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  • Adventure Time #1

    By: Ryan North
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    It’s ADVENTURE TIME! Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures through The Land of Ooo. The totally algebraic adventures of Finn and Jake have come to the comic book page! The Lich, a super-lame, SUPER-SCARY skeleton dude, has returned to the the Land of Ooo, and he’s bent on total destruction! Luckily, Finn and Jake are on the case…but can they succeed against their most destructive foe yet? Featuring fan-favorite characters Marceline the Vampire Queen, Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess and the Ice King! — From Titan Comics

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  • Adventure Time #2

    By: Pendleton Ward
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures in The Land of Ooo. Experience the algebraic adventures with your favorite characters like Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lumpy Space Princess, Ice King, Peppermint Butler, and so many more. Not only does this graphic novel collect the out-of-control, adventure-packed third story arc, it also includes the unforgettable “Choose Your Own Adventure” story. — From BOOM! Studios

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  • Adventure Time #3

    By: Ryan North, Pendleton Ward
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    The all-ages smash hit of the year is back with more mathematical adventures in the Land of Ooo! What Time Is It? Adventure Time! Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures in The Land of Ooo. The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its own comic book! Experience the algebraic adventures with your favorite characters like Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lumpy Space Princess, Ice King, Peppermint Butler, and so many more. Not only does this graphic novel collect the out-of-control, adventure-packed third story arc, it also includes the unforgettable “Choose Your Own Adventure” story. The biggest hit in the comic book industry in 2012, ADVENTURE TIME has received unmatched critical acclaim and commercial success in all-ages comics! — From Simon and Schuster

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  • Adventure Time #4

    By: Ryan North
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    The highly anticipated fourth volume of the all-ages bestseller Adventure Time is here! After a nice battle of ice and saving princess, Finn and Jake discover a series of dungeons just ready for exploring! It’s a fun time with pals and…the Ice King?! Collecting the latest arc of the fan-favorite series with loads of extra materials in this beautiful hardcover edition! — From Titan Comics

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  • Adventure Time #5

    By: Ryan North
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Chew on this! Princess Bubblegum only wants what is best for her kingdom… most of the time. After one of her experiments goes wrong, Ooo is under attack and this time, Finn and Jake won’t be able to help. Princess Bubblegum must stand up and fight her own creation, with the help of Marceline… and Lemongrab? It shouldn’t be too hard to save the day… right? Don’t miss these Eisner Award-winning adventures written by acclaimed cartoonist Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and illustrated by the dynamic art duo, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. — From Titan Comics

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  • Adventure Time #6

    By: Ryan North
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Can Finn and Jake save The Land of Ooo.. again? The sixth collection of the best-selling comics is here! Finn is cursed! It looks like Magic Man is at it again and it’s up to our heroes to save Ooo before Finn forgets everything…again. This is going to be an adventure you’ll want to remember! — From Titan Comics

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  • Adventure Time #7

    By: Ryan North
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    THIS IS AN ADVENTURE TO REMEMBER! Finn is about to fall head first into an adventure so intense, he’ll never remember it! Finn tries to take on the Mnemonoid only to wake up in the future with no recollection what what has happened in the time jump! With his pals Jake, Princess Bubblegum, and Marceline, Finn must remember how to beat this mean dude before he forgets everything else! — From Titan Comics

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  • Adventure Time #8

    By: Pendleton Ward
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    COOKING IS HARD! Or, at least it is if you’re a citizen of Ooo! Finn and Jake wake up one morning to realize that they’ve forgotten how to cook!? It looks like it’s an epidemic that is spreading around Ooo and when there is no food to be had…how soon will it be till the candy people realize they’re made of candy? Princess Bubblegum assigns Finn and Jake to get to the bottom of this madness before the hunger drives the Kingdom crazy! First story arc by indie all-star Christopher Hastings (The Adventures of Dr. McNinja) and illustrated by the insanely talented Zachary Sterling (Adventure Time: Seeing Red), this is a brand new adventure that you won’t want to miss! — From Boom! Studios

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  • Bayou Magic

    By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    A magical coming-of-age story from Coretta Scott King honor author Jewell Parker Rhodes, rich with Southern folklore, friendship, family, fireflies and mermaids, plus an environmental twist. It’s city-girl Maddy’s first summer in the bayou, and she just falls in love with her new surroundings – the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only she can see. Could it be a mermaid? As her grandmother shares wisdom about sayings and signs, Maddy realizes she may be the only sibling to carry on her family’s magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. Does she have what it takes to be a hero? Jewell Parker Rhodes weaves a rich tale celebrating the magic within. — From Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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  • Beautiful Blackbird

    By: Ashley Bryan
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Black is beautiful, uh-huh! Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest. The other birds, who were colored red, yellow, blue, and green, were so envious that they begged Blackbird to paint their feathers with a touch of black so they could be beautiful too. Although Black-bird warns them that true beauty comes from within, the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black around their neck or a dot of black on their wings — markings that detail birds to this very day. Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ashley Bryan’s adaptation of a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia resonates both with rhythm and the tale’s universal meanings — appreciating one’s heritage and discovering the beauty within. His cut-paper artwork is a joy.   Coretta Scott Award Winner Book 2004. — From Atheneum Books for Young Readers

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3, 4

    Spring has come to Fernwood Forest, and the Heartwood Hotel is all a-bustle. With Mr. Heartwood off on vacation, it’s up to Mona and the rest of the staff to keep everything running smoothly. When rumors buzz of a rival hotel, Gilles is determined to prove that the Heartwood is the very best with the splashiest Spring Splash the forest has ever seen. Guests check in from near and far to compete for the Cutest Egg, the Tiniest Talent, and the Best Blossom. Newcomer Henry is all too happy to help out, making Mona start to feel unsure of her place. Does the Heartwood really need her as much as she thought? But soon there’s more to worry about than whose egg has the sweetest speckles. Some decidedly uninvited guests have been drawn to the festivities. Can Mona find a way to bring everyone together in time to save them all from danger? Readers will cheer for these kind, brave, beloved characters as they embark on their next adventure in the third book of the charmingly illustrated Heartwood Hotel series. –from Disney.

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3

    With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages. In the fourth book, an unexpected snow storm causes trouble for the magical creatures of the forest. When Zoey and Sassafras attempt to rescue trapped caterfly eggs, they make a mistake. Can they figure out a way to fix things before the baby caterflies hatch? — From The Innovation Press

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  • Charlie the Caterpillar

    By: Dom DeLuise, Christopher Santoro
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    As Charlie the Caterpillar meets one group of animals after another playing together and having fun, he asks if he can join in. But each time he’s told he’s not welcome — because he’s ugly. As winter approaches, Charlie spins himself a cocoon. When spring arrives, the cocoon opens and out comes Charlie — now a beautiful butterfly. Everyone wants him to be part of their group. But Charlie puts these fair-weather friends properly in their place in this heartwarming story about the meaning of true friendship. — From Turtleback Books

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3, 4

    Wherever Coyote goes you can be sure he’ll find trouble. Now he wants to sing, dance, and fly like the crows, so he begs them to teach him how. The crows agree but soon tire of Coyote’s bragging and boasting. They decide to teach the great trickster a lesson. This time, Coyote has found real trouble! —from the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3

    With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages. In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late? — From The Innovation Press

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  • Fables You Shouldn’t Pay Any Attention To

    By: Florence Parry Heide, Sylvia Worth Van Clief
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    In this new edition of the classic companion to Tales for the Perfect Child, Sergio Ruzzier lends his signature humor to Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Worth Van Clief’s delectably subversive fables. Genevieve is careless. Muriel is discontented. Phoebe is always putting off until tomorrow what she should be doing today. And Chester is the laziest turkey you ever heard of. Caleb and Conrad, on the other hand, are polite and kind and thoughtful and gracious and truthful. But some good that does them! If the morals you find in these pages aren’t exactly, well, moral…just don’t pay any attention to them! — From Simon and Schuster

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3, 4

    Mona the mouse has finally found a place to call home, the cozy Heartwood Hotel, where she works as a maid and sleeps snuggled up in a room with her best friend. Following the festive St. Slumber celebration, most of the guests have settled in to hibernate, and the staff is looking forward to a relaxing winter. But disruptions abound, from a difficult duchess to a mysterious midnight snacker. As the snow stacks higher, Mona will have to gather friends both old and new to keep the peace, finding help in some of the most unexpected places. The second book in the enchanting Heartwood Hotel series, The Greatest Gift will warm your heart with its endearing characters and exquisite illustrations. –from Disney.

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Inspired by a passage from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, the wonderfully appealing Henry Hikes to Fitchburg follows two friends who have very different approaches to life. When the two agree to meet one evening in Fitchburg, which is thirty miles away, each decides to get there in his own way, and the two have surprisingly different days. — From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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  • Hilda and the Midnight Giant

    By: Luke Pearson
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Hilda’s world is upset as she faces the prospect of leaving her snow-capped birthplace for the city when her mother, an architect, is offered a job. As Hilda tries to make a case for staying where they are, she must find a way to befriend the tiny elves who have recently been causing trouble for the household, and at the same time, find out about the giant she keeps seeing at night. — From Nobrow Press

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3, 4

    It’s summer at the Heartwood Hotel, and everyone is in a flurry getting ready for Ms. Prickles’s wedding to Mr. Quillson! Meanwhile, a new mouse guest named Strawberry comes to stay. She’s sweet and soft-spoken like Mona, and gifted in the kitchen just as Mona’s mother was—could Strawberry be a long-lost relative? But when lightning strikes part of Fernwood Forest and starts a fire, all thoughts go to the guests and staff hurrying to leave to make sure their homes and families are safe. Mona works to protect the Heartwood from harm, but as the fire rages on, it’s becoming dangerous to stay. Can Mona and her friends save their home before it’s too late? In the final installment of the Heartwood Hotel series, Mona faces her greatest challenge yet, and she might discover just what family truly means. –from Disney.

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3

    The ultimate Dr. Seuss Christmas classic — no holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville! “Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. And don’t forget to celebrate Grinch-mas this Christmas season, the annual holiday tradition inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas that encourages readers to grow their hearts three sizes by doing good deeds! — From Random House

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Written in a spare, lyrical style using fresh, evocative imagery. In a Village by the Sea tells the story of longing for the comforts of home. A perfect book for teaching about diverse cultures and lifestyles through rich pictures and words, moving from the wide world to the snugness of home and back out again. — Creston Books

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  • It’s a Secret!

    By: John Burningham
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    What if you were as small as your cat — and took off with him on a nighttime adventure? A gorgeously illustrated tale from the award-winning John Burningham. Every night Marie-Elaine’s cat, Malcolm, goes out, and every morning he comes back in and sleeps. “Where do cats go at night?” the girl wonders. So when she sees him at his cat door dressed to the nines, she begs to come along. And amazingly, Malcolm agrees — as long as she puts on her fancy clothes, gets small, and keeps it all a secret. With a whimsical story and breathtaking artwork, the acclaimed John Burningham takes us on an exciting night’s journey, braving hoodlum dogs and precarious climbs for a rooftop party that is cause for celebration indeed. — From Candlewick Press

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  • Little Fox in the Forest

    By: Stephanie Graegin
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Fans of Aaron Becker’s Caldecott Honor winner Journey will love this utterly enchanting wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world. When a young girl brings her beloved stuffed fox to the playground, much to her astonishment, a real fox takes off with it! The girl chases the fox into the woods with her friend, the boy, following close behind, but soon the two children lose track of the fox. Wandering deeper and deeper into the forest, they come across a tall hedge with an archway. What do they find on the other side? A marvelous village of miniature stone cottages, tiny treehouses, and, most extraordinary of all, woodland creatures of every shape and size. But where is the little fox? And how will they find him? Stephanie Graegin’s oh-so-charming illustrations are simply irresistible, and readers young and old will want to pore over the pages of this delightful fantasy adventure again and again.  A Charlotte Huck Honor Book, 2018. — From Schwartz & Wade Books

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  • Little Rat Sets Sail

    By: Monika Bang-Campbell
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    It’s time for Little Rat to start sailing lessons. But there’s a BIG problem–she’s afraid of water! She’s scared she’ll fall in, she’s scared her boat will sink, and she’s sure the other students will laugh at her. Isn’t it lucky, then, that Little Rat ends up with an instructor who helps her realize she is braver than she thinks? — From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3

    The now-classic Chinese retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and one of the most celebrated picture books of our time. — From Penguin

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  • Los Gatos Black on Halloween

    By: Marisa Montes
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party Under October’s luna, full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall. Las brujas come on their broomsticks. Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun. Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren’t even there yet! This lively bilingual Halloween poem introduces young readers to a spooky array of Spanish words that will open their ojos to the chilling delights of the season. Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a 2007 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year, the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration and a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Narrative. — From Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

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  • Lucky Stars (Mr. Wolf’s Class #3)

    By: Aron Nels Steinke
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Every day in Mr. Wolf’s class is an adventure… even when you have to stay home from school! Mr. Wolf’s students are having a “writer’s workshop” and are learning about personal narratives. Sampson doesn’t think anything worth writing has ever happened to him. He’d rather think about space pirates and zombies, anyway. But when Sampson and Margot go for a bike ride one morning, he has an accident that gives him a new perspective, and he thanks his lucky stars that he’s going to be okay. Meanwhile, Penny gives the rats at school treats so that they’ll leave surprise gifts for her, and Stewart and Oliver try to learn how to get along at recess. — From Graphix

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  • Magic Dogs of the Volcano

    By: Manilo Argueta
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Evil lead soldiers are trying to destroy the cadejos, but two volcanoes, great-great-grandparents of the magic dogs, defeat the soldiers. —from the Scholastic website

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3

    With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages. In the second book of this series, a forest monster shows up looking for help with an embarrassing problem and Zoey is sure it will be a simple fix. But her first two tries at helping him fail and she has a sobbing monster on her hands! Will Zoey and Sassafras solve the problem in time for Gorp to go to the annual Monster Ball? Each story in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science. There isn’t a set formula for each book; Zoey sometimes needs to run experiments, while other times she needs to investigate a mystery, and yet other times she needs to do research. Zoey models how to keep a science journal through her handwritten entries in each story. Each story is complete with a glossary of the kid-friendly definitions for scientific terms used. The series highlights child-led inquiry science and the topics covered align with both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. — From The Innovation Press

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  • Mr. Wolf’s Class #1

    By: Aron Nels Steinke
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Mr. Wolf has just started teaching fourth grade at Hazelwood Elementary. He wants the first day of school to go well, but he’s got his hands full with his new class. Some of his students include: Margot, a new student who is trying to make friends. She might have something in common with Sampson, who brought something special to school for show-and-tell. Aziza just wants everyone to be quiet and do their work. Meanwhile, Penny, who is VERY sleepy because she has a new baby brother at home, goes missing! This delightful new series captures the everyday — and unexpected — ups and downs of a fourth-grade classroom. — From Scholastic Inc.

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  • Mystery Club (Mr. Wolf’s Class #2)

    By: Aron Nels Steinke
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Another charming and funny adventure in the Mr. Wolf’s Class series! Mr. Wolf’s students are settling into their new classroom, and Randy, Aziza, and Margot realize they have some questions: What happened to Aziza’s favorite Frisbee? Is the girls’ bathroom really haunted? Where is Mr. Greens, the teacher who disappeared? The three friends want to discover the answers together, so they start a mystery club! Meanwhile, Abdi has his own questions about what happens to the balls that are accidentally kicked over the fence during recess, and thinks he’ll be a hero if he can find his best friend’s football. Mysteries abound at Hazelwood Elementary! — From Scholastic Inc.

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