• January: A Perfect Time for Pandas! Magic Tree House Grades 2/3

    by Mary Pope Osborne , illustrated by Sal Murdocca Year Published:

    Jack and Annie have just one more object to find and one more riddle to solve in order to save Merlin's beloved penguin, Penny. This time, their enchanted tree house has transported them to the modern-day town of Wolong, China.

    Annie is thrilled to learn about a panda research center nearby, since giant pandas are her favorite animals of all time. Jack isn't sure the research center has anything to do with their mission, but he agrees to go with her.

    After a scary natural disaster puts the pandas in danger, it's up to Jack and Annie to save them. And the panda center just might contain the answer to their riddle, too!

    The fast-paced adventure in this chapter book provides a fascinating close-up look at the amazing and secretive giant pandas.

    Magic Tree House is a registered trademark of Mary Pope Osborne; used under license. 

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  • January: Alice in Wonderland (4/5) LEX: 860L

    by Lewis Carroll Year Published:

    Alice is bored sitting on the edge of a river with her sister. What's there to do? Look at the book her sister is reading? Hardly seems worth it—the book doesn't even have "pictures or conversations."

    Then suddenly a white rabbit with pink eyes darts past Alice. Nothing unusual about that…until the girl notices the creature checking its pocket watch and reminding itself of how late it is. Now that is curious. So when the rabbit hops into a hole, Alice decides to follow. And what she finds is truly amazing! A magical land with potions, talking animals, a living deck of cards, and a cheshire cat with a great big grin. Where will Alice's adventure lead? What will she discover?

    With original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, this Lewis Carroll classic applauds the nonsensical and encourages young readers to let their own imaginations soar. 

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  • January: Because of Winn-Dixie (4/5)

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published:

    India Opal Buloni has just walked into the Winn-Dixie supermarket when she sees a mutt causing chaos in the produce section. When he pulls back his lips and grins at her, she claims him as her own, names him after the supermarket, and brings him back to the trailer she shares with her father, the Preacher.

    With his excellent manners and keen sense of empathy, Winn-Dixie quickly becomes part of the family. The Preacher, who has retreated into his sermons and his Bible since Opal's mother walked out on them, finds himself opening up to the flea-bitten pup—and reconnecting with his daughter, who has been trying to cope with her feelings of abandonment and loneliness on her own.

    Winn-Dixie also helps Opal navigate life as the new girl in town. He leads her to some surprising new companions—an ex-con who serenades the animals in the pet store, a librarian whose candy tastes like sadness, and a stuck-up girl with a painful family secret of her own. Though loss has touched each member of Opal's little community, the lovable Winn-Dixie helps them all begin to heal.

    Broken into chapters that read like short stories on their own, this novel uses a vivid sense of place, warmly eccentric characters, and just a hint of magic to present a story of hope, togetherness, and starting over. 

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  • September: Big Nate, Great Minds Think Alike Grades 3-5

    by Lincoln Peirce Year Published:

    Some people don't understand Nate Wright, and he thinks he knows why: they're not smart enough. Nate's a sixth grade dynamo with a backpack full of brilliant ideas, but he's surrounded by people who just don't get it. His teachers keep throwing him in detention for no reason. His friends laugh at his attempts to set a new world record. And his dad becomes a neighborhood laughingstock by handing out soy nuts on Halloween.

    If great minds really do think alike, maybe that explains Nate's problems: he's got the only great mind around. 

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  • September: I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (Lexile 610)

    by Lauren Tarshis Year Published:

    History's most exciting and terrifying events come to life in these stories of amazing kids and how they survived.

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  • September: No David! (Pre-K/K)

    by David Shannon Year Published:

    Like lots of little kids, David sometimes has difficulty doing the right thing. In fact, his mom is always saying no. No reaching for the cookie jar. No tracking mud on the rug. And definitely no playing baseball in the house. Sometimes David gets a little carried away, and his mom sends him to the time-out chair or to his room. But despite all his mistakes, there's one thing David can be sure of: that his mother loves him more than anything in the world.

    It's a hilariously realistic look at the challenges of being a child and a reassuring reminder of the unconditional love parents have for their kids. 

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  • September: Pete the Cat and the New Guy- PreK-1

    by by Kimberly Dean , James Dean Year Published:

    When Pete finally meets Gus, he realizes they're very different from each other…but that's what makes the new kid cool! The message of acceptance shines through and is perfect for young readers learning to navigate social waters. Fans of Pete the Cat will delight in the rhythmic storytelling and fun repetition throughout the book.

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  • September: Second Grade Rules! Grade 2

    by Abby Klein , illustrated by John McKinley Year Published:

    Freddy has a new teacher, classroom, and haircut. Does that mean he needs to find a new best friend too?

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