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We’re baaaaaack! The US just landed on the surface of the moon for the first time since 1972 on an information gathering mission in preparation for future astronaut visits. If YOU’RE on an information gathering mission (particularly in light, heh heh, of the upcoming eclipse!) check out this humorous anthropomorphic, long-form picture book origin story, a good-fit for science classes and curious STEM fans.
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WHEN THE MOON BECAME THE MOON, by Rob Hodgson
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#stembooks #moonlanding #lunarlanding #informationaltext #2024eclipse #kitonlit
A baseball legend whose many remarkable firsts — including his creation of the now iconic celebratory hand-slap, the high five! — were slow to receive recognition due to bigotry and ignorance. The author gave Burke his initial roses in a 2020 middle grade gem and here brings compassionate light to the repeated rejections and hardships that cut short Burke’s life. Strong backmatter in addition to active illustrations and its respectful and frank writing about underrepresented American history makes this a five-tool talent pick for sports fans and all biography collections.
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GLENN BURKE, GAME CHANGER: THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE HIGH FIVE, by Phil Bildner & Daniel J. O’Brien
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#glennburke #highfive #picturebookbiographies #nonfictionforkids #childrensbook #kitonlit
We got GRAPHIC with @absolutelymindy on @kidsplacelive today, sharing stories about kindness, perseverance, epic roadtrips, and unexpected superpowers!
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WORM AND CATERPILLAR ARE FRIENDS, by Kaz Windness • THE GREAT PUPTECTIVE, by Alina Tysoe
SUPER PANCAKE, by Megan Wagner Lloyd & Abhi Alwar • ART CLUB, by Rashad Doucet • MEXIKID: A GRAPHIC MEMOIR, by Pedro Martín • Bonus book: MEDUSA: THE MYTH OF MONSTERS, by Katherine Marsh
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#librariansofinstagram #graphicnovelsforkids #kitonlit #raisingreaders #childrensbooks #kidsbookstagram
In the thick of the Civil War, 19-year-old Rosetta Wakeman left a monotonous life on her family’s farm, assumed the name Lyons, and enlisted in the Union army as a male soldier. Keeping her secret close but her family informed, Wakeman fought on Louisiana front lines before dying of dysentery in 1864. Lapati lends her own experience as a Civil War re-enactor to this biography of the only female soldier whose letters represent a woman’s perspective on the war, and she incorporates Wakeman’s writing into exceptionally detailed scratchboard illustrations reminiscent of the era’s wood engravings. The story is fascinating; the artwork is simply extraordinary. A stunning debut.
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GUTS FOR GLORY: THE STORY OF CIVIL WAR SOLDIER ROSETTA WAKEMAN, by JoAnna Lapati
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#civilwarhistory #womenshistory #militaryhistory #scratchboardart #childrensbookillustration #nonfictionforkids #kitonlit
Check out @prideandlessprejudice ’s latest roundup offering a mix of queer fiction and nonfiction, middle grade and YA, for Black History Month! You know we send books to PreK-3rd grade classrooms, but we’ve got loads of book recommendations for older readers, too! Our @bookshop_org page is waiting for you. 
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#lgbtqbooks #raisingreaders #blackhistorymonth365 #intersectionality #librariansofinstagram #seeyourselfbeyourself #kitonlit
It snowed! And that means a kid is going outside to build the best snowman EVER! Well, as we’ve learned from every episode of “Nailed It!,” sometimes the finished product isn’t quite what we’d imagined. And that’s okay! Practice makes progress, and it’s the best snowman…yet! Hits all the beats of eagerly greeting a snow day with joyful self-confidence and terrific social-emotional learning messaging. Adorable.
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I’M GOING TO BUILD A SNOWMAN, by @jasharawan 
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#selbooks #nailedit #practicemakesprogress #growthmindset #picturebook #childrensbook #kitonlit
“An introverted boy and his missing mother’s cherished typewriter plumb forgotten family stories while journeying toward acceptance in this touching middle-grade mystery. …As inanimate narrators go, [typewriter] Olivetti is especially well suited to the task and takes turns with [seventh grader] Ernest in lending his perspective to the short chapters. And, as stories about stories go, Olivetti’s and Ernest’s insights about the power of memories, both held and shared, speak volumes. …[T]his melancholic yet hopeful pick will appeal to fans of books with nonhuman protagonists and readers who enjoy emotional stories with alternating perspectives, such as A Rover’s Story and The Lost Library.” Full (⭐️) review @booklist_ala ! Out in March.
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OLIVETTI, by Allie Millington
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#middlegrade #middlegradebooks #middlegradefiction #kitonlit #librariansofinstagram
“Bird is dead. He was alive yesterday, but now he isn’t, and this forthright yet gentle story invites readers to process Bird’s death while validating a range of emotional reactions to the loss.” This refreshingly direct picture book, with eclectic collage and translated from Dutch, “eschews euphemisms in favor of plain talk to honor young readers’ maturity about life’s singular inevitability.” A frank and instructive story that will equip young readers to process their own losses. Full review in @shelf.awareness , link in Stories!
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BIRD IS DEAD, by Tiny Fisscher & Starreveld, tr. Laura Watkinson
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@greystonekidsbooks #picturebookstagram #childrensbooks #raisingreaders #kitonlit
After you lose a loved one, each season brings with it different reminders of their absence. The “firsts” are especially hard, but family traditions can go a long way towards keeping someone’s memory close in your hearts. Enter this reassuring and poignant picture book. As an extended family assembles for their first Passover without Poppy (grandpa), a downcast child eventually finds Poppy still present in the many special traditions he instilled in their gathering. Wulfekotte (The Remember Balloons) guts us yet again with her spare palette, cozy vignettes, and evocative use of violet to subtly signal Poppy’s enduring presence. Passover rituals are explained in a glossary, with a note from Pritchard honoring her own Poppy’s lasting legacy. A gentle and heartwarming gift for grieving families of all persuasions.
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WHERE IS POPPY?, by Caroline Kusin Pritchard & Dana Wulfekotte
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#picturebook #picturebookillustration #raisingreaders #kitonlit
Happy Galentine’s Day! This cheery little rhyming board book celebrates friendships and bonds of family. Apparently Feb. 13th is also generally recognized as the time to take your OTHER s/o out — knock that ridiculousness off, we’re keeping it G-rated here.
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YOU’RE MY GALENTINE, by Hannah Eliot & @gracejhabib 
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#february13 #galentines #galentinesday #boardbook #kitonlit #friendsasfamily #raisingreaders
In a long con, it’s critical to keep your lies as close to the truth as possible, so they’re less likely to trip you up in a pinch. But what happens when you come face to face with your truth…and now it’s someone ELSE’S lie? Evie Porter is a professional con artist, but she’s falling for her current mark at a time when she can’t afford to make a mistake. If Evie isn’t who she says she is, can she ever go back to being the person she once was? A fast-paced and twisty psychological thriller with multiple timelines and a delightfully unreliable narrator, this was terrific on audio!
FIRST LIE WINS, by Ashley Elston
Super Bowl not your thing? Try a Superb Owl story instead. This whimsical, illustrated, Newbery Honor winning novel follows lonely Clay mid-pandemic when he befriends a magical elf-hound who guides Clay through enchanted and dangerous territory. The audiobooks is apparently terrific, too, and I suspect this would make a wonderful read-aloud. Go, Taylor’s boyfriend!
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ELF DOG & OWL HEAD, by M.T. Anderson & Junyi Wu
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#superbowl58 #middlegradebooks #readalouds #kitonlit
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