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Today is May 20th, which means it's World Bee Day!  Are YOU aware of the importance of pollinators?  Do YOU know about the threats they face?  If not, find out with one of these new bee nonfiction books.  If you are already in the know, share this list of titles with others.


May 18, 2022 is Visit Your Relatives Day!  If you have folks nearby, take some time to get together.  If all of your family is pretty far away (like mine), reach out with a phone call, text message, or email.  Another good way to celebrate?  Read one of these books!  (Do you notice that each was


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While I Was Away
really liked it
This empowering (and funny!) middle grade memoir takes readers on a journey to 1980s Japan, where Waka was sent as a child to improve her Japanese and reconnect to her family’s roots.
tagged: 2021, childrens-books, history, humor, and realistic
Everywhere Blue
it was amazing
The musical and natural worlds help a tween understand her family and her personal dynamics in the wake of her brother's disappearance in this stand-out novel-in-verse.
tagged: 2021, childrens-books, mystery, new-may-jun, and realistic
Thanks a Lot, Universe
it was amazing
Brian's social anxiety makes him practically disappear at school. It only gets worse when his world is turned upside down and shaken vigorously on his 13th birthday. Can Ezra, a basketball teammate, step up and be the friend Brian needs?...
tagged: 2021, childrens-books, new-may-jun, and realistic
Trouble with a Tiny t
really liked it
Westin's ADHD, which he calls his Vacation Brain, makes him do impulsive things. And now it has access to a magic pouch that makes 6-inch alive versions of what is passing through that brain. Which is why his bedroom is now trapping a ti...
tagged: 2021, adventure, childrens-books, fantasy, and humor
The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books
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In the near future, the ubiquitous alternative reality goggles invented by one Edmund R. Pribble have rendered children’s literature obsolete—except to 10-year-old Oliver Nelson, who copes with poverty and grief by hiding in a nigh-aband...
tagged: 2021, adventure, childrens-books, mystery, and science-fiction
1000 Books Before Kindergarten with Beanstack
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