1 | To Stay Alive By Skila Brown. $17.99. This wonder of a historical novel in verse based on the diaries of a 19-year-old woman in the Donner party is both harrowing and elegiac—a profound, page-turning adventure. Grades 5–8.
2 | Hello, Mr. Dodo! By Nicholas John Frith. $17.99. Bird-lover Martha finds the impossible: a doughnut-loving dodo she keeps secret to save from re-extinction. To her dismay, he disappears, but surprises await. Grades K–1.
3 | Not Quite Narwhal By Jessie Sima. $17.99. When Kelp comes upon a colony of sparkly, one-horned creatures who look like him, he wonders who he really is—and whether he’ll have to choose between land and sea. Grades K–2.
4 | One Proud Penny By Randy Siegel, illustrated by Serge Bloch. $17.99. The journey of a penny takes us from the Philly mint to a garage floor in Green Bay to a kid’s pocket. Brilliantly funny drawings and text. Grades K–3.
5 | I Am Jim Henson By Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. $14.99. Meet the charming and eccentric Muppets creator, who was inspired by his grandmother and believed there was good in all people. Grades K–3.
6 | Science Comics: Bats: Learning to Fly By Falynn Koch. $17.99. This fascinating graphic novel about the world of bats, starring desert-dwelling Little Brown Bat, teaches about echolocation, bat anatomy, and more! Grades 3–6.
7 | Soldier Song: A True Story of the Civil War By Debbie Levy, illustrated by Gilbert Ford. $18.99. Filled with lyrics and quotes from soldiers, Soldier Song looks at the toll the Civil War took on the North and the South. Grades 3–6.
8 | The Impossible Clue By Sarah Rubin. $17.99. Spunky math-whiz Alice gets pulled into the case of a vanished “invisibility suit” inventor by a lonely rich kid. The well-written plot ends with a Houdini-like twist. Grades 3–6.
9 | Otherwise Known as Possum By Maria D. Laso. $16.99. With its quirky characters and Southern twang, this Depression-era tale of a grieving but tough tomboy and the widowed father she holds close shines. Grades 3–6.
10 | Me and Marvin Gardens By Amy Sarig King. $16.99. An amiable plastic-eating creature befriends a lonesome boy in a tale that’s half environmental parable, half preteen drama, with a twist of family history. Grades 4–7.