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I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) Book Poster Image
age 12+
Clever, satirical picture book isn't really for kids.
By Stephen Colbert
(2012)
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Sea Prayer Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Powerful, heartrending letter from refugee dad to his son.
By Khaled Hosseini
(2018)
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Halloween Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Jerry Seinfeld reminisces about Halloween.
By Jerry Seinfeld
(2003)
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The Witch's Child Book Poster Image
age 9+
Too scary for most picture book readers.
By Arthur Yorinks
(2007)
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Sipping Spiders Through a Straw: Campfire Songs for Monsters Book Poster Image
age 9+
Gross-out, creepy laughs meant for older kids.
By Kelly DiPucchio
(2008)
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Smelly Locker: Silly Dilly School Songs Book Poster Image
age 9+
School-dissing ditties may grate on parents.
By Alan Katz
(2008)
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A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams Book Poster Image
age 9+
A beautiful introduction to a stellar poet.
By Jen Bryant
(2008)
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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Book Poster Image
age 9+
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Book Poster Image
age 9+
Frank, poetic picture book bio has dazzling art.
By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2015)
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The Enemy: A Book About Peace Book Poster Image
age 8+
Simple lesson about war and enemies; not for little kids.
By Davide Cali
(2009)
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Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey Book Poster Image
age 8+
An old New York fireboat offers heroic help on 9/11.
By Maira Kalman
(2005)
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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Book Poster Image
age 8+
Poetic account of legendary gathering of jazz greats.
By Roxane Orgill
(2016)
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Her Right Foot Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Inspiring, fresh take on the welcoming Statue of Liberty.
By Dave Eggers
(2017)
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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History Book Poster Image
age 8+
Inspirational bios of trailblazing African American women.
By Vashti Harrison
(2017)
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The Wolves in the Walls Book Poster Image
age 7+
May be too intense for the youngest kids.
By Neil Gaiman
(2003)
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Enigma: A Magical Mystery Book Poster Image
age 7+
Picture book mystery that's fun to solve together.
By Graeme Base
(2008)
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Chicken Butt! Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Quick, silly story that will get kids laughing.
By Erica Perl
(2009)
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The Girl Who Wanted to Dance Book Poster Image
age 7+
Haunting fairy tale is dark and confusing for younger kids.
By Amy Ehrlich
(2009)
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29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy Book Poster Image
age 7+
Open-ended mystery gets kids thinking about the unexplained.
By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Book Poster Image
age 7+
Engaging picture-book intro to word-loving thesaurus author.
By Jen Bryant
(2014)
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