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2023 North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee

It Fell from the Sky

Illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: September 28, 2021
Ages: 4 - 8

From the creators of the critically acclaimed The Night Gardener and Ocean Meets Sky comes a whimsical and elegantly illustrated picture book about...

A Song of Frutas

Illustrated by Sara Palacios
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 03, 2021
Ages: 4 - 8

From Pura Belpré Award–winning author Margarita Engle comes a lively, rhythmic picture book about a little girl visiting her grandfather who is a p...

2022 North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee

Look Both Ways

A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Illustrated by Alexander Nabaum
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: October 08, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

A National Book Award Finalist Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book UK Carnegie Medal winner An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Chi...

2021 - 2022 North Carolina Middle School Battle of the Books

Maybe He Just Likes You

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A 2020 ALA Notable Children’s Book A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019 Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade a...

2020 American Association of University Women North Carolina Young People's Literature Award

The Trouble with Shooting Stars

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: August 20, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

“Brimming with hope and sparkling with magic…shines as bright as any shooting star.” —Cassie Beasley, author of Circus Mirandus “Loving, imaginativ...