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Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
age 6+
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(1992)
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When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop Book Poster Image
age 6+
Insightful, kid-friendly intro to the history of hip-hop.
By Laban Carrick Hill
(2013)
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Little Melba and Her Big Trombone Book Poster Image
age 6+
Engaging, inspiring bio of jazz great has superb art.
By Katheryn Russell-Brown
(2014)
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Billy's Booger Book Poster Image
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age 6+
Funny, gross picture book packs positive messages.
By William Joyce
(2015)
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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Book Poster Image
age 6+
Exuberant bio celebrates artist who had success when young.
By Javaka Steptoe
(2016)
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Book Poster Image
age 6+
Inspiring, kid-friendly tales of extraordinary women.
By Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
(2016)
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Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten Book Poster Image
age 6+
Charming, artful bio celebrates singer, music, kindness.
By Laura Veirs
(2018)
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The Undefeated Book Poster Image
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age 6+
Poetic tribute to African American heroes and struggles.
By Kwame Alexander
(2019)
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House of Secrets Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Page-turner is the perfect campfire tale but can get gory.
By Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
(2013)
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Lucy at Sea: The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons: Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Brave Lucy sails to Australia in even more exciting sequel.
By Barbara Mariconda
(2013)
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Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World Book Poster Image
age 9+
Wonderful intro to 27 musicians and their unique styles.
By Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson, Jared Levine
(2013)
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The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra Book Poster Image
age 9+
Space-pirate sibling series ideal for Star Wars-crazed kids.
By Jason Fry
(2013)
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Saltwater Taffy Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Adventure tale sinks under weight of laudable goals.
By Eric DelaBarre
(2011)
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Sky Raiders: Five Kingdoms, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fast-paced adventure, slow storytelling in series opener.
By Brandon Mull
(2014)
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Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile Book Poster Image
age 9+
Boy sketch artist helps catch art thieves in zippy mystery.
By Marcia Wells
(2014)
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Sisters Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Funny, moving memoir should appeal to younger comics fans.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2014)
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The Jupiter Pirates, Book 2: Curse of the Iris Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun space-pirate sequel adds complexity.
By Jason Fry
(2014)
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Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular: A Mystery with Animatronics, Alien Makeup, Camera Gear, and Other Movie Magic You Can Make Yourself!: Nick and Tesla, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Kids use science, smarts to sniff out saboteur on movie set.
By Science Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith
(2015)
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The Nameless City Book Poster Image
age 9+
Teens fight to save city in action-packed graphic novel.
By Faith Erin Hicks
(2016)
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Rebel Genius: Rebel Geniuses, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Creative fantasy blends art, mysticism, math, and magic.
By Michael Dante DiMartino
(2016)
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