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A Mighty Girl's 2021 Books of the Year

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  1. Thankful

    Illustrator: Samantha Cotterill

    This little girl has decided to make a "thankful chain": strips of paper, each with something she's grateful for written on them, looped together to create a chain of gratitude. And there are so many things that make her thankful! She has a loving family; she has a safe home. She has a friend and a heart that beats. And around her, there are even more things to appreciate: "love and dreams, night and morning... a moon and sun that always come back." With hand-built diorama illustrations packed with detail that make the girl's world feel deeply real, this is a beautiful story about the wonders and joys of life — and the power of taking a moment to notice them.

  2. Rescue

    Almost two years ago, Meg's father went to fight against the Nazis — and she hasn't seen him since. With the family farm now in Nazi-occupied territory, Meg has already been secretly helping the French Resistance, while also deciphering codes he left in a jar to entertain her while he's gone... a jar that's almost empty. Then Meg stumbles across an injured British spy who tells her that her father could be released from Nazi imprisonment — if she can guide a family of German refugees safely to Spain. To do so, she'll have to untangle the most complicated cipher yet — one that could reveal dangerous secrets that might risk both her mission and her life. Jennifer A. Nielsen, bestselling author of Resistance, has crafted a suspenseful story that will leave readers wondering who Meg can trust to the very end.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $15.99
    C$20.16
    N/A
    A$29.31
  3. Starfish

    Author: Lisa Fipps

    12-year-old Ellie has been bullied for her weight since she was five — both by her peers and by members of her own family, including her mother, who thinks criticizing Ellie's body will finally make her want to diet. She's set rules for herself: don't eat in public, don't move in ways that make you jiggle, and don't draw attention to yourself. But when a new neighbor, Catalina, moves in next door, she likes Ellie and doesn't even seem to notice her weight. With support from her father and from an insightful therapist who pushes Ellie to explore her feelings, she begins to realize that she could spread out like a starfish and claim her place — just the way she is. This poignant novel-in-verse is sure to start important conversations about body-shaming, self-confidence, and the power of loving yourself.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $13.26
    C$15.00
    £12.60
    A$31.79
  4. June Almeida, Virus Detective! The Woman Who Discovered the First Human Coronavirus

    Author: Suzanne Slade
    Illustrator: Elisa Paganelli

    June Almeida loved science, even as a young girl growing up in Glasgow, Scotland. But even though she was a top student, her family struggled financially and she had to leave school at the age of 16. She was determined, though, to find a way to pursue a scientific career and she was hired by a local hospital to work in its lab. There, she proved that she had an incredible talent for using a microscope to examine cells, making discoveries that helped doctors treat patients. And after years of working with electron microscopes and identifying viruses, she made a very special discovery — the first human coronavirus! This fascinating picture book, which includes a timeline and photos of June and her historic virus photographs in the back matter, celebrates a pioneering virologist whose groundbreaking work continues to help researchers today in the fight against illnesses caused by viruses, including COVID-19.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $16.49
    C$21.77
    £11.60
    A$30.84
  5. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

    Author: T. Kingfisher

    14-year-old Mona is a wizard, but she's not the kind you're thinking of: unlike the powerful magic-users who protect the city, her powers only work on bread. So she lives a quiet life at her aunt's bakery, where she bakes delicious biscuits and makes gingerbread men dance to delight the customers. But when an assassin starts targeting wizards in Mona's city — and the City Inquisitor frames Mona for a murder as part of a plot to take over — she realizes that none of the 'real' wizards are coming to save everyone with their lightning and earthquakes. To save herself and everyone she loves, Mona will have to figure out how a bread wizard can be a hero. Winner of the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Young Adult Book, this quirky and funny fantasy, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, explores what happens when a girl who was never considered 'strong' — including by herself — becomes the one to save the day.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $14.95
    C$18.90
    £12.95
    A$24.15
  6. The Beatryce Prophecy

    Illustrator: Sophie Blackall

    When a girl named Beatryce shows up in a goat stall at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing, Gentle Brother Edik quickly realizes the danger: thanks to a prophecy he himself wrote, the king is hunting for a girl just like her. After Edik nurses her back to health, it becomes clear that Beatryce is full of stories, both poignant and powerful. In addition to the monk and the goat, she befriends a former king and a local boy. She knows she has to face the king, but when she sets out to do so, it's with the confidence of someone who knows that there are many people who love her — people who will never let her lose her way. This magical adventure by bestselling author Kate DiCamillo, accented with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall, is a stunning story about finding the power of words and friendships.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $14.00
    C$25.73
    £12.84
    A$37.16
  7. The Secret Garden: A Graphic Novel

    10-year-old orphan Mary Lennox doesn't think much of Misselthwaite Manor, the estate on the Yorkshire Moors where she has to live under the guardianship of her Uncle Craven who she barely even sees. But as she explores the estate, she finds her body strengthened by time spent out in the fresh air... and her curiosity piqued by the mysteries of the manor, including a locked garden and crying she hears at night. With the help of a sickly cousin she didn't know she had, the maid's younger brother, and the guidance of a friendly robin, Mary will discover a love for growing things — and the power of human connection. Adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic The Secret Garden by the author of Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, this gorgeous graphic novel is the perfect way to introduce a new generation to this much beloved charming tale.

    Ages: 7 - 12
    Price:
    $8.99
    C$15.83
    £7.99
    A$17.50
  8. Vespertine

    Artemisia avoids the living, who are too prone to speculating about her past, in favor of training to be a Gray Sister, one of the nuns who prepares the dead for burial to prevent their spirits from rising as hungry ghosts. When her convent is attacked, she realizes that evil is rising in her home of Loraille — evil that requires a vespertine, a priestess that can wield a high relic, to defeat. No vespertine has lived for generations, but there is one way Artemisia can get the information she needs: by asking a revenant, a malicious spirit bound to a saint's relic. The revenant agrees to help, but she knows it will stop at nothing to possess her. Now, she can only hope to unravel mysteries that make her question everything she's been taught... before the revenant betrays her. This stunning novel by the best-selling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens is a dark fantasy adventure that will leave readers eager for more.

  9. The Light of Days Young Readers’ Edition

    The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

    Author: Judy Batalion

    When the Nazis invaded Poland, Jewish people did not simply capitulate: resistance groups rapidly appeared, many of them led by Jewish women and young girls. These "ghetto girls" served as fighters, spies, and saboteurs; they converted youth groups into resistance cells and built underground bunkers and supply lines in the Jewish ghettos. At the center of this powerful young reader's adaptation of The Light of Days is 18-year-old Renia Kukielka, who worked as a resistance courier and weapons smuggler; other women joined the cause as fighters, spies, and saboteurs. Even in the face of the seemingly unstoppable Nazi regime, the destruction of their communities, and the death of their families, these courageous women refused to give up and fought back to the end. This gripping, meticulously-researched book tells the incredible story of these heroic Jewish women whose contributions have been largely overlooked, until now.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $8.99
    C$10.88
    £14.93
    A$35.70
  10. A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice

    Illustrator: Vesper Stamper

    Growing up, Jane Austen was funny, a bit of a troublemaker — and gifted with words. She loved writing stories that made people laugh, particularly when they were inspired by life in a country village like hers. But when Jane grew older, facing sadness and loss as well as laughter and joy, she didn't know when she would find her writing voice again. When she did, it was full of humor, satire, and heart — and it made her one of the English language's most popular novelists. This energetic celebration of Austen's life and of creativity itself is perfect for fans of I Dissent and She Persisted.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $18.93
    C$24.67
    £10.12
    A$34.37
  11. Anne's School Days (An Anne Chapter Book)

    Author: Kallie George
    Illustrator: Abigail Halpin

    Now that Anne has settled in to her new home in Avonlea, she's enjoying the first few weeks of school with her best friend and kindred spirit Diana Barry. Then, a boy named Gilbert Blythe joins the class. He may be handsome and smart, but he's also a nuisance, pulling on Anne's braids and calling her "Carrots" because of her red hair. A furious Anne vows never to speak to Gilbert again, but when a game on the pond leaves her stranded in the middle as her plank sinks, it's Gilbert who comes to her rescue. Perhaps her nemesis isn't all bad... The third book in the Anne Chapter Books, lovingly adapted by Kallie George with nostalgic illustrations by Abigail Halpin, is the perfect way to introduce young readers to the beloved Anne of Green Gables.

  12. The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

    Author: Anne Ursu

    Nobody cares about girls like 12-year-old Marya Lupu — not when it's the boys, like her brother, Luka, who might have the gift to wield magic and protect their country from the dangerous Dread and even more mysterious witches. But when sorcerers come to test Luka for magical gifts, Marya makes a mistake that lands her in Dragomir Academy, a school for "wayward girls." There, they tell her, she can train to serve one of the sorcerers and maybe be worth something someday. But as Marya uncovers holes in what she's told — and discovers secrets about both the sorcerers and the Dread — she starts to ask herself, "Who does the story serve?" The acclaimed author of The Lost Girl has created a meaningful, feminist fantasy that explores oppression, patriarchy, and the power of the truth.

  13. Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

    Author: Traci Sorell
    Illustrator: Natasha Donovan

    Mary Golda Ross was the only girl in her college math class, and she proved that she could excel. She taught math at several high schools while taking graduate courses in the summers but she dreamed of finding more opportunities to apply her mathematical talents. In 1942, she succeeded, winning a spot at Lockheed as an aerospace engineer. She thrived, and before long, she had been invited to a super secret team called Skunk Works — one which was working on cutting-edge designs for future space travel! This compelling picture book biography captures the fascinating life of this little-known pioneer in STEM who became the first Native American aerospace engineer, celebrating how she blazed a trail for others behind her.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $16.99
    C$25.73
    £12.83
    A$35.34
  14. Wishypoofs and Hiccups: Zoey and Sassafras #9

    Author: Asia Citro
    Illustrator: Marion Lindsay

    Zoey and Sassafras are back in another STEM-based adventure helping magical creatures! When Pip the frog shows up with an unexpected new look, Zoey and her cat Sassafras realize that something unusual is going on in the forest of magical creatures. But to figure out what happened, they'll have to retrace his steps... and when they do, they see another magical friend change right before their eyes! In the ninth adventure in this STEM-focused, kid-friendly illustrated early chapter book series, Zoey will have to put on her Thinking Goggles to figure out why the creatures are changing — and how to change them back!

  15. I Am Defiance: A Novel of WWII

    Brigitte does her part to support Adolf Hitler's war, like all good Aryan girls. But she wonders why even simple questions are unwelcome at her League of German Girls meetings. Then a mysterious pamphlet from a group called the White Rose shows up at her house. Her father and older sister, Angelika, seem to agree with the White Rose, but they also seem to think agreeing is dangerous. Brigitte wonders if the White Rose could endanger her entire family... but as she starts to see more of the truths that have been hidden by the Nazi Party, she wonders instead if she has the courage to take a stand. This gripping story about a real-life resistance movement from World War II will make young readers wonder what they would choose in Brigitte's place.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $17.19
    C$23.75
    £16.93
    A$25.99
  16. Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist

    Author: Evan Griffith
    Illustrator: Joanie Stone

    In 1818, Jeanne Power was a former dressmaker who became a self-taught naturalist after moving from Paris to Sicily. She was fascinated by the life forms in the ocean — but while it was easy to study animals on land, how could she study the ones in the sea? Power built a glass box — an aquarium — that she could use to examine aquatic creatures, and she made groundbreaking discoveries doing so! And even when men tried to take credit for her work, she argued her case and made sure she got her due. This vibrant picture book biography celebrates a little known pioneer of science whose legacy lives on in every aquarium found in homes, research facilities, and zoos around the world.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $8.99
    C$24.18
    £11.99
    A$31.21
  17. Willodeen

    11-year-old Willodeen loves animals of all kinds — even the strange "screechers" that the rest of the villagers of Perchance consider pests. She believes that all creatures have their part to play... and maybe that explains why Perchance is facing such a terrible year, full of natural disasters and the complete disappearance of the hummingbears that are both a source of local pride and a key element of the village's economy. When her friend, Connor, gives her a birthday gift that kindles an unexpected magic in her, Willodeen realizes that she can solve the mystery of the missing hummingbears... and maybe even speak up for all of the animals she adores, even the screechers. This whimsical and thoughtful story by Katherine Applegate, the Newbery Award winning author of The One And Only Ivan, celebrates the power of individuals to make a difference.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price:
    $11.80
    C$22.76
    £10.74
    A$27.87
  18. The Littlest Yak

    Author: Lu Fraser
    Illustrator: Kate Hindley

    Gertie the yak has the curliest wool and the grippiest hooves...but she's the smallest yak in her herd, and she wants to be BIG. Despite her mother's advice that "BIGNESS can come in all sorts of disguises," Gertie creates a growing-up plan that includes lots of healthy foods, plenty of exercise, and even reading to grow big thoughts... but she stays stubbornly small. Then the herd faces an emergency: a yak stuck on a cliff — and only a small yak can save the day. It turns out that Gertie has "bigness inside" that's more important than physical size! This rollicking picture book, with cozy artwork packed with adorable yaks in woolly hats and coats, is a charming story that celebrates the different talents that make each of us unique.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $16.99
    C$22.76
    £11.32
    A$32.00
  19. She Persisted: Harriet Tubman

    This first volume of an early chapter book biography series inspired by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger's bestselling She Persisted series introduces newly independent readers to an American hero! Harriet Tubman was born enslaved, but with her family's love to support her, she knew she deserved to be free. Not only did she escape herself, but she rose up to become a successful and famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad — and to fight in the Civil War, helping to ensure freedom for everyone. Written by bestselling and award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney, with black and white illustrations by Gillian Flint, this is the perfect book for young readers eager to learn more about Tubman's courage and persistence — and how it changed the world.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price:
    $11.71
    C$19.79
    £11.32
    A$21.93
  20. Willa of Dark Hollow

    Author: Robert Beatty

    After struggling to find the right path for her Faeran clan in Willa of the Wood, Willa is now facing even more dangerous challenges. The Sutton Lumber Company plans to clear the forest to make way for the railroad, and even Willa's new adoptive human family can't stop their powerful machines. And the forest itself seems to have turned hostile. When her adoptive father Nathaniel is accused of murdering loggers, Willa discovers that strange creatures from a mysterious hollow in the forest seems to be hunting humans. Now Willa must find a way to save the people and animals she loves and take a stand against an all-consuming darkness that threatens to destroy her world. Beatty's stunning sequel is a powerful story about family, nature, and our place in a fragile world.

  21. A Dinosaur Named Ruth: How Ruth Mason Discovered Fossils in Her Own Backyard

    Author: Julia Lyon
    Illustrator: Alexandra Bye

    In 1905, prairie girl Ruth finds something unexpected on her family's South Dakota land: strange rocks and rubble. They look almost like bones — but bones of what? And why are they so much like stone? Ruth is full of questions, but nobody else seems interested in them, even the scientists she contacts when she's an adult. It's not until 1979 that two paleontologists come to see Ruth's discovery and discover the remains of thousands of dinosaurs! This thrilling picture book celebrates a curious girl who grew up into a woman determined to be heard, and how her persistence ensured scientists could study one of the greatest paleontological discoveries of the 20th century.

  22. Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

    Author/Illustrator: Erin Entrada Kelly

    Quirky Marisol Rainey names household objects and "rescues" stuffed animals from the local claw machine — but that's not the only thing that sets her apart in her Louisiana town. Her mother was born in the Philippines, her father lives part-time on an oil rig, and she's too scared to climb trees... unlike every other kid in town. But this summer, Marisol is determined to have fun with her best friend Jada, get Evie Smythe to finally leave her alone, and even to climb Peppina, the biggest tree in her backyard! In this charming chapter book series opener, with black and white illustrations throughout, kids will follow Marisol as she slowly builds courage and confidence — and see that there's nothing with going your own pace.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price:
    $11.29
    C$20.79
    £11.44
    A$34.88
  23. Just Like That

    It's 1968, and Meryl Lee's life has been touched by tragedy: her best friend has died unexpectedly, and Meryl Lee has been overwhelmed by grief and depression that she calls the Blank. Her parents hope to give her a fresh start by sending her to the Preparatory Academy for Girls in St. Elene, Maine, where the headmistress, Dr. MacKnockater, challenges her to find what she will be "accomplished" in. As the school year goes on, Meryl Lee struggles with classist attitudes from both students and teachers at the school. But when Dr. MacKnockater takes in a boy named Matt Coffin, who has a dangerous past, he and Meryl Lee discover unexpected connections... and, together, find ways to look for hope. At turns both poignant and funny, this novel explores grief, redemption, and the power of love to help us through any trial.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $12.39
    C$22.58
    £16.56
    A$23.52
  24. Traitors Among Us

    Against all odds, Ukrainian sisters Krystia and Maria have survived World War II — Krystia after helping hide Jewish fugitives (and watching her mother be hanged for aiding the resistance), and Maria after escaping forced labor on a German farm. Now, they're in a camp for displaced persons, hoping to make their way to an aunt and uncle in Toronto. But when another girl accuses them of collaborating with the Nazis during the war, they're imprisoned by the Soviet soldiers. Under interrogation and even torture, the sisters draw strength from one another, refusing to sign a false confession and hoping against hope that they can find a way to freedom. Inspired by actual accounts from survivors of Soviet interrogation houses, this gripping historical fiction novel — a sequel to Don't Tell the Nazis and Trapped in Hitler's Web — is a testament to the power of sisterhood and the human spirit.

  25. The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

    Author/Illustrator: Tom Gauld

    Years ago, a king and queen wished for children, and their wish was finally granted when an engineer and a gift gave them a wooden robot and a log princess. The pair of siblings were as close as two children could be, and the robot soon learned to wake his sister — who turns into a log every night — with the words "Awake, little log, awake." But when someone mistakes the princess for an ordinary log, the family is separated, and the log robot goes on a quest to find her. Together, the pair will have to take turns dealing with the many obstacles on their journey home. Acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld turned a bedtime story he invented for his own children into a stunning comic-style picture book that is both modern and timeless.

  26. Explore and Find: Where's Jane?

    Author: Jaye Garnett
    Illustrator: Rebecca Green

    Explore the world of Jane Goodall with this interactive board book! As you flip through its pages, you'll explore the rainforest of Tanzania. Can you spot Jane's camp and her chimpanzee friends? How about the other animals of Gombe, from leopards to baboons to hippos? Each page of this sturdy board book offers engaging questions, matching games, new vocabulary words, and much more. Plus, you'll love that a portion of proceeds goes to support the Jane Goodall Institute's work to protect animals around the world!

  27. Amari and the Night Brothers

    Author: B. B. Alston

    13-year-old Amari is sure that her missing brother, Quinton, is alive, and she's tired of being bullied at school for believing it. So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet, containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton — if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real. When it's revealed that Amari is a natural born magician, she now faces discrimination in the Bureau as well... especially when an evil magician starts threatening the supernatural world. Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this trilogy opener perfect for fans of Nevermoor. Amari's adventures continue in Amari and the Great Game.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $7.99
    C$12.86
    £12.22
    A$34.71
  28. Clash

    Author/Illustrator: Kayla Miller

    When new kid Natasha arrives at school, Olive is quick to volunteer to show her around! Nat seems like the coolest kid in sixth grade, but Olive quickly notices that while she's not exactly mean, she's not exactly nice either. And it seems like Olive's friends are more interested in hanging out with Nat than spending time with her! Olive can't explain to her friends what's going on... until Nat pulls a nasty prank at Olive's Halloween party. Olive feels vindicated when her friends turn on Nat, but she also realizes that there may be reasons Nat's acting the way she does. They may never be friends, but maybe they don't have to be enemies either. The fourth book in Kayla Miller's bestselling graphic novel series, which begins with Click, Camp, and Act, provides a nuanced look at navigating complicated middle school friendships and the importance of empathy and respect.

  29. The Hatmakers

    Illustrator: Paola Escobar

    11-year-old Cordelia is grieving the apparently loss of her father Prospero, whose ship was lost at sea during an expedition to find new ingredients for the magic her family, the Hatmakers, weave into their hats. Alongside four other families — the Bootmakers, the Watchmakers, the Cloakmakers, and the Glovemakers — the Hatmakers' creations can influence the moods and emotions of their owners. As rumors of war with France rise, the decree goes out to create Peace clothing for King George... but all of them are stolen. There may be a plot against the Makers' Guild — one that could lead to war. With the help of a member of the archrival Bootmakers and a street urchin, Cordelia will have to uncover the truth before it's too late. This sparkling fantasy adventure by Tamzin Merchant celebrates a courageous and resourceful heroine who never gives up. Cordelia's story continues in The Mapmakers.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $8.99
    C$23.43
    £13.55
    A$37.62
  30. Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston

    As a child, Zora Neale Hurston's mother told her to "jump at de sun" if she wanted something: even if she didn't reach it, she'd get off the ground. Zora took that advice to heart as she listened to folktales in her hometown of Eatonville, then went to college at Howard University, and then moved to Harlem in the big city. As an anthropologist and folklorist, she captures the stories shared by African Americans — ones which had never been written down before. And as an author of fiction, she captured their world in a way that no one had before. This picture book biography is just as extraordinary as Hurston herself.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price:
    $12.99
    C$23.99
    £10.85
    A$31.13
  31. Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars

    Illustrator: Brooke Smart

    Elizebeth Friedman had a knack for codes and ciphers — and she wanted to put it to use. She helped debunk the idea that Francis Bacon had written Shakespeare's plays. She cracked the code of gangsters and smugglers, allowing their shipments to be intercepted. And she even took down Nazi spy rings during the second World War, saving thousands of lives! Although she should have been famous — she even created the CIA's first cryptology unit — almost nobody knew about her work until her secret papers were declassified in 2015. In this fascinating, in-depth picture book biography, young readers can learn all about Friedman's life of code breaking — and even try deciphering secret messages of their own!

    Ages: 6 - 10
    Price:
    $18.99
    C$23.75
    £10.85
    A$19.25
  32. Last Night at the Telegraph Club

    Author: Malinda Lo

    17-year-old Lily Hu doesn't quite fit in among San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s: her passion for rocketry and space exploration is at odds with expectations for a Chinese-American girl... and so is her growing awareness that she's attracted to girls, not boys. When her friend, Kathleen Miller, introduces her to a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club, Lily realizes that other people feel like her. But she still has to hide parts of herself, even as she code-switches between her community in Chinatown and her role at the Club, and when the Red Scare paranoia threatens her father — even though he's a citizen — Lily and Kath will have to decide how much of themselves they dare to reveal. This stunning historical queer romance, winner of the National Book Award, by best-selling YA author Malinda Lo is a rich, poignant story about being true to yourself.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price:
    $11.99
    C$24.74
    £7.37
    A$14.93
  33. Aven Green: Sleuthing Machine

    Author: Dusti Bowling
    Illustrator: Gina Perry

    Get to know Aven Green before the events of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus in this early chapter book! Because third grader Aven was born without arms, all the extra cells went to her brain instead (or at least that's her theory.) So it's no wonder that she's a natural-born detective, who's already cracked cases like The Mystery of the Cranky Mom. But now she's got two mysteries at once: her teacher's missing lunch bag, and her great-grandma's missing dog. Could the cases be connected? Black and white illustrations sprinkled throughout — including many that show how Aven does day to day tasks with her feet — add visual interest to this book which showcases the main character's witty voice and can-do attitude. It's the perfect early chapter book for aspiring detectives!

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price:
    $11.95
    C$13.83
    £10.99
    A$21.88
  34. Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

    Author: Joanna Ho
    Illustrator: Dung Ho

    "Some people eyes like sapphire lagoons / with lashes like lace trim on ballgowns," observes the Mighty Girl in this story. Her own eyes are different: they "kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea." Her eyes, in fact, look like those of other women in her life: her Mama, who sees her as "a miracle"; her Amah, who has so many stories to tell; her little sister Mei-Mei, who adores her. Her eyes also remind her of her family's traditions, from the folklore Amah shares to the upside-down Fú character by her family's door that brings good fortune. Empowering, poetic, and full of love for both self and family, this is a gorgeous picture book that celebrates the deeper meaning behind our diverse backgrounds and stories.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $14.99
    C$21.77
    £11.04
    A$19.50
  35. The Velvet Fox

    Orphaned Seren Rhys has found a new home in Plas-y-Fran after daring to rescue her godbrother Tomos from a fairy enchantment with the help of her friend the Clockwork Crow. But if there's one thing Tomos should know, it's that fairies are not to be trifled with... and when he thoughtlessly declares that he and Seren have bested the fairies forever, he accidentally gives them the perfect opening. A mysterious new governess, Mrs. Honeybourne, seems to captivate Seren's new family, but she refuses Seren an education because she's a girl. As the danger rises, Seren calls on the Clockwork Crow again — but even the Crow fears the Velvet Fox that soon stalks the manor. Seren will have to use all her wits to save her new home! Inspired by Welsh folklore, this sequel to the award-winning The Clockwork Crow is full of magic.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $17.99
    C$16.68
    £13.27
    A$29.44
  36. Beyond Platform 13

    The world of The Secret of Platform 13 is back! The Island of Mist is only accessible through gumps, secret doors that open for nine days every nine years, but now a group of harpies have forced most of the magical inhabitants out. Odge Gribble, a hag, and her friend Prince Ben are determined to find a mistmaker expert to help reclaim the island. Instead, as they hunt through Vienna for help, they run into 9-year-old Lina, an ordinary girl who's up for some derring-do. Now Odge, Ben, and Lina will have to discover the secret of the mist (and some unusual magic) to save the day! Inspired by Eva Ibbotson's classic book, The Secret of Platform 13, Sibéal Pounder expands the world of Platform 13 with this entertaining adventure.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $16.99
    C$19.16
    £9.40
    A$28.86
  37. Soccer Baby

    Author: Laura Gehl
    Illustrator: Reggie Brown

    Baby is going to her very first soccer game! It's fun to have snacks and do the wave with the crowd, but she's captivated by the players: passes, punts, big goals and miraculous saves. She rides home from the game clutching a soccer ball and dreaming of her new passion — and she's thrilled when she gets to put on her own shinguards and soccer cleats for the very first time and learn to play the game herself! With colorful illustrations and details that will appeal to young soccer lovers, this is the perfect board book to foster a love of the beautiful game.

  38. Rescue at Lake Wild

    12-year-old Madi's parents have told her if she brings home one more stray or injured animal, she'll lose an opportunity to meet one of her heroes, Jane Goodall! But then she and her friends Aaron and Jack find two dead beavers by the side of the lake — and when Madi investigates their lodge, she finds two orphaned kits. The three kids hide the beavers inside their clubhouse, but in addition to keeping them safe, they have to figure out who killed the two beaver parents, and why. But as they dig into the mystery, they might discover a local environmental crisis that will take more than the three of them to solve! Perfect for fans of Pax and A Boy Called Bat, this book about a determined animal-loving girl will make kids wonder what they can do about protecting wildlife in their own communities.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price:
    $14.20
    C$22.63
    £9.57
    A$28.62
  39. Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche

    Enola Holmes is back in the daring sleuth's first new adventure in over ten years! Now 15 and living independently in London, she takes on a new mystery when Miss Letitia Glover shows up at her brother Sherlock's door, insisting that her twin sister — who married the Earl of Dunhench and supposedly died for some vague and mysterious reason — must be alive. Against her brother's objections, Enola goes undercover and discovers that the Earl has had other wives that "died" suddenly — and that a black barouche that arrived at the Earl's home at night may be the key to unraveling the mystery. With a little help from Sherlock, the missing woman's sister, and her friend the Viscount Tewkesbury, it will up to Enola to crack the case and unravel the truth around Felicity Glover's sudden disappearance.

    Ages: 11 and up
    Price:
    $12.80
    C$22.66
    £13.42
    A$25.13
  40. My Little Golden Book About Betty White

    Illustrator: Margeaux Lucas

    Betty White wanted to be a star — and she loved making people laugh! When she first started her entertainment career, Hollywood told her she was "not photogenic," so she became a hit on radio and television instead of the silver screen. She became the first woman in history ever to produce a sitcom at only 28 years old! And as she became a bigger star, she also used her money and fame to fight for issues that mattered to her, including her longtime advocacy for animal rights. In this Little Golden Book biography, released in honor of her 100th birthday, young children can learn all about this pioneering entertainer... and realize that they, too, could grow up to be someone amazing.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $3.98
    C$7.91
    £4.89
    A$9.17
  41. Uni the Unicorn in the Real World

    After dreaming of one another in Uni the Unicorn, and meeting in the Land of Unicorns in Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True, it's time for Uni to come to visit her best friend in the real world! That will finally prove that unicorns exist. But even when Uni arrives, the little girl's family and friends can't see her. It's not until a glint of light hits Uni's magic horn — and a little boy spots it — that the magic of belief begins to grow... and all the kids begin to believe in magic. Now, not only can they see Uni, but other magical creatures appear everywhere! Paris Rosenthal, daughter of the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal, wrote this beautiful trilogy finale as a tribute to her mom and a celebration of belief and love.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $12.09
    C$24.74
    £11.11
    A$30.30
  42. I Am Frida Kahlo

    Author: Brad Meltzer

    Frida Kahlo grew up in Mexico, and her childhood wasn't easy: she was the only girl who attended her school, and a bout with polio left her with a permanently weakened leg. Then, as a young adult, she survived a bus crash, but was left in serious pain. As she recovered, she started to paint — starting the path to becoming one of the most famous painters of the 20th century, and a feminist icon! This book from the Ordinary People Change the World biography series introduces young readers to the inimitable Frida, and invites them to imagine how their own traits and talents could make history.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $11.99
    C$20.00
    £8.86
    A$23.52
  43. Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic

    Author: Thom Pico
    Illustrator: Karensac

    Aster has started to settle in to her family's new home in the valley — especially now that a wish has given her dog, Buzz, the ability to speak, and she's proved her mettle saving the whole community from a few big magical problems. Plus, her mom's science experiments are kind of interesting, and her dad is even getting better at cooking! But there's no time for Aster to slow down: now she has to face a Sheep Revolution and an argument between the royal beings that preserve the balance of the seasons. Time for Aster to get ready for more adventures... This graphic novel, a sequel to Aster and the Accidental Magic, is full of fun, family, and heart.

  44. She Caught the Light: Williamina Stevens Fleming: Astronomer

    Author: Kathryn Lasky
    Illustrator: Julianna Swaney

    As a child in Scotland, Williamina Fleming loved light, from her photographer father's images to the stars in the night sky. As an adult, she moved to America, and hoped to become an astronomer, but she faced many obstacles: after her husband disappeared, she was left as a single mother, and as a woman, she wasn't allowed to use the Harvard Observatory telescope. But she persevered, becoming one of Harvard's "human computers" analyzing data... and created a map of the universe that became the foundation for modern astronomy! Newbery Honor-winning author Kathryn Lasky captures both the sexism that blocked Fleming's work, and the love of the stars that allowed her to persist in her work, celebrating the passion and determination of this trailblazer.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price:
    $18.29
    C$23.75
    £17.18
    A$36.07
  45. The Invincible Girls Club: Home Sweet Forever Home

    Illustrator: Addy Rivera Sonda

    Lauren loves dogs, but she can't have one of her own — her stepfather is allergic. So instead, she and her friends Ruby, Myka, and Emelyn decide to volunteer at the local shelter, where they can read to all the pups! But they soon discover just how hard it can be for older dogs to get adopted: Lauren's favorite, Rhett, has been there for weeks. When the girls can't track down people they know to adopt Rhett and other older dogs, they decide to hold a special event at Lauren's uncle's cupcake shop. On the big day, things don't work out as planned — but fortunately, these determined girls know they can save the day... and the dogs! This early chapter book series opener, which features spot illustrations throughout, even includes a selection of profiles about real-life animal activists around the world.

    Ages: 7 - 10
    Price:
    $6.87
    C$8.90
    £4.97
    A$15.46
  46. An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America

    Illustrator: Dow Phumiruk

    "It just takes three world to say, 'It isn't fair,'" this book begins, "And only four to say, 'We'll fight for you.'" As three modern girls look at the founding documents of the United States, they notice how there's no protection against discrimination based on sex... until Title IX. In this simple but powerful introduction to the landmark legislation, best-selling team Helaine Becker and Dom Phumiruk introduce young readers to the history and impact of Title IX — and how adding a few simple words can do so much to protect and uplift the vulnerable and ignored. With extensive back matter about the women behind Title IX — and the work that remains to be done — this picture book is a reminder of the work it took to give girls and women an equal shot.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $19.99
    C$26.34
    £12.31
    A$40.32
  47. Out of My Heart

    12-year-old Melody, who has cerebral palsy, adores horses... but meeting them face to face is a bit terrifying! This year, she wants to face her fears, and decides that a summer camp — one with horseback riding, that's ready to welcome a kid like her — is the perfect opportunity. Melody finds her camp, but when she's away from home and the people who support her for the first time, she feels a bit lost. Fortunately, she finds a new ally in her no-nonsense counselor Trinity, who helps her push herself out of the comfort zone. By the light of flickering campfires and the power of thunderstorms, through the terror of unexpected creatures in cabins and the first sparkle of a crush, Melody’s about to discover how brave and strong she really is. This highly anticipated sequel to Out of My Mind celebrates its huge-hearted heroine and her determination to follow her dreams.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $12.72
    C$19.80
    £10.68
    A$24.14
  48. I Sang You Down from the Stars

    Illustrator: Michaela Goade

    "I loved you before I met you./ Before I held you in my arms,/ I sang you down from the stars." Drawing from the Inniniwak Nation's traditional belief that babies choose their parents, this gentle story follows a mother as she prepares the sacred bundle that will bring a baby to her family. Each item — a feather, cedar, sage, a river stone — offers gifts to the child: strength, family, and a whole community. And the baby will bring its own gifts to the mother, including the slow and magical growth of love. Indigenous creators Tasha Spillett-Sumner and Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade have created a resonant story about parenthood that will speak to both Native and non-Native parents alike.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $13.69
    C$19.75
    £8.88
    A$20.90
  49. Bluebird

    In 1946, Eva comes to New York City as a refugee after World War II, holding the secret to a horrific experiment in the concentration camps, Project Bluebird, and the desire for justice against a Nazi she knows has escaped from Europe. In 1945, Inge, raised as a Nazi by her doctor father, discovers the true horror of the camps — and her father's part in them — a promises to find some way to atone for what happened. As these two young women's stories intersect, readers will discover the brutal truth of life immediately after the war, the struggles of those who survived it, and the space between good and evil where so many people lie. This suspenseful historical thriller by the author of The Light in Hidden Places is a unique look at the aftermath of World War II.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price:
    $12.59
    C$24.74
    £14.60
    A$24.54
  50. You'd Be Home Now

    16-year-old Emory is recovering from a car accident that killed a local girl — and the resulting discovery that her brother Joey is addicted to heroin. As she starts her junior year, her parents expect her to rein in his addiction, and people in her high school are still angry at her for her part in the death. As Emory rebels in secret, she also starts to look beyond herself, recognizing how addiction has touched her small town... and how the town's expectations play a part in it. This powerful novel is a nuanced and compassionate exploration of addiction, bigotry, and what it takes to break out of the boxes you're forced into.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price:
    $11.99
    C$24.70
    £7.37
    A$20.48
  51. The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest

    Author: Heather Lang
    Illustrator: Jana Christy

    Meg Lowman was a shy child who rarely spoke in school — but she adored the natural world, and particularly the trees and the many organisms that lived in their branches and leaves. So she decided she wanted to become a scientist and study the canopies in the rain forest. There were many obstacles in her way, from the inaccessibility of the treetops to the sexism she faced in the scientific community to the logging and clearing that threatened this precious ecosystem. But Lowman persevered, and "Canopy Meg" not only created her own future, but helped ensure the rainforests had a future too. With vibrant illustrations (that conceal fascinating facts about rainforests in their leafy designs) and text drafted with the help of Lowman herself, this picture book is a detailed and exciting portrait of a pioneering scientist and the incredible world she loves.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $16.99
    C$24.74
    £14.74
    A$23.09
  52. The Last Rabbit

    When Albie's mother was dying in World War II London, she sent Albie and her three sisters to a magical island called Hybrasil, where their grandfather, a magician, can protect them. Albie hopes to conjure her mother back to life, and instead accidentally turns herself and her sister into rabbits. But they can turn back into girls if they leave the island, with the mysterious Boy who comes by boat. Albie's sisters all go, finding their own destinies, but Albie wants to stay... until the island starts to sink and she realizes she will have to listen to her grandfather's advice: "sometimes letting go is courageous." This modern fairytale, accented with post illustrations throughout, is perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price:
    $7.99
    C$10.99
    £5.99
    A$11.90
  53. Baby's Classics: Anne of Green Gables

    Introduce the littlest readers to Anne of Green Gables with this board book from the Baby's Classics series! Siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert planned to adopt a boy to help on the family farm, but when red-headed Anne Shirley shows up instead, they can't bring themselves to send her back. But as hard as Anne tries to be good, she keeps getting herself into trouble, whether she's serving cough syrup at a tea party, accidentally dying her hair green, or sinking a boat! But no matter what trouble comes, it's not long before these three become a family. With simple text and vibrant illustrations that bring Anne, Matthew, Marilla, and their Avonlea home to life, this is the perfect addition to your baby's bookshelf.

  54. Women in Science (Board Book Edition)

    Author/Illustrator: Rachel Ignotofsky

    Rachel Ignotofsky's best-selling Women in Science gets a board book adaptation for the littlest readers! Combining Ignotofsky's gorgeous, colorful illustrations with simple text, this book is packed with diverse role models from every field of science. Each entry gives the woman's name, a few fun facts, and a one-sentence summary of one of her most important contributions, from how Wang Zhenyi figured out how eclipses work to how Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space. It's the perfect title for curious kids who can't wait to learn more about the trailblazing women who made their mark on history!

  55. The Chance to Fly

    When 13-year-old Nat's family moves from California to New Jersey, it means leaving behind her best friend Chloe and her wheelchair racing team — plus her parents are as overprotective as ever. But when musical-loving Nat discovers there's going to be a kids' production of Wicked, she takes the plunge and auditions — and gets into the ensemble! Her fellow cast members are eager to help her overcome obstacles — both physical ones, like inaccessible venues, and social ones, like stigma and patronizing attitudes. Will they be able to help Nat "Defy Gravity" in every sense of the song? Written by Tony award–winning actress Ali Stroker, the first wheelchair user to be cast in a Broadway play, and playwright Stacy Davidowitz, this is a celebration of musical theater and of one courageous girl determined to fly.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $7.99
    C$21.99
    £10.19
    A$24.99
  56. Six Crimson Cranes

    Author: Elizabeth Lim

    Shiori'anma is the only daughter of the emperor of Kiata, and she hides a dangerous secret: the gift of forbidden magic. But on the day she's to be betrothed to a warlord's son, she loses control; her mistake means she's avoided an unwanted marriage, but it also reveals that her stepmother, Raikama, is a sorceress with a demonic form. Raikama banishes her and turns her brothers into cranes, warning that Shiori that, for every word that she speaks, one of her brothers dies. To rescue her brothers and save the throne, she will have to find a way to survive on her own and win allies... including a dragon and the boy she didn't want to marry. This duology opener, inspired by elements of both European and East Asian folklore, is a stunning and magical fantasy.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price:
    $10.99
    C$24.99
    £12.45
    A$18.62
  57. Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen's Kittycat Club

    Author: Ann M. Martin
    Illustrator: Katy Farina

    Karen is excited when her best friend Hannie gets a brand new kitten: not only is it the cutest thing ever, but also that means that she, Hannie, and their neighbor Amanda all have cats! And inspired by her big sister Kristy, she decides this is the perfect opportunity for her and her friends to start a Kittycat Club, offering their cat-sitting services. But convincing people to hire her and her friends isn't easy... and neither is managing the disagreements, problems, and ego clashes that come with a business. Fortunately, irrepressible Karen is ready to take on the challenge! The fourth volume in the Baby-Sitters Little Sister graphic novel series is full of Karen's unflappable energy.

  58. Sisters Ever After: Thornwood

    Author: Leah Cypess

    11-year-old Briony has never been as important as her big sister: beautiful Rosalin was cursed to prick her finger on a spindle on her 16th birthday, while Briony never got a fairy's curse — or blessing — at all. When Briony wakes up a hundred years after the fateful day, in a room with a large spinning wheel, she thinks she knows what's happened... but not everything adds up. Prince Varian, the hero, is acting strangely; the castle is still strangled by thorns and vines, and there's a vaguely scary fairy godmother hanging around. But the only person who will listen to her is Rosalin herself. As the sisters try to untangle the plots around them, they'll realize that nothing is more important than sisterhood... and that destiny isn't all it's cracked up to be. This is the first book in a three-part series that explores the stories of the sisters who didn't make it into the fairy tales.

  59. Realm Breaker

    Corayne an-Amarat has spent her life overprotected and hidden away in a small town by the sea — but all that changes when danger threatens the land of Allward. Corayne soon discovers that she is the last of an ancient lineage, a descendant of humans who came from another realm. Together with a group of unusual companions — some human, some immortal — she will play a critical role in preventing a wizard and a thief from tearing a passage between the worlds... one which could destroy them all. Full of action and magic, this exciting series opener from the best-selling author of the Red Queen series is packed with epic adventure and shocking twists and turns that will leave readers eager for the next volume.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price:
    $11.99
    C$14.98
    £17.85
    A$22.76
  60. The Star Outside My Window

    10-year-old Aniyah and her little brother Noah have just arrived in foster care, under the kind eye of Mrs. Iwuchukwu. Their Brazilian mum, who taught her daughter "games" like hiding from her English father in a "hotel-that-wasn't-a-hotel," has disappeared, but Aniyah knows she's not gone forever. After all, the brightest hearts don't go away; they become stars. Although she's fallen silent in the turmoil, when Aniyah discovers that scientists have spotted a strange new star, she's determined to name it after her mum. But as she sets out on an adventure that includes breaking into London's Royal Observatory and meeting a Hollywood star, Aniyah will have to come to terms with what really happened in her family. At times funny and other time deeply painful, this is a gentle and child-appropriate exploration of one girl coming to terms with the truth of her father's abuse and her mother's death.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $13.59
    C$19.59
    £5.59
    A$25.80
  61. Fearless World Traveler: Adventures of Marianne North, Botanical Artist

    Author: Laurie Lawlor
    Illustrator: Becca Stadtlander

    Born to a wealthy family in 1800s England, Marianne North loved painting and botany. Her mother told her she was wasting her time; she should be looking for an appropriate husband. Although she refused to give up on her dream, she spent many years caring for her ailing father — but when he died, she suddenly found herself with the freedom and the funds to do as she pleased. Not only did North travel the world, drawing and painting what she saw — and pioneering the technique of painting specimens in their natural environment — but she created so many works of art that she created the Marianne North Gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, a gallery that is still open today. This lush picture book celebrates an independent-minded woman whose love of science and art changed the way people saw the natural world.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $12.99
    C$24.74
    £14.26
    A$31.23
  62. The Life I'm In

    In Sharon Flake's modern classic, The Skin I'm In, a bully named Char mocked Maleeka for her dark skin; in the much-anticipated companion, readers follow Char into the shocking world of human trafficking. 16-year-old Char is still making trouble at school despite her sister/guardian's efforts, and when she goes too far, JuJu decides to send her to live with their grandparents in Alabama. Determined to run away instead, Char is lured by a man who offers food and shelter, only to discover that the price is being sold for sex... a fate she begins to believe she deserves. Still, the determination that drove Char in the past may just be what she needs to convince herself to escape — and to help others in the same position. Harrowing, timely, and powerful, this is a look at how easily vulnerable teens can get caught — and how important compassion can be.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price:
    $13.99
    C$24.74
    £7.99
    A$36.62
  63. Cytonic

    Spensa has gone from a Defiant Defense Force pilot, fighting to save the human enclave of Detritus, to an undercover spy investigating the Superiority, a governing alliance bent on dominating all human life. Now, the Superiority is starting a war, and they're planning to use the Delvers — ancient alien forces capable of wiping out whole systems in an instant — to crush the human resistance. Spensa's Cytonic nature may be the key to saving the galaxy, but if she's going to do it, she has to enter the Nowhere in search of the truth... and she's not sure if she'll ever return. The third book in Brandon Sanderson's pulse-pounding Skyward series ups the stakes as Spensa races to save humanity.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price:
    $11.99
    C$25.73
    £14.22
    A$22.76
  64. Meesha Makes Friends

    Author/Illustrator: Tom Percival

    Meesha struggles with making friends — she doesn't know what to say, and she doesn't understand the social cues that other kids seem to get easily. So she makes her own friends with paper, paint, scissors, and glue... even if they're not quite like having real friends. When her mother takes her to a "noisy, chaotic, and unpredictable" party, Meesha feels overwhelmed, so she finds a quiet corner to make more friends... only to discover that her talent for art is the key to connecting with the other kids! Empathetic and thoughtful, this new volume in Tom Percival's Big Bright Feelings series encourages kids to be accepting of differences, and reminds them of the value of staying true to themselves.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $14.69
    C$23.74
    £14.31
    A$35.82
  65. Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call: The Heroic Story of WWI Telephone Operators

    Illustrator: Elizabeth Baddeley

    When World War I broke out, the military needed people to help communicate messages between American and French headquarters, and from officers to the battlefield. But who could ensure the communications got through to the right people? Grace Banker was a 25-year-old telephone switchboard trainer from New York who was asked to help. She would become the Chief Operator of a group of 32 women — officially the Signal Corps, but affectionately known as the "Hello Girls" — who braved freezing weather, fires, battle, and more to ensure that critical messages were relayed. This absorbing and exuberant picture book celebrates Banker and her Hello Girls, overlooked heroes of World War I who are finally getting their due.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price:
    $17.99
    C$24.99
    £10.22
    A$32.98
  66. Change Sings: A Children's Anthem

    Author: Amanda Gorman,
    Illustrator: Loren Long

    The girl in this book knows change is coming — and that's a good thing! She can hear its hum, but she wants to amplify its voice. So she lifts her own voice... and urges others to do the same. In this stirring picture book by the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, whose inspiring words captivated the nation at President Joe Biden's inauguration, a musical journey becomes a metaphor for community action, and how many people making changes, no matter how big or small, can have a huge impact on the world. With lyrical text accompanied by vibrant illustrations by bestselling illustrator Loren Long, this book is a celebration of all those who work for a better world.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $9.31
    C$24.74
    £9.45
    A$19.25
  67. She Persisted: Virginia Apgar

    Virginia Apgar wanted to become a doctor when very few women did — and she wasn't going to let prejudice stand in her way. She was discouraged from studying surgery, so she started working in anesthesiology, where there was lots of research to be done to find the best ways to help patients. And while working with pregnant women and newborn babies, she created a quick, easy to remember test that assessed a newborn's health: the Apgar score. Her test is still used around the world — and it's saved millions of lives! This chapter book biography inspired by Chelsea Clinton's bestselling She Persisted series, with black and white illustrations throughout, is a fascinating introduction to a pioneering woman in medicine and the story of how she rose up against the odd.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price:
    $14.99
    C$19.99
    £7.98
    A$22.40
  68. Garlic and the Vampire

    Author/Illustrator: Bree Paulsen

    Garlic is an anxious bulb who lives with her fruit and vegetable friends, and loves helping the kindly Witch Agnes in her garden. As long as she has her friend Carrot and Agnes' support, she's content to stay safe at home and ignore jabs from meaner vegetables like Celery.. But then Agnes learns that a vampire has moved into the nearby castle... and Celery suggests Garlic is the natural choice to confront him. Agnes agrees but insists that Celery goes too. Now, outside of her comfort zone, and with the safety of her whole hamlet at risk, Garlic will discover that she's braver than she thought she was! This cozy graphic novel, with its lush illustrations of appealing fruit and veggies, comes with a special dedication to "all the anxious bulbs" that reminds readers they're stronger than they give themselves credit for.

  69. Alone

    12-year-old Maddie had planned a secret sleepover at her grandparents' empty summer apartment, and when her friends can't come, she figures she might as well stay by herself. Except when she wakes up, her town has been evacuated and abandoned... and she's been left behind. As days turn to weeks, Maddie befriends a neighbor's abandoned Rottweiler and learns the skills she'll need to survive natural hazards like Colorado winters, wild animals, and a tornado... and human ones, like looters. But worse of all is the crushing loneliness, which leaves Maddie wondering if she'll be able to make it through all on her own. This riveting novel-in-verse powerfully captures Maddie's struggle to survive alone over a three-year period.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $18.28
    C$21.16
    £11.21
    A$33.61
  70. The Rescuer of Tiny Creatures

    Author: Curtis Manley
    Illustrator: Lucy Ruth Cummins

    Young Roberta takes pride in her role as a rescuer of tiny creatures: insects and bugs that find themselves in harm's way, that just need a helping hand to set themselves right again. But a lot of her classmates think her interest in bugs is weird (and the earthworm slime on her hands is gross!) Then a swam of baby spiders appears in her school, and everyone is freaked out — except Roberta. With a little information, she's sure she can show them these little creatures aren't scary — and convince them to be rescuers of tiny creatures too. Kids will love Roberta's compassion and love of bugs, and this quirky and cute story will put a new spin on the value of insects!

  71. Goldilocks and the Three Engineers

    Author: Sue Fliess
    Illustrator: Petros Bouloubasis

    Goldilocks loves inventing things — but today, it seems like all of her ideas hit a dead end. She has inventor's block! To clear her head, she heads out for a walk, leaving all her projects — a porridge-stirring bowl, a remote-control rocking bed, and more — on her workbench. When Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear discover the house, they know just how to tweak and fix the devices so they work. Kids will giggle at this STEM-themed fairy tale, with its peppy rhyming text and colorful illustrations, and learn that teamwork can be the key when you're stuck. For two more fractured fairy tales by this author-illustrator team, check out Mary Had A Little Lab and The Princess and the Petri Dish.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $16.89
    C$23.75
    £8.84
    A$31.49
  72. Who Was Juliette Gordon Low?

    Illustrator: Dede Putra

    In the late 1800s, a well-bred Southern girl like Juliette Gordon Low had access to education and opportunities many girls did not — and was expected to be a proper lady. Instead, "Crazy Daisy" climbed trees, rode horses, and hiked long distances... and developed a passion for helping others. As an adult, she learned about the guiding movement in Europe, and knew that the girls of America deserved a similar organization. She founded the Girl Scouts of the United States of America in 1912; today, millions of American girls and women are proud to call themselves Girl Scouts! This captivating biography from the illustrated Who Was...? biography series is an intriguing introduction to Low's life and how she created the Girl Scouts.

  73. Absolutely Nat

    Author/Illustrator: Maria Scrivan

    Natalie has big plans for summer camp this year: the brochure looks awesome and her best friends Zoe and Flo are going... what could go wrong? Well, the camp could be FULL of mosquitos, for one... and she could end up stuck in a group with her ex-BFF Lily and the annoying Millie Flatbottom. And every camp activity seems designed to turn her knees into jelly! But while summer camp isn't what Natalie expected, by the time it's done she realizes that it might be exactly what she needed. In the third book in the Nat Enough graphic novel series, a life-changing summer camp shows Nat that she's capable of more than she thinks — even when life doesn't go as planned.

  74. Listening to the Stars: Jocelyn Bell Burnell Discovers Pulsars

    Illustrator: Alexandra Badiu

    When Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a girl, she wanted to understand all about how the world worked — even though many people thought girls shouldn't be scientists. As a Ph.D. student, she built a radio telescope for her supervisor to study distant stars... and noticed something strange. One signal repeated in the sky, at perfect intervals. She had discovered the first pulsar! And while she was left off of the Nobel Prize awarded for her discovery — still one of the most hotly debated Nobel decisions — Burnell just kept studying, making more discoveries and inspiring a generation of women in science. This picture book biography of the pioneering astrophysicist, with artwork that includes luminous depictions of a mysterious and wonderful night sky, will leave kids eager to make their own discoveries about our universe.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $16.60
    C$23.75
    £13.12
    A$14.90
  75. The Teen Girl's Anxiety Survival Guide: Ten Ways to Conquer Anxiety and Feel Your Best

    Teen girls often feel stress and expectation from every direction, so it's no surprise that anxiety among teen girls is high — and rising! But there are ways that girls can manage their anxiety so they can feel more confident and cope better with the tough times. In this book from the Instant Help Solutions series, teens will find 10 strategies that help you understand their anxiety, including how they express it, and develop mindfulness and self-compassion skills that can calm mind and body and foster a positive outlook. Encouraging and empowering, this guide will help girls deal with their thoughts and feelings so they can go back to living the life they want!

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price:
    $16.16
    C$23.31
    £9.61
    A$27.25
  76. Hello, Star

    A young girl is delighted by the bright stars in the sky — until she learns that one bright light is a dying star, which will dim and eventually go out. "Hello, Star," she whispers to it. "I know you're scared, but you're not alone." Every night she checks on her stellar friend, while by day she learns everything she can about stars and planets. She goes to university and learns about neutron stars and black holes, all while watching her star slowly dim. And she becomes an astronaut, so that when she sets foot on the Moon, she can finally tell her star, "I'm here." With lyrical text — packed with facts about space — and stunning illustrations by bestselling artist Vashti Harrison, this touching picture book is a reminder of how a moment of empathy and a childhood fascination can provide the path for a life's work.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $13.66
    N/A
  77. Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel

    15-year-old Lina is a budding artist when her life changes forever in June of 1941. Suddenly, the Soviet secret police are at her family's door; her father is sent to a prison camp and Lina, her mother, and her younger brother are deported from Lithuania to Siberia, where they're put to work in horrific conditions. But Lina's art becomes a source of solace and rebellion, allowing her to capture what life is really like in the camp... and, hopefully, conveying a message to her father that might allow her to reunite her family. Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Ruta Sepetys' award-winning novel Between Shades of Gray, this stunning four-color graphic novel adaptation provides a new way to share this powerful story of loss, fear, and survival.

  78. You Are Home

    Illustrator: Xin Li

    Celebrate enduring parental love and the growth of a beloved child's world with this charming board book! When this baby is born, her home is her mother's arms. When she gets a little bigger, her home becomes the room where she plays... and then the garden outside... and then even further. She begins to realize how challenging the world can be, but with her mother's help, she realizes that, no matter how far you go, your parents' love follows you everywhere and you will always have a home. With sweet rhyming text and warm, inviting illustrations, this is a celebration of how a family's love and support can stretch further than you can imagine.

    Ages: 0 - 2
    Price:
    $7.54
    C$10.88
    £7.79
    A$15.18
  79. Uni Paints a Rainbow

    Little fans of Uni the Unicorn will love this board book that's perfect for toddlers! After a long rain in the Land of Unicorns, Uni knows just what to do: it's time to bring back the rainbow. Uni's magical horn can refresh the land — once young readers help Uni find all the colors. As kids flip through this book, with its vibrant illustrations and simple text, they'll learn all the colors of the rainbow and follow Uni through a wondrous adventure. This is the perfect book for anyone who's dreamed of their own unicorn friend!

    Ages: 1 - 3
    Price:
    $8.18
    C$11.87
    £5.94
    A$16.01
  80. The Electric Kingdom

    Author: David Arnold

    Years after the deadly Fly Flu, most of humanity has been destroyed, leaving only scattered survivors. 18-year-old Nico is on a quest set by her scientist father, who believes that there is a portal somewhere in postapocalyptic New England that could lead her to a better life. 12-year-old Kit was raised in an abandoned movie theater and is searching for a rumored safe zone on an island cluster by the coast. Both are watched over by the Deliverer, who has spent dozens of lives trying to influence — and fix — the world. As their paths converge, these three realize that they are tied together in unexpected ways... and that, sometimes, connection and love are the key to hope. This genre-bending novel by best-selling author David Arnold explores what it means to find love in a destroyed world.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price:
    $12.60
    C$24.74
    £9.81
    A$36.55
  81. Saint Ivy: Kind at All Costs

    13-year-old Ivy is very determined to be a GOOD kid — and that means putting everyone else's needs first. But when her mom decides to be a gestational surrogate for her friend, Ivy is shocked to discover that she's jealous and concerned about appearances. That's not the right way — the IVY way — to react! And if she's not the kindest kid out there, who is she? So she dives headfirst into proving how selfless she is... but it's hard for Ivy's friends to feel connected to her when she never lets them help her. Ivy will have to learn what it means to be vulnerable before she really understand what it means to be kind. This thoughtful and authentic middle-grade novel conveys an important message about the reciprocy of friendship and what it means to find yourself.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $13.99
    C$21.99
    £10.60
    A$23.25
  82. The Woman All Spies Fear

    Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life

    When Elizebeth Smith Friedman was hired by an eccentric millionaire to look for secret messages in Shakespeare's plays, she had no idea she'd become one of America's top cryptanalysts! Her knack for spotter patterns and solving puzzles led her to code-breaking, and she and her husband, William, became stars of the intelligence community, cracking enemy messages in World War I and World War II and helping the Coast Guard track smugglers through their communications — all at a time when most women were expected to keep house. Award-winning historian and novelist Amy Butler Greenfield introduces teen readers to this inspiring pioneer of STEM, whose contributions to American military intelligence have only recently been declassified.

  83. Greta: My First Greta Thunberg

    Even the littlest readers can be inspired by Greta Thunberg's story of activism with this board book adaptation of the picture book biography from the Little People, Big Dreams series! Young Greta was so upset when she heard about the climate crisis that she stopped talking at first, but eventually, she realized that it was young people like her who needed to raise their voices and make the people in power pay attention. She created the "School Strike for Climate" which has become a youth movement around the world! Today, she reminds everyone that "No one is too small to make a difference." This board book from the My First - Little People, BIG DREAMS series is sure to delight kids who want to dream big.

  84. G My Name Is Girl: A Song of Celebration from Argentina to Zambia

    Author/Illustrator: Dawn Masi

    Girls all around the world do amazing things! In this alliterative alphabet picture book, girls from 26 countries from Argentina to Zambia celebrate the character traits that make them special, from adventurous Alba and Ayelen to inventive Indu and Ishani, to zealous Zahra and Zena. As young readers learn about these diverse and empowered girls, they'll also develop a new appreciation for countries around the world — and the way that we are all connected, even though we seem different on the surface. Endpapers with a map showing all the girls' faces will encourage kids to imagine themselves traveling all over the world! This is a joyful celebration of girlhood and diversity.

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price:
    $10.69
    C$23.75
    £9.18
    A$20.90
  85. Say It Out Loud

    Musical-loving 6th grader Charlotte would rather not speak than have people make fun of her stutter. But when her best friend Maddie reports bullying on the school bus — and Charlotte doesn't back her up — her silence loses her only friend. When her parents enroll her in a musical theater class, Charlotte is shocked to discover she doesn't stutter when she sings... just as the arts program gets cut. Emboldened by finding her voice on stage, Charlotte starts writing: anonymous letters to classmates (including the bullies); pleas to the school board to keep the musical program; and an essay about her hope to reconcile with Maddie. She realizes that when silence could cost you everything, it's time to speak up. Allison Varnes, author of Property of the Rebel Librarian, drew on her own experiences with stuttering to craft this powerful story about self-doubt, courage, and kindness.

  86. The Kate In Between

    Seventh grader Kate's life is changing — and she's changing too. Her mom has moved away, and she's starting to feel like she's outgrown her best friend, Haddie. When popular girl Taylor invites her to join a clique, Kate thinks it's the key to a new social circle (and it also means she doesn't have to talk about what's going on with her family, like she does with Haddie.) She even joins in as the clique harasses Haddie... until it results in Haddie falling through the ice of a frozen pond. Kate jumps in, and a video of the rescue goes viral, with people calling her Kate the Great. But Kate knows what really happened; it's only a matter of time until everyone else does too. Is she a bully, a bad friend, a hero, or what? And is it possible that one person can be all of the above? This timely and realistic novel by the author of What Happens Next is a reminder that part of developing identity is staying true to who you want to be.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $11.29
    C$20.79
    £11.69
    A$35.76
  87. The Girl from the Sea

    Author/Illustrator: Molly Knox Ostertag

    15-year-old Morgan Kwon hides her true self from everyone: she's sure she can't let anyone know she's gay until she goes away to college. That means a lot of pretending, to both family and friends. But when Morgan almost drowns one night, only to be rescued by a Selkie girl named Keltie, everything changes. Their growing romance makes Morgan happier than anything she's felt before, but Keltie has plans to stop the island's new cruise ship from traveling close to the seal rookery... plans that mean she refuses to stay quiet. This graphic novel, with its gorgeous underwater scenes and sweet LGBTQ romance, is a compelling story about love, family, and what it means to be yourself.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price:
    $10.89
    C$19.79
    £9.34
    A$30.34
  88. Skyborn: Sparrow Rising

    12-year-old Ellie lives in a world where everyone has wings and is part of one of the Clandoms, communities formed around bird types. Her greatest wish is to join the Goldwings, like the knight who saved her on the day her parents were killed by one of the dangerous gargol monsters... but she's a Sparrow, one of the low clans, and there's never been a Sparrow Goldwing. Determined to enter the trials anyway, Ellie sets out for the capital, only to find herself teaming up with a band of outcasts: Nox, a Crow wounded on a secret mission; Twig, a boy of mixed Clandom parentage; and Gussie, a Falcon inventor. Their stories force her to confront the dark side of the Clandoms... and make her wonder what really makes someone a hero. This stunning series opened by master fantasy author Jessica Khoury is an enthralling adventure.

  89. She Heard the Birds: The Story of Florence Merriam Bailey

    Author/Illustrator: Andrea D’Aquino

    Florence Merriam Bailey loved birds: she adored spending time outside, watching and listening to her feathered friends. But when she grew up, she learned that most ornithologists of her day studied birds that had been stuffed and mounted, and never set foot outside their labs except to trap even more birds. Bailey proposed the modern system of birdwatching, even writing one of the first field guides to American birds, Birds Through An Opera-Glass. She was also an advocate for conservation, encouraging women to refuse to wear feathers in their fashion and fighting for laws that protected wild spaces. Author Andrea D'Aquino's elegant text and gorgeous collage illustrations tell the story of this pioneering scientist and how her innovative perspective changed the world.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $14.69
    C$18.76
    £9.99
    A$29.02
  90. Salt Magic

    Author: Hope Larson
    Illustrator: Rebecca Mock

    11-year-old Vonceil has been waiting for her older brother, Elber, to return home from the front lines of World War I; he was her best friend and she's been lonely on their Oklahoma farm without him. Instead, she's shocked that he's turned into a serious person whose first order of business is to marry the girl he left behind. But when a mysterious woman shows up, claiming Elber left her behind in France — and turning the town's water supply to salt water — Vonceil is determined to get to the bottom of it. Could her great-uncle Dell's stories about a salt witch be true? Eisner Award-nominated author Hope Larson crafts a stunning mix of realism and fantasy, accented with gorgeous illustrations by Rebecca Mock, into a fairy tale that explores family, love, and how we change as we grow.

  91. Mel Fell

    Author/Illustrator: Corey R. Tabor

    When Mel the kingfisher fledgling marches to the end of a branch, she spreads her wings... and plummets. As kids follow her fall down the vertically-oriented pages, though, they'll notice that even as Mel's friends rush to try to catch her, and even as her speed picks up as she races towards the ground, she keeps her eyes closed and a smile on her beak. When she crashes into the water, it seems like her fall was a failure... but when she emerges from the water, soaring back into the sky with a fish in her mouth, it turns out her dive was actually a great success! This charming tale, with its vivid illustrations and innovative format, is a celebration of self-confidence and taking a deep breath and making a leap into your first time trying something new.

    Ages: 3 - 7
    Price:
    $15.99
    C$21.77
    £13.07
    A$35.90
  92. Rosalind Franklin (Little People, Big Dreams)

    Rosalind Franklin was a scientist when few women were, and she perfected techniques in X-ray crystallography that allowed her to take pictures of molecules more detailed than anyone had managed before! At King's College London, she and Maurice Wilkins decided to work on finding the structure of DNA — but after a disagreement, he showed her "photo 51" to another researcher, Francis Crick. Crick and his colleague James Watson would later be credited with "discovering" DNA's double helix; Franklin's contribution wasn't recognized until after her death. Today, though, she's recognized for her critical role in one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century. This book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series is a must-have introduction to a scientist who's finally getting her due.

  93. Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers

    Michelle Obama's best-selling memoir Becoming is now available in this adaptation for tween and teen readers! From South Side Chicago, to Princeton and Harvard Law, to the White House, Michelle's life has gone through many changes — often forcing her to wrestle with who she was and who she wanted to be. In this memoir, she tells her story, honestly and authentically, and encourages young readers to use her example as they stride forth into their own lives. She shows how life may play havoc with your plans, and how going with the flow can lead you to unexpected (and wonderful) things. Most importantly, she asks them: how will you use your life to help yourself, help others, and make the world better?

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $11.34
    C$22.43
    £15.78
    A$21.53
  94. Amina's Song

    Author: Hena Khan

    Amina spent a month in Pakistan over the summer, and she's built a strong connection with her Pakistani family — and made a promise to her uncle to share the beauties of Pakistan with Americans. When she gets back to Wisconsin, she starts writing song lyrics, and Nico, a new friend (or maybe more?) teaches her to mix music on the computer. But it's hard to express her love of Pakistan or her admiration for her hero Malala Yousafzai when all her classmates seem to hear are the bad parts. Amina will have to find a new way to use her voice in this heartwarming companion to the award-winning novel Amina’s Voice.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $7.99
    C$10.88
    £6.47
    A$15.59
  95. Gilded

    Author: Marissa Meyer

    18-year-old Serilda knows that on the night of the full moon, everyone must hide inside to avoid the Erlking and his hunters, but when she hears hellhounds chasing a pair of moss maidens, she can't help but intervene. When she's confronted by the Erlking, she spins one of her many outlandish tales, claiming that she was collecting straw to spin into gold. On the next full moon, though, the Erlking kidnaps her, ordering her to spin gold as she claims — or be killed for telling lies. Fortunately, a mysterious boy named Gild appears and offers to do it for her... for a price. Before long, Serilda finds herself plotting to break an ancient curse and overthrough the Erlking — and falling in love with Gild. Bestselling author Marissa Meyer reimagines the story of Rumpelstiltskin into this compelling, haunting tale.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price:
    $14.69
    C$25.73
    £7.49
    A$30.64
  96. A Tale of Sorcery...

    Author: Chris Colfer

    Brystal Evergreen doesn't know what problem to tackle first. A new evil is rising that threatens all life — magical and ordinary — and the only way to stop it would be to unite everyone: fairies, witches, even the Righteous Brotherhood. At the same time, she's no closer to finding the Immortal and fulfilling her deal with Death to destroy it in exchange of her life. Now, a secretive group of Sorcerers throws even more confusion into the mix, swearing that Xanthous Hayfield is connected to the rising danger. Can Brystal untangle these confusing threads in time... and even if she can, will she ever convince everyone to work together? The third book in the best-selling A Tale of Magic series ups the stakes once again with a pulse-pounding adventure fans will love.

  97. The Big Bath House

    Author: Kyo Maclear
    Illustrator: Gracey Zhang

    A little girl and her grandmother, Baachan, go on a walk for a very special tradition: the bath house! Her aunties come along too, clopping down the street in wooden sandals. Together, they wash their hair, scrub their backs, and then, finally, sink into the glorious warmth of the bath. There, girls and women with bodies of all kinds — slender and stout, old and young — enjoy a sense of community and togetherness. Inspired by author Kyo Maclear's childhood visits to Japan, and with gorgeous illustrations by Gracey Zhang that feature age-appropriate nudity of diverse bodies, this is a celebration of sisterhood, body love, and the moments that connect generations.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $12.49
    C$23.75
    £9.15
    A$31.08
  98. Hold On to Your Music

    The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane

    Illustrator: Sonia Possentini

    In Vienna in the 1930s, a young girl named Lisa Jura discovered a talent for music, and dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. But when the Nazis bombs started to fall, it became obvious that Vienna was dangerous — particularly for Jewish people like her. Lisa's parents made a painful decision and sent her to London through the Kindertransport, a rescue effort dedicated to relocating Jewish children. At the home for refugee children on Willesden Lane, she yearned for her family... and found that her music could provide her with the solace she needed, while also giving hope to others. Lisa's story, originally published for adult readers as The Children of Willesden Lane, will inspire young readers to contemplate what they would hold onto when they needed it most.

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price:
    $10.86
    C$23.75
    £12.36
    A$29.23
  99. Ivy & Bean Get to Work!

    Author: Annie Barrows
    Illustrator: Sophie Blackall

    Ivy & Bean are back! Today it's Career Day, but the girls think they have that all figured out — they each know for sure what they want to do when they grow up. Except then they meet Herman the Treasure Hunter and discover a passion for treasure hunting... along with everyone else in the second grade. But while everyone else seems to be finding treasure, Ivy and Bean's hunt is coming up empty. And when some older kids laugh at what the pair does manage to find, they quickly discover the truth behind "one person's trash is another person's treasure"! In the 12th and final story in the best-selling early chapter book series, these two best friends discover that, with a friend by your side, you can overcome any challenge.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price:
    $7.79
    C$21.35
    £8.38
    A$19.25
  100. Sing with Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla

    Author: Diana López
    Illustrator: Teresa Martinez

    Selena loved to sing, and she loved how music brought people together — but being a professional musician, and especially proving herself in male-dominated Tejano music, would take work and determination! Selena learned to sing in Spanish, designed her own clothes, and started singing everywhere she could. And as she not only made a name for herself in Tejano music, but also on mainstream radio stations, she went from singing at local quinceañeras to performing at the Houston Astrodome! This vibrant and exuberant picture book biography of about Queen of Tejano music celebrates how Selena became an inspiration to Latinas everywhere. This book is also available in Spanish as Canta conmigo: La historia de Selena Quintanilla.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $13.60
    C$23.75
    £10.68
    A$29.58
  101. The Last Shadow Warrior

    Author: Sam Subity

    12-year-old Abby has spent her life training to be an Aesir — an elite Viking warrior that hunts Grendels — just like her mother was. Except no one has seen a Grendel for hundreds of years, and the Viking Council plans to disband the Aesir for good. When Abby's father is injured, and she has to go stay at Vale Hall, a strange school in Minnesota, Abby quickly realizes that an actual Grendel is hunting her, but no one believes her. On her quest to save herself (and find the truth) Abby soon realizes that someone at the school wants to destroy the Aesir for good... and it's up to Abby to foil the plot and save the day! This action-packed adventure based on Norse mythology is perfect for fans of Percy Jackson.

  102. Julia's House Goes Home

    Author/Illustrator: Ben Hatke

    Julia, her mythological creature friends, and her flying house have been looking for the Perfect Spot — and Julia thinks she's finally found it, way off in the distance. But on the way there, disaster strikes when the house trips, spilling Julia and all the creatures out as it tumbles down a mountain. Undeterred, Julia sets off to find her friends (adding a few new ones along the way — "we'll make room") and her house... but when she discovers that all that's left of her beloved house is the sign, a doorknob, and the front step, her confidence is shaken. Fortunately, the creatures she's shown so much kindness to know just how to return it: by working together to build Julia's Town, with room enough for everyone. This poignant and satisfying conclusion to the Julia's House trilogy of picture books is a reminder that the Perfect Spot is what we make it — and that everything is better when we welcome people in.

  103. A Vote for Susanna: The First Woman Mayor

    Illustrator: Sian James

    When the state of Kansas gave women the right to vote in municipal elections in 1887, some of the men in the city of Argonia disagreed. They didn't think women deserved to have a say in their next mayor. As a joke — and without telling her — some of them put the name of a local woman, Susanna Salter, on the ballot. But when she found out, she said she would serve if the people elected her. Several supporters of another candidate approached her and offered to campaign on her behalf... and Susanna won by a landslide! Told in the voice of a grandmother recalling the events of that election day to her granddaughter, this book from the She Made History series shows kids the obstacles women faced to vote and run for office — and the determined women who refused to give up.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $16.99
    C$8.10
    £9.09
    A$34.48
  104. The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

    In a wild and radioactive former Britain, Scarlett McCain is an outlaw whose bank heists help her keep body and soul together. She's used to thinking only of herself, but when she finds a blown-up bus and pulls the only survivor, a boy named Albert Browne, out of the wreckage, she agrees to take him to safety. But she soon realizes that not all is as it seems: they're now being pursued by far more dangerous people than her last robbery would justify. It turns out that Browne is hiding a secret... and that the two of them are now unlikely allies against a terrifying plot that includes a secret prison for children with strange mental abilities. This rollicking, action-packed series opener is a thrilling adventure that will leave readers eager for more of Scarlett and Browne's escapades.

  105. Maryam’s Magic: The Story of Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani

    Author: Megan Reid
    Illustrator: Aaliya Jaleel

    Growing up in Iran, Maryam Mirzakhani loved reading — math was so boring compared to the exciting characters and stories on the pages of a book! But then she discovered geometry, where the numbers became shapes, and "every number held a story." Soon, the math prodigy was studying mathematics at Harvard, then teaching others to love math as a professor. And her innovative research solving some of math's trickiest puzzles won her the Fields Medal, mathematics' highest award — the first time that a woman had won. This gorgeous picture book, imbued with Mirzakhani's love of math and passion for storytelling, is a vibrant celebration of a pioneering woman in STEM.

    Ages: 5 - 9
    Price:
    $24.86
    C$47.94
    £12.99
    A$56.67
  106. Daughter of the Deep

    Author: Rick Riordan

    Ana Dakkar's parents died on a scientific expedition two years ago, and now the only family she has is her older brother, Dev, and her fellow students at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school for underwater scientists, warriors, and explorers. But on the day of her freshman trial at sea, she and her schoolmates witness a tragedy — and learn that Harding-Pencroft have had a longtime conflict with their rival school, the Land Institute, which has just exploded into open war. To survive, Ana and her classmates will have to work together — and Ana will have to discover the truth about her heritage. Best-selling author Rick Riordan's modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is full of action, suspense, and thrilling underwater adventure!

  107. The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe

    Author: Sandra Nickel
    Illustrator: Aimée Sicuro

    Vera Rubin started her career watching the stars as a child, from her bedroom window; when she grew up, she was the only female astronomy major at Vassar College, determined to make a career for herself. Although her painstaking calculations led to multiple discoveries, many male astronomers dismissed her work... but she kept going. And when she proved that there was mass that wasn't visible in the galaxies overhead — dark matter — she changed the way we understood the universe. With vivid illustrations of the night sky and real quotes from Rubin herself, this stunning picture book celebrates a woman in STEM who changed her field forever.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price:
    $14.99
    C$23.99
    £9.11
    A$21.24
  108. Katie the Catsitter

    Illustrator: Stephanie Yue

    To make money to go to sleepaway camp like all her friends, Katie takes a job catsitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor Madeline. She soon discovers why Madeline offers such high pay: she has 217 cats who cause all sorts of chaos, each of which has a special talent, from computer hacking to soap opera expertise. As Katie tries to wrangle the cats (and deal with hurt feelings over the fact that her friend Beth is barely writing to her), a supervillain called Mousetress starts terrorizing the town. Katie starts to connect the dots and wonders if Madeline may be Mousetress herself — but is she jumping to conclusions like a cat after a mouse? In this hilarious graphic novel series opener perfect for fans of Guts and Awkward, Katie will find out if a love of cats and a little courage can help her be the hero!

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $11.69
    C$17.81
    £9.99
    A$22.19
  109. Starla Jean

    Illustrator: A. N. Kang

    Starla Jean is a determined girl who never backs down from a challenge. So when she sees a skinny chicken wandering around the park — and her father says, "if you can catch it, you can keep it," — she knows just what to do! When she succeeds in catching the chicken (to the dismay of her dad,) she names her Opal Egg and sets out to learn everything she can about her new best friend. But in the process, she starts to worry. What if Opal Egg already belongs to somebody? With laugh-out-loud storytelling from Elana K. Arnold and charming illustrations throughout, this is an irresistible series opener that's perfect for kids ready for early chapter books.

    Ages: 4 - 7
    Price:
    $10.39
    C$20.30
    £9.73
    A$23.82
  110. We Got Game! 35 Female Athletes Who Changed the World

    Illustrator: Sarah Green

    Whether they're breaking records, overcoming obstacles, or challenging the world to see women athletes in a new light, one thing is for sure: women athletes have got game! In this collection of capsule biographies, you'll meet a diverse group of athletes who pursued their love of their sport and inspired girls around the world. Featuring groundbreaking figures like dancer Misty Copeland, parathlete Tatyana McFadden, soccer star and activist Megan Rapinoe, and many more, these stories will encourage young readers to follow their dreams in sport — whether they're continuing one they already love, or trying out something new!

    Ages: 7 and up
    Price:
    $13.29
    C$22.76
    £9.61
    A$18.53
  111. Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch

    Author: Julie Abe

    Eva Evergreen managed to make good use of her pinch of magic and save the town of Auteri from the Culling, the violent magical storm that endangers everyone in Rivelle Realm. Now she's a Novice Witch, just like she's always dreamed. But spreading the truth about the Culling is harder than she expected, and before long the culprit is back at large — and Eva discovers that there may be unexpected and frightening connections between her magic, her mother's magic, and the Culling. If Eva is going to prove her mother's innocence (and her own) she'll have to summon up her courage... and finally believe in herself. This exciting sequel to Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch is full of even more magic and mystery.

  112. There's a Ghost In This House

    Author/Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

    This young girl lives in the haunted house... or so she's been told. In truth, she's never seen a ghost — so she asks the readers to help her look for them! Beloved picture book creator Oliver Jeffers has created a unique, interactive picture book experience that's both hilarious and spooky! Jeffers uses line drawings on black-and-white photographs of an 18th century mansion to create the ghost-hunting girl, and transparent pages that lay overtop to make the apparitions appear — jumping on the bed, peeking out behind a couch, or even making faces behind the girl's back. Sometimes the things you want to see the most are the hardest to find... This captivating, original picture book is the perfect Halloween treat!

  113. The Girl Who Could Fix Anything: Beatrice Shilling, World War II Engineer

    Author: Mara Rockliff
    Illustrator: Daniel Duncan

    As a child, Beatrice Shilling would rather take apart machines than play with the other girls — so when she grew up, she decided to study engineering, even if she would be the only woman there. She proved her mettle more than once, but plenty of people were still skeptical about a woman engineer. When World War II broke out, though, Britain's planes needed help — and that meant new ideas. Shilling figured out a solution to a tough problem with their fuel release systems, allowing pilots to maneuver safely... and helping them win the war! This inspiring picture book biography of a engineering pioneer (who also raced motorcycles on the side!) will inspire kids to celebrate the value of individuality and persistence.

  114. Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

    Author: Nikki Grimes

    For centuries, accomplished women — of all races — have fallen out of the historical records. The same is true for gifted, prolific, women poets of the Harlem Renaissance who are little known, especially as compared to their male counterparts. In this stunning volume, bestselling author Nikki Grimes aims to give these women the recognition they deserve, paying tribute to figures like Mae V. Cowdery, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and Esther Popel. Accompanying each poem is a unique, full-color portrait from one of today's most acclaimed female African-American illustrators, including Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Cozbi Cabrera, and Vashti Harrison. This gorgeous collection is a unique and powerful celebration of women's voices from a unique period in American history.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $14.58
    C$23.66
    £13.06
    A$33.80
  115. Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest

    Author/Illustrator: Phoebe Wahl

    Little Witch Hazel is a tiny figure who lives in a cozy cottage in the woods — and devotes herself to helping the creatures around her. Through a year of four seasons in Mosswood, readers will follow Little Witch Hazel's adventures: rescuing an orphaned egg in the spring, takes a day off in summer; and investigates a mysterious cry from a (maybe haunted?) stump in autumn. And in winter, when Little Witch Hazel gets trapped in a blizzard during a busy day of doctoring her neighbors, one of her acts of kindness will be the key to her rescue! With beautiful illustrations and a gentle, evocative view of the natural world, this gorgeous book by award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl celebrates friendship, wildness, and seasonal changes.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price:
    $17.99
    C$23.99
    £13.75
    A$34.15
  116. The Nightmare Thief

    Illustrator: Federica Fenna

    12-year-old Maren's family make dreams, hand-crafting whatever their customers wish, and their one firm rule is that dreams can never be given to someone without their consent. When Maren's sister Hallie ends up in a coma after an accident, Maren thinks the perfect dream might help her heal — and sneaks her a dream of flying, sure that it would be all right just this once. Unfortunately, a sinister new customer of the shop, Ms. Malo, saw what she did, and starts blackmailing Maren into making custom nightmares... nightmares which may be affecting the whole town of Rockpool Bay. Maren faces a difficult decision: if she protects the town and defies Ms. Malo, she might destroy her family's business forever. Fans of A Snicker of Magic and The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl will love this first in a fantasy duology that perfectly balances whimsy and suspense. Maren's story concludes in The Dream Spies.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $9.99
    C$24.65
    £10.29
    A$37.66
  117. Little Women Illustrated Edition

    Illustrator: Francesca Rossi

    As the Civil War rages, the four March sisters and their mother face the challenges and difficulties of life during the 1860s... and growing up at any time. Little Women has been a beloved classic since it was first written in 1868, and now it comes alive through Francesca Rossi's gorgeous illustrations. As readers follow Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy, — each very different from the other but bound together by a ferocious love for their family — they will recognize girls just like them, with big dreams and youthful shortcomings. And together, the March family knows they can weather just about any storm. With a modern and original presentation and text that's accessible to younger readers, this is a beautiful introduction to Alcott's treasured story.

    Ages: 6 - 9
    Price:
    $8.95
    C$17.38
    £5.99
    A$15.46
  118. The Girls I've Been

    Author: Tess Sharpe

    18-year-old Nora learned how to be whoever she needed to be while she was under her con artist mother's thumb... until she was able to escape. Now, she's spent five years pretending to be normal. But when her ex-boyfriend Wes walks in on her with her girlfriend, and then she, Wes, and Iris all have to go to the bank to deposit money for a fundraiser, things get awkward fast. And then things go even further downhill when all three of them are taken hostage by a pair of bank robbers. Nora's determined to get them all out safely, even if it means revealing to both Wes and Iris that she's not who she seems. This suspenseful thriller, with its pitch-perfect combination of twists and a sensitive examination of Nora's trauma, stars a bisexual teen who's unapologetically herself... even when she's being someone else.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price:
    $13.76
    C$24.74
    £17.17
    A$35.89
  119. The Thing I'm Most Afraid Of

    It's 1993, and 12-year-old Becca is wrestling with severe anxiety — which gets kicked into high gear when her divorced father moves to Vienna for work. Suddenly, her summer with him means a long international flight (will she get blood clots?) and a brand new country (no familiarity to help her avoid panic attacks.) Then she meets Felix, her dad's girlfriend's son, and Sara, their 19-year-old Bosnian au pair — a refugee who escaped the genocide in the former Yugoslavia. Sara's resilience convinces Becca that she might be braver than she thinks, and over the course of one summer, she discovers that the unexpected may be scary, but it can lead to change for the better. This powerful novel by the critically acclaimed author of The Lions of Little Rock is a thoughtful exploration of the many types of courage.

  120. The Science and Technology of Marie Curie

    Author: Julie Knutson
    Illustrator: Michelle Simpson

    Marie Curie not only changed the way we saw chemistry and physics: she also changed the way we saw women's role in the sciences! This book, published for the 110th anniversary of Curie's receipt of the Nobel Prize for chemistry, is part biography, part hands-on science guide, which gets kids learning about Curie's life and work while also exploring concepts like energy and matter. Kids will use materials they can easily find at home to try engaging activities like building a 3D model of the periodic table, or calculating the "half life" of candies! It's an enthralling way to learn more about Curie — and to spark an interest in chemistry and physics.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $17.36