1 | The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate By Jacqueline Kelly. $16.99. Inspired by her irascible “scientist” grandfather, Callie yearns to be a scientist herself—not easy for a girl in 1900 Texas. Sequel to a Newbery Honor winner. Grades 5–7.

2 | Ninja Bunny By Jennifer Gray Olson. $16.99. Super-awesome ninjas always work alone, right? Maybe not. Kids will love learning the rules to becoming a ninja in this perfect getting-to-know-you book. Grades K–2.

3 | I Yam a Donkey! By Cece Bell. $16.99. An oblivious donkey gets lessons in grammar from—what else?—a buttoned--up yam in this hilarious, unconventional picture book from El Deafo author--illustrator Cece Bell. Grades K–2.

4 | Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats By Alicia Potter, illustrated by Birgitta Sif. $16.99. Your timid students will love to hear how Miss Hazeltine’s shy felines overcame their worst fears to become “bold as lions”! Grades K–2.

5 | I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard By Jennifer K. Mann. $16.99. Rose is sure she’ll never get a star—not for math, reading, or neatness—until her teacher shows her where she shines. Grades K–2.

6 | The Day the Crayons Came Home By Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. $18.99. Having survived being puked up, sat on, and more, these witty crayons have a few things to say. Sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit. Grades K–3.

7 | Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible By Ursula Vernon. $12.99. A twisted take on Sleeping Beauty features a brainy, adventurous hamster princess who approaches her fate with a determination to be invincible. Grades 2–4.

8 | Another Kind of Hurricane By Tamara Ellis Smith. $16.99. A powerful and lyrical read in which two boys are joined by tragedy and a talisman. Released to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Grades 5–7.

9 | First Grade Dropout By Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Matthew Cordell. $16.99. A wannabe first-grade dropout did the worst thing a first grader can do—call his teacher “Mommy.” Arrggh. Is his life over? Grades K–1.

10 | Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show On Earth By Laura A. Woollett. $18.95. Students sift through evidence in this mystery of one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. history. Grades 5–7.

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