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A Mighty Girl's 2020 Books of the Year

1–100 of 343 items
  1. Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow

    Morrigan Crow has survived her first year in the Wundrous Society, along with her friends — but her challenges are just beginning. She'll have to master the power she possesses, or there's a chance she could be consumed by it completely. But her studies are interrupted when a mysterious disease called the Hollowpox starts to spread, turning Wunimals into mindless — and dangerous — Unnimals. Morrigan may be the only one who can find a cure... but is the chance she'll succeed worth the danger to both herself and the city of Nevermoor? The thrilling third book in the Nevermoor series raises the stakes once again for Morrigan and her friends.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $14.39
  2. Act

    Author/Illustrator: Kayla Miller

    Olive is ready for a new adventure in sixth grade, which includes a field trip to the big city! But then she discovers that some of her peers can't afford the $30 field trip fee, which means they'll miss out — and that doesn't seem fair. At first, she tries a petition and a peaceful protest, but that doesn't get enough attention. A student council election is coming up, and that might give her a bigger platform to make changes... but her friends Trent and Sawyer are already running. Can Olive address these big issues without upsetting her friends? Kayla Miller, the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Click and Camp, has created an inspiring graphic novel that reminds young readers about the power of political action — and that every change starts with one person.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.04
  3. How Women Won the Vote: Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea

    Illustrator: Ziyue Chen

    When Alice Paul and Lucy Burns met in a London jail after being arrested in UK suffrage protests, the two American women knew they wanted to reinvigorate the American suffrage battle! The pair organized the DC Women’s March of 1913, a stunning and attention-grabbing parade right before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, and that was just the beginning of their protests. Author Susan Campbell Bartoletti tells the story of the final push towards the 19th Amendment with verve, including archival images, sidebars, and other fascinating details, while illustrator Ziyue Chen captures the feeling of the early 20th century. Filled with captivating storytelling, photos, and artwork, this fascinating book, published for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, is the perfect introduction to the Suffrage Movement for young readers!

    Ages: 7 - 12
    Price: $17.99
  4. Diana: Princess of the Amazons

    Illustrator: Victoria Ying

    11-year-old Diana is the only child on the island of Themyscira. She's surrounded by adults who are the best at what they do, and nobody has time to play with her — especially not her mother, the queen, who is constantly busy with affairs of state. So Diana decides to try making a playmate out of clay, and awakens Mona. At first, Mona seems to be everything she wanted... but soon the friendship goes sour. "Don't be a wimp," Mona tells Diana when she hesitates at one of Mona's plans. "Aren't Amazons supposed to be brave?" This clever story about Diana before she was Wonder Woman incorporates real-life friendship dilemmas into its superpowered story, which is sure to speak to young readers.

    Ages: 6 - 10
    Price: $8.48
  5. The Only Woman In The Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America

    Illustrator: Alexandra Bye

    Frances Perkins grew up at a time when girls weren't supposed to speak up, but her grandmother encouraged her to challenge herself: "when somebody opens a door to you, go forward." She discovered her passion in activism, and became a ferocious advocate for working people across America. And when the newly elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked her to bring her wisdom to his cabinet — and hopefully pull the country out of the Great Depression — she answered that she would... if she could "do it her way." This empowering picture book biography of the first woman in a presidential cabinet — and the mastermind behind Roosevelt's New Deal — will encourage kids to imagine how their own voices could change the world.

    Ages: 5 - 10
    Price: $12.99
  6. You Should Meet: Shirley Chisholm

    Shirley Chisholm was determined to be "unbossed and unbought": she was going to fight for change, no matter what! She became the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968, and four years later, she became the first African American woman to run for president under one of the two big political parties. She may not have won, but she knew what was most important was that everyone across the country saw her, and started to realize that what mattered most wasn't whether you were male or female, or black or white, but whether you had the ability to be a leader. This book from the You Should Meet early reader series includes information about how voting works and the three branches of US government, perfect for newly independent readers to learn about this trailblazing politician!

    Ages: 6 - 8
    Price: $4.99
  7. The Girl and the Dinosaur

    Author: Hollie Hughes
    Illustrator: Sarah Massini

    When Marianne visits the beach, she digs for buried treasure — and the treasure she discovers is a real life dinosaur skeleton. After naming her skeleton Bony, Marianne wishes it would come to life, and to her delight, Bony responds. Now a green-skinned, apatosaurus-like creature who can swim and fly, Bony sets off with Marianne on some amazing adventures, including meeting other children with their own dream dinos! When the night is done, the children return to their homes and the beach.... where they continue digging, the adults none the wiser. This charming celebration of imagination (and dinosaurs) will delight young readers.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $15.99
  8. Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean's Biggest Secret

    Author: Jess Keating
    Illustrator: Katie Hickey

    Marie Tharp loved science, but in the mid-20th century when she joined the lab at Cambridge University in New York, she wasn't allowed to go on research boats: everyone knew that women at sea were bad luck. Instead, Tharp dove into the information that her colleagues brought back and started drawing a map of the ocean floor. Slowly, her map grew, revealing something even bigger than the Atlantic: a ridge, right down the middle of the ocean! That ridge not only changed what people thought about the ocean floor, but it also proved the new theory of plate tectonics, changing our understanding of how the planet changes over time. This exuberant picture book biography by the author of Shark Lady is a tribute to perseverance and the power of thinking differently!

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $14.84
  9. The Light in Hidden Places

    Stefania “Fusia” Podgórska achieved her dream of leaving the family farm by working for the Jewish Diamant family in their grocery story in Przemsyl, Poland. The Catholic Fusia finds friendship with the family, and even first love: a secret betrothal with Izio Diamant. But when the German army invades, the Diamants are forced into a ghetto and Fusia is left without work and responsible for her 6-year-old sister Helena. And then, she hears a knock on the door: Izio's brother, Max, has jumped from a train taking Jews to the death camps. Fusia and Helena end up hiding Max and twelve other Jews — even while two Nazi offers requisition living space in their house. But can they keep their deadly secret? Best-selling author Sharon Cameron based this book on Fusia's true story, and includes an author's note detailing Fusia, Helena, and Max's lives after the war.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $13.76
  10. Legendborn

    Author: Tracy Deonn

    After 16-year-old Bree's mother died in an accident, she hopes to escape the tough memories at a residential program for enterprising high schoolers at UNC-Chapel Hill. Except her first night there, Bree witnesses a flying demon being defeated by a secret society of students — and a teenage mage's attempt to wipe her memory instead unlocks her awareness of her own magic powers. It also reveals a hidden memory: another "Merlin" was at the hospital when her mother died. She decides to infiltrate the Legendborn with the help of Nick, a self-exiled member with a grudge against the group. But when she learns that a war is coming, Bree has to decide whether to add her magical might to their side. With a rich magic system and intriguing plot threads about the intergenerational impact of chattel slavery, this is a stunning opener to an epic adventure.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $16.27
  11. What We'll Build: Plans For Our Together Future

    Author/Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

    A father and a daughter meet to build together. Although she is much smaller than him, he knows she is up to the task! They start with a house, "a place to stay when all is lost,/ to keep the things we love the most." Then they build more fantastical things: a road to the moon, a fortress to repel "enemies," and then, when they see their fortress is keeping out potential friends, too, gates to open wide to welcome them in. Most importantly, they are building a future together. World-renowned author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers created this companion to his best-selling book Here We Are as a tribute to the love between parent and child and the endless possibilities of our lives.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $16.26
  12. Echo Mountain

    Author: Lauren Wolk

    The Great Depression has cost Ellie's family almost everything, and their plan to start over in the forests near Echo Mountain turns tragic when her father has a tree-felling accident that leaves him in a coma. Ellie doesn't fear the woods — even though her mother blames Ellie for the accident — and she finds freedom as she takes over many of his chores. When she learns about elderly Cate, a healer that most of the community call "the hag," Ellie wonders if she might be able to help. It turns out that Ellie can help Cate too... and in the process will discover her own healing gifts. Atmospheric and timeless, this book is a powerful story of finding your own path and the ways that compassion can heal a community.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $14.49
  13. The Woman's Hour: Our Fight for the Right to Vote (Young Readers Edition)

    Author: Elaine Weiss

    In August 1920, women's right to vote is at a tipping point. Suffragists have been fighting for the vote for over 70 years, and one more state needs to ratify the 19th Amendment for it to finally be enshrined in the Constitution. Tennessee is about to make their decision, but the road isn't easy. Many people oppose the amendment, including the "Antis": women who don't want women to be able to vote and racists who oppose the fact that its passage would give black women the right to vote. As suffragist leaders Carrie Catt, Sue White, and Alice Paul agitate for the amendment's ratification, they face blackmail, betrayal, and more. Elaine Weiss told this nail-biting story for adults in The Woman's Hour; now, this young readers edition, which includes an 8-page photo insert, will teach kids about the power of activism, the importance of equal rights, and just how close the passage of the 19th Amendment really was.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $14.62
  14. Jo & Laurie

    It's 1869, and Jo March's first novel has become an unexpected best-seller... which means she's feeling the pressure for a sequel from both her publisher and her readers. Her first stories were inspired by real life, but she can't base a novel on things that haven't happened yet! A New York trip provides inspiration and an unexpected marriage proposal from Laurie; while Jo has feelings for him too, she wants to be independent. But when Laurie returns from college with a new girlfriend, Jo faces a lifetime without the person she loves... unless she can find a way to tell him how she really feels. Set in the year-long period between the publication of Little Women and Good Wives (which are now published as one volume), and based in part on Louisa May Alcott's life and letters, this is a charming and romantic retelling of an American classic.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $13.12
  15. Susan B. Anthony: Her Fight for Equal Rights

    Illustrator: Maike Plenzke

    It's hard for today's kids to imagine a world in which women had no vote and no voice — and that's thanks to the efforts of suffragists like Susan B. Anthony! In this Step 2 biography reader from the Step Into Reading series, kids will learn why Anthony was so determined to fight for women's rights, from her battle for equal pay to her infamous "illegal" vote. Issued for both Anthony's 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, this book, with bold illustrations and fascinating facts about this trailblazing woman, will captivate young readers and remind them that, when it comes to justice, "failure is impossible"!

    Ages: 4 - 7
    Price: $4.79
  16. Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker

    Ella Baker's grandfather was a preacher who questioned his flock: "What do you hope to accomplish?" Ella Baker's mother gave her the answer that everyone should "lift as you climb": use your own success and influence to help others. As an adult, Baker joined the Civil Rights Movement, and took both her relatives' words to heart, educating her fellow African Americans about their rights. She partnered with Martin Luther King, Jr. to create the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and worked with the NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, too. In this stunning biography in verse about Baker's little-appreciated influence in the fight for equal rights, kids are invited to consider how they, too, will lift others up.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $11.79
  17. If I Couldn't Be Anne

    Author: Kallie George
    Illustrator: Genevieve Godbout

    If I Couldn't Be Anne, Anne with an e, what would I be... Anne's boundless imagination takes her on a remarkable journey as she ponders who she would want to be if she wasn't herself. Perhaps she could be a bold tightrope walker, or a princess in a palace — or perhaps something even more magical, like a fairy, and elf, or the wind in the trees! But no matter how wonderful the things she imagines, she knows what she loves most: her friends, Avonlea, and being Anne with an e. This charming picture book, with elegant illustrations by Genevieve Godbout, is a tribute to Anne of Green Gables and to the power of loving yourself as you are.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $14.89
  18. Tune It Out

    Author: Jamie Sumner

    12-year-old Lou's mother is sure she's going to be a singing star, even though Lou hates performing — loud noises and high fives physically hurt. But if Lou won't sing, she and her mom will be stuck in poverty, skipping meals and living in their truck. When an accident results in child services getting involved, Lou finds herself living with her Aunt Ginger and Uncle Dan in Nashville. They offer her stability, while a school counselor tests her for sensory processing disorder and helps her understand that SPD doesn't make her "weak" or weird, just different. And when a new friend encourages her to join a theater club, Lou will finally discover her own voice — something that will help both her and her mom. Jamie Sumner, acclaimed author of Roll with It, has created a moving story about invisible disability, family, and the power of being yourself.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $16.63
  19. Twins: A Graphic Novel

    Illustrator: Shannon Wright

    Maureen and Francine are twin sisters, but they're also best friends — or they were until this year. Just before 6th grade, Francine decided to start going by Fran, started dressing differently, and even picked different activities from Maureen. Hurt and confused, Maureen pushes back by running against Fran for student council, kicking off a campaign that includes nasty slander, poster defacement, and an awful lot of family tension. It's not long before Maureen wonders if sisters really are forever, or if they're done for good. Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright team up to create a funny and heartfelt graphic novel about sisterhood, identity, and the rapidly shifting emotional world of tweens.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $10.85
  20. Pages & Co.: The Map of Stories

    Author: Anna James
    Illustrator: Paola Escobar

    Tilly and Oskar are still determined to save the British Underlibrary with the help of the bookwanderers known as the Archivists... if they can find them. But when a man comes into Pages & Co. for a book — but completely forgets what book he wants — they realize that something else strange is going on. And the nefarious Underwoods, who currently control the Underlibrary, are still trying to get their hands on Tilly. In their search for answers, the two friends travel to America where they hope to bookwander inside the Library of Congress, but with more stories disappearing by the day, and some books trying to drag Tilly inside, will they be able to find their answers? The third magical adventure in the Pages & Co. series is the most exciting yet!

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $14.99
  21. Premeditated Myrtle: A Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery (#1)

    12-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle is a wickedly smart twelve-year-old with a passion for justice and a Highly Unconventional obsession with criminal science — one that is very much not proper in a Victorian Young Lady of Quality. When her next-door neighbor, a wealthy and eccentric connoisseur of rare flowers, dies mysterious, Myrtle decides this is the chance to prove herself and sets off with her governess, Miss Ada Judson, at her side. Her mission is to prove it was murder and find the killer! Witty, clever, and full of twists and turns, this delightful series opener introduces a clever and determined new detective! Myrtle's adventures continue in the sequel How to Get Away With Myrtle.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $16.19
  22. Nat Enough

    Author/Illustrator: Maria Scrivan

    Natalie and Lily have always been best friends — but that all changes at the start of middle school. Now Lily wants to hang out with the cool girl, reinforcing Natalie's feeling that she's not "enough" at anything. But as she struggles to win back her friend, she also makes a few new friends — friends who appreciate Natalie just as she is, and identify talents she never thought of as special. Maybe what she really needs it to realize that she's enough as she is. This heartfelt graphic novel, told through the pages of Nat's sketchbook, is a charming exploration of friendship and identity through the eyes of a girl's growing confidence in herself. Nat's story continues in the sequel, Forget Me Nat.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $11.04
  23. Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

    Author: Jessica Kim

    11-year-old Yumi would be a terrific stand-up comedian... if she had a stage to perform on, and the courage to do it. Instead, she stands out at school, where kids tease her for smelling like her parents' Korean restaurant, and she's a disappointment compared to her over-achieving, med-school-student sister. Her parents enroll her in hagwon — Korean summer school — in hopes that she'll win a scholarship to private school. Instead, she stumbles across a comedy camp... and accidentally takes the place of a girl who was registered for it. But keeping the deception going is a lot of work, and Yumi realizes she may have to admit what happened... even if it means disappointing literally everyone. This laugh-out-loud story about a girl struggling to find her place in both her culture and her family will delight middle grade readers.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $14.99
  24. The Last Kids on Earth: June's Wild Flight

    Author: Max Brallier
    Illustrator: Douglas Holgate

    June Del Toro has faced monsters, zombies, and worse in the past, but it was easier when her friends Jack, Quint, and Dirk were by her side. Now, with a villain who has suddenly re-emerged — along with an army of the undead — June suddenly finds herself miles from the others in a mysterious town completely unlike Wakefield. Her survival and action skills help get her through, and she even befriends a few unlikely allies, including a baby Wrecker and an owlish creature who thinks he's an expert on humans. But can she make it home with the critical information she's learned in time to save the world? Fans of the best selling The Last Kids on Earth series will love seeing June break out on her very own adventure!

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $6.49
  25. Fighting Words

    10-year-old Della knows that two things will never change: her own big mouth, and the protection of her 16-year-old sister Suki. Suki took care of her when her mother was jailed, and when her mother's boyfriend started sexually abusing Della, it was Suki who helped her escape. Now they're staying with a foster mother, Francine, and Della is starting to feel safe — but Suki has her sights set on obtaining independence, and custody of Della, at age 18. When Suki learns that won't be possible, her mental health begins to unravel, and Della realizes that it's time for her to use her "big mouth" to break the stigma about childhood sexual abuse and make people take notice. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, the Newbery Honor-winning author of The War That Saved My Life, tells Della's story with humor, poignancy, and power.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $14.62
  26. The List of Things That Will Not Change

    Author: Rebecca Stead

    When Bea was 8, her divorcing parents gave her a green notebook with "The List of Things That Will Not Change": a guide to help her get through the changes, one that started with the truth that Mom and Dad will always love her and one another. Now 12, Bea is excited for her Dad to marry his boyfriend, which means a new family, including a sister she's never met. But Jesse's daughter Sonia has mixed feelings about the wedding, and Bea is dealing with lots of other challenges, including a painful case of eczema, growing awareness of homophobia, and the self-consciousness of being a tween. Fortunately, no matter what changes, the first item on her list will always stay the same! This heartfelt story by Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me features an authentic tween voice that will win over every reader.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $14.99
  27. Born Curious: 20 Girls Who Grew Up to Be Awesome Scientists

    Illustrator: Katy Wu

    What does it take to change the world? It takes determination, drive... and curiosity! In this exciting anthology from author Martha Freeman and Google Doodler Katy Wu, kids will meet twenty different female scientists from past and present. Each capsule biography explores the backgrounds and life experiences of these diverse women, and highlights how their curiosity drove their work. From a cure for malaria to a map of the ocean floor, from better zoos to a better understanding of our DNA, this book shows how these women have changed the world — and inspires young readers to imagine how they can change it, too!

    Ages: 6 - 10
    Price: $15.29
  28. Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen's Roller Skates

    Author: Ann M. Martin
    Illustrator: Katy Farina

    Kristy's little sister Karen is bursting with excitement: she's got a new pair of roller skates! And while her parents (and older sister) have warned her to be careful, she's ready to try a few tricks. But when one trick goes wrong, Karen ends up with a broken wrist in a cast. After a challenge from a classmate, Karen is determined to get everyone she knows — plus someone famous — to sign her cast. It isn't going to be easy, but she won't give up until the job is done. And her next door neighbor, Morbidda Destiny — who Karen is sure is a real-life witch — might just turn out to be more helpful than she ever imagined! The second graphic novel in the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series, a spin-off from the best-selling The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels designed for younger readers and starring Kristy's little stepsister, is fresh, fun, and full of imagination — just like Karen!

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $7.95
  29. Girls Who Build: Inspiring Curiosity and Confidence to Make Anything Possible

    Author: Katie Hughes

    Carpenter Katie Hughes was often the only woman on a construction site, and she knew that teaching girls to use tools would help. Her non-profit, Girls Build, invites girls ages 8 to 14 to develop confidence and construction skills — and now her first book encourages girls everywhere to do the same! Inside you'll find photos of 45 builder girls, each accompanied by information about her favorite build, her top tips for new builders, and more. Then, check out the how-to guide full of techniques and safety tips for common tools, and use your new skills to create thirteen do-it-yourself projects from picture frames to playhouses. This empowering guide is sure to help a new generation of girls discover they can build anything!

    Ages: 8 - 13
    Price: $15.99
  30. Daisy and the Deadly Flu

    A 1918 Influenza Survival Story (Girls Survive)

    Illustrator: Matt Forsyth

    14-year-old Daisy's family is feeling the effects of World War I, even in her small Minnesota town. They're worried about her sister Elsie's fiance, who has just deployed to fight, and about their livelihood after her father's newspaper was shut down for criticizing U.S. participation in the war. They've heard stories about the Spanish Flu, a severe illness that's spreading rapidly and seems to be hardest on the young and healthy. When the pandemic arrives, will Daisy be able to protect the people she loves from the illness? This book from the Girls Survive series puts a personal face on the stories of the 1918 flu pandemic, and includes back matter including nonfiction support material and a glossary.

    Ages: 7 - 10
    Price: $7.95
  31. Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Illustrator: Eric Velasquez

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg 's mother taught her that she should strive for independence — and the brilliant young woman did. But when she graduated from law school, she faced discrimination for both her gender and her Jewish heritage. She refused to give up, and build a career based on high-profile cases tackling laws that allowed discrimination — laws she overturned time and again. And in 1993, she became the second woman ever to sit on the United States Supreme Court, where her fierce intellect and ferocious dissents have made her a cultural icon. In this inspiring book from the Big Words series, author Doreen Rappaport combines her own prose with Ginsburg's quotes, and Eric Velasquez provides vibrant illustrations that encourage kids to imagine themselves as champions for justice, just like RBG.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $11.69
  32. Bips and Roses: Zoey and Sassafras #8

    Author: Asia Citro
    Illustrator: Marion Lindsay

    Zoey is back in the eighth book of the Zoey and Sassafras series! The roses in the forest aren't doing well this year — and that's dangerous for the newborn hippogriffs, who depend on the roses for their first meal! Zoey puts on her Thinking Goggles to take a look, but at first she, Pip the magical frog, and Sassafras the cat are stumped. She'll have to draw on her scientific know-how to figure out how to save the roses and the hippogriffs! This best-selling illustrated early chapter book series combines real-life STEM knowledge with magical adventures, for a whimsical blend young readers will love.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $15.97
  33. City Spies

    Author: James Ponti

    12-year-old Sara Martinez ended up in juvenile detention after she hacked the New York City foster care system to prove her foster parents were breaking the law. She's expecting a grim stretch with no computer access when she gets approached by a mysterious man who calls himself Mother and recruits her for an all-kid spy agency. Before she's even gotten to know her new team, Sara is on her way to Paris where the billionaire sponsor of a youth environmental summit is getting death threats. This thrilling series opener, perfect for fans of Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls, is full of excitement, espionage, and friends becoming family.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $13.99
  34. Women Artists A to Z

    Illustrator: Caroline Corrigan

    Meet an alphabet of women artists in this inspiring book of twenty-six capsule biographies! Within its pages, you'll meet painters, sculptors, photographers, and more. The letters don't refer women's names, but to short phrases that summarize her iconic work: "D is for Dots" for Yayoi Kusama, "S is for Spider" for Louise Bourgeois. An additional paragraph provides a few more details about each artist's life, work, and influence. With a diverse selection of women both past and present, this book, perfect for fans of Rad American Women A-Z, is sure to pique an interest in these creative women.

    Ages: 6 - 10
    Price: $13.39
  35. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion

    A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide

    Get a new perspective on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s journey from the Big Woods to her happy golden years with this companion to the classic Little House series! In this helpful guide, author Annette Whipple gets kids thinking about how the stories portray the Ingalls and Wilder families, as well as what life on the frontier was actually like. Chapter-by-chapter story guides, "Fact or Fiction" sidebars, and archival photographs help kids explore the difference between Wilder's stories and the actual history, while 75 "Live Like Laura" activities get kids making crafts, recipes, and more. This thoughtful and thought-provoking book is a must-have addition to kids' exploration of these books.

    Ages: 7 - 12
    Price: $15.42
  36. Cinders and Sparrows

    12-year-old orphan Zita believes she's destined for life as a housemaid — so she's shocked when an animated scarecrow appears to tell her that she is heir to a mysterious castle and the powerful witchcraft of the Brydgeborn family. At Castle Blackbird, Zita gets instruction in magic from a guardian, Mrs. Cantanker, and bonds with Minnifer and Bram, two other orphans who tend to the castle and grounds. But all is not as it seems: the Brydgeborns were victims of foul play, and their magic is key in a battle between the living and the dead. Zita needs to figure out who she can trust — and whether she can save the family she's always wanted. Suspenseful and magical, with a vibrant and witchy world, this compelling novel is perfect for fans of Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces and Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $16.99
  37. Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics

    Illustrator: Yevgenia Nayberg

    As a girl, Sophie Kowalevski was fascinated by her father's discarded pages of mathematical equations. She discovered that she had a knack for numbers — and an equal gift for writing. And her two talents strengthened each other, keeping her thinking flexible. She wanted to do mathematics research, but in the late 1800s, most universities wouldn't even look at her papers. But she refused to let that stop her, and not only became the first woman to receive a doctorate degree in math, but went on to hold a university chair in mathematics and be editor for a major scientific journal! This picture book is a tribute to a woman who saw the value of both the arts and the sciences — and refused to be held back because of who she was.

    Ages: 7 - 10
    Price: $14.89
  38. Meena Meets Her Match

    Illustrator: Rayner Alencar

    Third-grader Meena is an exuberant, creative, color-loving kid.... but recently, she's been feeling a little more blah. Her best friend since kindergarten, Sofí­a, has stopped playing with her, and she doesn't know why. Worse, she's noticing weird things happening: stretches of time she can't remember, jerky arms, and more. When Meena has a seizure, it means hospitalization, medical tests, and a diagnosis of epilepsy. As she grapples with managing her condition, Meena becomes even more determined to find a way to bring the color back into her life. That means figuring out what's going on with Sofí­a — and understanding her own part in what happened. This charming illustrated chapter book, perfect for fans of Ramona Quimby, explores friendship, personal secrets, and the ups and downs of life. Meena's adventures continue in Never Fear, Meena's Here.

    Ages: 7 - 10
    Price: $14.62
  39. Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

    Illustrator: Tracy Subisak

    Emma Lilian Todd loved tinkering — even as a child, she took apart clocks and reassembled them to figure out how they worked. As an adult, she worked at the Patent Office, typing up patents for other inventors... and imagining how she would improve them. In the early 1900s, most people didn't think women could be inventors, but Lilian was determined to prove them wrong — by designing he very own airplane! This picture book biography of a nearly-forgotten engineer whose visionary thinking and determination helped her invention take flight.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $14.99
  40. We Are Water Protectors

    Illustrator: Michaela Goade

    "Water is the first medicine, Nokomis told me," this little girl remembers. It is an element that connects all of us, and all the other living creatures on our planet. So when our water is threatened, this girl takes a stand to defend it: she becomes a water protector. Ojibwe author Carole Lindstrom and Tlingit/Haida illustrator Michaela Goade were inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements to protect this precious resource for this award-winning book, but they also remind readers that this issue is goes beyond a single community, country, or race: "we are all related," they point out, and if we take action, we can all be water protectors.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $14.47
  41. The Girl and the Ghost

    Author: Hanna Alkaf

    Young Suraya is a lonely child, ignored by other kids in her area and held at a distance by her mother. When her grandmother, the village witch, leaves Suraya a pelesit ghost-familiar, Pink seems like the friend she always wanted. But Pink turns out to have a dark side, and even after Suraya orders Pink not to hurt people, he still lashes out at the bullies who taunt her. Worse, when she starts forming a friendship with another child, Jing Wei, Pink starts becoming jealous and possessive. And Pink is not the only dangerous spirit that lives in Suraya's village... This complex and haunting story, inspired by a Malaysian folk tale, deftly explores jealousy and friendship.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $11.99
  42. On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson

    Illustrator: Becca Stadtlander

    As a girl, Emily Dickinson loved small things, like flower petals and rays of light — but she asked big questions. She also loved the written word, so when the adults in her life told her "to believe without knowing why," she turned to writing to help her explore what she could see and understand. In time, she retreated to her room, but her words helped her world keep feeling big — and left a treasure trove of astounding poetry that's still beloved today. This lyrical biography, which incorporates lines of Dickinson's own poetry and features stunning artwork by Becca Stadtlander, is a whimsical and wondrous look at one of the world's greatest poets.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $14.99
  43. How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion

    Illustrator: Yao Xiao

    World-record-holding rock climber Ashima Shiraishi provides a lesson in perseverance and resilience, straight from the rock face! In rock climbing, a boulder is called a "problem," and just like any other problem, it can seem "tremendously endless" when you're looking up at it. As the illustrations depict 13-year-old Ashima tackling a challenging rock face — complete with a boldly depicted, breathless fall — she talks about how you can overcome these obstacles, including with help from your family's inspiration. And when she makes it to the top of her problem, Ashima reminds young readers that achieving your goal is the best feeling in the world. This inspiring picture book includes back matter about Ashima's groundbreaking climbing career.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $12.79
  44. Serena Says

    11-year-old Serena's best friend JC outshines everybody — but she's been okay with being in her shadow. Except when JC gets back from the hospital after a kidney transplant, Serena has a cold and has to keep away... and by the time she's back, her classmate Leilani has stepped in. Now Serena feels lonely and uncertain of her place, focusing on perfecting her vlogs and wishing that real life had a pause button so she could edit (or even delete) conversations. But as she practices, Serena starts to discover she has her own talents... and learns that making a friendship work takes patience, communication, and understanding yourself. Kids will fall in love with Serena and her developing voice in this heartwarming, funny, and nuanced novel.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $16.99
  45. Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math

    Jeannine Atkins, author of Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science, returns with this companion book in verse about seven women who used math to change the world! With evocative poems, Atkins captures the stories of Caroline Herschel, Florence Nightingale, Hertha Marks Ayrton, Marie Tharp, Edna Lee Paisano, Katherine Johnson, and Vera Rubin. These women fought stereotypes and prejudices and proved they were up to the task! This compelling book celebrating women in math is sure to inspire a new generation of math-loving girls.

    Ages: 9 - 14
    Price: $14.47
  46. Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit

    Illustrator: Ilaria Urbinati

    When Beatrix Potter was growing up, girls didn't go to school, work, or have money of their own. She spent her summers enjoying the English countryside, and wishing she could do something important. She ended up coming up with a charming little story, full of her own illustrations, called The Tale of Peter Rabbit — and it was a smash hit! She earned enough money from her books that she could do as she pleased... and when developers threatened her beloved countryside, she used it to buy farms and bequeath them to U.K.’s National Trust. This elegant picture book biography celebrates Potter's beloved children's books and her little-known work to protect the land she loved.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $14.79
  47. Outside In

    Illustrator: Cindy Derby

    "Once we were part of Outside and Outside was part of us," this book begins. "Now sometimes even when we’re outside... we’re inside." But is that really true? In this contemplative book, a little girl recognizes the many ways that our lives interconnect with nature, even when we're not outdoors: a snail sneaks in on produce, while the wood in her table and chairs used to be trees. Finally, she and her pet cat take their first step outside, ready to discover the wonders of nature first-hand. This lyrical book, accented with stunning illustrations, is sure to entice young readers into the outdoors — and encourage them to think about their world a little differently.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $16.19
  48. Dolly: My First Dolly Parton (Little People, Big Dreams)

    Dolly Parton came from a poor family, but her house was full of music. She started performing as a child, and when she graduated high school, she moved to Nashville so she could become a country star. Not only did she become a country superstar, but she used her wealth and fame to give back to her community, becoming a philanthropist who supports causes from literacy to child welfare to animal care! This My First - Little People, BIG DREAMS board book simplifies the story from the picture book Dolly Parton (Little People, Big Dreams), perfect for her littlest fans.

    Ages: 1 - 3
    Price: $9.99
  49. Bunheads

    Illustrator: Setor Fiadzigbey

    Young Misty has just started taking ballet classes when her teacher introduces the class to the story of Coppélia, a ballet about a toymaker with a plot to bring a doll to life — and she is captivated. She's desperate to play the heroine, Swanilda, but she's just beginning to learn dance, so she's worried she won't be up to standard in time for auditions. Fortunately, with the help of her fellow "bunhead" dancers, Misty and her class put on an amazing show! The first in a series of picture books by prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland about her early experiences with ballet, this charming story celebrates dance and the courage it takes to take on a new challenge.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $13.53
  50. My Little Golden Book About Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Author: Shana Corey
    Illustrator: Margeaux Lucas

    When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was growing up, she didn't have the same opportunities as a boy. At her school, girls learned to cook and sew while boys learned to build things, and many parents didn't see the point in sending a girl to college. Fortunately, her own parents supported her dream of fighting for equal rights. And after years of hard work and study, she became the second woman, and the first Jewish woman, to be a United States Supreme Court Justice. This Little Golden Book biography teaches Ginsburg's story in a way that's accessible to preschoolers, inspiring them to imagine what new ground they could break when they grow up!

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $4.99
  51. Becoming a Good Creature

    Author: Sy Montgomery
    Illustrator: Rebecca Green

    Sy Montgomery has written about all sorts of animals, from dogs and pigs to gorillas and octopuses — and they each had something important to teach her. In this delightful adaptation of her adult memoir Becoming A Good Creature, Montgomery adapts her stories for a picture book audience, showing them how animals have taught her to be patient, respect others, and even find her own family. Full of poignant revelations and powerful truths, this picture book is a reminder that we are just one of many animals on Earth, and by observing the other living things that share our planetary home, we can become better than we are.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $15.99
  52. Women Who Changed the World

    Author: Alex Fabrizio
    Illustrator: Kat Uno

    You're never too little to learn about women who changed the world! In this board book from the Baby's Big World series, kids will learn about so many inspiring women: astronauts, artists, scientists, politicians, activists, and many more. Bright illustrations with appealing portraits of women like Rosa Parks, Cleopatra, Jane Austen, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and many more. Written with little readers in mind, this inspiring title will help little Mighty Girls see themselves as the hero in their own story!

    Ages: 0 - 2
    Price: $8.99
  53. Baby Loves Political Science: Democracy!

    Author: Ruth Spiro
    Illustrator: Greg Paprocki

    Even Baby can learn about democracy in this fun addition to the best-selling Baby Loves series! Baby joins her mother on her way to vote, and along the way she learns about all the ways people can participate in the political process, from sending postcards and making signs, to campaigning and attending rallies, to running for election themselves! She cheers Mommy on when she casts her vote and learns that every vote counts when it's time for the final tally. With colorful illustrations and appealing text, this board book is an empowering introduction to what makes a great democracy.

    Ages: 1 - 4
    Price: $8.99
  54. Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light

    Author/Illustrator: Apryl Stott

    Bear wants to be friends with the other forest animals, but they all think he's frightening because he's so big. His human friend, Coco, decides to help, and latches onto her grandmother's advice that "When life gets dark as winter’s night, share some kindness, bring some light.” The pair take her words literally, and try to deliver cookies and lanterns... but the animals don't trust Bear enough to take them. It's not until they're on their way home, and rescue Baby Deer from being stuck in the snow, that the other animals discover there's more to Bear than they thought! Glowing illustrations and a sweet story of selflessness combine beautifully in this charming picture book.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $14.84
  55. The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

    Illustrator: Oge Mora

    Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! When Mary Walker was born into slavery in 1848, she wasn't allowed to learn to read — and even once she was freed at the age of 15, there was too much work to do to learn... or so she thought. But she was healthy and strong, and at the age of 114, she had outlived all her other family. It was time, perhaps, to follow that long-held dream: "Could someone her age learn to read? She didn’t know, but by God, she was going to try." Walker was certified the nation's oldest student twice over, and at 116, she learned! This inspiring story proves that, with perseverance and dedication, there's nothing you can't achieve.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $14.47
  56. Fight of the Century: Alice Paul Battles Woodrow Wilson for the Vote

    Illustrator: Sarah Green

    When Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as President, Alice Paul was waiting — and knew he would meet his match! Paul was determined to win the battle for women's suffrage, and she battered Wilson with clever protests, articulate arguments, and a ferocious refusal to quit. In this thrilling picture book biography, author Barb Rosenstock captures the struggle between Paul and Wilson as a four-round boxing match — in which Paul's clever strategy defeats him at every turn! With colorful, period-inspired illustrations from Sarah Green, and extensive back matter providing additional detail about Paul's work and legacy, this compelling book highlights just how fierce the fight for the vote was.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $14.99
  57. My Friend Earth

    Illustrator: Francesca Sanna

    Earth isn't just the planet we live on: Earth is our friend! In this stunning picture book by Newbery Award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan, Earth is imagined as a giant waking from a winter's sleep. As she travels around the world, she cares for animals large and small (including humans) and tends to habitats and growing things. And just as she nurtures us, we need to tend and care for her too! With lyrical text and vibrant illustrations — complete with flaps and die-cuts that entice readers to explore further — this poetic book encourages us to ensure we are good friends to the Earth, just as she is with us.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price: $14.49
  58. Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist

    Author: Linda Skeers

    When Mary Anning was a girl, she joined her father hunting for fossils near her home in England — a way for the family to make a little extra money. The sharp-eyed girl discovered something even more exciting: dinosaur bones! Anning's discoveries rocked the world, because they proved that life was far older than people thought — and that some creatures had gone extinct. But because people believed women couldn't be scientists, she rarely got credit for what she found. Today, though, we recognize her influence on our understanding of the world! This vibrant picture book telling of Anning's life includes fascinating back matter about Anning, plus lots of fossil facts!

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $14.23
  59. The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story

    Author: Tina Cho
    Illustrator: Jess X. Snow

    Dayeon's Grandma is a haenyeo, one of the Korean women who dive with no oxygen tanks to harvest abalone, octopuses, and sea urchins by hand; to Dayeon, she's "like a treasure-hunting mermaid." Most of the haenyeo are over 70 years old, but now Dayeon wants to learn the tradition too... but she has to overcome fears about sharks, big waves, and a previous attempt at an ocean swim that resulted in inhaling sharp, salty water. Fortunately, her reassuring Grandma — and Grandma's fellow haenyeo community — give Dayeon the encouragement she needs to appreciate the beauties of the ocean. This stunning picture book with its loving grandmother-granddaughter relationship also encourages perseverance and a respect for the power of nature.

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price: $17.49
  60. Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice

    Author: Nikki Grimes
    Illustrator: Laura Freeman

    Kamala Harris was still using a pacifier when she joined her parents at civil rights marches! As she grew up, she also grew a belief in freedom and justice — one which drove her to become a lawyer and a politician, using her voice to speak for those who could not. When the time came for the Democratic Party to choose a candidate for president, she threw her hat in the ring... and even though she wasn't chosen, she knew her story wasn't over. Before long, she was setting her sights on a new role: the vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election. Nikki Grimes' elegant poetry, which frames the story as a conversation between a girl and her mother, and luminous illustrations by Laura Freeman, create a portrait of a woman who knows that she will never give up on what matters.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $10.99
  61. The Starkeeper

    Author/Illustrator: Faith Pray

    After day after day of cold, loneliness, and dark, a little girl wishes that things would change — and discovers a fallen star! The star's light is "beautiful and warm and perfect" but she's not sure what to do to keep it that way. In fact, wrapped in her sweater, it seems to get dimmer by the moment. But when she discovers that sharing helps brighten the star, she starts doing small good deeds wherever she can — leading to a chain of kindness that not only give light to the star, but also to all of the town! With vibrant illustrations that slowly brighten as the girl helps bring light to others, this is a powerful metaphorical tale about how small kindnesses can make the whole world better.

    Ages: 4 - 7
    Price: $16.19
  62. Sticks and Stones

    Author/Illustrator: Patricia Polacco

    Beloved author Patricia Polacco shares a story of a transformative year in elementary school — and the power of supportive friendships. On the first day of school, separated from her friends, Paricia breaks out in a rash and gets nicknamed "Cootie" by her class bully. Fortunately, a boy named Thom and a girl named Ravenne step in to comfort her. Thom's graceful manner and love of ballet make him a particular target, but he responds with poise and humor, helping Patricia see that she can overcome the bullying — and for many years to come, the three friends support one another as they find their passions and achieve success. This is a powerful anti-bullying tale that celebrates girl-boy friendships.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $16.99
  63. Beautiful Shades of Brown: The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring

    Author: Nancy Churnin
    Illustrator: Felicia Marshall

    As a child, Laura Wheeler Waring loved mixing paints to get the perfect shade — especially if it was to capture the skin colors of people in her family. But she couldn't help but notice that museums didn't show paintings of people with brown skin. Defying prejudice, she studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and then in Paris, where work by Matisse and Gaugin encouraged her to paint the people she knew. And when she returned home to America, her portraits of famous African American people would become classic works of art that still inspire visitors to the National Portrait Gallery. This beautiful picture book about a trailblazing artist celebrates self-expression, diversity, and welcoming different points of view.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $13.99
  64. My Best Friend

    Illustrator: Jillian Tamaki

    There are few things as special as the first moment of connection between friends! This little girl's new friend seems made for her: "when i say la la la/ she says la la la." They explore one another's likes and dislikes, and make forays into imaginary games where each contributes their part. And while she's never had a best friend before, this girl says "i think she is a really good best friend/ because when we were drawing/ she drew me/ and i drew her." Bestselling author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki come together to create a joyful tribute to the heady first moments of friendship.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price: $9.97
  65. I Am Anne Frank

    Author: Brad Meltzer

    Anne Frank was just an ordinary girl with a brand new diary when her world was turned upside down. When the Nazis invaded Holland, she and her Jewish family had to go into hiding in a secret space in her father's old office. Through two years of fear, hunger, and danger, Anne wrote in her diary, never losing her sense of optimism or her faith in the goodness of people. This entry in the best-selling Ordinary People Change the World picture book biography series celebrates Anne's inspirational courage and hope, which have touched millions of people around the world.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $9.99
  66. Jasmine Green Rescues: A Piglet Called Truffle

    Author: Helen Peters
    Illustrator: Ellie Snowdon

    Aspiring veterinarian Jasmine Green loves animals, whether they're pets, wildlife, or farm animals! But sometimes following her vet mother around introduces her to the tougher side of farming. On one house call, Jasmine gets to see a brand-new littler of piglets, only to discover a forgotten runt that's so tiny it can't get milk — and the farmer doesn't think it's worth saving. So Jasmine decides to smuggle the pig home and see if she can rescue him! Raising Truffle will be tricky, especially if he's a secret... This early chapter book series opener, with appealing black ad white illustrations, captures the bustling life of a family farm and the determination of one animal-loving girl.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $14.63
  67. Mootilda's Bad Mood

    Mootilda the cow is having the worst day: she's in a bad mooood! From hay in her hair to a spilled bucket of milk to a belly flop in the water, everything seems to go wrong. It's not until she sits down and commiserates with some chickens, who are having their own bad day (which observant readers will note is closely tied to Mootilda's misfortunes) that she realizes that talking things out with a willing ear can make all the difference! Before long, Mootilda has opened her own "cow-nseling" service for other creatures who need to talk. Corey Rosen Schwartz, author of The Three Ninja Pigs, teams up with Kirsti Call to take on the universal experience of having a bad day in this laugh-out-loud picture book.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $14.89
  68. Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor

    Author: Ally Carter

    April was abandoned as an infant, but her mother left a note, promising she'd return, and a mysterious key. The key, it turns out, bears the crest of the Winterborne family, so April sneaks into their newly opened museum exhibit to see what she might be able to open — with disastrous results. Next thing she knows, she and four other foster children have been selected to live in Winterborne House, which is being converted into a group home. But strange things are happening in the house, and as the children learn stories about a missing heir, a mysterious phantom, and a fiendish plan, they start to wonder if they are capable enough to avoid losing the first place that's felt like home. Ally Carter's middle grade debut is an entertaining mystery packed with action, adventure, and found family.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $13.89
  69. Jane Goodall: A Champion of Chimpanzees

    Author: Sarah Albee
    Illustrator: Gustavo Mazali

    When Jane Goodall arrived in Gombe, nobody had ever studied chimpanzees in the wild up close. In order to learn about them, she had to earn their trust — and when she did, she discovered amazing things, from the way they interacted in their group to their creation and use of tools. Her discoveries would change the way people looked at chimpanzees — and humans. This book from the I Can Read series, which is geared for newly independent readers who need simple text and sentences, includes a timeline and historical photos that are sure to inspire primate-loving kids!

    Ages: 4 - 7
    Price: $4.99
  70. Helga Makes a Name for Herself

    Author: Megan Maynor
    Illustrator: Eda Kaban

    Helga may be a farmer's daughter, but she dreams of being a ferocious warrior just like her favorite hero, Ingrid the Axe! So despite her parents' claims that "warriors do not come from small mountain villages like ours," Helga is quick to respond when she learns that Ingrid is looking for new recruits. At first, she seems out of her element at the warrior trials, and her competitors make fun of her clothing and her pet wolverine, Wolvie, but she perseveres — and when her talents shine through, Ingrid even bestows her with a warrior's nickname: Helga the Howler! This laugh-out-loud story of perseverance and empowerment is a reminder that great might doesn't always mean large size.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $17.51
  71. Bess the Barn Stands Strong

    Illustrator: Katie Hickey

    A farm family works together, sawing, hammering, and putting beams and rafters in place — and Bess the barn is born! Sturdy, safe, and warm, she protects the farm's animals for year after year. But when a new farmer buys the farm, he only sees a creaky, slumping building, and figures a shiny new corrugated steel barn is in order. However, it turns out that when a bad storm comes, Bess' welcoming walls prove there's still plenty to love about an old barn! This charming story about farm life, changes over time, and the value of things built to last includes warm artwork that invites kids to examine every detail.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $15.99
  72. Margaret's Unicorn

    Author/Illustrator: Briony May Smith

    When Margaret's family moves to a cottage by the sea to help her grandmother, she feels lonely and lost... until the day she sees unicorns on the seashore! When they disappear, as quickly as they came, she realizes that one baby unicorn has been left behind. The kindhearted girl cares for him, and over the fall and winter, the two provide comfort and companionship to one another. And when Margaret returns the unicorn to his family in the spring, she's sad to see him go — but she realizes that she's starting to feel at home, and they'll both be where they belong. With a classic feel and a dash of magic, this cozy picture book is perfect for unicorn lovers and anyone who wants a little reassurance that friendship will come in time.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $17.49
  73. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

    Author: Garth Nix

    In an alternate 1983 London, Susan Arkshaw is looking for the father she's never met when her search crashes head on into Merlin, one of the booksellers, a family of magical beings who prevent the Old World of legends from intruding into the world of the New (and run several bookshops on the side.) Merlin and his sister Vivien are searching for the Old World being who killed their mother... and their quest seems to overlap with Susan's. As the line between Old and New Worlds starts to break down, Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must figure out how the pieces go together — and whether they can save the world. Bestselling fantasy author Garth Nix crafts a rollicking story of magic, mystery, and books in this novel which will leave readers eager for more adventures with the booksellers.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $19.99
  74. Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

    Illustrator: Alleanna Harris

    Ella Fitzgerald had a gorgeous voice that captivated jazz audiences — and one of her fans was an actress named Marilyn Monroe, who was fighting against sexism for better roles and more voice in her career. When Marilyn got a role with lots of singing, she listened to Ella's recordings to prepare. Her success helped her negotiate better pay and more creative control, and she wanted to thank Ella in person. And when she learned that Ella got turned away from the biggest club in town because she was black, Marilyn knew she could help Ella's voice be heard too. This powerful true story about these two close friends celebrates how far we can go when we lift one another up.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $14.49
  75. Mermaid and Me

    Author/Illustrator: Soosh

    This little girl has always loved Mermaids, even when her classmates laughed at the very idea. And one day, at the beach, she actually meets one! Mermaid becomes a best friend, despite the challenges they face living in two different worlds, and they share adventures from tea parties to saving sea turtles. But when a stormy night stirs up pollution that threatens the Mermaid's life, the pair have to part. However, the little girl promises to help care for the ocean — leading to a joyful reunion many years later! This gorgeous quietly environmental tale by Soosh, best-selling author/illustrator of Dad By My Side, also celebrates the power of belief and the enduring strength of friendship.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $14.47
  76. Clap When You Land

    When a plane crashes on its way to the Dominican Republic, one man leaves behind two daughters. Camino lives in the Dominican and dreams of the summers when her father visits, and the possibility of attending university at Columbia University in New York City, where he works. Yahaira lives in New York, and her father was her hero until last summer, when she discovered he had a second, secret wife. Neither of them knew about the other... until Papi died. Now, both girls are wrestling with grief and betrayal — and forging a bond with the only other person in the world who might understand. This stunning novel in verse by National Book Award-winning author of The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo is told in the voices of both girls, and explores moving through loss and finding forgiveness with the help of a friend.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $15.99
  77. Play Like a Girl: Life Lessons from the Soccer Field

    Author/Illustrator: Kate T. Parker

    Kate T. Parker, the photographer behind Strong Is The New Pretty, creates another inspiring photo book, this one drawing from the lessons you can learn while kicking a soccer ball! Parker's photos capture players from ages 3 to 63, from brand new kickers to some of women's soccer's top athletes. Each picture includes a quotation that captures the spirit, drive, and determination of these dauntless players. Packed with confident, resilient, and proud girls and women, this book will encourage and empower both children and adults!

    Ages: 8 and up
    Price: $14.39
  78. The Inheritance Games

    High school junior Avery Grambs is living out of her car, hoping to survive long enough to win a scholarship and make her way in the world. Then, she gets a message that billionaire Tobias Hawthorne has left almost his whole estate to her... even though she's never even met him. Worse, there's a condition: Avery must spend a year living in Hawthorne House alongside Hawthorne's furious daughters and grandsons, who think she's a con-woman. While there, Avery discovers secret passages, codes, and puzzles galore. Is she part of Hawthorne's final riddle? And will she be able to survive the year when so much is at stake for his descendants? Fans of The Westing Game and Knives Out will love this thrilling mystery.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $23.95
  79. The Daring of Della Dupree (Poppy Pendle)

    Author: Natasha Lowe

    Della Dupree feels pressured to match up to her famous namesake, the legendary founder of witchcraft school Ruthersfield Academy — and her magic doesn't seem up to the task. When she accidentally chants information about the founding of the school by an open closet of time travel amulets, she ends up swept back in time to 1223. Now, Della will have to muster enough self-confidence to use her spells to get her back home — which might help her believe she deserves her name. This delightful story, set in the world of The Power of Poppy Pendle, will speak to any kid with big shoes to fill! For other books set in this magical world, which are interrelated but can be read as stand-alone novels, check out our Poppy Pendle Collection.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $14.49
  80. Ruby Bridges: This Is Your Time

    Author: Ruby Bridges

    As a 6-year-old child, Ruby Bridges became a symbol of courage and equality when she desegregated an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, escorted past a screaming mob by federal marshals. Now, she calls the next generation of young activists to step up for what's right! In this beautiful gift book, Bridges uses her own story to show young readers how even the youngest of us can work for change. With historical photographs, jacket art using Norman Rockwell's painting The Problem We All Live With, and more, this is an empowering and powerful call to action for both children and adults.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $10.66
  81. Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

    Author: Julie Abe

    12-year-old Eva Evergreen is getting desperate: she only has until her birthday to earn the rank of Novice Witch, or she'll lose her magic forever — but she struggles to cast simple spells and falls asleep if she overdoes it. With a month to go, she travels to the seaside town of Auteri, where the major allows her to stay if she can protect them from the Culling, a destructive magical storm. It's not long before she's come up with a clever idea to win over the town: a "semi-magical fixes" repair shop that allows her to combine the magic she has with some technological know-how. But with the Culling drawing nearer, will Eva's pinch of magic be enough? This charming and creative fantasy celebrates ingenuity and persistence, perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service and Aru Shah and the End of Time.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $8.49
  82. The Voice That Won The Vote: How One Woman's Words Made History

    Author: Elisa Boxer
    Illustrator: Vivien Mildenberger

    August, 1920: Tennessee's legislature is about to cast a history-making vote. If they approve the 19th Amendment, it will be ratified and women across the country will be assured of their right to vote. If they don't, the suffragists have more battles ahead. The decision came down to a single vote, and a shocking moment when Harry Burns — previously a staunch opponent of suffrage — voted in favor of suffrage. And he did so because of a letter from his indomitable mother, Febb Burns, who said "Vote for suffrage and don't forget to be a good boy." This inspiring picture book celebrates a defining moment of American history — and the determined woman whose letter helped give all women a voice in politics.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price: $12.49
  83. They Went Left

    Author: Monica Hesse

    18-year-old Zofia is struggling to heal her body and rebuild her mind after liberation from Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. Three years ago, everyone in her family except her brother, Abek, as sent to the gas ovens; now, she can't remember the last time she saw Abek, but she knows she promised to find him. At a displaced persons camp, she meets others like her, trying to find a life after the horrors of the Holocaust, and even starts to feel like she could love someone again. But Zofia's trauma makes her memory unreliable, and she begins to wonder what exactly she will discover if she can put the pieces together. This stunning historical mystery by award-winning author Monica Hesse explores how the Holocaust affected survivors — and the incredible ability of humanity to overcome evil.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $12.79
  84. The Radium Girls Young Readers' Edition

    The Scary but True Story of the Poison that Made People Glow in the Dark

    Author: Kate Moore

    In the early 20th century, the young women who got jobs painting watch and gauge dials with glowing radium paint were considered lucky; they were well-paid, and surrounded by dust that would supposedly make them healthy — and literally made them glow. But the corporations didn't tell them about the dangers of radium exposure. When they started to get sick, the women tried to seek justice, only to be slandered by company management who claimed that they were dying of syphilis and other diseases. With their days numbered, the Radium Girls knew they had to win their case — not for themselves, but to protect generations of workers after them. This young reader adaptation of the best-selling adult book The Radium Girls tells the story of these courageous women and their groundbreaking battle for workers' rights to safety.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $10.41
  85. The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival

    Before 1992, Amra's life in Bosnia was that of a typical teenager, full of volleyball games and birthday surprises — but things were about to change. Suddenly Muslims like her started arriving in her hometown of Bihac, fleeing Serbian persecution... and soon even her own best friend refuses to talk to her. When the Serbian tanks beseige the town, Amra thinks all happiness has vanished until she meets a stray calico cat who seems to charm her way into everyone's heart... and perhaps even serves as the family's guardian. Now a professor in the United States, Sabic-El-Rayess uses her teenage self's viewpoint to explore the horrors of the Bosnian genocide and how war brings out the worst — and the best — in humanity.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $15.99
  86. Watch Over Me

    Author: Nina LaCour

    18-year-old Mila has just aged out of years in the foster care system after her mother abandoned her. She wants to build a life for herself — one that helps her believe she's "good" — so she's quick to accept a job at an isolated Northern California farm, where she'll work as a teacher for 9-year-old Lee. She and Lee bond over their similar pasts, and she even starts feeling like the farm could be home... until mementos from her past start appearing. Now, as she faces ghosts from her past, Mila has to decide if she'll stay, even if it means facing the reality of the physical and mental trauma she survived. This emotionally gripping and tender novel will make you root for Mila as she finds her way to a chosen family.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.68
  87. Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

    Author: Jim Ottaviani
    Illustrator: Maris Wicks

    For decades during the early space race, NASA knew the "right" sort of person to be an astronaut — and they were all men. Talented women were denied the chance to try, even when they proved they were just as qualified. Then Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR became the first woman in space, and suddenly, NASA wanted to catch up. Group 9, NASA's first mixed gender class, still had to fight stereotypes, but they proved that women also deserved to fly. The author / illustrator pair behind Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas tells this captivating story in the voice of former astronaut Mary Cleave, creating an inspiring graphic novel that reminds readers that progress is fastest when we include everyone.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $14.58
  88. Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids

    Her Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities and Experiments

    Author: Rowena Rae

    American biologist Rachel Carson helped spark the modern environmental movement with her compelling writing about ecological damage — particularly her famous book Silent Spring. Now, budding ecologists can learn about Carson and her work in this biography from the For Kids series! Kids will read about Carson's life, then explore 21 hands-on activities, from collecting a seed bank to modeling bioaccumulation to building a worm farm. This inspiring book is sure to give kids new appreciation for the delicate balance of our planet's ecosystems.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $13.19
  89. The Bug Girl: A True Story

    7-year-old Sophia had adored bugs ever since she was 2 1/2 — but when she got to school, not everyone appreciated her love of insects, especially in a girl. And when she brought a beautiful grasshopper — her favorite bug — to school, some of the kids even knocked it off her shoulder and killed it. Heartbroken, Sophia stopped talking about bugs... until her mom wrote to an entomological society looking for a bug scientist pen pal. The society created the hashtag #BugsR4Girls, and before long, hundreds of scientists were talking to Sophia, encouraging her to keep up her love of entomology. This charming picture book, written by the real-life Sophia, celebrates curiosity, scientific passion, being true to yourself — and of course, bugs!

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $12.79
  90. Greta Thunberg (Little People, Big Dreams)

    When Greta Thunberg learned about how human activity was affecting our environment, she was so shocked she couldn't speak. Why weren't people pushing for change? Then she realized that if other people weren't, she could... and she started protesting outside the Swedish Parliament. Today, her "School Strike for Climate" protest includes millions of people around the world, including many children and teens — a reminder that "No one is too small to make a difference." This exciting book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series introduces kids to a young woman who is changing the world — right now — helping them see how they too could become trailblazers and history makers.

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price: $14.99
  91. Girls Garage

    How to Use Any Tool, Tackle Any Project, and Build the World You Want to See

    When girls get building, big things happen! Emily PIlloton founded the nonprofit Girls Garage in 2013, using her background in architecture and construction to help girls get confident with tools as they build real-world projects to help their community. Now, in this book, she provides the same guidance to girls everywhere! This book includes all the information a would-be builder needs, including 175 illustrated tool guides, 21 essential skills, and 11 how-to projects she can try herself. Plus, this 300-page compendium includes encouraging stories from real-life girls and women builders. Part how-to manual, part inspirational guide, this book will give girls confidence that there's nothing they can't plan, fix, or build!

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $25.88
  92. Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian

    Author/Illustrator: Tim Probert

    In the magical world of Irpa, Bea lives a happy life with her grandfather, Alfirid the Pig Wizard — until the day she goes out to gather herbs and meets Cadwallader, a member of an ancient race called the Galdurians long thought to be extinct. Cad thinks that the Pig Wizard can help him find his missing people, but when Bea leads him home, Alfirid is gone, leaving behind only the Jar of Endless Flame and a mysterious note. Now Bea and Cad must journey across Irpa to find him, finding both marvels and dangers along the way — and their friendship may be the only thing keeping the light in their world. This stunning graphic novel, first in the Lightfall series, introduces a charming pair of friends and a wondrous world that readers will be eager to explore further.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $20.63
  93. Sofia Valdez and the Vanishing Vote (The Questioneers)

    Author: Andrea Beaty
    Illustrator: David Roberts

    Sofia Valdez and her friends the Questioneers are excited: they're getting a class pet! Since they're all going to share responsibility for taking care of it, Miss Lila Greer says it's time for a vote: turtle or bird. And Sofia will be Election Commissioner overseeing the whole process! But after the campaign is done and the votes are cast, there's a tie... and one missing vote. Sofia and her friends are determined to track down what happened to that vote so they can ensure democracy runs smoothly. This book in the The Questioneers early chapter book series will get kids thinking about the electoral process — and how they can play their part. For younger kids, check out Sofia's picture book, Sofia Valdez, Future Prez.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price: $11.49
  94. Scritch Scratch

    12-year-old Claire is logical and scientific, and has no interest in her father's ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. Except when she rides along on the tour one night, she sees a mysterious dark-eyed boy... who disappears when the tour is over. Then she starts seeing him everywhere she goes, along with the number 396, and hearing strange scratching noises and voices in the dark. To find out what the dark-eyed boy wants, she'll have to recruit her older brother and two friends – and dive deep into the personal cost associated with a historic disaster. Atmospheric and intriguing, this suspenseful novel blends the supernatural with real-life Chicago history to create a spine-tingling ghost story perfect for fans of Goosebumps and Small Spaces.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $14.59
  95. The Whatifs

    Author: Emily Kilgore
    Illustrator: Zoe Persico

    Cora is constantly plagued with nervous questions — the Whatifs! These sneaky little creatures like to make her worry about everything, from little things — what if my crayon breaks? — to big ones — what if my dog runs away? Backstage before her piano recital, Cora is particularly plagued with Whatif worries. Fortunately, her friend Stella reminds her that not all Whatifs are negative, and by turning her Whatifs around, Cora is able to get out on stage... and even recover when she hits a wrong note. This charming picture book introduces real-life cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in a playful way, perfect to reassure kids that they can thrive even when the Whatifs loom!

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $17.99
  96. Skyhunter

    Author: Marie Lu

    18-year-old Talin fled to Mara when the the Karensa Federation invaded Basea years ago. While her skill at fighting has won her a place defending the nation, she's the constant target of xenophobia; she also struggles with trauma, both physical and mental, that requires her to communicate with sign language. When a Federation defector is scheduled to be executed, Talin protests, believing he can help Mara in the war, and as punishment for her audacity, her commander insists he become her fighting partner. However, as she gets to know Red better, she realizes he's a weapon — one which might mean the end of the Federation. This pulse-pounding dystopian series opener by bestselling author Marie Lu stars a daring young woman who will fight for freedom... no matter the cost.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $11.57
  97. Letters from Cuba

    Author: Ruth Behar

    With anti-Semitism on the rise in her home country of Poland, Esther's father fled to Cuba in hopes of finding a new place to live for the family — and 11-year-old Esther is the first to join him. To console her sister (and herself), Esther promises to write letters about everything that happens until they meet again. Her new Cuban community is welcoming (although she discovers that Nazism has spread even there), and Esther is discovering that she has unexpected talents — ones which may help the family reunite even faster... before it's too late. Based on award-winning author Ruth Behar's family history, this historical fiction novel explores timely issues, as well as the timeless power of humanity to thrive despite any challenge.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $14.62
  98. Fable

    Four years ago, Fable's mother drowned in a storm, and her sea trader father abandoned her on an island full of thieves. She's spent the time since honing her skills to survive — and planning to find her father and demand her rightful place beside him. She bargains her way onto the Marigold by promising West, the young trader who captains it, that her talent as a diver and gem sage can pay her passage. But the crew is slow to accept her; West is not who he seems; and she's not sure her father will be quick to welcome her back. It turns out the storms aren't the most dangerous thing in the Narrows.... Bestselling author Adrienne Young packs this duology opener with adventure, a hint of magic, and slow-burning romance.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $14.69
  99. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

    Author: Holly Jackson

    Five years ago, high school senior Sal Singh was found dead by his own hand in the woods — and his girlfriend, Andie, disappeared. So everyone knows Sal killed her... except for Pip. She knew Sal as a child, and she can't imagine him as a killer, especially when she sees all the gaps in the case. As she starts digging into online records and interviewing people who knew Sal, she discovers secrets, some belonging to Sal's friends, who wouldn't give him an alibi, and others belonging to Andie herself. But someone in Fairview doesn't want Pip to find the answers, and she might find herself the next target... This engrossing mystery is full of surprise twists that will keep you turning pages to the end.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.99
  100. All the Days Past, All the Days to Come

    It's years after the events of the Newbery Medal-winning novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and Cassie Logan is now a young woman, trying to find her place in a complicated world. Wherever she goes, she seems to find both racism and tragedy, and even when she goes to law school and achieves a childhood dream, there are battles to fight — most notably the voter registration push of back home in Mississippi. This deeply satisfying conclusion to the Cassie's story — and that of the Logan family — is an equally compelling stand-alone novel about finding yourself amidst the tides of history.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $14.74
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