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2019 - 2020 California Young Rearder Medal

Scythe

(Book #1 of Arc of a Scythe)
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: November 22, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the...

2020 - 2021 California Young Reader Medal Finalist

Long Way Down

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 24, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is Na...

2019 Eureka! Excellence in Nonfiction Gold Award

What Miss Mitchell Saw

Illustrated by Diana Sudyka
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 03, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Discover the amazing true story of Maria Mitchell, America’s first professional female astronomer.Every evening, from the time she was a child, Mar...

2020 Eureka! Excellence in Nonfiction Gold Award

Even More Fantastic Failures

True Stories of People Who Changed the World by Falling Down First
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 27, 2020
Ages: 8 - 12

Even the most well-known people have struggled to succeed! This follow-up to Fantastic Failures offers up a second dose of fascinating stories feat...

Crossings

Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals
Illustrated by Mike Orodán
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: October 13, 2020
Ages: 3 - 8

This powerful nonfiction picture book explores wildlife crossings around the world and how they are helping save thousands of animals every day.Aro...

Fred's Big Feelings

The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers
Illustrated by Brigette Barrager
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 14, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

An inspiring picture book biography about the inimitable Fred Rogers, beloved creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.Fred Rogers was a qui...

Kamala Harris

Rooted in Justice
Illustrated by Laura Freeman
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

Discover the incredible story of a young daughter of immigrants who would grow up to be the first woman, first Black person, and first South Asian ...

Our Dogs, Ourselves -- Young Readers Edition

How We Live with Dogs
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: August 04, 2020
Ages: 8 - 12

This middle grade adaptation of Our Dogs, Ourselves is an eye-opening, entertaining, and beautifully illustrated look about humans’ complicated and...

2020 California Book Award (Commonwealth of CA)

A Place to Belong

Illustrated by Julia Kuo
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 A Japanese-American family, reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese internment camps, give...

2020 Eureka! Excellence in Nonfiction Award Honor Title

WildLives

50 Extraordinary Animals that Made History
Illustrated by Sarah Walsh
This edition: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publication date: February 04, 2020
Ages: 8 - 99

From the illustrator of Herstory (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018) comes a fascinating and touching book about fifty extraordinary animals th...

Born Curious

20 Girls Who Grew Up to Be Awesome Scientists
Illustrated by Katy Wu
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: February 18, 2020
Ages: 7 - 12

“An inspiring look at women who realized curiosity plus tenacity equals success.” —Kirkus Reviews “[A] captivating compendium.” —Publishers Weekly ...

Gridiron

Stories from 100 Years of the National Football League
Illustrated by James E. Ransome
This edition: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publication date: July 28, 2020
Ages: 8 - 12

This accessible, informative, and beautifully illustrated book celebrates the 100th anniversary of the NFL and is the perfect keepsake for football...

Equality's Call

The Story of Voting Rights in America
Illustrated by Magdalena Mora
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: February 18, 2020
Ages: 3 - 8

Learn all about the history of voting rights in the United States—from our nation’s founding to the present day—in this powerful picture book from ...

Feel the Fog

(Part of Weather Walks)
Photographs by April Pulley Sayre
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 15, 2020
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover the wonder and science behind fog in this stunning and immersive nonfiction picture book from award-winning author and photographer April ...

Harlem Grown

How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood
Illustrated by Jessie Hartland
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 18, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

As featured on Humans of New York “Hartland’s joyful folk-art illustrations bop from the gray-toned jazzy vibrancy of a bustling city neighborhood ...

How to Find a Bird

Illustrated by Diana Sudyka
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 04, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

A joyful and informative guide to birdwatching for budding young birders from an award-winning author-illustrator duo.How do you find a bird? There...

Joey

The Story of Joe Biden
Illustrated by Amy June Bates / With Kathleen Krull
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 30, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

“(Jill) Biden’s anecdotal portrait of her spouse’s early years spotlights his competitiveness and risk-taking…his role as a peacemaker, devoted bro...

Lift as You Climb

The Story of Ella Baker
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 09, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

Learn about the civil rights activist Ella Baker in this inspiring picture book from Sibert Honor winner Patricia Hruby Powell and Caldecott Honor ...

Marjory Saves the Everglades

The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

“Vibrant…an ideal starting point for further learning.” —School Library Journal “A lively portrayal of Douglas as a remarkable individual and a sig...

The Only Woman in the Photo

Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America
Illustrated by Alexandra Bye
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: February 04, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

Discover the incredible life of Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet and the mastermind behind Franklin D. Roosevelt...

RESPECT

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustration Award! From a New York Times bestselling author and an acclaimed illustrator comes this vibrant portr...

Oil

Illustrated by Jeanette Winter
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 31, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

Mother-son team Jonah Winter and Jeanette Winter tell the story of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its devastating and lingering effects in this poe...

2020 Westchester Fiction Award

SLAY

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 24, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019! “Gripping and timely.” —People “The YA debut we’re most excited for this year.” —Entertainment Weekly “A boo...

2020 Westchester Fiction Award Honorable Mention

The Perfect Candidate

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: October 02, 2018
Ages: 12 - 99

From debut author Peter Stone comes a heart-stopping, pulse-pounding political thriller that’s perfect for fans of Ally Carter and House of Cards. ...

Love from A to Z

This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 30, 2019

A Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2019 A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adul...

2020 Westchester Fiction Book Award

How We Became Wicked

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: July 23, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

When an insect-borne plague begins to envelop the world, three sixteen-year-olds struggle to survive amongst the healthy “trues” and the infected “...