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Bake Infinite Pie With X+Y

Bake Infinite Pie with X+YWritten by Eugenia ChengIllustrated by Amber RenPublished 2022 X and Y are two kids who love pie and want lots of pie – infinite pie! How can one get infinite pie, and does it even exist? X and Y work together with their Aunt Z to explore math concepts. Books that introduce math facts in a…

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No Nibbling

No NibblingWords by Beth FerryArt by A. N. KangPublished 2022 Derwood is a gardening goat, he loves to tend the tender little plants and keep them safe and growing. Safe being the important part, there are so many things to threaten his garden out there from leaf chewers to sapsuckers to… dandelions. Fortunately, that was Tabitha the bunny’s tail, not…

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A Dinosaur Named Ruth

A Dinosaur Named RuthHow Ruth Mason Discovered Fossils in Her Own BackyardWritten by Julia LyonIllustrated by Alexandra ByePublished 2021 Ruth Mason grew up in South Dakota and has a fascination with the odd “rocks” she finds strewn around her family’s farm. She asks questions that no one can or will answer, but never stops looking and asking and writing letters…

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SpringFling 2022

It’s that springy time of year again, and thanks to Ciara O’Neal and Kaitlyn Sanchez there’s another year of the Spring Fling KidLit contest where the challenge is to write a 1-150 word kids story based on a springy gif. Master of the BlockWC 130 I am the cruncher of leaves,             The smasher of icicles,             The stomper of…

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Toasty

ToastyWords and art by Sarah HwangPublished 2021 Toasty wants to run and play with the dogs. Toasty has a nice collar. Toasty even has a great bark… But Toasty is not a dog and doesn’t have fur or hair like a dog. In fact, Toasty is a piece of toast who lives in a toaster. The visual humor is well…

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One, Two, Grandma Loves You

One, Two, Grandma Loves YouWords by Shelly BeckerPictures by Dan YaccarinoPublished 2021 Seeing family is a special time, and in One, Two, Grandma Loves You we follow a young girl and her grandma as they prepare and wait. We see them planning, counting down the days, the visit, and then the hopeful preparation for the next time. The text is…

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50 Precious Words 2022

Image by Monstera via Pexels It’s time for 50 Precious Words again, thanks to Vivian Kirkfield for organizing and coordinating it! Also, even if you aren’t participating you can support her literacy initiative through her local bookstore, The Bookery. The challenge: write a full story for kids in 50 words or less. You can read the other entries here. Unicorn…

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Mushroom Rain

Mushroom RainWords by Laura K. ZimmermannIllustrated by Jamie GreenPublished 2022 Mushrooms aren’t usually something we associate with beauty, they’re more likely to be feared or seen as dirty. But Mushroom Rain celebrates and shows the wonder and magic and beauty of fungi. It’s lyrical, every word flows when reading out loud, and the descriptions are vivid and gorgeous. “Beneath a…

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Looking for a Jumbie

Looking for a JumbieWritten by Tracey BaptisteIllustrated by Amber RenPublished 2021 Naya’s mama says there are no such things as Jumbies, so at night Naya goes looking for one. In the dark woods, shadowy figures appear but instead of being scary, they decide to go along with Naya’s plan to find a real Jumbie. Looking for a Jumbie is reminiscent…

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Ergo

ErgoWritten by Alexis DeaconIllustrated by Viviane SchwarsPublished 2021 Ergo wakes up to find herself as the entirety of everything she can see. Ergo is the universe… at least she thinks so until she discovers the wall. The wall is not Ergo, so Ergo isn’t everything. So what is outside Ergo? Does it have wings and legs and toes like Ergo?In…

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