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New and Upcoming Children’s Books: January 2018

These great books include picture books, fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction titles that are forthcoming or new to the library.

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William's Winter Nap by Linda Ashman

William is ready to fall asleep when several animal friends come tapping at his window. Readers can count along until the final friend arrives, asking if there is room for one more.

Grades: Preschool-1, Picture book

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Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

A fox wonders how he should prepare for the coming winter, but what other animals advise will not work for him until another fox comes to his aid.

Grades: Preschool-2, Picture book

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Rot, the Cutest in the World! by Ben Clanton

Rot, a mutant potato, enters a "Cutest in the World" contest but worries when he sees his competition.

Grades: Preschool-1, Picture book

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Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly

Emmeline's gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she's grown to be content, hidden away in her mansion with Dar, her own shadow, as her only company. Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic.

Grades: 4-6, Fiction

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The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

When lights start flickering and temperatures suddenly drop, twelve-year-old Tessa Woodward, sensing her new house may be haunted, recruits some new friends to help her unravel the mystery of who or what is trying to communicate with her and why.

Grades: 4-6, Fiction

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Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

Teased by a school bully because she does not resemble the dark-skinned grandfather who is raising her, young Robbie wonders about her other family members and worries when her grandfather's memory begins to fail.

Grades: 5-8, Fiction

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Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

From a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's life was packed with "coaches" who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. The inspiration from those around him, and his drive to find his own path in life, are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiriting journey.

Grades: 6 and up, Nonfiction

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Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea's stunning poetic requiem, illustrated with Brian's lyrical and colorful artwork--brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King, the Gandhi-like, peace-loving activist whose dream of equality--and whose courage to make it happen--changed the course of American history. And even in his death, he continues to transform and inspire all of us who share his dream.

Grades: 4-6, Nonfiction

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Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt

In this powerful new graphic novel from Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, we meet Louis, a young boy who shuttles between his alcoholic dad and his worried mom, and who, with the help of his best friend, tries to summon up the courage to speak to his true love, Billie.

Grades: 5 and up, Graphic Novel

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Can I touch your hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham

When they can't find partners quick enough, Charles and Irene get stuck working together on their poetry project. To Irene, Charles is too opinionated. To Charles, Irene is mousy and dull. They are too different, especially since Irene is white and Charles is black. In mirrored verses, the pair discover their similarities and respectfully examine their differences.

Grades: 3-6, Nonfiction

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The Library Book by Tom Chapin

Using the lyrics to Tom Chapin and Michael Mark's "The Library Song," this book celebrates the magic of reading and of libraries.

Grades: Preschool-2, Nonfiction

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Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace

Discover the true story of NFL star Ernie Barnes—a boy who followed his dreams and became one of the most influential artists of his generation—with this beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book.

Grades: PreK-2