1 | Tru & Nelle By G. Neri. $16.99. Based on the childhood adventures of Truman Capote and Harper Lee, Neri’s riveting tale is equal parts whimsy (playing detective, writing stories) and serious social issues. Grades 4–7.

2 I Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs By Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. $16.99. Yaks yak, quails quail, and badgers badger in this colorful and clever vocabulary-boosting picture book. Grades K–2.

3 | Hoot and Peep By Lita Judge. $17.99. An owl just says “Hooo,” insists Hoot. But why would Peep say only that when she can say, “Schweepity peep cooo ding dong bong!”? In the end, Hoot agrees. Grades K–1.

4 | Hector and Hummingbird By Nicholas John Frith. $17.99. Hector the bear needs a break from hyperactive Hummingbird. But life in the jungle is pretty lonely for Hector without his chatty pal. Grades K–2.

5 | Bloom By Doreen Cronin, illustrated by David Small. $17.99. Bloom turns weeds into flowers and spins sand into glass, but is banished for her muddy ways. When the glass castle cracks, however, no one else can help. Grades K–2.

6 | A Big Surprise for Little Card By Charise Mericle Harper, illustrated by Anna Raff. $16.99. Little Card gets pulled from his birthday-party gig, but he decides he’ll make his job as a library card just as much fun. And he does! Grades K–2.

7 I Saw an Invisible Lion Today: Quatrains By Brian P. Cleary. $6.95. Colorfully illustrated quatrains, with rhyme scheme reminders, run the gamut from raining adjectives to the largest mustache in town. Grades 2–5.

8 | Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths By Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josée Masse. $16.99. Two sides to every story, literally, is the conceit for this collection of reverso poems based on classic myths. Grades 2–5.

9 | Sweet Home Alaska By Carole Estby Dagg. $16.99. A family hard-hit by the depression decamps to Alaska, where Terpsichore channels her hero, Laura Ingalls Wilder, to get through the hardships and joys. Grades 4–7.

10 | Hour of the Bees By Lindsay Eagar. $16.99. A family drama set in New Mexico desert country is tinged with magical realism as the preteen protagonist learns to embrace her heritage—and a bit of magic. Grades 4–7.

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