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April 18, 2018

New Books Spring 2018

Twice a year, in the spring and fall, the Children's Book Showcase Committee holds a meeting to present some of the highlights of recently published kids' books. Committee members each choose three or four titles from a subcategory of books: picture books, fiction for younger readers, fiction for school-age readers, graphic novels, non-fiction, etc. See below for some of the highlights of the highlights of this spring's picks.

Book Cover: Neither
Neither written and Illustrated by Airlie Anderson

In the Land of This and That, everyone is either one way or the other. Neither does not fit in. So Neither leaves, and finds the Land of All. Beautiful colors and imaginative design elevate this book's simple message of inclusivity.

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Book Cover: Grandma's Purse
Grandma's Purse written and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Grandma Mimi's purse is full of treasures, and there is nothing that her granddaughter likes more than to take them out one by one.

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Book Cover: Bloom
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad

This is the story of Elsa Schiaparelli. In spite of being told all her life that she's ugly, brutta, she becomes a daring clothing designer and says "for the first time, I see the beauty of my art reflected in the world." The illustrations appropriately reflect the natural beauty that inspired her work.

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Book Cover: Bug Blonsky and His Very Long List of Don'ts
Bug Blonsky and His Very Long List of Don'ts by E. S. Redmond

If seven-year-old Benjamin (aka Bug) Blonsky were a superhero, he'd be "Bug Boy with the Power to Annoy." That's what his big sister says. Mom says he's wiggly and can't sit still. Dad says he's easily distracted. On this day, Bug's "choices" of drawing pictures of pig roller coasters during math time, making armpit noises when his teacher bends over have landed him in a heap of trouble, so now he's writing a list of what not to do: his list of don'ts.

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Book Cover: Vacation
Vacation by Blexbolex

In this gorgeous, wordless graphic novel, a young girl's idyllic summer vacation is thrown into turmoil with the arrival of a young elephant. Will he ruin everything? Will he ever leave? Is there something more going on here?

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Book Cover: Marley Dias Gets It Done
Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias

An engaging and highly useful self-help guide to social action and reading realness, formatted like a teen magazine and full of personal wisdom and tips for powerhouse teen Marley Dias, founder of the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign.

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Book Cover: Ghost Boys
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

It was just a toy gun, and Jerome was only twelve, but the policeman who shot him says he saw a threat and acted to save his own life. Now, as a ghost, Jerome reflects on the actions that caused his death and forms a strange bond with the only living human who can see him: the daughter of the man who killed him.

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Book Cover: Hurricane Child
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

Caroline has always known that being born in a hurricane is unlucky, and it seems to be coming true: Everyone in school seems to hate her, and she’s seeing strange things that no one else can see, which is not reassuring. And—worst of all—her mother left home one day and never came back. But when a new student, Kalinda, arrives, Caroline's luck begins to turn around…

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