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Olga Series by Elise Gravel

Harper Collins

When Olga crosses paths with a weird creature and becomes the first kid to discover the species olgamus ridiculus, she is ecstatic! What does an olgamus eat? How does it poop? Why does its burp sound like the word rubber? With her trusty observation notebook and the help of a librarian, a shopkeeper, and some friends, Olga sets out to do science—learning the facts about her smelly, almost-furry pal and searching for him when he goes missing. The scientific method is the best way to discover anything!  Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere is the first in this 3-book series.

I Want a Monster! by Elise Gravel 

Harper Collins

All of her friends have pet monsters, and Winnie really, really wants one of her own. When her Dad finally agrees to let her adopt a monster, they go to the Monsterium. From hundreds of monster species, Winnie picks out a little red guy named Gus.  She soon discovers that baby monsters are nothing like she expected! They grow quickly, love causing trouble, and make all sorts of weird sounds.  It’s a good thing they’re so cute, right? Winnie has a lot to learn about how to train and raise a happy, healthy monster.

The Cranky Ballerina by Elise Gravel

Harper Collins

On Saturdays, Ada gets a little bit cranky. She mopes, she’s feisty, she doesn’t finish her breakfast. The reason being? Saturdays mean one thing: ballet class. And Ada HATES ballet. From tutus to arabesques to her complete lack of grace, ballet is a disaster for Ada. Luckily Mr. Chop’s Karate Class is right next door to Miss Pointy’s Dance Studio, and there might just be an open spot for this cranky ballerina.

Jessie Elliot is a Big Chicken by Elise Gravel

Roaring Brook Press

Jessie Elliot is a nerdy pre-teen trying to enjoy her last summer before high school, where normal kids become lame teenagers.

Jessie Elliot’s life is an epic fail. She wants to be cool, but it’s way more fun being uncool. Her days are filled with illustrating her comic book Super Pickle, pulling pranks with her cat Ottawa, and daydreaming about her crush, Ben.  Still, it’s the last summer before she goes to Hochelaga High—where the cool kids smoke, have piercings, and make out in abandoned parking lots. Jessie’s “uncool” summer plans, including getting a high score on Tetris and reading weird books at her BFF Julie’s cottage, are shattered when Julie befriends one of the cool girls: Jessie’s ex-best friend turned totally vapid high schooler, Isabelle Lemoine.

A Day in the Office of Doctor Bugspit by Elise Gravel

Blue Apple Books

An uninformed egotistical doctor treats his zany patients with grotesque remedies.

Doctor Bugspit is no more than a quack with an oversized ego and an infinite capacity to spout useless advice. His so-called cure-all is a homemade “Fix It Up Syrup,” which includes “top secret” ingredients such as sock juice, dead flies, and ear wax. Featuring freaky alien maladies and extra doses of humor!

Blast Off with Doodle Tom: A Space Doodle Oddyssey by Elise Gravel

Blue Apple Books

Doodling their way in and out of adventure, Doodle Tom and Astrocat learn from their travels.

Doodle Tom and Astrocat explore the galaxy in style: meeting aliens, learning about rocket ships, and wearing cool pairs of shades while catching rays from that big ball of fire we call the Sun – all while using their scientific savvy and dispensing fun facts about Space.

Dream Machines by Mark Rogalski

Running Press Books

What’s a tyke who can’t tucker out to do? Find a special star and make a wish to play all night. Only one problem: how do you find your own wishing star? Just climb aboard the Dream Machines and blast off for adventures through sea, land and sky in search of that special star! From The Bubble Sub in your bathroom to The Moon and beyond, you’ll find an amazing array of machines that prove dreams can indeed take you anywhere!

Robox by Mark Rogalski

Running Press Books

Renny designs a robot named Rex to be the perfect friend, but Rex’s destructive appetite gets in the way.

A young boy named Renny designs a robot named Rex to fend off nasty cats, bullies, and Mom’s bad cooking, yucky grusseled sprouts. Though, one thing Renny didn’t account for was Rex’s insatiable appetite! When Rex starts eating more than grusseled sprouts – including homework, sneakers, (and even humans!), Renny must find out a way to stop this once simple robot from being a super powered ROBOX with an unstoppable hunger for danger!

Tickets to Ride by Mark Rogalski

Running Press Books

Dizzyland Dream Park is a fantastical amusement park full of rides so outrageous you won’t be sure if you’re dreaming or awake. You need a different ticket to enter each of the twenty-six rides in the park, and you’re in for a whirlwind trip no matter which one you choose. There’s the Carousel Camel, which will send you forward and backward in time, and the Hippo Hop, sure to make your stomach drop. You’ll float down from six miles above in the Parachute Pigs, and slide slowly along a rail with Steamy the snail. Mark Rogalski’s digital illustrations are detailed and colorful, visually conjuring up the dream world of Dizzyland Park.

Dylan the Villain by K.G. Campbell

Penguin

Dylan the Villain wants to prove that he’s the most evil super villain in his kindergarten class. He sets out to create the most diabolical robot of all time, which will surely earn him the title. The robot has a shrink ray, a freeze ray, evil laser eyes, and even supersonic rockets for space travel. Is it evil enough, or will Dillain’s arch-nemesis, Addison Van Malice, take home the prize?

A Small Zombie Problem by K.G. Campbell

Random House

A Small Zombie Problem is a tale of voodoo magic, an enchanted treasure, and ZOMBIES, all taking place in the heart of the Louisiana bayou. August LeBlanc is an 11 year old boy who’s lived a sheltered existence. In fact, he’s never stepped outside of the mansion where he lives with his Aunt Butterfly. When a mysterious invitation arrives from the grandmother he’s never met, August finally leaves his house and embarks on an epic adventure. With the introduction of relatives both living and undead, a great mystery surrounding August’s ancestry begins to unfold.

Extraordinary Warren by Sarah Dillard

Simon & Schuster

When an ordinary chicken named Warren and his newly hatched sidekick Egg seek adventure, extraordinary things might happen, as long as they can avoid Millard the arrogant rat.

Warren; a bespectacled chicken, is bored with the everyday routine: peck, cluck, feed; peck, cluck, feed. Same old, same old.  He is sure that he is destined for greater things, but the only one who believes in him is his trusty sidekick Egg; a newly hatched chick.  Together they seek adventure in the barnyard and beyond.  The only thing that can stop them is Millard, a villainous rat who is determined to make Warren into a Super Chicken Dinner.

Mouse Scouts Series by Sarah Dillard

Random House

Best friends Violet and Tigerlily are as different as can be, but they must learn to work together or they’ll be demoted from Mouse Scouts to Buttercups!

Violet and Tigerlily have finally advanced from Buttercups to Mouse Scouts, but being a Mouse Scout is a lot harder than they expected. For one thing, their troop leader Miss Poppy runs a tight ship, and being even a few minutes late to meetings means big trouble.  From projects like tending their own vegetable gardens to camping out in the wilderness, these two friends must play to each other’s strengths and learn to compromise, or they’ll get booted back to Buttercups.

First Day at Zoo School by Sarah Dillard

Scholastic

Amanda the Panda and Alfred the Alligator form an unlikely friendship on the first day of school, and must learn to accept one another for who they are.

When Amanda first bounds up to Alfred on the first day of school, he finds her to be somewhat annoying. She is boisterous and outgoing, while he is quiet and reserved.  She is excited for school, while he is nervous. She loves the spotlight, while he wants nothing more than to blend into the background. Through humorous scenarios and everyday school experiences, their friendship blooms and they learn to accept each other’s differences.

Perfectly Arugula by Sarah Dillard

Sterling Books

When Arugula, the perfectionist hedgehog, decides to throw a tea party for her friends, everything has to be clean and orderly. As she finds out, that doesn’t make for the most fun party! When her best friend, Fidget, arrives to the party, he tries to liven up the mood, but breaks some of Arugula’s rules in doing so.  Arugula has to learn to let go of her perfectionism enough to have some fun!

I Wish It Would Snow by Sarah Dillard

Simon & Schuster

In this delightful seasonal tale, a bunny longs for snow, but soon finds he should be careful what he wishes for. A big storm blows in and the snow is more than he bargained for! Once Spring returns, he is back to wishing for snow again.  While introducing young readers to the four seasons, the story demonstrates the age-old adage that the grass is always greener on the other side.

The Great Inventors Series by Gene Barretta

Henry Holt & Co.

A playful, informative examination of how three great inventors changed our lives. 

From telephones to electricity to bridges, the modern world as we know it would not exist without the revolutionary creations of three great inventors: Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Edison. Separated by centuries, these three men were united by their awesome ability to see how the world could one day look – and invent the devices to make their vision a reality.

Jack the Tripper by Gene Barretta

HMH Books for Young Readers

A mysterious villain is tripping the poor, innocent students at Dizzie Day Elementary School…and that’s just the beginning.

Jack the Tripper follows the escapades of the Dizzie Day Elementary School kids, as they try to unmask the mysterious villain, Jack the Tripper, causing mayhem and panic in their school. Polly just wants her book report back. Winston wants to find the missing Dizzie Day parade candy. Mary wants to know what happened to the class pet. And Reggie wants to know who is trying to sabotage the Dizzie Day Christmas pageant. As the kids get closer to exposing Jack the Tripper, they realize that Dizzie Day Elementary may be the site of more than just a mischievous boot-kicking villain at work…

Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta

Henry Holt & Co.

President Abraham Lincoln grew up in a one-room log cabin. President John F. Kennedy was raised in the lap of luxury. One was a Republican and one a Democrat. They lived and served a hundred years apart. Yet they had a number of things in common. Some were coincidental: having seven letters in their last names. Some were monumental: Lincoln’s support for the abolitionist movement and Kennedy’s support for the civil rights movement. They both lost a son while in office. And, of course, both were assassinated. In this illuminating book, Gene Barretta offers an insightful portrait of two of our country’s most famous presidents.

Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born By Gene Barretta, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Harper Collins

In this picture book biography of Muhammad Ali, author Gene Barretta and illustrator Frank Morrison tell the unforgettable childhood story of this legendary boxing champion and how one pivotal moment set him on his path to become the Greatest of All Time. One fateful day, this proud and bold young boy had that bike stolen, his prized possession, and he wouldn’t let it go. Not without a fight. This would be the day he discovered boxing. And a champion was born.

Mr. Puffball Series by Constance Lombardo

Harper Collins

Feline actor Mr. Puffball hits the Hollywood scene and learns that life isn’t as glamorous as the movies.

Young and idealistic Mr. Puffball hitches his way across the country propelled by one dream: to become a movie star…in Hollywood! After many challenges, he lands a job as the stunt-cat to his hero, Hollywood legend El Gato. When El Gato is sent to Anger Management for his bad temper, Mr. Puffball steps in as a temporary replacement. As he becomes better acquainted with his idol, he discovers that El Gato isn’t as perfect as he appears on the big screen…

Everybody Says Meow! by Constance Lombardo

Harper Collins

“Welcome to that magical time when everybody says ‘Meow!’ Ready?” asks Mabel. It‘s hard enough getting a bunch of distractible cats to say MEOW in unison, but when a dog, a frog, and other animals show up uninvited to add their own voices to the chorus, Mabel has her paws full! This laugh-out-loud funny story is full of charm, unexpected twists, and lots of cattitude.

Sweet Dreams Lullaby by Betsy Snyder

Random House

A poetic bedtime story about a little bunny who visits peaceful nature scenes in his dreams, encountering playful animals along the way. He plays with dragonflies in the meadow, says hello to sleepy frogs in the pond, hoots with the forest’s watchful owl, and splashes in rain puddles with ducklings.

I Can (series) By Betsy Snyder

Chronicle Books

Two finger holes cut through this chunky board book allow children’s fingers to form the arms and legs of dancers, athletes, dreamers and more in this engaging series. Active and adorable characters model themes such as independence, exploration and teamwork, making this innovative board book perfect for interactive reading and playtime fun!

Wazdot? by Michael Slack

Disney-Hyperion

Would make great short!

Explore Earth with the wonder and curiosity of an innocent alien named Blip. Earth can be a scary and intimidating place, especially if you’re an intergalactic visitor! Using his trusty decoder beam, Blip navigates his way through a farm, discovering what the mysterious sights and shapes he comes across are.  But as it turns out, his mom has been worried sick about his whereabouts. A pig, a picnic, and a few angry ducks later, it’s back to space for Blip until his next trip back to Earth!

Monkey Truck by Michael Slack

Henry Holt & Co.

Ever determined to help every flummoxed flamingo, tiger in trouble, or parrot with a problem, Monkey Truck is definitely a full-speed-ahead look-before-you-leap kind of guy.  He just can’t help himself! Watch him un-stick a sticky hippo, help a wart hog cross a raging river, or give a crabby crocodile a soothing massage. Even when he’s not on a mission, Monkey Truck is at full-tilt play—with daredevil stunts and all sorts of crazy monkeyshines.  And, of course, he’s positively bananas for bananas, his “fuel” of choice.

 

Elecopter by Michael Slack

Henry Holt & Co.

Perched on her treetop elepad, Elecopter keeps watch over the forest. Whenever there are bungles in the jungle, or chaos in the canopy, she will trumpet her alarm and zoom off to save the day.

Turtle Tug by Michael Slack

Henry Holt & Co.

Turtle Tug is on the lookout! This chugging, tugging turtle powers through gusty winds and treacherous tides, combing the seas to protect his friends from a dangerous storm. From panicking puffins to entangled sperm whales, Turtle Tug is out to rescue all his sea-dwelling friends. He’s a turtle tugboat on a mission to make the world a safer place.

Bunny Built by Michael Slack

Henry Holt & Co.

LaRue was very handy. His toolbox had everything and industrious bunny could ever need. Everything, that is, except carrots. But then LaRue stumbles onto a special seed. With proper tending, this seed quickly grows into an ENORMOUS CARROT! What’s a bunny to do with so much carrot? In a stroke of construction genius (and generosity), LaRue has the answer. This clever story celebrates just what it means to be a friend.

Shorty and Clem Series by Michael Slack

Harper Collins

A hilarious new buddy comedy series from the wacky mind of Michael Slack, Shorty and Clem tells the adventures of best friends Shorty the Shortysaurus and Clem the Quail. In the first story, Shorty has to fight the urge to open a package addressed to Clem…but that doesn’t mean he can’t imagine what’s inside or play with it! 

Standroid & Dandroid Make a Mess by Michael Slack

Simon & Schuster

Power up with robots Standroid and Dandroid in this playful board book! When two robots make one giant mess, will they figure out how to clean it up? Standroid’s battery is full and Dandroid’s charging is complete. The two robots are fueled up and ready to play! How do robots play? They crash! crash! crash! And they squish! squish! squish! And they end up making a very big mess! Error! Will the two robots figure out how to clean it all up?

Pass It On! By Marilyn Sadler, illustrated by Michael Slack

Blue Apple Books

Bee is looking for his friend, Cow, but he can’t find her anywhere. When Bee finally finds her, he realizes Cow is stuck and needs help! This is where it all begins, and messages get passed on and mixed up as all the animals on the farm join in a rowdy game of barnyard telephone.

Charlie Piechart Series by Eric Comstock and Marilyn Sadler

Harper Collins

Charlie Piechart follows 8-year-old boy detective, Charlie and his canine sidekick Watson in their hometown of Pi-ville. Charlie must solve mysteries for his friends, classmates, and neighbors, using his detective skills, deductive reasoning and MATH!!  In the first book, Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Slice, the family pizza night is disrupted when a slice disappears, and Charlie must use his unconventional methods to solve the mystery.

Tony Baroni Loves Macaroni by Lucie Crovatto and Marilyn Sadler

Blue Apple Books

No one loved macaroni and cheese more than Tony Baroni.

He ate it for breakfast. He ate it at noon. He ate it for dinner by the light of the moon. His grandmother tried to tempt him with other yummy dishes, but Tony would have none of it. Then one day Tony tasted pizza, and there was no going back.

Welcome Home, Bear by Il Sung Na

Knopf

Bear grows tired of waking up every morning in the same green forest under the same blue sky, so he sets out to find a new home. He pays a visit to each of his friends to see if there’s a place for him in their homes – but Goat’s cliff is too steep, Mole’s underground burrow is too dirty, Octopus’ ocean is too deep, and so on. Eventually Bear realizes what place isn’t too steep, too dirty, too deep, too cold, muddy, or hot…his little spot in the green forest under the blue sky.

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

Knopf

The nocturnal owl is hidden on every page of this sweet bedtime story, observing the sleeping habits of animals across the world.

Some animals stand up while they sleep, some sleep with their eyes open. When the sun comes up, all of the animals wake up and it’s the owl’s turn to rest. Na’s beautifully whimsical illustrations and understated text make this book a rare treasure. 

A Book of Babies by Il Sung Na

Knopf

A beautiful book about baby animals, from chicks to zebras, portrayed in Na’s gorgeous, vibrant illustrations. With his gently amusing touch, Na illuminates the similarities and differences between baby animals from all walks of life. 

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na

Knopf

A simple and sweet tale about what happens to animals in the wintertime. 

Na explores the migrations or adaptations to the changing weather by following a little white rabbit as he visits different animals.  Some travel far to warmer climates, others have woolly coats to endure the cold. 

Hide and Seek by Il Sung Na

Knopf

A game of hide-and-seek in the jungle sends all of the animals searching for hiding spots while Elephant counts to ten. After all of the animals are found, only one is missing: the chameleon. Can you help Elephant find him? 

The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na

Knopf

One day an elephant finds a thingamabob. No one can tell what it is, so the elephant tries to figure it out. He determines that the thingamabob is not good for floating, hiding behind, or flying. When it starts to rain, the elephant opens up the thingamabob and holds it over his head. The thingamabob keeps him from getting wet! All of the animals crowd under it, and the elephant realizes, they need a bigger thingamabob. 

Bird, Balloon, Bear by Il Sung Na

Knopf

In this unique tale of friendship, told with Na’s trademark sly humor, a shy little bird wants to befriend a lonely bear. Before he can introduce himself, Bear finds another friend: a balloon he names Red.  Bird thinks that if only Red wasn’t in the picture, he and Bear would become the best of friends. Bird follows the duo, and tries to get Red out of his way without Bear catching on.   

The Dreamer by Il Sung Na

Chronicle

This story of a pig that dreams of flying, and devises a plan to make his dream a reality, will inspire people to dream bigger.  With this special tale, Il Sung Na is playing on the idiom about flying pigs, creating a lovely message: if pigs can fly, and we can fly, what else might be possible?  

That's My Carrot! by Il Sung Na

Random House

Two rabbits. One giant carrot.  An outrageous fight for the carrot ensues, with each rabbit bringing out increasingly over-sized tools and machines to prevail.  Who will win be the victor in this epic bunny battle?

I Got the Rhythm By Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Bloomsbury

On a simple trip to the park, the joy of music overtakes a mother and daughter. The little girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her- from butterflies, to street performers, to ice cream sellers everything is musical! She sniffs, snaps, and shakes her way into the heart of the beat, finally busting out in an impromptu dance, which all the kids join in on! Award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison and Connie Schofield-Morrison, capture the beat of the street, to create a rollicking read that will get any kid in the mood to boogie.

Pepper Series by Linda Bleck

Simon & Schuster

In this pop-up series for toddlers, Pepper the dog has a variety of first time experiences, from picking the perfect pumpkin for Halloween to enjoying his first snowy day. Filled with lift- the-flap, pop-ups, and movable paper, young readers can interact while following along with the lovable pup and his young owner, Lily, on each new adventure.

Mozart Finds A Melody By Stephen Costanza

Henry Holt & Co.

Wolfgang Mozart must compose a new piano concerto to perform at the famous Burgtheatre in Vienna. But Mozart can’t think of a note to write. When he hears his hungry pet starling sing out melodiously, his creativity begins to flow. Before he can put notes to paper, however, his muse escapes through the window, and Mozart is off on a frantic search to bring her back. Will Mozart find both his friend and song in time? Based on a true story about the famous composer and his beloved pet starling, this enchanting tale celebrates inspiration in any form it takes.

Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra By Stephen Costanza

Henry Holt & Co.

Every day, Antonio Vivaldi composes a new orchestral piece, and every day, the orphan Candida transcribes Vivaldi’s masterpiece into sheet music for the Invisible Orchestra. Nobody notices Candida or appreciates her hard work. But one day Candida accidentally slips a poem she wrote into the sheet music and the girl so often behind the shadows gets recognized for her own talents. Vivaldi really did have an Invisible Orchestra made up of orphan girls he taught to play. This beautiful book pays tribute to their inspiration.

Grandma’s Purse By Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Random House

When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats…and her purse. You never know what she’ll have in there–fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it’s pure magic!

Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table By Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Blue Apple Books

Auntie Mabel and her family and friends have gathered for their big Sunday dinner and can’t wait to dig into a delicious, mouthwatering meal. Before they can begin, Auntie Mabel starts—and doesn’t stop!—blessing everyone and everything she surveys: the yams and Brussels sprouts, the table and chairs—even the president of the United States!

Fairy Science by Ashley Spires

Random House

Esther is the only fairy in New Fairington who doesn’t believe in magic. She believes in data, facts, and SCIENCE. She can’t help seeing the world differently. Where the other fairies see trails to gold, she sees refracted prisms. Where they see ominous omens, she sees evaporation. Until their home tree starts to wilt. All the fairies get to work – wishing on stars, making potions and sprinkling fairy dust (which Esther is pretty sure is just dandruff). It’s up to Esther to use the scientific method, and a little photosynthesis, to save the day. For lovers of fairies and facts, this picture book is sure to make readers learn and laugh.

Goth Unicorn by Ashley Spires

Tundra Books

Mean Girls meets Mythology in this comedic coming-of-age story about Fiona, a shy and artsy unicorn who just wants to fit in. After her best friend moves away, Fi feels invisible to her classmates. That is, until she gets a new mane cut and starts hanging out with a pixie named Farrah. But Fi soon learns that shopping for cool clothes and gossiping all day is boring. She’d rather read comics, draw, and hang out with her pet raccoon, than try to impress the cool crowd led by Miranda, the most popular mermaid in school. One day she decides it’s time to show everyone her true self. With a freshly dyed black mane, a t-shirt that says “Dirty Weirdo,” and a sneer, Goth Unicorn walks into school. So much for being invisible. Unicorns are supposed to be pretty and sweet and graceful, but Fiona is sick of worrying about what she’s supposed to be.

Jump In by Shadra Strickland

Bloomsbury

Shadra Strickland’s “Jump In” is a timeless story about the power of play to unite a diverse community. Full of verve and bursts of color, Strickland captures the high energy of a neighborhood brought together by a game of jump rope through her dynamic illustrations and rhythmic word play. Once the jump rope is in motion, people of all ages and backgrounds jump in to partake in pure amusement – from the little girls playing in the park, to the basketball star, to the reverend, teacher, and old lady down the block.

Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep By Eric Barclay

Harper Collins

Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep is a hilarious, heartwarming story of friendship between a rambunctious young sheep and the forbearing sheepdog who keeps watch over her.  This story is instilled with gentle whimsy and laugh-out-loud humor, and reminds readers of the importance of looking out for others.  This timeless tale, illustrated in watercolor, feels like an instant classic.

Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen By Beth Mills

Lerner Publishing

Ella McKeen is the best kickball player in school.  No one can beat her and boy, does she know it…That is, until one fateful day when the new girl, Sonya, catches Ella’s ball. Devastated by her first loss, Ella has to face the fact that she may not win every time, and that it’s okay to share the glory every once in a while. A first introduction to winning and losing in team sports, Ella’s story teaches kids how to lose without losing their cool.

The Run by Barroux

Simon & Schuster

In this silly story, a boy is reading a book on the toilet about animals on a mysterious dash through the jungle, and wondering where they are running to.

Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime by Stephen Costanza

Simon & Schuster

Scott loves playing fiddle with his father, the cornet with his siblings, and picking out songs on his mother’s banjo. But when he discovers a big, shiny piano at the elegant house where his mother cleans, Scott is hooked like never before. Born into a hostile world, but motivated by his mother’s courage and enthusiasm, Scott never stops writing his own music. Determined to have it reach a wider audience, he goes on to become the “King of Ragtime Writers”, syncopating his way into America’s heart.

The Boy and the Bear

Holiday House

In The Boy and The Bear, humorous rhyme and bright, quirky artwork combine in this story of a boy and his stuffed bear who go everywhere together. When a variety of other stuffed animals begin inexplicably falling from the sky, the boy is excited to collect them all – until his precious bear gets lost in the kerfuffle.

Grandpa Cacao

Bloomsbury

As a girl bakes a chocolate cake, she traces her roots back to the Ivory Coast where her grandfather was a cacao farmer, and learns about her African heritage.