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New and Upcoming Children’s Books: May 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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Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper.

Grades: Preschool-3, Picture book

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Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley

Trying to be patient and positive while his Mama is away, a little penguin spends time with pillows, pictures and other less-than-satisfying substitutes before receiving a special note from his mother that conveys the love that always keeps them together.

Grades: Preschool-Kindergarten, Picture book

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Don't Blink! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Here's how it works: if you can avoid getting to the end of this book, you can avoid bedtime, simple as that. (It's a pretty sweet deal, actually.) But each time you blink, you have to turn a page. Those are just the rules. So whatever you do, DON'T BLINK!

Grades: Preschool-2, Picture book

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The Misfits Club by Kieran Crowley

Nothing exciting ever happens in the small town of Newpark where Brian, Hannah, and twins Chris and Sam live. And when they start their summer vacation, they know it’s the end of an era. The Misfits Club, a club they started when they were 8 years old, is disbanding and they still haven’t managed to solve any real mysteries but when they persuade new club member Amelia to go and investigate a spooky old house, they unexpectedly discover some stolen goods. Could this be their chance for one last adventure? One thing is for sure though: Newpark is decidedly more exciting now.

Grades: 3-7, Fiction

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Checked by Cynthia Kadohata

To help his dog through cancer treatment, Conor gives up hockey and finds himself considering who he is without the sport that has defined him, and connecting more with his family and best friend.

Grades: 5-8, Fiction

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Better Off Undead by James Preller

Adrian Lazarus, who became a zombie just before starting middle school, and new friends Gia, Zander, and Talal, navigate a mystery involving global warming, disappearing bees, and billionaire developers.

Grades: 4-7, Fiction

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Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson

This charming book tells parallel stories of two very different girls, using graphic novel format to follow studious, introverted Brianna and a mix of handwritten prose and illustrations for creative daydreamer Izzy. The girls prepare for their middle school's talent show, which turns out to be a pivotal moment in both of their lives.

Grades: 4-8, Graphic Novel

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Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuinness

An introductory tale about a hedgehog and her hoglets, one of which takes center stage as he grows and learns to be independent. 

Grades: Preschool- 3, Nonfiction

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The Boo-Boos that Changed the World by Barry Wittenstein

This lighthearted story about the origins of the Band-Aid suggests that necessity truly is the mother of invention. In 1920s New Jersey, Earle Dickson is concerned for his wife, Josephine: "Ouch! When she sliced and diced an onion, she sometimes sliced her finger, too." An employee at Johnson & Johnson, Dickson set out to design a protective bandage for her injuries.

Grades: 2-4, Nonfiction

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The Dragon Slayer: Folkatles From Latin America by Jaime Hernandez

This collection of three beloved Latin American folktales is charmingly illustrated in Hernandez's iconic style. The first is the collection's namesake, about a mighty girl who was cast out by jealous sisters, finds her way to a kingdom, falls in love with the prince, and, in a delightful turn of events, saves him by slaying a many-headed dragon. The second, Martina Martinez and Perez the Mouse, might be known to many as Cucarachita Martina, a story about a vain woman (or roach, in some versions) who doesn't know how to save her husband when he falls into a pot of soup. The last, Tup and the Ants, goes to show that laziness isn't necessarily a bad thing, if you're resourceful.

Grades: Kindergarten-5, Nonfiction

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She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton

Women around the world have long dreamed big, even when they've been told their dreams didn't matter. They've spoken out, risen up and fought for what's right, even when they've been told to be quiet. Whether in science, the arts, sports or activism, women and girls throughout history have been determined to break barriers and change the status quo. They haven't let anyone get in their way and have helped us better understand our world and what's possible. In this book Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to a group of thirteen incredible women who have shaped history all across the globe.

Grades: 1-4, Nonfiction

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One Day a Dot by Ian Lendler

This book explores the age-old question: Where did we come from? Where did everything come from? Starting with one tiny dot and continuing through the Big Bang to the rise of human societies, the story of our universe is told in simple and vivid terms.

Grades: PreK-1, Nonfiction