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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - Oct 01, 1998 (first published in 1997)
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen...
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Arvind Subramanian
Last Stop on Market Street
Matt de la Peña - Jan 08, 2015
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Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty...
Julián Is a Mermaid
Jessica Love - Apr 23, 2018
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In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car...
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Neil Gaiman
The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt - Jun 27, 2013
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Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. Wha...
Press Here
Herve Tullet - Mar 30, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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Great for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers to learn about cause and effect in a simple and engaging way.Harness the power of imagination and interactivity: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the do...
The Frog and Toad
Includes 3 Favorite Frog and Toad Stories! (I Can Read Level 2)
Arnold Lobel - May 25, 2004 (first published in 1987)
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Frog and Toad are always there for each other -- just as best friends should be. From sledding in winter to eating ice cream on hot summer days, these two friends have fun together the whole year round...
Dragons Love Tacos
Adam Rubin - Jun 14, 2012
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This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick!Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if...
Yuyi Morales - Sep 04, 2018
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Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in this picture-book tribute to the transformative power of hope . . . and reading. In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn't come empty-handed.She brought her strength, her work, her passion, ...
Oge Mora - Oct 22, 2019
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In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don’t work out exactly the way you expe...
Rosie Revere, Engineer
Andrea Beaty - Sep 03, 2013
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Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her cont...
Lupita Nyong'O - Oct 15, 2019
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A New York Times bestseller!From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful an...
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate Dicamillo
She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Islandborn by Junot Díaz
The velveteen rabbit, or, how toys become real by Margery Williams
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
Here We Are Notes For Living On Planet by Illustrated Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri D'Aulaire
Journey by Aaron Becker
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
White Bird by R. J. Palacio
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan Ahlberg
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
We're All Wonders by R. J. Palacio
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Kates
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith
Stamped by Jason Reynolds
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
First 100 Words by Priddy, Roger [Priddy Books, 2005] Board book [Board book] by Priddy
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
James Herriot's Treasury for Children by James Herriot
The Action Bible by Doug Mauss
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Check, Please! Book 1 by Ngozi Ukazu
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
After the Fall by Dan Santat
The Boy, The Horse, The Fox and The Mole by Charlie MacKesy
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
You Are Special by Max Lucado
The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit R/I by Beatrix Potter