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New and Upcoming Children’s Books: March 2018

These great books include picture books, fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction titles that are forthcoming or new to the library.

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Unplugged by Steve Antony

Blip is always plugged into her computer--until one day a blackout forces her outdoors, and she discovers that the real world is a lot more interesting than she realized.

Grades: Preschool-1, Picture book

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I Can Be Anything! Don't Tell Me I Can't by Diane Dillon

Zoe is sure that she can be anything she wants to be, despite a little voice of doubt that points out the problems with her ideas--but first she needs to learn how to read.

Grades: Preschool-3, Picture book

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Ducks Away! by Mem Fox

One by one, five little ducklings tumble off the bridge into the river below--and mother duck follows them.

Grades: Preschool-1, Picture book

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The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi

Discovering that his Afghan mother has been living illegally in the United States since his father was killed in Afghanistan, American-born Jason fears that she has been deported and runs away to New York City in the hope of connecting with a family member who might be able to help.

Grades: 3-7, Fiction

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One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock

Follows the experiences of two girls in a 1970s middle school who discover that their friendship is something more, a situation that is challenged by the culture of silence and intolerance endured by anyone who is different in their community.

Grades: 4-7, Fiction

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I Survived the Children's Blizzard 1888 by Lauren Tarshis

A high-action tale inspired by the Children's Blizzard of 1888 features an 11-year-old child who fights for survival in the face of impossible odds, in a story that also explains what made the storm so deadly, how it particularly endangered students in the one-room schoolhouses of the time and what the real survivors experienced.

Grades: 3-5, Fiction

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Rodent Rascals by Roxie Munro

What is the smallest rodent in the world? What is the biggest? How long can rodents live? How do they find mates? From ground hogs to guinea pigs and pygmy shrews to capybaras, learn all about the rascally rodents who share our world!

Grades: 3-5, Nonfiction

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The Flying Girl by Margarita Engle

On a lively street in the lovely city of Paris, a girl named Aida glanced up and was dazzled by the sight of an airship. Oh, how she wished she could soar through the sky like that! The inventor of the airship, Alberto, invited Aida to ride with him, but she didn't want to be a passenger. She wanted to be the pilot.

Grades: 2-5, Nonfiction

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Brave Red, Smart Frog by Emily Jenkins

Step into a wintry forest where seven iconic fairy tales unfold, retold with keen insight and touches of humor.

Grades: 3-5, Nonfiction

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Mega Robo Bros by Neill Cameron

Robot brothers Alex and Freddy Sharma live in a futuristic London with their adoptive human parents. While the siblings are close, they often bicker and have a hard time staying out of trouble. They are superstrong and fast, but their parents, especially their scientist mother, insist on keeping their powers secret for as long as possible. An evil robot, built in the same mysterious facility as Alex and Freddy, starts wreaking havoc, and Alex, the oldest, is recruited by his mother's company to fight. Though goofy Freddy is less mature than his big brother, the two must work together to save the day. 

Grades: 4-6, Graphic Novel

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Itch! by Anita Sanchez

You can feel it coming on-that terrible, tortuous ITCH. As irritating as an itch is, it is also your body's way of sending you a message you can't miss, like you've brushed up against poison ivy or lice have taken up residence in your hair. None of which you'd know without that telltale itch!

Grades: 3-5, Nonfiction

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Stormy Seas by Mary Beth Leatherdale

This book presents five true stories about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to escape Nazism; Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam; José; tries to reach the U.S. from Cuba; Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban; Mohamed, an orphan, runs from his village on the Ivory Coast.

Grades: 4-7, Nonfiction