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Jefferson's Sons

Author: 
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Grades 5-9
Third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson lived at the plantation Monticello and kept slaves to work in his fields, farm and home. One of his slaves was a woman named Sally Hemings, mother to four of Jefferson's children - Beverly, Harriet, Maddy, and Eston.  Though slaves, the children and their mother were given special treatment by Jefferson because of his discreet relationship to them - but nevertheless, slaves they remained. 

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Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert

Author: 
Marc Aronson

Grades 4+

In August of 2010, a Chilean mine collapsed suddenly, trapping thirty-three men in the dark mine over a mile beneath the earth with limited supplies. After the collapse, the men were able to get to a shelter point, but had no way to communicate with the ground above.  All routes to the surface were blocked by the accident.

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If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet

Author: 
Leslie McGuirk

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 8

This unique alphabet book is illustrated entirely with interestingly shaped rocks. You'll never look at a rocky beach the same way again!

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The Brave Cowboy

Author: 
Joan Walsh Anglund

Reading Level: Ages 3+

Originally published in 1959, this small book is sure to warm your heart. Stark black and white illustrations of a young cowboy contrast wonderfully with red drawings of imaginary wild animals, Indians, and outlaws that our hero must face. Great for any imaginative reader.

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Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World

Author: 
Margaret & H.A. Rey

Reading Level: Ages 4-9

Whiteblack the penguin is running out of stories to tell on his radio show - not a good thing to happen to the Chief Storyteller of Penguinland. Waving goodbye to his friends, Whiteblack sets off in a little boat, in search of new stories. His journey is fraught with mishaps and misadventures, and doesn't quite go as Whiteblack had planned - but the plucky little radio star takes it all in stride, planning to use everything as a new story!

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Tiny Little Fly

Author: 
Michael Rosen
Illustrator: 
Kevin Waldron

Reading Level: Ages 3+

Tiny Little Fly lands on everyone he meets but no one wants him there at all! Everyone swats at Tiny Little Fly and tries to capture him, but he is too fast for them!

Little readers will enjoy the fly's-eye-view of each animal he bothers, and guessing what the animal will be!

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Winnie the Witch

Author: 
Valerie Thomas
Illustrator: 
Korky Paul

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Winnie the witch has a problem. She lives in a biiiiiiiiig black house with black everything. The floors are black, the walls are black, the furniture is black, even her bathtub is black. Winnie loves the color black.

Like most witches, Winnie also has a black cat. His name is Wilbur. Winnie loves her cat Wilbur. There's just one problem...

When Wilbur is awake, she can see him just fine. When Wilbur is asleep and his eyes are closed, Winnie cannot... and she is always tripping over him.

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Okay For Now

Author: 
Gary D. Schmidt

Reading Level: Grades 6+

Doug Swieteck and his lousy older brother just moved to a brand-new town that will be probably just as lousy as the old one - and with less baseball. And, just like in his old town, everyone who's anyone (teachers, the police, his dad, Lil Spicer down the street) thinks that Doug's just a skinny good-for-nothing kid who won't ever amount to anything except for trouble.

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You're Finally Here!

Author: 
Melanie Watt

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Rabbit is SO SO SO happy to see you he can barely stand it. But he isn't excited for long - soon he is demanding to know where on earth you were and WHY you weren't with him?? A delicious follow-up to the Scaredy Squirrel series.

 

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Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator!

Author: 
Mo Willems

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Mo Willems has done it again, (though really, has he ever not?) perfectly epitomizing the many expressions of a good friendship in Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator!

The book takes the form of several stories about the title best friends. Whether you read them aloud, to yourself, or listen, you are sure to love Amanda and her Alligator.

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