1 | Soof By Sarah Weeks. $16.99. Aurora loves her dog, has rituals when she’s anxious, and worries she’s “weird.” When she fears a girl from the past will steal her mother’s heart, she learns the meaning of soof. Grades 3–7.
2 | The Snowy Nap By Jan Brett. $18.99. Brett’s sweet drawings pair with the story of a sleepy hedgehog who wants to see the winter his animal friends describe. He gets his wish before being put to bed in his den. Grades K–2.
3 | Tigers and Tea with Toppy By Barbara Kerley, with Rhoda Knight Kalt, illustrated by Matte Stephens. $18.99. Naturalist artist Charles R. Knight and his granddaughter explore New York City in this true story. Grades K–3.
4 | The Very Last Castle By Travis Jonker, illustrated by Mark Pett. $16.99. Young Ibb ignores her more cautious neighbors to bravely venture into a castle outside town—and bring castle and community together. Grades K–3.
5 | So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom By Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by Daniel Minter. $18.99. A bold and lyrical look at Truth’s life from enslaved child to undaunted activist. Grades 1–5.
6 | Dear Sister By Alison McGhee, illustrated by Joe Bluhm. $13.99. A brother writes his “annoying” little sister a series of letters over the years in a very funny and ultimately touching illustrated chapter book. Grades 2–6.
7 | Wicked Nix By Lena Coakley, illustrated by Jaime Zollars. $16.99. This odd and charming little novel about wicked fairies and a lost boy who longs for a magical world is full of unexpected twists and turns. Grades 2–6.
8 | Louisiana’s Way Home By Kate DiCamillo. $16.99. DiCamillo’s genius is finding comedy in tragedy, humanity in darkness. Here, the spirited Louisiana Elefante meets loss head on and finds a way home. Grades 2–6.
9 | Two Roads By Joseph Bruchac. $16.99. A Creek boy in Depression-era America comes to grips with “Indian school,” his identity, and worry for his father, a proud vet seeking justice from the craven Hoover administration. Grades 3–7.
10 | Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster By Jonathan Auxier. $18.99. A young chimney sweep, her beloved “monster,” and an army of kids revolt against their masters in this astounding historical fantasy. Grades 3–8.
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