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Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

Paper Wishes book cover: a girl with hand up watching a sheet of paper flyingJapan has just bombed Pearl Harbor. This single action is the spark that forces thousands of Japanese American citizens from their homes to internment camps. Ten year old Minami has to leave her island home and everything behind to go to the mainland camp. There is so much she has to leave behind, even her beloved dog Yujiin. Unwilling to leave Yujiin Manimi desperately attempts to sneak him into the camp but right when they reach the mainland he is disovered. Racked with guilt of Yujiin being abandoned leaves Manimi unable speak for many months. With only paper and pencil Manimi attempts to convey her wishes on paper and sends them on the wind for Yujiin to find them. This is a story of forgiveness, overcoming obstacles and a time in history not so far away from where we are now.

This book may appeal to kids in grades 4-6 who enjoy historical fiction, WWII homefront stories, and books about dogs.

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Tiffany, Kids World

A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Fairies Primer by Jennifer Adams

A Midsummer Night's Dream a fairy primer book cover: a fairy lies on her stomach on a crescent moon"There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight;"

Beginning readers can meet the fairies of Shakespeare's famous play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Filled with bright and whimsical digital artwork and some famous quotes in Shakespeare's original wording,
this sturdy board book is the perfect size for one on one reading sessions.

A good choice for literary parents who want to introduce the classics early, those who need a quiet book before
bed or anyone who needs just a touch of magic in their everyday reading.

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Jennifer, Kids World

Horrible Bear! By Ame Dyckman

Horrible Bear“Bear got an idea. It was a Horrible Bear idea.”

Mistakes are easy for anyone to make, and I mean anyone. A young girl and a bear cross paths through a misunderstanding, leading them to both think the other to be horrible. But is that really the truth?

Parents will love the social skills that ‘Horrible Bear’ teaches in a fun and engaging way. From making a mistake, to saying sorry, it also covers what to do when accidents happen and how to mend relationships. Very young readers will enjoy reading parts of the book aloud with their adult, there is plenty of opportunity to yell ‘Horrible Bear!’ or ‘RAWR!’ together for added fun.

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Naomi, Kids World

Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine

Paper Cowboy book cover: setting or rising sun skyline with shadow of boy on bicycleDealing with a sister hospitalized by an event you could have prevented and mother whose temper is unpredictable and unwieldy is hard. But it’s 1953 in Downers Grove and, on top of everything else, the Cold War is heating up. After finding a communist newspaper in the trash, Tommy is determined to prove that his neighbor is involved in communist activity using the paper route he works in his sister’s stead. Finding the truth might be harder to handle than Tommy ever realized.

Readers in grades 4 through 6 who enjoy mystery, history, and a little bit of sweet home Chicago pride will enjoy this saga by the notable author of Lions of Little Rock and The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had.

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Brittany, Kids World

Shhh! This Book is Sleeping! by Cedric Ramadier

Shh! This Book is Sleeping book cover: a blue cover with closed eyes, a nose, and a softly smiling mouth drawn on it"There. It's asleep! Close the book very gently... Good night!"

This board book is perfect to help a toddler wind down from the day. Step by step, the child is encouraged by a mouse to lead "the book" through the bedtime regime: brushing teeth to going to the bathroom to getting one last goodnight kiss.

Read with a slow, soft voice and you might just have a sleepy toddler ready to be tucked into bed at the end of the book.

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Celeste, Kids World

Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers

written and drawn by henrietta book cover: a child is drawing people as a cat looks on“A box of colored pencils is as close as you can get to owning a piece of the rainbow.”

Meet Henrietta, a girl with a boundless imagination and, today, a new deluxe set of colored pencils. Immediately, of course, she begins to draw and write her own story while narrating her creative thought process to her cat, Fellini. Her adventure “book” is delightfully amateur and her internal dialogue wonderfully natural and childlike.

I hope that young readers in grades 1-3 will find this and other clever stories in our Graphic Novel section, where, I worry, they get lost among the superheroes and other pop culture stuff. Young creative types will relate to Henrietta’s simple delight in making it up as she goes along, being surprised by her own ideas and, of course, writing herself into the action.

Parents and teachers: Please read “How to Read Comics with Kids” in the back of the book and take a look at the wealth of engaging resources at (including read-along books that can be “read” or subtitled in many languages).

Mary Jo, Kids World

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The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Seventh Most Important THing book cover: seven light bulbs hanging down from wires, two of which are brokenWhen Arthur T. Owens throws a rock at the strange, neighborhood Junk Man’s arm, he doesn’t anticipate hitting him in the head. Or that the Junk Man himself will save him from juvenile detention. By completing 120 hours of community service collecting what the Junk Man calls “The 7 Most Important Things,” Arthur learns a little about following and finding direction, a lot about himself, and even more about there being more to most people than meets the eye.
Hand to readers in 5th or 6th grade who like tales based in truth (like The Marvels by Brian Selznick) or those who might be looking for a way to achieve redemption themselves.

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Brittany, Kids World

Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard

Watch the Sky book cover image of the night sky with stars shining in the background of what appears to be a toy house"Don't trust anyone outside the family"

Jory has been told for years to watch for signs. He is never told what the signs mean but they are everywhere. He is told that he should keep his head down in school and to not draw attention to himself or ever talk about his family.  He is careful to not let anyone know where he lives until one day the sign they are waiting for happens. Jory's stepfather knows what is coming, but he won't say why the family has to spend their nights digging in the ground. It is all part of the plan,  they will be safe since they watched for the signs. Exhausted from digging at night and pretending to be normal at school finally takes it's toll and Jory discovers a world outside of his stepfather's control.

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Tiffany, Kids World

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

The Bear and the Piano book cover depicting a bear cub whose paw is on the keyboard of a standup piano in the woods, red theater curtain frame the sceneWhat happens when a bear finds a piano in the woods? He learns to play it, of course. And what happens when a father and daughter from the big city hear a bear playing a piano in the woods? They offer to bring him to Broadway to star in his own show. Torn between the home and friends he loves and seeing the world, the bear chooses to see what stardom holds. What will the bear’s old friends say when he becomes home sick and returns to the woods?

A heartwarming tale of following your dreams and remembering where you came from, The Bear and the Piano will be enjoyed by budding musicians and big dreamers in preschool through approximately first grade.

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Brittany, Kids World