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Here is a list of favorite finds from this past year. The list includes picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books for children of all ages.†


    Dark LemonySnicketThe Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (jj SNICKET)

    Laszlo is afraid of the dark which lives in the same big, creaky house as him, until one night the dark pays him a visit.

    DeepInTheSaharaDeep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane, illustrated by Hoda Hadadi (jj CUNNANE)

    In Mauritania, West Africa, an Arab girl who wants to wear a malafa, the veiled dress worn by her mother and older sister, learns that the garment represents beauty, mystery, tradition, belonging, and faith.

    DemolitionDemolition by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock (jj SUTTON)

    Illustrations and rhyming text show the enormous and powerful machines that are used to demolish a building so that a playground can be built.

    DirtyGertDirty Gert by Tedd Arnold

    Little Gert loves to play in the dirt so much that she turns into a tree.

    HowToTrainATrainHow to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton, illustrated by John Rocco (jj EATON)

    A whimsical guide to training a "pet train" instructs young enthusiasts about important issues including where trains live, what they like to eat, and how to get them to perform the best train tricks.

    ISayYouSayAnimalSoundsI Say, You Say Animal Sounds! by Tad Carpenter (jj bb ANIMAL)

    Explore the world of noisy animals with 8 lift-the-flaps.

    JourneyJourney by Aaron Becker (jj BECKER)

    Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

    MousetronautMousetronaut: Based on a (Partially) True Story by astronaut Mark Kelly, illustrated by C.F. Payne (jj KELLY)

    A small but plucky mouse named Mike is sure that he can help the Space Shuttle astronauts, and ends up saving the whole mission. Includes facts about NASA and space travel.

    ReturnOfTheLibraryDragonReturn of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael P. White (jj DEEDY)

    Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school's library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.

    TapTheMagicTreeTap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson (jj MATHESO)

    Invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.†

    UpTallAndHighUp! Tall! And High! (But Not Necessarily in that Order.) by Ethan Long (jj LONG)

    Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.

    WhoHasThisTailWho Has This Tail? by Laura Hulbert, illustrated by Erik Brooks (jj HULBERT)

    Short and fuzzy, long and scaled: no matter their size and shape, tails aren't just hanging around--they're useful! This book invites readers to guess the owner of nine tails, and then turn the page to see the animal and its tail in action.†



    AmberBrownIsOnTheMoveAmber Brown Is On the Move (based on the creation by Paula Danziger) written by Bruce Coville and Elizabeth Levy (jj 3-4 DANZIGE)

    Now that Amber's mom and Max are married, the family is moving to a new house, and Amber is worried about more than just packing. How can she leave the only home she's ever known?

    PegasusTheFlameOfOlympusPegasus: The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn (j OHEARN)

    Thirteen-year-old Emily's life is transformed when Pegasus, the mythological winged horse, crashes onto the roof of her building during a New York City blackout and takes her to Olympus where she faces monsters, a corrupt governmental agency, and the quest to keep the Olympic flame burning.

    SchoolForGoodAndEvilThe School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (j CHAINAN)

    This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil. But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed -- Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are?

    MagicMarksTheSpotThe Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson (j CARLSON)

    When Hilary Westfield escapes Miss Pim's finishing school to join a misfit pirate crew, she embarks on an unexpectedly magical swashbuckling, plank-walking, searfaring journey.


    PinkaliciousCupcakeCookbookPinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook by Victoria Kann (j 641.86 KANN)

    Pinkalicious loves pinkatastic cupcakes—and now readers can make all their cupcakes Pinkalicious cupcakes. Features more than 20 cupcakes straight from Pinkalicious's world. Bake everything from a classic Pinkalicious cupcake with a cherry on top to a princess cupcake and castle, a snowman cupcake, or a cake pop flower!

    ThomasJeffersonBuildsALibraryThomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by John O’Brien (j 027.573 ROSENST)

    Thomas Jefferson loved to read and collect books on almost every subject. He built his first library as a young man, and kept on building until his book collection helped to create the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the world's largest library.