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Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean

By: Jane Lynch, Lara Embry, A.E. Mikesell
illustrated by: Tricia Tusa

Glee actress Jane Lynch takes a look at bullying head-on in her first picture book. Marlene is the self-appointed queen of the playground, the sidewalk, and the school. She is small but mighty . . . intimidating!...

I Know a Bear

By: Mariana Ruiz Johnson

In this touching, hopeful story that reads like a modern classic, a young girl befriends a bear in the zoo. He comes from far, far away, a place he calls the Land of the Bears, where the food is sweet...

We Are the Goldens

By: Dana Reinhardt

"Reinhardt writes wonderfully about delicate, precarious human relationships, articulating dynamics I never noticed but which ring brilliantly true. The Goldens radiate charm, but beneath their charm is...


The Tyrant's Daughter

By: J.C. Carleson

“Filled with political intrigue and emotional tension, Carleson’s riveting novel features a teenage refugee caught in a web of deceit and conspiracy.” —PW, starred review  ...

I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew: Read & Listen Edition

By: Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss tackles troubles—bullies, terrain, weather—in the rhyming classic I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew. When our hero stubs his toe, he decides to find a less troublesome place...

Hunches in Bunches

By: Dr. Seuss

What’s a person to do when there is so much to do? Dr. Seuss adds his signature spin to the age-old dilemma of indecisiveness in his rhyming picture-book classic Hunches in Bunches. Go outside, play...


I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew

By: Dr. Seuss

A comic classic by Dr. Seuss about overcoming life’s obstacles turns 50!Dr. Seuss tackles the struggles of everyday life’s—difficult people, bullies, bad weather, political unrest, even...

Hunches in Bunches: Read & Listen Edition

By: Dr. Seuss

What’s a person to do when there is so much to do? Dr. Seuss adds his signature spin to the age-old dilemma of indecisiveness in his rhyming picture-book classic Hunches in Bunches. Go outside, play...

The Invisible Boy

By: Trudy Ludwig
illustrated by: Patrice Barton

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.When Justin, the new boy, arrives,...