Children's Books from 2019

There is no shortage of wonderful children's books out there, with some truly great picks that came out in 2019. These middle-grade novels and picture books are sure to engage and delight everyone from a reluctant reader to an avid bookworm. Some of the books on this list became instant classics with their moving stories, gorgeous art, and kid-friendly characters. Check out this list on your way to the library or bookstore. And if you'd prefer to see the latest kids' offerings, take a look at our list of New Children's Books 2020.

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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal Book Poster Image
Greg is meaner to gullible BFF Rowley in Wimpy Kid spin-off.
By Jeff Kinney
(2019)
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Grumpy Monkey Book Poster Image
Warm, funny lesson about a monkey’s bad mood.
By Suzanne Lang
(2019)
(2018)
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Why? Book Poster Image
Girl stops supervillain in funny tale with powerful message.
By Adam Rex
(2019)
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Truman Book Poster Image
Tender story of brave pet's devotion to his missing girl.
By Jean Reidy
(2019)
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Under My Hijab Book Poster Image
Beautiful art, positive messages in headscarf story.
By Hena Khan
(2019)
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What Is Given from the Heart Book Poster Image
Lovely art, heartwarming story about the joy of giving.
By Patricia C. McKissack
(2019)
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Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself Book Poster Image
Endearing monster finds we're all a bit weird in sweet tale.
By Matthew Gray Gubler
(2019)
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What Miss Mitchell Saw Book Poster Image
Superb art adds to inspiring bio of 1800s female astronomer.
By Hayley Barrett
(2019)
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Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Book Poster Image
Beautiful, detailed Katherine Johnson bio for older kids.
By Lesa Cline-Ransome
(2019)
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Ellie, Engineer: In the Spotlight Book Poster Image
Ellie fixes stuff, tackles mystery in fun pageant tale.
By Jackson Pearce
(2019)
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Greta's Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet Book Poster Image
Accessible intro to Swedish teen climate activist's work.
By Valentina Camerini
(2019)
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Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl Book Poster Image
Exciting graphic novel blends two popular series.
By Ben Hatke
(2019)
(2019)
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The Treacherous Seas:  A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Tween heroes fight discrimination, monsters in fun sequel.
By Christopher Healy
(2020)
(2019)
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Clean Getaway Book Poster Image
Boy and grandma's thrilling ride through U.S., family past.
By Nic Stone
(2020)
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The Secrets of Winterhouse: Winterhouse, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Return visit has more puzzles and the same spooky vibe.
By Ben Guterson
(2019)
(2018)
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Queen of the Sea Book Poster Image
Brave girl finds royal intrigue in detailed 1500s tale.
By Dylan Meconis
(2019)
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Roar Like a Dandelion Book Poster Image
Whimsical wordplay, wacky pictures in delightful ABC book.
By Ruth Krauss
(2019)
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Dasher Book Poster Image
Reindeer's origin story has striking art, lots of heart.
By Matt Tavares
(2019)
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Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet Book Poster Image
Alarming story of teen's strike for climate change action.
By Jeanette Winter
(2019)
(2019)
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The Guinevere Deception: Camelot Rising, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Arthur's fair maiden freshly reimagined as powerful witch.
By Kiersten White
(2019)
(2019)
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Supernova: Renegades, Book 3 Book Poster Image
Slow build to finale packed with superhero action.
By Marissa Meyer
(2019)
(2019)
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Ali Cross Book Poster Image
Exciting first case for detective's middle-school son.
By James Patterson
(2019)
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Cerca / Close Book Poster Image
Engaging, simple bilingual book shows what "close" means.
By Juan Felipe Herrera
(2019)
(2019)
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Lejos / Far Book Poster Image
Charming, fun, bilingual lesson on what "far" means.
By Juan Felipe Herrera
(2019)
(2019)
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1919 The Year That Changed America Book Poster Image
Riveting tale of racial, labor protests, women's vote, more.
By Martin W. Sandler
(2019)
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The Crayons' Christmas Book Poster Image
Crayons celebrate the season with funny pull-out letters.
By Drew Daywalt
(2019)
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Sisters First Book Poster Image
Sweet, spunky celebration of sister love.
By Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush
(2019)
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The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle Book Poster Image
Princess-heroes team up to fight (and clean) stinky monster.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2019)
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Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time Book Poster Image
Lively bios of remarkable Muslim women inspire, entertain.
By Saira Mir
(2019)
(2019)
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Scientists Get Dressed Book Poster Image
Info-packed look at what scientists wear to do their jobs.
By Deborah Lee Rose
(2019)
(2019)
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Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History Book Poster Image
Brief biographies of notable black men inspire, educate.
By Vashti Harrison, Kwesi Johnson
(2019)
(2019)
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Indian No More Book Poster Image
Moving story of Umpqua family relocated to LA in '50s.
By Charlene Willing McManis, Traci Sorell
(2019)
(2019)
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Legacy: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 8 Book Poster Image
Action-packed return to form in elf-girl epic series.
By Shannon Messenger
(2019)
(2019)
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Return of the Temujai: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 8 Book Poster Image
Eighth adventure stays fresh with suspense and high stakes.
By John Flanagan
(2019)
(2019)
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Fireborne:  The Aurelian Cycle, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Dragon fantasy series start has compelling action, intrigue.
By Rosaria Munda
(2019)
(2019)
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Fry Bread Book Poster Image
Lyrical tale shows role of special food in family, culture.
By Kevin Noble Maillard
(2019)
(2019)
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Días y días / Days and Days Book Poster Image
Engaging art and spare text teach about seasons.
By Ginger Foglesong Guy
(2019)
(2019)
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Tiny Travelers Mexico Treasure Quest Book Poster Image
Colorful search-and-find journey through Mexico.
By Steven Wolfe Pereira
(2019)
(2019)
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Where Are You From? Book Poster Image
Lovely art frames lyrical answer to oft-asked question.
By Yamile Saied Méndez
(2019)
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The Fowl Twins Book Poster Image
Artemis Fowl spin-off is clever and action-packed.
By Eoin Colfer
(2019)
(2019)
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War Girls, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Sisters endure separation in suspenseful sci-fi war novel.
By Tochi Onyebuchi
(2019)
(2019)
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Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship Book Poster Image
Upbeat pro-tidying tale shows how mess can intrude on fun.
By Marie Kondo
(2019)
(2019)
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Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code Book Poster Image
Inspiring bio of woman who published first computer code.
By Rebel Girls
(2019)
(2019)
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Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business Book Poster Image
Inspiring bio of wealthy Black female entrepreneur in 1800s.
By Rebel Girls
(2019)
(2019)
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The Good Thieves Book Poster Image
Kids fight gangsters in thrilling, heart-filled 1920s tale.
By Katherine Rundell
(2019)
(2019)
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I Can Make This Promise Book Poster Image
Native American girl learns family secrets in touching tale.
By Christine Day
(2019)
(2019)
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Good Night, Little Blue Truck Book Poster Image
Friends weather a storm together in reassuring bedtime tale.
By Alice Schertle
(2019)
(2019)
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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez Book Poster Image
Girl takes on city hall in fun, diverse tale of persistence.
By Andrea Beaty
(2019)
(2019)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball Book Poster Image
Home improvement mishaps abound in funny 14th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2019)
(2019)
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Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change Book Poster Image
Inspiring, relatable look at young lives of adult activists.
By Robin Stevenson
(2019)
(2019)
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Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars Book Poster Image
Inspiring look at the young lives of famous scientists.
By David Stabler
(2019)
(2018)
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Words on Fire Book Poster Image
Tale of late-1800s Lithuania has big ideas but lacks punch.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2019)
(2019)
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Project Middle School: Hope: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Relatable tale of girl finding her voice at new school.
By Alyssa Milano, Debbie Rigaud
(2019)
(2019)
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Dear Sweet Pea Book Poster Image
Thoughtful tale tackles middle grade, divorce, body image.
By Julie Murphy
(2019)
(2019)
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Archimancy: Shadow School, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Heart, suspense abound in spooky middle school ghost story.
By J.A. White
(2019)
(2019)
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This Is Baby Book Poster Image
Lively lesson in naming body parts -- human and animal.
By Jimmy Fallon
(2019)
(2019)
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Saturday Book Poster Image
Superb art, lovely story about coping with disappointment.
By Oge Mora
(2019)
(2019)
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Sunny Rolls the Dice Book Poster Image
Funny graphic novel tale of friendship, '70s middle school.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2019)
(2019)
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Anthem Book Poster Image
Ambitious story of teens' eye-opening road trip in 1969.
By Deborah Wiles
(2019)
(2019)
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Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business Book Poster Image
Inspiring profiles of women who started their own companies.
By Diana Kapp
(2019)
(2019)
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Scars Like Wings Book Poster Image
Inspiring story of a burned teen finding her new normal.
By Erin Stewart
(2019)
(2019)
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Hey Grandude! Book Poster Image
Grandfather takes kids to far-away places in magical romp.
By Paul McCartney
(2019)
(2019)
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A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation Book Poster Image
Beautiful art adds to deep tale of "I Have a Dream" speech.
By Barry Wittenstein
(2019)
(2019)
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Todos Iguales / All Equal: Un Corrido De Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove Book Poster Image
Powerful true story of immigrants' victory for equal rights.
By Christy Hale
(2019)
(2019)
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Weird Little Robots Book Poster Image
Girls find friendship and love of science in engaging story.
By Carolyn Crimi
(2019)
(2019)
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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages Book Poster Image
Kid geniuses are grown up in exciting 4th mystery-adventure.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2019)
(2019)
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Beverly, Right Here Book Poster Image
Compelling tale of runaway teen and her quirky new friends.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2019)
(2019)
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The Double Dangerous Book for Boys Book Poster Image
Fun info, skills, projects, and more for kids of any age.
By Conn Iggulden
(2019)
(2019)
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A Tale of Magic Book Poster Image
Imaginative, lively tale launches Land of Stories prequels.
By Chris Colfer
(2019)
(2019)
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The Tyrant's Tomb: The Trials of Apollo, Book 4 Book Poster Image
Apollo atones as the exciting mythological mayhem continues.
By Rick Riordan
(2019)
(2019)
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White Bird: A Wonder Story Book Poster Image
Moving WWII graphic novel has loss, offers hope for future.
By R.J. Palacio
(2019)
(2019)
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Allies Book Poster Image
Gripping, must-read novel follows young soldiers on D-Day.
By Alan Gratz
(2019)
(2019)
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Rebel: Legend, Book 4 Book Poster Image
Misfit stirs up revolution in action-packed thriller.
By Marie Lu
(2019)
(2019)
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Sulwe Book Poster Image
Girl learns to embrace her dark skin in magical tale.
By Lupita Nyong'o
(2019)
(2019)
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Across the Bay Book Poster Image
Emotional but unlikely journey of boy in Old San Juan.
By Carlos Aponte
(2019)
(2019)
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Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border Book Poster Image
Heartwarming Christmas story set at the U.S.-Mexico border.
By Mitali Perkins
(2019)
(2019)
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Silver Meadows Summer Book Poster Image
Poignant story of Puerto Rican girl adapting to life in U.S.
By Emma Otheguy
(2019)
(2019)
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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Book Poster Image
Moving, interwoven stories of Black middle schoolers.
By Jason Reynolds
(2019)
(2019)
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Pumpkinheads Book Poster Image
Delightful graphic novel about friendship, food, and fall.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2019)
(2019)
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How to Code a Rollercoaster Book Poster Image
Girl and robot use coding ideas to navigate amusement park.
By Josh Funk
(2019)
(2019)
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Alien Superstar, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Alien navigates Hollywood in funny, fast-paced series start.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2019)
(2019)
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AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet Book Poster Image
Animal superheroes battle creepy plants in zany sci-fi tale.
By Jon Scieszka
(2019)
(2019)
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Not If I Can Help It Book Poster Image
Genuine kid voice wavers in tale of divorce and disability.
By Carolyn Mackler
(2019)
(2019)
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Odd Gods Book Poster Image
Funny tale of misfit non-gods in Mt. Olympus middle school.
By David Slavin, Daniel Weitzman
(2019)
(2019)
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Stargazing Book Poster Image
Sweet friendship-themed graphic novel has a medical scare.
By Jen Wang
(2019)
(2019)
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The Crossover: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
Graphic adaptation captures basketball's power, poetry.
By Kwame Alexander
(2019)
(2019)
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The Dog Who Lost His Bark Book Poster Image
Abused puppy learns to trust in perfect boy-and-dog tale.
By Eoin Colfer
(2019)
(2019)
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Guts Book Poster Image
Funny, sensitive account of dealing with bathroom anxiety.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2019)
(2019)
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Legacy and the Queen Book Poster Image
Tennis and magic mix in solid fantasy series start.
By Annie Matthew, Kobe Bryant
(2019)
(2019)
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My Jasper June Book Poster Image
Moving, relatable story of loss, life-changing friendship.
By Laurel Snyder
(2019)
(2019)
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Pavi Sharma's Guide to Going Home Book Poster Image
Wry story of foster kids looks at tough and tender truths.
By Bridget Farr
(2019)
(2019)
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Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation Book Poster Image
Nonstop adventure, science, and young genius in fun mystery.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2019)
(2019)
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Emmy in the Key of Code Book Poster Image
Coding, music, and friendship in inspiring free-verse novel.
By Aimee Lucido
(2019)
(2019)
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My Fate According to the Butterfly Book Poster Image
Emotional tale of family, forgiveness, and drug addiction.
By Gail D. Villanueva
(2019)
(2019)
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Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream Book Poster Image
Young immigrant achieves her dreams in inspiring memoir.
By Julissa Arce
(2019)
(2019)
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How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine Book Poster Image
Moving tale of Temple Grandin's girlhood pursuit of a hug.
By Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville
(2019)
(2019)
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Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You Book Poster Image
Gorgeous, upbeat book about strength in our differences.
By Sonia Sotomayor
(2019)
(2019)
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Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time Book Poster Image
Touching tale explores perseverance, clean water access.
By Linda Sue Park
(2019)
(2019)
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Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum Book Poster Image
Horse guides kids on fun trip through art history.
By Dr. Seuss
(2019)
(2019)
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The Curse of the Werepenguin Book Poster Image
Funny, absurd adventure is full of heart ... and penguins.
By Allan Woodrow
(2019)
(2019)
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Malamander:  Legends of Eerie-on-Sea, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Delightfully spooky fantasy-series start has charm, chills.
By Thomas Taylor
(2019)
(2019)
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Max Einstein: Rebels with a Cause Book Poster Image
Kid geniuses use science to solve big issues in fun sequel.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2019)
(2019)
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More to the Story Book Poster Image
Warm Little Women update stars Pakistani American sisters.
By Hena Khan
(2019)
(2019)
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Some Places More Than Others Book Poster Image
Tween girl helps heal family rift in charming novel.
By Renée Watson
(2019)
(2019)
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The Beasts of Grimheart: Longburrow, Book 3 Book Poster Image
Brave rabbits, allies battle monsters in thrilling episode.
By Kieran Larwood
(2019)
(2019)
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Best Friends Book Poster Image
Story of a friend moving is comforting and relatable.
By Jacqueline Wilson
(2009)
(2008)
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The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter Book Poster Image
Exciting, history-steeped sequel has heart, great heroine.
By Diane Magras
(2019)
(2019)
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The Miraculous Book Poster Image
Mysterious story struggles to deal with death and religion.
By Jess Redman
(2019)
(2019)
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Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers Book Poster Image
Powerful coming-of-age tale promotes friendship, activism.
By Celia C. Pérez
(2019)
(2019)
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The World Ends in April Book Poster Image
Madcap tween drama focuses on impending doomsday.
By Stacy McAnulty
(2019)
(2019)
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Count Me In Book Poster Image
Powerful, appealing story about 7th grader fighting racism.
By Varsha Bajaj
(2019)
(2019)
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Each Tiny Spark Book Poster Image
Cuban American tween busts stereotypes in appealing tale.
By Pablo Cartaya
(2019)
(2019)
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Lalani of the Distant Sea Book Poster Image
Girl goes on epic quest in Filipino folklore-inspired tale.
By Erin Entrada Kelly
(2019)
(2019)
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My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich Book Poster Image
Tween uses vivid imagination to cope in confusing novel.
By Ibi Zoboi
(2019)
(2019)
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Llama Llama Mess, Mess, Mess Book Poster Image
Llama gets a fun lesson in keeping things tidy at home.
By Anna Dewdney, Reed Duncan
(2019)
(2019)
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I Am Enough Book Poster Image
Girl celebrates herself in poetic picture book.
By Grace Byers
(2019)
(2019)
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Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln Book Poster Image
Beautiful historical picture book has stunning art.
By Margarita Engle
(2019)
(2019)
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Juana & Lucas: Big Problems: Juan & Lucas, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Colombian girl adapts to family changes in charming sequel.
By Juana Medina
(2019)
(2019)
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Tom Gates Series Book Poster Image
Homework-dodging 10-year-old brings laughs, heart, doodles.
By L. Pichon
(2019)
(2015)
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The Boy at the Back of the Class Book Poster Image
Poignant, adventurous refugee story highlights kid activism.
By Onjali Q. Rauf
(2019)
(2019)
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For Black Girls Like Me Book Poster Image
Black girl in white family finds her voice in moving novel.
By Mariama J. Lockington
(2019)
(2019)
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Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi: The Kyoshi Novels, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Servant girl becomes mystical hero in fast-paced fantasy.
By F.C. Yee, Michael Dante DiMartino
(2019)
(2019)
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Don't Touch My Hair! Book Poster Image
Girl speaks up, sets boundaries in funny picture book.
By Sharee Miller
(2019)
(2019)
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If I Built a School Book Poster Image
Inventive, colorful school story has retro-futuristic feel.
By Chris Van Dusen
(2019)
(2019)
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Cape: The League of Secret Heroes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Tween superheroes battle Nazis, prejudice in exciting story.
By Kate Hannigan
(2019)
(2019)
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Stephen Curry: Epic Athletes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Breezy biography tracks the rise of an NBA superstar.
By Dan Wetzel
(2019)
(2019)
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The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! Book Poster Image
Fresh, wacky take on first-day-of school jitters.
By Mo Willems
(2019)
(2019)
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Escape From the Isle of the Lost: Descendants, Book 4 Book Poster Image
Fun, upbeat villain-kids romp sets up movie finale.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2019)
(2019)
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Señorita Mariposa Book Poster Image
Beautiful bilingual rhyming book about a monarch's journey.
By Ben Gundersheimer
(2019)
(2019)
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Born Just Right Book Poster Image
Upbeat book tells what it's like being born without a limb.
By Jordan Reeves, Jen Lee Reeves
(2019)
(2019)
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Finding Orion Book Poster Image
Heart, humor, discoveries fill oddball family quest tale.
By John David Anderson
(2019)
(2019)
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They Called Us Enemy Book Poster Image
Powerful graphic memoir of actor's internment as a child.
By George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
(2019)
(2019)
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Camp Book Poster Image
Cheery graphic novel shows camp routines, friend jealousy.
By Kayla Miller
(2019)
(2019)
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The Library of Ever Book Poster Image
Lively library series start mixes fact, fantasy, adventure.
By Zeno Alexander
(2019)
(2019)
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Spin the Dawn: The Blood of Stars, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Teen unravels secrets of sewing in sharp, unusual fantasy.
By Elizabeth Lim
(2019)
(2019)
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Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game: Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Book 4 Book Poster Image
Loony library game is all about fiction -- and empathy.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2019)
(2019)
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Jaclyn Hyde Book Poster Image
Sci-fi fun as a perfectionist's potion makes her a monster.
By Annabeth Bondor-Stone, Connor White
(2019)
(2019)
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All the Greys on Greene Street Book Poster Image
Girl copes with mom's depression in colorful '80s mystery.
By Laura Tucker
(2019)
(2019)
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The Simple Art of Flying Book Poster Image
Odd, battered characters find one another in quirky tale.
By Cory Leonardo
(2019)
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