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Joined August 2022

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“Do not look at me like that. You will make me smile, and I refuse to smile when I am attempting to stay mad at you.”

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This fairytale retelling done by Jenni James tells the story of The Frog Prince within beautiful illustrations. The prince hides his true identity in order to find out more about Princess Blythe the princess he has been betrothed too since he was just an infant. He wanted to disguise himself in order to learn about her without showing his true self.

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The Duchess of Whimsy | Randall de Sve

The Duchess of Whimsy is a delightful book with fun and creative illustrations. The Duchess has a need for excess and frivolous items. The man who catches her eye is an ordinary fellow and it is all over a grilled cheese. Randall tells this fun story in an interesting and engaging way. This book would make a great read aloud.

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When the Schools Shut Down by Tamara Pizzoli is the story from Virginia who was left in the lurch after Brown vs Board of Education. This book tells the story of a young African American who lived when the schools in Farmsville Virginia when the schools shut down. This book based in 1954 brings you on a emotional journey.

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Separate is Never Equal is a book that takes place 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education. A girl who is an American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican decent takes on segregated education in California. Sylvia was denied access to a whites only school so her family decides to stand up for what‘s right.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret is one of the first books I truly loved. An orphan who live in the walls of a bush train station in Paris meets an eccentric girl and bitter man in the station. His secret is put in jeopardy. Tag along on his journey as a hidden message from his dead father turns his life upside down.

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Finding Langston | Lesa Cline-Ransome
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Finding Langston by Leda Cline-Ransome tells the story of an 11 year old boy who moves to Chicago with his dad after the death of his mother. This story takes place during what is known as the Great Migration. Langston is bullied at school but in the library he finds another Langston to connect to. He finds the poetry works of Langston Hughes

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Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story | Lesla Newman, Amy June Bates
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Gittel‘s Journey written by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by June Bates tells the story of a little girl who must immigrate to America alone. Her mother is stopped by health inspectors and Gittel takes the journey alone. As she arrives in America she realizes the note with the address to her family is damaged and she has to find her way again.

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Village of Scoundrels | Margi Preus
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Village of Scoundrels is based on a true story of French Villagers during World War 2. These villagers saved thousands of Jews from persecution. This book tells the story of young teenagers who stood up for what‘s right when a lot of people wouldn‘t. There is always a threat of danger and they race to get their friends to safety.

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Escape This Book! Tombs of Egypt is a historical fiction book meets activity book. You have three chances to escape the mysterious tombs of Egypt once you open this book. With a story written by Bill Doyle and illustrations by Sarah Sax you get a chance to put your self in the adventure with this interactive story.

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Charlotte Spies for Justice is a historical fiction story based in the time of the civil war. A 12 year old girl lives on a plantation in Virginia while the civil war rages around them. This book not only provides an amazing story but it also provides a glossary, discussion questions and writing prompts!

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Anne of Green Gablrs a graphic novel is adapted by Mariah Marsden from L.M. Montgomery‘s classic tale. I really enjoyed this adaptation and think it would be especially great for kids. Anne Shirley is an 11 year old girl with an absolutely unstoppable imagination. The tale of this young girl takes you on a journey with all of its many ups and downs.

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The Inquisitors Tale by Adam Gidwitz is a book set in 1242. Travelers come to an inn and start to tell stories about three children. Their adventures take them through France and through many dangerous situations. This Historical fiction book follows their journey battling dragons and escaping prejudice.

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Turtle in Paradise | Jennifer L. Holm
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Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm tells the story of a girl named Turtle who has never expected a fairytale ending. She lives in 1935 where money and jobs are scarce and her mom gets a job that doesn‘t allow kids. She moves to live with family she doesn‘t even know all the way in Key West Florida.

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Esperanza Rising | Pam Munoz Ryan
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Esperanza Rizing by Pam Muños Ryan tells the story of a girl who has to flee her comfortable life in Mexico to live in California during the Great Depression. Esperanza is forced to face struggles she never could have imagined but when her families life is threatened she must find a way to rise above it.

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I absolutely love this book! You Don‘t Know Everything, Jilly P! Is a book written by Alex Gino. Jilly is sure that she‘s got life totally figured out. That is until her little sister Emma is born deaf. Come along with Jilly as she learns how to navigate friendships and family as she tries to adjust to this new life.

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The Magician's Hat | Malcolm Mitchell
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The Magician‘s Hat written by Malcom Mitchell and illustrated by Dennis Campay tells the story of story of David the magician. David doesn‘t perform regular magic like other magicians. Instead David understands the magical powers if books. Through books he can explore dreams and be creative! This book is great for any young reader who thinks books can take you anywhere!

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Dragon Rider | Cornelia Funke
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As much as I thought this book was fun it just earns a so-so from me but it was so close to being a pick. Firedrake, a dragon teams up with a lonely boy named Ben to go on a journey to find the place where silver dragons live in piece. This book takes you on the journey with them. With adventure at every turn who knows where this book may take you.

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Beware! Space Junk! Is a book in the Geronimo Stilton series. I may be biased because I loved this series growing up but I thought this book was so fun. It‘s funky text styles and bright colored images draw you into every story in this series. Their space ship MouseStar 1 is surrounded by floating space junk and it‘s up to Geronimo Stilton to fix it!

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This book was cute but definitely not my favorite book I have ever read. Two kids are left alone with an alien babysitter. While at first the kids think she‘s strange they soon find out she can make my thing fun. This quirky tale takes you on an adventure of a night in with a very unusual chaperone!

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I am absolutely obsessed with this book. The pop up illustrations are so creative and beautiful. This well loved book was turned into a beautiful masterpiece full of adventure by Mina Lima. I would recommend this book to not only anyone who looks Harry Potter but also teachers and parents of kids who love Harry Potter but maybe aren‘t old enough to read it yet!

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The Firebird | Jane Yolen
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The Firebird is a Russian folktale written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Vladimir Vagin. His enchanting paintings have you focusing not only on the folktale in the middle but the vignettes of ballet in the borders. This classic tale features a a shimmering garden, an evil wizard, a princess in distress and a prince ready to slay some monsters.

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a classic fairytale that will have any kid cheering on the clever goats who are trying to outsmart a troll. This book makes an amazing read aloud and would be great to act out at school. Hop into this adventure with illustrations created by Paul Galdone. This classic deserves nothing than a pick from me!

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The frog prince is a fairytale retelling by Jenni James. He spent his entire life trying to be something he‘s not in order to hide his flaws. This plan backfires when his own father has an enchantress turn him into a frog! Ariane his servant has the chance to break the spell but will it be enough to save them both? Find out in this fairytale book!

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The Duchess of Whimsy | Randall de Sve
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The Duchess of Whimsy is by Randall de Sève is such a cute book. A duchess who is overly whimsical and an earl who is completely ordinary but completely adores the duchess come together in this whimsical yet ordinary fairytale. He catches her eye with a grilled cheese sandwich and she begins to think maybe simplicity isn‘t the bad after all.

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The Duchess of Whimsy | Randall de Sve

“ The Duchess of Whimsy was known throughout the land for her extravagant soirées, her elaborate attire, her uncommon conversation and her most peculiar pets and acquaintances“

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The Magic Fish | Freya Littledale
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The Magic Fish by Freya Littledale is a folktale that tells a story of a fisherman who catches a fish who claims to be a prince. The fisherman‘s wife becomes greedy and keeps asking for more wishes. The fish grows tired and sodas the fisherman as the story comes to a twist ending. The illustrations used throughout the story truly show the emotions of the characters.

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The Magic Fish | Freya Littledale

The Magic Fish is a less well-known classic tale. The story of a woman who becomes far too greedy and ends up right back where she was. This story is great to teach about greed and respect. It shows an interesting relationship dynamic that can be used to help teach children. Freya‘s take on this story and it‘s illustrations adds new life to the tale.

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The Magic Fish | Freya Littledale

“Just go back to the fish. Tell him I want to be queen of the sun and the moon and the stars“

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Pretty Salma by Niki Daly is an interesting twist on a European classic. As the story takes on a new life from a different culture it holds the same values. This book is an amazing example of different cultures and would make a great lesson to compare to the original little red riding hood story. The author and illustrator take you on a journey in this amazing tale.

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Pretty Salma is an African take on the story of little red riding hood. The story features Mr. Dog as the mischievous wolf. Salma is tricked into giving Mr. Dog her things and soon comes to regret it. This tale holds all of the classic storylines from the little red riding hood but with a twist from a different culture.

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“Salma did feel pretty dizzy from the heat so she agreed to let Mr.Dog carry her basket.”

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit | Beatrix Potter
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit re-created and illustrated by Beatrix Potter tell us a tale of peter‘s narrow escape. As he gets into trouble and causes mischief in their neighbors garden. The illustrations bring life to a classic story. Potter creates new life within the story by using soft almost pastel colors to create her illustrations.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit | Beatrix Potter

This book follows the story of peter rabbit as he causes mischief and gets into things he‘s not supposed to. Beatrix Potter has created beautiful and classic illustrations throughout the story. This book was originally published in 1901 meaning that it is truly stood the test of time. The book focuses on soft colors within the illustrations to create a comforting feel.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit | Beatrix Potter

“Your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs.McGregor”

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Paul Bunyan | Steven Kellogg
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Steven Kellogg creates amazing images to go along with this classic tall tale. Paul Bunyan has been adapted in so many different ways including into movies books and TV shows. This classic tale is given new life through this book. This book would make an amazing read aloud and could be connected to lots of extension activities.

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Paul Bunyan | Steven Kellogg

Paul Bunyan is an American tall tale meant to focus on western expansion. The illustrations portray his larger than life actions and personality. As he tries to navigate through different situations his size often creates complications. The illustrations do an amazing job of showing the differences between Paul Bunyan and all of the people around him.

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Paul Bunyan | Steven Kellogg

“Paul grabbed the camp dinner horn and blew a thunderous note into the Gumberoos‘ cave, determined to blast the meanness right out of them.“

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Little Red Riding Hood | Trina Schart Hyman
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This retelling of Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman combines the classic tale with beautiful illustrations. By combining not only illustrations of the story but also of things such as quilt squares and flowers on each page set. This creates an almost homey feel that adds to the overall comfort of the story.

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Little Red Riding Hood | Trina Schart Hyman

This retelling of little red riding hood uses classic details within its artwork. Using Borders to create scenes within the images. The borders contain both artwork and the words of the story. The colors on each page portray some of the emotions that may be happening or relate to the colors within the scene.

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Little Red Riding Hood | Trina Schart Hyman

“I‘m sure that grandmother would feel happier if I took her a bunch of flowers. They are a sight for tired, old eyes, I know“

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The Ugly Duckling | Jerry Pinkney
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The ugly duckling is about a duck who finds out that he is a swan. This story shows the struggle that it goes through and how it comes to learn the truth. Jerry Pinkney add a new element to the story through his beautiful illustrations. This classic story is great to include in the classroom when talking about the differences between people.

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The Ugly Duckling | Jerry Pinkney

The ugly duckling is a traditional story adapted and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. His illustrations that look almost painted are absolutely stunning and do an amazing job of telling the story. The story originally created by Hans Christian Andersen is re-told in this book in a way that honors the story but adds a new element.

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The Ugly Duckling | Jerry Pinkney

“I would rather be killed by them than suffer any more cold and hunger and cruelty“

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Science Camp: Erica‘s Quest extends on the Stranger Things story. It allows for kids to get to know their favorite characters even more and learn about some of the more side characters. By creating this graphic novel Greg Pak allows for the story to take on the same sort of feel as the show. You get to see your favorite characters in action again!

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This book takes a new spin on the Stranger Things story. When a little girl gets her books taken away she goes to extremes to try and get new ones. The overdramatized emotions in the comic will help kids be able to relate to what the characters are feeling. They use of speech bubbles throughout the story allow for good communication.

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“And I am not even talking about the modules!“

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Wildflowers by Liniers brings to life the adventures of three little girls. Take a journey into imagination when a little girl and her two big sisters explore a mysterious island. This book is a great way to encourage creativity and imaginative thinking. This book could connect to so many different extension activities and it is a level two toon book.

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This book uses different comic box layouts to create the story of two little girls going on an imaginary adventure. They use different sizes of fonts to create levels of voices and text bubbles to create dialogue. They often try to sound out words throughout their story which is very amusing to see put into writing.

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“Only reality can kill a dragon”