I Can Read

“In a poor village on the ocean, young Jimmy’s future is looking bright since the owner of a tiny gym inspired him to run, to read, and to train as a boxer like Muhammad Ali. Even without any shoes, Jimmy discovers that you don’t need much stuff to run or to get others to follow along. But, unlike his trainer, who leaves for a life in the big city, Jimmy the Greatest stays in the village, where he grows up to maintain the gym, create a library, and help his people. He does great things, but not by leaving home for the world stage. Translated from the Spanish and first published in Colombia, this title features text that reads like spare poetry and digital, cartoon-style artwork filled with humorous details and stylized, pop-eyed characters. Each page shows the daily struggle in the rough shantytown. Best of all is the image of Jimmy as a boy reading and shadow-boxing at the same time. A final spread, showing new wires stretching across the village, is a moving conclusion to this unusual, quietly powerful title.” —Booklist. Grades K–4.
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By Jairo Buitrago, Rafael Yockteng (Illustrator), Elisa Amado (Translator)
ISBN: 9781554981786
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Published: Groundwood Books - April 24th, 2012

Alvin has many zany fears, allowing even the most anxious reader to feel brave. (Grades 2–3, Schwartz & Wade)
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By Lenore Look, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780307976956
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Published: Yearling Books - September 11th, 2012

Chiro, a young bat, learns that he must make his first night trip alone. When he complains that it will be “…darker even than the water before dawn,” his mother explains that there are many ways to see the world. Some parents and educators will have to explain echolocation, but children will delight in this lesson as they see the light pouring from Chiro’s singing mouth. Chiro’s mother is featured as end-caps in this story, but her wisdom and tenderness are undeniable. Grades K–3.

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By Ari Berk, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416978862
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2012

Two Feiffers meet at the intersection of seriousness and silliness in this brief story about a trip to the zoo in which it is raining on one side of the car, but definitely not on the other. While maintaining a narrative that is clear, endearing, and humorous, daughter (Kate) and father (Jules) raise questions about the fallibility of memory and the stability of reality. And if the story is not enough, they include the real-life dialogue that inspired it as backmatter. The best part is, no one—not Kate, not Jules, and not the reader—knows what “really” happened that day. Ages 4 and up.

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By Kate Feiffer, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763644055
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 26th, 2011

Yezerski’s newest book is the pictorial history of an intertidal zone that has been in use for thousands of years: by the plants and animals that first lived in it; by the Lenape tribe who lived with it; by the European settlers who cut down, filled in, and planted upon it; by the 20th-century inhabitants who built highways, airports, and factories, and dumped trash and industrial wastes into it; and now by a new generation of activists and schoolchildren who work to turn the area from the noxious dump it was into a place that can once again support life. Yezerski tells this story through frank text and panoramic pen-and-ink spreads with watercolor wash, framed by cleverly chosen thumbnail sketches that relate to each landscape (such as swamp mosquitoes, candy wrappers, cordgrass, dioxins, muskets, and muskrats). This is the story of a New Jersey estuary, but could as easily have been about the Watsonville wetlands. Grades 1–4. —Gā & Holly

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ISBN: 9780374349134
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - March 1st, 2011

About Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus, the third installment of this new, immediately likable series for new readers, School Library Journal says, “Atinuke handles the complexity of life in Africa (and the differences between life there and in North America) with deftness and grace. Serious concepts like racism, poverty, and social activism are covered as simply and expertly as dealing with taking the blame for a sibling’s misbehavior without becoming heavy-handed or unsuitable for early chapter-book audiences. Although elements of Anna’s life may be foreign to some readers, her sweet nature and youthful troubles are common to children everywhere. The expressive black-and-white images that weave seamlessly through the texts enhance the stories beautifully. Anna Hibiscus is a lovely, rare bird of a series, providing a modern view of another culture in warm, approachable language.” Grades 1–3.

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By Atinuke, Lauren Tobia (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781610670074
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Published: Kane/Miller Book Publishers - March 1st, 2011

Oliver Olson’s problem could easily be every kid’s dream: His parents do his homework for him. But they are also so overprotective that the 3rd-grade space sleepover is absolutely out of the question for Oliver. When he connects with outspoken classmate Crystal about their mutual dismay at Pluto’s demotion from planet-status, Oliver begins to feel more confident about expressing his opinions, even as he fears disappointing his parents. Heartfelt and emotionally resonant, but full of humor and deftly drawn characters, Mills has created another winner for young readers. Grades 2–4.

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By Claudia Mills, Heather Maione (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780312672829
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Published: Square Fish - October 25th, 2011

“J.J. Tully, retired search-and-rescue dog, is one tough cookie—laconic, unflappable, and master of speech noir: ‘Sometimes there’s a plan, sometime’s there’s only adrenaline. Sometimes adrenaline is all you need.’ He is lured out of retirement by a determined chicken who promises him a cheeseburger if he’ll take on the case of her kidnapped offspring.…Tidily embedded clues, a generous scattering of vignette and full-page illustrations, a dandy plot twist, and a cast of hilarious characters add up to a treat of particular delight to fans of the mystery genre, dog lovers, and the chicken positive.” —The Horn Book. Grades 3–5.

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By Doreen Cronin, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061215346
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - January 24th, 2012

Sam and Jackson both love baseball but only one of them makes the team. But with the help of his friend, Sam learns that there is more than one way to contribute at a ballpark and ultimately becomes a legendary peanut-throwing vendor and biggest fan of his loyal friend. Tim Egan’s delightful, fun, and suspenseful picture book will not only have you harken for the baseball stadium experience, but will remind you about why enduring friendships are the best path to happiness and success. Grades: Kindergarten +
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ISBN: 9780618337187
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children - April 1st, 2006



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