North Carolina town. Allie hopes to make at least one friend, and she soon does: Sam, who is friendly and fun. And then, their friendship starts developing into more. But in the 1970s, Allie worries that admitting she likes girls will cause "the kind of pain that Eric’s death [did]" — and Sam's parents' aren't any more likely to be accepting. Fortunately, they have some adult role models who urge them to be true to themselves — and give them hope that, some day, their love will be accepted. This emotionally honest middle grade novel also provides an opportunity to discuss the history of gay rights in America.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $7.33
  45. This Is Not a Love Letter

    Author: Kim Purcell

    Jessie's African-American boyfriend, Chris, has gone missing, and Jessie doesn't believe that he ran away. Not when he's about to head off on a full-ride baseball scholarship — and not without letting her know, even if they were on a one-week break. And she knows that Chris, one of the few black students in their town, has been harassed, and even attacked, before, so she's determined to prompt the police to act. Chris wrote Jessie a love letter every Friday; now she's writing a letter to him about her search for answers, which is forcing her to face her fear and guilt over why he's gone. This book poignantly addresses questions of race, poverty, and depression that will linger with teen readers.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $9.99
  46. Sad Perfect

    16-year-old Pea has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), which makes many foods frightening — and that means she struggles with social anxiety and depression, since eating in front of other people is miserable. But now that she has a diagnosis, she can get the treatment she needs, including therapy and antidepressants. When Pea starts dating Ben, she thinks she's finally in control — and stops taking her medication. Support from outside isn't enough, though; Pea will have to recognize that only she can take control of her situation. This compassionate look at mental illness, which reminds readers that disordered eating goes beyond anorexia, is told in a unique second-person voice that gives it a serious emotional punch.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.40
  47. The Midnights

    Susannah Hayes has always dreamed of becoming a star — not just for the fame, but also to catch the eye of her former rock star father. When her father dies unexpectedly at the beginning of her senior year, and her mother moves the family to a new city, Susannah struggles, but realizes that this is an opportunity to reinvent herself... perhaps as the cool singer-songwriter that she's always wanted to be. As Susannah wrestles with finding her voice and friends who aren't what they seem to be, she may just discover that music can help. This nuanced exploration of identity, creativity, and family will speak to many teens who are still finding themselves.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.98
  48. My Family Divided

    One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope

    Today, Diane Guerrero is a renowned actress, with hit roles on Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. But as a young girl living in Boston, Guerrero was at school when her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home and deported — leaving Guerrero, who was born in the US, alone. In this middle-grade adaptation of her memoir In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, Guerrero tells her story — and uses it to reflect on the experiences of other undocumented immigrant families in the US.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $6.69
  49. The Unicorn Quest

    Author: Kamilla Benko

    After 11-year-old Claire and her older sister Sophie move to Windermere Manor, they discover a secret ladder in the fireplace leads to the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in constant turmoil: the four magic guilds no longer trust each other after the disappearance of their beloved unicorns, and terrible wraiths freely roam the land. Scared, the girls return home, but when Sophie disappears, Claire will have to push through her fear to return to Arden and bring her sister safely home. A magical world where nothing is ruled by pure good or evil and a protagonist who challenges herself to find her own power make this an exciting introduction to the world of Arden. The sisters' adventures continue in the sequel, Secret in the Stone.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $4.63
  50. Throne of Glass Box Set

    Author: Sarah J. Maas

    Fans of Celaena Sardothien and her epic fantasy series Throne of Glass will be thrilled with this deluxe hardcover box set, which includes the newly released series finale! When Celaena comes to the palace to fight to the death for the right to be the king's champion — and win her freedom — she ends up caught in a battle against dark forces that threaten her entire world. Rich worldbuilding and and epic journey from slave to queen make this series a thrilling ride from start to finish. This set includes hardcover editions of all books in the series, plus a four-color poster.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $86.65
  51. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Flashback

    Sophie Foster is facing an unexpected new challenge: the Neverseen have proven that she's more vulnerable than she'd ever imagined. So she decides it's time to stop relying on her powerful abilities. Instead, it's time to learn how to fight. But while she's trying to focus on battle training, she's also trying to help her friends — and recognizing her growing romantic feelings. Sophie can't afford to be distracted, or she may lose everything she has been working for. The seventh book of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series will delight fans and tantalize them with what is still to come.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.59
  52. Doll-E 1.0

    Author/Illustrator: Shanda McCloskey

    Young Charlotte is always tinkering, coding, and clicking — but one day her parents give her a most puzzling toy: a doll! After all, Charlotte wonders, what's she supposed to do with a "human-shaped pillow"? Then she discovers her doll has a battery-driven voice box and decides to upgrade it to Doll-E 1.0. Soon Charlotte discovers the fun to be had with her new friend and the value of a little balance between high-tech and pretend play. Filled with author-illustrator Shanda McCloskey's cheerful illustrations and witty narrative, this refreshing modern look at the joy of imaginative play also celebrates the joy of engineering!

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $15.30
  53. Dread Nation

    In an America where the dead rose in the midst of the Civil War, the Native and Negro Education Act requires some children to attend combat schools, where they learn to be attendants and defenders of the wealthy white elite. Jane McKeene was hoping to return to her home in Kentucky, but when families in Baltimore County start going missing, she discovers that she's stumbled into a conspiracy — and the restless dead may not be the most monstrous enemies that surround her. The first book in a duology, Dread Nation explores what happens when racial prejudice comes face to face with a desperate need to survive — leaving a country on the brink of destruction.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.97
  54. Just Being Jackie

    Illustrator: Julia Denos

    Jackie Kennedy is an American icon, but in addition to being stylish and elegant, she was determined and tireless. She was a talented journalist, an avid preservationist, and a diligent editor. As the First Lady, her cleverness and grace won the respect of people across the country and around the world when they realized that she was much more than a pretty face! In this vibrant picture book by the author and illustrator pair behind Just Being Audrey, kids will get a deeper picture of the life and gifts of this famous woman.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $10.99
  55. Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived

    The Thirteenth Doctor may be the first time that the principal character of Doctor Who has been female, but the Whoniverse has always been full of bold, brave women! This volume, which will delight fans of Doctor Who both old and new, is an encyclopedia of female characters from all of the Doctor's iterations. Each woman's story is told with her at the center, whether she's a Companion, an antagonist, or a historical woman the Doctor met while traveling. With beautiful artwork from an all-female team, this is a must-have addition to any Whovian's book collection.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $13.46
  56. And She Was

    Author: Jessica Verdi

    When 18-year-old Dara's tennis coach encourages her to start competing in tournaments, her mother, Mellie, is strangely reluctantly to help her get a passport. So Dara goes looking for her birth certificate and is shocked to discover that the name under "father" is Mellie: she is a trans woman and transitioned after Dara was born. Seeking answers, Dara sets off on a road trip with her best friend, and between her travels and the emails Mellie sends her, she'll slowly learn important truths about identity, love, and her family history. This compassionate novel, full of humanity and hope, celebrates the power of being your true self.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $14.56
  57. The Pros of Cons

    Three different conventions are being hosted in the same hotel — and three girls are hoping to make their dreams come true. Drummer Phoebe is ready to beat all the boys and prove she belongs at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention; writer Vanessa is meeting her internet girlfriend for the first time at WTFcon; and taxidermist Callie just wants to connect with her distant father at the World Taxidermy and Fish-Carving Championships. A luggage swap in the lobby creates a little chaos... but maybe the three girls need a little mixing up to realize that success at a convention isn't always what you planned. Told in alternating chapters, this laugh-out-loud story celebrates individuality, passion, and the joy of unlikely friendships.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $11.70
  58. Everything I Know About You

    Author: Barbara Dee

    On a class trip to DC, 12-year-old Tally is dismayed when she learns that instead of rooming with her friends Sonnet and Spider, she's been paired with petite, popular "clonegirl" Ava. However, the pair slowly warm to one another... and then Tally begins to realize that Ava has an eating disorder. Ava doesn't want help, even threatening to share a humiliating picture of Tally if she says anything — but Tally realizes that, sometimes, you have to tell a secret to be a good friend. Author Barbara Dee's acknowledgements reference her own struggles with disordered eating, while back matter provides resources for those in need of more information.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $2.29
  59. Dactyl Hill Squad

    It's 1863 and the Civil War is raging — but in this version of America, dinosaurs never went extinct, so the armies to the South ride velociraptors into battle and use tyrannosaurs as defensive weapons. Magdalys Roca and her friends escape from the Colored Orphan Asylum when it burns down during the Draft Riots, and settle in the Dactyl Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, where black people have set up an independent community protected by pterodactyl riders. But with an evil magistrate planning to sell the other orphans into slavery, Magdalys will need to use her gift of communicating with the dinosaurs to win the day. This imaginative historical fantasy is rooted in real-life events and attitudes, creating a dino-powered look at the fight against prejudice and racism in the 19th century.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $6.99
  60. Monday's Not Coming

    Claudia and her best friend Monday are inseparable... but she didn't receive any letters from her while she was away over the summer. And when Monday doesn't show up for the start of school, Claudia knows for sure something is wrong. Monday's mother and sister won't give Claudia a straight answer — but how can a teenage girl vanish without anyone noticing or caring? As Claudia investigates her friend's disappearance, she starts to wonder just how long Monday has been missing.... As she jumps between Claudia's Before and After, author Tiffany D. Jackson explores tough issues about bias around missing children, mental illness, and how truth can heal, even as it hurts.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $9.31
  61. Strange Star

    Author: Emma Carroll

    On a dark night at Villa Diodati, as Mary Shelley struggles to come up with an idea for the ghost story Lord Byron has challenged her to write, a strange girl with a scarred face appears on the front doorstep. Lizzie spins a shocking tale, one that includes an ill-omened comet in the sky, a mysterious scientist and ghastly experiments, and her hunt for a missing sister — who she claims was snatched by a woman named Mary Shelley. Behind her, she says, comes a monster, one who pursues her at every turn... Emma Carroll provides a thrilling new take on the story behind Shelley's writing of Frankensteinwith this suspenseful tale.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $12.79
  62. Islandborn

    Author: Junot Díaz
    Illustrator: Leo Espinosa

    Lola's class is full of kids from all over the world, so when her teacher asks them to draw pictures of where they're from, most students are excited... but Lola feels left out. She's from The Island (which adult readers will recognize as the Dominican Republic) but her family left when she was a baby, and she doesn't remember it. So she sets out to learn more about The Island, asking family, friends, and neighbors. The picture she gets is complex — it includes beauties and joys, as well as heartbreak and fears — but the most important thing Lola learns is that a family's shared story is an important part of every member, even those who don't remember it for themselves.

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price: $12.37
  63. What Is The Women's Rights Movement?

    Illustrator: Laurie A. Conley

    For kids today, the idea that women couldn't vote, or didn't belong in many jobs, is foreign — but this history is critical for understanding how far we've come and the struggles that carry on to this day. In this engaging volume from the Who Was...? biography series, young readers will learn the story of the Women's Rights Movement, from its early days with leaders with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fighting for the vote to the work of 20th century groundbreakers to present day events like the historic 2017 Women's March. This compelling introduction to women's long fight for equality will inspire kids to continue to work for positive social change.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $5.99
  64. Rock What Ya Got

    Illustrator: Kerascoët

    When an artist draws a cartoon of a little girl, she's not quite satisfied — and tries to erase her. But Viva isn't going to just let her individuality be erased! In fact, the more the artist tries to "fix" Viva, changing her hair, shape, and other features, the more she proclaims that everyone needs to "rock what ya got!" Author Samantha Berger's text is as ebullient as her main character, while Kerascoët's colorful drawings create a vivid world for Viva to inhabit. This affirming and empowering story celebrates the joy of loving yourself just as you are.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $16.99
  65. Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like An Inventor

    World-renowned scientist, inventor, and autism advocate Temple Grandin knows that the world needs all kinds of minds! In this unique book, Grandin invites readers to think of themselves as inventors, and to give themselves permission to tinker, build, and experiment. 25 kid-friendly projects are included, along with intriguing anecdotes from Grandin's own childhood and interesting sidebars about the science behind some of the inventions she describes. Throughout, she reminds young people that there are many ways to look at any problem — so as long as you keep an open mind, you can always find a solution.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $6.99
  66. Midnight in the Piazza

    Author: Tiffany Parks

    When Beatrice's father gets a job at the American Academy in Rome, the history-loving girl isn't crazy about the move... until she hears about a centuries-old neighborhood legend. Then she sees a dark figure steal the famous turtle sculptures on the fountain outside her window — but nobody believes her. So with her new friend Marco, she decides to solve the mystery herself, which means coming face to face with ambassadors, art thieves, and some of Rome's most fascinating history. This fast-paced mystery is also a loving tribute to this beautiful Italian city and some of its most famous art, architecture, and history.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $9.39
  67. Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports

    Every world-class athlete is inspiring, but for some, the obstacles that lay in front of them seemed too much to overcome — until they did it. In this inspiring title from the Rising Above series, kids will meet ten groundbreaking women athletes who faced challenges ranging from entrenched racism and poverty, to illness and disability, to crises of confidence and body image. Despite it all, these women rose up and claimed their places in sports history. This book, which includes first-hand content from interviews, will delight young sports fans.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $6.87
  68. Proud: Living My American Dream (Young Readers)

    When Ibtihaj Muhammad was in school, she was the only African American Muslim student — and when she discovered a love of fencing, she stood out even more in a sport most popular with wealthy white people. Ibtihaj was fast and hardworking, but as she rose through the ranks, she faced constant scrutiny from those who insisted she was too different to succeed. Instead of listening to them, she persevered and became the first Muslim-American woman to medal at an Olympic Games. This young readers edition of Muhammad's memoir Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream will inspire kids with her determination, faith, and courage.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $7.88
  69. A Long Line of Cakes

    Author: Deborah Wiles

    Emma Cake's parents travel from place to place baking cakes — her father always says that "There is so much need in the world, after all, and cake is one simple way to soothe it." But for Emma, that means constant uprooting, and always, it seems, just as she's starting to make friends. When the Cakes arrive in Aurora County, Emma has decided that she's not going to get attached... but then she meets Ruby Lavender. As the pair's friendship grows, they become increasingly determined that they will find some way to make their friendship last. This companion novel to Love, Ruby Lavender explores the search for belonging and the joy of a growing friendship.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.69
  70. Ship It

    Author: Britta Lundin

    16-year-old Claire adores the TV show Demon Heart, particularly the character played by Forest. So when she meets him at a convention Q&A — and Forest laughs at her idea that his character could be gay — she's heartbroken. And to the producer's dismay, the LGBTQ+ community and the show's fans are up in arms at Forest's response. So they hire Claire to join the cast for the rest of the publicity tour, resulting in a series of convention appearances that make Forest rethink his assumptions about sexuality — and help queer Claire find the courage to be true to herself. This loveletter to fandom includes a sweet LGBTQ romance.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.77
  71. Shadow Weaver

    Emmeline has the gift of controlling shadows, which has isolated her from others, but she doesn't mind: Dar, her own shadow, is plenty of company. But when a noble family visits her home and offers to "cure" Emmeline, she makes a deal with Dar: Dar will change the noble's mind, and Emmeline will help Dar become flesh. But the next morning the man in charge is in a coma. To escape retribution from the noble's guards, Emmeline needs Dar's help to flee, but she's not sure she can trust Dar any more — and how do you keep secrets from someone who never leaves your side? Dark and mysterious, this first book of a duology is perfect for fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $3.59
  72. Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?

    The Story of Ada Lovelace

    Illustrator: Marjorie Priceman

    Over one hundred years before computers became common, a young woman named Ada Lovelace imagined the possibility of computers being used for calculations, communication, music, and more — and became the world's first computer programmer! The child of acclaimed poet Lord Byron and mathematical genius Annabella Milbanke, Ada combined her mother's logical mind with her father's vivid imagination, and when she learned about Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, that sparked the idea for an algorithm designed to be run by a machine: a computer program. This vibrant biography by the author of Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, celebrates the woman who envisioned the computer age.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $18.99
  73. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens

    CBT Skills to Help You Deal with Worry and Anxiety

    Stress is a major mental health issue for today's teens — and it's no wonder, with so many things on their plates. Fortunately, there are also techniques that teens can learn to apply to calm their bodies, quiet their minds, and manage their stress. In this book from the Instant Help Solutions series, teens will figure out the strategies that best help them manage negative thoughts and feelings, so they can create a stress-management plan that works. With its accessible advice and techniques drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy, this book provides relief and relaxation for stress-out teens.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $15.15
  74. Brown v. Board of Education

    A Fight for Simple Justice

    1954's Brown vs. Board of Education was a critical ruling in the desegregation of US schools — but getting there was a long road. The name on the case came from the family of Linda Brown, a black third-grader refused entry to an all-white Topeka, Kansas, school, but there were many additional families involved, including children in South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin explores the complex history behind this key court decision, as well as the modern, not fully desegregated, school system. This compelling account will open young readers' eyes to the work — and sacrifice — behind the case that's often forgotten.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $15.99
  75. Petra

    Author/Illustrator: Marianna Coppo

    Petra the rock is full of confidence: "Nothing can move me. Not the wind. Not time," she declares. Except when a dog runs up to her, it becomes clear that Petra is really quite little — small enough for the dog to pick up in its mouth, and then for the dog's owner to fling her into a bird's nest! Petra isn't dismayed, though — attitude is everything, and she soon finds an upside to her new situation. After all, "I’m a rock, and this is how I roll." Kids will giggle as Petra finds herself in constantly changing surroundings (and comes up with optimistic viewpoints on all of them), but along the way they'll learn an important message about perspective and believing in yourself.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $14.26
  76. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

    When 10-year-old Bronte Mettlestone's parents are killed by pirates, it doesn't change her life much — they left her with her Aunt Isabelle when she was a baby. When their will, which is reinforced with faery cross-stitch, directs her to deliver gifts in person all 10 of her aunts, it becomes a serious inconvenience! But as Bronte starts exploring her world — and having her own adventures along the way — she also learns more about the Whisperers who spread Dark Magic and the Spellbinders who stopped them... and she starts to suspect that her parents' will is more than just a set of simple tasks. Imaginative and whimsical, this middle-grade fantasy by the author of A Corner of White is a celebration of magic, wonder, and madcap adventure.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $7.91
  77. The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare

    Illustrator: LeUyen Pham

    Princess Magnolia is excited to present her project about seeds and plants at the Interkingdom Science Fair and see her science-loving princess friends. But when Tommy Wigtower's volcano starts yelling "EAAAAT!", Magnolia realizes that the monster-wrangling Princess in Black (Magnolia's alter ego) will need to stop by. To her delight, the Princess in Blankets arrives to provide backup, but the two heroes will need to use their scientific problem solving skills and get a little help from a few friends to defeat this goo monster! The sixth entry in the best-selling Princess in Black series is full of smashing science fair fun!

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price: $3.99
  78. This Noble Woman

    Myrtilla Miner and Her Fight to Establish a School for African American Girls in the Slaveholding South

    In the mid-1800s, Myrtilla Miner had what seemed like a ridiculous plan: she would open a school for African American girls, right in the heart of the slaveholding South. Even fellow abolitionists thought it was impossible, but on December 3, 1851, Miner opened the School for Colored Girls — the only school in Washington, DC. dedicated to training African American students to be teachers. Miner battled her own poor health to defend her school, facing stonings, arson, and a crowd of "rowdies" she discouraged with open displays of target practice with her revolver. This book from the Women of Action biography series highlights a little known abolitionist and educator who refused to give up on the right to education.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $19.99
  79. Rosa's Animals: The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie

    Rosa Bonheur was used to being unusual: she became a painter when few women could get an education in art, and cheerfully visited slaughterhouses to learn about animal anatomy. She kept pet lions and wore men's clothing to visit a horse fair, where women were not allowed. And she kept amazing company, receiving an award from Empress Eugénie and befriending Buffalo Bill Cody! This accessible biography of the groundbreaking painter and sculptor captures both the context of her world and her own unusual place in history, and includes gorgeous reproductions of some of her most famous paintings.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $15.21
  80. Carmela Full of Wishes

    Illustrator: Christian Robinson

    Today is Carmela's birthday, and she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does errands — a treat for her, but a nuisance for her brother. On their way, Carmela finds a dandelion, but she has to decide on a perfect wish: should she wish for a candy machine? For her mother to sleep in one of the beautiful beds she makes at the hotel? For her father's papers to be sorted out so he can finally come home? When the dandelion gets crushed before she picks a wish, Carmela is heartbroken... but her brother shows her a place where wishes do come true. This poignant picture book from the award-winning team behind Last Stop on Market Street explores loss, family, and the power of dreams.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $8.39
  81. The Little Red Fort

    Author: Brenda Maier
    Illustrator: Sonia Sanchez

    Ruby's brain is full of ideas, and today, a pile of old boards has provided inspiration: a fort, just waiting to be built! When she invites her brothers to help, though, they scoff: she doesn't even know how to build. Fortunately, Ruby is full of can-do spirit, declaring, "Then I'll learn" — and soon gets some help from her mother and grandmother. As in the original tale, The Little Red Hen, it's she who does the work who enjoys the rewards... but in this modern spin, Ruby's brothers quickly find a way to make it up to her. This story celebrates an ingenious and persistent Latina builder who learns she can in fact turn her dreams into reality.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $13.68
  82. Let the Children March

    Illustrator: Frank Morrison

    In Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, thousands of children joined the ranks of civil rights protestors in the Children's Crusade. One fictional girl reveals how many restrictions were placed on African Americans: everything from water fountains to playgrounds were off limits. She remembers the furious white onlookers and police officers who met their protest with violence and hate. Despite it all, though, the children stood together: "Our march made the difference," she proclaims proudly. This vivid telling of an important moment in Civil Rights history reminds kids that they, too, can make a difference.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $10.78
  83. I Am Sonia Sotomayor

    Author: Brad Meltzer

    Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, is the subject of the sixteenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series. As a child, Sonia loved to read — especially Nancy Drew mysteries! When she saw Perry Mason on TV, she knew she wanted to be a lawyer. Many people thought Latina girls didn't grow up to be lawyers, and she faced other obstacles, too, including a diabetes diagnosis at the age of 9. Fortunately, she had people who believed in her — people who taught her to believe in herself. And because of that, she reached the highest court in the nation. A lively, conversational tone and colorful illustrations draw kids into this book, and inspire them to see how they too can change the world.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $11.59
  84. Holes in the Sky

    Author/Illustrator: Patricia Polacco

    Trisha's grandmother always told her that stars are "holes in the sky" with the light of heaven peeking through — but when she dies, Trisha doesn't find the thought much comfort. And then her family has to move to California, which is in the midst of a drought. But in her new home, Trisha meets a new friend, Stewart, and his irrepressible grandmother Miss Eula. Miss Eula's wisdom — including her project to save a neighbor's garden from the drought — make Trisha realize that her beloved grandmother might just be watching over her after all. This companion to Chicken Sunday by beloved author/illustrator Patricia Polacco is warm, comforting, and genuine.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $13.39
  85. Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School

    Illustrator: London Ladd

    As an enslaved child in Kentucky, Lilly Ann Granderson learned to read from her master's children as they played school, and she passed on what she learned to others on the plantation. When she was sold to a plantation in Mississippi, she learned that it was illegal for enslaved people to learn to read and write, and the punishment was brutal: thirty-nine lashes. Granderson was still determined to teach others, however, so she formed a secret night school, despite the risks, and taught hundreds of people. This inspiring story about a little-known champion of literacy captures Granderson's unwavering belief in the power and importance of education.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $14.79
  86. Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind

    Author: Cynthia Grady
    Illustrator: Amiko Hirao

    When San Diego children's librarian Clara Breed learned that her young Japanese-American patrons were being sent away by Executive Order 9066, she gave them books to take along and asked them to write to her to keep in touch. In this affecting picture book, author Cynthia Grady uses the children's own words to help tell the story of their three years of internment, as well as the story of Breed's efforts on their behalf: everything from sending books and art supplies to writing impassioned articles calling for justice. Grady doesn't shy away from the truth of the internment experience, but she also highlights the power of books — and librarians — to see people through the darkest times.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $12.99
  87. Made by Maxine

    Author: Ruth Spiro
    Illustrator: Holly Hatam

    Maxine loves to tinker and invent, and she knows that you can create something to solve any problem — with enough tries. When it's time for her school pet parade, she knows exactly who she wants to bring: her beloved goldfish, Milton. So step 1 is making something that lets Milton march with the other animals! It takes multiple efforts before Maxine finds the solution, but when she does, she knows it will be absolutely perfect. This uplifting picture book with a resilient narrator is sure to please young tinkerers.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $10.99
  88. So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom

    Illustrator: Daniel Minter

    As a girl, Isabella was born enslaved. She was never taught to read or write, and she was separated from her mother, brothers, and sisters — and then, when she was older, from her children. But she knew she, like every person, deserved to be free. And her vision of her future led her to take a new name: Sojourner Truth. This luminous picture book biography captures Truth's strength and perseverance, as well as the towering spirit that allowed her to create a path for healing — one which we are still walking today.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $16.99
  89. Free As A Bird: The Story of Malala

    Author/Illustrator: Lina Maslo

    In Pakistan, a baby girl is considered bad luck, but Malala's father Ziauddin disagreed. When people said girls shouldn't go to school, Malala went to secret classes, and started writing a blog about her life that people around the world read. Even when the Taliban tried to kill her, Malala would not stay quiet; she recovered and traveled around the world speaking about the importance of equal access to education. Author / illustrator Lina Maslo's poetic and inspiring telling of the life of this phenomenal activist for girls' education will make young readers ask themselves how their own voice can contribute to this important cause. For more books to share this inspiring activist's story, visit our Malala Yousafzai Collection.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $9.80
  90. Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

    Author: Kyo Maclear
    Illustrator: Julie Morstad

    Growing up in Rome, Elsa Schiaparelli knew she was "brutta" — ugly — so she searched around her for beauty, even "planting" seeds in her ears and nose so she would be vibrant and colorful like the flower market! In the 1920s and '30s, as a single mother in Paris, she drew inspiration from her surrealist artist friends and her own vivid imagination and started creating amazing, unique designs — from a hat shaped like shoes to a dress covered in lobsters — all in bold colors, including the signature shocking pink she invented herself. With style and sophistication, this book celebrates a truly innovative designer who dared to go her own way.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $10.98
  91. Izzy Gizmo

    Author: Pip Jones
    Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie

    Izzy Gizmo loves inventing, even if her inventions sometimes go awry. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she has to get things right. Everything she tries to build a new pair of wings seems to fail, and Izzy feels like she wants to give up — but her new friend is counting on her. And it turns out that, if she perseveres, she can find a solution to just about any problem! Tenacious Izzy is an inspiring role model for kids who will know what it feels like to be ready to quit; they'll sympathize with her frustration when things just don't work, and cheer when she wins the day!

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $12.74
  92. Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

    All of Rescue's family are seeing eye dogs, but his trainer thinks he's better suited to become a service dog – and Rescue's worried he's not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose leg has just been amputated who is struggling to adjust to her new life. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And, when Jessica's other leg has to be amputated too, they have to start all over again. It turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time! This unique and thoughtful picture book about acquired disability, service dogs, and the power of hope also includes an introduction to the work of dogs trained by the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS).

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $11.88
  93. Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

    Author: Laura Veirs

    When Elizabeth Cotten picked up her big brother's guitar for the first time, it was all wrong for her: it was far too big for the little girl, and it wasn't strung for a left-handed player. But she flipped it upside down and backwards and learned anyway! By the time she was eleven, she'd written one of the most famous folk songs of the twentieth century, "Freight Train"... and while her music was forgotten for a time, by the end of her life, it was famous around the world. This lyrical picture book pays tribute to a determined and talented folk musician whose innovative techniques are still used today — and whose music has delighted millions.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $10.99
  94. Ella: Queen of Jazz

    Author/Illustrator: Helen Hancocks

    Ella Fitzgerald was on the way up when the Mocambo, a big club, decided their patrons wouldn't want a black singer on the stage. But help came from an unexpected corner: Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. "If she plays, I will sit at the front every night for all the people and paparazzi to see," Monroe declared, and it's wasn't long before Ella was back on stage, singing her heart out! Although Monroe's intervention is important, it's Fitzgerald's talent and drive that shines in this story. Colorful, eye-catching illustrations add pizzazz to this story of two famous women and their supportive friendship.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $13.68
  95. Alma and How She Got Her Name

    Author/Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal

    Alma's full name is far too long for someone so small: Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela "never fits"! So she asks her father: how did she get her name? It turns out that every part of her very long name is part of a story: Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and more. The only name she doesn't hear is Alma — because, her father says, "You will make your own story." This gentle, sweet story celebrates sharing family history and is sure to have kids asking about their own.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $12.26
  96. Emma and Muse

    Author/Illustrator: Nancy Lemon

    Emma loves all things art, and her biggest inspiration is her beloved dog, Muse. But one day, Muse picks up a paintbrush and adds a splotch of vibrant color to a canvas Emma is preparing. Instead of being grateful, Emma is furious, and Muse runs away. Without him, Emma's lost more than her creative spark: she's lost her best friend. How can apologize to Muse if she can't even find him? Clever references to art and art history are sprinkled in this book, but the most important part of the story is Emma's creative way to let Muse know she's sorry — and the loving relationship they share.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $11.57
  97. She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

    Author: Lynn Fulton
    Illustrator: Felicita Sala

    Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley and her friends were competing to write the best ghost story, but Mary had yet to be inspired. She wanted to be an author, like Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother she'd never known who inspired her to prove that "a woman’s writing could be just as important as a man’s." Then, she had a strange dream, one that featured a man who was not a man. Her story about Victor Frankenstein's creation, and the questions it raised about who was the real monster, became one of the world's most famous novels. This atmospheric picture book elegantly invites young readers to learn more about this iconic story.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $12.39
  98. Dreamers

    Author/Illustrator: Yuyi Morales

    In this gorgeously illustrated picture book, based loosely on the author's experience of moving from Xalapa, Mexico with her American husband and their infant son to San Francisco in 1994, a woman travels with her son to the United States. There, she discovers an oasis of hope: the public library. Book by book, she untangles the language of this strange new land, and learns to make a home within it, observing that at the library: “We learned to read,/ to speak,/ to write,/ and/ to make/ our voices heard.” Five-time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales uses poetic language and elegant illustrations to capture both an immigration journey and the importance of libraries as a welcoming home for new members of a community.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $12.59
  99. Aim for the Skies

    Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith's Race to Complete Amelia Earhart's Quest

    Illustrator: Doris Ettlinger

    Growing up, both Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock and Joan Merriam decided they wanted to be pilots, and both of them were inspired by trailblazing pilot Amelia Earhart. In the 1960s, both women decided, independently, that they wanted to follow Earhart's planned route and circle the world — and they even planned their starts for the same day. When the news broke, there was only one option to the media and public transfixed by their story: turn their flights into a race. Mock would end up winning, but both women would end up fulfilling the dream of a lifetime! This picture book about the 1964 race between Mock and Merriam will introduce young readers to two little known but important figures in aviation history.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $16.99
  100. Women in Science Boxed Gift Set (Little People, Big Dreams)

    The internationally bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series pays tribute to groundbreaking women of science in this hardcover gift set! In this collection, kids will meet Ada Lovelace, Amelia Earhart and Marie Curie, three very different women whose contributions to science still resonate today. In each title, stylish illustrations and engaging text encourage kids to learn more about these women — and to dream big about their own futures. For another box set from this series, check out the Women in Art Boxed Gift Set.

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price: $28.07
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