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The Forgotten Girl
Author: India Brown

Child Fiction:

This ghost story includes elements of overcoming racism as well as shedding light on African-American graveyards that were left untended after the Great Migration of African-Americans north after the Civil War.  When eleven-year-old Iris sneaks out at night to make snow angels, she was not expecting to raise the ghost of Avery Moore, a girl her own age; but bringing to light the segregated and abandoned segregated cemetery seems like the perfect way to help Avery get the recognition she craves, and it will also be a good idea for the school project about the history of her small North Carolina town, where racial tensions are never far from the surface--only it seems that if Avery gets everything she wants Iris will join her as a ghost, best friends forever.

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The gifts of imperfection : let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are
Author: Brene Brown

New York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown offers a powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough

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The Runaway Bunny
Author: Margaret Wise Brown

In this classic picture book, a little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.

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The Tradition
Author: Jericho Brown

Adult nonfiction book. “Jericho Brown's daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown's poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we've become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown's mastery, and his invention of the duplex--a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues--testament to his formal skill. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while revelling in a celebration of contradiction." -- Goodreads.com Age: Adult.

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The Wild Robot
Author: Peter Brown

Roz the Robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.  

Book 1, Wild Robot series

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Imani's Moon
Author: JaNay Brown-Wood

Child picture book, and e-book. Little Imani of the Maasai people longs to do something great, like touching the moon, but the other children just laugh at her. Age: 5-8.

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Black Girl Magic : A Poem
Author: Mahogany L. Browne

Child nonfiction book. Much of what twenty-first century culture tells black girls is not pretty: Don't wear this; don't smile at that. Don't have an opinion; don't dream big. And most of all, don't love yourself. In response to such destructive ideas, internationally recognized poet Mahogany Browne challenges the conditioning of society by crafting an anthem of strength and magic undeniable in its bloom for all beautiful Black girls. Age: 11+

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Black Girl Magic: A Poem
Author: Mahogany Browne

Child Nonfiction:

"Much of what twenty-first century culture tells Black girls is not pretty: ...Don't have an opinion; don't dream big. And most of all, don't love yourself. In response to such destructive ideas, internationally recognized poet Mahogany Browne challenges the conditioning of society by crafting an anthem of strength and magic undeniable in its bloom for all beautiful Black girls".--publisher.

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Woke : A Young Poet’s Call to Justice
Author: Mahogany L. Browne

Child nonfiction book. "Historically poets have been on the forefront of social movements. Woke is a collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.“ Age: 8-11.

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Woke Baby
Author: Mahogany L. Browne

Child picture book, and board book. A baby with awareness of social and racial justice issues wakes up for the day. Age: 1-4.

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Bearwalker
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Although the shortest student in his class, thirteen-year-old Baron Braun calls upon the strength and wisdom of his Mohawk ancestors to face both man and beast when he tries to get help for his classmates, who are being terrorized during a school field trip in the Adirondacks.

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Bearwalker
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Child fiction book. Although the littlest student in his class, thirteen-year-old Baron Braun calls upon the strength and wisdom of his Mohawk ancestors to face both man and beast when he tries to get help for his classmates, who are being terrorized during a school field trip in the Adirondacks. Age: 10-13.

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Chester Nez and the Unbreakable code : a Navajo Code Talker’s Story
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Child nonfiction. “As a boy, Chester Nez was taught his native language and culture were useless, but he was later called on to use his Navajo language to help create an unbreakable military code during WWII"-- Provided by publisher. Age: 8-11.

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Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: a Navajo Code Talker's Story
Author: Joseph Bruchac

"As a boy, Chester Nez was taught that his native language and culture were useless, but he was later called on to use his Navajo language to help create an unbreakable military code during WWII"
-- publisher.

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Crazy Horse’s Vision
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Child audiobook on cd. A story based on the life of the dedicated young Lakota boy who grew up to be one of the bravest defenders of his people. Age: 5-11.

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Hidden Roots
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Child fiction book. Although he is uncertain why his father is so angry and what secret his mother is keeping from him, eleven-year-old Sonny knows that he is different from his classmates in their small New York town. Age: 9-12.

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Pushing up the sky : Seven Native American Plays for Children
Author: Joseph Bruchac

E-book. Uses drama to tell seven different stories from Native American traditions including the Abenaki, Ojibway, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Snohomish, Tlingit, and Zuni. Age: 7-11.

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The Journal of Jesse Smoke : A Cherokee Boy
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Child fiction book, and e-book. Part of the “My Name is America” series. Alternate title: On This Long Journey. Jesse Smoke, a sixteen-year-old Cherokee, begins a journal in 1837 to record stories of his people and their difficulties as they face removal along the Trail of Tears. Includes a historical note giving details of the removal. Age: 9+

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The Winter People
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Child fiction book, and e-audiobook. As the French and Indian War rages in October of 1759, Saxso, a fourteen-year-old Abenaki boy, pursues the English rangers who have attacked his village and taken his mother and sisters hostage. Age: 10+

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Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back : A Native American Year of Moons
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Child nonfiction book. “Celebrates the seasons of the year through poems from the legends of such Native American tribes as the Cherokee, Cree, and Sioux.“ —from Follett. Age: 5-10.

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Turtle's Race with Beaver : A Traditional Seneca Story
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Child nonfiction book. When Beaver challenges Turtle to a swimming race for ownership of the pond, Turtle outsmarts Beaver, and Beaver learns to share. Age: 3-8.

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Wabi: A Hero’s Tale
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Child fiction book, and e-book. After falling in love with an Abenaki Indian woman, a white great horned owl named Wabi transforms into a human being and has several trials and adventures while learning to adapt to his new life. Age: 10+

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Whisper in the Dark
Author: Joseph Bruchac

Child fiction book. An ancient and terrifying Narragansett Native American legend begins to come true for a teenage long-distance runner, whose recovery from the accident that killed her parents has stunned everyone, including her guardian aunt in Providence, Rhode Island. Age: 10+

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Bad Kitty
Author: Nick Bruel

When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very naughty! 1st book in Bad Kitty series.

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Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
Author: Nick Bruel

Break out the bandages! Bad Kitty needs a bath. And she's not getting in the tub without a fight.

Bad Kitty series.

 

 

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Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be
Author: Frank Bruni

"Year after year, high school seniors open rejection letters that destroy their confidence and lead them to believe they have failed at one of life's most critical junctures—something that has happened in so many American households with college-bound kids. While there are countless books teaching people how to identify and get into the colleges of their dreams, there's a deep need for dialogue questioning the intensity of those dreams, emphasizing that the college admissions moment isn't the most important in a lifetime, illustrating that college is what a student makes of it, and exhorting people to look at it in a different, less status-oriented way. Expanding on an April 2014 column titled, "Our Crazy College Crossroads"—which went viral, generated numerous emails to Bruni, and topped the "most viewed" and "most emailed" categories of the New York Times for days—Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be is the manifesto that puts the college admissions process into desperately needed perspective. It not only dissects the limited meaning of a rigged and sometimes random admissions process, it also discusses many of the hugely successful Americans who didn't go to Ivy League schools. It sketches profiles of young adults who were denied their dream colleges but found that the schools where they ended up were perfect for them, making the case that the attitude with which a student approaches college matters more than the college itself. It presents data and expert opinions that question the advantages of diplomas from Ivy League schools (and their ilk) and looks at the abundance of fantastic schools—and fantastic programs—outside the few dozen elite institutions that parents focus relentlessly on. All the while, Bruni weaves in larger life lessons—that setbacks can be springboards, that the wisest course isn't always the most obvious one—that make this book a corrective tool and a balm not just for high school graduates eyeing the horizon. Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be serves as a thought-provoking antidote, an impassioned rallying cry, and a poignant retort to aspirational thinking."

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Beautiful Blackbird
Author: Ashley Bryan

Child nonfiction book. In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew." Age: 4-7.

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Freedom over Me : Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
Author: Ashley Bryan

Child nonfiction book, e-book, and DVD. "Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 9+

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Infinite Hope : A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace
Author: Ashley Bryan

Child nonfiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Artist Ashley Bryan's experience as a Black soldier in the segregated army of WWII.” —Provided by publisher. Age: 9-11.

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Death in a Bad Habit
Author: Kathy Buchen

In this, her fourth outing, Rhiannon finds an enigmatic puzzle and many challenges on all sides, and her resilient nature is put to the test once again. We find Rhi deep in dilemma, and she will have to call on all her retro, rockin', resourceful, rad spirit to find her way to the solution. She and her best friend Didi Spencer are accused of burglary. Her daughter Tabby has painted all the windows in the house in trompe l'oeil murals which she calls "altered states of reality." A whole convent full of nuns considers Rhi a personal enemy. There are a few terminally annoying criminals trying to kill her. Hairy Mary and Mr. Pavalik are as endearingly goofy as ever. Sgt. LeCaptain seems more than ever determined to invent new reasons for giving Rhi tickets, and the old crones of the village have a lot to say about her retro Dusty Springfield hairdo, among other things. And then there is the little problem of a missing set of beautiful twenty year old identical twins who may be mixed up in something a lot more serious than fashion dilemmas. One has run away from the convent, one has gone missing from rehab, and both of them are running around with the wrong boy. Talk about bad habits Rhi's enemies play her false, lie to her, deceive and frighten her, threaten her, and attempt to kill her. She has the worst hairdresser in cheese head land, has trouble sticking to a diet, and a boyfriend who finds it difficult to articulate his feelings. And if he did manage to communicate his undying admiration, would his eighty year old mother let him go out on a date? Rhi is also being chased by a few inappropriate men. Is there any other kind for Rhiannon? Her children are in a state of rebellion, her home in need of constant repair, and her finances, as well as her wardrobe, are in disarray. Will she rise to the occasion? Of course she will.

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Speaking of Summer
Author: Kalisha Buckhanon

Adult fiction, and e-book. “On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer's twin sister Summer walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again, the door to the roof is locked, and no footsteps are found. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing woman, Autumn must pursue answers on her own, all while grieving her mother's recent death. With her friends and neighbors, Autumn pretends to hold up through the crisis. She falls into an affair with Summer's boyfriend to cope with the disappearance of a woman they both loved. But the loss becomes too great, the mystery too inexplicable, and Autumn starts to unravel, all the while becoming obsessed with murdered women and the men who kill them."-- Provided by publisher. Age: Adult.

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Cogheart
Author: Peter Bunzl

Book 1 Cogheart series (Steampunk): "When her father goes missing, thirteen-year-old Lily Hartman must team up with a clockmaker's son, Robert, and her mechanimal fox, Malkin, to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance and his world-changing invention, a perpetual motion machine called the Cogheart"-- Provided by publisher. 362 pages Also available as a listen along to Audiobook on CD or e-audiobook.

Recommended for Grade 5 - Grade 8

 

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Cogheart
Author: Peter Bunzl

When her father goes missing, thirteen-year-old Lily Hartman must team up with a clockmaker's son, Robert, and her mechanimal fox, Malkin, to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance and his world-changing invention, a perpetual motion machine called the Cogheart. 

Book 1, Cogheart

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Let's Be Real
Author: Natasha Bure

"From singer, model and YouTube celebrity Natasha Bure, the daughter of Candace Cameron Bure, comes a real, honest conversational book that doesn't hold back. Everywhere she goes and every video she posts has one basic message: this is real, this is life, and we all go through it. Whether it's acne, boyfriends, faith, stress, or having fun, Natasha's view is to simply be honest, simply be real, no matter what you face. Natasha's real and relatable tone paired with personal notes and stories will help readers see that living a "real" life is the best life."

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Serafina's Promise
Author: Ann E. Burg

In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family, but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor--then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised.

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The Korean War: An Interactive Modern History Adventure
Author: Michael Burgan

"It's 1950 and the Communist country of North Korea has invaded its neighboring country of South Korea. The United Nations has stepped in to help South Korea by providing weapons and soldiers. Nearly all of these soldiers come from the United States. Will you: Serve as a pilot in Korea with the U.S. Marine Corps? Lie about your age to enlist as a 16-year-old member of the U.S. military reserves? Join in the fight for your country as a young South Korean man?  Everything in this book happened to real people. And YOU CHOOSE what you do"... (publisher)

Series:  You choose books

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Meet the Green Bay Packers
Author: Zack Burgess

"An introduction to the Green Bay Packers professional football team. Includes information about the team's history, stadium, star players, and uniforms."-- publisher.

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Designing Your Life
Author: Bill Burnett

Authors: Bill Burnett and Dave Evans #1 New York Times Bestseller "An inspiring and thought-provoking graduation gift: At last, a book that shows you how to build—design—a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home—at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve. In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise."

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Feeling Good Together:The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work
Author: David Burns

We all know people who are hard to get along with. It might be your spouse, mother, neighbor, friend, or colleague. In his new book Feeling Good Together, Dr. David D. Burns describes Cognitive Interpersonal Therapy (CIT), a radically different method for developing more loving and satisfying relationships with the people you care about.

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Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
Author: Virginia Lee Burton

When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, lose their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, they find a new opportunity in a very surprising place in this classic picture book.

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The Little House
Author: Virginia Lee Burton

In this classic picture book a country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.

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King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth
Author: Dori Butler

In this Geisel 2019 Honor Book Kayla places her tooth in a Tooth Fairy pillow, but it disappears before the Tooth Fairy has a chance to visit--can her dog King help Kayla find the missing tooth? (4th book in King & Kayla series)

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The Case of the Lost Boy
Author: Dori Hillestad Butler

While searching for his mysteriously lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps solve the mystery of their missing boy.
 

The Buddy File series

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I Am Enough
Author: Grace Byers

Child picture book, and e-audiobook. We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it. Age: 3-6.

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I Am Enough
Author: Grace Byers

Child Picture Book:

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe i

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My Hair is a Garden
Author: Cozbi Cabrera

Child Picture Book:

After being teased yet again about her unruly hair, MacKenzie consults her neighbor, Miss Tillie, who compares hair care with tending her beautiful garden and teaches MacKenzie some techniques for managing her hair.

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My Hair is a Garden
Author: Cozbi A. Cabrera

Child picture book. After being teased yet again about her unruly hair, MacKenzie consults her neighbor, Miss Tillie, who compares hair care with tending her beautiful garden and teaches MacKenzie some techniques. Includes tips for shampooing, conditioning, and protecting black hair, and recipes for hair products. Age: 5-7.

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Best Babysitters Ever
Author: Caroline Cala

Mayhem ensues in their sleepy California beach town when three best friends, motivated by unlimited snacks, no parents, and earning money for an epic seventh-grade party, find an old copy of "The Babysitters Club" and decide to start their own babysitting business.

 

Book 1, Best Babysitters Ever series

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Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma
Author: Keith Calabrese

Lena is excited about starting kindergarten but her favorite shoes are not until, with the help of her father and a very special headband, she convinces the shoes--and herself--to be brave.

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Swim the fly
Author: Don Calame

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time--quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

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