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The Acting Bug

by Kathryn Ellis

It's the chance of a lifetime for Kate Merriman when she lands a small role in a new TV series called Backbeat. But it's less fun when Kate's best friend Maria turns down the part she's been offered in the show....


Tags

by Walter Dean Myers

From Walter Dean Myers, the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, comes this 20-page one-act play. Tags is a look at life and death in New York City, complete with a shocking end.

Four New York City teens...


Maggie’s Treasure

by Jon-Erik Lappano & Kellen Hatanaka

When Maggie’s treasure collection grows too big to manage, she finds a creative solution.

Maggie finds treasure wherever she goes. Whether it’s a button, a feather or a shiny stone, she picks it up and takes...


Night Walk

by Sara O'Leary & Ellie Arscott

A child explores her neighborhood on a late-night walk with her dad, finding delight and comfort in moments of quiet and the warm windows into other people’s lives.

When a little girl can’t sleep one night,...


Love, Penelope

by Joanne Rocklin & Lucy Knisley

Penny is excited to welcome her new sibling, so throughout her mom?s pregnancy she writes letters to it (not it, YOU!). She introduces herself (Penelope, but she prefers ?Penny?) and their moms (Sammy and Becky)....


Finding Mighty

by Sheela Chari

Along the train lines north of New York City, twelve-year-old neighbors Myla and Peter search for the link between Myla’s necklace and the disappearance of Peter’s brother, Randall. Thrown into a world of...


Uptown Dragon

by Marlon McKenney

In Uptown Dragon, 10-year-old Kamal discovers a baby dragon in the inner city after seeing a mysterious streak of light fall from the sky. Bringing the dragon home and naming him Ziggy, Kamal attempts to teach...


At the Firehouse (A Tinyville Town Book)

by Brian Biggs

In Tinyville Town: At the Firehouse, join Dexter and Firefighter Charlie on a guided tour of the Tinyville Town firehouse. See where the firefighters store their gear, where they eat and rest, and find out...


The Neighbors

by Einat Tsarfati & Annette Appel

As a young girl climbs the seven stories to her own (very boring!) apartment, she imagines what?s behind each of the doors she passes. Does the door with all the locks belong to a family of thieves? Might the...


I'm a Mail Carrier (A Tinyville Town Book)

by Brian Biggs

In Tinyville Town: I'm a Mail Carrier, Rita the mail carrier makes sure everyone gets their mail, rain or shine. 

The Tinyville Town series is set in a cozy community where the people are kind, everyone says...


I'm a Police Officer (A Tinyville Town Book)

by Brian Biggs

From New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator Brian Biggs comes the third board book in the collectible Tinyville Town series.

Taking us through a day in the life of another community hero, I’m a...


Charlie Rides

by Bob Bianchini

Charlie loves things that go—planes, trains, bicycles, scooters, and even spaceships! He also loves to share in the fun of each mode of transportation with his dad. But, for Charlie, the best ride of all is...


Skyfishing

by Gideon Sterer & Poly Bernatene

When Grandpa—a fishing connoisseur—moves to the city to live with his family, it doesn’t take him long to notice that there is nowhere to fish. Unfazed, his granddaughter proposes they pretend to fish...


Beautiful Moon

by Tonya Bolden & Eric Velasquez

A young boy wakes. He has forgotten to say his prayers. Outside his window, a beautiful harvest moon illuminates the city around him and its many inhabitants. As the moon slowly makes its way across the heavens,...


12 Days of New York

by Tonya Bolden & Gilbert Ford

  When a group of students wins a trip to New York City, accompanied by their teacher, they aren?t sure where to start. Soon enough, they?re roaming the city, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, from...


My Winter City

by James Gladstone & Gary Clement

A boy, his father and their dog have a perfect day in a snowy city, illustrated by Governor General’s Literary Award winner Gary Clement.

A young boy wakes up in the early light of a winter morning, pulls on...


Our Big Little Place

by James A. Conan & Nicolle Lalonde

Big or small, apartment or house, they're all home.

Come inside one boy's high-rise apartment complex, where his backyard is the space between his neighboring apartment buildings, and his basketball net is tucked...


Owen at the Park

by Scot Ritchie

Working with his dad in the park, Owen gets to do his favorite job all by himself. First, he clears the park of picnickers, checkers players, sleepy dogs and geese, and then the magic happens …

It’s a busy...


The Vegetable Museum

by Michelle Mulder

Thirteen-year-old Chloë left her whole life back in Montreal, including her mom and her best friend. Now she's stuck in Victoria with her dad and her estranged grandfather, Uli, who recently had a stroke. When...


Connected

by Nathaniel Eckstrom

Connected is a children's picture book for our ultra-connected world. Nathaniel Eckstrom takes us on a whimsical and sensory journey through this quaint little apartment block, exploring its inhabitants, floor...