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The Keeper of Wild Words

A touching tale of a grandmother and her granddaughter exploring and cherishing the natural world. When Mimi finds out her favorite words—simple words, like apricot, blackberry, buttercup—are disappearing from the English language, she elects her granddaughter Brook as their Keeper. And did you know? The only way to save words is to know them.

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. Lailah

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Soup Day

A mother and daughter spend a snowy day together buying and preparing vegetables, assembling ingredients, and playing while their big pot of soup bubbles on the stove. Includes a recipe for “Snowy Day Vegetable Soup.”

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We Are the Gardeners

Younger and older readers will enjoy We Are the Gardeners, written by Joanna Gaines and illustrated by Julianna Swaney. In this book, Joanna Gaines (of HGTV’s Fixer Upper fame) and her kids chronicle their adventures starting a garden, describing the mishaps, joys, and lessons that happen along the way. They begin with a story many

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Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives his Dream

As a young man, John James Audubon, the renowned American woodsman and artist, had to make a choice between following his father’s dreams for him and discovering his own special destiny. In this book, Robert Burleigh imagines a conversation in which Audubon tells his father why he has chosen to forgo the ordinary life of

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Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table

Auntie Mabel and her family and friends have gathered for their big Sunday dinner and can’t wait to dig into a delicious, mouthwatering meal. Before they can begin, Auntie Mabel starts—and doesn’t stop—blessing everyone and everything! Author and illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton’s delectable celebration of food and family is a joyous appreciation of how traditions and

The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter

A love poem from a father to his two sons, and a tribute to the bees that pollinate the foods we love to eat. Children are introduced to different kinds of bees, “how not to get stung,” and how the things we fear are often things we don’t fully understand.

Kunu’s Basket: A Story from Indian Island

Young Kunu has watched his dad and grandfather make many beautiful baskets, but when he tries to make one of his own, he discovers that it’s much more difficult than he thought. With his grandfather’s help he finally completes a fine-looking basket, learning much about patience, perseverance, and family traditions along the way.

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