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New and Upcoming Children’s Books: December 2017

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

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Lines by Sarvinder Naberhaus

This book challenges young children to think beyond shapes, colors, letters and numbers to see how simple lines make up a larger, more complex whole. 

Grades: Preschool, Board book

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Snickerdoodle Takes the Cake by Ethan Long

Snickerdoodle knows he should not touch Nana's birthday cake, but eating just a tiny crumb leads to a big problem.

Grades: Preschool-1, Picture book

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You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith

This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.

Grades: Preschool-2, Picture book

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The Summer of Owen Todd by Tony Abbott

A boy must figure out how to save his best friend from abuse.

Grades: 5-8, Fiction

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Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller

A shy and neglected girl moves to her father's family home in the aftermath of her mother's abandonment and struggles to be patient with her fearless friend, Zenobia, who becomes increasingly obsessed with solving the mystery of a family member's disappearance. 

Grades: 4-7, Fiction

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The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She'll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!

Grades: 3-6, Fiction

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The Way Downtown: Adventure in Public Transit by Inna Gertsberg

In this one-of-a-kind book, the complex and fascinating world of urban public transit is explored using five different characters' journeys through the imaginary city of Zoom.

Grades: 1 - 3, Nonfiction

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Once Upon a Jungle by Laura Knowles

A colorful jungle of animals depicts the circle of life.

Grades: Preschool - Grade 2, Nonfiction

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Pelé: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pelé, grew up in poverty in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil. In the graphic novel Pelé: The King of Soccer, Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia beautifully depict Pele's rise from the slums of Brazil to the national stage.

Grades: 4 - 6, Nonfiction

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Red's Planet. Book 2, Friends and Foes by Eddie Pittman

After crash landing on a distant planet, Red finds herself in a strange paradise surrounded by a host of odd and intriguing aliens, including her small gray companion, Tawee, and the planet's grumpy custodian, Goose. As this unlikely band of misfits comes together to create a new home for themselves, the enigmatic Uskog space pirates return, searching for a mysterious stolen treasure. Now Red and her fellow castaways must decide if their mismatched family is worth fighting for.

Grades: 5 and up, Graphic Novel

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Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies

In a beautiful follow-up, the creators of the award-winning Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes deliver an inspiring look at the extraordinary diversity of Earth's inhabitants -- and the importance of their preservation.

Grades: Kindergarten - 4, Nonfiction

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A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa's Tasty Trip Around the World by M.P. Hampton

A World of Cookies for Santa takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. Head to the Philippines, where children leave out puto seko cookies and ginger tea for Santa; jet to Russia for a honey-spice cookie; then set out for Malawi for a sweet potato cookie!

Grades: Kindergarten - 3, Nonfiction