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Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord
On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They're supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home for the night.  The next day, Emma starts public school for the very first time after years of being homeschooled. More than anything, Emma wants to make a best friend in school.  But things don't go as planned. On the first day of school, she's paired with a boy named Jack for a project. He can't stay on topic, he speaks out of turn, and he's obsessed with animals. Jack doesn't fit in, and Emma's worried he'll make her stand out.  Emma and Jack bond over her rescue rabbit. But will their new friendship keep Emma from finding the new best friend she's meant to have?
Want ideas for how to use this title in your classroom?  Take a look at The Classroom Bookshelf blog post from School Library Journal.

Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits by Cynthia Lord
In the spring of 2016, Peggotty and Benjamin were saved by Maine’s Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue after their previous owners had neglected them. But before the two Netherland Dwarf rabbits could be adopted, Cynthia had to help them learn to trust people and feel safe inside a home. The bunnies slowly settled in, enjoying their clean pens, nibbling new foods, and playing with fun toys, while Cindy’s husband, John Bald, photographed Benjamin and Peggotty’s every step toward adoption. At that time, hundreds of viewers were drawn to Cindy’s Facebook page to watch their progress. Now, she has adapted the rabbits’ true story into a picture book that explores love, responsibility, empathy, and letting go―along with fostering’s many surprises, both big and small.

This side-splittingly funny picture book is about a silly donkey, a cranky yam, and an irresistible ewe.  The combination will be irresistible to YOU.

You Loves Ewe! by Cece Bell (11/26/19)
A persnickety spud, Yam, introduces the grammar-challenged Donkey to a new friend, Ewe, a lady sheep. The confusion between “ewe” and “you” results in a fabulously funny series of who’s-on-first misunderstandings, even though Yam explains the concept of homonyms to Donkey clearly enough for the youngest of readers to understand. Heightening the humor is an over-the-top love triangle, because everyone is in love with You. Err, Ewe.  Don't miss this high-comedy companion to I Yam a Donkey.

Thanksgiving Week has officially begun!  Will your week include any long car rides?  Would you like another suggestion of ways to keep your kids occupied during the trip?  Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich wrote an excellent article for BrightlyListen Up!: Podcasts for the Whole Family introduces you to the joys of podcasts plus a list of her family's favorites in four categories -- for music lovers, for world travelers, for science nerds, and for those who want to discuss.  Read it then sample one of her suggestions.

There's just one Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead left in 2019.  Can you believe it?!?!  Itty Bitty Bakers will join us on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 4 p.m.  to help jump-start the holiday season with 3-D Christmas Cookie Trees.  To be part of Christmas Tree Treats, you must be 8 to 12-years-old.  You also have to be registered!  Sign up online or by phone (205-444-7830) today.

And the winner for Young People's Literature is . . . 1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler! 

"1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer. The suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year.

Now, one hundred years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. Sandler traces the momentum and setbacks of these movements through this last century, showing that progress isn’t always a straight line and offering a unique lens through which we can understand history and the change many still seek."

I have read all of the finalists and all but one of the longlist titles, and they were all truly amazing.  Read as many of them as you can!

1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw
Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve
A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
Shout by Laure Halse Anderson
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson

See the winners in all categories on the National Book Awards website.