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New and Upcoming Children’s Books: April 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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I'm a Duck by Eve Bunting

Jumping into the pond for the first time is very scary for Little duck, but with a little practice, some love from Mom, and help from a friend, he gains the confidence to face the challenge.

Grades: Preschool-1, Picture book

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Islandborn by Junot Díaz

Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland.

Grades: Kindergarten-3, Picture book

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The Field by Baptiste Paul

“Friends versus friends” teams are formed, the field is cleared of cows, and the game begins! But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans?

Grades: Kindergarten-3, Picture book

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Out of the Wild Night by Blue Balliett

Mary W. Chase died on Nantucket Island just over one hundred years ago, but she is still there, in the house she once lived in, and she wants to keep it that way--but first she must somehow contact a group of children who are interested in preserving historic homes on the island.

Grades: 4-7, Fiction

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The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

After being captured by the Recons and returned to civilization for reprogramming, Roz is sent to Hilltop Farm where she befriends her owner's family and animals, but pines for her son, Brightbill.

Grades: 3-5, Fiction

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon.

Grades: 3-7, Fiction

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Seeing into Tomorrow by Richard Wright

From walking a dog to watching a sunset to finding a beetle, Richard Wright's haiku puts everyday moments into focus. Now, more than fifty years after they were written, these poems continue to reflect our everyday experiences. Paired with the photo-collage artwork of Nina Crews, Seeing into Tomorrow celebrates the lives of contemporary African American boys and offers an accessible introduction to one of the most important African American writers of the twentieth century.

Grades: Kindergarten-3, Nonfiction

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There's a Bug on My Book! by John Himmelman

Beetles fly, frogs hop, and slugs slide over the pages of this book, made to be read by a child while lying on the grass. Children interact with the book, with a tip, tap, and turn of the book, moving the critters along. The critters even interact with each other in surprising ways. 

Grades: Preschool-2, Nonfiction

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The Big Book of Treasures by Raphael Honigstein

Embark on an adventure with world-famous treasure hunters and learn more about gold lost at the bottom of the sea, even a stolen football trophy. The Big Book of Treasures tells the stories of famous treasure hunters from past centuries. The Big Book of Treasures delves into the details of over twenty treasures - both those discovered and those still awaiting recovery.

Grades: 4-8, Nonfiction

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All That Trash by Meghan McCarthy

A garbage barge that can't find a place to welcome it sparks a recycling movement in the United States in this smart and smelly picture book from the author of Earmuffs for Everyone.

Grades: 3-5, Nonfiction

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Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

Full of eye-catching retro illustrations, a look at NASA's beloved Mars rover is sure to fascinate budding space explorers -- and set inquisitive minds soaring.

Grades: 2-5, Nonfiction

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In the Past by David Elliott

Return to the prehistoric era and discover a host of creatures both novel and familiar, from the mysterious trilobite to the famed T. Rex.

Grades: Kindergarten-4, Nonfiction