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Pizza My Heart
Pizza My Heart
Publisher Random House Graphic

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The Norma and Belly early reader graphic novel series continues! If the squirrels want to try this new pizza they will first have to go on the hairiest pizza delivery of their young lives.

Mako and Tiger Two Not-So-Friendly Sharks
Mako and Tiger Two Not-So-Friendly Sharks
Publisher Penguin Random House

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Written by Scott Rothman. Illustrated by Mika Song
A hilarious picture book about two hungry sharks that become unlikely friends. Ages 3-7 years old.

Agatha May and the Anglerfish
Agatha May and the Anglerfish
Publisher Dial Books

By Nora Morrison and Jessie Ann Foley

Agatha is not a perfect student but when she gets a chance to report on the anglerfish her world opens to unlimited possibilities. Ages 5-8.

Apple of My Pie (Book 2 in the Norma and Belly series)

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The follow up to the early-reader graphic novel, Donut Feed the Squirrels. When Gramps gets whisked away to an apple farm, the squirrels band together to rescue him.

★ Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of these sweet squirrels will devour this highly a-peel-ing volume." —Kirkus Reviews

Donut Feed the Squirrels
Donut Feed the Squirrels
Publisher Random House Graphic
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Gryphon Honor Book 2021
Eisner Award Nominated (Early Reader Category)
A Junior Library Guild Selection
2021-22 Great Lakes Great Books Winner
★ Booklist Review
★ Shelf Awareness
Indie Next Pick
Nerdy Book Club Pick
Cybils 2021 Awards Finalist


Early Chapter Graphic Novel (Ages 5-8)
When a donut truck comes to the park, Norma and Belly, two feisty squirrels go on an epic donut heist to try the tasty treats!

"... Onomatopoeia brings the squirrels’ antics to life: Thunk, boing, splat, crash, screech, woosh, spritz, ding, and shhhhh accompany the silly animal slapstick... tale of friendship, teamwork, and unintended consequences... Young readers will enjoy using context clues to predict how characters’ will behave. VERDICT Independent readers will devour this sweet and scrumptious heist story."–­Thomas Maluck, Richland Lib., SC

★ Booklist Review
"…divided into five short chapters that young readers can read with confidence, and the sweet ending unquestionably satisfies.” —Julia Smith

"Norma and Belly are never snarky; instead, they present a consistent mix of enterprise, wit, and cheer. Even the doughnut man emerges as a character who’s open to change."- Publisher's Weekly
Love, Sophia on the Moon
Love, Sophia on the Moon
Publisher Little, Brown
By Anica Mrose Rissi, Illustrated by Mika Song

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When Sophia decides to go to the moon where there are no time outs how will her mother find a way to bring her back.

“Readers will love it to the moon and back.” - Kirkus

A Friend for Henry
A Friend for Henry
Publisher Chronicle Books
By Jenn Bailey, Illustrated by Mika Song

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ALA Schneider Family Honor Book (2020)
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book (2020)
Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year (2020)
KAC Children's Book of the Year (2019)

Henry is looking for a friend at school that he can connect with.

"Whether on the spectrum or not, friends don’t have to share everything, just enough, and this book sweetly provides. (Picture book. 3-8)"- Kirkus

Ho'onani Hula Warrior
Ho'onani Hula Warrior
Publisher Tundra
By Heather Gale, Illustrated by Mika Song

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An empowering celebration of identity, acceptance and Hawaiian culture based on the true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula troupe at her school.

Ho'onani feels in-between. She doesn't see herself as wahine (girl) OR kane (boy). She's happy to be in the middle. But not everyone sees it that way.

When Ho'onani finds out that there will be a school performance of a traditional kane hula chant, she wants to be part of it. But can a girl really lead the all-male troupe? Ho'onani has to try . . .

Based on a true story, Ho'onani: Hula Warrior is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and an empowering story of a girl who learns to lead and learns to accept who she really is--and in doing so, gains the respect of all those around her.

Ho'onani's story first appeared in the documentary A Place in the Middle by filmmakers Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson.

★ "Boldly outlined watercolor and ink artwork by Song (A Friend for Henry) conveys visual information with strength that suggests Ho‘onani’s own.(Picture book. 4-8)"- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Picnic with Oliver
Picnic with Oliver
Publisher HarperCollins
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In the follow-up to Tea with Oliver , Philbert and Oliver decide to go for a picnic. They remember to bring many things but when a storm comes it's their friendship and resourcefullness that save the day.

Six Great Kids' Picture Books for Summer by Jocelyn McClurg- USA TODAY

"The sweetness of Philbert and Oliver’s interspecies friendship, their shared giddiness, and that inevitable, impending thunderclap all swirl inside readers, making their hearts swell and their chests tighten as they wait for the first raindrop to fall... Fans of Tea with Oliver (2017) will delight in watching this cat-and-mouse friendship grow, and newcomers will happily enter their amiable world of reciprocity. (Picture book. 4-8)"- Kirkus

An appealing addition for fans of the previous installment or picnic lovers everywhere, suitable for storytime or one-on-one sharing.- SLJ (Yelena Voysey, formerly at Pickering Educational Library, Boston University)

Tea with Oliver
Tea with Oliver
Publisher HarperCollins

Oliver the cat doesn’t have to go far to find a friend he just has to notice the one right under his nose.

★ “Charming and as sweet as a tea cake. “ —Kirkus

A New School Year: Poem Stories in Six Voices
A New School Year: Poem Stories in Six Voices
Publisher Charlesbridge
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By Sally Derby, Illustrated by Mika Song
6 kids each with different ages and backgrounds deal with their first day of school. Told as alternating prose poems.

“Honest and diverse, touching and good, this book’s a keeper.” — School Library Journal

★"Diverse in so many ways, this could be a springboard to readers’ own poems about school." (Picture book/poetry 4-10) — Kirkus (starred Review)

Winner of the 2018 Ohioana Award for Juvenile Literature

Cancer Hates Kisses
Cancer Hates Kisses
Publisher Dial Books
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By Jessica Reid Sliwerski, Illustrated by Mika Song

Children support and love their mother as she undergoes treatment for cancer.

"The book provides just the right amount of information about what to expect and balances that with an outline of how the family can offer support and love—because what cancer hates most is love. Closing with notes from a cancer specialist and the author, a cancer survivor, this book with its positive message is a must-have for all collections serving families." (Picture book. 5-8) — Kirkus Book Review