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I loved Christine Day's 2019 debut novel I Can Make This Promise.  Named an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book and inspired by her family's history, it tells the story of a girl who uncovers family secrets and discovers her own Native American identity.  Her sophomore novel comes out today, and I'm really eager to read it.  I'm also thrilled that Christine contributed a story to Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, a short story collection edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith that will be published in February 2021.  She also has a biography in the works, She Persisted: Maria Tallchief, which will come out in November 2021. 

It's a new year, which means our Youth Department staff is taking on a new Reading Wildly Challenge.  2021's attempt to expand our reading horizons includes diversity (African American, Asian American, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Muslim, Native American, social justice, and translated works), different formats (collective biography, first chapter, and narrative nonfiction), and a handful of topics we need to brush up on (animals, foster care, mindfulness, sports, and STEM).  How will YOU broaden your reading horizons this year?  Would you like to take on a monthly challenge?  Brightly has plenty to get you started!

Nonfiction has come a long way since I first started working at the library over 20 years ago.  There's something for everyone, from little bitties to teens.  Expand your knowledge base with our 2020 faves.  You can access a printable list here.  The following titles are linked directly to the library catalog.

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball by Jen Bryant (ebook on Hoopla)
All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing by Chris Barton (ebook on Hoopla)
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat (ebook on Overdrive)
The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil (ebook on Overdrive, audiobook on Hoopla)
Being Frog by April Pulley Sayre
Born Curious: 20 Girls Who Grew Up to Be Awesome Scientists by Martha Freeman (ebook on Overdrive)
A Bowl Full of Peace: A True Story by Caren Stelson (ebook on Hoopla)
Bringing Back the Wolves: How a Predator Restored an Ecosystem by Jude Isabella (ebook on Hoopla)
Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM by Tonya Bolden (ebook on Hoopla)
Clever Hans: The True Story of the Counting, Adding, and Time-Telling Horse by Kerri Kokias
Climate Change by Tom Jackson
Condor Comeback by Sy Montgomery
The Constitution Decoded: A Guide to the Document That Shapes Our Nation by Katie Kennedy (ebook on Hoopla)
Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson’s Journey to the Stars by Gary Golio
Desert Diary: Japanese American Kids Behind Barbed Wire by Michael O. Tunnell (ebook on Hoopla)
Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham & Charles Waters (ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel
Dragonfly by Aimée M. Bissonnette (ebook on Hoopla)
Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring by Matthew Burgess

What can you learn when you get wrapped up in someone else's story?  Find out when you try some of our 2020 fictional favorites!  The following titles are linked directly to the library catalog.

JUVENILE (You can access a printable list here.)
Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Body Under the Piano by Marthe Jocelyn (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
All He Knew by Helen Frost
Any Day with You by Mae Respicio (ebook on Overdrive)
Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
The Brave by James Bird (audiobook on Hoopla)
Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
Class Act by Jerry Craft (ebook on Overdrive)
Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive, ebook on Hoopla)
Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin (ebook on Overdrive)
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)

2020 was NOT a good year . . . with one exception.  The books were fantastic!  Our yearly list of favorites is so long, I've separated it into three posts.  Let's start with picture books since picture books are for all ages of readers and non-readers.  You can access a printable list here.  The following titles are linked directly to the library catalog.

Agent Lion by Jacky Davis
All Because You Matter by Tami Charles (audiobook on Hoopla)
The Alphabet’s Alphabet by Chris Harris
Animals Brag About Their Bottoms by Maki Saito (ebook on Hoopla)
Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi [BOARD BOOK] (ebook on Overdrive)
Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds (ebook on Overdrive, audiobook on Hoopla)
Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Amanda Redd (ebook on Overdrive)
Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes 
The Belonging Tree by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy (ebook on Overdrive)
The Blue House by Phoebe Wall
The Boy and the Gorilla by Jackie Azua Kramer
Brick by Brick by Heidi Woodward Sheffield
Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown