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Books Like Harry Potter

Harry Potter has taken the shape of so many things over the years: the first big series you finish when you start your reading journey, a classic from your childhood you can’t forget, a movie series people love just as much as the books, and more. If you’re looking to read something else that might give you the same feelings as an HP book, whether it’s dealing with boarding school/ coven magic, the discovery of powers, or just having some crazy cool wizard and witch-like presence that must defeat the BIG BAD, these books are for you. This rec list…

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Books for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

From November 5th to 11th, is National Animal Shelter Appreciation week. We thought the best way for us to celebrate is with book recommendations featuring: animal shelters, volunteering at animal shelters, searching for pet friends, and finding new friends and a sense of purpose helping those in shelters. Hope you enjoy these great reads! Volunteering for Animal Welfare by Walt K Moon From helping homeless pets to assisting injured wildlife, there are many ways to volunteer with animals. Some people help scientists track wild animal populations, while others help zoos teach people about the importance of conservation.…

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Tween Books You’ll Want to Share with Your Friends

Whether you’re a tween or not, these books appeal to so many emotions and thoughts, you’ll want to share them with a friend! Start a book club, join ours, send a long distance friend one of these and get to reading, because this list is full of good reads that go with conversation … and maybe a coffee or hot cocoa too. The Accursed Vampire by Madeleine McGrane As if being a vampire kid wasn’t tough enough, Dragoslava is also cursed by a witch, doomed to carry out her errands for the rest of their life…

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Picture Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

It's Mental Health Awareness Month! Here's a list of some picture books that show characters working through and overcoming obstacles while struggling with mental health. Anxious Charlie to the Rescue by Terry Milne When a friend is in need, anxious pup Charlie has to break routine to help. Will this help him to discover changes can be good, or will something bad happen as Charlie fears? Read to find out what happens. Take a Breath by Sujean Rim Bob, an anxious baby bird, fears that he will never learn to fly. His friend Crow…

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Visionary Women of the World

The arts, sciences, music, spies, politics, and social movements…no field has been unchanged by women innovators. The books on this list introduce readers to fascinating women in both history and the present day. She caught the light by Kathryn Lasky Reach for the stars by reading about Williamina Fleming, who helped create a map of the universe for future astronomers. Sing, Aretha, sing! by Hanif Abdurraqib Learn about an incredible woman who raised her voice and helped spark a movement! Read the story of young Aretha Franklin, civil rights activist, and musical artist.…

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Scales & Tales

The books on this list feature reptiles having silly and heartwarming adventures, from joining families to solving mysteries. Betty the bearded dragon by Debbi Michiko Florence You might have heard of fostering dogs and cats, but did you know some people foster reptiles? That’s right, and that’s where we meet Betty, the new foster animal for Kaita’s family. Invisible lizard by Kurt Cyrus Hearing a voice but no one there? That’s the problem the animals have around Napoleon the chameleon. What is it going to take for him to get noticed? Read on…

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Learning to Read: All Things “Animal”!

Beginning to read can be challenging, but this list of early readers contains stories about animals with bright pictures and simple sentences and words to help beginners. Martin and Chris Kratt: The Wild Life by Martin Kratt If you’ve ever seen Wild Kratts on PBS, try reading Martin and Chris Kratt: The Wild Life. With easy-to-read words, find out how two brothers made their love of animals into a lifetime career. Grumpy Monkey Get Your Grumps Out by Suzanne Lang Animals get angry just like people, but how do they make…

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Our New Youth Librarian’s Picture Book Favs

From new to old, silly to inspiring, this picture book list is a compilation of our youth librarian’s favorite stories. Great to read aloud together at any time of day, this list has titles sure to intrigue your little one. The Gruffalo Written by Julia Donaldson; Illustrated by Axel Scheffler Follow along with a little mouse as he explores the forest and meets the gruffalo, an unknown forest creature! The Gruffalo is full of catchy rhymes and mishaps making this book silly and fun, you’ll find you and your little one will be laughing by the end.…

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Cool Cryptids for Kids

Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot and Yetis, what do they all have in common? They are all part of a mysterious group called cryptids. Never fear though, where there’s cryptids, there’s always an adventure! This list of books shows the not so scary side of these wondrous creatures as the kids in the stories will find out. Grab your magnifying glass, it's time for  cryptid hunting! The Loch Ness Monster by Jacqueline Laks Gorman A long neck and flippers disappear under the water…read The Loch Ness Monster to learn about sightings and the many searches to…

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