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Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden

Written by Andrew Larsen, Illustrated by Anne Villeneuve Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden is a touching tale of family and friendship. As Vincent stays with his aunt Mimi for the summer, he does not anticipate what adventures he will have. As his new friendship blooms, so do the mysterious “dirt balls” that Aunt Mimi …

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Science Comics Skyscrapers, The Heights of Engineering

Written and Illustrated by John Kerschbaum I was prepared to “endure” this graphic novel about the science behind skyscrapers, but ended up truly enjoying it! John Kerschbaum has definitely done his research and strikes a great balance between entertaining and educating in this book. He includes kid-friendly, but not condescending, definitions within the book for …

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From a Small Seed: The Story of Eliza Hamilton

Written by Camille Andros, Illustrated by Tessa Blackham A charming picture book biography of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. The soft illustrations and simple story give a brief glimpse into the life of Eliza, from small seed to a strong rooted tree. As a child she loved to climb hills that left most breathless, hop fences for …

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Hair Love

Written by Matthew A. Cherry, Illustrated by Vashti Harrison This is a heartwarming book. It shows the love between a father and daughter as the father tries to help his daughter style her hair for a special day. The digitally created illustrations are lovely and colors are pleasing to the eye. This book is based …

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The Blackbird Girls

Written by Anne Blankman One morning, neighbors Valentina and Oksana wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work–Chernobyl–has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who’ve always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina’s grandmother. In their …

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